Volume 80 Number 37
December 7, 2004
THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Holtz hired as new head coach
Former USC coordinator
gets five-year deal
It took ECU Athletic Director Terry Holland just
seven days after the football season ended to find
the Pirates' new Head Coach Louis "Skip" Holtz.
Chancellor Steve Ballard opened the press con-
ference Friday afternoon with comments about the
high performance of ECU'S distance education and
the quality ECU offers to everyone in and out of
state. He then introduced Holland, who went into
why ECU selected Holtz to lead the gridiron Pirates
in the years to come.
Among Holland's reasons were Holtz's experi-
ence as a head coach at the University of Con-
necticut, the fact he has not only coached but
played football, his experience with the University
of South Carolina and Notre Dame and he also
believes Holtz is a great family man and a "high
A beaming and visibly anxious Holtz took the
podium while his wife, Jennifer, and three children
(Trey, Chad and Hailey) beamed back at him from
"My wife and my eighth grade football coach
are both here and they told me to slow down said
"I tend to get a little bit excited when I get to the
podium. It is an honor to stand here before you as
the head football coach at ECU. I need to thank an
awful lot of people. But first, for the opportunity
to Dr. Ballard, Mr. Holland and Nick Floyd and the
people I have had the opportunity to be around
and get to know on my visit here. I just can't say
enough positive things about the leadership and the
direction of this university. As I have said before you
look at a lot of different places and it's not so much
where you work but it's who you're working with.
That is what makes ECU special right now
Holtz also commented on the passion of the
fans. He said the aspect that drew him to ECU the
most was the people who surround the university
and its athletic programs.
"The place ECU itself is buildings, but what
makes ECU special is the people Holtz said.
"The people that are here in this room, the
see HOLTZ page A3
The neighborhood relations facilitator helps students in off
campus neighborhoods like the one pictured above.
New position improves
Actions taken this
semester for students
Holtz compiled 34 wins when he was the head coach for the Connecticut
Huskies from 1994-1998. He is ECU'S 19th all-time head coach.
A new position, entitled Stu-
dent Neighborhood Relations
Facilitator held by Michelle Lieber-
man, is seeing positive results
as more than 89 actions were
taken this semester to deal with
various issues relating to student
neighborhoods outside of ECU.
The position, working in
conjunction with the Center of
Off Campus Living, was added
to campus this semester to serve
as a liaison between ECU and the
surrounding neighborhoods and
help students combat unethical
The 89 actions taken by
Lieberman include letters writ-
ten, houses visited and e-mails
sent in an effort to improve
relations between ECU and the
Lieberman said her posi-
tion is valuable because citizens
iving in areas near ECU would
often have problems with stu-
dents being too noisy or messy
and would go straight to the
police or the City of Greenville
to resolve the matter which can
lead to a fine for the students if
they are found breaking a city
Now these citizens can con-
tact Lieberman who will write a
letter, or in some cases pay a visit
to the residence, to alert them
that their behavior is angering
their neighbors and try to find
a way to peacefully resolve the
"I think I've saved a bunch
of students some tickets said
Lieberman said the response
she has received from students
has been very positive and most
simply were unaware of the prob-
lems they were causing in their
"It's been very successful
"I've only had to go back to
Lieberman said the best way
for students to get along with
their neighbors is to simply get
see COMMUNITY page A3
Chancellor's Leadership Conference benefits student leaders
Martin educates students
on leadership skills
Joe Martin, a national award-
winning speaker, spoke on lead-
ership for student leaders at the
first event of the Chancellor's
Leadership Conference on Friday.
Martin began by reading an
inspirational poem he wrote
entitled "So Tired He then
asked the student leaders ques-
tions relating to issues commonly
encountered by people in leader-
Martin shared a lesson with
the audience he learned from his
mother. He said people are always
complaining about what they do
not have when they should be
thanking God forwhat you do have.
Martin said there are three
types of leaders including those
who are always fired up, those
who had the fire but are losing
it and the group you wish you
"I want to rekindle that fire
Martin then discussed the
purpose of life.
"We are all brought here to
this earth to be used Martin said.
He said otherwise, people
would be useless.
Martin illustrated his meta-
phor for life with a handker-
chief representing each student's
unique gift or talent. He said they
could do one of four things with
your handkerchief. They can use
it as a blindfold, like a bandit
who tries to rob their organiza-
tions without giving anything
in return or they can wear it like
a bib. Those who wear their bibs
are those ready to be served.
"If every one in your student
organization decided to use their
gifts in this manner, then your
entire organization is going starve
because no one eats unless some-
one serves first Martin said.
The fourth leader students
can choose to be a busboy. He said
this is the option to serve others.
"This leader realizes the size
of his or her tip is based on the
quality of service that her or she
delivers to others in the organiza-
tion Martin said.
Martin concluded with another
poem entitled "Not Like Most
Shavaughn Mayse, sopho-
more physiology major, said she
thought Martin was an inspiring
"I think he is truly living out
his calling said Mayse.
She said she thinks he reached
everybody and that is what a
motivational speaker is supposed
to do and she wants to branch out f
in her position and just be com-
fortable in a complacent state.
"Now I feel more motivated to
go that extra mile Mayse said.
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Chancellor Ballard talks with students during his "Fireside Chat"
at leadership conference last weekend.
The third annual Chancel-
lor's Leadership Conference held
Dec. 3 - 4 included motivational
speaking, workshops and a "Fire-
side Chat" with Chancellor Bal-
lard for student leaders.
On Dec. 4, Motivational
Speaker Joe Martin spoke to
those in attendance first and
referred to himself as an irra-
tional speaker because he irri-
tates people in a good way.
He said learning does not take
place until you make students
Martin began by reading
a poem about himself and
the struggles of his life. He said
he is not a success story, but a
"It doesn't matter where you
start, but where you decide to
finish said Martin.
Martin presented to students
three ways they can take control
of their lives. The first of these
tactics is to "get real
"We suffer from split per-
sonality we have the visible
self and the real self. We need
to learn how to be the real us
He said the second step
is for students to get better
by working on themselves
and lastly, get control. Martin
showed the audience how to
do this by telling them to make
a list of all the things that
make them happy and doing
one of those things when feel-
After Martin spoke,
the student leaders were dis-
missed to various sessions. For
the first session, students chose
from workshops such as "Stress
Management "Improve Your
Leadership Abilities" and "Effec-
tiveness through the True Colors
Personality Typing System
During the second session,
student leaders had a choice
from "Mixed Drinks: Where
Leadership Meets Alcohol
"Keep Dry During a Brain-
storm "Student Neighborhood
Relations" and "Dining Etiquette
During the lunch, students
got the chance to ask Chancellor
Ballard questions before his "Fire-
"I am blown away by the
great leadership in this room
Ballard spoke to the students
on his view of leadership from
his own experiences.
"Never think you found the
secret to leadership Ballard
He said successful leaders get
see LEADERS page A2
Controversial author comes to ECU to discuss men on the 'down low'
Audience receives an
education on HIVAIDS
J.L. King, a controversial author and HIVAIDS
prevention expert, spoke to ECU students at World
AIDS Day on behalf of Pitt County AIDS Service
Organization, Inc. and the Student Health Services.
The controversy surrounding King is his book,
On The Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of'Straight'
Black Men That Sleep With Men.
King said when it comes to AIDS awareness
programs, there are two kinds of people.
"People who want to be educated, help them-
selves and their community and people who
remind me of people who drive by car accidents.
They drive real slow but don't do anything to help
the victims said King.
the down low meaning they sleep with men despite
being married and put their wives and family at risk.
King said the HI V virus is 100 percent preventable,
but without education, people can become a statistic.
He said not all African American men are "on
the down low" and not just African American men
live that way. He said anyone is susceptible to con-
tracting HIVAIDS and it's important to get tested.
"The epidemic is growing, so we need to educate
the younger generation. Children at the age of 10
are becoming diagnosed with HIVAIDS King said.
The event ended with a questlon-and-answer
session featuring King, John Morrow, director of
the Pitt County Health Department, David Alde-
ridge, HIV advocate from Pitt County and Dr. Craig
Simpson, physician at ECU Student Health Services.
One audience member asked how to deal with a
person who was stubborn and didn't want to be tested.
King said two of his friends were living "on the
down low" and refused to get tested or tell their wives of
the second lives they lived. I le took the two friends to a
funeral ofa lady who had died from AIDS that her hus-
band, who had lived "on the down low refused to tell
her. King showed his friends the pain her'children were
going through and indicated their father had died a
year before, unable to see the pain he put his family in.
"Sometimes you have to bring a face to AIDS to
get across to people who are hard-headed King said.
Dr. Simpson said the Student Health Services
offers confidential HIVAIDS testing for free and for
ECU students who are concerned they may be at risk.
Dr. Morrow said HIV testing cannot be done
The panel said once a person has publicly
declared they are HIV positive, the most important
thing the community can do is support the person.
Alderidge, who is HIV positive, spoke about how
his wife stood by him, despite his test results and
how thankful he was to have her. He spoke about
how it was the community's responsibility to ask
questions and make effort for change.
"This is our government, our church, our schools. It
starts withus Why isn'tthe government taking care of us?
It takes you, it take me to change things said Alderidge.
Many students felt a difference walking away
from the forum.
" I thought the event was very informative
and very successful said senior Jessica Grimes.
"I learned AIDS has no color, religion, gender or
name. Nobody is exempt and everybody is at risk. J
I will definitely be more conscious of who I trust is
and call my friend. I hope others can see that AIDS
is not a joke, it is an epidemic
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Author Jerry Shinn will conduct
a book signing for the book
LOONIS! Celebrating a Lyrical
Lite at Barnes & Noble Dec. 9
at 7 p.m. The author will give a
short speech and ECU musicians
David Hursh and Angela Davis will
perform several of McGlohon's
compositions. The book provides
a humorous look at the life of a
remarkable North Carolinian from
the dusty folds of Ayden, NC to
concert halls in Paris.
Down East Holiday Show
The Pitt County College
Foundation will hold this unique
style of shopping for the holidays
with everything you would need
to make it complete. The event
will take place at the Greenville
Convention Center Dec. 7. Call
321-4287 for more information.
Open MIc Night
Via Cappuccino will hold an open
mic night Tuesday at 8 p.m. Sign
up at Via anytime before the event
or at the door at 409 Evans St.
across from Emerge. Call 439-
0700 for details.
Do you have problems with
wrapping gifts? Do your presents
look like tney have been run
over by a truck? Members of
the Gamma Beta Phi honor
society will be wrapping gifts at
Barnes and Noble on Greenville
Boulevard Wednesday, Dec. 8
from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Donations
are gladly accepted.
An Alcoholics Anonymous
meeting will be offered in room
14 MSC from noon - 1 p.m.
The meeting is open to any
person who feels they may have
a problem with alcohol or would
like to explore this issue further.
Meetings will continue as long as
interest and participation permits.
ECU'S Symphonic Band will perform
Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Wright
Auditorium. Call 328-6851 for details.
Festival of Trees
The Family Support Network of
eastern North Carolina is hosting
the Ninth Annual Festival of Trees
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.
Vagina Monologue Auditions
Auditions for the Vagina
Monologues will be Wednesday,
Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and
Saturday. Dec 11 at 2 p.m. - 4
p.m. in 2021 Bate. Come be a part
of this amazing and inspirational
performance and no experience is
necessary. Roles are available for
women of all ages, ethnicities and
background. Production will be Feb.
11-13. For more information write
to ECUVMONOS hotmail.com
Free Math Tutoring
Take advantage of free tutoring
in math. Mondays from 2:30
p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Ledonia
Wright Cultural Center. For more
information call 328-6495.
UNC In Washington
Junior and senior students have
a chance to participate in the
UNC in Washington Program.
ECU is one of 14 UNC institutions
offering this opportunity to live,
learn and earn in the nation's
capital. Selected students will
enroll in 12-15 hours, including
an internship and the Washington
Experience Seminar. Summer
2005 applications should be
submitted by Dec. 8. For more
information visit ecu.eduaa
A Greek Summer
Give yourself Italy. Greece and the
Greek Islands in the 2005 summer
season. Students will receive 6
s.h. credit and funding is available.
Attendants win visit Rome, the Vatican,
Sistine Chapel, Athens, Pompeii
and many more places. Write to
mercerc mail.ecu.edu for details
Insanity ruling brings end to
tragic case of baby drowning
ASHEVILLE, NC - A woman who
blamed postpartum depression
when she drowned her six-month-
old son has been committed to the
state mental hospital by a judge who
accepted her plea of not guilty by
reason of insanity.
Yvonne Chapman, 33, will be entitled
to a hearing every six months. If she
can prove she is either mentally well
or poses no threat to others, she
will be released from Dorothea Dix
Hospital in Raleigh.
The ruling Friday culminates a tragic
case that began when Chapman
began suffering from depression after
the birth of her first son, Eli.
On Sept. 15, 2003, she called an
emergency operator and said she had
drowned the baby so he didn't "have to
grow up in this mean wortd She was
charged with first-degree murder.
"I was able to forgive her within a
couple of hours after it happened
Chapman's husband, Daniel, said
at Friday's hearing. "I couldn't forget
everything we've been through
In NC, a judge can hold a hearing to
determine if a defendant was insane at
the time ofthe crime, if prosecutors agree.
Man to plead guilty in
case that Jailed wrong man
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - A man
accused of killing a newspaper copy
editor in 1984, a crime that sent
another man to prison for 18 years, will
plead guilty, his attorney said Friday.
Under the plea agreement, Willard
E. Brown, 44, will plead guilty to
the murder, rape and kidnapping of
Deborah Sykes. The charges will be
consolidated to one life sentence and
allow Brown to avoid the possibility of
a death sentence.
He will also plead guilty to common-
law robbery, a less severe charge
than armed robbery, and receive a
sentence of 10 years, to be served in
addition to the life sentence.
A 10-year-old state law abolished
parole in such murder cases. Brown
will be eligible for parole under
sentencing laws in place at the time
of Sykes' murder.
He will face a minimum of 21 years
and three months in prison under
Pete Clary, Forsyth County's chief
public defender, said Brown will enter
his guilty plea Dec. 16 in Forsyth
Superior Court. He said Brown would
like to speak at the hearing.
Brown is charged with first-degree
murder, first-degree rape, first-degree
kidnapping and armed robbery in
the attack on Sykes in downtown
Jackson gives DNA
sample to authorities
LOS OUVOS. Calif. - Michael Jackson
voluntarily gave a DNA sample to
authorities, returning to his Neveriand
Ranch estate a day after he left during
a search by sheriff's deputies, a
source close to the case said Sunday.
When sheriff's deputies arrived with
search warrants Friday, his lawyer
instructed him to leave and take his
children with him, the source told The
Jackson's attorney, Thomas
Mesereau, flew by helicopter from Los
Angeles to Jackson's ranch in Los
Olivos, 100 miles northwest, when he
heard the search warrant had been
served, said the source, who spoke
on condition of anonymity.
On Saturday, when the deputies
returned, they asked for a DNA
sample and Jackson returned by car
to the estate and supplied the sample
voluntarily, the source said.
Authorities had never before asked
for a DNA sample, the source said. A
cotton swab was used to collect the
sample from Jackson's mouth.
It was not immediately clear how
authorities planned to use the DNA in
Jackson's child molestation case.
Also while at Jackson's ranch, sheriff's
investigators measured rooms, trying
to establish the sight lines from one
room to another, the source said.
should get federal review
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist said Sunday that the
government should review fedeially
funded sexual abstinence programs,
under fire from Democrats who say
they contain false and misleading
The "abstinence-only" programs,
which get $170 million from Congress
this year, teach children and teens the
benefits of abstaining from sex until
marriage. By law, they are not allowed
to discuss any benefits of birth control
or condoms in preventing the spread
of sexually transmitted diseases.
A report last week by Rep. Henry
Waxman found 11 of the 13 most
widely used programs contain
misinformation. He said they
underestimate the effectiveness of
condoms in preventing pregnancy
and the spread of disease, exaggerate
the prevalence of emotional and
physical distress following abortion,
blur science and religion or get
fundamental scientific facts wrong.
Asked about these findings, Frist, a
doctor who often calls on his medical
expertise, did not directly address the
issues raised. He said the programs
should be reviewed.
"Of course they should be reviewed
Frist said Sunday on ABC's "This
Week" program. "That's in part our
responsibility to make sure that all of
these programs are reviewed
He touted the benefits of a more
comprehensive approach backed by
President Bush in the global
Attackers strike at U.S.
consulate In Jiddah
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Attackers
using a car struck the heavily guarded
U.S. consulate with explosives and
machine guns on Monday, injuring
several people but no Americans.
After a gun battle inside, one attacker
was killed, two were arrested and
two others were surrounded, Saudi
security officials said.
Saudi security forces also said
they believed four of the attackers
had seized an unknown number of
hostages inside the building amid
the fighting. Area residents spoke
of seeing Saudi forces enter the
consulate shortly before a fierce gun
battle was heard inside. A short time
later, the gunfire stopped.
In Riyadh, the U.S. Embassy
spokeswoman Carol Kalin said two
local staff members wee injured, but
all American staff were safe.
"We have accounted for all Americans
on the compound in Jiddah and none
of them are being held hostage Kalin
said. "We have a local work force that
was on duty and we are still in the
process of accounting for Ithem
Saudi security officials said two
security guards at the gate of
consulate were wounded, one of
them seriously, after the attackers
opened fire on them before entering
the mission. It was not clear if those
were the two consulate employees
mentioned by Kalin.
Police to stop placing
explosives In passenger luggage
PARIS - French police on Sunday ended
their practice of hiding plastic explosives
in air passengers' luggage to train
bomb-sniffing dogs after one such bag
got lost, possibly ending up on a flight
out of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.
The luggage that police used Friday
for the exercise has not turned up
yet. Three flights that arrived in
Los Angeles and New York were
searched, but the luggage in question
was not found.
No passenger has contacted French
authorities to report discovering a bag
with nearly 5 ounces of explosives
tucked into his or her suitcase.
Police say there was no chance the
explosives'could go off since they
were not connected to detonators.
Still, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin was critical of the mistake.
"The fight against terrorism and
insecurity is a priority for the
government a statement by his
office said. "But Raffarin made clear
his concern in the face of the way
the training for explosives searches
was conducted at Roissy Charles
Raffarin said the procedure
was "susceptible to making the
relevant passenger run a risk in the
eyes of foreign authorities when
arriving in the destination country
Police soon after announced they
had ordered a stop.
Volunteerism high among ECU students Leaders
Thousands of students spent time volunteering for various organizations.
More than 8,000
students volunteer this
More than 8,000 students
this semester have participated in
some form of volunteer work to
help organizations in need.
Jason Denius, director of
ECU's Volunteer Center said
there are about 125 programs
which students can donate their
time to. Reports show about
one-third of the student popula-
tion has volunteered and that
number is rising.
"We are among the highest in
the nation said Denius.
"There are certainly universi-
ties that have a higher number
than us, however they have
more students than us we are
really doing well
Denius said volunteer-
ing students give back to the
university they represent as well
as the community.
"Students who volunteer
really show the university's
motto to serve well and our
students being involved in the
community shows they are well
rounded students as well as very
talented Denius said.
He said there are a
number of students who work
with the volunteer center who
have heavy course loads and
have other part time or full time
jobs, but are still able to find
time to volunteer.
"That is very impressive
There are a number of differ-
ent programs and organizations
that students are able to volun-
teer for such as working with
children, the elderly, homeless
or needy. Finding a way to help
is not a problem.
"We have a lot of students
who go into the public schools
and tutor kids the kids fall in
love with the ECU students and
think they are just the coolest
folks around Denius said.
"That is certainly a very popu-
lar area and a big need we have and
need more students to do that
With the upcoming holi-
days, the Salvation Army and
elderly homes have an extra high
demand for volunteers and seek
ECU's help in recruiting some.
"Many of the elderly residents
don't have many visitors. For stu-
dents to come and visit them and
exchange stories is very impor-
tant to them Denius said.
Denius said becoming a vol-
unteer through campus programs
can show a student's desire to
help others and reflect their
personal beliefs of putting others
first. Becoming a volunteer has
personal benefits because it
teaches numerous life values
relevant to a future career and
"Employers want an employee
they can trust, is caring and also
someone who can handle a lot
of things, like multi-tasking
"Interacting with others is
very important these days and
volunteering helps to better your
Becoming a volunteer is a
straightforward process that takes
less than 10 minutes. Students
can go to the volunteer center at
110-A Christenbury Gymnasium
and fill out an application. Then
they can choose from a list of
organizations or suggest their
own where they wish to volunteer.
"No matter what your inter-
est is, your passion or even your
major, we will find you an oppor-
tunity that you can connect with
and we are very proud of that
Brandy Sherrer, freshman
communication major, has vol-
unteered her time through vari-
ous events this semester such as
visiting the Cypress Glen Retire-
ment Community and collecting
food for victims of the hurricanes
in Florida. She said she believes
volunteering her time does not
only benefit the organization she
is helping, but it's also self-fulfill-
ing to help others.
Denius said he has
personally experienced the
self-fulfillment that comes
"It would be hard to name
all the ways volunteerism
comes back to help you. I am a
living example. I have been a
lifelong volunteer and it has
meant more to me than any-
thing Denius said.
With this semester closing
and the holidays in a few weeks,
the ECU Volunteer and Service-
Learning Center can really use
students' help to have a success-
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people to trust them and they
have at least five people that are
Ballard also suggested read-
ing materials on leadership
such as the Harvard Business
Review and the book The Art of
Ballard said teamwork is a
major aspect of being a good
leader. He said it does not
matter how good a person is
with personal skills, but it is
important if people
are good as a team.
During the question
portion of the presentation, one
student asked why students with
academic scholarships have to
keep their grades better than
athletes on scholarship.
Ballard said athletes have
high graduation rates and they
have to miss more class than
other students. He said they have
hired a new coach that will raise
the standard for this.
After Ballard spoke,
leaders went to their
last session. This session
had students with
different leadership posi-
tions sectioned off to discuss
issues of concern.
Student leaders gathered
back together and told each
other what they learned
from the conference. Many
students said they learned a
great deal about being better
leaders and the conference was
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to know them.
"I've found that the best
solution to these problems is
when the student knocks on
their neighbors' doors and meet
them Lieberman said.
Francine Rees, a citizen who
resides in a neighborhood near
ECU said Lieberman has dealt with
a few houses in her neighborhood
that were causing problems and
has made an immediate impact.
"She is about the best thing
to happen to Greenville in a long
time said Rees.
"She helped us achieve the
quiet neighborhood we once had
Lieberman has also dealt with
eight students who had concerns
with their landlords and was
able to offer them assistance by
educating them as to the terms of
their rental lease or by referring
them to an attorney.
In one case, Lieberman was
able to help students who were
charged twice for one service
after their residence changed
landlords. The students were
unlawfully overcharged more
than $100 by their new landlord
for maintenance that was already
paid to the former landlord and
were able to recover their money
due to the help of Lieberman.
Jessica Karan, senior reha-
bilitation services major, said
she contacted Lieberman over
a dispute with her landlord and
was referred to a lawyer held on
retainer by ECU that helped her
get out of her lease and find a
"She was really very helpful
Lieberman said she has
enjoyed her new position and
was very happy with how well
received she has been.
"People seem to be very recep-
tive tomy position Liebermansaid.
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people that support us finan-
cially, the Pirate Nation that is out
there every Saturday supporting
this program and the people that
are running it such as Dr. Ballard,
Mr. Holland and Nick Floyd.
That's what makes ECU special.
The thing that has impressed me
the most is having the opportu-
nity to get around so many of
those people when I was here
Holtz has had a successful
run with coaching thus far. He
started his career with Florida
State in 1987 as a graduate assis-
tant coach before he moved
up the ranks as a wide receiv-
ers coach at Colorado State in
1989. From 1990-1993, Holtz
spent time at Notre Dame as the
Irish's wide receivers coach and
offensive coordinator where he
coached two of the nation's most
successful offensive units in
1992 and 1993. He then moved
onto Connecticut for his first
head-coaching job and led the
program to unprecedented suc-
cess in his five years there. Under
Holtz, UCONN finished in the
NCAA Division I-AA top 25 four
times and compiled a school
record 10 wins in 1998.
Holtz received a five-year
contract from ECU and his base
salary will be $150,000 per year.
In addition to his base salary,
Holtz will also receive a guaran-
teed $240,000 for the first year
in exchange for his participation
in television, radio and Internet
programs. This guarantee will
increase by $25,000 in each of the
following years in Holtz's contract.
Me will also receive an addi-
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ticipates in a BCS bowl or a con-
ference championship game.
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TUESDAY December 7,2004
Major League Baseball in
midst of biggest scandal
What in the hell is going on with sports lately?
In the last few weeks, we've seen brawls in
basketball and college football, an NHL lockout,
an athlete telling us that $14.6 million won't put
food on the table, Ricky Williams becoming an
apparent hippie nomad and steroid whispers
turning into shouts in Major League Baseball.
Jason and Jeremy Giambi admitted using
steroids in their testimony to the grand jury. A
report from the San Francisco Chronicle came
out Thursday night that Barry Bonds unknow-
ingly used "the clear" and "the cream" in 2003,
drugs he obtained from trainer Greg Anderson.
Also, Victor Conte admitted he gave Anderson
both the designer steroids and Conte also
claims he give Marion Jones illegal steroids
and she injected herself right in front of him.
Excluding Jones, baseball is in the midst of
the biggest scandal it has ever seen, including
the Black Sox and Pete Rose. How much of a
shame is it that the Red Sox finally broke the
curse in what may be the same season that
one of baseball's greats and the game itself is
Who's to blame? Plenty. Who do we put a lot
of blame on? Donald Fehr.
This guy is the head honcho of the MLB Players
Association. Players have publicly voiced they
want a more stringent drug testing policy than
the pitiful excuse for one they have in place
right now. Commissioner Bud Selig :shed
for it before this past year's all star break and
it didn't happen. Why?
Fehr and the leadership in the MLBPA won't
let it happen, that's why. And for that, this man
should be condemned for the rest of his miser-
If the MLBPA doesn't allow the front office of
baseball to scrap this testing policy and tighten
the screws on a shiny new one, the MLB will be
rank with cheating and won't last much longer
as America's pastime.
Lawmakers are out of control with sin taxes
Blame this idiocy on
Amanda Q. Lingerfelt
Editor in Chief
Head Copy Editor
Asst News Editor
Asst. Features Editor
Asst Sports Editor
Special Sections Editor
Asst. Photo Editor
Once again, Looney Land is abuzz
with titillation, speculation and antici-
For those who may not know,
Looney Land is where the supercilious,
punctilious, self aggrandizing, holier-
than-thou Enlightened Ones live,
looking down on the unwashed masses
from their gilded towers.
This is the realm of the "Thought
Police Political Correctness and the
subject of today's column, the "Life-
You know the Lifestyle Police. They
are the ones who tell us that smok-
ing, drinking, eating, soccer, dodge
ball, breathing, sex (or abstinence
from) and any other action they con-
sider "vices" are bad for you, society
and whatever else they can think up
so you need to stop doing it. They also
brought us the ludicrous idea of the
A sin tax is nothing more than a
money grab by the Enlightened One's
foisted upon certain segments of the
population to force a change in some-
one else's lifestyle. It also allows the
people who support such nonsense to
impose their own beliefs and morals on
other people and feel morally superior
to everyone else by showing how much
You see, a sin tax is always for the
good of the other person, segment of
society or some other higher cause,
and to not support it means that you
are a selfish, uncaring heathen. What
is even better for the Enlightened Ones
is that sin taxes only target the actions
of certain groups. If you are not in
the targeted group, why should you
care if they have to pay more for their
How many non-smokers com-
plained when the price of cigarettes
and other tobacco products doubled
or tripled as a result of the "tobacco
settlement?" How many complained
when legislatures all over the country
started increasing the taxes on tobacco
products to supposedly recoup medical
costs related to smoking?
Want to know what your silence has
Since the successful imposition
of sin taxes on tobacco products, the
Enlightened Ones and their faithful
followers have attempted, and are still
attempting, to impose similar taxes on
alcoholic beverages, fast food, sodas,
potato chips and other such horrible
threats to society.
No problem, right? After all,
the Enlightened Ones are only con-
cerned about the health of the drunk,
fat, sugar and salt gulping slobs who
are too ignorant to take care of them-
selves. If the extra money charged
doesn't force them to quit their evil
ways, why, it can be used to pay for the
extra medical costs these inconsiderate
people force society to pay when they
become obese or sick. That's noble and
understandable, so why bother object-
ing, especially if you aren't directly
How about we carry this attitude
to its next logical (for some) step, shall
Everyone knows that eating red
meat is not healthful. We should
heavily tax meat products. Not only
will that help pay the medical costs of
sick meat eaters, no longer would poor
animals be "needlessly" slaughtered to
sate the appetites of carnivores. Ladies
and gentlemen, let me introduce The
Let's double or triple the price for
skateboards, rollerbladesskates and
mountain bikes. People who ride them
tend to have more accidents and cost
more in medical bills than normal. The
Let's increase the price of all auto-
mobiles that don't get 40 miles per
gallon in the city. This will reduce
dependency on foreign oil (and the
number of SUV's in the campus parking
lots). The Why Utilize ANWR Tax.
Senior citizens would be charged
for being callous enough to live beyond
a certain age as determined by the
Enlightened Ones. Reduce the costs
of keeping them alive. They would
either pay the tax or go to government
approved "Assisted Dying" sites and
quit burdening society. The Extended
Students who drop out of school
or don't complete college would have
to pay a hefty yearly tax. It is well
known that "under educated" people
are less healthy and use more resources
than graduates. The tax would vary
depending on the level of education.
The Moron Tax.
People who watch more TV than
they should and do not exercise the
prescribed number of hours (as deter-
mined by you know who) each week,
would be taxed accordingly. The Couch
Parents who have the audacity to
give birth to children that are men-
tally or physically disabled would pay
a prohibitive tax. Society should not
be burdened with or have to help care
for their genetic mistakes. The Clean
Think I'm joking? Maybe. Twenty
years ago though a sin tax would have
been considered implausible and wildly
But hey, why should you care? You
probably eat right, have a healthful
lifestyle and even though those will
make you live longer, things like the
Extended Living Tax are just a figment
of my wild imagination.
In My Opinion
America can tap its reserves without harming environment
Alexander Marciniak Jenny Hobbs
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(KRT) � It will be several decades
at least before alternative fuel vehicles
and the infrastructure needed to fuel
them will be developed enough to
satisfy America's transportation needs.
Additionally, oil is a critical component
of plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers,
lubricants and construction materials.
This means that Americans will
need oil well into this century.
Unfortunately, the United States
uses more oil than it can produce,
making it dependent on supplies from
politically unstable parts of the world.
While America will never have com-
plete energy independence, Congress
should remove obstacles to domestic
production both to reduce energy
prices and so that, in times of crisis,
America's prosperity is not held hostage
to hostile foreign powers.
By all accounts, America's remaining
large deposits of oil lie under public lands
and offshore. Regrettably, these areas
have been placed off-limits to oil pro-
duction due to environmental concerns.
For 24 years, for example, Con-
gress has wrestled with the question
of whether to open a small part of the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, less
than half of 1 percent, to oil and gas
exploration and development.
Environmental lobbyists, opposed
to oil production on public lands, claim
that the oil in ANWR equals only a six-
month supply. This is true, however, only
if one imagines that the United States
stopped using oil from any other source
- no imports, no domestic production,
nothing else - which is unrealistic.
To put the matter in proper perspec-
tive, the Energy Information Agency
estimates that ANWR contains between
6 billion and 16 billion barrels of oil.
By comparison, the United States
imports 7 million barrels of oil per
day. If only 6 billion barrels of oil were
recovered in ANWR, in a time of emer-
gency, the United States could cut all
imports of foreign oil for two years with
little or no effect on our economy. Or,
put another way, ANWR could deliver
enough oil to the United States to free
us from Saudi Arabian oil for more than
And, contrary to environmentalists'
claims, there is no reason for thinking
that oil production and environmental
quality are incompatible.
You don't have to take my word for
It. Caribou herds have expanded in and
around Prudhoe Bay and other wildlife
have flourished as well, apparently
unaffected by the relatively primitive
(by today's standards) oil and gas devel-
opment in the area.
And environmental groups includ-
ing the Nature Conservancy and the
Audubon Society allow oil drilling on
some of their most unique properties.
They would hardly allow this if oil and
gas production were harmful to their
environmentally sensitive preserves. As
with the rest of the economy, technol-
ogy has improved in the oil patch.
Environmentalists' objections to
drilling on public lands aren't really
about protecting pristine places at all.
Rather, it is about restricting Ameri-
cans' energy choices.
Otherwise, how can one explain their
legal efforts to stop the federal govern-
ment from accessing oil in the National
Petroleum Reserve - an area set aside
in 1923 specifically for oil production.
Environmentalists have long
argued that oil exploration in ANWR
was not needed because the NPR was
nearby, yet when the Bush adminis-
tration proposed opening new areas
in the NPR to development in January
2004, environmental groups sued to
The United States has more than
a 100 million acres of designated or
de facto wilderness and roadless areas
- not to mention millions of acres pro-
tected as national parks. All of this land
is off-limit to energy production.
On the remaining parcels of the
public's lands, except where energy pro-
duction would necessarily be incom-
patible with unique characteristics
some of them may contain or with
the specific purpose for which they
were established, environmentally
sensitive exploration should at least be
This is for those of you that
are whiners - suck it up, get it
together and keep it to your
To the person who wrote a
rant last week complaining about
other people using this section
to complain - news flash, that's
what this is all about, wise guy.
There was a great article in
TEC about utilities and how to
keep the costs down. Now if only
that information could be embed-
ded in every "told" roommate on
the planet, we would all be doing
great. Eighty degrees is too hot for
an apartment or dorm, whether
it's summer or winter.
I think that every professor
should be required to exempt you
from their final exam if you have
an A average in their class at the
end of the semester.
What is up with Snoop Dogg's
new song "Drop It Like It's Hot?"
Anybody can make that "click"
sound with their tongue while
video game music plays in the
background, Snoop. That track
needs to be dropped like it's hot
from the airwaves.
Thank you, student book
stores in Greenville. Because of
you, I've finally decided what
I'm going to do with my life. I'm
opening a college book store and
robbing college kids blind by sell-
ing them books marked up 300
If you have fleece around
your neck, then you need more
than a thong between your
toes. Sandals in winter are no
Do people sigh very loudly
when you raise your hand in
class? Do you make some kind
of comment at least two times
during every class you attend?
Then this rant is for you - legiti-
mate questions and genuinely
funny comments are the only
two acceptable reasons to speak
during class. Professors have
office hours for people like you
who want to tell personal opin-
ions and stories and ask questions
that are completely unnecessary
to the lecture at hand.
If you are waiting for your
document to print in a computer
lab on campus, don't crowd
around the printer. Believe it or
not, printers do not print any
quicker no matter how much
we stare at it, willing our pages
to be spooled. This is unlike
other appliances like the toaster,
for example, which will toast
bread faster if you stare at it.
Way to go, TEC You seem to
be the only entity left at ECU who
cares about and actively roots for
the Pirates. Go Pirates!
In Major League Baseball,
steroids are OK. In any other pro-
fessional sports league you would
be suspended before you knew
what happened if you were found
to be taking steroids. What does
baseball do? They talk about how
they can't do anything about it,
and they do nothing.
Am I the only one that thinks
something about our new coach
isn't right? Terry Holland said he
would search high and low, far
and wide to bring us the best pos-
sible coach. How can he search so
hard, interview candidates and
select one only one week after
the season ends? Either the list
had two names on it, or John
Thompson was forced out with
his replacement already selected.
If the latter is the case, Holland
needs to apologize not only to
Thompson, but to the rest of the
Pirate Nation for deceiving us like
that. Something isn't right about
this whole situation.
Toboggans are hats you wear
when you're cold and if you don't
think so, go back up north where
you came from.
Is it just me, or did someone
else catch the gross misspelling
of the word "exacerbate" in the
"Edwards visits Greenville" arti-
cle in last week's TEC? How about
running spell check next time?
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their opinions. Submissions can be
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TUESDAY December 7, 2004
Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. there will
be a Symphonic Band concert
in Wright Auditorium lead by
Christopher Knlghten. For more
information, call 328-6851.
The Wlnterville Annual Christmas
Parade will be held in Downtown
Wintervllle on Saturday, Dec. 11 at
2 p.m. This annual holiday event
is sponsored by the Town of
Wlnterville and will feature a down
home feel. For more information,
The Annual Farmville Christmas
Parade will be held in Downtown
Farmville on Saturday, Dec. 11 at
10 a.m. This event is sponsored
by the Farmville Area Chamber of
Commerce. Patrons will have the
opportunity to have breakfast with
Santa at First Christian Church
at 201 South Main St. before the
big Christmas Parade. For more
Information, call 753-4670.
Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. there will
be a Salsa Dance in the Willis
Building. This event Is sponsored
by Folk Arts Society of Greenville
and the ECU Folk and Country
Dancers. There will be a dance
lesson at 7:30 p.m. and the dance
will start at 8 p.m. For more
information, call 752-7350.
The Nutcracker Ballet, sponsored
by the Dance Arts Theatre will be
held Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and
Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. This
show will feature guest performers
for the principal roles from the San
Francisco Ballet, American Ballet
Theatre and other highly regarded
dance troupes. The show will be
performed in Wright Auditorium.
For more information call 1-800-
Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. the Kiss
Christmas Comedy Jam four
will be held at the Greenville
Convention Center. This event,
which is sponsored by Kiss
FM 102, will feature the best of
BET with TP Hearn, Hope Rood,
Redbone, Jay Lamont and Darren
DS Sanders. Doors will open at
7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show time.
General admission is $20 and VIP
advance tickets are $30. Tickets
are available at all ABC Phones
locations and on-line at KISS102.
com. For other information, call
The U.S. Amateur Ballroom
Dancers Association will be
sponsoring Ballroom Dancing on
Christmas from 7:30 p.m. -11 p.m.
at the Willis Building. The evening
will begin with free Samba and
Merengue lessons followed by
dancing and refreshments. For
more information, call 321-3809.
Names in the News:
A drifter who repeatedly
demanded to pray with The
Passion of the Christ director Mel
Gibson has been ordered to stand
trial in Los Angeles on charges of
Zack Sinclair, 34, was arrested
In October after arriving
unannounced at Gibson's Mallbu,
Calif, home saying he wanted to
pray with him and turning up at
a chapel where Gibson attends
Mass on Sundays. In court papers,
Gibson said the man also sent him
numerous "alarming, harassing
and annoying" letters Insisting
they should pray together.
John Malkovlch will play the
lead In a movie about the life
of Austrian artist Gustav Kllmt.
Malkovich's friend Raoul Ruiz will
direct when shooting begins next
month In Vienna, Austria. Ruiz
also wrote the screenplay about
the famous art nouveau painter,
whose masterpieces Include
Claiming their teenage daughter
was drugged and sexually abused
at a party in the Mallbu home of
Nick Nolte, the girl's parents have
sued the actor and several others
who were at the party.
One defendant, Nicholas
Woodring, was convicted In
March of having sex with the girl,
then 15. Nolte, who was not on
the property when the incident
occurred, "was at the time, and
still remains, concerned for the
young lady's well-being said his
publicist, Arnold Robinson.
Dance theatre presents classic Christmas ballet
Proceeds to benefit
With every holiday season
that rolls around, you are sure to
find oodles of holiday shoppers,
festive parties with family and
friends and magical moments
performed by the talents of
sugarplums, snowflakes and
toy soldiers - it's The Nutcracker
season of course. Dance Arts
Theatre in conjunction with the
Eastern Symphony Orchestra will
entertain audiences this holiday
season with their dazzling rendi-
tion of their annual Nutcracker
The North Carolina Academy
of Dance Arts is the official school
of Dance Arts Theatre under
the artistic direction of Sherryl
Tipton. Located in Greenville,
Dance Arts Theatre was founded
in 1985 as a non-profit dance
Dance Arts Theatre has per-
formed The Nutcracker every
other year since 1983 until 1995.
Since 1995, the performance has
become an annual show and will
continue to please audiences for
many years to come.
Dance Arts Theatre joined
up with the Eastern Symphony
Orchestra in 1986 and enjoyed
their sounds in all their previous
Nutcracker performances. The
dancers and orchestra will also be
joined by the Greenville Choral
Society who will sing during the
"Waltz of the Snowflakes
In addition to providing a
spectacular performance, Dance
Arts Theatre will be donating all
net proceeds to the University
Health Systems of Eastern North
Carolina's Children's Hospital, a
division of the Children's Miracle
Network. In previous years, the
company has donated to several
charitable organizations includ-
ing the Pitt County Arts Council
and victims of Hurricane Floyd.
Sunday's matinee perfor-
mance will be performed for the
children of the hospital and their
families. The performance allows
All proceeds from The Nutcracker will be donated to
University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina's
Something fun to do
this holiday season
Ballroom dancing sure
fire way to bring style to
your holiday this year
Poets have written about it, art-
ists have painted it, musicians have
sung about it and people of all ages
and sizes still do it. For hundreds
of years, dancing has been used as
a means of expression, art, telling
a story, entertainment, sport, for
fun and much more.
Whether a person favors the
sensual dance of the tango or
the up-beat movements of swing,
ballroom dancing is a great sport
and social dance virtually made
Dance teacher Armando Ase-
neta, owner of the Fred Astaire
Dance Studio in Hilton Head,
SC, describes ballroom dancing
as a social dance, meaning it's a
couples dance. Partners share the
"The partners are as one and
ballroom dancing can be enjoy-
able for the man that leads and
the woman that follows said
As a student from a
dance school in Raleigh-
Durham, Aseneta explains
that ballroom dancing has a vari-
ety of dances that have different
techniques, rhythms, origins and
"There are two different
groups of ballroom dancing:
smooth and rhythm. The smooth
type consists of the Viennese
Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and the
WaltzThe rhythm type consists
of Cha-cha, Rumba, Mambo,
Bolero, Paso Doble and Swing
There are also different dances
such as the Merengue, Shag or
west coast swing. Ballroom danc-
ing is seen as something that is
constantly changing and evolv-
ing as different movements are
added and new dance patterns
"Nowadays, people wear
informal attire. People dance
in clothing and shoes that are
comfortable. Usually, the men
wear soft suede on the bottom of
their shoes and the women wear a
heel. It makes for easier flexibility
and movements as they dance
"If the couple were com-
peting In a sports cham-
pionship, then they
would wear formal attire and
shoes according to the rules of
The positive aspect of ball-
room dancing is an enhanced
appreciation for the music and
the dance patterns. It's great
physically as a healthy exercise
and mentally as a stress reliever
and gaining self-confidence.
Also, there is always the fact
people can meet and make new
friends. There is no denying
people have fun and a great time
learning. Dance must be felt,
must be experienced in order
to fully enjoy the benefits of
Ballroom, defined as a room
where balls are held, usually
as formal engagements and
big affairs. Ballrooms were
important social functions
several hundred years ago to
establish class, to discuss politics
and to elevate one's own social
standing, especially when
it became popular during
the 16th and 17th centu-
ries in Western Europe. At
certain points in time, ballrooms
were usually for the upper class
society of England, Germany
or America, and the slaves that
watched their masters through
see BALLROOM page A6
the children to experience all
of the joy and excitement that
radiates from The Nutcracker
performance. It's a great oppor-
tunity for Dance Arts Theatre to
give them something special to
"It's children working for
children said Tipton.
"When you get to see the
look on their faces it makes it all
Also, The Nutcracker is a great
ballet for youngsters. It will hold
their attention and they will be
very entertained, said Tipton.
This year's performance
comes to life with the extraordi-
nary abilities of local and nation-
ally recognized dance talent.
Open auditions, which were
held back in October, decided
the appropriate parts for the
104 performers involved in this
years show. A majority of the
performers are members of the
NC Academy of Dance Arts
studio, however, several nation-
ally recognized guest artists and
ECU theatre students are lending
their talents to the holiday per-
formance as well.
A majority of this years' guest
performers reside with the world-
class Joffrey Ballet in New York
City. Raul Peinado, Flavia Garcia
and Kyle Coffman are gracing
the stage with their captivating
professional talents. Peinado is
dancing the parts of Nutcracker
Prince and Cavalier. Garcia will
be dancing as the famous Sugar
Plum Fairy and Coffman will be
performing as the Harlequin Doll
and Spanish. Freelance dancer,
Thomas Bell is also providing his
talents to perform as Sylberhaus,
Snow King and Arabian. Bell
has appeared in several previous
performances with the Dance
Of course, all of the magic
that happens on stage could not
be possible without many help-
ing hands. Most costuming is
constructed, fitted and altered
on-site. The sets and backdrops
are tweaked a bit each year, but
for the most part remain the
same. Three backdrop curtains
transform the stage from Clara's
house, to the land of snow and
finally journey the audience into
the land of sweets.
Funding for Dance Arts The-
atre is, "made possible through
contributions of individuals,
businesses and ticket sales
All donations are tax deduct-
"The Nutcracker is one of the
most magical ballets anyone will
ever see Tipton said.
"It's one that fathers and
brothers will enjoy, it's easy to
understand, you enjoy wonderful
music and it's representative of
the Christmas holiday
Tipton is a graduate of the
ECU Department of Dance. After
studying at ECU, she moved to
New York to continue her stud-
ies. She later decided to pursue
teaching dance and moved with
her husband to eastern North
The NCADA facility was built
in 1981 and enlarged in 1996.
The 6,000 square-foot facility
houses four state-of-the-art stu-
dios with "floating" floors and
Bose surround-sound stereo sys-
tems. Dance classes encompass
all areas of dance and accommo-
date everyone from pre-school to
pre-professional and adult.
This writer can be contacted at
What: The Nutcracker Ballet
Who: Dance Arts Theatre accom-
panied by the Eastern Symphony
When: Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7
Where: Wright Auditorium
Tickets: $26.50 Adults, $22.50
All net proceeds benefit the
University Health Systems of
Eastern North Carolina's Children
Salsa dances are a great way to make new friends on campus,
Salsa Dance adds spice to life
Warm up your winter
with some hot flavor
Salsa, used as a phrase to
describe up-tempo Latin music,
was established by Cuban song
composer Ignacio Pinerio, writer
of the song, "Echale Salsita
It was used by Latinos on the
West Coast to describe a dance-
able type of music, also known to
be zoo-ka in New York.
It is the important sauce
necessary for satisfying the most
demanding of musical tastes.
Above all, it is a great way for
students to enjoy their last days
here and spice up their holiday.
The Latin explosion has hit
ECU and in case you have not
heard the news, this is your
chance to check out one of the
many opportunities ECU has to
offer. Stressed from those finals?
Come join the ECU Folk and
Country dancers on Friday, Dec.
17, as well as the third Friday of
According to the ECU Folk
and Country Web site, "The ECU
Folk St Country Dancers promote
the preservation of historical and
modern folk dance forms among
students and the community by
sponsoring contra, salsa, swing
dances and concerts
The ECU Folk and Country
Dancers and the Folk Arts Society
of Greenville co-sponsors salsa
dances for both students and
people of the community to learn
the salsa and merengue dances
and have a great time applying
those moves on the dance floor.
"Group beginner lessons are
offered before each dance. There
are many people there willing to
help beginners with the basics
and with new moves throughout
the night. There is no reason to
be intimidated by other dancers.
People who seem like good danc-
ers were once beginners too said
Leanne Smith, president of ECU
Folk and Country Dancers and
English graduate student.
The lessons are taught by
instructors, Procopio and Heidi
Serrano and DJ Ramon Serrano
plays nothing but the latest
in meringue, salsa and classic
bachata and cumbia music.
lessons are held before the dance
at 7:30 p.m. and the actual dance
starts at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 11
p.m. No previous dance experi-
ence is needed, you will not be
"We had 200 people at our
November salsa dance. A small
crowd is about 70. Some people
leave early, and some come later
People show up alone or
in groups, but in the end you
leave with a little salsa experi-
ence and a great chance to meet
new people from ECU and the
Admission is $3 for students
with an ID, $5 for Folk Arts Soci-
ety of Greenville members and
$8 for general public collected at
the door. Dances are held at the
Willis Building on the corner of
First and Reade Street.
If you are wondering what to
wear, "People wear everything
from jeans, t-shirts, dresses, skirts
and heels, so wear whatever is
comfortable to you.
The pictures on our Web site
can also give a good idea of what
people usually wear Smith said.
Don't miss out on this great
opportunity, come and bring
friends. Remember this event is
offered once a month, so take
advantage of this chance to learn
something that is both fun and
If you would like any other
information about the Folk and
Country for contra, salsa, and
swing dance, and concert sched-
ules, as well as fun photos, browse
their Web site at geocities.com
This writer can be contacted at
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ECU Symphonic Band wants to
engage public in performance
New fusion classes are shaking up the fitness menu
Everyone is invited to
hear an assortment of
JASON A. FREEMAN
The ECU Symphonic Band
will be having their third
performance of the semester
Dec. 7 at Wright Auditorium.
The concert will take place at 8
p.m. and is free for all who want
Christopher Knighten, direc-
tor of the ECU Marching Pirates,
will be conducting the concert
and has chosen several works
that run the gambit from old and
familiar to the new and untested.
"The symphonic band plays
a variety of literature from
Renaissance to Modern Music
The band will be playing five
pieces. "Canzona" is a piece by
Giovanni Gabrielli, a Venitian
composer who lived at the turn of
the 16th and 17th centuries.
"Resting in the Peace of
His Arms" is a piece by John
Gibson, one of Ireland's
leading composers. "Molly on
the Shore" is the first of two
pieces by Percy Grainger. This
piece has a busy pace. The Sussex
Mummers' "Christmas Carol" is
the second piece by Grainger and
has a more long drawn out pace.
Percy Grainger was an Austra-
lian-born composer who lived
during the 20th century, studied
in Germany and settled in the
United States. Finally, the piece
"Don't You See?" was a piece
written In 2001 by Donald
Grainger. The piece Is
based on three Afri-
The Symphonic Band
is made up of 70 Instrumen-
talists whose talent were
selected based on their
proficiency in. playing
woodwind, percussion or brass
instruments. While most of the
players are music majors, talented
individuals from other
departments are welcome.
"It should be really excit-
ing. It's a good culmination of
everything we've worked on
says Dorothy Click, a sophomore
music education major.
Preparation for the concert
has taken place in earnest. The
symphonic band practices four
days a week and are ready to
play the classical pieces. For
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The classes not only offer
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from page A5
the windows tried to mimic the
dances. As the years passed by,
those dances created by the slaves
evolved to become the dances
many people still use today.
For those that are curious, the
word "ball" derives from Latin
"Balare" meaning "to dance
It is not to be confused with
"ball a round object used for
games, which derives from the
Old Norse word "boll" meaning
Greenville has a ball-
room dance chapter from
the U.S. Amateur Ballroom
Dancers Association - USABDA.
Anyone interested in attending a
social chapter dance should go to
the Willis Building where lessons
are held every fourth Saturday
per month. Lessons will be taught
for one hour followed by a social
dance. Because it is Christmas on
the fourth Saturday, lessons will,
instead be held on Saturday, Dec.
18. Dawn Clark, teacher of ECU'S
School of Theatre and Dance
will teach Merengue and Salsa.
Having 10 years of dance
experience in jazz, ballet,
modern and lyrical dance and
having spent three years compet-
ing, music education major and
freshman, Alison Williams,
describes dancing as a natural
emotion for her.
"I hear music and feel the
rhythms inside myself. I have
this natural reaction to dance.
I hear the melodies and it just
makes me want to move to it
When asked what
ballroom dances she would like
to learn from the lessons at Willis
Building, her response was,
"Swing dance and salsa. Swing
dance, because it looks fun,
upbeat and peppy. Salsa, because it
looks challenging and sexy. There
is also magic electricity when
dancing in a large group.
Everything just clicks and it feels
so good to move in sync with the
music. You walk away feeling reajly
energized and feeling great
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Quick Hitters Holtz hire is great move for ECU
Quotes from Friday's
Head Coach Lou
"The more I was here
and the more I had
the opportunity to
meet people and see
what this place was
all about the more
my attitude with Mr.
'what do I need to do
to become the next
head football coach
here at ECU?' This
is the place I want to
be and I am excited
about being here and
I am buying into the
" have waited six
years for this day. I
have waited six
years to stand up
here and have the
opportunity to be a
head football coach
again. I can't tell you
how excited I am
and how committed
I am to turning this
program back around
and into what it has
been and what it will
be again, a team that
is going to contend
for a championship
and be back in the
top 20 year in and
"The decisions we
make now until the
fall when we can get
on the fooioall field
are going to predicate
whether or not we
are going to succeed
or fail. I promise you,
you will have every
ounce of energy, soul,
and life that I have
in order to put this
program back where
it belongs and that's
at a championship
it j fit
at the Division l-A
level is a pretty harsh
job today as you
can see from what's
the country. Only
high quality people
can get the job done
at the highest levei"
'Photos by Kyle Fisher
Coach brings new
attitude to Pirates
Remember when you were a
kid on Christmas Day? You'd get
up at the ugliest hour possible
just to get a peak at the mound
of presents under the tree, giddy
with excitement and ready to
wake your groggy parents. Skip
Holtz showed up at Harvey Hall
in the Murphy Center Friday
afternoon with that same
And I have to admit, it's
When I first heard Terry
Holland had made the move to
hire Holtz Thursday afternoon,
I have to say, I was less than
pleased. However, after a little bit
of research and listening to Holtz
at the press conference, it was
easy to change my view on things.
Holtz was impressive Friday,
displaying eloquence, a charming
smile and honesty, and answered
every single question willingly
and thoroughly. It's clear this
is a guy who can take over a
program in shambles and rebuild
it from the ground up.
It also doesn't hurt that he's
done that once already.
Holtz was the head
coach for the University of
Connecticut from 1994 to 1998
and led a formerly horrendous
program to four top 25 seasons
and one 10-win season in his last
year with the Huskies - the most
in school history. The team also
went to the quarterfinals of the
NCAA I-AA playoffs that year and
ranked 11th nationally in scoring
offense, putting up almost 36
points per game.
It's no secret that offense is
Holtz's forte either, considering
he has been an offensive assistant
in every coaching job he's had
with exception to theUCONN
spot and now ECU.
Holtz spent five years coaching the UCONN Huskies before moving on to South
When Holtz held the offen-
sive coordinator position for
Notre Dame from 1992-1993,
the team played phenomenally
on the offensive side of the
ball. In 1992, they ranked third
nationally in total offense, aver-
aging more than 470 yards per
game en route to a win in the
Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M,
24-21. In 1993, despite losing
All-Americans Jerome Bettis and
Reggie Brooks, the Irish finished
ninth in scoring offense and
won yet another Cotton Bowl,
this time in blowout fashion
against the same A&M Aggies
On paper, Holtz may be the
most highly touted head coach
ever to come to ECU. However,
his performance off the field isn't
too shabby either.
Holtz helped fund-raising
efforts send more than 1,000
under-privileged area children
to recreational and educational
camps during the summer four
consecutive years as an honorary
chairman for Camp Courant in
Hartford. He also served on the
Board of Trustees for two years
with the American Diabetes
Association. In addition to his
positions with those groups,
Holtz won the National Football
award in 1996.
However, eclipsing all of these
accomplishments is the fact that
Holtz completely disregarded his
career path for family in 1999.
Holtz left his successful
UCONN program to coach with
his legendary father Lou at the
University of South Carolina in
order to be close to his sickly
mother Beth. Doctors ended up
removing glands they believed
were cancerous, and Beth made
a full recovery.
Holtz has shown he can lead
programs to success, no matter the
state the team maybe in at the time.
He is a guy who asked the question
"why not?" rather than "why?"
The Huskies made the move
to Division I-A football and went
into the Big East in 2002 and are
in a bowl game this year, largely
due to Holtz's ability to recruit and
make a name for the program. He
has also been to a total of eight
bowl games with three successful
programs (Notre Dame,
Florida State and South Carolina).
Holtz will have a
disadvantage in recruiting when
he starts at ECU this week. He has
just two months to sift through
the graduating high school
players before training starts and
the recruitment period ends.
But his strong character and
refreshing honesty will hit a home
run with athletes and parents
see HOLTZ page A9
the Number ol
wins Notre Dame
collected while Skip Holtz held the
offensive coordinator position for the Irish.
the amount of
bowls Holtz has
appeared In, Including two straight
Cotton Bowl appearances with the Irish.
Hot2's age when
ffe received his
first head coaching job with the
the amount of
points the UCONN
Huskies averaged per game in the 1998
season under Holtz.
Let's not skip-to-my-Lou just yet
Holtz coached at South Carolina as an offensive coordinator
and quarterbacks coach with his father for six years.
Coaching hire seems
At the press conference where
Terry Holland announced Skip
Holtz ECU's 19th football coach
Friday afternoon, it seemed a
bit familiar. A feeling of deja vu
came over me, almost like the
same press conference that hap-
pened two years ago.
Coaches Thompson and now
Holtz had the same gleam in their
eyes in taking their first Division
I-A head coaching position. A
gleam that showed their enthusi-
asm but also their naivety toward
the monumental situation.
"My wife and eighth grade
football coach are here said the
"They both told me to slowdown
because I have a habit of getting
excited when I get to the podium
Both spoke of winning champi-
onships, not defining a timetable,
but ensuring listeners they will win
at ECU. Both won over the adminis-
tration during their interviews, and
both have graceful wives and several
Initially, when Holtz was leaked
as a major candidate, the pulse of
the ECU faithful was lukewarm
at best. Callers on radio stations
voiced their opinion hoping Hol-
land could secure a big name that
would help to unite the splintered
Then ECU fans began to look
at Holtz's bio and rationalized the
decision. Maybe this could be a
good fit. He won at then-Divi-
sion I-AA Connecticut where he
compiled a 34-23 record. Wow,
he was offensive coordinator at
Notre Dame (of two years.
Step away from the honey-
moon between the new coach
and the ECU administration and
fan base for a second.
Holtz was jobless when he
contacted ECU. Sure he would
have found a job, but he was not
retained by Steve Spurrier, a long-
time friend of his father's.
He spent last season at South
Carolina as the quarterback's
coach. However, USC's weakness
the past two seasons has been at
the quarterback position. The
leading statistical quarterback,
Syvelle Newton, hoisted just six
touchdowns and six interceptions
this past season. Senior Dondrial
Pinkins and sophomore Newton
only threw for more than 200
yards in only three of USC's 11
games in a run-oriented offense.
Holtz had spent the past five
seasons as offensive coordinator
before he and his father had a
feud over the offensive style.
During the second and third
season at the helm, the younger
Holtz developed Phil Petty into
a machine that helped USC to
win the most games ever over a
After Petty's graduation,
USC has been unable to find a
drop-back passer to complement
Holtz's spread offense scheme.
Luckily for Holtz, James Pinkney
appears to fit that mold.
Holtz will be undoubtedly
judged on wins and losses just
like all of his predecessors.
Holland spoke about a bottom-
line business in his press
conference a week ago. He
explained that despite how nice
a coach is or how many players he
graduates, the business aspect will
judge him by his win-loss record.
Will Holtz fair better than
Thompson? Probably. Holtz's
team only loses fives players off
the two-deep depth chart, four of
which were starters. He inherits a
team full of experience and in des-
perate need of an attitude change.
People that could help extend
a change in the mental attitude
the fastest could be Holtz's staff.
The position coaches are vastly
see COACH page A9
Is Skip Holtz the
right guy for ECU
football and why?
SAN DEEP GOTTIPAMULA
"Yea, I think he's the
right guy. I'm pretty sure
he will be better thai,
the previous coaches.
I'm just hoping for it
"I know he's not going
to do any better than
Thompson if he doesn't get
five years to let his players
"I think he's the right
choice. He seems to have a
level head and a good strategy
to turn the team around and
make a good impact
"I tlvink he comes
from a great family of
coaches and it will get the
program a lot of atten-
tion. If the community
can rally around him, it's
great for the program
I $0: �
"I think it's a good hire.
Everyone seems to know the
Holtz name and that will
help with recruiting and
BASIL ABDEL JAWAD
"I don't like It at all
becasue he didn't do well at
where he was. I don't like the
way he Interacts with players
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everywhere. Also, his new policy
to stay in the eastern North Caro-
lina region and stop flooding Flor-
ida will bring in the same kind of
homebred talent the Pirates
possessed in the 1990s.
It also doesn't hurt that
Holtz's background comes
on offense - by far the best
side of the ball for the Pirates.
Junior quarterback James
Pinkney will be learning
his fourth offensive scheme
since his junior year in high
school - not an easy task.
However, with Holtz at his side,
learning whatever system is
put in place this season should
prove to be easier than previous
seasons for ECU's third-year
Though Skip Holtz maybe
wasn't a bigger name than Ron
Zook or Tyrone Willingham out
on the coaching market this
past week or two, he was the
right pick for ECU.
He hasn't named anyone,
but Holtz has already said he
will bring back some "ECU
flavor" to the gridiron Pirates
coaching staff. That is a big
positive for this team
as it will do two things: 1) It will
instill the same toughness and
winning attitude the
program carried in the 1990s and
2) it will unite the fan base.
What more could the Pirate
Nation ask for than former
Pirates Steve Shankweiler, Larry
Shannon and George Koonce
Well, maybe about six wins
and perhaps a bowl game. With
Holtz at the helm, however, that
just might be possible.
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Jennifer Jackson (left) and Viola Cooper (right) led the way for ECU in the tournament.
Jennifer Jackson has
career-high 34 points
The Lady Pirates competed in
their annual Lady Pirate Invita-
tional this past weekend, beating
Stephen F. Austin and then losing
to nationally ranked Baylor Univer-
sity in the championship game.
The women broke their four-
game losing streak in their first
game against Stephen F. Austin
with an 83-77 victory Saturday
afternoon. Senior guard Jennifer
Jackson led the Lady Pirates with
a career-high 34 points.
ECU led for most of the
game and several players finally
showed they had the ability to
step their game up. Viola Cooper,
Shanita Sutton, Keisha Anthony
and Jackson contributed greatly
as they collectively scored 73
of ECU's points. Latoya Horton
also grabbed a career-high 13
ECU out-rebounded their
opponent for the fourth time
this season and shot an astound-
ing S3 percent from the floor.
"This was a good win for
us today said coach Baldwin-
"We came out and played
hard and fortunately it paid off
Baylor University was next
on the list but made quick work
of ECU as they pounded the Lady
This game proved to be the
exact opposite of the previous,
as ECU shot just 37 percent
from the floor and committed
Cooper led ECU in scoring
with 13 points and Samantha
Pankey netted a career-high
12. Emily Neimann was all but
unstoppable during the game
as she scored a game-high 18
points. Neimann was also named
Most Valuable Player of the tour-
Jackson was the only Lady
Pirate named to the All-Tourna-
ment team. The Lady Pirates
return to action Sunday, Dec. 12
at 4 p.m. against Wake Forest.
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important to a player's develop-
ment and continuity between
the staff is a must. Holland also
saved a significant sum of money
to spend on Holtz's assistants.
Coach Steve Shankweiler
has almost been rumored to
be on his way to coach the
offensive line. Shankweiler has
a son on the team, Kort, and is
familiar with the territory, as he
has served two previous times
at ECU. His coaching philoso-
phy combined with incumbent
running backs coach Jerry
McManus has been lethal for
opposing defenses over the years.
Other position coaches are
just as important. Thompson's
staff was patch-worked together
and never really found their
niche among each other. Holtz
needs to hire people with
experience more than ever.
In Holtz's defense, he said
many of the right things in his
questioning session. He already
understands the ECU program
better than Thompson did.
"As far as the recruiting
strategy, ECU has made a living
in eastern North Carolina. We
need to draw a circle around
the state of North Carolina and
say this is where it needs to
start. We will start in Greenville
and work out Holtz said.
Thompson's philosophy of
recruiting Florida players did not
sit well with the Pirate Nation. If
Holtz continues to understand
this easy concept, he will get
players that are hungry to win.
"This is a hidden jewel.
The more we can get people to
Greenville to see what ECU has
to offer, I think the more people
will walk away with the same
impression that Mr. I lolland and
myself had with our first visit
here Holtz said.
Hopefully, Holtz's plan and
words will ring truer than the
"I promise you will have
every ounce of energy, soul
and life that I have in order
to put this program back
where it belongs and that's at a
championship level Holtz said.
Let's just hope he's right
and we haven't heard this same
speech two years ago.
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