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As N.Y. State prepares to enforce the SAFE Act on Jan. 16, local gun owners respond to the law’s effect on gun ownership.

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• A diving beetle from Venezuela • Colbert received a print of the beetle as a gift on his 45th birthday • Scientists discovered the beetle around Colbert’s birthday and named it after him

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ESF President quentin wheeler has spent much of his career specializing in entomology by discovering and naming new species. Some of the beetles he has discovered were named for well-known figures, including Stephen Colbert, Darth Vader and Theodore Roosevelt. spencer bodian staff photographer

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n April 2005, Quentin Wheeler received a phone call while visiting London. Then-President George W. Bush was on the line, calling to personally thank him for naming the slime-mold beetle after him. “I’ve got to say it’s a lot of fun to get a call from the White House,” Wheeler said, who has discovered more than 100 species of beetles, including one named after comedian Stephen Colbert. Wheeler became the fourth president of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Jan. 2, moving into ESF’s president’s office Jan. 6. He has led efforts promoting the importance and urgency of discovering new species throughout his career, including heading Cornell University’s entomology department, serving as the entomology head at the

Natural History Museum in London and founding the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University. Wheeler brings vigor and an enthusiasm for natural life to his new position. “I am just in a life-long love affair with biodiversity and nature,” Wheeler said. ESF’s remarkable influence on public science education and appreciating the wilderness, particularly in the Adirondacks, made it an appealing place to work, Wheeler said. Even as a child, Wheeler was interested in bacteria and protozoa. When he enrolled at Ohio State University, Wheeler was convinced he wanted to be a microbiologist, until a professor taught him to see insects as complex animals. He realized studying insects involved more field work. So he changed his major to entomology at Ohio State, where he completed his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees. see esf

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The conditions of both Syracuse University’s libraries and its enrollment numbers were highly debated at this month’s University Senate meeting. In addition to a greeting from Chancellor Kent Syverud, other motions were passed at Wednesday’s meeting at 4 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium. The Senate voted to add several new classes to the university’s curricula, as well as to raise the stipend given to graduate student assistants. To begin the meeting, Syverud gave a short speech detailing his first 72 hours in office. He said he wants to continue to familiarize himself with senate operations and university management. To do that, Syverud said he wants to host a faculty forum to discuss issues facing the The Univeruniversity. sity Senate is “This is a the academic great private governing university and body of the all of us togeth- University and er can make it is made up of even better,” he faculty, students, staff, said. One of the and adminmore heav- istration ily debated members. The majority topics among of its work is the Senate was done in the SU’s increased 17 standing student enroll- committees, ment, which which report was a part of a to the full report by the Senate at Committee on least once Budget and Fis- a year. cal Affairs, presented by Craig Dudczak, committee chair and associate professor of communications and rhetorical studies. SU’s endowment, which constitutes about 4 percent of the university’s budget, is lower today than it was six years ago, Dudczak said. But other numbers, such as tuition, financial aid, student debt and

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IPA from Colorado has strong fruit-like taste By Tom Sharkey staff writer

Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of India Pale Ales. Nine times out of 10, I’ll order whatever IPA the bar has on draft when I’m out to dinner or grabbing a drink with friends. This first review is indeed of an IPA, and a delicious one at that. I met a friend at the Beer Belly Deli & Pub on Westcott Street this past Saturday night to catch up on what we did over Winter Break and, of course, to drink. Beer Belly Deli & Pub has an IPA named “471 Small Batch” on tap from the Breckenridge Brewery Bar-BQue Pub based out of Colorado. After seeing its high alcohol content, I eagerly ordered a pint. I won’t claim to be a craft beer connoisseur, but I’ve definitely consumed a fair share of beer in my life. At the very least, I can now at least discern a good IPA from a bad one. The 471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery is no doubt one of the better beers. It arrived at our table in a pint glass and the first thing I noticed was the beer’s foamy head. Of course, this could partially have been a result of

the bartender’s pouring style. As far as the other senses go, the first things I noticed were the beer’s strong fruity aroma and even stronger fruity taste. There were hints of orange and grapefruit, but neither was overwhelming. I was also surprised by how smoothly it went down. With an alcohol by volume of 9.2 percent, I was expecting Breckenridge Brewery’s 471 Small Batch to be very bitter and to have a strong hoppy taste. It’s rare to find an IPA that isn’t too bitter or too fruity, but the brew masters there have found the right formula. The bad news: Beer Belly Deli & Pub has already rotated the IPA out of their current stock of draft beers, so don’t all go running there at once just to≠ find out it’s not available. The good news: Breckenridge Brewery Bar-B-Que Pub apparently bottles its 471 Small Batch IPA year-round, so it’s out there somewhere. My best guess for finding it locally would be in the craft beer section of Wegmans. I’m heading there this weekend to select my next beer to be happily consumed for review, so I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it while I’m there. tsharkey@syr.edu

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Syracuse has established itself as the clear-cut leader of the pack in its ACC debut, while Duke and North Carolina are underperforming. 2. Syverud to work with city, county on Carrier Dome renovations: 1,013

According to a statement Tuesday, Kent Syverud said there are no definite plans for renovating the Carrier Dome, but Syracuse is considering all options. 3. Behind closed doors: SU unveils restored Carnegie Library Reading Room: 994

Carnegie Library’s renovated reading room opened to the public on Jan. 13. New York State firearm owners face new restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines under the N.Y. SAFE Act. As of Thursday, unregistered assault weapon owners can receive misdemeanor charges. luke rafferty video editor

Gun owners prepare for SAFE Act provisions By Jacob Pramuk asst. news editor

New York State Police can enforce some key provisions of the state’s sweeping gun-control law as of Thursday, one year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law. With the new provision, the N.Y. SAFE Act bans the possession of unregistered assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, according to a state police SAFE Act document. Gun owners can

register assault weapons legally under previous guidelines until April 15 — at which point possessing the guns becomes a misdemeanor offense. Cuomo passed the SAFE Act amid growing concern over mass shootings and perceived easy access to deadly weapons. The law “stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun” through bans on assault weapons and highcapacity magazines, universal background checks and increased penalties for illegal gun users, among

other measures, according to the state’s website. But many, including individuals in the Syracuse community, have argued that law enforcement can’t effectively enforce the provisions, hurting otherwise law-abiding citizens. “I have a huge inventory that will sit here and collect dust unless I can sell them out of state,” said Bill Greene, owner of Butternut Sport Shop in Syracuse. The law adds another point of contention in the ongoing debate

about gun control in the United States. From the SAFE Act’s inception last January, selling assault weapons and high-capacity magazines became illegal. Assault weapons purchased previously had to be discarded or registered before Wednesday’s deadline, according to the State Police document. Greene’s inventory included guns that were classified as assault weapons under new SAFE Act classifications. He can no longer sell them in see safe

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EPA to consider plan for Bird chemical removal By Dylan Segelbaum staff writer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon approve Syracuse University’s plan to deal with a small concentration of banned chemicals in the basement of E.S. Bird Library. That’s about four years after tests found that old carpeting in the basement contained polychlorinated biphenylsor — PCBs. The discovery of these chemicals stopped construction in the basement. But

once the EPA issues its final approval, the university would be free to go forward with renovations. “We’ve had a very productive working relationship with the university,” said Jim Haklar, an EPA environmental engineer. “And we look forward to continuing that relationship as the approval goes to public comment and hopefully — ultimately — becomes final.” PCBs were used during the 1950s, 60s and 70s in building materials such as caulk. They’ve been banned

since the late 1970s. PCBs may cause cancer and have been shown to cause other serious health effects in animals, Haklar said. Bird Library opened in 1972. In SU’s case, he said, the thought is that a glue holding the carpeting to the basement floor contained PCBs. Once the university discovered the chemicals, it contacted the EPA. Typically, the PCBs the agency regulates for disposal are 50 parts per million or greater, he said. After a cleanup, tests in Bird Library

showed a low level of the chemicals — less than 10 ppm — remained in the concrete, Haklar said. If the chemicals aren’t coming up through the concrete, that concentration doesn’t pose a danger to students’ health, he said. To leave this level of chemicals in the concrete of Bird Library, he said, EPA regulations specify they have to be covered. The university sent in its initial application in October 2011. It involves refinishing the floor, which see chemical

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Court takes Davis, Lang appeal case By Dylan Segelbaum staff writer

New York state’s highest court will decide whether Jim Boeheim’s statements that two former Syracuse ball boys were liars trying to get money are opinions or defamatory comments. The former ball boys, Mike Lang and Bobby Davis, originally filed their slander lawsuit against Boeheim and Syracuse University in December 2011. That happened shortly after the Syracuse head men’s basketball coach made those comments to the media. Lang and Davis allege that Bernie Fine, a former associate head men’s basketball coach, sexually abused them during the 1980s and ‘90s. SU fired Fine on Nov. 27, 2011. He has denied all wrongdoing and wasn’t charged after an almost yearlong federal investigation. A person in the clerk’s office at the New York State Court of Appeals, see davis,

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university senate the number of international students have increased. Several members of the Senate voiced their concerns with the cyclical pattern of admitting more students to receive more money but not having the resources to teach those students. “The process of seeking a solution is actually happening right now,” Dudczak said. There was a 19.6 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment between 2004-2011, with a 2.4 percent increase in the last year. This year, 16 percent of all students at SU are international students. Eleven percent of this year’s entering class are international students — a 253 percent increase over seven years, according to the report. This led to a discussion about the resources provided for both international and graduate students, which were found to be insufficient. After the presentation of these numbers, the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Affairs presented two recommendations: To set a minimum stipend of $13,000 for full-time graduate teaching for 2015 with a plan to raise minimum

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chemical removal will act as a cover, Haklar said. Periodic sampling will also be done to make sure there are no health and environmental risks, he said. The cost of the project isn’t in the approval. Right now, a draft of the approval is in management and legal review. Haklar said he anticipates there will be a 30-day public comment period in the spring. If there are no

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graduate stipends and to provide basic budget support for the Slutzker Center for International Services. Both recommendations passed unanimously. Patrick Neary, president of the Graduate Student Organization, said he was happy to see the motion pass, adding that the current stipend is not enough for students’ research and course work. The Senate Committee on the Library’s report discussed the state of the university’s libraries. Deborah Pellow, committee chair and anthropology professor, outlined the results of a blue ribbon panel review of the libraries conducted in 2012. “The SU Libraries have suffered a long history of neglect,” she began. “It has been egregious over the last 10 years.” SU’s library system and the condition of its special collections are considered inadequate for the size and ambition of the school, according to the report. Getting enough money to fix these problems has been a long-term issue, said Pellow. SU Libraries received just $500,000 during the 2012-2013 academic year. For SU to become one of the Top 50 colleges in the Association of Research Libraries, it would need $7 million, in

addition to regular increases because of inflation, according to the report. Terry McConnell, committee chair and mathematics professor, presented the Curricula Committee’s report, which included a motion to add new classes to the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Information Studies and Martin J. Whitman School of Manage-

ment. The motion passed unanimously without discussion. Some of these new classes include: AAS 412: “Hurricane Katrina: Race, Class, Gender & Disaster”; GET 305: “Globalization, Culture and Information Technology”; and MAR 407: “Sales Management in B2B Markets.” mjberner@syr.edu | @mjberner

“significant comments,” the agency would issue a final approval with sampling and reporting requirements, he said. “Once that’s issued, Syracuse can take the ball and run with it,” Haklar said. K. Matthew Dames, interim dean of libraries, directed inquiries about the renovations to the university public affairs. Eric Beattie, director of campus planning, design and construction, didn’t return a phone call and two emails late Wednesday about the project. But, in November, he told The Daily Orange proj-

ects included the construction of classrooms. On Wednesday, the University Senate Committee on the Library presented a report that mentioned the delays in renovations among other challenges, including inadequate money. The senate is an academic governing body made up of students, faculty, staff and administration. Deborah Pellow, a professor of anthropology and chair of the committee, said in an interview before the meeting she thinks the library wasn’t a priority during the last nine and a half years. The committee was told the project has

taken a long time because “the government moves slowly,” she said. “Do I buy it? I believe the government moves slowly,” she said. “But I believe that you can get the government to move faster if you care.” But, Pellow said “it’s a changing scene” with a new chancellor. And when Chancellor Kent Syverud addressed the senate during the beginning of its meeting, one of the first things he said was: “Libraries are particularly important to me.” dmsegelb@syr.edu | @dylan_segelbaum

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n Charleston, W.Va. and surrounding areas, more than 100 people were taken to a hospital last week with nausea and vomiting due to contaminated water in the Elk River. The river, contaminated by a coal-refining chemical spill last Thursday, is the source of municipal water for the state capital and other surrounding areas. This spill was preventable. However, without environmental regulations in place, the deterioration of the chemical’s storage containers went unnoticed. In cases like this, dealing not only with environmental safety but human health, regulations are necessary and indispensable. After an estimated 7,500 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, or MCHM, spilled into the river, the state government issued an order for more than 300,000 residents to discontinue using municipal water supplies due to the chemical leak. While this water ban was the best reactive measure, the suffering involved for all affected could have been circumvented with proactive, preventative measures. The cause of the spill, a 48,000-gallon storage container owned by Freedom Industries, was not well maintained. This container was not subject to maintenance protocols due to its contents and type, whereas federal and state laws and statutes regulate other chemical equipment. The last time the storage container was inspected was in 1991. On a federal level, many statutes were not applicable to this container. For instance, the Toxic Substance Control Act did not apply because the chemical was used before the act was passed in 1976, according to The New Yorker. State statutes are also lax, specifically on the regulation of procedures in coal mining because of the region’s dependence on the coal industry and anti-regulation governmental agendas. News Editor Annie Palmer Editorial Editor Michael Hacker Sports Editor Stephen Bailey Feature Editor Joe Infantino Presentation Director Lizzie Hart Photo Editor Sam Maller Art Director Natalie Riess Copy Chief Audrey Hart Development Editor Maddy Berner Social Media Producer Meredith Newman Video Editor Luke Rafferty

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21st century tree hugger In one of the poorest states in the union, regulation is seen as an antithesis to a healthy economy. Both government officials and citizens often view regulatory agencies, like the Environmental Protection Agency, as fighting a “war on coal,” to the disadvantage of a struggling state. Regulations need to be put into effect to keep people safe, but they should not go so far as to impede a thriving economy. Even if you don’t agree with the use of coal as an energy source, the reality is that it still powers most of our country. While we continue to use this resource, the health and safety of all those directly affected should be at the forefront of business and governmental agendas. MCHM needs to be regulated in the manner of other toxic chemicals, especially when much is unknown about the substance. While the safety level created by the West Virginia government is one part per million, this number was created through synthesizing material known about other chemicals. The fatal dosage of MCHM for rats is only known through one non-peer reviewed study. We know almost nothing about the chronic, long-term effects of exposure and ingestion. With the little we know about the substance, coupled with a history of past chemical spills in the area due to the coal industry, it seems foolish that this specific chemical and its container fell through so many loop holes. There is a difference between increasing regulations to safeguard our health and the creation of a Big Brother state. A balance between regulation and autonomy is essential.

Meg Callaghan is a senior environmental studies major at SUNYESF. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at mlcallag@syr.edu.

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Bird Library ID policy protects students Syracuse University’s new security protocol implemented at the beginning of this semester in E.S. Bird Library is commendable, but the policy requires some changes. Starting on Monday, Jan. 13, Bird Library began closing the entrance on the University Place side of the building after 8 p.m. To enter the library, students must now use the Waverly Avenue entrance at the side of the building and present their SU or State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ID card to a security guard before they are granted entrance to the building. Security personnel will also check the IDs of everyone who is already in the library at 8 p.m. While this is not a drastic change in security, as students are required to swipe their ID cards to unlock the library doors after 8 p.m., closing the entrance on Uni-

versity Place is an inconvenience to students. The University Place entrance is a more direct entrance for a larger part of campus, particularly many of the residence halls and anyone coming on a bus from South Campus and stopping nearby. Given the new security measures, it would be more convenient to keep both doors open. However, if one entrance must be closed past 8 p.m., Waverly Avenue is a better choice. Still, despite this inconvenience, the new security measures are beneficial to students, as they ensure that Bird Library remains a safe learning environment. Without ID checks, it was possible for non-students to enter the library prior to 8 p.m. and then stay there all night. This was concerning to students and university officials. It was also disruptive to students

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The husky & the hare PETA sues UCONN for animal rights violations, refusal to release names of researchers By Claire Moran staff writer

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n his time as a University of Connecticut graduate student, Justin Goodman, the current director of laboratory investigation for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, protested UConn’s practices of experimenting on animals. He strongly opposed violations in monkey research in 2007, which eventually led to a fine and a return of federal grant money. “It is no secret that individuals at the University of Connecticut Health Center and elsewhere are experimenting on animals,” Goodman said. Between 2009 and 2012, the UConn Health Center was found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act or the National Institute of Health guidelines more than 20 times, Goodman said. When PETA filed a Freedom of Information Act request against the Health Center, he said the response they received was missing both the grant numbers for the offending projects and the names of the researchers involved. According to a Dec. 30 PETA press release, the Freedom of Information Commission ruled in favor of UConn in PETA’s original lawsuit attempting to obtain the names. The FOIC thought that releasing the information would endanger the researchers involved. PETA is now appealing the decision to the Connecticut Superior Court under the argument that the UConn Health Center was unable to provide adequate evidence of safety threats to researchers. Goodman listed different ways that researchers publicly share their work, including personal websites, research papers and presentations at conferences. “To suggest that giving us the information about people who violated the law somehow presents a risk to them is outrageous because these experimenters and the university are perfectly happy to trumpet these experiments on animals when they have the opportunity to,” Goodman said. Carolyn Pennington of the UConn Health Center said in an email that the Health Center was unable to comment on pending litigation. In another email, Stephanie Reitz, a spokesperson for the university itself, added that after

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the FOIC made its decision, it became responsible for the case. The FOIC could not be reached for comment. The FOIC’s decision was based on the safety exception of the FOIA. They concluded that the researchers would be at risk if their names were released and that, by redacting their names from the released reports, UConn was, in fact, protecting the researchers. PETA argues in its lawsuit that “there was no dates, names, or other specifics put to this alleged phenomenon.” According to PETA’s press release, in the

past, the university and the UConn Health Center have been asked to pay fines and sanctions for previous violations. In 2001, more than 90 violations were exposed at the university and they were required to pay a fine of $129,000. In 2012, the Health Center was fined more than $12,000 for more violations. Most of the violations between 2009 and 2012 were committed against mice and rabbits, according to the release. Pennington said the practices in violation no longer take place. “The non-compliance issues raised in this case have all been resolved,” she said.

Goodman said he believes that it is important for organizations to take responsibility for violations such as these. “These are people and projects that are being funded by state and federal tax dollars and we just believe there should be a degree of accountability and transparency,” Goodman said. “If you’re willing and happy to take the public’s money then you should own up to it when you don’t abide by the very, very minimal rules that apply to your work.” clrmoran@syr.edu

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esf president Wheeler, who’s written more than 150 scientific journals and six books, is working on another book that will argue why identifying new species is necessary. Humans know less than two million of an estimated 12 million species on Earth, Wheeler said, and, in 300 years, more than 75 percent of these species could be extinct. “Few species leave behind a fossil record, so it is now or never that we explore and gather evidence of our origins,” Wheeler said. Nico Franz has worked with Wheeler at ASU’s IISE since 2011 and co-led two National Science Foundation projects with him involving insect taxonomic and ecological research. Franz described Wheeler as kind and

humorous, known for his zealous and principled advocacy for discovering new species and protecting Earth’s biodiversity. “In working with Dr. Wheeler, it is impossible not to become infected with this passion for nature and drive to discuss and promote new ideas,” he said. One of these ideas involved creating an annual Top 10 New Species list that has been featured in TIME Magazine. Wheeler also discussed working on the list in a weekly column he writes for The Observer. Wheeler said he will start issuing the Top 10 New Species list from ESF this May. An international committee will make choices, but nominations from the ESF community and the public will also be considered, he said. “With about 18,000 new species named last year, we need all the help we can get,” he said. Franz said that as a talented and creative public

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speaker, Wheeler is one of the most well-known scientists in his field and is recognized globally. “There are not many beetle taxonomists who have been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal,” he said. Vita DeMarchi, the head of the ESF presidential search committee, found Wheeler’s recognized accomplishments in promoting biodiversity a prime fit for SUNY-ESF. She said everybody in the committee felt that Wheeler had an exciting combination of academic and leadership qualities. She added she liked that Wheeler is already familiar with the upstate New York area after teaching at Cornell for 24 years. “Wheeler’s inquisitive wonder for the world seemed to resonate with ESF culture,” DeMarchi said. While teaching at Cornell, Wheeler also served as the director of the Cornell Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium from 1988 to 1989. Dr. William Crepet, the current Hortorium director, knew Wheeler as a personable leader. “He is a very lively, smart and nice guy,” Crepet said, “that translated well into his interactions with students.” Wheeler finds SUNY-ESF’s size particularly attractive for getting out of his office and interacting with students. He said The Gateway Center, which powers several buildings on the school’s campus, is a “fantastic crossroads,” for catching up with students and faculty informally while buying lunch or coffee. But Wheeler said he is also interested in hearing feedback from students about ways to create specific venues for meeting and starting conversations. “It benefits me enormously to hear about

students’ dreams and aspirations,” he said. “I hope to create a number of situations where we can have those discussions.” Aislinn Brackman, a 2013 SUNY-ESF alumna who represented student opinions for the presidential search committee, thought Wheeler’s inherent concern for students and background in academia were particularly valuable assets he discussed during his interviews. The search committee didn’t specifically seek a background in academia when its members interviewed 11 potential new presidents,

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controversial AR-15 and AK-47 models, he said. “They really aren’t any more dangerous than any rifles out there,” Odorisi said. “They do look a lot more menacing.” Odorisi said he thinks the high-capacity magazine ban will be particularly hard to enforce. Cameron Lynn, a sophomore sport management major, said she also shoots target practice with her family. While she hasn’t shot in New York, her family owns registered guns that fit New York’s description of assault weapons, she said. She would have no qualms about registering the guns under the SAFE Act laws, she said. As a sportsman, Odorisi said he hopes he can continue to legally shoot within reasonable limits. He made a distinction between common sense gun laws and provisions that overcompensate. Odorisi said he recognizes the safety concerns at hand with the new SAFE Act provisions. But attempts to effectively enforce the law may prove difficult as the state moves forward, he said. Said Odorisi: “It’s in good nature and I understand what they’re trying to do but it’s so hard to enforce.” jspramuk@syr.edu

safe act N.Y. State, he said. Punishing individuals who bought assault weapons before the SAFE Act poses the biggest challenge for law enforcement, said Anthony Odorisi, a senior finance major.

locked and loaded Another part of the N.Y. SAFE Act that did not go into effect was that people would have to go through background checks before buying bullets or shells. Gun dealers would then keep records of the sales. Odorisi, a Rochester native, has shot target practice with his father outside their Potter, N.Y. cabin since he was 15 years old. He said he has three registered guns to his name. He and his family were comfortable registering their guns with the state, including the

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davis, lang who declined to give her name, said she wasn’t sure when oral arguments for the case would happen. But, she said, they wouldn’t be before the court’s April and May session. Boeheim and SU have until Jan. 23 to file briefs. Lang and Davis have until Feb. 7 to send a reply, according to the court docket. In May 2012, Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph threw out the lawsuit. DeJoseph ruled Boeheim’s statements were opinions protected under free speech. On

I am just in a lifelong love affair with biodiversity and nature.” Quentin Wheeler suny-esf president

Brackman said, but Wheeler’s background assured the committee that he would have experience helping faculty and students. Brackman also took into consideration Wheeler’s gregarious personality. “He is very personable and is somebody you just want to be around,” she said. Brackman believes Wheeler’s people skills will help him not only interact well with students, but also impress potential donors. “I think it will be exciting to see the college change and grow under his leadership,” she said. “I’m actually a little disappointed that I’m not a student anymore.” smhazlit@syr.edu

Oct. 4, an intermediate state appellate court in Rochester, N.Y., upheld the decision to toss the suit, 3-2. The Court of Appeals took the case following that October appellate court decision. Mariann Wang, the attorney for Lang and Davis, didn’t return two phone calls Wednesday. Helen Cantwell and Timothy Murphy, the lawyers for SU and Boeheim, respectively, also didn’t return two calls. Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs at SU, declined to comment. dmsegelb@syr.edu | @dylan_segelbaum


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Student groups come together to perform in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. By Ian Romaker contributing writer

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or the members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is like a brother to them. And they mean to honor that relationship. “We’re looking forward to getting the crowd excited about the entire program, setting the tone, and paying tribute and homage to our brother Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Abdou Diakite, president of Alpha Phi Alpha, a fraternity that King himself belonged to. On Sunday, students will perform a cappella, poetry, stepdance, dance performances and other acts at Syracuse University’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, “Pursuing the Dream: Above All Odds.” Doors at the Carrier Dome will open at 4 p.m., and the dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Freeman Hrabowski, and Alpha Phi Alpha will present him with an award. The four student groups performing are Alpha Phi Alpha, Black Legacy, The Nu Rho Poetic society and Creations Dance company. Black Legacy, an all-male black a cappella group, is set to perform Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” a song its members hope will help people connect. “Martin Luther King Jr. was a vital character of that time and the music provides a good feel for the time period,” said Ray Lezama, assistant business manager of Black Legacy. “Our stage performance provides a feeling of unity for people from all different backgrounds and symbolizes the fact that everyone came from different struggles.” Creations Dance company will performing a choreographed piece titled “Free Yourself.” The choreographer, Rayna Gamble, said the dance is an instrumental piece about self-expression and being “true to yourself,” regardless of the circumstances. “Martin Luther King Day means accepting and loving yourself and never giving up on dreams you set for yourself, no matter who you are or where you stand socially, economically or see mlk page 10

Nu Rho Poetic Society, Alpha Phi Alpha, Creations Dance Company and Black Legacy will perform at the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Alpha Phi Alpha will present the event’s Keynote speaker, Freeman Hrabowski, with an award. drew osumi staff photographer

Comedy group adds ‘Cheers’ parody to popular repertoire By Vanessa Salman staff writer

Head to the bar where everybody knows your name — it’s not Cheers, it’s Chuck’s. In honor of the campus favorite, Syracuse University comedy sketch group Humor Whore created a video of the sitcom “Cheers” introduction with an SU twist. Released in December, the parody caught the

attention of students, alumni and the community and has a recent spike in views, hovering at just under 4,000. Chuck’s Café, located in the alley between South Crouse Avenue and University Avenue, can be spotted by its bright yellow sign reading “Good Food and Drink.” The spot is hard to miss on game days, with lines and crowds of people ambling around. “Cheers,” a 1980s to early 1990s

American sitcom that had an 11-year run, is set in a Boston bar also named Cheers. The main characters would meet and wind up in humorous situations. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked the show as the eighth best-written television series, beating shows like “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad.” The show’s premise is noticeably similar to the shenanigans that sometimes happen during a night out

at Chuck’s. Emma Sauerwein, a junior television, radio and film major, came up with the idea for the sketch and wrote the lyrics for the video during the spring semester of 2013. She pitched the idea to Humor Whore in the fall, and the group began production soon thereafter. “It was one of those ideas that you know automatically that it’s a golden idea,” Samira Tazari, the

group’s executive producer, said in an email. Joining Humor W hore during sophomore her year, Sauerwein has gotten more involved as a writer and producer for a number of the group’s sketches. She said the team spent about two weeks and eight nights of production at Chuck’s, trying to get the perfect shots for the video.

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racially,” Gamble said. “Although [Dr. King] is no longer with us, his message is so strong and his legacy lives on.” Along with song and dance, poetry will be another element of the performances honoring King. The Nu Rho Poetic society is going to have four members of various backgrounds and genders perform slam poetry pieces at the show this weekend. “We’re performing slam poetry because we feel as a group that poetry gives a voice to the people,” said Sarah Ku, a Nu Rho member and sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. “As a diverse group of people with different outlooks and opinions on life, bringing a poetic dialogue into this performance will start something within the people.” Ku went on to reiterate the importance of dialogue and poetry, stating that in Dr. King’s speeches, he used poetic techniques in an effort to connect with the people. She said his work brought dialogue back into the lives of Americans so that they could improve race relations. For Ku, the annual celebrations are a way to correct the “culture of racism that still exists today.” Christopher Whitehead, a Nu Rho poet and senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, said he is participating in the group’s performance of “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” because

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of his commitment to equality. “I believe that we all have a responsibility to pursue love no matter what skin tone or background,” he said. Every year, on the third Monday in January, Whitehead honors the memory of King by reading and watching the civil rights leader’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. He also pays respect to other influential people such as Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and Rosa Parks. He said their efforts have allowed people come to “one center of love, realize how we got here and focus how we’re going to keep moving in that direction.” Ku said she supported King for all his actions to promote civil equality for all races, including the Chinese. Ku added that if King hadn’t helped repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1960s, her parents could never have immigrated to America. Alexander Sammartino, another member of Nu Rho, said he thought it was important that the group’s pieces reflected who they were as individuals. People’s ability to spread love and grow together has inspired him to do so himself and is one of the reasons he wanted to perform at the celebration. He believes the diversity of Nu Rho’s members is very important in that it portrays equality. Said Sammartino: “We are all close friends with different backgrounds who represent MLK’s dream and vision. “ ijromake@syr.edu

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members will perform a step dance at the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. King himself was once a member of the same fraternity. drew osumi staff photographer

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chuck’s The process was difficult, as the team had many actors to coordinate in the bar after Chuck’s allowed them to film inside. But the like-minded group managed to pull it together. “It is a group of people that have an appreciation of comedy and are willing to test out different comedic styles,” Tazari said. Because the video was intended to be a shot-for-shot recreation of the Cheers song intro, Humor Whore recruited about 100 people to be extras in the video. Otto Tunes was also recruited to provide the vocals. Altogether, the project took a semester of preparation, and two weeks each for shooting and editing to complete. The parody group made many changes to the theme to better represent the SU bar, including changing the famous line of “Where everybody knows your name” to “Where everybody waits in line.” It also references the traditional wall-sign-

ing at Chuck’s, while giving an homage to the original series, with the lyric, “Write on the wall, where everybody knows your name.” Humor Whore, well known for their “Cuse is Cray” video released in 2012 and “Boeheimian Rhapsody” video in 2013, has made its mark in the Syracuse community. The group’s campus-related parody videos have totaled more than 300,000 views on its YouTube channel. The “Boeheimian Rhapsody” video received more than 90,000 views, while the “Cuse is Cray” video has garnered more than 126,000 views. With such high numbers and the amount of work required, the group is relatively selective when choosing members. Only 15 students were selected from a pool of more than 100 last semester. But everyone is working toward the same goal, and the Chuck’s video seems to have reached that level. Said Sauerwein: “Our goal is to reach as many SU students as well as alums as possible, as everyone knows and remembers their favorite ‘Cuse bar, Chuck’s.” vksalman@syr.edu


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NASA Mini Maker Faire Where: Le Moyne College When: Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. How Much: Free

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NASA fair gives students hands-on experience with science, technology salt city winter antiques show Where: Empire Expo Center — NYS Fairgrounds When: Saturday – Sunday How much: Adults $7, weekend pass $8, children under 12 free Antiquers rejoice! Salt City Winter Antiques show will showcase more than 275 selected dealers with pieces varying in quality and price. Antiquers will also have the chance to have their own pieces looked at, as the event will offer free preservation consultations with West Lake Conservators.

gladius fights ix Where: The Oncenter When: Saturday How much: $62.45 and up NASA Maker Faire participants try out one of the many activities available at Le Moyne College. There will be more than 20 stations where people can experiment with various forms of science and technology. photo courtesy of mary wood By Natalie Collier contributing writer

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he spring semester is just beginning, which means many students will be looking to flee from the flood of syllabi coming their way. An escape to outer space might just be what the doctor ordered. This Saturday, Le Moyne College is hosting its own NASA Mini Maker Faire on its campus from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. People of all ages can participate in activities that focus on the fun side of science and technology. Admission is free for anyone who would like to take part. Mary Wood, the event coordinator, said attendees can expect an event where like-minded people can experience science in a new way. “The flier couldn’t contain the magic of getting so many people together to celebrate their own curiosity,” Wood said. A number of hands-on activities will be featured that are intended to apply the space exploration discipline to everyday life, or simply let people experience technology that they may not typically have access to.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy the event. There will be more than 20 featured “adventure stations” where the average person can see what a day in the life of a NASA scientist is like. The stations will simulate many types of natural events and tests that the scientists deal with, from earthquake tests on boats and bridges to astronaut training on Le Moyne’s “floating track.” Attendees will also have the chance to talk to NASA’s two newest solar system ambassadors about samples collected from Mars and the moon. On which station might draw the most visitors, Wood said she “can’t imagine which will be most popular.” CNY FunFlicks, an event specialists group, will have a giant movie screen on display at the event for screenings. This event can also appeal to those looking for volunteer hours. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., volunteers can come to the event to help run the different stations around the Maker Faire. As an incentive, volunteers are given two hours during which they can explore all of the other stations.

“If they want to put on their resume that they worked for NASA for 10 hours, that doesn’t look bad,” Wood said. Aside from science majors, Wood hopes students from all fields will come to enjoy the fair. She said students in majors ranging from education, to English, to history and everyone in between, can learn something new at the Faire. “No one is without contact with science, technology, engineering and math,” Wood said. “We are scientists from our very core.” While many may overlook the sponsor list, which includes National Grid, The Gifford Fund and NASA Summer of Innovation, among others, Wood indicated that it is one of the most important parts of the Maker Faire. She boasted about the number of companies that are supporting the event, stating that once NASA wrote the check, it was a catalyst for an array of sponsors to join the effort. Said Wood: “If we can catch the fire on Saturday of the imagination of all the sponsors, this could be something that happens every year.” ncollier@syr.edu

The mixed martial arts tournament will come to the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater this Saturday. The first tournament of its kind in Syracuse, Gladius Fights IX will include around 15 fighters, but the lineup has not yet been finalized. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

heart and hands wine dinner Where: Inns of Aurora When: Saturday How much: $100 Need a break from the food and beverages from the dining hall or your refrigerators? Check out the Inns of Aurora. The Heart and Hands Wine dinner will be an evening filled with company, food and wine. There are five paired courses, plus reception wine. The price may be on the steeper side, but it’s all-inclusive. Swanky night out.


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ishmael Orange on Oct. 20. Although Ishmael will finally see SU’s campus — an opportunity he’s waited a long time for — he said it’s unlikely that a decision will come during or at the end of the weekend. Heading into the visit, Ishmael has chiseled his list down to Syracuse, Illinois, Louisville, Cincinnati and Nebraska, he said. He has also received offers from Oregon, Pittsburgh and Miami (Fla.), among other schools.

But the Orange has something no other program has: Edouard. Ishmael said that Edouard accompanying him on his visit is “special” and something “no other school can offer.” Said Ishmael: “Having him gives Syracuse an edge.” The Orange has received verbal commitments from four-star receiver K.J. Williams and freshman Corey Cooper, who is enrolled and eligible to participate in all footballrelated activities, according to SU Athletics spokeswoman Sue Edson. jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse

high class A list of the players that have verbally committed to Syracuse for 2014. National signing day is on Feb. 5. Name

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Bethlehem, Pa. Detroit, Mich. Matthews, N.C. Philadelphia, Pa. Chicago, Ill. Hialeah, Fla. Wyndmoor, Pa. Camillus, N.Y. Largo, Fla. Lake Zurich, Ill. Crete, Ill. Cherry Hill, N.J. Lebanon, Tenn. West Haven, Conn. Chicago, Ill. Brooklyn, N.Y.

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gross with the city and county to consider all potential options. Gross likened a potential new facility to switching from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The switch wasn’t impromptu, Gross said, but rather a well-thought-out decision that had been researched and analyzed in-depth.

Every building that’s built has some halflife to it, right?” Daryl Gross director of su athletics

“Every building that’s built has some halflife to it, right?” Gross said. “It’s not going to last forever. I mean look at the Roman Colosseum. It doesn’t look very good right now, but it’s still a nice tourist attraction.” Just like they did in that case, Gross and his staff will decide if a new stadium makes sense when the time is right. For now, Gross said his staff’s goal is to continue to improve the Carrier Dome. For example, box seats that were built in 1980 can be improved upon, Gross said. Despite his zeal for a potential new stadium in the future, he “loves” the Dome and wants to continue to make it the best it can be. “If the Dome is the way we’re going to go, we’re going to make sure that it gets better and improves,” Gross said. “That’s our goal.” However, if the opportunity presents itself in the future, Gross said moving into a new stadium has “been a dream of ours.” One issue with the Carrier Dome as it stands

is the potential of a snowstorm that could cause the building to collapse, Gross said. He fears that at any point in time, a brutal storm could result in a catastrophe, like when the Metrodome in Minnesota caved in during 2010. A retractable-roof stadium would be safer, Gross said, and would also allow the community of Central New York to take in games outside. “Maybe retractable makes more sense,” Gross said. For now, his main priority is ensuring fans have the most enjoyable experience possible at the Dome. Gross called the “macro” of the decision-making process pleasing the fans and community. “Something that’s intimate and loud and something that is attractive for events 365 days a year,” Gross said. The priority is focusing on ensuring that happens, whether it’s in a new stadium or not. Said Gross: “We try to control the things we can control.” tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass

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SU interior defense looks to stay stingy against Terrapins By Josh Hyber staff writer

For Syracuse, the No. 1 question coming into this season was how the team would replace the offensive production of graduated center Kayla Alexander — the program’s all-time leading scorer and a first-round WNBA draft pick.

What flew under the radar was the hole Alexup next ander left defensively as the heart of the Orange’s VS Maryland 2-3 zone. @ Comcast Center Lately, though, SyraToday, 8:30 p.m. cuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said he has been impressed with his

team’s interior defense — which relies heavily on centers Shakeya Leary and Briana Day, as well as wings Taylor Ford and Brianna Butler. On Thursday, when the Orange (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) travels to College Park, Md., to face Maryland (14-1, 2-0 ACC), the SU defense will be tested by two highly skilled post players — Terrapins forward Alyssa Thomas, the

Preseason ACC Player of the Year, and 6-foot4 center Malina Howard. Because the Orange routinely uses lineups of three and four guards, the room for error on the interior is slim, and the centers are often responsible for covering the majority of the paint. “Even if we’re not so much of an offensive threat,” Day said of the interior players, “we definitely can put stats up.” On Sunday against Georgia Tech, the Orange had six blocks — two apiece from Leary and Day, and one each from Ford and Brittney Sykes. The Yellow Jackets managed only eight first-half points in the paint and six second-chance points. SU’s late-game comeback was spearheaded by the offense of Butler and Sykes, but would

Because Kayla was such a big presence, our forwards are more involved in the 2-3 zone now. A lot of times last year it was just Kayla taking up a lot of space. Now it’s the center and the forwards taking up more space.” Taylor Ford su forward

never have been possible without the excellent post defense from Leary, Day and Ford. Around the rim, Leary and Ford consistently altered shot attempts from Yellow Jackets forwards Katarina Vuckovic and Nariah Taylor. Against Georgia Tech, the freshman Day played 18 minutes and scored only two points, but added 10 rebounds. Like Leary, she too only committed one second-half foul. Hillsman said that because of Day’s improvement, she can now play more minutes subbing in for Leary. Consequently, Leary has been fresher and more productive. But the Orange also relies heavily on the help of weak-side defenders. Day was quick to say it is “very important” to get weak-side help. “Because Kayla was such a big presence, our forwards are more involved in the 2-3 zone now,” Ford said. “A lot of times last year it was just Kayla taking up a lot of space. Now it’s the center and the forwards taking up more space.” “They see what I can’t see,” Day said. “Especially with boxing out or just telling me where someone is.” Ford also said the offenses Syracuse now faces in the ACC are a lot more physical than Big East teams, but still possess the welldocumented ACC quickness. While Syracuse ranks No. 35 in the country in scoring offense, the team also ranks No. 22 in the country in scoring margin, and averages 4.5 blocks a game — a testament to its stingy defense. “We’ve kind of tightened our scheme up a little bit,” Hillsman said. “We’re shrinking the floor a little bit more and not giving them a lot of open areas to pass the ball.” On Thursday night against Maryland, the Orange will look to continue its improved defensive play. Said Hillsman: “We’ve got to do what we’ve been doing. Just keep the floor shrunk and make sure when (Thomas) catches it, that we’re there to dig.” jmhyber@syr.edu


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SUPeRLATIVEs Offensive MVP: Macky MacPherson: MacPherson is exactly what Scott Shafer talks about when he refers to a hard-nosed player. There’s nothing glitzy about the center’s approach, but without him Jerome Smith wouldn’t have rushed for more than 900 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensive MVP: Jay Bromley Bromley entered the season as the lone returning starter on the defensive line. With quick feet, fast hands and a constant smile, Bromley was a driving force behind the success of the Orange’s front seven this season. Most Valuable Freshman: Brisly Estime Estime showed flashes of his elite speed and shiftiness during the regular season, but broke out in the Texas Bowl with team-

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highs of five receptions and 47 yards and a 70-yard punt return in the waning seconds of the team’s season. Unsung hero: Durell Eskridge: Once Keon Lyn went down, Eskridge was the only consistent player in the Syracuse secondary. He led the Orange in tackles despite playing with a cast on his hand for the first half of the regular season and returns as arguably the most talented player on SU’s roster. Biggest Surprise: George Morris II: Morris was one of the better third-string backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year. He rushed for 334 yards and a touchdown sharing carries with Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley and Devante McFarlane, and should expect to see plenty more next season.

I didn’t pick Syracuse to make a bowl game. And then I didn’t pick them all in the to win it. The Orange did game yo both. It’s hard to win in the B+ Atlantic Coast Conference with a first-year coach and quarterback, but that’s just what SU did. Scott Shafer’s first year went about as well as a Syracuse fan could hope. Yes, there were some bad blowouts but that’s expected in the ACC. The Orange proved it can play with the rest of the conference’s pack.

Biggest Disappointment: Drew Allen: The 6-foot-5 gunslinger’s career-salvaging trip to Syracuse didn’t pan out for him or SU. He threw nine interceptions to just two touchdowns and struggled even against Wagner. The Drew Allen era ended before it began. Most Valuable Assistant Coach: George McDonald McDonald’s play-calling was questioned through most of the regular season, but it helped carry Syracuse to victory against Boston College and Minnesota. However, his most valuable contributions may have come on the recruiting trails. Best game: Syracuse 34, BC 31: After a devastating loss to Pittsburgh the week before, the Orange’s chances of making a bowl seemed bleak. Heisman hopeful Andre Williams and Boston College came in as the

favorites, but Syracuse staged the upset thanks to a thrilling twominute drive that sent SU bowling. Single-game performance: Terrel Hunt in Texas Bowl With three-star quarterbacks A.J. Long and Alin Edouard coming in, Syracuse has options under center moving forward. But after Hunt’s Texas Bowl performance, there shouldn’t be any competition next fall. Whenever Syracuse needed a play, he made it, including the game-winning, 12-yard scoring scamper. Play of the Year: Throw back against Boston College: The play had been in the works for six weeks, according to McDonald. “I was like ‘f*ck it,” he said after the game. The play worked to perfection and an unlikely hero, Josh Parris, surged into the end zone to send SU to a bowl.

Before Syracuse’s 21-17 Texas Bowl win in the middle on Dec. 27, SU head coach Scott Shafer anyway talked about how the B+ Orange missed out on wins against Penn State and Pittsburgh. But now that all the dust has settled, the close games that define the season are its last two - exhilarating last-second wins against Boston College and Minnesota. Syracuse left the 2013 season with a confident head coach, an established quarterback and the best recruiting class in recent memory.

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position

wilson

bailey

hass

QB

B+

B

B+

WR

C

D+

C-

RB

A-

A-

A-

H-BACK

B+

B+

B+

TE

D+

C

C-

OL

B+

B+

A-

DL

B

B

A-

LB

B

A-

B+

CB

C

C-

C+

S

C

C+

C

K

C

C

C

P

A-

A-

A-

KR/PR

B

B+

A-

COACH

B+

A-

A-

OVERALL

B+

B+

B+

At the start of the season, Syracuse’s goal was simple: win a bowl game. with no The Orange wasn’t going regard for to storm into the ACC human life and finish 8-4; it wasn’t B+ going to stink up the joint and finish 4-8 either. It was simply a matter of winning a bowl, and that’s exactly what SU did. The way in which Syracuse came back to beat Boston College and Minnesota cemented this season as a success.

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Tuning up

Jay Bromley and Marquis Spruill will each play in postseason all-star games to showcase their talents as NFL Draft prospects.

marquis spruill

jay bromley

NFl pa collegiate bowl saturday, 6 p.m. tv: espn2

east-west shrine game saturday, 4 p.m. TV: NFL network

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final marks Beat writers offer closing grades for Syracuse’s 2013 season superlatives Offensive MVP: Macky MacPherson

Defensive MVP: Jay Bromley

grades

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in the middle any way

B+

B+

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with no r egar d for human life

B+ see

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photo illustration zinu chen STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Gross downplays new facility talks Ishmael puts off school decision to signing day recruiting

By Trevor Hass

asst. sports editor

Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross downplayed the immediate possibility of constructing a new athletic facility during an interview on ESPN Radio CNY late Wednesday afternoon. “These are the things we talk about every year that are just being talked about a lot right now publicly,” Gross said. Gross said moving from the Carrier Dome into a new stadium in the

future is definitely a possibility, but he insisted his staff is still taking its usual approach. He and his colleagues have discussed the situation in-depth for years, Gross said. The discussion has just received more publicity in the last week. daryl gross It has been repor ted by several media outlets that Onondaga County Executive Joanie

Mahoney and Governor Andrew Cuomo had discussed plans to build a new sports stadium in Syracuse that would serve SU and possibly other local sports teams. But The Post-Standard reported on Jan. 14 that Mahoney had abandoned her request because she was unable to persuade Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to support the project. SU Chancellor Kent Syverud released a statement Tuesday evening about the process, saying that he hopes SU will continue to work

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By Jesse Dougherty asst. sports editor

Three-star wide receiver Steve Ishmael will put off his verbal commitment to national signing day, he said Wednesday night. “I am going to just wait until signing day,” Ishmael said. “I still want to look at the other schools and will make my decision then to see what school offers

me the best opportunity.” In early December, Ishmael called Syracuse University the No. 1 school on his list. The North Miami Beach, Fla., native is expected to arrive in Syracuse around 2:30 Friday afternoon for his official visit. Joining Ishmael on the trip will be Alin Edouard, a close friend and three-star quarterback who verbally committed to the see ishmael page 12

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