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PURE CONCENTRATE hi 46° | lo THURSDAY 30° november 15, 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 We are the world Cultures unite at the Keep it open Police and Acropolis officials Riot act Ra Ra Riot returns to SU with a concert at Crouse On to the next one Syracuse looks to start the season 2-0 “Music Beyond Borders” festival. Page 3 must work together to keep the restaurant open. Page 5 College. Page 11 with matchup against Wagner. Page 15 Saudi prince, alumnus to accept medal By Jen Bundy STAFF WRITER Prince Sultan bin Salman, the first Arab astronaut and member of the royal family to enter space, will visit Syracuse University on Friday to receive the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Chancellor’s Medal Award for outstanding achivement to be given to Saudi prince Where: Maxwell School When: Friday, 11:45 a.m. How much: Free sam maller | asst. photo editor PETER MAVRIKIDIS, owner of Acropolis Pizza House on Marshall Street, gestures toward his restaurant while speaking about the establishment’s upcoming nuisance abatement hearing. The restaurant is increasing security measures to avoid being shut down by the city. Acropolis changes security to prevent closure By Casey Fabris ASST. NEWS EDITOR The city of Syracuse threatened to shut down Marshall Street staple Acropolis Pizza House unless the facility takes steps to increase security. CUTTING IT CLOSE With a little more than one day of voting left, Student Association was within 121 votes of tying last year’s record-setting total. “I’m very confident that we will pass last year’s voter turnout,” said Jenn Bacolores, chair of the Board of Elections and Membership Committee. Recently, the area has become a hot spot for crime and violence, with three arrests taking place in or near the establishment in the last two years. In response, the city of Syracuse, under a nuisance abatement law, has asked that Acropolis make changes to alleviate these issues. The nuisance abatement hearing on Dec. 11 will decide Acropolis’ fate. “I hope everything goes OK. I worry because I depend on my business,” Acropolis owner Peter Mavrikidis said. “I’m not a guy that can go get retired; I like to work. The day I work, the next day I die, that’s As of 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, 3,585 students had voted in the election — representing 25.7 percent of Syracuse University’s student body, she said. At this point last year, SA received 3,360 votes, she said. Last year, a total of 3,706 votes were cast — or 26.1 percent. running for the presidency and a new approach to public relations — including physical polling locations on campus, Bacolores said. The high voter turnout can be attributed to multiple factors, such as having four candidates Juniors: 27 percent SA 2012 Here’s the breakdown of voting trends by class year: Freshmen: 22 percent Sophomores: 32 percent Seniors: 20 percent my happiness. If I’m 80 years old, I want to work.” Acropolis has begun taking steps to prevent future problems, such as installing a more sophisticatewd security system and also hiring a security guard who works Friday SEE ACROPOLIS PAGE 6 Voting for SA president and comptroller will take place on MySlice from Nov. 12-15. Students can log on and click on the “Vote Now” button in the center module. SA will have physical polling stations on Thursday at Schine Atrium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Ernie Davis Dining Center from 4 to 7 p.m.; and Slocum Hall from 7 to 10 p.m., according to SA’s Facebook page. The presentation will take place at 11:45 a.m. in the foyer of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he received his master of social science degree in 1999 following his time at the University of Denver. The Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement is given to individuals in recognition of their contributions to their community, the world and the university, according to a Nov. 14 SU News release. “Whether setting records as an astronaut or advocating for opportunity for women and people with disabilities, he courageously has blazed new trails in the Arab World,” said Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor in the news release. The accomplishments that contributed to him winning the prestigious award include his title as the first Arab and Muslim in space as a member of the international crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985, according to the release. He also holds the record, at 28, as the youngest person to fly on the Space Shuttle. Bin Salman is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Prince Salman Center for Disabilities Research in Riyadh, according to the release. As the son of the Saudi Minister of Defense, Crown Prince Salman bin AbdulAziz al-Saud, he is next in line to inherit the Saudi throne. Another recognition is his commit- SEE AWARD PAGE 9

Nov. 15, 2012

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