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BIG EAST WEST hi 45° | lo WEDNESDAY 28° november 14, 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 INSIDEPULP INSIDESPORTS Snack attack Marion Nestle discusses The vice president is... SA should change its codes to Too hot to handle Meet the Department Dream season Twenty-five years later, the 1987 Syracuse football food politics and industry on Tuesday night. Page 3 force presidential candidates to announce their vice president before the election. Page 5 of Public Safety officer-turned spicy food afficionado. Page 9 4 3 , 7 $ 65 0 5 , 1 $13 MONEY TALKS team that went 11-0 in the regular season is still remembered as a special group to the players who grinded out each victory. Page 16 Money donated to Democrats by individuals identifying themselves as SU employees Money donated to Republicans by individuals identifying themselves as SU employees By Jessica Iannetta B ASST. NEWS EDITOR uried under a copy of Science Magazine and Monday’s PostStandard, Thomas Fondy unearthed the reason he donated $4,000 to congressional candidate Dan Maffei. He opened the Greenpeace pamphlet on climate change and found the page with pictures of polar bears standing on shrinking icebergs. “You want to know why I support Dan?” he said, pointing at the pictures. “This is why.” Maffei’s opponent, incumbent Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), is a climate change denier, but Maffei has lectured at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and understands science, said Fondy, a biology professor at Syracuse University. “We need to get people in (Congress) who know science and respect science,” he said. Fondy was one of several at SU who donated money this election season to further support a candidate and to advance an issue they believe in. From 2011 to 2012, 75 individuals who identified themselves as SU employees made 170 contributions totaling $82,634 to political campaigns, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. By federal law, campaigns are not required to disclose donations of less than $250. Both the amount of money donated and the number of contributions is a significant increase from the 2008 election. Four years ago, SU employees made 45 contributions totaling $28,000. The uptick in donations is in line with national trends, which saw congressional and presidential candidates and their supporters SU community donates to political campaigns with hopes of advancing issues graphic illustration by allie berube and ankur patankar | the daily orange STACKING UP Within the second SA 2012 day of presidential elections, the Student Association needs just 660 more votes to match last year’s total vote count. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, SA received about 3,046 votes, which is 205 more votes than this time last year, said Board of Elections and Membership Chair Jenn Bacolores. This indicates that 21.4 percent of the student body has voted. Only 10 percent of the student body needs to vote in order to validate the election, which means voting will not be extend- ed past 11:59 p.m. Thursday. So far in this year’s election, 20 percent of the votes came from freshmen, 33 percent came from sophomores, 28 percent came from juniors and 20 percent came from seniors, Bacolores said. “This follows a similar trend we see in elections,” she said. “Sophomores and juniors are more involved, and then toward the end we start to see more freshmen.” The elections so far have run smoothly, she said. The only issue Bacolores said she could recall was a slight, five-minute lag on MySlice at midnight on Monday, when voting began. Voting for Student Association president and comptroller will take place on MySlice from Nov. 12-15. Students can log onto MySlice and click on the “Vote Now” button in the center module. Board of Elections and Membership members are also placing voting stations around campus to help and encourage students to vote. Wednesday’s stations will be located at Bird Library, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Marshall Hall, according to the SA elections Facebook page. spend $ 6 billion on the election, up 13 percent from 2008, according to Time magazine. This year’s contributions from SU employees went to a wide variety of campaigns, spanning 17 candidates from five different states and four political parties, as well as four political organizations. The School of Architecture was the only SU school /col lege that did not have employees donate to a political campaign. Professors from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs contributed the most money out of all the schools, with 18 professors donating a total of $20,118. The next highest contributing school was the College of Law with a total of $13,000 from seven professors, followed by the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Information Studies. The majority of contributions made by Whitman employees came from the school’s dean, Melvin Stith, who donated $4,950 to President Barack Obama’s campaign and $1,250 to the Democratic National Committee, for a total of $6,200. Stith, the highest individual donor among SU employees, said he chose to contribute to Obama’s campaign purely for personal reasons. “I’m a product of the segregated South,” he said. “I was able to support something I never dreamed I would have an opportunity to support.” Other African-Americans have run for president before, but Obama is the SEE DONATIONS PAGE 6 Students create 1st college Chinese TV network in US By Sam Blum STAFF WRITER Chinnel [W] became the first college-based Chinese television network in the country a few days before Halloween after airing its inaugural show, “Halloween Fright Night.” Since then, the network has continued to expand and add new shows. The network is currently working on a music video called “SU Style,” a parody of the viral K-pop hit, Gangnam Style, said Vivien Ding, the network’s president, in an email. “We wanted to bring something informative SEE NETWORK PAGE 6

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