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Under construction Renovations to Newhouse II

will begin this semester and are expected to be completed by fall 2014. Page 3

Spread the word SA should not use social

media as the sole platform for communicating with students. Page 5



On the rise Syracuse University writing

Working it out Jim Boeheim is hopeful James

professor George Saunders is making national headlines for his new book. Page 11

Southerland’s eligibility issues can be resolved so the foward can return to the court. Page 20

Truth be told By Kristin Ross


Ginocchetti was arrested and pled guilty to second-degree murder. The judge changed the ruling to first-degree manslaughter, and Ginocchetti received a 15-year prison sentence. But questions still remained: Why did he do

“In an interrogation room with two police officers as his witnesses, as he began to explain what had gone wrong between him and his mother, Tim came out as gay for the first time in his life.”

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it? What provoked this 21-year-old to commit such a terrible crime? Journalist Mark Obbie strives to answer these questions and more in his new book about the case, “God’s Nobodies: Misguided Faith and Murder in the Life of One American Family,” in just the first few pages. He writes: “In an interrogation room with two police officers as his witnesses, as he began to explain what had gone wrong between him and his mother, Tim came out as gay for the first time in his life.” Given what little information was available during the hushed lawsuit, due to respecting the wishes of the family, most media outlets previously did not touch on Ginocchetti’s personal life before Obbie’s book was published in December 2012. Obbie, a former professor of magazine


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journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications during the time of the court case, became consumed in the need to answer the question of “why?”. In the summer of 2008, Obbie began collecting documentation and conducting interviews. An early piece of his work on the case was published in the July 2010 edition of O, The Oprah Magazine. But Obbie did not stop reporting when the magazine story came out. In fact, he was far from done. “I got some of my best stuff, the most revealing details, after that story, which is why I pursued this as a book,” Obbie said. He created what he considers his best journalistic work to date in authoring “God’s Nobodies,” which is an e-book published through Amazon and available for the Kindle. The book details the Ginocchettis’ family life, events leading up to the night of the murder and the aftermath that tore the family apart. The elements presented in this book had never been presented to the public before — elements that Obbie claimed became his mission to tell the world about. “I was on a mission to report it, and then I was on a mission to get published, and now I’m on a mission to let people know it exists and to talk about it,” Obbie said. A short summary of “God’s Nobodies” reveals that Ginocchetti grew up in a community of faith that he later considered a cult. The minister of the Apostolic Christian Church, Brother Frank, dictated the lives of his congregation, making them feel worthless and ultimately unworthy of God’s love, while he himself believed he had a higher connection to God. When his firefighter father was killed in a burning house when Ginocchetti was 17, his mother refused to go to therapy or take Tim. Instead, she and her son went to Brother Frank for spiritual healing. After that, Ginocchetti’s mother became the controlling force of her son’s life. He

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Flu shots at SU hit record high

Journalist chronicles events that drove 2006 SU student to commit murder

hen Tim Ginocchetti was in seventh grade, he made local headlines for achieving a mathematical feat his teacher thought was impossible. When he entered his senior year at Syracuse University in 2006, he made headlines again — for murdering his mother.



Syracuse University Health Services provided flu shots to 212 students Monday, a record-high for the center and a substantial increase from the average of 20-30 a month. The increase in the number of students getting flu shots is in line with national and state trends. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared the state to be in a public health emergency Saturday because of the current flu season. Flu cases have increased nationwide, said Kathy Van Vechten, a Health Services nurse practitioner. “When I asked kids why they were here today for a flu shot, they said their parents told them to or that they heard about the increase in flu cases on the news,” she said. The flu shot clinics opened in November and continued into December, Van Vetchen said. Health Services equipped themselves for the increase, she added, once the mayor of Boston declared the city to be in a state of emergency. Cuomo’s executive order enables pharmacists to vaccinate patients between six months and 18 years of age. In


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SGA: former president siphoned funds SGA President Allison Gordon on Monday night accused her predecessor of embezzling more that $3,000 from the student fee. Gordon said at the Student Government Association’s weekly assembly meeting that Smith took $3,314 from profit made on the freshman directory in 1989. That profit is normally returned to the student fee account of SGA. Smith served as president from February 1989 to February 1990. Gordon made the announcement two days before she was contacted by The Daily Orange regarding the incident. The newspaper’s investigation did not influence her decision to announce the alleged misuse of funds, she said. Gordon said she has known about the missing funds since September. Brad Brokaw, SGA executive assistant, said Peter Baigent, director of student affairs, has been aware of the incident for months as well. Brokaw’s comments were made after the meeting. “We have been in constant contact with Legal Services, Baigent and Barbara Lynch,” he said. Lynch was SGA’s bookkeeper during Smith’s tenure. Gordon gave her explanation to the assembly about how the money disappeared from SGA.

Each year, SGA receives money from the company that publishes the freshman guide, titled “Who’s New”. The royalty is generally 25 cents a book, Gordon said. When Gordon talked to a representative of the publishing company this year, she was told that a royalty check for $5,000 was made out to Smith in 1989. The check was mailed directly to Smith’s home instead of the SGA office, Gordon said. “The check never should have been made out to someone personally,” Gordon said. Walsworth Publishing Co., location in Marceline, Mo, publishes “Who’s New”. No one from the company could be reached for comment before press time Tuesday morning. Smith later turned over $1,866 to SGA. The organization never received the balance of the check. “No one imagined it was short $3,134,” Gordon said. Because previous guides had brought in about that much money, no one questioned the amount Smith turned over. After learning about the $5,000 transaction, Gordon telephoned Smith and asked him what he had done with the rest of the money. Smith told her he had used the money to pay for typing and layout expenses, he said. —Compiled by Meredith Newman, asst. news editor,



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CRIME BRIEFS A 21-year-old female in the College of Arts and Sciences was arrested on charges of second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on the 100 block of College Place early Monday morning. An 18-year-old male in the College of Visual and Performing Arts was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana Sunday at 9:36 p.m. on the 600 block of Comstock Avenue. A 19-year-old male was arrested on the 300 block of Slocum Avenue for underage drinking and possession of an open container Sunday at 7:20 p.m. In the vehicle he occupied, he had a half-empty bottle of Cold Rose Exclusiv Vodka (875mL) and a three-quarter-empty bottle of Hennessey Cognac (375mL). After he admitted to possessing the alcohol, he was issued two appearance tickets. -Compiled by Alex Ptachick, staff writer,

Renovations to begin on Newhouse II By Levi Stein STAFF WRITER

Newhouse II is being prepped for a multimillion-dollar renovation that is expected to be completed by fall 2014. While there have been some minor renovations to Newhouse II since it opened in 1974, such as the construction of the sky bridge, this is the first major, full-scale update, said Susan Nash, director of administration for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and overseer of the project. Syracuse University partnered with architectural firm Gensler and consulting firm National TeleConsultants to conduct a study and create a proposal for the renovation, she said. Funding was secured through the S.I. Newhouse Foundation, SU and alumni support, according to a July 9 SU News release. The renovation will include updating studio and news production space with new highdefinition digital technology, constructing a two-story glass curtain wall at the corner of University and Waverly Avenues, and building small flex studios designed for multipurpose use, Nash said. An innovation lab on the second


chase gaewski | photo editor ROD PAULETTE does stand-up at the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant during the club’s opening night Saturday. The venue is one of 13 Funny Bone locations nationwide. Well-known comics such as Rob Little and Tom Wilson are scheduled to perform in the coming weeks.

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Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant had its grand opening at Destiny USA Saturday evening, featuring comedian Josh Sneed. The process to bring the club to Syracuse began more than two years ago, said Al Canal, the club’s manager. The new 350-seat venue is one of 14 nationwide Funny Bone locations, which started more than 30 years ago. “[The people who own the mall] actually made us aware of the Syracuse market,” Canal said. “We took a look at the market, and decided that this would be a good area to have a comedy club in.”

The club is only open to adults 21 years of age and older. Because the club has a liquor license, it wants to avoid complications, Canal said. However, he did acknowledge the importance of the younger demographic. “College students are pretty hip people,” Canal said. “I would love to have them in our room. There could be benefits from it. If we can legally do it and handle it properly, definitely I would do it. “ But some underage Syracuse University students find the age barrier disappointing. “It’s not fair because I want to laugh, too,” said Emily Modelevsky, a freshman in the Martin J. Whitman School

of Management. “Everyone has a right to be able to laugh. Why would they restrict me because I’m 19?” Canal said the club is looking to create specific nights so those 18 years of age and older can purchase tickets. He said the process toward making that happen could take months. “Here’s to another year of living on the couch watching Comedy Central,” said Rachel Tribble, a sophomore in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Because of the club’s reputation across the country, Funny Bone has reserved well-known comedians such as Rob Little, who has been featured on Comedy Central, and actor and comedian Tom Wilson, well

known for playing Biff in “Back to the Future,” Canal said. Canal said although the club’s national clout helps them pull in big names, he still hopes to have more local and less-experienced performers. “Once we get to know the local comedians, we can get to include them on the shows,” Canal said. “We’ll plan to institute an open mic-night.”


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Comptroller proposes more funding for student groups By Debbie Truong ENTERPRISE EDITOR

Proposed changes to the Student Association’s Financial Code could make an additional $200,000 available to student organizations that request funding through SA. “More students are going to be able to utilize funds that we have available through the student activity fee,”

said SA Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo before introducing the proposed changes at the 57th Session’s first general assembly meeting Monday evening in Maxwell Auditorium. DeSalvo introduced four separate bills that, if passed, would increase the amount of funding student organizations can request for events; increase the amount organizations

are allowed to request for conference registration fees; allow more “similar events” to be hosted by different campus organizations throughout the semester; and allow campus organizations to request transportation funding for events that are open to the entire campus. Each bill will be voted on by members of the general assembly at next

week’s SA meeting. The bill that would increase the amount student organizations can request for event funding includes an amendment to SA’s four-tier system. It would not reassign organizations to tiers, but instead increase the financial cap for each tier. Fourth- and third-tier organiza-


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Congress must reach consensus on gun control, restrictive legislation

topping mass shootings is in the president and Congress’ agenda as the year begins. Today, a group lead by Vice President Joseph Biden will present proposals to the president concerning how our country can best prevent future shootings. There were 16 mass shootings in 2012, according to The Nation magazine. To prevent further mass shootings, legislation needs to be passed to stop unqualified people from possessing guns. Congress will need to agree on how they view the nature of the problem, but this is unlikely. Gun rights activists have continually blamed the individual for the problem, rather than face the hard facts. The problem is not the access of guns, but the people who use them. Those who favor further gun restrictions see beyond the individual. They see a person who is able to kill by having a gun. Gun control believers see beyond an individual incident, linking our nation’s problem with multiple mass shootings. A commonality in these tragedies is unqualified people possessing guns.


to the left, to the left The opposite way these two sides see gun violence will cause little meaningful action to happen in Congress. Already in progress is a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein to stop the sale of assault and military-style weapons, which have been used in past mass shootings. Other legislation has been proposed to limit the number of bullets in a magazine. The National Rifle Association initially pledged “meaningful action” to stop school shootings after the Sandy Hook shooting in December. Violent video games and movies were to blame, not easy access to guns. The NRA failed to explain why this is a unique American problem, while other countries with violence in video games and movies are not suf-


fering the same problem. The NRA and its supporters miss the fact that mass shootings are not confined to schools. America not only has a problem with school shootings, but with mass shootings overall. The NRA is either blind to the pattern of shootings or is unable to accept the similarities. They view any restrictions on owning guns as a violation of the Second Amendment. It is no surprise they have tried to place blame on our culture, rather than the real culprit. Gun rights activists have wanted to use Sandy Hook to highlight the need for greater school security. Sen. Barbara Boxer has proposed a $50 million plan to put more police officers in schools. There is no level of security that will stop mass shootings from happening. We can station metal detectors, police officers and other security mechanisms everywhere. Mass shootings do not just happen in schools. They happen in malls, movie theaters and parking lots. School security alone will not stop these tragedies in the future.

People are often shocked that something like this could happen – saying Newtown was the last place a mass shooting should take place. With the widespread access to guns, mass shootings can happen anywhere and at any time. Quiet towns and busy cities are all targets. It would be nice to hope for a solution to this country’s gun control issue, but there is no realistic way it will happen with the new Congress. It is the same as the old one – unable to escape the grip of gun rights activists who care more about their rights to possess outrageous firearms than trying to stop deadly shootings. When a congresswoman was shot, little was done. When 12 people were killed in a movie theater, little was done. More shootings will continue as Congress sits idly by, unable to come to a consensus on how to respond. Harmen Rockler is a senior newspaper and online journalism and political science major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at horockle@ or followed on Twitter at @LeftofBoston.


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SA should not solely rely on social media to reach out The Student Association should not use social media as its main channel of communication for announcements to the Syracuse University student body. Recently, the organization announced SA President Allie Curtis’ cabinet nominations through the social media platform Instagram. Though the organization has been linking the Instagram announcements to Facebook and Twitter, spreading news this way does not guarantee each student will be informed about the important SA leadership changes. As of 9 p.m., the SA Instagram account only had 51 followers. This means the use of social media is prohibiting a vast majority of SU students from receiving direct information, news and updates about SA. Instead of only using social media tools, SA should have taken advantage of its capability to reach all undergraduate students through a campus-wide email. In using this method, the entire student body could be informed of the developments within the organization.


EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board The email approach could be used to inform students that the SA Instagram account is where they can find the latest information concerning SA. This is an effective way to make SU students aware of SA’s social media developments. Curtis said the organization will be using Instagram to expose and highlight SA events, which is an appropriate use of social media for SA and an action the organization should pursue. The issue is SA’s choice to spread important news in this way without using additional platforms that could reach more students. Instagram is a successful medium that allows students to identify the leaders in Curtis’ cabinet. But the picture and caption should not be the only introduction of these leaders shared with SU students. Social media should be a supplement to a main line of communication.

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Term ‘casual’ takes on ironic twist, sense of false modesty in social media age

’m writing a column right now that’s going to be published in newsprint and read by literally hundreds of people who are between classes and eating lunch in the Schine Student Center. Casual, right? Simultaneously, it’s going to be published on the Internet, where anyone in the world could read it. If President Barack Obama felt so inclined, he could totally read this column. The President of the United States, guys. So casual. It has become apparent to me that the meaning of the word “casual” has taken on a slightly (read: not slight at all) ironic twist in the social media age. Look at this sweeping view of the five-star resort from my vacation!

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Casual. Check out all this booze we bought for the party tonight! Casual. Look, I casually ran into this huge celebrity and we took a casual picture together! Casual. “Casual” is the succinct, modern version of “Oh, this old thing? I just throw this on when I don’t care how I look!” It’s the new false modesty, a flippant means of braggadocio while attempting to appear self-effacing. Here’s the thing, everyone: let’s just stop pretending to be bashful about our demonstrative posts on the Internet. We all know the subtext. We all know what we’re really trying to say. We want to show everyone how awesome we are and what great lives we’re leading. Which I suppose is fine, there’s

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world on a string really no escaping the selfaggrandizing nature of social media anymore. But if that’s how we’re going to be, let’s at least call a spade, a spade. If you’re doing something cool, then hooray! Shout it from the rooftops. This Kanye-shrugging-off of great, fun and exciting things not only insults the intellect, it also conveys a lack of appreciation for such good fortune.

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Yes, I’m playing the childrenstarving-in-India-would-love-to-be-inyour-shoes card. So, when composing your exalted Facebook status, or adding a caption to your Instagram photo of some high-falutin’ dessert you ordered, don’t pretend like it’s casual. It’s not. It’s cool. Forget modesty. Just be a bragging jerk and be proud of it, unless you’re trying to infuriate an ex who dumped you. Then the gloves are off. Show the Internet how much fun you’re having and how much happier you are now that he or she is out of your life. You deserve better. Look, maybe some good will come of this. By ending our cavalier false modesty and just being honest about

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wanting to brag, maybe you’ll catch yourself. You’ll stop in the midst of posting a picture of your vacation sunset and think ‘Huh, maybe it’s kind of sucky to rub this in the faces of all of my friends stuck in 20-degree weather.’ And maybe you’ll save that picture for your own enjoyment instead of for the schadenfreude of posting it publicly. That’s all I’m saying. Oh, and Barack, I know you’re totally reading this, so hi! Good luck with your next term! Just talked to the president, guys. How casual is that? Kevin Slack is a senior television, radio and film major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @kevinhslack.

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addition, the order cancels the section of state education law that limits pharmacists’ power to “administer immunizing agents only to individuals 18 years of age or older” for the next month, according to a Jan. 12 press release from the Governor’s Press Office. As of now, reported flu cases in New York this season have reached 19, 128 – far surpassing last year’s total of 4,404, according to the release. Two children in New York state and 18 children across the country have died of the flu so far this season, according to the release. Like New York, 40 other states are also experiencing intense flu outbreaks five weeks earlier than usual, according to a Jan. 10 CBS News article. The number of individuals visiting health care providers with flu-like symptoms increased from 2.8 percent to 5.6 percent in the past four weeks. During the 2011-12 flu season, the rate peaked at only 2.2 percent, according to a Jan. 9 article published by The Associated Press. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the rate of flurelated hospitalizations in the United States was 8.1 per 100,000 people, a high for this time of year, according to the AP article. Van Vetchen said Health Services will continue to provide flu shot clinics for the SU community, as long as an interest remains. She urges students to frequently wash their hands and avoid sharing drinks and eating utensils.

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tions would be eligible for $30,000 in funding, instead of $25,000 under the current funding cap. Second-tier organizations would be eligible for $15,000 in funding, instead of $12,000 under the current funding cap. First-tier organizations would be eligible for $7,500 in funding, an increase from the $5,000 allowed under current tier system guidelines. A bill was also introduced to ease financial restrictions on student organizations that request funding for conference registration fees. The proposed change would allow organizations to register eight students if registration fees are under $250 or four students if the registration fee exceeds that amount. If passed, the four bills would require about an additional $200,000, which DeSalvo said would not make a dent in SA’s budget. SA’s budget has increased from $2.1 million to $2.7 million in the last few years, DeSalvo said, as higher enrollment has more students paying the student activity fee. “We weren’t spending all the money that we can,” he said, explaining that SA hasn’t used up all of the money available in previous semesters. “I think this is something that is definitely needed and definitely something we can do.” Members of SA President Allie Curtis’ cabinet were also confirmed unanimously. The cabinet is as follows: Duane Ford, former vice chair of the Student Life Committee, was confirmed as vice president. PJ Alampi, former chair of the Student Life Committee, was confirmed as chief of staff. Ivan Rosales, former vice chair of the Student Life Committee, was confirmed as the chair of the Student Life Committee. Jenny Choi, former recorder, was confirmed as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Janine Savage, former chief of staff, was confirmed as chair of the Student Life Committee. Cara Johnson and Colin Crowley were

floor will be constructed for faculty members working on research and experimenting with new media technology, she said. The equipment rental room, colloquially known as The Cage, will be relocated next to the current Waverly Avenue entrance, and will include a more generous space to test equipment, Nash said. The main studio on the first floor will be split into two separate studio spaces: one for virtual set technology with green screen capabilities, and the other for television production classes and building sets, Nash said. “As new technology has been developed, the size of equipment has shrunk significantly,” said Michael Schoonmaker, chair of the television, radio and film department. “The 1970’s infrastructure is not ideal for modern media.” The updated studios will feature LED lighting. The project is expected to be LEED certified, Schoonmaker said. Classes normally held in the designated studio spaces have been relocated for the semester. The classroom on the second floor is inactive and classes have been relocated, he said. “The renovations are much overdue,” said Jared Mandel, a senior broadcast and digital journalism major. “The equipment is outdated and the space feels cavernous.” Mandel said one of the major drawbacks to the renovation is that BDJ 465: “Television and Digital News Producing and Presenting” was relocated upstairs. Faculty members with offices on the first and second floors have also been relocated as the renovation process begins, said Nash, the overseer of the project. Said Nash: “We are excited to have new state-of-the-art studios to provide real-world experience for students and ensure our place as a top communications school.”



svitlana lymar | staff photographer DUANE FORD is officially appointed vice president of the 57th session of the Student Assocation on Monday night. Ford served as President Allie Curtis’ campaign manager. Ford and all other cabinet members were unanimously approved by the assembly. confirmed as co-chairs of the Public Relations Committee. Additionally, DeSalvo was sworn in for his second term as comptroller. Benjamin Jones, a former representative for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, was elected as parliamentarian and Belen Crisp, who served on the Department of Public Safety Advisory Board in the fall, was elected as recorder. Elections for the Board of Membership and Election Chair will take place at the next SA meeting. Curtis looked toward the future and expressed confidence in her cabinet. Said Curtis: “I have full faith moving forward that I selected a very good cabinet.” @debbietruong


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generous donation by Twitter to the Library of Congress will provide insight into an entire archive of the company’s tweets, some 170 billion and counting dating back to 2006. Each tweet that is logged is equipped with a host of supplementary data such as the geographic origin of the tweet, the number of re-tweets and the author’s follower list, according to a Jan. 3 article published in The Washington Post. William Ward, a social media professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, praised the new endeavor. “Semantic analysis can be gathered by mining through people’s moods and cross referencing historical trends,” Ward said. Twitter is an example of big data, which Ward outlined as “the collection of massive amounts of data for seeking trend insights.” The concept of big data has only been made possible in the last decade with the popularity of social media. Twitter’s enormous data pool grows by nearly 400 million tweets per day, according to the article. The tweets often surpass velocities of 3,000 per minute and originate from nearly every country on the planet, according to an Aug. 28 USA Today article. Ward said Big Data allows viewers to see spikes in tweeting rates that may help “discover trends when people are more active or nonactive during events like the Arab Spring.” However, these tweets are not necessarily representative of the population. According to AdvertisingAge, about 41 percent of Twitter users are between the ages of 18-29. Twitter users also tend to earn less when compared to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics income breakdown, according to AdvertisingAge. This information will remain in a raw state due to continued budgetary constraints. The U.S. Committee on Appropriations awarded the library $79 million less than the $587 million proposed budget. This lack of funding greatly inhibits search query speed and server capability, according to The Hill, a congressional newspaper. In addition, the current archive will not include deleted tweets or users who protect their profiles with strict privacy settings, according to The Washington Post article. Jill Ann Hurst-Wahl, an associate professor of practice and director in the School of Information Studies, said there are still some questions to be answered about the archive. “What stories will the [archive] tell about what we are as a people? Can we see changes in how we think or act?” she said. It will be very interesting to learn what researchers can discover from the archive, Hurst-Wahl said. She also noted that access to the database of billions of tweets would be available on a sixmonth delay and only within library confines. The Twitter archive is the first venture of the library to preserve the seemingly fleeting messages of the digital age. This database affords the public the ability to relive a moment via the lens of the Twittersphere.


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Anton Chekhov. George Saunders.

While the last name may not be as famous, it soon will be. Saunders, an English professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and writer of the best-selling and critically acclaimed book, “Tenth of December,”

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SU professor gains fame, critical acclaim with success of new book, ‘Tenth of December’

released Jan. 8, is seen not only as an innovative and approachable professor, but also as an extremely practical and revolutionary writer. “The story ‘Victory Lap’ may be one of the most perfect things I’ve ever read,” said Annie Liontas, a third-year student studying fiction in Syracuse University’s Master of Fine Arts program. “Your mom will love

it, your dad will love it, your cousin will love it, your friends will love it, the guys at the frat house will love it, you will love it, and you’ll wish he could read it aloud to you.” Saunders has been compared to writers such as Vonnegut and Chekhov because his stories are dystopian and fantastical like that of Vonnegut, whereas the Chekhov comes into play because he has a critical eye for capitalism and social norms.

He takes his teaching responsibilities very seriously and always makes his students his first priority, which is pretty rare among writers as high-profile as he is.

Jessie Roy


His writing in “Tenth of December” has been seen as a way to define human nature of our

time with satire, futuristic cautionary tales and reflections of society that sometimes delve into

bleak reactions.

The collection of short stories in “Tenth of December” range in prose form. “My Chivalric Fiasco” is

subversive against corporate structures while simultaneously blending Old English, multiple capitalizations and brand terminology. “The Semplica-Girl Diaries” is formatted like a series of diary entries about a family investing in a disturbing trend. The stories display Saunders’ ability to create exceptional tales while infusing them with the problems and issues of humanity. Despite his busy schedule, Saunders still takes time to work one-on-one with students and developing the creative SEE SAUNDERS PAGE 14

Canadian-born rapper and dubstep artist Datsik is bringing his Firepower Tour to people across the United States. On Tuesday, Datsik will perform


The Firepower Tour Where: The Westcott Theater When: Today, 9:00 p.m. How much: $20 at The Westcott Theater at 9 p.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. The concert was originally set for Oct. 3 but was rescheduled due to a ceiling collapse during a Dada Life show. Datsik’s popularity skyrocketed after a tour with rock group Korn in 2011. Continued success after a tour de force of the summer music festival scene — most notably Electric Zoo and Electric Forest — made Datsik a staple in today’s electronic dance music scene. His fresh take on the ever-growing house and electronic music genre has been wowing critics and record labels since he graduated from high school. One of his most notable sponsors is Rockstar, the energy drink company. “I come from the dark, hip hopinfluenced side of dubstep, and I’m trying to create a haven for that style,” said Datsik in a self-written biography. His distinct combination of hip-hop, rap and electric dance music has helped revolutionize the mainstream of his genre. As an artist, Datsik said his goal is to have people join him: young, upcoming performers who share his passion and talent. When it comes to the underground electronic scene, this is a huge step toward a mainstream following. His opening acts have been highly reviewed by critics and fans alike. The show includes three opening acts. Direktor hails from Syracuse and at only 18, has shared the stage with electric dance music heavyweights Flux Pavilion, Steve Aoki and Cookie Monsta. GRiZ is a 21-year-old from Detroit who mixes his skills on the saxophone with a massive background in electronic music to create a unique sound. Rekoil, another one-man show out of Baltimore, is also signed to Firepower Records. He intertwines his affinity for astronomy and space to deliver flowing dubstep beats.

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Studying abroad in Jordan will give knowledge of country beyond conflict


Middle Eastern adventure complete with warm, arid winds and a trusty camel. Sun and sand, scorching daytime temperatures and cool, dark nights gazing up at the infinite stars of the desert sky. This is how I expected to begin my semester: far away from the cold and muck of Syracuse, caught up in my own study abroad world of Arabic language and Jordanian culture. As a Middle Eastern studies and magazine journalism major, I hope to improve my Arabic skills and gain experience in Arab culture. But beyond this, I want to find stories of real Middle Eastern people and tell them to you. Let’s look past the reports of violence and turmoil that frequent the evening news and find out about the everyday life of the Middle East. While my travel plans still remain intact,


dude, where’s my camel? classes at Syracuse have begun and I now find myself in the most frustrating of positions: waiting. My plane doesn’t take off until next Tuesday, a date that seems all too distant as I sit at my empty kitchen table in Scranton, Pa., far away from my friends at Syracuse and even farther from my host city of Irbid, Jordan. Yet despite my own impatience, I begrudgingly admit that this offers a nice opportunity for introductions.

My name is Lara and I will be spending my spring semester in Irbid, Jordan learning Arabic. I’ll be studying at Yarmouk University, a renowned Jordanian university with twice as many students as Syracuse. Though I don’t know much, these are the basics I know about Jordan so far. Jordan is a small Middle Eastern country, roughly the size and population of Indiana. The majority of Jordanians are Muslim, and most of the country speaks Arab. While it shares borders with Syria, Israel, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Jordan itself has remained fairly calm and peaceful. The constitutional monarch, King Abdullah II, is well received by his subjects, at least presently, and there is little worry of uprisings. But beyond the statistics, Jordan is brought to life by its people and culture, which have

been influenced by the Romans and Crusaders, Muslim armies and traveling Arab caravans over its centuries of development. There is so much more to Jordan, and all of the Middle East, than the conflict we’ve grown accustomed to associating with it. I want to stroll through the markets and chat with locals. I want to float in the Dead Sea and let the salt dry on my skin. I want to ride a camel through the desert, and at night look up at the countless desert stars. And I will, I promise. You’ll hear all about it. In the meantime, enjoy syllabus week, and the fact that you’re not sitting alone at your kitchen table. Lara Sorokanich is a sophomore Middle Eastern studies and magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at

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OVERSHADOWED A$AP Rocky’s featured artists outshine him on his own album By Erik van Rheenen


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Sounds like: Pitchforkapproved rap you can still bring to a party Genre: Rap Top track: “Goldie”

A$AP ROCKY Long. Live. A$AP.


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ap needs a new unspoken rule sandwiched somewhere between “Thou shall stop hashtagrapping and start writing real punch lines” and “Thou will never, ever ask Chris Brown for a guest verse, that talentless hack.” And it needs to include “Thou shall not feature artists more talented than yourself on an album.” Featured rappers only show up on tracks for one reason: to make the headliner look better by comparison. While Big Sean tacks suffixes onto “ass” on the track “Mercy,” Kanye West might as well be F. Scott Fitzgerald. But on the flip side, Andre 3000’s verse dexterously rhymes circles around a bumbling Rick Ross on “Sixteen.” And that’s precisely why hyped hip-hop wordsmith A$AP Rocky stumbles on his debut LP, “Long. Live. A$AP.” With a flood of guest verses ranging from the incredible (here’s to looking at you, Kendrick Lamar) to the inane (Yelawolf, for one), Rocky’s own flows get washed out. It’s a shame, because the rapper proves he can stand on his own merits instead of hanging onto his peers’ coattails. In the more-than-capable hands of Hit-Boy — the producer of “N***as in Paris”— “Goldie” is an absolute club-banger. Rocky’s baritone delivery is ominous and confident over a thumping, whistling beat. On tracks like 80s-synth-driven “Fashion Killa” and Kid Cudi-esque “Phoenix,” Rocky doesn’t call in backup, stomping through heavy beats with bravado. Without the 15 or so guest spots on the album, Rocky is a one-man confidence factory. But on “F**kin’ Problems,” a smooth jam about the problems that come with having too many girls that demand swagger, Rocky’s bluster pales against featured verses from rap’s resident ladies man Drake, critically hyped youngster Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz. Rocky struggles to match the trio’s level of poise, and he comes off considerably less smooth than 2 Chainz, whose most romantic song to date is a duet with Nicki Minaj called “I Luv Dem Strippers.” Classy. Getting upstaged by rappers of Drake and Lamar’s caliber is one thing, but Rocky gets stuck fighting for spotlight time with high-profile producers on the

record. Beat writers extraordinaire Hit-Boy, Clams Casino and Danger Mouse give the rapper room to breathe, especially on the lush “Phoenix” and dreamlike, ambient “LVL,” but enlisting Skrillex to wub all over “Wild For The Night” is a head-scratching move. Skrillex’s woeful production resume — the biggest hit he got his fingerprints on was his sweetheart Ellie Goulding’s contribution to a “Twilight” soundtrack — doesn’t exactly lend the DJ much credibility. And with the cacophony of “Wild For The Night,” it’s not hard to see why. Skrillex’s trademark air raid sirens swallow the rapper whole and beat his rhymes into laser-blast submission. But the album’s biggest disappointment comes from “1 Train,” which should be the posse track to end all posse tracks. The lineup turns heads: Rocky curates a six-minute track with vocals from upstart rappers Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T. Oh, and Yelawolf. But we don’t talk about him. After an orchestral swell of strings opens the track, Rocky bursts in with a socially conscious verse that’s as political as it is gut-punchingly emotional. All things considered — lyrics, f low, beat — it’s probably Rocky’s best verse on the album. Then Kendrick Lamar comes in. The critically acclaimed rapper behind 2012’s poignant “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City” unleashes a vicious torrent of energy and raw storytelling. Then Joey Bada$$ storms in, sounding equal parts threatening and self-assured. By the time Danny Brown smirks his way through his verse, Action Bronson sizzles during a pop-culture-reference-laden appearance, and K.R.I.T. closes out the track by spitting sheer ire. Rocky’s verse is just an afterthought. Everyone but Yelawolf, talentless redneck that he is, upstages Rocky on his own track until “1 Train” becomes his “1 Trainwreck.” It’s the same story, different song for most of “Long. Live. A$AP” — from Drake to Schoolboy Q on “PMW (All I Really Need)” — rap a solid verse only to get outshone and out-rapped. If Rocky wants to keep turning heads, he’s going to have to do it alone on his next effort. It’s OK to get by with a little help from your friends, Rocky, but start picking your less-talented rapper pals next album around. @TheRealVandyMan

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was not allowed out of her sight unless he was at school or a church function, and his mother verbally abused him every time he opened his mouth to speak. Ginocchetti’s mother worried about how high-pitched his voice sounded. She would make him repeat sentences over and over until he said them in a more convincingly manly tone, as she described it. She sent him to throat and voice therapists, and even had his testosterone levels checked. Brother Frank supported her efforts wholeheartedly. According to Brother Frank, it is a sin to be gay. Growing up in that sort of environment, Obbie said, helped shape Ginocchetti into a quiet bystander who was not allowed to express himself. “Imagine what that does to your mind and how that makes you feel about yourself,” he said.

“I really hope that gay teens and young, closeted gay people think about how they can get help if they are feeling desperate and trapped.”

daily orange file photo The Ginocchetti home was the scene of Pam Ginocchetti’s murder in 2006 at the hands of her son, Tim, a then-senior at Syracuse University. Former SU professor Mark Obbie wrote “God’s Nobodies” to learn more about the tragic case.

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In an excerpt from “God’s Nobodies” Obbie writes: “Tim’s untreated mental illnesses and personality disorders — depression, obsessive-compulsive, paranoia, anxiety, phobias — combined with his inexperience at dealing with anger and his lack of an escape route to build the pressure in him to the breaking point.” After writing the book and getting to know Ginocchetti on a personal level, Obbie said he struggles with finding Ginocchetti to be such a likeable guy while also knowing that he deserves to be imprisoned. He does not condone what Ginocchetti did, but neither does Ginocchetti, Obbie said. He does not think Ginocchetti will ever


writing program in which he teaches. He also works as a thesis adviser to many MFA students. “Even though he clearly has lots of other commitments — his own writing, for one, plus promoting his books with interviews and book tours — he takes his teaching responsibilities very seriously and always makes his students his first priority, which is pretty rare among writers as high-profile as he is,” said Jessie Roy, a third-year MFA student in fiction. Saunders teaches classes such as ENG 6503: “The American Short Story,” ENG 650-3: “The Russians,” and ENG 650-3: “Innovative Approaches to Editing.” The Innovative Approaches to Editing class came about when Liontas and Saunders were discussing the MFA curriculum, and wanted a way to provide writing students with the opportunity to edit their own work while also following published work by contemporary writers. The Innovative Approaches to Editing is a class that students seem to enjoy, as they work

hurt someone again. In writing this book, Obbie hopes Ginocchetti’s story ultimately gets through to people. “I really hope that gay teens and young, closeted gay people think about how they can get help if they are feeling desperate and trapped,” he said. “Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where everyone is free to come out and be accepted by their family and by their friends.” Fans of “God’s Nobodies” have commented on Obbie’s blog and Facebook page for the book, praising his journalistic work efforts and praising the book’s success. One of these fans is Brian Moritz, a Newhouse graduate student who worked as one of Obbie’s two research assistants while a master’s student in the summer of 2010. Moritz worked to become familiar with the “extreme emotional disturbance” defense allowed by New York state penal law, which

hard researching pieces and developing their own stories. “In order to help us find new ways to edit and revise our own work, he had us take already-published short stories, some by famous authors, and really cut them apart — delete 200 words in 10 minutes, say, or cut a three-page story into half a page,” Roy said. Roy said the purpose of the exercise was to show that anything can be edited and that students should not be afraid to cut down their own writing, even if they are attached to it. Saunders even brings his own work to class. While Saunders may have an unconventional take on storytelling, the work ethic and passion he has is something that relates to many writers. “I think it’s good practice to try and write every day, especially when you’re a young writer. At this point I love to put together a long run of working days, but given my teaching and travel schedule it doesn’t always work that way,” Saunders said. This sort of practicality and genuine take on writing is infused in his teaching as he mentors students. Students like Liontas feel that Saunders gives a very personable and realistic way to

was used in Ginocchetti’s case. Moritz said he recommends the book to everyone he knows because it’s a story that needs to be told. “We’ve seen kind of what’s happened on the larger scale of the bullying of gay teenagers,” Moritz said. “Shining a light on that kind of behavior and the consequences it can have on people is important.” Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina was dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at the time of the murder. Spina said the act was completely out of Ginocchetti’s character, and he did not fully understand the story until reading “God’s Nobodies.” Spina said the author should be heavily celebrated for his work on the book and for finally telling Ginocchetti’s story. He described the book as “the story of a really gentle, good human being who was a member of our community for a number of years,

and really still is one of our students.” Obbie confirmed that Ginocchetti still is still an SU student. Upon learning of the murder of his mother, SU took immediate action and expelled Ginocchetti. But after a few years in prison, Ginocchetti asked the school to consider readmitting him to finish the civil engineering degree he had started. The school agreed, and Obbie said that last he knew, Ginocchetti is currently enrolled at SU and is taking classes through a correspondent program while simultaneously serving his prison sentence. Even after spending years working on the project, Obbie said he still has not lost passion for it and the people it involves. Said Obbie: “I just hope people will read it and think, you know, I feel for those people. If you’re the praying type, you can pray for them. If you are the caring type, just care about them.”

approaching their growth as writers. “George asks practical, real-world questions about character, and that helps open up the work. We never talk about theme or anything like that,” Liontas said. “He asks things like, ‘What does the daughter do for a living?’” His students, as well as his readers, feel that the work he has produced most recently has been the best he’s written. Saunders has a persuasive piece of advice for those considering buying his book. “They should buy 15 copies each. Because in one of the books is a golden ticket, and if they get it, something very surprising will happen for them,” he said. While a ticket may not be found in his book, Saunders’ humor and wit certainly can be. Liontas said Saunders compares writing to other activities such as being a mechanic, in the sense that the goal is to figure out how to make it work. “It’s maybe a little bit like sports or music,” Saunders said. “Only through actually trying it can you one — find out what your strengths are and two — learn to exploit them.”


George Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas. He and his family moved to the south suburbs of Chicago, and he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. At SU, received a Master’s Degree in creative writing. Saunders has written for various publications such as Harper’s Weekly and The New Yorker. “Tenth of December” is his sixth fiction novel published.


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Confident, battle-tested Orange looks to knock off No. 4 Cornell By Jacob Klinger ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

After squandering the chance to personally take the College Hockey America summit from No. 7 Mercyhurst last weekend, Syracuse gets little relief. The Orange travels to No. 4 Cornell (11-4, 8-2 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) Who: No. 4 Cornell Tuesday for a 7 p.m. Where: Ithaca, N.Y. puck-drop as the Big When: Today, 7 p.m. Red looks to rebound from a crushing 4-3 overtime loss to No. 3 Boston College. It’s a situation in which a middle-of-the-road team like SU has no business winning. But the Orange (10-10-1, 4-3-1 College Hockey America) enters James Lynah Rink with a brief, heated history, near upsets, a grudge and a collective swagger have proven to be the difference between blowout losses and close struggles, narrow losses and results. “I think we all get along great, we’re all there for each other,” junior defenseman Brittney Krebs said of the difference between this year’s team and last year’s. “We play for one another


“I think it was just we got scared, you know, didn’t play our game because they were ranked and they are such a well-known team.” Brittney Krebs



with 26 3-pointers. But of late, Sykes has emerged as the explosive player SU expected when she arrived on campus. She scored in double figures five of the last six games, and opened the game against the Hoyas with nine in a row. “Our team didn’t want to lose this game,” Sykes said, “and it meant so much to us in many ways to the seniors and to the freshmen as well.” Sykes scored just three more points the rest of the way, but Alexander doesn’t think she went cold. “On the defensive end she was creating a lot for us, too,” Alexander said as Butler nodded in agreement. Syracuse didn’t need the scoring contributions from Sykes as the game progressed, partially why she only scored three more points. But in the weeks leading up to Big East play, the upperclassmen taught the freshmen well. Sykes had the confidence to take over early and the wherewithal to fade into the background and do her job later. Head coach Quentin Hillsman has expressed his confidence in every player on the roster all season long, which is why the Orange has gone as many as 10 deep at times this season. But it was never more evident than on Saturday. SU missed 14 of its first 15 3-pointers, including 12 in a row at one point. Still, Hillsman told his players to not lose confidence, just keep

and I think that really helps a lot.” That cohesion has turned the scoreboardlaughers of last season into wire-to-wire battles for the Orange this year. And while SU has fallen in each of its meetings with ranked opponents in 2012-13, the margins have been slim, allowing the team to build a confidence that helps it punch above its weight. SU outshot New Hampshire and No. 10 Northeastern by double digits during the opening weekend and lost twice. That level of play with weekend-long consistency hasn’t been seen from the Orange since, head coach Paul Flanagan said. The Orange nearly took down then-No. 2 Clarkson on the road, and at Tennity Ice Pavilion, too. Both times, the Golden Knights escaped with the win, but playing one of the nation’s best that closely and that many times has the Orange believing in victory in Ithaca. “I know we didn’t win those Clarkson games but it definitely did boost our confidence,” Krebs said. “It shows that we can compete with those ranked teams so we just got to keep going.” The lopsided losses that dotted last year’s results are gone: 4-0, 5-0 to a Colgate team SU beat 6-0 a week ago and 9-2. The “9” was Cornell at Cornell Nov. 1, 2011. The then-No. 2 Big Red outshot the Orange 59-10. Senior captain Jacquie Greco gave credit to the talent of the powerhouse-boasting Canadian national teamers from the under-18 level to the senior team. But she can’t shake darker memories of the game. “It was so strange coming from an Ivy League, top-ranked school to have no class at all. They had no class and it was just really hard to deal with,” Greco said. “And you know, it kind of – it really hurt our team emotionally because we’re not used to that.”

“My mentality coming into the second half was to keep shooting and keep shooting with confidence.”

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shooting. Even the freshmen. He didn’t care if they missed. He knew the shots would fall eventually, and he instilled that same mindset in his team. “My mentality coming into the second half was to keep shooting and keep shooting with confidence,” Butler said. A weaker team may have collapsed after the early struggles, crumpled under the pressure of the big stage against GU. It’s a testament to the leadership of the senior class. The same senior class that features Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Rachel Coffey, two star guards who have been more than willing to come off of the bench this season as the freshmen step into the starting lineup. The same senior class


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brandon weight | staff photographer JACQUIE GRECO bitterly remembers last year’s visit to then-No. 2 Cornell’s James Lynah Rink. The Orange will look to get revenge when they face the Big Red Tuesday. Late in the game, Cornell’s Jillian Saulnier hit SU forward Julie Knerr after the whistle. Though Greco did not specify when Knerr was injured, Greco said Knerr was concussed during the game, sending her to the hospital. She missed the following game, an exhibition against McGill, before returning Nov. 18 against Ohio State. “They don’t lighten up for us,” Flanagan said. A sense of fear also crippled the Orange during the loss at Cornell, Krebs said. “I think we had a young team, and it was – I mean last season was a struggle for us all year, but I think it was just we got scared,” Krebs said, “you know, didn’t play our game because they were ranked and they are such a well-

that has welcomed the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation with open arms. The same senior class that has so well prepared those freshmen for Big East play, the GU game in particular. “We let them know, Georgetown’s a great team,” Alexander said. “They get after it, they play hard.” At that point, Alexander turned to her freshman teammates Sykes and Butler seated at the podium with her for the postgame press conference. “Did I tell you this?” she asked. Sykes and Butler laughed and nodded their heads. From the chemistry, to the preparation, to the talent and athleticism the freshmen bring, this year’s team is different. And through two games of conference play it’s already showing. The seniors lead the way, but the freshmen will help them accomplish what they couldn’t before. “I’ve just come to expect it now,” Alexander said. “All of our freshmen are great players. They can all score the ball, they are active, athletic, they can all create their own shots. “Seniors on the team, and juniors, sophomores, we’ve all just come to expect it.” @DBWilson2


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known team.” Not so this year. Freshman Melissa Piacentini is the team’s third-leading scorer through 21 games. After finishing third on the team in scoring a year ago, sophomore Shiann Darkangelo has nearly equaled last year’s 18 points in 35 games with 15 in 20 – good for second on the team. The improvements guarantee nothing for Tuesday night, but SU is more self-assured and ready to get a better result than last year. “There’s that confidence factor that I think ours kid know that if the goaltenders are on, we can beat anybody,” Flanagan said. “They know now what they have to do.” @MrJacobK


ers, and he’s also popular with his teammates because of his vivacious personality. “He’s still a part of the team,” Fair said, “he’s just not playing with us.” Boeheim said Monday he went through 35 seasons without any of his players having eligibility issues, and now he’s had two in the last two years.

“He’s still a part of the team, he’s just not playing with us.” C.J. Fair


Fab Melo missed two games during the regular season in 2011 after he was ruled academically ineligible, then missed the entire NCAA Tournament for the same reason. “It is most troubling because you feel bad for the individual and what he has to go through, now what I am going through and what the team goes through,” Boeheim said. “We will get through this, and hopefully, James will get through this.” @chris_iseman

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Seton Hall suffers from slew of frontcourt injuries By Jacob Pramuk STAFF WRITER

Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard watched as sophomore forward Brandon Mobley left the court Sunday against Providence, his once-promising frontcourt rotation shrinking before his eyes. Mobley’s shoulder injury left the Pirates’ guards boxing out forwards, forwards boxing out centers. His team was outmanned in the post, as Providence dominated the offensive glass 22-10 in a 67-55 win. Mobley’s departure from the court was a sight that has become all too familiar for the Pirates and Willard this season. “We went that two-week stretch when we only had seven healthy bodies, and we just couldn’t lose another guy or we had no chance of winning any games,” Willard said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday. “It was a rough two weeks.” Seton Hall (12-5, 1-3 Big East) is amid a three-game slide in Big East play that includes losses to No. 1 Louisville and No. 20 Notre Dame. After a slew of demoralizing injuries, the Pirates are shorthanded. They aren’t the same team that won 21 games and nearly earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament last season. Willard and his team are digging deep to stay competitive in the Big East. “Seton Hall is a very well-coached basketball team,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said in the teleconference after the Cardinals’ victory against Seton Hall. “They’re just banged up right now, so we were excited to come away with a victory.”

The Pirates’ injuries piled up early in the season, and the team hasn’t been able to stay healthy since. Junior Patrik Auda, a starting forward, is out for the entire year after he fractured his foot on Nov. 21. Junior forward Brian Oliver has missed all of Seton Hall’s Big East games with a sprained ankle. Freshman center Kevin Johnson played sparingly Sunday after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 26. Sophomore guard Freddie Wilson left the team after nonconference play and reportedly plans to transfer to Drexel. Mobley is the latest player in the Pirates’ depleted frontcourt to go down. The prognosis is a dislocated shoulder, pending an MRI Monday. The injury will likely keep him out for the rest of the season, with a reported four-to-fivemonth recovery time. Junior center Eugene Teague said Sunday that he’s stunned by the injuries. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Teague said. “It’s like a curse.” Willard now faces the task of keeping the team afloat in the Big East with a weakened lineup. Adjusting to the lack of personnel has required some unexpected game planning. The Pirates typically press on defense, creating offense by forcing turnovers and fast breaks. Seton Hall hasn’t been able to sustain the taxing defensive strategy without depth. Players have had to take on unfamiliar roles, which Willard said could be detrimental to a team’s success. “The hardest thing about when you’re all

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banged up is that you ask guys who aren’t used to doing things to do new things,” Willard said. “And that’s usually when kids don’t play well, because they’re just not comfortable on the floor.” Willard said simplifying the game plan is his priority, since his players are playing outside of their comfort zones. “I think if anything we’ve just made it a lot simpler and simplified the game plan,” Willard said. “You know, we have two or three guys now that have to play three or four different positions.”

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Willard said the frequency of the injuries is something he hasn’t seen in his career. The depth of Seton Hall’s frontcourt, which Willard said was a strength at the beginning of the season, has dwindled week by week. The injuries are something his team has to learn to overlook, he said. “It’s been a little crazy, but that’s part of sports,” Willard said. “You’ve just got to deal with it, and I think we’ve dealt with it pretty well, considering the fact that we still have 15 conference games left and we’re still in pretty good shape for the rest of the season.” 315-422-7110

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It was always going to be a challenge to replace the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft and two proven, battle-tested seniors. But Boeheim and Co. have done it so far in 2012-13, leading the Orange to another top10 ranking and a spot in the elite tier of the conference. Lately, though, the team’s play has dipped, with three straight wins by 11 or fewer points. The staff needs to find more offensive consistency beyond the fast break to avoid an unexpected loss or two.



Ryan MacCammon | Staff Photographer

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS Without Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters, Carter-Williams has filled in beautifully. He’s brought a unique blend of passing and individual athleticism that seems to make him almost un-guardable. At the midway point of the season, he is averaging 11.9 points per game and 9.4 assists per game — the latter is quite staggering. He needs to improve his jump shot in order for teams to guard him beyond the 3-point line, but other than that he’s been more than solid. Most draft experts already have him as a lottery pick after this season.


Ziniu Chen | Staff Photographer

Roughly midway through its season, Syracuse is 16-1 and has suffered plenty of ups and downs along the way.



Ryan MacCammon | Staff Photographer


Of all of Syracuse’s starters, the most dependable was Triche going into this season. As a four-year starter, he’s easily the most experienced player for the Orange. Head coach Jim Boeheim believes he has the ability to be great in every game, it’s just a matter of making sure Triche believes that, too. He’s had some huge performances, like a 25-point game against Rutgers in which he drained five 3-pointers. He’s struggled in others, like his 2-for-10 performance at Providence, but still came up with five assists. While he’s been up and down from the field, he’s still been reliable.

he Orange has struggled from the free-throw line, been hot and cold from the field and now the indefinite


ineligibility of James Southerland has created a new wrinkle in the Orange’s season. But Michael Carter-Williams has become one of the best point guards in the nation, Brandon Triche has been a steady leader. With Syracuse near the halfway point of its season as it prepares to hit the toughest part of its schedule, The Daily Orange evaluates the Orange so far.


Fair has proven to be the most consistent player on the floor for Syracuse. He’s averaging 13.8 points and seven rebounds per game for the Orange. Fair has scored in double digits in the last seven games, including a dominant 25-point performance that essentially went to waste in Syracuse’s loss to Temple on Dec. 22. He has shown the ability to take control of the game when the Orange needs him, like he did against Villanova Saturday when he scored 11 of Syracuse’s first 13 points of the second half. Plus, he shoots 80.8 percent from the free-throw line. In his junior season, Fair has been an active defender and has given Syracuse a reliable scorer who can strike from multiple spots on the floor.


C.J. Fair has been a consistent scorer and

Ziniu Chen | Staff Photographer

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Christmas has been Syracuse’s most reliable big man, but he’s only a role player on this team. Offensively, he’s an afterthought, and SU rarely looks to establish his presence in the post. Defensively, he still hasn’t developed into a consistent force like Fab Melo did last year, despite ranking third in the Big East with 2.2 blocks per game. Christmas’ most impressive game thus far came against Providence last week when he scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 31 minutes of action. That performance was preceded by a two-point, three-rebound effort at South Florida. With conference play only getting tougher as the season goes on, Christmas will need to be more consistent down low.



The freshman has been impressive all season. Though Grant’s minutes have been limited – he averages 12.2 per game – he seemingly makes something happen whenever he’s on the court. The 6-foot-8, 203-pound forward has displayed his athleticism in getting to the basket and in finishing a variety of putbacks well above the rim. He can put the ball on the floor and has a good enough jump shot to make opposing defenses pay. It was all on display last Saturday against Villanova as Grant scored a career-high 13 points in 29 minutes of action – the increased time coming with James Southerland ruled ineligible until further notice. Without Southerland, Grant’s role suddenly becomes crucial, as SU will largely turn to him to replace its third-leading scorer.


Keita has done what’s expected of him so far this season. He brings energy off of the bench, plays defense, rebounds and scores when needed for the Orange. It has all resulted in a modest statistic of 4.1 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game in 14 minutes of action. Keita’s main job is to spell Christmas and DaJuan Coleman, staying active and scrapping in the paint in his court time. But with an inconsistent and inexperienced frontcourt, Keita has been asked to do more at times, just as he did against Temple. With SU’s bigs in foul trouble, he logged 24 minutes, scoring 12 points and pulling down eight rebounds to help the Orange stay in a close contest it would eventually lose.




Losing Southerland due to eligibility issues was a big blow for Syracuse. He’s the team’s third-leading scorer – averaging 13.6 points per game – and its best long-range shooter, accounting for 33 of the team’s 103 3-point field goals (32 percent). Southerland has won games for the Orange, most notably with his 35-point explosion on nine 3-pointers at Arkansas. He has provided a lift off of the bench as the sixth man, coming in to knock down jumpers and get the team going after a sluggish start. With Southerland out, SU loses a key element of its offense that no other player can duplicate. Although he’s streaky, the Orange needs its shooter back in the fold to contend for the Big East title.


Cooney has been hot and cold from the arc, but when he’s on, he can deliver daggers for Syracuse at just the right time. He drained two huge 3-pointers, one from the left corner and one from the top of the key, in the second half against Villanova Saturday to help the Orange pull away for the win. Boeheim said after the game that Cooney could be a weapon for the Orange when he’s shooting well. While Cooney has gone on stretches without hitting a 3, Boeheim said that’s usually the way it is for shooters, and Cooney is no exception. He can be big for Syracuse off of the bench as it heads into its toughest stretch of its Big East schedule.


SECOND-HALF OUTLOOK There is no doubt that this team has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. With the size and athleticism this group has, it is a difficult matchup for any team in the country. But the warts have also shone through at times this season, namely consistency from beyond the arc and a lack of depth in the guard position. If Southerland remains out for an extended period of time, it will be increasingly difficult for this team to advance past the Sweet 16. That said, there is plenty of time to work out the kinks and round into form. If this team can do that, there is potential for a run toward the Final Four in Atlanta.

Coleman is still learning and adjusting to playing college basketball. He’s going up against players who are bigger than any he has ever faced before, and that’s even more of a challenge with the physicality of the big men in the Big East. For Coleman, it has been an ongoing process to make the adjustment to the collegiate level. The Big East is a difficult league for freshmen, let alone freshman centers. But he’s shown glimpses of his potential. He made some nice plays against Villanova, showing that he’s learning to use his body to get to the rim. He’s scored in double digits four times this season. Coleman’s been able to stay on the floor for long stretches, he gets back on defense quickly and is improving with seemingly every game, despite some growing pains along the way.


BACK PAGE PHOTO CREDITS: Ryan MacCammon | Staff Photographer Baye Moussa Keita Jerami Grant Trevor Cooney C.J. Fair Brandon Triche James Southerland Michael Carter-Williams

Lauren Murphy | Staff Photographer Jim Boeheim DaJuan Coleman

Sam Maller | Asst. Photo Editor Rakeem Christmas



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The Daily Orange grades Syracuse's first-half performances. SEE PAGES 18-19










Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said Monday that forward James Southerland’s ineligibility is troubling, but he is optimistic that it will be resolved. During an interview on ESPN SportsCenter, Boeheim said Southerland could eventually be back with the team this season. Boeheim SOUTHERLAND was at ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn. promoting his involvement with The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge, but much of his interview focused on the ineligibility of his third-leading scorer. “This is an issue that could be resolved,” Boeheim said. “It is an issue you have to go through and James is going through it.” Southerland was ruled ineligible before Syracuse’s 72-61 win over Villanova Saturday. The university released a statement that did not reveal the reason for his ineligibility. “Due to an eligibility matter, Senior James Southerland will not participate in competition until further notice,” the statement said. “Given University policy and federal student privacy laws, we are unable to provide any further details at this time.” Southerland was one of the country’s best sixth men early in the season. He gave Syracuse a spark off of the bench and his shooting ability from the arc was especially key for the Orange. In Syracuse’s win over Arkansas Nov. 30, he hit nine 3-pointers in a 35-point performance. He averaging 12.5 points in the last four games he played and 13.6 on the year. Forward C.J. Fair said Saturday that while Southerland is unable to be on the court, his presence on the bench is still important. He’s one of the Orange’s most experienced play-

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As seniors leadUP NEXT freshmen, underclassmen return favor By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

It took six tries, but on Saturday Kayla Alexander finally completed one of the goals she set when she arrived at Syracuse: beat Georgetown. “The seniors and I have waited four years to get this ‘W,’” the center said following the Orange’s 86-56 win over the Hoyas. “Since freshman year … I’ve been waiting a long time.” The win over SU’s rival was spe-

“It was so strange coming from an Ivy League, top-ranked school to have no class at all.”

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cial for all of the obvious Who: DePaul Where: Carrier Dome reasons: the When: Today, 7 p.m. failed efforts, including a Channel: Time Warner Cable Sports loss on a lastsecond shot her freshman year, and the simple fact that GU is Syracuse’s arch-nemesis. But the message it sent was even greater. A 30-point blowout cemented the Orange as a major player in the

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Big East, and the way it got it done – with big performances from freshmen – set an example of why this season is different for SU. Two games into conference play and Syracuse (14-1, 2-0 Big East) appears to be getting stronger and stronger. The Orange has won seven straight games, all by double digits, since a loss at Temple. The win over Georgetown was its most convincing of the season. The freshmen,


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guard Brittney Sykes in particular, continue to show maturation and improved consistency. The statement win sets the table for SU as it continues the rigors of Big East play 7 p.m. Tuesday against DePaul (13-4, 2-1) in the Carrier Dome. Early in the season, Brianna Butler was the freshman guard making the most noise as the team’s most reliable shooter. She leads the team



STAT OF THE DAY The number of points former Syracuse star Dion Waiters scored in Cleveland’s loss to Sacramento Monday.

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