The East Carolinian, March 22, 2006

Volume 81 Number 58 WEDNESDAY March 22, 2006
ECU ASSIST currently
undergoing testing
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'Semester at Sea' teaches
students valuable lessons
This image shows what would appear on a security computer screen in the event of an alarm.
New project could be
answer to a host of ECU
safety concerns
An innovative new emer-
gency alert and tracking system,
which could potentially provide
greater security to students,
faculty and staff if successful, is
currently undergoing testing for
effectiveness and performance.
ECU ASSIST, as the pilot
project has been named, is a
collaborative effort between
Campus Police and Public Safety,
Campus Living, the ECU Tech-
nology Advancement Center and
Disabilities and Support Services
in which the primary purpose is
to develop a system on campus
that could resolve many security
issues as well as provide support
to those in emergency situations.
Participants for the pilot
project include 12 Safety Com-
mittee Members, nine Residence
Hall Advisors, six Disabilities
and Support Services person-
nel, five staff members, and
three Technology Advancement
Center staff members to combine
a total of 35 active participants.
The test location for the project
is central campus, specifically
involving Cotton, Fleming and
Jarvis Residence halls, as well as
the Flanagan building, Student
Health Services, Joyner East,
Joyner Library and the mall area.
The way in which the system
will work is rather simple in that
it was intentionally designed
for mobility and subtlety. Each
test participant is designated a
personal transmitter which is
smaller in size than the average
mobile phone. The participant
can either carry the device or, for
those that require mobility assis-
tance, the device can be attached
to a wheelchair, scooter, walker,
etc. If at any time the participant
is in need of emergency medi-
cal assistance or is faced with a
threatening situation, the partici-
pant simply presses a buttoni on
the hand-held device and a signal
is sent to the telecommunication
dispatch office in the campus
police building just a couple hun-
dred yards from the mall area.
The button triggers an alarm
on a PC in the police office and
the name and picture of the
participant who activated the
alert emerges on screen. The
participant's location is then
determined through a triangu-
lated system in which receiv-
ers in the designated buildings
transmit the alert signal, and the
three that pick up the strongest
signal pinpoint a location and
transmit it to a map on the PC.
Police officers are then dis-
patched to the scene and con-
tinuous updates are provided to
the dispatcher in the direction
the participant is traveling after
activating the alert. The updates
continue for 15 minutes, at which
point the signal is lost if the
transmitter is not activated a
second time. In the event that no
real emergencies occur within the
testing period, each participant is
see ECU ASSIST page A8
Bush declining political power
Pivotal choices lead to a
question of leadership
In recent weeks, President
Bush has not been able to con-
vince Congress to go his way on
several issues.
His support for Dubai to pur-
chase the U.Kbased Peninsular
& Oriental Steam Navigation
Co. for $6.8 billion on March
2, which would place control of
ports New York, Newark, Balti-
more, Philadelphia, Miami and
New Orleans into the hands of the
United Arabs Emirates firm, was
shattered by Congress, thereby
forcing Dubai to sell its U.S.
operations within six months.
Bush's proposal to give India
nuclear technology to lessen
their dependence on foreign oil
in exchange for India placing its
military nuclear program under
UN supervision is in the midst of
being dissected by Congress and
could be turned down as well.
Additionally, Bush is taking
heat on the possibility of an Iraqi
civil war.
Bush's job approval rating is
at 39 percent and has been inert
for the better part of a year.
Why is Bush's own party, the
GOP, in Congress is fighting him
so hard? Did Tom Delay really help
Bush that much to get his politi-
cal agenda through Congress?
A lot of Republicans believe
that the White House is not fol-
lowing the conservative guide-
lines on which the Republican
Party is based.
The rift forming between
Bush and the rest of the Republi-
can Party may be advantageous
to the GOP in 2008 when it
will select a new presidential
Those voters who are disen-
chanted with Bush may indeed
be swayed by a new conservative
Republican agenda and candidate.
It seems unlikely that Bush
would win an election if it were
held this year.
Perhaps the only thing that
could save Bush politically would
be a watershed event such as
see BUSH page A8
Students embarking on 'A
rGo to school' on a
great big boat all over
the world
Students interested in
spending a semester at sea can
look forward tc learning over-
seas in a variety of different
The Semester at Sea program,
accredited through the Univer-
sity of Virginia, gives students
the opportunity to earn college
credit fof different courses.
Students who are interested
need toflHiameet with theiradvi-
sors in order to figure out which
credits are transferable from the
courses that are to be taken.
For more information,
including a step by step guide
on how to properly enroll for
what is dubbed, "A wyage of
Jkiscovery students can visit
the semester at sea Web site at
Voyage of Discovery' enjoy a stop at the Taj Mahal in India.
Armand Vonsiatsky, junior
and construction manage-
ment major, took part in the
semester at sea program in
fall of 2005.
"It was an experience that
was very rich and intellectually
stimulating said Vonsiatksy,
who visited such exotic locales
as India, Myanmar and Viet-
"I had culture shock in
India because it is night and day
compared to American culture
said Vonsiatsky.
"I definitely realized that
even if you're poor in America,
you'd be considered rich in
these other Countries
Vonsiatsky also emphasized
the bonds that he made with nis
fellow shipmates saying that the
friendships he made will last a
Affording to the Web site,
the slip that students took,
the MV Explorer, was like a
small cruise ship. It cafhe com-
plete with the luxttties of a
regular cruise ship. The ship-
board campus includes class-
rooms, study areas and an
8,000 volume core library that
supports the itinerary and the
global, comparative academic
focus of Semester at Sea.
"Students could play vol-
leyball and basketball while on
the ship, as well as spend an
afternoon by the pool sunbath-
ing in the tropical sun said
"I had the time of my life
said Brian Durham, a junior at
Appalachian State University,
"We just learned to appre-
ciate what we got. We learned
how lucky we are to live in the
United States, just because it's a
whole lot worse in other places
of the world
Semester at Sea currently
offers three voyages a year
during the fall, spring or
summer. They are currently
accepting applications for all
three of these voyages.
This writer can be reached at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
New SGA office and member cards complete mcat gets a face lift
SGA takes steps to
promote student activity
SGA addressed the topics
about the new office mem-
bership cards and funding
for various organizations at
Monday's meeting at 5 p.m.
M. Cole Jones, SGA president,
announced that the new SGA
office, located near the help
desk in Mendenhall Center, was
completed over the spring break.
"The new office is more visible
and more accessible at the request
of the students Jones said.
Corey King, assistant vice
chancellor for student experience,
is greatly contributing to making
Mendenhall Student Center more
and more of a premiere center
for students, according to Jones.
There will be a ribbon cutting
ceremony to celebrate and open
the new office.
The time and date of the
ceremony will be announced at
a later date.
SGA membership cards were
also made a point of interest by
"SGA membership cards are
an incentive-based tool to create
more awareness about SGA, who
we are and the many organiza-
tions SGA supports according
to Jones.
Under the new constitution,
every student is a member of
the SGA in some capacity. With
this fact being a part of the
new document, the member-
ship cards will be available to
all students and not just execu-
tive or senate members of SGA.
SGA was able to fund many
different various organiza-
tions at the meeting as well.
These organizations include
the African Students Organiza-
tion, National Kitchen and Bath
Association (NKBA), Health Edu-
cators Preparing for Tomorrow's
Advancement (HEPTA) and a
psychology honors organization.
All of the funding allotted
to these organizations will be
used to provide money to attend
conferences and pay for educa-
tional supplies, office supplies,
pamphlets, tee shirts, advertising
and various other experiences.
Students are reminded to
Five new elements to the
test that every medical
student should know
SGA members vote after some disagreement over funding.
check out the many activi-
ties that will take place March
20-25 for Diversity week. A
majority of these events will
be held in Mendenhall Stu-
dent Center, Ledonia Wright
Cultural Center, Hendrix The-
ater or the Willis Building.
Students are encouraged to be
aware of flyers and e-mails concern-
ing events on campus this week.
This writer may be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
The MCAT test for medical
students has recently undergone
some changes.
Pre-medical students can
expect to run into multiple
changes when taking the pre-
med test this year and into the
"The MCAT medical college
g admissions test is an exam that
is taken by 60, almost 70,000
people annually said Amjed
fl Mustafa, MCAT program man-
g ager for Kaplan Test Prep and
"The MCAT itself is about
eight hours and is comprised of
four sections
The four sections are com-
prised of background in physics,
general chemistry, organic chem-
istry and biology.
Mustafa added that students
also need to have the critical
thinking ability to do well on a
verbal section as well as a writ-
ing sample component that tests
the way students can formulate
arguments that are presented
to them.
The biggest change that is
taking place is the jump from
the standard paper and pencil
administration to a computer-
based test.
The test is available for pencil
and paper testing two more times
before the permanent jump to
computer-based testing.
The changes have made many
students rather apprehensive
about the jump to computer
A poll of 4,000 MCAT stu-
dents showed that 80 percent
of students have yet to take a
computer-based test.
Even more are not as confi-
l dent that they will perform better
with the new testing.
The change to computer test-
ing is the biggest change that
the MCATs has seen in 75 years
of testing.
Kaplan recommends to stu-
dents that have completed their
see MCAT page A8
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RACHEL KING News Editor CLAIRE MURPHY Assistant News Editor
WEDNESDAY March 22, 2006
Cultural Outreach
season schedule
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 until
Saturday, April 1,2006
The Cultural Outreach Office
provides professional performing
arts programs with two series: The S
Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts
Series and Family Fare. Subscriptions
for the 2005-2006 seasons of both
series are currently on sale. The S.
Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts
Series, ECU'S flagship performing
arts series, annually presents a
season of nine of the world's top
orchestras, ballet companies, jazz
artists, soloists, modern dance
ensembles, Broadway shows, opera
companies, chamber ensembles
and pop artists. The Family Fare
Series features kid-cen(ered cultural
excursions for the entire family. This
series features four curriculum-based
performances by the nation's finest
young-audience touring companies.
For more information contact 252-
328-4788 or 1-flOO-ECU-ARTS or
Lecture: "Lydia
Sigourney Faces the
Canon: Some Remarks
About Canon Formation
and Change"
Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30
p.m. in Great Rooms 2 & 3, ECU'S
Mendenhall Student Center
Paul Lauter, Professor of Literature
at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn
will present the annual ECU Tag
lecture entitled, "Lydia Sigourney
Faces the Canon: Some Remarks
About Canon Formation and
Change The event is free and
open to the public. Lauter is author
of "Canon and Contexts" and
"From Waldon Pond to Jurassic
Park and editor of The Heath
Anthology of American Uterature
Contact (252) 328-1537 for
additional information
Russian National
Theatre, La Bayadere
Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. in Wright
This ensemble of 50 principal
dancers focuses on upholding
the grand national tradition of the
major Russian ballet works. Last
seen in the United States in 1999,
their triumphal return will feature
Petipa's La Bayadere.
Ticket required: Central Ticket
Office, 252-328-4788,1-800-ECU-
ECU English Department
Graduate Reading
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30
p.m. at the Willis Building, First
and Reade Streets, Graduates of
ECU'S Creative Writing program
will hold a free reading.
For additional information contact
Alex Albright, (252) 328-4876
Lecture: Thomas
Harriot Voyages of
Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at
Hendrix Auditorium, Mendenhall
Student Center
Robert Fox, a history of science
professor at Oxford University, will
inaugurate ECU'S new Thomas
Harriot Voyages of Discovery" Lecture
Series Dr Fox's lecture wi discuss the
life of Sir Thomas Harriot, for whom the
Harriot College is named The lecture
is free and open to the public and is
part of ECUs Founders Week actMbes
Contact: Denise Miller, Harriot
College, at 252-328-6249 or e-mail
mierde@ecueol) for more rtormation
Contra Dance
The ECU Folk and Country Dancers
are sponsoring a contra dance on
Friday, March 24, at the Willis Building
on First and Reade St downtown.
Beginners' lesson begins at 7:30
p.m. and the contra dance willbe
from 8 -10:30 p.m A live, old-time
Celtic string band will provide the
music Students will be charged $3,
FASG members $5. public $8. Come
and enjoy a smoke-and-alcohol-free
event For more information, contact
Michael Cotter at 752-8854.
Night ofthe Rising Stars
Saturday, April 1 at 6:30 pm. in the
Greenville Convention Center, there
will be a fund raising event featuring
cocktails, dinner, and performances
benefiting the School of Theatre and
Dance Scholarship Fund. Tickets
are $60 per person with a Cash Bar.
Tickets may be purchased by calling
the SOTD Box Office at 328-6829 or
online at ECUARTS corn.
News Briefs
Fires set Inside Charlotte
Mormon church building
CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) - Arson fires
early Sunday caused about $500,000
in damage to the inside of the largest
Mormon church building in Charlotte,
authorities said.
More than 20 small fires were set
inside the University City church,
and officials said the damage could
delay use of the building for about six
months. No injuries were reported.
Authorities had no suspects and were
unsure if the fires were a hate crime.
They declined to release specific
information about the fires.
The fires set off sprinklers inside the
building and firefighters received
an alarm signal at 2:39 a.m said
Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley.
Fire officials said the fires were
quickly extinguished.
Sigg said church members are
not sure what to think about the
They tried to do as much damage as
they possibly could said Ted Ahem,
a church member. "Starting a fire is
one thing. Doing as much damage
as possible is another
Church fires in Charlotte are rare,
officials said. The National Coalition
for Burned Churches and Community
Empowerment estimates there are
15-20 church fires a month in the
Three college students were charged
this month related to a string of rural
Alabama church fires.
Spring break season arrives on
Grand Strand
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - It's spring
break season on South Carolina's
Grand Strand and, although not as
busy as beach towns in places like
Florida, thousands of students come
to the area for a good time.
'It's still cool here, so you can't really
get in the water, but everything else is
fine said Laura Angle, a 20-year-old
sophomore from Gainesville College
in Georgia, who this year spent a
second straight spring break at the
She said she and her friends spent
their time visiting local attractions
and partying.
"Without drinking, it's not spring
break she said while visiting
Broadway at the Beach.
Police and hotel owners say they
keep an eye on the spring break
groups for disorderly conduct.
Angle and her friends said they have
noticed police everywhere but said
officers don't seem to bother those
who don't create problems.
Police say there were fewer reports
of disorderly conduct, sexual assaults
and noise ordinance violations last
year than the year before. There
were 1,321 such reports between
mid-March and May of last year
compared to 1,392 in 2004.
"For the most part, students on
spring break get a bad rap he said,
adding students generally cause no
more problems than visitors during
the Fourth of July or a Shriners
He added hotel operators don't try to
monitor students' alcohol use. That's
the responsibility of the person who
sells it to them or gives it to them
he said.
Bush urges Americans to look
beyond violence In Iraq (or signs
of progress
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush sought Monday to emphasize
progress over disillusionment after
three years in Iraq, urging Americans
to see a developing democracy
beyond the frequent images of
Meeting at the White House with
NATO Secretary General Jaap de
Hoop Scheffer before departing for
Cleveland, Bush said the military
alliance's training mission in Iraq
will help ensure that Iraqi security
forces "can end up protecting the
Iraqi people from those who want to
kill innocent life in order to affect the
outcome of that democracy
NATO's role in Iraq has been limited
to the training and some logistical
support, as opposition led by France
and Germany has prevented broader
Bush was marking this week's third
anniversary of the war by making
speeches aimed at boosting support
for his mission in Iraq, which has
drawn increasing public skepticism at
home, according to various polls.
"We are implementing a strategy that
will lead to victory in Iraq he assured
a public that polls say is increasingly
skeptical that he has a plan to end
the fighting.
White House critics say Bush must do
more than give speeches, he needs
to take more action to get a coalition
government in Iraq and work toward
bringing troops home.
Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who is
running for a Senate seat against GOP
incumbent Mike DeWine, suggested
that voters will hold Republicans
accountable for "incompetent" policy
on war and economic issues in the
November election.
"I hear very little support (for the
Iraq war) in my travels in every
region conservative regions, more
progressive regions of this state,
everywhere Brown said.
Aging farmers leave uncertain
future for next generation
BLUE GRASS, Iowa (AP) - Earl Martz
winces at the idea that one day
someone other than a Martz may
work the farm his family has owned
for generations.
Martz, 71, raised hogs, corn and
soybeans on the same 160 acres his
father bought in 1913. Two of his three
sons now are working the land, but
the future of the family farm seems
The next national agriculture census
is scheduled for 2007, but economists
say there is scant evidence to suggest
the trend will reverse any time soon.
The average age of the farmer is
going up year after year after year
said Pat O'Brien, an economist with
the American Farm Bureau. "And
one result of that is that we're seeing
right now more and more land being
concentrated in the hands of older
"If your daddy isn't already an
established, big farmer, where
you can use the name to start
up a partnership, you really don't
have much of a chance these days
he said.
The federal government has programs
designed to help a new generation of
farmers buy or rent land, but critics
say the federal farm payment system
offsets the good intentions of future
farming programs.
"The reality is that agricultural
land, the value of it, the cost of it,
has been artificially inflated by the
unlimited farm payment system
said John Crabtree, spokesman of
the Center for Rural Affairs, a private,
nonprofit farm issues group based
in Lyon, Neb.
"It's not that the younger generation
doesn't want to farm he said, "it's
that we've created so many economic
barriers for them to enter the field
European observers: Belarus
presidential vote neither free nor
MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Independent
observers said Monday the re-election
of iron-fisted President Alexander
Lukashenko was "a farce" because
his opponents were systematically
intimidated and detained.
The European Union said it likely
will impose financial and diplomatic
sanctions on Belarus' top leaders in
However, Russia hailed the election
held by its ally and said the result that
gave Lukashenko a third term "must
be viewed with respect
The March 19 presidential election
did not meet the required international
standards for free and fair elections
said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla
who chairs the OSCE parliamentary
assembly, the world's largest regional
security organization.
Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula
Plassnik, whose country holds the
EU's rotating presidency, said the
opposition "was systematically
intimidated" during the campaign.
She said preparations for the election
"were conducted in a climate of
intimidation, a climate of hindering"
Lukashenko opponents.
While Lukashenko is a dictator to his
opponents and foreign critics, many
Belarusians see the former collective
farm manager as having brought
stability after the uncertainty that
followed the 1991 Soviet collapse.
While the landlocked nation, about
as big and flat as Kansas, is far from
prosperous, the economy is growing
and salaries are rising.
Critics say the economic successes
are unsustainable, based largely on
cheap Russian energy and heavy-
handed state intervention reminiscent
of the communist era.
Wembley Stadium evacuated
after roof collapse
LONDON (AP) - Part of the roof at the
construction site ofthe new Wembley
Stadium collapsed early Monday,
causing the evacuation of nearly
3,000 workers.
The GMB union said some workers
heard "an enormous bang while
working on the stadium. The piece
dropped about three feet and no
Injuries were reported.
The Australian construction company
Multiplex confirmed the evacuation
and said engineers were examining
the problem.
"Something happened with the roof
above certain workers Multiplex
said in a statement. "It was a rafter in
the roof that failed while it was being
Construction work on the stadium
started in September 2002 after a
series of delays and wrangling over
whether to include a running track.
Wembley was part of England's bid
to stage the 2006 World Cup, but
financial backers withdrew when
Germany was awarded the event.
Last month, the Football Association
moved the May 13 FA Cup final
to Millennium Stadium in Cardiff,
Wales, because Multiplex couldn't
guarantee Wembley would be ready.
England's soccer friendlies against
Hungary and Jamaica have been
moved to Old Trafford Stadium In
Multiplex is expected to lose about
$175 million on the project and could
be fined an additional $1.75 million
each week beyond the deadline.
In January 2004, one construction
worker was killed and another injured
at the site when scaffolding collapsed
and dropped about 100 feet.
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Celebrity funerals 'best free show' in New York
m era
Many people flock to celebrity funerals to see the stars; others simply want to be in the presence of a star, living or not.
(KRT) Francine Greene
tracks celebrity ailments in the
news. She scans the obituary
page daily to see which leading
lights have died.
Morbid? Perhaps, but the
celebrity death watch is an hon-
ored rite here, where part of
being a New Yorker is basking
in the radiant light of the city's
galaxy of stars.
When a luminary dies, New
Yorkers pack churches, syna-
gogues or theaters to say goodbye
and to catch what Greene calls
"the best free show in town
Perversely, services for dead
celebrities are often the best
places to see live ones.
Metropolitan Opera star
Robert Merrill's "was like a Broad-
way show. Rudolph Giuliani
spoke. Leontyne Price sang
Greene said. "At Alan King's ser-
vice, Billy Crystal did the eulogy.
Need 1 say more?"
Some celebrities have so
many devoteesactor and civil-
rights activist Ossie Davis, for
onethat the New York Police
Department sends officers to
control crowds and traffic.
Fans review the funerals and
memorials as if they had just
taken in Chicago on Broadway.
Marvin Hunter, 75, a retired
psychologist, and his wife, Cathy,
74 and an artist, make a hobby of
. attending them.
"There have b9n m manyi
.remarkable moments'At"hese"
things Marvin Hunter, said,
hoisting his backpack, as he
stood in line to get into a Lincoln
Center service for Pulitzer Prize-
winning playwright Wendy
There was Liza Minelli sing-
ing "New York, New York" at the
November 2004 memorial ser-
vice for composer Fred Ebb, who
wrote the anthem for this city
and for strivers everywhere.
And who could forget play-
wright Terrence McNally ("Kiss
of the Spider Woman") asking
at Ebb's service: "What do you
say about a homophobic, anti-
Semitic gay Jew?"
Many people remember Jerry
Orbach as the lovable if dark
NYPD detective Lennie Briscoe
on "Law & Order" or as the origi-
nal Billy Flynn in "Chicago But
Greene and others, including
the entire cast of "Law & Order
were charmed at his March 2005
service to hear of his daily poems
to his wife, Elaine:
"A chilly winter morning.
The wind could freeze your liver.
And so where are we filming?
113th Street on the river
Of course, these encore per-
formances to lives well-lived
offer wisdom as well as wit.
At bandleader Skitch Hender-
son's February service at Carn-
egie Hall, Kitty Carlisle Hart sang
a pitch-perfect, plaintive version
of Irving Berlin's "Always
In her bold red dress and
matching lipstick, she proved
that you can be 95 years old,
have legs like Chita Rivera's and
deserve your own cabaret show at
Feinstein's, a popular nightclub.
At last Monday's service for
Wasserstein, Cathy Hunter said
the palpable weight of collec-
tive grtaMwthe theater stayed
Beloved for her warmth and
sense of humor, Wasserstein
died at age 55, leaving behind a
6-year-old daughter.
"You know she was really an
authentic person in this artificial
world Hunter said.
Stanley Tannen, founder of
a program called Toward Inter-
national Peace Through the
Arts, organized a service on the
one-year anniversary of Arthur
Miller's death. Tannen believes
the playwright's ideals represent
those of his organization.
"It's not Willy Ionian alone
to whom attention must be paid
Tannen said, quoting the best-
known line from Miller's play
"Death of a Salesman
"It's all the Willy Lomans
in the world. Attention must be
paid to people who are dying of
AIDS and of famines all over the
world, so Arthur Miller is to me
a great quintessential interna-
tional artist
In order to pack the Feb.
10 service, which featured per-
formances by actors Eli Wal-
lach, Anne Jackson and Tony
LoBianco, Tannen publicized
the program at senior citizens'
"60 Minutes" reporter Mike
Wallace, who went to the Uni-
versity of Michigan with Miller,
attended. Only four days earlier,
he had attended Skitch Hender-
son's service.
"I'm going to more and more
these days Wallace, 87, said
wearily. He announced his own
retirement last week.
Celebrities automatically get
in at these events. Those who
never had stars on their doors
have to work at it.
People seeking a seat at last
week's Wasserstein service had to
line up four hours in advaiu o to
get one of 60 public seats.
But then, who cares about
time when you get to see Meryl
Streep perform for free? She read
from Wasserstein's "American
Stars know their roles. So
does the audience. New Yorkers
have perfected the art of spying
on celebrities while acting blase.
As a group, they probably have
the world's most well-developed
peripheral vision.
New Yorkers grant celebri-
ties a wide berth. They know
that asking for an autograph
would quickly earn the epithet
But they sneak peeks.
At the Wasserstein memorial,
Cathy Hunter looked at her hus-
band, Marvin, and quietly said,
"Marian Seldes on your right
Anywhere else, Seldes might
go unnoticed, but here, genera-
tions of theatergoers can spot a
Tony-Award winner (Seldes won
in 1967 for Edward Albee's "A
Delicate Balance") as easily as if
she were Paris Hilton.
"Dlanne Wiest Cathy Hunter
continued. "Oh, there's (Vanity
Fair writer) Dominick Dunne.
And I think that's the playwright
Eve Ensler
Greene, who lives on the
Upper West Side, plays it cool,
"I'm not awed by celebrities
Greene said. "I go to my market
and 1 see Dianne Wiest in a
The gravity of a memorial
services does not stop Greene
from playing critic.
At one tribute, when an actor
forgot her lines and abruptly sat
down off stage, Greene elbowed
a companion and said, "Get the
1 She started attending memo-
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after her husband died. Her
friends found it strange at first
but now often go with her.
"It's interesting because these
people become human beings,
not just icons she said. "When
we know someone died, my
friends laugh. We say, 'Oh, we
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My Random Column
Relationship 101 rr
So I have this friend and she recently lost
250 pounds in a little over a month. She is
happier now and surrounded by her true
friends again. The best part about it was it
was not her own weight but the weight of
someone I thought was a burden - a guy
who never deserved the person that he had
dated and made his own.
This brings me to the topic of the week:
relationships. I have seen too many girls
feel sorry for themselves when guys are not
who they thought they were. Not that girls
don't turn either but the whole thing makes
me think.
What is the point of dating if all we do is
With growing up and changing being the
most important thing about college, besides
getting a degree of course, we are here to
learn. In our studies and about ourselves we
grow and change everyday. As we get older,
we choose to change to what we should be
versus what other people think we should be
to fit in. Whether it is who we end up being
or not, you can't learn without living.
You live and learn, the older the wiser; they
are all saying the same thing. How can you
judge someone else when you yourself are
not sure what you are doing? You are no
more immature than the person next to you
because we are all in the mess that can't
be understood until it is over.
I believe that everything happens for a
reason. You may not understand it now,
but it will be clear soon and just keep your
head up.
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Opinion Columnist
A look into the mind and spirit of the samurai
Ways of the Warrior
For the past few years I've
been doing some reading about
the philosophy of the samurai,
the ancient warriors of Japan. 1
am just fascinated by the samu-
rai and the stories about them.
To me the samurai and other
ancient warriors of Japan and
China represent a concept of an
epitome of human potential. If
you've ever seen a samurai or
martial arts film, even though
they can be a bit exaggerated
at times, or a martial arts per-
formance, you may have seen
something like people breaking
stone blocks with their bare
hands, cutting through a stalk
of bamboo, or some other form
of incredible physical display.
These seemingly super-human
abilities came in part from a
devotion to training their bodies.
The purpose or the fruits of their
labors was generally meant to be
of use to their superiors, both for
battle and protection. The word
"samurai" means "to serve It
was a samurai's duty to serve his
master, even if it meant he would
die or even if he would have to
take his own life. This all seemed
to stem from the codes and rules
that they lived by, which in turn
gave them a reputation of having
wills of unshakeable iron; a will
that almost seemed to say, "I will
say what I can and can't do
1 guess the reason I started
researching the samurai was
because I wanted to better under-
stand their minds and beliefs,
such as the samurai's code and
way of honor called Bushido. This
was especially true when I heard
the story of the 47 Ronin, or sam-
urai without a master or leader.
The story tells of a group of
samurai who were left leaderless
after their master was forced
to commit seppuku, or ritual
suicide, for assaulting a court
official named Kira, who had
insulted him. After patiently
waiting and planning for over a
year, the samurai avenged their
leader by killing the court offi-
cial. They were then forced to
commit seppuku for committing
murder, which they knew would
be their fate'from the beginning.
It was this level of devotion,
honor and courage that inspired
me to understand them, and also
what enabled me to watch The
Last Samurai with Tom Cruise in
it. I'll also admit that The Last
Samurai is one of those movies
that makes me cry every time I
watch it. I've read a few books
about the samurai and Bushido
and I've discovered that while
death was a strong aspect of
their lives, the goal of a samurai
was not to die and that life was
viewed as being far from mean-
ingless. With that, I'd like to
share with you some things from
two books I've read.
These passages come from
Code of the Samurai translated by
Thomas Cleary:
One who is supposed to be a
warrior considers it his foremost
concern to keep death in mind
at all times, every day and every
night, from the morning of New
Year's Day through the night of
New Year's Eve.
All human life is likened to
evening dew and morning frost,
considered something quite frag-
ile and ephemeral.
If people comfort their minds
with the assumption that they
will live a long time, that some-
thing might happen, because
they think they will have forever
to do their work and look after
their parents they may fail to
perform for their employers and
also treat their parents thought-
But if you realize that the
life that is here today is not cer-
tain on the morrow, then when
you take your orders from your
employer, and when you look in
on your parents, you will have
the sense that this may be the
last timeso you cannot fail to
become truly attentive to your
employer and your parents.
As long as it is realized and
accepted that warriors must com-
prehend right and wrong, and
strive to do right and avoid wrong,
then the way of warriors is alive.
Finally, I'd like to share a few
of my favorite passages from a
book called Hagakure: The Book
of the Samurai translated by Wil-
liam Scott Wilson. Hagakure is a
collection of stories and sayings
from real samurai that expresses
and was used to teach samurai
"According to the situation,
there are times when you must
rely on a person for something or
other. If this is done repeatedly,
it becomes a matter of importun-
ing that person and can be rather
rude. If there is something that
must be done, it is better not to
rely on others
"There is something to be
learned from a rainstorm. When
meeting with a sudden shower,
you try not to get wet and run
quickly along the road. But doing
such things as passing under the
eaves of houses, you still get wet.
When you are resolved from the
beginning, you will not be per-
plexed, though you still get the
same soaking. This understand-
ing extends to everything
"No matter what it is, there
is nothing that cannot be done.
If one manifests the determina-
tion, he can move heaven and
earth as he pleases. But because
man is pluckless, he cannot set
his mind to it. Moving heaven
and earth without putting forth
effort is simply a matter of con-
Finally, I'll leave you with
this one sentence I've taken to
heart quite strongly.
"If one will do it, it can be
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Dear Editor,
Okay, I'll be the one to say it
the king has no clothes. Rev. Hall
holds himself out to be "intelligent
and well educated For heavens
sake he has a "Master's Degree
In spite of his high level of edu-
cation, Rev. Hall's knowledge of
history is sorely lacking, to wit:
While "conduct(ing)
(his) substantial amount of
research" did Rev. Hall read the
Declaration of Independence? It
clearly states:
whenever any Form of Gov-
ernment becomes destructive it
is the Right of the People to alter
or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government
After conduct(ing) a substan-
tial amount of research does Rev.
Hall really believe hundreds of
thousands of poor Southern boys
were willing to give their lives
so a few rich planters could keep
their slaves? Might there have
been other motivation to fight
and die?
Did his substantial research
not reveal that Abraham Lincoln
was an admitted racist stating
"I will say, then, that I am
not, nor ever have been, in favor
of bringing about in any way the
social and political equality of
the white and black races - that
I am not, nor ever have been, in
favor of making voters or jurors of
negroes, nor of qualifying them
to hold office, nor to intermarry
with white people; and I will say
in addition to this that there is a
physical difference between the
white and black races from living
together on terms of social and
political equality. And inasmuch
as they cannot so live, while they
do remain together there must
be the position of superior and
inferior, and I as much as any
other man, am in favor of having
the superior position assigned to
the white race
Did he not read the Emanci-
pation Proclamation and discover
that it didn't free any slaves and
was a simply a PR ploy? Further, it
failed to cause the intended slave
uprising in the South because
- even without Southern men
present - the blacks remained
loyal to their families.
In his research did he dis-
cover that Confederate President
Jefferson Davis adopted a 5 year-
old black boy during the war and
that Jim Limber was taken from
the family when Davis was cap-
tured and never seen again?
While conducting his
research did he learn that Gen-
eral Robert E. Lee, CSA freed his
slaves years before the war while
General U.S. Grant, USA held
his black slaves in bondage until
FORCED to free them by the
13th Amendment after the War
of Northern Aggression?
Did he not know that Gen-
eral Grant stated, "If I thought
this war was to abolish slavery,
I would resign my commission,
and offer my sword to the other
Did his substantial research
reveal that states like Ohio, Il-
linois, Indiana, Iowa and the
Oregon Territory had laws to
forbid black immigration?
Did he not learn that at the
end of the War of Northern
Aggression 19 of 24 Northern
states did not allow blacks to
vote? Nowhere were blacks
allowed to serve on juries before
1860. Negroes could not give
testimony in 10 northern states,
and were prevented from assem-
bling in two.
During his research did he
learn about the 100 years of
devastation that reconstruction
wreaked on the South?
For more history set straight
go to and click on
the "Corrected History" button.
Slavery is evil, but there is
blame enough to go around -
including to the north (United
States) which always gets a pass.
I say honor those who gave their
lives to defend their hearth and
And may I suggest Rev. Hall
take an American history class at
a college other than the one that
taught him to spell.
Deo Vindice,
Davis Mauldin
WEDNESDAY March 22, 2006
Pirate Rant
It's not that seeing Jake Gyllenhaal with another man
makes me angry, It's seeing him with anyone but me
that gets me a little steamed.
I guess my friend must be getting pretty bored because
she has started responding to her own Pirate Rants.
Would it be so difficult for ECU to add a link to OneStop
that would allow students to view how many meals they
have left or how much money they have left on their
Pirate Bucks? Someone please develop this Web site!
ECU dominated Key West just like everywhere else we
go. No one parties harder than the Pirates.
Now that spring break is over, is anyone else worried
that they aren't going to have a job when they get out of
here? I guess I'm going to have to move back in with the
parents and get a job at Wal-Mart. This college degree
sure seems to be paying off.
Every day there is a prejudiced Pirate Rant! When is ECU
administration going to wake up and realize they need
to address tolerance and diversity issues on campus?
What happened to the campus confessions? They're
more entertaining then the Pirate Rants!
My philosophy teacher laughs at people dying.
I wish some of these groups or organizations would start
selling "bling" or "grillz" in front of Wright plaza. Many
people like me would rather buy those than a rose or a
piece of candy that they are trying to sell.
I'm glad to see those people who don't have an A
parking sticker get tickets! They only take my premier
spot that I paid for. Ha ha they should know better, D
stickers belong at the freshman lot.
Please tell me when it became a sin to stay home in
your own house and watch TV or study? My roommate
thinks that it is not "healthy" that I choose to not party
every night or go out all the time. I guess the fact I'm
making a 4.0 and she's failing a bunch of classes is really
starting to get to her.
Had a bad boyfriend? Had a cheating one? Post him
on to save another girl's heart.
What is up with the NCAA Tournament thisyear? Does
anyone have his or her brackets even close to being right
at this point? And no, picking Duke all the way down
doesn't count; I'm talking about the rest of it all.
I guess that Facebook group was right, red heads are
better than the rest. I think I'm in love with a red head.
Every day I connect to the wireless network, see Taho,
and wonder why is ECU's network named after a
luxury SUV?
To the person who is on the meal plan for four years and
still complaining about the food. Wake up already and
get University Meal deal. This plan allows vou to eat
at local restaurants around town. Try it ancf then you
don't have anymore bad food or bad service.
I wait tables and bar tend, and it drives me crazy when
people act all mad when I card them. Like 1 have a per-
sonal vendetta against their drinking. It really cracks
me up when I card someone, and they act all indignant
about it when they were totally bom in 1984. You )ust
turned 21! Be happy you can show your ID for drinks,
don't bitch at me because I troubled you for you ID.
It seems imperative for liberals to pull up next to me
after seeing the "W" sticker on my vehicle and insult
my Intelligence. Why be so offensive? I may think you
are a pansy bleeding neart liberal who is jumping on a
popular collegiate bandwagon, but I wont pull up next
to you and tell you that.
Can someone tell me why girls on my floor to con-
stantly run up and down the halls screaming and
shrieking like they're being murdered? Honestly, is it
really necessary? All I want is some peace and quiet so
I can take a nap.
To the person who made the comment about we stu-
dents who receive financial aid, we're sorry that we can't
be spoiled brats like you and have mommy and daddy
pay for everything for us. Some of us actually support
ourselves for a living!
I am so sick of all you people who need someone to
sublease at Pirate's Cove. First of all, why did you move
in last summer if you knew you weren't going to stay for
a full year? Secondly, when you say you nave a 1BR1BA
apartment for rent, that's a lie. You still have three
other roommates! Proper planning can save you a lot
of money. Good luck with all that subleasing!
ECU is part of the council to get Pitt County Schools
smoke free, and it is rumored that ECU will go smoke
free as part of the deal. Is this going to be another
"Higher One" stealth job? The Pitt County Schools cater
to underage students. ECU is packed full of people that
are "of-age" and can make their own, legal, decisions.
Why haven't we heard anything about this?
I know that everyone has been complaining about the
Greeks on campus. I'm not Greek, but I wanted to
show some love for the boys of TKE. They are some
of the cutest and nicest guys on campus, plus they
always have great parties. And in the four years I've
been hanging out with them I've never seen anyone
with a popped collar.
I think it time for this campus to take its role as future
leaders a bit more seriously. I've been on the receiving
end of more then enough police Billy clubs and insults
as I protested the war in Nam when I first started college.
Come on kiddies there's still time to try and make a dif-
ference. You can't sit and wait for someone else to do It.
Trust me we made a difference and you can to.
TEC ran a lengthy article supporting abortion and
claiming that making it illegal would cause an atrocity
of deaths from mothers who still sought one if they
were made illegal. What about the other side? Is it not
an atrocity for women to kill their babies? The solution
to the first atrocity would be to not'get an abortion in
the first place. What makes women think they have the
"right" to kill a child? Why would a woman complain
about getting hurt during an abortion anyway there's
no safe way for the child?
Everyone! Just get over it! Street names change; statues
are put up, guys and girls will cheat, most of all in ten
or fifteen years everything that seemed earth shattering
today will not even be remembered. So folks, get over
it Move on, grow up and get a life.
To whomever runs Mendenhall now, think you can hire
someone to open the doors on time? If you say the building
opens at 7:30 why does that mean that you don't unlock
the doors until 7:50? And now to the staff of Mendenhall
- if you see a group of students waiting outside the doors
after you're supposed to be open, don't you think it makes
sense to tell someone that the doors are still locked?
I've been in Greenville for four years, worked every year,
and still pay out of state tuition. When I apply for in-state,
ECU justifies it by saying "according to a certain statute,
we do not have to explain our grounds for denial
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WEDNESDAY March 22, 2006
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For Rent: Very nice 4 br, 2.5 bath
house with 2 zone, central heatair;
off street parking; close proximity to
ECU campus. Completely renovated.
25 rent discount for prompt pay.
Call 752-1000, ask for Murrell.
Walk to Campus from this 3BR,
1 Bath house with 2-car garage
at 1701 East 4th Street. Includes
WasherDryer & Lawn service.
Available July 1st. 1950month.
Serious applicants only. Call (252)
Walk to Campus! 1 block from
campus. 2 bedroom apartments
with hard wood floors and central
heatair. Washer, dryer, dishwasher,
high-speed internet, basic cable,
water & sewer all included. Available
May 1st. Call Mike 439-0285.
Now accepting applications for
summer and fall at Captains
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Hearthside Rentals 355-2112 or
355-5923. Visit our website at www.
Pre leasing for fall semester
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Houses and duplexes of all
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painted. Call 252-327-4433
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deposit paid and Washerdryer
included! Current tenant is willing
to pay $50 towards the rent each
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Great 3BD 2 full bath house on
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Huge Sunroom, 9ft ceilings, huge
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Walk to Campus! 6, 5, 4, & 3
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Large bedrooms. Washer, dryer,
high-speed internet, basic cable and
alarm system all included in rent.
Several units available June 1st and
August 1st. Call Mike 439-0285.
3 bedroom, 1-12 bath duplex near
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Sublease: One Bedroom Apartment.
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away. 15 minute walk to school.
Pet friendly. Call me for more
information (352) 283-2407
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renovated available now $850 mth.
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Brand new 2 & 3 bedroom
townhouses for rent. 1.5 to 2.5
baths. Dudley's Grant off Firetower
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hook-ups $745-845 per month. Call
341-0223 for more information.
Walk to ECU, Preleasing For
May, June, July, August, All
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to reserve your copy. Order online at
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looking for self-motivated, reliable,
part-time help. 30hrs week Light
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search of Windows server admin
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towards your internship requirement.
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experienced in Windows server
administration. Ideal applicants
will have experience with 200x
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Techs, Inc @ 888.508.TECH (8324)
for details, or see our flier at the
College of Computer Science and
Technology bulletin board.
Mgrs. and Lifegrds at Pools and
Beaches in Greenville, Atlantic
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Girls resident camp looking for
counselors, lifeguards, wranglers,
boating staff, crafts, Unit Leaders,
Business Manager, and Health
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net for an on-
line application.
Campus Towers in Greenville, NC
seeks a general manager or leasing
manager to provide leadership in the
development and implementations
of a comprehensive marketing
and leasing program with the
goal of 100 occupancy. Campus
Towers is a new student housing
facility serving the students of East
Carolina University. Candidates
with experience in student housing
preferred. Bachelor's degree, self-
motivation, strong computer,
interpersonal communication skills,
and an energetic and positive sales
approach required. To apply, please
send resume to nheard@campusadv.
com; fax to 512-472-0982; or call
Swim instructors and lifeguard
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requested. Job from June-August
hours 9-7 Resume 3205 Raynez Drive
Greenville 27858 or call 916-5494.
Mobile waitstaff wanted for
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positions 100-150week. Perfect
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availability required. 2-way radios
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Greenville when not on a delivery.
Reliable transportation a must.
Call 551-3279 between 2-5 only.
Sorry Greenville residents and year
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message if necessary.
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distributor for AirEpoch wireless
networking equipment is currently
looking to fill a position for Chief
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facility. Duties include manufacturer
liaison, customer relationssales,
and phone-based troubleshooting
and support. Qualified applicants
will have excellent written and oral
communication skills, ability to
manage time effectively between
multiple projects, excellent
customer service history, and a
degree in Industrial Distribution
or Computer Networking or
equivalent experience. Experience
with wireless networking equipment
and installation heavily favored.
Interested parties should contact
Frederick Bunch, Patrick Burke, or
William Smith at 252-756-8324 or
by email at
CCT Wholesale, leading vendor
of networking and data cables
and equipment is currently
seeking a qualified candidate to
fill the position of SalesShipping
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facility. Duties will include sales and
marketing, customer relations and
shipping management. Qualified
applicants will be energetic and
outgoing, possess excellent written
and oral communication, ability
to quickly learn new products.
Advertising or graphic design a
plus for designing new ads for
online wholesale division. Interested
parties should contact Frederick
Bunch, Patrick Burke, or William
Smith at 252-756-8324 or by email
Lifeguard needed: Summer guards
wanted for local community
pool. Great Pay! Will Pay for
CPR recertification. Please call
Tiffany @ 336-407-8059 or email
Computer Techs Inc. has an
immediate opening for a qualified
installation technician in Greenville,
NC. Responsibilities will include air
travel 2-3 times a month for one to
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situations, and function without
direct supervision. Position requires
work in confined spaces and at
heights or 20 feet. Background
in computer networking a plus.
Interested parties should contact
Frederick Bunch, Patrick Burke, or
William Smith at 252-756-8324 or by
email at
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with autism. Located 30 minutes
southwest of Raleigh, Internship
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August 11. Apply online (www. or contact
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from page A1
(KRT) For many people,
it's a habit to sort cans, glass,
paper and plastic into recycling
bins. But to really minimize
the resources we use and the
waste we leave for future gen-
erations, we have a ways to
go. Here are a few things you
might not know about recycling.
because something is labeled
recyclable" doesn't mean it
will be recycled. And "recycled"
doesn't necessarily mean "refilled"
or "made back into another one
Plastic milk bottles, for instance,
are often made into lumber sub-
stitutes rather than new bottles.
little triangle of arrows surround-
ing a number says what kind of
plastic a thing is made of, such as
code 1, polyethylene terephthal-
ate, or PET, used for soda and
water bottles. "The best market
for recyclables is the Is and
2s said Gary Mlelke, recycling
coordinator in Kane County, 111.
But "plastics are problematical"
ECU ASSiSt from page A1
required to test their alarm on a
. specific day of the week resulting
in up to five alarm tests per day.
Because the project is in a
pilot stage, the hand-held trans-
mitter is only picked up if the
participant is inside or in close
proximity of one of the desig-
nated buildings or in the mall
area. Ideally, if the system is in
fact implemented on campus,
all campus locations would be
wired and the receivers would be
able to transmit signals activated
from as far out as Fifth Street
and the freshman parking lot.
Furthermore, each individual
would also have the option of
including personal information
into the system along with pic-
tures and names, such as troubled
relationships or specific medical
ailments for example, to provide
more knowledge to dispatch
officers in the 'event that they
require emergency assistance.
The technical system selected
for use in the project is BOSCH
Security Escort System, chosen for
its success in tracking and locat-
ing people in and outside of build-
ings. The system was installed
throughout the fall semester and
early this spring, and testing just
recently began at the beginning
of this month. It will continue
on through mid-April at which
point implementation and evalu-
ation of the system will begin.
The estimated time for which
all three phases of the pilot proj-
ect will be complete is sometime
this summer. At the completion
of the pilot, the heads of each
division involved will determine
the success of the project and ide-
ally provide a proposal to imple-
ment the system on campus.
The idea for the project
stemmed from Director of the
ECU Technology Advancement
Center, J. Barry DuVall, and
Assistant Director, Matthew
Powell's desire to implement a
system that would be proactive
in resolving growing safety and
security concerns rather than
reactive. They expressed that
past crime and safety issues on
the ECU campus as well as on
campuses across the country
can be accredited, in part, to
their idea for this initiative.
While universities in other
states use similar systems to
better secure their campuses,
ECU is the first school in the
country to work on this type of
network. Furthermore, ECU is
currently ahead of all of UNC's
sister institutions in testing a
project of this sort. According
to the Support Services Major,
Frank Knight, ECU is represent-
ing the sister institutions in
determining whether or not
this project would be worth
implementing into their systems.
According to DuVall and
Powell, however, it is not solely
the safety and security concerns
that play a factor in the desire to
see this project succeed. In addi-
tion to veering away, those indi-
viduals of the Greenville com-
munity that do not belong to the
campus but continuously pose as
threats, both see significant pos-
sibilities in the advances in tech-
nology the pro)ect could bring.
Along with the ASSIST proj-
ect there are four others that are
in the process of testing or will
shortly be underway. They are
looking for components in each
project that would best suit the
needs of the campus and ideally
would like to combine those com-
ponents to create one system that
would provide a better environ-
ment on the ECU campus overall.
For more information on
the ECU ASSIST program, stu-
dents can visit the Technology
Advancement Center Web site at
This writer can be contacted at
newsGtheeastcarolinian. com.
for many reasons, Mielke says
of the recycling bin is the alumi-
num can, because it is made into
another can with a huge savings
of electricity and other costs over
mining new metal. "It's a circle
says Betsy Vandercook, presi-
dent of the Chicago Recycling
Coalition. "A can becomes a can
becomes a can becomes a can
out containers, just so you don't
have funky substances sitting
around your house for days.
But don't bother removing the
labels. When glass, plastic and
metal are melted down, the
temperatures are so high that the
labels "just go away Vandercook
says. Do remove caps, though.
you buy a plant, what does it
come in? A plastic pot. You can
reuse pots yourself, of course,
and sometimes garden clubs or
conservatories need them for
plant sales, but most recycling
programs don't accept them.
first two years of biology or either
chemistry, general chemistry and
physics, that they try to sit in for
the August administration of the
This is so that students who
may have concerns about taking
the computer test may get a
chance at taking the standard
pencil and paper test before the
final transition to computer.
One possible benefit to the
computer testing is a shorter
test day.
Rather than the standard
eight hour day of testing, with
the computer it has been reduced
to around five and a half hours.
Nevertheless, the reduction
is time has resulted in reduction
is questions. This leaves smaller
room for error.
Students who would like
more information on the changes
that are being made can find it at
This writer can be reached at
news@theeastcarotinian. com.
BUSh from page M
another tragedy al a 9-11, finding
Osama bin Laden, or a world-
backed military effort into Iran
which would force Iran to follow
UN nuclear guidelines and stop
its nuclear program, which every-
one believes is for a weapons
program and not for peaceful
civilian purposes.
When the European Union
wants to take action against Iran
when it would not against Iraq
three years ago it is telling of the
world's perception of Iran's regime.
So far it seems as though Iran's dip-
lomatic attitude is one that is daring
the U.S. and the world to act.
Seemingly, the proposals he
has backed are part of globalization
and may be in made in the interest
of making better relations between
the U.S. and the rest of the world.
It seems that he has gone the
way of Richard Nixon in that he
is supporting a relatively liberal
agenda in his second term, much
to the chagrin of the GOP and his
campaign supporters.
Of course Nixon was undone
by the Watergate scandal and then
forced to resign. Will Bush suffer
a similar fate or will he simply be
politically neutered and margin-
alized by his own party in Con-
gress while they bide their time
until they replace him in 2008?
Probably the latter since it seems
as though Congress is running
its own agenda without Bush.
Bush wants to re-institute the line
item veto in order to have some con-
trol over Congressional spending.
Line-item veto, which allows
for the ability of the President to
cut certain parts of a proposed law
out in order to save money and
to make the spending focused
more on the nation as a whole
rather than just one particular
area, was first instituted in 1996
and Clinton used it 82 times to
save the Government $2 billion
as he too lost power in Congress
during his second term.
The difference, however,
was that Clinton was mired in
scandal and was dealing with the
opposite party. Neither is true
for Bush, making recent develop-
ments that much more puzzling.
The fact that Bush wants it revived
after it was declared unconstitutional
in June 1998 is a sign of how Bush has
lost power in Congress.
Even John Kerry supports
Bush having the power, which
may be a very savvy maneuver
by the Senator to widen the rift
between Bush and Congress,
saying, "I want to see the incom-
prehensible waSte coming out of
this Congress vetoed
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WEDNESDAY March 22, 2006
Top 5s:
Top 5 Movies
ECU Assist: Plans to make campus even safer
1. Failure to Launch
2. The Shaggy Dog
3. The Hills Have Eyes
4.16 Blocks
5. Tyler Perry's Madea's FamilyReunion
Top 5 Pop Albums
1. Juvenille
2. James Blunt
3. Various Artists
4. Matisyahu
5. Ne-Yo
Top 5 TV Shows
1. "American Idol"
2. "American Idol"
3. "CSI"
4. "American Idol"
5. "Grey's Anatomy"
New project being tested
this spring
Aries - Information you've recently
gathered can greatly assist your
advancement. You can provide the
clue that helps the detective solve
the case. Do the right thing.
Taurus - You pay off your debts, not
just because you said you would. You
do it for the fabulous feeling you get.
That's available again.
Qemlni - Let your partner do the
talking. With your encouragement,
others will make an agreement that
works out well for you.
Cancer - One of the secrets to your
success is your natural talent for
delegation. You'll do very well now
through somebody else's efforts.
Leo - Work interferes with travel, and
just about everything else, now. No
point in arguing; that's just the way it is.
Virgo - You can get the resources to
do things right, once and for all. Then,
you can relax in the lap of luxury.
Libra - A startling discovery you've
recently made is just starting to sink in.
The possibilities are huge, but some
will cost money. First, do the numbers.
Scorpio The vyorkjs,challenging
t and reqires your constant vigilance.
The morOy's good, however, and you
have a natural talent.
Sagittarius - As you start counting
up the costs you might, at first, get
discouraged. There are other ways,
however, to get where you want to go.
Capricorn - You're starting to look at
things differently, and this Is a good
thing. Don't act impetuously, however.
Confer with friends.
Aquarius -The planning and research
is done for a while. Now you need to
make prototypes and see if your
ideas actually work. Do a reality test.
Pisces - You didn't ask for all this
attention, but you have been doing
the work. You have been practicing
for years. This advancement is natural.
Names in the News:
Bono dishes It out
Talking about Bono, the U2 star has
been sharing some dishy dirt about
his brushes with power. "Literally
spittle coming out, invective coming
out he said about Bob Geldof's
spitting-mad discussions with
Brit Prime Minister Tony Blair over
preparations for the Live 8 concerts.
He said former Soviet Union leader'
Mikhail Gorbachev once showed up
at his Dublin house unannounced,
joining Bono, his wife, All, and their
son, John, at the kitchen table. "We
sat down and drank a lot of whisky
together Bono said in an interview
with Australian TV host Andrew
Denton, excerpted by the New York
Daily News. And he said President
Bush once told him that when "I first
came to this town, people used to
wave at me with one finger
"So, he's funny Bono said.
Sleeping with the Benjamins
The Wall Street Journal says several
foot soldiers In the Soprano family are
jockeying for a bigger piece of HBO's
takings. "Sopranos" supporting
players Tony Slrico, Steven Van Zandt,
Steven R. Schirripa and several others
have applied to renegotiate their
contracts for more cash.
From Genesis to Revelations
Brit drummer-singer Phil Collins, 55,
and his Swiss-born wife, Orianne
(reportedly in her early 30s), are
going Splitsville. The couple, who
have sons Nicholas, 4, and Matthew,
1 (Phil also has three kids from his first
two wives), met in 1994 and married
five years later. In a joint statement,
the duo, who will continue living
in Switzerland, say they "are both
very sad that it should come to this"
and vow to focus on "the welfare
and happiness of their children
From March 6 - April 14,
Campus Living and the ECU
Technology Advancement center
will be testing the effectiveness
of a new emergency and help
location system. With the help
of 30 participants consisting of
students, staff and faculty in the
west campus area, the project will
be put into action for the first
time on ECU's campus.
Crimes such as robberies
and assaults have been on the
rise on campus, and the ECU
Assist system provides a much
more practical way to contact
The emergency posts scat-
tered around campus that are
currently used to aid students in
contacting police are nowhere
near as sophisticated or reliable
as the new system will be.
"I don't think the emergency
posts around campus are all that
effective; if someone's going to
rob you they're not going to do
it 10 feet from one of those, and
if you have to run to one, the
person's going to get away. They
do serve some peace of mind and
deter thefts and muggings, but
an updated system would make
me feel safer walking around
campus at night said sophomore
Charlie McCanless.
The Assist system uses a net-
work of transmitters and receivers
that will be placed on and around
the dorms and buildings of west
campus in the initial testing.
The participants will be
given a small transmitter, simi-
lar to a keyless entry remote
for a car, which alerts police
that a person is in distress.
This system has many practi-
cal features that can enhance
safety on campus. In addition
to alerting the police, the trans-
mitter is tracked for 15 minutes
following activation.
Once the signal is received by
police, information is presented
showing the person's picture
and any medical information
that police may need to know.
This is another advantage of
the system; it not only works for
student victims, but also helps
people with disabilities that may
not be able to reach an emer-
The emergency indicator lights located throughout campus are more useful than ever with ECU Assist.
gency post.
The system is the Bosch Secu-
rity Escort System, and it has
been used by businesses and
colleges because of its effec-
tiveness at tracking and locat-
ing people even while they are
inside buildings.
This system could offer peace
of mind for many students all
over campus if put in place.
When it comes time to decide
'La Bayadere' performed at ECU
The Russian National Ballet, led by legendary Bolshoi dancer Sergei
Radchenko, will perform La Bayadere at ECU'S Wright Auditorium on Friday,
March 24 at 8 p.m. Set In India, La Bayadere transforms the conventional love
triangle - Involving a noble warrior, a temple dancer and the rajah's daughter
- into a celebration of harmony and beauty beyond death. For tickets and more
Information, call the Central Ticket Office at 328-4788 or visit
Late Night laughs at Pirate Underground

The Late Night Players show their individual personalities on stage as well as in photographs
ECU Swash Improv joins
national comedy group
For all you "Saturday Night
Live" and "Mad TV" fans out there,
the Late Night Players are parading
into Greenville with their unique
brand of live sketch comedy.
The group, which formed six
years ago at Brandeis University
in Boston, is playing at the Pirate
Underground on the bottom
floor of Mendenhall at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 30.
The group, which consists of
Zach (the boss), Seth (the buf-
foon), Seth D. (the nerd), Andrew
(the new guy) and Aaron (the
rebel), has journeyed to more
than 26 states and played in a
wide array of venues ranging
from the Galapagos Theater
in New York to the Charleston
Comedy Festival in South Caro-
Along the way, these men
have been willing to do any-
thing to entertain their specta-
tors, from dressing up as a giant
tampon during a musical number
to competing in an impromptu
The Late Night Players also
separate themselves from other
sketch comedians by customiz-
ing every show for each particu-
lar crowd. During their last show
at ECU, the audience was treated
to a new school alma mater, as
well as several anagrams involv-
ing phrases made from "East
Carolina University
Rather than relying on
exhausted racist or homopho-
bic jokes that can be seen on
Comedy Central (give it up
Carlos Mencia), the Late Night
Players tailor their material away
from topics that bash people.
This style can be considered a
blessing or a curse. The Late
Night Players have been treated
to a standing ovation by 1,000
people at one performance, but
have almost been bum-rushed
by an entire fraternity at another
performance for a joke gone awry.
"We recently raised more
than $5,000 for the hurricane-
ravaged town of Biloxi, Miss.
We love doing shows that raise
money on important issues
stated Andrew when asked about
his favorite venues in a press
The Late Night Players say
their love for philanthropy comes
from their various backgrounds
in political science and sociology,
which have led them to cham-
pion social justice and use this
in their material.
Andrew and Seth D. both
made it clear during their inter-
view that they had no lack of
material either. Spending so
much time on the road has led
to a lot of strange situations,
such as the night they spent at a
rodeo-cowboy bachelor party in
the South Dakota badlands.
The long-term goal for The
Late Night Players is to gain
enough popularity to be granted
a TV show, similar to the classics
"SNL" or "Kids in the Hall
The show at the Pirate Under-
ground March 30 is free for every-
one, and the ECU Swash Improv
will be opening.
The Swash Improv is the
first and only improvisational
comedy troupe affiliated with
ECU. They participate in a series
of games and scenes and, using
audience suggestions, create
these scenes on the spot.
Their performance is tai-
lored similarly to "Whose
Line is it Anyway?" with
a sharper edge and a
college theme.
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whether or not to use the system,
support safety and support the
ECU Assist system.
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Dating can feel
like a world war
Someone needs to
wave the white flag
Lately I've been hearing
that I'm too young to be in a
relationship. Everyone tells me
at this point in my life, dating
and going out with new people
should be fun. So why does it
seem like dating and relation-
ships consist of one big game
- men versus women or partner
versus partner?
On first dates, you're won-
dering if what you're saying is
interesting enough or if you're
talking too much in general.
Then after the date, there's that
awkward moment when you
realize you're about to part ways
but have no idea how you want
to say goodbye.
I've had both a disappoint-
ing and disturbing ending to
a first date. We had made it
through the evening with mini-
mal embarrassment, saw a band
play and stopped by a party.
Then before I knew it, the night
was coming to an end and we
were pulling up to my house. He
leaned in for a kiss (after having
a huge crush on him for quite
some time, I was OK with it) and
I closed my eyes.
The next thing I know, his
tongue is all over the place and
in the back of my head and all
I'm thinking is "Dear God what
is he looking for in there? He
was one step away from lick-
ing the side of my face before I
pulled back and retreated into
my house. I've had awkward
dating moments before, but
being violated by someone's
tongue was a whole new low.
Nevertheless, my crush faded
quickly into disgust.
So let's say you make it past
the first few dates. First let me
say congratulations; you've
made it through the sometimes
rough trials and tribulations
of getting to know someone.
But now you find yourself on a
whole new playing field.
Now there are all these
new questions: "Is it too soon
to call him?" Or, "I really like
her so I'm going to wait a long
time to call her back, that way'
she won't know that I really
like her.
We're all familiar with
worrying too much about the
little things when it comes
to the opposite sex. In fact,
thinking constantly about
who has control over whom
or which person wears the
pants can actually hurt a
good relationship.
So how about a truce? If
we're all preoccupied with
sexual politics, then no one's
having as good of a time as
they should be. Instead, on
a date you should be excited
about what you're saying and
interested in what the other
person has to offer as well. If
he cracks a slightly lame joke,
give him credit for trying and
laugh a little.
Ladies, if he takes you to a
nice restaurant, I'm begging you
to eat all that you possibly can.
Don't think that it's not lady-
like to eat a lot; you're human
and you can appreciate a good
steak just as much as he does.
When you go out, you shouldq't
be so concerned about making
the ideal impression. Don't
get so caught up in making a
perfect front that you end up
blocking the other person from
seeing the real you.
Dating can feel like a war
sometimes. You're both so wor-
ried about stepping on a mine
or setting off a trip wire that
you can't relax and appreciate
a good date. What men and
women don't realize is the
person sitting across the table
secretly feels the same way. If
dating is a battlefield then our
only chance of survival Is to
stop looking at the opposite sex
as foreigners; otherwise, we'll
never get a chance to cross over
enemy lines.
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She's drawing her own line
Witherspoon posing with her shiny new Oscar.
Reese Witherspoon crosses over to
fame with her Oscar win
Reese Witherspoon used to be known as the
sassy blonde law student she portrayed in Legally
Blonde. That changed in 2005 when she played
the role of June Carter in Walk the Line, a film
documenting the life of famous singer Johnny
Cash. Recently winning an Oscar for Best Actress
in a leading role has proven to film audiences and
critics that Witherspoon will now be known for her
outstanding performances rather than for being a
dumb blonde.
Born in New Orleans, Laura Jeanne Reese With-
erspoon traveled with her family to Germany for
two years and then came back to the United States
to be raised in Tennessee. Her parents realized her
potential, and Witherspoon began modeling at age
seven. She progressed into appearances in television
commercials. Her first big break was in 1990, when
she played a young teenage tomboy in The Man in
the Moon and got great reviews.
Though she was heavily involved in acting,
Witherspoon was still dedicated to school work. She
graduated in Tennessee from an all-girl high school
in 1994 and planned to attend Stanford University
and major in English. However, she took a break
from her studies in 1996 to take on the lead role in
the dramatic movie Fear, opposite Mark Wahlberg.
At her 21st birthday party, Witherspoon met
actor Ryan Phillippe, whom she eventually married
and went on to co-star with in Cruel Intentions. The
couple now have two children, Ava and Deacon.
Everything was going in the right direction for the
charming actress, and in 2001, Reese Witherspoon
became a house-hold name.
Legally Blonde was released in theaters and
turned out to be a box office grand-slam. With-
erspoon played Elle, a ditzy but loveable student
who attended Harvard Law School to win back her
college boyfriend.
So the door to stardom was propped opened for
Witherspoon, but it was a film directed by James
Mangold that would blow her entrance to memo-
rable acting wide open. The concept for Walk the
Line was serious; it took four years for producers to
get secured rights for the script from friend of the
family James Keach. It then took four more years of
hard work to finally get the film together.
Witherspoon starred in the movie with Joaquin
Phoenix, who played legendary country-music bad
boy Johnny Cash. She played the role of Cash's true
love and fellow singer, June Carter. Both actors took
singing lessons for six months and sang throughout
the film, making their performances that much
more impressive.
The actress actually went one step farther and
also learned how to play the auto-harp as June
Carter Cash did. Reportedly, June Carter Cash per-
sonally chose Witherspoon to portray her in the
film and Johnny Cash picked Phoenix for his char-
acter. Sadly, June passed away before production
on the film, but this only fueled Witherspoon to
examine the extraordinary woman more closely.
She took note of everything from the pitch of
June's voice to the closet full of clothes that she
wore while performing and going on tour.
Reese Witherspoon has been in the movie-
making business for a long time. She has steadily
made her name known and increased her capa-
bilities as an actress. But it was her truly in-depth
work in Walk the Line that made her talent shine
through and allowed her to move up to the posi-
tion of a respected, bright actress. The Oscar speaks
for itself.
This writer can be contacted at
features@theeastcarolinian. com.
Fun Facts
about Witherspoon:
1. Witherspoon was named 'Favorite Female Film Star' by
'People Magazine' In 2004.
2. She Is a member ol Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
3. She moved from her production company "Type A
Films' to Join the Universal Pictures team.
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Family Fun Day coming to SRC
Free event for students
and their children
Family Fun Day provides
an opportunity for students
with families to participate in
activities together. The excit-
ing activities for both adults
and children include fitness,
sport games, wall climbing,
cart racing and arts and crafts.
These events are located
at the Student Recreation
Center. Additional opportu-
nities for swimming, drop-in
basketball, family games and
bowling at Mendenhall Student
Center will be available. At the
conclusion of the morning's
activities, a free lunch will be
provided for all participants.
Family Fun Day is an annual
event sponsored by the Depart-
ment of Recreational Services
and the Office of Adult and Com-
muter Students.
The event will be held on Sat-
urday March 25, from 10 a.m. - 2
p.m. and is open to students and
their families, members of the
SRC and community members
ages four and up. This is a free
event for students and their chil-
dren. The cost is $4 per a person
for SRC members and their chil-
dren and $5 for non-SRC mem-
bers and their children.
For more information or to reg-
ister, please contact Eleana Brock-
et t or David Gaskins at 328-6387
or e-mail them at edbl027@ecu.
edu or
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vitamins or minerals can be harmful
Vitamin and mineral overdose
Diet supplements and vitamin- or mineral-enriched foods can cause
a harmful overdose if consumed in large quantities.
Exceeding daily
Vitamin A
Up to three times
jse of:
Up to 100 times
daily dose of:
Vitamins B1, B2
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Page B4 252.328.6366 TONY ZOPPO Sports Editor BRANDON HUGHES Assistant Sports Editor
WEDNESDAY March 22, 2006
Sports Briefs
Red Sox deal Arroyo
The Boston Red Sox traded
right-handed pitcher Branson Arroyo
to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder
Wily Mo Pena on Monday. Arroyo was
14-10 with a 4.51 ERA last season. He
was part of a deep group of Red Sox
starters and had taken a home-team
discount when he signed a three-
year contract worth $11.25 million
on Jan. 19. Pena batted .254 with 19
homers and 51 RBI last season and
struck out 116 times with 20 walks.
A 24-year-old right-handed hitter,
he could play right field instead of
lefty Trot Nixon when left-handers
pitch against Boston. Without the
29-year-old Arroyo, Boston still has
Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Josh
Beckett, Matt Clement David Wells
and Jonathan Papelbon as starters.
Arroyo, who pitched five shutout
innings Sunday after struggling in
his first three exhibition appearances,
was expected to start the season in
the bullpen. Arroyo had career highs
last year with 14 wins, 32 starts and
205 13 innings pitched. In the past
four seasons, Pena batted .248 with
51 HR and 134 RBI with the Reds.
Boxer dies from brain Injury
Professional boxer Kevin Payne
died Sunday, one day after suffering
a brain injury during a fight. Payne
died following surgery at Deaconess
Hospital in Evansville, his hometown.
He was 34. Vanderburgh County
Coroner Don Erk said Payne died as
a result of an Injury suffered during
the match. Payne won an eight-round
welterweight bout by split decision
over 26-year-old Ryan Maraldo on
Saturday at The Centre, but had to
be helped from the ring and was
taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The fight was the main event on
a card that was broadcast live by
Azteca America, a Spanish-language
cable channel that goes to 45 million
homes in the Americas. Payne (14-5-
1) and Maraldo (20-19-1) were fighting
for the opportunity to face Julio Cesar
Chavez Jr. next month on HBO.
Federer wins again
After falling behind 4-1 In the
opening set, the top-ranked Federer
came back to beat Blake 7-5, 6-3,
6-0 Sunday for his unprecedented
third consecutive Pacific Life Open
championship. The championship
signaled that Federer is back in top
form following his lone loss of the year,
to Rafael Nadal in Dubai this month.
With the Indian Wells title, Federer
kept Intact his personal record of
having never tost finals in consecutive
tournaments. Blake, No. 14 and
assured of moving into the top 10 for
the first time when the rankings come
out this week, said Federer simply
turned it on after he fell behind.
Even Blake was smiling when
the match ended, shaking Federals
hand and giving him a pat on the
back. Federer won for the 25th time
in his 36 tournaments dating to the
start of 2004. He Is 22-1 this year and
his three titles Include the Australian
Open, his seventh Grand Slam
championship. After Blake broke his
service twice in the first set to take
the 4-1 lead, Federer broke back in
the sixth game and held serve in the
seventh. Then the American held in
the next to go up 5-3. Federer won
his serve in the ninth. Then Blake,
serving for the set, was at deuce
when he double-faulted twice in a
row to make it 5-5. The rest of the
match essentially was all Federer.
Wisconsin earns No. 1 seed
Wisconsin and Minnesota, upset
in the WCHA Final Five over the
weekend, received the top two seeds
in the NCAA Hockey Tournament
Sunday. Hockey East champion
Boston University and CCHA winner
Michigan State also were seeded
No. 1 in their regions in the 16-team
tournament The regional winners will
advance to the NCAA Frozen Four
on April 6-8 at the Bradley Center in
Milwaukee. Wisconsin (26-10-3) will
open against Bemidji State (20-13-3)
on Saturday in the Midwest Regional
in Green Bay, Wis. Cornell (21-8-4) will
play Colorado College (24-15-2) in the
other semifinal. Minnesota (27-8-5), a
No. 1 seed for the fifth consecutive
year, will play Holy Cross (26-9-2) on
Friday night in the West Regional
in Grand Forks, N.D. In the other
semifinal, North Dakota (27-15-1) will
play Michigan (21-14-5). Minnesota,
the regular-season WCHA champion,
lost to St. Cloud State 8-7 in overtime
in the conference semifinals on Friday
night, then fell 4-0 to Wisconsin In
the third-place game. North Dakota
won the tournament, beating St.
Cloud State 5-3. Boston University
(25-9-4) will open against Nebraska-
Omaha (20-14-6) on Friday in the
Northeast Regional in Worcester,
Mass. Miami (Ohio) (26-8-4) will
play Boston College (23-12-3) in
the other semifinal. On Saturday
in the East Regional in Albany,
NY, Michigan State (24-11-8) will
face New Hampshire (20-12-7), and
Harvard (21-11-2) will play Maine
Tackles line up deep
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will oversee his final draft on April 28-29. He announced his retirement earlier this week.
Five linemen could be
drafted in first round
By now most sports fans know
who D'Brlckashaw Ferguson is. If
you don't know, here's a little
description. He's a 6-foot-6-inch,
312-pound offensive tackle from
Virginia who is slated as one of the
top five picks in April's NFL Draft.
The funny thing about "Brick"
is that he appears to still be grow-
ing. He was measured at 6-feet,
5V4-inches 298 pounds at the
Senior Bowl, but was 14 pounds
heavier and a half-inch taller at
the NFL's combine last month.
With that size, Ferguson still dis-
plays the quickness and perfect
footwork that has teams desper-
ate for a solid left tackle salivating
at the prospect of landing him.
The Saints, Titans and Jets are all
strong possibilities for Ferguson.
Although Ferguson seems to be a
lock to come off draft boards within
the first few picks, he is far from the
only offensive lineman, or tackle,
projected to go in the first round.
Winston Justice from Southern
Cal, Marcus McNeill from Auburn,
Miami's Eric Winston, Jonathan Scott
of Texas and Cal's Ryan O'Callaghan
are all possible first-round picks.
They are all offensive tackles.
Justice is who I have rated as
the second-best offensive lineman
in this draft. His resume includes
protecting 2004 Heisman winner
Matt Leinart for three years
and blocking for 2005 Heisman
winner, and the probable number
one overall pick, Reggie Bush.
The 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound
junior could find a job in Cleve-
land, which has the 12th pick.
Although there is a plethora
of talent at offensive tackle, espe-
cially when you throw Boston
College's Jeremy Trueblood, Boise
State's Daryn Colledge, N.C.
State's Derek Morris and UNC's
Skip Seagraves into the mix, there
are other offensive linemen who
could come off the board within
the first 32 picks. Big Ten centers
Nick Mangold from Ohio State
and Wisconsin's Donovan Raiola
are solid first-round prospects.
Raiola, who is 6-feet, 2-inches
and 300 pounds, is the younger
brother of Detroit center Dominic
Raiola. Raiola and Mangold are
joined by Penn State's E.Z. Smith,
who is from Concord, N.C, and
Minnesota's Greg Eslinger as cen-
ters who could go the first day.
Georgia senior Max Jean-
Gilles is most likely the only
guard who will be drafted in the
first round, His enormous size
(6-foot-4-inches, 340 pounds)
coupled with his athleticism
makes for a perfect stop-block
for would-be pass rushers. Other
guards who should get drafted
and could make an impact on
the next level are Florida's Lance
Butler, from Lexington, N.C,
Oklahoma's Davin Joseph and
Charles Spencer of Pittsburgh.
On the defensive side of the
ball, Mario Williams is the subject
of trade talks as seemingly every
NFL team, outside of Houston,
would like to land the N.C. State
junior. The Rich lands native could
go as high as two to New Orleans
or as low as eight to Buffalo. The
most likely spot for him to land,
save any trades, would be Green
Bay, which has the fifth pick.
What a team would be getting
in Williams, who is drawing com-
parisons to Carolina's Julius Pep-
pers, is a pure pass rusher with a
huge upside. Although he can be
ineffective at times against the
run, he was second in the ACC in
tackles for a loss and led the con-
ference in sacks this past season
with 13. At 6-feet-7-inches and
290 pounds, Williams is a freak of
nature with incredible quickness
of the ball and a 40-time of 4.7.
Once Williams is off the
board, it's not like the talent is
gone from the defensive line.
Oregon's Haloti Ngata is a solid
run-stuffer at 6-feet-5-inches and
340 pounds. He is in the mold
of Sam Adams, Gilbert Brown or
Ted Washington. When I say, in
the mold of, 1 mean in the style
of play and his size, but not his
shape. Ngata possesses the size,
speed and athleticism rarely
found in a 340-pound nose tackle.
In a 3-4 defense, like Cleveland's
or Buffalo's, Ngata would be a
perfect fit to eat up two blockers
while freeing up the linebackers.
While Ngata and Williams
are sure-fire first-rounders, there
are quite a few other defensive
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Vitale remains a force,
on and off the court
(KRT) Dick Vitale marched
through the hallways of Lake
Worth Medical Center with a
purpose. Leading his crew of
two (Howie Schwab of Stump
the Schwabfame and a Texas
sportswriter of no fame), Vitale
was determined to get to the
emergency room.
His ever-present smile was
gone. He actually was almost
Vitale's usual on-air part-
ner, Dan Schulman, had just
undergone emergency surgery
for appendicitis, and Vitale was
almost frantic wondering how
Schulman was doing.
At each door or counter,
people tried to stop him. They all
failed. Either by charm or bluster,
Vitale led his mini-army to the
emergency recovery room, where
a doctor met them at the door.
"You can't go in, Dick he
said. "He needs his rest
Vitale was no longer quiet.
"He needs his friends, doc;
these guys are close to him
For the record, Schwab works
with Schulman. The writer? He's
never met him.
The doctor however, held
(fairly) firm. "Just one visitor,
Dick, that's it
Vitale went in alone, but
several minutes later returned
to the waiting room and almost
physically pushed Schwab in.
"Show him he has support he
Another doctor turned to the
writer and shook his head.
"And that is Dick in a nut-
shell. You guys shouldn't have
gotten past the first counter, but
when he's got something on his
mind, you might as well get out
of his way. He's more of a force
than any player or coach he has
ever covered
Having breakfast with Dick
Vitale is like watching the newest
version of King Kong. It's enter-
taining, almost impossible to
take your eyes off, but you find
yourself wondering if it's ever
going to end.
The man doesn't know how
to say no. Every 30 seconds some-
body walks up and asks him if
he'd mind signing an autograph,
or posing for a picture. And he
never turns anybody away.
"Why would I do that?" he
asks. "I've had every break in the
world to get where 1 am, and the
reason I am successful is because
of the fans. I'm not going to
destroy that by refusing to get
involved with the public
Here's a Cliffs Notes version
of a Vitale breakfast. Take a bite,
pose for a picture, take a quick
phone call, eat two bites, sign
three autographs . . . repeat.
To everybody, he's upbeat and
kind, offering opinions if any-
body asks (and sometimes when
they don't), teasing everybody
who approaches him, and at one
point, holding a 2-year-old on his
lap as the boy's father gets out his
camera. Right before the flash,
Vitale holds the child up and
says loud enough for everybody a
block away to hear, "It's a diaper
dandy BABY
"What you see on the air
from Dick is what you get says
Schwab. "There's no fakeness
there. He is every bit as enthusi-
astic as he appears to be.
"And yet, at the same time,
if you listen, reaHy listen his
insights are spot-on
For all his bluster and some-
times outrageous outbursts, that's
the biggest thing to remember
about Vitale. He is as passionate
about college basketball as any-
body. To him, "it's the greatest
sport there is
"I love the talent of the play-
ers in the NBA Vitale said. "But
there's not much passion in the
game. Same thing with any pro
sport, I think, until maybe the
"College football is great, but
if you start out 1-2 or 1-3, the
season is over. Even if you lose
one game, you're probably not
going to win the national cham-
"But college basketball? Your
team can be under .500 in late
February and still win a national
title. It's doubtful but possible.
And what could be more awesome
than that?"
Before anybody can appreci-
ate what Dick Vitale has achieved,
and what he might still achieve,
they should understand where he
came from. There was a time in
his life he was a heartbeat from
being a half-blind, high school
dropout with no prospects and
no hope.
"I was a mess he said. "I
really didn't know what I was
going to do with my life, and
honestly, probably didn't care
much. Thank God I have people
who loved me in my life
Raised in New Jersey, Vitale
played basketball until a child-
hood accident caught up with
him. Vitale lost an eye when he
was a child, and although the
vision in the eye was destroyed,
he was able to deal with it through
most of his formative years. But
the eye became infected in his
junior year of high school and
the result was not what you'd
expect of the Vitale everybody
now knows.
"It made me give up for a
while he said. "I couldn't play
basketball and I wasn't a great stu-
dent, so I figured I might as well
drop out and just get a job.
"But my mother wouldn't
hear of it. She sat me down and
in a not-so-gentle tone told me I
was going to go to college and get
a degree and make something of
myself. She wouldn't hear of me
doing anything different.
"I was so lucky as a kid grow-
ing up. My father gave me an
incredible work ethic and my
mother gave me belief in things
beyond myself. Not everybody is
so lucky
Still, he wasn't convinced.
It wasn't until his high school
coach, Ken Sinofsky, used a kind
of shock therapy on him ("he
slammed me against the wall,
slapped me, and called me an
idiot for throwing my life away")
that Vitale realized that tough
love, was, after all, love.
"I woke up and got a bit
smarter. 1 learned from them, and
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No. 11 seed George Mason celebrates it's upset win over UNC.
Mid-majors leave
brackets in shambles
Small schools having a
large impact
(KRT) After pulling Sun-
day's most surprising NCAA
Tournament upset, the Bradley
Braves hurdled the Palace of
Auburn Hill scorer's table to hug
and high-five their fans.
All around the country, fans
wanted a little face time with
Bradley's players, too.
But those exchanges would be
more confrontation thancelebra-
tion, with fist knocks replaced
by fists to the chops. Chances
are the Braves led a multitude of
mid-major teams this weekend
that busted your bracket predic-
And if you had any Big Ten
teams in your Final Four, you're
toast. With Ohio State's 70-52
loss to Georgetown on Sunday
(the Hoyas play Florida Friday at
9:40 p.m. EST in Minneapolis in
a regional semifinal), the entire
Big Ten was bounced from the
tournament by the Sweet 16 for
the first time since 1996.
Although the tournament's
four No. 1 seeds advanced to the
Sweet 16 for the second straight
year, other favorites found this
Road to the Final Four scarier
than the freeway at rush hour.
A day before Bradley, a No. 13
seed, beat Pittsburgh in the Oak-
land Region, No. 7 seed Wichita
State burned you by bouncing
Tennessee from the Washington
D.C. Region.
And after those Missouri
Valley Conference brethren
weakened your hopes, D.C.
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other people around me, that
love should never be held back.
That phrase, "If you love some-
body, let it go' kind of applied
to my life. My family and friends
didn't let me go, but they made
me see that they could. And that
was enough
Vitale woke up, and grew up,
quickly. After graduating from
high school and Seton Hall (he
eventually achieved a masters
in education from William Pat-
terson College), he coached high
school basketball in New Jersey,
winning two consecutive state
championships. He then was
an assistant at Rutgers before
becoming head coach at Uni-
versity of Detroit. While there,
he went 78-30 before eventually
getting the job as the Detroit
Pistons' head coach.
"I learned about being
humble in the NBA Vitale jokes.
"There were some good reasons
we didn't do well, and although I
wish I could have gotten more of
a chance, it was probably a break
that I got fired
It probably was. ESPN hired
him to be a color analyst, and the
rest is history.
It's no secret. Dick Vitale lives
college basketball.
He was the analyst on ESPN's
first college basketball broadcast,
and it's been an uphill spiral ever
since. At the Sarasota restaurant,
people want to know how their
favorite teams are going to do.
Vitale not only tells them what
he thinks, he tells them why he
thinks it. In more detail than
they probably wanted.
But what might be a surprise
to learn, the sport is only third
on his list of priorities.
He has an incredible house
in the Sarasota, Fla area. More
than 12,000 square feet, with a
huge pool, an enormous yard
and countless rooms. Televisions
are on almost every wall (he says
he's never been on all of them
at once because his wife won't
allow it) and where there is space,
there are pictures, pictures and
more pictures.
Some are Vitale with presi-
dents, celebrities and sports
stars. But most are shots of his
family. His wife, children and
grandchildren are No. 1 in his
personal rankings.
"Without family, we're noth-
ing he says. "1 learned that as a
child and have carried it through
my life. I've come so far from
when I was a kid and am thank-
ful for that. I'm able to live a great
life and have whatever I want.
"But what I truly want is
for my family to be happy and
secure forever. THAT is what I
want my legacy to be. Not the
fact that I was a somewhat well-
known television guy
His devotion to things close
to him isn't restricted to his
family, however. He co-chairs the
Jimmy V. Foundation (with Mike
Krzyzewski and John Saunders),
which is one of the most promi-
nent organizations in the battle
against cancer.
"This illness has to be wiped
out Vitale says, his voice drop-
ping well below its usual level.
"So many people are devastated
by it, and not just the ones who
are ill. It destroys lives; it destroys
If you think Vitale is fanatical
about basketball, you have no
idea just how fanatical he can
be. The Jimmy V. Foundation has
raised more than $50 million,
but it's only a starting point.
"I can't even begin to tell
people how important beating
this disease is to me Vitale says.
"I truly believe that everybody
should help, if they're able,
because the chances are, cancer
will affect somebody you know
or love
In addition to his hard work,
Vitale fights the battle against
cancer with his own finances.
Portions of the profits from
Dick Vitale merchandising
(you can buy Vitale basketballs,
bobbleheads, books, "diaper
dandy" clothes for babies
and everr a clock radio with
AWESOME DAY") go to the
Critics of Dick Vitale (and
there are a lot of them) have
several complaints. They
think his enthusiasm is false,
his knowledge is limited, he's
too loud, etc etc. But the big-
gest consistent criticism is that
he's in Duke coach Mike Krzyze-
wski's pocket.
There's not much that makes
Vitale angry, but that does.
"I've heard that for years
and I almost never respond to
it because it's garbage he says.
"But you know what? I'm going
to tell you what I think of it.
"First, what's not to like?
Duke wins, it wins the right way,
the kids get degrees and there
aren't many off-court incidents.
Are they always right? Absolutely
not. And if they're wrong, I'll be
the first to say it
Perception usually depends
on what people want to see.
Vitale might cover three Texas or
Connecticut games in a season
and eight or nine Duke games.
ESPN has decided that the Blue
Devils are a rating bonanza, so
the network schedules Vitale to
cover more of their games.
And in most of those, the
Blue Devils win. So the viewer
is seeing Vitale praise Duke for
seven or eight games, as opposed
to two or three for the Longhorns
or Huskies.
"I have great respect for Mike
and his team Vitale said. "I
won't apologize for it. But to say
that 1 favor them over any other
team just isn't right. I have no
direct ties
He has an indirect one since
Krzyzewski is one of his co-chairs
for the Jimmy V. Foundation, but
he tries not to let that color his
"Does Coach K mess up
sometimes?" he asks. "1 thinkso.
But he's in the Hall of Fame and
I'm not, so maybe I'm wrong. But
I can honestly say I have no root-
ing interest, except that a good
performance by Duke is good for
college basketball. There always
has to be a team people love to
hate. The New York Yankees or
Notre Dame in football with-
out them their sports wouldn't
have as much passion. And Duke
does add that to college basket-
ball, love it or hate it
The same might be said of
Vitale. People aren't neutral on
him, either loving him or not
being able to stand him. But like
Krzyzewski, he's identified with
college basketball. Vitale was
recently nominated for the Bas-
ketball Hall of Fame and, while
he might be elected this year, it
should be inevitable, considering
his impact on the game. With or
without Duke.
There is nobody as passionate
about the sport as Vitale and very
few people as knowledgeable.
And yet, there is a generation of
fans that believes he's all sizzle
and no steak. His loudness and
ESPN shtick at times camouflages
exactly how insightful he is
about the game and the people
who play and coach it.
"Everybody has their own
taste ESPN broadcaster Jay Bilas
said at the Maui Invitational last
November. "And to some people,
they look at Dick and see one
thing. But I can flat out tell you
that nobody in this business
understands the game the way
he does. I've learned a lot from
listening to him, really listening.
And as for the complaints that
he's a shill and a fake, it is the
furthest thing from the truth.
He's the ultimate professional
Vitale doesn't usually see a
need to defend himself, but in
this case, he does.
"If you want to say I'm too
loud, fine he says. "If you want
to say I look at the game with
rose-colored glasses, also fine.
I'm my own toughest critic. I
second-guess myself constantly
and sometimes feel that I am too
soft on players or coaches.
"But nobody has ever said
that I'm not prepared for a game
or don't know what's going on.
I'll always fight that criticism
The game Vitale loves has its
ups and downs, something he's
more than aware of.
"The Internet has hurt the
sport he says. "One of the worst
things ever conceived, at least
to me, is chat rooms. I think
it's great that fans, true fans,
have a place to talk about their
favorite players, their games, all
that stuff. But so many of those
rooms are just negative pits.
Players, who, remember, are still
kids, are ripped like they are pros.
Coaches, who have done amaz-
ing things, these so-called fans
demand that they be fired.
"It doesn't matter that none
of those "fans" would have the
first clue on how to coach a team
on the court and even less of an
idea how to deal with athletes
off the court he adds. "But, hey,
just fire the coach or verbally
attack a kid. That will solve it
The invasion of AAU basket-
ball into the college game also
has created problems.
"Nothing is all bad Vitale
says. "There are more players that
are college-ready now because
of AAU play. Kids learn how
to deal with playing at tough
places and they get used to great
"But there are always the
guys who think they can go
a step above. Guys who will
try to convince their players
not to go to a certain school
because of personality prob-
lems, or worse, shoe contract
disputes. I gotta wonder when
the kids became the second-most
important thing in the game,
besides money
And yet
"Nothing is perfect Vitale
said. "And, yes, college basketball
has problems.
"But they're fixable prob-
lems, and they're being worked
on. And for whatever is the
matter with the sport, it doesn't
even begin to balance what's
right about it. And that's one
reason why I'm planning on
sticking around for as long as
they'll have me
And that's awesome.

TdCKlBS from page B4
linemen who will be drafted on day one of the
draft, which is April 28. The Florida State pair of
Kamerion Wimbley and Brodrick Bunkley should
come off the board within the first 30 picks. Wimb-
ley, a 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pound end, wowed scouts
at the combine and could get moved to outside
linebacker in the NFL, while Bunkley is just a beast
in the middle. He led the ACC in tackles for a loss
with 23 in 2005. His stock went up at the combine
when he impressed teams with his strength, putting
up 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He
should go in the first round, with the Cincinnati
Bengals and the 24th pick being a very strong pos-
sibility for the 6-foot-3-inch, 285-pound Bunkley.
Defensive end Tamba Hali, from Penn State is
another possible first-rounder and 1 have him rated as
the number three end in the draft, behind Wimbley
and Williams. Hali, a native of war-torn Liberia wants
a big NFL contract so that he can afford to move his
family to the U.S. That shouldn't be a problem for the
6-foot-3-inch, 267-pound Hali, who has been WTeaking
havoc on Big Ten quarterbacks for the last four years.
Another end to keep an eye on is Boston College's
Matthias Kiwanuka, who had a knee injury in 2005,
compounded by a cheap-shot, late low block from a
Virginia offensive lineman. Despite that injury, Kiwa-
nuka has responded well in workouts and it's hard to
ignore a guy who is 6-feet-7-inches, 262 pounds, has
been compared to Simeon Rice and Jason Taylor and is
the school record holder for sacks. A native of Uganda,
Kiwanuka's grandfather was elected as the country's first
prime minister in 1961 before being assassinated in 1972.
Other ends that should disappear from draft
boards on day one are Virginia Tech's Darryl Tapp,
N.C. State's Manny Lawson, Indiana's Victor Adey-
anju, Mark Anderson from Alabama, Stanley McClo-
ver from Auburn and Georgia Tech's Eric Henderson.
Joining Ngata and Bunkley as day one draft
picks will be LSU's Claude Wroten, Orien Harris
from Miami, Florida, Michigan's Gabe Watson, Jesse
Mahelona of Tennessee, Montavious Stanley from
Louisville, Virginia Tech's Jonathan Lewis, Rod
Wright from Texas and N.C. State's John McCargo.
This is the first in a series of draft previews. Next
week I will preview the linebackers. The NFL Draft
is April 28-29 in New York City.
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StiambleS from page B4
Mason delivered the knockout blow, eliminat-
ing North Carolina and setting up an all-under-
dog clash with the Shockers on Friday night.
Throw in Gonzaga and Memphis, high seeds from
low-rated conferences, and the Patriots are one of
five mid-majors in the Sweet 16, the most since 1993.
"If you had told me two weeks ago we'd be in
the Sweet 16 GMU guard Tony Skinn told,
"I would have said, 'What's wrong with you?' "
How about those experts? On last weekend's
selection show, CBS commentators Jim Nantz and
Billy Packer blasted the selection committee for
their at-large choices.
They questioned the worthiness of schools like
Bradley and George Mason, wondering how they
could be better than the ACC's Florida State or the
Big East's Cincinnati.
George Mason's supporters in Dayton remem-
bered the lack of love. In the final seconds of their
team's victory over the Tar Heels and Friday's upset
of Michigan State, fans chanted "Bil-ly Pack-er to
mock the veteran broadcaster.
As the day ended, the CBS team in Philadelphia
acknowledged their mistake.
"They've proven a lot of people wrong Nantz
said on the air about the mid-majors, "including
two sitting here courtside
"Good point Packer said.
The upsets didn't stick to mid-majors. North-
western State, the Southland Conference champ
and No. 14 seed sent home No. 3 Iowa in the Atlanta
Region's first round.
But maybe no team shook up opening weekend
like the Braves, a 9-7 team in mid-January that
entered the Missouri Valley Conference tournament
seeded fifth. They looked nothing like that team
this weekend, dumping No. 4 seed Kansas and No.
5 seed Pittsburgh.
Bradley and Wichita State give the MVC
two teams among the final 16 for the first time.
George Mason's run gives the Colonial Athletic
Association its first Sweet 16 team since Richmond
in 1988.
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weekend like Patriots Coach Jim Larranaga. After an
hour of interviews and accepting congratulations,
he paused at the door of his team's locker room and
began to dance. He danced for joy. He danced for
the chance to play in the Sweet 16.
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