The East Carolinian, December 8, 2004

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Volume 80 Number 38
December 8, 2004
Study cites ECU high in minority grads
Schools are positive
models in lessening gap
Both ECU and Elizabeth City
State University were cited for
having higher graduation rates
of minority and low-income
students when compared to
peer institutions, according to A
Matter of Degrees: Improving Grad-
uation Rates in Four-Year Colleges
and Universities, a report from the
Education Trust.
Kevin Carey, author of the
report, provides a number of
statistics and percentages deal-
ing with graduation rates of
different groups in colleges
across America.
Carey describes America as
a large, prosperous, free nation
that has thrived and excelled in
many areas including education.
America has been one of the
most highly educated nations
and has been steadily investing
in educational institutes across
the nation.
This increase in education is
still with us, as the number of stu-
dents entering two or four-year
educational institutes has risen
from less than one half in 1975 to
nearly two thirds in 2001, with the
largest increases in females and
minority groups.
While an increased number
of students of all groups are
attending college, we are faced
with a problem that has become
prevalent among universities
across the nation. A steady and
consistent gap exists across the
majority of American colleges
in the graduation rates between
white and minority students.
The report stated nationwide
statistics indicating 67 percent
of white students graduated
within six years, compared to 46
percent in blacks and 47 percent
Latino students. The study also
indicates 7 percent of all lower
income students get a BA by age
26, as opposed to 60 percent of
upper-income students.
A major factor Carey indi-
cated in the study is the dif-
ferences in the K-12 scholastic
Rosina interim assistant for global academic initiatives speaks at an awards ceremony for
minority students in association with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.
period between these two groups.
Lower income and minority stu-
dents commonly attend schools
that have insufficient resources
and staff and have lower expec-
tations of their students when
compared to higher income white
students. This difference sets
the framework for the students'
academic performance in later
years. Even the more academi-
cally gifted students who attend
inadequate scholastic systems
are not challenged enough in
this period to prepare them
for college.
ECU and ECSU were each
cited in Carey's study as having
high graduation rates among
minority groups.
Carey cites ECU as having
an overall graduation rate of 54
percent, compared to ECU'S peer
institutions at 41 percent. The
graduation rate of ECU'S African
American student population is
60 percent, almost double ECU'S
peer institutions, who graduate
only 32 percent. According to
the study, ECU African Ameri-
can students have had a higher
graduation rate than the white
students consistently for the last
four years.
ECSU was cited in Carey's
report as having high gradua-
tion rates. The overall graduation
rate of ECSU is 53 percent in the
study, while African American
students also have a 60 percent
graduation rate.
The report stated ECSU and
ECU as being differently struc-
tured institutions. ECU was
described as a competitive doc-
toral degree granting institu-
tion with a 16 percent minority
population, while ECSU is clas-
sified as a "less competitive"
historically black institution with
a 75 percent African American
Lathan Turner, director of
Ledonia Wright Cultural Affairs,
said ECU has improved on this
percentage, yet we still need to
strive for further improvement.
"It is important to look at
the value of what got us to this
point and from an accountability
standpoint, we need to revisit
andor restructure the opportuni-
ties that were available then such
that we are able to continue with
improvement said Turner.
While the graduation rate
percentages have not changed,
ECU must continue to strive to
maintain and eventually exceed
this high number. It is important
for academic and non-academic
experiences to offer services to
motivate and retain students.
A recent example of that is the
academic honors program, which
recognizes students who have a
3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
This event recognized nearly 200
Turner said ECU has to main-
tain the types of services that
brought it the recognition in "A
Matter of Degrees" as the report
challenges the universities recog-
nized to maintain these success-
ful graduation rates.
The economy is offering so
many challenges to students stay-
ing in college, including tuition
increase and the lack of financial
aid. This creates the common stu-
dent obligation of holding a job
while in school in order to pay for
the demanded expenses.
ECU offers new
doctorate program
in physical therapy
see STUDY page A2
ECU Peers
ECU peers Include 85
moderately selective public
institutions 12002 SAT
Composite 990 - 1044 or ACT
Composite 21.0 - 22.4)
Campus safety improving
Blue lights are placed at
various locations on campus
for student protection.
ECU police urge
student assistance
Campus police has stepped
up its patrol and safety on ECU's
campus, yet the issue of campus
safety remains despite various
security updates and new ways
of reporting crimes.
Many students still wonder
why robberies and assaults con-
tinue to occur when ECU has
a police force on campus that
is supposed to operate all day,
every day.
Janel Drake, crime preven-
tion officer with the ECU Police
Department, said crime preven-
tion is a group effort that cannot
be handled without the help of
the students.
"Unfortunately, there's only
50 - 55 of us police and only six
to eight on the street at a time
said Drake.
"There's 18,000 - 20,000
students that see things we don't
even see. All it takes is a phone
call and you don't have to tell us
your name. We have an anony-
mous Web site. We just want the
Drake said some of the most
common incidents occurring on
campus this semester include
numerous larcenies, particu-
larly bicycle larcenies early in
the semester. In addition, there
have been a lot of alcohol and
drug violations and a number
of reports about damaged prop-
erty including vehicle breaking
and entering.
Drake said when a crime is
committed, the police need to be
the first ones notified.
"Don't call your best friends,
mother or father and then
call us four or five hours later.
If it's something like an assault,
people are usually long gone
Drake said.
Drake said no matter how
insignificant a crime may be, it
still needs to be reported.
"They still need to call us
because it could have happened
to somebody else earlier or later
in the night and we're missing
that one little piece and you
see SAFETY page A2
Program meets
growing needs
ECU has adopted a new
three-year doctor of physical
therapy program which will
meet the growing educational
demands for those entering into
the field.
Walter Jenkins, associate pro-
fessor and associate chair for the
Department of Physical Therapy,
said the need for this program is
not due to the number of physi-
cal therapy students, but rather
the amount of information they
will be responsible for.
"Physical therapists' respon-
sibilities have been expanding
for some time said Jenkins.
"Doctoral programs in physi-
cal therapy are designed to
increase the student's knowledge
prior to graduation
The university has been in
the process of implementing this
new program for about three and
a half or four years. The UNC
Office of the President, Graduate
Deans Committee is the group of
people through the UNC system
that meets to review programs.
"The Graduate Deans Com-
mittee is comprised of graduate
deans from all of the universities
in the UNC system. The UNC
Board of Governors is a group of
appointed Individuals who serve
the public. Both the Graduate
Deans and the Board of Gover-
nors are charged with advising
the UNC President regarding
new academic programs Jen-
kins said.
There are other universities
who have similar programs,
but ECU'S is the only one of its
"We're the first state school
in NC to have an entry-level
doctorate In physical therapy
Jenkins said.
"Chapel Mill is implementing
a transitional doctorate in physi-
cal therapy, which is after the
students have completed their
master's in physical therapy
At ECU, students enter this
program after they receive their
bachelor's degree and are sched-
uled to finish in three years.
"Students enrolled in the
DPT program take classes on
campus and then go into clini-
cal settings to work with pro-
fessional physical therapists
Jenkins said.
Students must attend 32
weeks of clinical education
where they work with people
who practice physical therapy.
Jenkins said there are areas
where they can do this in virtu-
ally every state, but the majority
of ECU students stay in NC.
The first semester for this
program will start in May, but
the department is taking applica-
tions now. They will stop taking
applications in early January, but
Jenkins said he expects a good
number of people to apply.
The department also created
a pre-physical therapy club that
meets once a semester. Under-
graduates can learn more about
the program at these meetings.
Jenkins said he thinks the
future of physical therapy and
the university will be improved
by this program.
"What I see for the future
is clinicians who are very well-
prepared upon graduation from
our program and an increase
in our research potential
Jenkins said.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
For More Info
To Join or get more Information
about the pre-physlcal therapy
club at ECU, e-mail William
Jenkins at jenklnsw@mall.ecu.
Construction continues on West End Dining Hall
Facility projected to
open next semester
The $13 million West End
Dining Hall project, originally
scheduled to be opened by
the beginning of the spring
semester, has experienced several
delays, moving the probable
completion date.
Gina Shoemaker, project
manager for the West End Dining
Hall, said the project is nearing
completion, despite the vari-
ous delays. Air conditioning
and water have been completed
and the floors are in the process
of being stained. The roof still
needs additional work however.
"It's all coming together,
it's just not coming together
as quickly as we'd like,
said Shoemaker.
The construction of the
building was originally set for
completion by Sept. 27, but the
current schedule shows a proj-
ect completion date of Dec. 22.
Additional time would still be
necessary before the building
could open to stock the facility
with food and train the new
"The contractor has had
various delays and as of right
now the current schedule
shows a completion date by Dec.
22 Shoemaker said.
Shoemaker said it has not been
indicated the cause of the various
contractor delays.
While some of the delays can
be attributed to the contractor,
ECU and inclement weather are
also responsible for a portion of
the delays.
"This kind of thing is
typical on almost every project
Shoemaker said.
"Every kind of project that
is outside, there are commonly
delays associated with weather,
especially larger projects such
as this
The West End Dining hall,
once completed, will offer
students a different style of
dining hall than the current
campus dining halls.
"The concept is marche
cooking, meaning much of the
cooking will be done in front of
the people out in the open rather
than in a back kitchen.
It will offer a variety of
options including Chinese,
Mongolian, salad bar, rotisserie,
soups, breads, pizza oven and a
fried chicken and burgers option.
There will also be a Subway
incorporated within the campus
store as part of the new project.
The project is geared
to help alleviate some of the
heavy crowds in Mendenhall
and will give ECU a chance to
change the dining options that
currently exist. It will seat 600
see DINING page A2 Several delays have moved the opening date of the new dining hall to the Spring semester.
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NICK HENNE News Editor KRISTIN DAY Assistant News Editor
WEDNESDAY December 8, 2004
Campus News NeWS Briefs
Zeta Phi Beta sorority will be
having a book drive Dec. 7 - 16.
Members ask that if UBE or the
student store does not buy back
all your books, to drop them in
the drop boxes located at the
Student Store, the College Hill
trailer. Mendenhall trailer and
Speight trailer These bonks will
be going to provide books for
African school children in need.
For more information, contact
Jessica Grimes at 560-4035 or
Gift Wrapping
Do you have problems with
wrapping gifts? Do your presents
look like they 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.
Alcoholics Anonymous
An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
will be offered in room 14 MSC
from noon - 1 pm. 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.
Club Baseball
Club Baseball has begun looking
for talented and dedicated
baseball players. If interested,
preseason workouts will be held
every Monday. Wednesday and
Friday at 4 p.m. at the bottom
of College Hill until try-outs. Try-
outs will be Jan 12 -14 at a later
specified time and location. For
details, visit www.ecu.eduorg
Vagina Monologue Auditions
Auditions for the Vagina
Monologues will be Wednesday,
Dec 8,6 pm. -8p.m. and Saturday,
Dec. 11,2pm-4 pjn. 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
Christmas Parade?
The Winterville Christmas parade
will be Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Call
756-6038 for further details The
Farmville Christmas parade will be
Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. The Farmville
parade is hosted by the Farmville
Area Chamber of Commerce
Have breakfast with Santa at
First Christian Church before
the parade. Call 753-4670 for
more information
Free Math Tutoring
Take advantage of free tutoring
in math, Mondays from 230
p.m. - 3:30 pm at the Ledonia
Wnght 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.
Ballroom Dancing
The U.S. Amateur Ballroom
Dancers Association will host a
dance at the Willis Building on
First and Reade Streets from 7.30
p.m. - 11 pm Dec. 25 Begin the
evening with free Samba and
Merengue lessons followed by
dancing and refreshments. Call
321-3809 for details.
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 will visit
various European locations.
Write to mercerc mail
for details.
Boh Barker gives $1
million to Duke for animal law
DURHAM. NC - Game show host
Bob Barker, a longtime proponent
of animal welfare, has donated Si
million to Duke Law School to endow
a program to teach animal rights law.
the school announced Monday.
The Bob Barker Endowment Fund
for the Study of Animal Rights Law
will support education in animal
rights law, including opportunities
for students to earn course credit on
cases involving compliance with state
animal cruelty laws and other forms
of animal rights advocacy.
It is similar to funds Barker has
established in the past few years
at law schools including those
at Harvard. Stanford. Columbia
and UCLA.
"Animals need all the protection we
can give them Barker said in a news
release from Duke.
"We intend to train a growing number
of law students in this area of the law
in the hope that they will ultimately
lead a national effort to make it
illegal to brutalize and exploit these
helpless creatures
Duke Law Professor William A. Reppy
Jr who already teaches a course in
the area, will lead development of
more programs in the area of animal
rights law. One of his ideas is to
develop a clinic in which students
will work with volunteer lawyers
who handle animal rights cases in
the state
Parents pull students from
school due to violence rumors
HIGH POINT. NC - Parents removed
about 200 students from T Wingate
Andrews High School on Monday
after threats of violence circulated
through the student body.
The day passed without
violent incident
'It was just as quiet as can be
Principal John Wittmann Jr. said after
school ended Monday There were
no disruptions today whatsoever
except parents coming to check
students out"
Andrews has about 1.200 students
According to the rumors, students
from North Carolina A&T State
University planned to retaliate against
Andrews students who had attacked
them at a dance this weekend,
Wittmann said.
The fight at the dance involved
students from the two other public
high schools in High Point, Wittmann
said. No one at Andrews appeared to
have participated, he said.
The incident is the latest in a series of
problems at Andrews High School.
Last week, High Point police
added a second school resource
officer to Andrews and stepped up
patrols outside following a series
of fights in which an assistant
principal was injured and two police
officers assaulted
At least 10 students were charged
with misdemeanors stemming from
disturbances last week.
High Point police did not call for
additional security Monday.
Friends, family say
Peterson was wrongly convicted
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Jurors made
a mistake when they convicted Scott
Peterson of murdering his pregnant
wife, friends and family members
testified Monday as they described
Peterson as a loving, gentle person.
"I do not believe thai Scott is guilty of
this crime. I don't believe that he could
have done this said Sandra Bertram,
who has known the Peterson family
for 30 years and worked at a golf
course with Scott Peterson when he
was a teenager.
The testimony came on the fifth day of
the penalty phase in Peterson's trial,
now in its seventh month. The same
jurors who convicted him now must
decide whether he should receive the
death penalty or be sentenced to life
in prison without parole in the killings
of Laci Peterson and her child.
Robert Latham, the brother of
Peterson's mother, Jackie, spoke of
a nephew who was a nice and "very
respectable" boy and "always greeted
everybody with a smile"
"I don't believe he's guilty said
another uncle. John Latham. "I would
not like to see him die. It would tear
our family apart
Jurors showed no expression, and
some looked away or toward the
ground as John Latham spoke
The jury already has heard that
Peterson was captain of his high
school golf team. Defense witnesses
have testified that he sang to seniors
on Sundays, distributed food and
clothes in Tijuana and that he was
a best friend and loving son. The
panel also has been told all about
his father's life, growing up poor
in Minnesota.
Hearing starts for war
reslster in Canada
TORONTO - An American soldier
who fled to Canada after refusing
to participate in the Iraq war told
immigration officials Monday he
would have been taking part in war
crimes if he had been deployed with
his unit
Jeremy Hinzman, 26, fled from Fort
Bragg, NC, in January and now lives
in Toronto with his 31-year-old wife,
Nga Nguyen, and 2-year-old son,
Liam. All three are seeking refugee
status in Canada.
Appearing before the Immigration
and Refugee Board on Monday, he
claimed the war in Iraq was illegal and
he would be persecuted if forced to
return to the United States.
Hinzman said during his hearing
that he voluntarily enlisted for a four-
year term in 2000 to experience "the
essence" of the army.
"I figured I needed some focus and
direction Hinzman said at the start
of the three-day hearing, adding that
he ultimately wanted to study law,
medicine or become a teacher.
Immigration and Refugee Board
officials have said that Hinzman
needs to distinguish between
persecution and prosecution, the
latter of which he would definitely
face if he goes back to the United
A member of the second Battalion
of the 504th Brigade Parachute
Infantry Regiment, Hinzman could
face charges as a deserter if sent
home and face up to five years
in prison.
Hinzman was serving in Afghanistan
when his application to be a
conscientious objector was denied.
He had said he wanted to fulfill
his service obligation but not to
participate in combat
Brian Goodman, a member of the
Immigration and Refugee Board who
is chairing the hearing, has ruled
that Hinzman cannot admit evidence
that the American war in Iraq was
illegal. Hinzman argues American
soldiers are guilty of war crimes and
James Blalock, Alice Anderson, Barry DuVall and David White with ECU'S Center for Wireless
and Mobile Computing stand in front of the Smithsonian during their trip to Washington, D.C.
ECU wireless technology underway
Project may go to the
The ECU Center for Wire-
less and Mobile Computing has
worked with its partners to create
new developments in wireless
technology that could bring their
work to a project with the Smith-
sonian called The Encyclopedia
of Life.
The EOL is organized by the
Smithsonian Institute's National
Museum of Natural History.
Anthony Gutierrez, chief of
the molecular biology labora-
tory at the U.S. Army Center for
Health Promotion and Preven-
tative Medicine, said the EOL
would be the largest scientific
undertaking ever attempted by
anyone. He said it will include
scientists representing various
disciplines in a worldwide effort
from thousands of museums,
universities and governments.
"The goal of the EOL is to
inventory life on Earth the
inventory document will be in
digital format, which is now
being standardized as a webpage
for each species, which can
be used to introduce to everyone
and educate everyone, about
each and every species on Earth
said Gutierrez.
Alice Anderson, assistant pro-
fessor of environmental health
sciences, said they went to Wash-
ington, D.C. recently to discuss
the idea.
"We had a meeting with
the Smithsonian staff who are
interested in this digital picto-
rial catalog of living things
said Anderson.
This project will implement a
freely accessible system contain-
ing more than one million spe-
cies pages that would be used for
educational, economic and scien-
tific purposes. The job for ECU'S
center is to bring their wireless
technology that is already in use
to the EOL.
"The pictures we're going to
use in our database) were also
something they were interested
in Anderson said.
James Blalock, research associ-
ate at the center, said these pictures
are 3D models they produced ear-
lier this year from shots taken with
Anderson's microscope.
"What we did was take pic-
tures of a mosquito from all 360
degrees (then) we cut out the
background said Blalock.
"The University Media
Center and) Ryan Kittleson put
them together and built these
3D models
Kittleson, a student at ECU,
took half a year to work on the
model. He said he got the chance
to work on the mosquito project
through his student job at the
University Multimedia Center.
"Here, we use multimedia to
help professors teach and present
materials said Kittleson.
"To create the mosquito in
3D makes it versatile enough to
use in a variety of ways - video,
print, web, animations and
virtual reality
Anderson said Kittleson's
model is "incredible and real-
istic She said it is a base model
that shows every single feature
of a mosquito down to the scales
on the wings. The model will
cover many different species of
mosquitoes in the future.
This virtual reality aspect
of the project was also used in a
see WIRELESS page A3
that forcing him to fight in Iraq could
have made him a war criminal.
Ukraine's lawmakers reach
compromise on reforms
KIEV. Ukraine - Ukraine's opposition
and pro-government lawmakers
tentatively agreed on a compromise
Monday to ensure a fair vote during
the rerun later this month of the
fraud-ridden presidential runoff and
gradually shift some powers from the
presidency to parliament.
Ukraine's outgoing president, Leonid
Kuchma, and Russian President
Vladimir Putin said they would
abide by the results of the new
election, removing major question
marks surrounding the Dec. 26
rematch. The vote was ordered by
the Supreme Court, which last week
struck down the election commission
decision that Kremlin-backed Prime
Minister Viktor Yanukovych won the
Nov. 21 runoff.
"Of course we will accept the will
of any nation in the former Soviet
space, and will work with any elected
leader Putin said during a state visit
to Turkey.
Yanukovych emerged from seclusion
and declared he was confident of
victory. Kuchma had supported
Yanukovych in the runoff against
Western-leaning opposition leader
Viktor Yushchenko but has distanced
himself from the prime minister over
the past two weeks as protesters
swarmed the capital.
Stepan Havrysh, a senior pro-
government lawmaker, said all factions
in the parliament's coordination
committee agreed to back the
compromise to amend election laws
and the constitution when it comes
to a vote Tuesday.
As part of the deal, Kuchma may
also fire Yanukovych from his
prime minister's post Havrysh said.
Kuchma was quoted by The New
York Times as saying that if he were
Yanukovych, he would not run in the
Dec. 26 vote.
As European leaders mediated
talks in Kiev, Putin warned against
foreign interference in the new ballot
and suggested the opposition was
seeking power at any price. He left
open how Russia - which considers
this nation of 48 million people part
of its sphere of influence - would deal
with a Yushchenko government.
Powell assails
Russia on troop deployments
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Secretary of State
Colin Powell rejected on Tuesday
Russian charges the West is engaging
in political manipulation to expand its
influence in Ukraine and other former
Soviet republics.
He also challenged Russia to take
steps to withdraw its military forces
from two former Soviet republics and
expressed concern over restrictions
in Russia on press freedom and the
rule of law.
Powell addressed a meeting of the
55-nation Organization of Security
and Cooperation in Europe after
hearing Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov insinuate that the
OSCE has used election monitors
to fulfill political ambitions in Ukraine
and elsewhere.
"We must avoid the ever more
deleterious practice of double
standards in evaluating electoral
processes Lavrov said. "We mustn't
allow the OSCE monitoring to be
turned into a political instrument.
In the absence of any objective
criteria, monitoring of election
processes becomes and instrument
of political manipulation and a factor
for destabilization in a whole range
of issues
Lavrov's comments suggested he
believes the West is interested in
a power grab in Ukraine, where a
recent presidential runoff election
was derided by OSCE monitors
as fraudulent.
Powell rejected Russian suggestions
that the OSCE has "double standards'
and is concentrating its efforts in
the former Soviet republics for
political reasons.
'I categorically disagree Powell
said, adding that the OSCE i
simply abiding by well-established
principles in support of fundamental
freedoms, democracy and the rule
of law.
Mutual suspicions between
Russia and the West, particularly
the United States, have heightened
recently in the wake of the Nov.
21 runoff election in Ukraine, a
former Soviet republic that shares a
border with Russia to the east and
former Soviet bloc countries to the
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Turner said since the report
was written, ECU has kept up
with the high graduation rates.
The 60 percent graduation rate of
African American students who
began school in 1996 graduated,
yet ECU is still trying to improve
on those numbers through the
variety of services.
Turner said he attributes sev-
eral academic services offered by
ECU, one of which includes the
new advising center put in place
this year to help guide students
through college and keep reten-
tion and graduation rates high.
"Academic advising has taken
on a life of its own and seems to
be working well because we hear
students refer to how successful
it's been Turner said.
He said with the expected
increases in student enrollment
at ECU it is now time to revisit
all of the statistical data about
success in higher education to
then mobilize all of the differ-
ent people who are necessary
within the university to come up
with the necessary strategy so we
continue to be on the forefront
of academic services for under-
graduate students.
Turner said ECU cannot
afford to overlook the fact that
the university has a diverse
student population and has to
look at the demographics of the
students who come to the univer-
sity and how well prepared they
are to be successful in college.
This information needs to be
considered when finding the best
solution to this Issue.
"Once all of that information
is factored into our strategic plan,
(we can continue to offer high
quality academic services to the
students Turner said.
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something that would help us
out Drake said.
Drake said compared to secu-
rity on other campuses, she
believes ECU is holding its own.
"1 think it's about the same
if not better. All 16 of the public
universities have about the same
amount of security) Drake said.
"Most of the other campuses
have the same problems. They
have robberies, larcenies and
those types of crimes
Byron Miller, junior business
administration major, said he
is glad about the new security
improvements on campus, but
thinks things could still be better.
"I think there could be some
improvement said Miller.
Miller thinks there is room for
even more security on campus,
such as more lights for dark areas
where students walk daily.
"I think it's pretty safe, but if
my girlfriend was out at night, I
would want to know where she
was Miller said.
This writer can be contacted at
people, twice the number of
Mendenhall. This will keep up
with the enrollment increase and
the new dining options other
universities are also beginning
to incorporate.
The senior class of last year
purchased a clock that is going to
be added to the plaza outside the
new West End Dining hall. ECU
is in the process of purchasing
a base for the clock and other
necessary components required
to run the clock.
Benches will weave through
trees that will be planted.
This writer can be contacted at
news&theeastcarolinian. com.

from page A2
new project at ECU called RAVE
CAVE, a multimedia projection
system that began this month.
A visitor wears special glasses in
order to see the 3D image and
when he tilts his head, the model
of the mosquito rotates so he can
see a vertical image. There is also
a joystick, which the visitor uses
to turn the mosquito.
"You've got a little game pad
you can move the mosquito with
and it responds like a joystick
on a game so you can move it
around Anderson said.
Blalock said the 3D image
is so real you feel like you can
touch it.
Gutierrez said a new spin-off
of this technology is a program
called Dasher, which Scott Idem,
assistive technology consul-
tant, will present at the upcom-
ing mobile technology fair
in Greenville.
Idem said Dasher provides
an alternative to inputting text
into computers and is designed
for people who have limited
mobility in their hands or are
paralyzed from the neck down.
"Because of the way it works,
you only have to move the mouse
cursor a small amount to choose
letters said Idem.
"It is much different than
using a keyboard but it can be
almost as fast. Normally, you
use the mouse with this program
to select letters and words but
the idea is to use it along with a
device in the mouth
Wireless technology at ECU
was first designed to identify
and track mosquitoes that could
carry diseases in order to fight
West Nile virus, malaria and
other diseases.
The equipment includes a
handheld device that contains
maps, coordinates, two-way com-
munication and distance and
temperature measurements. They
also have wearable computers
with monitor screens on the head-
set and a microphone for voice
recognition technology or they
can use the touch screen tablet
that is attached to their waist.
The center has created a data-
base that allows the researcher
to clearly identify the type of
mosquito they have caught by
matching the specimen with
detailed pictures. Once the
researcher finds a match, he
puts his coordinates, the date,
the time and the number of
mosquitoes into the database
through the Internet. If there
is an abnormal number of mos-
quitoes that could cause disease
in the area, the situation is
looked into more closely.
Anderson said external
sources allow funding for these
projects, but a specific source
has not yet been found. Some
research has been hindered
because they need state funding
and federal funding that has
not been available.
"It's hard not to move as fast
as we want to go Anderson said.
There has not been an imme-
diate need for research locally
because the West Nile virus
is concentrated on the west
coast this year. They are still
doing experiments with their
equipment and trying to fix
any problems.
Although testing one mos-
quito does not determine
the case of the population,
Anderson said the poten-
tial of a disease or risk is the
important part.
They are also currently devel-
oping a Web site anyone will
be able to access. This Web site
will make useful information
including maps that show
populations and habitats
of mosquitoes.
This writer can be contacted at
news@theeastcarolinian. com.
NPC holds awards ceremony
Greeks recognized for
The National Panhellenic
Conference held a scholarship
banquet Monday at the Rock
Springs Center, where multiple
undergraduate sorority members
were presented with achieve-
ment awards and the new 2005
NPC officers were announced.
The conference opened
with a moment of silence
in recognition of a long and
hard year of work by the NPC
led by conference member
Aundrea Gardinier.
The opening remarks were
followed by an improvised
speech from Ion Outterbridge,
director of Greek Life at ECU,
who touched on all the NPC had
been through during the year
and stated goals for the future.
Outterbridge said this year
was one of the best from a
recruiting standpoint, but also
one filled with many obstacles.
"This past year for the Pan-
hellenic Conference has been an
exciting year and a challenging
year said Outterbridge.
Outterbridge presented
a variety of goals and future
initiatives to the attendees of
NPC awarded individuals and organizations for their
achievements this past semester.
the conference.
This year, the NPC is going
to implement a new software
package that will store all of
the recruitment data for rush,
a hectic period of time for the
NPC where their new members
are chosen.
Outterbridge said he wanted
all members of the conference to
uphold the standards and values
of the NPC and to respect and
understand the importance of
their respective housemothers.
He also challenged returning
members to look into the past of
their sororities.
"Look up your individ-
ual organizations and look
into the history of them and
why they were founded
Outterbridge said.
Following Outterbridge's
speech, awards were given for a
variety of accomplishments in
the Greek community.
Notable individual award
winners were Gardinier, who
won the Greek Woman of the
Year award for her dedication
to the NPC and her exemplary
service, Jackie Lambertson,
the 2004 NPC president who
won the Greek Woman of the
Year award for her outstand-
ing leadership and Meredith
Anderson, who received the
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were called to stage and sworn in
by Lambertson.
Andrea Blevins, a conference
member who helped organize
the ceremony, said she believes
the NPC will continue to show
positive images of Greek Life on
campus in the future by getting
active and continuing to partici-
pate in events like the American
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WEDNESDAY December 8, 2004
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Our View
War on Terrorism: Who
is the real bad guy?
As we get closer and closer to marking Amer-
ica's second year in Iraq, the world can reflect
on all the things that have happened in the last
years and decide who is at fault. After everything
that has happened, who is the real bad guy?
If we decide to mark the beginning of this battle
with the Middle East some time around Desert
Storm, or if we choose to believe there were
weapons of mass destruction, the obvious
enemy is Saddam Now that he is out
of the picture, he's harmless.
Recently, insurgents in Iraq seem to be the real
enemy. From the time they hung and burned
American soldiers for all the world to see, to just
a few weeks ago when Margaret Hassan, CARE
International director was found disemboweled.
Every day we worry about our friends overseas
because car bombs are exploding every other
minute, it seems clear these people are truly
But what about us, the United States? How can
anyone forget Abu Ghraib, where American
soldiers were accused of piling naked Iraqi
soldiers on top of each other while they took
pictures? At this moment, American forces are
under investigation for possibly killing unarmed
people in a Mosque. A man held his little girl
on the news the other day, cried and claimed
the Americans had killed her.
So could the monsters be our soldiers, military
leaders or even our president? Who is the bad guy?
Most of us could never say, because most of us
here at ECU have never experienced anything
close to war. No one else but those who have
fought understands the things that go through
your mind when you are told to fight for your life
because the other guy is your enemy and he will
kill you. Though there will never be an excuse
for killing those who did not put themselves in
the line of fire, how can we put anyone at fault
who was told to kill?
Whether you feel this war was necessary or not,
whether you feel safer now that Hussein is out
of power and al-Qaeda officials are being cap-
tured every day or not, war has been going on
since before civilization. Untii the whole world
learns to settle their differences another way,
all of us are the bad guy.
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Opinion Columnist
Holidays frustrate, annoy as I get older
'Bah humbug' sometimes
easier than 'God bless'
The semester is nearly over, exams
are almost here and the holidays are
just around the corner.
In fact, haven't they been close for
weeks now? I think 1 must have still
been wearing flip-flops and using my
car's air-conditioning about the time
when 1 first saw Christmas decorations
in the stores.
The holiday season just gets longer
with each passing year. It seems that
by the time the fireworks of the fourth
of July have gone out, Santa figures
and snowmen are already moving in
and taking over shelf space in local
It sounds like a child's fantasy
- three, four, even six months devoted
to Christmas, rather than a single day
or even just the month of December.
But I have to admit that as I get older,
the commercialism of it all at times
annoys and frustrates me more than the
spirit of the season delights me.
Traffic is terrible, people are pushy
and just making a "quick" trip to the
store can be a hazard to both your
physical and mental health. It's those
stressful moments this time of year
- when another shopper swipes your
parking space or every holiday event
falls on the same night - that it is easy
to let out your inner Scrooge.
"Bah humbug" becomes easier
than "God bless us, everyone and we
quickly forget what all the fuss is about.
Those are precisely the times when we
need just a bit of holiday cheer to help
us get through what should be a joyful
season and not a stressful one.
At the ripe old age of 20, I've already
gotten caught up in my daily work
and assignments, sometimes to the
exclusion of everything else. There's
no time for carols or cards or cookies
when I've got an exam every day next
week. December passes by without me
and I don't even notice where the days
have gone.
"Buy Christmas presents" is on my
to-do list and I look at the note with
more anxiety than excitement. It's easy
to abandon the childlike wonder that
once poured from me as soon as I saw
Santa in the shopping mall or a nativ-
ity scene on a church lawn. After all, I
think I have more important things to
deal with.
That's when I need my own Ghost
of Christmas Past to remind me
what I am missing out on - the fond
memories from previous Decembers that
maybe I can't recreate but can at least
remember. That's when the calm,
collected person I usually try to be,
waxes sentimental about the holiday
traditions I used to have and the ones
I'm missing out on now.
Those are the times when I think
about the stockings hanging from the
mantel, sugar cookies baking in the
oven, Christmas music playing on the
stereo and me holding the scotch tape
as my mom wraps presents.
They're the times when I remember
drinking hot apple cider, watching
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, put-
ting my ornaments on the Christmas
tree and rehearsing my lines for the
school play.
And even though those days have
passed, the magic of this season and
holiday allow me to relive them ever
so slightly. That's what gets me through
the stressful shopping trips, projects,
exams and even feelings of homesick-
ness that creep up this time of year.
I think back on the good old days
and I reassure myself that at the end of
this semester is something just as good.
It will be a merry Christmas for me once
the last answer is bubbled in, my car is
packed and I am home with my family
in the same place where I have shared
many happy holidays before. 1 hope the
same holds true for each of you.
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,
As ECU students and Student
Pirate Club members, we are truly
disappointed and embarrassed with
the decision made by our Chancellor
and Athletic Director to terminate
coach Thompson's contract. We are so
thankful to coach Thompson for the
dedication and enthusiasm that he has
shown during his term as head coach,
which was tragically cut short. We
would like to apologize for the faculty
members who have not shown coach
Thompson the 110 percent support
that he has consistently shown our
team and fans.
As Holland mentioned in his state-
ment, "the last three years plus have
been ones of turmoil for ECU athlet-
ics Coach Thompson and his staff
literally inherited a "house divided
By acknowledging the difficulties
presented to coach Thompson upon
his arrival, it is baffling that the same
man would spear head the attempt
to have our coach terminated prema-
turely, before he had a chance to prove
himself to the Pirate Nation. As many
avid football fans know, generally
speaking, it takes about three to four
years for a program to rebuild under
new management. This period of time
allows the new coach to recruit players
that are built for his style of coaching
and overall program. By not allowing
coach Thompson an adequate time
frame for his coaching philosophy to
take root, athletic decision makers are
falling far short of their proposed 110
percent support of coach Thompson
and his team.
It is extremely difficult to gauge
the enthusiasm level of a team, but
as avid Pirate fans we have had the
privilege of witnessing two drastically
different coaches and their effect on
the players' morale. Although coach
Logan was once able to lead the Pirates
to victory, he spent his last few seasons
as a coach who seemed unaffected by
wins or losses and it showed through
a lack of overall team enthusiasm.
Coach Thompson, on the other hand,
has been seen rushing the field with
the players and defending our team
against every miscall by the referees.
He has a way of feeding the team and
the fans with his energy and emotion.
We recognize his dedication and he
recognized ours after our first victory
this season over Tulane.
No matter what the future holds
for the Pirate Nation, rest assured that
Pirate fans will ALWAYS support their
team, 120 percent, as we have since the
beginning of ECU athletics.
We wish coach Thompson and his
staff the best. Thank you for all ihat you
have done for the Pirate Nation.
Michael Dudley, ECU senior politi-
cal science major, and Samantha Blake,
ECU Graduate Instructional Technol-
ogy MAEd Program
Dear Editor,
I am writing in response to an
article written earlier by Tony McKee
commenting on Arafat's passing away
Nov. 17's "Media 'remembers' Yasser
Let me start by making it very clear
that I am not a big fan of President
Yasser Arafat. However, I just could not
stand the sick and absolutely wrong
notions Mr. McKee tried to sell in his
article by labeling Mr. Arafat as a ter-
rorist. It would have been really nice
if he stuck to his suggestion and left
the issue of judging Mr. Arafat to Pal-
estinians, history and God. Elsewhere
in his article, Mr. McKee desperately
complained why it has not been widely
reported that Arafat was a terrorist.
Well Mr. McKee, it seems that you have
to complain more but guess what? You
will never get to see such a thing hap-
pening but in your dreams and states of
wishful thinking. The readily available
charge of terrorism is not applicable
this time. Since he founded the Pal-
estinian liberation movement back in
mid 1960s and up until his death, Mr.
Arafat has been consistently viewed as
a fighter for freedom in the time of war
and a peacemaker in the time of peace
- a role for which he was awarded the
Noble Peace Prize.
In order not to get dragged into an
endless argument about how to define
terrorism, please allow me to refer the
reader to the presidential-like funeral
ceremonies held to Mr. Arafat in Paris,
where he was hospitalized, as well as
in Cairo where many of the world's top
representatives bid farewell to him to
show how baseless Mr. McKee's claims
are. As far as how the Palestinian people
judge Mr. Arafat, it is important to
know that Arafat's popularity peaked in
the past three years - a period he spent
as a virtual prisoner in his compound.
I hope that Mr. McKee will not come
up with a new judgment labeling all
Palestinians to be terrorists.
Finally, Mr. McKee claimed in his
opinion that "Israel shocked everyone
by agreeing to give Arafat 90 percent of
what he claimed to want Either Mr.
McKee does not know enough about the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a situation
with which he needs to educate himself
more before standing to write, or he
does know but for whatever reason he
wanted to mislead the reader by telling
half the truth. Let me just point out
that the offer made by Israel ignored
two main cornerstones for solving this
conflict, east Jerusalem to be the capital
of Palestine State and a fair solution to
the problem of the roughly five million
Palestinian refugees, including myself,
who are deprived from returning to
their homeland.
Final word: While I totally under-
stand and support the running war on
terrorism, it does really make me sick
that some people are taking advantage
of this war to issue charges of terrorism
in all directions, a thing which I believe
to be a kind of Ideological terrorism.
Basil Hamdan
ECU Student
Pirate Rants
Just once, 1 want to walk into
Wright Place and enjoy my sand-
wich without being walked up
to by someone with a flyer. No,
I will not vote for you. No, I will
not go to your party this week-
end. No, I will not buy brownies
for your sorority. No, I will not
hop in your kayak. (
An article in Wednesday's
paper stated that office space for
the increasing number of faculty
was becoming an issue. If this is
the case, why are they raising
tuition to increase their salaries?
It doesn't sound like anyone is
complaining enough about their
pay to leave.
Can't I get a day off? Stop call-
ing me - it's my f�ing birthday!
Figure the problem out yourself.
How do you expect to keep a
job in the real world if you can't
remember the simple things
the job requires. People, get it
together before you graduate.
There are no second chances in
the real world.
No one likes a lazy person.
If you are not going to do your
work, just admit it. Don't blame
it on technology over and over,
especially when the technology
checks out just fine.
Learning new course mate-
rial on the last day of class for
the final exam is cutting it too
close. We, the students, get pun-
ished because a professor can't
pace himself. Not only are we
not prepared for the final but we
also haven't learned everything
we are expected to know for the
following course.
When you live in an apart-
ment building, please be
respectful of your neighbors.
The walls are thin and all your
giggling, singing, slamming
doors and drawers, moving fur-
niture, etc. disturbs us.
Come on people, group proj-
ects are for groups - not one or two
people who work hard to get good
grades while people who are going
to graduate and only need the class
for their minor slack off. What a
great work habit for the real world.
I am sick and tired of every-
one complaining about group
projects. On a real job, people
are not always going to pull their
own weight. Get over it already.
Do not ask me for a cigarette
if you forgot your pack. Don't ask
me for a lighter either.
If your professor is in the
middle of a lecture and the entire
classroom is silent, do not rip your
piece of paper all the way out of
your spiral binder and crumple
CRUMPLE! It's loud and distract-
ing - darn you crumplers!
For the past two days, there
have been little kids on the bus
ride home and I have no idea
why. I think ECU should estab-
lish a policy to have kids on the
bus every day during the exam
period in order to entertain and
relieve students from stress.
Isn't it so funny when people
who talk really loud whisper only
when they say "sex" or "drunk?"
How can people still support
Barry Bonds, let alone baseball as
a whole? What other professional
sports league allows their play-
ers to take illegal performance-
enhancing drugs? These guys
are supposed to be role models?
It's good to see they're setting a
great example.
Just about every night I am
bombarded by pot smoke. Don't you
know we have a zero tolerance policy?
In the beginning of the year,
students taking biology were
required to buy transmitters used
to answer questions during class.
We have yet to use them and they
cost $30. Will the university con
next semester's students in doing
the same?
Tony McKee: You didn't have
to explain yourself in your last
article. We already knew you were
close-minded and self-righteous.
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 editort&theeastcarolinian.
com. The editor reserves the right
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Page A5 252.328.6366 ROBBIE DERR Features Editor CAROLYN SCANDURA Assistant Features Editor WEDNESDAY December 8, 2004
No Mendenhall Movies Due to
Top 5 Movies:
1. National Treasure
2. The Incredibles
3. Christmas with the Kranks
4. The Polar Express
5. Sponge Bob SquarePants
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1. Desperate Housewives
3. CSI: Miami
4. Without a Trace
5. Two and a Half Men
1. Elf
2. The Chronicles ofRiddick
3. The Stepford Wives
4. Shrek 2
5. White Chicks
2. Eminem
3. Shania Twain
4. Destiny's Child
5. Toby Keith
1. London Bridges
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. The Five People You Meet In
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5. The Godfather Returns
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Go after the best quality.
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the mess is cleaned up, let your
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decisions for a while.
: Go ahead and make the
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a lot of work and you'll need the
support of a partner.
Cincer: The nice thing about
doing a messy task is how good
you feel afterwards. Don't let this
moment go unacknowledged.
Throw a private celebration.
In: You have a pretty good
sense of design and color now, so
decorate. The next few days will
be good for household projects,
big and small.
torn: Save enough to get yourself
some new tools and equipment.
The more you Improve your skills,
the quicker you'll make the money
libra: Give up the point you were
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pace. Visit somebody you love a
lot and haven't seen for a while.
You'll be re-energized.
Lots to be heard about Kranks
Will movie 'Christmas with the
Kranks' be great hit or major flop?
I'm quite fond of Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis,
so I expected this movie to be pretty good. But now
I'm not too sure.
Christmas with the Kranks addresses themes of
family, community and humanity with its comedic
drive and holiday values. It is a comedic film about
a family who has faithfully celebrated Christmas
their entire lives but has a change of plans for this
holiday. Since their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo)
is in Peru for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and
Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) Krank decide to change up
their routine and spend Christmas basking in the
Caribbean sun. This doesn't go over very well with
the neighbors and when Luther refuses to put his
illuminated Frosty the Snowman on his rooftop, the
battle begins between the Kranks and the neighbors.
However, it doesn't last long - Blair calls to announce
to her parents she's coming home after all. This
means the Kranks have less than 24 hours to get
themselves and all the families on their street back
in proper Christmas spirit.
Tim Allen, who is probably best known for his
role in the television series "Home Improvement
made his first film appearance in 1994 starring in
another holiday film, The Santa Clause. This earned
Allen his second People's Choice Award. When he
was approached with Christmas with the Kranks,
Allen had no trouble deciding to participate in the
The other leading actor, Jamie Lee Curtis, has
demonstrated a great deal of versatility in her past
films, which stretch across a variety of genres. These
films include True Lies, Trading Places, Halloween and
Freaky Friday.
Other notable actors in the film include Dan
Aykroyd and Cheech Marin.
So what's the problem? The story line certainly
sounds good, the previews look entertaining and the
actors are very well known, but this comedy, based
on John Grlsham's best-selling novel Skipping Christ-
mas, isn't getting the best of reviews. Angel Cohn
from TV Guide's Movie Guide feels that one reason for
this is because the characters were over-exaggerated.
"Director Joe Roth misses an opportunity for true
satire by making the neighbors such insanely over-
the-top caricatures that the Kranks seem paragons
of normality and perspective said Cohn.
Even after watching the trailer for the movie, I
still think it may have some potential. 1 found myself
amused at a few of the punch lines. It doesn't seem
to be lacking In plot, script or character, so what does
seem to be the problem?
The Daily Collegian's Tami Munn's review of
this movie lists many reasons why it seems to be
lacking something needed to meet the criteria of a
top-quality film.
"At the beginning of the film, Curtis and Allen
lack the chemistry a couple with a college-aged
daughter should have. The characters have been
together many years and they should know each
other's quirks, but Curtis and Allen fail to let the
jokes happen smoothly and it seems like their
exchanges are forced said Munn, adding, "the
book doesn't translate well into film
But those involved in the film understandably
don't feel the same as its critics.
Executive producer Charles Newirth believes
the film sends out a positive message during
the hurry and hustle of the holiday season.
"This film sends out a clear message that Christmas
is not about buying gifts and trees. It's about family,
community and those special moments in life that we
remember long after said Newirth.
OK, so I haven't seen the
movie, which means I can't
give my opinion or say whether
it's a hit or a flop. But, what 1
can do is recommend that you
decide for yourself. After all, it
has to at least help you get in
the holiday spirit. As for me, I
think I'll save a few bucks and
wait until it's released on video.
Nov. 28 and is rated PG for brief
language and suggestive content.
This writer can be contacted at
'Neil Young Forever' great for holiday gift
Artist releases greatest
hits of three decades
Neil Young is one of the most
influential artists in rock music.
His unique sound offers listening
pleasures for those young and
old. That is why Young is able to
create a greatest hits CD that is
easy to put in the stereo, yet very
difficult to take out.
As I listened to the CD, It
became the background music
for my week. It was as if I was in a
movie and Neil Young created the
entire sound track. I found myself
in a 'Neil Young state-of-mind
Every song has a deep message
that speaks the language of truth,
peace and finding what you
have always dreamed of having.
In one of his most successful
songs, "Heart of Gold Young
creates an incredible metaphor
for searching for his true love.
He sings, "Keep me search-
ing for a heart of gold I've
been a miner for a heart
of gold
Young has led an incred-
ible life. For the past 30 years,
he has been living his dream.
He has also had many ups and
downs. Young's first influence
was a ukulele given to him by
his father. Quickly the guitar
and banjo became much more
important than school and he
dropped out. Though she wasn't
thrilled, his mom helped him get
gigs locally and supported him
when he got together with his
first band, Neil Young and the
Squires. The band split up after a
couple of years and Young began
singing solo part time and with
another band called The Mynah
Birds. The Mynah Birds' front
man was none other than Rick
James himself. Around the year
1969, Young agreed to play with
David Crosby, Steven Stills and
Graham Nash( Crosby, Stills and
Nash) at some of their gigs and
the biggest one was the first ever
Woodstock. He has created hit
after hit and a huge following.
He plays music that speaks to the
people. Included on this CD are
"Down by the River "Cowgirl
in the Sand" and "Cinnamon
Girl" from 1969s Everybody Knows
This Is Nowhere. Other famous
songs include "Harvest Moon
"Rockin' in the Free World "Old
Man" and "Heart of Gold The
CD also comes with a DVD that
allows you to see videos, com-
mentary and lyrics.
"One of the most important
jobs of any musician is to provide
quality sound to the people
Quality has taken a hit in recent
years but it's starting to come
back, thanks to DVD-Stereo said
Young in a press release.
I encourage anyone who
enjoys music to pick this one up
and give it a listen. The variety
and eclecticness of Young's music
is both soothing for the soul and
easy to listen to. Not only do
the lyrics explain complicated
concepts of life, but the guitar
sings its own song as well. Each
comes together to form a mas-
terpiece of a mastermind singer,
composer and songwriter named
Neil Young.
This writer can be contacted at
Bah! Humbug! Scrooge endures on TV
(KRT) � If you ask Kelsey
Grammer, the latest to reincar-
nate Ebenezer Scrooge, which
actor gave the best Scrooge per-
formance, he'll give you a sur-
prising response - the animated
Mr. Magoo. The "Frasier" star so
scrunches his eyes as Scrooge
early in A Christmas Carol that
you might think he was mimick-
ing the cartoon figure. But Gram-
mer says that wasn't his intent.
"That was an active attempt
to show how shortsighted he
(Scrooge) is Grammer says. "It's
hard to imagine somebody as out
of touch as that guy
Or somebody so pathetic
who just keeps bowling over the
Charles Dickens introduced
Scrooge in 1843, and variations
on the miser have spread through
popular culture, from Cruella De
Vil to J.R. Ewing. Hungry actors
keep coming back to the juicy
original, and producers never lose
interest in the titanic tightwad.
NBC unveiled an18 million
musical of A Christmas Carol with
Grammer last Sunday night (it
will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. EST
Christmas Eve). Other versions
will decorate the schedule in
coming weeks. Dickens' tale will
receive a continuation this week
in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,
which lets the misanthrope sue
the ghosts.
We can't help loving that
"Aren't we all Scrooge?" asks
film historian Jeanine Basinger.
"He's a protagonist who's an
antagonist we can identify with.
We can all be cheap, angry, feel
unwanted and unloved and think
about taking it out on those
around us
After all the cruelty and
regret, A Christmas Carol sup-
see SCROOGE page A6
The Rapture of Canaan presents prolific poetry
Strictly religious verses
can be found in book
Claimed to be "truly raptur-
ous. Reynolds's poetic gifts are
uncommonly powerful states
The New York Times Review.
This book is a powerful story
as seen from the perspective
of a young teenage girl named
Ninah. She is beginning a jour-
ney of emotional and spiritual
growth. Her grandfather Herman
is founder of the isolated Pente-
costal community and preacher
of the Church of Fire and Brim-
stone and God's Almighty Bap-
tizing Wind. He is very strict,
nearly all pleasure is forbidden
and the community is under
close scrutiny. Ninah lives within
this very strict religious commu-
nity and constantly questions
her spirituality at any chance
she gets. Her life is focused on
severe discipline, prayer
and penance.
What makes her life bearable
is her grandmother, who Ninah
loves because she is a strong
character. Her grandmother also
tells Ninah stories. Her brother,
James is her praying partner.
They secretly both fall in love
with each other. Ninah tries not
to think of the sinful thoughts
she has of James by putting
shells in her shoes and nettles
in her bed to remind herself of
Jesus's pain. It does not work.
Eventually, though, Ninah
becomes pregnant. The
consequences become tragic
and transforming.
The community finds out
about the pregnancy. As punish-
ment, she is forced into isolation
until her baby is born. Her preg-
nancy shakes the very founda-
tions of the community - mostly
because Ninah claims her baby
was from Jesus and she begins
to have a strong will of her own.
Great development of char-
acterization in the protagonist.
The writer somehow makes read-
ers feel sympathetic toward the
people in the story, even though
they are very strict and very
Weaving in and out with fresh
religious symbolism throughout
the book. The Rapture of Canaan
is thought provoking and a very
compelling story.
This writer can be contacted at
is classic
Christmas musical sure
to please all audiences
White Christmas is a heart-
warming tale about two talented
song - and - dance men.
The film opens during World
War II and introduces audiences
to the army captain Bob Wal-
lace (Bing Crosby) and Private
Phil Davis (Danny Kaye). They
are both putting on a show for
Christmas Eve. A bombing raid
interferes ioward the end of the
show, anq Davis actually saves
Wallace's life. They become
good friends and after the war,
they team up to become one of
the most successful song - and
- dance duos.
One day, after five years, they
drop by in Florida to check out
two singing sisters as a favor to an
old army buddy. They are imme-
diately attracted to the sisters
- Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and
Judy Haynes (Vera Ellen). All four
wind up going to Vermont for the
Christmas break, hoping to enjoy
the snow at ski resort.
When they arrive, they find
out there is no snow and the inn
is deserted. But, to their surprise,
their old general from the army,
General Waverly (Dean Jagger)
is the owner of the disastrous ski
resort. The four of them come
up with a scheme by putting on
a show to help the general from
going into financial ruin.
Great classic holiday film. It is
very sentimental and predictable,
but a great movie to watch for the
Christmas holidays nonetheless.
Films like this are not made any-
more, so it is a pleasure to enjoy
this lighthearted and simple fable
with wonderful songs, includ-
ing "White Christmas Worth
This writer can be contacted at

Natalie Portman strips for Closer, yet maintains mystery
(KRT) � In Mike Nichols'
relationship drama Closer, Natalie
Portman - whose poise and talent
often make her seem older than
her years - has finally come Into
her own as an adult actress.
Based on the award-winning
play by Patrick Marber, Closer
revolves around the lives of four
strangers who meet, love, betray
and ultimately ruin each other
while seeking intimacy. Despite
playing a stripper in the film,
the 23-year-old Star Wars prequel
actress insists that she doesn't
feel fully mature.
"I don't really feel like an
adult yet myself, so I don't really
think I can play adults. I think
it's always a proportion, adult to
child within you, and even when
you're 85 you're still going to
have that proportion explains
Portman. "It changes with mood
and with time. It's an arbitrary
distinction between adult and
Director Nichols, who previ-
ously worked with Portman for a
stage production of The Seagull,
specifically wanted this curious
mix of youth and sophistication
for the role of Alice. "I wanted to
start with a beautiful young girl,
so adorable that Audrey Hepburn
would worry And then (later in
the film) Natalie comes back and
she's increased says Nichols.
Alice changes over the course
of several years in the film, begin-
ning as a charismatic pixie-like
waif who captures the attention of
obituaries journalist Dan, played
by Jude Law. After experiencing
a bitter betrayal, she inevitably
becomes wiser and jaded, yet still
keeps an intriguing untouchable
aura about her. Marber, who
adapted his play for the screen,
also sees this quality in Portman.
"She's extremely clever. She's
got some secret about her as truly
intelligent young women always
do gushes Marber. "She's enig-
matic. She's absolutely in the now
and she's real. She's quite a one
Portman maintains her mys-
tery when it comes to nudity as
well. For the strip club scene,
she agreed to let the film roll
while she bared herself, but later
decided against using the two-
second shot of her closing her top.
Nichols, who describes
the film as "not about show-
ing anything agreed to the
cut, a decision that must have
pleased Marber, who deliber-
ately kept all of his charac-
ters clothed, albeit scantily at
times, for the stage version.
"It's very important to me
that there's no nudity in the play
because it's all about words and
the words we use he explains.
"1 wanted the audience to always
feel like they'd seen all this sex,
but they haven't seen a damn
thing, if that makes any sense
at all
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plies a catharsis that never loses
its power. That's the genius of
Dickens in creating Scrooge.
"There's a man who has led
a life virtually devoid of senti-
ment says film historian David
Thomson. "Grant him Christmas
and that epiphany and it all can
come back. It allows every one
of us to hope whatever mistakes
we've made, we're still in touch
with that pure feeling
When It comes to Ebenezer
himself, pure hamminess is
required. An actor has to be will-
ing to put the showmanship in
"Bah! Humbug
In our season of Scrooge,
we think back to the miser who
touched us most.
"The one that stands out
more than any other is Alastair
Sim says Robert Osborne, host
of Turner Classic Movies. Sim
gives a vigorous performance in
the black-and-white 1951 version.
"It was done in England
Osborne says. "It's got a grittiness
to it. He was a despicable, mean
old guy
Stage actor Philip Nolen talks
fondly of Albert Finney's per-
formance in the 1970 movie
musical Scrooge. Nolen plays the
skinflint in "The Trial of Ebene-
zer Scrooge a production of
the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare
"Finney is one of my favor-
ite English actors Nolen says.
"There is some of that perfor-
mance in what I'm doing. I can
only emulate what I've seen go
before. An actor is at a loss if
they try to do a new and com-
pletely different Hamlet. I'm at
the mercy of a long and glorious
performance tradition
That tradition goes back to
Dickens, who loved to read and
perform A Christmas Carol. Pat-
rick Stewart enacted the story
energetically in a one-man stage
show. Roger Daltrey, Tony Ran-
dall and Hal Linden were among
the Scrooges at Madison Square
Garden in a splashy musical that
has been adapted into the new
Grammer film.
Grammer cherishes Mr.
Magoo's Christmas Carol, a 1962
production with Jim Backus sup-
plying the animated character's
"It was at a time in my life I
was very young, so it made the
greatest Impression Grammer
says. "I can still sing most of the
songs from It
Among television versions,
the most fondly remembered
Scrooge is probably George C.
Scott In the sumptuous Christmas
Carol from 1984. Scott excelled at
the character's regret.
In other versions, the small
screen has taken way-out liber-
ties. Jack Palance played Scrooge
as a saloon owner in the 1998
Western Ebenezer. Susan Lucci
was department store CEO Eliza-
beth Scrooge in Ebbie, a 1995
Lifetime movie.
A few other feminine
"Scrooges" have graced the tele-
vision screen - Cicely Tyson took
the title role in "Ms. Scrooge"
from 1997, and Vanessa Williams
played a dastardly pop singer in A
Diva's Christmas Carol from 2000.
"It's quite actor-proof
Osborne says of Scrooge. "It's
like The Nutcracker. You can see
Baryshnikov or amateurs. We're
quite forgiving at Christmas
At the start, it's all about the
money for Scrooge. He changes,
but his greed never loses fascina-
tion in money-mad America.
"If you think of him as the
rich man who has lost every-
thing, it's an interesting type in a
capitalist culture says Thomson,
author of The New Biographical
Dictionary of Film.
"We have this very mixed
feeling about great wealth he
adds. "I think we're very con-
fused about it. A lot of our great
characters are people who have
been shilled by their own great
Thomson finds Scrooge-like
figures in the title characters of
Citizen Kane and The Godfather.
Lionel Barrymore played a
Scrooge as miserly Mr. Potter in
It's a Wonderful Life. A leg injury
had kept the actor from doing the
actual Scrooge in the glossy 1938
Christmas Carol and Reginald
Owen stepped in. Hard-hearted
businessmen, from J.R. Ewing
of "Dallas" to Donald Trump
of "The Apprentice have been
good for television bottom lines.
So networks keep returning
to Scrooge, the granddaddy of
them all.
Robert Halmi Sr. produced a
TV version of A Christmas Carol
five years ago with Patrick Stew-
art. That didn't stop Halmi from
lavishing his attention on NBC's
new musical.
"I think this somehow cap-
tures what Dickens meant, and
it's remarkable it's a musical and
still captures the richest part of
the story Halmi says. "You see
this suffering in this man who
just discovered all his life was
wasted. He's just begging for a
second chance. This thing never
came across in other movies
Fans of other versions will
disagree. But Halmi's chutzpah
reflects the way newer versions g
often build on Dickens.
In the A&E film Karroll's
Christmas, premiering Dec. 14,
the ghosts mistakenly visit a
greeting-card writer (Tom Everett
Scott) rather than his terrible,
Scrooge-like neighbor (Wallace
In the play The Trial of Ebene-
zer Scrooge, playwright Mark
Brown lets the reformed miser sue
Marley and the ghosts a year after
Dickens' story ended. Scrooge
says he resents being kidnapped
and made to feel guilty.
"What I tried to do with this
script is take one message of
Dickens, keep Christmas in your
heart, but try to take it a step
further Brown says. "It's a year-
round thing to be caring and gen-
erous and not just at Christmas
Even so, there's no escaping
that Scrooge flourishes at the hol-
idays. In his many incarnations,
he lets fans relive their Christmas
past and look to the future.
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Page A7 252.328.6366 TONY ZOPPO Sports Editor BRANDON HUGHES Assistant Sports Editor
WEDNESDAY December 8, 2004
Sports Briefs
Thompson hired
Donnle Thompson has been
named assistant head coach
and defensive line coach at ECU
according to an announcement
from newly-appointed Head
Coach Skip Holtz Tuesday.
USC coach fired
Henry Bibby was fired as Southern
California's basketball coach
Monday, just four games Into his
ninth season. The Troans, beset
by some player dissension, are 2-2.
Athletic director Mike Garrett said he
realized the timing was unusual, but
cited the Trojans' losing record In
recent seasons. Assistant Jim Saia
was appointed interim coach for
the restofthe season, RIckMajerus
is among the candidates to replace
Bibby. Majerus Is the longtime
Utah coach who resigned midway
through last season because of
health concerns Bibby had an
overall record of 131-111. His 1997,
2001 and 2002 teams made it to
the NCAA tournament, including
a final eight appearance in 2001.
Bibby is a former NBA player
and the father of Sacramento
Kings guard Mike Bibby.
Tigers OF steals belt
Detroit Tigers outfielder Craig
Monroe was arrested for allegedly
stealing a $29.99 belt from a
department store, a records clerk at
Charlotte County jail said Tuesday.
Monroe wrapped the belt around
his waist and tried to leave the store
without paying Friday, according
to the arrest report. He posted
$500 bond and was released
from county jail that day. Monroe
Is scheduled to face arraignment
Dec. 15 on a second-degree
misdemeanor charge of petit theft.
He hit .293 with 18 home runs and
72 RBI In 128 games for the Tigers
last season, when he earned
$335,000. Tigers spokesman
Brian Britten said Tuesday the
team would not comment.
Illinois hires Zook
Illinois is turning to Ron Zook to
reinvigorate its struggling football
program. The school scheduled
an afternoon news conference
to introduce the former Florida
coach, said Kent Brown, the
university's sports Information
director. Zook and athletic director
Ron Guenther talked last Tuesday,
but Illinois could not name a new
coach until a two-week waiting
period to meet equal employment
opportunity guidelines passed.
The deadline was 5 p.m. Monday.
Florida fired Zook on Oct. 25,
two days after the Gators lost
at Mississippi State, satisfying
a growing groundswell for his
ouster that began two years
earlier - after he replaced Steve
Spurrier. But Zook coached the
Gators for the rest of the season
and led them to a 3-1 record in
their final four games and an
invitation to the Peach Bowl. In his
two seasons at Florida, he went
23-14 with impressive victories
over eventual national champion
LSU last season and an upset of
Florida State on Nov. 20, the Gators'
first win in Tallahassee since 1986
Zook has 26 years of coaching
experience, including six years
in the NFL as an assistant for the
Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh
Ste'elers and New Orleans
Saints, where he was defensive
coordinator for two seasons.
At Illinois, Zook will replace Ron
Turner, who was fired Nov. 22
- two days after finishing his
third straight losing season.
Turner's teams won only five
Big Ten games after winning the
conference championship In 2001
and going to the Sugar Bowl.
Illinois won only once in 2003
and lost 14 consecutive Big Ten
games between Nov. 23, 2003,
and a 26-22 win over Indiana on
Nov. 6. Two of the lllini's four wins
in the past two seasons have been
against Division l-AA opponents,
Illinois State and Florida A&M.
Former Rockets
star acquitted
Basketball Hall of Famer Calvin
Murphy was acquitted Monday
of charges he sexually abused
five of his 10 daughters more than
a decade ago. As soon as the
verdict was read, Murphy shook
hands with hisattomey and wiped
away tears. Murphy, 56, had long
denied the allegations, saying
they were based on resentment
and a dispute over money.
Rouse continues to improve
When JaPhet McNeil drib-
bled down
the court
and threw
the ball up
from 10 feet
behind the
line last
in the game
Toledo, I was
a little con-
"What in the world is he
doing?" I thought to myself.
Corey Rouse provided the
He came off of a back door
screen and caught JaPhet's pass
about a foot and a half over the
rim and threw it down with
McNeil threw that pass a lot
last season when Derek Wiley
was a Pirate. The alley-oop play
would be done just once a game,
and always to Wiley. With Wiley
gone, I thought that play took a
leave of absence from Herrion's
Corey was not done dunking
against Toledo after the alley-oop
either. With 18 points and the
Pirates down one, Rouse had the
ball in hand. He beat his defender
off the dribble, drove down the
baseline and put the Pirates up a
point with a two handed slam.
Rouse would also hit a clutch
free throw for his career high
21st point and sealed the game
for the Pirates.
Corey has quickly become
what this team has needed - a
third scorer. Mike Cook and
Moussa have received all the
attention this year on the offen-
sive end of the floor. Sometimes,
a team's third, fourth or even
worse defender on the court has
been guarding Corey.
And why wouldn't they?
Corey has always struggled from
the free throw line and with a
midrange jump shot.
But the Corey Rouse on the
court this season is different from
the Corey Rouse of last season.
He has scored in double figures
in five of the six games this
season, averaging 11.3 points on
the season.
The most impressive stat is
his shooting percentage so far.
In the Toledo game, he was 9-11
from the floor. Against Belmont
Abbey, he only missed once on
eight attempts.
Corey has started rebound-
ing the ball as well. He pulled
down nine against Toledo and 11
against Belmont Abbey and Gard-
ner Webb. Both of the double-
digit rebounding performances
came with double-digit scoring.
These were the second and third
double- doubles of his career, and
I think he will have more before
the season is over.
While 1 am still not overly
impressed with Corey from the
line, he is improving. His 3-7
effort against Toledo is still not
good by any means, but he was
able to hit the free throw when
it counted and when his team
needed it the most.
If Corey continues to play like
he has the last couple of weeks,
this team will be well off. I said
early in the season he was the key
guy who needed to step up for
the Pirates and he is doing just
that. 1 really love it when Moussa
and Mike have the ball, because
they are such great scorers and
good free throw shooters but if
Corey can become a dominant
third option and pull down the
rebounds like he has been, this
team will be scary
I thought Corey needed to fill -g
Wiley's role this season, and he
has done it so far. He is scoring, W
rebounding and playing hard. 5
Oh yea, he's doing that alley-oop
play pretty well too.
The writer can contacted at �
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Rouse has been an instrumental part in ECU'S recent wins over Belmont-Abbey and Toledo.
BCS ruins college football once again
Cal junior quarterback Aaron Rodgers stares into space as he
speaks with the media about missing out on the Rose Bowl.
True champion may
never be crowned
under current system
Technically, BCS stands for
Bowl Championship Series.
The BCS is a computer system
that conies up with a crazy deci-
mal number that is supposed to
determine who plays in the
national championship game.
This is the seventh season the
BCS has been used. In four of
those years, including this year,
there has been a controversy
over the two teams playing for
that national championship.
This leads me to one conclu-
sion - BCS stands for just about
everything BUT Bowl Champion-
ship Series.
At first, I thought the Bowl
Controversy System was a great
idea. With three teams that
should have a shot at the national
title this season, at least two of
them are going to be able to play.
Under the old system where con-
ference champions went to the
same bowl every season, Auburn,
Oklahoma nor USC would be able
to play one another for a shot at
the title. Auburn would be bat-
tling Virginia Tech in the Orange
Bowl, USC would play Michigan
in the Rose and Oklahoma would
probably take on Pitt. Everyone
would be saying, "Why can't
two of those teams play each
With the Blundering Cham-
pionship Sham, they get this
opportunity. But that doesn't
mean it's the answer.
Despite how much sense it
makes and how much everyone
wants it, a playoff will never
happen in NCAA football with-
out shortening the season. What
I propose is tweak the way the
computer works. The system of
scoring as of now is just a Big
Convoluted Situation.
The first thing that needs
to be changed is the automatic
bids. Conference champions
should not receive an automatic
bid into a BCS game unless every
conference champion gets a BCS
bid. Face it, in NCAA football,
big conferences succeed. There-
is no way Pittsburgh is worthy of
a BCS bid. Boise State has one of
the top offenses in the country
and went undefeated. Pitt goes
8-3 in a Miami and Virginia
Tech-less Big East and they go to
the Fiesta Bowl?
I guess it just goes to show
that big colleges succeed also
since 12-0 Boise State gets to play
in.the Liberty Bowl. Michigan
wins the Big 10 with an unim-
pressive 9-2 mark and they get
a bid to the Rose Bowl. Instead,
Cal should be there. They had
one loss and it was to undefeated
The next thing to go should
be the scoring margin. If one
team beats another team by 20
points, even if that win was 70-
50, according to the computers,
that is a more impressive win
than beating the same team 19-
0. The BCS is offensive-minded
and plays to teams with Boys
who Can Score. Defense is not
rewarded at all.
Also, a team may by more
inclined to run the score up
see BCS page A8
C-USA: Charlotte Preview
This is it. The last dance, so
to speak. The Conference USA
as we know it will be completely
overturned after this season
with the departure of basketball
powers Cincinnati, Louisville,
Marquette and Depaul. Who's
going to stake their claim to argu-
ably a conference title that won't
mean quite the same thing after
the 2004-2005 season?
Why not Charlotte?
Coming off of a 21-9 season,
including a share of the C-USA
regular season title and a NCAA
tournament appearance, the
49ers return four key starters and
are poised to make another run at
a title and postseason play.
Head Coach Bobby Lutz,
widely respected by some of the
nation's greatest coaches, enters
his seventh season in Charlotte.
In his first six seasons, Lutz's
49ers made five postseason trips,
including four to the NCAA tour-
ney and three 20-win seasons. His
clubs won three conference titles
see CHARLOTTE page A8
Curtis Withers is fourth on the team in total
scoring so far this year with 60 points.
Blue Demons looking to
replace offensive void
DePaul off to rocky start
without Holland, Brown
There are not many ways a
coach can look at a season and
declare it a success unless his
team comes out the victors after
all is said and done.
However, Depaul Blue Demon
Head Coach Dave Leitao may
have coached a team last season
that could be considered an
exception. Although Depaul
lost in the second round of the
NCAA tournament, their defeat
came at the hands of the eventual
champion, the Connecticut
Huskies. The Blue Demons are
looking to improve upon last
year's successes and make a run
deep into March.
The task may seem tougher,
however, as the Demons lost key
starters Delonte Holland and
see DEPAUL page A8
Quemont Greer finished with 20 points in
DePaul's victory over IUPUI this past Monday.

from page A7
from page A7
during that span which consisted
of two tournament titles and a
regular season championship.
Lutz will have the privilege of
coaching arguably his most athletic
team since his hiring in the late
1990s. The anchor of the team
will be forward Curtis Withers,
considered by most to be one of
the conference's elite performers.
The devastatingly quick and agile
Withers is averaging 1S.0 points
per game this season to go along
with 5.5 rebounds per game. His
ability to shoot the three-ball will
keep defenders from slacking on
him when he hovers around the
perimeter in some of Charlotte's
high post sets. The Junior has
knocked down five triples in eight
attempts this season. If he can con-
tinue to take smart outside shots,
as well as use his ox-like strength
to muscle opponents, Withers
will draw plenty of attention from
guards on double teams, allowing
senior Brendan Plavich to get open.
Plavich, not known for his
ability to create off the dribble,
will count on Withers to play
stellar to draw extra attention.
Besides getting open looks on
double teams, "Plav" will move
without the ball just as good
as anyone in the nation to get
his shots. In five contests, he
has already made 24 treys and
his percentage is gleaming at
49 percent. The sharpshooter
has made only one other field
goal that wasn't a three-pointer.
His 15.4 points per game is
tops on a team that has shown
tremendous balance thus far.
The potent offense gets even
better with Eddie Basden. The
senior swing forward is averaging
14.S points per game and is 46.2
percent from behind the arc. The
crafty Basden has picked up his
game on the defensive side of the
ball, already collecting 22 steals
in five games. Maybe a slight sur-
prise, the guardforward is leading
the team in rebounds with 7.2
per contest. An unexpected lift
like this could propel the 49ers to
victory in close contests, i.e. Corey
Rouse's board against Toledo.
It just keeps getting better
for the 49ers when you bring up
point guard Mitchell Baldwin.
The junior was expected to be
in a battle for his job with fresh-
man Leemire Goldwire, but has
quickly hushed talks of that
with his outstanding play in the
your.g season. Baldwin is aver-
aging 13ppg and is rebounding
well for his position at 4.2 per
contest. The afore mentioned
Goldwire, the only significant
freshman signee, is getting about
16 minutes a game and has
made the most of his opportu-
nities by averaging 7.4 points
per game and shooting 56.3
percent from the land of plenty.
Named to the all-conference
freshman team a year ago, sopho-
more star Martin Hi decided it
was time to make the jump to the
NBA. Luckily for his teammates
and coach Lutz, that decision
proved to be a false alarm as Iti
opted to return for likely his last
season as a niner. The choice so
far has been a smart one. His
numbers are up from a year ago
- 6.0 points per game to 8.6
points per game, 4.7rpg to 6.0
rpg and he is on pace to pass 35
blocks, his mark last season.
Charlotte's sixth man will be
forward E.J. Drayton. The 6-foot,
8-inch junior is averaging 9.8ppg
and 4.6rpg. Possibly the most
surprising statistic for Drayton is
his free throw percentage of 79.2,
which looks perfect compared
to nearly the rest of the team's
marks. Only point guard Mitchell
Baldwin (82.1 percent) is shoot-
ing at a better clip from the line.
If there is an achilles heel on
this Charlotte team, it is most
definitely going to be their sub-
par free throw shooting. The
team is getting to the line often,
but is only converting 60 percent
of the time. It's already cost them
one game this year, possibly a loss
that could cripple their seeding
come tourney time. Against a
great Alabama team, the niners
were an atrocious 23-38 from
the free throw line, while the
Crimson Tide were a cool 18-22.
Charlotte lost the game in triple
overtime, 102-101.
Losses like that, due to some-
thing as fundamental as free
throw shooting, will not be
acceptable down the stretch. A
team with this much talent needs
to find a way to use the line as a
means of burying opponents.
It would be a shame to see
Charlotte's season ended abruptly
in the postseason by another joke
of a performance at the charity
stripe. For now, we'll leave that
to Lutz, but as most fans and
coaches of college basketball
know, free throw shooting is
much harder to coach than any-
thing else in the game.
Predictions, predictions. I
think this team is really talented.
They will definitely be one of the
hardest teams in the conference
and maybe the nation to match-
up with. With that said, I think if
the Niners can fix the free throw
problem we talked about, I really
see this team competing in the
conference and making a run in
the NCAA. I will go with a third
place finish in the conference,
behind Louisville and Memphis,
and I like Charlotte to surprise
people on the national scene
with a run to the sweet 16.
This writer can be contacted at
sports@theeastcarolinian. com.
from page A7
instead of taking a knee because
they want that BCS bid. Sports-
manship goes out the window.
I also believe the preseason
rankings have to go. USC started
the season number one, they go
undefeated, they are still number
one. Oklahoma started the season
number two, they go undefeated,
they are still number two. Auburn
started the season No. 18, they
go undefeated and finish No. 3.
Auburn doesn't get a shot at the
title simply because everyone
thought USC and Oklahoma were
better at beginning of the season.
Another thing I have never
understood is the need for more
than one BCS game. If the BCS
was created so number one and
number two can play each other
every year, bowls with history, like
the Rose Bowl, completely lose
their prestige with the BCS. The
Rose Bowl used to always be Pac
10 champ verses Big 10 champ.
This yearwe have Big lOchamp
verses Big 12 South runner up.
The BCS is the worst system
in sports. It's a great idea in
theory, But Completely Stupid in
reality and all I know is the guys
who run the show Better Con-
ceive Something and say bye to
computer scoring before college
football is ruined.
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sports@theeas t Carolinian, com.
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Andre Brown, who combined to
score nearly half of the team's
offensive output.
Picked to finished sixth this
year in Conference USA, Depaul
has had a rocky start to their
season thus far, dropping two out
of six games. The losses came at
the hands of Bradley University,
a virtual unknown, and
Northern Illinois. No, not the
team that gives everyone fits
in the NCAA tournament each
year. That would be Southern
Depaul's only convincing
win on the season thus far came
against IUPUI as the Blue Demons
rolled to an 88-67 victory.
It took strong second half surges
for the Blue Demons to finally
put away Bowling Green State,
Eastern Illinois and Dayton.
Depaul will have to try and
find a way to replace the likes of
I lolland and Brown and the man
that might be just right for the
job is Diener number two, Drake.
Diener averaged 12.6 points on
last year's campaign but will
see more scoring opportunities
as his role will dramatically
increase if the Blue Demon's hope
to have a shot of getting back to
the tourney.
The specialty of the pesky
guard comes from behind the arc,
where he shot an even 50 percent
in conference play last season.
Diener needs just 33 three-point
baskets to become the school's
all-time leader in three-point
field goals.
Power forward for the Blue
Demons, Quemont Greer,
will also have to step up his
performances from last season,
averaging the same as Diener,
12.6 points per game. Greer's
strengths are in the paint, where
his was a beast on the boards last
season, grabbing 119 rebounds
during the conference schedule.
Although Depaul defended
well throughout the 2003-2004
season, they also had a bad
case of the turnover bug,
coughing the ball up more times
than their opponents in confer-
ence play. With the lack of offen-
sive depth, the Blue Demons will
have to cut down on turnovers
and turn up the defensive pres-
sure even more if they hope to
have a slight chance at compet-
One of the Blue Demons
defensive specialist is sophomore
guard Sammy Mejia.
Mejia was second on the
team in steals behind Holland,
ripping 32.
Also, Mejia's ability to lead
the Blue Demons took flight last
season as he became just one of
four players in Depaul history to
dish out at least 100 assists as a
In order for Depaul to have
another successful campaign,
the Blue Demons will have
to be more aggressive on the
offensive end in the absence of
Holland and Brown, while at
the same time being cautious of
turning the ball over too much,
something that haunted them in
their losses last season.
Diener, Greer and Mejia will
be the go-to guys for the Blue
Demons on both ends, as they try
to get back to the NCAA tourney
for the second straight season.
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The East Carolinian, December 8, 2004
East Carolina's student-run campus newspaper was first published in 1923 as the East Carolina Teachers College News (1923-1925). It has been re-named as The Teco Echo (1925, 1926-1952), East Carolinian (1952-1969), Fountainhead (1969-1979), and The East Carolinian (1969, 1979-present). It includes local, state, national, and international stories with a focus on campus events.
December 08, 2004
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