CRIMINY hi 63° | lo TUESDAY 48° september 25, 2012 t h e i n de pe n de n t s t u de n t n e w spa pe r of s y r acuse , n e w yor k INSIDENEWS INSIDEOPINION Losing the battle SU has lost the “Today” show Concerning candidates Students must vote now to challenge for school spirit to the University of Tennessee. Page 3 make candidates care about them in future elections. Page 5 INSIDEPULP INSIDESPORTS Game for two SU students design fully functioning video Mac attack Syracuse men’s soccer head coach Ian McIntyre has the program off to a 7-2 record, its best start in more than a decade. Page 16 games that launch at an iSchool event. Page 9 High alert Spike in crime in East neighborhood, Marshall Street causes increased police presence By Debbie Truong A STAFF WRITER rash of crime, including robberies and assaults, has hit neighborhoods surrounding Syracuse University. For the first time in at least seven years, law enforcement tripled weekend patrol in the East Neighborhood and Marshall Street. Police presence has increased in response to crimes being perpetrated by inner-city gang members and high-school aged students, said Sgt. Tom Connellan of the Syracuse Police Department. andrew renneisen | photo editor Addressing the situation DYLAN LUSTIG, SA president, looks on during the SA meeting on Monday night in the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center. Student safety continues to be a concern for campus police as rumors spread through the SU community that local gang initiations are the cause of increased crime in the East neighborhood. “This rumor of gang initiation and gang activities is completely false,” Lustig said. SEE PAGE 3 common ground for peace Tickets for panels made available By Casey Fabris ASST. NEWS EDITOR Complimentary tickets for the Common Ground for Peace Symposium will be available to students and the general public on a first-come, firstserve basis, Syracuse University announced Monday. The university will make 300 complimentary tickets available for each Oct. 8 panel discussion. The tickets must be picked up in person at the Schine Student Box Office Sept. 25 and 26, according to a Sept. 24 SU News release. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m., East neighborhood The area east of Syracuse University, which is heavily populated by students, is attractive to inner-city gang members who frequent the neighborhood to sell drugs, case houses and steal from students, said Connellan. High school-aged students from across Onondaga County have also flocked to the area on weekend nights, where they can easily access alcohol at parties thrown by SU students. “Large amounts of area high school kids are coming up there because they’re able to mix in,” Connellan said. DPS SENDS UPDATE At 10:21 p.m. Monday, the Department of Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto and Student Association President Dylan Lustig sent an email out to students addressing crime in the East neighborhood and Marshall Street areas. Rumors circling around campus that students “may have been or could be the victim of crimes being perpetrated by non-students as some sort of initiation of gang activities” are unsubstantiated, according to the email. DPS and the Syracuse Police Department do not believe these rumors are true, according to the email. Since the start of the school year, the Department of Public Safety has issued six email alerts notifying students of various crimes, including robberies, assaults and a stabbing near SU’s campus. A DPS alert issued Monday stated the increased crime is typical for the start of the fall semester. SEE CRIME PAGE 6 students may pick up one ticket upon showing their SUID card. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the general public may begin picking up tickets at 9 a.m. Nonstudents may purchase up to two tickets, according to the release. Each ticket will come with a SEE TICKETS PAGE 6 sun y-esf Parking lot to become academic building By Jessica Iannetta ASST. NEWS EDITOR A Syracuse University parking lot will become home to SUNY-ESF’s newest academic building following a land swap between the two colleges. The building, which will house the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s department of environmental and forest biology, will be built on the SU-owned Standart parking lot located behind Lawrinson Hall, said Joseph Rufo, vice president for administration at ESF. In exchange, ESF will give SU an equal-sized block of land located SEE ESF PAGE 7 andrew renneisen | photo editor Police respond to a call in the East neighborhood on Friday night. Law enforcement has tripled its presence due to increased crime.