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N • A redress of grievances

P • Paying it forward

Ben Jones called upon the assembly to voice its concerns with the current state of the university at Monday night’s Student Association meeting. Page 7

Student startup Centscere uses social media interactions to raise money for local and national charities. Page 11



S • Breaking back

Syracuse looks to rectify struggles that have surfaced with Jerami Grant sidelined with a sore back. Page 20

SU students reflect on NBC internships, domestic issues at Sochi Olympics

SU to inaugurate Syverud Official inauguration for chancellor will take place in Hendricks April 11 By Brett Samuels asst. news editor

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud will be inaugurated as the university’s 12th chancellor and president on April 11. Syverud’s inauguration day will feature several events, including a formal ceremony at 4 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel, according to an SU News release. Before the official inauguration ceremony, there will be an academic procession into Hendricks starting at 3:30 p.m. That will include student, faculty and staff representatives, as well as members of the Board of Trustees, deans and Syverud’s wife, Ruth Chen.

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hoppers in a Michigan grocery store told Cassie DiLaura they’d “keep her in their prayers” as she prepared to leave for Sochi, Russia. December suicide bombings had shaken Volgograd, a vital transportation hub hundreds of miles away. Militant groups threatened to disrupt the Olympics as talking heads amplified doubts about Russia’s ability to handle security, despite assurances of safety from international officials. DiLaura dodged social media and news coverage in the weeks leading up to her trip, fearing news of violence in Sochi would deter her from an NBC internship at the 2014 Winter Olympics. DiLaura eventually gave in, checking the news after learning of the woman suicide bomber the media call the “Black Widow,” was reported to have slipped into Sochi through Russian security. “I caved and found an article and it frightened me,” DiLaura, a junior broadcast and digital journalism major, said. After conversations with her parents and some consideration, DiLaura chose to go through with her internship as a script production associate with NBC Sports Network. She never felt unsafe during her time in Sochi, which she described as “by far the best experience” of her life. NBC selected 23 Syracuse University students to travel to the games, while another 10 worked in Stamford, Conn. The Feb. 7–23 games were largely considered an opportunity for President Vladimir Putin to prove Russia’s resurgence on the international stage. In the end, the games proved to be a success for Russia. DiLaura and other SU interns commended Russia’s handling of the games despite initial reservations. Before her thoughts strayed to suicide bombers and press credentials, DiLaura went through an extensive, competitive process to be selected as an intern. NBC chose 120 interns from a pool of hundreds, cutting applicants after a paper application and a round of interviews, said Sharon Hollenback, a television, radio and film professor and NBC internship coordinator for SU. Hollenback helped start the NBC internship program for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Since then, SU students have performed a variety of duties, including logging footage, “running” items across venues and researching for broadcasts. Assisting international broadcasts of unpredictable events makes the NBC internships unique and immersive, Hollenback said.

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Survey to evaluate SU’s image By Justin Mattingly staff writer

CASSIE DILAURA, a junior broadcast and digital journalism major, sits in for an NBC anchor. courtesy of cassie dilaura

When thinking about Syracuse University, a few images — basketball, orange and snow — all come to mind. SU’s marketing and communications department challenged students to think about the same question when it sent out a survey via email to get feedback on how SU brands and markets itself. SimpsonScarborough, a Virginiabased marketing research and strategy firm that specializes in higher education, will conduct the survey. SU sent out the survey to see how see survey page 9

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TATTOO tuesday | haley tyminski

Student ink embraces diagnosis, family ties By Naomi C. Falk staff writer

Hailey Tyminski has three tattoos, representing both the struggle she’s gone through as well as her family who have constantly supported her. The freshman wildlife science major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry decided to get her first piece upon learning that she had celiac disease when she was 17. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that damages and prevents the small intestine from absorbing important nutrients. Down her spine, the piece reads “live life fearlessly.” For her second piece, she, her sister and her mom all got the same design — the word “love” displayed across their feet. Just a few weeks ago, Tyminski decided to get a new tattoo. Her mother directed her to the parlor where she had gotten her first ink as a teenager: Ink 4 Joe, located in South Glens Falls, N.Y. Her artist, A-Rod, immediately drew out the design she envisioned —

a deer’s skull framed by roses on her hip, in honor of her father and mother. “My family has become even more important to me since I went away. I Facetime them almost every day,” Tyminski said. Not only are the flowers her mother’s favorites, but they also represent her two sisters and brother. “I got the deer skull for my dad. He’s an avid hunter,” Tyminski said. “I grew up that way, I always went hunting with him.” Though her father has not always been a strong supporter of tattoos, she recalls her father bragging to his friends about his daughter having an “eight-point buck tattooed to her hip.” After four hours of work on the first session, she reached her pain threshold. Tyminski plans on going back to the parlor next week to get some more shading done on the skull as well as some coloring to the antlers and the roses. Said Tyminski: “I love tattoos. It doesn’t matter if a tattoo doesn’t mean something to someone else. It has its own story behind it.”


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During the weekend, Syracuse University students traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. See Wednesday’s paper.


Pretty fun that Chancellor Syverud is starting his inauguration day with a 1.2 mile run across campus. Sign me up! @dailyorange march 4, 2014 • pag e 3

Kimmel plans to stay open Food court won’t close soon, but SU officials consider rethinking prices By Joe Infantino staff writer

The Kimmel Food Court will not close in the near future, Syracuse University officials said after an ongoing evaluation has yet to reveal if changes to the dining hall’s services are required. “It isn’t going to close soon,” said Jamie Cyr, director of auxiliary services at SU. “But we’re still evaluating all the businesses.” Last semester, SU Food Services started to consider shutting down the dining hall after a decline in business during weekday hours. It started in 2010 when the Ernie Davis Dining Center opened, Cyr said. But changes to Kimmel’s food options added to the dining court’s unpopularity, he said. In 2012, Trios and Quesos replaced Burger King Two sophomores in the School of Information Studies, Jay Getman and Alexander Krapf, developed a video game called “Little Matter.” The game took about a week to code until it was ready for beta-testing. joshuah romero asst. photo editor


Students develop idea, coding for video game By Brett Samuels asst. news editor

In today’s video game industry, some of the highest selling games are known for their realistic graphics, in-depth storylines and complex controls. However, in a throwback to ’90s games like Snake and Asteroids, two students in the School of Information Studies have created a game called “Little Matter” that requires little more than a joystick and some concentration. Jay Getman and Alexander Krapf, both sophomores in the iSchool, came up with the concept for the game and developed it together. In the game, the user controls a small galaxy named Glo, directing the galaxy around the screen to collect stars while avoiding “evil” galaxies, which aim to prevent the user from capturing stars.

• A 39-year-old male was arrested on an out-of-state felony charge on the 800 block of Irving Ave. on Friday at 2 p.m. • An 18-year-old male was ticketed for a third-degree unlawful possession of marijuana charge on the 500 block of S. State St. on Friday at 9:25 a.m.

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But the appearance of a blank computer chip wasn’t quite what the pair was looking for. “We decided it should look a little nicer, and we had a 3-D printer upstairs (in the iSchool),” Getman

crime briefs • A 54-year-old male was ticketed for loitering on the 100 block of Marshall St. on Friday at 1:30 p.m. He was ticketed a second time for the same offense in the same spot on Sunday at 9 a.m.

“Little Matter” uses an Arduino controller, which is an empty computer chip in the shape of a game controller, Krapf said. He and Getman just had to program the controller so it recognized commands such as up, down, left, right and so on.

New explorations in information and science, or NEXIS, is a lab in the iSchool focused on exploring emerging technologies. It was originally created in 2010 to explore social media, but has since evolved to create long-lasting identity strategies.

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A 3-D printer was used to create a case for the controller used in the game “Little Matter.” joshuah romero asst. photo editor

said. “So we designed a case, did it in one afternoon and it came out nice.” It took about a month to go from concept to final product, though in total, Getman said, it only took between 25–30 hours to code the game. Getman and Krapf, who met freshmen year, said the game is at a point now where it can be betatested, adding that they could take it further if they wanted to. Once the game was developed,

Getman and Krapf said those who played it all enjoyed it. There are five levels in the game, each with more enemy galaxies to avoid. In order to advance from level to level, the user must collect enough stars, which randomly appear on the screen. “It’s so simple but people who played it got really into it,” Getman said. One of those who got to test the see video

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• A 24-year-old male was ticketed for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana charges on the 100 block of Westmoreland Ave. The incident took place on Thursday at 12:20 a.m. • A 20-year-old sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences was arrested on an unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage charge on Wednesday at 11:51 p.m. The incident took place on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Adams Street. —Compiled by Alex Ptachick


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Academy Awards lead to formulaic ‘Oscars Movie’


ased on some incredibly unscientific research, the Academy Awards is everyone’s favorite award show. Call it the Oscars, call it what you will, but there is nothing better than the red carpet, the tribute reels and the passion for film enjoyed by the masses. Sure, awards don’t mean anything — they celebrate the privileged and probably contribute to the moral decay of our society — but the Oscars claim to maintain a high standard for the fine art of film. I was looking forward to watching the show last Sunday, but there was one problem in the back of my mind. These past few years it seems like the same sort of films get nominated across the board, confirming that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t recognize a lot of movies but just a set of films designed for the Academy Awards. The formula pushes filmmakers to make better films and get the recognition, but it also feels a little boring and empty. Not to mention, audiences grow tired of them really quickly. The “Oscars Movie” has truly emerged as a genre. To qualify, a film must meet a few simple criteria. First, it has to have a big name director, who’s nominated every year or every other year. The same actors also tend to pepper these movies. They also have a certain dramatic tone — not too sad, and slightly witty, but most of them are certainly not comedies. Last, and most importantly, the film usually is released sometime between November and January. This isn’t to discount any of the talented people who are nominated for awards every


LIVING VICARIOUSLY THROUGH YOU year, but the Academy Awards seem to be given to the same people. The same crop of directors and producers gets nominated nearly every year for Best Director and Best Picture. It’s as if Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne and David O. Russell, who albeit are talented, get nominated by default if they make a movie that year, regardless of the quality. Minority directors are rare, however in the last few years they’ve been breaking through the glass ceiling. The category is also very subjective. There’s very little you could know about how a person actually directs unless you’re actually on set, experiencing it. Powerful performances deserving of recognition, such as Greta Gerwig in “Frances Ha,” often fall by the wayside because the movies weren’t released in November or December. As a matter of fact, the sheer abundance of serious dramas clearly reaching for an award left legendary actors, like Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, snubbed this year. All four main actors in “American Hustle” were nominated this year. They’re great actors and great performers, but they weren’t the best performances of the year. The characters in this year’s films were sad, violent and troubled and we see them in movies every year. Plus, young, bright Jennifer

Lawrence just isn’t believable as an erratic housewife. “American Hustle” was forgettable as a whole. In fact, it was so forgettable that Academy voters forgot to vote for it and it went 0 for 10 — it didn’t win anything. I’ve seen movies like it and there will probably be more. In fact, I’m sure I will see more like it because it follows the “Oscars movie” formula to a tee. The Academy Awards are fabulous, but I hope next year the Academy will recognize a greater variety of voices that contribute to the motion picture arts. Innovative and exciting movies are out there — the new interesting forces behind them should be considered the new “Oscars movie,” rather than the stale dramas we see every year. Cassie-lee Grimaldi is a senior television, radio and film major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at cgrimald@syr. edu and reached on Twitter @cassiegrimaldi.

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Digital mobs have concerning effects


very now and then, something happens that turns millennials on the Internet from a quirky, meme-sharing entity into an angry mob. Most recently, it was the outing of the Duke freshman porn star. The story has sparked widespread discussion about if “Lauren” — the Duke student’s chosen allias — deserves the negative attention for working in the porn industry or if this is another example of slut-shaming and sexism toward women. What no one is talking about, however, is how easily cyber mobs form to attack someone’s lifestyle. After a fraternity brother at Duke recognized her and revealed her identity, Lauren was at the center of a slew of negative and derogatory comments from online forums and social media. She agreed to an interview for Duke’s newspaper, the Duke Chronicle, and then posted a response on Deville Dish on Feb. 14 to the article after she believed it put her in a negative light. That made the story even bigger and drew more negative comments and criticisms. Cyber-bullying has been around since the creation of social media. Every year, there are countless stories about teens

Women and Gender columnist Nicki Gorny talks about why gender roles should not be assigned to acts of common courtesy in tomorrow’s issue.


IT HAPPENS committing suicide after their classmates bullied them on the Internet. Had Lauren not decided to take her life back from those bashing it, the headlines could’ve run much differently. Because no one got hurt, no one seems to care that this started with a group of people targeting one person — the mob mentality all too common online. The disturbing thing about that mentality is how easy it is to spread. A few people make hateful comments on an online forum and everyone else realizes they want to share how much they hate this person he or she has never met. The same goes for Twitter. Another Internet mob formed last December, surrounding the hashtag, “#HasJustineLandedYet.” Justine Sacco, the former director of Corporate Communications for InterActiveCorp, tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” just before she boarded a 12-hour flight to South Africa. Someone saw her racist tweet and within hours Sacco became infamous, receiving thousands


of hateful tweets, death threats and the hashtag started trending internationally. Though Sacco made the mistake, this is another slightly alarming example of how quickly the Internet can come together to hate one person. As millennials, we’re the ones who are doing most of the tweeting and commenting. Although the viral stories are usually funny videos or BuzzFeed articles, sometimes a story breaks about someone who we could easily pass judgment on. In Lauren’s case, her choice to do porn to pay for school created a firestorm of judgmental comments even after she released statements defending herself. Before we hop on the bandwagon of collectively judging someone, we need to take a step back and decide if it’s even our place to judge. Our generation needs to be aware of how easy it is to slip into cyber-mob mentality before someone gets hurt. After all, not every person the mob targets will be able to stand up for themselves as Lauren did. Kate Beckman is a freshman magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at kebeckma@syr. edu and followed on Twitter at @ Kate_Beckman.

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SimpsonScarborough survey needs better options for best results Syracuse University is conducting a campus-wide survey to figure out what the school’s identity and image is, and how it should market itself. Although the survey has the right intent, the survey’s questions were not conducted in the right way, which could lead to ineffective results. It is important for SU to have this survey as now is the best time for growth. With a new chancellor and new deans in four different colleges, there

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Assembly expresses concerns, areas for improvement with SU By Jessica Iannetta staff writer

The discussion started with a simple question: What pisses you off? During the next 15 minutes, members of the Student Association filled an entire blackboard in a classroom in Crouse-Hinds Hall with things about Syracuse University that bother them, upset them and make them angry. Speaker Ben Jones started the discussion, challenging the assembly to start thinking on a bigger scale. Too often, Jones said, SA is reluctant to tackle the big issues because they seem “very structural” and hard to solve. “We need to stop being afraid of these things,” Jones said. “We need to stop being afraid of going up to the university and going, ‘You know what? This sucks. We need better services.’” The discussion took up most of SA’s weekly meeting, which was moved from Maxwell Auditorium to Crouse-Hinds because of midterm examinations. During the 40-minute discussion, assembly members brought up a wide range of issues including advising, undergraduate research, segregation among colleges, dining hall hours, housing, club sports and SU’s ranking. At the end of the discussion, Jones said he hopes the assembly can form committees and task forces to look into many of these issues. SA needs to start thinking beyond just sending out a few emails to administrators and looking into funding sources, he said. “I want us to start thinking about this and how it all comes together and what we can do about it,” Jones said, pointing to the blackboard. “We need to shift the paradigm.” Other business discussed:

President’s Report

SA President Boris Gresely was not at Monday’s meeting because he was attending a conference. Vice President Daniela Lopez gave the president’s report instead. Lopez said she and Gresely met with Chancellor Kent Syverud and discussed several issues. Syverud told them that the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee will include both an undergraduate and a graduate representative. The university asked SA to

ben jones, speaker of the assembly, writes down various concerns and issues brought up by assembly members. The blackboard full of ideas resulted from Jones challenging the assembly to think about tackling larger issues. frankie prijatel staff photographer

suggest some students, and the selection of the student representatives will be done by March, Lopez said. Syverud also told Lopez and Gresely that he is very motivated to increase SU’s ranking and asked for their feedback on how this could be achieved. The chancellor also said that tuition will increase next year by between three and 3.6 percent, but he wasn’t sure of the exact amount. He asked Gresely and Lopez how he should convey his news to students and how students would respond. Lopez said they told Syverud that students would react badly to the

tuition increase.

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Comptroller Patrick Douglas said there was $3,900 left in the special programming budget this week and that $25,000 was requested. Out of that $25,000, only $400 was granted. Many of the requests were rejected because of insufficient funds in the special programming account. Douglas said he is closing special programming requests because there isn’t enough time to approve the requests once everyone returns from Spring Break. The finance board has received a lot of requests from groups wanting to go to Destiny USA for events. Because of this, Douglas came up with a plan to limit Destiny USA events to five per semester so that SA doesn’t end up spending most of the special programming money on trips to the mall. | @JessicaIannetta

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Talking points During Monday night’s SA meeting, assembly members covered an entire blackboard with problems they see on campus. Some of the issues on the board included: • Difficulty in getting credit for undergraduate research • Lack of experienced academic advisers • Tuition increases • Limited dining hall hours • Lack of interaction among colleges • Limited practice space for club teams • High cost of music lessons for nonmusic students • Student apathy on campus • Teaching assistants and graduate students teaching classes • Divide between domestic and international students • Lack of healthy foods in the dining halls and limited gym hours • Campus housing options • Limited Carnegie Library hours • Lack of study spaces in Schine Student Center and around campus • Required classes that don’t relate to majors • Difficulty in having majors in two different colleges • Lack of career services • Resident advisers who don’t do their jobs • SU students don’t know a lot about SUNY-ESF • DPS not always taking students home when they call for a ride • Classes that focus on book work at the expense of understanding the information


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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will speak at the ceremony as well. Syverud served as a law clerk for O’Connor in 1984, according to the release. Richard Thompson, chairman of the Board of Trustees, will give the charge of office to the chancellor. “I look forward to the SU community coming together for this special day as we formally welcome the chancellor and celebrate his commitment to steward us toward an even brighter future,” Thompson said in the release. Limited tickets to the ceremony will be available, and opportunities for students, faculty and staff to obtain them will be announced in the coming weeks, according to the release. The day will also include the chancellor “1.2” mile inaugural run across campus at 7 a.m., with students, faculty and staff invited to join. Syverud’s inauguration day will conclude with a celebration on the Quad at 5:15 p.m., and will include food, music and entertainment in a large, enclosed tent, according to the SU News release. That portion of the day is scheduled to finish at 6:30 p.m. Rebecca Kantrowitz is a member of the inauguration committee and she said in an email that planning for inauguration day has been going very smoothly. She said committee members began meeting last month. “We are working hard to ensure that the day reflects the exciting new chapter that the university is opening,” she said. Syverud was selected to be the school’s next chancellor in September. He officially assumed the position at the start of the spring semester.

and Taco Bell, respectively. Outdated facilities and high maintenance costs also threatened the dining hall, Cyr said. The ongoing evaluation will determine what effect changes in facilities, menu options and customer interaction would have on Kimmel’s business levels. Kimmel’s weekend business is strong, as students often choose it for late-night snacks after drinking. But Cyr said “increased usage by students during the week” would help the dining hall’s turnaround even more. Solving Kimmel’s weekday problem is easier said than done, said Boris Gresely, the Student Association’s president. But money is the place to start, he said. “There needs to be a cheaper alternative,” Gresely said. At last week’s SA meeting, Gresely announced that Kimmel would not close for the time being. Gresely learned of the tenta-


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video game game was Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, who tried out the game at a #FutureFriday event in the iSchool’s NEXIS laboratory, which focuses on exploring emerging technologies, according to its website. “He cared and he tried, I’ll give him that,” Krapf said. “He seemed to appreciate what we were doing and that’s what matters.” Krapf added that Syverud’s wife, Ruth Chen, was also there and seemed interested in the game.

tive decision after talking with David George, director of SU Food Services. The two discussed meal prices and alternative dining halls, Gresely said. The dining hall’s business would be better revitalized with new menu options rather than changing the venue altogether, Gresely said. As a student, Gresely said he believes people are more concerned with price than quality. SU Food Services added Trios and Quesos to Kimmel at the end of its contracts with Burger King and Taco Bell. The options are healthier. But students want cheap meals, Gresely said. “They care more about whether it’s effecting their pocket or not,” he said. Taco Bell and Burger King barely did. That’s why Gresely wants to work with Food Services to bring a new fast food chain to campus. An inexpensive option at the dining hall would protect students in the event of increased meal prices, Gresely said. Because New York raised its minimum wage and the students who work in the dining halls make more than that, additional money is needed to cover dining hall overhead

costs. One way to get it is by raising the price for meals. The Board of Trustees is responsible for that decision and has been discussing future plans, Gresely said. But Ola Ogunbodede, a senior child and family services major who works at Kimmel,

Getman said people have asked the pair to turn “Little Matter” into an iPhone or

For now, the two said they are considering designing different games, specifically one using leap-motion, which Getman said is similar to an Xbox Kinect, but even more precise in tracking motion. Krapf and Getman said they will take what they learned from creating “Little Matter” into account for future projects. They’ve discovered that developing a game others enjoy is achievable with time and effort. “I learned that we can just (make the game) if we take the time to,” Krapf said. “The outcome of the game was the best part. People loved it.”

It’s so simple but people who played it got really into it. Jay Getman sophomore information studies major

Android app, something Krapf said he never initially thought about.

midnight snack The Kimmel Food Court is working to increase its business on weekdays. It attracts most of its business on Fridays and Saturdays, when it stays open until 3 a.m.

said concerns about fluctuating prices at the dining hall will end if Food Services stops changing things up. Because Kimmel’s new options were introduced in 2012, the only students who had the chance to eat at cheaper locations will graduate by 2015, Ogunbodede said. “At that point, they’ll only know what’s here,” he said. “There will be nothing else to expect.” | @joeinfantino


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survey people both inside and outside the SU community perceive the university, Nicci Brown, vice president of the marketing and communications department, said in an email. Survey invitations are being sent out at different times, based on audience group, and will likely be active for a week, Brown said. SU expects to receive the results of the survey later this semester. The work between SimpsonScarborough and SU began in May 2013, Brown said. “Over recent months, the team has engaged with students, alumni, faculty and staff to finetune the survey,” she said. SU chose SimpsonScarborough because of their experience and recognition, Brown said, calling them “highly experienced and nationally recognized.” SU included, SimpsonScarborough has worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities to date, according to its website. The results of the survey will help develop a strategy to advance the identity and reputation of SU, Brown said. “This strategy will need to respond to the interests of potential students, donors and supporters, and build pride among current students, alumni, faculty and staff, while being authentic and true to who we are as an institution,” she said. While every SU student and faculty member will be a recipient of the survey, not every version will be the same, Brown said. “The surveys vary slightly according to audience groups, but include questions such as, ‘Using words and short phrases, what are the most appealing characteristics of Syracuse University’ and a multiple choice question that

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asks respondents to describe today’s typical Syracuse student,” she said. SU is hoping to get as much honest feedback with as much detail as possible, Brown said. Matt Russo, a freshman sport management major, said he thinks he will fill out the survey if it doesn’t take too long or is difficult to fill out. He added that he likes how SU is trying to receive feedback on the university’s reputation. “It’s helpful to get feedback about branding

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and marketing, and I think the students and faculty are good sources to get feedback from,” he said. “From a business standpoint, I think it’s smart to get feedback on branding and marketing to see if it’s working, or not, and needs to be changed.” Kristin Kalani, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major, said getting the feedback from both internal and external audiences is important because SU is seen as a global university. Russo said what he thinks of when he thinks of the school is similar to what others see. “When I think of SU, I think of Orange basketball and orange the color,” he said. “I also think about the snow and cold, the school — in an academic sense — and the campus.”

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olympics “I’ve worked with multiple internships and I don’t know one as magnificent as this is,” she said. Like DiLaura, junior broadcast and digital journalism major and NBC intern, Trish Kilgannon praised the internship program after initial confusion about security. Kilgannon saw analysis of Sochi’s security leading up to the games. She had previously traveled to St. Petersburg, where she gathered that Putin had “complete control” in Russian politics. Kilgannon remembers watching CNN before leaving for Russia, understanding that Putin wouldn’t allow attacks to directly effect Sochi during “his games.” “Once I got to Sochi, I realized that security was so tight there really wouldn’t be an issue,” Kilgannon said in an email. Kilgannon was filtered through a variety of security measures on her way to NBC’s mountain sports desk, where she worked mostly transcribing interviews as a “logger.” DiLaura was impressed with Russia’s security as well. Security officials stood outside bus stations, checking NBC credentials when employees and interns traveled to sites, she said. Eventually, security became so familiar with DiLaura that workers recognized her face. She felt safe without ever feeling “suffocated” by security. “Nothing happened, and I’m very fortunate for that,” DiLaura said. Securing the Sochi area from terrorist attacks and other acts of disruption helped make the games run smoothly for Russia, said Brian Taylor, an associate professor of political science at SU who specializes in Russian politics. “I would think for both Russia and Putin the


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games were a big success,” Taylor said. Along with security, concern surrounded Russia’s law against “gay propaganda,” which holds broad conditions for publicly “promoting” homosexuality. The Russian government prompted more outrage while trying to mollify the situation, he said. “Officials said things like ‘Gay people are welcome in Russia but please stay away from the children,’” Taylor said. “It showed kind of how clueless they are about this issue.” Despite international showings of solidarity, like President Obama sending gay athletes on the official United States Olympic delegation, the “propaganda law” was pushed to the backburner when the games started, Taylor said. The government should have been “gratified” that there wasn’t more attention paid to the law during the actual games, he said. Political concerns, like the gay propaganda law, lost significance when the games started, said Erika Haber, an associate professor of Russian language, literature and culture in the College of Arts and Sciences. Once politics were largely set aside, the Olympics allowed for a promotion of Russian culture, progress and athletes, she said. Haber developed a deep understanding and appreciation for Russian culture while studying at Moscow State University as part of her master’s program. She noted that Russia’s rich cultural heritage and youth culture showed through the games. Towering portraits of celebrated Russian authors like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky were carried through the closing ceremonies. And young Russian athletes were “indistinguishable” from any other athletes at the games, she said. “There was a lot of pride and hopefulness to be seen in those faces and that’s why I feel optimistic for Russia’s future,” Haber said. DiLaura noted the solidarity foreign attend-

cassie dilaura, a junior broadcast and digital journalism major, holds tickets at the snowboard men’s halfpipe final at the 2014 Winter Olympics. courtesy of cassie dilaura

ees showed with Russian athletes. She witnessed one of Russian gold medalist figure skater Evgeni Plushenko’s last career runs in the team figure skating competition before he hurt his back and was forced to retire. “Everyone, including Americans and Canadians, was on their feet, cheering and yelling and throwing flowers on the ice. It was incredible,” DiLaura said. In Sochi, Russia showcased the strides it has made since the Soviet Union’s demise in 1991, Haber said. But after “his games” ended, there was still a stark contrast between the country’s

potential and the realities some of its people still face. While some NBC interns experienced Sochi as a “bubble” of grandeur and showmanship, they understand the complexity of Putin’s Russia is only matched by the country’s vastness. “I have a positive outlook on Russia based on my experiences in Sochi,” DiLaura said. “But if I went to St. Petersburg or Moscow, I could have a negative experience or see political unrest that wasn’t there in Sochi.”



Paradise in the Sun

#SXSW party tip: You can abruptly end any conversation by saying “But how will you monetize it?”

The SU Outing Club will take a Spring Break trip to West Virginia. See Thursday’s paper. photo by chris janjic staff photographer

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By Lauren Porter

If every Twitter user worldwide donated one cent to a charity, they would collectively raise more than $8.8 million.

4 million trees If a nickel was given for every tweet tomorrow, 4 million trees could be planted in the Amazon.

86 houses

$8.8 million would be enough money to build more than 86 Habitat for Humanity houses.

8,000 villages

$8.8 million would be enough money to provide Red Cross measles vaccinations to about 8,000 developing villages.

graphic illustration by jon mettus design editor

Student startup Centscere interweaves philanthropy, social media staff writer


n the beginning, Centscere’s business operated at a two-byfour-foot coffee table in the dining room of a house that three friends shared. In the next room over, a PlayStation was always hooked up to a TV bigger than what the company called its desk. The workspace was too unprofessional, the business partners said. The winter that the team was accepted into the Tech Garden’s startup accelerator program changed that. The three Syracuse University 20-somethings first received $20,000 in seed funding. They then moved into the Garden’s

office space at 235 Harrison St. “I can say, ‘come to my office,’ rather than my living room where we would have talked with investors while playing NHL,” said Mike Smith, a Centscere co-founder. Now they’re competing for an extra $150,000 in investments from Tech Garden for their charitable company, and the winner will be announced in April. Centscere, a social media donation platform, gives new meaning to the phrase, “a penny for your thoughts.” The service lets users donate money to charity through different social media actions. The average donation is 10 cents for every like or post on Facebook and 25 cents for every tweet, but

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there is no minimum pledge. All the money is tracked on the company’s myCENTS service and then sent to the selected charities. As the company grows, the Centscere team, composed of SU graduate students Smith, Ian Dickerson and Frank Taylor, has been busy securing investments and donations for new projects. Before spring break, the team will announce an ongoing Syracuse beautification project with the Central New York Community Foundation and the Connective Corridor. Syracuse residents will be invited to donate to a fund through Centscere. After break, the team is going to North Carolina for a student startup competition. “We never stop,” Smith said. “It

frustrates me more than anything, but I also love it more than anything.” Centscere emerged from the failed Pocket Change Lottery, a project the three partners called a “stupid” attempt to give shoppers’ change to charity. The concept was similar to what they do now: collect small amounts of money and donate it often. But mall kiosks were expensive and physical shopping was outdated. The plan wasn’t feasible, they said. In December 2012, the teammates took a new mobile idea to Startup Weekend, a two-day long competition during which small teams start small businesses. That’s when the company officially became Centscere — a combination of the

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After launching her own website last year, Cyan Grandison plans to spend her Spring Break growing that site into a media outlet at South By Southwest. And she’s not alone: in recent years, Syracuse University students have been added to the list of those basking in the array of SXSW’s festivities. SXSW is an annual interactive media festival that features film and music conferences and concerts in Austin, Texas. It has grown immensely in size since its inception in 1987. SU is sending groups of students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Information Studies to the festival. The group is comprised of 37 VPA students from the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries and additional iSchool students who will also be participating in the week’s events. Grandison, a senior information management and technology major, is attending the festival to combine her love for entertainment journalism with her desire to grow within her major. Her website, TheDaily411. com, is an entertainment website that provides daily news about Hollywood stories. Grandison hopes that this experience will turn her site into its own media outlet. “By attending SXSW, hopefully this will open the door for other business ventures for The Daily 411 and for me personally,” Grandison said. “This is also a chance for me to learn from other media professionals who have already established themselves in the business, who can give me more insight on how I can grow my website and break into the entertainment industry.” Grandison will also be a panelist for the BiTHouse panel, “Your Voice Matters.” BiTHouse, a business development cultivator for minority entrepreneurs to learn, fund, launch and promote their own websites, is sponsoring the panel to mentor about how social media and marketing provokes leadership diversity. Grandison said she is thrilled to take part in the opportunity. “Hopefully, we can inspire someone to come up with a unique idea that will see sxsw page 14


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centscere words “cents” and “sincere.” They were forced to go for a class and had no intention of winning — but they did. Centscere’s creators saw the philanthropic potential of social media, and they measure it with their Social Impact Calculator. Donating a nickel with each tweet, someone’s 1,000th could be enough to buy five malaria nets. Or, if every Twitter user worldwide donated one cent to a charity, they would collectively raise more than $8.8 million: enough money to build more than 86 Habitat for Humanity houses or to provide Red Cross measles vaccinations to about 8,000 developing villages. Your next 140-character epiphany could be worth something to one of the 19 charities Centscere has partnered with, said Frank Taylor, the team’s designer. “Social media can turn into something very tangible,” he said. Since January, the service has grown from 10 users to 180, and has raised about $300. Ian Dickerson, the company’s CEO, projects those numbers will grow thanks to today’s habitual social media use — 58 million tweets are published daily and the average Facebook user spends about 15.5 hours on the site monthly. “We’re turning everyday behavior into charitable moments,” Dickerson said. Until their company received its first funds, Dickerson, Smith and Taylor never expected to work for a startup. But Dickerson submitted when he realized he didn’t want to work for someone else. Smith wanted to be a doctor but struggled too much with Chemistry 101. Taylor saw himself as a star on the SU track team, but said he was stretched too thin.

MIKE SMITH, IAN DICKERSON AND FRANK TAYLOR, SU graduate students, created Centscere in 2012. Centscere is a social media donation platform that lets users donate money to charity through different social media platforms. courtesy of centscere

Now Centscere is almost the only thing on their minds. It’s all Dickerson talked about with his girlfriend for months. “I have to imagine she got pretty sick of it,”

he said. But his tendency to get lost in the work helps the company grow, Dickerson said. In June, the partners plan to move to New York City where

they will try to replicate the startup culture they established in Syracuse: simple, professional and flexible. | @joeinfantino

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“St. Vincent”

St. Vincent republic records Release date: Feb. 25 Top track: ”Bring Me Your Loves” Rating: 4.5/5 @dailyorange march 4, 2014

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St. Vincent’s self-titled record makes electronic-driven social statement By Jessica Cabe staff writer


hen trying to come up with a list of artists who create the most “human” music, St. Vincent does not come to mind. Experimental rock star Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent, has been breaking the boundaries of popular music since her 2007 debut album, “Marry Me.” Now on her fourth studio album, she finally feels comfortable enough with her product to self-title it. Clark has said she wants to create a more human experience with each album she releases. So it comes as quite a surprise that “St. Vincent” is her most electronic-driven work to date, with bleeps and bloops produced by synthesizers and strange guitar tones alike. The record kicks off with “Rattlesnake,” a danceable track that tells the story of Clark stripping off her clothes in the desert, feeling like the only person in the world, before spotting a rattlesnake and running all the way home. The lyrics are obtuse, but that’s her style and it’s okay. The instrumentation is so complex and immersing that the words almost don’t matter. But upon closer inspection, the listener realizes there are secrets hidden there. In songs like “Rattlesnake,” Clark’s words are often so specific they seem cryptic. Is she really just re-telling a story about running naked through the desert and being chased by a rattlesnake? Or does it mean something more? Her words are puzzles if you want them to be, or mere ornamentation attached to fantastic music if you don’t have the patience.

One of the major themes of “St. Vincent” is Clark’s examination of the digital age, and it’s usually not a flattering one. “Huey Newton” is the first obvious crack at humanity’s obsession with technology, with lyrics that compare her childhood to the lives of children today. “Feelings, flash cards, fake knife, real ketchup, cardboard cutthroats, cowboys of information,” Clark sings on the track, describing the tangible reality of her own youth. But then she sings, “Live children, blind psychics turned online assassins” and “Entombed in the shrine of zeros and ones.” The “online assassins” line likely refers to video games, which have become a huge part of socialization for young people. The song is one of her heavier ones, with the

in sync If you like this album, check out these tracks:

1. “I Should Watch TV” by David Byrne & St. Vincent 2. “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads 3. “These Paths” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs 4. “Cruel” by Tori Amos 5. “Headlock” by Imogen Heap

chorus featuring layers and layers of growling, crunchy guitars. But there’s still something about the sound that’s reminiscent of electronic music — it’s computer-rock. The second single from the album, “Digital Witness,” follows “Huey Newton” in the track

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list. It is her most obvious attack on technology and also the catchiest song on the record. It features horns, a strong backbeat and a disconnected melody that makes her sound robotic. The song’s lyrics are far less ambiguous than most of the other tracks. “People turn the TV on, it looks just like a window,” she sings. She’s tired of and frustrated by the disconnection that results from the hyper-connectivity technology allows. “I want all of your mind,” she demands. Some of the strongest poetry on “St. Vincent” comes from “Regret”: “Summer is as faded as a lone cicada call, memories so bright I gotta squint just to recall, regret the words I’ve bitten more than the ones I ever said.” The best song on the album, “Bring Me Your Loves,” actually has some of the weakest lyrics.

The music, though, is divine. It sounds robotic, from her vocals to her signature freak-out guitar hooks, which somehow sound choppy and psychotic without sacrificing melody. The layering is brilliant; you’ll likely hear something new each time you listen to the track. This attention to detail is what makes her, and this album, truly great. On the surface, “St. Vincent” doesn’t sound human. It sounds robotic, like Clark collaborated with a computer. But maybe that’s her point. By calling this her most human album, Clark is making a statement about what it means to be human in 2014. Our experiences are marked by how we interact with technology. For better or worse, this is what human is now. | @Jessica_Cabe





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change the game for technology,” she said. Kelly Benini, a senior Bandier major, will be attending for her fourth consecutive year at the interactive festival this Spring Break. Benini said the experience offers a great way to see a variety of musical acts in a five-day period. While it is an unconventional way to spend Spring Break, Benini said in an email that, “As a senior at SU, two months out from graduation — I couldn’t think of a better way spend my Spring Break.” Benini, who is also a member of the University Union staff as the executive director, said that the experience will offer a chance for her to make connections for SU and beyond.

Hopefully we can inspire someone to come up with a unique idea that will change the game for technology. Cyan Grandison senior information management and technology major

“All of my industry connections from the past four years normally attend the conference (and attending) makes it easier to reconnect with those professionals who will be able to help me

secure a job upon graduation.” She added: “I will be scouting artists for University Union.” Blair Shulman, one of Benini’s fellow UU members, is another Bandier program student attending SXSW. The sophomore music and entertainment industries major said in an email that the Spring Break experience at SXSW is an amazing way to get your foot in the door when it comes to the music business. Aside from seeing some of the diverse artists like Sam Smith, BANKS, Martin Garrix and The 1975 at SXSW concerts, Shulman is excited to attend the “Back 2 School Special: Truth Behind College Buying” panel. Said Shulman: “There are so many important people from every facet of the industry who attend SXSW.”

Chronicling semester online proves difficult feat


hile studying abroad, your perspective changes in a number of small ways. You learn to like new foods, and that wearing the same three pairs of jeans for 10 days of travel is totally acceptable. But even seemingly international activities, like using social media, change when you’re abroad. An ocean away from family and friends, social media becomes more crucial — and complicated — than ever. For one thing, seeing fellow abroad students’ pictures from their own travels can induce a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). It’s impossible to see pictures of your friends relaxing on the beach in Barcelona or getting hot chocolate in Vienna without half-heartedly trying to concoct your own trips to those places. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that there’s just not enough time in one semester to visit





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FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY-FREE IN FRANCE everywhere worth seeing. Then there’s the question of how many of your own pictures to post to social media. On one hand, no one wants to be the one to flood their friends’ Facebook feed with endless pictures of obscure landmarks and panorama shots. But at the same time, there’s a subtle yet definite sense of competition not to be outdone by your friends’ Eiffel Tower selfies and Instagrams of exotic dishes. Sometimes even taking obligatory travel pictures can be an exercise in social awkwardness. It’s somewhat cringe-inducing to realize you’re part of a pack of tourists monopolizing

the sidewalk in order to snap iPhone photos of the Anne Frank house. I’ll freely admit to occasionally turning off my flash, playing it cool and trying to pretend that I’m texting, not taking a cheesy picture of a tourist attraction. Even when you give up and give in to advertising yourself as a tourist, there’s a fine line between preserving memories via photos and actually creating memories by experiencing the new city you’re visiting. Pictures last a lifetime, yes, but I don’t think anyone has ever scrolled back through their iPhone photos and thought, “I’m so glad I took 17 pictures of that random coffee shop in Paris!” Simply connecting to social media platforms can also become a challenge while traveling. As I recently discovered, many hostels that advertise “free Wi-Fi” actually mean, “there’s free Wi-Fi in our tiny lobby, but your room on the second floor — not so much.” And, since international data plans are wildly expensive, the best way to catch up with your friends while traveling is to cross your fingers and hope the restaurant across the street has an unlocked Wi-Fi network. Despite its pitfalls, I’ve found using social media to be an indispensable way of staying in touch with family and friends. Google Hangout sessions with people from home are a necessary fixture in my schedule here. But, despite how nice it is to (somewhat) see your family face-to-face, there’s only so much that can be said in one hour every week. In addition, the time difference from Western Europe and the Midwest can be a major problem. Conversations can’t continue long past 4 p.m. U.S. time because, six hours and 3,000 miles away, my host family is trying to sleep. The truth is that no amount of social media interaction can make up for being away from family and friends for an entire semester, or prevent homesickness from settling in. The combined force of Facebook wall posts, G-chat sessions and the occasional Skype call still fall short of one long face-to-face conversation. Even though social media interaction falls far short of actual conversations, I feel lucky to be able to maintain as much connection as I do with friends and family back home. I’m well aware that past travellers weren’t able to send pictures of themselves in Prague to their grandmas in Cleveland, or follow a live coverage of their school’s basketball game on Twitter. At the end of the day, social media is a necessary evil and one I’m thankful to have.

Maggie Cregan is a sophomore history and magazine journalism major. From Cleveland to Syracuse to Strasbourg, she enjoys rocking out and getting hopelessly lost. If you want to talk to her about this column, or are Keith Richards, reach her at and follow her on Twitter at @MaggieCregan_SU.


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7SYRACUSE (26-3, 13-3 ACC) VS GEORGIA TECH (13-16, 4-12 ACC) CARRIER DOME, 7 P.M., ESPN3

STARTING LINEUPS On Saturday at Virginia, Tyler Ennis fouled out for the first time in his SU career.







Trevor Cooney is shooting just 8-for-35 (22.9 percent) from 3-point range in his last five games.

PREDICTIONS STEPHEN BAILEY SYRACUSE 68, GEORGIA TECH 50 Take Off Your Pants and (Yellow) Jacket The Orange takes advantage of the lone ACC bottom-feeder that lacks shooters.


FREE THROWS The Orange is shooting 38 percent from the field in its last seven games, below its season average of 44.

Fourteen of Georgia Tech’s 17 players on its roster are Georgia natives.

DAVID WILSON SYRACUSE 72, GEORGIA TECH 55 Low tech If the Orange can’t handle the Yellow Jackets, then that might be a problem.

TREVOR HASS SYRACUSE 63, GEORGIA TECH 54 Not stung this time Syracuse gets back on track against an inferior opponent.

STAT TO KNOW Syracuse has gone seven straight games without scoring more than 60 points.



Syracuse’s rebounding margin through its last seven games.

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georgia tech Grant was not expected to practice as of Monday afternoon as he received treatment for his back, SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore said in a text message. With the ACC tournament less than two weeks away, it’s possible Boeheim decides to rest his leading rebounder in hopes of having him in top form when it counts. “There’s nothing structurally wrong,” Boeheim said. “But his back is sore. We’ll just have to see how he feels on Tuesday.” In Grant’s place on the wing, converted guard Michael Gbinije and center Rakeem Christmas have each seen time on the wing of the 2-3 zone. Gbinije said his familiarity playing small forward in high school and as a freshman at Duke makes the switch easy. He’s also continued to practice there in addition to working with the guards this season. “I’m not sure how many times I’m going to be in that position,” Gbinije said after SU’s 75-56 loss to then-No. 12 Virginia on Saturday. “I just have to play in that position now. Down the road, I may be back at the guard. I may still be at forward. I don’t know.” Whatever the case, the Orange has struggled mightily without Grant. When he couldn’t return for the second half against Maryland on Feb. 24, the Terrapins attacked Syracuse for 19 free throws and nearly rallied back from a 12-point deficit. SU ultimately escaped when Nick Faust’s baseline drive was turned away by SU center Baye Moussa Keita — much to the dismay of UMD head coach Mark Turgeon — but the Orange couldn’t handle Virginia without Grant on Saturday. The Cavaliers turned the SU zone inside out, shooting 7-of-11 from 3 en route to a 48-point second stanza. “That’s a significant blow for them,” UVA head coach Tony Bennett said on the teleconference. “He’s so talented. And he’s one of those guys that can make stuff happen on the offensive glass. He blocks shots, slashes. So when he couldn’t play in the second half, it makes them

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golden team into the Carrier Dome against Syracuse on Tuesday night for the second-to-last regularseason game of his career. Golden said being back home, and close to his parents, has helped him have a successful senior season. It’s that same support system that helped push him along in high school. McEachern (Ga.) High School head coach Mike Thompson said players normally wouldn’t stay enrolled in one high school all four years, but Golden stayed loyal to his school because his family urged him to. “Around here, it’s uncommon for a player to stay at one high school,” Thompson said. “He was one of those kids who had the opportunity to do that, but he didn’t.” As Golden progressed through high school, his family continued to support him. His parents, Carolyn and Robert Golden, attended every game and were influences during his recruiting process. After he transferred from Tennessee, he chose to wear the No. 23 with the Yellow Jackets — the same number he wore at McEachern. “All of my family and friends were really excited for me finish my college career back home, where we had so many memories,” Golden said. Now, Golden’s parents can watch their son in a familiar environment, and Gregory is convinced that the support from the point guard’s loved ones has affected his performance this year. “I think being close to his family and the sup-

adjust and they lose a high-level player.” Bennett coached Grant on USA Basketball’s U-19 team last summer before Grant withdrew before the world championships due to mononucleosis. And even in that small sample size, it was clear to Bennett how profound an effect Grant has on a team — especially this Syracuse team that rotates only seven players. “They probably aren’t as deep as coach (Boeheim) has been in the past,” Bennett said. “That really had an effect. It would be like us losing one of our top players.”

There’s nothing structurally wrong. But his back is sore. We’ll just have to see how he feels on Tuesday. Jim Boeheim su head coach

If Boeheim were to expand his rotation, it’s likely the next man in would be freshman Tyler Roberson. He scored five quick points in the meaningless final 3:13 against Virginia, but hasn’t seen much significant court time all year. Teammates agreed they’ve seen him improve gradually, as has Boeheim, but Roberson has played just 50 minutes since the start of conference play. “I think he’s made some strides,” Boeheim said. “I think it’s been a tough process for him, but I think he definitely has made some strides. We’ll see moving forward what his contributions can be.” Whether it’s the return of Grant, the improvement of the rest of the starters or the emergence of a reserve, it’s clear the Orange needs some kind of pick-me-up heading into tournament season. And Georgia Tech, which lacks the shooters other teams have used to challenge Syracuse’s zone, is the last reasonable chance for SU to experiment with a fix. | @Stephen_Bailey1

port from fans has added inspiration in his play,” Gregory said. In less than a year since joining the program, Golden obtained the starting job at the game’s most important position. He stepped in right away, and when the time comes to operate as the primary facilitator, Golden does his job playing within the confines of the position. And while he’s been able to lean on the support of his family, he couldn’t be more appreciative of the way the team has welcomed him home. “I’ve grown closer to a lot of the guys,” Golden said. “They have (welcomed) me with open arms.” When Golden isn’t on the basketball court for Georgia Tech, he dedicates much of his free time to visiting his parents back home, and helps his mother provide nurture to his ailing father. His sister, Ryan Golden, says that along with his commitment to his family, Golden’s greatest strength is his resiliency. “Trae’s one of the hardest workers, if not the hardest worker, that I know,” Ryan Golden said. When the Yellow Jackets tip off with Syracuse, he will witness the celebration of Syracuse’s longest tenured players on Senior Night. Four days later, he will be honored for the same occasion at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. His family will likely be in attendance, hearing roars of applause from fans that are appreciative of a man who chose to end his college career close to home. And Golden knows where his loyalties will forever lie. Said Golden: “When I look back years from now, I’ll look at Georgia Tech as my institution.”

ice hockey

Pass-first Schwarz shows scoring ability in playoffs By Connor Grossman staff writer

Heather Schwarz took more shots on Saturday than in any other game in her collegiate career, and she was rewarded with a second playoff goal in as many days. A freshman forward, Schwarz was an asset to a Syracuse (20-13-3, 9-8-3 College Hockey America) offense that helped the Orange beat Lindenwood on Friday and Saturday to advance to the CHA Semifinals in Erie, Pa., this coming weekend. Schwarz admitted she’s not a prolific goal scorer, as she has only put the puck in the net once during the regular season. She has gotten time on the ice in almost every game this year, but defines herself as a player who delegates the puck and assists her teammates rather than try to take it in herself. Head coach Paul Flanagan also recognizes

Her work ethic is very strong and she likes to get in those corners and make the right passes. Melissa Piacentini su forward

that Schwarz is more inclined to help on a goal than score it herself. “She made four or five individual nice plays coming down the wing and helping get pucks on net,” Flanagan said. “So I’m more encouraged about that honestly. “It’s good to see her start breaking out of her freshman shell.” On Saturday, she stood in surprise as the horn blared 12:04 into the second period. She tipped the puck fed to her by junior defender Kaillie

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butlers her role will increase,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Tiara will have to get back on the court to be able to see opportunities physically. They’re both very instinctual on defense and they run the floor well. “It’s funny because I think you can kind of see a lot of them in each other.” That’s likely a result of so much time practicing against each other — even though Tasia hated basketball, at first. “She just wanted to dance. She hated coming to games, she hated being in the gym,” Tiara said. “Next thing you know, she’s here in college with me. It’s crazy.” Throughout most of elementary school, it was the same routine every day. After the Butler sisters would get home from school, Tasia would be off to dance class while her older sister went to the gym with their father. Once the dance phase ended for Tasia around fifth grade, she wanted to join her sister and father at the gym, but just to shoot around. “Then I realized I actually liked it. I saw how good Tiara was and how good I could be,” Tasia said. “Everybody always told me, ‘You’re tall, you’ve got the height. Your sister’s athletic, so I know you’ve got it in you.’” Tiara herself developed her skills within two years of taking basketball seriously, so


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Goodnough in the net past the Lions’ backup goalie Alexis Molotky. “(Goodnough) shot it and I just ended up tipping it,” Schwarz said, “but I honestly thought the goalie had it. We all weren’t too excited at first because we all kind of looked at each other and said, ‘What? That went in?’” While her forte on the ice may not be to score, the elation for her was clear as teammates slapped the top of her helmet in celebration. The recipient for many of Schwarz’s passes, Melissa Piacentini, was thrilled for her teammate. Piacentini believes that any team needs players of Schwarz’s caliber in order to achieve a high level of success. “She’s a great player who sees the ice well,” Piacentini said. “Her work ethic is very strong and she likes to get in those corners and make the right passes.” Schwarz agreed with Piacentini when reflecting on her two goals in her first two playoff games. While most players wouldn’t use the word “surprised” when asked about an athletic achievement because they expect the best out of themselves, Schwarz recognized the novelty of the statistics she put up in the weekend series. “I’m actually more of a passer than someone who likes to take the puck to the net themselves,” Schwarz said. “I usually try to make more opportunities for other people but it’s nice to have those opportunities made for me too.” Schwarz’s teammates think highly of the freshman forward for her intensity and work ethic. In addition, the elders of the team have been able to place a calm over the inevitable nervousness in a player entering her first collegiate postseason. “I was really nervous coming into these playoffs,” Schwarz said. “I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, but the seniors have been so calm and patient and have stressed a work-hard method.”

Tasia joined the program. Even if one of them had practice or a game, they wouldn’t go to bed without practicing with their father. For 2–3 hours a day, they’d hone their shot and run through drills with him. They ran races to pit Tiara’s speed against the bigger Tasia’s conditioning. They’d watch film and even play basketball video games. They started to breathe the game. “We were able to force each other to get better. It was so competitive,” Tiara said. The Butlers played one-on-one against each other often — until Tasia finally won a game. But that practice together began to pay off on the hardwood. At North Point, they had obvious chemistry, running plenty of driveand-kicks, screen-and-rolls and pick-andpops for each other. Tiara averaged 8.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game her senior year and was ranked one of the top players in the area. Tasia scored 19.1 points with 10 rebounds per game as a senior, and won a Maryland 4A State Championship. Now at Syracuse, Tasia is still transitioning to college basketball as she tries to earn herself more playing time — while also adjusting to the amount of snow she never saw in Maryland winters. And in the heat of the season, rooming together on SU’s road trips reminds both sisters of the days they had bunk beds growing up. Said Tasia: “It feels like home just having her here.” | @PhilDAbb

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Rodgers, Safdar emerge as key doubles players for SU By Ryan Raigrodski staff writer

Amanda Rodgers and Komal Safdar may appear to have little in common, but by the end of their sophomore year the doubles partners were able to call each other best friends. The lefty Rodgers stands at almost 6 feet tall, studies communications and rhetorical studies and has a more outgoing personality. Her usual doubles partner Safdar stands at only 5-feet, 6-inches, is a righty, studies biochemistry and is more shy. The two started playing doubles during their sophomore years and have been mostly successful since — going 2-1 in the Big East tournament together last year and starting the current season 1-1-1 as partners. Interim head coach Shelley George recently switched up doubles pairings to try and right her team’s early-season struggles, but that hasn’t changed the relationship developed by the two. “I nicknamed them ‘Team Fantastic.’ They just fit right from the very first moment,” said former Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen, who originally paired the two together. “They handled adversity really well. They haven’t really smoked teams, but they always come out

the better team in the end because they find a way to win.” The two were not always the best of friends. But at the start of their sophomore year, they started hanging out more often. Safdar would come to Rodgers’ apartment more frequently as the year went on, as their bond grew and then strengthened when Jensen paired them together. “She’s very positive and I’m very positive, so I think we both have really good outlooks on life,” Rodgers said. “We are different in a lot of ways, but we have the same morals and stuff, so it was easy to get along with her.” The duo struggled together at first. Because they have different dominant hands, when the ball would come down the middle of the court the partners had trouble deciding who would use their forehand. They struggled determining who would call off the other person, especially on overheads. Safdar said the two practiced for hours each day just working on issues of communication. Eventually the duo figured out the issues. They won 10 matches together last year, not including the Big East tournament, and their only defeat this season came in a highly competitive 8-6 set. The duo figured out how to play to their strengths more, with Rodgers leaning on the big serve and

AMANDA RODGERS and fellow junior Komal Safdar were successful doubles partners last year before being recently split this year. logan reidsma staff photographer

consistent groundstrokes, and Safdar sticking to her aggressive style and strong net play. “We go to our strengths,” Safdar said. “The strengths are that for one, she’s really consistent so she’ll often set me up at the net, whether it’s with her big serve. That’s a huge thing. She’ll pretty much serve our opponent off the court and I’m right there to volley it out.” Having such a strong bond helps take some of the pressure off Rodgers and Safdar and creates a more comfortable atmosphere. This type of ease they feel helps when the two have to close out tight matches. “It’s great because it creates a relaxed environ-

ment,” Safdar said. “We can laugh about things, but we also know how to stay competitive.” While Safdar and Rodgers had some success to start this season, the team as a whole struggled and failed to win a match with the two playing together. The pairings will be different moving forward, but Rodgers’ and Safdars’ experience in doubles could help the Orange moving forward. “We haven’t been winning the doubles point,” George said. “We’re just changing it up a little bit and finding something that works and something we can hang our hat on.”


Bader closes career as all-time NCAA leader in 3-pointers By Jesse Dougherty asst. sports editor

All Travis Bader did was hesitate. Once. Maybe twice. At most, three times. A sophomore in high school playing for Camp Darryl Basketball Academy, Bader was defending, boxing out and moving to get open. But for a player who had spent countless hours in the gym perfecting his jump shot, something was missing. He wasn’t shooting the ball, and it prompted head coach Darryl Matthews to call a timeout and lay the foundation for an indelible basketball journey. “You’re a shooter! When you get it, just shoot the ball, that’s what you do!” Matthews yelled. Just shoot the ball. They immediately became words to live by. “Now when I watch him, I sometimes laugh,” Matthews said. “Because when I see him lighting teams up, I think, ‘I’ve seen this game before.’” Coming out of Okemos (Mich.) High School, Bader had one Division I scholarship offer, which led him to Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Now a fifth-year senior, he’s established himself as one of the most prolific sharpshooters in college basketball history. On Feb. 2 against Milwaukee, he passed former Duke guard J.J. Redick to the set the NCAA all-time record for 3-pointers made. Bader closed out his final regular season Saturday and Oakland (12-19, 7-9 Horizon) isn’t primed to make a deep postseason run. His last collegiate game could be Tuesday when the Golden Grizzles face Youngstown State in the first round of the Horizon League tournament, and he’ll put the final touches on a collegiate career highlighted by numbers and accented by the story behind them. “I just want to show how hard I’ve worked and my dedication to this game,” Bader said.

“I came in and had just one scholarship offer and to have just one scholarship offer and be mentioned in the same category as someone like J.J. Redick is pretty unbelievable.” At the beginning of high school, Bader wasn’t the 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard he is now, and was still ironing a hitch out of his shooting form. He spent hours in the gym and it translated to games on both the high school and AAU platform. Still, colleges weren’t interested in a gangly guard whose size could hinder success at the next level. Bader’s father works in the Michigan State athletic department — walking on to the Spartans basketball team was always a feasible backup plan but never something Bader wanted to pursue. “He wanted to pave his own way, do it himself,” Matthews said. At the end of his senior season, Bader was named player of the year in Lansing, an area that Oakland heavily recruits. Johnathon Jones — who also attended Okemos — was a junior on the Golden Grizzlies’ roster at the time, and told head coach Greg Kampe that Bader was a player he had to look at. A year later he redshirted with Oakland and used the entire season to refine his craft. “Redshirting was a little frustrating because I wanted to play,” Bader said. “But it was necessary and gave me a lot of time to work on my game.” If Oakland was on the road, that meant the gym was wide open. It meant running around chairs. Shooting five shots from one spot. Then five from another. Then 10 on the other side of the floor. And so on. Bader’s time as a redshirt allowed him to develop a work ethic that has only increased. It led to 10.5 points per game as a redshirt freshman, 15.9 as a sophomore, 22.1 as a junior and 18.2 this season, which has placed him at the top of scouting reports across the Horizon League. “Every time he steps on the floor, he is

TRAVIS BADER now owns the NCAA all-time record for 3-pointers and passed former Duke guard J.J. Redick in the process on Feb. 2. courtesy of jose juarez oakland photographer

guarded like he’s Michael Jordan,” Kampe said. “It’s like that every game, he’s held and beaten up and he just has to work with it. It’s different than 99 percent of the great scorers are guarded in this game.” That was no different when the Golden Grizzlies visited Milwaukee a month ago. Bader knew he needed just three 3s to pass Redick going into the game, and came out forcing shots. Eight years prior Matthews used a timeout to tell Bader to shoot more. Now Kampe took one to tell his star that the one shot he needed

would come to him. “You’re going to get it, just let it happen,” Kampe told Bader. And a few plays later he did, on a shot that felt no different than the 457 other makes that came before it. With limited time left, he’s now six 3s away from 500, and every make from here on out will only push him deeper and deeper into the record books. Said Bader: “I just like shooting and scoring. Doesn’t everybody?” | @dougherty_jesse



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PG Golden transfers for family Golden returns home to play for the Yellow Jackets this season By Matt Miselis staff writer

Trae Golden sat in his room last October, unsure of the next turn his collegiate basketball career would take. The rising senior had left Tennessee in May, deciding to transfer to Georgia Tech in order to stay closer to his ill father and family in

JERAMI GRANT speaks with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski after Syracuse’s loss on Feb. 22. Grant hasn’t played a second-half minute since that game due to a sore back. He’s now listed as day-to-day going into SU’s matchup with Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. sam maller staff photographer

Sorely missed SU looks for answers with Grant’s nagging back injury keying slump By Stephen Bailey sports editor


erami Grant lay on his back and stared up into the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters with 14:13 left in Syracuse’s loss to Duke on Feb. 22. He’d just collided with Rodney

Hood after converting a layup to put the Orange up two. And as he slowly stood up and jogged back downcourt, Grant bent his arm around his side and rubbed his lower back. Two weeks later, Grant’s back is still sore, and SU has struggled to find a rhythm without him. “It was sore during the Duke

game, but he was able to kind of get through it,” head coach Jim Boeheim said on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday. “Since then it’s just been at a level where he couldn’t move well.” Grant has been limited to 26 total minutes in SU’s two games since Duke, and none in the second half

of either as the once-undefeated Orange stumbles into its penultimate regular-season game on a 1-3 stretch. Now he’s day-to-day heading into No. 7 Syracuse’s (26-3, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) home finale against Georgia Tech (13-16, 4-12) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday at 7 p.m. see georgia

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I was relieved, it was a long summer. It was just exciting to finally focus on basketball again. Trae Golden georgia tech point guard

nearby Powder Springs, Ga. It was then that an unexpected telephone call came from Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Gregory. The NCAA had granted Golden a waiver for immediate eligibility. A summer filled with uncertainty about his basketball future would finally take a backseat. “I was relieved, it was a long summer,” Golden said. “It was just exciting to finally focus on basketball again.” Nearing the end of his first and last season with Georgia Tech (1316, 4-12 Atlantic Coast) Golden leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 12.7 points per game. He’ll take his see golden page 15

women’s basketball

Butler sisters prepare to fill void left by SU’s 4 departing seniors By Phil D’Abbraccio asst. copy editor

Tiara and Tasia Butler finally got what they wanted. They could finally play basketball whenever they liked, thanks to the new hoop in their backyard. But it didn’t last. Too many kids from the neighborhood tried to play

on it and before too long, the hoop had to be taken down. “It was the nicest hoop in the whole area, in our whole neighborhood,” Tiara said. Thanks to their strict practice schedule with their father, though, the Butler sisters still practiced regularly enough to develop their games.

In addition to freshmen twins Briana and Bria Day, Tiara and Tasia Butler compose the other sisterly connection on Syracuse’s (21-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) roster. Tiara is a redshirt junior guard and Tasia is a 6-foot-1 freshman wing, part of Syracuse’s highly rated Class of 2013. A four-star recruit, Tasia came in

as the No. 12 guard in the country and No. 73 overall recruit after averaging a double-double in her senior year at North Point High School in Waldorf, Md. Her older sister has been battling a lower-body injury this year, but appeared in 26 games throughout her first two seasons at SU. Although Tasia has fallen behind

in Syracuse’s depth chart because of a crowded backcourt this season, she and her sister could become more integral to the Orange’s rotation next year as SU will look to replace its four current seniors. “Tasia is a talented player and she’s getting better in practice, so see butlers page 16

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