ECU team wins international gaming competition

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Members of the ECU Gaming Team celebrate with the championship trophy for besting the competition at the NVIDIA Call of Duty Black-Ops 2 Rivalries National Invitational Competition.


The East Carolina University Gaming Team won the inaugural NVIDIA Call of Duty Black-Ops 2 Rivalries National Invitational Competition Jan. 19 at the NVIDIA headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.

The team acquired a wild card slot to participate, thanks to Facebook voting, which provided winners with a paid trip to the competition. Team members Michael Mangelli, Mathew Mangelli, Cliff Stubbs, Nate Kellum and Stephan Loehr competed and club secretary Rachel Pickens accompanied the team.

Each game was played following Call of Duty Team Deathmatch rules, with each team competing to earn the 75 point cap within the ten minute time limit. Other competitors included Oregon State University, University of California – Los Angeles, Stanford, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

Team members won a desktop PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690, with HD monitor and accessories, while ECU will receive GTX-powered desktop computers with HD monitors and accessories.

For additional information about the competition, visit


Accounting faculty report publications

An article by Denise E. Dickens and Rose Bailey, accounting professors in the ECU College of Business, “Success in Industry-based Accounting Careers,” was published in the CPA Journal. Also by Dickens, “The Question of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation: Will Investors Benefit?” appeared in the CPA Journal.


Pirates prepare for 17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

The 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the East Carolina University Student Recreation Center outdoor pool.

All ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to jump into the icy waters of the outdoor pool. The first 1,100 jumpers will receive a free event T-shirt. Students will also be entered into a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize – a 3-foot tall stuffed polar bear donated by Coca-Cola.

All jumpers should bring their own towel and must fill out a waiver prior to jumping. The waiver can be completed on-site or downloaded at

The Polar Bear Plunge started at ECU in 1997 as part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center when 35 participants took the plunge. The event has grown annually, breaking records each year since 2010. Last year, 1,008 jumpers participated. Organizers hope to surpass the 1,100-jumper mark this year.

Following the event, participants may enjoy refreshments and attend a Get-A-Clue involvement fair providing information on programs, activities at organizations on campus.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with an ECU One Card required. The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation & Wellness, Campus Living & Dining and Student Involvement and Leadership.



ECU grad shares deception detection techniques on CBS Morning News


The hosts of CBS This Morning interview Phil Houston on the recent release of Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception.


ECU political science graduate and former Central Intelligence Agency expert Philip Houston, co-author of “Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception,” appeared on the CBS morning news show Jan. 18. Houston spoke on methods to detect deception and how to elicit more truthful answers.

Houston, of Greenville, is chief executive officer of Qverity, a provider of behavioral analysis and screening services for a worldwide clientele. According to Qverity’s web site, Houston is a national expert on deception detection, critical interviewing and elicitation who is credited with developing a deception detection method that is now used throughout U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities.  Read more about Houston at