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THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 81 Number 56
WEDNESDAY March 8, 2006
Chancellor speaks to students OWUE holds informational event
Students given chance
to be heard by ECU
administration
RACHEL KING
NEWS EDITOR
Tuesday night in Mendenhall,
Chancellor li.ill,ml and sev-
eral other members of school
administration were on hand
to address the university and
students' most frequently asked
questions.
The address opened with
Ben Wyche, SGA speaker of the
senate, who indicated to those
present that last night's program
was "an informal dialogue and
opportunity to communicate
with the leaders of our campus
community
Seated across the stage were
Chancellor Ballard, Dr. Lynn
Roeder, assistant vice chancellor
of Student Life and Mr. Corey
King, assistant vice chancellor of
Student Experiences.
Before Chancellor Ballard
spoke to the students and staff
present, Dr. Roeder, appearing on
behalf of Dr. Moore, began with
an update from Student Life.
Some of the things Dr. Roeder
illustrated for students included
renovations to Mendenhall Stu-
dent Center (which are going on
now and will continue with vari-
ous projects through 2008), reno-
vations to the Ledonia Wright
Cultural Center, which will break
ground in Spring 2007, and the
new College Hill Suites build-
ing, which opens to residents
this fall. She pointed out that
students seem to be very excited
about the new residential option
because the waiting list to get a
room in the new suites is over
300 students long.
Also coming to ECU are
extended food services, which
could be anything from a fruit-
and-snack kiosk to another
Subway. The food services will
be provided in the following
locations: the Belk building, the
Student Recreation Center, the
Bate building, the Allied Health
building, and a Subway will be
added to the Galley on College
Hill. Mendenhall Student Center
is also going to get a food court
in the future.
After this presentation, Dr.
Roeder introduced Chancellor
Ballard, who spoke primarily
about ECU's future as an educa-
tional institution.
"There were a lot of questions
from the studentsI am going
to address two right now Bal-
lard said.
"The first is, 'Where will the
university be in 2010?' Where we
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Economy still
showing strength
Iran's nuclear uncertainty
not roadblock for profit
LEE SCHWARZ
STAFF WRITER
Strong corporate profits in
spite of Iranian nuclear uncer-
tainty are a sign of just how strong
the economy is presently. The
S&P 500 companies are snowing
a profit increase of 14 percent on
average. Even technology compa-
nies, generally known as volatile,
are posting robust earnings as
electronic gifts were popular this
past holiday season.
"Obviously, the Iranian thing
is a wild card and nothing's
going to get resolved in the short
term, but the earnings are really
what's key to the market and any
longer-term perspective said
Marc Pado, a market strategist at
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
While the upbeat corporate
profits are good news, more inves-
tors will be paying more attention
to the Federal Reserve report on
the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
and "beige book which is a
summary of economic conditions
as determined by the Federal
Reserve. The beige book is pub-
lished twice a quarter based on
the economic reporting of the dif-
ferent federal districts. The report
is summarized by district and by
economic sector. The last one
came out at the end of November
and had mixed reports about the
economy including a downtrend
in financial stocks due to uncer-
tain interest rates, credit losses
and a slow down in refinancing
and equity loans.
Recently the United States
and EU, which did not see eye to
eye on Iraq, now completely agree
that Iran must desist its nuclear
program as the world simply is
not very trusting of the Iranian
regime's intentions. The United
States and EU would like to see
the matter settled before the UN
Security Council and are now
pushing for a meeting to decide
if Iran should be sanctioned if it
does not abide by the UN deci-
sion. The EU has declared talks
with Iran have come to a halt
because of non-cooperation.
Russia and China have halted
economic ties to Iran. The United
States and EU are optimistic that
Russia and China will come
around and refer Iran to the
Security Council.
Meanwhile, oil markets face
uncertainty as well over the Iraqi
insurgency and the Iran nuclear
showdown.
"The banner flying over the
region is one of instability and
uncertainty said Mustafa Alani,
at the Dubai-based Gulf Research
Center. Instability in the Middle
East is nothing new to oil markets
though, nor are nuclear ambitions
by some power-hungry Middle-
eastern regimes.
Investors are uncertain about
Federal Reserve actions. While
nearly everyone is sure that there
will be two more quarter point
raises in the Federal funds rate,
no one is sure what it will do
after that. The transfer of Federal
Reserve leadership from Alan
Greenspan to Ben Bernanke has
already created unrest in curren-
cies such as the U.S. dollar. It is
interesting that this leadership
transfer would create unrest,
considering the similarity of
Bernanke's ideals to those of
Greenspan's.
Investors have reason to be
optimistic, such as the fact that
Ford auto sales are up 46 percent
in China.
"We're quite confident that
Ford Motor Company as a whole
will again see a significant growth
in total sales volume in China in
2006, reflecting our strong prod-
ucts, expanded dealer network and
strong support by Ford Automotive
Financing China Mei Wei Cheng,
chief executive of Ford Motor
China Ltd said in the statement.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
There was an impressive crowd at Thursday's event, held by Our World Underwater Explorers
Scuba fans get a look at
the good life
LEE SCHWARZ
STAFF WRITER
Our World Underwater
Explorers (OWUE) held an event
Thursday night in Mendenhall to
present products and to educate
students on scuba diving. The
event included refreshments, a
presentation and a raffle. Part
of the presentation was a 20-
minute video sponsored by Rolex
showing graduate student and
OWUEmember Joe Hoit sampling
scuba gear all over the world.
Pete Wagner, owner of the
Greenville-based scuba gear shop
Rum Runner located near Pitt
Community College, sponsored
the event and was pleased by the
turnout of 70 people
"It was a great turnout. I
hope that we will be able to have
some more events like this in the
future said Wagner.
Among the items he donated
for the raffle were a regulator,
fins, a boat charter and a camera.
" It was a pretty awesome pre-
sentation by Rolex. It really helped
in trying to promote the program
at ECU. We hope to build student
interest in scuba diving said
Nick Talarlco, OWUE president.
OWUE raises funds by serving
at the concession stand at ECU'
home baseball games. OWUE's
upcoming events include trips to
Hollywood, Fla Key Largo, Fla
and Morehead City, N.C. Inter-
ested students can reach Talarico
at nrtlll4@ecu.edu.
This writer can be contacted at
news&theeastcarolinian. com.
Greek Life: negatively stereotyped?
It's all about perspective
CLAYTON BAUMAN
STAFF WRITER
Greek Life, a nationwide net-
work of fraternities and sororities,
has in recent years been seen by
some in a controversial light and
by others as a benefit to society.
Popular stereotypes toward
Greeks include the idea of mem-
bers paying for friends, as well as
that being in a fraternity or soror-
ity is a 24-hour job of binge drink-
ing and late-night partying.
"First off, the whole thing
about, 'yes, you pay money, and
go through the pledge process,
but, you might not get in and we
keep your money that's messed
up in my opinion said Lucius
Jordan, sophomore and athletic
training major.
"Second of all, it's like paying
for friends, and on top of that there
is a three month period where you
treat me like crap, haze me and
embarrass me in public, and then
we're supposed to be friends after
that because it's called brotherhood
and getting to know each other?"
Even after being told hazing
is against school policy and the
law, Jordan said, "Are you aware
that it goes on anyway?"
It's difficult at times, though,
not to associate the Greek crowd
in this light due the media atten-
tion they receive when a member
drops dead after drinking entirely
too much alcohol. This was the
case with Adrien Heideman,
18, died in May 2001 during an
informal Chico State fraternity
initiation ritual.
Nevertheless, should all par-
ties be held accountable nation-
wide to this stereotype?
Blake Nguyen, president of
the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau at
ECU, doesn't think so.
While stressing the impor-
tance of making life long friend-
ships with your brothers or sisters,
Blake also looks to the future well
after college.
"After college, it's network-
ing said Nguyen.
"You meet people, you meet
alumni and in just your four or
five years here, you'll be able to
go far and in the future you can
call bonds here and call bonds
there and use that networking
Nguyen offered some statis-
tics that were very close to what
the Interfraternity Council cites.
According to the Interfra-
ternity Council Statistics Board
at the Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, a technical college,
all but two U.S. presidents since
1825 have been Greek and 85
percent of the Fortune 500 exec-
utives belong to a fraternity.
More statistics can be viewed at
ifc.union.rpi.edustats.php.
"And honestly, a few bad
apples spoil everything and that's
the way life is said Nguyen
regarding those incidents where
injury or death occurred.
"It's about having people you
can trust in life, you can depend
on people, that are there for you
whenever you need it and vice
versa Phil Kendal, a sophomore
and member of Kappa Sigma said.
"You don't pay for your
friends, you pay for the things
you do with your friends
Greeks are active with philan-
thropy and community service
also.
Chi Omega works closely
with the Make-A-Wish Founda-
tion. They recently held a jeans
sale at their house on Fifth Street.
For every pair of jeans sold, $5
was donated to the foundation.
"Our philanthropy is the
Ronald McDonald house said
Katherine Powell, president of the
sorority Alpha Delta Pi.
"Ronald McDonald House is
a hospice that caters to families
with sick children in the hospital
who either cannot afford to stay
in hotels or have other young chil-
dren that need a place to stay that
offers free meals and playtime
Powell went on to add, "It is
my hope that ECU would not view
the Greek community as a party
club, but rather organizations
that can have fun while making
a difference at the same time
Last semester, the fraternity
Sigma Phi Epsilon sold brain
tumor awareness bracelets around
campus. Money for the bracelets
was then donated to the Brain
Tumor Foundation. One of Sigma
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CHITWOOD
ECU surgeon holds
prestigious position
Elected Vice President of
the Society of Thoracic
Surgeons.
KIMBERLY BELLAMY
STAFF WRITER
Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood
Jr. was elected by the members
of the Society of Thoracic Sur-
geons as vice president of the
society at its 42nd meeting held
in Chicago.
The meeting was held Jan. 30
- Feb. 1, 2006, and the election
gives Chitwood the opportunity
to become the society's president
in 2008.
More than 5,000 surgeons
perform surgical procedures to
the heart, lungs, esophagus and
other areas of the chest. The
society is a non-profit organiza-
tion whose goal is find ways to
better serve patients who must
have surgery.
Chitwood will be apart of the
executive board to the society.
Chitwood will act as a liaison on
the executive board of the STS
Council of Quality, Research and
Patient Safety.
Chitwood is the chief of car-
diothoracic and vascular surgery
in the Department of Surgery at
the Brody School of Medicine. He
is also the senior vice chancellor
for health services at ECU and
director of East Carolina Heart
Institute.
Chitwood has established
himself as respectful surgeon,
making many breakthroughs in
medicine here in Greenville and
other countries.
As of February 16, Chitwood
had performed more mitral valve
surgeries using the da Vinci Surgi-
cal System than any other doctor
in the world. He has performed
260 surgeries using the da Vinci
system and 750 total surgeries
in the United States, Europe and
Asia.
The da Vinci Surgical System
is a robotic method of perform-
ing surgery that ensures precision
and accuracy.
He has performed many of
these first using this robotic
system of surgery. He performed
the first surgery using the
machine in India and Germany.
In May 2000, Chitwood per-
formed the first total heart valve
repair surgery at Pitt Memorial
Hospital. This was the first per-
formed in North America.
A total of 150 surgeons have
learned how to use the da Vinci
Surgical System from Chitwood
using Minimally Invasive Train-
ing System at ECU.
"Dr. Chitwood has served the
society in a number of important
capacities over the years, includ-
ing prior service on our board of
directors, and is highly respected
by his peers said Robert A. Wyn-
brandt, STS executive director
and general counsel.
"He will be an extremely
valuable addition to the society's
senior leadership
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
Former Chancellors discuss educational trends
Students had the chance to hear opinions of former ECU chancellors
"What College Presidents
Think" panel discussion
held recently
SARAH BELL
STAFF WRITER
The ECU Chapter of the Phi
Kappa Phi Honor Society held a
s panel discussion Tuesday evening
J in the Willis Building on what
g college presidents think about a
in variety of issues.
& Dr. Richard Eakin, former
I chancellor of ECU, and Dr. Wil-
liam Shelton, former interim
chancellor at ECU, answered
questions posed by students and
audience members, as vell as
moderator Dr. Bob Thompson.
Discussion questions were
aimed at exploring trends and
challenges facing higher educa-
tion, from the increasing number
of non-tenured faculty to the
growing prominence of college
athletics, but also sought the
former chancellors' opinions
of the usefulness of students'
teacher evaluations and univer-
sity rankings.
The trend of rising numbers
of fixed-term and non-tenured
faculty at universities, as well
as graduate assistants playing
larger instructional roles was
not considered by the panel to
necessarily be detrimental to a
university's educational quality.
"In some cases it could, but
I think in some cases it may be a
very good thing said Eakin.
"There isn't a faculty member
in this room probably that didn't
have an apprenticeship as a gradu-
ate assistant. That is a way of learn-
ing the ropes, learning how to teach
under the direction of a mentor,
and getting yourself installed
in the academic community
The amount of time involved
in recruiting tenure-track faculty
members was cited as a reason
for the increase of fixed-term
faculty.
"I think it's a reality we
have today how long it
takes to go through a search
for tenure-track faculty mem-
bers said Shelton. "We are able
to fund the positions but we
have not been able to fill them
because of the lengthy process
Shelton continued to say he
expected the amount of instruc-
tion delivered by non-tenured
faculty to continue to increase,
especially as distance education
becomes more and more popular.
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RACHEL KING News Editor CLAIRE MURPHY Assistant News Editor
WEDNESDAY March 8, 2006
Announcements:
The Black Watch
and the Band of the
Welsh Guards
Wright Auditorium at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 9.
Specially armed with bagpipes,
dance shoes and drums, the
storied Black Watch and the Band
of the Welsh Guards will present a
evening of military music.
Purchase Masterpiece
Subscriptions by Sept. 28 for best
options. Masterpiece subscription
(all events): $216 for public, $198
for ECU facultystaff, $108 for
youth and $72 for ECU Students.
Purchase Crown Subscriptions
by Dec. 1 for best options. Crown
Subscription (choice of six events):
$162 for public, $150 for ECU
facultystaff,
Contact the Central Ticket Office
at 328-4788,1-800-ECU-ARTS or
ecuarts.com.
Lecture: Lance
Armstrong's
Physiological
Maturation: Sport
Reflects Life
Brody School of Medicine
Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 23.
Edward F. Coyle, a physiologist
who has studied world renowned
cyclist Lance Armstrong, will visit
ECU and discuss how the cyclist's
physiology and optimal training
contributing to his seven wins in
Tour de France.
The lecture is free, but donation
opportunities for cancer research
will be available. The lecture is
sponsored by the Department of
Exercise and Sport Science, the
Walker Center in the College of
Health and Human Performance,
the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center
in the Brody School of Medicine
and the University Health Systems
of Eastern Carolina.
Russian National
Theatre, 'La Bayadere
This ensemble of 50 principal
dancers focuses on upholding
the grand national tradition of
the major Russian ballet works.
Last seen in the U.S. in 1999,
their triumphant return will feature
Petipa's La Bayadere.
Purchase Masterpiece
Subscriptions by Sept. 28 for best
options. Masterpiece subscription
(all events): $216 for public, $198
for ECU facultystaff, $108 for
youth and $72 for ECU Students.
Purchase Crown Subscriptions
by Dec. 1 for best options. Crown
Subscription (choice of six events):
$162 for public, $150 for ECU
facultystaff, $84 for youth and
$48 for ECU students. Advance
individual tickets, if available,
may be purchased beginning
Dec. 2 for $39 public, $37 ECU
facultystaff, $19 youth and $10
ECU student.
Contact the Central Ticket Office
at 328-4788,1-800-ECU-ARTS or
ecuarts.com.
ECU Youth Arts
Festival 2006
Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. on ECU campus mall.
ECU'S Youth Arts Festival will
feature more than 100 visual and
performing artists who will share
their creative talents with area
children.
Children will have the opportunity
to create art and visit with artists
who will demonstrate activities
such as wheel thrown ceramics,
traditional watercolor painting,
weaving, felting, paper-making,
printmaking, portraiture and other
visual art media. Featured visual
artists will come from surrounding
states, North Carolina and from
ECU'S School of Art and Design.
For more information, contact
Dindy Reich at reichd@ecu.edu
or 328-5749 or Richard Tichich or
tichichr@ecu.edu or 328-5481.
B.J. Ward In Stand
Up Opera
Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. in Wright
Auditorium.
Masterpiece subscription (all
events); $216 tor public, $198
for ECU facultystaff, $108 for
youth and $72 for ECU Students.
Purchase Crown Subscriptions
by Dec. 1 for best options. Crown
Subscription $162 for public, $150
for ECU facultystaff, $84 for youth
and $48 for ECU students.
Contact the Central Ticket Office
at 328-4788,1-800-ECU-ARTS or
ecuarts.com.
Discounts for parties of 15 or more
will be given at the door.
News Briefs
State
Four killed In fiery car crash
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A speeding car
went airborne as it crossed a highway
exit bridge, crashing to the ground 58
feet below and bursting into flames
late Saturday night. Police said four
people were killed.
The car, a 2004 Mazda RX8, was
demolished, and a police spokesman
said Sunday that the identities of
the victims were not immediately
available.
It was heading west on the U.S. 64
bypass and crashed as it tried to exit
onto Interstate 440. Police said the car
took a branch of the exit that led to a
bridge over 1-440, where it ran out of
control and hit the concrete barrier on
the right side of the bridge.
The car skidded along the barrier for
410 feet before it rose over it, flying
224 feet forward and dropping to
the ground, where It rolled and burst
into flames.
Many technical schools will soon
be looking for new leaders
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new
program created by the University
of South Carolina Is looking to help
solve a potential crisis with the state's
technical colleges.
With nearly half of the state's technical
college presidents and vice presidents
likely to retire in the next five years, the
university's College of Education has
launched the Community College
Leadership Alliance, whose goal is to
groom successors for the leaders.
Seventy-one percent of the state's
technical college presidents and 39
percent of Its vice presidents could
retire in the next five years, said
Lawrence Ray, spokesman for the
state's technical college system.
Many of the presidents are enrolled in
the Teacher and Employee Retention
Program, known as TERI, said James
Hudglns, director of the new alliance,
which was formed In January.
Under the program, 28-year
employees of the state can retire
but continue to work for five years as
their retirement annuity is placed in a
non-interest-bearing account.
Recent changes to TERI allow anyone
who completes the program to be
rehired If a state agency offers them
a job state Budget and Control Board
spokesman Mike Sponhour said.
About 25 mid-level administrators
from across the state have enrolled
In the six-course program with the
Community College Leadership
Alliance.
Many of the lessons are taught
over video, so they only travel to
Columbia three times a semester. All
the credits count toward a master's
or doctorate.
Michele Shinn, a director in Trident
Technical College's division of
continuing education, completed the
certificate program In December and
plans to pursue a doctorate. She's
been at the college since 1987.
Shinn plans to continue working
in the system and might consider
applying for a vice president position
because that would be the logical
next step.
National
Sentencing process for 911
defendant getting under way
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - After more
than four years of wrangling and
delay, the death penalty trial of the
only man charged in connection with
the Sept. 11,2001, terrorist attacks is
ready to begin.
Final jury selection was scheduled
for Monday In the sentencing trial of
Zacarias Moussaoui, a 37-year-old
French citizen who has admitted his
loyalty to the al-Qaida terror network
and It leader, Osama Laden but
denies that he has anything to do
with Sept. 11.
A jury pool of 83 was called to the
federal courthouse In Alexandria.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers
will whittle that group to a jury of
18-12 plus six alternates - using
peremptory strikes, which allow each
side to dismiss jurors for any reason
they choose except race or gender.
Each side gets 30 peremptory strikes.
Defense lawyers asked for additional
strikes last week, but the judge
denied that request Friday.
The jurors scheduled to report
for service already been qualified
to serve during a two-week jury
selection process in which they were
quizzed individually by U.S. District
Judge Leonle Brinkema and filled
cut 50-page questionnaires asking
their views about the death penalty,
al-Qaida, the FBI and their reactions
to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Opening statements are scheduled
for Monday afternoon, and the first
witness is also expected to take the
stand Monday.
Famous casting director passes
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Phyllis Huffman,
a casting director for Clint Eastwood's
best picture Oscar winners Unforgiven
and Million Dollar Baby, has died. She
was 61.
Huffman died Thursday In New York
City after a brief illness. In a statement
Friday, Eastwood called Huffman "a
visionary casting director with a true
sense of what makes an actor right
for the role
In 1985, Huffman's husband was
stabbed to death at age 40 while
trying to chase down a burglary
suspect.
Huffman later moved back to New
York and formed her own casting
company. She also remarried.
Olga Marcus, who raised money for
progressive causes from her dentist
husband's rich and famous clients,
died Feb. 22. She was 97.
Marcus, the widow of Beverly Hills
dentist David Marcus, died at her
home in Westwood of natural causes,
her family said.
Dr. Ethel Longstreet created
Women For: in 1964. Unlike those
in other organizations of the time,
Its members researched and
Interviewed candidates and offered
endorsements, said Sherry Bebitch
Jeffe, a political analyst and University
of Southern California professor.
She was also co-founder of the
Therapeutic Education and Child
Health Foundation, which lobbied on
behalf of and raised funds for special-
needs children.
Rev. John J. Paul passed away also,
and among his high-profile cases
was the 1995 prosecution of Grant
The British actor pleaded no contest
to lewd conduct in a public place.
"He was totally respectful of the rights
of everyone in the process. That was
one of the reasons everyone thought
so highly of him Superior Court
Judge Michael Nash said.
Sandoval and Martin were also
one of the first gay male couples to
adopt a child in Los Angeles County,
Deputy City Attorney Matthew St.
George said,
International
Former leader of rebel Serb state in
Croatia commits suicide In prison
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP)
- Milan Babic, the Serb leader of a
rebel republic in Croatia and one of
the key figures in the Balkan wars
of the 1990s, committed suicide In
prison, the U.N. war crimes tribunal
said Monday.
Babic, who was serving 13 years
for crimes against humanity, was
found dead Sunday evening in his
cell at the U.N. detention center
in Scheveningen, a suburb of The
Hague, said a tribunal statement.
The Serb minority revolted after
Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia
in 1991, setting off a war that lasted
until 1995.
Babic's family was informed Sunday
after the chief medical officer of
the center confirmed the cause of
death was suicide. Dutch authorities
were notified and a tribunal judge
immediately ordered an inquiry.
The tribunal did not say how Babic
killed himself. In Belgrade, the B92
television station said Babic "probably
hanged himself
It was the second time a detainee
committed suicide. The first was
Slavko Dokmanovic, another
Croatian Serb leader, in 1998.
As accused, along with Milosevic,
of being part of a conspiracy, or
"joint criminal enterprise to clear
roughly one-third of Croatia of non-
Serbs and incorporate that area into
an ethnically pure Serbian state.
Before sentencing, he apologized
to the Croatian people.
"I stand before this tribunal with a
deep sense of shame and remorse.
I allowed myself to participate
in the persecution of the worst
kind against people only because
they were Croats, not Serbs he
said. "I ask my brother Croats to
forgive us, their brother Serbs
The constitution requires parliament
to meet no later than four weeks
after the vote was certified,
which occurred Feb. 12, nearly
two months after the election.
"We will call today for holding the
meeting on the 12th of this month
because it is the last day that the
constitution allows us to hold the
meeting of the new parliament
President Jalal Talabani told reporters.
One bomb exploded as a police
patrol was driving through a northern
Baghdad neighborhood, killing one
officer and a civilian bystander, Interior
Ministry Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi
said. Three others were injured,
including a patrol member, he said.
A suicide car bomber hit an Interior
Ministry convoy in eastern Baghdad,
killing two members of the security
force and injuring three, police said.
Another car bomb targeting a police
patrol exploded in downtown, Injuring
at least seven people, police said. The
wounded included four policemen
and three civilian bystanders.
New Parliament convenes In Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's president
said Monday he would convene
the new parliament for the first time
on March 12, beginning a 60-day
countdown during which lawmakers
must elect a new head of state
and sign off on a prime minister.
Police found at least four more
bodies that were shot in the head and
dumped in parts of Baghdad. And
three Shiite Turkmen were killed In
a drive-by-shootlng near Klrkuk, 180
miles north of Baghdad, police said.
In Mahmoudiya, about 18 miles
south of Baghdad, a car bomb hit
a police patrol, killing a woman
and injuring three other people,
including two policemen, said
police Cap. Rashid al-Samarie.
Al-Jaafari's supporters and a Kurdish
delegation favoring Abdul-Mahdi
have both visited Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential
Shiite cleric, hoping to secure his
endorsement.
PBIIBl from page A1
When asked what role stu-
dent opinion of instruction
surveys (SOIS) play in evalu-
ating faculty members' effec-
tiveness, Eakin said they are a
valuable resource and are "used
fairly extensively although he
mentioned the need for more
peer evaluations by faculty.
As the discussion continued,
Shelton, who served on the
NCAA Presidents Commission
and chaired the NCAA Com-
mittee on Sportsmanship and
Ethical Conduct in Intercol-
legiate Athletics, criticized the
overwhelming prominence of
collegiate athletics, stating it has
"taken on an importance that is
very frightening
Eakin, who also served on the
Presidents Commission, agreed.
"The monumental escalation
of expenditures in collegiate ath-
letics it is just getting so far out
of hand said Eakin, who called
the practice of paying college
athletic coaches millions of dol-
lars in salaries "bizarre
Shelton advised that universi-
ties should acknowledge the real-
ity of athletics as a new form of
entertainment but not let it dis-
tract from the role of higher edu-
cation, and not be hypocritical.
Eakin cited The Chronicle of
Higher Education's survey of col-
lege presidents report, stating "59
percent of college presidents say
that college athletics is more of a
liability than an asset but said
he doubted many survey respon-
dents would say so in public.
The panel also discussed
the merits of college rankings,
and whether rankings mattered
to university leaders. With the
exception of football and basket-
ball, the panel joked, rankings
were too subjective to be of much
importance.
"Obviously if you're one of
the institutions near the top of
the rankings you think they're
great otherwise you can cer-
tainly tell why it's flawed. Some
governing boards look at it, it
may have an effect in some cases
on recruiting, but .typically the
institutions there are institutions
that have a certain set of criteria
said Shelton.
"The things they choose to
focus on dictate the rankings
Eakin elaborated.
For more information about
what other university leaders
think about these issues and
more, check out The Chronicle's
survey results report on their
Web site, chronicle.comstats
presidentialsurveyindex.htm.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian.
Greeks
from page A1
Firemen douse flames, saving buildings and residents in Polk County.
Fire scorches 275 acres,
smokes out Warrior
Mountain residents
Phi Epsilon's members, Tom
Bolick, is currently fighting cancer.
Ion Outterbridge, Director of
Greek Life at ECU, cited problems
stemming from Hollywood's por-
trayal of the Greek system with
movies such as Animal House and
School Daze.
"It portrays, to me, the nega-
tive images of Greek life: pledging,
excessive drinking, to wild parties,
to the hazing and unfortunately
when people see these type of
movies, that's what they think Greek
life Is about said Outterbridge.
Outterbridge emphasized that
when the founding mothers and
fathers of all of the different orga-
nizations around the nation gath-
ered, they would never have meant
for such an image to be presented.
"We're working hard on going
back tothe basics, and whenlsay that,
I mean going back to our found-
ing principles said Outterbridge.
"For an outsider looking in
it, may look like that said Kay
Christian, Assistant Director of
Greek Life, in explaining how out-
siders to Greek life may be fooled
into thinking that a fraternity or
sorority is all about drinking just
by maybe seeing them downtown
at a bar.
"They don't see the com-
munity service and the philan-
thropy work because those are
organizations going out and
doing that separately, so other
people aren't going to see that
said Christian.
She went on to discuss how
it's easy for a Greek organization
to claim that it is involved with
philanthropy, but another thing
to actually ensure that service is
being conducted.
"You can say it, but you actu-
ally have to do it said Christian.
Both Outterbridge and Chris-
tian are out to ensure that Greek
life is being responsible in its
recruitment endeavors.
"I think it has a lot to offer, you
know, a student said Christian
"The new member educa-
tion program is a good thing,
it should teach students more,
well rounded in what they want
to do. However, you've got some
groups who are just kind of, well,
they act more like their fraternity
or sorority is more like a local
organization in that they run
it like they want to run It said
Christian.
There may always be some
misunderstanding between Greek
society and the independent
student; nevertheless, steps are
being taken to ensure that the gap
is ever so slightly being closed.
This writer can be contacted at
news&theeastcarolinian. com.
(AP) Residents of a dozen
mountain homes took refuge in
a Red Cross shelter as a forest
fire blazed across 275 acres of
Polk County between Saluda and
Tryon on Sunday.
The flames were reported
under control on Sunday without
damage to buildings or injuries to
people. Residents whose homes
were threatened stayed at an
American Red Cross shelter in
nearby Columbus as efforts to
extinguish the fire continued.
A helicopter spraying water
joined firefighters on Warrior
Mountain to battle the latest in
a string of wildfires in the past
week of dry, windy weather.
"It's so dry now that it doesn't
take much to get one going said
Ted Duncan, public information
officer with the N.C. Division of
Forest Resources.
The Warrior Mountain blaze
Address
from page A1
will be is pretty much decided
by students, faculty, the com-
munity, etc. already. We still
have a big say in the univer-
sity concerning what happens
in 2012 or 2015, but now is
pretty much decided Ballard
continued.
"It has to do with the reputa-
tion, quality of education, and
service it ECU provides to the
state and the students
Chancellor Ballard added
that the institution should stick
to its motto to serve, particularly
the state.
The second question concern-
ing tuition was also addressed,
but more so in the question and
answer portion of the meeting.
"The hardest questions to
answer are regarding tuition
Ballard said.
"Students have every right
to ask
The question portion of
the address, moderated by SGA
President M. Cole Jones, addressed
an hour's worth of questions.
One question posed to the
panel concerned the possibil-
ity of the school providing low
cost child care to students. The
response to this question had to
do with having definite priorities
in terms of what the majority
of the students want more than
anything else, because those will
be the things that the school
tries to provide quickly. Definite
statistics for student priorities
are still unknown, but in the
coming year, administration
hopes to clarify the needs of the
students.
Another example dealt with
the Zero Tolerance Policy and
how it relates to drinking alco-
hol. Ben Wyche commented that
new programs are being created
to address alcohol abuse and
underage drinking. Dr. Roeder
also said that the Zero Tolerance
Policy Is not applicable to alco-
hol; that its main purpose was
to "create a safer environment
for you as residents and deals
only with drugs.
Midnight Madness this past
Halloween is one example of
how the school is working toward
providing alternatives to the
downtown party scene, because
it also recognizes that not all
students are drinkers.
Globalization, Aramark, con-
tinuity in the faculty grading
system and international affairs
were all also topics of discussion.
This writer can be contacted at
newsfPtheeastcarolinian. com.
was the largest of more than 20
fires reported in western North
Carolina over the weekend. The
cause was still being investigated,
Duncan said. '
About 10 fire departments
from Polk County and nearby
South Carolina, joined by a Forest
Service plane and helicopter,
began to fight the fire on Friday.
Officials think it could take days
before some of the fire's hot spots
burn completely out.
The state has recorded 1,359
wildfires of varying sizes so far
this year that have burned a total
of 3,645 acres. March to May is
the peak spring wildfire season
in North Carolina.
The continuing dry weather
has prompted repeated warnings
from the state and the National
Weather Service against debris
burning and other unnecessary
fires.
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WEDNESDAY March 8. 2006
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I would like to see
Presiden-T
80s cultural icon would
make a great president
BENJAMIN CORMACK
CASUAL OBSERVER
I know that there is a good
deal of time before the next
presidential election, but after
a discussion I had with some
friends of mine I began to think
of someone who would make a
great presidential candidate.
After the recent well, let's
say, less than completely satisfac-
tory group of candidates and
presidents we've had over the
past few years, I've been think-
ing it's time we started looking
elsewhere for our politicians.
With the Govenator's recent run
of success and Jesse Ventura's
work as governor of Minnesota,
I began to think of another
muscular individual who has
had a big influence in American
life. My nomination for president
is one Laurence Tureaud, also
known as Laurence Tero, better
known as the legendary Mr. T.
Now I've said before that I
don't really follow or understand
politics, but I've considered this
somewhat seriously and based it
on the character Mr. T has por-
trayed and the real Mr. T himself.
So, here are my reasons why I
think Mr. T would make a great
president.
1. Grew up tough. Mr. T
is the 11th of 12 children; he has
four sisters and seven brothers.
He grew up in the projects of
Chicago, 111. He played college
football and studied martial
arts.
2. Knows bow to run the
military. After leaving college,
Mr. T was a military police officer
in the U.S. Army - meaning next
to their superiors, people in the
military had to answer to him.
3. Appreciates the arts.
For those of you who have seen
the episode of "Family Guy yes
it is true that Mr. T was a Broad-
way dancer - in fact, he is the first
in his family to do so. This was
after he injured his knee playing
pro-football for the Green Bay
Packers.
4. Knows how to protect
people. Mr. T was a bodyguard
to the stars for nearly nine years
and has protected celebrities
like Muhammad All, Michael
Jackson and Diana Ross. He
charged around $3,000 a day,
and his business cards had this
quote printed on them, "Next to
God, there is no better protector
than I
Mr. T boasts that he never
lost a client during his work as
a bodyguard, saying, "I got hurt
worse growing up in the ghetto
than working as a bodyguard
5. Appreciates the value
of gold. When Mr. T worked as
a doormanbouncer, he would
take jewelry from disorderly
people when he would "show
them out He did this not for
the gold, but as testament to how
well he performed his job. At one
point, Mr. T's total collection of
gold rings, chains and bracelets
was worth about $300,000 and it
would take nearly an hour to put
all of it on.
Some nights, Mr. T would
sleep in his jewelry "to see how
my ancestors, who were slaves,
felt" - the weight of his chains
equaling those that his ancestors
were forced to wear.
Recently, however, Mr. T has
announced that he would never
wear his chains again, claiming
that it's an "insult to God The
affects of Hurricane Katrina had
much to do with this, and he also
donated a great deal of clothing
and money to Katrina victims.
6. Warrior In his own
right. Apparently it was while
reading National Geographic that
Mr. T first saw the hairstyle
which has now become one of
his famous trademarks. The same
hairstyle is sported by African
Mandinka warriors. Adopting
this style was a powerful state-
ment, in Mr. T's view, about his
African origins.
7. Smarter than he looks.
Many of you probably remember
Mr. T's role as tough man Ser-
geant Bosco "B.A (short for "bad
attitude") Baracusof the A-Team.
When asked at a press conference
whether he was as stupid as B.A.
Baracus, he said quietly, "It takes
a smart guy to play dumb Speak
softly, carry big stick.
8. Tough, but merciful.
Mr. T has never shown himself
to be afraid of or unwilling to
put a hurtin' on anyone who
deserved it, but he's always made
it clear that he was willing to
show mercy. Frankly, anybody
who would challenge Mr. T is a
fool in my eyes, and Mr. T always
pitied the fool.
9. All about the kids. If
there was one thing Mr T stood
for more than anything it was
standing-up for kids - protecting
them from drugs and bullies,
making sure they had fun, safe
places to go, making sure they
knew what the right thing to
do was and that they did the
right thing, always being there
to back up kids when they were
facing adults as a great equalizer.
Whether it was in public service
announcements, his cartoon
show or in his 1984 rap album
titled Mr. T's Commandments, Mr.
T was a powerful force who spoke
to children and adults. In some
ways, Mr. T is still doing his thing
with a new twist. He can often be
seen discussing things and talk-
ing about community programs
he's involved in on The Christian
Network (TCN).
10. Personal thoughts. It
was partially due to Mr. T that
I myself never got into serious
trouble or ever did drugs. Aside
from the whole not wanting
to disappoint my parents and
the fear of health problems and
death, there was always that
lingering fear that if I was ever
doing something I shouldn't
have been doing, Mr. T was
going to break through a wall
and beat the tar out of me. I was
also afraid he'd be joined by Sgt.
Slaughter and the Mario Brothers
while riding inside of Optimus
Prime, but that's a whole other
issue.
Now some of you are prob-
ably still thinking I'm crazy for
suggesting Mr. T to be the leader
of our country, but who better
to be a leader than someone that
scores of people admired as chil-
dren and someone who contin-
ues to be a symbol of what's right
in this world? I can just imagine
guys like Osama bin Laden run-
ning hysterically scared If they
knew Mr. T was coming after
them, especially if they messed
with a youth center and didn't
drink their milk.
In My Opinion
(KRT) The Supreme Court
has upheld the federal Solomon
Amendment in a unanimous
decision, bringing a setback to
equal opportunity.
The law, passed in 1996,
requires universities to grant
military recruiters full access to
students despite university non-
discrimination policies, which
bar recruiters who discriminate
on the basis of sexual orienta-
tion. The high court has now
carved out an exception to those
policies for the armed forces,
overturning a 3rd U.S Circuit
Court of Appeals ruling in favor
of the Forum for Academic and
Institutional Rights, a coalition
of law schools challenging Solo-
mon on free-speech grounds.
With or without the Solomon
Amendment, however, the mili-
tary should lead, and not follow,
on issues of equal opportunity.
Our armed forces were far
ahead of civilian society in
welcoming the talents of blacks.
Women, too, have long found
opportunities in military job
fields that were unavailable in
other sectors.
We, as a nation, benefit from
a diverse pool of talent. The
military's commitment to equal-
ity has given us the strong lead-
ership of Gen. Colin Powell, Lt.
Gen. Claudia Kennedy and other
stellar, diverse commanders. Our
military is stronger because those
men and women were given the
opportunity to serve.
The same chance should be
given to gay and lesbian service
members.
Military leaders who value
talent above discrimination should
be first in line to call for repeal of
the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't
tell" policy. These leaders would be
hard-pressed to find a single excuse
for continuing to exclude gays that
still stands up under scrutiny.
When gay discharges plum-
met during a time of war, we see
firsthand that lesbian and gay
service members do not under-
mine unit cohesion.
When gay soldiers like Robert
Stout return from Iraq with a
Purple Heart, we know they are
just as brave as their straight
colleagues.
And when Pentagon leaders
cannot point to even one Ameri-
can soldier who was unable to
serve with an openly gay allied
soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan,
the time has come to lift the ban
on open service.
The arguments for welcom-
ing lesbian and gay troops, how-
ever, are many.
As the Pentagon issues waiv-
ers to welcome convicted con-
victs, increases the maximum
enlistment age and overlooks
previous rules on physical fitness
and academic achievement, it
seems absurd to turn away well-
qualified gay Americans who are
anxious to serve.
A commitment to diversity
has its national security benefits.
A fighting force that reflects the
people it serves sends a strong
message to our neighbors around
the world that America doesn't
just talk the talk on free expres-
sion and equality - we walk it, too.
The Supreme Court did not
consider the constitutionality of
"don't ask, don't tell" in review-
ing the Solomon Amendment.
That case will come another
day. But regardless of how legal
Solomon may be, the underly-
ing prejudice that led to its
implementation remains un-
American.
Our armed forces have ben-
efited by embracing diversity
before. It is time to lead, and not
follow, on equal opportunity
again.
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I support the renaming of Fifth St. to MLK Blvd.
Think about the positive sides.
Whoever decided the word "heart" should replace
"love" should be shot.
Here comes the ACC tournament! Go N.C. for
having so many good schools worth watching!
Has anyone seen the ECU Web site? I guess they
finally remembered there is another color, besides
purple.
Cash reward for person who returns my iPod. It's a
black Nano and has a phone number engraved on
the back. Come on, you can save the guilt of stealing
someone's iPod off your soul and get a reward!
Doesn't it stink when you get your haircut and
it's a huge difference to you, but no one else even
notices?
What bothers me the most is that while I am sit-
ting in my elementary education classes I hear girls
talking about drinking and partying. Teaching is a
job that requires setting a good example and only
people that are wholesome and have good values are
supposed to do that job. I really hope some of those
girls don't end up teaching my children.
News flash: You lost the war! Get over it, and if the
statue offends people, then get rid of it. How hard
is that? Oh, and stop trying to get me to move back
up North, I'm from the South, thank you!
I don't get it, how is naming a street after someone
going to resolve racial tensions? If nothing else
it's going to make the already racist people more
up set.
I bit into my turkey wrap today, and chewed on a
large piece of plastic instead. Thank you Wright
Place for making such high quality meals.
The people working for this fine establishment
need to understand being nice to the customer is
what you do! Quit acting like you're totally cool
you are working in fast food not a club. So stop
hitting on the ladies!
How come I have to wait 40 minutes for Safe Ride,
especially when I call and I'm told it'll only be 10
minutes and when I call back every 10 minutes to
find out where they are I'm told they're headed my
way? At least I can feel safe in knowing my body will
at least found when Safe Ride decides to show up.
I hate it when people wear sandals or flip flops when
it is freezing outside!
If ECU ever lets a TalibanTerrorist in this univer-
sity they will see me leaving! Why educate a dumb
terrorist to be a smart terrorist? Smart terrorists are
worse the dumb terrorists!
Writing Pirate Rants is like Pringles-addictive. Once
you start, you can't stop!
To the guy that was in line behind me the other day
at Wright Place - thank you for letting me have my
spot back in front of you when I had to step out of
line because I accidentally left my ECU OneCard
sitting on the counter. Why can't all guys be as
kind as you?
Last night at my dorm, it reeked of the other kind of
smokes get a clue RA and send these guys packing.
Enough is enough Fifth Street needs to stay Fifth
Street.
I am going off on a limb here, but 1 don't believe
knowing all the different types of rocks in a certain
era are going to help me in the "real world
If you agree with what blacks want then you're cool.
If you disagree then you're a racist. That's wrong,
Who makes up these rules? I'm tired of playing
this game.
To the person that hates people that wear sunglasses
at night. You didn't hear yet. The sun never sets in
the land of the cool.
On this campus there are flyers up on every wall for
everything imaginable. Someone puts up a flyer on
behalf of God and someone else thinks it's wrong.
Feeling a little self-conscious are you? My only con-
cern is that I think it might be a little arrogant to
speak on behalf of God. I understand the message
but still, did God authorize these posters?
Oh, and a parking lot is so much prettier than a
fountain?
I've had a meal plan for four years now and I thought
when they decided to build West End Dining hall
the food quality might change. Boy was I wrong!
To the guy in the white aviator, do you every actu-
ally pick up women when you use those old lines?
OK Dowdy, this is for you the staff there acts
like they have no control until you want to see a
manager then they can bend backwards for you
how about saving us both time and just please the
customer the first time he or she ask.
Last week someone sent a rant in about superheroes
and I just wanted to say I'm with you If no one
else is going to protect our streets we should. If the
cops would spend less time writing tickets for two to
three miles over and flirting with the girls maybe we
could get the drugs and weapons off the street.
To the idiot who said to knock down the fountain
to make more parking. The only reason ECU is so
beautiful is because it has grassy areas and landscap-
ing. Park on Johnston Street aid walk. You probably
need the exercise.
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WEDNESDAY March 8, 2006
Mendenhall Movies:
There are no movies
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Spring Break.
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Top 5s:
Top 5 Movies
Fashion that won't break
the bank

I.Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion
2.16 Blocks
3. Eight Below
4 Ultraviolet
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Top 5 Pop Albums
1. Various Artists
2. Kidz Bop Kids
3. Jack Johnson
4. Mary J. Blige
5. James Blunt
Top 5 TV Shows
1. "American Idol"
2. "American Idol"
3. "Grey's Anatomy"
4. "Olympic Winter Games"
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Top 5 Books
1. The 5th Horseman
2. Cell
3 The Da Vinci Code
4 The Last Templar
5. Sea Change
New DVDs on sale this week
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2. Jarhead
3. Prime
4. Just Friends
5. Howl's Moving Castle
TOMEKA STEELE
SENIOR WRITER
Horoscope:
Aries - Conditions change as they
always do, and now it looks like you'll
find something you thought you'd lost
forever Keep cleaning house.
Taurus - A gathering with friends
stirs up your curiosity. Launch an
investigation to make sure they know
what they're talking about.
Gemini - It's a good day to ask for
money You're more likely to get a
positive response. Important people
are feeling generous.
Cancer - Whereas yesterday
everything went wrong, now the
luck's on your side. You're especially
good at getting your message out.
Leo - You have too much underfoot.
Stash away the surplus or have a
huge sale. Actually, you won't make
much on this stuff. Might as well give
it away.
Vlgo - If you're having trouble making
yourself understood, ask a friend to
moderate andor translate for you.
Libra You can be a good
businessperson when you set your
mind to it. In this situation, an old
method will work again.
Scorpio Reaffirm an old commitment
Revise an old idea. You didn't do it
before because you couldn't, but
now you can.
Sagittarius - You can find the
funds andor the financing to make
household improvements now. Start
seriously shopping.
Capricorn - You can learn amazing
things from a gentle person. From the
old stories, you'll find the way to solve
a current dilemma.
Aquarius - Focus on cranking out
as many widgets as you can. That's
whatever you do to make money.
Don't procrastinate.
Pisces - Travel and romance are
favored now. It's also a good time to
put your plans for the future down in
writing. Just do it.
Spring break is just
around the corner,
and no doubt
every student
is plan
ning the
week of a
lifetime.
Hope-
fully your
trip is already
planned and all
that's left are the
finishing touches
of the perfect spring break
wardrobe.
Trips to the beach and major
cities like Miami and Atlanta
deserve great fashion at an
affordable price. Old
Navy is the one stop
shop for everything
you'll need for your
week of fun in
the sun. Old Navy
has essentially
everything
you'd need
for a great
vacation on a
college budget.
Stripes are
hot right now,
and Old Navy
has incorporated
them into almost
all of their spring pieces. Stripes
are flattering, fun and show
that you aren't afraid to be
bold when it comes to fashion.
A variety of bathing suits, tops
and skirts have stripes ranging
from thick and colorful to thin
and neutral.
Old Navy caters to the col-
lege student's budget, which is
a rarity when it comes to cloth-
ing stores during the spring
season. They have tons
of flip flops in mul-
tiple styles, plush
oversized beach
towels and beach
bags you can fit
your whole life
into.
For spring
break, you
definitely
want your
wardrobe to be
diverse and able to be
mixed and matched so
packing is kept to a mini-
mum. Go to Old Navy
for pieces that are easy to
change up such as a light
polo, which they make for
girls and guys, a pair of cargo
shorts for the guys, a light
pleated skirt for the girls
and fun sunglasses and
flip flops for both.
It can be
daunting each
spring trying
to find the
perfect swim
suit or pair
of trunks that
don't cost a
fortune. Old
Navy has an
incredible line
of swim suits that
are trendy, made for
many different body
types and, most impor-
tantly, inexpensive. You
get quality material and
pieces for your wardrobe at a
bargain price.
Old Navy's flip flops are as
low as $3.50 and their bright
beach towels are only $9.50
which is hard to beat.
Old Navy also has stocked
up on many cover-up
beach pieces. For
women, long
rib-knit tanks
are perfect to
throw over a
swim suit. They
also have acces-
sories such as ban-
gles, wedged heels
and canvas totes
that women will
love.
"The five spring
break must haves
from Old Navy are a
swim suit, flip flops,
a beach towel, a
light skirt or
cargo short and
a bag that can take you
from beach to dinner
said Old Navy fashion
expert Andrea Lui.
Whether on the
way to the
beach, to the
malls or to a
fancy dinner,
having the
right outfit
that can be
added to or
subtracted
from depend-
ing on the event
is important. Old
Navy knows this
and has many
pieces in the
spring collection
that can go from
day to evening, and
most
include the hot stripe
trend that is exploding
all over the fashion world
Being a college student on a
budget doesn't mean you can't
still be trendy. Old Navy
has everything you'll
heed for your spring
break extravaganza.
So put the new Old
Navy in Greenville
to good use.
"Old Navy
Is the number
one store
for flip flops,
towels and bikinis,
and it isn't expen-
sive. For college
students, it's
important to
already have a
budget and allo-
cate an amount
to things you
want to buy. Old
Navy is fashion for-
ward and perfect for a col-
lege student's budget Lui said.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeaitcarolinian.com.

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Long rlb-knlt tanks $8.50
String bikini tops and bottoms
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Pleated ribbon-trim skirts $29.50
Canvas tote $7.50
Men:
Rugby striped vintage polos $15
Long cargo shortside stripe board
Shorts $19.50
Backpack $19.50
Both:
Flip flops $3.50
Towels $9.50
For more Information about Old Navy's
spring clothing, visit oldnavy.com or
their Greenville location off Greenville
Boulevard behind the Olive Garden.
Great restaurant you may have missed And the winner is
Staff members at the Lopaus Point Market in front of a food display.
Greenville's little secret
LIZ FULTON
STAFF WRITER
Fun Facts:
When you think of take-out
or picking up dinner on the way
home, it is all too often some-
thing less than healthy, and it
rarely excites the taste buds.
Luckily for Greenville, and
especially ECU students who
probably couldn't tell you where
their kitchens are, Lopaus Point
Market is here with a refreshing
take on preparing meals for people
who rarely have time to cook.
Owner and head chef Stacie
Skinner always enjoyed cook-
ing and entertaining for friends.
After moving here with her hus-
band Cliff, the former retail plan-
ner needed a career change. She
found her niche on Red Banks
Road, where she opened the cozy,
upscale Lopaus Point Market.
The name Lopaus Point comes
from the place where Skinner
grew up on Mt. Desert Island in
Maine, where Julia Child had a
summer house.
"I ws looking for convenience
with this restaurant said Skinner.
"I wanted to cook really
healthy food that people could
pick up on their way home
Opening in March of 2005,
Skinner's menu had an emphasis
on freshness. All food is prepared
daily with minimum use of fats
and oils. The menu changes daily,
but there are also staples.
With so much concentra-
tion on the details, Lopaus is a
local restaurant not interested
in becoming a huge entity, but
rather a place where people can
feel at home in a nice atmosphere.
The Counter-Culture coffee
is roasted in Durham and in
Skinner's opinion is "the most
under-appreciated item" on the
menu.
"I'll also bring retail back from
Raleigh if 1 see that it's things
that you can't get here said
Skinner.
Lopaus opens at 9 a.m. during
the week and 10 a.m. on Satur-
days. Their coffee is definitely
worth sampling along with any
of their variety of baked goods,
most notably the Cloud Nine
Brownies. They also make their
own yogurt mixed with honey
and fruit, a great pick-up for
anyone needing a snack before a
long day of class.
The lunch menu has a few
staples such as their broccoli
salad and meatloaf. They also
have a wide sandwich menu
including a Thai chicken wrap,
a Mediterranean tuna wrap and
my favorite, their BLT.
What goes better with
thoughtfully prepared food than
amazing wine?
"We have wine reps come and
have us pick different kinds said
Mehlich.
"We like to have wine tastings
so that we can have our customers
decide which ones they like best
Aside from preparing wonder-
ful, fresh food, the main focus at
Lopaus is the customers.
"Our customers are everything.
We listen to their feedback and
take special requests because we
are here for them Skinner said.
A big way that they help their
customers is through their Web
site. It not only posts their menu,
but also provides them with a
calendar of upcoming wine tast-
ings and music events. The wine
tastings are a monthly activity
and are very causal with compli-
mentary hors d'oeuvres.
They are also interested
in poets for a poetry reading
in either March or April. Also
coming soon, Lopaus will be
accepting Meal Deal.
Lopaus Point Market is a
place of extraordinary cuisine,
service and atmosphere. Whether
you're just stopping by for a cup
of coffee or grabbing a bite to
eat with friends, the experience
will always be one that stirs the
soul and makes you thank your
lucky stars for stumbling onto a
place with such amazing food
and even greater people.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcaroiinian.com.
The scene at the Oscars was a pleasant one on March 5 in L.A.
Whale oil was used in automobile
transmissions as late as 1973.
The state of Florida is bigger than
England.
Apple seeds are poisonous to some
organisms
Men are six times more likely to be
struck by lightning than women.
Your skin is actually an organ.
A recent study at Harvard has shown
that eating chocolate can actually help
you live longer
Only one person in two billion will live
to be 116.
More than one million stray dogs live in
the New York City metropolitan area
The opposite sides of a dice cube
always add up to seven
But that's my life: Living in moments
Throwing it all out there
COLLEGE VIXEN
TRUTH WRITER
I'm slowly discovering what it's
like to be a single female at ECU. I've
been meeting new people and have
a fresh sense of independence. Over
the past couple of weeks, I've cut my
ex-boyfriend out of my life, gotten
a new cell number, taken down all
of our pictures, packed up all the
gifts he's given me over the years
(except for one stuffed animal) and
have been extremely lucky to meet
some great people who live near me.
I've been hanging out with
these people more often and I
am beginning to feel like part
of the group. There's a really hot
guy who always seems to find his
spot on the couch right next to
me. We'll call him Jordan. When
we play spades or beer pong, he's
usually my partner and his not
so subtle glances are giving him
away. I haven't been single in so
long, I'm not even sure how to
act sometimes.
This past weekend, the cute
flirting and sweet little text mes-
sages actually led somewhere.
Friday, we all pre-gamed together.
Around midnight, we headed
downtown. It was crowded and
my little black dress and heels
were beginning to feel like a bad
idea. Beauty is pain, I guess. After
we got in a club, we hit the dance
floor and my worries seemed to
just disappear. Nothing could
ruin my night, and I mean noth-
ing. I danced so much that when
I left, 1 was drenched in sweat. It
was kind of gross, but everyone
else looked just as I did.
After the club, we went to
the usual spot, Boli's. I never
knew how good breakfast food
was after a night of partying. On
the way home my feet hurt, my
vision was blurry, my body was
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Oscar Recap: Who took
it all this year
SARAH CAMPBELL
STAFF WRITER
Celebrating excellence in
filmmaking is what the Academy
Awards are all about. Sunday,
March 5, the 78th annual Acad-
emy Awards honored men and
women from around the world
for their dazzling contributions
to film.
The ceremony began with a
brilliantly witty monologue from
host Jon Stewart, in which nomi-
nees were the central targets of
his jokes. Stewart, who also hosts
"The Daily Show stayed true to
his political background and his
comic relief remained flawless
throughout the night.
The first award of the night
was presented to George Cloo-
ney for Best Actor in a Support-
ing Role for Syriana. In Syriana,
Clooney plays a CIA agent who
becomes entangled in an oil
conspiracy. Clooney's acceptance
speech illuminated the audi-
ence with a sense of reality and
appreciation.
The Oscar for Best Actress
in a Supporting Role went to
Rachel Weisz for her portrayal
of a passionate activist whose
work ultimately leads to her
demise in The Constant Gardener.
A humble Weisz remarked "they
are greater men and women than
I" during her acceptance speech.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman,
who portrayed Truman Capote in
the years prior to writing his best
known book In Cold Blood, took
home the Best Actor in a Leading
Role Oscar for the film Capote.
It was no surprise when Reese
Witherspoon won the Oscar for
Best Actress in a leading Role
for her portrayal of June Carter
Cash in Walk the Line. Many
critics described her perfor-
mance and dedication to the
role as "flawless Witherspoon
fought off tears while thanking
her family and costar Joaquin
Phoenix.
"People used to ask June how
she was doing, and she used to
say, 'I'm just trying to matter
And I know what she means. You
know, I'm just trying to matter
and live a good life and make
work that means something to
somebody. And you have all
made me feel that I might have
accomplished that tonight said
Witherspoon during her accep-
tance speech.
The two most anticipated
awards of the night, Achievement
in Directing and Best Motion Pic-
ture of the Year, were announced
during the last 30 minutes of the
ceremony.
The Oscar for Achievement
in Directing went to Ang Lee for
Brokeback Mountain. Lee thanked
Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana for creating
the characters Ennis and Jack.
"They taught all of us who
made Brokeback Mountain so
much about not just all the gay
men and women whose love is
denied by society, but just as
important, the greatness of love
itself said Lee.
The most prestigious award of
the night, Best Picture, went to
the low-budget film Crash. The
film takes place over a period of
36 hours in the lives of a diverse
group of people living in Los
Angeles who crash into each
other in different ways.
"None of us expected it. You
hope, but we had a tiny picture
this was a year when Hollywood
rewarded rule breakers said Paul
Haggis, director and writer of
Crash during an interview after
the ceremony.
In true Oscar fashion, the
night was filled with surprising
wins, glamour and, most impor-
tantly, meaning.
Every winner found a way to
make their award more than just
a statue, praising the films for
looking beyond prejudice and
teaching lessons of tolerance and
truth to our society.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcarolinian. com.
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Celebrity Profile: Shaun White 'CQP'Atrip.
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The 19-year-old U.S. gold
medalist revealed
JOHN BOSCO
STAFF WRITER
While many students at ECU
may be 19 years old, odds are
not many of them can brag
about winning an Olympic gold.
At only 19 years of age, Shaun
White has managed to reach the
pinnacle of extreme sports. And
the most amazing part is that
he's been doing it since he was
only 13.
Known as the flying tomato
thanks to his long red hair, White
won gold in the men's half-pipe
competition at the Torino Winter
Olympics this year. Out of a pos-
sible 50 points, he scored a 46.8,
with the closest behind him a
44.8, belonging to his U.S. team-
mate Danny Kass.
g Born September 3, 1986,
White grew up in Carmel Valley,
California, which is located just
outside of San Diego. He has an
older brother, Jesse, and an older
sister, Kari. His parents Roger
and Cathy have supported him,
but his mom was always a little
worried about him on the slopes.
She thought he was going too fast
on skis so she made him switch
to snowboarding with the hopes
that maybe he'd slow down.
Even by the end of his first day
on a board, he was doing jumps.
Then, his mom made him only
ride 'goofy' (reverse), hoping
that would do something.
But it only made White better
in the long run; his skills
were unstoppable.
An eight-time X-Games
gold medalist in snowboarding
(and one in skateboarding),
White is no stranger to being
on top of his sport. As a kid, he
had won nearly every amateur
competition he competed in. By
13, he decided to go pro because
he wanted a challenge.
In 2002, the year the U.S.
men's snowboard team swept
the half-pipe medals, he tried
qualifying for the Winter Olym-
pics, but missed qualifying by
only three-tenths of a point. Had
he qualified for the team, who
knows how he would have placed
in the Salt Lake games.
White's background with
extreme sports isn't restricted to
just him, either; his dad is a big
surfer and his mother's parents
were both roller-derby skaters in
the 1970s. His sister Kari was the
2000 U.S. Open junior half pipe
champion. For the White family,
extreme sports like skateboard-
ing, surfing and snowboarding
became a way that they could
focus and occupy their time
so that they didn't have the
opportunity to bother experi-
menting with drugs or wonder-
ing about them.
His deal with sponsor Burton
even includes a line of clothing
that he and his brother both
design for. White is dominating
and taking snowboarding to its
upper limits and having a good
experience while he's at it. He's
dominating a sport and he's not
even old enough to buy a beer.
What more could a 19-year-old
ask for?
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freezing and I was enjoying every
minute. As Jordan walked me to
my door, I received my first kiss
since my heartache from hell
break up. I walked in and passed
out on my bed, still wearing my
clothes and everything.
Saturday around 2 p.m I
woke up to a headache, smeared
make-up, cotton mouth and
Chinese cravings. I ordered
some food and relaxed all day.
That night, Jordan and I went
to dinner at Olive Garden, then
back to his house to meet every-
one and get the night started. It
began much like the night before
and before I knew it, I was danc-
ing on a table with two other girls,
taking and giving body shots
and losing at strip poker. Jordan
was tipsy and the sexual tension
between us was growing second
by second.
Needless to say I stayed with
him that night. The time we
spent together was very fun,
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now. I'm not looking for another
relationship quite yet, but I'm
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and trying to learn more about
myself. I want to experience all
life has to offer and have fun
while doing it. My weekend was
crazy and fun, but I know that
it's back to classes for the week.
As for my next couple of weeks,
there's no telling where my curi-
osity and free spirit will take me.
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ERIC GILMORE
SENIOR WRITER
March madness will be brewing
in Memphis during the 2006 Confer-
ence USA Men's Basketball Cham-
pionship presented by Aeropostale.
Every team, including the Pirates,
has an opportunity to vie for the
one guaranteed bid into the NCAA
tournament.
The 2006 tournament will be
a competition of firsts. A first time
champion will be crowned as no
current conference team has won the
10-year tournament. Six teams will
play in their first C-USA tournament.
And for the first time, all 12 teams are
eligible barring the rule of excluding
two teams.
Memphis, the nation's No. 5
team, will try to redeem a crushing
75-74 loss to Louisville in the 2005
championship when point guard
Darius Washington, Jr. missed a
game-tying free throw with no time
remaining. Aside from Washington,
Jrs personal vendetta, the Tigers
(27-3, 13-1 C-USA) will need to cut
the nets on Saturday to garner a
coveted No. 1 seed. Memphis will try
to be the third team (Cincinnati and
Louisville) to win the regular season
outright along with the conference
tournament.
UAB, the conference's No. 2 seed,
upset Memphis on March 2 to propel
them into the Top 25 for the first time
since 1994. Despite losing top player
Demario Eddins at midseason, UAB
(22-5,12-2 C-USA) has won their last
six games. A quick loss could severely
damage the Blazers' at-large hopes, but
most insiders have Mike Anderson's
squad as a lock.
No. 3 UTEP (19-8, 11-3 C-USA)
and No. 4 Houston (19-8,9-5 C-USA)
are both considered slightly outside of
the at-large bubble picture. Both will
receive first-round byes and would
have to at least make the champion-
ship game for bubble consideration.
History provides hope for the
eight teams starting play on Wednes-
day. Marquette (1997), Charlotte
(1999) and Saint Louis (2000) have
won four games in as many days.
No. 7 Rice and No. 10 SMU will
open the tournament at 11 a.m ET.
Rice swept the Mustangs, including
a 68-66 win where C-USA's leading
scorer Morris Almond dropped 40
points. No. 6 Tulsa will take on No.
11 Southern Miss at 1:30 p.ra Tulsa
won a three-way tie to notch the No. 6
seed. No.8Tulane and No.9Marshall
will tip-off at 7 p.m. The Green Wave
held Marshall to an embarrassing 36
points on Feb. 4. No. 5 UCF and No.
12 ECU will meet for the third time to
conclude the first round at 8:30 p.m.
The Pirates(8-19,2-12)are search-
ing for their first ever tournament
victory. ECU went winless on the
road in C-USA and hasn't won a road
contest since Nov. 30. The Pirates have
dropped 12 of their last 14 games,
including a 74-56 loss to Southern
Miss on March 4. UCF has won three
of their last four including a 22-point
blowout of ECU on Feb. 22.
All games will be played at
FedEx Forum, the state-of-the-art
arena in downtown Memphis.
Quarterfinal and semifinal games
will be televised by CSTV. The
championship game on Saturday
will broadcast on CBS, beginning
at 9:35 a.m. EST.
This writer can be contacted at
5ports@theeastcarolinian.com.
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Second Team
All C-USA
UConn favored to win
championship
JOSH FERNANDEZ
STAFF WRITER
Rouse leads Conference USA in
rebounding this season.
(SID) ECU senior forward
Corey Rouse has been named to
the All Conference USA second
team as voted upon by the
league's 12 head coaches and a
panel of selected media voters.
Rouse becomes the first
Pirate to earn all-conference
honors since ECU Joined the
league in 2001-02.
The Klnston, N.C. native led
the conference in rebounding
(10.6 rpg) and double-doubles
(16), while he ranked among
the top 10 in scoring, field goal
percentage and blocks. Rouse
also led the league in rebound-
ing as a junior a year ago.
This season he joined some
elite company, ranking among
the league's all-time leaders in
rebounds and double-doubles.
He is one of 13 players in league
history to record 27 double-
doubles in his career and stands
two rebounds shy of becoming
the 13th player in conference
annals to reach 700 rebounds
in his career.
After leading No. 3 Memphis
to its first-ever outright C-USA
title, senior Rodney Carney and
sophomore Darius Washington
Jr. were named to the 2006 C-
USA First Team. Seniors Carldell
"Squeaky" Johnson of UAB and
John Tofi of UTEP and junior
Morris Almond of Rice join the
Tiger duo on the first team.
Carney finished the regular
season ranked second in the
conference in scoring at 17.0
ppg and sixth on the league's
career scoring chart with 1,801
points. Despite playing with
an injury most of the season,
Washington Jr. averaged 13.9
points and 3.43 assists per game.
It is the third consecutive year
that a pair of teammates was
named to the first team. Last
season, Carney was named to
the AU-C-USA second team, and
Washington Jr. was named to
the third team.
Johnson earned the first
All-C-USA recognition of his
four-year career and is ranked in
the Top 10 nationally for assists
(6.37 per game) and steals (2.81).
The Blazer senior and Washing-
ton Jr. are also both finalists
for the Bob Cousy Award for
the nation's top point guard. In
their first seasons in C-USA, Tofi
and league scoring leader (21.6
ppg.) Almond was named to the
first team. Tofi was averaging
13.9 points anfl 9.2 rebounds per
game when he suffered a career-
ending ACL injury on Feb. 22.
Houston placed two play-
ers on the second team with
senior Ramon Dyer and junior
Oliver Lafayette. UAB's Marvett
McDonald and UTEP's Jason
Williams along with Rouse join
the Cougars.
Five different schools were
represented on the all-confer-
ence third team. Houston junior
Lanny Smith and Memphis
freshman Shawne Williams
received third team honors as
the Cougars and Tigers had the
most all-conference winners
with three apiece. SMU senior
guard Bryan Hopkins, along
with senior post players Quincy
Davis of Tulane and Mark Patton
of Marshall, were also named to
the third team.
It's that time of year again.
Well, yeah, spring break starts
in just over 48 hours, but that's
not what I'm referring to. The
second-best event of mid-
March (although some would
argue that statement) I am
alluding to is none other than
the 66th annual NCAA Divi-
sion 1 Basketball Tournament.
So before you embark on your
own version of "March Mad-
ness, " let us discuss the more
popular and non-alcoholic one
that kicks off March 16.
If you're planning to fill
out a bracket or two (or five, for
that matter) get out your pen
and paper, because I'm going
to go over which teams you
should look out for, ones you
ought to forget about and who
will be hoisting the Siemens
Trophy come April 3.
This year's number one
seeds will almost definitely be
Connecticut, Duke, Memphis
and Vlllanova. However, Texas
and Ohio State will be contend-
ing for Memphis' spot; if they
win-out, it's possible one of
them could overtake the Tigers'
top seed.
These teams have the best
win-loss records and all find
themselves at the top of Associ-
ated Press Top 25 ranking poll.
They have had some of the
most difficult schedules out of
all teams and have performed
exceptionally well.
Only Gonzaga and George
Washington have similar
records; however, these two
teams suffer from relatively
weak strength of sched-
ules, primarily due to the
lack of competition within
their respective conferences.
Although each defeated Mary-
land early in the season, not
to mention the Zags' triple-
overtime win over Michigan
State, both had trouble with
top-tier teams. Gonzaga came
close to topping UConn and
Memphis, but could not pull
off the wins. The Colonials'
only loss this year was dealt by
N.C. State, a 21-point beating
that saw the Wolfpack up by
double-digits for most of the
game. However, GW, besides
meeting their conference rival
UNC Charlotte, didn't face
much else. So, in short, look
for Gonzaga and GW to reach
the Sweet 16, but don't count
on them pulling a 2002 Indi-
ana and going all the way.
Out of these top-ranked
teams, look for Duke and Con-
necticut to go far in their brack-
ets. Both have loaded rosters
and great coaching staffs, but
the real reason to keep an eye
on them is because of their
legitimacy.
Duke, obviously, has shown
what it is capable of by beating
everyone in its path, with a
minor bump in the road in
the form of Georgetown. With
the exception of Duke's past
two losses against Florida State
and North Carolina, the Blue
Devils have been on fire. Duke
has three definite NBA-bound
players in Redick, Williams
and McRoberts, all of whom
are predicted to be NBA lot-
tery picks. Partner them with
role-players like Melchionni,
Dockery and Paulus, along
with the best coach alive in
Mike Krzyzewski, and you've
got a formula for a champion-
ship season. Even though I'm
a Maryland fan and, by nature,
hate Duke just about as much
as the Yankees, Red Sox and
Cowboys, I'll give credit where
credit is due.
However, my pick to win
the whole thing is Jim Cal-
houn's Connecticut Huskies.
This team is the best in all
the land. They have the most
exciting player (and likely
number one pick in the NBA
draft) in all of college hoops
in Rudy Gay and have mowed
over every team that has stood
before them. Their only losses
this year were to Vlllanova and
Marquette, two teams that can
beat anyone on any given day.
Anchored by Anderson, Boone
and Williams, this team is one
that can put up lots of points
and play defense with the best
of them. In regard to their
losses, as basic as it sounds,
every team has its off nights.
UConn simply did not show
up to play against Marquette
and, as a result, gave up an
easily winnable game. Villa-
nova is a highly talented team
that utilizes a four-guard set
designed for speed and scoring,
a strategy that upset the Hus-
kies back in February. However,
don't think for a minute that
UConn won't be coming out
with guns blazing. They've
already beaten Gonzaga, LSU,
Pitt and Villanova (the first
time around), and therefore,
they're going to be your 2006
national champions.
To finish up, let's quickly
run through some teamscon-
ferences worth noting:
Texas: Recently walloped
Oklahoma in the Big XII title
game. They're 6-2 against
ranked opponents; one loss was
an uncharacteristically lopsided
blowout by No. 1 Duke. Star
forwards Aldridge and Tucker
will be instrumental in a good
tournament performance, as will
big man Brad Buckman's perfor-
mance in the paint.
Missouri Valley Confer-
ence: Don't feel bad if you've
never heard of this conference;
the media pays no attention to it
until March. However, the M VC is
sending five teams to the tourney,
more than the ACC, Pac-10 and
Big XII. Watch for Wichita State
(lost to No. 10 Illinois in Novem-
ber, 55-54) and Southern Illinois
to make impressive showings.
Ohio State: Their four losses
this year were by a total margin of
only 15 points. Big man Terrence
Dials leads a scrappy group of
players that includes NBA-bound
Foster and Lewis, both of whom
have averaged double figures in
scoring and started all 27 games.
OSU can get a number one seed
by winning the Big Ten tourna-
ment.
Any Big East Team: The
best and most competitive con-
ference this season. It's sending
eight teams to the tournament;
12 of its 16 teams have winning
records with at least 15 victories
and it's the home-conference to
UConn, Villanova, West Virginia
and Pitt.
And here are some to forget
about:
Kentucky: All the Wildcat
passion in the world can't save
Tubby Smith's team in this year's
tournament. This season, they lost
three straight on two separate occa-
sions and were inconsistent the
whole way through. Look for this
trend to continue in the tourney.
Memphis: Although they
boast wins over UCLA, Gonzaga
and Tennessee, the Tigers haven't
had much to worry about for the
past two-and-a-half months due
to a weak conference. Although
Memphis is the No. 5 team in the
nation, I don't see them getting
any farther than the Sweet 16 due
to possible match-ups with GW
or West Virginia.
UCLA and Washington:
Granted, both are top 15 teams
and with 24 wins each, but their
lackluster performances in Pac-10
play this season speaks volumes.
I don't see Washington getting
past the second round and this
year's upset could be Ivy League
champion Penn (barely lost to
Duke and Nova back in Decem-
ber) handing an early ticket home
to the Bruins.
Mountain West and C-
USA: There's nothing special
here, ladies and gents, just some
highly uncompetitive confer-
ences. What we're looking at
see NCAA page A7
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fessional sports are seldom under-
standable - they're akin to two fat
guys fighting over the last piece
of pizza - but the NFL's current
squabble is particularly appalling.
The NFL is the goose that
laid the golden egg. According
to Forbes magazine, all 32 teams
made a profit in 2004. Even the
Cardinals, with their antiquated
stadium and poor attendance,
had an operating income of
$16.2 million after expenses, the
magazine reported.
You'll rarely hear an NFL
owner say he's losing money.
And if you do, he's lying.
The players are living off
the money tree as well. The
salary cap has increased from
$34.6 million per team in 1994
to $85.5 million last season.
The average salary in 2005 was
$1.4 million, according to the
NFL Players Association. That's
an 11 percent increase since
2003 and nearly double the aver-
age salary ($716,600) in 1995.
Know many employees who
have gotten a 100 percent raise
in the last decade? I don't.
And yet, the rich players and
the richer owners can't seem to
agree on a way to split their pot
of gold.
How shameful. If I could,
I'd send commissioner Paul
Tagliabue and union chief Gene
Upshaw to their rooms and make
them skip dinner.
"It's a joke, it really is Min-
nesota Vikings center Matt Birk
told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
"Everyone is making money. A
lot of money. You think anyone
wants to hear about the money
problems of the NFL owners or
players? It's bad (publicity) for
the league. It's bad for all of us
Coming (I wish) on pay-
per-view for $49.95: Birk uses
Tagliabue and Upshaw as tack-
ling dummies.
The greed that's driving this
dispute is staggering.
Let's start with the owners, who
are fighting among themselves
over how to divvy up the billions
of dollars that line their pockets.
The really, really, really rich
owners, like Washington's Daniel
Snyder and Dallas' Jerry Jones,
don't want to share their local reve-
nues (luxury suites, naming rights,
etc.) with the really rich owners.
Their argument: If the Cin-
cinnati Bengals want to eschew a
corporate sponsor and honor one
of their own by naming their sta-
dium after Paul Brown, fine. But
don't ask for a cut of the Redskins'
naming rights (FedEx Field).
I'm with the super rich
on this one. The NFL already
rewards its homeless owners by
equally sharing television rev-
enue among all 32 teams. Every
club received $87.5 million in
2005, and that figure is going to
climb, to unprecedented heights.
The league's most recent
negotiations with its television
partners, NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN
and DirecTV, resulted in con-
tracts worth $23.9 billion over
the next eight years. That's $747
million per team.
No wonder Cardinals owner
Bill Bidwill won't sell his team.
He's sitting on a gold mine.
Socialism hasbeengoodforthe
NFL, spreading the wealth gives
more teams a chance to win, but
owners should be able to pocket
what they make on their own.
If Buffalo Bills owner Ralph
Wilson is unable to generate as
much local revenue as Jones or
Snyder because the city of Buf-
falo is broke compared to Wash-
ington or Dallas, he can still get
by on his $747 million.
As for those who worry the
disparity in income will create
a league of haves and have nots,
a la major league baseball, that's
what a salary cap is for.
The players, meanwhile, say
they're willing to settle if they get
59 percent of the league's gross
revenues. How generous. Because,
you know, the man is abusing
them when he's only giving
up 56 percent of his revenue.
The owners reportedly will
vote on Tuesday on the union's
latest proposal. I'd like to think
common sense will prevail and
the two sides will shake hands
on a new deal.
If they can't come to terms,
here's another idea:
Upshaw and Tagliabue in two
prison cells. With Terrell Owens
between them.
NCAA from page A6
is Air Force, San Diego State,
UAB and, of course, Memphis.
Even with 20-plus wins this
year, look for all these teams (with
the exception of Memphis) to get
knocked out in the first round.
Now I know what many of
you are thinking what about
Carolina?
From the way things are
turning out, evidently, the Heels
may wind up playing LSU or
Marquette in the event they
beat Davidson in the first round
and both LSU and Marquette
advance. Honestly, 1 don't think
Carolina has what it takes to
beat LSU and Marquette will
prove to be quite a challenge if
that is the case. Nevertheless,
you can never count out the
defending champs and Roy Wil-
liams. Still, UConn and several
more teams are much better
than Carolina this season and
beating Duke doesn't count
for anything come March 16.
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Title
The East Carolinian, March 8, 2006
Description
East Carolina's student-run campus newspaper was first published in 1923 as the East Carolina Teachers College News (1923-1925). It has been re-named as The Teco Echo (1925, 1926-1952), East Carolinian (1952-1969), Fountainhead (1969-1979), and The East Carolinian (1969, 1979-present). It includes local, state, national, and international stories with a focus on campus events.
Date
March 08, 2006
Original Format
newspapers
Extent
3cm x 2cm
Local Identifier
UA50.05.06.02.1888
Contributor(s)
Subject(s)
Spatial
Location of Original
University Archives
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