THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Volume 79 Number 142
Spring 2004 Commencement
ECU awarded 2,568 candidates with degrees during the 95th spring
commencement on May 8. Two separate commencement ceremonies
were held in Minges Coliseum.
Phone number switch available
to smaller cities, rural areas
Minor problems, delays
expected with change
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Greenville residents are now able
to keep the same telephone number
while switching between service
providers due to a Federal Com-
munication Commission regulation
The federal regulation allows
consumers to keep the same number
while switching between landline
and wireless phone carriers.
In November, the regulation
became available to residents of the
100 most populous cities. This week,
the regulations become available to
people in rural areas and smaller
Sprint estimates that the
transition of numbers should be
more efficient than the November
"Most of the problems with the
transition have already been solved
said Kristin Wallace, public relations
manager for Sprint.
"We Sprint have been doing
this since November - it should be
a very smooth transition
One of the problems associated
with phone number transfers is the
time that it takes for the process to
be complete. The FCC has set a goal
of two and a half hours to complete
the process, however consumers had
to wait much longer in the November
"Switching from wireless phone
to wireless phone can take as long
as a day, or as quickly as two hours.
However, switching a number from
a landline phone to a wireless phone
can take a day or two, in some cases
longer Wallace said.
According to the FCC, corn-
see PHONE page 3
May 26, 2004
High of 93
Biweekly survey finds
gas prices up 14 cents
Jerry Ingalls fills up at a gas station near Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla
LOS ANGELES (AP)�After cross-
ing the $2 threshold, gas prices across
show no signs of slowing their climb,
according to an industry analyst.
The weighted national average
for all three grades of gasoline was
$2.10 per gallon on Friday after rising
more than 14 cents in the past two
weeks, said Trilby Lundberg, who
publishes the biweekly Lundberg
Survey, which regulariy polls 8,000
gas stations across the United States.
The rise was caused by increased
demand created by market pressures
and Seasonal environmental regula-
tions requiring a move to costlier
formulas, Lundberg said Sunday.
"So far the higher prices
have not chased demartd away,
and our bggest demand season
is yet to �ome Lundberg said.
"There is no evidence yet that
gasoline prices are peaking. They
may soon, but there's no evidence
that that is occurring yet
Lundberg predicted that oil supply
will rise whether or not the Organiza-
tion of Petroleum Exporting Countries
agrees to officially raise its quota at its
Beirut meeting on June 3. She said
the current high prices will be "irre-
sistible" for oil-producing nations and
they will unofficially release more oil
even if OPEC votes not to.
"They've been doing this for
months and we can expect it to con-
tinue and even increase Lundberg said.
The OPEC, which had deckled in
March to cut its official output, has
come under growing pressure from the
United States and other consuming
nations to boost product km as oil prices
rose above $40 a barrel in recent weeks.
But Lundberg said oil price drops
won't necessarily result in lower U.S.
gas prices. She said the reductions
would be at least partially offset by
increased demand from economic
growth, environmental regulations,
and an increase in driving during the
The average price of gasoline
has broken all-time record highs for
three months straight, although the
average price remains lower than the
peak gas price in March 1981 when
adjusted for inflation, Lundberg
said. That price, adjusted for today's
dollars, was $2.91 for all grades com-
bined, Lundberg said.
The national weighted average
price of gasoline at self-serve pumps
on Friday, including taxes, was about
$2.07 for self-service regular; $2.17 for
mid-grade, and $2.26 for premium.
San Diego had the highest aver-
age price of any city, with self-serve
regular selling for an average of
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at the pump
Here are some tips to help you save
money at the gas pump:
� Proper vehicle maintenance
can save on the amount of gas a
car uses. Stick to a recommended
grade of motor oil. Make sure tires
are in good shape and inflated to
their recommended level. Keep the
air filter clean. Keep your car properly
� Stay within the speed limit. Every
mile per hour over the speed limit
is like adding as much as 10 cents
extra to the cost of gas, according
to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Accelerate slowly from dead stops.
Quick starts unnecessarily use gas
� Keep idling to a minimum.
� Plan errands carefully to cut down
on the miles you travel.
� Click on the cruise control This
helps a car maintain a steady speed
and reduces gas consumption.
� Occasionally shift into an overdrive
gear. This slows down a car's engine
� Use air-conditioning sparingly.
However, rolling down the windows
can create drag on the car and force
the engine to bum more gas.
� Keep a car's load light Don't pile
heavy items on top of a car or in the
� Consider carpooling to work or to
� If you're shopping for a new car,
give serious consideration to a
vehicle that gets high gas mileage.
� Cut back on short-distance
car errands. Try walking or riding a
bicycle to the market or video store.
Not only will this save gas money, it's
also good for your health.
SOURCES THE ALLIANCE TO SAVE
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AG's office to resume
North Carolina will resume efforts
to carry out lethal injections after a
U.S. Supreme Court opinion issued
Monday indicated no constitutional
problems with the way the execution
method is carried out here, the state's
top lawyer said.
"The Supreme Court's opinion allows
these cases to go forward on a case-
by-case basis said Noelle Talley, a
spokeswoman for Attorney General
So far this year, the state has elected
not to fight federal stays issued in
the scheduled executions of George
Franklin Page and Sammy Perkins,
deciding to wait for the nation's highest
court to rule in the case of an Alabama
man who contended the punishment
would be unfairly cruel for him.
David Larry Nelson of Alabama argues
that his collapsed veins - the result of
intravenous drug use - would require
prison officials to cut deep into his flesh
and muscle to insert the needle that
would carry the deadly drugs.
Justices had been told in filings by
physicians that if done improperly,
the procedure could cause Nelson
to badly hemorrhage and suffer heart
problems before the deadly drugs
The Supreme Court did not address the
merit of Nelson's argument Monday,
but agreed in a unanimous opinion that
he could proceed with his challenge
Gaston teenager sentenced to life
In prison for killing his father
GASTONIA, NC (AP) - A teenager
convicted in the shooting death of
his father has been sentenced to life
A Gaston County jury took about three
hours Monday to find Nathanael High,
17. guilty of first-degree murder and
robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Jurors found that High shot his father,
Randy High, fourtimes on Feb. 10,2002.
and that he stole his father's cell phone
and money before leaving the house
High's brother, Ethan, who was 12 at the
time, found his father's bloodied body
the day of the shooting.
High was tried as an adult and will not
be eligible for parole.
Randy High was chief of the 17-
member police and security force
at Gaston College and had been a
sergeant with the Gaston County
Preliminary 2003 FBI stats show
violent crime in decline, murders up
Violent crime declined in 2003 despite
a third consecutive yearly increase in
homicides, according to preliminary
FBI statistics released Monday.
The violent crimes - rape, robbery,
aggravated assault and homicides
including murder and manslaughter
- dropped 3.2 percent compared with
2002, fueled mostly by sharp declines
in rape and assault.
Homicide was the only category on the
increase, rising nationwide last year
by about 178 cases, or 11 percent.
In the previous two years, murder and
manslaughter edged up 1 percent in
2002 and 2.5 percent in 2001.
U.S. forces fight cleric's supporters
in Najaf: shrine damaged
One of the most sacred shrines of
Shia Islam suffered minor damage
during clashes Tuesday between U.S.
forces and radical Shiite militiamen
that killed at least 13 Iraqis, some of
them civilians. It was unclear who was
responsible for the shrine damage.
In Baghdad, a car bomb near a hotel
wounded at least five Iraqis, the U.S.
military said. The target of the blast,
about 100 yards from the Australian
Embassy, was not immediately clear.
After the fighting in Najaf eased, people
gathered at the Imam Ali shrine to look
at the damage. The inner gate of the
shrine, leading into the tomb of Imam
Ali Ibn Abu Talib, appeared to have
been hit by a projectile. Debris was
scattered on the ground.
Al-Jazeera television showed a torn
veil covering the gate, and damage
on the wall around it. It also showed
several injured people lying on the
floor of the mosque compound, and an
GaS from page 1
By the gallon
When you pay for gas at your local
convenience store, the total is split
among several different entities. Here s
where your money goes, based on
Department of Energy estimates:
SOURCE U S
� Crude oil accounts for the largest
portion of the cost of gas. The price of
crude oil is determined by the amount
of production, so if production is
cut, prices rise. The Organization
of Petroleum Exporting Countries
(OPEC), which includes the world's
largest producers of crude oil, recently
vowed to cut production. That is one
factor in the price surge.
� Federal and local taxes eat up
a portion of the price of gas. These
include federal and state excise taxes,
as well as some state sales taxes,
and some city taxes, depending on
� The refining of crude oil is an
additional factor in the retail price of
gasoline. Crude oil must be refined
before it can used by consumers.
� Gasoline starts as crude oil at a
refinery, and makes several stops
before it gets to your local gas
station, so the cost of distribution
is passed along to the consumer.
Likewise, you pay for the marketing
of the oil company from which you're
The current high gas prices still aren't as
high as they were during the oil crises of
the 1970s and '80s.
YearPrice per gallon
angry crowd of more than 100 shouting
and shaking their fists at the site.
Supporters of Shiite militia leader
Muqtada al-Sadr accused the
Americans firing mortars at the
mosque, and said 12 people were
injured in the mosque compound The
U.S. command in Baghdad said it was
investigating reports of damage.
Another projectile landed outside
the shrine, about 10 yards away from
the outer wall. Three militiamen were
injured in that attack, and three fighters
were killed in fighting in the city.
Dominican floods kill about 100,
dozens of others feared dead
Frantic relatives dug through the mud
for loved ones as a makeshift morgue
filled up with 100 corpses of people
swept away in rains that devoured a
small farming village.
Nearly 200 others were missing and
feared dead, National Emergency
Commission Director Radhames
Lora Salcedo said Monday, hours
after rains caused the Solie River to
burst its banks before daybreak. Only
a torrent of debris-filled mud flowed
where houses once stood.
Bloated bodies caked with mud were
piled in a hospital's makeshift morgue in
western Jimani near the Haitian border.
A reporter for The Associated Press
estimated there were about 100 bodies
Some of the corpses were left at the
side of the road, waiting for relatives to
identify and claim them.
in 2004 dollars
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Sanchez to be replaced as Iraq commander
WASHINGTON (AP)� The top
U.S. military officer in Iraq, Lt. Gen.
Ricardo Sanchez, will be replaced
as part of a command restructur-
ing that has been in the works for
several months, administration offi-
cials said Tuesday. The Pentagon also
suspended Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski
from her command.
Both have become symbols of lax
supervision at the Abu Ghraib prison
where U.S. soldiers allegedly abused
President Bush praised Sanchez
during a photo opportunity in the
"Rick Sanchez has done a fabu-
lous job the president said as he met
with a group of Iraqis. "He's been
there for a long time. His service has
At the Pentagon, Larry Di Rita,
chief spokesman for Defense Sec-
retary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said
both Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs
chairman Gen. Richard Myers "are
very impressed with the work Gen.
Sanchez performed from the very
beginning" of his service in Iraq.
Sanchez took command there in
Regarding suggestions that
Sanchez's departure is linked to the
abuse scandal, Di Rita said, "That's
Karpinski and other officers in
the 800th Military Police Brigade
were faulted by Army investigators
for paying too little attention to
day-to-day operations of the Abu
Ghraib prison and for not moving
firmly enough to discipline soldiers
for violating standard procedures.
Karpinski's suspension, which
has not yet been announced by the
Army, was the latest in a series of
actions against officers and enlisted
soldiers implicated in the abuse scan-
dal at the prison near Baghdad.
Sanchez will be replaced in Iraq
in what administration officials said
was his scheduled rotation after 13
months of duty there. Gen. George
Casey, the Army's No. 2 officer as vice
chief of staff, was in line for the post,
defense officials said Monday.
Di Rita said, "There has been no
final decision" on who will replace
Secretary of State Colin Powell,
appearing Tuesday on CBS's "The
Early Show said he had heard the
reports but could not say whether
Sanchez's departure was in any way
related to the prison abuse problem.
Powell did say, however that "we
all knew this was coming about as
part of the normal rotation of com-
manders. General Sanchez has done
a terrific job and he's been there for
over a year now, so it seems to me in
the normal scheme of things
Last week, Spc. Jeremy Sivits
received the maximum penalty of
a year in prison and a bad-conduct
discharge in the first court-martial
stemming from the abuse of Iraqis
at the prison. He was among seven
members of the 372nd Military Police
Company that have been charged.
Karpinski, who has returned
to the United States, has not been
charged with an offense. Being sus-
pended from her command does not
mean she has been relieved of com-
mand, so technically she could be
reinstated, although the intensity of
the international furor over the Abu
Ghraib prisoner abuse makes that
highly unlikely, said the officials,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
"I don't know what the grounds
are Karpinski told MSNBC Monday
night. "I know that I've been sus-
pended. When I see it in writing,
there will be an explanation for it.
And what that means is I'm suspended
from my position as the commander
of the 800th Military Police Brigade,
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. officer in Iraq, will be replaced.
and they assign me to another posi-
tion until whatever the reason is,
whatever the basis is, is cleared
In his widely cited investigation
report on the Abu Ghraib abuse alle-
gations, Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba
found heavy fault with Karpinski's
performance and recommended that
she be relieved of command and given
a formal reprimand. Instead she was
given a less-severe "memorandum of
admonishment" on Jan. 17 by Sanchez.
Taguba reported that despite the
documented abuse of prisoners, he
saw no evidence that Karpinski ever
attempted to remind the military pol ice
in her command of the requirements
of the Geneva Conventions, which
protect prisoners of war and civilian
detainees in times of armed conflict.
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Phone customers can now switch carriers and keep the same number.
plaints about the switch are down
from 2,400 in November to only
about 400 for April.
Tickets can be purchased at the bus on game day
but seats are limited. For more information or
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"There will probably be some
hiccups on Monday, but overall,
complaints are down Wallace said.
Since November, the FCC esti-
mates that about 2.6 million wire-
less users have switched to other
wireless companies. About 217,000
have switched numbers from land-
line to wireless phones, and about
5,400 switched from a wireless to a
According to the FCC, about 70
percent of the population has already
benefited from the November switch,
with roughly 30 percent of people
left to take advantage of it. For resi-
dents of eastern North Carolina, the
switch is highly anticipated.
"I've been wanting to switch
cell phone companies for a while,
but 1 didn't want to lose my number
because so many people had it said
junior elementary education major
"I'm glad the service has finally
become available to people in this
In order to switch a phone
number, consumers should contact
the company they wish to switch to.
According to Wallace, although the
switch may take a while, phones will
still be available for use during the
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better off in
his speech to
take the time
wrong in the
steps to solve
In his Monday night speech at the
Army War College, President Bush
described a five-step process in
dealing with Iraq: hand over author-
ity to a sovereign Iraqi government
on June 30, help establish stability in
Iraq, rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, draw
military support and operations from
other countries and move toward Iraqi
national elections by January.
While Bush was there to discuss his
five-step plan, it seems like his real
agenda was to try and convince a
cynical American public.
With 50 percent of the public cur-
rently disapproving of Bush's overall
actions, his speech appeared to try
and restore the public's faith rather
than really answering the public's
Bush would have been better off to
take the time to acknowledge the
things that have gone wrong in the
past year, rather than create new
steps to solve them.
Mistakes like failing to deploy enough
troops and overlooking the dire need
for international support cost both
America and Iraq a waste of time,
not to mention a waste of soldiers'
and civilians' lives.
"There are difficult days ahead aid
"No power of the enemy will stop
It is TEC's hope that Iraq's progress
can come as soon as possible and
the Iraqi people can take full control
over their government and begin to
write their own history.
Summer provides vast array of editorial content
Kerry, prison photos
prove valuable topics
I love this time of year.
The weather is beautiful,
birds are singing, flowers are
blooming, and once again,
love is in the air.
So what in the world are
we doing in school? Summer
School, no less. What used to
be the sole realm of the aca-
demically challenged is now
a normal part of school life.
Let's see, what to talk
about? There has been so
much going on in the world I
don't know where to begin.
I suppose 1 could talk about
all the flips, flops and flaps of
the presumptive Democrat
Presidential nominee, John
Kerry. To do so however would
take too much time. I would
have to cover Kerry calling a
Secret Service agent a SOB,
not to mention his tortured
flip-flops about his medals.
You know, when he said that
he threw his medals back but
they were really somebody
else's medals because he left
his at home and didn't have
time to get them (or he slept
at home and forgot to bring
them), but they really weren't
medals they were ribbons, and
ribbons are the same as medals
back t hen and he did give them
back (his, not someone else's),
but he is still proud of his ser-
vice and his medals. The ones
he threw over the White House
fence that hang in his Senate
I'd also have to discuss his
"I vote for the 87 billion dollars
(In funding for the Iraq war)
before I voted.against it" com-
ment; his calling American cor-
porations "Benedict Arnold's"
and then recanting by saying
that his speechwriters "forced"
him to say that repeatedly even
though no one recalls seeing a
speechwriter behind Kerry
twisting his arm or holding a
gun to his head.
Then I'd have to talk about
how Kerry said that he had
spoken to "foreign leaders"
(whom he refuses to name)
who told him that they want
to see him beat President Bush
(oh, what a beautiful flip-flop
and backpedal he did on that).
And I couldn't leave out that
a bill to further extend unem-
ployment benefits failed by
one vote because Kerry did not
bother to show up to vote.
Like I said, Kerry would
take too much time.
I suppose I could delve into
the morally reprehensible and
bankrupt behavior being
exhibited by the media when
it comes to the "abuse photos"
from Abu Ghraib prison. More
phony "outrage" is being
directed toward that story
than has ever been shown
toward the murder, dismem-
berment and public display
of four people or the taped
and televised beheading of
Nicholas Berg. These actions,
especially the brutal murder
of Berg, are enough to make
anybody with even a shred of
humanity recoil in horror.
Not the media, though.
Like the scenes of the
World Trade Center attacks on
911, the pictures and videos
that they have of these inci-
dents are not aired or printed
because showing things like
that would "inflame" the
public and cause revulsion
and anger. Kind of like what
they are hoping will happen
as they hype the Abu Ghraib
story all out of proportion.
And talk about double
standards - what those
pictures portray is nothing
compared to the rapes and
murders that happen on an
almost daily basis in America
(and other) prisons every day.
But they don't care about any
ofthat. If it doesn't help Kerry,
or hurt President Bush, it isn't
Nah, I guess I won't talk
about that after all. It looks
like I don't have anything to
talk about this week after all.
Well, 1 guess I'll just go
enjoy the weather and wait
for the inspiration muse to
provide me material for next
Or I can just wait until
John Kerry speaks again.
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Summer blockbusters equal sequels
Aries (March 21 -April 19) - Move boldly
ahead with your projects, whether those
projects are business or pleasure.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) - Allow
yourself time to think about your next
big decision Youll have to live with it
for a long time.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) - There s
something you must remember, and
you haven't even heard it yet It'll make
you feel a whole lot better about
Cancer (June 22-July 22) - You re in the
habit of being nice even when you don't
feel like it. It's a natural thing for you, and
it's a blessing
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) - Your enthusiasm
inspires others to give it one more try. You
can be a great coach when you believe
in a project.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - It's not a good
time to suggest expansion or investigate
Libra (Sept 23-Oct. 22) - If you have
things organized, you'll accomplish a lot
in the next few hours.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - Your talent
lies in planning and making sure that
everyone follows through
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - You and
your partner should really go together if
you can It's worth the extra trouble.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - As you
go out on your shopping trip, you want
to get top quality, and you want to pay
pennies on the dollar
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - The
kind of love that's favored today is
the dependable kind. It might be
between lovers, but it may be between
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) - You might
occasionally wonder if you're doing
the project right, since it's hard to
remember what you've been told
when you have a hammer in your
Familiarity makes big
comeback at theaters
If this summer's movie titles
sound familiar, don't be surprised.
Studios are hoping to ride the wave of
success from previous box-office hits
by bringing old characters and simi-
lar story lines back to the big screen.
It is the summer of sequels, evi-
denced by the theatrical release of
Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2 and the third
installment intheJ.K. Rowling series,
All these movies are based on sto-
ries targeted to a younger audience,
but the success of their motion pic-
ture predecessors proves they cross
all generational boundaries.
The original Shrek, known for
its wide appeal, grossed more than
$250 million worldwide. The second
installment picks up where the first
ended, with Mike Myers, Cameron
Diaz and Eddie Murphy reprising
their roles as Shrek, Princess Fiona
and Donkey, respectively.
The newlyweds head to the king-
dom of Far, Far Away to announce
to Fiona's parents the news of
their marriage. Unfortunately, not
everyone sees their marriage as a
good thing. Prince Charming, the
intended groom, who is furious
about the news, shows his not-so-
duced to other fairy tale characters,
including the Fairy Godmother, the
Ugly Stepsister and Puss-ln-Boots.
And if these characters can pull
off another hit that is anything like
the first, DreamWorks may give the
go-ahead on Shrek 3, rumored to be a
spoof of the legend of King Arthur.
Spider-Man 2, an extension of the
first film starring Tobey Maguire as
the comic book superhero, will also
be followed by a third movie in the
summer of 2006.
But first, the second movie
will make its debut in late June.
It chronicles events in the not-
so typical life of college student
Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man)
as he lives and works (and scales
buildings) in New York City.
Harry Potter, another so-called
nerd with heroic tendencies, also
returns to theaters in June.
The Prisoner of Azkaban is the
shortest of the three Potter films
thus far, at a little less than two
and a half hours. Despite the rela-
tive brevity, it has taken longer for
this movie to reach its impatient
audiences. Fans expected an early
November release, but have had to
wait another half year for the film
version of the novel.
It begins the summer before
Harry's third year at llogwarts.
However, with the seditious wizard
Sirius Black on the loose, school will
be anything but boring. Between the
special effects and the natural aging
process of the beloved returning
characters, this movie should seem
as close to realistic as anything about
a teenage wizard can be.
Regardless of its larger-than-life
proportions, the Potter film is not quite
the epic of Tray. Currently in theaters, the
film depicts the Trojan War, as related
by HOmer in his poem "The Iliad
Orlando Bloom of The Lord of the
Summer Movie Release Dates
Troy - Rating: R for violence and sexuality, In theaters now
Shrek 2 - Rating: PG for crude humor and content, In theaters now
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Rating: PG for violence
and mild language, Release date: June 4
The Notebook - Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, Release date: June 25
Spider-Man 2 - Rating: PG-13 for violence, Release date: June 30
Rings acts as Prince Paris, stealing the
woman with the "face that launched
a thousand ships Thus, Sparta goes
to war with Troy in a conflict that
lasted more than a decade. Achilles,
known in Hollywood as Brad Pitt,
leads the fleet against Troy.
With the graphic violence of this
actionadventure flick, it may appear to
be a masculine movie. But with Bloom
and Pitt at the helm, this is one film
that should appeal to both genders.
This, however, might not be the
case for The Notebook, based on the
book by Nicholas Sparks.
After seven years in development
and two in production, The Notebook
is finally making its way to theaters
in late June.
inspired by the story of Sparks'
grandparents, their long-lasting love
affair forms the premise for the book
and the movie. James Garner plays the
older male lead, with Gena Rowlands
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ECULoessin Summer Theatre goes all American
Series offers variety of
musicals sure to please
Not everything stops here at ECU
during the summer. The FX:ULoessin
Summer Theatre is performing some
good ole American musicals that are
perfect for the feel of summer.
"Damn Yankees" is a musical
classic that observes one of America's
beloved pastimes, baseball. It is the
first performance this summer start-
ing June 22 - 26.
What else would come next after
baseball except a country western
musical? "AlwaysPatsy Cline" tells
the story of the first true musician to
qualify as a cross-over artist. Patsy
Cline was an American icon that
broke through boundaries of musical
labels and created a new genre. This
will be showing from July 7 -10.
Lastly, "SmokeyJoe's Cafe" completes
the series. The play is based on some of
the most popular rock'n'roll songs cre-
ated by Jerry l.eiber and Mike Stroller.
This one is a definite crowd pleaser.
The dates for this show are July 20 - 24.
"Damn Yankees" is a story about
Joe Boyd, a baseball fanatic that has
sold his soul to the Devil so he can
bring his favorite team to triumph
over the New York Yankees. The
Devil is a charming, yet very conniv-
ing character. Joe is able to convert the
hopeless Washington Senators to the
winning team. As the team becomes
victorious, everything comes into
focus for Joe. He realizes what is truly
important to him deep inside, but he
has already left all these things, such
as his wife. He is able to make it back to
his old life with a little help, as well as
send the Senators to the World Series.
ECULoessin Summer Theatre
"Always Patsy Cline"
"Smokey Joe's Cafe"
June 22 - 26 at 8 p.m.
July 6-10 at 8 p.m.
July 20 - 24 at 8 p.m.
'Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: McGinnis Theatre
Tickets: Public - $30 StudentYouth - $15
A musical about baseball is a
great opportunity if take men to the
theatre and they will definitely be
entertained. It is filled with catchy
songs like "Whatever Lola Wants"
and "(You Gotta Have) Heart
"Always Patsy Cline" serves as
a tribute to Cline who died in a plane
crash at age 30 in 1963. The musical
is a true story about the friendship
between Cline and Louise Seger from
1961 until Clinc's death.
The title of this musical comes
from the way Cline would sign her let-
ters to Seger, which was "love ALWAYS
Patsy Cline Cline was one of the
first artists to be considered a cross-
over artist. She wrote many songs that
are still loved to this day and made
numerous television appearances
during her lifetime.
This story includes many of her cher-
ished songs, such as "Crazy "Walkin'
after Midnight" and "1 fall to Pieces
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" tells the story
of the men behind the scenes of some
see THEATRE page 8
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The Triplets of Belleville - Adopted by his
grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion
is a lonely little boy. Noticing that the lad is
never happier than on a bicycle, Madame
Souza puts him through rigorous training.
Now he is ready to enter the world-famous
cycling race, the Tour de France. However
during this cycling contest two mysterious
men in black kidnap Champion. Madame
Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out
to rescue him. Their quest takes them
across the ocean to a giant megalopolis
called Belleville where they encounter
the "Triplets of Belleville three eccentric
female music-hall stars from the '30s
who decide to take Madame Souza and
Bruno under their wing. Rated PG-13
13 Going On 30 -A 13-year-old dreams
of being popular. During her birthday
party, she plays the game Seven Min-
utes in the Closet. It's a humiliating
experience for her, and she refuses
to come out of the closet and be sub-
jected to more embarrassment. When
she eventually does emerge, she finds
herself five days shy of her 30th birth-
day, looking beautiful. Rated PG-13
New York Minute - Twins Mary-Kate
and Ashley Olsen star in this comedy,
set over 24 hours in New York City.
"New York Minute" follows one monu-
mental day in the lives of 17-year-old
sisters Jane and Roxanne Ryan,
adversaries who begrudgingly jour-
ney together from their Long Island
home to New York City. Roxy's and
Jane's plans go wildly awry when a
mix-up involving Jane's precious day
planner lands them in the middle of
a shady black market transaction.
Pursued by an overzealous truant
officer and accused of kidnapping a
Senator's dog, the Ryans must find
a way to work together to thwart the
forces threatening to jeopardize Jane's
college dreams and ship Roxy off to a
convent school. Rated PG
Johnson Family Vacation - Cedric the
Entertainer stars as the head of the
Johnson family, who hits the highway
with his brother, separated wife and
three children on a trip to Missouri to
make the Johnson family reunion. Along
the way, they share a few colorful and
comical adventures. Rated PG-13
Van Helsing - Set in the late 19th
century, this action adventure finds
Bram Stoker's fabled monster-hunter,
Van Helsing. summoned to a distant
Eastern European land on a quest
to vanquish evil (where Dracula, the
Frankenstein monster and the Wolf
Man "return to the screen as complex,
multi-dimensional beings re-imagined
by writerdirector Stephen Sommers.
Shrek 2 - A sequel to DreamWorks'
hugely successful original, the story
opens with Shrek and Fiona returning
from their honeymoon to find a letter
from Fiona's parents inviting the happy
couple to dinner. Mom and Dad heard
that their daughter had wed, but
they assumed she married Prince
Charming. So they're a bit shocked
when they meet their new son-in-law.
Troy - Based on Homer's "The Iliad
"Troy" tells of the story of the Trojan
War, which resulted from the conflict
between the Greek hero Achilles
and the Trojan prince Hector over the
woman they both loved, Helen of Troy.
Wolfgang (The Perfect Storm) Petersen
directs. Rated R
Mean Girls - The story centers on
an adolescent girl who has been on
safari with her zoologist parents but
must navigate new terrain when she
moves to an Illinois public school and
falls in love with the ex-boyfriend of
one of the most popular girls. Things
turn ugly when she s reduced to using
the same mean-spirited methods as
the other girls. Adapted from Rosalind
Wiseman's book. "Queen Bees and
Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter
Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends
and Other Realities of Adolescence
Stateside - After crashing a car
and injuring a girlfriend and a
priest, 18-year-old Mark Deloach
(Jonathan Tucker), son of a prominent
businessman, finds himself sentenced
to service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He
encounters a tough drill instructor (Val
Kilmer), and also meets a beautiful
actress-rock star (Rachael Leigh Cook)
while on leave. She's been committed
to a halfway house to receive help for
symptoms of schizophrenia. Together,
the boy and the girl form a possibly
life-saving relationship. Rated R
Breaking All The Rules - After getting
painfully dumped by his fiance, a
man (Jamie Foxx) writes a hugely
successful "how-to" book on the art
of breaking up, in hopes that other men
can avoid his fate. PG-13
Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park is a free concert
series held at the Town Commons
Amphitheatre in June and July. The
concerts begin at 7 p.m. and last
approximately one hour. Bring a
blanket or chair and come out for an
evening of free entertainment for the
June 1 The Greenville Summer Pops
Orchestra consists of some of the
areas finest musicians in concert.
June 8 The Tar River Community
Band will inaugurate the 30th
summer of Sunday in the Park with
their usual blend of classical and
June 15 The Steep Canyon Rangers
are coming back for a repeat
performance of their stunning
debut last summer. Voted one of the
finest bluegrass bands in the
June 22 Panyelo is a steel drum band
that has become a Sunday in the Park
favorite. Come and dance under the
June 29 The Monitors are a Sunday in
the Park tradition. Come out and hear
their usual mix of soul, rhythm and
blues and contemporary music.
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as the film's leading (older) female.
Garner's character makes daily
visits to an elderly woman in a nurs-
ing home in order to read to her from
a notebook. His readings chronicle
dual courtships of a young woman
by two men in 1940s North Carolina.
Flashbacks illustrate the journal,
and it eventually becomes clear the
elderly pair is more than an audience
to the story. With a little knowledge
of the premise and background, the
trailer is enough to evoke tears. One
can only imagine how many tissues
will be needed to get through this film.
So if you are looking for a laugh
or perhaps a cleansing cry, you need
not look any further than your
local movie theater. All you need is
one rather expensive ticket to take
you anywhere, whether you want to
go Far, Far Away with Shrek or stay in
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Theatre from page 6
of the most popular rock'n'roll songs.
After Jerry l.eiber and Mike Stroller
wrote "You ain't Nothin' but a I lound
Dog all of their songs were at the top
of the charts for about a decade. This
is a large staple in American history.
Songs like "Stand by Me "Span-
ish Harlem "Love Potion 9 and
"Jail house Rock" were some of the
hits written by l.eiber and Stroller.
They made The Drifters, The Coast-
ers and Elvis Presley the huge and
influential stars that they became
to American culture. The play deals
with love, loss, emotions and the
ideal 1950s set, along with 36 songs,
which sounds like a perfect evening
"Buv tickets now said Jeff Wood-
ruff, the managing director of the
School of Theatre and Dance.
"We expect all three shows to do
These musicals are fun and family
friendly, so it is a great activity for the
summer. There is plenty of old-fash-
ioned music and themes to appeal to
people of all ages.
ECUl,oessin Summer Series is here
with a bang again this summer, so be sure
to support ECU theatre and dance as well
as lx- there for the fun and music
For more information on the
School of Theatre and Dance go to
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Jessica starting nod
NEW YORK (AP) �
Jessica caught the heart
of NFL quarterback Jesse
Palmer, and Tara fumbled,
on Wednesday's finale of
Earlier, an over-anxious
Tara tossed her cookies.
Palmer, backup quar-
terback for the New York
Giants, had begun the
ABC dating series with his
pick of 25 eligible mates.
Then, week by week, he
narrowed the field to two
blond finalists: Tara, a 23-
year-old general contrac-
tor from Oklahoma, and
California law student Jes-
sica B 22.
"This whole thing to
me is like a dream Jesse
told Jessica at the moment
of truth, "and tomorrow
morning I'm gonna wake
up from that dream into
the real world. But 1 don't
want to wake up tomorrow
morning if I can't wake up
Jesse's "gut instinct" was
telling him they were meant to
spend their lives together, he said,
but added, "I am not ready to propose
to you tonight. I think that we need
more time to grow and learn about
"That's all 1 want she said.
Jesse produced a one-way
plane ticket to New York, inviting
her "to chase all your dreams, but
do it with me
Then Tara was fetched from her
limousine, where she had retreated
after throwing up in a hedge.
"I don't want you to say any-
thing Tara tearfully told Jesse.
"You would make me happier than
any other person in this entire world,
if I am the girl standing here at the
"Tara replied Jesse, "I've fallen
in love with someone else
The episode began with
Jesse taking each woman home to
meet his parents, then to Beverly
Hills' Rodeo Drive to shop for an
"Today is very bittersweet
Jessica told the camera. "It's really,
really hard for me to have to sit down
and think that he is sharing the same
moment with Tara
She needn't have worried.
But as is typical with this kind
of show, Jesse claimed to be torn
Palmer and Bowlin, an ECU grad, pose
during the season finale of "The Bachelor
until the last minute.
"I don't have the answer right
now he had told Jessica the night
before. "It's gonna come to me
"I don't know how I feel about
that she replied.
Then, shortly before the final
"rose ceremony he announced to
the camera, "It hit me like a ton of
bricks: I know what I'm feeling. I
know what my heart and my head
are telling me
In an interview before the
series' April 7 premiere, Palmer, 25,
said he was looking for an honest,
self-assured woman who was
comfortable with herself. The
show was taped in Los Angeles last
fall, hut Palmer had been mum on
whom he chose, referring to her only
as "the missus
Trying to determine who was
genuinely interested in him, and
who might have seen only dollar
signs (Palmer made $389,000 in
2003 in his backup role) was one
of the hard parts of choosing Ms.
Right, he said.
"I think I'm more confused about
women in general after doing this
show than I was before I got on he
said at the time.
The series has done well for rat-
ings-strapped ABC, drawing 12.5
million viewers last week. During
this, its fifth season, it has ranked
21 st in households.
Frisbee golf course
open for play
The 18-hole frisbee golf course will
remain open while the new construction
of Harnngton Field is underway. The
first hole has been moved for the
construction project, but holes 2-18 will
remain the same. Parking for university
registered vehicles (C Stickers) is now
in Curry Court.
Bunn named C-USA
Pitcher of the Week
League officials announced Sunday
that ECU junior right-handed pitcher
Greg Bunn had been named
Conference USA Pitcher of the Week
It is Bunn's second C-USA weekly
honor of this season. Bunn threw
eight shutout innings at Southern
Miss, holding the league's second-best
hitting team to just five hits as ECU
clinched the regular season C-USA
title with a 9-0 win. He struck out six
and walked three, raising his season
record to 8-0. It was Bunns fourth
combined shutout this season. Bunn
earned the very first C-USA Pitcher of
the Week honor in 2004 and closed out
the season with the same honor. ECU
returns to action Wednesday when the
Pirates play No. 8 seed Louisville in
the first game of the 2004 C-USA
Baseball Tournament at 5 p.m (EST).
Manuse named second
team All-Southeast region
ECU junior Kate Manuse has been
named second All-Southeast Region
by the National Fastpitch Coaches
Association, in addition to being
named second team All-Conference
USA During the season, Manuse set an
ECU and C-USA single season record
for doubles with 26, while also leading
the Pirates in home runs (6), RBIs (55)
and slugging percentage (.604)
Starting 72 games for ECU, Manuse
compiled a .360 batting average.
Conference USA championship on horizon
The baseball team heads to the C-USA tournament with its sights set on victory. The Pirates may host a regional in Kinston if they win the title.
Pirates take on Cardinals this
afternoon in Houston
After failing to win the out-
right Conference USA title by
dropping game three of the series
to TCU, the No. 4 ranked Pirates
headed down to Hattiesburg need-
ing only one victory against the No.
12 ranked Southern Miss Golden
Eagles to secure their first ever C-
As he has done time and time
again this season, Greg Bunn
delivered yet another masterful
performance on the mound en route
to a 9-0 game one shutout, thus
clinching the conference champi-
In front of 2,864 fans, Bunn
tossed eight shutout innings, strik-
ing out six while scattering just five
hits. With the win, Bunn improvesto
a glittering 8-0on the season.
Ricky Brooks came on in the
ninth to preserve the shutout.
For his efforts, Bunn was named
C-USA Pitcher of the Week. This
marks the second time this season
he has received the honor.
Ryan Norwood led the ECU
16-hit attack with a 3-for-S per-
formance that included a double
and two RBIs. Jamie Paige, Ryan
Jones, Drew Costanzo and Mark
Minicozzi each added two hits on
Game two appeared to be in
control in the sixth as the Pirates
were in a comfortable 5-2 lead. A
ground ball that looked to be an
easy double play was tossed over Billy
Richardson's head by reliever Kevin
Rhodes, which extended the inning
ECU softball team ends season
in Conference USA tournament
Lady Pirates defeat number
one seed Southern Miss.
STAFF WRITER .
After comlng off a series sweep of
St. Louis on April 25, ECU'S softball
team was on a steady path to enter
the Conference USA tournament at
the end of the regular season. The
Lady Pirates were tied for fifth in C-
USA standings and had momentum
behind them when they entered the
last part of their regular season in
Unfortunately for the ECU
softball team, momentum was not
enough to carry their winning
streak throughout the month. The
Lady Pirates opened play at home
being swept by conference opponent
Southern Miss. The defeats put ECU
on a three-game losing streak and also
threatened the chances of the team
making the conference tournament.
It didn't get any better for the
Lady Pirates as the losses continued
four days later when they dropped
two games, this time against Elon.
With one more series left on
their schedule, the softball team was
determined to end their five-game
skid and earn a place in the confer-
ence tournament as they headed
to Charlotte. The Lady Pirates were
able to accomplish their goal by
defeating UNC-Charlotte in two
games of the three-game series.
The wins over UNC-Charlotte
allowed ECU to end their season
with a final record of 46-22-1 and a
conference record of 10-14. The vic-
tories were also enough for the team
to enter the C-USA tournament as
the sixth and final seed.
In the first game of the C-USA
Tournament, ECU faced No. 3 seed
South Florida. The Bulls started the
game off by scoring six runs in the f i rst
inning. The Latly Pirates never recov-
ered as they lost their first game in the
double-elimination tournament, 7-1.
The second game of the tourna-
see SOFTBALL page 11
and allowed the Eagles to capitalize
and knot the score at 5-5.
A bases loaded walk in the sev-
enth issued by Carter Harrell proved
to be the game winner as the Eagles
evened the series with a 6-5 win.
Ryan Jones and Trevor Lawhorn
led the Pirates in the losing effort
with two hits apiece.
Game three looked eerily similar
to game one as the Pirates rolled to
another shutout of Southern Miss,
this time in 11-0 fashion.
In a game time decision
see BASEBALL page 14
looking for teams
getting off the ground
Intramural services, located in
128 SRC, are currently looking for
teams to compete in a five-on-five
"Registration is today at 4:30
p.m. in 202 SRC said assistant
director of intramural sports Laura
"Ideally, the captains should be
present at the meeting for teams to
be eligible to compete. Even if they
miss the meeting, then they can still
see TEAMS page 11
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ECU intramural Softball Softball,�,
ready to hit full swing
Break out the bats and clean off
the cleats because it is time again
for ECU intramural softball to get
underway. Two sessions will be played
according to the academic schedule of
first and second summer sessions.
Registration for session one
was May 25, but session two
registration will take place on June
28 in 202 SRC.
Session one, depending on
the amount of people that show an
interest in playing, could feature up
to three leagues - co-recreational,
men's and women's.
Each team is guaranteed four
regular season games with the pos-
sibility of making the tournament.
Tournament games will be
played following the single-elimi-
nation format and the winners will
receive t-shirts compliments of the
Laura Tryonis, a director of
the intramural leagues, says that
summer leagues provide types of
fun recreation for the students in
"We're trying to give students the
opportunity to remain active in the
summer by having these basketball
and softball leagues
June marks the opening date
for session one. Way ball!
This writer can be contacted
ment pitted ECU against number one
seed Southern Miss. Earlier in the
month, the Lady Pirates were swept
by the Golden Eagles in a three-game
series. The outcome was much dif-
ferent this time as ECU shocked the
Golden Eagles with a 6-0 shutout.
Unfortunately, the Pirates were
defeated 2-1 in their next outing
against No. 4 seed DePaul. The loss
eliminated ECU from the C-USA
tournament and gave them a final
record of 47-24-1.
ECU junior Kate Manuse, sopho-
mores Christine Sheridan and Krista
Jessup were all named to the second
team All-C-USA at the end of the
regular season. Manuse set the league
record with her 26 doubles and led
ECU with a batting average of .374.
Jessup had the third best batting
average on the team with .293 and
an astonishing fielding percentage of
.982. Sheridan was second in the con-
ference with 36 stolen bases and led
her team with 73 hits, which ranked
her third highest in the league.
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come in on May 26 because I have to
make schedules by 5 p.m
Each captain must provide the
social security numbers of their
respective players along with their
team name at the meeting.
"Depending on the amount of
teams, we will have men's, women's
and co-rec divisions. Typically,
summer has been much quieter
than the regular school year Tri-
Participants will play Monday
through Thursday, but never Fri-
Due to the small amount
of teams, the games can be worked
around the captains' schedule
"Ideally, if we have a good
amount of teams, then each team
would play four games and we
would have a single elimination
tournament Triyonis said.
"If we only have a couple of
teams, then we might play less
Schedules are posted inside the
SRCand will be available on Thursday,
May 27. It is the responsibility of
each captain to check scheduling and
The intramural weather hot-
line is 328-6443. All of the games
are played in the SRC, typically on
courts one and two.
Intramural services will
provide each team with jerseys
and a game ball so captains should
not worry about bringing their
own equipment. Each player
is required, however, to have
his or her valid One Card at each
Recreational Services contin-
ues to stay busy to help to provide
intramural athletics. They have to
train referees, figure out schedules
and maintain different sports at the
If you want to get involved
and are not already on a team, you
can sign up as a free agent or be
added toan already existing captain's
roster. Inter-varsity or club sport
athletes for that sport are ineligible
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Security in Athens has
NBA players concerned
Should NBA superstars
represent their country?
A massive number of troops and
security have been brought in as
bombs continue to echo throughout
the city. Terrorist groups arc more
than likely watching and waiting.
This ominous description seems
where in the
maybe Iraq or
Iran, or any
number of anti-American countries.
Actually, it is Athens, Greece, the site
ot the 2004 Summer Olympics that
is facing threatening violence. The
greatest sporting event in the world
is only months away and some of the
biggest superstars in the NBA have
The Olympic Dream Team from
1992 was the greatest basketball team
ever assembled. Michael Jordan,
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird led
the squad to win after win on their
way to a gold medal.
The world has certai nly cha nged
in the 12 years since the original
Dream Team. The 2004 U.S. basket-
ball team resembles just a shadow
of what it used to be. Head Coach
Larry Brown of the Detroit Pistons
has been adamant in his opinion that
the players should join the team in
the search for another gold medal.
Security issues have NBA players
"The players are definitely con-
cerned Jermaine O'Neal, the Indi-
ana Pacers forward and a member of
the U.S. Olympic basketball team,
told The Associated Press.
"It definitely sits on your mind.
If you wanted to send a message to
the world, what better place is there
to do it?"
"The only thing I can think of
is that battleship that got blown
up said Ray Allen of the Seattle
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Allen was referring to the USS
Cole in the Athens' busy harbor. The
battleship was attacked by al-Qaeda
in 2002, killing 17 sailors.
Some of the NBA's most
well known stars will be absent
come August. Kobe Bryant,
Shaquille O'Neal, Vince Carter and
Tracy McGrady are a few of the
players that will most likely not
compete. Injuries, weddings and
the NBA playoffs are some of the
"reasons" for not joining the Olym-
They won't say it, but it is on
their minds. The main reason for
some of them skipping out on rep-
resenting their country is fear. They
fear something will happen to them
or their families in Athens. Who can
Police destroyed a small time
bomb just outside of the Olympic
Complex last week. Three more
bombs were detonated two weeks
prior, causing minor damage to an
Athens police station.
The bomb was located just a
half-mile from where baseball,
basketball and field hockey will be
Since 1992, a dwindling number
of superstars have competed for their
country with each passing Olympic
games. Now in 2004, they have
another excuse for putting them-
selves and their needs above their
Former Arizona Cardinal safety
Pat Tillman did the unthinkable
- he gave up millions of dollars
and fame in the NFL to serve his
country as an Elite Army Ranger.
He died protecting the country
he loved. I'm not asking today's
NBA superstars to trade in their
"ice" and Armani suits for camou-
flage, but the least you can do is
represent your country by doing
what you love to do. Just go out
there and play for something
other than money, something
other than an NBA championship
and MVP awards. Play for your
country. You don't have to pick
up an AK-47 - pick up a ball and
dunk all over your opponents like
the past Dream Team members.
Some of the well-seasoned
veterans could learn from the
young superstars. LeBron James is
fresh out of high school, yet real-
izes the importance of these
games. Amare Stoudamire also
skipped out on college, but when
the time comes, he will not skip out
on a shot at a gold medal. Hopefully,
with more experience and money,
the youngsters will not shy away
Now should not be the time
where you sit out, now should be
the time you want to go even more.
Don't give the terrorists what they
want. They want to alter your life
and frighten you.
However, their concerns are well
founded. I would have some appre-
hension for my safety and the safety
of my family. I understand that to
most people, family comes above all,
but there will be more security in
Athens than anywhere in the world
in several months. Greece may actu-
ally be safer than other major cities.
More than 70,000 police officers and
soldiers will be patrolling during the
games. However, security needs to be
stepped up in the United States as
well. If the entire world is expecting
an attack at the Olympics, terrorists
may seize that opportunity to imple-
ment a surprise attack elsewhere.
There will be dissenting opin-
ions, but that is what makes America
great. We can voice our concerns and
we can say what is on our minds.
There are even differing thoughts
on the same team. The Minnesota
Timberwolves are battling to make
it to the NBA Finals, but still had
time to speak their minds about the
impending games in Athens.
With confidence and use of
a few double negatives, Sam Cas-
sell believed there "ain't nothing"
better than an NBA championship
in a recent interview. Several months
earlier, teammate and 2004 MVP
Kevin Garnett said he would rather
have a gold medal.
The United States is the
best country in the world. Other
countries may argue that point,
but they certainly cannot say the
U.S. does not have the most
talented basketball team. If players
keep dropping like flies, however,
the U.S. may be looking up at China
or Yugoslavia during the medal pre-
Other than NBA players declin-
ing an invitation to compete, no
other U.S. athlete has dropped out of
the Olympics. What might be the dif-
ference between these track is field
stars, swimmers and other athletes
from NBA superstars? Hmtn, might
have to ask their agent about that
one. At least some other financially
successive athletes are competing.
The U.S. tennis team will be strong
once again, led by Venus and Serena
Will there be fear and
anxiety during the Olympics?
Of course. Will terrorist groups
attempt an attack? Maybe. Will they
take away the honor and prestige
that comes with representing your
country? Never - at least for the
NBA players who actually make it
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Baseball from page 10
by the coaching staff, southpaw
P.J. Connelly was saddled with
the start. The junior lefty proved
he was the man for the job as he
faced only two batters over the
minimum in six innings, allow-
ing only two hits while striking
Matt Bishop came on in the
seventh to secure the win for
the Pirates in a shortened game due
to a get-away day 10 run rule. This
rule states that it a team is winning
by morehan 10 runs after seven
complete innings, the game is
called to allow the visitors
enough time to meet their travel
Norwood led ECU once again
with a 3-for-3 outing with two
doubles and a homerun, his 14th.
John Poppert also had a big day at
the plate as he had three hits, one of
which was his third round-tripper of
The Pirates improved to
47-9 overall and finished with a
25-5 C-USA record. The 25 wins in
conference is a new record for con-
ference wins in a season and the 47
wins overall ties the school record
The Pirates are far from done
and will now travel to Houston
in search of the C-USA tournament
championship, something that
they won in 2002 as the under-
dogs. I'his season, the Pirates will
be the favorite. ECU opens up play-
in the tournament against the
eighth-seeded Louisville Cardinals,
who snuck in the tournament
with a three-game sweep of USF last
weekend. The Cardinals needed all
three from the Bulls and they erased
a 7-1 deficit by scoring eight times in
the top of the ninth of game three to
complete the sweep.
ECU swept a three-game series
from the Cardinals earlier this season
at Harrington Field. Game time is
today at 4 p.m.
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