COCKROACH CLUSTERS HI 63 | LO WEDNESDAY 34 october 5, 2011 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 Reduced ranking Professors and social media Unimpressed A Letter to the Editor argues experts discuss SU’s lowered Klout ranking. Page 3 SU’s football wins have been underwhelming. Page 5 INSIDEPULP INSIDESPORTS Valuable assets Pulp gives advice on building resumes and leaving a good impression with employers. Page 11 Falling out In 2003, Syracuse’s potential move to the Atlantic Coast Conference was halted by Virginia politics. Page 16 Former athlete to serve 1 to 3 years in state prison By Meghin Delaney NEWS EDITOR Former Syracuse linebacker Malcolm Cater was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Monday after pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary, defense lawyer James McGraw confirmed. McGraw said Cater got a break from Onondaga County Judge William Walsh and would probCATER keegan barber | staff photographer KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL , editor of The Nation magazine, speaks to the Syracuse University community Tuesday in Hendricks Chapel. Heuvel spoke about the state of democracy in the United States. universit y lectures Editor discusses social movements By Matthew Kovac CONTRIBUTING WRITER Katrina vanden Heuvel, an awardwinning editor and publisher for the The Nation magazine, discussed the United States’ political agenda Tuesday. The event took place at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel at 7:30 p.m. and engaged both SU students and the general public. The presentation, “On the Nation and Our Political Movement,” was marked by Heuvel discussing the important role social movements, independent journalism and current politics have on the United States. Heuvel’s goal in addressing the public about her political thoughts and analyses was to bring minority ideas into mainstream media, she said. The event was co-sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council, an organization aimed at organizing peace and social injustice. Heuvel elaborated on three main points while relating her political ideas to the audience: the Republican Party, the corrupting influence of corporate capital and President Barack Obama. The Republican Party and the Tea Party are indistinguishable, she said. The “new” Republican Party turned from a “party of the far right to a party of reactionary extremists,” she said. “We are at a turning point where we have a party committed to repealing the 20th century,” Heuvel said, talking about the Republican Party. SEE HEUVEL PAGE 8 ably not serve an entire year in prison. Cater will probably serve about 90 days, starting immediately, McGraw said. “He got a break, it’s his fi rst offense,” McGraw said. “He’s got potential to be a lot more than a burglar, and the judge wanted to give him an opportunity.” McGraw said Cater will enter a special program in which he will only be in prison for a short period of time, and it is hoped he will never want to return. Cater will head straight to a special facility, SEE CATER PAGE 8 Students evacuated from Life Sciences Complex on Tuesday By Debbie Truong ASST. NEWS EDITOR The Life Sciences Complex ventilation system shut off unexpectedly around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, causing a building-wide evacuation. The Energy Systems and Sustainability Management department, which oversees the ventilation system, alerted the Department of Public Safety of the issue, said DPS Chief Tony Callisto. The Syracuse Fire Department was noti- fied of the shutoff shortly after it occurred. Callisto said it appeared no dangerous chemicals leaked into the air. Students in professor Nancy Totah’s “Chemistry 276: Organic Chemistry Laboratory” class were conducting a “relatively standard experiment” when the emergency alarms sounded and the class was told by a volunteer fi refighter to evacuate, said Patrick Beebe, a SEE LIFE SCIENCES PAGE 6 Institute receives $6.2 million grant for leadership By Liz Sawyer ASST. NEWS EDITOR The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University received a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, according to a Tuesday BBI news release. The grant will be used to continue BBI’s leadership of the Atlanta-based Southeast ADA Center. Peter Blanck, a professor in the SU College of Law and BBI chairman, said the grant, which will be dispersed over five years, will enable BBI to advance its work to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Southeast. These activities act as a continuation of BBI’s longstanding mission, Blanck said. “In a nutshell, it’s to make people with disabilities, employers and everybody more aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Blanck said. The ADA Center is one of 10 regional centers dealing with the ADA and accessible information technology, according to the release. It serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The center was established in 1991 and BBI has operated it since 2006, according to SEE BBI PAGE 6 lauren murphy | asst. photo editor Students and staff wait outside the Life Sciences Complex after a ventilation system malfunctioned at about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.