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Volume 81 Number 51
February 23, 2006
ECU earns Honorable Mention in
Residential Construction Competition
2006 ECU Competition
Team Member
ECU earned Honorable Men-
tion in the NAHB Student Chap-
ter Residential Construction
Competition that took place
during the 2006 International
Builders Show in Orlando, Fla.
ECU's team took sixth place out
of 36 four-year colleges and uni-
versities. Last year ECU ranked
16th, so this year's move to sixth
place is a gain of 10 positions
in one year. This is an amazing
NAHB's student competi-
tions are beneficial to students,
their universities and the indus-
try at large. By participating,
students integrate their edu-
cational preparation into real g
world applications. Individuals I
push beyond their perceived
inadequacies, increase their
appreciation of effective team-
work and learn to promote their
efforts. Their self-satisfaction of
having risen to the challenge and
accomplishing their goals culmi-
nates this process, and then they
get the opportunity to attend
the International Builders Show.
Students can observe how others
dealt with the same problem,
providing an important "debrief-
ing" process to their efforts.
Universities benefit from
the students' exposure to indus-
try representatives. A relatively
(From Left): 2006 ECU Delegation: Baxter Matthews, Matt Hill, Donna Hollar (coach),
Ray Garris, Tla Hudson, Andrew Rowley, Steven Beatty (front), Grant Lockhart (back),
Jeremy Morrison, John Rappoport, Scott Seaman.
(From Left): 2005 ECU Competition Team: Scott Seaman, Bryan Allen, Baxter
Matthews, David Price, Ryan Wood, Kevin Bowman.
small but energized group of
students can spark a firestorm of
interest in residential construc-
tion through their peer-to-peer
interactions upon return to their
home institutions. Reward to the
industry is also evidenced by
corporate exposure, recruiting
of the best students and creating
ambassadors to the next genera-
tion of residential constructors.
These competitions form a link
between the student, the uni-
versity and the industry, thereby
culturing future success for all
partners involved.
"Until tonight, there were
very few people in that room
where the awards were given
that knew ECU's name. Now they
all know who we are said Dr.
Douglas Kruger, chairperson of
the Department of Construction
Every year at the NAHB Inter-
national Builders Show, stu-
dent chapters from two- and
four-year colleges and universi-
ties are invited to participate
in the NAHB Student Chapter
Residential Construction
Competition during the IBS.
The IBS is the second largest
trade show in the United States,
surpassed only recently by the
Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas, Nev. The IBS is
Orlando's largest trade-show
with more than 135,000 people
believed to have attended.
The student competition is an
event that simulates a real-world
scenario. Teams compete for
project approval and funding as
though they were a local operat-
ing division of a large national
home building company. This
competition gives students the
opportunity to apply academic
studies and classroom work to
an actual construction project.
There are separate events for four-
year colleges and for two-year
colleges. Last year, 29 chapters
participated. ECU has been the
only N.C. undergraduate institu-
tion to field a competition team
since 2004.
see NAHB page A6
Memorial service held for Gay Wilentz
The driver of the vehicle that killed Kyle Niccum, left, is unknown.
Young man killed in
hit-and-run accident
Family asks for students'
help as they search for
During the early morning
hours on the morning of Jan.
29, 2006, Kyle Niccum, 22, of
Raleigh was killed in a hit-and-
run accident on Green Street
in Greenville. While police are
still investigating the incident,
Kyle's father, Jeff Niccum, asked
TEC to publish an article about
the accident in the hopes that
ECU students may provide some
answers about what happened.
Kyle Niccum and his friend
Brandon Price traveled to
Greenville to visit their friend
William Cannady. The three
friends were downtown when
Price became involved in a fight,
which led him to be taken to
the hospital. Niccum and Can-
nady, believing that Price had
been taken to the Pitt County
Detention Center, hailed a cab
to find their friend. When they
learned he had been taken to the
hospital, Niccum and Cannady
opted to walk back to Cannady's
apartment after unsuccessful
attempts to reach friends and
taxis. According to a police
report provided by the Greenville
Police Department, Niccum
and Price somehow went in the
wrong direction, arriving at
Green Street near Industrial
Boulevard and New Hope Drive.
An unidentified motorist travel-
ing North on Green Street hit
Niccum, throwing him approxi-
mately 102 feet from the point
of impact.
"The driver apparently
stopped stated Sergeant R. W.
Worthington of the Greenville
Police Department.
"The driveT then said that
they would go for medical help,
but they never returned
According to Sgt. Worthing-
ton, the car that hit Kyle Niccum
could have sustained damage
to its front end, hood andor
the right side of its windshield.
Molding recovered at the scene
of the accident suggests the car
may have been white or light
Several motorists stopped to
help, and police are hoping that
they will be able to provide any
information they can about the
night of the accident.
Jeff Niccum described his
son Kyle as a good kid and as
the kind of guy who would do
anything for his buddies. Kyle
wrestled and played football for
Garner High School in Raleigh.
Kyle moved back to Raleigh
from Boone, where he attended
Appalachian State University. He
stopped going after he found out
he was going to be a father. While
working to support his child, he
continued to follow his dream
of becoming an engineer. He
attended classes at Wake Techni-
cal Community College to try to
reach this goal.
Kyle's family is deeply sad-
dened by their loss. Kyle's par-
ents, Jeff and Debbie, have lost
a son. Kyle's sister Danielle, 24,
has lost her little brother. Kyle's
brother Christopher, 17, has
lost his big brother and hunting
partner. Probably most heart
breaking of all is that three-
year-old Cole Jacques has lost
his father. Yet, it is through Cole
that the family says they find
see HIT & RUN page A3
Remembering one
English professor's
A memorial service for Dr.
Gay Wilentz, professor of Eng-
lish, was held Wednesday in the
Science and Technology building
at 3 p.m. to remember her life
and many contributions to the
Wilentz passed away on Feb.
6 from an illness called AOS. She
had her actual funeral service in
Belize, where she spent much of
her life for research and educa-
tional purposes.
The memorial was titled, "A
Celebration of Life There was a
large turnout of her colleagues,
students, family and friends.
A total of 10 people spoke
about their experiences with
Wilentz and what type of person
she was.
Many of the speakers couldn't
fight back tears but still smiled as
they mentioned how full of life
she seemed, even during the last
stages of life.
Julie Fay, professor of English,
recalled Wilentz saying, "It's life,
what can you do?" when speak-
ing optimistically of her life and
Fay said that she and Wilentz
met each other in college and
ended up becoming colleagues
and frienfls for 20 years.
Fay recited verses from the
musical collection Wilentz lis-
tened to before her death. The
song was titled "Warrior" and
illustrated the types of things
Wilentz enjoyed.
Many ECU professors, friends and colleagues were on hand yesterday to honor Gay Wilentz.
Wilentz was very dedicated
to teaching and to her students.
According to Fay, Wilentz made a
commitment to herself a few days
before her death that she would
e-mail her students.
Seodial Deena, associate pro-
fessor of English, was among the
group of speakers who talked
about Wilentz's commitment to
education. Deena spoke about
the study abroad trips they had
to Belize.
Wilentz devoted much of her
time to educational endeavors
in Belize.
Her last trip to Belize was in
the summer of 2005, according
to one of the speakers. She was
ill at the time but still managed
to make the trip there.
Carla Pastor, professor of
English and Wilentz's surrogate
daughter, spoke at the memo-
Pastor talked about how
much she valued Wilentz's
company and how much the
Belizean people loved Wilentz.
Michael Bassman, assis-
tant vice chancellor of the
honors program, lead a bless-
ing in Hebrew called Kaddish,
which means sanctification.
Everyone said a blessing
at the end of the memorial.
Dr. Bruce Southard, Robert
Siegel, Dr. Deirdre Mageean, Dr.
Jane Marcus, Dr. Lillian Robinson
and Dr. James Smith also spoke at
the memorial.
Mike Hamer and Susan Lud-
deke did the musical selection for
the memorial.
Luddeke sang while
Hamer play a stringed musical
instrument. Luddeke was in tears
throughout the song and said,
"That was too hard as she went
to her seat after the song.
During the memorial, pic-
tures of Wilentz on vacations,
study abroad trips, and interact-
ing with students and family
flashed on a large projector
Purple and gold bouquets of
flowers, photo albums, certifi-
see MEMORIAL page A3
Military takes advantage of online programs
Men and women in
uniform attend class
ECU is working closely with
the armed forces to provide dis-
tance education to hundreds of
men and women in uniform.
In conjunction with the estab-
lished distance program provided
already, men and women in
every branch are working toward
associate, bachelor's and master's
degrees in locations as far away as
Iraq and beyond.
"We have a very strong dis-
tance education program at the
university said Steve Duncan,
director of the Office of Military
"More than 4,000 students
are signed up
Duncan went on to talk about
how members of the military, as
a part of their own self develop-
ment, seek distance education.
"Officers seek master's
degrees, enlisted people seek asso-
ciate degrees, bachelor's degrees
and some master's degrees
Duncan said.
The distance program is a
valuable tool considering the
current situation in American
affairs. With some men and
women looking at their second
and third six-month deploy-
ments to places such as Iraq
and Afghanistan, traditional in-
classroom learning is a great deal
more difficult.
The opportunity for ECU
education is also available to
dependents or family of the ser-
viceman or woman.
Fort Bragg is one of ECU'S
biggest customers in the distance
education program. With more
than 70 percent of Fort Bragg's
members deployed overseas, the
program is a way of allowing
servicemen and women a way to
continue their studies.
Currently, ECU is serving
172 students that are considered
military. Other colleges that are
contributing to the distance
education program are Campbell
University, Central Texas Col-
lege and UNC-Pembroke among
ECU expects to enroll several
hundred more men and women
in uniform into the distance
education program.
Playing a pivotal role in
higher enrollment rate is the
BRAC, or Base Realignment and
Closure. According to Duncan,
N.C. gained a number of military
"The impact on the Fayette-
ville community will be in the
neighborhood of 20,000, both
military and civilian Duncan
Other bases taking part in the
program are Camp Lejeune and
Seymour Johnson.
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CLAIRE MURPHY Assistant News Editor
THURSDAY February 23, 2006
Discussions on
naming of streets In
honor of MLK
Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Willis
building auditorium
ECU will hold two moderated
forums to provide public
discussion on the naming of
streets in honor of Dr Martin Luther
King, Jr. The forums, sponsored
by the Chancellor's Community
Advisory Council, will be held Feb.
27 at 7 p.m. in the Willis Building
Auditorium and March 27 at 7 p.m.
at the Eppes Recreation Center at
400 Nash St. in Greenville. Among
the participants in the first forum
will be ECU geography professor
Derek Alderman who will discuss
his research on the naming of
streets after the civil rights leader.
Co-chairs of the ad hoc committee
are: City Council member Rose
Glover and Don Ensley, Assistant
Vice Chancellor for Community
Engagement. Other members of
the ad hoc committee are ECU
geography professor Rebecca
Torres, Michelle Lieberman, ECU'S
Student Neighborhood Relations
Facilitator and Austin Bunch, Chief
of Staff.
For more information, contact
328-0607 or Rose Glover, 752-
1113; Derek Alderman, 328-4013
or aldermand@ecu.e8u.
Greenville Theater '
Project auditions
Friday, Feb. 24 from 4 - 8 p.m. in
Bate 2021
Auditions for The Greenville
Theater Project's Ooops!
Squad. Improvisational comedy
shows beginning in April. Those
with previous improvisational
experience are greatly encouraged
to come out, as are those who
have always wanted to give
improv a try. For more information
about the GTP Ooops! Squad, visit For
more information, call Anthony
Holsten, 758-4190.
Unforgettable: The Nat
King Cole Story
Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in
Wright Auditorium
An engaging production of the
man, the myth and the music
of the legendary Nat King Cole.
Comedy, drama, twenty finely
delivered songs and a sparkling
trio paint a riveting portrait of the
American jazz legend.
For more information: Central
Ticket Office, 328-4788, 1-800-
ECU Spring Graduation
The final day for the Spring
Graduation Expo is today, Feb.
23,2006. The expo is from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. in the Wright Place Rear
Dining Room. Students graduating
in May are invited to a special
expo featuring representatives
Irom a variety of vendors and
campus departments available
to help with graduation needs.
May grads may pick up caps and
gowns, and important information
about commencement. For more
information, call Dowdy Student
Stores at 328-6731 or visit online
Open mic night
Open mic night will take place at
the Pirate Underground at 7 p.m.
March 8. Come out for some free
food and express yourself.
Sophomore Survey
ECU will again conduct a
sophomore survey to help evaluate
its institutional performance. This
survey is mandatory of all the
selected sophomores (45-60
credit hours; 30 hours completed
at ECU) and the records of these
sophomores will be tagged March
2 if it is not completed. Students
may check with the registration
staff at 328-6747 to see whether
or not they have a tag andor if it
has been removed. Students may
opt out of the survey by simply
submitting a blank form. This will
also remove the tag. Sophomore
surveys may be taken at onestop.
Contra dance
The ECU Folk and Country
Dancers are sponsoring a Contra
dance on Friday, Feb. 24 at the
Willis Building on First and Reade
Streets downtown. Beginner
lesson begins at 7:30 p.m. and
the dance will be from 8 -10:30
p.m. Tickets are $3 for students,
$5 for FASG members and $8 for
the public. This is a smoke-and-
alcohol-free event.
News Briefs
NC Eye Exams
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Nearly a
dozen local school boards sued
the state Tuesday over a new law
requiring comprehensive eye exams
for children entering kindergarten,
arguing it violates the U.S. constitution
and the state constitution's mandate
for free public education.
Flanked by a pediatrician, eye doctor
and others opposed to the exam,
local schools representatives said
the examinations, which cost from
$65 to more than $120. are too
expensive and unnecessary since
children already must receive vision
screenings before entering school.
The law set aside $2 million to help
parents pay for exams uncovered
by Medicaid or other government
The exam would be conducted by
an optometrist or ophthalmologist to
check for seven different disorders. As
justification for the requirement, Black,
D-Mecklenburg, cited a National
Institutes for Health study that found
that vision problems weren't caught
in at least 10 percent of children who
received basic screenings.
SUPCO store shooting
COLUMBIA, SC. (AP) - A convicted
murderer who was eligible to be
resentenced when the U.S. Supreme
Court outlawed capital punishment
for youthful offenders can get less
than life in prison, the state Supreme
Court ruled Tuesday.
Eric Dale Morgan was about two
weeks shy of his 18th birthday when
he shot and killed a Spartanburg
convenience store owner in 2000.
He was convicted and sentenced
to die in March 2004. That sentence
was invalidated last year when the
U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the
death penalty for juveniles was
The state argued that the only option
was a life sentence without parole
because the jury found armed robbery
to be an "aggravating circumstance"
in the case.
"Whether the jury found certain
aggravating circumstances
at his sentencing proceeding is
irrelevant because the discussion
of aggravators arises only when the
state seeks the death penalty, which
the state cannot do in this case
Justice James E. Moore wrote in the
unanimous opinion.
California Death Penalty delayed
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) - The
execution of a condemned killer
was postponed early Tuesday after
two anesthesiologists refused for
ethical reasons to take part, and
attorneys pursued a new round of
Blood Drive in
Pictured above is Amanda Upchurch, sophomore athletic
training major, and a nurse from the Red Cross monitoring
her progress. The blood drive, which incorporated a friendly
donating competition, was called "Scholars vs. Statesmen"
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court challenges that could delay the
execution indefinitely.
Michael Morales, 46, was supposed to
die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. But
the execution was put off until at least
Tuesday night after the anesthesiologists
objected that they might have to
advise the executioner if the inmate
woke up or appeared to suffer pain.
"Any such intervention would clearly
be medically unethical the doctors,
whose identities were not released,
said in a statement "As a result, we
have withdrawn from participation in
this current process
The judge's ruling renewed an ethical
debate that has persisted for many
years about the proper role of doctors
in executions and the suitability of
the lethal injection method used in
California and 35 other states.
Star Wars video games
(AP) - If you thought Star Wars finally
ended last year with Episode III:
Revenge of the Sith, think again. The
space opera appears destined to live
longer than Jedi Master Yoda as a
series of video game spinoffs.
After the familiar music score and
scrolling text kick things off, you
lead either the Rebel Alliance or the
Empire in the ongoing turf war for
control of the galaxy.
You don't get to be ruler of the
universe without a fight.
Conquering a planet involves
amassing large fleets of space
cruisers, soldiers and armored
vehicles. Usually, you'll have to assault
opposing space defenses, then
conduct a ground assault.
You'll have to always be thinking
about your ability to spread forces
evenly to continually gain territory
and prevent losing it again.
A lack of variety limits the longevity of
"Empire at War With only two sides
to fight for, the very thing that makes
Star Wars such an enduring tale of
good versus evil ultimately prevents
gamers from enjoying a richer, more
engaging experience.
Tainted blood
TORONTO (AP) - Three Canadian
health officials, a U.S. pharmaceutical
company and one of its senior
American executives pleaded not
guilty Tuesday to charges that
their neglect allowed thousands of
Canadians to contract HIV through
tainted blood.
After weeks of delay and initial fears
that some charges would be thrown
out, hemophiliacs who received the
tainted blood and relatives of those
too ill to come to court, or who have
already died, were relieved when the
trial finally got under way.
The courtroom was filled with victims
and family members of those who
received the contaminated blood
products from Bridgewater, N.J
based Armour Pharmaceutical Co.
One HIV-positive woman sat with
her husband and two daughters, a
toilet paper roll at her side as she
repeatedly dabbed at her eyes and
glared at the defendants.
"I think the victims want to see
justice done said James Kreppner,
a hemophiliac who received tainted
blood in the 1980s and is now gravely
ill with HIV and hepatitis C
Car bomb In Baghdad fatal
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A car bomb
exploded Tuesday on a street packed
with shoppers in a Shiite area of
Baghdad, killing 22 people and
wounding 28, police said. It was the
deadliest bomb attack in the Iraqi
capital in a month.
At least eight other people were killed
and more than 30 injured Tuesday in
bombings and shootings elsewhere
in Baghdad and in attacks on beauty
parlors and liquor stores, symbols
of Western influence, in Baqouba
northeast of the capital.
The car bombing occurred shortly
before 5 p.m. in a Shiite corner of
Dora, a predominantly Sunni Arab
district of Baghdad and one of the
most dangerous parts of the city,
rocked almost daily by bombings,
ambushes and assassinations.
It was the deadliest bombing in
Baghdad since Jan. 19.
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"Daddy's not in there said
Cole when he saw the casket on
the day of Kyle's funeral.
"He's in Heaven Cole said
while pointing his tiny finger
skyward while his grandmother
held him close.
Later, Cole released some
balloons into the sky as a gift
for his dad.
While Jeff Niccum wants the
help of ECU students in find-
ing who killed his son, he also
wants students to see his son as
an example.
When asked about what he
wanted others to learn from
his son's death, Jeff Niccum's
response was, "Nobody is invin-
"People need to be careful
when they decide to go drink-
ing Sgt. Worthington said.
"Especially if it's in an area
they're unfamiliar with. If you're
going to drink, you need to have
a designated driver or a desig-
nated walker
Jeff Niccum is asking for
students to, "Keep their eyes and
ears open. The best way to solve
this crime is for someone to come
forward with more information.
Please help us in any way pos-
sible. We'd be eternally grateful.
We just want some closure
The accident is still
under investigation by the
Greenville Police Department's
TrafficSafety Unit. Anyone with
additional information about the
accident should contact Officer
J. R. Cobb at 329-4146 or Officer
B. C. Hill at either 329-4145 or
329-4315. People should also feel
free to contact Pitt-Greenville
CrimeStoppers at 758-7777.
The Niccum family has set
up a trust fund to help pay for
Cole's education. Donations can
be sent to:
1108 Country Brooke Drive
Raleigh, N.C. 27603.
Checks should be made to
Jeff Niccum in care of Cole
Information for this article
provided by:
Original article published by
The Daily Reflector, written by
Erin Rickert.
Article provided courtesy of
Bobby A. Burns, News Editor, The
Daily Reflector.
Police Report from the
Greenville Police Department.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
Memorial from page A1
cates and plaques that Wilentz
received were on display.
Books Wilentz had written,
including She, Belizean Women
Books and Healing Narratives,
Women Writers Curing Cultural
Disease, were on display along
with others.
The memorial was a true
celebration and reminder of the
many accomplishments and
contributions Wilentz made
for both the university and her
The incredible turnout at her
memorial in itself speaks for the
amazing life of a truly unique,
special individual. There can
be no doubt Wilentz will be
This writer can be contacted at
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JENNIFER L HOBBS Editor in Chief
THURSDAY February 23, 2006
Our View
Pirate Baseball
The ECU baseball team has gotten off to
an impressive start in the 2006 season
under first year coach Billy Godwin.
The Pirates have series victories over
Maryland and College of Charleston
and an overall record of 5-2 thanks
in large part to a solid pitching staff.
Two years ago when the Pirates made
a run to the College World Series, they
boasted one of the most dynamic
offenses in the country only to have
pitching fail them with the game on
the line.
Now with a shored up staff that includes
the likes of starters Dustin Sasser and
T.J. Hose, who both have a 0.75 ERA in
two starts each, along with an experi-
enced bullpen, Godwin can comfort-
ably send a number of hurlers to the
mound in the clutch, something the
Pirates arguably lacked in years past.
That isn't to say the Pirates' offense
is less than formidable. ECU is hitting
over .300 as a team and while they
may be absent home run threats up
and down the lineup, the Pirates are
talented enough to light up the score-
board, as evidenced by a 19-5 rout
against Duke on Tuesday.
ECU has a nice blend of veteran
leadership and youth as seniors Jay
Mattox, Jake Smith and Adam Witter
have been hot at the plate.
Mattox leads the team with a .429
batting average and Smith and Witter
are hitting well over .300 with a homer
each. Smith has a team high nine RBI.
We're only weeks into the season, but
so far it seems ECU is back on track to
make a run deep into the post season
with a complete squad, both offen-
sively and defensively. They will face a
true test of their talent with an upcom-
ing road series against national power-
house Cal. St. Fullerton March 10-12.
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Pirate Rant
Opinion Columnist
System works in Haiti but U.S. doesn't like it
Foreign election
showcases hypocrisy of
the Bush administration
In my mind, there are two
kinds of countries that make up
this world we live in: brand name
countries and generic countries.
The brand name countries of the
world are pretty obvious. Let's just
say that if the planet Earth were
one giant clothing store, the brand
name countries would be the
clothes in the storefront window,
showing those who walk past the
very best the store has to offer.
These countries are rich, power-
ful and immensely successful.
The Republic of Haiti is clearly
the latter kind of country. To put
it bluntly, if the United States is
the Armani suit of the world,
Haiti is little more than a soiled
pair of purple sweatpants in a
dumpster behind K-Mart.
Destitute and rife with gang
warfare, Haiti has been on the
verge on anarchy for years.
The past two years have been
especially difficult, following
a 2004 political coup d'etat
which unseated Haiti's elected
leader, President Jean-Bertrand
Although the rebellion was
a clear attack on democracy,
the Bush administration was
ambiguous in their response,
publicly denouncing the actions
of the rebels (the Haitian elite)
while somewhat suggesting that
Aristide's removal may actually
be the first steps toward stabil-
ity in the nation. It should also
be pointed out that the United
States had no problem interject-
ing itself into the rebellion that
brought Aristide to power in
So as you can imagine, it's
not often that good news actually
comes out of what has become
the most impoverished nation
in the Western Hemisphere.
However, when I opened the
paper Feb. 10, that's exactly what
I found.
The good news was this:
Haiti had just run presidential
elections and early electoral
results showed that candidate
Rene Preval was poised to win
the contest. The significance of
Preval's impending win was tied
to whom he represented, the
nation's overwhelming major-
ity of Haiti's 8.5 million people
living in extreme poverty.
Preval ran for office on a
very ambitious platform, call-
ing for public schools, increased
foreign investments, the use of
negotiations rather than force to
end gang warfare and a complete
overhaul of the nation's flawed
government. In a magnanimous
gesture, Preval even pledged to
appoint a prime minister from
whichever political party won
control of Parliament in this year's
elections knowing perfectly well
that it would not be his own.
On paper, Preval certainly
seems to be the perfect leader
for Haiti at this point in time. As
President Bush might say, he's a
"uniter not a "divider He has
clear goals for the nation and if
successful, Haiti could very well
make some positive strides and
eventually be in a position to crawl
out of that metaphorical dumpster
behind K-Mart. So if this is such a
positive event for Haiti, why has
the United States done everything
in its power to keep Preval from
actually taking office?
I won't go so far as to say that
the United States was responsible
for Aristide's removal in 2004
- enough Haitians have said it
that it's almost unnecessary.
Besides, that's all in the past. It's
quite clear that the traditional
Haitian elite who took control
in 2004 - later put under the
control of a U.Sinstalled interim
government - attempted to rig
this election.
I'm not just speculating either.
Patrick Fequiere, a member of
Haiti's election council, said
it himself. When Preval came
up short of the 50 percent vote
needed for an instant victory, the
council voted him in anyway to
avoid the backlash that would
surely come from a subsequent
run-off, which could very well
rob Preval of his victory.
"We had to do something
said Fequiere. "We could have
just told Preval he got 48.76 per-
cent, but when he contests the
results, all of this mess is going
to come out - the blank votes, the
missing votes
Even after his confirmation,
President Bush and his adminis-
tration are insisting that Preval
share power with the traditional
elite after begrudgingly accepting
him as Haiti's presidential-elect.
Share power? If that's the way the
world is supposed to handle dis-
puted elections, Al Gore would be
co-president right now and we'd
probably all be better off.
So to answer my earlier ques-
tion, the United States govern-
ment doesn't want Preval in
office simply because the United
States is better off having Hai-
tians starving to death and kill-
ing each other. What does the
United States have to gain from a
strong, independent Haiti when a
country run by like-minded elites
is so much easier to manipulate?
They don't care about Haiti
or any other country, for that
Maybe if the Bush admin-
istration were up front about
that attitude, it would be a bit
easier to swallow. Instead, our
government runs around the
world pretending to be this
high-minded nation that wants
to "liberate the oppressed" and
"spread democracy" - only we've
seen too many times what hap-
pens to those oppressed peoples
when they democratically elect
someone who doesn't suit the
U.S. government's agenda.
The United States have been
telling the Palestinians to con-
duct democratic elections for
years now. Earlier this year,
the Palestinians held the elec-
tions and voted in candidates
representing the terrorist group
How do you think President
Bush felt the day after those elec-
tions? Do you honestly believe
he was sitting the Oval Office
thinking, "I sure am glad we
brought democracy to the Pal-
estinians Or do you think he's
on the phone to Cheney asking,
"What the hell are we going to
do about this?"
The United States is obviously
one brand name country that
will not be satisfied until they
have a monopoly on the entire
world and seemingly will do
anything to reach that end, But
is that such a good thing?
In My Opinion
(KRT) If unmarried women
turned out in force for elections,
they could shape the results. But
they don't.
It's a tantalizing problem,
especially for Democrats, whom
unmarried women tend to favor.
If the 20 million who didn't
vote in 2004 had turned out,
John Kerry would be in the
White House, based on fig-
ures released Wednesday by a
liberal get-out-the-vote group
that specializes in women. If
they'd even turned out at the
same rate as married women,
Kerry probably would've won.
Unmarried women are "by far
the most Democratic base, except
for African-Americans said Dem-
ocratic pollster Stanley Green-
berg, the chief executive officer
of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner,
which conducted the survey. "We
ought to be looking at this" as a
political opportunity, he added.
About 54 million women in
America aren't married, nearly
half of all voting-age women,
according to Greenberg. His
survey, sponsored by the "Wom-
en's Voices. Women Vote. Action
Fund explored the reasons that
20 million single women elected
not to vote in 2004.
Greenberg concluded from
a survey of 1,509 unmarried
women that they:
-Are more likely than unmar-
ried men to think that politics is
too complicated to understand.
-Doubt that their votes would
make a difference.
-Worry most about the war
in Iraq, followed by health care,
then the economy and jobs.
-Earn much less than men or
married women. Half of unmar-
ried women are in households
that earn less than $30,000 a
year, about twice the fraction of
married women.
-Disapprove of President Bush
by a 2-to-l ratio.
-Move more often than mar-
ried women and are less likely to
own their homes.
-Ignore mainstream media, so
they're harder to reach through
TV ads.
-Respond better to political
ads that are framed in terms of
issues and facts than to negative
ads or ads that stress political
party identity.
"They just sort of feel unin-
formed and not politically pow-
erful said Greenberg's daughter,
Anna, the vice president of
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and a
researcher for the study. "So they
don't want to participate
The ranks of unmarried
women are growing faster than
most other groups because women
today wait longer before marry-
ing for the first time and remain
unmarried longer after divorce.
They also are more likely to live
with their partners before marry-
ing and to live with them longer.
African-American women
often are unmarried partly
because they find it difficult to
marry outside their race. Due to
high mortality and incarceration
rates, there are 86 African-Ameri-
can men for every 100 women,
said Avis Jones-DeWeever, a
researcher for the Institute for
Women's Policy Research, a
nonprofit that studies income
security for women.
Low wages for single women
make them feel marginalized, she
added. "Unmarried wome'n don't
vote because the government
doesn't pay attention to them
Stanley Greenberg said the
findings snowed the potential for
recruiting unmarried women to
vote. To get through to a group
that shuns mainstream media,
he suggested using cell phones,
e-mails and door-to-door cam-
paigns, especially in swing states
or districts in which the vote is
likely to be close.
Too many of you people try to be Dr. Phil. You
should just settle your disputes with a fight instead
of arguing back and forth through Pirate Rant.
lack Johnson did the Curious George soundtrack.
That rocks so much! We should get him to come
play here! Forget Kanye!
OMG! This is college, not kindergarten! The
barely there "snow" was not an adverse weather
condition. It was a minor inconvenience maybe.
If you want to know the weather, get up five
minutes early and watch the Weather Channel,
local news or (dare I say it?) stick your head
outside. If it's cold or snow is on the ground,
wear appropriate clothing. Do not depend on
ECU or anyone else to have to baby-sit you and
tell you what it's like outside! Grow up. If there
was considerable accumulation, ECU would
have cancelled classes because of hazardous
j conditions, which was not the case.
Winter: If you're not going to snow and close
1 things, then you need to leave!
; To the person who ranted about "Fraggle Rock
yes, "Fraggle Rock" was a great show indeed. Kind
of like Coldstone is great, but only in puppet form.
Vixen, girl, you need some serious help. Please
stop wasting TEC space to cry and moan about
breaking up. You did it because you wanted to
dive it up and party, etc. Fate? Please. That's just
your way of trying to justify your stupidity.
My roommate is a hippie and yeah, all the ste-
reotypes are true.
My friend (probably in third trimester) has been
craving a pastrami sandwich. Why is it so hard for
a pregnant woman to get the sandwich she craves?
Shhh! Don't blow our cover! We Southerners
aren't idiots you know. A little snow, get out of
school and off work! What's so wrong with that?
We do the same thing with hurricanes. (Note:
Earlier this year, we've had rain showers worse
I than that thing!) We know what we're doing!
i Don't you hate it when people support sports
j teams from a city that they nave absolutely no
i connection to? I don't care if you hate it or not.
I hate it, and I'm telling you.
The "loan a book" program as you call it is one
little "perk" for staff and faculty and their kids
attending ECU. Give us state employees a break!
Have you seen our paychecks?
Sucking up to the professor is the best thing I
have going for me in one of my classes. I mean,
doing it last semester got me an A when every-
one else got Bs and Cs. Why stop now?
To the guy in the yelloworange hoodie singing
"Baby ILove Your Way" in Wright on Wednes-
day around 10 a.m you are beautiful. That is
my favorite song and you made shopping for a
bagel and a diet Pepsi so enjoyable. Hope to see
you in there again soon!
We fired Bill Herrion for this? Good talent
horrible coaching ECU Basketball.
It's not North Carolina that smells bad, it's just
About the "Our Confederate Dead" monument:
I've grown up in Greenville, and my family has
always been southern. Almost all the men in my
family at the time if the Civil War fought for the
Confederacy, and many died. That statue means
a lot to me. And remember, the winners get to
write the history books! The Civil War was not
about slavery. The issue of slavery was kind of the
popularity booster toward the end of the war.
Those men gave their lives for freedom.
Some of us do feel an enormous pressure to go
Greek. I hate Greek life and I've almost joined
two frats this semester. Peer pressure exists in
college too!
Why does the brewed coffee at Java City taste
like bitter swill? Seriously, my cat can Drew a
better cup of coffee!
I pulled up to the house about seven or eight
and I yelled to the cabbie "Yo, homes, smell
'ya lata Looked at my kingdom, I was finally
there, to sit on my throne, as the prince of Bel-
Air. Sorry, I just needed to let that out.
So my sorority says it's all about sisterhood, but
then they go around talking about each other
every chance they get? I just don't understand.
What happened to the gentlemen at ECU? I
would for once just love to go out on a date and
have a guy treat me like I am a princess.
My friend thinks he was a cockroach in another
life and earlier today I killed a cockroach that
was in our pantry, and he's giving me the "silent
treatment because he thinks that I killed his
great aunt.
If you are a guy out there and have anything at
all going on with a special lady friend, quit play-
ing games, grow some balls and let her know
how you feel or at least what you want out of it
- even if you are just in it for getting some At
least tell her so she doesn't waste her time.
To my roommate who obviously doesn't realize
the reason why our heating bill is so high: it is
because of you making the thermostat cooler
when you "get hot at night" or making it warmer
because your little precious "feet are cold Take
off your sleep pants or put on some socks!
How can people sleep with their socks on?
Is it normal to be 20 years old and have a few
stray grey hairs and already have extremely
wrinkled skin?
Why are there girls working out in the Rec
Center with makeup on? I am definitely not
going to be interested when I look at your sweaty
towel with mascara and foundation all over it.
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teams prepare written proposal
packages that are submitted to
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The written proposal com-
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At the presentation portion
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After the conclusion of team
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"Being in the competition,
I feel like I received a better
understanding of how everything
comes together to complete a land
acquisition package said Aubrey
B. Taylor, a 2005 team member
and ECU graduate of May 2005.
"Everything from market-
ing research to estimating land
development and construction
costs to creating an exit strategy
and maintaining even flow.
Having to participate in all the
tasks involved, in the competi-
tion helped to tie all my classes
from school together into one
'capstone' course. 1 also received
a better understanding of how
the land development process
Taylor is now a Field Manager
for Centex Homes in their Myrtle
Beach Division.
Participation in the
competition is an excellent
avenue for students to obtain
internships and jobs from
industry leading residential con-
struction companies. There is a
job fair held in conjunction with
the International Builders Show.
Some students receive invita-
tions to exclusive events held by
employers. Many students make
contacts that lead to future job
offers, while others leave the job
fair with firm offers.
This year, the team is
comprised of 10 students
representing a cross-section of
its Construction Management
student body. This cross-section
reflects thediversity of thecampus
and the workplace. Some are tra-
ditional students, while others are
non-traditional students with job
experience who are formalizing
their education or retraining
to change careers after being
The 2006 ECU Competition
Team included Steven Beatty,
Raymond Garris, Matthew Hill,
Tia Hudson, Grant Lockhart,
John "Baxter" Matthews, Jeremy
Morrison, John Rappoport,
Andrew Rowley and Scott Seaman.
The 2006 Presentation Team
members were Steven Beatty,
Raymond Garris, Matthew Hill,
Jeremy Morrison, John Rappo-
port and Andrew Rowley. Donna
Hollar, a member of the faculty of
the Department of Construction
Management, functions as the
Competition Team Coach.
There are nearly 600 stu-
dents enrolled in Construction
Management. These students
are working to obtain a Bach-
elor of Science in Construction
Management. Many also obtain
a minor in Business Admin-
istration. The degree empha-
sizes commercial and general
construction. However, about
40 percent of ECU's graduates
enter the residential construc-
tion sector.
The trend toward residen-
tial construction is increas-
ing. Because of this, the
department is in the process of
adding a residential construc-
tion track to its curriculum. The
department also intends to add
a heavy construction track in
the future.
The 2006 team wishes to
acknowledge the support of many
individuals and companies who
assisted in making participation
Special recognition goes
to our financial sponsors: East
Carolina Construction Associa-
tion, KB Home, Raleigh Division
and Professional Construction
Estimators Association Coastal
Plains Chapter.
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qualified employees, contact
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"We now have first-name
relationships with key members
of the industry and these persons
know that ECU is going to be a
long-term partner in developing
tomorrow's residential profes-
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Page B1 252.328.6366 CAROLYN SCANDURA Features Editor KRISTIN MURNANE Assistant Features Editor
THURSDAY February 23, 2006
Campus Confessions:
I have mastered the art of sleeping
with my eyes open, so if you see me
staring Into space during class dont
bother me, I'm sleeping.
I've taken two exams this semester
when I was still a little drunk from the
night before, and I did better on both
of them than any others.
Is it bad that I could care less about
the stupid winter Olympics?
I like to smell the underside of my nail
because it always smells weird if my
nail is long.
I hate my roommate because he is
part of my race and he is a self-hater.
When my roommate goes home for
the weekend, I wear her clothes and
hang them back in her closet without
washing them.
I dream about making out with my
lab partner on one of the lab tables.
He's kind of dorky, but in a sexy Clark
KentSuperman sort of way.
I have been having a sexual
relationship with an instructor.
I make a big deal about being lactose
intolerant, but I am not. I grew out of
that allergy a decade ago.
I'd like to mandate that everyone who
still thinks It's funny to scream out
trademark UP Jon phrases should
have steel plates bolted to their
mouth, Beetlejuice style. Seriously,
the horse is dead.
I am terribly ashamed to take a
poo in a public bathroom. I mean,
the toilets are there, but the entire
nature of handling your business
makes it somewhat undesirable to
expose passing strangers to. After
all, if you happen to venture Into a
public bathroom, you might know
what someone's fecal matter smells
like before you even know their name.
That's just not right.
I am totally incapable of seeing the
difference between Kentucky and
Tennessee. They're the same state,
I signed the roll for my roommate in
ethics class.
I go the men's restroom when the line
is too long for the girls' restroom.
Due to the anonymous nature ot the Campus
Confessions, theauthenticftyofthe Campus Confessions
cannot be verified by The East Carolinian Staff.
Chocolate Rlcotta Pie
1 12 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
34 cup pine nuts, plus 34 cup,
toasted (about 8 ounces in total)
14 cup sugar, plus 34 cup
Pinch salt
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter,
melted and cooled slightly
12 cup water
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
(about 1 13 cups)
34 cup ricotta cheese
3 ounces cream cheese, at room
1 large egg
3 large egg yolks
Blend the flour, cornmeal, 34 cup
pine nuts, 14 cup sugar and salt in
a food processor until finely ground.
Add the butter and pulse, just until
the dough forms. Press the dough
over the bottom and about 2 inches
up the sides of an 11-inch-diameter
tart pan with a removable bottom.
Refrigerate until the dough is firm,
about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line the tart dough with aluminum
foil and fill with pie weights or dried
beans. Bake the tart shell In the lower
third of the oven until just set, about
25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil
and pie weights. Bake the shell until
golden, about 10 minutes longer. Cool
Combine the remaining 34 cup of
sugar with 12 cup water in a small
saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until
the sugar dissolves. Cool the sugar
syrup slightly.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate
over very softly simmering water.
Pulse the ricotta cheese and cream
cheese in a food processor until
smooth. Add the egg and egg yolks,
one at a time, and process until
smooth. Add the melted chocolate
and process until combined. With the
machine running, add the sugar syrup
in a thin steady stream and process
until smooth.
Pour the custard into the tart shell
and bake until the filling is almost set,
about 30 minutes or until the custard
has set. Scatter the remaining 34
cup toasted pine nuts on top of the
filling. Let the tart cool completely
before serving.
The tart can be wrapped in plastic
and refrigerated for up to three days.
Return the tart to room temperature
before serving.
'Date Movie' proves to be just that
Collection of parodies is
sure to please
First off, let's all thank the
Wayans brothers for bringing
us Scary Movie, the franchise
that has so far squeezed out
three movies worth of poking
fun. Actually, Scary Movie has
a fourth installment in post
production. Until recently, how-
ever, this franchise was thenly
notable dip into the spoof pool,
an aberration in Hollywood.
Now we might have a justifi-
able genre on our hands.
Date Movie is a spoof of epic
proportions. It's clear from the
trailer that you're coming to see
a movie that makes fun of other
current movies. The pleasant
surprise of this movie is that
even though you enter expect-
ing low-brow toilet humor, you
get something much more.
The draw of spoof-type
movies is that they make fun of
things with the sort of venom
that you would expect to see on
the Internet (in the 18-plus cat-
egory of course). For a perfect
example of the draw, check out
the TV show "Family Guy
Date Movie has this sort of
draw written all over it. Noth-
ing is safe from the scripted ire
of this movie, from movies to
current events to animals?
The movie is a parade of laughs
from start to finish.
The theme of this movie
is somewhat generic for the
romantic comedy - a woman
deeply desires romance and her
"prince charming" and seeks to
find a man who will see past a
few imperfections.
There are a few obstacles
along the way, and these obsta-
cles themselves are the com-
bined plots of a few popular date
movies like a wacky family (a la
My Big Fat Greek Wedding) or neu-
rotic parents (Meet the Parents,
you got it). Through the course
of the movie, the happy couple
traverses these obstacles to end
up together, happily ever after.
The part of this movie you
will enjoy is that you come to see
current spoofing, but if you're a
little older, you will appreciate
the spoofing of movies like Pretty
Woman. You will be grossed out
and it will make you laugh, but
you'll also notice some visual
humor and higher-order jokes.
They're in the movie; you've just
got to look for them.
I will comment on one prob-
lem with this movie. There's a
scene where the whole family is
at dinner and the humor seems
to be dragging. The whole audi-
In a dangerous venue, a bridal shop, Julia (Alyson Hannigan) and Andy (Sophie Monk) spoof 'Kill Bill
ence is waiting for their next
roll moment, the next thing
that's going to put them in the
aisles in stitches, and what do
we get? LIT Jon. The hilarity of
the movie at this juncture has
been put in the hands of a man
who can't put a whole sentence
together and whose comedic
draw has been exhausted, over-
played and beaten to death for
months. (Yes, this is a note
to all who want to be funny,
"yeaaaaaaah and "whaaaaaat!?"
just aren't funny anymore. Drop
it and let it die.)
Other than that, I must say
this movie is so funny and is so
many different kinds of funny
that it's a clinic in laughter.
You'd have to take a pencil and
paper to the movie with you to
ECU student: Her "American Idol" story
Sitting down with
Jennifer Sieminski
Jennifer Sieminski used to be
your typical ECU student. This
blonde-haired New Jersey native
is a Communication major and
describes herself as a "normal
kid But there is something
not so normal about this girl,
something that the majority of
us Pirates will never experience.
Sieminski was recently on the
number one rated television
show "American Idol After a
stellar audition at Solider Field in
Chicago, Sieminski was invited
to travel across the country to
the show's Hollywood auditions,
taking the next step to "Idol"
fame. This is her story.
TEC: First, can you take us
through the audition process?
Sieminski: I first auditioned
at Soldier Field. I think the
final head count was something
around 15,000. Everybody got
a ticket when you entered and
you had an assigned seat, so you
could leave the stadium, but
there were people who didn't
have money for a hotel overnight.
They stayed in the stadium, out-
doors, for two days; they had 12
tents on the field with lower level
producers. They funnel us down
and we sing in groups of four
and we go before these judges.
I ended up singing "Something
to Talk About" by Bonnie Rait
and the producers liked it and
they said "Can you sing another
song?" and I said "sure so I sang
"Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal
Flatts. I was the only one in my
group to go through. I was prob-
ably only like the 40th person
to get through that day. So I was
pretty psyched because I knew
that the next audition was the
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Jennifer Sieminski holds her 'Golden Ticket' to the next round.
most important. It was in front
of the executive producers, Ken
Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe. This
is where they decide who they
want in their top 24. 1 didn't
know that at the time, but now
I know it, so I went and I waited
for hours for these producers
and they made us memorize that
"Lady Marmalade" song because
that was our city's song.
TEC: That leads me into another
question. I've read online about
how you and a few other people
had talked about how everything
was edited too much and nothing
was how it seemed on TV, and
that the judges (Randy, Paula and
Simon) didn't really see everyone.
Is that true?
Sieminski: Yes, that's partly
true. When we went to the execu-
tive producers, only 300 people
from the 15,000 got to see them,
and I'd say about 200 of them
were genuinely bad. The produc-
ers know the difference between
people who are trying to fake it
and people who genuinely think
that they are God's great gift. It's
sad, because I witnessed this. I
tried to teach these kids "Lady
Marmalade" and 1 heard them
sing. The whole time I was just
thinking "these are those people
that they're going to parade on
TV Funny thing was, Crazy
Dave, 1 taught him the song
and I'm like "Oh my God, this
guy is so bad 1 felt so bad for
him. They didn't ask me to sing
"Lady Marmalade" because, I then
realized, they only had the bad
people sing it.
TEC: So how did your audition
with Simon, Paula and Randy go?
Sieminski: Simon was so nice to
me. 1 was very surprised. He said
"I love you. You're a natural. You
know what you want; you know
what you're doing. So it's a defi-
nite 'yes' for me Paula was like
"yeah, great tone but she doesn't
like girls, as we all know. So I
didn't really pay attention to her.
It was actually Randy who didn't
like me. He was like "yeah, that
was good dawg; it didn't blow
me away, but good audition
They were unanimous on send-
ing me through, so I was excited.
TEC: Well then, can you walk
us through the Hollywood audi-
Sieminski: I got there and the
first night we had an orientation
where we were told that we can't
have personal web pages and we
can't have stuff about us online
singing. You can't do this, you
can't do that. Anyway, they had
given us two weeks in between
the Chicago audition and Hol-
lywood, and we had a list of 12
songs to pick from for the first
round. I was thrilled because
"Bless the Broken Road" was on
there, so 1 didn't have to learn
a new song so I just wanted
to stick with what 1 knew. I was
going to be safe.
Our calls were at 7:30 in the
morning. The first day, they
had group one audition, which
was Las Vegas auditions, Austin
auditions. I was thrilled I wasn't
on day one. I had a day to relax.
So we went on a field trip and
we went to the Hollywood Bowl,
the Santa Monica Pier, the Hol-
lywood Walk of Fame and the
Kodak Theatre, where the finale
is held. When I auditioned, my
number was 72 and there were 75
people auditioning that day, so I
was at the very end and luckily,
I moved on from that point.
So here's where things start to fall
apart. Auditions ended that day
around 11:30 p.m. and we were
exhausted. I just wanted to go to
sleep, but no we have to get
into groups of three or four. My
group consisted of myself, the
oh-so-humble Katherine McPhee
and Crystal Stark. We picked "I
Can't Help Myself" (sugarpie
honeybunch), and we picked it
because it had easy words and we
knew the melody. It's now 11:30
see IDOL page B2
Fiery Furnaces live at Cat's Cradle
Matt Friedberger
discusses tea, choirs
and music
For those out of the loop, the
Fiery Furnaces are the brother
sister duo of Matt and Eleanor
Friedberger. It wouldn't be a
stretch to say they're one of the
most critically acclaimed and
highly praised rock bands play-
ing today. Last year, their two
releases, EP and Rehearsing My
Choir, made them the only art-
ists on the College Music journal's
year-end chart with multiple
records, at numbers 22 and 191,
With two red cats stamped
on my hands (the mark of being
under 21 at the Cat's Cradle), a
digital camera and a spot to sit
close to the stage against a graf-
fiti-tagged wall, I was ready for
the show to start.
Eleanor Friedberger, the main
vocalist, showed up on stage in an
all white outfit with a very ener-
Band members playing at Cat's Cradle on Saturday, Feb. 13.
getic start to the show. The man
behind the music, Matt Fried-
berger, was playing only guitar
this time around (no keyboards
like on the albums), and a bass-
ist and drummer who were both
very impressive backed them.
The mood was established
early with the familiar tune
"Asthma Attack" and an impres-
sive up tempo version of "Straight
Street" before diving into songs
from their newest record, Rehears-
ing My Choir.
It was in those songs that the
Furnaces were most remarkable.
Album versions of the songs fea-
ture their grandmother on vocals
alongside Eleanor and are accom-
panied by pianos and synthesiz-
ers; live, however, the mood was
much more rock 'n' roll.
Matt showcased a bluesrock
guitar approach that has been
relatively sparse since their
first release, Gallowsbird's Bark.
Guitar solos were thrown left
and right, and rhythmically, the
beats were tight and exciting.
Eleanor's vocals were virtually
flawless and her delivery of
lines like, "Zap-Zapped by the
zombie in the two-door Dodge"
were a treat to watch. The crowd
seemed to be very into it and
the atmosphere was attentive
yet relaxed. Overall, the set was
extraordinary and the encore
was wonderful.
While the show wasn't the
pyrotechnic phenomenon that
is a Kiss show, it wasn't sup-
posed to be. They proved that
they have even more depth than
their albums show and bring
something more to the table
live than just carbon copies of
their songs. Luckily, I was able
to talk to Matt Friedberger on
see FURNACES page B3
keep track of every movie, TV
show and current event that
gets spoofed in the entire run-
ning time, but you won't care,
you'll be laughing too hard to
really notice.
Grade: A
This writer can be contacted at
Washington D.C
Playground of
Fast, loud, strange
looking musicians
The word "punk" carries
many connotations - most people
associate the word with trouble
causing teens with black leather
jackets and Mohawks. Well, that's
pretty much right, but it's what
bands like Bad Brains and Minor
Threat (from which Fugazi later
evolved) contributed to the world
of music: freedom.
Punk was born, evolved and
perpetuated in America, and the
people who created it wanted
nothing to do with what every-
one else was doing. Punk, for
those of you unfamiliar with it,
is basically really fast and loud
guitar driven rock music, but
that's barely scratching the sur-
face and undermining the huge
influence that punk had in the
late 1970s and on future genera-
tions of rock music.
Punk has its roots in later clas-
sic rock acts such as Alice Cooper
and Iggy Pop, who pushed the
limits of stage performance and
began playing faster and more
intense rock music, straying
away from formulaic and osten-
tatious hair metal. In 1976, The
Ramones from New York released
the first punk album that really
attracted widespread attention
and marked the beginning of
punk popularity.
Punk had been brewing in
L.A New York and especially
Washington, D.C for years in
small nightclubs, such as the still
popular 911 Club in D.C. Punk
musicians nd followers had a
great sense of independence, cre-
ating almost a brotherly attitude
toward the D.C. scene, which
became known as harDCore, and
setting themselves apart with
spike studded leather jackets,
Mohawks, makeup and body
What better place for punk
to emerge than the capital of
'the land of the free"? The do-it-
yourself, independent attitude
kept punk alive. By not giving
into major record labels that
would overcharge for records
and tickets, punk bands were self
sufficient and proud. They cared
see PUNK page B3

from page B1
and the last thing we wanted to
do was sing more. At this point,
I started to break down. I was so
tired and this was so stressful
it was 2:30 in the morning before
they let us go back to the hotel
and then 7:30 call, everyone was
a bit tired and it was a little rough.
The group day went well. We got
group 22, and we had plenty of
time to practice.
We did well, and guess who forgot
.ill the words? Katherine but
that was the toughest part, the
group part. Anyway, around 3
a.m. they made us pick from 95
songs, and my first audition song
was on that list too. So I was just
like "why bother learning a new
song and killing myself over
it? I'll just sing 'Something to
Talk About I did really well. I
got great feedback. I never got a
negative remark from the judges.
That's why I was so confused
when I was put in the room
with the soon to be eliminated
contestants), and I looked around
before the judges) even came in
there and 1 knew I was cut. I just
knew it. I wanted to be in Ace's
TEC: Speaking of which, who
were the hottest guys there?
Sieminski: I'm in love with Ace.
I picked him from the beginning
to win. He didn't sound very
good on the Denver audition
when they showed him, but he
was amazing in Hollywood.
TEC: How do you feel about the
Brittenum twins? Are they really
as obnoxious as they came off as
on TV?
Sieminski: Yes, even more so.
We hated them. Everyone was
like, "I can't stand them They
were very obnoxious and it was
not surprising that they were
held on forgery and theft.
TEC: Most important question of
all. Is Ryan Seacrest as corny off
camera as he is on camera?
Sieminski: 'laughs No. I had
a chance to talk to Ryan a lot.
He's an extremely nice guy, very
down to earth, not corny at all.
He's a cool guy, he's nice. He
interacted with the contestants.
I liked him a lot.
TEC: Has anyone ever recognized
you from the show?
Sieminski: Yes. Last night when
1 was working at Chico's these
girls were talking to the waiter
and the waiter came up to me
and was like "those girls think
they know you. They saw you
on 'American Idol' last night
laughs Some girl on the bus
the other day asked me if I was
on there.
TEC: What advice do you have
for anyone interested in audition-
ing for the show?
Sieminski: Go in there with an
open mind and be ready for any-
thing. Know that it's a hit or miss
thing. You don't know what the
producers are looking for. They
have a preconceived thing that
they're looking for every season
before you get there. If you don't
make it past that first round,
don't give up. It's not you, it's
them. It's a very difficult process;
people always ask me if I'd do it
again and it's a long exhausting
process. You have to have a very
strong passion for this business.
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upcoming albums.
TEC: I know it's early in the tour,
but does it feel any different from
past tours?
Furnaces: Well, we played
Charlotte and we're in Florida
now. We haven't played any
shows here yet, but we're playing
different places this tour. Besides
that, you know, it's not much
different. It feels different for me
because I'm not carrying around
a keyboard with me.
TEC: Yeah, I noticed that. The
last time I saw you, about a year
ago, you played a lot more key-
board and the bassist was play-
ing a synthesizer, so it was sort
of a different feel. Is there any
reason you're not playing any
Furnaces: No big reasons. It's a
way to make it a different expe-
rience. We're sort of in-between
records, I mean even though
Rehearsing My Choir isn't that old,
we're in-between that and Bitter
Tea. It seemed more appropriate
to me to just play guitar.
TEC: Is Bitter Tea going to be
more guitar-based like what
you're doing with the guitar live,
or is that just something you're
doing on tour?
Furnaces: Oh no, it's all key-
boards, a lot of pianos, organs
and synthesizers. Well, some
guitar, but heavier on the others.
TEC: Similar to what you did on
Rehearsing My Choir?
Furnaces: This record has
drums and drum machines,
unlike Rehearsing My Choir. And
the songs have choruses and it's
not really narration like the last
album was, but more songs with
repeating choruses, the same
lyrics and what not. Does that
make sense?
TEC: Yeah, definitely. Did you
know when you were record-
ing Rehearsing My Choir that the
versions you were going to be
playing live were going to be so
different than the way they were
in the studio? They seem much
more consciously rock.
Furnaces: Live, you have the
drums so it's natural to make
them louder. You know, we try
to make them into rock songs. I
thought that would be fun. Live,
there are drums and no Grand-
mother, so you've got those dif-
ferences and so that was fun to
change them live.
TEC: When you sit down to
write a song, what are your
personal goals? Is it to write
something people will like or
something they'll think is weird
or unique?
Furnaces: (laughs! I think you
just have to try to feel fulfilled,
personally. It's not like writing
for a goal, but you just have to try
to satisfy yourself. So, no I don't
write for someone to listen and
think it's good or bad, but just that
it is for me, if that makes sense.
TEC: This summer you have
some solo albums coming out;
are they going to be a lot different
from the music you write for the
Fiery Furnaces or is it similar?
Furnaces: To me, they sound
completely different because I
wound up singing. One record is
all songs and one record is a story
record. On the story one I sort of
have this ghost language which
is something that happened
because I wanted an excuse to use
a lot of backwards vocals laughs).
It's more like Rehearsing My Choir
in that there's a story but no nar-
rating. The other is just songs. It's
a much louder rock record.
TEC: Finally, I guess I was just
wondering if the band name, The
Fiery Furnaces, comes from the
Bob Dylan song "Jokerman
Furnaces: Oh "Jokerman No,
the name comes from Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang. I was watching
and the dad says he's going to put
the car in the Fiery Furnace, and
1 knew it was a biblical reference.
The idea of fire and brimstone I
just thought sort of just fit for a
rock band, plus my last name is
Friedberger and there are two of
us in the band so you have the
two Fs. And the plural of Furnace
just when you say it seems sort of
hard and tongue-twisting.
Stay tuned to TEC and
WZMB for more information
about any upcoming shows
from The Fiery Furnaces.
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a repressive government and the
toils of life, but in a completely
proactive way. Songs typically
lasted two to three minutes, since
they were played so fervently,
and also reflected the attitude
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as loud, fast and straightforward
as they could.
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in the late 1980s and become a
huge influence on grunge and
later rock music. Punk has had a
series of submissions and revivals
in the music world, most recently
resurfacing in an unfortunately
mainstream form.
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many political and social move-
ments, they focused on the fact
that they have already become
outspoken social rebels and
gained a massive following that
is still predominant today.
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THURSDAY February 23, 2006
Keith LeClair Classic 2006
In-state rivals NCSU,
UNC-W come to
ECU will host the third
annual Keith LeClair Classic
beginning Friday morning, as
teams pay tribute to the man
who put ECU baseball on the
map and in the minds of people
throughout the country. While
LeClair continues his fight with
ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), the
Pirates and five other teams will
hopefully give the former skipper
the best three days he's had in
quite some time.
The Diamond Bucs welcome
opponents Penn State, UNC-
Wilmington and Virginia Tech,
as well as West Virginia and
N.C. State. Teams will play three
games against a combination of
three of the five other teams in a
round robin type format.
ECU gets under way Friday at
5 p.m. as they battle Penn State.
They will then play UNC-W at
1:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed
by Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
The tournament as a whole
gets under way bright and early
Friday, as the Hokies square off
against the Seahawks at 10 a.m.
Let's take a look at the Pirates'
PENN STATE: The Nittany
Lions don't quite pack the same
punch as Joe Paterno's Orange
Bowl champs. Penn State opened
the 2006 baseball season dropping
all three games at perennial power
Tulane. The Green Wave domi-
nated their inferior opponents 9-
3,12-0 and 9-4.1 wouldn't expect
Penn State to put up much of a
fight against the Pirates, but noth-
ing is a sure thing. With that in
mind, here are some players who
could have an impact in Friday's
game against ECU.
Key Hitters: Lance Thomp-
son - the senior outfielder was
named the Big Ten Player of the
Week after he hit .417 during a
three game series against Tulane.
Thompson was 5-12 for the set,
including a home run, a double
and four RBI. The Lion slugger
also recorded nine total bases,
as well as two runs scored while
slugging .750. This is the first time
a Penn State hitter has received
this honor since Matt Harter did
for the week of Feb. 24, 2004.
Brian Ernst - In two
The Pirates will face off against non-conference rival UNC-Wilmington, along with Virginia Tech and Penn State.
games started, the 5-foot-ll-
inch switch hitter was 4-for-8
at the plate, with four total
bases and one run scored. He
also slugged .500 for the series.
As a team, the Nittany Lions
only have three players batting
over .250 after three games of play.
The other one to do this besides
Thompson and Ernst was James
Spinelli, who only played in one
game, going 2-for-2 at the plate.
Key Pitchers: Scott Kelley-the
freshman right-hander made two
relief appearances against the
Green Wave. In his two innings
of work, he surrendered only one
hit and one run. His ERA for the
young season is 4.50.
Aaron Markowitz - the junior
reliever was the workhorse of the
staff over the weekend, leading
the team in innings pitched with
5.1. In his two appearances, he
gave up five hits and three earned
runs. He, along with Kelley, may
get some work against the Pirates
if the Nittany Lion starter is
chased early, as has been the case
in all three games this season.
Seahawks likely represent ECU's
most formidable opponent for
the weekend. They bring a 5-1
record to Greenville along with
a chip on their shoulder as they
had to watch their bitter rivals go
to their seventh straight NCAA
tournament last season, while
they were one of only three teams
in the country with 40 or more
wins not to make the field of 64.
Wilmington absolutely embar-
ks rassed Maryland-Eastern Shore in
a three game series 19-2,18-0 and
S 20-1 before dropping the open-
ing game against Wake Forest
S 7-9. The Seahawks bounced back
against the Deacons, taking the
last two games 10-8 and 10-5. Sat-
urday afternoon's game against
the Pirates could be an offensive
exhibition. Here are the key play-
ers for UNC-W.
Key Hitters: John Raynor - The
Colonial Athletic Association
named Raynor the Player of the
Week after the senior outfielder hit
.613 in a three game series against
Wake Forest. For the season,
Raynor has a six game hitting
streak with a .652 batting aver-
age and currently ranks second
on Wilmington's all-time batting
average list with a career .352
average. For the season, Raynor
has belted two home runs with
nine RBI and seven runs scored.
Chris Hatcher - The junior
outfielder is batting .619 with one
home run, five RBI, four doubles
and a team leading 15 runs.
Matt Poulk - leads the team
in RBI with 11. He is also tied for
the team lead with three round
trippers. The senior infielder is
slugging 1.056 and has scored
nine times.
Justin Barefoot - Tied with
Poulk for team lead in homers
with three. The redshirt sopho-
more is batting .450 with seven
RBI and nine runs scored.
Daniel Hargrave (.538,2 HRs,
9 RBI, 1.154 slugging percentage),
Steve Halford (.474, HR, 7 RBI)
and Jonathan Batts (.300, HR, 8
RBI) are also major contributors to
this loaded Wilmington offense.
Key Pitchers: Zach Booker - In
two starts this season, the junior
is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 12.2
innings. Booker has recorded 12
strikeouts, and opponents are
hitting .271 against him. Allen
Flood - Flood is 1-0 with a 2.61
ERA in two starts. He has only
given up five hits in 10.1 innings
see LECLAIR page B6
Ten Nagging Questions
Gilmore sounds off on
hot button sports topics
First of all, whoever
unscrewed my car antenna on
Saturday night, I want it back. Do
you see me laughing now that my
coveted AM dial has been erased,
limiting me to two garbage FM
choices? No. If it gets returned
in its proper place, no questions
will be asked.
Luckily, digitalwireless tech-
nological advances allowed me
to still stay informed during
a busy sports week. Just think
- if Al Gore hadn't invented the
Internet, I would have spent all
week positioning the aluminum
foil covered bunny ears amid
plumes of static. Instead, I took
a two-hour nap and didn't miss
a lick of the Daytona 500. Hal-
lelujah DVR.
So during a weekend chalked
full of Olympic, NASCAR and
men's basketball coverage, I found
myself perplexed by 10 questions
meant for a higher power. Not
as in God, but just a reasonable
fellow smarter than myself.
Five to Ponder
What are the chances
that the ECU ice hockey
team Is a varsity sport in
10 years?
Hey, never say never. How-
ever, never might be the closest
right answer. The days of ECU
facing Maine In the Frozen Four
are somewhere this side of an
eastern North Carolina glacier.
I'm on the bandwagon with the
next 700 fans packed in Bladez
on Ice on Friday, but too many
logistical hurdles loom for the
upstart squad beginning with the
athletic administration.
Athletic director Terry Hol-
land said in an interview with
TEC released Dec. 8 that "since
ECU has 19 sports that means
we support more sports than other
Conference USA schools and more
than many of our competitors
from BCS conferences with much
larger budgets
When asked about adding an
additional sport, Holland added
that "unless someone knows
something that I don't know, I
believe that until ECU'S athletic
budget is comparable to those of
schools with 20 or more sports
playing Division I-A football, ECU
will not add a sport.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad
news. Consider the financial
ramifications of an already drown-
ing financial budge Supplying
equipment, possibly converting
Minges into an ice rink and adding
women's sports or contracting
another men's sport to comply
with Title IX would be the tip of
the Iceberg. 1 know, bad pun.
If any sports will be added,
why not lacrosse or crew? At
least lacrosse with its increasing
popularity would draw more fans
than a men's or women's tennis
match. Tennis channel watchers,
the truth hurts.
As the sectionals began
Tuesday, are the high school
basketball playoffs still rel-
The national media drooled
over the top ranked Oak Hill
Academy's 88-74 Saturday win
over then-No. 2 North College
Hill. Both schools may hand out
high school diplomas, but these
basketball factories put education
a distant second. The premier high
school teams recruit from AAU
summer squads making public
high school basketball almost
I'm tired of newspapers being
saturated about prep athletes
being groomed to make qualifying
scores on the SAT. In this me-first
sports world we live in, how about
some team-oriented stories from
the state playoffs? Fewer than 10
people probably caught wind of
the first round barnburner when a
Washington l'am Pack player sank
two free throws with 0.05 seconds
left to edge Nash Central on Tues-
day. That's at least newsworthy.
Call me stupid, but does
anyone know where Andorra,
Liechtenstein or Moldova is?
I don't claim myself to be
a geographical buff, but I'm no
slouch either. I could name my
state capitals by the third grade.
But watching the theatrical waste
of millions that was the Olympic
opening ceremonies, I realized
that I need to touch up on my
map skills. Certainly none of these
countries have a chance to medal,
but shouldn't it be a prerequisite
that American fans have been
taught of the country's existence?
By the way, what is the difference
between Slovenia and Slovakia?
And NBC wonders why they can't
garner ratings. Either Americans
need to dust off their Geosafaris
or the IOC needs to provide more
extensive entrance requirements.
Is crazy ,
naming UNC among the Tap
10 College Basketball Student
David Letterman and I love
top 10 lists. I don't love his, mainly
because that dweeby sunglass-
wearing fool always spazzes out.
Nevertheless, In order of the most
raucous crowd to the sedate. Sports
Illustrated listed Duke, Illinois, Ken-
tucky, Michigan State and Florida
In the top five. No arguments
there. Rounding out the top ten
was Kansas, Rutgers, Washington,
Gonzaga and UNC. Cue the funny
accented cowboy in disbelief that
Pace Picante Sauce was from New
York City. Only exchange the New
York City with UNC.
How on earth has Sam Cas-
sell's proclaimed "wine and cheese i.
crowd" emerged to become a top
10 student section? It must be a
Stuart Scott conspiracy. Appar-
ently the writers from Sports
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Illustrated didn't go 'on campus'
very often because this ranking
is downright laughable.
What about Michigan's
Cfisler Arena or Iowa State's
sea of red at Hilton Coliseum?
How can the U.C. Santa Barbara
Guacos' Thunderdome or even
the Pit at New Mexico be omit-
ted? Heck, Clemson, N.C. State,
Virginia, Virginia Tech and for
sure Maryland all have better
student environments than the
Tar Heels. Packing a small fac-
tion of students on two risers
tucked neatly in one corner
doesn't exactly constitute a rabid
distraction. Apparently SI didn't
have to sit in the Dean Dome
rafters where even Tyler Hans-
brough looks like an ant.
Does SMI need to be
spanked again by the
NCAA after possibly
committing more NCAA
The only team to ever suffer
the Death Penalty from the
NCAA could be in trouble again
for committing violations. The
only comfort is that this time
the basketball team is in trouble
instead of the fledgling football
team. According to the Dallas
Morning News, the NCAA is
investigating whether men's
Head Coach Jimmy Tubbs com-
mitted an NCAA rules violation
by accepting money from a
relative of one of his players. ;
The paper went on to report .
that Tubbs is alleged of accept-
ing money to pay for meals of j
several players.
Conveniently, SMU ath-1
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announced Feb. 2 that he will
retire at the end of May. In the
meantime, Copeland is taking
a medical leave of absence to
undergo kidney surgery that will
keep from the office for four to six
weeks. He let his colleagues know
about his surgery via e'mail.
Wasn't the Death Penalty
incentive enough to walk the
straight and narrow? Welcome
to C-USA. Forgive us if it makes
us wonder whether the recent
men's soccer Final Four team was
cheating too.
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Would I wet myself if Bob
Knight yelled at me had he
filmed his ISI' reality show
"Knight School" at ECU?
Thankfully for myself, -
my lack of basketball talent
would leave me still watching
"Knight School" at home. But
if for some reason, I started
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throwing around a flaming
ball a la NBA Jam causing me
not to miss, I'd bring another
pair of britches just in case. I'd
cower like a submissive puppy.
When will the SEC over-
turn this stupid rule of charg-
ing a university $5,000 every
time students rush the court?
The real question is when the
SEC will be good again in basket-
ball. Just think that if C-USA had
this rule, maybe ECU would save
money by not having to pay the
green-boated foot soldiers (Event
Staff) to guard Minges Coliseum
like it's the last stand at the
Alamo. What's next, equipping
LBwlSlr from page B4
while striking out six. The oppo-
sition is only hitting .147 against
the sophomore right-hander.
Adam Paul - the team's most
reliable reliever up to this point.
The veteran senior has faced the
minimum in 2.2 innings of work
and has yet to give up a hit.
to get a feel for this team since
they have only played two games
against a very weak Campbell
squad, who they beat comfortably
in two games 5-2 and 16-6. The
Hokies will be very solid offen-
them with riot gear in case
anyone goes bonkers and shoots
an imaginary 3-pointer?
Is a California cult going
to perceive the Missouri
Valley getting more NCAA
tournament bids than the
ACC as some sort of sign?
I thought analysts were just
kidding saying that the ACC
is down this year. But having
a conference with teams' mas-
cots that include the Bluejays,
Shockers and Salukis get more
tournament bids than the
ACC is just downright embar-
rassing. I laugh at you ACC.
If 2008's college baseball
opening date (Feb. 22) was in
effect this year, would I still
have frozen to death watch-
ing ECU baseball in February?
Baseball in early February is
like curling in mid-May. Playing
a spring sport in mid-winter is
silly and vice versa. Just think if
the players acted on an impulse
to lick their aluminum bats.
What is the chance that their
tongues would be stuck? How
awkward would an Adam Witter
at-bat be with his mouth frozen
to a bat?
Since Al Davis and Ricky
Williams are both bad at
following directions, would
an SI marriage dress spread
solve their troubles?
Oakland Raider Head Coach
Art Shell needs a running game.
Williams now needs a place to
run. Why not form the perfect
marriage? Ha. Seriously, a Wil-
liamsRandy Moss duo would
be a delightful concoction. To
complete the triumvirate, what
about signing ex-Cowboy and Jet
quarterback Quincy Carter? Talk
about a potent offense or at the
very least, one heckuva hotbox
in the huddle.
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sively and their pitching staff
has some bright spots. Sunday's
game against Virginia Tech could
be a trap game for the Pirates if
they don't play their A game.
Key Hitters: Bryan Thomas
- continuing the trend of Player
of the Week awards, Hokie third
baseman Bryan Thomas was
named the ACC Player of the
Week last week for his efforts in
the Campbell series. The junior
batted .700 in two games, with
two home runs and 10 RBI. He
also scored four times and is
slugging an astonishu 1.400.
He drove in a career high seven
runs in Virginia Tech's 16-6 win
in game two. Thomas led the club
last season with a .384 average.
Nate Parks - In two games
started, Parks was 4-for-8 with a
trip and two RBI. He scored five
times as well.
Sheldon Adams - The senior
outfielder was 4-for-10, with a
triple, an RBI and two runs scored.
Key Pitchers: David Cross
- The junior started game one
against the Camels and held
them at bay, pitching five solid
innings. He scattered five hits
and gave up just one earned run
while striking out four. He leads
starters with a 1.80 ERA.
Greg Fryman - came on in
relief of game two starter Ryan
Kennedy who got roughed up
for four runs and seven hits in
just three innings. Fryman was
brilliant for five innings, allow-
ing only three hits and no runs
to get the win.
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