The East Carolinian, December 2, 2004

volume 80 Number 36
December 2, 2004
Edwards visits Greenville
Pays thanks to North
Carolinians as he steps
down from Senate
John Edwards, former North
Carolina senator and candi-
date for vice president stops in
Greenville's Sheppard Memorial
Library Wednesday as part of his
"Thank You Tar Heels Tour
"It's been such an honor and
privilege to represent all of you
in the U. S. Senate said Edwards.
He said his work was all about
bringing the values that he grew
up with in rural North Carolina,
the same kinds of values the people
of eastern North Carolina hold
including faith, family, hard work
and responsibility to the nation.
Edwards said he is in many
ways a typical North Carolinian
and was proud to represent the
state. He did a number of things,
while serving the senate to help
improve the lives of Americans.
A patients bill of rights was
passed through the U. S. Senate
while Edwards was in office giving
the people, rather than insurance
companies, a chance to make
their own health care decisions.
Another issue has been
seniors struggling in paying for
their prescription drugs.
"That's a real and serious
problem We worked very hard
to get generics into the market-
place more frequently to bring
down the price of prescription
drugs for everyone Edwards said.
Edwards worked during
his time in the U. S. Senate to
bring about education reform.
He was able to take reforms
Governor Easley had put into
place in North Carolina to the
national level improving the
issue throughout the country.
Edwards said it is important for
there to be sufficient public edu-
cation systems in North Carolina.
"I wouldn't have any chance
in the world of being where I
am today without a great public
What do you
think of the tuition
John Edwards came to Greenville Wednesday for part of his "Thank You Tar Heels" tour. Edwards thanked the audience for
their support and discussed the challenges and issues the United States has yet to fully address.
school education Edwards said.
"Without the heroes in Amer-
ica, the teachers who teach us in
our public schools every single
day, who all of us are so proud of
Edwards said there is a gap
with the quality of schools in this
country based on where people
live and their race. He said it is
important to provide help and
support for teachers and getting
the best teachers in the best
schools and ensure a quality edu-
cation system for everyone.
Growing up in North Carolina,
Edwards said he understands the
struggle many North Carolinians
face with the hurricane seasons.
"We lived with that every day
just like you did Edwards said.
Edwards said there are numer-
ous eastern NC residents who
have worked hard their entire
lives and paid their taxes who
need the Government to pro-
vided them with aid during such
"Through no fault of their
own, their lives have been dev-
astated and now is the time for
their government to step up and
helped them Edwards said.
They had been successful in
helping families in need after
The economy is another issue
faced throughout North Carolina.
Edwards said he has seen
families who have farmed for
generations, unsure of whether
they would be able to con-
tinue their family tradition.
There have also been cases of
jobs leaving rural communi-
ties leaving people out of work.
He said there have been vari-
ous people within these industries
whose jobs leave giving them no
idea what they are supposed to do.
He said he worked for a better
trade policy which helped this
issue, in addition to the recent
passed tobacco buyout.
"We were proud to do that
and it was something the farmers
deserved Edwards said.
Edwards said he was proud to
represent North Carolina ideas
on the U. S. Senate.
"I was also proud to be able to
take the values that all of us grew
up with to the nation because 1
think North Carolina has some-
thing to say in the national
debate Edwards said.
An issue universities through-
out North Carolina are facing
today are tuition increases.
Edwards said tuition increases
contribute to the hundreds of thou-
sands of young people in the United
States who cannot afford college. On
top of that, it exasorbates the prob-
lem that college students already
have, which is they are working part
time, borrowing money and wor-
ried about whether they are going
to have a job when they get out of
college. He said this should not be
the future that 18-22 year olds are
faced with and he thinks there are
a lot of things that can be done.
� The starting place is within
the national government.
"We have state budgets that
have been in difficulty for years
now. Some of them have been in
the worst difficulty since the last SO
years, that increases the pressures
to raise tuition because there is no
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ECU students hunt for
submarine 'Alligator'
"I don't like it. I'm a
working parent and you
just have to borrow more
money and financial
aid that doesn't increase
with it and there was no
reasoning given to the
This year's tuition increase helped fund the new advising centers.
Tuition, student
fees to increase
Increases would begin
next academic year
"I have mixed emotion
and tuition is high enough
but we need to help new
organizations and the
football team needs some
"I don't think it should
be Increased for people
who aren't in these
ECU officials have called
for a $300 increase in campus
based tuition and approved a
$134.50 increase In student fees
which would be enacted at the
beginning of the next academic
The increases in campus
based tuition will allow ECU to
generate an additional amount of
approximately $5.7 million. Of
this amount, $1.7 million would
be used to cover the cost of finan-
cial aid and the rest of the $4
million would be geared toward
making competitive salaries for
ECU faculty and staff.
Chuck Hawkins, interim vice
chancellor for administration
and finance, said the tuition
increases are necessary to ensure
that our faculty salaries are com-
petitive with our peers.
"We are somewhere
around 55 percent of our peers
said Hawkins.
"In order to be competitive,
we feel that we need to be at
about 80 percent
Hawkins said we have lost
faculty members because of this
problem and by raising campus
based tuition, ECU is taking the
necessary steps to prevent any
other faculty departures thereby
maintaining a higher quality
of education for the students
of ECU.
Last year, ECU increased
campus based tuition by $225.
This allowed ECU to address
some of the problems with
our faculty salaries and to set
up a professional advising center
on campus.
Hawkins said the advis-
ing center was created because
students indicated to ECU this
would be an asset to campus and
so far the center has received
a lot of positive feedback,from
the students.
The increase in student fees
was approved by the SGA and is
going to affect a wide variety of
campus institutions.
Of the 15 schools in the UNC
system, ECU has the 10th highest
total of required fees.
The largest portion of the
money will go toward the
athletics department, which will
be receiving $50 of the $134.50
per student increase.
Another sizable amount will
go toward the renovation of
Mendenhall Student Center with
$36 per student fee in hopes of
turning the aging building into
a first class faciflty.
Educational technology
needs will account for another
$20 per fee in order to provide
ECU with the latest technology
such as the Pira'temail e-mail
system, Microsoft in the labs and
see TUITION page A2
Students with the maritime stuc
Civil War Union submarine, the
ECU students
funded by N0AA
ECU students in the maritime
studies program have recently
completed a search for a sunken
U. S. submarine, the Alligator,
which was lost around the time
of the Civil War.
The Alligator, a green 47-
foot submarine, was given the
name Alligator because it resembled
an alligator when it was submerged.
There were a total of six stu-
dents working on the project,
which searched for the subma-
rine between Cape Hatteras and
Cape Lookout.
The goals of the search were
to find the sunken submarine
and learn new material that could
be used in classrooms. While
they were unable to locate the
Alligator, they did learn material
from the project.
"We were asked by National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration to do this proj-
ect because the maritime studies
program has completed several
important underwater archaeol-
ogy projects and we have excel-
lent students said Tim Runyan,
director of ECU'S program in
maritime studies.
The researchers searched for
the Alligator in the "Graveyard of
the Atlantic" off North Carolina's
Outer Banks. The area between
iies program searched for lost
Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout
was chosen for the search because
the last sighting of the Alliga-
tor was south of Cape Hatteras,
making this a likely place to start
based on historic records. The
research team searched for eight
days on a Navy vessel moving at
3 or 4 mph.
Michael Overfield, an NOAA
employee and MA Maritime
Studies degree holder, was the
chief scientist on the project. In
addition to directing all aspects
of the project, he reserved time
to instruct students on the opera-
tion and use of equipment.
These organizations also
supplied the researchers with a
YP-679 research vessel, known
as the Afloat Lab. The vessel was
108 feet long, and carried several
technologically advanced instru-
ments, such as a side scan sonar, a
Geometric G-880 cesium magne-
tometer and a Nova Ray remotely
operated vehicle.
The side scan sonar
is used to search for ship-
wrecks by creating pictures of
the ocean floor with sound.
The magnetometer located
high concentrations of iron, signal-
ing where a ship or part of it could
lay. This tool showed two places
in the search area where there
were possibly wrecked ships. One
location turned out to be a barge
and the other was not identified.
The researchers found out
what was on the seabedby using
the remotely operated vehicle.
This allowed them to watch
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Students can take ECU
courses through the Internet.
ECU leads
state in
Students come from
almost every county
ECU'S Distance Education
program has been described
as one of the best in the state.
People who are interested in
becoming students but are unable
to commit to campus classes are
offered more than 40 degrees and
certificate programs that can be
obtained via the Internet.
John Connelly, senior associ-
ate director of distance education,
said ECU has offered distance
education since 1947, but at that
time all it meant was deploying
professors to other counties.
Since the 1990s, distance edu-
cation has become more popular
given the advent of computer and
Internet technology. In terms of
semester hours, there were about
6,900 semester hours worth of dis-
tance education classes being taken
in 1995. That number has grown
to approximately 50,000 semes-
ter hours offered this past year.
What sets ECU apart from
other institutions is the plethora
of degrees and certificates being
offered to students. According to
ECU'S Web site, there are 10 bach-
elor's degrees offered, includ-
ing a'B.S. in communication
and industrial technology. ECU
makes its mark with its 27 mas-
ter's degree programs. An M.S.
in criminal justice, an M.B.A. in
business administration and an
M.A.Ed in special education are
among the post-graduate degrees
offered. There are also several
graduate certificates, four post-
master's certificates available and
four other online programs under
"We have more to offer
because our faculty has stepped
up to the plate and put these
programs on said Carolyn K.
Dunn, coordinator of marketing
and summer study abroad.
Connelly and Dunn gave
very positive reviews of the fac-
ulty in the distance education
Connelly said the faculty
has really driven the engine of
distance education.
"We've tried to create an
atmosphere and a set of sup-
port systems for faculty and the
administration to make it both
attractive and easy for faculty
members to deliver their pro-
grams online said Connelly.
Connelly said the degrees are
no less rigorous than a degree
obtained through campus classes.
Dunn said the program is open to
anyone but its focus is facilitating
the needs of students who have
full time jobs or children that
otherwise would not be able to
make it to ECU to attend classes.
Someone using online technol-
ogy could get an entire degree
over the Internet.
Another contributor to the
success of distance education is
the North Carolina legislature.
Connelly said they had the fore-
sight to make this happen and it
has been great for ECU.
Distance education is also a
good option for transfer students
coming to ECU. Especially for
community college transfers, dis-
tance education gives the oppor-
tunity for a college education to
students who have a difficult
time moving to Greenville.
"We have students from
almost every community col-
lege in North Carolina Con-
nelly said.
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NICK HENNE News Editor KRISTIN DAY Assistant News Editor
THURSDAY December 2, 2004
Campus News News Brjefs
The SU Cultural Awareness
Committee, International Student
Association, Office of International
Student Affairs and the Ledonia
Wright Cultural Center are
sponsoring Woridfest Dec. 2 in the
Multipurpose Room of Mendenhall
Student Center from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Worldfest is a free, multicultural
holiday celebration. Holiday
refreshments will be served
while you learn about Kwanzaa,
Chanukah, Dlwali and more.
Holiday Lighting
Come to Farmville to enjoy music
and food and to get your picture
taken with Santa. The Farmville
Development Partnership will host
the event in downtown Farmville
Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Call 753-4670 for
more information
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" 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 Verna Perry at 744-2500.
Holiday Exhibition
The Holiday exhibition and sale in
Gray Gallery at Jenkins One Arts
Center will take place from Dec. 2
- 4. Items for sale include jewelry,
scarves, sculptures, paintings,
prints and ceramics and all
proceeds benefit the art guilds
and artists of the school of art
and design. The gallery will open
at 9 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m
except for Dec. 4 when it closes
at 2 p.m. For more information,
contact Gil Leebrick, gallery
director, at 328-6336.
Business After Hours
Join Greenville-Pitt County
Chamber of Commerce and
other members for an evening
networking with other business
professionals in marketing, building
and becoming more involved in
the community Dec. 2. The event
is sponsored by the college of
fine arts and communication
and Bank of America and will
be held at Jenkins Fine Arts
Center from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30
p.m. For details, call 752-4101.
NCHSAA Eastern Region
Football Championship
The NC High School Athletic
Association will be holding this
event Dec. 3 at Dowdy-Ficklen
Stadium. Call 919-962-2345 for
more information.
Professor Concert
The school of music will host the
Distinguished Professor Concert
in AJ. Fletcher Recital Hall at 8 p.m
Dec. 3. For further details, contact
328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.
Christmas Parade
The annual Greenville Christmas
Parade will be downtown Dec 4.
Turtle Island Holiday Concert
Part of the S. Rudolph Alexander
Performing Arts Series, this
concert will take place Dec. 4 at
8 p.m. in the Wright Auditorium.
The concert is with the Greenville
Choral Society and features music
appealing to the many holidays of
winter. For more information, call
328-6851 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.
Chemistry Tutors
Ace your chemistry final. The
Chemistry Club is offering
chemistry tutoring for $15 - $20
per hour. Old final exams and
notes are available. Prices are
$10 for an exam packet and $15
for notes. Email chemclubfa mail. for more information.
Festival of Trees
The Family Support Network of
eastern North Carolina is hosting
the Ninth Annual Festival of Trees
from Dec 1 - Dec. 23 at the
Greenville Convention Center
view an array of beautiful trees
decorated by businesses and
individuals. Bring your children for
Bedtimes with Santa and pictures
Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. - 7
p.m. There will also be a preview
party Dec. 3 with a live silent
auction from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The
cost for the preview party is $20
per person or $35 per couple Call
328-4494 for more information
Blackboard's recovery
gets $245,000 In grants
MOREHEAD CITY, NC - Researchers
trying to recover artifacts from the
wreckage of a vessel believed to be
the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard
have won grants worth $245,000
to pay for their work, state officials
announced Tuesday.
The Golden Leaf Foundation has
awarded the Queen Anne's Revenge
Shipwreck Project $145,000 to save
fragile items or those that could be
threatened because of storms and to
conduct research in new areas.
The state Legislature gave the project
$100,000 to pay for conservation of
the artifacts at an ECU laboratory.
The grants came just before a two-
year grant from Save America's
Treasures expires in December.
The money will pay for preparation
of a detailed plan for recovery and
artifact handling in the field and in
the conservation lab.
"We anticipate starting an expedition
for major recovery in earty summer to
further explore the site and recover
tens of thousands of artifacts said
project director Mark Wilde-Ramsing.
"After that, staff will begin
intensive work in the lab cataloging,
sorting, processing andor storing
recovered materials
The shipwreck was discovered in
1997 and items recovered from
it have been displayed at the NC
Maritime Museum in Beaufort and
been part of a traveling museum tour.
The Queen Anne's Revenge
Shipwreck Project is administered
by the Office of Archives and
History in the NC Department of
Cultural Resources.
Police charge man who
tried to save pet from Are
BURUNGTON, NC - A Burlington man
who struggled with police to try to
save his pets from his burning home
was charged with resisting arrest
Johnny Godwin, 60, said he was
inside the home he rented when a
neighbor told him the house was
on fire. After walking outside to see
where the smoke was coming from,
he went back inside to save his pets,
he said.
The next thing I knew, the police
grabbed me Godwin said.
"They weren't going to let me go back
and save my dogs
Burlington police Officer D.D. Poston
said officers and firefighters arrived
at the home about 11 a.m. Tuesday
when Godwin was still inside.
After trying to talk him out of the
house, Poston said the officers had
to restrain Godwin and carry him
across the street.
Poston said Godwin tried to get back
into the home, fighting with officers
and threatening them. Poston said
they had to handcuff Godwin to keep
him from going back into the house
and harming himself or others.
Godwin was charged with resisting
a public officer.
A neighbor, Jennifer Daye, said the
officers used excessive force when
they dragged Godwin out of the home.
That's not right Daye said. "They
dragged that man out of the home.
He didn't want his animals caught in
the house
Godwin's pets, two dogs and
numerous cats, were found and
taken to the county animal shelter.
Burlington Fire Chief Jay Smith said
the animals, which were unharmed in
the fire, would remain at the shelter
until Godwin comes to claim them.
Lynndle England
prepares for court martial
FORT BRAGG, NC - Pfc. Lynndie
England was back in a military
court Wednesday to prepare for her
court-martial on charges she abused
prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
The Army Reservist from Fort Ashby,
W.Va is scheduled for trial Jan. 18 on
charges of abuse and of committing
indecent acts. She gave birth to a
son Oct. 10, and attorneys have said
the father is Spc. Charles Graner
Jr portrayed in testimony as the
ringleader in the abuse.
The hearing before Col. Stephen
Henley, a staff judge at Fort Bragg, is
on pretrial motions and the proceeding
began with Henley questioning
attorneys on procedural issues.
England, 21, was one of seven
members of the Maryland-based
372nd Military Police Company
charged with humiliating and
assaulting prisoners at the prison
near Baghdad. She became a focal
point of the scandal after photos
surfaced showing her smiling and
posing with nude prisoners stacked
in a pyramid, pointing and flashing a
thumb's up, and holding a detainee
on a leash.
Defense attorneys maintained
that England was being used as a
scapegoat for a military run amok.
Graner is scheduled for trial in
January at Fort Hood, Texas. Three
co-defendants have pleaded guilty
and received sentences ranging from
reduction in rank to eight years in
prison. England faces up to 38 years
in prison if convicted.
PETA says Iowa kosher
slaughterhouse abusing animals
DES MOINES, Iowa - An animal
rights group has captured videotape
that it says shows cattle at a kosher
slaughterhouse enduring an
"absolutely outrageous" level of cruelty.
PETA claims the video, posted on its
Web site Tuesday afternoon, shows
repeated acts of animal cruelty at
AgriProcessors Inc. in northeastern
Iowa. The organization filed a
complaint with the U.S. Department
of Agriculture on Monday that alleged
improper slaughtering practices.
"They're ripping the tracheas and
esophagi out of fully conscious
animals, dumping them out of pens
into pools of their own blood. The
animals stand and bellow and attempt
to escape for up to three and even
four minutes in some cases Bruce
Friedrich, a spokesman for People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said
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antivirus software. It will also
provide funding for programs
that need updated labs such as
construction management and
Industrial Technology.
The SGA also approved
another $23 increase in student
transit fees that will go toward
replacing buses on a normal
schedule and maintaining
programs such as safe ride and
campus shuttles.
ECU students had mixed
reactions to the increases.
"It's coming out of my pocket,
but if it makes our school more
prestigious, it's a good thing
said George Ansell, sophomore
undecided major.
"We're trying to compete
with other schools in the state
Reonda Washington took a
different perspective and said
she disagreed with the logic that
raising tuition is the only way
to maintain a high quality of
education on campus.
"There are universities that are
not raising tuition and still have
good programs said Washington.
Stephanie Kates, senior
hospitality management major,
said the tuition increase might
not be necessary.
"Our programs are already
getting better. 1 think they should
wait and see if this continues
said Kates.
Kates said the increases would
not have a large impact on her
and she would not have trouble
making the additional payments.
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supervising rabbi, told 77e New York
Times in Wednesday's editions that
the tapes were "testimony that this is
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the animals' throats are sliced with a
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Federal law considers
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against Ukrainian government
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's parliament
brought down the government of
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych with
a no-confidence motion Wednesday
in a show of the opposition's strength.
The outgoing president called for an
entirely new presidential election
to be held to resolve the country's
spiraling political crisis.
Yanukovych and his opposition rival
Viktor Yushchenko sat down for
talks Wednesday in the presence of
European mediators and outgoing
President Leonid Kuchma. Tens of
thousands of opposition supporters
have been demonstrating in the streets
for days, saying the vote was fraudulent
and that Yushchenko was the winner.
In what appeared to be an attempt to
seize the political initiative back from
the opposition, Yanukovych appealed
to the Supreme Court to declare
part of the results of this month's
presidential run-off vote invalid, the
justices said.
Yanukovych's appeal focuses on
alleged violations in western Ukraine,
where Yushchenko draws most of his
support. It was not clear if the court
would agree to hear the appeal.
The court is already hearing an
appeal by Yushchenko against the
results, which declared Yanukovych
the winner of the Nov. 21 runoff.
Yushchenko claims he was robbed of
victory, and his court case focuses on
alleged violations in pro-Yanukovych
eastern Ukraine.
French appeals
court reduces premier's
VERSAILLES, France - A French
appeals court on Wednesday
reduced the sentence for former Prime
Minister Alain Juppe in a party
financing scandal, opening the door for
his possible return to national politics.
The court in Versailles sentenced
Juppe to a 14-month suspended
prison sentence, down from
the original 18 months, and
barred him from elected office
for just one year, instead of the
10-year ban handed down in January
in his first trial.
The shorter ban could In theory
allow Juppe to stand for office again
in 2007, when presidential and
legislative elections are scheduled.
Nevertheless, the ban means Juppe
will have to give up his remaining post
as mayor of the southwestern town
of Bordeaux.
One of his attorneys, Francis Szpiner,
said Juppe would not appeal the
revised sentence. The prosecutor
had asked that Juppe get a two-
year ban from elected office.
Juppe, accompanied by his wife,
Isabelle, hustled into a waiting car and
did notspeakto reporters afterthe ruling.
Juppe has gradually withdrawn from
the political scene, giving up his
parliamentary seat and his leadership
of President Jacques Chirac's party,
since his first conviction in January. It
was not clear whether the 59-year-old
envisages a return to politics once his
ban on office is over.
Before his January conviction,
Juppe was widely viewed as Chirac's
favorite to succeed him as president.
Juppe served as Chirac's first prime
minister in 1995-1997 and the French
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other way to deal with faculty
salary increases that are necessary
to keep good people Edwards said.
"This is something the
national government can do
something about
Edwards said he proposed in
the presidential primaries that
the federal government spend
a significant amount of money
providing direct help to states to
make sure that they do not have
to raise college tuition.
There are already so many
young people who feel stressed
about paying for college and the
last thing needed is to make it
even harder for those people.
Edwards said one of the
great things he learned in the
campaign was that there are
people all over the United States
who work to make America
what it is today who are just like
North Carolinians. They want
to believe that after they go to
work every day and they do the
right thing, that tomorrow is
going to be better than today
and for their children and their
"In many places that dream
has been replaced with just
trying to get by. People whose
incomes are going down while at
the same time the costs of every-
thing is going up Edwards said.
"I am proud to have served on
a ticket with a man who I believe
is a great American, a great human
being and would have made
a great president, John Kerry
Edwards said he is commonly
asked if he is going to run again
for U. S. Senate. His main con-
cern is with his family as his
wife Elizabeth has recently been
diagnosed with breast cancer.
Elizabeth chose to go public
with her disease even after John
encouraged her to not to because
of their massive exposure to the
public eye within the past several
months. Elizabeth wanted to go
public in an attempt to draw
other women to become tested.
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images on a television screen
recorded by a camera on the ROV.
However, the researchers never
found the Alligator.
"The ocean is a huge place
to find an object as small as
the Alligator Runyan said.
While on the project, stu-
dents learned how to use the
different types of equipment
required for underwater search.
The six students who worked
on this project received funding
from several organizations, but
mainly by the NOAA, the Office
of Naval Research and ECU.
After the students collected
all of the data on the search, it
was processed at Eller House, the
home of ECU's maritime stud-
ies program. The students put
together a presentation which
exhibits the information they
learned from the field study.
The students then presented
their work to NOAA and ONR
at a symposium in Norfolk, Va.
The presentation included pic-
tures of the students working
on the boat and with the dif-
ferent tools, information on
what the search found and did
not find and the data gathered
about the other projects in which
ECU students were participating.
More information has
emerged concerning the Alliga-
tor, including the blueprints
discovered in Paris, which have
given more information about
the Alligator's design and size.
The Alligator was a submers-
ible warship that would allow
divers to plant explosives under
enemy ships. It was designed by
the French inventor, Brutus De Vil-
leroi and was built in Philadelphia
during late 1891 and early 1892.
The purpose of building this
weapon was to counter the Con-
federate ironclad, Virginia and
other vessels. The first mission
of the Alligator was to destroy
an important bridge to the Con-
federates, which went across the
Appomattox River. The subma-
rine was also used to clear a path
through the James River.
The Alligator was assigned to
help the Union take control of
Charleston, SC.
The submarine was being
towed by the USS Sumpter when
a fierce storm caused the crew of
the USS Sumpter to release the
Alligator. The submarine became
officially lost at sea by this storm
on April 2, 1863.
The Alligator was forgotten and
some people think that the USS
Holland was the first U.S. Navy
submarine. This conclusion led
Rear Adm. Jay Cohen, the chief of
naval research, to seek more infor-
mation on the submarine, but there
is little known about it. NOAA and
other organizations have funded
this project to discover as much
information as possible about
the submarine and possibly find
it off the North Carolina coast.
The students enjoyed the
opportunity to work on the proj-
ect for various reasons.
"I liked working on this proj-
ect because I was able to learn
how to use the equipment said
Melissa Madrigal, candidate in
ECU's Coastal Resources Man-
agement program.
"I thought working on the
project was pretty neat because
this was my first actual field
study and the first time I've ever
had to do an underwater project
said Valerie Grussing, student in
ECU's Coastal Resources Man-
agement program.
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ECU to build new residence hall
First new hall since
ECU is set to begin construc-
tion on a new residence hall that
would offer students modernized
suites which would allow more
privacy for residents on College
Hill between Tyler Residence
Hall and Todd Dining Hall.
The new suites will have two
bedrooms and bathrooms, a living
room with a kitchenette, central
air and will house only four stu-
dents instead of eight like the
older suite-style halls on campus.
Construction of the first new
hall on ECU's campus since 1969
should be underway before the
end of the semester and is sched-
uled to be completed in 2006.
The project has an estimated
cost of $27 million, which will be
generated through bond revenue.
Aaron Lucier, associate
director of Campus Living, said
the design of the new hall was
heavily influenced by the desire
to keep more upperclassmen on
campus through offering them
more privacy and personal space.
"After freshman year, a lot of
people want more space said Lucier.
"I think the new hall is going to
be very comfortable for students
Lucier said Campus Living
would more than likely retain
its current system where return-
ing students are given their first
choice of halls.
Todd Johnston, director for
University Housing and Dining
Services, said campus housing
has a desire to recruit mote
upperclassmen to residence halls
because of the academic benefits.
"There is research that shows
on the average, students who
stay on campus outperform
students who stay off campus
said Johnston.
"Some studies have shown a
full point higher on average GPA
for on-campus students
The site of the new hall is cur-
rently a parking lot that caters to
residents of Tyler Hall. Campus offi-
cials have taken the necessary steps
to ensure there will still be suffi-
cient parking for students once the
new residence hall is constructed.
Lucier said ECU has pur-
chased lots on 14th Street in the
area of College Hill and has con-
verted them into parking areas.
They also turned the basketball
courts outside of Belk Residence
Hall into parking spaces.
"We feel these steps will ade-
quately cover parking Lucier said.
Both Johnston and Lucier
hope the location of the new
building will help keep upper-
classmen on campus.
"It's an awesome location,
right next to Todd Dining Hall,
right here on the hill Lucier said.
"It gives them all the benefits
of an apartment and they don't
have to worry about parking for
class Johnston said.
"We think it's the best of
both worlds
Gauhar Dhillon, junior biol-
ogy major, said the location cou-
pled with the amenities would
probably be enough to convince
her to stay on campus.
"I would rather live there
than an apartment because it's
closer to campus said Dhillon.
Craig Mckeel, junior neurosci-
ence major, said he thinks students
will still opt for off-campus housing.
"I think students will still
move out to apartments, it's almost
a traditional thing said Mckeel.
Mckeel said that in the long
run, modernized residence halls
might keep more students In
campus housing.
"In time, it might make a
difference. It is nice to be close
to campus Mckeel said.
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THURSDAY December 2, 2004
Our View
The United States is expanding security
for the upcoming January national elec-
tions in Iraq.
The expansion will be achieved by send-
ing about 1,500 troops from the 82nd Air-
borne Division in Fort Bragg, NC - a base
that holds many loved ones of people on
ECU'S campus.
Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe, a restaurant
serving 30 varieties of over the counter
cereal along with 36 different toppings,
opened its doors to the University of Penn-
sylvania campus Wednesday.
A bowl of Fruit Loops mixed with Cap'n
Crunch and topped with Pop Rocks is
sure to drive dental bills straight through
the roof.
In an interview with the Associated Press,
Tom Brokaw admits that although he is
retiring after 23 years as an anchor on
"NBC Nightly News he would return if a
big story breaks and NBC needed him.
With Brokaw signing off Wednesday night
and CBS' Dan Rather signing off in March
2005, what broadcast journalists will be
able to fill their shoes?
The film Finding Neverland was named
best film of 2004 by the National Board of
Review this week. The award is the first
of many that critics look at to predict who
will win best picture at this year's Academy
According to the Associated Press, "the
organization doesn't always jibe with the
eventual Academy Award winner. In recent
years, the National Board has chosen
Mystic River, The Hours, Moulin Rouge
and Quills, none of which won the best-
picture Oscar.
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Reality shows permeate television
How far can it go?
Like most Americans, I watch far
too much television. I enjoy nothing
more than plopping myself down in
the horribly uncomfortable chair which
serves as my living room center of oper-
ations and shutting off all processes of
thought which could Interrupt the HBO
bliss I have so looked forward to.
Knowing within myself that there
! are usually much more important
and productive things that I could
; be expending my time on, to allevi-
! ate some of the guilt of television I
try and confine my viewing to shows
with some level of educational value.
The History Channel, Discovery, and
the Animal Channel are my usual first
stops when perusing the vast universe
that is digital cable. But the last few
years have witnessed an explosion of
the newest form of television entertain-
ment - the reality show.
While its roots can be traced back
several decades to the original televi-
sion quiz shows of the 1950s, reality
television made its grand cultural
entrance with the introduction of a
little program called "The Real World
Viewers were enticed to watch every
week with the promise, "The true story
of seven people chosen to live together
! in a house. Watch what happens when
' people stop being polite and start
getting real Since the early 1990s,
i when "The Real World" first began
: changing the medium, there has been
an unprecedented surge in the prolif-
eration and popularity of the reality
show concept, and within a few years,
the well of good, thoughtful ideas on
which to base television shows had all
but dried up.
As more and more reality shows
began appearing, their quality and
cleverness rapidly declined. Immensely
popular and some would say more valid
show ideas like "Survivor" and "The
Real World" (which is still on the air but
by most accounts has lost some of that
new show smell which people initially
loved so much) were replaced in the
late 1990s with high-minded concepts
like "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?"
and "The Swan
Of the dozens of reality television
programs that have come and gone
over the last decade, perhaps none is as
tactless and alarming as "The Swan If
you have never heard of this show, its
where ugly or otherwise aesthetically
challenged individuals choose to have
extensive reconstructive plastic surgery
to improve their looks, then are judged
alongside the other contestants to see
who's procedure has produced the best
results in a beauty pageant format. Just
another cultural driver that makes
people ashamed of the way they look
and encourages them to strive for the
most artificial and physically violating
solution they can find.
The recent proliferation of every
imaginable premise for the reality show
foundation has made me think about
just how far reality TV can go before
there is a massive public backlash - the
likes of which we have not witnessed
since the death of disco.
Every time I flip past a new reality
show, or an advertisement for a new
reality show, one thought perme-
ates my mind, and has since I first
started watching "The Real World" a
decade ago. In the early 1980s, Arnold
Schwarzenegger stared in a film called
The Running Man. The premise went
something like this: Sometime in
the near future, persons convicted of
serious crimes by the state are forced
to participate in a game, called "The
Running Man They are confined to
a small section of a dilapidated city
and given a goal to reach and a certain
timeframe with which to reach it.
Along the way, however, they are met
by multiple antagonists who look like
a cross between that character from
Mad Max with the leather domina-
tion mask and an American Gladiator
(Turbo maybe). These antagonists, very
simply, aim to kill and mutilate the
contestants before they can reach their
goal. There is only one little catch - the
whole ordeal is videotaped and broad-
cast as the most popular game show in
America. Naturally, Schwarzenegger
ends up being the rogue contestant
with some survival skills and ends up
killing his pursuers and proving to the
home audience just how barbaric their
hunger for entertainment really is.
Now, this comparison may seem
somewhat farfetched, but think about
it. A majority of Americans believe
in the death penalty, and good luck
finding someone not interested in
entertaining television programming,
so is It such a leap? The federal govern-
ment already sanctions the execution
of convicted murderers (the moral
distinctions between lethal injection
and public beheadings are still lost on
me - killing is killing) and television
is probably the single most popular
form of mass entertainment in this
country, so are we really that far away
from a scenario like that conveyed in
Schwarzenegger's film? Certainly, it
may not be in a year or five years, but
eventually, is it so inconceivable that
the American public, so hungry for new
and entertaining television program-
ming, would be unwilling to set aside
the glaring moral implications of such
a show and watch with revelry?
Hopefully, before this scenario can
come to fruition, the backlash against
reality television which I mentioned
and patiently await will be upon us.
Reality television will become passe,
like disco, loved and revered by a small,
loyal demographic but widely ignored
by the American public overall. Per-
haps then we can inject some dignity
and humor into television and not
prey like vultures on the humiliation,
degradation and open foolishness of
our fellow citizens.
Boycott reality television, I say,
for someday, our avarice in the face of
human indignity will spawn a show
exactly like "The Running Man It is
only a matter of time.
In My Opinion
Basket brawl recreates gladiator-spectator relationship
KRT � Was the melee between NBA
players and fans a racial brawl?
The Nov. 19 game between the
Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons
resulted in nine players being banned
for more than 140 games.
All of the players involved were
black and most of the fans they con-
fronted were white.
Initially race was a silent issue. But
as pundits of every stripe have weighed
in on this incident, discussions of race
have become increasingly prominent.
The narrative that is emerging goes
something like this: Most professional
basketball players are poor black youths
from urban America who are socialized
in a culture that lacks social graces.
They earn exorbitant salaries, live pam-
pered lifestyles and lack the appropriate
gratitude for their - largely unearned
- good fortune.
What's more, these black athletes
are performing for predominantly
white fans who are affluent enough to
afford the high cost of NBA tickets. It's
a tricky arrangement.
But that developing narrative is a
bit one-sided, and the lack of symmetry
was evident in the players' penalties.
Ron Artest expressed his regret for the
incident and complained that NBA
Commissioner David Stern penalized
him too severely. (Artest received a
72-game suspension and is out for the
rest of the season.) Stern acknowledged
he was particularly hard on Artest. "I
did not strike from my mind that Ron
Arrest had been suspended on previ-
ous conditions for loss of self-control
he said.
The NBA Players Association said
Artest's punishment is too severe and
has hinted it will challenge Stern's
sweeping authority as commissioner.
Not only does Stern determine the
penalties but he also has the final word
on any appeal.
But those organizational and logis-
tical concerns only skirt the edges of
the true crisis.
The separation of gladiator and
spectator traditionally is one of class.
In more current times, the separation is
more of a cultural gap with increasingly
prominent racial overtones.
NBA officials once doubted if
whites would even pay to watch black
The dominance of black players in
the NBA has revolutionized the game
and, for the most part, the difference
has been fortuitous for league officials.
The black players' explosive athleticism
and stylistic flourishes have helped
Nielsen ratings and have increased rev-
enue of most pro sports franchises.
But those cultural differences
have rougher aspects. The hip-hop
sensibilities that shape the behavior
of the younger NBA players certainly
fuel exciting athletic exploits, but they
also inspire other, less desirable team
The intolerance for disrespect
("dissing"), the "bling-bling" ostenta-
tion, the celebratory ego-flexing - these
attitudes also are part of the hip-hop
package. But fans increasingly are
rejecting that aspect of the game.
"League and club executives
decided to marry the NBA to hip-hop,
and clearly didn't know what they
were getting into wrote Washington
Post sports columnist Michael Wilbon.
He argues that by hyping the hip-hop
connection, NBA officials share some
blame for widening the gap between
fans and players.
It was a gamble. An emphasis on
hip-hop sensibilities might have pro-
vided just the spurt of profitability the
sport needed. But if the league and its
marketers created it, then blaming the
players for following through is the
ultimate dis.
Pirate Rants
Why on God's great green
earth do people feel the need
to put the brown paper towels
in the toilets? Come on people,
grow up.
Don't walk on the left hand
side of the sidewalk, run into me
and then give me a dirty look like
it was my fault. It doesn't work
that way, honey.
Ladies and gentlemen, your
book bags andor purses, no
matter how much they cost, are
not that special that they need
their own seat on the bus. Be con-
siderate and move your crap and
let someone who is standing sit
down. Chances are you probably
won't get cooties if someone you
don't know sits next to you.
My fellow students, I am sick
and tired of listening to those of
you who complain constantly.
Whether it is about your pro-
fessors, classes or work load, it
seems that you came to college
for one reason - to whine. Believe
it or not, everyone here on this
campus has work and assign-
ments that we do not care to do.
This might be another surprise
- most of us do not care to listen
to your constant incoherent
remarks about your test and
paper that are both due tomor-
row. So next time you go to whine
about your 10-page essay that is
due tomorrow, that your profes-
sor did not give an extension on
because you missed the last five
classes, just keep your mouth
shut, do the work and give our
ears a break!
Why do people feel the need
to carry a leash when they walk
their dogs, if they are going to
let their darn dogs run wild
through campus and let them
poop all over the place? Scoop it
up please.
Why must we come back
from Thanksgiving break at all?
We come back for what, all of
three weeks? What the heck is the
point. It's not like I'm actually
going to learn anything.
Why is it that you tell men
where and when things are, but
they still insist on asking where
and when things are duh!
Do professors not realize that
every semester they run out of
time in their class? When will
they realize that every other
professor on campus is assigning
one last paper also?
Why is their always one
person in a group project that
will never show up?
I think we should rename the
Cement Mixer shot to "Garbage
Truck because it tastes like s�.
Teachers should not be able
to give exams the week before
finals, it just is not fair.
If someone makes an embar-
rassing mistake in class or work
why do people insist on pointing
it out to everyone and not the
person who made the mistake?
The hats you wear when
you're cold are called beanies, not
toboggans. A toboggan is a sled.
I hate when people know
you are trying to work on some-
thing and yet they keep talking
to you.
It'd be nice if a person told
you they had a mental disorder
before you started dating them.
Elf is the funniest movie I've
seen this year. Go Will Ferrell.
Roommates, please be cour-
teous. Don't eat the last cheese
What's up with people and
blocking their phone num-
bers when they call you? If I
don't know who is calling I'm
for sure not going to answer my
How can you call yourself a
properly stocked bar at a Mexican
restaurant if you don't have any
Southern Comfort, Jose Cuervo
or Grand Marnier?
Editor's Note: The Pirate Rant is
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 editor@theeastcarolinian.
com. The editor reserves the right
to edit opinions for content and
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throw out your old, but still good stuff - donate it to charity!
Collection boxes will be placed in your residence hall lobby or laun-
dry room. Look for Give and Go trucks at College Hill, Jenkins
Parking Lot and Slay Hall, December 13 - December 15, 2:00 pm to
7:00 pm. We'll accept:
� Clothing and accessories: men's
& women's, jewelry, shoes,
hats, scarves, coats & gloves
� Canned goods
� Old cell phones & chargers
� Fans and other small appliances
� Small household items (such as
cups, utensils or dishes)
� Furniture (such as chairs, lamps,
lofts or futons)
� Clothes hangers
� Picture frames
For more information, or to schedule a pick up of large items, call the ECU Volunteet
and Service-Learning Center: 328-2735 or Real Crisis: 758-HELP (4357)
It - Family Violence Program
Benefiting: Habitat for Humanity Resale Store, Family Violence Program (My Sister's Closet and C3's),
Food Bank ot North Carolina, and the Real Crisis Center
Special thanks to Liz Freeman and Pistol Tingen for use of trucks!
a film by John Holod and Jodie Ginter
(presented by Jodie Ginter)
Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 3:00 pm
Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center
The only chilly reception to expect on this below-
Fahrenheit trek is from the resident glacier located in
the middle of the capital city of Juneau. Warm up with
a visit to the world-famous Anan Bear Observatory, a kayak
tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument, and a visit to the
Russian-influenced city of Sitka.

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For Rent
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Pool and tennis courts, stove,
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Page B1 252.328.6366 ROBBIE DERR Features Editor CAROLYN SCANDurm Assistant Features Editor
THURSDAY December 2, 2004
1. How did the tradition of decorating
evergreens at Christmas begin?
The tradition of decorating evergreens can
be traced back to ancient times in Rome and
Egypt in celebration of the winter solstice. In
1510, the first Christmas tree was displayed in
Riga, Latvia. Early decorations included ribbon,
food, lace and tin. The custom was later brought
to America during the Revolutionary War by
Hessian mercenaries.
2. What is the height of the tallest tree
In history?
The world's tallest recorded Christmas tree was
a 221-foot Douglas fir at the Northgate Shopping
Center in Seattle in 1950. In 2001, the tallest arti-
ficial tree stood at 170.6 feet and was displayed at
Moinhos de Vento Park, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Also
known as the "Peace Tree it was made of green
PVC foliage and had a lightning rod and flashing
lights to warn aircraft.
O. Can I buy a tree, sight unseen?
Yes. Approximately 330,000 real Christmas
trees each year are sold via the Internet or catalog.
4. How long does it take a Christmas tree
to grow?
Depending on the variety, the average tree
takes seven years to grow 6 feet, the average retail
height. Some trees require 15 years of growth to
reach the same height.
Ob How do trees get that perfect shape?
Evergreens do not naturally grow into the pic-
ture-perfect shape that is popular for Christmas
trees. As trees grow, farmers control their shape
through regular shearing. By using clippers to con-
trol the width and form of the branches, farmers
force trees to grow into the popular cone shape.
D. What are the most popular Christmas
tree varieties?
The most popular Christmas tree varieties
Virginia pine
White pine
I . What should I expect when I go to a farm
to cut my own tree?
Here are some tips from the National Christmas
Tree Association:
� Beware of fire-ant mounds, tree stumps, an
occasional blackberry vine, uneven ground and
sharp saws.
� Wear comfortable shoes and old clothes.
Bring rain gear if the weather is threatening. Also
bring several pairs of work gloves. Leave your pets
at home or keep them leashed at all times.
� Saws are usually provided by the farm opera-
� Some farms measure and price their trees
individually, others sell them by the foot. Ask
about the pricing policy before heading out in the
� Select the tree that fits your predetermined
needs (ceiling height, type of foliage, etc.). .
Check the trunk to be sure that it is suf-
ficiently straight. Keep in mind that pines
will usually have, at least, some crook in
their trunks. Also check that the tree has a suf-
ficiently long handle to accommodate your stand.
� Cutting the tree is easiest as a two-person
project. The person who is cutting usually lies
on the ground, while the helper holds the bot- A
torn limbs up. AM
� Bring the tree to the processing area
where it will be cleaned and netted.
Netting makes transporting and nan- d&
dling the tree substantially easier.
� When you are checking
out, remember to pick up a tree
removal bag. It can be used as a
tree skirt and then pulled up around
the tree to help keep the floors clean
when the tree is being taken down.
Where are most Christmas
trees grown?
There are about 15,000 tree
growers in the United States,
with farms in every state. The
top Christmas tree-producing
states are Oregon, California,
Wisconsin, Michigan,
Pennsylvania and North
i. How much do
Americans spend on
Christmas trees?
More than 23 million
real Christmas trees were
sold in 2003, valued at $791
million. The average Christmas tree
costs $33.80.
How can I keep my Christmas tree
Proper watering and care are necessary to keep
a tree fresh. The following tips can keep a tree
fresh and hydrated through the holiday season:
� When shopping for a tree, choose one that
is not losing needles or fading. Both are signs of
excessive dryness.
� Make a fresh cut before placing the tree in its
stand to allow maximum water absorption.
� The average tree needs I quart of water a day.
Additives such as aspirin or commercial powders
are not necessary and could harm the tree.
� Place the tree away from heat sources such as
fireplaces or television sets, which could cause the
tree to dry out.
Where is the national Christmas tree?
The national Christmas tree can be found on the
White House lawn. In 1923, President Coolidge
started the tradition of the national Christmas tree
lighting ceremony.
I � Where can I
find the best tree in
the United States?
Every year, mem-
bers of the National
Christmas Tree
Association pick the best
tree and name it grand
champion. The award-
winning tree is presented
to the president and the
first family each year to
be displayed inside the
White House.
President George W.
Bush and Laura Bush
stand in front of the
2002 Christmas tree.
Has the govern-
ment ever made any
tree regulations?
The government
once banned the use of
tinsel because it contained lead and was a health
hazard. Today's tinsel is made of plastic and is
safe to use. President Teddy Roosevelt banned
Christmas trees from the White House for a time
because he thought the tradition was harmful to
the environment and wanted to encourage conser-
14. Am I hurting the environment if I dis-
play a real tree?
Ninety-eight percent of Christmas trees are
harvested from farms. For every tree harvested,
two to three seedlings are planted in its place.
Christmas trees also create oxygen, which ben-
efits the environment. One acre of Christmas
trees can produce enough oxygen for 18 people.
What is flocking and why is it used?
Rocking is spraying adhesive coating to the
branches of Christmas trees. The branches of a
flocked tree look as if they are covered in snow.
Colors other than white are also available.
Are real trees more popular than artifi-
cial ones?
Most people prefer artificial trees because they
require little work. During the 2002 Christmas
season, almost 50 percent of households dis-
played an artificial tree. Only 21 percent used real
What are some popular alternatives to
traditional Christmas
In warmer regions,
many people choose
to decorate palm
trees instead of the
traditional evergreen.
Some choose to make
their own tree out of
everyday items, such
as lights and drinking
A four-foot pink tur-
key feather Christmas
Christmas trees
Christmas trees
can be used
in a variety of ways after the holidays.
The trunk and branches can be converted
into mulch for the garden. They can also be
used as bird feeders or as a refuge for fish
in private ponds.
Can I replant my tree after
the holidays?
Trees that can be replanted, also
called "living trees are gaining
in popularity. Living trees are
sold with their roots intact so
they can be potted or planted
when taken home.
Are real trees a fire
Fresh Christmas trees
that are watered regularly
are generally not a fire
k hazard. Less than
m 0.001 percent of
Christmas trees
are involved in
a fire.
W Daniel
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Deck your halls this season Tis' season to indulge yourself
How to decorate your
home away from home
This year you might want to
think about adding a little decor
to your house, apartment or dorm
room to get you in the mood for
the holidays. To get started, you
might want to ask yourself a
very important question: What
is Christmas to me?
It might be stockings full
of candy, fruit and items too
tiny to be wrapped. If that's
not it, maybe it's the Christ-
mas tree, beautifully decorated
with the fresh smell of pine and
ornaments that your family
has been collecting for years.
Or maybe it's the mistletoe hang-
ing in the doorway, awaiting a
special couple to stand under-
neath for a magical holiday kiss.
No matter what Christmas
is to you, there will always be
one item that will remind you
of sweet memories of holidays
Once you have figured out
your special item, make it your
theme. If stockings tickle your
fancy, hang them by the fireplace
or on the wall and fill them will
all of your favorite goodies. This
can be for both you and your
guests to enjoy.
If it's the tree that makes you
happy and your budget is run-
ning low, go to the local tree lot
and ask them if you can have a
few clippings from the trees (usu-
ally they will have a pretty big
pile). Bring the clippings home,
put them in a vase and you will
have the amazing scent without
the guilt of buying a tree and
worry of it catching on fire.
Another important thing
to remember is to be creative.
If you want all of your money
to go towards gifts, start look-
ing around. Get some friends
together, pop popcorn and string
it up to make a special garland.
Put a string of lights on the
balcony or front porch, and put
a wreath on the front door. It
doesn't have to be extreme to
make the holiday special. By
decorating with friends and
neighbors, you can build stronger
bonds and sense of family.
Take the best memories of
Christmas that you have ever
had, and make them come alive
by decorating with items that
remind you of them. Decorating
might make you more anxious
about going home, yet, it will
help to ease the woes of upcom-
ing exams. Relax and let the
holiday be a part of your life in
your home away from home,
right here at good old ECU.
This writer may be contacted at
Insights into meaning of Kwanzaa
African American,
Pan-African holiday
Kwanzaa is a holiday cel-
ebrating family, community and
culture. Kwanzaa though, lasts
longer than one day the way that
Christmas does. Kwanzaa is cel-
ebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Kwanzaa's name is taken
from the phrase "matunda ya
kwanzaa" which is Swahili for
"first fruit" in the first harvest
celebrations in Africa.
Kwanzaa is founded on
five traditional activities of the
"first-fruits" harvest celebrations:
ingathering, reverence, com-
memoration, recommitment and
lastly, celebration.
Kwanzaa was created in 1966
during the Black Freedom Move-
ment. Maulana Karenga and The
Organization Us founded Kwan-
zaa, and they are also the authori-
tative keepers of the Kwanzaa
traditions. Karenga is a professor
and chair of the department of
Black Studies at California State
University in Long Beach.
Kwanzaa was created for three
central reasons. Firstly, Kwanzaa
was established to restore the
meaning of African culture. Sec-
ondly, Kwanzaa reaffirms a close
bond between its people. Lastly,
Kwanzaa was created to reinforce
the seven principles.
The seven principles or Nguzo
Saba are unity (Umoja), self-
determination (Kujichagulia),
collective work and responsibility
(Ujima), cooperative econom-
ics 11 .mi.i.i). purpose (Nia),
creativity (Kuumba) and faith
. wanzaa adapts these
principles from Kawaida
philosophy. Kawaida philosophy
is a communitarian based African
philosophy composed of the best
African thought and how it is
applied to a changing world.
The seven symbols of
Kwanzaa are the crops (Mazao),
the mat (Mkeka), thecandleholder
(Kinara), the corn (Muhindi), the
seven candles (Mishumaa Saba),
the unity cup (Kikombe cha
Umoja) and the gifts (Zawadi).
The colors of the Kwanzaa flag are
black, red and green. Black is for
the people, red is for the struggle
and green is for the future and
hope for the struggle.
Kwanzaa is not a religious
holiday, it is a cultural one and
thus can be practiced by African
Americans and Africans of all
The main point of Kwanzaa
is to remember and stress the
importance of learning African
"I do not celebrate Kwanzaa
but 1 do find it very interesting
and informative. I like all the
principles Kwanzaa is based on
and in the future I will try to
incorporate it into my life.
"I like that Kwanzaa is geared
toward promoting the bonds
between African Americans
and our culture said Tiffany
Bonaparte, junior sociology
To prepare for Kwanzaa
a central area in the home is
chosen for decoration with
African cloth and then the mat
is placed down and all other
symbols are placed on it. Next
the candleholder is placed on
the mat and the candles are
placed inside the candleholder.
ears of corn as well as the cup of
unity are placed on the mat.
The candles are different
colors - black, red and green.
The family discusses when the
candle is lit, its principle that
corresponds with it and every
one explains how they put that
principle to use that day.
After that, a plan is laid out
as to how the family will put
that principle to use each day
of the year.
The last day of Kwanzaa is
Jan. 1, which is the beginning
of the New Year. This day is
the Day of Meditation (Siku ya
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So is weight gain. Parties.
Holiday meals. Wine and spir-
Americans gain about a
pound during the winter holiday
season, according to a 2000 study
by the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development
and the National Institute of Dia-
betes and Digestive and Kidney
One pound doesn't sound
like much but that extra bit tends
to accumulate over the years,
says Alicia Guerra, a registered
dietitian and diabetes educator
for Baptist Health Systems in
Kendall, Fla.
"One day is not going to cause
any problems Guerra said. "The
problem is that most people don't
go back to healthy eating and
watching themselves
Downing a huge meal isn't
necessarily a heart breaker,
either, says University of Miami
cardiologist Dr. Robert Myerburg.
However, for someone with
hypertension or a history of
heart failure, the heavy salt load
and high-fat content common
to holiday meals could lead to
cardiovascular problems.
Here, then, are strategies for
reducing holiday-induced flab.
Last year, Web designer
Donna Holdsworth, 49, a member
of the diabetes support group at
Hollywood, Fla. Medical Center,
started her diet before Thanks-
giving and lost about 30 pounds
by the time 2003 slipped into
history. She hopes to do the same
this year.
"Portion controlling worked
and I made it through the holi-
days said Holdsworth, who is
not diabetic but who has a family
history of the disease. "My sister
came down and baked a bunch
of fudge. I had a piece but didn't
take the whole box
"Another thing they stressed
is to plan these cheats. If I know
something like (the holidays) is
coming, beforehand I'll watch
my intake a little more. You
know you are going to cheat so
plan it
Cathy Lewis, a business
owner in Boynton Beach, Fla
said she picks her carbs wisely.
"If we were really honest
about holiday treats it would be
the side dishes that make us look
forward to the meals so much
says Lewis, SO. "Sweet potatoes?
Yeah, I can have them as long as
they're not slathered in butter
and adorned with marshmal-
lows. Stuffing is also OK made
with whole grain breads and
vegetables, nuts and fruits
Barb and Joe spent the day
slaving in the kitchen browning
the bird, stuffing it with bread-
crumbs and cushioning it on a
bed of buttery mashed potatoes.
You're invited to partake of this
feast because you're dating their
daughter. Tell Barb how wonder-
ful her stuffing is and make sure
she sees you happily spooning
some onto your plate. Then go
light on everything else.
"Make sure you don't go to a
party on an empty stomach. You
won't be inclined to indulge as
much said Ruth Marcus, a reg-
istered dietitian with Hollywood
Medical Center. Snacks could
include cheese, yogurt, veggies,
fruits and nuts.
Hold your drink in your
dominant hand so you rely on
your less-coordinated hand to
gather the food. (You'll keep from
over piling.)
Skip things you can always
have, like chips and dips, and
choose foods you only get once
a year.
Or, be last in line at the buffet
and some of the higher fat foods
may be gone.
"Let the other people eat too
much Marcus said.
Forget your second-grade
teacher's admonishments about
being quiet. Self control is for
the library.
Be a chatterbox.
Tell dad his goatee makes him
look 10 years younger. Discuss
the recent election (well, maybe
Play music critic and tell
everyone why Eminem has lost
it. If your gums are flappin' you
can't be forcing food through
When making gravy let the
fat harden first, scoop it out and
then heat. That saves a whopping
56 grams of fat a cup, Marcus
Lighten up the green bean
casserole by replacing the high
sodium cream soup with chunks
of potato or use low-sodium
For the crunchy top, use
almonds instead of fried onion
Forty percent of Hispanic
preteens - about twice as many as
a decade ago - are overweight in
America, said Mary Cremeans of
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture citing a 2004 University
of Southern California study.
Obesity hits one in three His-
panic children, compared with
one in six non-Hispanic children
between the ages of 6 and 19,
according to a 2000 study by the
Centers for Disease Control.
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Page B4 252.328.6366 TONY ZOPPO Sports Editor BRANDON HUGHES Assistant Sports Editor
THURSDAY December 2, 2004
Johnson loses
in coaching debut
As much as the San Antonio Spurs
love beating the Dallas Mavericks.
ibis pounding was less satisfying
than usual In defeating their
division rivals 107-89 Tuesday
night, the Spurs also wined the
pseudo-coaching debut of Avery
Johnson, one of the most beloved
players in San Antonio history
Johnson's Mavericks never led,
but were close at the start of the
fourth quarter until Devin Brown
sparked a victory-sealing spurt
with two three-point plays and
two dunks. He finished with 14 of
his season-high 16 points in the
period, leaving Johnson sulking
as he walked off the court, merely
nodding and waving to Sregg
Popovteh, San Antonio's coach
and a good friend. Johnson, the
iiandptated successor of Dallas
coach Don Nelson, ran the game
as if the job was already his
Nelson was there, too, but offered
only suggestlOTsThis was the
first of about six such training
sessions Netoon hopes to have.
Nelson picked this game to start
breaking In Johnson because he
played most of his 16 seasons
for the Spurs, including starting
on their W99 championship club.
This was the Spurs' fourth straight
win andthe second time in a
week thatttoy've easily handled
the Mavericks.
ns coach
Browns coach resigns
Butch Davis never wanted to
abandon Ms dream ob and ail
its ego-soothing power. The last-
second losses, freaky inhjrtes
and Intense scrutiny on his family
changed his mind, ft was time for
Davistogo,The Cleveland Browns
will mow on without him. After
arriving three years ago with the
promise Of winning a Super Bowl
title, Davis resigned as Cleveland's
coach on Tuesday, leaving the last-
place Browns with five games left
m another sinking season. Davis'
departure came two days after
the Browns dropped their fifth
straight game, a 58-48 loss that
followed a script similar to many
others In the Davis Era: close but
not good enough. Although he had
been promised last week by team
owner Randy Lemer that his pb
was safe for the remainder of this
season, Davis decided he wanted
out and surprised the team by
stepping dowa Rrst-yearoffenswe
coordinator Terry Roblskle will
coach the Browns for the rect of
the season. His first game won't
be an easy one: The Browns host
the Super Bowl champion New
England Patriots on Sunday. Daws
inherited a 5-27 expansion team
devoid of any depth or star players
fiariCnrtsPaimerto200l He went
24-36 during his stay in Cleveland,
leading the Browns to a 9-7 record
and a playoff appearance in 2002
his second season after leaving
the University of Miami But since
then, the Browns regre
costly injuries and cha
Pacers to be charged
Indiana Pacers players will be
charged for fighting with fans during
the Nov. 19 brawl at the end of a
game against the Detroit Pistons,
Oakland County Prosecutor David
Gorcyca toW The Defro ntetvs
The prosecutor declined to Bay
which players would be charged
or what the charges might be
Auburn Hills police It James
Manning toM the newspaper he
expects tour members of the
Pacers to face assault and battery
charges. Manning said at a news
conference Monday that a lawyer
for the Pacers totd detectives
that none of the players would
agree to be Interviewed by police.
Prosecutors could get the police
report by the beginning of next
week, Manning said. The fight
between spectators and players
broke out near the end of the game
after an on-court dispute over a
foul A ten hurled a drink at Pacers
forward Ron Artest, who charged
into the stands, followed by
teammates?Artest was suspended
without pay for the rest of the
season by the NBA - Stephen
Jackson was suspended for 30
games, Jermaine O'Neal for 2�.
The players'unk
th.uafourth member of the Recers,
reserve centwOBltlliarrisOn. was
involved In the DraHttoo. but the
NBA didn't suspend him
Deiner leads talented
Golden Eagles squad
USF failed to make the C-USA tournament last season.
Bulls focusing
on improvement
Dameon Mason and Marcus Jackson celebrate a Golden Eagles victory.
Marquette aims for
NCAA tournament
Marquette was the first Con-
ference USA team to advance to
the Final Four Just two years
ago. This year's Golden Eagles
want to be the second C-USA
team to achieve the feat.
Tom Crean's squad will
have to follow the leadership
of senior point guard Travis
Deiner. The 6-foot, 1-inch
guard is being mentioned in
the same breath as past point
guards Bobby Hurley and Mike
The Preseason All-America
Candidate was the first C-USA
player ever to lead his team
in points per game (18.8) and
assists per game (6.0). He led his
team last year in assists (187),
three-pointers (90), three-point
percentage (.450), steals (41),
free-throws made (136) and
minutes per game (34.2) last
The 175-pound point guard
Is a fierce competitor who never
wants to come out of a game
and will do anything to help
his team win. During Deiner's
freshman season, Marquette
won 11 more games than the
previous year. He and team-
mate, Todd Towrisend have
notched 72 wins in their first
three years, the most since
Townsend and junior col-
lege transfer Marcus Jackson
will help shoulder the load
off Deiner's back. Townsend
is a veteran that will help the
younger players adjust to Cre-
an's system faster. The 6-foot, 7-
Inch forward will help provide
a presence on the glass.
Jackson will have to add
production rebounding as well
to replace Scott Merritt who
graduated. The Illinois native
will help tutor the team's three
big newcomers.
Junior Steve Novak will play
a large role in determining the
success of the Golden Eagles.
Novak is 6-foot, 10-lnch, but
still has the ability to set out
and shoot the three. He sank
eight three-pointers on his
way to 30 points last season
in a nationally televised upset
against Louisville.
Novak was the second-
leading scorer last year behind
Deiner when he averaged 12.5
points. He also led the team
in free-throw percentage at
91.2 percent. He is the leading
returning rebounder as well,
corralling in 142 last season.
Novak will move to the
power-forward position to help
move fellow junior Joe Chap-
man to small forward. Chap-
man, who played guard last
season, will be able to use his
quickness to beat bigger players
to the basket.
Sophomore Dameon Mason
will have the biggest void to fill
moving to the guard position.
Mason will try to follow in the
footsteps of former Golden
Eagle Dwyane Wade. The 6-
foot, 5-inch guard matured on
national television in the afore-
mentioned Louisville game. He
sank a shot with eight-tenths
of a second left in front of a
defender's face to tie the game.
After a Louisville timeout,
Mason drilled the free-throw
to win it.
Fellow sophomores Mike
Kinsella and Dan Fitzgerald
are both transfers. Kinsella
provides some size being a 7-
footer. Fitzgerald will have to
sit out this season.
Marquette's freshman class
is big. Ousmane Barro, a 6-foot,
10-Inch, 230-pounder from
Senegal knows the American
game because he was a foreign-
exchange student in Chicago
see EAGLES page 85
South Florida head
coach in second year
Each year in Conference
USA two teams do not make the
postseason tournament. South
Florida does not want to have to
sit at home again this year.
Second-year coach Robert
McCullum thinks the Bulls will
be able to surprise some people.
In arriving from Western Michi-
gan after former-coach Seth
Greenberg left for Virginia Tech,
McCullum didn't have much to
work with. The Bulls finished last
season with only eight players,
two of which were walk-ons. This
season, that number is up to IS.
McCullum was also hand-
cuffed because he tried to instill
a different style of play. The Bulls
now implement an aggressive
style that pushes the ball in tran-
sition while playing a man-to-
man defense in the half-court.
In trying to build off a 7-20
record, McCullum only focused
on the positives in the off-season.
He believes his team is in better
physical condition and it will
show through conference play.
The Bulls will be led by senior
Terrence Leather. Leather was
USF's Most Valuable Player as a
junior when he became only the
eighth Bull to lead his team in
both points-per-game (15.5) and
rebounding average (8.4). The
6-foot, 9-inch power forward was
tenth among C-USA scoring lead-
ers and third in rebounding.
Leather has gained 10 pounds
in the off-season to up his frame
to 230 pounds. The senior was
selected Preseason Third-Team
All-Conference. Junior college
transfer Maurice Mobled will
back up Leather at the power
forward position.
The only player to play in
every game last season, Bradley
Mosley, has been diagnosed
with renal cancer and will not
play this season. In 2003-2004,
he was the only USF player to
start every game, averaging 36.9
minutes per outing. He played
all 40 minutes in 12 of the Bulls'
final 14 games. He was the team's
second leading scorer with 14.6
points per game.
James Holmes and true fresh-
man Collin Dennis will have to
handle the shooting-guard duties.
Holmes, a junior, missed most of
last season with a stress fracture in
his left ankle. Dennis is a talented
combination guard from Texas.
Senior Brian Swift will handle
the point guard duties. Swift
guided the Bulls' offense last
season starting 26 of 27 games.
Swift averaged 9.9 points and
4.4 assists his junior season,
while logging 35.0 minutes per
game. True freshman Montavious
Waters and sophomore transfer
Chris Capko will help to provide
some depth at the point guard
Junior college transfers
Marius Prekevicius and Marlyn
Bryant will compete for time
at small forward. Prekevicuis
averaged 16.2 points in his only
season at Weatherford College
in Texas. Bryant is coming back
from an ACL tear for the second
consecutive season.
Three different players, Bran-
don Brigman, Konimba Diarra
and Solombn Jones will all com-
pete for time at center. Brigman
is a senior who spent the majority
of last season fighting a hernia.
Diarra showed promise down the
stretch last season. Jones sat out
last season after playing his fresh-
man season at Daytona Beach
Community College.
Even though McCullum's
team was tabbed to finish last
in the conference standings, the
Bulls should be much improved
from a season ago. The learning
curve might take longer than
expected with USF moving to the
Big East next season.
If the Bulls can stay away
from the injury bug and grasp
McCullum's system, then they
might not have to endure watch-
ing the postseason conference
tournament at home.
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sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
St. Louis Billikens off to rocky start this season
Team should struggle
in Conference-USA
The St. Louis Billikens
remember very vividly Friday,
March 10, 2000. That's the day
superstar Kenyon Martin broke
his leg during Cincinnati's
opening round "warmup" in the
Conference USA tournament
against St. Louis. Needless to
say, the No. 1 Bearcats' hope of a
national championship fell to the
floor with the fall of their leader,
and they watched the Billikens go
on to win that game along with
the entire tournament.
Ever since the 2000
season however, St. Louis has
perpetuated mediocrity
year-after-year. Last year's
overall record of 19-13 was good
enough for a NIT bid, In which
the Billikens made a quick exit
in round two, falling to Notre
Dame 77-66. While the NIT is
an accomplishment for most
division one schools (even a
godsend to others), St. Louis
is known for their basketball
supremacy. The Savvis Center is
one of the toughest to play in all
of college basketball, and Head
Coach Brad Soderberg was hired
in 2002 to do great things again
with this program. Could this be
the year?
Let's take a look.
St. Louis returns Reggie
Bryant, Izik Ohanon and
Anthony Drejaj to the starting
lineup along with a solid back-up
center in Tom Frericks.
As a junior, Bryant
averaged 16.4 points per game
and 3.9 rebounds per game. The
six-foot, two-inch guard gave
many opponents match-up
problems due to his uncanny
ability to get to the basket and
create scoring opportunities for
himself and his teammates.
Joining Bryant in the
backcourt is Drejaj. Dreja
chipped in last year with 6.5 ppg.
However, the speedy junior
is known more for his
aggressive defense. Drejaj
averaged close to two steals
per contest this year, and with
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last year. Ryan Amoroso is 6-
foot, 8-inch, 240-pounds, from
Minnesota. Both players will
contribute minutes, but under-
stand the chain of command.
The Golden Eagles out-of-
conference schedule is daunting
as usual. Marquette has already
won two tournaments, one
of which included knocking
off a tough Kent State squad.
Marquette will host Arizona
and Wisconsin before their
conference schedule opens up
at Tulane.
Crean has averaged 20.4
wins in his six years at the helm
and helped to create a national
power in Wisconsin. Crean has
received the C-USA Coach of the
Year Award twice. He has solidi-
fied success in the future when
Marquette will move onto the Big
East. The former Michigan State
assistant has secured three top-
100 commitments for the 2005
class and one for 2006.
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Willingham era with Irish ends
St Louis
from page B4
increased minutes in the 2004
season, that number should go up.
It's a coin toss between who
to start at the center position,
but Soderberg has chosen to
go with Ohanon, who already
has experience as a starter. The
6-foot, 9-inch senior averaged
7.2 ppg last season. The big
concern about Ohanon is his lack of
ability to rebound. Only
grabbing an average of 2.8 rpg,
the Billikens could be looking
more and more to Frericks to fill
the void down low.
Frericks, a senior, averaged
7.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg. While
obviously the better overall
player than Ohanon, Soderberg
likes Frericks coming off of
the bench as an emotional lift
to his players. I would expect
this to change soon enough
though when Frericks proves
he undoubtedly deserves the
starting job.
The wildcard for this
Billiken team has to be junior
college transfer Vas'shun
Newborne. Newborne trans-
ferred from Chipola JC where
he helped the Indians to a 32-5
record, a conference title and a
sixth place finish at the NJCAA
tournament. He averaged 11.2
ppg and 7.5 rpg throughout the
span of last season.
The only significant
freshman to speak of for this
year's Billiken squad is Dwayne
Polk. While his senior year high
school numbers are modest,
14.1 ppg, 4.5 apg and 2.3 spg,
Polk is a born leader and has
a big-game mentality. As a
point guard, he led the Vashon
Wolverines to an unblemished
31-0 record and the class 4A state
championship. During the title
game, Polk scored 21 points in
the third period alone en route
to a 38-point outing and the title.
This kid will not shy away from
the pressure situations, and with
Reggie Bryant on his wing pretty
much at all times, this Billiken
team could be a tough one to
handle down the stretch of tight
As far as predictions go, I
don't see St. Louis making much
noise this year. The conference
is as strong as ever from top
to bottom, and after starting
the season 1-4 against lesser
opponents, the Billikens could
be in for a long season.
You never know though, and
that's why they play the games.
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Big East doesn't deserve
free ticket to ride in BCS
KRT � There, we got that
out of the way. Hating the
Bowl Championship Series has
become such a way of life, dis-
senters should probably move
to Canada.
At the risk of being deported,
I've never thought the BCS is the
root of all evil. But one obvious
flaw has surfaced.
Can anyone explain why the
Big East has an automatic bid?
(At this point, at least one
reader invariably asks, "What's
the BCS, and why should I care?"
The BCS is too complicated to
fully explain here. But you should
care because if America can't
come up with an undisputed
football champion, are we really
any different than Ukraine?)
It would help if all candidates
were qualified. The Big East gets
one of six automatic bids to a big
bowl. That made sense when it
had Miami and Virginia Tech.
Now they are in the Atlantic
Coast Conference, and the Big
East looks like the-Beatles if Paul
and John had left for a better
TV deal.
Anyone want to watch Ringo
play the Fiesta Bowl?
That would actually be Pitts-
burgh, where coach Walt Harris
spent most of the season trying
not to get fired. The Panthers
could go 7-4 and still end up in
Tempe. That's a nice trick, con-
sidering they haven't beaten a
top-15 team and lost to the team
formerly known as Nebraska.
No wonder Texas coach Mack
Brown feels so persecuted. It's
one thing to lose out to Okla-
homa. It's another to get aced out
by a team that needed overtime
to beat Furman.
"I think you have to be care-
ful about singling out any confer-
ence on a single-year basis said
BCS Coordinator Kevin Weiberg.
This isn't a one-year thing.
The Big East roster reads like
Auburn's non-conference sched-
ule. Rutgers' main claim to
fame the past 25 years is 1983
grad James Gandolfini. He
did some ads promoting the
football program. Even Tony
Pittsburgh will get a BCS bid with a 7-4 overall record.
Soprano couldn't help the Scarlet
UConn? Does Rebecca Lobo
play quarterback?
Cincinnati and USF are join-
ing next year. If that's the cavalry,
you don't want to be a settler.
West Virginia has a decent
program. And Louisville is join-
ing next year. But if those are
your marquee names, you're still
a triple flea-flicker away from
being the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-10,
Big 12 or ACC.
With Miami and Virginia
Tech gone, Big East attendance
dipped below 40,000 fans a game
this year. Maurice Clarett had
that many tutors at Ohio State.
As far as the bowls are con-
cerned, the Big East represen-
tative is going to become the
Christmas fruitcake. You think
the Sugar or Orange or Fiesta
bowls want to pay14 million for
the right to welcome a few thou-
sand Louisville fans to town?
Is there any relief in sight?
"I'm not terribly optimistic
said Mountain West Commis-
sioner Craig Thompson.
His rising league has as much
claim to an automatic bid as the
Big East. But the BCS is all about
protecting turf. The Big East got
there first, and there's no way it
is going to voluntarily leave the
money trough.
The only hope is a review
system for automatic qualifiers.
Nobody knows how it will work.
Hopefully, alumni success in
HBO dramas won't be a factor.
The BCS is supposed to start
discussing the details next year.
Just don't expect any change for
at least a few years.
"We can only worry about
us Thompson said. "But cer-
tainly for this year, the contracts
are in place
Too bad we can't take one out
on the Big East's bid. Even Tony
Soprano would OK that hit.
Tyrone Willingham was fired on Tuesday after three years at Notre Dame
AP � Every fading dynasty
gets more desperate the further
the memories recede, and it turns
out Notre Dame is no different.
So Ty Willingham was
informed Tuesday, with three
years left on the biggest contract
in school history and three
less-than-satisfying seasons
behind him, that he wouldn't be
around to see his first recruiting
class graduate.
The decision to fire Willing-
ham was made by the universi-
ty's higher-ups, after what was
reported to be an emergency
meeting of the university's board
of trustees. Exactly what the
"emergency" was remains a
matter of some speculation. But
it fell to athletic director Kevin
White to explain why, for the
first time in school history, Notre
Dame chose not to honor a com-
mitment to its football coach.
"From Sunday through
Friday our football program
has exceeded all expectations,
in every way White said at a
news conference.
"But on Saturday, we've
struggled. We've been up and
down and sideways a little bit
If you're searching for a post-
mortem to the Willingham era,
you won't find a more succinct
one. Off the field, he was nearly
flawless. On it, the "up" was a
stunning 8-0 run Willingham
produced at the start of his stay
in South Bend - the "down and
sideways" covered just about
everything since.
His teams went 21-15 over
that stretch and lost big games
by lopsided scores, the kind
of record that would have
drawn a pink slip at more than
a few traditional football pow-
erhouses, much the same way
Nebraska ditched Frank Solich
last season and Florida canned
Ron Zook with a few games left
in this one.
Notre Dame used to pride
itself on not being part of that
crowd. The Irish made a point of
keeping underwhelming.Gerry
Faust and overmatched Bob
Davie for all five years of their
contracts. Now, there's no pre-
tending otherwise.
All the other things that
made the Irish special once no
longer apply. A program that has
collected more national titles
than any other hasn't brought
one home in 16 years, and
hasn't seriously contended since
1993. It's been 17 years since
a Heisman Trophy was added
to the display case. And now
patience, always in short supply
at Notre Dame, has evaporated
as well. That makes the Irish less
special still.
To be fair, Willingham
knew what the bargain was
when he signed on. He knew
that waking up the echoes
was a lot tougher trick now
than in the days when Rockne,
Leahy and Parseghian managed
to pull it off, especially if he was
going to do it while running a
clean program.
The only part he got right
was that last one. And even
that didn't count for much
when rivals like Bob Stoops at
Oklahoma and Pete Carroll at
Southern California were recruit-
ing circles around Willingham
and returning their programs
to national prominence in less
time, all the while steering clear
of trouble. They weren't ham-
pered by the tough academic
standards that apply at Notre
Dame, but Willingham arrived
there fresh from a stint at Stan-
ford, where the standards are
tougher still.
For all that, there is still no
tougher job in the game than
the one Willingham had until
Tuesday. The Irish are the only
team in college football with
a few million unpaid consul-
tants and their own network TV
deal. When he showed up on
campus, the program was still
reeling from the embarrassment
caused by George O'Leary's
padded resume.
Based on Notre Dame's his-
tory, and despite the alumni
who began nipping at his heels
once the magical 8-0 start
yielded a 2-3 finish in his first
season Willingham had every
reason to believe he'd have more
time. Enough time, at least, to
put his recruits, his West Coast
offense and his philosophy
in place. That was before the
board of trustees called an emer-
gency session - the emergency
apparently caused by reports
that the game's hottest
young coach, Utah's Urban
Meyer, was being seriously
courted by Florida.
Meyer is a former Irish assis-
tant and a bona fide offensive
genius, a qualification that the
higher-ups at Notre Dame appar-
ently believe will get him into
the living rooms of all those
skilled passers and catchers who
crossed Notre Dame off their
recruiting lists years ago. Of
course, they believed the same
thing about Willingham just
three years ago.
Meyer, whose Utes are 11-0
and ranked No. 5 in his second
season, thinks he knows what
he's getting himself in to. He
has a clause in his current deal
that allows him to leave for Notre
Dame without a buyout.
"1 have great respect for that
university. That's the reason it's
in my contract Meyer said after
practice Tuesday.
"1 think a lot of people look
into it more than what it is
Maybe so. But the last guy
who had the job thought the
same thing and look where he
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DiNardo was fired as Indiana's
football coach after a 3-8 season
that ended with a 63-24 loss to
Purdue, the Hoosiers' seventh
defeat in eight years to their
state rival. DiNardo, who has two
years left on his contract, had
an 8-27 record in three seasons
that were marked by declining
Fred Eichhorn, president of
the school's Board of Trustees,
told The Associated Press on
Wednesday that DiNardo was
dismissed during a meeting
Tuesday. Eichhorn did not know
when an announcement would
be made and athletic department
spokesman Pete Rhoda said no
announcements were immedi-
ately planned.
DiNardo replaced Cam Cam-
eron after the 2001 season. After
the rout by Purdue, he said "this
was just about the worst day
we've had as a team
The firing is the first major
coaching change by athletic-
director Rick Greenspan since
he was hired in September as the
school's fourth athletic director
in a little more than three years.
Crowds kept on the decline
at Memorial Stadium during
DiNardo's stay, with the Hoosiers
ranked near the bottom of the Big
Ten in football attendance.
Attendance averaged about
28,400 this season in Indiana's
52,000-seat stadium - down from
about 35,000 the year before and
the 12th straight year attendance
averaged less than 40,000. The
Big Ten average for the 2003
season was 72,000.
This season started with
promise for the Hoosiers, who
opened 2-0 for the first time
since 1996 after a road upset of
then-No. 24 Oregon. The season
quickly soured as the Hoosiers
lost their next five games by
an average of 16 points before
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for their only Big Ten victory of
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DiNardo's tenure also makes
him the 10th Indiana coach since
Bo McMillan left in 1947 to fail to
produce an overall winning record.
DiNardo inherited a team that
was weakened by the departure of
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waan Randle El. This past season
was the first time in his three
years that the Hoosiers started
the season with a full allotment
of 85 scholarship players.
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Irish's 1973 national champion-
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