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Show me a sign Lauren Tousignant reveals

Bonding experience The director of Syracuse Stage’s

Stacking up The first half of the season ended on

first meeting of the semester Tuesday. Page 3

her dilemma over the zodiac changes. Page 5

production of “Rent” allows audience members to feel a connection with the characters. Page 11

a disappointing note with a loss to Pittsburgh, but see how the 18-1 Orange did on its mid-season report card. Page 20

South free of Winter Break crime Burglaries, larcenies reported on Main By Jon Harris Asst. News Editor

The new group will not be a national organization and will be specific for DPS, Callisto said. Last November, DPS decertified its former union. Under national regulation rules, there has to be a one-year election bar. Callisto said there could not be a successor union

Tony Callisto experienced something for the first time during his tenure at Syracuse University while students were away on Winter Break. “In the five years I’ve been here, we have always seen burglaries on South Campus,” said Callisto, chief of the Department of Public Safety. Although crime happened off campus, not one burglary or attempted burglary on South Campus was reported during this past Winter Break, Callisto said. Increased DPS patrols and cooperation between several SU offices helped to stop crime in the area. Four burglaries had occurred on South Campus while students were off campus for Thanksgiving break in November. DPS officials assembled an interdisciplinary team to suppress burglaries on South Campus that included its own department, the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Housing, Meal Plan and I.D. Card Services, FIXit and the university’s Safety Department, which is separate from DPS, Callisto said. As soon as the fall semester ended, ORL did an immediate check of every apartment to make sure doors were locked and rooms were secure, he said. Following ORL’s apartment check, DPS enhanced patrols to make sure every building was checked by at least one officer every 24 hours during Winter Break. Crime did happen outside of South Campus, however, as three burglaries, an attempted burglary, an attempted robbery and five larcenies, occurred during break. A female student reported being approached by an unknown man on Dec. 29 at the intersection of Euclid and Ackerman avenues at 6:45 p.m., according to a DPS e-mail sent to stu-

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kirsten celo | photo editor manuel solano plasters a wall in the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center. Workers are renovating all nine floors of the hotel, and the updates are expected to be completed in December. The hotel will lose one guest room in the process.

Sheraton undergoes updates to 235 rooms, club lounge By Meghin Delaney Asst. News Editor

A makeover from the bottom up is in the works with ongoing renovations at the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center. The Sheraton is renovating 235 guest rooms, expanding the fitness

center, redesigning the front desk and building a new club lounge. The hotel restaurants will also be updated. Guest-room renovations are expected to be finished by April and all other projects by December, said Davis Heymann, the general manager.

“We are on track, but it certainly has been a slow start,” Heymann said. “When you’re waiting for things to ship from overseas, it sometimes gets a little dicey.” The Sheraton recently resigned its franchise agreement with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, something

that happens about every 10 years, Heymann said. After resigning the agreement, Starwood came in and did a review of the Sheraton and asked for the updates to be made. The total cost of the renovations is between $3 million and $3.5 million,

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Pending union certification to give DPS greater bargaining power By Dara McBride News Editor

After going a year without one, employees from the Department of Public Safety have voted in favor of forming a new union, which is now on its way to certification. The vote to form the Syracuse University Public Safety Officers union

was decided 33-3 in a Jan. 11 meeting for 54 full- and regular part-time DPS employees, DPS Chief Tony Callisto said. The voting took place in Hendricks Chapel from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Buffalo chapter of the National Labor Relations Board plans to certify the union as long as no objec-

tion was filed by the time its office closed Tuesday, said Paul Murphy, assistant to the regional director for the NLRB. When offices closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Murphy said he was not aware of any filed objections. For four years, DPS was part of a national union, the Security Police and Fire Professionals of America.


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Counseling questioned at colleges By Wes Milillo Contributing Writer

As the nation continues to learn about the man in Tucson, Ariz., who killed six people and shot a congresswoman in the head, questions have risen about the resources on college campuses available to help mentally ill students. Some psychologists believe the behavior of 22-year-old Jared Loughner could be symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, which makes people suffer from delusions. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was meeting constituents outside a grocery store when Loughner shot her in the head and injured 13 other people. She is currently recovering at the University Medical Center in Tucson. Pima Community College, where Loughner attended, did not make Loughner undergo a psychiatric evaluation despite the college’s reports of his violent online fantasies and strange outbursts, according to an article published in The New York Times on Thursday.

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SU professor to continue study at Yellowstone By Karin Dolinsek Contributing Writer

For the past 20 years, Syracuse University biologist Douglas Frank has studied climate change and herbivores at Yellowstone National Park. This June, he will return to study the effects of grazing animals, such as bison, on the park’s grasslands. “Working in Yellowstone for so many years has been an incredible experience,” Frank said in an e-mail. “Ecologically, it has been an absolutely thrilling place to work. Personally, well, it’s a beautiful place to call my office.” The new study will focus on how grassland processes respond to bison grazing and will take three years to complete, according to a Dec. 17 SU News Services release. The objective during the first year is to set up exclosures on study sites to fence out bison and create ungrazed grasslands so that researchers can

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bridget streeter | staff photographer jenn mckay and taylor carr , newly elected assemblymembers, stand on the stage at Tuesday night’s Student Association meeting in Maxwell Auditorium. The Assembly also approved SA President Neal Casey’s appointments for positions such as vice president.

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Assembly approves appointment of six cabinet members By Sean Cotter Staff Writer

Student Association elected candidates to its Assembly and confirmed cabinet positions at the first meeting of the 55th session Tuesday. The elections filled the positions of recorder, parliamentarian and two Assembly representatives. Later, the Assembly confirmed SA President Neal Casey’s appointments of vice president, chief of staff, director of public relations and chairs of the Student Life, Student Engagement and Academic Affairs committees.

After some debate, the Assembly confirmed Casey’s appointment of Jessica Cunnington, a junior public relations major, to the position of vice president. Debate arose about Cunnington’s appointment because the position of vice president was not advertised with the other positions to Assembly members. Casey said the omission was his mistake and that there were other qualified applicants. He had approached Cunnington to apply and felt she was the best suited for the position, he said. “Her grace and enthusiasm are

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SA members debated electing Jess Cunnington to vice president, because the position was not advertised with the other positions to assemblymembers. SA President Neal Casey called the omission his mistake.

contagious,” Casey said. “Jess has always been working with me every step of the way.” Amy Snider, a sophomore history and political science dual major, was confirmed as Casey’s chief of staff. The positions of chief of staff and vice president have lacked definition in recent years, Cunnington said. Cunnington and Snider both said they want to create more definition for their roles and not have their responsibilities shifted onto the president, which has happened in previous years. Alex Hemsley, a senior in the Col-

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lege of Arts and Sciences, was elected to the position of parliamentarian, which interprets and enforces SA’s rules at its meetings. “Alex did a fantastic job at a similar position in a different organization and was excellent,” Jeff Rickert, SA’s comptroller, said. “He is extremely qualified.” Rickert will reprise his position as comptroller for this upcoming legislative session. The comptroller controls how SA allocates its $2 million budget. Taylor Carr, a sophomore public

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Heymann said. “After 10 years, there’s a new feeling as to what things should look like and how things should be designed,” Heymann said. The hotel will lose one guest room during the renovations because the floor space of the club lounge, located on the top floor, will be expanded. The remaining 235 guest rooms will have all new shower walls, lighting, drapes, blinds and furnishings. The carpets and lighting in the hallways are also being updated. Renovations will be completed floor by floor to minimize disruptions, Heymann said.

“This announcement is positive news, certainly for the campus and community.” Michele Barrett

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until one year after DPS decertified from its previous union. “We worked with employees for the past year when they weren’t unionized. We’re going to work with the association and work with the employees while they’re unionized,” Callisto said. “It doesn’t have a negative impact on the

The hotel’s two restaurants, Rachel’s Restaurant and Seasons at the Hill, will also see some cosmetic updates, Heymann said. The schedule was purposely planned to avoid disturbing guests traveling during graduation time in the spring or during spring visits by prospective students, Heymann said. He said now is the time they will be losing opportunities to have as many guests because the construction is just beginning. The rates in the Sheraton may rise, Heymann said, but that was not the plan when the updates started. “We have a newer product, so we certainly expect guests to pay a little more, but ultimately the rates are driven by the market,” Heymann said. Sarah Bicky, a senior marketing management major, said by exposing students to a new facility and the demands of a new facility, the renovations in the Sheraton will help give students a different perspective of the hospitality industry. The renovations could bring added business to the area, said Michele Barrett, the communications manager of the College of Human Ecology. “This announcement is positive news,

certainly for the campus and community in terms of the increased number of business and leisure travelers who will be drawn to the newly renovated facilities and amenities and who will spend money that will support local businesses,” Barrett said. The renovations will also be helpful for students enrolled in the hospitality management program at SU and the event and facilities management program, Barrett said. With increased business at the Sheraton after the renovations, the number of overnight and extended stays and special events will probably increase. This would presumably increase the number and types of activities student interns would be able to participate in, Barrett said. The news of renovations in the Sheraton comes while the College of Human Ecology is phasing out the hospitality management major since they stopped accepting new students to the program. The last students will graduate from the program in 2014, according to a letter to students from the dean of the College of Human Ecology dated May 3. The decision to end the program will not affect industry-related opportunities inside or outside the classroom, according to the letter.

relationship between the DPS administration and the employees at all. We’ll likely be working with the same local leadership that they had when they were unionized before, so it’s not a significant change.” Forming their own union means members will bargain with the university on employee details, Callisto said. “Affected members will now collectively bargain with the university for benefits and wages,” Callisto said. “DPS administration will work

with union leadership on terms and conditions of employment.” A petition asking to hold the election was filed with the NLRB on Dec. 1, Murphy said. When the voting took place, 36 employees of the eligible 54 employees voted to form the union, Murphy said. The union will represent all full-time and regular part-time safety officers, community service officers and communications specialists employed by DPS, Murphy said. The university

What’s new at the Sheraton? Renovations began on the 235 guest rooms in the Syracuse Sheraton in December updating everything from floors to the ceiling. Things being renovated in the hotel include: • • • • • • • • • •

Shower walls Lighting fixtures in guest rooms Carpeting in each room Furniture in the guest rooms Drapes for the windows Blinds for the windows Carpet in the hallways Lighting fixtures in the hallways Equipment in the fitness center Redesigned front desk

“The same opportunities students have had in the past related to internships and industry work experience at the Sheraton and other organizations,” Barrett said, “will continue for students in the hospitality management program.” medelane@syr.edu

will have to go through DPS’ union to discuss the terms and services of employment, such as wages, benefits and work hours, Murphy said. The university “will respect the results and work closely with the union to negotiate the collective bargaining agreement,” according to a Jan. 13 SU News Services release. dkmcbrid@syr.edu — Asst. News Editor Jon Harris contributed reporting to this article.


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he New Year. A fresh start, another beginning, an opportunity to turn it all around. It’s the time to take that leap! Release your inhibitions and shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Unfortunately, no matter where you land in space, you’re probably already dead. And you won’t really land anywhere. You’ll just kind of float. But speaking of stars… I’m sure everyone is very shaken up over the news that our zodiac signs may not be what we thought. There’s nothing like a new personality to really hold true to the idea of a new year being a fresh start. Not to mention the addition of a completely new sign, Ophiuchus (or snake handler). For anyone born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17, good luck. I don’t know how you’re going to get through this transition without an astrological profile telling you how your personality should react to such a drastic change. When I first heard the news, I, too, was shocked, confused and quite frankly a little betrayed. As a Sagittarius, I’ve lived my life trying to live up to the centaur’s profile of being imaginative, independent and adventurous. Now I find out that I’m actu-

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really? ally a Libra and should have spent the last 21 years being easygoing, logical and romantic. My old sign wanted to run from one place to the next, aiming to experience anything and everything. My new sign would be happy with a relaxing night in. Had I known who I really am, I certainly could have saved myself from a lot of hangovers. And what kind of effect will this have on all the relationships of the world? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I’ve never put effort into any type of relationship if astrology.com said our signs were incompatible. I haven’t begun checking, but chances are I’m now friends with a whole bunch of people that the constellations didn’t want me to like. I’m just confused as to what all the fortune-tellers and palm readers have been doing for the last couple thousand years. Not one of them had

an inkling that something in the stars was wrong? This certainly challenges my belief in the power of crystal balls. I can only imagine how different things might have been if the boardwalk tarot card reader at the beach I go to in New Hampshire had prepared me for this. She solidified my zodiac self with her constant assurance that I possess “strong Sagittarius traits.” If only. However, there is a rumor that the change only applies to kiddies born after 2009, which is comforting. I’m not sure if I’m cut out to be a Libra. But sorry, babies — with all that crying and pooping, an identity crisis is probably the last thing you wanted to deal with. Let’s be real. If you still felt lost and confused 15 minutes after hearing the news, then you may have an underlying condition that should be further assessed by a physician. That is, unless you’re someone with one of those zodiac tattoos, in which case you can react however you’d like. My condolences for your now meaningless stamp. Lauren Tousignant is a junior writing and communication and rhetorical studies major. Her column appears occasionally. She can be reached at letousig@syr.edu

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Tucson shooting should remind campus to look out for troubled peers On Jan. 8, authorities arrested 22-year-old Jared Loughner for shooting more than a dozen people at a political rally for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz. The massacre resulted in six deaths and many more injuries. Since the shootings, a number of Loughner’s peers and faculty at Pima Community College came forward with stories and descriptions of a young man who they believed to be deeply troubled and potentially

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violent. The tragic event should be a reminder to Syracuse University students, faculty and staff to speak up and help those who show worrisome signs. It took multiple outbursts and a threatening YouTube video posted by Loughner to get PCC officials to take action and order him to get help. Troubling signs shouldn’t escalate to threatening or dangerous behavior before peers or professors care enough to speak up. The National Institute of Mental

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EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board Health estimates 5 percent of Americans have a “serious mental illness,” and mental illness is especially prevalent in young adults. SU provides numerous outlets — the SU Counseling Center, the Rape Advocacy, Prevention and Education Center, Hendricks Chapel — to seek personal help or advice on helping another.

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College students may be busy and at times self-involved, but the shootings are a reminder that a campus like SU or a city like Tucson is a community that will suffer when people are apathetic about the signs of mental illness. Members of this campus have an obligation to look out for one another so that people can receive help early and find a path to get better. It is also prudent to remember that no formal diagnosis of Loughner has been released. And while experts say

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it is almost certain he suffers from a form of paranoid schizophrenia, they have also been fast to remind the public that this young man is a very rare case. Violence is a symptom of only a handful of mental illnesses. When discussing the shooting, people and the media should be wary of reinforcing a stigma that mental illness should be feared. Rather, the massacre should act as a catalyst for more accessible help for the mentally ill.

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dents. The man demanded money and showed her what appeared to be a black handgun before he fled the area, heading north on Ackerman Avenue toward Thornden Park, according to the e-mail. The student did not report any injury or loss, according to the e-mail. The e-mail described the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s to early-30s, between 5-feet-9inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall and of a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black and gray coat, a black winter hat, dark shoes and black jeans, according to the e-mail. Callisto said there are no further details on the attempted robbery, and Syracuse police are investigating it.

New partnership between SPD and DPS Over winter break, DPS partnered with SPD in the creation of a property registration system that is intended to minimize the impact of burglaries. Both DPS and SPD have a link on their websites to get to the registration system, where SU students and Syracuse residents may register valuables with a photo of the item. Then DPS and SPD have the serial numbers and pictures of the items, making it easier to return the property to its rightful owner should they be subject to a burglary. Visit DPS’ website at publicsafety.syr.edu or SPD’s website at syracusepolice.org to register your property.

An attempted burglary also occurred on campus between Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 on 100 Crouse Drive, according to DPS crime records. Someone tried to break into a first-floor window at Crouse College but never made an entry into the building and never stole any property, Callisto said. Another burglary occurred at the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house on 905 Walnut Ave. between Jan. 6 and Jan. 11, according to DPS crime records. Entry was made through the front door as the suspects broke out a glass panel on the door to get themselves inside the house, Callisto said. They broke interior doors inside the house and stole property out of several bedrooms, he said. A burglary also occurred on 304 Walnut Place between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, according to DPS crime records. Someone entered the house through a first-floor window and forced several interior doors open before stealing property from several bedrooms, Callisto said. Callisto would not disclose the items missing from the burglaries and said the two burglaries, attempted burglary and attempted robbery, remain open cases. The incidents at 304 Walnut Place and at ZBT were the same kind of incident, but DPS does not yet have information on whether or not the two burglaries were related, he said. SPD is investigating the two burglaries because they both happened off campus. A burglary occurred between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31 at 730 Livingston Ave. and was reported on Jan. 16, according to a Syracuse police report. Arthur Skwarnicki, a senior, returned to Syracuse on Dec. 31 and found two Nintendo Wiis missing from the television stand in the living room, but he did not contact police because he found no sign of forced entry or other missing items, according to the report. When Skwar-

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nicki’s housemate, Marcos Cantos, a junior, returned Sunday and checked his room, he found his Sharp flat-screen TV and an art bag — which had its contents emptied out — missing, according to the report. The losses of the Nintendo Wiis and TV totaled to $450, according to the report. SU students did not receive an e-mail from DPS regarding the three burglaries or the attempted burglary during break. Under the Clery Act, DPS must send timely notices to students about a reported crime if it remains a continued threat. “Unless there’s a continuing and ongoing threat to the campus community, we typically are not going to put out messages or alerts,” Callisto said. “The reason for that is if we put up too many of these things, nobody pays any attention to them.” With students back on campus, Callisto said there will likely be an increase in crime compared to the minimal amount reported during Winter Break. “As students return, the opportunity to commit crime increases,” he said, “just because there’s so many more students around.” jdharr04@syr.edu

Winter break crime Although there were no burglaries reported on South Campus over winter break for the first time in five years, there was crime reported involving Syracuse University students. • Euclid Avenue: A female student reported being approached by an unknown man at the intersection of Euclid and Ackerman avenues at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 29. The man demanded money from the student and showed her what appeared to be gun before he fled the area. The student did not report any loss or injury. • Crouse College: An attempted burglary occurred at Crouse College between Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 on 100 Crouse Drive. Someone tried to break into a first-floor window at Crouse College but never entered the building. • Zeta Beta Tau: A burglary occurred at the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity on 905 Walnut Ave. between Jan. 6 and Jan. 11. The suspects entered through the front door and stole property from several bedrooms. • Walnut Place: A burglary occurred at on 304 Walnut Place between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. Someone entered through the first-floor window and stole property from numerous bedrooms. • Livingston Avenue: A burglary occurred at 730 Livingston Ave. between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31 at the residence of SU students. One student reported his flat-screen TV missing and the other student reported two Nintendo Wiis missing from the living room.

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Paranoid schizophrenia is often underdiagnosed, said Leonard Newman, a psychology professor at Syracuse University. Newman said he thought there should be more resources to address the concerns, but obtaining more resources is dependent on state funding. “Sometimes the image of mental illness is seen as an afterthought,” Newman said. “But we don’t have the institutions available to address these concerns.” At SU, conduct that threatens the physical health, mental health or safety of other people is a violation of the Code of Conduct. Threatening behaviors include alcohol or drug abuse, hazing and “other forms of destructive behavior,” but are not limited to those actions. Chaplains at Hendricks Chapel are available to speak with students dealing with personal issues, said Mike McQuitty, a Baptist Campus Ministry chaplain. Ten chaplains representing different religions give the students spiritual guidance and grief counseling, he said. Hendricks Chapel refers students who suffer from psychological disorders or addictions for further psychological counseling, McQuitty said. “We receive a whole range of people, from those who want to change their majors or breaking up with boyfriends,” McQuitty said. “It ranges from the heart-wrenching to confusion about life.” SU’s Counseling Center’s services, which are covered by full-time students’ health fee, require an initial 90-minute appointment, according to the center’s website. Should the assigned therapist’s assessment determine that more therapy is advised, more sessions may be scheduled. Counseling Center employees were unable to comment because of confidentiality restrictions and the volume of therapy appointments on a daily basis. Aside from the Counseling Center, SU offers services from the Goldberg Couple and Family Therapy Center, Psychological Services Center,

“Ultimately, this is a crime by someone who appears to be schizophrenic.” Grant Reeher

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Options — a drug and alcohol counseling center — and the Rape Advocacy, Prevention and Education Center. Faculty and staff are greatly encouraged to report any sort of concerning behavior to higher officials within the university, according to SU policies. The Tucson tragedy has also caused political discussion, which is not surprising, said Grant Reeher, a political science professor. But he said he believes the crime was not a political act. “Ultimately, this is a crime by someone who appears to be schizophrenic,” Reeher said. “Not an act of war or a political statement.” wmmilill@syr.edu

Tragedy in Tucson At 10:11 a.m. Jan. 8 in Tucson, Jared Lee Loughner approached Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at the Safeway at Ina and Oracle roads. Loughner shot Giffords in the head before opening fire on the crowd that had gathered for Giffords’ first Congress on Your Corner meeting of the new year. The shooting rampage killed six people, including U.S. District Judge John Roll, a young girl and a Giffords aide, and wounded 13 others in addition to Congresswoman Gifford. Giffords’ condition is improving and Loughner, described by investigators as mentally unstable, is still in federal custody in Phoenix, according to an article published Tuesday in The New York Times.

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compare naturally grazed conditions. Data will subsequently be collected during the 2012 and 2013 field seasons.  While there, Frank will partner with the National Park Service to develop a long-term grasslands-monitoring system, according to the release. He plans to use ecological research techniques developed at SU. “We also intend to use this opportunity to better understand the complex and fascinating ways in which the interactions among plants, herbivores and soil organisms foster the stability of grassland systems,” Frank said. Bill Hamilton, a biology professor at Washington and Lee University, began the study that Frank will be continuing. “During the late 1980s, similar concerns were raised about the size of the park’s elk herd and whether the herd was negatively impacting grasslands,” Frank said. “Rather than having a negative impact on the grasslands, we found that increases in elk grazing actually stimulated plant growth.” Yellowstone is the ideal place for research because it is one of the last places where these bison herds are still intact, he said. Many people consider the bison in Yellowstone National Park to be special because the park is the only place in America’s lower

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relations major, and Jenn McKay, a sophomore political science major, were elected as Assembly representatives. Alyssa Brennan, a sophomore in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, was elected as recorder for SA’s Assembly and cabinet meetings. Casey said he stressed teamwork above all else in his appointments to his cabinet. He said he believes he put together a strong, cohesive group. The Assembly also confirmed McKay as chair of the Student Engagement Committee; Carr as chair of the Student Life Committee; Bonnie Kong, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee; and Eileen Clark, a sophomore public relations major, as director of public relations. “We’re always looking for a better student experience,” Casey said. “That’s sort of why we,

“Ecologically, it has been an absolutely thrilling place to work. Personally, well, it’s a beautiful place to call my office.” Douglas Frank SU biologist studying effects of gra zing animals on the grassl ands of Yellowstone National park

48 states where bison have lived continually since prehistoric times, according to the National Park Service website. Yellowstone’s bison population fluctuates from 2,300 to 4,500 animals and is the largest in the country on public land. But while Yellowstone’s bison are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the park, their increasing numbers and grazing habits have raised questions about the longterm stability of the park’s grasslands. The bigger picture of the studies is how grassland ecosystems can sustain large populations of herbivores, Frank said. This was the norm throughout the Earth’s prehistory, and Frank said he thinks it is interesting that the grasslands have not become degraded because of constant grazing. It is still unclear how the park will use the results of the study, Frank said. He said he thought it is unlikely that the study will change

All About Bison Approximately 30,000 bison live in public and private herds throughout North America. There are between 2,300 and 4,500 bison in Yellowstone National Park. • The bison is the largest land mammal in North America. Males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and female can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. • A bison can run up to 30 miles per hour. Bison primarily eat grasses and sedges. • There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. • Visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears. • Bison are sexually mature by age two. Mating season for bison is between late July and August. • Bison have excellent winter insulation including think skin and underfur, long guard hairs and layers of fat. Source: nps.gov

the way national parks and their grasslands are taken care of. “As a scientist, I only can do good science to answer questions well that, in this case, are relevant to park management,” Frank said. “What the park does with that information is up to the park.” kvdolins@syr.edu

New elections and confirmations At Monday’s Student Association meeting, several students were elected to new positions

There were also several students who were appointed by Casey, and received confirmation at Monday’s meeting

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• Jessica Cunnington, vice president • Amy Snider, chief of staff • Taylor Carr, chair of the student life committee • Jenn McKay, chair of the student engagement committee • Eileen Clark, public relations director

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the SA, exist.” Other business discussed: • Casey and Cunnington said that major issues facing SA this session include forming a better snow-removal plan, examining the possibility of a tobacco-free campus, which would limit smoking near buildings, and running a

successful MayFest. • Cunnington also mentioned taking action against college-based cyberbullying around Syracuse University on sites such as CollegeACB. But Casey said SA currently has no comment on this issue. spcotter@syr.edu

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oyle Byrnes never imagined her future as a registered nurse would be in jeopardy because of a photo. The Johnson County Community College student was dismissed from the college on Nov. 11 for posting a picture of herself and a human placenta on the social networking website Facebook. On Jan. 6, a U.S. federal judge overturned the dismissal of Byrnes and three other students who had been dismissed for the same offense. “We are disappointed with the court’s decision today,” said Terry Calaway, the community college’s president, in a statement made on Jan. 2. “Of course we’ll abide by the judge’s decision and readmit the student to the nursing program.” Multiple calls to Calaway by The Daily Orange were not returned. Byrnes and a group of other nursing students attended an off-site lab course at Olathe Medical Center on Nov. 10 with Amber Delphia, a nursing instructor at the community college, to examine a human placenta, according to the lawsuit. While at the medical center, Byrnes and four other students posed for pictures with the human placenta with the intent of posting the pictures on Facebook, according to the lawsuit. “She (Byrnes) advised me that the photos were taken with expressed consent of her adviser,” said Clifford Cohen, Byrnes’s lawyer.

The students told Delphia that the photos would be posted on Facebook, according to the students’ statement in the lawsuit. After being told that, Delphia responded, “Oh, you girls,” and she did not warn them that they may be disciplined, according to the lawsuit. Delphia told the students to remove anything that might identify the organ or the location, according to the lawsuit. Multiple calls to Delphia by The Daily Orange were not returned. U.S. District Judge Eric F. Melgren ruled that the important issue was that the students believed they had expressed consent by Delphia to post the pictures on Facebook, according to the lawsuit. The photos had only remained on Facebook for three hours before Delphia called Byrnes and told her to take them down. The next day, the students were dismissed from the nursing program and the college for unprofessional behavior, according to the lawsuit. “We will not tolerate such insensitivity on the part of our nursing students,” said Julie Haas, associate vice president of marketing communications at the community college, in a statement made on Jan. 6. “Please know their actions do not reflect the standards of our nursing program, which is renowned for the quality of its instruction and its graduates.” After being dismissed, Byrnes was the only student of the group to bring the college to court. Byrnes’ lawyer, Cohen, said Byrne had been dis-

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missed from the college without any reasonable hearing. The college’s website specifically lays out the steps to having a disciplinary appeal process, from which Byrnes was denied, Cohen said. “Students have due process rights before a university can deny them their education,” Cohen said. Byrnes said in the lawsuit that she wanted to finish her education at the college, as she was scheduled to graduate this spring. According to court documents, the community college’s director of nursing, Jeanne Walsh, had said she would support Byrnes if she sought readmission to the program next fall and did not return for the spring semester. But Byrnes felt she needed to be reinstated for the spring semester because she is engaged to be married in August and plans to move to Virginia with her husband, where she wants to work as a registered nurse, according to the lawsuit. Melgren issued an injunction and ordered the college to allow Byrnes to make up any fall semester exams she missed and to enroll in the spring semester, which begins Wednesday. Byrnes was not the only student to benefit from the ruling. “Johnson County Community College has readmitted the three other students,” Cohen said. “I feel very good about that.” snbouvia@syr.edu


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an interpretation of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” which Larson transformed into a commentary on the issues of a marginalized community. The musical’s storyline of near poverty and struggles in coping with AIDS were inspired by his friends’ real-life conflicts. Sadly, Larson did not live long enough to see his prized and enormously praised work come to fruition. He died the day “Rent” was set to go into its Broadway previews. It’s an honor that Syracuse Stage had the rare opportunity to produce “Rent” with many stages around the nation vying to put on this groundbreaking show. “Rent” features both professional actors and students from Syracuse University’s drama department in a co-production. It was directed and choreographed by SU associate drama professor Anthony Salatino. The vision Salatino had for the production was clear: He wanted the audience members to feel as though they were sitting one-on-one with each character to gain insight into his or her personal struggle, which Salatino greatly succeeded in executing. His intentions for each character conveyed the ideas of unity and perseverance that the musical aims to instill in its audience. One of the most creative and inspiring performances came from Broadway-credited actress Hannah Shankman. She played the wild, free-spirited lesbian Maureen, whose activism is both endearing and consequential. Shankman presented a mature poise onstage and, although absent for most of the first act, stole the show and tore the house down with a challenging musical theatre favorite, “Over The Moon.” The song, which is actually a monologue with added vocals, requires intense acting and singing ability, as

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well as dramatic and comedic timing — all of which Shankman displayed. When she wasn’t present, her presence was desired, and when she did appear, she poured her soul into every inflection and trait of her character. Jose Sepulveda, another professional actor, brought a fresh burst of energy to the beloved and eyebrow-raising Angel, a transvestite who acts as the glue that brings the entire group together. While it’s easy to go completely over-the-top with this character, Sepulveda added a great amount of gentleness to the role, which added a more realistic dimension to Angel and made him/her more relatable to the audience. Other notable professional performances included Rashidra Scott as Joanna, Maureen’s girlfriend. Scott moved the audience to tears with a special solo in the musical’s famous number “Seasons of Love.” Jordan Barbour as Tom Collins, Angel’s lover and confidant to main characters Mark and Roger, and Ken Clark as Roger were also actors who pulled off their characters with believability. The performance also featured 11 SU drama students as various ensemble characters. Surprisingly, the students outshined most of the main cast of seasoned professionals with consistently hilarious and believable cameos that tied the show together. Some of the more disappointing performances included Jené Hernandez as Mimi, a tragic yet lovable dancer and drug addict. The performance unfortunately fell flat for a majority of the show. While her presence onstage was noticeable, the performers who were fully immersed in their characters’ lives overshadowed Hernandez. Stanley Bahorek, as unsuccessful documentary filmmaker Mark Cohen, had some moments during which he clicked with the cool and geeky nature of his character, whereas other moments came off as corny or forced. nbsilver@syr.edu


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E courtesy of syracuse stage Professional actors and students from Syracuse University’s drama department collaborated successfully on the opening night performance of “Rent” at the Syracuse Stage Tuesday night.

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Broadway favorite landed in Syracuse as “Rent” opened at Syracuse Stage Tuesday night. With millions of fans worldwide, a feature film and a score that anyone not living under a rock can recognize, “Rent” seems like the perfect choice to light up the John D. Archbold Theatre for Syracuse Stage’s spring 2011 opener. The show plays until Feb. 13. With such popular and idolized roles comes the chance of a lifetime for an actor to perform the words and lyrics of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Many of the performances soared

Range of performers enhance production of iconic musical

high into the balcony, but others fell into the orchestra. The aesthetic elements of Syracuse Stage’s “Rent,” including scenic and costume design, crafted by Troy Hourie and Jessica Ford, respectively, are what truly brought the tragic and enlightening story to life. The set, which remained the same throughout the entire show, appeared so convincing that it almost felt like a documentary recording a real apartment in shambles. The costumes for every performer onstage, primary and secondary, were meticulously thought out and put together, and each outfit made a different statement. “Rent” debuted off-Broadway on Jan.

25, 1996, at the New York Theatre Workshop before moving to Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, which is now synonymous with the hugely successful rock musical. The show won four Tony Awards in 1996, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical for Jonathan Larson, the musical’s fearless and innovative creator. In 2005, a feature film version of the Broadway musical, directed by Chris Columbus, was released to theaters worldwide, resulting in largely positive reviews. Jonathan Larson conceived the original idea of “Rent,” wrote the script, and composed the music and lyrics. The musical started as see rent page 10

Students camp out for prime Villanova seats By Danielle Odiamar Asst. Feature Editor

Armed with sleeping bags, blankets, flashlights and their warmest winter gear, some students started their first week of classes braving the cold. Stationed at the bottom of the Carrier Dome’s icy steps outside of Gate E, determined Syracuse University basketball fans have set up three tents as makeshift homes. Despite frigid temperatures, all the students who are currently camping out for tickets to Saturday’s game against Villanova University believe defying the weather is completely worth it. “Villa’s always a good game, it’s worth it to line up early,” said Brian Erwin, a freshman music industry

major. “We want to get good seats — we’re at second row right now.” The students camping out are members of Otto’s Army, a studentbased fan club. Some of the students have had their tents set up since Sunday. “We got here on Sunday at noon,” said Ashley Andrew, a sophomore communication sciences and disorders major. “We’ve camped out for games before.” SU basketball games against Villanova, currently ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for men’s basketball, have typically drawn in large crowds. Last year’s game boasted a record-breaking 34,616 tickets sold. see villanova page 12

brandon weight | asst. photo editor Mike passalacqua, a junior aerospace engineering major, camps out in a tent in front of Gate E of the Carrier Dome Tuesday.

very January, about half of the Syracuse University student body starts a brand-new workout regimen in an effort to fulfill the New Year’s resolution of getting in shape. Whether it’s freshmen desperate to lose the extra chin they acquired after discovering beer, seniors trying to look good for job interviews and graduation pictures, or slackers with massive man-boobs and nothing better to do, one thing’s for certain: By Valentine’s Day, 90 percent of them will be back on the couch, eating popcorn and watching “Jersey Shore,” promising themselves that their twoweek “break” from the gym is only a temporary thing. Please, guys. We all know the truth. You’re never going back to the gym, and there’s a very simple reason why: New Year’s resolutions, as we know them, are recipes for failure. Think about it: Have we ever stopped to consider why we make New Year’s resolutions in the first place? It’s because we were too lazy to accomplish our goals during the previous 365 days. What is it about midnight that makes us forget that as of 11:59 p.m., we had failed miserably at our objective, whether it be getting in shape, getting better grades or, in my case, learning how to Dougie? The fact of the matter is, we need to completely rethink the way we go about setting goals for the new year. No more phony individual resolutions to eat healthier, to exercise more or to stop grooming with a blowtorch. We need to set new, teamoriented goals that we can realistically accomplish if we work together as one student body, striving through 2011 for a better 2012. Ideally, one of our leaders will step up and create an agenda worthy of our time and energy. However, since Chancellor Nancy Cantor stopped answering my texts, I’ve taken it upon myself to set the 2011 New Year’s resolutions for SU’s student body: 1. Quit complaining about the weather. I wish this resolution could say “make the weather warmer,” but unfortunately we do not control Central New York’s climate. The State University of New York College of see fersh page 12


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Environmental Science and Forestry kids do. As long as they’re calling the shots, we’ll just have to grit our teeth and remember the ageold proverb: when life gives you snowballs, throw them at the ESF kids on the Quad. 2. Recycle. Do this for no other reason than to cheer up the ESF kids you just bombarded with snowballs. The weather always seems nicer when they’re happy. 3. Curb your addictions. No, I’m not talking about drugs, alcohol or even junk food. Each of the aforementioned vices might be harmful, but they don’t cause nearly the level of violence, disease or mass hysteria as another dangerous substance whose widespread abuse is reaching near epidemic proportions: the Blackberry. If we’re not careful, our constant BBMing will rip a wormhole into the spacetime continuum, engulf the campus and kill us all. And even if it doesn’t, it’s still really annoying. 4. Watch what you eat. I know this seems

like a cliché healthy New Year’s resolution, but I mean this in a strictly literal sense. Seriously. Watch your food carefully. One moment you think you’ve happened upon a delicious snack on the side of the road, and the next moment you’ve learned a very harsh lesson… 5. Don’t eat the yellow snow. I might not be the first person to mistake this substance for lemon-flavored Italian Ice, but I sure hope I’m the last. It’s always tough to follow through on a New Year’s resolution, let alone five of them. But if we work together, surely we can succeed as a group in which each of us failed on our own. Let’s begin 2011 with a sense of accomplishment instead of our annual disappointment over the extra jiggle in our wiggle. Then in 2012, we can all work together to tackle even greater challenges, such as finally getting in shape. Well, maybe in 2013. Danny Fersh is a junior broadcast journalism major, and his columns appear every Wednesday. His New Year’s resolution is to figure out his new zodiac sign. He can be reached at dafersh@syr.edu.

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s a new semester starts at Syracuse University, every student is united by a local tradition: snow squalls at 35 mph winds. It’s hard enough that we’re going to classes in this weather, but poor college students can’t really afford a huge heating bill. To warm up the bones and make everyone forget about the white stuff flying outside your duct tape-lined windows, here are some cold-weather drink recipes.

1. HOT PEPPERMINT PATTY

3. HOT APPLE TODDY

Ingredients

Ingredients

The childhood classic of hot chocolate grows up with some peppermint schnapps. •1 package of prepared hot chocolate mix, or use the following hot chocolate recipe -1 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps

Directions

•Prepare the hot chocolate in whichever way is convenient. Stir in peppermint schnapps. If desired, top with regular or alcoholic whipped cream

2. HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients

•1 tablespoon powdered cocoa •1 1/2 tablespoons sugar •2 tablespoons water •1 cup milk •Splash of vanilla extract

Directions

Combine cocoa, sugar and water in a small saucepan and put on medium-low heat. Stir until the mix forms a paste, then add the milk and vanilla. Heat until the hot chocolate reaches a desired temperature.

A classic before-bedtime drink with an apple flavor and some extra spice. •1 cup apple cider •1 teaspoon sugar •1 ounce whiskey or apple brandy •5 cloves or 1 teaspoon ground cloves (optional) •1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Directions

-Heat apple cider in a small saucepan or microwave-safe mug. After heating up, stir in sugar until it dissolves. Add whiskey, cloves and cinnamon, and stir.

4. ATOMIC FIREBALL

It may not have any hot elements in it, but this drink will pack a punch with the addition of an untraditional ingredient — hot sauce.

Ingredients

•1/2 ounce white or clear rum •1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps •Dash of hot sauce

Directions

-Combine all ingredients in a shot glass and drink. — Compiled by Sara Tracey, asst. copy editor, smtracey@syr.edu

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The tent next to Erwin’s bunker had 16 people involved in a class-schedule rotation dedicated to the front-row spot. “Four people have to be here at all times while

“Once people get word that other people are out here, they’re sure to come out,” Paul Ang

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other people go to class, so we made up a schedule, and we switch on and off,” Andrew said. Despite SU’s loss to Pittsburg on Monday, deflating the team’s undefeated record for the season, the Orange is still in the No. 3 spot, according to the AP poll. With the team climbing the ranks, fans have said they are as eager as ever to cheer on the players. “Once people get word that other people are out here, they’re sure to come out,” said Paul Ang, a senior forestry and engineering major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “It’s going to be a good game.” dmodiama@syr.edu


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rom Syracuse University alumnus David Pietrandrea comes “Grimm: Ride of the Perambulator.” The player takes control of a baby stuck in his carriage that has accidentally been left behind by his parents when they boarded a train. It’s up to the user to navigate through 10 obstacles and get the adorable little guy back to his fretting parents. “Grimm” is a mix between the vintage “Super Mario Bros.” and a Tim Burton movie. It has the platform element that defined Mario and Luigi’s adventures through the years. But the design has that dark, whimsical quality reminiscent of movies like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Corpse Bride.” Those factors make the game both fun and visually pleasing. Before each stage, including the detailed tutorial, the player reads a poem that offers clues into what’s in store for our temporarily adopted fella. Short and pleasant to read, it tempts the user to keep on going just to see what has to be done. As for the game play itself, the carriage moves by tilting the device left or right. There are two on-screen but-

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tons — one causes the carriage to jump and another hits the breaks. The user is given three lives, with three hearts in each life. Keep in mind that pedestrians roam around the game, and if you cross their path, they’ll try to punch the carriage, throwing it off course and losing you a heart. Lose all three, and a life is taken away. This will bring the carriage back to the most recently crossed checkpoint. When all three lives are spent, the game ends, forcing the user to start over. While there are some obstacles that take time to get used to, such as the barrels that sporadically drop from thin air and roll toward you, much like Donkey Kong, the timing can be perfected after just a couple of plays. The tutorial is one of the best features of the game. While it has nothing to do with the general storyline, it demonstrates all of the cool things the baby carriage can do. And this is one powerful carriage. On the journey to the baby’s parents, the carriage will push barrels, knock down trees and even act as a parachute when it jumps off cliffs. There are also times when the user will have to literally throw the baby to take people out and move objects. Although this would normally cause social workers to be brought in to investigate, the baby has tough skin and will hop back into the carriage without a scratch.

While “Grimm” is charming and just plain fun to play, there’s one serious problem: the inability to save progress. With this game being available for the iPhone and iPod touch, interruptions will be frequent. Whether it is changing songs on your playlist or checking your e-mail, it will be rare to have any single application running for a long period of time. Each time the user exits the app, the game resets, forcing the player to start over from the beginning. Hopefully, this flaw will be fixed with future updates. The game’s classic platform, sweet graphics and easy-to-use controls make the 99 cents very well spent. Adding a feature to save the user’s progress would make it flawless. Besides, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to play a game in which its main character is an indestructible baby. nerivera@syr.edu

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Projected record: 27-4 (14-4) Big East finish: 2nd NCAA finish: Final Four

This is a relatively easy one. Though Kris Joseph has been Syracuse’s leading scorer, and Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche have both pulled their own weight, Jackson has been nothing short of dominant. After seemingly every game, the one constant in Jim Boeheim’s press conference is that Jackson played well. The numbers back that up, too. He’s averaging a double-double (13.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game) and leads the Big East in field-goal percentage (58 percent).

Assuming Kris Joseph is healthy for the final stretch, the Orange should head into the postseason just as strong or stronger than the squad that made it to the Sweet 16 last year. With a solid, experienced core and an emerging group of youngsters, this group could be special.

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Brett LoGiurato Projected record: 26-5 (13-5) Big East finish: 3rd NCAA finish: Elite Eight

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On one hand, I could see Syracuse getting upset. On the other, I could see SU making a real run for the national title if the team keeps improving. And it likely will in a rugged Big East conference. For now, I’ll take the safe route, say the Orange gets a No. 2 or 3 seed in the NCAAs and falls in the Elite Eight to a No. 1 seed.

Most Improved James Southerland

Last season, Southerland played in just 13 games and didn’t receive significant minutes in any game that really mattered. This year, he’s playing meaningful minutes and making the most out of it. His numbers are up across the zach ornitz | staff photographer board, and perhaps more importantly, Jim Boeheim trusts him enough to let him on the court against the top teams SU has faced this season.

Tony Olivero Projected record: 28-3 (15-3) Big East finish: 2nd NCAA finish: National Runner-Up Preseason, I said this team would struggle early, and become a team equivalent - if not better - than the 2009-10 version, thanks to more overall depth and a more seasoned leading trio. That happened much faster than I anticipated. The Orange is one of the best three teams in the country, and its Big East tested complete package will take Syracuse to the final game. Pitt rematch, anyone?

Biggest Surprise Baye Moussa Keita

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After DaShonte Riley was lost for the season, it became evident Moussa Keita would provide minutes. What weren’t expected were 17.3 minutes per game and 1.2 blocks per game. The reason for Moussa Keita’s increased role: the inability of Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year Fab Melo to contribute a solid body in the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone. Moussa Keita has provided that in doses prior to the Pittsburgh game.

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Biggest Disappointment Fab Melo

Melo has been a bust through 19 games. It’s that simple. Even if the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year accolade was a bit ambitious, an average of 11 minutes and two rebounds per game is indicative of bust status. Boeheim hasn’t minced words with Melo, even if he is careful, cautious and understanding of his progression. If Melo doesn’t provide a defensive presence, he won’t play. At all. See Pittsburgh.

— Compiled by Andrew L. John and Tony Olivero, The Daily Orange, aljohn@syr.edu , aolivero@syr.edu

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Jackson healthy is not only a key. It is a must. If SU learned anything last year, it was that without one of its big three, a string of tournament wins isn’t likely. Last year, it was Arinze Onuaku who went down with an injury, leading to Syracuse’s earlier-than-anticipated exit in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The effect of Joseph’s injury was amplified by the crazed Oakland Zoo environment Monday. Sure, Syracuse showed mettle. Maybe the most mettle any college team has shown all year. But in those first eight minutes, sans Joseph, SU lacked the veteran will and mindset to

execute in hostile territory. After eight minutes, Jardine started SU’s run back into the game by undertaking that certain mindset, hitting a contested 3 and giving the Orange its first points of the game. But it is too much of a role for him and Jackson to undertake. Syracuse did come back to tie the game with 13 minutes to go. Confidence surfaced in the face of near impossibility. But the Orange couldn’t finish because it didn’t have the veteran scoring mindset to get off to a good start. And even though Boeheim said the obvious postgame on Monday, he would rather not have SU experience life without Joseph any longer. “You just have to play with what you have,” he said. “Nothing you can do about that.” aolivero@syr.edu

Jim Boeheim said.  “He gets good shots, so he just has to relax, and he’ll make them.” Perhaps the most impressive part of Triche’s efficiency is that it is coming against some of the toughest teams on SU’s schedule — Big East teams. Syracuse may not have gotten past Seton Hall without Triche scoring 15 second-half points. He was equally important in a win over St. John’s four days later at Madison Square Garden. Freshman guard Dion Waiters was expected to push Triche for minutes in the backcourt once he got his feet wet and began to play up to his potential. Though Waiters is playing better, Triche isn’t seeing his minutes decrease in the slightest.

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Melo and Moussa Keita need to start making plays, both in SU’s offensive sets and in its 2-3 zone, in order for SU to be successful come NCAA Tournament time. The play of recent NCAA championship big men displays the importance of contributions from the center position. Duke’s Brian Zoubek provided 31 minutes while scoring eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds last year. Tyler Hansbrough dominated two years ago for North Carolina. In Florida’s two-year run, Al Horford and Joakim Noah controlled the paint. Melo and Moussa Keita don’t need to dominate with Rick Jackson and his All-Big East start to the season flanking them. But they do need to contribute for SU to be successful in a rugged Big East and in the NCAA Tournament. Simply enough, Melo needs to play like he

Instead, the combination of Triche, Waiters and point guard Scoop Jardine is a very formidable three-guard rotation in the SU backcourt. Triche’s shooting and scoring ability keeps defenses from hesitating to double down on Rick Jackson when he gets the ball in the post. “He’s been playing well for us all year,” SU forward James Southerland said following a win over Cincinnati on Jan. 15. “When he’s playing at a high level, he gives us another weapon on offense.” It’s becoming more and more evident that for the Orange to reach its highest goals, Triche must continue to play at a high level. His ability to play either guard position gives Boeheim a number of options to work with. Syracuse will need his best if it wants to contend for a national title. aljohn@syr.edu

did against Cincinnati Saturday and against Cornell on Nov. 30. Melo’s second half against the Bearcats gave SU head coach Jim Boeheim reason for hope. “He was playing,” Boeheim said, when asked what Melo did differently in that second half. “Everything. He did everything differently.” Six points, four rebounds, four blocks. Melo was heavily involved, especially on defense, and helped get the Orange out to a 16-0 run to start the half. He did so without getting into any foul trouble too, another problem that has plagued SU’s centers so far. Melo’s expectations from the beginning of the season have died down, but a consistently solid contribution will go a long away. And he knows it. “Coach told me I need to get big in the paint,” Melo said Saturday. “Block shots. Blocked shots are the thing I do best, and I haven’t been doing that. Today, I felt comfortable on defense.” bplogiur@syr.edu


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SU seniors look to atone for last year’s disappointing end By Michael Cohen Asst. Sports Editor

Jovan Miller called 2011 a year for redemption. Stephen Keogh said the team is thinking revenge. Joel White wants to rid himself of the foul taste still lingering in his mouth. Three seniors — each of whom is a two-time national champion — can’t erase the end of last year’s season from their minds. It was the first time they hadn’t walked off the field as the nation’s best, and they hated it. “I know the guys that were on that field last year didn’t like the feeling,” said White, a senior long-stick midfielder. Nearly eight months after the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team was stunned by Army in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the horrid feeling continues to permeate the program. A 13-1 regular season, in their minds, shouldn’t have been capped off with a first-round playoff loss inside the Carrier Dome. It should have been a national title. And that is the mindset that SU is carrying over into the 2011 season: NCAA championship or bust. The team held its annual media day on Jan. 13 inside Manley Field House, with everyone — players and coaches alike — talking about erasing that loss to Army. For the seniors, that means living up to the expectations that come with SU’s preseason No. 1 ranking and winning their third championship in four years.

“We’re like brothers now. And after we lost for Army, we were saddened by the way our seniors went out last year. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” Jovan Miller

SU midfielder

“We’re like brothers now,” said Miller, a senior midfielder. “And after we lost to Army, we were really saddened by the way our seniors went out last year. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” A big part of the quest for a national title this season will be senior preseason All-American goaltender John Galloway. In that 9-8 double overtime loss to Army, the winning goal was scored on a shot that Galloway said he has saved hundreds of times in his career. Last season, Galloway was the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. award winner for the nation’s top goalie. But even through he posted the best statistics of his career a year ago, both Galloway and head coach John Desko think he could be even better this season. “His save has come along every year,” Desko said. “Last year it was there, and he was as good of a goalie as anyone in the country. … Every year we’ve seen growth.” Galloway and the defense have evolved into the strength of the Syracuse lacrosse program over the past few years. Desko and the players agreed that the team no longer has to outscore everyone to win games because the defense can stop anyone. Stopping anyone and everyone is the first, second and third goal for the Orange this season. After being humbled by Army at home, players have learned that no team or game can be taken lightly. The Orange will surely go into about every game this season as heavy favorites, but that is only on paper. And if the seniors want their third ring, they will have to keep the game from May 16 in the back of their minds at all times. “More than anything is that you can’t take anyone lightly,” Miller said. “If we have a lead on somebody, we’re definitely not going to relinquish it.”

Marasco dons No. 22 JoJo Marasco played just 10 games a year ago, but that short stint was enough to impress Stephen Keogh. It was so impressive that it earned Marasco preseason All-American honorable mention rec-

ashli truchon | staff photographer JOVAN MILLER and the rest of Syracuse’s seniors are looking to win a third national championship in 2011. Miller was named to the preseason All-America second team. ognition in 2011, despite missing a third of the season last year. Keogh called it brilliance. “I think JoJo Marasco can feed,” Keogh said. “You saw it last year with flashes of brilliance. He’s back this year fully healthy.” After missing the final five games of the season in 2010 due to a lower leg injury, Marasco is back healthy for the start of the new season. Keogh said Marasco is a player who can help fill the void left by Chris Daniello. The Orange needs to replace Daniello’s 53 points from a year ago, and a healthy Marasco could be the one to do it. As a freshman last year, Marasco totaled nine goals and eight assists on his way to being SU’s top first-year player. Thirteen of his 17 total points came in one four-game outburst alone. Desko said the healthy Marasco is bringing energy to the team early on in 2011. Prior to the season, Marasco hinted that he wanted to wear the coveted No. 22 jersey. A jersey that standouts Cody Jamieson and Dan Hardy have donned for the past six years. Desko and his staff awarded the jersey to Marasco, and they, like Keogh, are expecting big things from the versatile sophomore midfielder and attack. “I think it’s great that they feel they want the challenge of wearing No. 22,” Desko said. “I think he accepts that, and he’ll wear it well.”

SU welcomes talented freshman class Nineteen sets of eyes gazed onto the field at Manley Field House and watched the media pounce. Preseason All-American John Galloway

was snatched up by group after group of reporters. Joel White and Stephen Keogh were hounded by photographers. But in the back — awkwardly standing and watching — were those 19 sets of eyes belonging to the 19 freshmen head coach John Desko brought to Syracuse. Occasionally, one of the players from the Central New York area was asked a question or two, but nothing like his upperclassman teammates. “When we were freshmen, we had some great guys to look up to,” Keogh said. “I know they are freshmen, and they will make some mistakes, but you just have to help them out along the way.” Part of that task includes helping acclimate these 18- and 19-year-olds to the constant spotlight that hovers over the No. 1 team in the country. Seven of the 19 newcomers are from New York state as Desko continues to hoard all of the local talent. In all likelihood, as Desko explained, most of these freshmen won’t see time on the field. Six starters return from last year’s team, and the team has 12 seniors overall. But Desko has challenged his group of upperclassmen to help groom the new faces. This year’s seniors were part of a national championship when they first came to Syracuse. Now Desko hopes they can return the favor. “We are happy that we have the senior group that we do,” Desko said. “To spread that message to the freshman class of what it takes to be successful on a Division I lacrosse team, especially here at Syracuse University.” mjcohe02@syr.edu


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D-III squads Skidmore, Southern Vermont play 7 overtimes By Chris Iseman Asst. Copy Editor

Joe Burke didn’t need much confirmation to know he was part of something truly special. Along the sideline, Burke was faced with a unique challenge: continue coaching while also keeping his players from collapsing. But when Burke, the men’s basketball coach at Skidmore, looked in the FOR THE stands and saw far more spectators than the 142 that were accounted for, any lingering doubt was immediately eradicated. On this day — in a gym nearly empty at tipoff — anyone who heard about what was taking place wanted to be on hand. And by the end, most of them were. They wanted to see NCAA basketball history unfold before their eyes as they watched a couple of relatively unknown teams in Skidmore and Southern Vermont do something that has only been done twice before: play to seven overtimes. In a game that was a battle

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“Coach was telling us during the game to enjoy it. By like the sixth overtime, coach was like, ‘Enough already, let’s end it.’” Gerard O’Shea

Skidmore guard

in every sense of the word, the Thoroughbreds and Mountaineers fought for 75 minutes, with Skidmore eventually emerging with the 128123 victory in the Nov. 23 contest at Southern Vermont’s Mountaineer Athletic Center. “I really think (word) started to spread as it was going on,” said Burke. “I don’t know this for sure, but I felt there were more people in the stands in the end than at the beginning.” Going into the night, Burke said he expected a tough game between two evenly matched teams. But when it was all said and done, a tough game would be a huge understatement. In his first season as the head coach at Skidmore, Burke was still getting to know what each player brought to the court. Still trying to gauge each player’s abilities. And after 75 minutes — just five minutes short of two full games — he learned plenty. “We were figuring each other out,” Burke said. “I challenged our guys about mental toughness. I was finding out a little more about each individual.” At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 59-59. Melvis Langyintuo hit a free throw with one second left to go to a second overtime. The tie wasn’t broken in the third overtime, so it was on to a fourth. This time it was Jeff Altimar’s jumper with nine seconds left that

extended the contest once more. During the game, Burke was telling his players to enjoy the moment. Nothing like this will ever happen to them again. It’s possibly the game of their careers. Soak it all in. But even he started to want to see it end. “Coach was telling us during the game to enjoy it,” junior guard Gerard O’Shea said. “By like the sixth overtime, Coach was like, ‘Enough already, let’s end it.’” What the Thoroughbreds wouldn’t do, though, was allow the Mountaineers to end the game on their terms. So when Southern Vermont led the entire sixth overtime, Skidmore had to again make a basket to keep the game alive. This time, it was Eli Johnston hitting a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. On to a seventh. In the end, the mental toughness that Burke challenged his players to show ended up being the deciding factor. Skidmore found a way to outlast Southern Vermont, which had no answer for the Thoroughbreds in the seventh overtime. Skidmore scored 16 points to Southern Vermont’s 11, putting an end to the marathon game. “We celebrated like we won the national championship,” Burke said. “I walked into the locker room and screamed. They were all yelling, and then a couple of guys cramped up. It was something to see.” What followed was more media coverage and attention than perhaps Skidmore ever received in the past. And for a coach who has lofty goals, which includes getting Skidmore to be a nationally known team, a push into the spotlight never hurts when it comes to recruiting. “It’s a nice thing to hear kids call up and say, ‘Hey, coach, I saw you guys on TV. Great job,’” Burke said. “I have national visions for this program.” Burke said he never wants the memory of this game to get lost in the minds of his players. Instead, he said, they’ll always be a part of history. They’ll be able to look back on a feat that is rarely matched in college basketball and one that transcends the level of play. Division III or Division I doesn’t matter. It’s a game for the ages. “These kids are going to have a bond forever because of this,” Burke said. “I don’t want these kids to forget it.”

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 7 Villanova Villanova is coming off a tough loss to Connecticut that ended with Corey Fisher missing a 3-pointer as time expired. The Wildcats will want to take down Syracuse at the Carrier Dome to give the Orange its second straight Big East loss. But when it comes down to it, they won’t be able to. Syracuse 68, Villanova 60

No. 16 Notre Dame vs. Marquette Despite being ranked, Notre Dame has proven to be vulnerable in conference play. No

further evidence is needed than the 72-54 loss it suffered at the hands of St. John’s. And that game followed a 79-57 loss to none other than the Golden Eagles. Not even being at home will give Notre Dame a chance to beat Marquette, giving the Golden Eagles the home-and-home sweep. Marquette 81, Notre Dame 74

No. 22 St. Mary’s vs. Vanderbilt St. Mary’s has a potent offense that has gotten it to seventh in the nation with 84.1 points per game and second in the nation in field-goal percentage at 51.3 percent. The Gaels have just two losses this year to BYU and San Diego State. If it keeps up that type of shooting, this game goes to St. Mary’s.

No. 17 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Purdue Purdue struggled in its previous two games, with two straight losses to current No. 15 Minnesota and West Virginia. It has played only one ranked team so far. This will be the Boilermakers toughest yet so far, but they won’t be able to beat the Spartans, despite being at home. Michigan State 82, Purdue 75

No. 10 Texas vs. No. 2 Kansas Kansas is leading the nation in shooting, going 52.4 percent from the field. Kansas won’t suffer its first Big 12 loss to Texas. The Jayhawks are 18-0 so far and will make it 19-0 against the Longhorns. Kansas 78, Texas 70

St. Mary’s 88, Vanderbilt 75

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Meet the battlers R. Ryan (LoGiurato)

Now that he’s finally in charge, all this battler needs to do is make sure he doesn’t get deFEETed and holds onto the title. But he’ll have to chug the E&J a bit longer next time.

M. Galante (McInerney)

This EIC’s picks will come down to which team can #provideabetterhashtag. Or which program has an official cheese.

Y. Tunafish (Ronayne)

People say this battler’s borderline crazy, sorta kinda. Hopefully it won’t affect our MEs picks.

M. Ehalt (Cohen)

This assistant sports editor reminds us a lot of a battler from last year. He probably won’t be picking against UConn, which might not be in his best interest.

T. Pain (Olivero)

He can’t hide it - this battler has an affinity for quality music. Hopefully he can mimic his favorite artist, Wacka Flocka Flame, and go hard in da paint this semester with his picks.

F. Loko (Brown)

This battler is named in honor of his fallen friend. Let’s hope he doesn’t drink too many of them that he’s obviously hoarding before he sends in his picks and heads to WBB media opps.

M. Delaney (Cooper)

tor who had a lot to prove. But he did it by falling down the stairs. Let’s hope she just makes the right picks.

D. Nicole (John)

This blast in a glass knows you can’t walk in with a big banana and expect everything to be peaches. Are his picks really about to get situated?

G. Gait (Guggenheimer)

After “forgetting” to send in her picks for the entire fall semester, maybe this time she can actually manage to do battle.

K. West (Irvin)

This contest is his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

M. Jones (Tredinnick)

A fan favorite, we’re really hoping this battler can make it off the bench and pick the right ones.

A. Olsen (Gery)

Obviously the lesser of the twins, this one has a lot to prove.

P. Flanagan (Saffren)

This battler is gnawing on his knuckles, waiting for his chance to finally make his picks.

T. Situation (Propper)

An awful wingman, this battler needs to step it up. Sound the grenade whistle, it’s time for his picks.

Let’s hope this new office romance doesn’t distract this battler and assistant sports editor from making the right picks.

B. Scalabrini (Bailey)

B. Strum (Iseman)

L. Cat (Wilson)

This battler looks a lot like his namesake. Let’s hope he doesn’t have the same sleeping habits now that we’ve got that new futon.

T. Olivero (Marcus)

This assistant copy editor reminds us of another young, former assistant copy edi-

This battler’s Beantown banter hopes to live up to the hype. An internet phenomenon, we just hope this battler will follow the rules of grammar dog when sending in his picks.

S. Marty (Friedman)

A legend in Switzerland, let’s see if this battler can make a name for himself in the good ol’ USA.

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Slow start in Big East play nothing new to Hillsman, SU By Mark Cooper Asst. Sports Editor

Quentin Hillsman is seasoned when it comes to dealing with midseason slumps. So much so that it has become a trademark for his teams at Syracuse. For Hillsman, then, there’s no reason to panic about the Orange’s 1-3 start in conference play this year. His NCAA Tournament team three years ago shook off a 2-2 start in Big East play to make the tourney. In fact, no Hillsman team has come out of its first four conference games with a winning record. It’s nothing he hasn’t seen before. “We understand what it takes to win basketball games,” Hillsman said, “and we’re going to continue to prepare hard, work hard and do everything we can to win. We’re definitely not in a panic mode.” After coming out of nonconference play with

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Syracuse (13-4, 1-3 Big East) lost its second straight game on Saturday at No. 9 West Virginia, falling into a tie for 10th in the Big East with the loss. The Orange finished its nonconference slate with a Top 25 ranking, but received only five votes in the latest AP poll. It doesn’t get any easier for SU as it travels to Marquette (15-3, 3-2) Saturday. Syracuse is 0-2 in true road games this season.

a Top 25 ranking — with a loss to current No. 1 Baylor as the only blemish on an otherwise perfect start — Syracuse (13-4, 1-3 Big East) has lost three of four Big East games in the first quarter of its conference schedule. But despite the mid-year swoon, Hillsman and his players aren’t fazed just yet. Syracuse’s losses haven’t been all that bad: The Orange lost on the road to two ranked teams (No. 16 Georgetown and No. 9 West Virginia) and at home to Rutgers because of a poor start from which SU couldn’t claw back. Each of the past two seasons, the Orange also struggled in conference play after posting a gaudy nonconference record. Those two teams had to settle for the National Invitation Tournament. “We have so many more games to go,” said sophomore Elashier Hall, SU’s leading scorer in Big East play with 18.8 points per game. “And we just have to get ourselves together as a team and just worry more about us and not the competition.” Syracuse’s lone Big East win to date came at home against Seton Hall, a team currently tied for last in the Big East with a 0-5 conference record. The Orange has yet to win a true road game, losing its only two opportunities against the aforementioned Georgetown and West Virginia. Last season, the lack of any strength in SU’s nonconference schedule seemed to lead to a slow start for the team once it faced tough opponents in the Big East. The Orange neglected to play a team from a major conference last season. But this year, that wasn’t the case. Syracuse defeated then-No. 6 Ohio State in early December, and played then-No. 2 Baylor and Clemson in the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout. This year, Hillsman attributes the struggles in Big East play thus far to inexperience. Something the coach says will be corrected. “That’s the biggest thing,” Hillsman said.

danielle parhizkaran | asst. photo editor quentin hillsman and Syracuse have lost three of four games in Big East play this season. The Orange travels to Marquette Saturday to try to get back on track. “We have to get some of our young kids playing more consistent and some of our first-year starters understanding that they need to start games better. … Games bring the experience.” Syracuse’s defense has been the most disappointing in SU’s four Big East games. After giving up an average of 49.9 points per game in nonconference play, the Orange is allowing 69.5 per game against the Big East — a number that puts SU 15th in the conference in scoring defense. In each of Syracuse’s four losses on the season, SU has allowed at least 70 points to the opposition. Those are also the only four times SU has given up 70-plus points this year. The inexperience of Syracuse is reflected by how careless the Orange has been with the ball. SU has averaged 23 turnovers per game in Big East play — the most of any team in the conference. That recklessness needs to be corrected if the team is to turn around its season. “One thing we got to do is get back to basics, back to things we do,” senior guard Erica Morrow said. “We got to consistently be more physical.” As far as the grand scheme of things goes, the Orange is still in pretty good shape for

Sudokus from the 9th circle

“We understand what it takes to win basketball games, and we’re going to continue to prepare hard, work hard and do everything we can to win. We’re definitely not in a panic mode.” Quentin Hillsman

SU head coach

an NCAA Tournament berth. For now. But Syracuse still needs to get back to those basics and gain experience quickly enough to turn the ship around. This weekend SU takes on Marquette — a team that has already beaten both West Virginia and Georgetown. The Big East road doesn’t get any easier. Said Hall: “We have to stop this streak that we’re on, but we’re not panicking.” mcooperj@syr.edu


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With grueling stretch approaching after stellar start, Orange gets mid-season report card More production from freshman duo Melo, Moussa Keita at center position By Brett LoGiurato SPORTS EDITOR

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ab Melo admitted it after a breakout performance against Cincinnati last Saturday. This season, the transition to NCAA Division I basketball has been tougher than he expected. “Yes, yes, a lot,” Melo said. “A lot. With all the hype that I had coming in here, I didn’t ask for it. It just happened. I thought it’d be easier.” Past the hype, past the unreal expectations for a center billed as Syracuse’s next great “Melo,” there is the reality. Despite starting all 19 games for the Orange thus far at center, Melo has been the center of disappointment on an SU team that has still managed to start 18-1. Along with fellow freshman and backup center Baye Moussa Keita, the first-year tandem has combined to create nothing more than a large hole at the center position. Through the first half of the season, the two have accounted for 4.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game between them.

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THE GRADES Scoop Jardine: B+

Jardine has his moments in games that make any SU fan cringe, but in the end, he has been the primary conductor of a welloiled Syracuse machine that, until Monday in Pittsburgh, remained undefeated. The good (dominating games against Detroit, Drexel and Providence, for example) has outweighed the bad (at one point, a 9-for42 stretch from the field).

Brandon Triche: B

Triche started off slowly, scoring in double figures only once in SU’s first nine games. In the 10 contests since, he has done that in eight. The height of Triche’s increased contributions came on Jan. 8 at Seton Hall, when he scored 15 second-half points and helped a shaky Orange offense escape an upset bid by the Pirates.

Kris Joseph: B

Joseph has been solid, and as a result he was sorely missed in Syracuse’s loss at Pittsburgh. He leads the team with 14.6 points per game. Fair or not, though, he’s going to be compared to Wes Johnson, at least this year. And Joseph hasn’t shown that special dynamic or the ability to carry his team to victory on his back — yet.

Rick Jackson: A

Without a doubt, Jackson has been the Orange’s most important player to this point. Without him, close wins at the beginning of the season would have been losses. He has been a near automatic double-double, and only five other players in the nation have more than him.

Fab Melo: D

Melo has shown flashes in a few games. But for the most part, he has been a large disappointment from his status as the No. 4 center in the 2010 recruiting class, according to Scout.com. At times, he has looked lost in the middle of the 2-3 zone. He gets into foul trouble too easily, and he has much to improve on the offensive side of the ball.

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ere’s reality: Syracuse was in the absolute worst situation any 2010-11 college basketball team could have put itself in Monday. No team this year has experienced a deficit near 19-0 in the environment Syracuse was in … only to claw back from it. The Orange was playing against one of the best teams in the country in Pittsburgh. The game was played in the Big East’s Zoo, in an atmosphere that froze Syracuse’s clockwork offense in its tracks. And the Orange was down 19 points without Kris Joseph. “Obviously he is a big part of our team, and we certainly missed him tonight,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. In the end, SU fell short. And it was because SU was without one of its three indispensables in Joseph — Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson being the others. With an injury to any of those three, SU loses one of its greatest assets. Forget SU’s depth. Syracuse’s big three spur the depth. That trio wasn’t whole for the first time all year on Monday. Keeping Joseph, Jardine and

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hen Brandon Triche moved from point guard to playing off the ball this season, it was natural for questions to arise. How would he handle the transition? Could he shoot the ball well enough to be effective? Could he find a different niche? The answer to that question is becoming clearer with each and every game. Triche averaged just eight points per game in Syracuse’s first nine games of the season, with only one game in double figures. Since then, the sophomore guard has scored at least 11 points in eight of 10 games, while averaging 12 points per game. Triche is also doing it at a very efficient rate. In the 10 games since going 1-for-7 against Michigan State on Dec. 7, Triche has shot 55 percent from the field, including 45 percent from 3-point range. He’s becoming the consistent perimeter shooter SU lacked in the early going. “He’s a good shooter, he’s a very good shooter,” SU head coach

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Jim Boeheim has used a deeper bench than his usual seven- or eight-man rotation, and every member has contributed something. Boeheim has been able to trust using nine or even 10 in his rotation. Dion Waiters has been the most consistent spark, averaging 6.9 points per game and handling the ball well as the first guard off the bench.

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Boeheim has done some of his finest work with this squad. From calling the team “overrated” in its second game to reeling off 18 straight victories to start the season, Boeheim has motivated and managed his team correctly at most steps. The extension of trust in his bench also has allowed him to put his rotation in the right spots to succeed — without a star like Wes Johnson was last season. — Compiled by Brett LoGiurato, sports editor, bplogiur@syr.edu


January 19, 2011