The East Carolinian, December 1, 2004

volume 80 Number 35
December 1, 2004
ecu says'fareweir ECU'S North Recreational
Complex planning underway
Students in this semester's World Cultures course watch students
from six international universities say goodbye through the
Internet during their closing ceremony Tuesday.
Medical resident featured
on NBC's Today Show'
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Even after an accident that left
continues to pursue his dream
Story brings hope to
other college students
Jesse Lieberman, a resident at
the ECU Brody School of Medi-
cine, who is hoping to fulfill his
lifelong desire of becoming a
doctor, appeared on the "Today
Show" in mid November.
Lieberman was aired on the
segment, "Against the Odds a
piece that shows the outstanding
and amazing stories of individu-
als who have beaten tremendous
challenges in their lives.
In February of last year, Lieber-
man was helping his neighbor get
Greeks hold
35 organizations
actively involved
Greek life at ECU has been
extra productive this semester
with an increase in recruitment
and the numerous community
projects, the organizations are
actively engaged in.
People do not realize that
when a person becomes a member
of a Greek organization, it is not
all about the parties and social
events. Greeks give back to the
community through various phi-
lanthropy events and maintain
higher GPA's than the general
ECU student population.
"There are a total of 35 orga-
nizations at ECU and they all con-
tribute in one way or another
said Ion Outterbridge, director
of Greek life.
"As a Greek community, 14 orga-
nizations took part in the American
Heart Association's Heart Walk,
which raised more than $2,000
and money is still coming in
Aside from the recent Heart
Walk, Greek organizations have
been contributing to the com-
munity throughout the entire
semester and are continuing to
do so throughout the remainder
of the semester.
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him handicapped, Lieberman
of becoming a doctor.
back into his condo when he fell
three stories from his balcony.
The fall broke his neck and he
was rushed to the hospital with
a severe spinal cord injury. The
accident left him a quadriplegic.
After spending two weeks in
the hospital and eight weeks in
intense physical therapy, Lieber-
man was released and sent home
on April 25, 2003.
Within three days of his dis-
charge, he was ready to continue
with school. He used his months
of rest and rehabilitation to study
for his medical boards. Despite
his doctor's recommendations
that he take some time off,
Lieberman pushed ahead, saying,
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Facility may be one of
largest in nation
With a rise in club sports
and intramural involvement,
ECU has plans to construct
one of the nation's largest
collegiate intramural com-
plexes, allowing the univer-
sity to accommodate its ever-
increasing student population.
The current intramural and
recreation complex at Blount
Field is less than 20 acres and
does not adequately handle all of
the athletic activities offered.
Charles Cox, the associate
director of the Department of
Recreational Services, said it was
a necessity for ECU to build a
new complex.
"The Blount Complex is
undersized for our present and
predicted student population
we have roughly the same
amount of fields that we had
15 years ago when ECU was
smaller said Cox.
The new complex is being
constructed on the corner of
U.S. Highway 264, approximately
4.5 miles from the current SRC.
Once opened, it is expected that
the student-transit system will
provide transportation for
students on campus without
"A large amount of students
drive to the present property,
which is two miles away the
issue is not distance, but getting
students motivated to get into the
car and go participate Cox said.
The Nfitth Recreational
CompJex ma�er plan, which is
conceptual pending approval by the
Board of Trustees, will encompass
approximately 129 acres, a substan-
tial increase from the present facility.
The NRC will boast eight
soccer fields, five batting cages
and four softball, rugby and
multi-purpose fields, respec-
tively. Aside from the typical
scene, the complex will offer
a more diverse atmosphere for
athletes of all sorts such as a
skate park, a frisbee golf field, a
challenge course
and a walking trail.
A prime goal for
Recreational Services is to con-
struct a waterfront lake area that
would promote fishing, kayaking
and canoeing, along with the
possibility of windsurfing and
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small-craft sailing courses.
"Our vision is that the lake
will open wide possibilities
for aquatic water-front related
activities Cox said.
Kenneth Rountree,
sophomore business major, said the
NRC would be a great asset to ECU.
"As an intramural sports
' participant, I realize the dire need
for more space I personally
can't wait for the new complex
to open said Rountree.
The project, including a
40,000 square-foot multipurpose
building, restroom facilities and
parking spaces, is estimated to
cost up to $12 million.
Funding will be available
from a combination of student
fees and generated funds. In
an effort to keep fees as low
as possible for students, Cox
said the NRC will likely earn
revenue through regional
tournaments and city and private
organizational use.
If all plans are approved by
the board, the conceptual master
plan will quickly enter into the
pre-engineering stage.
"We anticipate breaking
ground on it as early as the
springof 2006 havingayearof
construction and actually being
in play on It by the fall of 2007
Cox said.
Cox said adequate field space
is the first priority and all other
projects will progress as quickly
as possible.
"Right now, there's not a
place for a 'Joe average student'
to go out and play a pick-up
game of frisbee or have a picnic
there's just not enough space
and this would give us that
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Office space becoming growing issue
ECU plans to renovate
ECU is planning to renovate
Slay Residence Hall and the Old
Cafeteria Complex to create
office space in order to accom-
modate the growing number of
faculty members.
As the number of faculty
members increases the amount
of office space becomes limited.
Some of this increase is partially
due to the growing number of
distance education programs,
which is expected to continue
to rise.
Faculty members have to
share offices and they have lim-
ited privacy so they are not able
to have confidential meetings
with their students.
Faculty has had problems in
containing their reading materi-
als in their offices due to a lack
of space.
Bruce Flye, director of campus
service planning said one profes-
sor's office is so small, students
must sit in the hall in a chair
when consulting.
Professors have indicated
they want an office suitable to
accommodate their students.
Another problem is faculty
members from different depart-
ments having offices in various
locations throughout campus.
This makes it difficult for stu-
dents to locate their professors.
Flye said they spent a tremen-
dous amount of time with the
deans on this issue. The renova-
tion of the Old Cafeteria Com-
plex would be in May 2005.
Flye said faculty members feel
as though it seems inconvenient
to students, they must use Slay
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Slay Residence Hall is one of the buildings ECU will renovate into office space for faculty.
ECU provides residence hall stay during exams
Greene, Fletcher
dormitories available
to commuter students
ECU is offering commuter
students temporary housing in
Greene Hall and Fletcher Hall for
the exam period from Dec. 8 -16
for a small fee.
Aaron Lucier, director of
operations, said Paula Kennedy
Dudley with the adult commuter
program told him there was a
concern for students who lived
outside of Greenville and had an
exam early in the morning.
"A lot of times they're taking
a combination of online classes
or partially online classes that
might meet one day a week
and then do the other meeting
every week online all of a
sudden at the end of the semester,
they're facing an 8 a.m. exam in
Greenville said Lucier.
These students have other
options to stay in Greenville, but
Campus Living wanted to offer
something more convenient.
"They could stay in a hotel,
but if we have space and they're
concerned about commuting
to campus, why don't we work
to make some of that space
available?" Lucier said.
Lucier said the floor
community in residence halls
will not be disrupted. Each
floor has a set of informal rules,
such as a bathroom schedule,
that they do not want to inter-
fere with.
"We don't want to
interrupt the floor's life we
don't just throw someone in that
community for one night and say
'good luck Lucier said.
"They'll be on a residence
hall floor, but they won't be in
the midst of the residence hall
community for one night
Instead, students who make
use of this offer will stay in
former staff apartments. Each
apartment will be set up with
(") Housing
To sign up tor this offer, call
Teena Thompson at 328-4663.
four single beds, a bathroom,
kitchenette, refrigerator, micro-
wave and other basic furniture
like a sofa and a dresser.
There will also be free
internet, cable and local phone
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NICK HENNE News Editor KRISTIN DAY Assistant News Editor
WEDNESDAY December 1,2004
An article in Tuesday's edition
titled "ECU alumnus comes to
book signing" was based on false
information provided to us in a
press release. The author named,
Loonis McGlohon. passed away
Feb. 26, 2002. TEC regrets any
confusion that the article may
have caused.
In an Our View column titled
"Thanksgiving wishes from
the staff of 'TEC a name was
accidentally left out of a thank
you list TEC would like to express
thanks to our ad director, Genevia
Windley. for all her help and hard
In an Oct. 27 sports article titled
"Men's rugby clinches state
championship credit was not
property given to the contributor
of the article, team member Pat
Canham. We apologize for any
World AIDS Day
On Dec. 1, the Wellness Education
staff will be outside of the ECU
Student Store from 10 a.m. - 2
p.m. playing educational games
and giving out free information
on AIDS. At 7 p.m J. L King,
author of Men on the Down-low.
will speak about HIV on college
campuses in Hendrix Theater.
On-site HIV testing will be offered
in the lobby.
Memorial Quilt
SGA will host the display of the
AIDS Memorial Quilt at Mendenhall
StudentCenteruntilDec6. TheADS
Memorial Quirt is an international
memorial to those who have died of
AIDS. For more information contact
Free HIV Testing
Wellness Education and PiCASO
are sponsoring free HIV testing
all day Dec. 1 at the ECU Student
Hearth Services building. Students
who come to get tested will
receive free giveaways. Students
will be given one hour of volunteer
credit by donating canned food,
paper towels, paper plates and
toiletries for men and women.
Call Hope McPhatter at 328-6794
orShanae Couch at 830-1660 for
more information.
Edwards in Greenville
Senator John Edwards will be
in Greenville Dec. 1. Come by
the Sheppard Memorial Library
at 530 Evans St. for this stop on
his Thank You Tar Heels Tour" at
11:30 a.m.
Blood Drive
Alpha Phi Omega will hold a
blood drive from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Mendenhall Student
Center. Take some time to save a
life by donating blood.
Alcoholics Anonymous
An Alcoholics Anonymous
meeting will be offered in room
14 Mendenhall Student Center
from noon - 1 p.m Wednesdays.
The meeting is open to any
person who feels they may have
a problem with alcohol or would
like to explore this issue further.
Meetings will continue as long as
interest and participation permits.
Symphony Orchestra
ECU'S School of Music is hosting
the ECU Symphony Orchestra
at the Wrighi Auditorium Dec. 1
at 8 p.m. Call 328-6851 for more
Poetry Night
The ECU Poetry Forum will meet
Dec. 1 in 214 Mendenhall Student
Center at 8 p.m. Anyone who
wishes to participate should bring
eight to 10 copies of the poem
they wish to discuss and the
meetings are open to listeners as
well. For more information contact,
ecu eduorgpoetryforum.
Brody Holiday Celebration
The Academic Support and
Enrichment Center at the Brody
School of Medicine is hosting a
multicultural holiday presentation
called "Holiday Celebrations
from Around the World" on Dec.
2 to enlighten students as well
as faculty and staff of different
celebrations during the holiday
season. Tables will be set up
in the dining area, 2W-40, with
special displays and lunch from
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more
information, contact Virginia Hardy
or Vema Perry at 744-2500.
News Briefs
Hearing scheduled for
mother accused of killing infant
BREVARD, NC - A hearing will be
held Thursday in the case of a
Transylvania County mother who told
an emergency dispatcher that she
drowned her infant son so he did not
"have to grow up in this mean world
Yvonne Chapman, 33, is charged with
first-degree murder in the September
2003 drowning death of her only child,
6-month-old Eli. She has pleaded not
guilty by reason of insanity.
An insanity hearing is scheduled for
Thursday in Brevard for Chapman,
who is represented by attorney Will
Cathey III of Hendersonville. The
hearing could signal that prosecutors
agree that Chapman has a viable
insanity defense.
Assistant district attorneys Charlie
Walker and Beth Dierauf declined to
comment on the pending case.
In North Carolina, prosecutors must
agree to an insanity hearing before
a judge can consider the Issue.
Otherwise, the case would likely
move forward to trial and jurors could
consider a not guilty by reason of
insanity plea.
Superior Court Judge J. Marlene Hyatt
will preside over the Chapman case.
Should she determine Chapman
is not guilty by reason of insanity,
Chapman would be committed to
a state-run forensic unit such as
Dorothea Dlx Hospital in Raleigh.
Defendants who are committed are
entitled to a hearing every six months.
To be discharged, defendants must
prove they are no longer afflicted
by mental illness or are not a threat
to others. If the court agrees, the
defendant is ordered released.
Charlotte group home
fined $10,000 for girl's death
CHARLOTTE, NC - State regulators
have fined a Charlotte group $10,000
- the heaviest civil penalty possible
- following the death of a 12-year-old
girl in September.
The group home, Covenant Group
Home, has since closed. The state,
which initially suspended the home's
license, mailed the owners a notice of
license revocation late last month.
By law, the owners would not be
allowed to open another group home
for five years. However, they are still
licensed to run two other Charlotte
group homes.
Shirley Arciszewski of Buncombe
County died Sept. 11 after a worker
tried to restrain her. State records
revealed that a 10-year-old girl
witnessed the violent confrontation
and later told officials it began after
a dispute over a ball Shirley had been
A fine of $10,000 is the highest the
state can impose against a group
home, said Stephanie Alexander,
head of mental health licensing and
certification for the N.C. Division of
Facility Services.
The state fined Covenant $5,000
for violating rules designed to make
sure children aren't harmed when
workers restrain them, and $5,000
for violating rules requiring workers
to be trained and competent before
using restraints.
'This was an incredibly egregious
incident she said, "so they have a
high penalty
The worker pulled Shirley to the floor
by the hair and lay on top of her,
according to the witness and state
regulators. Shirley said she couldn't
breathe, state records say, but the
worker told her she would be fine.
The worker, Valisia Gaye Callahan, 45,
had not been fully trained at the time
of the incident, state officials said.
No criminal charges have been
filed. Mecklenburg Assistant District
Attorney David Graham said his office
is investigating.
California court clears
way for Peterson penalty phase
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Scott
Peterson's defense team appealed
for a new jury and change of venue
in the penalty phase of his high-
profile murder case. Instead, the
state Supreme Court cleared the way
for the same jurors who convicted
Peterson to determine whether he is
executed for his crimes.
Peterson was convicted earlier this
month of murdering his pregnant wife,
Laci, and the child she carried. Jurors
were scheduled to begin hearing
testimony Tuesday as to whether
he should get life In prison or death.
A judge will issue the final sentence.
Defense attorney Mark-Geragos
had sought relief from the high
court after a lower court judge, and
subsequently an appeals court,
denied his motion.
In Its ruling Monday, the California
Supreme Court rejected the petition
to select a new jury and delay the
penalty phase of the trial.
Geragos claims that, among other
things, the jury that found Peterson
guilty is now tainted by public opinion.
The appeals court denied his bid
within hours of the filing.
Peterson was convicted on one count
of first-degree murder in the death
of his pregnant wife, Laci, and one
count of second-degree murder for
the killing of her child.
In his appeal for a new jury, Geragos
also cited the ousting of two jurors
during deliberations. Both ex-jurors
remain bound by a gag order.
Man charged for hunter slaylngs
HAYWARD, Wis. - A Hmong immigrant
fatally shot six deer hunters who
managed to shoot back once -
maybe twice - after a confrontation
about trespassing in the woods of
northern Wisconsin, according to
a criminal complaint charging him
with murder.
Chai Vang, 36, was charged Monday
with six counts of murder and two
counts of attempted murder. He could
get life in prison if convicted in the
shootings, which also left two people
wounded. Wisconsin does not have
a death penalty.
Two of the survivors told investigators
that no one in their group pointed
a gun at the Minnesota truck driver
before he opened fire, according to
the complaint. Four victims were shot
in the back.
Vang, jailed on $2.5 million bail,
faces six counts of murder and two
counts of attempted murder. He was
expected to make his initial court
appearance Tuesday in jail instead
of a nearby courthouse because of
security concerns, auJhofrjjes said.
The gunfire broke out Nov 21 after
Vang was caught trespassing on
a hunting platform on some of the
victims' land.
According to the complaint, Vang said
that he opened fire after the others
took a shot at him first and berated
him with racial slurs. He allegedly
told investigators he shot some of the
victims because he thought they were
going for guns or had guns, and that
he did not shoot at others although
he could see they were armed.
Vang also told investigators he saw
one of the hunters still standing,
yelled "You're not dead yet? fired a
shot and ran. He had an empty rifle
when arrested several hours later.
The criminal complaint also said Vang
told investigators that the victims fired
at him twice - including the first shot
when he was walking away after
being told he was trespassing.
Two of the survivors, however, told
authorities Vang fired the first shot.
Funerals for two victims were held
Storm In
Phllliplnes kills at least 338
MANILA, Philippines - The death toll
from landslides and flash floods in
the eastern Philippines jumped to
nearly 340 with 150 others missing
Tuesday, after a second rainstorm hit
a region still reeling from last week's
deadly typhoon.
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon
Sollman, who returned to Manila
late Tuesday afternoon from an
aerial survey of the area, said 306
people were killed and 150 missing
in Quezon province overnight, about
40 miles east of Manila.
The Office of Civil Defense
reported 19 were killed in Aurora
province, eight in Rizal province,
and one each in the Manila suburb
of Marikina and Camarines Norte
province. Other officials reported
three died, in Bulacan province north
of Manila.
Soliman told ABS-CBN television
that bad weather and roads
blocked by landslides and
submerged in floodwaters prevented
authorities from delivering relief
supplies and rescuing people on
Helicopters had to drop food packs to
those on rooftops because there was
no place to land, she said.
She most of the dead were in three
Quezon towns: Real, Infanta and
General Nakar. At least 150 were
reported missing In Real, she said.
Officials were arranging for a coast
guard boat to reach the three Quezon
towns facing the Pacific Ocean,
from where a new typhoon was
Reuben Sindac, police Intelligence
chief in Quezon, quoted a colleague
as saying he saw 10-20 bodies
floating in the floodwaters.
He said police communications
equipment and vehicles in Infanta
were damaged and the whole town
was underwater.
Leading Cuban dissident
writer released from prison
HAVANA - Cuba's communist
government freed dissident
writer Raul Rivero from prison
Tuesday, the latest in a series of
releases apparently aimed at cleaning
up the island's human rights record.
Rivero was released a day after Cuba
unexpectedly freed three dissidents
who had been jailed last year in
a broad crackdown. International
human rights groups called on Fidel
Castro's government to free dozens
of others still behind bars.
"Cuba's release of these political
prisoners is a welcome move, but
many more remain incarcerated in
violation of their fundamental rights
said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas
director at Human Rights Watch.
"We call on the Cuban authorities to
release all of them
Those freed on parole Monday
included economics writer Oscar
Espinosa Chepe, who was
hospitalized behind bars for months
with a liver ailment.
"I'm feeling happy now Espinosa
Chepe told The Associated Press at
his Havana home, noting that Monday
was his 64th birthday. "I had been
really pessimistic. I didn't think I was
going to be let out
Also freed Mondayforhealth reasons were
dissidents Marcelo Lopez and Margarita
Broche. Lopez has a neurological
disorder, and Broche suffered a
heart attack behind bars in August.
The latest releases bring to 11 the
number of dissidents in the original
group of 75 who have since been
freed after being sentenced to prison
terms ranging from six to 28 years in
April 2003.
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"Individual fraternities have
done very well. A few of the big-
gest successes have been Pi Kappa
Alpha's Walk to Wilmington and
Delta Chi's canned food drive,
which looks like it is going to do
very well said Terry Gore, Inter-
fraternity Council President.
The Walk To Wilmington
event raised more than $11,000.
According to Jaclyn Lam-
bertsen, National Panhellenic
Council president, all nine of
the sororities she oversees partici-
pated in the recent Heart Walk.
They also began a hurricane
food drive in September for the
victims in Florida.
Aurriell Copies, president of
the National Pan-Hellenic Coun-
cil, said they won the outstand-
ing voter registration award in
the southern region conference
in Georgia.
She said Omega Psi Phi fra-
ternity was the organization that
donated the third largest cash
donation to the Heart Walk.
"We're doing things that our
founders were doing when they
founded the organizations said
"The greatest success was our
recruitment. We had more young
women sign up this year than
in the past several years said
Gore said their biggest success
was rush.
"We were able to execute a
formal rush for the first time here
at ECU, also as a collaborate effort,
we have been able to put together
a publication known as the CPT
house, which has been a major
step forward for our public rela-
tions as a Greek system said Gore.
"This has been one of the best
years for the Greek system and I
feel like the executive board has
done one of the best jobs 1 have
ever seen
Outterbridge said recruitment
has been successful for Inter
Fraternity Council, National Pan-
hellenic Council and National
Pan-Hellenic Council.
"They all had an intake per-
centage raise in turn showing an
increase in overall Greek life
The Greek system has proven
its purpose this semester.
"Our involvement in general
shows how the Greek community
shows a great deal of leadership
here on campus Gore said.
Melissa Weiss, junior educa-
tion major and member of Zeta
Tau Alpha sorority said becoming
a member of a Greek organization
has helped her be able to become
a positive member of the commu-
nity by being able to give back.
With this semester coming to
a close, plans for the spring have
already begun.
"We are trying to put together
a major Greek leadership confer-
ence for weekends here at ECU,
as well as bringing in an assistant
director. We will become fully
staffed, and that will help us to
have an even better 2005 - 2006
Outterbridge said.
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"I would rather fail trying, than
not try at all
Lieberman said many people
have told him they would never
have the strength or will to
recover from an injury like his,
but he disagrees.
"You don't really know. I've
always wanted to be a doctor
and I knew as long as my mind's
working, there wasn't any ques-
tion said Lieberman.
Lieberman said some people
did not think he should have
gone on after he had graduated.
"There were plenty of people
who said, 'Well done, congratula-
tionsand they thought I should've
stopped Lieberman said.
"I knew I could do it I've
always wanted to be a doctor and
this wasn't going to stop that
Dr. Ralph Whatley, chairman of
ECU's Department of Internal Medi-
cine, said that Lieberman has over-
come everything thrown at him.
"I think he has a tremendous
drive to be a successful and caring
physician said Whatley.
"That was his life's goal start-
ing in medical school. So, he got
back on the horse and started
riding again
Lieberman said people who
have serious injuries should
think optimistically when con-
sidering their future plans.
"Just focus on what you can
do instead of what you can't. You
can't give up on your dreams
Lieberman said.
Lieberman is a graduate of
NC State University and attended
medical school at Wake Forest
University. He is currently work-
ing on an internal medicine
internship here at the ECU Brody
School of Medicine. After com-
pleting his internship, he and
his wife Michelle will move to
Charlotte where he will begin
his three-year rehabilitation
residency. He ultimately hopes
to become a doctor of physical
medicine and rehabilitation.
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Suicide bomber rams U.S. convoy on Baghdad's airport road
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) � A
suicide bomber detonated a car
packed with explosives next to a
U.S. convoy on Baghdad's danger-
ous airport road on Tuesday and
several casualties were seen lying
next to a damaged vehicle, wit-
nesses and authorities said.
In the northern town of Beiji,
a car bomb exploded near a U.S.
patrol Tuesday, killing four Iraqi
civilians and injuring 19 people,
two of them American soldiers,
the military said. Another soldier
from the 1st Infantry Division
was wounded when insurgents
fired a rocket-propelled grenade
at a tank south of Beiji.
The attacks came as the mili-
tary announced that a U.S. Army
soldier died from injuries suffered
after a roadside bomb exploded
late Monday next to his patrol
north of Baghdad, bringing to 134
the number of American troops
killed in Iraq this month, accord-
ing to an unofficial count.
This makes November the
deadliest month for the U.S.
military since last April when
135 troops died. Fierce fight-
ing in Kallujah and insurgents'
counterattacks elsewhere in Iraq
have fueled the high death toll
this month.
Amid the violence, interim
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi pre-
pared to travel to Jordan to meet
with Iraqis living outside the
country to encourage them to
take part in the Jan. 30 election.
In the suicide attack, police
Capt. Talib al-Alawani said a
bomber drove his car into a U.S.
convoy on the airport road, scene
of near daily attacks against U.S.
military and Western targets. The
U.S. command confirmed that
the attack occurred but had no
further details.
Several casualties were seen
lying next to a damaged vehi-
cle, according to an eyewitness
who arrived on the scene before
troops sealed off the stretch of
road where the blast occurred.
A military ambulance drove up
minutes later to evacuate the
The highway, which multina-
tional troops use daily to com-
mute between the huge military
base at the airport and Baghdad's
center, is considered one of the
most dangerous roads in Iraq.
The British Embassy announced
Monday that its staff would no
longer be permitted to travel on
the road.
In Beiji, a U.S. military
U.S. troops inspect the site after a car bomb exploded Tuesday next to a US militarv rr,nvnv
on Baghdad's dangerous airport highway Tuesday Nov. 30. sS�ZSSZ
next to a damaged vehicle, according to an eyewitness. casuaes were seen lying
statement said the two attacks
occurred about 9:10 a.m but it
did not give the condition of the
wounded nor specify whether the
car bomb was a suicide attack.
U.S. troops backed by
tanks and helicopter gun ships
launched a series of attacks on
parts of Beiji earlier this month
to try to root out Insurgents from
the town, located on the major
supply route from Baghdad to
the north.
On Monday, 13 Marines were
wounded in a mortar south of
Baghdad, the military said. No
further details were released.
Meanwhile, an official with
Allawi's office said the prime
minister will travel Tuesday to
Jordan to meet with Iraqis outside
the country as part of a dialogue
on the country's future.
Allawi was to appear later
Tuesday before the Iraqi National
Council, a government advisory
body, where he was expected to
answer questions about the meet-
ing. The official, speaking on;
condition of anonymity, would
not identify the Iraqi groups who
would take part in the meeting
The meeting is seen as an;
effort to reach out to various Iraqi
groups to encourage broad par-i
ticipatlon in the Jan. 30 election.
Iraqi officials have insisted Allawi;
would not meet with terrorists
meaning insurgent leaders.
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Residence Hall because staying
in an office with another profes-
sor is not convenient for their
Timothy Brown, an unde-
cided freshman, said they should
not change Slay into office space
because it will crowd the dorms.
"They are building every-
thing else. Why can't they build
new offices said Brown.
Bryson Finney, sophomore
music education major, said
he does not like that they are
turning Slay into office space
because he lives there. He said
he does not want to walk across
campus to get to his classes.
He agrees they need office
space, but thinks they should
solve this problem another
way instead of taking residence
hall space.
Kamesha Johnson, junior
special education major, said
as long as they build more resi-
dence halls, using Slay for office
space would be fine because it
will be an improvement for the
Although renovations will
occur at Slay Residence Hall and
the Old Cafeteria Complex in the
near future, faculty may quickly
outnumber the office space
once again. There also might
be a problem when Howell Sci-
ence Complex is renovated. The
faculty in these offices will have
to relocate while renovation is
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
Body matching NBC executive's
son found in plane wreckage
Protesters try to enter
Ukrainian parliament
A supporter of Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko
cups his ear to hear a broadcast of court proceedings.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) � Oppo-
sition supporters tried to rush
through the doors of the par-
liament building Tuesday after
Ukrainian lawmakers appeared
to backslide from supporting
measures that would overturn
the results of last week's disputed
presidential election.
Ukraine's Supreme Court
resumed its probe into allegedly
fraudulent results from the Nov.
21 runoff vote, while regional
authorities in the nation's indus-
trial east began to retreat from
threats to resist central rule if
opposition leader Viktor Yush-
chenko is declared the winner.
Russian President Vladimir
Putin, meanwhile, said the crisis
in Ukraine must be solved with-
out foreign pressure, the Interfax
news agency reported.
He was quoted as telling the
German Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder that "an exit from the
crisis should be found in a demo-
cratic way, that in, on the basis of
observing the law and not under
external or internal pressure
The moves came after outgo-
ing President Leonid Kuchma,
who did not run in the election,
spoke out harshly against any
steps that would divide this
nation of 48 million. Ukraine's
main security agency on Tuesday
also opened a criminal investiga-
tion into threats to the country's
territorial integrity in eastern
Ukraine, according to Interfax.
In an apparent bid to fend
off legal and political attacks,
Donetsk Governor Anatoliy
Bliznyuk said his region's refer-
endum on self-rule wouldn't take
place as planned this Sunday,
stressing they were seeking "not
autonomy, but to become a
republic within Ukraine
Bliznyuk added that the
referendum could be scheduled
later. The Kharkiv regional leg-
islature had already retracted its
threat to introduce self-rule.
Ukraine's government
has been paralyzed since an
announcement that Prime Min-
ister Viktor Yanukovych had
won the election sent hundreds
of thousands into the streets of
the capital for round-the-clock
protests to support Yushchenko,
who claims massive fraud.
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service available, but students
must bring their own equipment.
Free laundry service is included
and there are vending machines,
purified water machines and
an ice machine in both halls.
Guests should bring everything
else they need including bed
linens, alarm clocks, pots, pans
and utensils.
Male commuter students will
stay in Fletcher while the women
have a room in Greene. If more
than four men or four women
sign up, beds will be given out on
a first-come-first-serve basis.
Guests will have to complete a
temporary housing contract and
must abide by all the rules and
policies the residents follow.
There is no small meal plan
included, but the commuter meal
plan began this year and works
all semester long.
Elaine Briley with ECU Park-
ing and Transportation said
students staying for a short period
of time can use passes for C zones.
She said students without a pass
can purchase a week permit for
$10 or an overnight pass for $4,
depending on how long they stay.
Students can stay in
these rooms for $20 a night.
There is not a minimum or
maximum number of days
allotted, but when exams end, so
does the offer. A check or money
order payment goes to Teena
Thompson at Campus Living
prior to moving in.
Lucier said he is not
expecting a huge number of
applicants this year, but even
if only one student signs up,
helping that one person will be an
accomplishment. At least one
student has already signed up.
"We're just happy to do it
Lucier said.
"Our department is in charge
of providing services to students
and if we can provide a new
service that we are able to do
without interfering with our
primary customers which are our
regular residents we're going
to try and do it
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Authorities carry a body bag from a wreckage site of a jet
Monday, Nov. 29, near Montrose Regional Airport.
� Investigators probing what
caused a jet to crash during
takeoff want to know whether it
was de-iced before it went down,
killing NBC sports executive
Dick Ebersol's youngest son and
two other people, a federal offi-
cial said Tuesday. They have not
ruled out other possible factors.
"We do want to look at de-
icing because of the weather
conditions but we're not going
to just focus on one possibility
Ellen Engleman Connors, chair-
man of the National Transporta-
tion Safety Board, told CBS' "The
Early Show
The plane carrying Ebersol
and two of his sons crashed
Sunday while taking off from the
airport outside this small town
185 miles southwest of Denver. A
snowstorm had moved through
the area and there was light snow
and fog at the time of takeoff. .
Digging through the charred
wreckage, investigators on
Monday found what is believed
to be the body of 14-year-old
Edward Ebersol, youngest son
of Ebersol, 57, and his wife,
"Kate and Allie" star Susan Saint
The couple's oldest son,
Charles, and the plane's co-
pilot remain hospitalized and
are expected to recover. Saint
James and the middle Ebersol
son 18-year-old Willie, were not
on the flight.
The pilot, 50-year-old Luis
Alberto Polanco Espaillat of the
Dominican Republic, and flight
attendant Warren T. Richardson
III, 36, of Cdrttl Gables, Fla were
also killed. The co-pilot was in
critical condition at a burn unit
in Denver.
The plane's voice recorder
was recovered Monday. The
jet did not have a flight data
"I had two major concerns
when 1 got here said Arnold Scott,
the NTSB's lead investigator.
"The first was to recover
the sixth occupant and the
second was to recover the cockpit
voice recorder. We accomplished
those things and now we'll
get into the intricate details of
the investigation
Connors said that among
the factors to be studied are
"structural failure, fuel imbal-
ance, engine failure, was there a
problem with air speed, human
factors" and weather. Investiga-
tors will interview Ebersol when
doctors allow it, she said.
Steve McLaughlin of MTJ Air
Services, which de-ices private
planes at the airport, said his
company did not de-ice Ebersol's
plane before it took off. Airport
Manager Scott Brownlee said he
did not know whether the plane
had been de-iced.
Witnesses said it appeared
the plane, a CL-601 Challenger,
never got off the ground, and
Scott said one, of the survivors
said it felt as if-the plane was
sliding off the runway during
Doug Percival heard the
crash and ran from the office of
the towing company where he
works. He said Charles pleaded
for him to rescue his kid brother,
and Dick Ebersol sat nearby on
the snowy ground amid the bil-
lowing smoke, numbly rocking
back and forth.
"You could tell he was in
shock. Both of them had been
ripped out of their shoes Per-
cival said.
Percival said he was going to
crawl through a hole in the plane
to look for survivors but turned
around because of smoke. He said
leaking jet fuel soon exploded
"like Roman candles
Gary Ellis was teaching
Sunday school at a Baptist church
near the airport when he heard a
loud "poof
"It came to a rest, and a
moment or two later it exploded
into a huge fireball Ellis said.
"It was burning as it came down
the runway
With light snow falling
Monday morning, crews began
picking through the blackened
pile of twisted metal and a
6-foot-high shard of warped
fuselage. Two engines lay on the
ground near the tail section and
cows from a nearby pen looked
on as a backhoe was brought in
to dig under the wreckage.
After this program ends,
Campus Living will determine
whether they should make the
offer each semester.
"What we'll do is send those
students afterward a postcard
or something asking them
for some general feedback about
it or an e-mail Lucier said.
Lucier said that in the past,
they have considered offering
this program to students, but
never pursued it. He said the
communication between adult
commuter services and Campus
Living is what brought this about.
They have given
temporary housing to students
on other occasions. When
students lost apartments in a fire at
Tar River Estates and were tem-
porarily displaced, they were able
to stay on campus.
Student Triray Henry lives
in Swansboro, which is about 20
minutes from Jacksonville and
has to commute to Greenville for
classes. She said the temporary
housing is a good idea.
Female commuter students can
stay in Greene during exams.
"I would consider it, but then
again I don't really like staying
away from my husband even for
a night said Henry.
"But I do think a lot of people
would go for it simply because
a lot of professors won't let you
switch exam days
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Opinion Columnist
Just in case you misunderstood
Taking time out to make
some clarifications
Well, another week closer to the
semester break or, in some cases, gradu-
ation. Either way, it's something to look
forward to.
Kind of like this column, eh?
Recently 1 have been accused of
saying, doing andor believing certain
things by readers of this column that
I am totally innocent of. That being
the case, plus the fact that I am a little
bored with being accused erroneously
every week or so, I decided to take a
page from Peter Kalajian's play book
and clarify some of my beliefs, just to
make it easier.
I believe that the Confederate Flag
is a racist symbol used by people who
want to relive the "good oP days" when
blacks knew (or were put in) their place
and even white trash was able to have
someone to look down on and feel
superior to.
I believe that the Confederate
Flag is a symbol of past glory used
by people who say "The South is
going to rise again These are the
people who refuse to acknowledge
the reality that the Yankee's kicked
the South's collective butt once
and would do it again, for the very
same reasons.
1 know that the Confederate Flag
is an honorable symbol, part of the
heritage of this great country, a tribute
to those who willingly fought and
died for something they believed in
and something that should never be
The Confederate Flag is a symbol of
all this and more. It can and does sig-
nify whatever people want it to. Racist
symbol, wishful thinking, honorable
past, whatever. None of these beliefs
are right, nor are any wrong. They just
are. And I believe every one.
I believe that a mother is the best
person to care for her child. Not the
grandparents, not some underpaid day
care employee, the mother.
I believe that abortion is murder.
What started as (and was never sup-
posed to go beyond) a contingency
only in the case of pregnancy by rape
or Incest has now evolved to where the
murder of a human child is nothing
more than a decision of economics or
Next subject.
I believe that one action is worth
more than all the "good intentions" in
the world. (That's for you, Liberals) All
this nonsense about "I feel your pain"
or "increasing awareness" is a load of
crap that helps no one but the person
making the claim.
I believe that the only way that
America will remain free is if the
people are allowed to keep and bear
arms. Without this freedom, tyranny
will rule.
Despite numerous accusations, 1 do
not as a rule listen to Rush Limbaugh
or Sean Hannity. 1 am either in class or
studying. Some of you may want to try
that once in a while.
Also despite accusations, I do not
hate Democrats. Some of my best
friends are Democrats. Of course, that
pool of friends is diminishing. It seems
that many of them have realized the
farce that is the Democrat party and
have either become Republicans or
Independents. As for those who remain
died-in-the-wool Democrats? Well, we
just hold their hands as they cross the
street and wipe the spittle from their
lips as they try to answer questions
like "Can you tell me what the Demo-
crats stand for?" And pray for them,
of course.
I believe that we are all Americans,
not "hyphen Americans Labels such
.as "Asian-American "Chinese-Ameri-
can etc. are divisive and meant to
highlight our differences, not our com-
I believe that we are "One Nation
Under God" and had better stay that
way if we hope to survive.
1 believe that speed limits are rec-
ommended minimums. Speed up or get
out of the way.
I believe that the Medicare prescrip-
tion drug benefit is a mistake. It will
cost more than predicted and will grow
I believe that the "War on Terror"
and the war in Iraq are one and the
I believe that marriage is between
one man and one woman, as God
I believe that medical marijuana
should be allowed, If concerns such
as individual dosages, level of impair-
ment, etc. could be resolved.
I believe schools should stay out
of "character education That is the
parent's job.
I believe you should give someone
a "hand up not a "hand out
I believe the government should
stay out of my wallet and let me keep
what I earn to care for my family.
I could go on but I'm running out
of space. I'll leave you with this:
I believe we are all God's children
and should be treated as such.
In My Opinion
Drop in value of dollar has leaders looking cautiously
(KRT) � When President Bush
met the leaders of 20 Asian and Pacific
nations last week, he wanted to talk
about North Korea and Iran. But those
nations had another security crisis on
their minds - the fall of the dollar.
The dollar is now down to nine-
year lows and there are jitters about a
financial crisis. If foreign lenders lose
confidence, they could trigger a freefall
collapse of the dollar. As the cost of
imports rise, inflation could jump. And
interest rates for banks and homebuy-
ers would soar as investors demand a
higher return for their greater risk.
That nightmarish scenario is prob-
ably overdrawn. But the dollar's drop
reflects the belief that the American
economy is not healthy.
The signs of illness are two huge
and growing imbalances - the fed-
eral budget deficit and the current
account deficit, the shortfall between
what America takes in from the world
through trade and investment and what
it spends. In 1990 the global balance
stood at zero. Now the U.S. Is $665 bil-
lion in the hole.
President Bush made soothing
noises at the Asian Pacific economic
summit about the commitment to a
"strong dollar But investors correctly
read the signals that the actual policy
is to let markets drive the value of the
dollar down in an orderly way.
The administration sees dollar
devaluation as a way to correct a global
imbalance. It will make American
exports cheaper and more competitive
and imports more expensive for Ameri-
can consumers. They are confident the
U.S. remains an attractive place for the
world to park its money.
Those currencies that trade freely
- the Euro, Canadian dollar, British
pound and lately the Japanese yen
- have gone up rapidly in value against
the dollar in the last few weeks.
The one major trading partner that
has escaped so far is China, whose cur-
rency is fixed to the value of the dollar.
The Chinese want to keep their exports
cheap but American pressure may force
a small revaluation of its currency.
Our trading partners are unhappy
about the dollar's slide. But this is
needed correction.
The danger is the fall will encourage
countries to reduce their dollar hold-
ings, shifting to Euros, gold or Japanese
stocks whose value has been rising.
The problem for the United States
is that those dollars are now financing
our huge budget deficit, which will hit
$450 billion this year. The administra-
tion has been unwilling to ask Ameri-
cans to pay for the war on terror and
the war in Iraq.
The twin deficits are driven in part
by the growing difference between
what Americans spend and what
they earn. American savings - both
household, corporate and, of course,
government savings - have deteriorated
greatly in the last five years.
Instead we borrow money abroad.
The dollar holdings of China, Japan,
India and other Asian countries have
leapt up from about $1.1 trillion in
2001 to about $1.8 trillion in 2003. And
much of that is invested in American
Treasury bonds and stocks.
The Chinese, emboldened by the
reality that we depend on their dol-
lars, now happily lecture us on our
profligate ways.
"The savings rate in China is more
than 40 percent the deputy head of
the Chinese central bank recently told
the Financial Times. "In the U.S. it is
less than 2 percent. So the problem is
that they spend too much and save
too little
It is true that Americans consume
more than they produce. But we can
keep doing it, up to a point, because the
folks we import from - mostly but not
entirely in Asia - are happy to produce
more than they consume and to lend
us money to buy their stuff.
"We are stuck with each other
- they are the lenders of last resort and
we are the consumers of last resort
says Robert Madsen, senior fellow at
MIT's Center for International Studies
and an expert on Asian economies. "If
they stopped lending we would have a
lot of trouble. If we stopped consuming,
they would go into recession
A devaluation of the dollar should
encourage Chinese, Japanese and others
to spend more on American goods - as
well as creating an incentive for Ameri-
cans to buy fewer imports. Hopefully
the administration will succeed in
managing an orderly devaluation and
avoid a freefall.
Ultimately America needs to reduce
a dangerous dependency on foreign
Since it's close to finals,
shouldn't have most campus
facilities been open to give an
opportunity to students who
stayed in Greenville over the
break to get some work done?
The North Carolina National
Guard unit in Iraq is coming
home in January. I personally
know six ECU students in that
unit and it will be great to get
them back where they belong
- home, and back at ECU!
Our football coach got fired
mighty quick for doing the best
he could with what he had,
while there are teachers here
who couldn't teach abstinence to
nuns. Why can't we fire some of
these poor teachers that fast?
A word of warning to all you
faculty and staff - you better do
some great work because you
might be in line to get fired
I just wanted to extend
my best wishes to ECU'S John
Thompson. Thanks so much for
all you have done here at ECU.
You will be deeply missed. If ECU
would just give someone more
than two years to get a winning
team, then we might have one.
You cannot expect to just start
winning with a new coaching
staff. It takes time. And I really
think that John Thompson was
the one for us.
To refer to Thanksgiving as
"Turkey Day" is just plain dis-
respectful. It is a holiday shared
with family and friends to both
recognize and appreciate the
foundation of our great country
and to give thanks for the often
overlooked gifts in our life. It is
not a celebration of the bird we
slaughter, stuff, then eat and
it should not be referred to as
I have to say that I am very
proud of the way ECU's fans han-
dled themselves at the football
game on Saturday. Our football
team may not have had the best
season, but dang it our fans were
at least professional and classy.
That says more than any score-
board. One more thing, the State
fans booed the national anthem,
and at the end of the song yelled
Home of the Wolf pack. I'm sorry,
but this is not only rude, but
it's disrespectful to our nation.
Thank you Pirates for represent-
ing our school well.
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an anonymous way for students and
staff in the ECU community to voice
their opinions. Submissions can be
submitted anonymously online at, or e-
mailed to editorCCtheeastcarolinian.
com. The editor reserves the right
to edit opinions for content and
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Page A5 252.328.6366 ROBBIE DERR Features Editor CAROLYN SCANDURA Assistant Features f dltoi WEDNESDAY December 1, 2004
Mendenhall Movie:
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Thurs. 7 p.m.
Fri. 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 7 p.m Midnight
Sun. 3 p.m.
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Wed. 7 p.m.
Thurs. 9:30 p.m.
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Top 5's
Tap S Movies:
1. National Treasure
2. The Incredibles
3. Christmas with The Kranks
4. The Polar Express
5. Sponge Bob SquarePants
Top 5 TV Shows:
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Without A Trace
4. Survivor: Vanuatu
5. Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition
Tap 5 ms:
1. Shrek 2
2. The Day After Tomorrow
3. White Chicks
4. Garfield The Movie
5. Van Helsing
Tap 5 CDs:
1. Eninem
2. Shania Twain
3. Toby Keith
4. Britney Spears
5. Now That's What I Call Music
Tap 5 Books:
1. London Bridges
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. The Five People You Meet In
4.1 Am Charlotte Simmons
5. The Godfather Returns
Aries: You should be in a
marvelous mood. The difficult
part is over by now, and you can
make time for romance. Do that,
Teems: There's lots to be done
around the house, as you already
know. The best method to get
it done: now. That's where the
controversy arises. Be patient.
Gearial: You're always asking
questions. You want to know
something about everything, and
you might This project takes work,
however, so you'd better get back
into the inquiry.
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for the next couple of days, and
earn a lovely bonus. Romance
may have to be postponed, but
not ignored. Stay in touch.
Lea: You're attracted, and
attractive. That's about as good
as it gets. This is also a lovely time
for communication.
Vine: Dig your treasures out of
the attic and use them to brighten
your home. You'll be doing some
entertaining, and that's a good
enough excuse.
Libra: You learn a lot from your
friends, and vice versa. Meet with
them now and get the latest facts,
as well as the latest gossip. It's
good to be prepared.
Scerple: You're drawing attention
from higher-ups, so be your most
Sailttsrlas: Money can be a
nuisance, but it is nice to have.
Conditions are good for figuring
out what's actually in your account
and how much you'll have to pay
out It's good to know.
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partner before you go shopping,
so you'll be able to get the most
for the least. It's a game you
can win, with a little help from
a friend.
Auiries: If you can keep from
arguing with a very stubborn
person, or maybe two or three of
them, you'll learn some valuable
Pisces: The work may not seem
rewarding yet, but don't abandon
the effort.

(KRT) � From coconut radios
to pesky cosmonauts to coconut
phones to a surprising victory at the
Cannes Film Festival, very little that
happened on "Gilligan's Island"
was ever mistaken for reality.
Leave it to "The Bachelor"
mad scientist Mike Fleiss to turn
the beloved Sherwood Schwartz
chestnut into deliriously exploit-
ative unscripted television. Fea-
turing real people cast for their
resemblance to popular culture's
daffiest group of castaways, "The
Real Gilligan's Island" premieres
Tuesday on TBS.
Searching for the perfect
lovely lady to stand in for glam-
orous actress Ginger, Fleiss turned
to Rachel Hunter. Even though
your typical swimsuit-model-
ing legend has better things to
do than spend three weeks on
a deserted island playing an
elimination game for the kinds
of prizes she could just buy on a
whim, Hunter worked with Fleiss
on ABC's beauty show debacle
"Are You Hot?" and jumped at
the chance to collaborate again.
"I love working with Mike
Hunter gushes. "If there's anyone
you're going to work with in reality,
it's Mike. He pushes the envelope
and knows reality inside and out.
I've always just enjoyed his projects
It didn't hurt that Hunter viv-
idly remembers rushing home in
the afternoons to watch episodes
of "Gilligan's Island which
played regularly on one of the
two stations her childhood home
in New Zealand received.
"I just loved Gilligan, he was
such a goofbag she laughs. "I
loved how even though it was
deserted, all these colorful charac-
ters were always on the show - the
crazy millionaires, the aloofness
of Ginger always wafting about in
her evening gown, Mary Ann just
running around so happy about
everything and cooking a pie and
completely out of her mind. She
should have been on Prozac the
entire time. And the Professor. He
was so asexual, wasn't he?"
Although Hunter insists, as
reality show contestants always
seem to do, she would relive the
"Gilligan's" experience again
in a heartbeat, she had many
reservations about the limited
food supply made available to
the castaways as they competed
in challenges based on incidents
from the series.
"We were given certain things,
but I couldn't eat Hunter says. "It
was like eating cardboard. You'll
probably see a more voluptuous
Rachel at the beginning and
a more scrawny Rachel at the
"The Real Gilligan's Island"
begins with two groups of cast-
see GILLIGAN page A7
'Alexander' one strange experience for audience
Movie equal parts
history, adventure
The ride from Macedonia to
the Hindu Rush was not quite as
hard as I thought it would be. At
least that was my sentiment by
the time the crucial "Battle for
India" took place in Alexander,
an Oliver Stone film produced by
Warner Bros, pictures and Inter-
media films. However, I am pretty
sure the characters in the film
and real members of Alexander's
expedition would beg to differ.
The movie is an action packed
romp from the northern parts
of Greece, through Central Asia
and to the southern tip of India.
Alexander brings historical epic
together with Greek myth dashed
with a Shakespearean flavor.
The characters are introspec-
tive and real, but are closer
to Hamlet and Macbeth than
any actual historical figure.
The movie starts with a tes-
timonial by Alexander's lifelong
friend Ptolemy, who history buffs
(such as myself) will recognize
as the first Greek ruler of Egypt.
Ptolemy, played by Sir Anthony
Hopkins, gives an overtly posi-
tive impression of Alexander
to help us start our journey
to where myth meets history.
Angelina Jolie plays Olymi-
pas, the mother of Alexander,
who is both loving and sym-
pathetic. Val Kilmer plays King
Phillip, the boorish and incor-
rigible father of Alexander. This
is where the film first surprises
me I don't usually like any of
these actors, or Oliver Stone for
that matter. I expected a Holly-
wood sugarcoating of the story
topped off with a huge helping
of political correctness. What I
found was a good story with deep
characters and only a smatter-
ing of liberal Hollywood values.
The next surprise came from
the dynamic portrayal of the
powerful yet flawed Alexander by
world-renowned Hollywood bad
boy Colin Farrell. I'll go ahead
and admit I cheated a little bit.
I saw some of Farrell's prepara-
tion on the Discovery Channel
special, "Becoming Alexander
Farrell worked hard to become
Alexander and the effort paid
off with a compelling look at a
man few people know anything
about historians Included.
If there is a third surprise, it is
the attention to historical detail
shown in this movie. While there
was clearly artistic license taken
with key parts of the story such
as Alexander's riveting speech
to Hephaistion (played by Jared
Leto, best known for his time
see ALEXANDER page A6

Frosty the Snowman
Frost for the holidays
Frosty the Snowman is a holi-
day cartoon classic that repre-
sents the kid in all of us. Even
though people may have seen
this enchanting, lovely story
many times, it still touches the
hearts of viewers. Viewers still
become excited to watch the
movie - it never gets tiring. For
many, Frosty the Snowman signals
the beginning of the Christ-
mas holiday season. No matter
what holiday people celebrate,
whether it is Kwanzaa, Hanuk-
kah or Christmas, everyone can
still relate to Frosty the Snowman.
Many families have their own
traditions when it comes to
watching the movie, such as sip-
ping hot cocoa together.
This is a Christmas tale that
is based on the song of the same
name as the title. The narrator
Jimmy Durante tells viewers the
story of a snowman that has been
brought to life by a magical top hat.
Because the teacher made her
students come to class on Christ-
mas Eve, she decides to make it
up by having a magician named
Professor Hinkle (Billy De Wolfe)
perform in front of the class. He
is a really bad magician. At one
point, he becomes frustrated
trying to pull a rabbit out of the
top hat, but it does not work
and he throws the top hat away.
While the students are outside
building a snowman, which
they decide to name Frosty, a
strong wind blows and the top
hat moves on top of Frosty's head
and Frosty comes to life. Silly Pro-
fessor Hinkle then changes his
mind and wants the top hat back
because he could make a fortune
with the top hat's new sense of
magic. The students and Karen,
the leader of the group, want to
save Frosty. Karen comes up with
the plan to travel by train to the
North Pole, where it is always
cold and far away - that way,
Frosty will not melt, nor will he
get caught. Santa Clause appears
This is a story of life, death
and celebration of living life to
its fullest. A fun movie. Very cute,
bittersweet and full of hope.
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Students' Web site gives people ways to buy new and classic sneakers online.
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New, rare sneakers on
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Walking through Wright
Place on any given weekday, one
can see the diversity and range
of people to whom ECU offers
its education. People from differ-
ent countries, backgrounds and
upbringings can be found, along
with varying tastes and prefer-
ences. However, there is one
focal point where everyone on
campus seems to find common
ground: interest in shoes and
fashion. Those highly interested
in the collection of shoe prod-
ucts can now find easy access
through fellow ECU student Will
on "My So Called Life" as Claire
Danes's obect of affection and
Fight Club), the movie can be fol-
lowed by someone who is already
familiar with the myth and
legend surrounding Alexander
portrayed in many college his-
tory books (no offense to all the
good high school history teachers
out there, but I didn't learn a lot
about Alexander until college.)
The conflict between Leto's
character and Rosario Dawson's
character, Queen Roxane, adds a
bit of Hollywood intrigue to the
story. The open homosexuality of
Alexander is shown but held back
a little. The Interactions between
the Greek soldiers and their male
lovers would probably offend
many conservative viewers. How-
ever, there Is not enough interac-
tion to be declared a "gay movie
In some ways the relationship is
scandalized, in other ways sup-
ported. Aristotle explains it in a
way that would be called homo-
phobic by many but moderate to
some. Alexander's declaration to
his angry queen that "There are
many kinds of love" seems to be
the most declarative moment
on the subject in the film.
Overall, the movie was well done.
The "Battle of Gaugamela" was the
pivotal part of the film where the
character of Alexander was tested both
literally and figuratively. The final
battle in India, the Battle of Hydaspes,
was also an interesting battle that
led to the fourth and final surprise.
The symbolism took over
and instantly Alexander became
Prometheus, the Titan who gave
fire to man. Weird colors and
visions of a dead father trans-
formed Farrell's Alexander from
epic hero into raving lunatic.
Even Sir Anthony Hopkins's
character of Ptolemy changes
dramatically from hero to heel at
the end, in an Oliver Stone twist
(I told you I didn't like that guy.)
Not giving anything else away,
all I can say is that Alexander is
more of a myth in the movie
than a real character - although
some will disagree such as Jason
Knisley, a 23-year-old I met
outside of the movie theater.
"It's a great movie for people
into history more than for
the average guy said Knisley.
As an average guy into his-
tory I would recommend this
film as long as you don't put
any undue pressure on the
filmmakers for either real-
ism or historical accuracy.
This writer can be contacted at
Hardison's Web site kicksonline.
com. While not everyone may be
the most devout shoe collector,
no one would complain about a
neatly wrapped pair of brand new
kicks this holiday. Junior, market-
ing major Will Hardison started
a company that fits the interest
of potential shoe buyers. His site
evolved from "The No Name Nike
Page" to "Will's Nike Page" to the
currently used "Shoe Center
The site offers purchasing oppor-
tunities for rare and hard to find
Nikes and Air Jordans. The site
also serves as an information
database where people all over
the world can find out the latest
news on their favorite sneaker.
Hardison discusses the devel-
opment of the Shoe Center: "The
idea developed when I found out
that people, most likely those in
love with shoes, would pay big
money for rare sneakers. If you
can get a pair of Air Jordans six'
months before they come out to
the public, people will pay about
eight times the amount they will'
pay in the store just to get them
early. But why not stop there?
People also pay a ridiculous
amount of money for what we
call 'player samples These are'
shoes,that Nike makes for their
NFLNBAMLB etc. superstars.
Take Warren Sapp for example,
Nike made Warren a pair of Nike'
Air Jordan's in all black with
number 99 stitched in the rear'
and SAPP stitched on the tongue
in red. Nike only made a hand
ful of these and just about all
of them went to Warren. I was
see SHOES page A7
Not quite ready to 'Give Up'
The Postal Service still
on top of charts with
smash 2003 release
With their 2003 release Give
Up still holding the top spot on
the electronic charts after 84
weeks, The Postal Service proves
they're a force to be reckoned
with. Their single "Such Great
Heights" has been played every-
where from MTV commercials
to American Eagle and other
clothing stores. The collabora-
tion of Death Cab for Cutie front
man Ben Gibbard and electronic
genius Jimmy Tamborello is a
refreshing mix of indie rock and
electronica. The two met a few
years back when Tamborello
asked Gibbard to lay down the
vocals for the Dntel song, "(This
is) The dream of Evan and Chan
When SubPop Records, once
home to Nirvana, expressed
interest in an entire EP with Tam-
borello and Gibbard, they gladly
accepted the offer.
Jimmy Tamborello started
sending CD-R's of electronic
beats, created from his laptop,
to Gibbard's Seattle home. Ben
Gibbard would then record his
vocals, as well as some guitar and
drums from fellow Death Cab
member Chris Walla, and send
the almost finished product back
to Tamborello in Los Angeles. He
would add the finishing touches,
which included bringing in Rilo
Kiley singer Jenny Lewis and
indie artist Jen Wood for back-
ing vocals. All of this would not
have come together without the
help of the United States Postal
Service, hence the band's name.
Almost a year later, the process
was complete and on Feb. 18,2003,
their debut EP, Give Up, was released.
The album's opening song,
"The District Sleeps Alone
Tonight is a brilliant contrast
of Gibbard's disheartened lyrics
with Tamborello's upbeat, whim-
sical drum and bass. Starting
slowly and building to a bouncy,
racing musical climax, this dis-
plays some of Gibbard's best
songwriting to date.
The following track is the
aforementioned single, "Such
Great Heights This song picks
up where the previous song
left off, with the bubbly elec-
tronic beat and possibly the best
melody on the album. The lyrics
however parallel something off
an N'SYNC or Backstreet Boys
album. "I'm thinking it's a sign
that the freckles in our eyes are
mirror images and when we kiss
they're perfectly aligned are the
opening vocals on the track. To
some indie fans, this song may be
a bit hard to swallow, but Gibbard
openly embraces pop music.
Tamborello told MTV "When
Ben was actually down working
with me during the final stages,
he'd stay at my house for a while
(and) we'd watch a lot of "TRL"
and listen to the pop hits. And we
talked a lot about what makes an
effective pop song. And it's fun to
have a project where it's so kind of
pure pop .And it's just nice to have
something kind of lighthearted
A few tracks later is "Brand
New Colony" which contains an;
electronic beat that sounds like
it was taken from an old school
Nintendo game. This love song is
a great combination of Gibbard's
somewhat shy hopefulness and.
Lewis' pretty backing vocals. As,
Gibbard sings, "I'll be the water
wings that save you if you start
drowning I'll be the phono-
graph that plays your favorite,
albums back as your lying there
drifting off to sleep he tries to-
turn the non-believers into lovers.
All in all, The Postal Service,
delivers a welcomed change to
today's music scene. Crossing,
indie, electronic, and pop music
genres, Give Up shows why it's,
still on top of the charts.
Currently Ben Gibbard is-
taking some time to relax after
a 14-month tour with Death
Cab for Cutie before DCFC goes;
back into the studio to record-
their next album. As far as The!
Postal Service goes, they recorded;
"Against All Odds a Phil Col
lins cover, for the Wicker Park-
soundtrack earlier this year
"Against All Odds" is still hold
ing on as one of the top 25 songs-
on college radio stations. The!
group's next video is for "We WilK
Become Silhouettes" off of Give
Up. As for a new Postal Service-
album, you'll have to wait until!
both Dntel and DCFC finish their;
next albums first. Although with;
the holidays coming up, Give Up-
still serves as a great gift for fans!
of all music genres.
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lucky enough, through some
close friends at Nike, to get my
hands on a pair. I bought the
shoe for a figure in between
$100-$200. The exact number is
fuzzy to me now, this was a few
years back, but anyway, I sold
the shoe for1,800 to a Japanese
Collector. So I guess once 1 found
out there was good money in
selling shoes online, I jumped
right into it
And who doesn't remember
the days of the past when people
waited overnight for the latest
pair of Air Jordans to come out?
The lucky ones that dawned
the new era of sneaker would
be lauded in the days following
until the newness expired and a
newer product was made avail-
able. Many maintain the excite-
ment of wearing the rare shoes,
the fresh kicks that can stand out
a mile away.
As for the future, the road
ahead is bright for Hardison,
"I'd really love to turn the site
into possibly a sneaker magazine
that you could find at Barnes and
Noble and read it in the store (we
all know we don't buy the maga-
zine) while drinking a Vanilla
Latte from Starbucks.
But honestly, as long as there
are new shoes to sell and news to
share, I'll keep doing the shoe site
as long as I possibly can.
I'd also like to make some
t-shirts, hoodies and hats and
offer them for sale on the site.
It would be awesome if I saw
someone rockin' a Shoe Center
shirt on campus
So if you like those shoes
with all white high top strap with
the gum bottom, or those lime
green forces and kiwi or maybe
the limited edition to khaki and
only green, where else would you
find them than at kicksonline.
The Shoe Center at has got your
fashion footwear needs ready
and waiting, so get a pair or
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TV is 'blitzen' us with specials
It's a Wonderful Life' ultimate favorite
Great holiday classic
As seen in black and white, it
is one of the great ageless movies
that viewers may have seen many
times, but never tire of watching.
This is a film that has held up
through the years since its theater
release in 1946. Why? Because the
directing, acting and art design
are good, but it is the theme that
still holds true today. This film has
come to represent how a person's
worth in life matters to the people
around them. A person may seem
insignificant, but may make a
difference in someone else's life.
This is one of the reasons why
it is essential to keep on living.
It is set in a small American
town called Bedford Falls. A small
town man named George Bailey
(James Stewart), after experienc-
ing disappointments, drawbacks
and his business being on the
verge of bankruptcy, realizes all
his efforts of what he wanted to do
in his lifetime have not succeeded.
He was never able to travel abroad
like he wanted, he reluctantly
inherits the family business from
his dying father to save his town
from the greedy banker Potter
(Lionel Barrymore) and he was
never able to accomplish his life
plans. One night, he decides
to end it all on Christmas Eve.
But Heaven actually interferes.
George's guardian angel comes
down and shows George what
life would be like if he had never
been born. George goes back into
his hometown, only to find that it
has been named Pottersville after
Potter, that his wife and everyone
else in town do not recognize him
or even know him and all the cir-
cumstances are different.
Great acting skills by James
Stewart and Donna Reed (who
plays George's wife). The film may
seem sentimental, but Capra some-
how manages to make this movie
heartwarming, funny and a won-
derful feel - good movie for Christ-
mas time. It carries a great mes-
sage. Great classic holiday viewing.
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from page A5
aways, from which a final group of
seven, one for each character on
the sitcom ,will be chosen. Hunt-
er's Ginger counterpart is former
"Baywatch" star Nicole Eggert.
Hunter promises that she was
always herself when the cameras
were rolling and she never felt
any pressure to follow in the
footsteps of Tina Louise's aloof,
spoiled Ginger. She was taken
aback, though, by how some of
her cast mates were desperate to
play characters.
"I'm really happy-go-lucky,
and I find it really hard to find
something in someone that I
don't like Hunter says. "I'll
usually like you no matter
what. But there are people on
this island that I just f
can't stand, that are just hor-
rible, frightening, just desper-
ate-to-become-famous people
Hunter seems to have had par-
ticular trouble with her Mary Ann.
"How can I put this? " Hunter
says haltingly, trying to avoid
stirring up trouble. "I always
tried to be really nice to Mary
Ann. She ended up being pretty
A poll on TBS's Web site sug-
gests that nearly two-thirds of
users would rather be with Mary
Ann than Ginger, but Hunter
- most recently an object of lust
in the Fountains of Wayne video
"Stacey's Mom" - can only scoff,
"I don't think I need to make a
case. The case is closed
Perhaps because of the ten-
sion with some of her cast mates,
Hunter took the game-show
aspect of "The Real Gilligan's
Island" very seriously.
"Competition is competition
no matter what she declares.
"I don't have any of that pop
psychology that America has. To
me, when you're put up against
competition, you're competitive
no matter what. I'm not going to
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-Nick Lachey and Jessica
Simpson further cement their
reign as the Sonny and Cher
for the new millennium with a
holiday variety hour.
"Nick & Jessica's Family
Christmas Wednesday at 9
p.m. on ABC, has Nick's old
band, 98 Degrees, reuniting
for a rendition of "I'll Be Home
for Christmas
But that's not all. Jessica is
joined by little sister Ashlee for
their first-ever TV duet.
-It's hard to believe, but
Rupolph, Hermey the Elf and
those lovable Misfit Toys turn
40 this year. CBS screens the
long-running holiday classic
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein-
deer featuring Burl Ives and a
score by Johnny Marks, Wednes-
day at 8 p.m.
-The Eds learn the true mean-
ing of Christmas in "Ed, Edd 'n'
Eddy's Jingle, Jingle, Jangle
Friday at 8 p.m. on the Cartoon
Network. When Eddy finds his
presents in the attic and they
all stink, he decides the only
way to save his Christmas is to
get adopted into another family
with better presents.
But Ed and Edd help Eddy
realize that there's more to the
holiday than just loot under
a tree.
-Joe Mantegna and Jean Smart
play a married couple who are
skating on the brink of divorce in
the CBS movie "A Very Married
Christmas Sunday at 9 p.m
based on Elizabeth Berg's best
seller "Say When Mantegna
plays the oblivious husband
who is shocked when his wife
(Smart) suddenly announces
she wants to split up. Charles
Durning co-stars.
-NBC's "Fear Factor" has a
special holiday episode, Dec. 6
at 8 p.m in which contestants
step into Santa's boots and try to
deliver presents despite the pres-
ence of vicious guard dogs.
Groundhog Day" meets "A
Christmas Carol" in USA's "12
Days of Christmas Eve Dec. 7
at 8 p.m. Steven Weber plays a
high-powered, self-centered cor-
porate raider and 21st-century
Scrooge who is forced to relive
Christmas Eve until he learns
the true meaning of the holiday.
Molly Shannon co-stars.
-The Fab 5 morph into Santa's
little helpers for "A Very Queer
Eye Christmas Dec. 7 at 10 p.m.
on Bravo, taking on one family's
bad decorations, holiday cliches
and gifting needs.
A Clay Aiken Christmas
Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on NBC, includes
the "American Idol" runnerup
performing favorite holiday
songs with Barry Manilow and
gospel singer Yolanda Adams.
"Will & Grace's" Megan Mullally
also stops by for a solo.
-The weather outside is rarely
frightful in "The O.C but
things inside the annual Winter
Ball could be when Marissa
(Mischa Barton) uses the event
to publicly acknowledge her
relationship with handyman D.J.
(Nicholas Gonzalez), Dec. 9 at 8
p.m. on Fox.
-Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant,
Britney Spears, Jim Belushi,
Brad Garrett, Leah Remini, Jerry
Stiller and James Woods bring to
life the animated tale of "Robbie
the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire
Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Robbie
(voiced by Ben Stiller) must train
to compete in the Reindeer races
against black sheep reindeer Blit-
zen (Grant) for a spot on Santa's
sleigh team.
-George Lopez brings his
comedy to the ABC movie
"Naughty or Nice Dec. 11 at 8
p.m. Lopez plays a sports radio
jock who changes his stripes
at the earnest entreaty of a
young boy with a life-threaten-
ing illness. Once Lopez starts
being nice, funny things start
to happen, the boys health
improves and so do the home
teams' scores.
-The wacky Wiggles - the
sensations of the preschool set
- gear up for the holidays with
a little help from rocker John
Fogerty, "Brady Bunch" alum
Barry Williams and a big guy
in a red suit. "Santa's Rockin
Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. on the Disney
Channel, features 12 classic and
new Christmas songs, includ-
ing "Silent Night" performed in
Spanish and English.
-Pop-culture magazine Enter-
tainment Weekly recaps the
year's trends in "The Biggest
Little Things of 2004 Dec. 16
at 9 p.m. on Bravo. The spe-
cial examines the "iPod craze
post-Janet Jackson "censorship
mania" and the "Perversion
of the Family" epitomized by
shows like "Desperate House-
wives "Wife Swap" and
"Family Bonds
Karroll's Christmas Dec.
14 at 8 p.m. on A&E, is another
take on the Dickens classic. Tom
Everett Scott stars as a young
greeting-card executive visited
by the ghost of a Marley (more
Bob than Jacob), as well as the
Ghosts of Christmas Past, Pres-
ent and Future. Verne (Mini-Me)
Troyer plays the Ghost of Christ-
mas Future and Sha Na Na is
featured on the soundtrack.
-Dr. Phil and his wife are back
for TNT's annual "Christmas in
Washington" concert with such
acts as Jojo, Michael McDonald,
LeAnn Rimes, Ruben Studdard
and Vanessa Williams, Dec. IS
at 8 p.m.
-CBS' "Home for the Holi-
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of adoption via inspirational
stories. Jamie Foxx, who was
adopted, hosts the special, which
includes performances by Black
Eyed Peas and Ashlee Simpson.
A Christmas Story Jean
Shepherd's classic tale about a
boy who wants a BB gun from
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starting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24.
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WEDNESDAY December 1,2004
Sports Briefs
Ebersol's son found
in wreckage
Investigators probing what caused
a jet to crash during takeoff want
to know whether it was de-iced
before it went down, killing NBC
Sports chairman Dick Ebersol's
youngest son and two other
people, a federal official said
Tuesday. They have not ruled
out other possible factors. The
plane carrying Ebersol and two
of his sons crashed Sunday
while taking off from the airport
outside this small town 185 miles
southwest o Denver A snowstorm
had moved through the area and
there was light snow and fog
at the time of takeoff. Digging
through the charred wreckage,
mvaettgetors on Monday found
what is believed to be the body
of 14-year-old Edward Ebersol.
youngest son of Ebersol, 67, and
ins wife, Kate and Allie star Susan
Saint James. The couple's oldest
son, Chartee, and the planes co-
pilot remain hospitalized and are
expected to recover. Saint James
and the middle Ebersol son, 18-
year-old WMe, were not on the
flight. Tin pilot, 50-year-old Luis
Alberto Polanco Espalflat of the
Dominican Republic, and flight
attendant Warren T. Richardson III,
36, of Coral Gables, Fla, were also
killed. The co-pilot was in critical
condition at a bum unit in Denver.
Willingham fired
Coach Tyrone Willingham was
fired by Notre Dame on Tuesday
after three seasons in which he
failed to return one of the nation's
most storied football programs
to prominence. Willingham went
21-15, including 6-5 this season
The Fighting Irish lost 41-10 to
No. 1 Southern California on
Saturday. Players are considering
not playing in the Insight Bowl
on Dec. 28, and White said he
didn't know who would coach the
game. Notre Dame accepted the
invitation to the game on Sunday.
Wlnpjhem's firing comes after a
seaaon in which the Irish pulled
off upset victories over Michigan
and Tennessee but also were
beaten badly by USC and Purdue.
Student groups were planning
a protest on campus Tuesday
evening to call for Willingham's
firing; he faced criticism from fans
much of the season. White praised
Willingham's handling of the
team, especially the Irish's strong
academic record. Notre Dame's
loss to USC on Saturday marked
the fifth time the Irish lost by 31
points or more under Willingham
- including three against the rival
Trojans. By comparison, former
coach Bob Davies team had just
one such loss; Lou Hottz and Dan
Devine had none.
oggs, Strawberry
head H0F ballot
Five-time AL batting champion
Wade Boggs, eight-time Aii-
Star Darryl Strawberry and two
time NL batting champion Willie
McGee are among 12 players
who will appear on the HaH of
Fame ballot for the first time. flyne
Sandberg, Bruce Sutter. Jim Rice.
Andre Dawson and Rich Gossage
head the returning players on
the ballots, which will be mailed
this week to eligible voters in the
Baseball Writers' Association
of America. Also among the
newcomers announced Monday
are three-time All-Star outfielder
Chill Davis, 1993 AL Cy Young
Award winner Jack McDowell.
three-time All-Star reliever Jeff
Montgomery and fbur-tlme Al-Star
pitcher Mark Langston. Pete Rose,
once again, will not be on the
ballot because he Is on baseball's
permanently ineligible list, the
result oi a 1989 agreement that
followed ari investigation of his
gambling. Rose, who earlier tlrls
year admitted he bet on baseball
while managing the Cincinnati
Reds in the 1980s, must gain
reinstatement within the next year
td appear on the 2006 ballot, the
final year he would be eligible
for the B8WAA vote. While Rose
applied for reinstatement in 1997,
baseball commissioner Bud Selig
has not ruled and will not give
a timetable for a decision. Paul
Molltor and Dennis Eckersley
were elected to the Hall last year,
while Sandbenj was 71 votes
short of the required 75 percent
needjed for election
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Lady Pirates struggle over Thanksgiving break
i1 DQuirv DCMcun came from George Washing- showed signs of greatness during game include Jackson being held 1 think it was a little bit of botl
back Lady
Pirate fans.
I hope each
of you had'
an enjoyable
ing break. The
Lady Pirates didn't have the
best break as they lost three
games in a row. The first loss
came from George Washing
ton University, and two more
losses followed during the Four
Points LAX Turkey Shootout.
But, before I dwell on the losses
handed to them, I have to applaud
them on their successful season
opener. They blew Duquesne out
of the water and it was a very
exciting game. If you weren't
there, you missed a great game
topped off by Jennifer Jackson's
23-point performance. Soraya
Hellaby and Viola Cooper also
showed signs of greatness during
the game. That game showed
what type of team they have this
year when everyone contributes.
Then the unthinkable hap-
pened, the Lady Pirates were
held to their lowest point total
in seven years SEVEN YEARS.
The Lady Colonials of George
Washington University held
ECU to a total of 34 points.
At halftime, the Lady Pirates
only managed to score 13. Some
other interesting facts about this
game include Jackson being held
scoreless during the game, ECU
outrebounded the Lady Colonials
and Keisha Anthony led ECU in
scoring with eight points.
The first thing I have to com-
ment on is Jackson being held
scoreless during the entire game.
1 did some research and I found
out she hasn't been scoreless in
a game since her freshman year.
Either the Lady Colonials played
tremendous defense or this was
a horrible shooting night for her.
Holland candid about
search for new coach
Holland speaks to the media at a press conference Tuesday regarding ECU'S search for a new head football coach.
AD explains Thompson's
early resignation
Terry Holland spoke publicly
for the first time since then-
ECU head football coach John
Thompson announced his resig-
nation on Tuesday. The smooth
talking athletic director cov-
ered a variety of topics sur-
rounding the recent forced res-
ignation, the existing coaching
search and the direction of the
athletic program.
Prior to Holland's arrival,
the conference expansion had
passed ECU by. The football team
continually lost and the Pirate
Club donations were down.
"I arrived at a very unusual
time of the year for an ath-
letic director said Holland
addressing the media in
regards to when he took
over the reigns on Oct. 1.
"I tried as best as I could to
observe what was happening, not
only in our football program, but
also throughout the university.
I had a chance to be a little
bit of an objective observer and
I tried to do that, particularly
with football, in a way that was
unobtrusive, but also allowed
me to get a feel for what was
going on
In a cool, calm and collected
manner, Holland's words soothed
the Pirate faithful, many of
which are frantic about the state
of the football program.
"We need to be building a
program for the long term. It's
not as simple as just buying a
program. You can't do that in
today's world Holland said.
it was the first chance Holland
had to explain his decision regard-
ing Thompson's resignation. The
former Virginia athletic director
acknowledged that two years was
not long enough for Thompson
to build a program. However,
the legendary basketball coach
did not feel Thompson's team
was improving rapidly enough.
"Within a two year period,
you have to be showing progress
in certain areas that allow your
contract to be extended. The
worse your record is during that
time, the more focus there is
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Conference USA Basketball: Cincinnati
Bearcats looking to
'claw' their way back
Dynasty: a sequence of powerful
leaders in the same family. In the
sports realm, teams like the Chicago
Bulls, Boston Celtics, L.A. Lakers
and New York Yankees may come to
mind when considering this term as
it is applied to athletics.
Cincinnati Bearcats. A
dynasty of their own.
Don't agree?
They may not favor the likes
of Jordan's Buils, Larry's Celtics,
Magic's Lakers or Ruth's Yankees,
but in their own quiet little way,
the Cincinnati Bearcats have
established a dominance over
their Conference USA opponents
ever since the league was intro-
duced nine years ago. The Cats
have snatched at least a share of
the title in eight of the confer-
ence's nine years in existence.
"We have done a lot for the
league in the first nine years, and
at the same time, the league has
been good to us said Cincinnati
head basketball coach Bob Huggins
in an interview with Bearcat SID.
Huggins' squad is picked to
finish third this year in C-USA
as voted on by the coaches.
Preseason C-USA player of the
year, Francisco Garcia and his
Louisville Cardinals are picked
to finish atop the league followed
by the Memphis Tigers.
"C-USA is a great league and I
think it will be very strong from top
to bottom this year Huggins said.
Cincinnati may have a little
trouble keeping pace with the
likes of Louisville and Memphis
this season due to the departure
of last year starters' Kareem
Johnson and Field Williams, and
maybe the league's best sixth
man in Tony Bobbitt. Combined
the three averaged 26 points per
contest, more than a third of
the total offensive output of last
season's team. However, the big-
gest stat of all lies behind the arc,
which is where
Williams and Bobbitt
did the most damage, con-
necting on 75 percent of the
team's three-point field goals.
Even with this astounding
number put up by his former play-
ers, Huggins is not ready to give
up on the perimeter game just yet.
"I think we have great
depth on the perimeter Hug-
gins said, who is beginning
his 16th season at Cincinnati.
"We have great size on
the perimeter
Juniors James White (6' 7") and
Armein Klrkland (6' 8") will create
huge mismatches for the opposi-
tion as both can shoot the trifecta
and dive inside from time to time,
Kirkland a little more often.
"Inside, we are a little thin
Huggins said.
"We will even have to use
Armein in there, though he
doesn't know that yet. We're
going to be small. We will be
mismatched at times with our
lack of size, but when we go to
the other end of the court, we'll
create some mismatches
I think it was a little bit of both
because Jackson only took seven
shots during the game due to the
Lady Colonials' pressure defense.
The other thing I have to
bring up is the fact that Anthony
was the leading scorer for the
Lady Pirates with eight points.
That's shocking in itself that
no one scored more than eight
points in a 40-minute game. They
have to have someone step up all
see POINTS page A9
Cincinnati's Armein Kirkland drives to the basket during the
second half of the Bearcat's game against Purdue Saturday.
Kirkland will try and compli- with 1,060 career points while
ment the likes of Jason Maxiell
in the post, a player named
yet again to the preseason C-
USA all-conference team for
the third straight year. Maxi-
ell begins his senior season
suited up in the red and black.
Also, his 161 blocks has him
ranked second all-time in school
history behind C-USA record
see CINCINNATI page A9
I've never been a big fan of
cliches. People need to think of a
better way to describe what they
are feeling instead of using a phrase
everyone seems to use. In sports,
the cliches used drive me crazy.
The worst one is the roller
coaster analogy. It gets really old
and is overused in my opinion. But
as I look at the first four games of
the basketball season, the Pirates
are on a roller coaster. There really
is no other way to describe it.
ECU opened their season in
the BCA Invitational, an eight-
team tournament in Raleigh with
NC State as the host. It was pretty
obvious by just looking at the
brackets that the Pack was the host
of this tournament. In the upper
half of the bracket was NC State
along with national powerhouses
Elon, New Orleans and Fairleigh
Dickinson. ECU's bracket had Pep-
perdine, Oregon State and Sienna.
Going into the first round
match-up with Pepperdine,
things did not look good for Bill
Herrion's Pirates. Moussa was out
due to NCAA suspension, ECU
has always struggled outside of
Greenville and Pepperdine had
received votes in both top 25 polls.
So what happens? The Pirates
end up winning by 22 after being
down six at the half. Mike Cook
scored a career high 21 to lead
the Pirates. Josh King and Tom
Hammonds also scored in double
figures to start their career.
I was shocked. I'm just as
much as a Pirate fan as everyone
here, but I am also a realist. To
think we would win this game
in convincing fashion totally
changed my opinion about this
team and what I thought would
happen this season.
The next night the Pirates
took on a very good Oregon
State team. ECU fell down 11-0
to start the game and fought
back like a winning team
would. Mike Cook bested his
total from the night before with
a new career high of 22 and
Japhet McNeil hit two clutch;
free-throws to seal the game and
gave the Pirates a 2-point win
Once again, we got another
shocker. Not that we won, but
how we won. Cook is evolving
into a dominant scorer and guys
like John Hart, Hammonds and,
King are playing their roles per
fectly. We hit free-throws down
the stretch, something this team
has not done in my time here. ;
Believe it or not, the Wolf-
pack won their side of the bracket
in what could prove to be NCAA
tournament previews with those;
kinds of powerhouses they played
So with a preview of the football
match-up on the hardwood, the
Pirates battled the Pack. Just like;
the football game, a quicker and
better Wolfpack team dominated
ECU and coasted to a huge victory
Coming out of this tourna
ment 2-1 is a success. Moussa-
looked awesome against NC
State and showed his offense has!
improved a great deal. He scored;
15 and was a perfect 5-for-S at the
foul line. Cook scored in double
figures again and was honored!
with All-Tournament team honors
I guess you could say the
Pirates were at the top of the roller!
coaster. Using another cliche;
what comes up, must come down
And down it came, quickly. �
ECU was completely dominated!
by Gardner Webb during the break!
and lost by 30 points. The Bulldogs-
dropped 90 on a defensive minded'
ECU team. This came one game!
after giving up 100 to the Pack.
I feel this team will win'
several games where they are
underdogs, and lose several!
games where we are favored
So, here we go - all aboard the-
roller coaster.
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holder Kenyon Martin (292).
The theme of blocks
shots works to the likes of
Huggins, who is a stickler on
tough defense, something the
Bearcats have gained a reputa-
tion of playing ever since he took
over at the helm in 1989. Holding
the opposition to just a .374 field
goal percentage, last year's squad
defensive performances earned
them the second ranked defense
in the nation.
The Bearcats' play thus far in
the 2004-2005 season has them
nationally ranked for the first
time since the polls were released
early in November.
"Getting ranked in the Top
25 is nice, but you still have to go
out and work hard, play hard and
beat good people Huggins said.
Beat "good people" is
something the Bearcats will
definitely have to do in order to
have a successful year as Cincin-
nati faces 18 teams which saw
postseason action in the 2003-
2004 campaign. Out of the 18,
15 teams participated in the
NCAA, five of which reached
the sweet 16.
"We've established a
tradition of playing
challenging schedules, and
this year's no different
Huggins said.
' Returning to the top of C-
USA may be the toughest of
any year Cincinnati has been a
part of the league. With losing a
significant amount of scoring,
defending and leadership, the
Bearcats will have to look to
their nine returning lettermen
to provide the spark and carry
the team to victory in conference
play this season.
However, if all things go as
planned, Cincinnati may make
it nine out of 10 and maybe even
make it into what you consider:
A dynasty.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
Blazers have potential
go deep into tourney
After an improbable run to
the sweet 16, which included an
upset victory over number one
and highly touted Kentucky,
UAB enters the 2004-2005 bas-
ketball season with a new-found
Head Coach Mike Anderson,
in his third season, has finally
installed his defensive minded
style of basketball in the Blazer
program. So although UAB lost
key scorers, including superstar
Mo Finley, who was the catalyst
for the Blazers' deep run into
the NCAA tournament, that
defensive mind-set should allow
2004's team to pick up where last
year's squad left off.
Big man Gabe Kennedy and
guard Sidney Ball also graduate
from last year's squad. The two
combined for 18.8 points per
game last season.
Replacing Kennedy was
something Anderson was
unable to accomplish during
the off-season, so a new look
three guard, two forward
line-up will be installed
into this year's plan.
The back-court will be led by
twin brothers Ronell and Donell
Taylor, whom became during
last year's NCAA tournament
against Kentucky when Ronell
found Donell on a fast break
with an over the head no-look
pass from foul line to foul line
for the dunk and the momentum
in the game.
At 6-foot, 6-inches and 6-
foot, 5-inches respectively, the
combination of the twins could
prove to be too much for oppo-
nent, not only in the mental
aspect of the game, where the
two have an obvious advantage,
but physically as well, as the
Taylors will provide some seri-
ous match-up problems for the
At the point position, the
Blazers return Carldell Johnson
for his junior season. Johnson led
the nation during his sophomore
year in assist to turnover ration
with an astounding 3.83 assists
per turnover. With 137 assists
and only 35 turnovers, don't
expect UAB to give the ball up
much during the game. This kid
hardly ever makes a mistake with
the ball.
In the front-court, Demario
Eddins will have to have another
solid year in order for the Blazers
to repeat last season's success.
Voted as the most all-around
and versatile player on last year's
squad, Eddins averaged 10.1
points and 4.7 rebounds per
game during the regular season
and was a stud in the NCAA tour-
nament, averaging 15 points and
five rebounds in the three games.
An interesting addition to
UAB for the 2004 season is
Michael Anderson Jr. A candidate
for walk-on, Anderson is the son
of Head Coach Mike Anderson.
While Mike Jr. likely won't see a
lot of minutes, he may help dad
from getting hot under the collar
at times, and save the team some
technical fouls and crucial points.
A freshman that has an
opportunity to have an impact
on the court is forward- Frank
Holmes. During his first two
contests, Holmes has averaged
three points and 2.5 rebounds.
His numbers are comical now,
but his minutes should rise with
experienced gained.
The Blazers lost nearly 33
points of total offense from last
year's team, but don't expect a
team that relies on their defen-
sive prowess to falter because of
the circumstances. The twins
and Eddins will shoulder the
scoring load, this team will play
awesome defense, and I fully
expect them to make a return
trip to the NCAA tournament
this season.
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of the time and Jackson has to
find a way to get the other play-
ers involved. Every player on the
court should consider themselves
to be a scorer. I know some more
than others have the capability
to put up big numbers, but each
of them can score. It's just a
matter of if they will score.
After the horrible George
Washington game, the Lady
Pirates headed to California for
the LAX Shootout. This Shootout
consisted of some fairly good
teams, but they were all beat-
able. If ECU would have had
everybody on the same page
they could have won the entire
tournament. But, things didn't
go that way at all.
Their first match up was
against Montana University. On
paper, both teams looked evenly
matched, but evidently that was
not the case as ECU lost by eight
points. There were some negative
points in this game, but there
were also some high points.
Hellaby scored a career high, 12
points, and ECU out-rebounded
their opponent again. However,
other than Hellaby, no other
ECU player scored in double
digits and Jackson was held to
nine points. I think that unless
Jackson can get back to that scor-
ing mentality the Lady Pirates
will struggle. They must have
more people contributing and
right now there is no real balance
on the offensive side of the court.
After the loss to Montana,
ECU faced Cal State Fullerton.
Once again the Lady Pirates lost,
but some people finally stepped
up and put points on the board.
Anthony, Shanita Sutton and
Nicole Days all had double-digit
games, but it was not enough
for them to win the game. They
also outrebounded their oppo-
nent again, which has become
a common theme for the Lady
Pirates thus far.
1 must say, maybe I was wrong
about this team needing at least
two people to score in double
digits for them to win because
they had three people score in
double digits and they still lost.
I am really at a loss for words as
far as this game because if you
look at the box score ECU should
have won. They just couldn't get
it done at the end of the game.
They missed some key shots
at the end of the second half
and the Lady Titans of Cal State
knocked down the shots they
needed to win, plain and simple.
But, once again I must point
out that Jackson was held to
single digits again. I believe as
Jackson goes so does the team,
and unless she can bring back
the 20-point performances they
will continue to struggle.
We shall see if their next
game against Savannah State
University will lift them from
this abysmal losing streak.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
going to be
Thompson's 3-20 record was
not sufficient for Holland to
guarantee recruits and their
, parents that Thompson would be
their coach throughout.
"In that case, we would have
to say, essentially, that we are
going to be behind this coach
and coaching staff for another
four years. No Holland said.
Holland discussed the
coaching, search and touched
on a variety of issues without
naming any potential candidates.
He spoke about the trends in col-
lege football in hiring a college
football coach. He spoke about
when he hired Al Groh, who had
NFL head coaching experience.
A coordinator for an NFL
team is a possible method.
Holland cited Urban Meyer
and Dennis Franchione as cur-
rent coaches that were stolen
away from other programs.
Holland spoke about Chuck
Amato and Rich Rodriguez in
hiring coaches at their alma mater.
He touched on coaches such as
Bobby Ross who were retired,
but willing to get back in the
game. He even spoke about hiring
a coordinator from within, but
later said that none of the current
staff are in the pool of candidates.
"Those are the tried and
true methods of trying to select
the next football coach. All
of those are currently
options Holland said.
The 62-year old athletic
director stated that all of the
assistant coaches are paid through
March on vacation-leave so they
will be able to use their office
to find new jobs. The senior
assistant on the staff Jerry McManus
and Harold Robinson both were
retained to oversee recruiting efforts.
"I think that recruiting is
important, but it is not nearly as
important as getting the right
person. If we are forced to wait
until the bowl games are over or
until the NFL season is over because
we have found the right person, we
will all find a way to make the
recruiting work in the meantime
The Davidson graduate said
the process could take a while
because it's essential to
make the right choice.
"1 think we are at a cross-
roads. 1 don't think there is any
question that this is an impor-
tant time. This is a critically
important hire
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sports@theeastcarolinian. com.

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"he theme of the 2004-05 ECU men's basketball team is youth
and inexperience. The Pirates showcase a starting lineup that
will feature at least one new face every night. However, don't
underestimate this squad. They have compiled a record of 3-2
thus far, including two straight victories in the BCA Invitational.
The East Carolinian takes an inside look at the Pirates' key
players and the team's potential to win games this season.
From left to right: Japhet McNeil, Marvin Kilgore, Moussa Badiane, Corey Rouse, and Mike Cook. Photo by Tanesha Sistrunk.

David Bell
Photos courtesy ol ECU SID
The Mouss is loose
Lone senior poised to
have stellar season
When Moussa Badiane
arrived on this campus just four
short years ago, he was a tall,
wiry, raw talent who happened
to play basketball. Now, with four
years of hard work and dedica-
tion, Badiane is a chiseled veteran
NBA prospect.
Badiane's progression showed
when he notched a career-high
26 points against division II,
Belmont-Abbey on Sunday. He
recorded his fifth double-double
of his career with 10 rebounds.
"Moussa did a great job and
almost had a triple-double said
ECU Head Coach Bill Herrion
after the game.
The crowd favorite has
matured before the eyes of the
Pirate faithful though it hasn't
been easy. It's been a transforma-
tion for the French native over
these last four years, both on and
off the court.
"I never visited this campus
said the 6-foot, 10-inch center
with his thick French accent.
Badiane's brother, Pape was
recruited by ECU the previous
year, but instead signed with
Cleveland State.
"My brother told me it was a
great campus and a great school. I
really didn't think about it. I just
signed. I don't regret it
The younger brother credits
Pape, who is currently playing
professionally back in France, for
much of his development.
"He was really important. I
followed his path coming to the
United States. I'm here because
of him
Through his improvement,
the protege thinks he has passed
his brother's game.
"He used to be better than me,
but I think I'm better now
On the court, Badiane had
time to adjust to the culture-
shock his freshman season
because he and then-sophomore
Gabriel Mikulas had to sit out the
first six and eight games respec-
tively because of their participa-
tion in non-sanctioned leagues
The management major still
shined by starting 15 games and
blocking a shot in all 24 games
he played for the Pirates. He set
a Conference USA single-season
record for blocked shots (87) in
ECU's first year in the league. The
young buck was instrumental in
upsets over Louisville and nation-
ally-ranked Marquette garnering
at least 10 points and five blocks
in each game.
Badiane led C-USA for a
second consecutive season in
his sophomore campaign. Even
though he didn't start as many
games as a sophomore, Badiane
improved his game. His offensive
production increased in scoring
to 6.9 points per game. He also
upped his free-throw accuracy
by 14 percentage points. How-
ever, ECU's tough season ended
without a trip to the C-USA
Badiane's junior season took
an interesting turn when fellow
frontcourt player, Mikulas broke
his foot before conference play.
Fighting constant foul trouble,
Badiane was called on to fill the
"When Mikulas got hurt, I
had to learn to stay on the court.
I think I did a good job of getting
a lot of minutes. I know how to
handle it now
Badiane set new marks in
minutes per game (25.9), field
goal percentage (.555), rebound-
ing average (6.3), blocks (90) and
scoring (8.5).
The 220-pounder saw seven
of his teammates leave the team
last season, five through gradua-
tion. This season, Badiane's role is
to lead a slew of young players.
"My coaches want me to be
more vocal. It's not really my
personality, but I have to make
the effort. Obviously, I have to be
a leader of this team. For most of
the players on this team, it's the
first time playing college basket-
ball. They really don't know what
to expect so I have to show them
the way
Badiane is the only senior on the 2004-05 ECU squad.
Badiane has the pressure of
eight different players dedication
that he learned from previous
ECU players.
"I have to lead by example. 1
have to be on time, go to class and
do the right thing. I hope that
everybody is going to follow
Badiane needs just 37 blocks
to become the all-time C-USA
leader in blocks.
"It doesn't really mean any-
thing to me. If I stay on the court
and do what I'm supposed to do,
I know I'm going to get it so it's
not a big deal
The senior is already attract-
ing pro scouts with his stellar play
thus far. Through five games, he
has set new career-high marks in
minutes played (28.0), field-goal
percentage (56.3), free throw
percentage (80.0), rebounds per
game (6.8), and almost doubled
points per game (16.5).
Still, Badiane understands
what he must do to take his game
to the next level wherever that
may be.
"Obviously, 1 have to get
bigger. Personally, I think I have
to improve in every part of my
game. I'm not satisfied with
any part of my game. I have to
rebound better and score more
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Philly duo highlights Pirate perimeter
Mike Cook and Marvin
Kilgore talk with TEC
Coming into the 2004-2005
season, several concerns sur-
rounded the ECU
Men's Basketball Team and its
youthfulness. However, the play
of Mike Cook was not one. Cook,
in his first season as a Pirate, was
named to the Conference USA all
freshman team and was second on
the team in scoring as a freshman.
The main question and con-
cern heading into this year's
season may have been whether
or not the play at the point guard
position would improve.
That was quickly answered as
sophomore point guard, Japhet
McNeil showed that he had come
a long way in the maturation
process. Along with McNeil's
improved play came the addi-
tion of freshman Marvin Kilgore.
Early on, Kilgore has dazzled
the crowd with his nifty ball
handling and his ability to get
to the bucket as well as shoot the
deep ball - something the Pirates
needed to get better at this year
as well.
Cook and Kilgore share a
common background in Phila-
i delphia, Pa. and both are the
subjects of this week's inside look
at the Pirate basketball squad.
TEC: What part of Philadel-
phia did you grow up In?
MC: West.
MK: North.
TEC: Did you ever play against
one another in high school?
MAC: Yea, we played against each
other in the Sunny Hill League.
TEC: How was life growing
MC: On the court, every-
thing was kind of easy, but
off the court I was under a
microscope, especially being
at a private school. You have
a lot of people looking at you
and watching every move
that you make.
MK: Me, I wasn't always good.
I had to work hard for what I got. I
wasn't under the microscope until I
got good (with a laugh).
TEC: How old were you when
you began playing basketball and
do you have a family history in
the sport?
MC: Seven. My dad, mom,
grandfather and a couple of
my uncles played.
MK: Seven.
TEC: Did either one of you
ever think about giving up the
game at any point in your life?
MC: No. Never.
MK: When I was about 12
years old I did not know if I wanted
to play anymore.
TEC: Ever try any other sports
in high school?
MC: Nope, fust always
played basketball.
MK: I ran track but didn't do
that very long because it was taking
up too much of my time.
TEC: What Is the biggest dif-
ference that you have noticed in
the play of high school ball and
college ball?
MC: The speed of the
game is a lot faster. Every-
body is a lot more athletic
than they were in high
MK: Guys are a lot stronger.
That is probably the biggest thing
that I have noticed since being
TEC: What made you choose
ECU over other universities?
MC: I think it was a
trust thing. I had a lot of
people that trust coach Her-
rion and the staff down here
because he used to coach up
at Drexel and that is how
they knew him.
MK: Coach Herrion recruited
me hard and I felt like that this was
the best place for me.
TEC: Mike Marvin is a new-
comer this year and brings a lot
of excitement to the team. What
do you like the most about his
MC: I like everything
about his game. How hard
he plays, how he pressures
the ball. There is a lot to like
about his game.
TEC: Do you guys feel any
kind of special chemistry being �
that both of you are from the city js
of Philadelphia?
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thing we know about each
t her is that we are going S
to play hard. I think a lot of
people from our area know
how hard it is and we just
try to make it out of our situ-
ation and go out and play
hard every single night.
MK: I feel the exact same way.
TEC: Who is your favorite
athlete of any sport?
MC: Right now it has to
be Dwayne Wade.
MK: Same for me.
MC: My dad
MK: My dad.
Who is your role
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Some people are born with
an innate ability to excel at a
certain talent in life.
Frank Sinatra was born to
sing. Audrey Hepburn was born
to act. Wayne Gretzky was born
to play hockey.
And almost every male in
the Herrion family was born to
coach basketball.
The late Jim Herrion worked
as an assistant coach at Holy
Cross and was the head coach at
Division III Worcester Polytech-
nic Institute. Bill and younger
brother Tom started their tute-
lage of the games as kids under
their beloved father Jim and now
have their very own head coach-
ing positions.
Tom Herrion began coaching
at his alma mater, Merrimack
College, where he served as an
assistant coach. He then moved
on as an assistant at Providence
and Virginia before being named
head coach of the College of
Charleston in 2002.
Bill on the other hand has
held at an assistant coach spot
at both Boston University and
George Washington before
moving on to Drexel University.
In his eight years as Drexel's head
coach he led the Dragons to three
consecutive NCAA appearances
from 1994-1996, was named the
North Atlantic Coach of the year
four times and compiled a total
record of 167-71.
The Massachusetts native left
Drexel in 1999 to come down
to Greenville and take over the
men's basketball program at
ECU. In his first five years as the
Pirates' head honcho, Herrion
has taken a formerly abysmal
program and transformed it
into a consistent competitor in
Conference USA.
The sixth-year coach enters
the 2004-05 season with a
record of 61-79 at ECU and
may have one of ECU's most
talented but inexperienced
teams in a very long time.
"I really like this group of
kids said Herrion.
"A lot of people think we're
young, we're inexperienced but
sometimes when you have young
guys, they're so innocent and
don't know any better. I think
the one thing with this basketball
team that I've been really pleased
with is how hard these kids play
Herrion has every reason to
be pleased as the Pirates, a team
with a total of six freshmen and
just one senior, went into the
BCA Invitational two weeks ago
and defeated two very experi-
enced and athletic teams, Pep-
perdine and Oregon State before
falling to ACC powet NC State.
Herrion is teaching the game of basketball to one of the youngest teams in the NCAA
In ECU's opening 80-58 vic-
tory over the Waves, youth and
inexperience turned into big
time contribution. Freshmen
Tom Hammonds and Josh King
combined for 25 points, includ-
ing seven three-pointers while
fallow freshman Jonathan Hart
snatched 12 rebounds and added
six points.
Hart is one of many new faces
that coach Herrion and his staff
are very excited to have as part
of the team this season.
"We're very exited about
Johnathan Hart Herrion said.
" He's very eager to learn
and has a great work ethic. He
drives me nuts sometimes but
I tell you what, he's got some
things that you can't teach. He's
quick, he's athletic, he's quick to
the ball, he plays up on the rim
and I think how much he plays
is really going to be dictated by
how each game plays out
Seeing guys like Hart, Ham-
monds, King and Marvin Kilgore,
another Philadelphia guard like
ECU's standout sophomore Mike
Cook, is quite a change from the
past two years for Herrion.
"We're so different because
we have so many young guys
Herrion said.
"I think the last couple years
we were fortunate to have some
experience and have some veter-
ans in the program, but this team
is so new and so young that every
day we're trying to find out more
about them
In addition to all the new
faces in the program, the Pirates'
strengths and blueprint for suc-
cess has changed rather drasti-
cally from two years ago.
Big man, Gabe Mikulas (6-8,
235 lbs.) was expected to enter
the 2003-04 season as the inside
leader for the Pirates but suffered
a broken arm early in the year,
ending both his season and
college career. Teammate Eroyl
Bing stepped in as the Pirates'
big guy inside and collected
223 total rebounds (almost
one-fifth of the team total).
This year however, much
uncertainty surrounds ECU's
ability inside the paint as 6-
foot, 8-inch junior Corey Rouse
will step into a much more
involved role than in the past
and transfer Mike Castro will
be thrust into the division I
spotlight for the first time.
"I'm not sure we're a real
half-court, pound it into the
post, back-to-the-basket team
Herrion said.
"We're not strong inside but
we're very quick. So, for us to be
effective, we have to play with
great energy and enthusiasm and
I think we have to really try to get
offense off of our defense
Defense is something the
Pirates have done very well under
Herrion so far. His simple yet
suffocating man-to-man defense
has forced field goal percentages
of 31, 37 and 26 percent in the
Pirates' three wins this season
against Pepperdine, OSU and
However, in ECU'S two blow-
out losses, they surrendered a
combined 190 points.
Herrion feels that the Pirates'
'D' can be much better than
it was in those two losses and
knows that team speed and pres-
suring the ball will help this ECU
team win ball games.
"Our overall team speed is very
good and we can be a very good
defensive team Herrion said.
"After having everything go
out the window on us at Gard-
ner Webb, we came back, took a
deep breath and started back at
square one with our man-to-man
defense. Then against Belmont
Abbey, granted they're a divi-
sion II team, we were very good
Herrion's recruitment of
raw, young talent has brought
excitement about basketball
that Greenville hasn't seen in
years. Perhaps the Pirates' big-
gest test of the season comes
tonight against Toledo at home
in Minges Coliseum. Herrion
and his Pirates will be taking on
a team returning all of its starters
from last year.
No matter the outcome in
any match-up this season for
ECU, one can trust Herrion will
succeed at what he was born to
do - coach basketball.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
Japhet McNeil: Lead or be left behind
ECU Guard can't afford
sophomore slump
A coach's worst nightmare
heading into a new college bas-
ketball season is having ques-
tion marks at the point guard
position. After Japhet McNeil's
sub-par freshman season, that's
exactly what ECU men's Head
Coach Bill Herrion had.
McNeil's percentages speak for
themselves. The youngster shot
only 35 percent from the floor,
which included a 24 percent clip
from behind the arc. He was also
only 58 percent from the line in his
first year campaign.
To McNeil's defense, his assist
to turnover ratio was nearly two
to one and toward the end of
last season, his decision-making
showed signs of maturity, some-
thing McNeil says he has to focus
on this season.
"I think maturity is the right
word for it said McNeil.
"I'm just so much more
mature this year than I was last
year. I understand that I have
four other teammates that I have
to get involved.
I have the most important
job on the team and it's up to
me to make sure things are
flowing and going the way we
Forget about last season,
it's over. The Pirates have a
completely new look this year
with the addition of six talented
freshmen and a big-time junior
college transfer, Mike Castro.
McNeil's development as a player
will be tested this season with so
many new guys looking to him
for direction and guidance and
he's ready for the challenge.
"We have so many new faces
this year, it's almost overwhelm-
ing said McNeil.
"My job is to make sure they
know where they are supposed
to be on the floor at all times. If
they are out of place, it's on me
Not only has Japhet grown up
mentally during the off-season,
the speedy guard has noticeably
bulked up over the summer,
something that McNeil knows
will help him as the season
"I think one of the biggest
changes I made as a player during
the off-season was my size
McNeil said.
"1 was 155 pounds last year,
but I hit the weights real hard
and now I'm up to 170 and my
strength is so much better than
it was last year.
My weight program at my
high school was a joke compared
to how It is here at ECU, so when
I got here last year, I wasn't quite
prepared for all the time in the
weight room. But now I under-
stand that it is important as a
player to not only be quick and
smart, but to be strong as well,
and to use that strength to add
to your overall game
Although McNeil's numbers
have not improved thus far from
last season's statistics, most of
the blame can be laid on the
team's overall lack of experience.
With four freshmen and a junior
college transfer, seeing signifi-
cant minutes for the first time
at the division one level, it can
be expected that most teams will
not see significant improvements
in individual and team play until
the season allows the youngsters
to come along as players at the
McNeil has the ability to play at a high level on both sides of the
floor for ECU and will play a key role in the team's success.
division I level.
So, while Japhet waits for
the new guys to develop, he'll
continue to feed veterans Moussa
Badiane, Corey Rouse and Mike
Cook for now.
"I think that it's very impor-
tant for me to get those guys
involved said McNeil.
"That's the most important
thing that I have to do. If I don't
do that, we don't win. So I have
to make sure that I'm getting
the ball to them and recogniz-
ing who's hot. Like for instance,
when Mike makes three or four
shots in a row, Mike doesn't need
to come up to me and say, 'Get
me the ball, I'm feeling it I know
that he's hot and then I can drive
and dish out to him to knock
down the open three.
I need to be a pass-first,
shoot-second type of point guard
and I think I have done a better
job of this season
Japhet's success as the point
guard of this team depends so
crucially on the development
of his young targets. If he can
orchestrate success amongst
them, the direct effect of that
will be a rise of McNeil's indi-
vidual statistics.
This team has the potential
to be clicking on all cylinders
come Conference USA tourney
time, and it's Japhet McNeil's
team and time to lead.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
Mike Castro
Will O'Neil
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