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Water pipe bursts on Marshall


Putting out the fire The fire station closest to the Hill area may close due to budget cuts. Page 3



Teamwork SA is implementing changes in order to be a more effective student government. Page 5


Attack of the drones

courtesy of engineers without borders SU’s Engineers Without Borders works on a construction project in Kenya. Shortly after the SU chapter was started in 2007, the organization adopted the Kenya Project and made plans to renovate an orphanage in Kinangop.

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Newhouse professor Dan Pacheco shows off drones and sparks discussion. Page 11

SU’s Engineers Without Borders goes beyond classroom to improve underprivileged communities


Bigger issue Syracuse’s lowpost struggles in a key stretch of Big East play have shifted the scoring burden to the back court. Page 20 @Nicki_Gorny

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A water pipe burst at Tony Christopher Hair Design on Wednesday night, setting off an alarm at Chipotle Mexican Grill, located below the hair salon. Five Syracuse Fire Department vehicles responded to the alarm activation at about 10:30 p.m., said Bob Cussen, SFD district chief. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a broken water pipe on the second floor had triggered the alarm. Firefighters shut off the water and brought in shop vacuums to get rid of the water, Cussen said. The water also caused some problems at Chipotle after seeping through the ceiling, Cussen said. A few people were in Chipotle at the time, Cussen said, but no one was in the hair salon. No one was ever in any danger. Cussen said the owner of Tony Christopher had been notified about the incident and was on his way to the scene. The owner of Chipotle declined to comment. Fifteen minutes after the pipe burst, several Chipotle employees were still inside the restaurant.


nside the classroom, Syracuse University engineering students learn to improve infrastructures. Outside the classroom, they learn to improve lives. “I am on a personal mission to convince all engineers that all engineering projects in some way are public health projects because engineers are meant to serve people,” said Shannon Magari, who helped start the Engineers Without Borders chapter at SU and is an adjunct professor in

the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Since the group was founded in fall of 2006, EWB has spent thousands of dollars and grueling hours on engineering projects that better underprivileged communities in places such as Kenya and Guatemala. The SU chapter of EWB was presented with an Unsung Hero Award at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday for its chari-

table engineering work. “EWB is an international organization comprised of people who aren’t just engineers, but want to use engineering as a means to help other people,” said Scott Anthes, a senior in L.C. Smith and EWB president. The group first locates a community, either in the United States or an international site, that shows some engineering


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Officials prepare for phases 2, 3 of project By Dara McBride DEVELOPMENT EDITOR

As the Connective Corridor enters phases two and three of construction this summer, community members can expect to see minor projects underway within the next few weeks — including the repair of broken lights along University Avenue.

Elements of public art, green infrastructure and improved transportation will continue into the next phases, Owen Kerney, deputy director of the city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, said Wednesday morning during a public information session at The Warehouse. “This is more than just a streetscape

reconstruction and there’s a lot of additional elements that we feel are important and are recognized on a national basis as unique and worth supporting,” Kerney said. The Connective Corrwidor, introduced by Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy


sam maller | asst. photo editor Firefighters respond to an alarm activation at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Marshall Street on Wednesday night.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner delivers the State of the City Address on Thursday night.


Let the games begin Students and game developers will gather this weekend to create, develop and play at the Global Game Jam.


Round 2 Syracuse and Villanova meet for the second time in two weeks. Check out for coverage all weekend.

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Presence in Middle East increases SU Dubai office leads to rise in applications By Lakota Sky Gambill CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Syracuse University officials have seen a substantial increase in applications from the Middle East since SU opened a representative office in the United Arab Emirates in June 2011. “Just in the past three years, there has been a 39% increase in students applying to SU from the area where our efforts have been focused, and a 6% increase in enrolling students,” said Karen Bass, director of international undergraduate admissions, in an email. “For the fall of 2013, we are already experiencing a 24% increase in applications over last year from this area.” The representative office provides information, resources and background on SU to prospective students and parents in the region, said James O’Connor, executive director of international advancement and external affairs, in an email. Abdallah Yabroudi, an SU alumnus and trustee, made the creation of the center and SU’s increased presence in the Middle East possible by providing an office, renovating the space and helping SU establish a presence in Dubai. The office supports the university’s efforts in the Middle East, O’Connor said. Through fundraising, recruiting, student exchanges and admission information, the SU office in Dubai creates a presence for those in the Middle East that has


jenny jakubowski | staff photographer LONNIE JOHNSON, president of the Syracuse Fire Fighters Association, is concerned about the consequences of the potential closure of Fire Station No. 7, the oldest firehouse in Syracuse and the closest to SU. Johnson said budget cuts are the main reason it may close.

Budget cuts could lead to firehouse closure By Nicki Gorny ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Budget deficits could lead to the closure of the fire station closest to Syracuse University. “It’s all about the Benjamins,” said Mark McLees, chief of the Syracuse Fire Department. “I wish it was easy, but it’s not. It’s just reality.” Fire Station No. 7, located at 1039 E. Fayette St., is the closest station to the Hill area, McLees said. It is also the oldest and most rundown station in the city. Necessary repairs of the floors, windows and bathrooms would be expensive and temporary, he said,

but construction of a new firehouse would also be expensive, costing between $7-10 million, he said. While McLees emphasized that the future of the station has not been decided, he said he does not expect to receive this money. McLees said he submitted his budget report to the city last week, but will not know for months how much money will be given to the fire department. Money from the state’s Aid and Incentives to Municipalities program, property taxes and sales taxes will all factor into the amount of money the city allocates to the fire department.

The city is faced with a difficult decision, he said. Many universities, religious institutions and downtown businesses have tax breaks which, among other factors, decrease the amount of revenue the city has to disperse, he said. “The limited resources available have to be spread out,” McLees said. “Everybody has their hand out, including me.” Fire Station No. 7 serves approximately half of Syracuse, covering from downtown to the Eastside, said Lonnie Johnson, president of the Syracuse Fire Fighters Association.

The station responded to almost 6,000 calls last year, he said. Engine 7, which is stationed there, responded to more calls than any other engine in the city. Only one other mini-truck responded to more calls than Mini 7, which also operates out of Fire Station No. 7, he said. Fire Station No. 7 also responded to more calls from SU than any other station, Johnson said. He said it is the closest station to some of the city’s most valuable infrastructures, including hospitals and universities. Firefighters who work in Fire


Spring transfers, freshmen start first semester on campus By Sam Blum STAFF WRITER

While most Syracuse University students returned from Winter Break to familiar sights, other found a whole new experience. Eighty new first-year students, several freshman transfers and a few freshmen who spent their first semester in SU’s Discover Florence

program, all started their first day of classes on the Hill on Jan. 14. “It’s a small population, but it’s actually growing,” said Carrie Grogan Abbott, director of the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs. “Every year we have a few more firstyear students who start mid-year.” A majority of the new students arrived on campus the Friday

before classes began, she said. The university did a thorough, yet slightly smaller orientation process compared to the traditional orientation held in August. The orientation program is called Syracuse Winter Welcome, Abbott said. It focuses on orienting students to both the campus and their classmates. The goal is to get

the students ready for their first day of classes, she said. Abbott noted that while coming in mid-year is a challenge for many, Syracuse Winter Welcome has its upsides. “The winter orientation is nice because we actually get to know a lot of the students more one-on-one,” Abbott said. “Our staff and our orien-

tation leaders are able to have extended conversations with students.” The university also hosted a New Student Resource Fair in the Schine Student Center on Wednesday to help new students find activities and get involved, she said. Although the process is stressful for some, others have found the


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Severe government regulations led to Reddit creator suicide


t has been more than a week since the death of Aaron Swartz, online visionary and co-creator of Reddit and RSS feeds, yet thousands of Internet users continue to respond with grief and calls to reform the overzealous judicial system that drove him to suicide. What we’ve witnessed is a tragedy in which a conscientious and enterprising young person dared to change the world, and when he succeeded, the world grew fearful and sought to crush his fighting spirit rather than nurture it. Swartz was indicted in July 2011 for illegally downloading 4.8 million academic articles from JSTOR, a digital library and subscription service to which he gained unauthorized access through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computer network. The prosecution sought to charge him with 13 counts of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and two counts of wire fraud, which, if convicted, would have landed him up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine. At 14, Swartz helped build the RSS feed, thus changing the way millions of Internet users receive information. In an online manifesto published in 2008 he wrote, “Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.” He quickly became an advocate for the open-access movement. He put this belief into action by creating the nonprofit group, Demand Progress, which


virtually real led the campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011. The bill sought greater protection of intellectual property and corresponding copyrights. Many have been quick to cite Swartz’s depression as a factor in his suicide, but considering how routinely he balanced the weight of the world on his shoulders, it seems only natural that the load would, at times, be too heavy to bear. This case appears to have been less about punishing Swartz for his apparent misdeeds and more about sending a strong message to the hacker community. By throwing the book at Swartz, prosecutors were trying to send a threat severe enough for him to deem his future unlivable. Ultimately, breeding this culture of fear will just give rise to further secrecy and protests as “hacktivist” groups like Anonymous continue to enact their own brand of vigilante justice.

Shortly after his death, the group defaced MIT’s website, calling the prosecution “a grotesque miscarriage of justice,” and called for a reform of computer crime and copyright laws in the interest of greater public access. The federal government is taking on a battle against the hydra of informed dissent these “hacktivists” represent. They may be able to cut off one head, but two will grow back. There are some supporters who agree with Prosecutor Carmen Ortiz’s sentiment that “stealing is stealing, whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars,” particularly people whose industries and livelihoods are threatened by the open-access movement. The government and all affected industries are right to fear this new wave of power Swartz chose to publicly represent. Where before it was necessary to pay for an education to receive access to reliable information, now there is no age limit or prerequisite to gaining and applying knowledge. It’s only rational these institutions become insecure as we approach an uncertain future in a digital age that’s not playing by the same rules. But resisting the change, like the pull of quicksand, will only make it stronger. Kat Smith is a senior creative advertising major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at or by telepathy, if possible. 


Full speed ahead: Generation Y columnist Anna Hodge explains the link between today’s casual dating culture and technology.

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SA makes improvements to better serve student body Two weeks into the 57th Session, Student Association members are creating a more effective and efficient student government by making substantial changes that benefit sudents. The movement to become more constituent-focused began with President Allie Curtis making internal changes. During weekly assembly meetings, representatives must now sit with fellow members of their home college. Curtis’ policy encourages more interaction between representatives of the same home college, who must work together to make positive changes in their respective schools. Another progressive change is the improved voting process, which stipulates that assembly elections happen only once a month. Emily Ballard, the Board of Elections and Membership chair, said elections took up too much time last session. Meeting times without elections allow SA to focus more on initiatives that aim to serve students . SA has also made efforts to direct-

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board ly address student organizations’ concerns by passing an amendment to the Finance Board tier system. With this new legislation, registered student organizations can now apply for more funding for events than they were previously eligible to receive. This bill was created due to carryover balances of the student activity fee. The amendment’s passage now means students currently enrolled at Syracuse University, and therefore pay the fee, will be able to take better advantage of the funding. This change is especially beneficial for lower-tier organizations that have access to the least amount of money. Many members are working together from several angles to make SA a more effective and betterserving student government. But this momentum cannot be lost and must carry on throughout the session.


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ipster heartthrob Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a muscleshirt-wearing, pornographyaddicted Jersey boy. Scarlett Johansson as his rom-com-obsessed dream girl. Switch to James Franco, sweaty and surrounded by gyrating men. Since this definitely isn’t the usual commercial fare, there’s only one appropriate explanation: it must be time for the Sundance Film Festival. These aren’t the movies you’ll stumble upon at 4 a.m. when you accidently find yourself on the Independent Film Channel. Sundance movies can sometimes feel out of touch and beyond America’s comfort zone. But they help keep Hollywood sane and running smoothly. The Utah-based film festival offers Hollywood’s biggest names

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the chance to do something for themselves. Million-dollar lawyers do pro bono work. Physicians take time to help out Doctors Without Borders. Actors make an appearance at Sundance. Though they may not be saving lives or helping out the less fortunate, it helps Hollywood heavyweights get in touch with their craft. At some point, actors stop being actors and become celebrities. Their relationships, fashion faux pas and out-of-context quotes start to outshine their work. For thespians who enjoys character development and strong story-telling, it must be a hard pill to swallow. “I just love to act. It’s my favorite thing to do in the world, and what keeps it interesting to me is the creative challenge,” Gordon-Levitt said.

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the one that got away Like many actors, he’s gone back and forth from blockbuster studio movies, like 2009’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” and 2012’s “Looper” with Bruce Willis, to small indie films like current Sundance entry “Don Jon’s Addiction,” which sold for $4 million. The story of a porn-addicted, modern-day New Jersey Don Juan isn’t going to come out of an Los Angeles studio. Instead, Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and starred in the movie.

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He gets the fulfillment of his risky indie, while Steven Spielberg hooked him for the projected 2013 Academy Award winner ,“Lincoln.” Fellow Sundance directoractor-heartthrob James Franco’s Sundance entry, “Interior. Leather Bar,” was inspired by the 1980 film “Cruising” which explores male heterosexual anxiety when faced with homosexual culture. Yes, James, we get it — you’re really into queer theory. Though he’s delved into the topic before in biopics like “Milk” or “Howl,” Franco is able to express his own ideas through “Interior.” But he’ll do a complete 180-degree turn in March, appearing as the titular character of “Oz: The Great And Powerful.” Unfortunately, the cultural reso-

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nance of Sundance fare, like the 1992 cult hit “Reservoir Dogs” or the 2004 comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” has slowly fizzled. The last big Sundance sensation was “Precious” in 2009. The 2012 Sundance hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild” created buzz within the industry. And luckily, this year Fox Searchlight bought Steve Carell’s Sundance comedy, “The Way, Way Back,” for $9.75 million. Hopefully, Sundance continues to be a strong independent outlet in cinema. If it is wasn’t for Sundance, where else would we be able to see Franco getting his grove on in a strip club? Ariana Romero is a junior magazine journalism and political science major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at and followed on Twitter @ArianaRomero17. 

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Cantor in 2005, aims to bring the university and downtown area closer through a $42.5 million, three-phase transportation and streetscape improvement project. Phase one was completed last fall. Wednesday’s meeting was one of two public information sessions the city of Syracuse and SU are holding for community members. The sessions serve to review work completed during phase one of construction for the Connective Corridor project, discuss plans for phases two and three and introduce key players in the project. The second meeting will be held Jan. 31 at the Central New York Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette St., in the second-floor ballroom at 9 a.m. Those who cannot attend the meetings are invited to email or visit the Connective Corridor’s website for more information.


Station No. 7 are familiar with these unique buildings, which make them valuable as first responders. “If there’s a fire in one of these buildings, there’s zero visibility,” Johnson said. “You have to feel your way through.” If the station closes, its firefighters, who are the most familiar with the buildings, will most likely work out of different stations, Johnson said. Therefore, they would necessarily no longer be first responders. Additionally, the closure of the station would increase the length of time it takes responders

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The next phases of construction, which cost $14.5 million, will pick up along Forman Avenue in late July or early August, Kerney said. Kerney said he does not expect construction to continue past Towson Street before the end of 2013. Construction will resume from March to October of 2014. The project is slated for completion in 2015. Within the next month, minor work will occur along the Corridor. Stainless steel protective sleeves for damaged light bollards along University Avenue have been ordered and will be in place soon, said Linda Dickerson Hartsock, who oversees the Corridor as director of SU’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development. In the upcoming weeks, 95 trees currently growing along the downtown section of the Corridor will be removed, said Steve Harris, city arborist. All trees will be removed by March 1 to adhere to federal guidelines. Trees will be replaced in areas along the Corridor where there is more space for them to grow.

Construction projects for phases two and three will concentrate on downtown areas, including work on the Civic Strip and Onondaga Sewer Separation Project. The Civic Strip, the area around the Oncenter Complex, will feature improved lighting and wayfinding signs to call attention to local landmarks and make the area friendlier for pedestrians and tourists. Project planners are also looking into a crow deterrent for Forman Park, Hartsock said. Last fall, the park was covered in bird droppings when birds roosted in the area. Community members and business owners who attended Wednesday’s meeting expressed general approval of the project, although a handful of business owners voiced concern regarding construction affecting their businesses. “We do understand that construction is disruptive and so through phase one we worked really hard to put together a system for local businesses to know who to talk to, who to call if they had issues,” Hartsock said.

Restaurant businesses will likely only be disrupted if the water is turned off, and project planners will inform businesses of that beforehand, Hartsock said. Kerney also reminded business owners that, aside from facade improvements, construction is only planned for areas within the city’s right of way. Project planners will be accepting applications for the next round of facade improvement grants, with $250,000 in total available, for area business owners interested in adding red awnings, signage or outdoor seating. One community member asked whether project planners have considered adding public bathrooms downtown, since few business owners allow people off of the street to use their bathrooms. Kerney said public bathrooms are not in line with the project’s intent and the city has concerns about public bathrooms encouraging problems such as loitering or littering.

to reach fires in the area, which would enable fires to grow or worsen, Johnson said. “It jeopardizes the students, the faculty and the community,” he added. “It also jeopardizes the firefighters.” Lance Denno, a retired deputy chief for the Syracuse Fire Department and current Syracuse Common Councilor, said in an email he was concerned about the consequences of closing the station in regard to public safety. He said the number of firefighters on duty at any given time is 69, the lowest in more than 50 years. At the same time, the number of emergencies has been rising rapidly, he said. The closure of Fire Station No. 7 “could result in a reduction of the on-duty firefighting and emergency response manpower,”

Denno said. “Such a reduction would critically impair public safety and firefighters’ safety as well.” McLees, the fire chief, also said response time and public safety are serious concerns. While he said no plan has been determined yet, if the station closes, he said it is possible that average response times could stay the same. “Response time is a function of a lot of things,” he said, explaining that the fire department always directs calls to the closest station that is available, which is not always the closest station physically. McLees also emphasized that the firefighters themselves are more critical to public safety than the firehouse. “The people do the work,” he said. “That’s

the most important part — the people, not the fire station.”


in New York was positive about his first week. “The transition has been awesome,” said Wolter, who is currently undecided in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I’ve met some really nice people. My classes seem interesting. I’m still getting accustomed to a lot of things, but I’m definitely enjoying myself.” A majority of freshmen transfers live in SkyHall. Abbott said the reason is so they can share common experiences. “We are intentionally placing incoming transfer students into SkyHall,” Abbott said. “The idea being that kids coming from a similar transfer experience will be able to build community living in the same space.” This was not the case for Wolter, who was placed into Boland Hall, a dorm that primarily houses freshmen. Wolter said he has enjoyed meeting people on and off his floor. He said it took him only until his first weekend to have an experience he would never forget. “After (the men’s basketball team) beat Louisville on Saturday, I saw Michael Carter-Williams at a party,” Wolter said. “I gave him a high five and told him he was awesome. Even though he probably already knew it.”

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BY THE NUMBERS Fire Station No. 7 is the closest station to SU at 0.7 miles away from the university. If this station were to close, the distance between SU and the nearest station would be more than double this distance. Fire Station No. 6, located at 601 S. West St., is 1.5 miles away. Fire Station No. 1, located at 900 S. State St., is 1.7 miles away. Fire Station No. 8, located at 2412 S. Salina, is 1.9 miles away from the university.

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Neutral territory University of Tennessee student challenges traditional housing policy By Marissa Blanchard



student at the University of Tennessee took university housing options into his own hands when he proposed legislation to create gender-neutral housing on campus. Jacob Clark, a junior at UT, worked with a team of people on the Diversity Affairs Committee to propose the bill, formally known as Bill 0113 “Bill to Promote Gender Neutral Housing at University of Tennessee.” The bill, which was presented to the student government and senate, requests more diverse housing options that would allow gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, siblings or close friends to live in opposite-sex rooms, Clark said. UT currently allows students to live in same-gender residence halls, residence halls with gender-separated floors or on floors with restricted access to the opposite sex’s side of the floor, he said. “Students should have more housing options available,” Clark said. “The reason is irrelevant; the demand for a different option should be enough for the administration to do something about it.” A major concern for opponents of the bill is that students in relationships might abuse the privilege of genderneutral housing, Clark said, but the Diversity Affairs Committee did its research to prove critics wrong. After surveying colleges across the

country with gender-neutral housing, the committee found administrators were not having major issues with students abusing the housing choices, Clark said. “We gathered information from schools across country and drafted a bill that had clear demands, but would not be too strong to be pushed away by administrators,” he said. The bill successfully passed through the student representatives and then the student senate a few weeks later, Clark said. It is planned to take effect in the fall of 2014. He added that rumors on campus have circulated about the possibility of implementing the new style of housing before that time, starting with freshman and athletes. “They (administration) are going to do something and it won’t be exactly what we want,” Clark said. “They usually do about half of what we want, but in this case I won’t shut up.” Clark said students living in samesex housing might feel pressured to come out right away or disclose personal information regarding their sexual orientation with a residence adviser or roommate. Gender-neutral housing does not only give students the freedom to room with whomever they want, but it gives students, particularly the LGBT demographic, an option for acceptance, he said. “Our campus is in a safe bubble,” Clark said. “Go about an hour off campus you are in a whole different world.”

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need and then raises money to fund the project. Some of the money is donated to the community and the rest is used to design the building plans and fund the group’s participation in the final construction, Anthes said. Almost immediately after the SU chapter was started in 2006, he said, it adopted the Kenya Project, a plan to renovate an orphanage in South Kinangop, Kenya. Students traveled to the rural mountain village to survey and map out the design plans, which involved a kitchen renovation and expansion of housing to allow the orphanage to double its capacity, Anthes said. Anthes and his fellow officers were elected as sophomores and jumped feet first into the project.

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“Right off the bat we were probably doing 20 hours a week on top of all of our classes — doing meetings, calling people, trying to get the design finished up,” Anthes said. The group eventually raised more than $20,000, $10,000 of which was donated to the orphanage. Construction began in the summer of 2011 and was completed in April 2012, he said. The group, Anthes said, is excited to hear the orphanage has already accepted 10 more children in to the refurbished building, fulfilling its goal to increase capacity. Further adding to the excitement was the announcement of EWB’s Unsung Hero Award, which Anthes said is going to collectively award the efforts of many different people. “There were probably 10 or 20 engineers in the area who all donated their time, and none of them really got any recognition for their tremendous generosity,” Anthes said. But the biggest reward for him, he said, was the eye-opening experience of traveling to rural Africa and being greeted by the grateful, smiling children. “It’s been one of the most worthwhile things I think I’ll ever do, being a part of EWB,” Anthes said. Steps toward the organization’s future are closer to home than ever before as the group pushes for more local involvement. Each year EWB partakes in Adopt-A-High-

way with a section of Interstate 81. However, the group’s local contribution has not extended much further than a few projects. This semester specifically, local involvement is a prominent goal for the student chapter, said Isaac Allen, a senior in L.C. Smith and EWB treasurer. “We’re looking to get involved with as many things as possible because now we’re in that phase between projects where we don’t really have a set thing to do,” he said. Among other things, EWB has been looking to team up with Habitat for Humanity to potentially build access ramps to make local homes handicap-accessible, Allen said. There is also a professional chapter of EWB in Syracuse, which the SU chapter has begun to work with on a project to promote public health in Guatemalan schools. The buildings there currently operate without a means for students to wash their hands, so children are unaware of the importance of personal hygiene, he said. This project would involve traveling to those schools and building hand-washing stations for the children, Anthes said. EWB is also working with From Houses to Homes, an organization based in New Jersey that constructs houses out of cinderblock in Guatemala. EWB has been asked to design small-scale water systems to be fit into the already-constructed cinderblock houses, Anthes said. The group is still figuring out when it will travel for both projects, though a preliminary trip with the professional chapter is projected for summer 2013 to evaluate the situation, he said. “Kenya kind of consumed the first five years of the chapter, so now we’re trying to pave a new cycle,” Anthes said, “which has been a fun challenge, because (Kenya)’s all I’d ever known.” A major goal is to kick-start the international projects before the officers involved in the Kenya project graduate, to help ease the transition, he said. EWB projects have extensive health and safety plans and implementation reports, Allen said. But now that the former officers have the knowledge base to pass on, he said he hopes the paperwork processes will go more smoothly. Allen said the year or two before traveling to Kenya felt like continuous paperwork, but in the end, the experience was the greatest reward. The experience, and the EWB project in general, is an example of a great marriage between traditional engineering and public health as community outreach, said Magari, the adjunct engineering professor. Said Magari: “I want to help students put a little bit of a human face on their engineering education.”



benefitted SU. “The chancellor designated Dubai and the Gulf in general as a geography of opportunity,” he said. “That means there is a focus by SU on transfer of knowledge, so we can learn about the cultures and the religions of the Middle East, and fundraising and just being ready to take advantage of opportunities that arise.”

“Having a presence demonstrates our institutional commitment to students from the region.”

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The Regional Council for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey is especially influential in promoting SU throughout the area and attracting prospective students, O’Connor said. The council consists of four SU alumni who live in Dubai, Kuwait and Bahrain, and hold important positions in society and business. The council interacts with all of the SU colleges and the Dubai office by organizing an accepted students event in Dubai and Riyadh. The regional council is also working on creating a Dubai symposium for the fall semester, O’Connor said. SU is also looking to expand its presence


in ways besides the center, O’Connor said. The university is currently exploring institutional relationships with the American University of Sharjah and another technical school. In Saudi Arabia, the School of Information Studies has a contract with Effat University in Jeddah, and is working on creating a research-training program with Princess Noura University, O’Connor said. In regard to the center, O’Connor said he doesn’t anticipate a dramatic expansion anytime soon. The university is content with how it is reaching out to alumni, raising money, recruiting students and building relationships with agencies and institutions in the Middle East that can help SU increase its stature, he said. Right now, the university is focused on its commitment to students in the Middle East, said Bass, the director of international undergraduate admissions. Said Bass: “Having a presence demonstrates our institutional commitment to students from the region, something that has significant meaning for them and for their parents.”


In the past three years: • 39 percent more students from the Middle East are applying to SU. • 6 percent more students from the Middle East are enrolling at SU.

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He explained that, for journalistic purposes, his definition of a drone is a relatively small, manually controlled device, much like a remote-control airplane, but with a video camera attached. After an hour-long presentation in a classroom, Pacheco announced with much anticipated excitement: “You all ready to fly a drone?” The classroom of people moved to the Herg, where Pacheco demonstrated the awaited feat, featuring an orange and blue drone that SU purchased with Pacheco’s supervision — although he said the colors were just a coincidence. After the demonstration, Pacheco asked the room at large for any volunteers wishing to give the controls a try. Three students lined up, but unfortunately the drone had another agenda. Refusing to reconnect to the Wi-Fi, it remained on the ground. Sophomore television, radio and film major Nate Carlson said he was surprised the event’s turnout consisted mainly of local news media and only a handful of students. Carlson said he thinks drones have a future in the film industry. “I can see myself using them to film aerial shots for movies,” he said. “It would make it much easier.” Still, he said he thinks using drones in journalism is a scary thought, and pictures drones sneakily flying around taking videos. In Pacheco’s presentation, he addressed this thought, saying it is one the government is also scared of. In fact, a national bill was recently signed into law by President Barack Obama regarding the commercial usage of drones titled “The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,” commonly called The Drone Act. It states that the FAA

needs to set strict guidelines to make it legal to fly commercialized drones in federal air space by Sept. 30, 2015. Pacheco said drones are in demand for multiple reasons, including police surveillance, monitoring of farm crops and personal photography. As far as journalism goes, the sky is the limit with possibilities. Difficult shots that generally require a helicopter to get footage can easily be replaced with drones, said Pacheco. Drones are also much more cost-efficient and keep humans out of harm’s way, in instances such as shooting footage for forest fires, storm damage, free speech protests or even sporting events. With journalism, Pacheco stressed that ethics are a major concern. Even so, Dave Tobin, a staff reporter from The Post-Standard who attended the presentation, said he believes there is definitely a place for drones in the journalism world. He said he thinks The Post-Standard will undoubtedly invest in a drone or two in the future. At the end of Pacheco’s presentation, he announced a contest for SU students to win a drone. “There are two different competitions. One is to come up with the best story idea that would use drone footage. Then, the one that we think has the most promise, we’ll give that person a drone,” Pacheco said. The second competition gives students with programming skills the opportunity to create an application to go along with a drone. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 23. After onlookers left the auditorium, Pacheco picked up the fliers for the contest that had scattered onto the floor by the drone’s propellers. He had forgotten to pass them out. Soon, however, they will be hanging up around campus. @kriskross22


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T sam maller | asst. photo editor DAN PACHECO, an S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications professor, shows off a drone owned by SU that can take photos.


he flying object was placed on a table stacked with fliers in front of an auditorium of onlookers. The object began to buzz, spinning its four identical propellers into a blur. The concealed video camera inside the flying object projected its view of the audience sitting in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium onto a projection screen. People watched, mesmerized. One person waved at himself. “It’s not just going to be some kind of trend. My prediction is five years

from now, we’re not even going to be talking about this because it will be normal,” said Dan Pacheco. Pacheco, a professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, stated that he foresees the near future of multimedia journalism to include a current controversial method of photography: drones. Though drones are easily accessible, with products available at Toys R Us and on, it is near impossible for anyone to gain licensing rights for commercial use. New to Syracuse University since August, Pacheco was hired to New-

house as the Chair of Journalism Innovation. He said he is in charge of introducing new innovations to Newhouse students and faculty and to get people thinking. A room full of media-savvy students, faculty and community members munching on complimentary Roly Poly sandwiches actively listened to Pacheco’s presentation on the prospect of drones used in journalism Tuesday in Newhouse III. He began his PowerPoint presentation by diffusing the general public’s opinion of what a drone actually is.



Students exercise unprecedented confidence when using social media


here’s a question that’s been bothering me for a while. How do you know people care about what you have to say? I’m asking because as an on-againoff-again blogger (Is anyone not a blogger these days? We should start a union), I’ve often stopped writing a piece in a panic, frozen by fear because I’m assuming people care about what I have to say, but could easily be horribly mistaken. That’s why I’m always so surprised at how confident my peers are when expressing themselves through social media. For example, my dear Facebook

friend, how did you know I wanted to read that even though your phone is dead, your love can contact you via Facebook when he wakes up, and that you love him so, so much and you cannot wait to see him in 10 minutes? I can only dream of having a relationship so secure that my loved one and I know everyone is eating up our most intimate and mundane conversations. Or better yet, as someone in a long-distance relationship, I can’t express how much joy it gives me to see an album of you and your significant other kissing and embracing. Especially when you make that heart


i put the “party” in pity party shape by connecting your thumb and pointer finger. The symbolism gets me every time. The fuzzy feelings don’t just happen once, but over and over again in a 32-picture web cam album titled, “My boo.” I wasn’t sure if love was real until

seeing that in my feed, and with this knowledge, I can finally get out of bed and enter the world with a smile. I hear my single friends appreciate it just as much. Whether it happens to be about the most recent election or gun control, I go to Facebook for the most up-to-date and accurate opinions in real time. It’s not easy to form an educated opinion after one exposure to an event, so I’m impressed time and again by the ability of my Facebook friends to articulate opinions on a variety of subjects in just one paragraph. Are you sure you aren’t all in Newhouse? Really — your

writing is superb. I just got an iPhone, so naturally I’ve started using Instagram. Whenever I see a “selfie,” I imagine the person in the process of taking it, acting as both photographer and model. “You look beautiful darling. Work the camera. That’s right, let me see that pout. I want to see bored at the airport. Gorgeous, you’re doing great.” Unfortunately, I don’t share the sassy photographer inner monologue, and have already suffered multiple selfieinduced anxiety attacks. But I’ve tried. The original picture was okay. Nothing special. I didn’t pull off looking


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National game creation event comes to iSchool By Shannon Hazlitt STAFF WRITER

The computer programmer for Syracuse University Library, Jeremy Morgan, is keeping this weekend open to participate in the world’s largest game creation event. “I think it will be fun,” Morgan said. “I’ve had

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it blocked out on my calendar for months now.” The event is the Global Game Jam, happening Jan. 25-27. As a participant, Morgan will have 48 hours to create a board or video game with a group of students and members of the Syracuse community in the basement of Hinds Hall. Syracuse is just one of many locations worldwide where creative minds will have 48 hours to create games that incorporate a universal theme. Participants can register for the event


happy, but instead resembled someone bearing all of her teeth at the dentist, guiltily thinking about all the candy she had eaten the night before. But with one button, I was a piece of art. My smile somehow looked more genuine and the emptiness in my eyes seemed mysterious. Finally seeing my full potential as a beautiful

through the School of Information Studies site for $10. Registration is limited to the first 50 people who sign up, according to the Syracuse Global Game Jam website. Although Morgan thinks the 48-hour time limit for the event will be a challenge, he said he thinks it will be a good way to make sure he produces a finished game. “I usually dabble in designing video games on my own,” Morgan said. “It will be a good way to actually finish something.” Anyone 18 and older can register for the event, even if they have no technical background, said iSchool professor Scott Nicholson. Nicholson is also director of the Syracuse Global Game Jam site. Nicholson said participants can develop both tabletop and digital games, and both are equally supported by the challenge. This is the third Global Game Jam with a location in Syracuse, he said. “Many participants have only played games,” Nicholson said. “So it is a chance for participants to see the game design, prototyping and play-testing process in a short period of time.”

The event will kick off at 3 p.m. Jan. 25, when the international theme for the game development will be revealed. A brainstorming session will follow, Nicholson said. Participants are encouraged to form teams if they have not done so already. He said the Global Game Jam gives students a chance to work with students from other colleges and community members. “One of our goals in running the event is to bring together local participants interested in game development and to develop our Syracuse game-creation community,” he said. He is also working with a group of doctoral students from the iSchool to organize the event. Angela Usha Ramnarine-Rieks is a doctoral student in the iSchool who is helping to plan the event. Groups at the event will be challenged to melt various talents into an entertaining product in a short period of time, Ramnarine-Rieks said. “It’s about rewarding the unique characteristics of everybody’s games,” RamnarineRieks said. “Everybody leaves with a sense of accomplishment.”

Another student helping to organize the event is Thomas Witholt, a doctoral student in the English and textual studies department. He said the theme is usually not determined until right before the event. This year’s theme probably won’t be known until Friday. Witholt said the event taught him a lot about project management and delegating tasks within groups. “You might get to exercise different skills that you weren’t expecting to use going into the event,” Witholt said. Descriptions and images of some of the games, including Witholt’s, are available on the Syracuse Global Game Jam website. Witholt said there is an awards ceremony on the last day of the event where participants congratulate each other and test the games they developed. This year the ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the café in Hinds. Said Witholt: “It’s more about sparking creativity and making connections than it is about winning something.”

human, I started to flip through the filters. I tried filters such as the insta-fake tan, somehow-better-than-regular-black-and-white, “Where did that light come from?” and super-bright-colorsthat-don’t-exist-in-the-natural-world. Finally, I settled on “I’m in a magical forest” because I thought it suited me best. But there was that panic. Surely no one would appreciate how much time I had dedicated to picking out a filter. I was nothing special, just another girl who happened to have magical for-

est lighting in her bedroom. So I didn’t post it, jealous of those who could. But I do enjoy Instagram. It keeps me up to date with what my friends are eating and the weather conditions of my school. Did you guys know it was zero degrees yesterday? I wasn’t sure until I saw it on Instagram six times. Then it completely slipped my mind, but thankfully was reiterated on Facebook. I was about to walk out in shorts and a halter-top until

the 16th status about the weather set me straight. The amount of information some of you are willing to share is inspiring, and I thank you for it. I hope to someday acquire that kind of confidence, and maybe at that point I’ll finish a blog post. Until then, I guess I’ll just keep writing this column.

Sarah Schuster is a sophormore magazine journalism major. Her column will appear weekly in Pulp for the spring 2013 semester. She can be reached at

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omantic comedies are disappointing by nature. Their whole concept is based on reinventing love from scratch, despite the fact we’ve been obsessed with it for our entire existence. But occasionally, one like “Silver Linings Playbook” comes along and gives us hope for the doomed genre. Directed by David Russell (“The Fighter”), the unpredictable character study doesn’t start out as a romantic comedy, but ends as a satisfying one. It’s a winning combination of blunt, witty dialogue and charismatic acting, anchored by the chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, “Silver Linings” boasts a fresh script, opting for surprise instead of convention and cliché, with a cast giving it all resonance. The supporting players include Robert De Niro, giving his best performance in years as a Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed father with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a charming comeback role from Chris Tucker as the mentally unstable best friend. That’s right, Chris Tucker is in something other than a “Rush Hour” movie — and he’s hilarious. After an eight-month stint in a mental institution for beating his wife’s lover within an inch of his life, former teacher and “previously undiagnosed bi-polar” Pat Solitano Jr. (Cooper) is piecing his life back together. He goes running in a black garbage bag (for maximum sweat) and reads every novel in his wife’s English syllabus in hopes of winning her back. Pat also inadvertently torments his parents (De Niro and Jacki Weaver) with manic outbursts and inane rants in the middle of the night. Cooper’s lead performance is his first with a raw emotional depth to complement his signature likeability. He swings between volatile anti-hero and lovable screw-up with an impulsive energy and natural ability to deliver punch lines. Late one night, after finishing the Ernest Hemingway novel “A Farewell to Arms,” Pat hurls the book through his window and barges obliviously into his parents’ bedroom. “I’m not going to apologize for this,” Pat

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says. “You know what I will do? I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway because that’s who’s to blame here.” Then he meets Tiffany (Lawrence), an unbalanced widow who matches Pat’s uncensored comments and politically incorrect attitude blow for blow. After a few “chance encounters” and a disastrous date, the two strike an unconventional agreement involving secret letters, dance routines, sports betting and lots of Eagles football. Cooper and Lawrence’s chemistry is palpable, stemming from a shared intensity and profane honesty that earned them both Oscar nominations. The two liked each other so much, they have already filmed another movie together — the Depression-era drama “Serena.” Clever, unapologetic writing buoys the plot’s occasional implausibility.

Passionate acting, lively writing spark unconventional, wildly entertaining rom-com

“You have poor social skills. You have a problem,” Pat says. Tiffany replies, “I have a problem? You say more inappropriate things than appropriate things.” The luck-driven climax is easily accepted because the film justifies its happy ending. It’s like when Tiffany silences Pat Sr. with a surprisingly thorough argument about football statistics. He just shuts up and agrees. But the opportunity to act opposite De Niro elevates everyone else’s performances. After more than a decade slogging through “Meet the Parents” sequels and petty B-list movies, De Niro finally has another worthwhile role. As Pat Sr., De Niro is a ball of workingclass neuroses. An obsessive-compulsive Eagles fan, he struggles to connect with his erratic son while balancing a career as a f ledgling bookie, all while making sure Pat is wearing his lucky jersey and the remote controls are facing the

right direction when the game starts. Russell’s script continually embraces this kind of blaring symbolism. Pat and Tiffany are always running after one another, each literally chasing the other when they pull away. Not to mention Pat’s picture dangling below his brother’s above the family staircase, nailed back upright by the film’s end. Maybe “Silver Linings Playbook” will signal a new era for romantic comedies, one spurning tired clichés in favor of more inventive storytelling. But for every “Love Actually” or “(500) Days of Summer,” there are 100 mindless Katherine Heigl flicks and “Insert Holiday Here”s. More likely than not, “Silver Linings” is just a gleaming drop in the bucket.

‘SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK’ Director: David Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Release date: Sept. 8 Rating:

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No Scoop, no Dion. But Rakeem keeps the Philly tradition going.



‘Nova fans won’t be storming the court after this one.



No upset for the Wildcats. 






6-6 185 SO. 12.3 PPG 9.2 APG



6-4 210 SR. 14.5 PPG 3.5 APG


6-6 205 SO. 10.0 PPG 1.2 APG

Per usual, Carter-Williams towers above his counterpart. The SU sophomore has been clutch lately, while Arcidiacono led the Wildcats with 15 points in the upset of No. 5 Louisville Tuesday.

Triche has broken double digits in each of his last three games, exploding for 23 against then-No. 1 Louisville. If Triche can do his defending job well when the zone expands, Hilliard should be kept quiet.



RAKEEM CHRISTMAS orm. End of the st


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MOUPHTAOU YAROU 6-10 255 SR. 7.9 PPG 5.8 RPG

Christmas may actually get a chance to play extended minutes at power forward facing a three-guard team. Containing the Wildcats’ pair of big men starts with Christmas on Yarou.


6-9 288 FR. 5.3 PPG 4.6 RPG




6-8 215 JR. 13.5 PPG 7.1 RPG

JAMES BELL 6-6 225 JR. 9.2 PPG 4.3 RPG

Bell’s task is key to the Villanova game plan: contain Fair. The SU small forward is averaging 15.5 points per game since Big East play began.



6-11 220 R-SR. 5.3 PPG 4.3 RPG

Sutton is a more complete, experienced athlete than Coleman. The true battle may be who can stay out of foul trouble and on the floor the longest.


W-L: 907-305 37 SEASONS 


W-L: 371-222 19 SEASONS 

Wright orchestrated an upset over No. 5 Louisville earlier this week, but Boeheim pulled it off when UL was No. 1 and has guided SU to two straight wins over ranked teams.

Senior Villanova big man Mouphtaou Yarou only took up basketball when he was 14. He immigrated to the United States in 2007 from Benin, and went on to average 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game playing for Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian School (Md.). Yarou was featured in the first two games of his freshman year before missing the rest of the regular season with the Hepatitis B virus.

STAT TO KNOW Tuesday’s win against the Cardinals was the first in exactly eight years for the Wildcats against a top-five opponent at home. The last came Jan. 22, 2005, when Villanova beat then-undefeated No. 2 Kansas 82-63 at the Wells Fargo Center.



Jim Boeheim’s age when Jay Wright, the head coach with the second-longest tenure in the Big East, was born.


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which none of Syracuse’s three interior players scored in double digits. The recent cold stretch has shifted the scoring onus entirely onto the shoulders of Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair, making it imperative that all three players produce. No. 3 Syracuse (18-1, 6-0 Big East) travels to Villanova (12-7, 3-3) on Saturday to take on a Wildcats team fresh off of an upset of No. 5 Louisville, and the Orange will once again be looking for more production up front. “We’re challenged offensively,” Boeheim said. “Our guards have got to play really well, and we’re hoping the other guys can contribute.” That hasn’t been the case lately, as Keita, Coleman and Christmas have endured arguably their worst stretch of the season. They’ve combined for only 22 points in the last three games, and Christmas was the only player to score against Cincinnati on Monday. He only had two points. Instead, Syracuse has come to rely extensively on its perimeter players in the absence of James Southerland, who remains ineligible at this point. Grant has provided a nice spark —


former forward Nicole Michael for the most in program history. But just as, if not more, important to the outcome of the game was Alexander’s complement inside, junior Shakeya Leary, Hillsman said. Leary produced 14 points and six boards in 21 minutes, including a stretch midway

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he scored in double figures against Villanova and Louisville — but he finished with only five points against the Bearcats. The result was a nip-and-tuck game Boeheim said his club should have lost. Syracuse was out-rebounded by 10, due in large part to its interior trio corralling only five rebounds combined. Carter-Williams, the team’s point guard, had that many on his own. “We didn’t get a lot of points inside, so we kind of struggled because of that,” Triche said. Boeheim explained in his postgame press conference that each of the three big men provides a different skill set, which requires a rotational system up front. He said Keita is the best defender, Coleman is the best offensive player and Christmas is the best overall center. Christmas’ biggest struggle has been consistency, and the lack of it prevents him from asserting himself as the most reliable option up front. He has exploded for great games at times in his career — Providence this season, Kansas State and Cincinnati last season — but at others he has fizzled. An emphatic reverse jam against Cincinnati on Monday showed the potential, and the failed box-out that irked Boeheim demonstrated the problem. When coupled with poor performances from

Coleman, who did not register a single statistic of any kind in seven minutes, and Keita, the win against the Bearcats was more luck than anything else. Even Boeheim said Cincinnati should never have lost that game. “We’ve got to get better,” Boeheim said. “This was their first really bad game. They’ve been averaging almost 10 and 10, which we take. If they can do that, we can win. Today was their first day where they struggled and they struggled on defense.” Saturday’s matchup with Villanova is the last tune-up before the Orange faces a team that relies heavily on its frontcourt players instead of guard play. Up next on the schedule is Pittsburgh on Feb. 2, a team whose leading scorer, Talib Zanna, is a bruiser on the inside, and whose starting center, Steven Adams, stands 7 feet tall. Despite the recent struggles, Triche said he trusts each one of the big men to perform when the ball is in their hands. And if any of the Orange guards struggle on Saturday, that trust might be put to the test when points are needed. “I got confidence in everybody,” Triche said. “It don’t matter who is shooting it. I have confidence if I go into the lane I might pass it to Rak or Baye, and they’re going to catch it and score.”

through the second half where she scored eight consecutive Syracuse points. Leary scored at will at times, and her strong play allowed for Alexander to get plenty of rest, Hillsman said. “Shakeya was rolling,” Hillsman said. “She really earned it and deserved the right to stay on the floor. She was the best player in the gym for five possessions, and she and Kayla did an awesome job.” After jumping off to an early 8-1 lead and maintaining a six-point advantage at

the break, Syracuse fell behind early in the second half as SJU opened with a 13-3 run to take a 37-33 lead. This would match the Red Storm’s largest lead of the game, though, as the Orange battled back to take a 49-43 lead on a Leary jumper with 7:37 to play. The back-and-forth battle continued from there, as St. John’s immediately embarked on a 7-0 run, taking the lead on McKenith’s jumper with 5:36 remaining. St. John’s held a one-point lead at this point, and the stage was set for the dramatic conclusion and Sykes’ heroics. Next up for Syracuse is a trip to face Villanova on Saturday evening for the final stop on a three-game road swing. “It’s huge, obviously, in the conference,” Hillsman said. “It keeps you right up there, keeps you in the mix. Now we’ve just got to regroup and get ready for Villanova.”


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a 4 k ick er shijing wang | staff photographer JOJO MARASCO and SU will get their first competitive test with the newly implemented 30-second shot clock in Saturday’s exhibition games with Hofstra and Holy Cross.

Orange prepares for 1st test with new rules in scrimmages By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

For a second straight season, Syracuse enters the upcoming campaign clouded in uncertainty. Last season, the question was how the Orange would replace one of the best recruiting classes in NCAA history. In September, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee approved the i mplement ation Who: Hofstra/Holy Cross of a 30-second shot Where: Carrier Dome clock. How the 2013 When: Saturday, 10 a.m. season will play out, though, remains especially uncertain as every team in the country adjusts to the new rules. “There’s so much that’s put on the officials – from the early jump on the faceoff to when do you call stalling. They’re going to have to determine whether a team is stalling,” SU head coach John Desko said. “And then you’re going to have to look at what teams will do.” On Saturday, Syracuse will get its first real test run of how the new rules will affect the sport. The Orange plays host to a pair of opponents, Hofstra and Holy Cross, at 10 a.m. in the Carrier Dome for an exhibition doubleheader to open the season. For all three teams, it’s an opportunity to play under the new rules for the first time. SU’s regular season doesn’t kick off until Feb. 17. The Orange will get one more chance for game action after this weekend – a Feb. 2 exhibition doubleheader against Ohio State and Robert Morris in Columbus, Ohio. The addition of the 30-second shot clock was the most talked-about rule change in the offseason. Lacrosse fans – Orange fans in particular – have clamored for some sort of a shot clock for years. Syracuse should especially benefit from the rule change. Under Desko, the Orange plays at a fast pace. SU has struggled against opponents like Maryland and Johns Hopkins, which have held the ball on offense to limit Syracuse’s possessions and force it out of its rhythm. Under the old rules, even after a stall warning, players could hold the ball for as long as


they wanted so long as they didn’t leave the box. With the new rule, players have 30 seconds to shoot after a stall warning. Teams can no longer imitate the tactics of the Blue Jays or Terrapins. The Orange can get out and run. “There’s going to be a lot of goals in transition this year,” SU attack Derek Maltz said. “We’re a very athletic team. We have great, very athletic defensemen, very athletic midfielders, and our attack’s been moving the ball very well. So I’m very confident in these new rules, and they’re going to help us out a lot, especially in transition.” But the biggest change could be that substitutions are now on the fly. The horn that signaled substitutions no longer exists. Whereas the 30-second shot clock is still flexible – it only begins after the referee’s stall warning is called – the new substitution rules, as well as placing more balls on the sidelines and allowing for quick restarts, are more absolute and promise to speed up the game regardless of officials. “You can just pick up the ball and basically, if you step on the field fast enough with the balls on the sideline, you can go right away,” Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “And we’ll get some transition goals pretty fast on that.” Perhaps the biggest surprise is how the new stringing rules have affected the game. Not everyone sees much of a change – both Marasco and Maltz will use extremely similar pockets to those they used last season – but other players’ slight modifications have made a world of difference. Steve Ianzito is one of several players using a new style of pocket. In past seasons, nearly every player utilized a hard-mesh pocket. Now, Ianzito estimates, at least 75 percent of the team is using a soft-mesh or traditional pocket. “It’s completely changed my style of play after five years,” the long-stick defensive midfielder said, “and I love it.” The changes will have an effect. Just how much of one, though, remains to be seen. Even in the fall, the Orange worked to get a leg up on the competition. As early as late September, SU brought NCAA officials to practice




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“When he plays, he’s probably our best center. But when he watches, he’s not very good.”


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Heroic shot by Sykes lifts SU to victory



Early in December, mired in a small slump, Brittney Sykes vowed to do whatever it took to raise her shooting SYRACUSE 60 percentage – even if it meant hitting ST. JOHN’S 57 the gym in the middle of the night. On Wednesday afternoon, Sykes’ determination paid off. With 2.8 seconds to play and Syracuse and St. John’s tied at 57, the freshman guard from Newark, N.J., stole an inbounds pass from former high school teammate Nadirah McKenith. Sykes quickly hoisted the ball toward the basket from 50 feet away, just beating the buzzer. The ball banked in off of the backboard to give Syracuse (16-2, 4-1 Big East) the 60-57 victory over the Red Storm (9-8, 3-2). “They were in the half court and we went man to man,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said.

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Jacquie Greco is making good on her potential.

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Nassib’s arm vastly overrated. Short/ intermediate throws MPHs but struggles driving ball vertically on tape and see same at Senior Bowl.

video of SU’s halfcourt buzzerbeater on Wednesday.

against Providence on Jan. 9. His two frontcourt partners, Baye Moussa Keita and DaJuan Coleman, have slumped as well. Monday’s narrow win against Cincinnati marked the third straight game in

“Brittney made a big play, one dribble and she banked it in. Big shot, big win for us, huge on the road.” The dramatic win gives Syracuse another solid feather in its cap as the NCAA Tournament draws near. It allows the Orange to quickly leave the memory of Saturday’s 87-62 setback at No. 3 Connecticut behind. Despite a shortage of down-tothe wire games in recent weeks, the Orange claimed to be prepared for tense moments due to situational preparation in practice and the team’s abundance of veteran leadership despite a young roster. Wednesday afternoon, it showed. Down 57-53 after SJU player Aliyyah Handford’s bucket with 1:44 to play, the Orange needed a near-perfect closing stretch to come away with the road win. SU delivered, coming through with big plays in a sequence highlighted by a steal by senior guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas and four free throws by Kayla Alexander that tied the game at 57. In the game, the reliable Alexander contributed 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes. She’s now just two points away from tying





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Lack of production from bigs shifts scoring to backcourt ziniu chen | staff photographer DAJUAN COLEMAN and fellow big men Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita are struggling to produce for SU.

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im Boeheim yanked Rakeem Christmas from the game for the second time. He followed his sophomore center to the bench, engaged in a verbal

tirade and lashed at Christmas for not boxing out Cincinnati forward Titus Rubiles. Rubiles had swooped in for a rebound up and over Christmas, forcing Jerami Grant to slide over and commit a foul. Another mistake, anoth-

er trip to the bench. “When he plays, he’s probably our best center,” said Boeheim, SU’s head coach. “But when he watches, he’s not very good.” Christmas has struggled greatly ever since posting a career-high 15 points

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