The East Carolinian, July 26, 2006

Volume 81 Number 77
July 26, 2006
Students earn unique chance to visit Israel
Students will be able to visit historic sites like the one pictured above
Students have the chance
of getting a first hand look
at terrorism
Chris Federici and Joel Carter,
political science majors, will travel
to Israel this month to repre-
sent their organization, Founda-
tion for Defense of Democracies.
According to Federici, FDD is a
non-partisan, anti-terrorism organi-
zation that was created in response
to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The group is based out of
the District of Columbia and
funds various anti-terrorism pro-
grams for students to educate
them on the history of terror-
ism, as well as give them tools
and methods for diminishing
terrorist activities, Federici said.
The students are scheduled to
leave for their trip in less than a
week. The students are set to leave
on July 29 and return on August 13.
Students will not have to
use financial aid or pay out of
pocket to go on this trip. The cost
including the flight, the hotel,
and food will be paid by FDD.
The trip is different from the
study abroad trips because it only
lasts for about two weeks and the
students will represent the orga-
nization and not visit the country
to take specific courses for their
The two-week program will be
based in Tel-Aviv. The students will
participate in a number of things
including a series of lectures and
meeting ambassadors and coun-
ter-terrorism experts from Egypt,
Jordan, Turkey, the U.S. and Israel.
The students will also have the
opportunity to participate in live-
fire exercises, visit historical sites
throughout southern Israel, spend
several days visiting Jerusalem and
meet convicted members of Hamas
and Fatah in an Israeli prison.
Federici anticipates the visit
with the convicts because he says
it will give them a better insight on
the way the minds work of those
individuals who commit acts of
Dr. Mark Jones and Dr. Rick
Kilroy, who are both active in FDD,
will be accompanying the students
on this trip.
Jones just recently returned
from Israel on the faculty trip for
FDD, according to Federici. Kilroy
participated in the program last
summer and suggested that these
two students become involved in
the organization.
As a result, the two students
applied, wrote several essays on
terrorism issues and were chosen as
two of the 46 college students from
around the country to come on this
trip with the organization.
The safety of the students is a
concern for many because of the
current violent conflicts in the
"Our safety is in extremely
able hands and certain aspects
of our trip have been curbed for
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Academy graduated 21
local minority business
The Historically Underutilized
Business (HUB) Academy at ECU
graduated 21 students on June 27.
The students of the academy
were all minorities that owned
at least 51 percent of their busi-
The group of minorities included
the blind, severely disabled, women
and people from many different
racial backgrounds.
The academy began on March
14 and lasted for 16 weeks. Students
met for the sessions each Tuesday
from 5:30-9 p.m.
The sessions were located on
2200 Charles Blvd. at the Greenville
During the 16 weeks, the stu-
dents learned skills such as blue-
print reading, project management,
human resource issues, labor rela-
tions, risk management, scheduling
and business organization, just to
name a few.
The sessions weren't a part of
any undergraduate or graduate pro-
gram. They were simply an option
for minority business owners who
wanted to improve their business
Students found out about the
academy through a Mix-N-Meet
social held in February.
This event included brochures
and registration forms to inform
minority business owners of this
According to the HUB training
program business plan, all of the
topics taught were relevant to the
construction industry and met the
needs of both management and the
craft worker.
"The various classes will teach
essential business skills for man-
aging a competitive construction
business Donna Lewis-Mayo, HUB
coordinator at ECU said.
According to the business plan,
students had access to experts in
business, accounting, legal and
construction job management,
among other aspects and areas of
the business world.
The business plan stated that
the goal was to subsidize the tuition
for the academy by 50 percent and
the venue expenses and course
materials by 100 percent.
Regularly, the tuition price is
$1,000. With the help of Carolina
Associated General Contractor
(CAGC) and the University of
North Carolina General Admin-
istration, the City of Greenville
and ECU's Office of Economic
and Community Development,
the price was reduced to $250 per
After completing the academy,
the students received a certificate
of completion from CAGC and an
engraved zippered binder, accord-
ing to Mayo.
The students also got put on a
list with the CAGC to be referred to
larger contracting firms for jobs.
"Entrepreneurship has given
us responsibility, independence
and authority Evelyn Dove, HUB
academy graduate said.
Local business owners graduate from HUB Academy
"We have the skills and thanks
to this academy, we now have the
The keynote speaker for the
graduation ceremony was Bridget
Wall, director of the Office of HUB
for the North Carolina Adminis-
The ECU academy was in affilia-
tion with CAGC and the University
of North Carolina General Admin-
This was the first time the acad-
emy has been held at ECU.
The academy has been held at
four other colleges previous to ECU,
and is scheduled to be held next
at Elizabeth City State University,
Fayetteville State University and
the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill in the upcoming
According to Mayo, there is a
chance that the academy will be
held at ECU again if there is enough
interest from minority business
owners in the community.
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Study shows impact on voters.
"The Daily
Show Effect"
Two Political Science
professors analyze teen
political views
Dr. Jody Baumgartner and Dr.
Jonathan S. Morris wrote an article
named, "The Daily Show Effect
which measured how The Daily
Show, with Jon Stewart, affected the
political views of college students.
Their findings concluded that the
humor used by The Daily Show actu-
ally causes disdain among students
and may contribute to less college
students voting in the future.
In the words of Washington
Post writer Richard Morin, "Jody
Baumgartner and Jonathan S.
Morris of East Carolina University
said previous research found that
nearly half - 48 percent - of this
age group watched The Daily Show
and only 23 percent of show view-
ers followed 'hard news" programs
closely. To test for a 'Daily Show
Effect Baumgartner and Morris
showed video clips of coverage of
the 2004 presidential candidates
to one group of college students
and campaign coverage from The
CBS Evening News to another group.
Then they measured the students'
attitudes toward politics, President
Bush and the Democratic presiden-
tial nominee, Sen. John F. Kerry
(Mass.). The results showed that
the participants rated both candi-
dates more negatively after watch-
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members for the 2006-2007 year
The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.
Applications can be found in the
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The College of Education is looking
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ing Stewart's program
Additionally, Baumgartner and
Morris made news in The Chronicle
of Higher Education with it, stating,
"The fake news program The Daily
Show, with Jon Stewart, may be just
a comedy show - as its producers
insist - but, according to a study
by researchers at East Carolina
University, it negatively influences
how college-age viewers see politi-
cal candidates. It also makes them
more cynical of the news media
and of the electoral process at large.
The researchers - Jody Baumgart-
ner and Jonathan S. Morris, both
assistant professors of political
science - wanted to determine how
'soft news' programs, such as The
Daily Show, influence young voters.
They focused on Mr. Stewart's
program because it is watched by
nearly half of all 18 to 24-year-olds.
Additionally, the show's audience
is typically less likely to get news
from traditional sources, and more
prone than older Americans to
make use of such 'soft' sources
"At the same time, though,
watching The Daily Show made
viewers' more confident about
their own ability to understand
politics said the authors.
The authors attribute this to
how the show simplifies complex
issues through humor.
Though voter turnout in 2004
was the highest (54.9 percent)
it has been since 1992, when a
three-way race turned out 55 per-
cent, according to "The Political
Communication Report voter
turnout has been falling steadily
since the 1950s. Nearly 61 percent
of Americans voted in the election
victory of Richard Nixon in 1968
when concerns over the Vietnam
War and economic issues, mostly
dealing with inflation, which
was 13 percent that year, drove
Americans to the voting booth.
Considering that there were similar
issues in the 2004 election with the
Iraq War and economic concerns
mostly over the job market and
high gasoline prices, the question
is why did a lower percentage of
Americans turn out for 2004 than
for 1968? Is it the result of an
increasingly apathetic American
voting base or have pop culture
television shows such as The Daily
Show inspired apathy with its cyni-
cal humor? Or are programs like
The Daily Show simply appealing
to an overall apathetic movement
among American youth towards
politics? That is a question that
everyone will have to answer for
him or her self.
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ECU partners on a global scale
Viy three of the Japanese universities as
Japanese students will be able to attend ECU and vice versa
ECU connects with Japan
on academic, cultural level
On July 7, 2006, ECU, UNCW
and Western Carolina Uni-
versity signed an accord with
three universities in Japan:
Osaka Kyoiku University, Hiro-
shima University and Naruto
Kyoiku University at Chapel Hill.
There were individuals rep-
resenting all six universities
at the signing of the accord.
The function of the accord
is to encourage friendship,
joint understanding, learning
and educational collaboration.
Dr. Carolyn Ledford, Coordi-
nator of the Global Partnership
Project at ECU, said, "The accord
formalizes the ability of ECU,
Wilmington and Western Carolina
to be able to interchange students
and faculty to the three univer-
sities (Japanese universities)
Ledford said this agreement
will allow ECU students to go to all
exchange students.
The question that does come
to mind is why Japan, specifically?
"I think we should be
open to all countries, but the
universities that we partnered
with in Japan are all three very
fine universities said Ledford
Ledford said there will be two
exchange students coming from
Osaka Kyoiku University in the
fall. One will be seeking a gradu-
ate degree at ECU. The other will
be majoring in elementary educa-
tion but will return to OKU in a
year under the exchange program.
Ledford will be at a conference
in Japan on July 29, and she will also
be doing professional development
sessions for the attached schools at
Hiroshima University on July 30.
The Japanese Universities do
have partnerships with other
countries as well, but the longest
and most in-depth partnership out
of all these universities is between
ECU and HU.
ECU has been working with
HU specifically with grants and
formal agreements since 1999,
and before that, some informal
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SGA completes goals
Two objectives completed
SGA congressmen met for
the last assembly meeting of the
summer to finalize summer goals.
One of the major areas of focus
at Monday's meeting was approving
the Graduate Student Council as a
funding board.
Robert Miller, President of GSC,
represented the organization in the
meeting and explained how fund-
ing for certain organizations will
be effected.
Miller explained that he wants
to be positive that organizations
will receive funding fairly despite
the fact that GSC is moving towards
becoming an independent funding
SGA and GSC discussed how
funding will be handled if an orga-
nization consisted of both under-
graduates and graduate students.
An example of this type of organi-
zation is Black Student Union.
A possible solution that was
discussed for this type of compli-
cation was to make reference of
whether the organization is listed
as an undergraduate or a graduate
This factor could determine
if SGA or GSC will be responsible
for following the procedures for
considering that organization for
Miller also mentioned some of
the goals that GSC has set for their
organization. One of the goals
planned for GSC is to have the orga-
nization active in a research week
instead of simply a research day.
According to Ben Wyche,
speaker of the congress, about
two-thirds of the goals set for
the summer were successfully
completed during the summer
The goals that were accom-
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exchange existed between the two
"In the past seven years, there
has been a number of faculty from
ECU and public school teachers
from Eastern North Carolina, who
visited the schools in Japan to
observe and practice some of their
teaching Ledford said.
In response, teachers from
Japan have been coming to Eastern
North Carolina for the same reason.
In 2004 and 2005, ECU
has had education majors go to
Japan and teach lessons in the
attached schools to HU. These
students also got to tour impor-
tant cultural sights in Japan.
ECU has one student going to
OKU in the fall as an education
major. The Office of Interna-
tional Affairs, which is located
on campus, can help students
who are interested in study
abroad trips to other countries.
Students will need to contact
their academic advisor prior to
making those arrangements, so
the courses one takes in another
country will count when he
or she transfers back to ECU.
You can go as little as 2 weeks
on a summer study, or you can go
as long as a semester or a year as an
exchange student.
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safety precautions Federici said.
"By going to Israel at this time of
crisis, it better enables and prepares
us for the difficulties that our gener-
ation will have to face in the future
Reasons for going on this
trip seem to expand further
than gaining knowledge and
college credit for the students.
Students have the option of
applying this trip as an indepen-
dent study credit. The trip will
not count as any credit towards
their major in political science.
When asked what does he expect
to gain from the trip, Federici said,
"I hope to solidify a foundation for
my own beliefs on the subject as I
will not only meet with members of
a Democratic and free state but also
with those who wish to destroy it
When the students return,
they will also be organizing sev-
eral terrorism related events on
campus including a 9-11 memorial.
Some of the plans Carter and
Federici have for the memorial
include a video presentation dedi-
cated to the lost firefighters on 9-11,
speeches from the local police and
fire departments, and ECU ROTC
color guard and the National Guard
will participate in an flag detail.
This writer may be contacted at
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Business owners like Gregg Rad
:tured above working on an iPod, are making big profit in repairs.
Online firms generate booming
business from fixing music players
(KRT)Since the iPod debuted
in 2001, Gregg Radell has used five
of the music and video players. He
lost one, another broke, a third ran
out of storage space, and he decided
to replace the fourth. Each time, he
bought a newer model.
Sensing there was a market in
refurbishing rather than replacing
the devices, the Miami business-
man started about
18 months ago. The company
allows customers to credit the
value of used iPodseven if they're
brokentoward new or repaired
ones. Customers can also trade
in their iPod for its cash value. has already handled
5,000 iPods, Radell said.
Radell said there is such a high
demand that he limits his advertis-
ing on Google. "We can get 1,500
inquiries over the weekend he
In the booming online iPod
repair business, is
a small player. At least 12 firms
operate in the market. One, iPod-, fixes roughly 24,000
iPods a year. Another, iPodResQ.
com, repairs 250 a dayalbeit on
its "biggest days according to its
ownerin a 15,000-square-foot
warehouse in Olathe, Kan.
Brandon Jones, owner of Bro-
ken in Orem, Utah,
is only 21, yet a year and a half
after starting his business, he fixes
between 200 and 400 iPods a
month. Only now is he drawing up
a business plan. He said the average
price of a repair is $100.
Firms that previously fixed
other computer parts have also
entered the industry, and iPod
repairs now make up the majority
of their business.
Analysts and repair shop man-
agers said the industry is growing
because iPods are easy to break
and tough to repair. It helps that
iPod's maker, Apple Computer, is
reluctant to repair broken players,
they say.
Radell said "the single weakest
link" is the iPod's hard drive. "When
they're being carried around and
being tossed up and down, they go
through such a variety of environ-
ments that 1 think the hard drive
has a tendency to fail he said.
The newest iPod, the Nano,
avoids that criticism because it
sports flash-based memory simi-
lar to that of a cell phonerather
than a hard drive. It's smallabout
the size of a credit cardand is
prone to breakage, Radell said.
Then there's the battery, which is
difficult for a user to replace with-
out help.
"It's the Corvette and not the
tank said Aaron Vronko, business
manager at in Kal-
amazoo, Mich which has grown
from two to 12 employees in just
over two years. "It looks sleek and
works well and doesn't hold up to
a lot of damage
On Internet bulletin boards,
there are a slew of complaints about
the iPod. In 2003, two discontented
customers started http:ipods-, criticizing Apple's
battery replacement policy (the site
is no longer online). The support
discussion boards on Apple's Web
site,, are also filled
with complaints.
An Apple spokeswoman, Nata-
lie Kerris, said that the popularity
of the iPod speaks for itself.
"With more than 50 million
iPods sold worldwide, the vast
majority of our customers are
extremely happy with their iPods
she said, adding an iPod is designed
to last four years.
Several groups have sued Apple,
alleging the device is defective. Last
August, Apple settled a class-action
lawsuit in which plaintiffs claimed
Apple had misrepresented the dura-
bility of iPod batteries. Another
class-action lawsuit is pending in
Los Angeles, charging the screen
of the new iPod Nano breaks or
scratches with regular use.
"Some people have scratched
screens, other people have (broken
screens) and that's just from put-
ting it in your pocket said Harvey
Rosenfield, president of The Foun-
dation for Taxpayer & Consumer
Rights in Santa Monica, Calif
which is suing Apple over the Nano.
"This is not a throwaway camera
These are a sophisticated piece of
electronic equipment that people
will assume will last a long, long
time. And when they don't, that's
But several analysts said the
problems have more to do with
the popularity of the iPod and the
tendency of users to abuse them
than with Apple's manufacturing
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A 'froggy' extinction?
(KRT)Predicting a mass
extinction of the world's frogs,
toads, newts and salamanders, 50
international amphibian experts
are sending out an unprecedented
SOS calling for an urgent global
mission to avert a cataclysm.
The plea, published in Fri-
day's edition of the journal Sci-
ence, is meant to be a wake-up
call for a broader range of sci-
entists and policy-makers about
threats to the Earth's amphib-
ians, considered canaries in
the coal mine for all of nature.
"For the first time in modern
history, because of the way that
humans are impacting our natural
world, we're facing the extinction
of an entire class of organisms
said Claude Gascon, a herpetologist
with Conservation International.
"This is not the extinction of just a
panda or a rhino, it's a whole class
of organisms. Certainly if it were
impacting mammals, we would be
taking this a lot more seriously
Amphibians are more suscep-
tible to changes in the environ-
ment than other animals because
they have permeable skin that
absorbs water and oxygen, and
their lives depend on clean, fresh
water. Almost a third of the 5,743
known amphibian species world-
wide already are threatened by
a combination of habitat loss,
climate change, pollution, pes-
ticides, ultraviolet radiation and
invasive species, with up to 122
having become extinct since 1980.
But scientists believe both
figures could be underestimates
because they cannot evalu-
ate species quickly enough.
The latest, most-pressing threat
is a rapidly spreading fungal dis-
ease predicted to wipe out about
half the amphibian species within
six months of its entering a new
Chytridiomycosis, which dam-
ages the skin, is being described as
the final strawleading to Friday's
unusual appeal.
"It's unprecedented in terms of
the magnitude of the problem, just
how many species are being hit
said Bob Lacy, Brookfield (111.) Zoo's
population geneticist and chair-
man of the Conservation Breeding
Specialist Group.
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Bob O'Donnell, a vice president
at technology research firm IDC,
said, "Any time you have that many
of anything some will not func-
tion properly.
Fifteen percent of iPods will
fail within one year, estimates Rob
Enderle, principal analyst at the
Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif.
He said that's roughly comparable
to other small electronic devices,
such as cell phones. Nevertheless,
he said, cell phones are much easier
and cheaper to repair.
Apple's Kerris said iPods have
a failure rate of less than 5 per-
cent, which she said is "fairly low"
compared to other consumer elec-
"As with any complex con-
sumer electronic product, they
can be broken she said. "For
example, they can be dropped or
What bodes especially well
for third-party repairers is Apple's
warranty policy, Enderle said. All
new iPods come with a one-year
warranty, but the warranty does
not cover damage caused by the
user. Rosenfield complains Apple
charges a $29.95 "shipping and
handling fee" on all warranty
repairs performed six months after
the date of purchase. After the war-
ranty expires, Apple will replace an
iPod for $249; a Nano, $189. If the
problem is the battery, the price
is lower.
"Apple's view is they want the
customer to buy a new one on a
regular basis Enderle said.
But Kerris said Apple had been
consistently recognized for its cus-
tomer service, and iPod owners can
get in-person help at the company's
SGA from page 3
plished includes approving the
annual funding that was recom-
mended during the spring semester
and revising the funding manual.
This was the first time that
the legislative branch of SGA has
met during the summer for weekly
meetings to serve the student body.
Wyche and M. Cole Jones, SGA
president, commended the legisla-
tive body on the work during the
It is possible that the legis-
lative body will meet next summer
to serve the student body according
to Wyche.
For additional informa-
tion about the legislative branch of
SGA or questions directed towards
other branches visit
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This writer can be contacted at
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Compared to what they were
nearly 25 years ago, today's gas prices
are a bargain. And they're a bargain
compared to other necessities, too.
According to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, the average cost
of a gallon of regular unleaded
gasoline in U.S. cities was $1.41 in
April 1981. Excluding federal and
state gas taxes, this meant the price
was around 51.26.
In today's dollars, that would
be about $2.83 per gallon. But last
month, the before-tax cost of a
gallon of unleaded gasoline was
ust $2.29, about 19 percent lower
than that.
Given that we're living under
much stricter air quality standards
today than we were 25 years ago, that
figure probably understates the real
price reduction in gasoline prices.
In some areas of the country,
motorists must use specialty fuels
(the "boutique" fuels) to meet
pollution standards. This adds to
refining costs. As the Federal Trade
Commission has noted, "Boutique
fuels and differentiated access to
gasoline supplies contribute to
variability of gas prices
And 1981 isn't the only year
gasoline prices have been com-
parable to, or higher than, the
prices today. Between July 1979
and October 1983, gasoline was
fairly consistently over $2 a gallon.
During much of the 1920s and
1930s, gasoline prices were higher
than $2, too. In 1922, for example,
the pre-tax cost per gallon was just
shy of 25 cents, equal to about $3
One part of our fuel bill has
increased dramatically in real terms
over the years: Taxes. Adjusted for
inflation, state and federal taxes
on gasoline have increased by 868
percent since 1922 (they were only
4 cents per gallon back then) and
by 50 percent since 1981, when
they were just 14.5 cents.
But even with the recent rise
in gas prices, gasoline prices are
rising at a slower rate than many
other necessities.
A half gallon of milk, for exam-
ple, has increased in price from an
average of $1.12 in 1981 to $2.09
last month. While milk prices
have increased at a slower pace
than inflation, they've increased
at a faster rate than gasoline prices.
Milk prices declined in real terms
by around 18.6 percent, perhaps
aided by federal government sub-
sidies that the Progressive Policy
Institute says amounts to $3.32 for
each of America's 9 million dairy
cows, while gasoline declined by
a slightly more robust 18.9 per-
cent. Where are the critics of Big
Bread prices also have increased
relative to gasoline since 1981. The
price for a pound of white bread has
increased by 103 percent, about 8
percent less than the inflation rate
over the period. Where are the calls
for a windfall profits tax on the
makers of Wonder Bread?
Moreover, the price of a first-
class postage stamp has risen from
18 cents to 39 cents today, almost
precisely keeping pace with the
Inflation rate.
Say what one will about gaso-
line: Whatever price you pay, it
gets you where you're going. A
postage stamp, on the other hand,
won't necessarily get your letter
One needn't consult consumer
price indexes to understand that
gasoline isn't significantly over-
priced. Consider, for example, how
many Americans willingly pay $1
or even $1.50 for a 20 ounce bottle
of drinking water. At $1, the price
of that water is $6.40 per gallon
-nearly 2.8 times the amount
Americans paid for a gallon of
gasoline last month.
If I'm not mistaken, water is
the most abundant resource on
the planet, it is not controlled by
a cartel, it's known reserves are
not limited primarily to volatile
areas of the world and it requires
substantially less refinement than
gasoline to bring to market.
So my advice: Stop complain-
ing about the price of your gaso-
line. Be thankful your car doesn't
run on bottled water.
Pirate Rants
How exactly do you pronounce
The desireneed to get back to school
is strongest when your parents knock
on your door and tell you to go to
turn off your light and go to bed.
I'm 18 for Pete's sake!
I don't even know how many of
these things I've written.
Why are there so many negative terms
for women but almost none for men?
If Mount Rushmore is only a por-
trait of the founding fathers, then
why is Harry S. Truman on there
or is that Roosevelt? And how,
tell me, can Abe be considered
a founding father if he was 16
presidents after the country was
founded? Huh? Huh? Tell me how.
I think my friend's been avoiding
me ever since she found out that I
can carry on a conversation with
her boyfriend better than she can.
I spent 12 hours painting my kitchen
and now I can't get the paint specs
off my toes or fingers. And how did I
get paint on my bellybutton?!?
Why is it that I'm only tight with my
money when I don't have any? Why
can't I be a sensible shopper when
I'm loaded?
I think I've had so many good sum-
mers that it was probably about
time for me to have a crappy one.
Dontcha hate it when that happens?
Why is it that I attract guys who are
already taken but can't seem to get
a guy who's single to begin with?
In high school, summer's the well-
deserved break between school years
when you could just hang out and
do whatever. In college, it is the cruel
and ill-timed break that forces you
to work and makes you want to rip
your hair out if it means you can get
away from it all.
For some reason, I've been having
terrifying dreams lately. Two nights
ago, I dreamt I was having twins and
there was no dad. Then last night,
I dreamt that my teeth were fall-
ing out! Why is this happening?!?
How can it not be considered censor-
ship if TEC can fiddle with our rants
before they're even printed?!
I will get a tan before fall semester I
WILL get a tan before fall semester
I WILL get (and keep) and tan before
fall semester
My boss got a parking ticket last
week, the ticket said parking pass not
visible. Well turns out her B parking
pass was at the top of the windshield
instead of at the bottom near the
inspection sticker. This is because
she is short and the pass causes a
blind spot for her which she OK'd
with Parking & Trans. Not visible?
More like Parking and Transporta-
tion Not Literate!
I'm so bored that I've taken to tweez-
ing my leg hair. Hopefully I'll be
finished by the time I go to the beach
next week.
Seventeen minutes 17 minutes
and no stinking doughnuts for you!
What's up with the ECU computers?
Every single computer lab, Library,
Rawl, Austin, Tech and Sci Building,
all have slow to boot up computers
that spout multiple error messages!
Would it be too much to ask to get
the computers maintained, updated
and error message free? Perhaps a
quicker boot up time? Maybe clean
the disc and defrag too? Imagine
Please do me a favor and stop wear-
ing perfume to the gym. Honestly,
is it necessary? No, it's not, really I
promise. Plus no one wants to smell
your sweat mixed with your bad
choice of perfume.
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Man M i
Dynamic duo returns with 'Clerks II'
Dante and Randal They
made you laugh so many
years ago
Do you remember when you
first saw Clerks and couldn't shut up
about it for days? You even threw
Kevin Smith a pass for Chasing
Amy, but when ay and Silent Bob
Strike Back came out, you rightfully
86'd him beside the likes Chris
Clerks II doesn't entirely erase
Smith's name from the blacklist
of former childhood heroes, but it
does remind us why we loved him
in the first place. The witty, and
sometimes crude conversations
are back, providing a landscape for
Smith to draw us in and recapture
our attention.
The film picks up right where
Dante (Brian O'Halleran) and
Randal (Jeff Anderson) left off:
doing mindless work on the daily
grind. The Quick Shop goes down
in flames, so the couple pick up jobs
at the local Askewniverse fast food
joint, Mooby's. Add a respective
relocation by Jay and Silent Bob and
not much has changed. This time,
Dante is caught between relation-
ships with his boss, Becky (Rosario
Dawson) and a suburbanite fiancee
played by Smith's real-life wife, Jen-
nifer Schwalbach.
The story does not stretch far
from the first movie, but that is
besides the point. It seems Smith's
filmmaking career has gone full
circle and finally reground in what
he knows best. Smith takes cracks
on everything from Transformers to
God Himself. The majority of these
insults are cast on newcomer Trevor
Fehrman, who portrays Elias, a vir-
ginal Mooby's staffer with a belief
in chastity-protectors called "panty
This repartee is atypical for
Smith, but there are moments that
see CLERKS page 8 Jeff Anderson, playing Randal and Brian O'Halloran. playing Dante, reprise their roles in the film 'Clerks II
'Fall' into fashion this semester
Trends sure to turn heads
In less than a month we will all be head-
ing back to class and the endless summer days
will be drawing to a close. Preparing for back
to school may include buying new furniture,
school supplies and of course, new clothes.
No one wants to go back to school wearing the
same trends from last season so 1 went out on a mission
to discover the hottest trends on the racks right -now
and found some pretty startling results.
One of the first things I noticed while out and
about shopping was that layering is everywhere. I
didn't walk past a store that didn't have their manne-
quins dressed in multiple layers. Layering multiple tees
and tanks gives you a more polished yet casual look
while hiding slight flaws that you would otherwise
be self-conscious about.
Flats are the most popular shoes on the market
right now; you can't walk into a shoe store or through
a shoe section without noticing the aisles and aisles
of flats. They are now available in a wide variety of
colors and designs. Flats are the "it" shoes right now
because of their ability to provide comfort with a small
price tag of around $10-$20.
If you love going out then your must-have item for
the fall is a great mini skirt. You can find minis in a
variety of patterns and colors including camouflage,
florals, and the tried and true solids such as black or
red. They are also available in a wide range of fabrics
see FASHION page 9
Always a prepster's uniform
A staple of fashion that
will outlast us all
College students can get fashion on a budget.
Fashion, it seems will always
come in cycles. The go-go fashion
of the 1960s made an appearance
in the mid 1990s as did the relaxed
1970s attitude recently. Even if
a mass trend explosion does not
occur, designers also have borrowed
certain key elements such as the
usage of lace from the Victorian
era or the re-creation of the 1950s
cocktail dress.
There is one fashion style that
refuses to be locked into one era or
fall prey to the hot trends of the
day. Although many cite the preppy
style at the beginning of the 1980s,
it actually had its roots in the pre-
Vietnam days of the 1960s.
The prep look stemmed from
the dress code of New England
prep schools. The navy blazer,
white oxford, khaki pants and
loafers are still the staples of men
at church services and semi-casual
The prep look, unlike many
other styles is not only a choice in
dress but.also an attitude. Preps dis-
like anything ostentatious and have
a high regard for tradition. Such
feelings reflect in their core labels of
choice. True preps all sport Lacoste,
Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, J.
Crew, Brooks Brothers, Lilly Pul-
litzer and to some extent L.L. Bean
and Mountain Hardware.
The important thing to remem-
ber is that those true to the prep style
do not openly flaunt their labels.
While having a gator or a man on
a horse on your shirt is acceptable,
try to keep logos to a minimum,
other preps will recognize your
clothes simply by its cut or print.
On a quick note, to all of those
who believe that American Eagle
and Abercrombie & Fitch epitomize
the prep stature, you are sadly
wrong and need to immediately
consult The Preppy Handbook.
The key elements to a prep's
wardrobe begins with the polo. It
is the perfect shirt. No matter if
you woke up late for school or spent
too much time on the tennis court,
throwing on a freshly pressed, solid
color polo adds 15 points to your
Other prep fashion staples
include a pair of Sperry Topsid-
ers, croakies for your sunglasses
and a limited amount of denim.
see PREP page 10

It's a hard thing to face.
Kevin Smith, writerdirectoractor and Jason Mewes. actor in the film.
make you feel sorry for teenagers
that happen to be caught in the
theater with their grandparents.
These include a cameo by Jason Lee
and a "donkey show" that Randall
sets up as a farewell for Dante, who
is planning on leaving with his
fiancee to Florida.
Just when it seems like Dante
has found the escape from 9 to 5
mudanity he's been seeking, the
forces around him begin to collide,
and he is forced look at his true
motives. It's an endearing story
that comfortably slips you back into
that 90s slacker mentality Smith
helped define.
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including cotton, jersey knit, satin
and denim.
Maybe the thought of baring that
much skin makes you cringe. If so
then pairing a mini with a cute pair
of leggings may be the perfect solu-
tion. While you'll never see me walk-
ing around in leggings some people
pull them off quite nicely to create a
thin silhouette for their legs.
Another old stand-by that is
alvays in fashion is a form fitting jean
jacket. It's the perfect accessory for a
chilly day or classroom and can be
worn with almost anything. Paired
with jeans you have a casual look,
but when paired with khakis you
can pull off a more sophisticated look
that can be used for job interviews.
Always keep in mind the impor-
tance of buying clothes that fit, don't
buy something too small for the sake
of not wanting to go up a size. In the
long run you'll be happy that you
bought a size 8 rather than 6 when
it shrinks and fits perfectly. No one
will know what size you have on,
only that it fits, which is the most
important thing to remember.
Remember the key to buying
clothes is buying things that make
you feel beautiful and comfortable
Blowin' Up Jamie Kennedy Style
in your skin. If wearing a mini makes
you feel naked then go for something
longer. If you think you look great
and you are comfortable, chances are
other people will see that too.
If you are on a budget this semes-
ter, Greenville offers many stores
that carry reasonably priced items
that you will look great in walking
through Wright Plaza.
No matter what you buy or where
you buy it, love what you wear and
love you.
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It has been a while since I have
ventured down this road and actu-
ally experienced listening to a good
comedy CD. Jamie Kennedy's new
album, 'Blowin' Up' seems like a
good way to break that trend.
More than just an experience
is obviously a play on words refer-
ring to his short lived show. Oddly
enough, it was another one of his
shows that first breathed some life
into this album.
The show 'Blowin Up' was
based on Kennedy's fictitious
superstar rap career fronted by
the notion that he had achieved
a name for himself in the genre
and backed by his also fictitious
sidekick, Stu Stone.
While most would dismiss this
album as merely party leftist trash
with absolutely no kind of motive
or message. I beg to differ, this
album is filled with social com-
mentary and true comments.
Many would say this album is
nothing more than potty mouth
humor. To which I respond, yet
again, I beg to differ. Songs about
real life and social commentary
should hardly find such a venue.
This album is portrayed with
the vigilance and steadfastness of
an ever watching soul wishing to
find some kind of truth in the sur-
real world in which we live in. The
highlight of the album would have
to be track number three.
'Rolling with Bob Saget' is the
albums' creative mark. There is
something to be said about the
true talent of the fore mentioned
These boys pay some homage to
one of the true masters of stand up
comedy, Mister Saget. If you don't
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Give anyone an argyle sweater and a book and they can instantly look like the prepy guy shown above.
The denim question is debatable
among some sets but when it
comes between linen pants and
blue jeans, the linen is clearly the
more acceptable choice. It is also
important for men to have a vari-
ety of bow ties, while ladies enjoy
a wide array of head scarves and
head bands.
There are also certain prints
that are necessary and much loved
by the preppy nation. Seersucker,
preferably in blue, makes great
suits for men. The ladies are able to
change up their Seersucker colors
by choosing between pink and
green also,
Madras has thankfully returned
and looks best in the form of shorts
or skirts. At present, the darker
colored madras is the right choice
as the pastel madras screams 40-
year-old mom.
Argyle is a print that, like moon-
shine, should be enjoyed in mod-
eration. Do wear the argyle sweater
or sweater vest. Do not wear the
sweater with a matching bag and
head scarf. It is also a sweet little
tease to wear solely argyle socks that
peak out only when you sit down.
There are so many more nuances
that are included in the preppy life-
style. The clothes are simply the
tell-tale clues that the person you
are sitting next to in English 1200
has probably worn this exact style
since birth.
Some who dislike this classic
style often have the gall to call
preps a bunch of sheep who all
dress the same. I believe these nay-
sayers are just confused. Preps are
wearing what they like and ignor-
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are telling them to wear. I salute
you all; for never having to update
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Kennedy from page 9
of his older stand up material. It is
hard to listen to.
Another highlight of this album
is the first track, 'Circle circle dot
dot Not be outdone by themselves,
this duo counters with 'Rush the
Club a song which could actually
be on the rap chart top 10.
Kennedy's beginnings are a far
cry from his current status, but this
album is indicative of how far he
and his career have come. He is at
the point of being able to make fun
of Colin Farrell and be labeled as
giving free press to a C grade actress.
I like this album and all for its
funny lines and catchy hooks, but
I find that too many people will be
turned off by its message and lyrics.
It will be dropped by the critics and
be loved by far too few. Few are the
winners, in this case, in the pursuit
of funny people.
I give the unapologetic album
an A for its humor and ultimate
entertainment, but remember it is
not for everyone.
Just think, these guys could be
you and your friends, just trying to
make a dent on a dream.
What would you say if you had
the chance? Would you want to
be funny, or would you want to
be true to your roots? These men
have made their choice, maybe we
should make our stand also with
Bob Saget and bent sticks.
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Baseball players spending the
summer hitting the hard wood
Pirates scattered across
the nation in summer
wood bat leagues
The 2006 ECU baseball season
was a disappointing one as the Dia-
mond Bucs failed to qualify for the
NCAA baseball tournament for the
first time in eight seasons. Vowing
to start another streak in 2007 on
their quest to reach Omaha, several
ECU players are playing in pro style
college wood bat leagues around
the country.
Nine current players and at
least three incoming transfers are
currently on teams from the Outer
Banks to Ontario.
Redshirt freshman Chase
Hooper, playing with the Outer
Banks Daredevils, says the expe-
rience he and his teammates are
getting is invaluable and will better
the Pirates for the 2007 season.
7 think summer
league is a great
way to go out
and work on
something they
need to work on
"It'll give us a lot more expe-
rience said Hooper, who is 1-0
with a save and an ERA of 3.57 in
10 appearances. "We've got guys
playing up in Cape Cod and other
leagues. The more baseball you
play, the better you get
The latter is what ECU Head
Coach Billy Godwin is counting
on as his summer advice to each
of the players has been virtually
the same.
Jamie Ray made the CPL All-Star
Game as a Martinsville Mustang
"I think summer league is a
great way to go out and work on
something they need to work on
Godwin said.
"Keep playing and working
hard is what Hooper said Godwin
see BASEBALL page 16
Summer in Review
Five biggest ECU sports
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Keith LeCIair loses
battle with ALS
Death is inevitable. But Keith
LeClair's end came too soon. The
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and ultimately cost him his life.
The former baseball coach, who
briefly brought ECU's baseball pro-
gram into the national elite, ended
his five-year suffering on July 18.
And Greenville grieved. LeCIair, 40,
touched lives by transforming the atti-
tude of the baseball program, but also
in his spiritually centered devotional
e-mails, sent to friends and family.
He oozed professionalism as a
coach. He spawned a coaching tree
that spans six former players as
assistant coaches less than five years
removed from the college game.
Even in his struggle, he inspired
others to find their faith and give
charitable donations that led to
better research.
ECU celebrated his life at the
stadium that shares his name,
Clark-LeClair Stadium on July
21. Hundreds turned out to listen
to former colleagues and players
swap stories and adages about their
coach. T-shirts and posters bear-
ing the symbol "23 LeClair's old
number, littered the town.
Pirates picked to
finish last in Eastern
Division of C-USA
Surprisingly, Skip Holtz' foot-
ball team was selected to finish 10
for the upcoming season. Despite,
tallying five wins in Holtz' inau-
gural season, the C-USA coaches
deemed five other schools to finish
better than the Pirates in the East-
ern Division.
UCF, the runner-up in C-USA's
first championship game, was
picked to win the league with 65
points. Tulsa, the winners of the
2005 championship game was
selected to win the Western Divi-
sion, edging UTEP by a single point.
According to the coaches, UCF
will be followed by Southern Miss
Memphis, Marshall, and UAB with
the Pirates bringing up the rear.
In the Western Division, the order
behind Tulsa and UTEP reads Hous-
ton, SMU, Tulane and Rice.
UCF returns their top quar-
terback, running back and wide
receiver while Southern Miss, and
Memphis will both look to new
quarterbacks. Marshall features
running back Ahmad Bradshaw
while UAB is anchored by defensive
end Larry McSwain.
McSwain was selected as the
Preseason Defensive Player of the
Year while three year starter Kevin
Kolb, from Houston, was selected
as the Preseason Offensive Player
of the Year. Southern Miss, kicker
Darren McCaleb was voted the
see REVIEW page 15

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Coastal Rain League
Asheboro Copperheads
.213 8913 192 1 5 19
Chris Powell
Coastal Plain League
Asheboro Copperheads
2.93 2-3 1927.2 24 15 9
Jamie Ray
Coastal Plain league
Martlnsvllle Mustangs
.354 34-3217 45 8 1 0 22
Josh Dowdy
Coastal Plain League
Gastonia Grizzlies
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Ryan Tousley
MINK League
Topeka Golden Giants
Stats Unavailable
Shane Mathews
Cape Cod League
Cotult Kettlers
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for their Executive Cabinet.
Positions include
Deputy Chief of Staff
Deputy Director of Finance
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Director of Campus Affairs
Director of Campus Safety
Director of Communications
Director of Diversity
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Review from page 13
8 ECU lefty Brody Taylor earned eight wins during his senior year.
ECU catcher Jake Smith poses for a picture with Hall of Famer Johnny
Bench after being named the nation's best collegiate catcher.
Preseason Special Teams Player of
the Year. ECU wide receiver Aun-
drae Allison and offensive tackle
Eric Graham were voted first-team
Preseason All Conference.
Jake Smith wins
Johnny Bench Award
According to the Greater Wich-
ita Area Sports Commission, Jake
Smith was nation's best collegiate
catcher. He was awarded the Cole-
man Company-Johnny Bench
Award recipient on June 28.
Smith also earned National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Asso-
ciation (NCBWA) and Louisville
Slugger second-team All-America
honors. He led the Pirates in seven
offensive categories including
average, hits, doubles, RBI, total
bases and slugging percentage,
while ranking second in home runs
with 13.
The Greensboro, N.C. native
became the eighth Pirate to earn
first-team All-Conference USA
honors. Smith took home C-USA
Hitter-of-the-Week honors on
Feb. 27 after collecting a then-
best five RBI against Duke in a
19-5 win. Smith finished his col-
legiate career with 29 home runs
and 135 RBIs, which ranks in the
top 12 on ECU's all-time charts.
Baseball team fiz-
zles late, breaks NCAA
Tournament streak
Billy Godwin had a tough job.
As the baseball coach, who took
over the program October 28 after
Randy Mazey was abruptly fired,
Godwin was charged with extend-
ing the NCAA Tournament streak
to eight consecutive years.
However, another year of inju-
ries to pitchers withered the arms
late in the season. T.J Hose missed
the latter half and Dustin Sasser
and Carter Harrell never returned
to form. Injuries also hampered
star catcher Jake Smith from being
full strength.
The Pirates limped through
conference play, finishing with
a losing record of 10-14. In the
C-USA Tournament, the sixth-
seeded Pirates upended Tulane
4-2 in the opening round behind
ace Brody Taylor. But the luck ran
out as ECU managed just two runs
over the last two games, losing to
Houston 7-1 and a heartbreaker to
Tulane 2-1 in extra innings.
ECU finished 33-26,
disappointing with all of the
expectations in the preseason.
Smith, Harrison Eldridge, Stephen
Batts, Brandon Henderson, Jake
Dean and Jay Mattox all sported
batting averages above .300. Taylor
won eight games while Sasser and
Shane Mathews notched five wins
Jamar Bryant is aca-
demically eligible
Wide receiver Jamar Bryant
may have started at the University
of Georgia in 2005. However, due to
an admissions snafu Bryant ended
up in his native state and taking
classes at ECU. Now, Bryant, two
years removed from high school
has finally hit the field joining the
Pirates in voluntary workouts for
the second summer session.
In other words, he will compli-
ment Aundrae Allison as a viable
target for incumbent quarterback
James Pinkney. Defensive tackle Jay
Ross, defensive end C.J. Wilson and
offensive lineman Larry Leason have
all joined Bryant in workouts, after
making strides in the classroom.
Marcus Hands, Brandon Setzer
and Josh Chisolm among others
were players that joined the team in
2005 from academic troubles.
The freshmen class has also
arrived to take the second summer
session, allowing them to get ahead
in class and more antiquated with
campus. More highly touted than
the previous four classes, big time
recruits Norman Whitley, Melvin
Patterson and Dwayne Harris have
participated in summer workouts.
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told him. Mike Flye, with the
Wilson Tobs, said Godwin told
him to "keep up with what I've
been doing and make sure it follows
next season with ECU
That is sound advice from
Godwin considering Flye was one
of the ECU players selected for the
Coastal Plain League All-Star Game,
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has been lights out for the Tobs as
their premier closer. In 16 appear-
ances, he is 2-0, has seven saves
and a miniscule ERA of 0.77 in 23
13 innings of work. He said he is
having fun playing in the CPL.
"It lets you face a lot of new
guys and a lot of talent from all
around the country the 6 feet 3
inches Senior said. "Playing every
night gives you repetition and
practice makes perfect
Repetition is just as important
for the hitters, although there was
an adjustment period for some
of the players.
"The hitters, a lot of them
struggled adjusting to the wood
bats, but they're coming around
Coach Godwin said. "Jamie Ray
has done really well. Hitting's hit-
ting. We just tell the guys to go out
and see good pitching and get as
many at bats as you can
Flye and Hooper are just two
ECU players in the CPL. Steven
Batts is playing outfield for the
Wilmington Sharks. Ray is finding
success with the Martinsville Mus-
tangs and Chris Powell is pitching
for the Asheboro Copperheads.
Harrison Eldridge is also with the
Copperheads and Josh Dowdy has
a save in seven appearances for the
Gastonia Grizzlies.
Ray, who is batting .354, was
named the CPL player of the
week earlier this season and was
selected to the CPL All-Star Game.
While successful against most CPL
pitchers, there is one pitcher who
has the number for all ECU batters
and that is something he prides
himself on.
"ECU players are 0-for-7
against me said Powell. "They
don't have as much room to play
with a wood bat in their hands
Powell is 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA in
27 23 innings and says he "bears
down" against his teammates. He's
aware that he now has bragging
rights once practice begins for the
college spring season.
"Playing against the guys from
ECU has been fun said Powell.
It hasn't been all fun and no
work, however. He has approached
this summer season with a work-
manship attitude and definitive
goals to make himself better for
the spring.
"I'm getting a lot of appear-
ances out of the bullpen, coming
in the seventh and eighth inning
Powell said. "I've been working
on few things to bring back to
ECU and keep runs off the board
and it's been working pretty well.
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Coach Godwin told the rising
junior some things he expected
Powell to hone.
"(Godwin) really wanted me
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" My philosophy is that when you
come in from a junior college, you
gotta make an impact on the team
right away and 1 feel like all these
players can do that said Godwin.
Shane Mathews, Dale Mollen-
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Ryan Tousley and Brandon Hen-
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scattered about playing in various
leagues. Mathews is spending his
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