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WEDNESDAY

january 23, 2013

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INSIDENEWS

INSIDEOPINION

Screen time The Carrier Dome becomes

Easy access ‘18 and older’ night

the first stadium to use Foursquare. Page 3

INSIDEPULP

Relaxation guide As syllabus week ends and the

could lead to problems with underage drinking at SU. Page 5

semester takes shape, students must remember to find ways to reduce their stress. Page 9

INSIDESPORTS

Hometown tragic hero

Illness and gun shots forever changed the life of Villanova point guard Tony Chennault. Page 16

SU sues insurance company

Paris Bethel discusses women’s academic success vs. lack of corporate influence.

Dean search narrowed to 3 candidates By Annie Palmer STAFF WRITER

came in second to Curtis in the race for president. “When it comes down to it, every vice president from now on will definitely look to mold their position after her,” said Alampi, who served as the 56th Session’s Board of Elections and Membership chairman and was selected as the 57th Session’s Chief of Staff. “I don’t see them looking further back.” Alampi said Curtis emphasized methods to connect and cater to

The search for the new dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management is down to three potential candidates. The initial round of interviews has been completed, which led to the identification of three potential contenders, said Lorraine Branham, chairwoman of the search committee. The first candidate visited campus for interviews last week, she said. The other two are expected to visit in the coming weeks. The search to replace Dean Melvin Stith, when he leaves his position at the end of the semester, began last spring with the appointment of a search committee. The committee consists of administration, faculty and students, said Branham, who is also the dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. To aid the search, the committee is working with a recruiting firm, which serves as an intermediary between the candidates and committee members, Branham said. “We try to make the search a collegiate process,” she said. “We really value student and faculty input.” Two Whitman students, Carly Getz and Willie Reddic, are included in the committee. They assist in reviewing applications and the initial screening process, Tom Lumpkin, vice chair of the search committee, said in an email. The students also host separate meetings with the candidates who visit Whitman, he said. “In the meetings hosted by the students, they provide valuable written feedback about the candidates,” Lumpkin said. “The search committee definitely considers these evaluations when making decisions and recommendations.” A student session was held last Thursday to evaluate one of the candidates. The next group of student sessions will take place Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Getz said. The committee hopes to reach a decision by

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Leveling the field Women and Gender columnist

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By Nicki Gorny and Dylan Segelbaum Syracuse University is suing a Pittsburgh insurance company for breach of contract, claiming the company did not cover financial losses the university acquired during the Bernie Fine sexual abuse allegations, according to documents from the New York State Unified Court System. The costs stem from several state and federal grand jury subpoenas issued in regard to the Fine allegations, according to court documents. Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood is expected to hear the case in Onondaga County Supreme Court Jan. 29. The National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh insures SU under a Not-for-Profit Individual and Organization Insurance Policy, which protects against losses related to certain civil, criminal, administrative and regulatory proceedings. The university alleges in the lawsuit the losses incurred amid the Fine allegations meet these criteria. Given that the insurance policy insures the university for losses up to $25 million with a $250,000 retention, SU argues it should be covered under the policy, according to court documents. SU alleges the completion of the subpoenas cost “millions of dollars,” according to court documents. In a Feb. 6, 2012 letter, National Union denied it had an obligation to pay, stating the subpoenas do not constitute a claim. SU responded to the letter two days later, but the company denied coverage again on March 26, 2012, according to court documents. National Union argues the subpoenas are merely a request for information related to the investigation and “do not constitute a ‘Claim’ for ‘any actual alleged Wrongful Act’ of the University’ under the terms of the Policy,” according to

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luke rafferty | asst. photo editor ALLIE CURTIS, Student Association president of the 57th Session, looks forward to building a sense of community between student organizations. Curtis was officially sworn into the position last Monday.

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Student Association President Allie Curtis works to build connections among SU community By Debbie Truong

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llie Curtis is a self-described contradiction, who, in high school, was a lacrosse-playing cheerleader that both acted and competed in speech and debate. She added to the contradiction last Monday, when she was confirmed president of the Syracuse University Student Association’s 57th Session. In the December election, Curtis tallied

more than 1,200 votes in a heated four-candidate contest, besting her closest competitor by 284 votes. Friends and colleagues agree Curtis’ razor-sharp quickness and infectious energy will bring personality and openness to the position. Her time as vice president of the 56th Session was marked by transforming the position from a “surface level” and closed-off role to one that opens the pipeline of communication to all SU students, said PJ Alampi, who

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Engineers Without Borders reflects on receiving an Unsung Hero Award.

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Army-strong Former SU ROTC members discuss the program and their lives after leaving campus.

SPORTS

Fate of the ‘7’ As the Big East publicly disintegrates, the core of the crumbling powerhouse remains. What will become of the “Catholic 7”?

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SU director discusses Chile reform By Michelle Sczpanski DESIGN EDITOR

SA held its weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the dimly lit Stolkin Auditorium — a much larger venue than the 200-seat Maxwell Auditorium — where it’s usually held. Fewer than 30 members of the organization were in attendance, which SA President Allie Curtis attributed to the

Organized protests have helped Chilean college students garner international attention and bring the country one step closer to education reform, Mauricio Paredes told students gathered in Eggers Hall Tuesday. Paredes, director of Syracuse University’s study abroad program in Chile, explained that the student movement for reform of the Chilean educational system was at its strongest in 2011, and has become an incredible force. Paredes said he believes it’s very beneficial for SU students studying abroad in Chile to see how Chilean students organize and become part of the nation’s conscience. This is something Paredes said he does not think he has seen from U.S. students since the days of the Vietnam War. Some of the key issues surrounding the student movement that Paredes highlighted in his talk include the high cost of tuition, high interest rates on student loans and corruption amid various university officials. “The motive for (the students) is the system. The system is killing us, and it’s killing everybody,” Paredes said. Amanda Quinn, a junior anthropology and Spanish major, said she thought that compared to American students, Chileans are much more vocal about social issues, particularly education, something she thinks could be attributed to cultural differences. “They have this sense of unity and working to a larger goal. I feel like students in America really don’t have anything to bind them together like that,” said Quinn, who studied abroad in Chile last semester. “I think that the biggest difference is the fight for a common cause they have.” One key difference between Chilean and American higher education systems is that in Chile, public universities are considered more prestigious than private ones, which are newer to the country, Paredes said. Admissions to Chilean public universities are extremely competitive and often only accessible to richer students, Paredes explained. As a result, poorer students are often forced to take out loans with five to seven percent interest rates in order to attend private universities, which are not

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jackie barr | staff photographer JEFF RUBIN, CEO and president of Sidearm Sports, operates the video boards at the Carrier Dome during the men’s basketball game against Cincinnatti on Monday. The Dome is the first stadium in the country to incorporate Foursquare and Twitter into its video boards.

Video boards utilize Foursquare during games By Jackie Barr CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Carrier Dome is the first stadium in the country to integrate Foursquare into the fan experience with the installation of video boards around the upper stands of the stadium. A control panel automatically compiles profile photos from Foursquare check-ins so they can be displayed on the screens. It does the same thing with tweets, compiling a list of all of the content that uses the hashtag #OrangeNation, along with gamespecific hashtags such as #beatthebearcats, said Jeffrey Rubin, School of Information Studies professor and

CEO and president of Sidearm Sports, which operates the boards. While not every tweet will show up on the boards, every person who checks in on Foursquare will see their photo. The board holds up to 120 photos at a time, cycling through sets of 10. When a new person checks in, it will kick the earliest people off of the board, Rubin said. The program automatically filters out tweets containing profanity while risqué Twitter handles and profile pictures have to be filtered out manually by a Sidearm Sports employee during the game. This same employee also chooses which specific tweets will be displayed, Rubin said.

“I think people who use Foursquare use it to stand out in a crowd or to be recognized for being somewhere and the new board helps people to do that.” Billy Ceskavich

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“The Carrier Dome is an old structure built in the 1980s, so any way to bring new technology to the fans is a good thing,” Rubin said. “Fans have the choice of paying the monthly cable bill (to watch games) versus 100 dollars on tickets, parking, concessions, etc., and you are going to have a handful of people who will choose to stay home.” The ribbon board, installed during the summer by Daktronics, provides 4,445-square feet of LED real estate that now line the upper stands of the Dome. With the success of the Twitter integration during football season, including Foursquare was a natural

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Assembly selects, confirms Board of Elections and Membership chair By Dylan Segelbaum ASST. COPY EDITOR

A little more than a week after confirming a majority of its cabinet, the Student Association selected its new chair of the Board of Elections and Membership — a position that involves screening potential candidates for the organization.

Emily Ballard, a sophomore policy studies major and former vice chair of the Public Relations Committee, was approved unanimously by the general assembly. In her new role, Ballard said she’s looking to improve the voting process during meetings by experimenting with only holding elections for new representatives once a month.

“Last session, we really ended up taking up a lot of time in meetings that we could have spent discussing initiatives or other things more about serving the student body,” she said in an interview after the meeting. She said this process would also give members the chance to pick the best candidate for a position if a seat is contested.

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Assault weapons should not be banned, create little threat to American safety

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ne week ago, President Barack Obama announced 23 executive actions on gun control. The president also called for Congress to pass a new assault weapons ban. A subsequent White House press release said these measures are “the single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings.” Politicians and media outlets alike have injected fear into our society about these “assault weapons,” implying they are the biggest threat to our safety. However, nothing could be further from the truth. According to FBI data, only 2.6 percent of

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the last free american all murders in the United States are committed using a rifle of some kind. In 2011, there were 6,220 homicides with handguns and only 323 with rifles. Of all 142 types of weapons used in mass

shootings in the last 30 years, only 35 can be classified as assault weapons. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein used a study by the National Institute of Justice to prove that the last assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, reduced gun deaths. Ironically, in that same study, the authors wrote, “the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect (i.e., that the effect was different from zero).” It is clear “assault weapons” are far from the threat to the American public they are being hyped up to be, and banning them would have no real effect. So why is the president so eager to ban our access to these “assault weapons”? The term “assault weapon” is an invention of pro-gun control politicians that demonizes semi-automatic rifles with certain, purely cosmetic characteristics. These cosmetic characteristics do not cause the rifles to operate any differently or fire any faster than a typical semi-automatic hunting rifle. The president has taken this scare tactic a step further, calling these semi-automatic rifles “military-style assault weapons” in his press conference last week. Of course, much of the mainstream media has followed suit. The truth is, no modern military in the world uses the civilian version of these weapons. But these “assault weapons” are the closest the American public can get to legally owning a firearm our military does use. They would be the best option Americans have to defend themselves from organized threat, such as an invading army or a tyrannical government. That being said, a government that would go

to such lengths to irrationally manipulate fear in regard to such weapons is troubling, to say the least. Sadly, this is not the first instance in which the government and the media have oversensationalized the threats facing our nation. The result was the same: the willing surrender of our constitutional rights. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, terrorism – al-Qaeda in particular – was characterized as an existential threat to the United States. The suggestion that attacks would continue to happen on even larger scales was enough to allow an end to our privacy with the Patriot Act, start a never-ending war in Afghanistan and establish the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A behemoth of a bureaucracy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has cost us nearly a trillion dollars a year on average, and essentially monitors the activities of the American people. While terrorist attacks like those on Sept. 11 proved to be more of an isolated incident than a real threat, the government and media’s insistence on the contrary has been the justification of every unconstitutional act committed by our government since. Today, Obama is riding the wave of “assault weapons” fear, much like George Bush did with terrorism after Sept. 11, despite its irrationality. The plea of “we must do something” is once again turning into “let me do anything.” Nick Smith is a junior broadcast and digital journalism major. His column appears weekly. He can been reached at nxsmith@syr.edu and followed on Twitter at @Nick_X_Smith.

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‘18 and older’ night will only increase underage drinking DJ’s On the Hill’s “18 and older” nights will not benefit the Syracuse University campus or community. Bringing underage individuals into an environment where alcohol is being served to patrons could only increase the underage drinking problem in the university area. Last Tuesday, DJ’s hosted its first “18 and older” night. An outside, local security agency, Spectrum Security, was hired to control the entrance and dance floor, but loopholes still exist. The wristband and stamp system the bar is using to differentiate between individuals who are of drinking age and those under it could be tampered with. Even if underage individuals do not attempt to remove the stamps or gain access to wristbands, they are still in close proximity to a bar serving alcohol. Many SU students who fall into the category being targeted are

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board underclassmen. Partying and enjoying nightlife on a Tuesday could disrupt students’ studies and other obligations. Many bars in the Marshall Street area attract underage individuals to attempt to enter with fake identification. The “18 and older” nights could draw in local residents even younger than 18 with the same motive, opening up another issue. The owner of DJ’s, Dean Whittles, told The Daily Orange he wanted to provide underage individuals with a safe place they could dance and mingle. The situation and system must be guarded closely, as it still lends itself to underage individuals getting closer to alcohol and could create a larger issue at SU.

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Winterize your off-campus house to save money, limit fossil fuel emissions

uring a Syracuse winter, keep your house toasty and warm should be high on your priority list. But not wasting money, heat or fossil fuels should also make that list. We all know it’s cold, and this week it’s just going to get colder as temperatures drop into the ‘teens and single digits. We’ll keep warm in our classrooms and dorms, but for those of us living off campus, keeping warm can be a tougher issue to tackle. Many houses in the university neighborhood are older than dinosaurs, and not surprisingly, insulation and windows also date back to an earlier era. If your house isn’t up to par with home construction advances, weather-proofing may be in order.

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A strongly insulated house will save you money in heating costs by keeping the heat inside. Without proper insulation, it’s like your furnace is trying to heat up the entire neighborhood, and to no avail. The heat rises and travels out of your house, mixing with the frigid outside air. Through these same gaps, cold air can whittle its way in with strong gusts of wind, creating drafts in your house. You’ll have to burn more gas or oil to make up for loss of heat and drafts of cool air in the house. Not only does this create a higher heating bill, but it also means more fossil fuels are being consumed – a non-renewable resource that really does date back to the dinosaurs’ time. The increased burning of fossil fuels emits greenhouse gases, which

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21st-century tree-hugger warms the earth’s surface and influences global climate change. Increased fossil fuel consumption also intensifies other aspects that degrade our ecosystems. When demand for fuel escalates, this increases the use harmful methods of extraction, processing and transport. Each step in this system negatively affects the planet we call home, whether it’s through increased carbon emissions from transportation

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or extremely risky and unregulated extraction methods, such as deep-sea oil drilling, tar sands and hydraulic fracturing. The key is that every one of us, even as students, can help make a positive impact by decreasing our consumption, while also saving money and staying nice and warm. Keeping in the heat could be as simple as closing windows and doors. If you feel extremely motivated, and have permission from your landlord, go all out and buy insulation and caulking from your local hardware store. If you have the time and money invested in your off-campus dwelling, go for the more intensive solutions, but that may not be practical in all cases. Try to seal up windows with plastic wrap or Plexiglas to

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create an insulating layer. Lock your windows to create a tight seal. This will strengthen defenses against leaks. As a rule of thumb, if you see light coming from outside, especially in attics and basements, cover it with something. These gaps mean air can easily get out and in. Blankets, newspapers or other household items may be helpful, but in all cases, use common sense to stay wary of fire hazards. Seal up your home this winter to reduce cost, both economically and environmentally, as well as keeping yourselves happy, healthy and warm. Meg Callaghan is a junior environmental studies major and writing minor at SUNY-ESF. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at mlcallag@syr.edu.

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ali mitchell | staff photographer Students are elected to the general assembly during the SA meeting Tuesday night in Stolkin Auditorium. Currently, 53 of the 66 seats in the assembly have been filled.

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unusual meeting time. Toward the end of the meeting, SA unanimously approved an amendment to the Finance Board’s tier system — a set of classifications that dictate how much funding a student organization is eligible to receive for an event. The changes, proposed last week, involved increasing the maximum amount of money a tier-one organization could receive from $5,000 to $7,500; changing tier-two groups to be eligible for up to $15,000 in funding instead of $12,000; and making tier-three organizations able to receive up to $30,000 — an increase from $25,000. SA Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo said the bill was put forward because of persistent carry-over balances of the student activity fee — something he said should be used for events while the students who paid the money are still at Syracuse University. “What I’ve been finding is that the tier system’s doing its job — it’s protecting the student money that it puts in there — but at the same time it’s leaving some money unused,” he said in an interview after the meeting. Other business discussed: Jenny Choi, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, discussed a possible partnership program with Onondaga Community College to provide busing to Le Moyne College for graduate exams. She also talked about the possibility of installing a printer on campus for students

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progression, Rubin said. Sidearm Sports worked with Foursquare employee Jonathan Crowley to develop software — called the social presentation control panel — to manage what appears on the boards, Rubin said. The software from Sidearm Sports works in conjunction with the Show Control software suite provided by Daktronics, said Thomas Westman, project manager for the board installation. Although it was first implemented during the men’s basketball game Dec. 29, the game against Cincinnati on Jan. 21 was the first game in which students back on campus got to enjoy this new feature, Rubin said. With the new boards, check-in numbers have been on the rise with 120 check-ins at the first game and 286 at the game against Cincinnati, Rubin said.

who have reached their print quota. The general assembly unanimously approved all 12 of the Finance Board’s recommendations for special programming requests. In total, $15,126.90 for student organizations was approved. Lara Alkarim was announced as vice chair of the Student Life Committee, Saywer Cresap for the Student Engagement Committee and Katie O’Brien for the Public Relations Committee. About 80.3 percent — or 53 out of 66 seats in the general assembly – are filled, and membership is up since the end of the 56th Session. dmsegelb@syr.edu @dylan_segelbaum

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Emily Ballard

Ballard was unanimously confirmed by the general assembly as the new chair of the Board of Elections and Membership.

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Candidate for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The candidate was ultimately elected by the general assembly, but some members expressed concern about his preparedness.

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Allie Curtis on Ballard’s confirmation:

“I wanted to see her involved in someway; BEM just felt like the natural choice.”

Billy Ceskavich, a junior information management and technology major, said he was ambivalent about his picture showing up on the boards at the Cincinnati game, but felt that others would enjoy having their photos displayed. “I think people who use Foursquare use it to stand out in a crowd or to be recognized for being somewhere and the new board helps people to do that,” Ceskavich said. Right now, the development team is focused on getting more access to information about Foursquare users in order to find more creative ways to display it on the boards, Rubin said. “For example, how many times each individual has checked in to the Dome. Then we could display things like the ‘gold club’ and ‘platinum club’ (for the highest number of check-ins),” Rubin said. Rubin said Sidearm Sports has also been working on integrating Instagram, which will likely debut at the next game. jbarr@syr.edu

students’ needs during her time as vice president, citing her work to better publicize The New York Times campus readership program. Within SA, Curtis led a mentor program that paired longer-serving representatives with newly elected representatives based on their interests. This session, Curtis instituted a new seating policy at general assembly meetings that groups representatives by college instead of open seating, which allows members to splinter into smaller cliques. The ability to unify separate groups is one of Curtis’ strengths, said Lynde Folsom, chairperson of the Judicial Review Board and a close friend. “She can cross those boundaries, break down those walls and unite people. And that’s what I think she can do for the assembly,” Folsom said. Student-involved service projects are some of Curtis’ focuses as she begins her time as president. Curtis would also like to help expand Impact Week, an effort to bridge the divide between SU and the city through weeklong community service events. Janine Savage, current chairwoman of the Student Engagement Committee and primary organizer for last year’s Impact Week, said Curtis lent a helping hand “whenever I needed support.” Savage added that Curtis’ ability to promote service activities through social media was crucial. Leading up to this year’s Impact Week, which will likely be slated for November, the SA cabinet and representatives will begin posting and tweeting about “small impacts,” Curtis said. Curtis also aims to deliver on her campaign platform of “active advocacy,” which encourages general assembly representatives to better serve as a liaison to students in their respective home colleges. “I want every student in their home college to see their assembly representatives and say ‘Hey, that’s somebody I can reach out to. That’s going to be someone who is going to be an advocate and a friend for me on campus. And that’s someone I can go to when I have issues or ideas because I know they’re an agent of change on campus,’” she said. Curtis’ colleagues applaud her ability to relate to a number of students on campus, but her climb to SA president wasn’t seamless. Duane Ford, SA vice president and Curtis’ campaign manager, said she showed resolve in the face of a strenuous and, at times, emotionally taxing campaign that included mudslinging and personal attacks through social media. At one point, Curtis said she was referred to as the “one-percent candidate,” implying Curtis’ campaign spending far

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highly regarded in terms of education and more expensive, he said. In order to get the attention of government officials, Chilean students have come together, organizing strikes, taking to the streets for marches and protests, coordinating viral videos and staging flash mobs to attract support for their cause, Paredes said. He noted the student protests have achieved several important results including negotiations with government officials for reform laws, tuition freezes by some universities for 2013 and an increase in the number of students eligible for scholarships. Judicial investigations into higher education corruption have begun, and several former Chilean university chancellors who were

exceeded the other three candidates. Despite the lows of campaign season, Curtis weathered the negativity and showcased toughness, Ford said. “That only made her work harder. She was very, very resilient during that time,” Ford said. Dylan Lustig, president of SA’s 56th Session, said he is confident in Curtis’ ability to defy further obstacles and head the student governing body of SU and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “Allie has always been an upbeat, positive member of every team we have been on together. As president and VP, Allie always had my back, but never hesitated to let her own voice and opinions be heard,” Lustig said in an email. “In any work Allie does, if she has a goal, she will reach that goal. She will persevere to make sure that whatever she wants badly enough is fulfilled.”

“She can cross those boundaries, break down those walls and unite people. And that’s what I think she can do for the assembly.” Lynde Folsom

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Beyond the confines of SA, Curtis is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, is the Class of 2014’s Student Council co-President, belongs to the Renee Crown Honors Program and works as a residence hall front desk attendant. She has also participated in more than a dozen pageants. Curtis said she has been approached about the stereotypes associated with the glitz of pageantry, but said competing in pageants has helped hone her public speaking skills and given her access to a broad network of like-minded women. Being crowned National American Miss Rhode Island 2012 and National All-American Miss Teen 2010-2011 — her two national titles in 16 pageants — helped develop her persistence. “It’s a broad cycle of giving,” Curtis said. Curtis’ ability to function — and excel — on multiple cylinders can come across as intimidating, said Maggie Quigley, a junior magazine journalism major who developed a tight friendship with Curtis through greek life. “I saw this pageant queen and I went, ‘Well, I will never be able to have a conversation with her,’ and that’s so close-minded of me. It really is,” Quigley said, recalling the first time she encountered Curtis in person. “Yes, she does the pageant circuit and she’s very good at it, but there’s a lot more to her as a person.” dbtruong@syr.edu

found guilty of illegally profiting off of universities have been imprisoned, Paredes said. Tori Brewster, a senior architecture major, said she found the lecture interesting and thought it was an important topic for SU students because of the number of students who study abroad in Chile. “Students can have the potential to make a difference,” Brewster said. Emily Dunckle, a senior policy studies major who studied abroad in Chile last semester, said she admired the way Chilean students have organized to achieve the changes they want in the education system. Said Dunckle: “Whether or not you agree with what they’re trying to do, their passion and energy to try and make something right is admirable, and we can learn from that.” mlsczpan@syr.edu

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ziniu chen | staff photographer The Near Westside Initiative received a $400,000 grant from the organization ArtPlace to renovate a restaurant on Otisco Street into a creative living space for two artists.

TRADING SPACES Near Westside Initiative to transform restaurant into creative home for artists By Alexandra Hitzler

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ear Westside Initiative officials are hoping to further revitalize the city of Syracuse by turning a former restaurant in the Westside neighborhood into a creative hub for artists. “It’s vital that this project is not seen as a separate initiative but instead as a project that will help transform other abandoned properties into space that will benefit not only a few artists but the entire neighborhood,” said Maarten Jacobs, director of the Near Westside Initiative. The Near Westside Initiative recently received a $400,000 grant from ArtPlace to renovate a former restaurant on Otisco Street into a residence, studio and gallery

space for artists. ArtPlace is an organization that promotes the combination of art and culture in local communities. The grant will be used to transform the restaurant into two apartments, three art studios and a 600-square foot gallery on the ground floor, Jacobs said. The exterior of the building will be fully renovated, a new roof will be built and the interior of the building will be gutted. Seventy-five thousand dollars from the grant will also be used to support two artists who will share a two-bedroom apartment and studio space free of charge. Each artist will receive a $15,000 stipend, Jacobs said. Officials from the Near Westside Initiative and a local arts committee will select one local and one national artist to reside in the building, Jacobs said. The two artists

will move into the building in May. The building’s remaining apartment will be rented out to other artists, he said. The artists will spend one year developing their skills professionally and will use those skills to promote creativity and art in Syracuse, he said. “The energy produced there will be used to positively impact the neighborhood through the power that art and design uniquely has,” Jacobs said. The building will be renamed SALTQuarters, Jacobs said, a tribute to the city’s history with the salt industry. He said Near Westside Initiative officials are hopeful SALTQuarters will successfully bring a sense of artistic revitalization to Syracuse because multiple art studios surround the building.

“The cluster of art studios and artists in the area will draw people from all over the Central New York area to experience what our neighborhood has to offer,” Jacobs said. “It will bring to light that the Near Westside of Syracuse is quickly becoming the ideal place for people to live, work and participate in a unique urban setting.” Tim Halbur, ArtPlace director of communications, said projects such as SALTQuarters are influential in the community because they tend to be a catalyst for others to engage in artistic projects. Said Halbur: “Projects such as this one attract people and organizations to take a look and join in on the efforts to bring art into their community.” adhitzle@syr.edu

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either March or April, she said. “As a student, it’s amazing to see the passion and dedication that the Whitman community has toward our college,” Getz said. “I think there is a lot of potential within Whitman, and I am excited to see where this new dean can lead us.” The process began with the committee deciding where to advertise the position, creating a job description and meeting with the Whitman community to receive feedback

on what kind of dean they were interested in having, Branham said. The committee allows faculty members to nominate one member from the college they believe might fit the job description, she said. After receiving applications, the committee narrows the pool down to 10 or 15 candidates, then brings them in for interviews, Branham said. From that group, the committee selects its finalists for campus interviews, which involve meeting with Chancellor Nancy Cantor, administrators and students. “The group that is chosen for campus interviews is typically the group where you

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hope you will find a new dean,” Branham said. “The candidate should meet some certain qualities that we are looking for in a prospective dean.” She said the committee is looking for someone who is entrepreneurial, can position the school to utilize change in the business world and can demonstrate strong leadership skills. Said Branham: “Whitman has been ranked as one of the top 50 business programs, so the new dean will be taking on a leadership position of a really strong school.” apalme05@syr.edu

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court documents. Some of the materials requested in the subpoenas include records of direct or indirect communication with the following people: Bernie Fine, Laurie Fine, Bobby Davis, Danielle Roach, Mike Lang, Zachary Tomaselli, Rose Ryan and Fred Tomaselli. In addition, any material related to sexual abuse or child molestation, relevant Syracuse Police Department investigations and news reports related to Fine’s sexual abuse allegations were also subpoenaed. Fine, a former associate head coach for men’s basketball, was fired from SU Nov. 27, 2011 after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused two former ball boys. He has denied all wrongdoing and was never charged. Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, declined to comment because the litigation is ongoing. nagorny@syr.edu

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tress happens. It is an inevitable part of college life. Between the time consumption of class schedules and the anxiety over whether to wear your skintight dress or ironic T-shirt out to the bars, it is easy for the student psyche to become besieged with worry. Syracuse University offers stress reduction classes every Wednesday, but for many, dedicating more time on campus only adds fuel to the fire. Utilize some helpful tricks for quick and easy stress-relieving techniques. —Compiled by The Daily Orange Feature Staff, pulp@dailyorange.com

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For some people, music is something to have in the background. Then there are those that live and breathe music and collect albums in vinyl, CD and digital form. No matter what your take on music is, listening to it is a prime way to relax in between classes. “Listening to music can help people relax in a variety of ways,” said Patrick Jones, a professor of music and director in the Setnor School of Music. “Listening to music has been shown to help people change their mood and also to sustain the mood they are in.” Have a 20-minute break between classes and need to feel confident for that test coming up? Pop in Mumford and Sons’ “Sigh No More” and jam to their intense banjo riffs. Need to let out angst about a difficult day? The National’s “High Violet” has a great mixture of broody and cathartic songs. If you have a longer break between classes, take The Warehouse bus down to the Sound Garden, a music lover’s paradise. It’s a haven of music and movies off of campus, De-stressing with music can be a social activity as well. Bring friends and argue about whether the Eagles were really all that great. “Music can be used to motivate people individually and also to help create a group identity,” Jones said.

It’s almost impossible to maintain perfect posture while studying. But it’s easier to hunch over your computer or read curled up instead of sitting up straight, so your body pays a price. Exercise is key to relieving stress build-up in the body, but if you’re nota gym type, try weight-lifting’s alternative: yoga. Find a quiet area, grab a yoga mat and stretch it out. Also, SU Recreational Services offers weekly yoga classes and programs such as Mat Pilates, PiYo, Power Yoga, Tai Chi, Vinyasa, Yoga Flow and Yogalates. Visit the website for details.

Netflix Netflix is the perfect treat after a long day. But it can be just as addicting as Facebook, so be sure to set yourself a time limit on the number of movies or television shows in one sitting. Junior sociology major Emma Smelkinson said she usually watches Netflix to wind down before she goes to bed. “I don’t typically watch anything too dense, mostly just re-runs of shows and short sitcoms, just until I fall asleep,” Smelkinson said. Netflix recently made a deal with Disney, it’s hard to top ending your day stress-free with childhood classics like “Dumbo,” “Pocahontas” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Comfort food Face it, folks, sometimes the dining hall just doesn’t cut it. If you have enough time between classes, instead of the usual slice of pizza, take a walk down to Marshall Street. Treat yourself to a burrito from Chipotle or a few burgers from Sliders. Foods that are rich in carbohydrates give you a burst of energy and cause your brain to release serotonin, a feel-good chemical. And if you can brave a cold snack in the even colder weather, try Yogurtland. You’d be surprised how good you’ll feel after a bite of your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt. If you have an insatiable appetite, try stuffing your backpack with a few snacks. Suggestions include, but are not limited to: Snickers, Welch’s Fruit Snacks and Doritos. Whatever you do, don’t stay hungry. Nothing will upset you more than a ferociously growling empty stomach.

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our feet are soaking wet from sludgy snow creeping into your holey snow boots, but your skin is drier than the Sahara Desert. You want to order a pizza, but need to look no further than your face in the bathroom mirror. Oh, the wicked irony of winter’s effect on the skin. According to Mary Beth Claire, the Clinique counter manager at the Schine Student Center, the most common winter skin issues are dryness and chaffing. Ouch. Temperature fluctuations confuse the skin, especially if you have the heat cranked up before you venture outdoors. The result is flaky, cracked and dry skin, particularly around the mouth area and cheeks, according to Claire. With Syracuse being home to some schizophrenic weather fluctuations since the start of the semester, my face hasn’t known whether to behave normally, sweat or shrivel as skinstripping wind hits it as I open my door in the morning. Here’s a quick science fact for pub quizzers: Skin is the largest organ in the human body, covering an average of 16.1- to 21.5-square feet on the average human (not just number 12 on the basketball team), and is roughly one-tenth of an inch thick. So what do you do when all of that skin starts cracking up? Here’s a quick rundown on some common winter skin problems and what you can do to remedy them: The intuitive answer is tip No. 1: moisturize. Not exactly a new concept, but don’t necessarily slap on double your normal amount of moisturizer. Web MD recommends an oil-based rather than water-based lotion, which forms a barrier on the skin’s surface, keeping moisture in. If you’re organized enough to use a night cream, they’re normally oil-based and will do the trick. Tip No. 2: exfoliate. Nothing stops a moisturizer from doing its seeping, hydrating good work more than a layer of dead skin cells. Claire recommends exfoliating regularly so your moisturizer doesn’t sit on the skin’s surface. There are lots of exfoliating scrubs on the

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hen Simon Teng came to Syracuse 18 years ago, he was told the city didn’t need another Chinese take-out restaurant. Teng moved away from New York City and his successful Chinese restaurant for his kids. Teng wanted to bring his family closer by raising his kids in a more low-key environment. With the desire to open a fine-dining Chinese restaurant and more than 40 years of experience in Szechuan-style cuisine, Teng opened China Road, located at 2204 Brewerton Road in Mattydale, 10 minutes outside of Syracuse. I’ll admit, China Road is a little hard to find. Located next to a Laundromat, there’s only a tiny, simple sign with the restaurant’s name scrawled in red letters to indicate its location. Once inside, Teng himself gives you a warm greeting, and the restaurant’s soothing atmosphere is instantly captivating. You’re taken to your seat by a smiling waiter and provided with complimentary appetizers of pickled radish (pleasantly tangy, sweet and spicy), fried wonton strips with sweet chili sauce and tea. When I lived in China for a year, tea was a classic way to begin a meal — the evening was already off to a good start. The staff was incredibly attentive – if you ever need a menu item explained, ask Teng. Although he does not cook all of the dishes himself, they are all his recipes. I will let you in on a China Road secret: There are two menus. The first is a more standard — but still very good — Chinese-American menu. The second is the authentic Szechuan menu, a specific

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type of Chinese cooking that I didn’t know about until all of the dishes had been ordered and brought out. Upon realizing this, I asked Teng to bring me one dish of his choosing. A few minutes later, a plate of sautéed greens arrived at the table. Teng said it was fresh pea greens, pea shoots and garlic, but the price of the dish varies daily according to the produce available at the market. The golden-brown fried crispy garlic intermingled with the light soy seasoning of the pea greens and pea shoots. The dish was bright, flavorful and simplistic. It was perfect. Since I didn’t know about the second menu (trust me, I won’t make that mistake again), most of the dishes I had were from the first Chinese-American menu. If traditional Chinese food isn’t your thing, the Americanized cuisine at China Road is among the best I have had. It is not greasy, heavy or cluttered in flavor like most of your run-of-the-mill take-out places. We had two appetizers: steamed vegetable dumplings ($4.20) and cold noodles with vegetables in sesame sauce ($4.50). The dumplings were packed with scallions, spinach, shiitake mushrooms and rice vermicelli. The dumpling skins were perfectly cooked — not mushy like overcooked dumplings can be — and the vegetables inside were tender and flavorful. The noodles had julienned carrot and cumber and were cooked nicely. There was also date sauce on top, adding a wonderful sweetness. For the main dish, we had shrimp fried rice ($7.25). This was one of the better renditions of fried rice I’ve had in a while. The small shrimp were not dry, the rice was seasoned properly with just the right amount of soy sauce and, most importantly, was not overly greasy. The last dish we had was the Eight Treasure vegetables ($9.25). Tofu, green bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, shiitake and rice noodles were coated in a cornstarch-thickened sauce. Often, cornstarch sauces can taste gummy and thick, coating your tongue in an unpleasant way. However, this version did no such thing. The Chinese aren’t big on desserts and China Road follows suit. The only dessert option is a honey-glazed fried banana. But with food this good, dessert was the last thing on my mind. Next time I go to China Road, I’ll order entirely off of the second menu, or even let Teng choose my meal for me, as some of the other diners suggested. I never thought sautéed vegetables could deliver such unbelievable flavor, and I can’t wait to see what else Teng has up his sleeves. rsgemper@syr.edu

luke rafferty | asst. photo editor Various Chinese- and Szechuan-style dishes line the dining table at China Road. The restaurant offers authentic-tasting cuisine in an inviting, family-friendly atmosphere.

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market, but you can also steal from the beach and make your own, if you’re feeling crafty. Body-brushing, which sloughs off dead skin cells, is another great exfoliator, although my roommate hates it when she comes home to find me brushing myself in the living room. Whether it’s winter or summer, it’s the same sun in the sky, so don’t underestimate the damaging power of winter sun combined with a Syracuse favorite: snow glare, which leads to tip No. 3: SPF it. Claire warns the sun doesn’t necessarily have to be out to practice safe skin care. Free radicals are always present in the atmosphere, so wearing at least SPF 15 is recommended. Many good moisturizers have SPF already built in, so look for those. Especially for those students with wrinkle-phobia, Claire said wearing daily SPF is a great anti-aging measure. Getting into a gym regime is good for your health, and the same thing applies for skin tip No. 4: stick to the plan. A consistent routine can protect your skin during temperature fluctuations, Claire said, so while the initial expenditure on products can be high, benefits lie in the long run. Many skin brands recommend investing in a cleanser, toner and moisturizer, as well as an exfoliator. While you have no control of the weather, your skin is your own and can be protected. Just make sure you take off your wet snow boots before your bolt to the bathroom, unless you want cracked heals or trench foot. Iona Holloway is a senior magazine journalism and psychology major. She thinks baths are skin hell. Why sit in dirt while simultaneously boiling your skin? Email her at ijhollow@syr.edu and follow her on Twitter @ionaholloway.

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Professor exhibits presidential photographs By Avery Hartmans ASST. COPY EDITOR

For four years, Mike Davis spent his workdays at many photographers’ dream job: editing photos from his office overlooking the White House lawn. He’s quick to inform anyone who asks, however, that the color of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is actually closer to beige. Davis, an adjunct professor in the multimedia photography and design department in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, served as the deputy director of photography for the White House Photography Office from 2001-2004 under George W. Bush’s official photographer. “You may have heard of presidential life as a bubble. The White House is a place where it is absolutely impossible to understand the place until you’ve been inside it,” Davis said. Davis spoke in Newhouse at 7 p.m. Tuesday about his experiences working at the White House. He also discussed the experiences of White House photographers from the Franklin Roosevelt administration to the present. Davis’ presentation was in conjunction with the Pictures of the Year International Show, “The Presidential Image,” which originated at the University of Missouri and is travelling across the country. Currently, it is showcased in the lobby of Newhouse I. To give the audience insight into the presidential bubble, Davis presented images ranging from the first-ever photo of a president — an image of President John Quincy Adams — to more famous photos, such as President Lyndon Johnson’s Oval Office meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. Davis also described what it was like for

White House photographers during difficult moments, including the Sept. 11 attacks when he was a member of the White House staff. He described the day as the scariest day of his life. The White House was haphazardly evacuated, he said, as there was no system in place for that type of emergency. But when

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word came that President Bush would be returning to the White House a few hours later, Davis immediately volunteered to return. “The head of administration was going back to the White House and I asked, ‘Can I go? Somebody should be there when they get back,’” Davis said. “So I was maybe one of 15-20 people in the West Wing when the president arrived back that afternoon.” Davis also noted that at times, his different political views did make it difficult to be a member of President Bush’s staff. During Davis’ tenure at the White House, he and one other co-worker, a member of the National Security Council, were the only non-Republicans on staff. “That alone created a quandary. I disagreed with almost every policy they ever put forth, but he was the president, I did work for him,” he said.

Seth Gitner, a professor in the newspaper and online journalism department, said he was interested in how Davis’ presentation offered a more in-depth look at the presidency. “Being behind the scenes, you get to see and hear about things as history happens. He has a front row to it,” Gitner said. Taylor Barker, a junior photojournalism major and staff photographer for The Daily Orange, said her favorite part of Davis’ presentation and the display of the presidential photos in the Newhouse lobby was the images of the presidents in more candid moments. Barker said that every photo offers a glimpse into the presidency and has the ability to freeze a moment in time, as well as tell a larger story. She said many of the photos on display showed a different side of the presidents, one she had never seen before. Davis said the opportunity to depict every aspect of the presidency was what he spent the entirety of the Bush administration attempting to do. Said Davis: “My job was to produce an archive of the presidency that was truthful and honest. We had a responsibility to the public as a whole to accurately represent what was happening.” avhartma@syr.edu @averyhartmans

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not played any common Big East opponents to date, SJU appeared to have found its stride prior to the Notre Dame letdown, with blowout wins against Seton Hall and Pittsburgh by a combined 55 points. St. John’s is led by senior guard Shenneika Smith, who averages 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in the season to date. “She always wants to make sure the team is winning,” St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella told GoJohnnies.com. “We know what we are going to get from her each and every game.” In a potentially even matchup, the Orange will need to draw on its tight-game experience against St. John’s if the game comes down to the wire. Against DePaul, SU showed toughness down the stretch with patience and timely offensive rebounding, notably from veterans like Carmen Tyson-Thomas. It’s games like the one against DePaul that reinforce Hillsman’s rationale behind how much he makes his team run during practices. Whether the scenario involves a close game or a blowout, the team is trained to play hard and maintain intensity in all situations, Hillsman said.

“It’s amazing. They’re always like ‘One more possession,’” Hillsman said. “I’m like, ‘You’re down 30, it’s not going to matter.’” Also helping the Orange in tense late-game situations is the fact that the team maintains a strong veteran contingent, one that’s seen its share of matchups come down to the last few possessions. Said guard Elashier Hall: “It’s what we live for.” kmprisei@syr.edu

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ficult leaving Wake Forest,” Chennault said. “I made a lot of great relationships with st-udents and coaches there, but I wanted to be closer to home.” Chennault’s mother, Crystal Morton, struggles with respiratory problems, and while he was at Wake Forest, her illness weighed heavily on his mind. After his sophomore season, he decided his family needed him, and the NCAA made it possible for him to move back home without any penalties. He learned the NCAA would grant him a hardship waiver that would give him eligibility in his first season at Villanova. Typically, a transfer has to sit out for one

season. Everything was falling into place for Chennault to make the move he felt he needed to make. But then disaster struck. Chennault’s older brother Michael Jay, one of his biggest influences, was abruptly taken away from him. On May 31, 2012, Jay was shot in the back and head. He was immediately rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. the next day. “When Tony’s brother was killed it was just tragic and sudden,” said Carl Arrigale, Chennault’s head coach at Neumann-Goretti. “It was a senseless act of violence that no one could have seen coming.” Jay was a mentor to Chennault, who repeatedly turned to him for advice both on and off the court. Jay’s death was surreal for Chennault and his family, but he is using it as fuel to push himself forward. “It has been a lot to deal with off the court,” Chennault said. “My teammates have been great and my coaches have been great. I’m not getting down, I’m just encouraged to keep working harder.” In his time of internal struggle, Chennault has relied on basketball as a therapeutic tool. During the summer he frequently worked out at his high school and reconnected with coaches and teammates of his past. At Neumann-Goretti, Chennault was a

superstar in one of Philadelphia’s premier high school basketball programs. In his senior season, the Saints went 30-1 with a 17-0 record in their league. Chennault finished his high school career by leading his team to a Pennsylvania state championship and a top-20 national ranking by season’s end. “He has been around the program a lot since he has been back,” said John Mosco, an assistant to Arrigale at Neumann-Goretti. “High school was a great time in his life and being close to home, and here, has helped him during the hard times.” Mosco said Chennault has used this time in his life to reshape his priorities both on and off the court. “I see the same Tony, but I also see a more mature side of him that realizes there is life after basketball,” Mosco said. “He has the right focus in school and knows that basketball, and life, could stop at any time.” While Chennault has adapted well to academics at Villanova, his statistics resemble those of his freshman season at Wake Forest. Not known for his scoring ability or big play factor, Chennault has been noticeably tentative in the limited minutes he’s played for the Wildcats this season. He’s averaging just 17.7 minutes off of the bench per game, less than anyone in Villanova’s nine-man rotation. Freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono earned the starting

spot as a highly touted recruit, and has been responsible for a bulk of the team’s offensive production. For the entire season, Chennault has been used to spell Arcidiacono and simply manage the game in his absence, which has led to low averages of 3.5 points and 1.6 assists a game. “He has handled this all great and is picking up on what we are doing,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “Right now, he allows us to get Ryan Arcidiacono some rest, but I do see him making more of an impact soon.” Chennault is well aware of his role on the team and wants to be a leader above all else. The potential of Villanova’s young team is apparent, yet it hinges on the willingness of upperclassmen like Chennault to mentor the less-experienced players on the roster. Less than a year ago, an inhumane crime took Chennault’s mentor away from him. Moving forward, he plans to turn the adversity he has endured into material that will help his teammates better themselves as basketball players, and as men. “Tony’s got a big heart and has always cared,” Arrigale said. “I think a lot of kids play for the wrong reasons, but Tony, he has always played for the right ones.” jcdoug01@syr.edu

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Freshman Conroy impresses at faceoff X early in preseason By Jacob Klinger ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Three months ago, Brendan Conroy’s plan was falling apart. Conroy didn’t develop into an elite lacrosse player until late in high school, and he had missed out on signing with the nation’s elite programs. Just two months into a post-graduate year at Portsmouth Abbey School, a boarding school in Rhode Island that was supposed to send him to Army, Conroy had enough. He withdrew from Portsmouth and returned home to Long Island. “I was just really looking forward to go playing lacrosse,” Conroy said, “and I guess I just didn’t have the right mindset to go into a prep school.” Conroy, who won 314 of 377 faceoffs in high school to lead St. Anthony’s High School (N.Y.) to two Catholic High School Athletic Association titles, was without a school and without a team. In late October, though, an email popped up in his inbox from Syracuse assistant coach Lelan Rogers. He asked Conroy if he was interested in joining the Orange. “It’s Syracuse lacrosse so who wouldn’t be?” Conroy said. The player who spent hours last fall practicing stick skills alone is now fiercely challenging to start for SU at the faceoff X. The fight is at least a four-way battle between fellow freshmen Cal Paduda and Elliott Burr, as well as junior incumbent Chris Daddio. Conroy and his competitors have performed well enough to keep defender Brian Megill out of the faceoff

equation for now. The Orange struggled at the X last year, winning just 46.4 percent of its faceoffs. At times, it crippled the SU offense as teams won possession and stalled for long stretches. Even when SU was successful at the X, the Orange coughed up the ball far too quickly and too often, head coach John Desko said. Syracuse’s coaching staff considers Conroy a serious candidate to cure those ails. They’re also impressed with his abilities after he wins faceoffs. “There are some guys who are strictly what they call FOGOs, ‘faceoff, get off,’” Rogers said. “The issue with those guys is they’re not typically players who can stay on the field. Typically, maybe they don’t have the stick skills you would like. It’s nice if you can find a player who is not only a great faceoff player, but he’s a great offensive threat, because usually the other team’s going to have a faceoff guy out there who’s a FOGO.” Conroy isn’t that complete attacking threat — not yet at least. His time in lacrosse purgatory cost him valuable time he would have spent learning the Orange’s offensive and defensive sets. That time represents a leg-up for Paduda and Burr, who went through fall ball with the team while Conroy was in Portsmouth and Long Island. But in the race to be more than a FOGO, Conroy’s winning some key battles. “As far as that goes he’s ahead of a lot of faceoff guys that we have,” Desko said. While the head coach said Conroy likely

will not eat up vast chunks of field time as SU cycles through its talented front-six rotation, the freshman has impressed Desko by winning faceoffs, protecting the ball and finding open teammates. The Orange is a team that prides itself on its especially elite athleticism all over the field. Even on a team of stars, though, Conroy stands out. An outside linebacker at Portsmouth Abbey, Conroy also excels in snowboarding. Lacrosse draws a broad blend of two- and three-sport athletes, Rogers said, though not typically snowboarding. In his brief time on the football field for Portsmouth in the Evergreen Football Conference, Conroy shined in the sport that’s hardly his best. “The transition to prep football was an easy one for him,” Portsmouth football and lacrosse coach Al Brown said. “… He came into preseason and it was pretty apparent right away.” Entering his third week on the Syracuse campus, Conroy is busy earning the respect of his teammates, beyond that of his coaches. He’s fighting an illness that caused him to miss practice Monday, but when his teammates discuss his success, they speak of his future with certainty. “He’s an awesome faceoff guy. He came in, I think not many guys really knew about him or what he was able to do,” attack Derek Maltz said. “And as soon as he passed all his athletic physicals, and whatever he had to do, he came in and you could just tell he has something special there.” jmklinge@syr.edu

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Family first Hardships pull Chennault back home to Philadelphia By Jesse Dougherty

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hen Tony Chennault was being recruited out of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Wake Forest and Villanova topped his list of potential schools. Chennault grew up in the Philadelphia area and knew a lot about the Villanova program. While that made the school an attractive choice, he wanted to experience something else. “I knew a lot about the tradition at Villanova, but I wanted a different scenery than Philadelphia,” Chennault said. “In the end I just wanted to see something different and that led me to Wake.” Chennault decided to leave Philadelphia for Winston-Salem, N.C., to join Wake Forest. He played sparingly his freshman season before seeing more time on the court as a sophomore. Chennault’s collegiate basketball career was going as he envisioned it. The whole time, though, his mother had an ailment that Chennault thought about frequently. It ended up pulling him back to Philadelphia and to Villanova so he could be with his family. Shortly after, though, tragedy struck and Chennault’s life was altered forever. During his freshman season at Wake Forest two years ago, Chennault played 17.5 minutes a game,

averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 assists off of the bench. As a sophomore, he took on a bigger role and started in all 31 of Wake Forest’s games. As the Demon Deacons’ point guard, he played 30.2 minutes a game and averaged 9 points with 2.8 assists. But just as Chennault was coming into his own at Wake Forest, he faced a difficult decision. When Syracuse travels to Philadelphia Saturday to take on Villanova, Chennault will be suiting up for the team he passed on three years ago. Once in need of a change in scenery, Chennault now finds himself back on Villanova’s bench under circumstances he could have never imagined. “It was very dif-

SEE CHENNAULT PAGE 14 photo courtesy of the philadelphia inquirer TONY CHENNAULT has experienced a sequence of tragic twists in the past few years. After playing at Wake Forest, the Villanova guard decided to return home to play for Villanova and comfort his sick mother. His role has dwindled with the Wildcats, but he’ll look to play a part this weekend as VU faces Syracuse on Saturday morning in Philadelphia.

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Orange prepares for intense, tight game against Red Storm By Kevin Prise STAFF WRITER

Syracuse has not participated in many close games this season. In its last nine games, only one final score has been within 12 points, and that was an 84-80 win against DePaul last Tuesday. But conWho: St. Johns sidering Where: Queens, N.Y. the way the When: Today, 11:30 a.m. team conducts itself in practice, Syracuse finds little trouble flicking the switch when it

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counts. “We have a lot of those in practice,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, speaking on the simulation of down-to-the wire games. “Our games in practice, when we scrimmage, it’s either a blowout or it’s tight.” The experience of simulating tight games could prove critical as the Orange (15-2, 3-1 Big East) works its way through a pivotal stretch of the season. After falling to Connecticut 87-62 Saturday, Syracuse continues its three-game road trip Wednesday for a rare 11:30 a.m. tipoff at St. John’s

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(9-7, 3-1), where it hopes its practice habits pay off with a victory. The Red Storm is coming off of a 74-50 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame Sunday after three consecutive conference wins to open its Big East campaign. SU is unranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, but is No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, matching its highest-ever ranking in that poll. On Saturday, the Orange hung within single digits of the Huskies for most of the first half, and trailed by 12 at the break. No. 3 UConn pulled away midway through the second half. Syracuse was hindered by the loss

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of senior center Kayla Alexander for most of the game, as Alexander drew two early fouls and played just 11 minutes. Alexander enters Wednesday’s game 16 points behind Nicole Michael (2007-10) for the most in program history. While Syracuse came away with a loss, it played tough for the duration of the game. Guard Rachel Coffey pointed to last year’s run in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, when the Orange won a 74-73 overtime battle at Toledo in the quarterfinals before losing 74-71 at James Madison in the

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semis, an important educational experience for these types of games. In the Toledo game, Coffey forced overtime when she buried a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation. “We’ve been in a lot of games, like in the Final Four in the NIT, we had to make a shot at the end with two seconds to go, or something like that, to get into overtime,” Coffey said. “So we’ve kind of all been in every situation.” Wednesday’s matchup in Queens, N.Y., appears to be a more even matchup than Saturday’s. Although the teams have SEE ST. JOHN’S PAGE 14

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Number of former players from Division-II Washburn University that will play in the Super Bowl. It’s also the same number Alabama will have.


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