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Annual address SU professors weigh in on

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President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Page 3

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Wednesday, focusing on black male students’ need to overcoming stereotype. Page 7

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Shifting focus


Experts discuss causes of lessened Bernie Fine coverage By Ryne Gery and Debbie Truong



t had all the makings of a scandal from the start. A prominent figure at the center of conflict. Revelations unfolding daily. Timeliness. But in the months since the allegations against Bernie Fine, the former associate head coach of Syracuse University’s men’s basketball team, broke in mid-November, discussion of the scandal has slowed. The Orange propelled to the top of the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls with a program-best 20-0 start, quieting any concerns the controversy would harm the team’s play. Despite a setback at Notre Dame last Saturday, No. 3 Syracuse is in the midst of a record season, and fans expect a Final Four appearance. For some, the excitement surrounding a possible national title run replaced the Fine scandal in headlines and daily media. Syracuse fans are focused on the superior play of the Orange on the court rather than the sex abuse scandal that continues to hover off it — a stark contrast to the reaction following the early developments two months ago, said Jim Lerch, a Syracuse sports talk radio host. On Nov. 28, the day after Fine was fired, Lerch was flooded with phone calls to his show “Bud & The Manchild” on The Score 1260. Lerch counted it among the most remarkable shows he’s done in 10 years working in radio. The phone lines were jammed — and they stayed jammed for about two weeks. During that time, the Fine story was the only topic covered on the show Lerch co-hosts with The PostStandard columnist Bud Poliquin. Not a single mention of Syracuse basketball as the Orange played through national media frenzy and established itself among the top teams in the nation. “All Bernie Fine calls, nothing about the basketball team, just about the story and what did we know? What was new?” Lerch said.

But following the original wave of coverage, fans seemed to lose interest and the radio host estimates that since then Fine has emerged as a topic of discussion “less than five times.” The attention has completely shifted to basketball and the lofty expectations for this season, Lerch said. The questions now are about how far the team can go in the NCAA Tournament — specifically whether the Orange can make a run to the Final Four and ultimately capture the national championship. When news broke last week that the fourth accuser lied about the allegations against Fine and the third doctored emails to the media, Lerch said nobody cared enough to call into the show. “At this point, I would think it’s very fair to say that the team has taken over and the Bernie Fine story is really, at least at this point, completely on the backburner,” Lerch said. For fans following the scandal, basketball can be a common rallying point. Situations where scandal or other difficulty is involved can potentially unite individuals, said Hinda Mandell, an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology who studied political sex scandals for her dissertation at SU. Lovers of SU basketball, for example, might feel under attack when associated with the scandal and band with one another in defense, she said. Adam Earnheardt, associate professor of communication at Youngstown State University who studies sports fandom, said sports teams and schools often become part of a fan’s identity, so fans want to focus on the positive aspects of the team rather than negatives. “They want to focus on the good things that are happening with that team because it makes the fan feel better about themselves, about the life that they’re living,” Earnheardt said. In the wake of legendary Pennsylvania State University football head coach Joe Paterno’s death, Earn-


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This season’s Syracuse men’s basketball team has been in the news for two very different reasons – the Bernie Fine scandal and a record start to the season. Here’s a look at the season’s highs and lows, both on and off the court.

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Backup QB arrested at Carousel By Mark Cooper SPORTS EDITOR

In Syracuse’s first game following sex abuse allegations against Bernie Fine, the Orange defeats Colgate.

Dec. 12

Fine is fired by Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor 10 days after allegations first surfaced.

Dec. 13

Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt was arrested Tuesday evening after police said he stole from a Hollister store in the Carousel Center. Police said Hunt, a freshman backup, stole a $44 bottle of “Breakline Fragrance,” according to an article published HUNT by WSYR-TV in Syracuse. He was confronted outside


The Orange rises to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since March 2010.

Jan. 20

Zach Tomaselli, the third accuser, admits to doctoring emails sent to media outlets regarding the investigation into Fine.

Jan. 23

The Orange, who dropped to No. 3 in the polls, bounces back after its first loss to earn road victory over Cincinnati.

Two accusers announce they are filing a defamation lawsuit against SU head coach Jim Boeheim and the university.

Jan. 21

SU loses for the first time this season to Notre Dame after opening the season a program-best 20-0.

Jan. 24 Lawyers for Boeheim and SU file for slander suit to be moved from New York City to Onondaga County, according to a Post Standard article. All parties involved in the lawsuit are in Onondaga. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, however, claims an impartial trial would not be able to be held in the county.

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Follett’s to close, sell all merchandise By Stephanie Bouvia ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Jessica Varona entered Follett’s Orange Bookstore to rent a textbook for the first time. When she approached the register, she said, the cashier told her the store would be closing Feb. 24. “This was my first and last experience with Follett’s,” said Varona, a sophomore international relations major. Follett’s, located in Marshall Square Mall, is closing for several reasons, including business competition, according to an article published in The Daily Orange on Monday. Follett Corp. officials said in an email that the bookstore off Marshall Street is only one of more than 900


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Panel to speak on Fine case

Alumni create game accessory for Orange fans By Sarah Schuster STAFF WRITER


The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will hold a symposium Feb. 23 to discuss the media’s handling of the Bernie Fine and Pennsylvania State University cases. The event, “When Games Turn Grim: Can media cover sports scandals responsibly?” will feature four panels focusing on a different aspect of the case. Due to the complexity of the case, Steve Davis, chair of newspaper and online journalism at Newhouse, wanted to organize a symposium in hopes students could learn from the decisions made by the media. “There are all sorts of ethical issues at play here, and people have been talking about it in Newhouse and in class,” he said. The symposium, held in the Hergenhan Auditorium, will begin in the late morning with a panel on the media. Scheduled panelists include a vice president from ESPN, head editors from The Post-Standard and The Patriot-News in Pennsylvania, and Pete Thamel of The New York Times. After a break, Davis said, the last three panels will focus on advocates for accusers and victims, public relations and ethics from 1-5 p.m. Former Newhouse Dean David Rubin will participate in the ethics panel, which will discuss how much evidence a newspaper needs to charge someone of child molestation; how a newspaper challenges a highly regarded official, such as Joe Paterno or Jim Boeheim; and what The PostStandard should have done with the Laurie Fine tape. The symposium will be streamed live in and also available on the Newhouse website. Although the event is free and open to the public, Davis said it was created with journalism students in mind. “It’s really complex and interesting,” Davis said. “This would mainly appeal to journalists because it is not a replay of the allegations, but a critical look at how the situation was handled.”


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Obama discusses future of education By Nick Cardona STAFF WRITER

President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night in an effort to unite the American people. The president concentrated on issues such as the economy and higher education during his annual State of the Union speech. “The United States economy is built to last,” Obama said. Obama stressed the importance of education, as the nation’s future resides in the youth of America. Therefore, the president said he wants to create a bill that requires students nationwide to stay in high school until they graduate or until they turn 18. Paying for college is the most difficult part of the education process, Obama said, so students have a better chance to succeed if universities grant more opportunities to help with tuition. Margaret Thompson, an associate history professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, said the president is aware of the difficulty of paying off college loans. Obama and his wife just finished paying off their college loans in 2004, and Obama wants that process to be easier on the new generation of students. During his term, Obama said he spoke with college presidents and encouraged them to lower tuition

and prevent it from increasing annually. He gave them an ultimatum: “If you can’t keep tuition costs from going up, then the funding you receive will go down.” Members of Congress further identified with younger generations of Americans by using social media outlets like Twitter during the State of the Union address. This year marked the first State of the Union in which members of Congress were able to Tweet during the speech. Tweeting is not clearly stated as legal in the Senate and House rulebooks, which could be altered after Tuesday night, said Anthony Rotolo, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Information Studies. Rotolo said he believes the practice of tweeting during the speech is not disrespectful, but tweets could be considered disrespectful to the commander in chief. This practice also correlates with students in Thompson’s HST 341/PSC 329: “Modern American Presidency” class, who tweeted throughout the speech on what they found most interesting. The technique Thompson is adopting in her class is getting the younger portion of Americans more involved in the political process, Rotolo said. The upcoming presidential election is another main topic of conversation in Thompson’s class. She believes the Republican Party

is actually helping Obama and aiding in his efforts for re-election by attacking one another, she said, although she does not believe Obama is sure to win. Said Thompson: “The economy is the top concern facing the American people at this time, but the common good of the people should be the main priority.”

FOLLOWING ALONG During Obama’s speech, many famous names took to Twitter to express their opinions.

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Although orange seems to be the only color in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University sporting events, Dave Jacobs and Lawrence Moten have invented a product to make the stands even brighter — all while showcasing the rambunctious spirit of Syracuse sports fans and supporting local charities. Jacobs and Moten, both SU alumni and former athletes, created the Loud Towel, the newest way for Syracuse sports fans show their orange pride and give back to the community. In the center of the bright orange towel is a large, bold, dark blue “S,” with the words “Loud Towel” written across. Underneath the “S” is the word “UNITY,” which Jacobs said is to represent the collaboration between the SU and the Syracuse community. “We want to elevate the community through unity,” Jacobs said. “Great things happen when you put together the greatest fans in the country.” “LM2334” and “DJ1” are also printed on the towels. The first represents Moten’s initials and the number of points he scored as an SU basketball guard and forward, the most ever scored by a single player. The latter includes Jacobs’ initials and the number one because it was his number while he was a kicker for the SU football team from 1975-78, he said. There are also three charities’ logos printed on the towel. The charities include the Burton Blatt Institute, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, and Say Yes to Education. The Loud Towel costs $7.99 and can be purchased at Shirt World on Marshall Street, the SU Bookstore and in the Dome. The Dome has already sold several hundred Loud Towels, said Gale Youmell, the divisional merchandise manager at the SU Bookstore in the Schine Student Center. She said the towels have been reordered to sell at Saturday’s home game against West Virginia. “What makes it special is that it’s not just another fan item. What’s built into it is that some of the sale goes to these three great charities that the university works closely with,” Youmell said. Jacobs credits the success of the Loud Towel to the Syracuse fans and their dedication to SU’s sports programs. As a former player, he said this is very meaningful. “Playing a sport is visual, mental and emotional,” Jacobs said. “No matter where they are, when a players sees support, they’re always home.”

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heardt said fans are remembering Paterno as a leader and visionary in their community because they want to identify with something great, not with the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Fan mentality is one of many factors contributing to the drop in attention surrounding these scandals. Brad Gorham, chair of the communications department in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, offered a different take and attributed the lack of developments and nature of media to the slowdown in Fine coverage. “Scandals, like most news events, only stay

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in the news a long time if there are new revelations, if there are new findings, if there’s something new to pop up and creep in every few days,” he said. Should additional, significant details be released, Gorham said the spotlight will once more be cast on the Fine allegations. The sexual abuse scandal that stunned Penn State earlier in November affected the initial coverage of the Fine allegations, Gorham said. ESPN’s decision to run the Fine story was likely a product of media agendasetting, in which the media signals important issues to audiences, Gorham said. He added that many were critical of ESPN’s initial Penn State coverage, and ESPN perhaps saw the Fine scandal as an opportunity to recover. Gorham said SU managed the Fine situ-


stores across the United States and Canada. Officials said although many factors went into deciding whether to close the store, it was no longer economically feasible in this case to keep it open. Signs reading “50 percent storewide sale on all supplies, clothing, gifts” stand at the store’s entrance. Inside, dwindling shelves disappoint students who are still looking to buy or rent textbooks. But no signs explicitly say the store is closing. The deadline to return any books to Follett’s has already passed. Store employees told customers who bought books Tuesday that they had two days to return any books with a store receipt. Although the store is slated to close next month, many Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environ-

ation well by creating good will among the university’s key stakeholders, easing the transition from scandal to basketball season. “I think that helped set the stage to make it a lot easier for us to focus on the basketball team,” Gorham said. But Syracuse’s winning season hasn’t silenced all discussion of Fine, Gorham said. The team’s ability to win, despite the controversy that initially marred the start of the Orange’s season, is also a talking point in media and sports circles. “I don’t think people have forgotten about Bernie Fine,” he said, “but I think they see that as separate from what the basketball team is doing now.”



the store and brought to the security office by Hollister’s loss prevention officer after he concealed the bottle in a Hollister shopping bag. He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Syracuse City Court for a charge of petit larceny. Hunt was cooperative and apologetic, according to the article. Police said Hunt is the only person charged in the incident, according to the article. SU Athletics could not be immediately reached for comment. Hunt, 18, is from Rosedale, N.Y. He did not play in any games this season.

mental Science and Forestry students are still unaware. Kyle Christensen, an undecided freshman in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, said he hadn’t previously heard the bookstore was going out of business. Christensen said he rented many books from Follett’s last semester in an effort to save money. Now, he said, he’s going to have to go to the SU Bookstore in the Schine Student Center. “Now I guess I only have one option. That kind of sucks,” he said. Follett officials said the store will be holding sales and discounts on merchandise and apparel before closing. “For whatever items are not sold during these scheduled sales,” they said, “we will seek to sell to another retailer should the opportunity arise.” Officials said because they are an off-campus store, they do not have a direct affiliation with SU. However, officials said, “over time we have built a customer following, and we will be communicat-

ing with these customers through channels like email before officially closing our doors.” Emily Wilmott, a senior environmental studies major at ESF, also said she had no idea the store was closing. Wilmott said the closing of Follett’s is particularly frustrating because the store usually carries more ESF textbooks than the one in Schine. “I can never find anything at the other bookstore,” Wilmott said. Now that Follett’s is closing, students like Wilmott are forced to figure out where they will buy textbooks from after next month. Wilmott said she is only going to buy her books from the SU Bookstore as a last resort. She said she prefers to get her books through online retailers, such as Amazon, because they are less expensive. “Obviously, book prices are astronomical,” Wilmott said. “It’s really a lot of money for a book you’re going to use once.”



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Bookstore closing decreases student options A longtime supplier of books for Syracuse University students will close its doors in mid-February. Follett’s Orange Bookstore, a division of Follett Higher Education group, cited multiple reasons for closing: competition with the SU Bookstore. Cheap online retailers. Class-specific readers. Late orders from professors. This closing represents a sad occasion for SU students. As consumers, the more avenues available to search for less-expensive books, the better. With the technology available, it is easy to search multiple sites and stores for the best bargain. Students must now rely on the SU Bookstore and online websites for their books. For students who need to pick up a book immediately for a class, the SU Bookstore is

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board the only option. Course readers compiled by professors will only be available from SU, too. Oftentimes, these are expensive and nonrefundable, which is costly for students. Students must look for creative ways to find cheap textbooks around campus and online. Consumers on Marshall Street have options with food and apparel, as students with textbooks did. A Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are minutes apart from each other and are always busy. Manny’s and T-Shirt World are both on Marshall Street and appeal to the same consumers. Adapting to competition is a necessity for businesses.

Follett’s should also be transparent with students and acknowledge the store is closing. Currently, there is a lack of signage announcing the closure. Follett’s can benefit from one last boost if students know merchandise — be it books, school supplies or apparel — is on sale. Last February, Borders filed for bankruptcy and closed all stores across the country in less than a year. The company could not cope with brands like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. With Follett’s closing, it is clear that traditional bookstores are struggling to compete with online competition. Students, as consumers, should pay attention to these struggles. The storefronts on Marshall Street may change, but students will always need books.



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Pop stars’ baby brings implications for generation of hip-hop, rap music


f you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you’re well aware that pop culture icons Beyonce and Jay-Z are now parents to the most famous baby in recent history, Blue Ivy Carter. Their daughter is now also the youngest person to ever appear on the Billboard Charts, making her claim to fame crying in the background of Jay-Z’s single “Glory,” in which he describes his emotions after becoming a parent. Baby girl Blue has been a hot topic of conversation since her birth. It has left people wondering — what does this mean for the future of JayZ’s rap career? It’s no secret that one of Brooklyn’s finest doesn’t have a squeaky-clean record when it comes to depicting women throughout his career. Sexist tendencies are all too common in any male-dominated industry, and the

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rap game isn’t any different. Jay-Z is guilty of falling victim to utilizing controversial lyrics with negative connotations. The famous rapper has toned it down since his relationship with Beyonce, but the “sluts” and “hoes” still find their way into his songs. There has been a debate as to whether Jay-Z —and other rappers like him — is sexist, or if his behavior is reflective of his professional work. It’s oftentimes not solely individuals who are responsible for their actions, but also the systems in place and societies at large that encourage poor decision-making. Regardless of who’s to blame, Jay-Z’s language choices perpetuate a misogynistic environment toward women in rap and hip-hop, and this is what makes critics skeptical of any possible changes in his work due to Blue Ivy.

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not a barbie girl There were other opportunities for Jay-Z to change his ways and form a new consciousness about womenís rights before the birth of his daughter, but there’s no denying the importance of personal experiences in relation to political and social choices. Sometimes it takes a life-altering experience to come to certain realizations. This is a familiar concept to many feminist theorists who claim that the personal is political, and our own experiences and histories shape our political understandings. Blue Ivy’s existence will force her

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parents to re-evaluate their music and career choices and work toward presenting female-positive messages. This is already apparent in Jay-Z’s “Glory” when he introduces the fact that his wife miscarried before Blue Ivy. While the couple usually remains private about their personal lives, he felt compelled to mention the struggle of Bey’s miscarriage. He addresses a topic often deemed taboo to publicly talk about. With these few lines, Jay-Z helps destigmatize the nature of miscarriage discussions and opens up a dialogue about the role of womenís bodies in childbirth. The birth of this new celebrity baby is important because of her ability to shape the way her parents demonstrate an understanding of gender. This, in turn, will benefit the masses and help shift public perceptions and dialogue around gender. It’s not guaranteed that Jay-Z will

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eliminate all sexist words entirely, but there’s a strong possibility the hip-hop culture will transform its perception of gender equality; his actions have a hold over millions of fans and other artists. Blue Ivy’s significance extends beyond what she’s capable of individually because Blue’s existence influences two of the most successful and popular artists in history. Even if it took an experience that affected him on a personal level, Jay-Z seems to be taking positive steps in a direction toward female-positive messages in his music, and the reason behind his powerful influence is one small woman. You have to love the Carter family for that. Krystie Yandoli is a senior women and gender studies and English and textual studies major. Her column appears every Wednesday. She can be reached at or followed on Twitter at @KrystieLYandoli.

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Curb appeal City constructs bicycle paths to offer alternative transportation system


By Alexandra Hitzler STAFF WRITER

ity transportation planners have recently begun construction for bicycle lanes throughout Syracuse, said Chuckie Holstein, the Greater Syracuse executive director of the Forging Our Community’s United Strength program. F.O.C.U.S. is a citizen-driven organization that promotes citizen engagement in Central New York communities. “The city is working on the construction of bike lanes as we speak,” Holstein said. “Their work is already apparent in the areas around SU, where bike lane construction has been initiated on Euclid and University avenues.” Holstein said the city’s plans for bike lanes were accelerated after Syracuse residents voiced their desire for the construction of bike lanes at F.O.C.U.S.’s Citizen Strategic Action Plan meetings. The meetings were held to bring together government agencies, nonprofit organizations and concerned citizens to create plans to improve the Greater Syracuse community. “The Strategic Action Plan team met about 14 times, and the citizens came up with recommendations to create healthier living in their community, which included the construction of these bike

paths,” Holstein said. The bike lane plans have already been put into motion, and Holstein said she expects them to continue to grow in the next few years.

“We hope this project creates an accessible trail of downtown Syracuse that is easy to explore.” Chuckie Holstein GREATER SYRACUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FORGING OUR COMMUNIT Y’S UNITED STRENGTH PROGRAM

Syracuse already has approximately 10 miles of constructed bike lanes, but many of the lanes are not connected. City officials plan to add 4.2 miles of bicycle lanes on city streets that would link bike lanes already in existence. The city’s goal is to create paths that allow bikers to get through the city safely and easily, said Paul Mercurio, city transportation planner, in a Jan. 11 CNYcentral online article. The plan includes construction for lanes in Eastwood, the Northside, the Southside and the Westside, according to the article.

Mercurio said the point of the plan is to change the way people think about their public space. He said the idea is to make Syracuse a bikeable city as well as a walkable one, according to a Jan. 20 article on “We want to make sure that our transportation system is equitable for everyone so that you don’t have to be forced into choosing a car, you can choose to take a bike if you want to take a bike, you can choose to take a car if you want to take a car … and just rebalancing and making our transportation system work for everyone,” Mercurio said in the article. City officials are hoping to pay for the project through grants and other outside-funding sources, according to the article. “We hope this project creates an accessible trail of downtown Syracuse that is easy to explore,” said Holstein, executive director of F.O.C.U.S. Holstein said interns at F.O.C.U.S. have been working to create a website and an iPhone application designed to accompany the walking trails and bike lanes in Syracuse. “The response to this overall project has been very favorable from the city,” Holstein said. “We’re excited to see what’s to come of this.”

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nless you like to wake up to a baby screaming at 4 a.m., casual sex is the way to go: no consequences. However, 34 percent of American women are pregnant at least once before they are 20, according to the 2005 Kaiser Family Study of Sex on TV. So here are seven ways to be down to f**k, ensuring that “she” isn’t condemned to nine months of beached whale-dom, and “he” doesn’t owe 21 years of child support to Ugly Betty from Shaw Hall. 1) The Condom: Don’t know that person’s first name? You’ve got to glove the love. If that idiot you met at the bar says, “I don’t use condoms,” just hope you aren’t smashed enough to agree. Condoms may make everything a bit, well, muffled, but unless you both have a blue ribbon saying you don’t have The Clap, suck it up and stick it on. According to, condoms are 98 percent effective and protect you from STDs. 2) The Pill: Someone calls Haley Bomboy, a junior communication and rhetorical studies major, at 9 p.m. every night. It’s not her overprotective mother. It’s “Baby,” Bomboy’s pill alarm. The small, round and mighty daily pill stops ovaries from letting eggs loose by releasing the hormones estrogen, progestin or both. The pill is 99 percent effective when taken correctly. However, being overweight, vomiting and some antibiotics can affect efficiency, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. 3) The Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing): If you don’t want your own Blue Ivy Carter, you should’ve put a ring on it: once a month for three weeks to be precise. NuvaRing sits inside the vagina, releases the same hormones as the pill, and makes your uterus unfriendly for any eggs with ideas. When used correctly, according to, NuvaRing has the same bonuses as the pill: improved skin, fewer cramps and less PMS. 4) The Implant (Implanon): Inserted under the skin on your arm, this small matchstick-sized device releases progestin. Nearly 600 women using Implanon reported unwanted pregnancies to the United Kingdom’s Medicine and Health


(top left) carly reeve | staff photographer (bottom left and right) jackie barr | staff photographer (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) Susan Hynds, professor emeritus of the School of Education, and television, radio and film professor Larry Elin created a documentary that explores the education system’s effect on African-American males.


By Ian Phillips STAFF WRITER

mong the statistics displayed in the opening minutes of “Black Males/Black Dreams: Climbing to the Mountaintop,” this one is most unsettling: more AfricanAmerican men, 775,000, are in U.S. prisons than U.S. colleges, 680,000. While it presents these hard facts, the documentary focuses on success stories rather than the failures to come out of the school system. The film was co-produced by television, radio and film professor Larry Elin and professor emeritus of the School of Education Susan Hynds and made only with the equipment available in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. It will make its premiere in the Joyce Hergenhan

Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It deals with problems that everyone knows exist, but few people truly want to acknowledge. The documentary’s message speaks at both a local and a national level. Despite the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States, age-old racial barriers have yet to be broken. African-American males still struggle to get a complete education, the film explains. A majority of students drop out and end up in prison, which illustrates “the school-to-prison pipeline.” The documentary is not about the people who become these statistics but rather those who beat them and those who are helping to reverse them altogether. It features interviews from now

grown-up former students of the Syracuse education system. The most prominent is Carlos Wallace, now an educator. His story of struggle and hard-earned success encapsulates what all teachers and students should aspire to attain. While several movies and documentaries have explored this subject matter, “Black Males/Black Dreams” stands out by tackling the issues at hand from all sides. Rather than presenting a one-sided indictment of the parents, the teachers or the education system, it explores how all of these factors can make or break a child. It shows that success for the AfricanAmerican male not only depends on a combination of self-motivation and guidance from good role models, but also how students can motivate

themselves. The documentary also taps into what exactly constitutes a positive role model. Maybe one of the most interesting discoveries here is that women specifically make the best teachers for male African-American students. This conclusion stems from the many factors of black culture further explored in the movie. Wallace’s teacher, Mary McCrone, who had the biggest influence on his decision to become an educator, is interviewed prominently. “Black Males/Black Dreams” offers no absolute solutions, but it should still be considered valuable and uplifting. By focusing on the positives as opposed to the negatives, the documentary centers on hopeful futures.

Q&A with co-producers of insighftul education documentary By Ian Phillips STAFF WRITER

The creators of “Black Males/Black Dreams: Climbing to the Mountaintop,” Susan Hynds and Larry Elin, talked about their collaboration, the challenges of making a movie without a budget and their passion for the subject.

The Daily Orange: When did this

project start and how did you get involved? Susan Hynds: The project started about six years ago when I was thinking I would be retiring from the university. I wanted to take a few classes, so I audited a class with Larry Elin. I decided I’d want to make documentary films instead of retiring. I made a short 15-minute documentary about Wallace

and McCrone. So we talked about it and decided that the issue of AfricanAmerican males in society was a much larger issue than these two people.

What was the most difficult part of making this movie? I think because we had no budget, we had to work to get footage. For instance, we couldn’t pay for B-roll. We wanted to put a CNN clip in, but

we couldn’t pay for it. It was $180 a minute. It was difficult because we had to make all of the film ourselves. We had to collaborate and because of that it took us four years.

What do you believe students and educators can get out of this movie? I think we need to look carefully at those kids we see standing on street



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corners. We automatically make an assumption about them. This is not to say that these kids are always going to be model citizens, but we need to change our assumptions about why they are there.


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The Daily Orange: How did the use of two disciplines — education and television, radio and film — benefit the making of this film? Larry Elin: We both brought different competencies to the process. Susan was by far the content expert and the person with the vision of what this story could be, but I brought the access to cameras and knowledge on how to use them. I couldn’t have made the film without her, and I don’t think she could have made the film without me.

What sparked your interest in this subject matter? When Susan showed me the movie she made in class, at the time my wife and I had foster sons and had one then. Most of our foster sons have been African-American males, young, in school and struggling. So her topic was one that I could identify with, and I got just as passionate as she was about the problem and how important it was to solve this problem.

For people who wouldn’t normally see these issues firsthand, will this film bring the city closer to home? Yes, I think so. Part of the goal of this film was to expose people to people that they would never meet on their own because of where they live, who they are, what kind of lifestyle they have, socioeconomic status and the color of their skin. Sometimes you can accomplish more diversity just by head count, but what works even better is to change people’s state of mind.


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shira stoll | staff photographer (CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM) Bohemian Beans Café serves food made with local products, like the Caprese panini with a hearty helping of chips. The café’s drinks, including the Turtle espresso made with caramel and hazelnut, come in mugs handcrafted by artists. Customers are greeted by menus on chalkboards.


By Jillian D’Onfro STAFF WRITER

onna Smith smiles as she stands behind the counter of Bohemian Beans Café, her back to the wall, which bears bright-colored chalk proclaiming the menu items and specials. Smith, the owner of Bohemian Beans, worked as a teacher before opening the café five years ago, so scribbling on chalkboards is her specialty — along with concocting delicious coffee. Just off Interstate 81 north, the location of Bohemian Beans couldn’t be better. Situated in the Regional Market Commons, the café offers a local alternative for the caffeine addict who needs a fix before hitting the mall. Even more conveniently, it’s the perfect spot to stop by for a treat and a drink before exploring the many aisles of the Saturday farmers’ market or the Sunday flea market. “My mission here is to try to keep everything as local as I can,” Smith said. “I get my coffee from local roasters, and I get a lot of the products

to make my treats and sandwiches from the farmers’ market.” Inside the café, my dining partner and I eyed the display of homemade desserts in the glass case, but decided to settle on splitting a Caprese panini that had fresh tomato and mozzarella. When our panini arrived crammed into a plastic basket with a hearty helping of chips, my mouth nearly watered. The thick slices of mozzarella oozed around the tomatoes delightfully, but the bread really sealed the deal, making it the sandwich’s wow-factor. Smith crisped it to perfection so that each bite offered a crunch that contrasted with the soft and succulent middle. At the pretty cheap price of $5.95, the panini impressed us. Bohemian Beans feels cozy, partly because it’s small and crammed with so many interesting things to look at. The current featured artwork by local photographer Janet Lee decorates the walls. Candles, mugs, teapots and more locally made gifts line a set of shelves. Strong scents waft from jars of coffee beans, and two comfy-looking chairs flank an artificial fire woodstove.

A strong believer that keeping money in the local economy can benefit the entire community, Smith also hangs local artists’ works on the café’s walls and commissions a ceramic artist to create her coffee mugs. We each selected a different espresso-based drink. I went for the Turtle, espresso with cocoa, caramel and hazelnut. And my dining partner ordered the Moose Crossing, espresso, Creme de Cacoa and Kahlua. It turns out we made the right decision not springing for a baked good because the drinks tasted like desserts. Piled high with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup, they definitely suited someone with a real sweet tooth. I gulped down my velvety, rich drink, especially savoring the fluffy, frothy top layer. Although the smoothies are out of season until spring, I was excited to see that they graced the menu at all — I bet a Mango Mania would compliment one of Bohemian’s tasty-sounding breakfast sandwiches well. We waved to Smith as we left, and I felt charmed once again by her big smile. The café serves a recipe for success:

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more than a decade ago on Jan. 2, 1996, on SU’s home court. A win would seemingly push SU back to the brink of NCAA tournament consideration, a feat that the Orange hasn’t accomplished since the 2007-08 season. “It’s a great opportunity,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Normally we have the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country, but right now they’re the No. 3 team in the country. It’s just a great opportunity to play against a great program and against a great team.” The Huskies are undoubtedly the biggest test SU has faced all season. Although last season’s national player of the year, Maya Moore, has moved on to the WNBA, the Huskies haven’t skipped a beat. This year’s UConn team features three players who average more than 14 points per game. The Huskies also have three returning starters from a team that pummeled the Orange 82-47 a season ago. Tiffany Hayes, who scored 18 points in that contest, remains a catalyst in the Huskies’ four-guard lineup this season. Hayes is shooting an astonishing 53.3 percent from the field this season. “Now they’re a really guard-oriented team,” Hall said. “They have a lot of good shooters, so of course we have to get out on their shooters and just be ready for rotations and penetrations.” Hillsman will combat UConn’s strong guard play with the same consistent formula that he has used all season long. But it won’t come easy

for Syracuse center Kayla Alexander and forward Iasia Hemingway. The Huskies are beating opponents by a nation-leading 37.1 points per game behind a defense that yields just 43.7 points per game. SU’s inside duo will have to contend with 6-foot-5 center Stefanie Dolson and 6-foot freshman phenom Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis on the glass — an area of the game in which both teams excel. “We’re just going to continue to do the things we’ve been doing,” Hillsman said. “Our scheme is throw the ball inside, and we’re going to continue to do that. That’s our best option right now, throwing the ball to Iasia and Kayla, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The Orange leads the Big East in rebounding this season, averaging 49.1 boards per contest, but the Huskies sit just above SU at sixth in the nation in rebounding margin. Alexander said she knows the matchup will be a physical affair. “It’s going to be a battle,” Alexander said. “We’re going to have to bang inside, especially in the post. … We’re going to have to go hard on the outside and get out there and contest shots.” The Huskies are coming off a dominating effort over No. 23 DePaul, defeating the Blue Demons by 44 points. Hillsman said when he watches UConn, he sees the team’s capacity to get hot from anywhere on the floor. “They have a lot of balance, and we can’t key on one or two people because they have the tendency of having three or four going off against you,” Hillsman said. “You just have to play your principles, do the things you’ve done all season, keep them in front of you and be able to contest shots.”

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SU midfield lines work to fill void of departed top scorers By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

It seems like the most unenviable situation to be in as possible. An entire first midfield line, made of three All-Americans, is gone and needs to be replaced. And coming into the start of the season, losing that type of veteran leadership invaded the minds of Syracuse’s returning midfielders, who are charged with the task of filling some of the biggest shoes in college lacrosse. “That was the probably the biggest concern this year, was who’s going to step up and lead,” midfielder Steve Ianzito said. “But as the year goes on, people are going to surprise other people. People are going to step up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a senior or a freshman, someone’s going to step up.” There are plenty of possible prospects to do so, and although it’s less than two weeks into practices, the Orange’s midfield lines may actually be in a better position offensively than they were last season. While Syracuse’s first midfield line started the 2011 season without a hitch — a product of having already played three seasons together — SU’s second and third lines struggled mightily. The communication among the midfielders was off, and moving players from one line to another created chemistry issues on the field. This year, those problems are mostly in the past. With the makeup of the midfield lines becoming clearer by the day, the chemistry among them is strengthening with each drill and scrimmage. Suddenly, the idea of having to replace such a marquee line becomes a bit less daunting. “Coming into the season, we just know that we have a lot of talent on the midfield line,” Ianzito said. “First, second, third line, a lot of people are going to get playing time. We don’t have to lean on one midfield line like we did last year, which is nice. We have a lot of depth this year.” Last season’s first line of Jovan Miller, Josh Amidon and Jeremy Thompson produced a total of 48 goals and 35 assists. Along with Syracuse’s formidable attack, the line was often a scoring machine. When those three came off the field, though, their replacements’ inability to jell early on was evident. JoJo Marasco, Hakeem Lecky and Bobby Eilers are shaping up to be the first line right now, while Scott Loy, Henry Schoonmaker and Ianzito are

working together at practices on the second line. It took until the third game of the season against Virginia for the second line to produce a goal. Ianzito had buried one in the first quarter in the 12-10 win for the Orange. Syracuse still had a significant drop offensively with the second line on the field until midway through the season. This year, it likely won’t take a few games before SU’s midfielders know where their line mates are at any moment. “I think right now, me, (Schoonmaker) and (Ianzito) being on the second line, we’re forming that chemistry that I’m not going to say the second line had last year, but it seemed like it took a little bit longer for them,” Loy said. “I feel like since we’ve been running a lot together and the coaches have us playing in every drill, we’re forming that chemistry early.” Loy said the only way for the Orange’s midfielders to continue to build on that chemistry is through repetitions on the field. Every practice, every drill and every scrimmage gives them time to do so. In practice, head coach John Desko has been emphasizing ball movement as the main element to Syracuse’s offense, Loy said, creating a need for strong communication. So far, Desko said, so good. “I think it’s been a focus, that we’ve figured out who we want to give those opportunities to early on, and we’ve been doing that,” Desko said. “I think they’ve been jelling pretty well. I think we’re going to continue to do that, and hopefully it’s going to pay off and we’re going to see that in the scrimmages, and we’ll take that forward going into the games.” Desko also said that not moving players from line to line will help maintain continuity. In the end, Desko and the Orange are trying to replace arguably one of the most successful midfield lines in college lacrosse history. In doing so, removing any kinks as early as possible becomes key. If last year’s second line can hit the ground running as soon as the games get underway, that departed first line might not be missed as much as it would’ve appeared. “I think now that the season’s officially started, it seems like we’re starting to jell better together,” Loy said. “The midfield line and the attack are starting to form chemistry, and I think that’s only going to get better as the season goes on.”


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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a big-name player or a nobody. No one cares either way. “You like the competition because you don’t want anybody to bow down,” Waiters said. “That’s what makes Philly the best. It makes us that much tougher. We always end up fighting to the finish. The way we play, that’s just Philly period.” Waiters brought that attitude and toughness with him to SU. But looking back on it now, he knew he wasn’t completely ready for college basketball. At the time, though, it didn’t matter. He expected playing time. He wanted to be on the court at the end of games. He wanted a major role because he felt capable of doing it. “He was still like a baby,” Brown said. “In high school, everybody always gave him that extra hand. And it’s totally different once you get in college because college is where you become a man. It was a different transition coming out of high school going into college thinking that everybody is going to give you a spoon and feed you.” What he didn’t quite grasp was that the privilege of playing critical minutes had to be earned. The Orange already had three veterans on the perimeter in Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche. They had already learned that Boeheim preached hustle and defensive intensity over offensive prowess. Had it been the other way around, Waiters probably would have been a shoe-in on the court. “He’s always been a great offensive player,” said David Boudwin, the athletic director and pastor at Burlington Life Center Academy (N.J.), where Waiters went to high school. “He’s always been able to break away and shoot and

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dunk. He has another gear that he kicks into. Dion’s always had that.” But that wasn’t enough at SU. Without a commitment to defense, Waiters found himself relegated to the bench more than he was on the court. At that point, the team’s successes were irrelevant. He wasn’t playing, so he didn’t care. “When it was going good, I would still be mad at the games,” he said. “Even if we came off a great win, I still moped.” That attitude, in turn, tainted his relationship with Boeheim, and it all spiraled into the offseason, when thoughts of transferring crept into Waiters’ head. “‘I’m leaving,’” Brown said her son told her. “‘I’m not doing this. I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this. I’m not staying here. I’m not starting.’” And that is when Brown put her foot down. “It was like a rocky road,” she said. “It was rocky for him, so it was rocky for me. At the end of the day, I still had to be strong for him.”

The turnaround Waiters has been through a lot in his life. He went to three different schools before settling in at Life Center Academy as a junior. He has lost people close to him in shootings. But through it all, Brown has been the one constant. “Dion’s mom has always been there for him,” Boudwin said. “Dion loves his mother. One thing Dion would never want to do is disappoint his mom. They’re very close, and he has a high respect for his mom. And likewise, she for him. They’re pretty connected.” No one else was going to get through to the disgruntled freshman last year. Not Boeheim. Not any of his Orange teammates. Brown was the one who could do it. She knew that was the case.

And once she started hearing him talk about the possibility of transferring, she made it clear that was not going to happen. “I told him he was not going anywhere,” Brown said. “You committed to Syracuse, and you’re going to stay at Syracuse University. I told him that. Those were my exact words: You’re not going nowhere.” Once she made herself clear, she knew that would be the end of the transfer talk. She knows he wants to make her happy. And this year, Waiters has done just that. It started in the offseason, when the guard would play basketball three or four times a day, whether it was just putting shots up or playing in pickup games. He worked out and got into better shape. And he dedicated himself to becoming a force on the defensive end rather than just being an offensive star. “Dion’s a very good offensive player,” Boeheim said after SU beat Fordham in its season opener this year. “We all know that. I think when he gets open shots, he’s going to make them. “I think his defense is a lot better. He’s 10 times better on defense, at least.” Waiters said his defense has been the best part of his game this year. But the turnaround has been more than just a commitment to defense. His entire attitude has changed. “This year, I’m more happy,” Waiters said. “I love when we’re doing good. You see I’m standing up, clapping, just supporting the team in every way, even when I’m on the bench. That’s a better teammate.” And it didn’t take long for Boeheim to recognize this transformation. Against Manhattan on Nov. 14, the head coach pulled Waiters out of the game after he missed a tough floater that Boeheim later described as a horrendous shot. But the benching didn’t discourage Waiters. He returned to the action six minutes later and finished the game with a team-high 17 points. “Last year, he would’ve been pouting on the bench, and he probably wouldn’t have gone back in,” Boeheim said. “He would’ve been thinking about it. He’s getting better at that.”

Living in the now Waiters’ relationship with Boeheim has improved drastically from where it was last year. The sophomore credits his head coach with being able to flip a switch in him with just a few encouraging words on the sideline. And unlike last year, Waiters believes the coach has a lot of confidence in him on the floor. “I’m just trying to soak everything out of him that I need to know and just go out there and try to perform at my best,” the guard said. “I feel as though we’ve gotten to the point where he tells me, ‘Let’s go. Let’s get going. There’s no turning back.’ That’s all I need to hear. That just shows me he’s got great faith in me now.” Now. That’s the key word for Waiters. He and his mother both agree that he is a better person and player because of that rough patch he endured as a freshman. Waiters even admits that coming off the bench has helped him on and off the court by humbling him and making him work harder. But now, with a new attitude in his sophomore year, Waiters gets to finish games for the Orange. He describes himself as the kind of guy who claps for his teammates. He and his mother couldn’t be happier. “You can see he’s smiling more,” Brown said. “He interacts with the bench more. He does a lot more things that he didn’t do last year. Dion did a whole 360 as far as attitude, bonding with coach and everything. I’m proud of him. And I’m glad I made this decision for him to let him know that he was not going nowhere else.”

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Syracuse (13-7, 2-4 Big East) will look to tackle that tall task when it squares off against No. 3 Connecticut (17-2, 6-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange has lost 20 straight contests to the Huskies, with its most recent triumph coming

Navy joined the Big East conference as a football-only member Tuesday. Navy became the 11th football school in the conference and will begin play in 2015, according to a Big East press release. The Midshipmen are the latest program to join the Big East, which has members stretching from coast to coast after adding five new members in December. The conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to invite Navy to the Big East, according to the release. “When people look back, they will mark this as a truly historic day for the Big East conference,” Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement. “America’s first national football conference is adding a program with true national appeal. Navy’s decision to make the Big East its first football conference home after over 100 years of independence demonstrates the value of our new expansion model and the long-term viability of our football product.” The Big East targeted Navy as a possible member during the fall after losing four members to other conferences. But the Midshipmen wanted to make sure the conference had a stable future in college football before committing to it. On Tuesday, Navy officially joined the Big East, its first conference affiliation since its football program started in 1879. Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said in the statement that the Big East will give the Midshipmen exciting new opportunities for exposure and to compete on a national level as a member of a Bowl Championship Series conference. “The Big East will provide an expanded stage for the American public to see our nation’s future leaders,” Gladchuk said in a statement. “Expanded media opportunities and coverage by the Big East will elevate the national visibility of Navy football to the highest levels.” The Naval Academy is respected as a top academic institution, and the Midshipmen have been successful on the football field in recent years, going to eight bowl games in the last nine seasons. And Marinatto said those factors made them a match for the Big East. “The Big East is truly proud to be associated with one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and one of the most storied programs in college football,” Marinatto said in the statement.


top: ryan maccammon | staff photographer left: daily orange file photo (LEFT) DION WAITERS was frustrated and considered transferring after his freshman season, in which he scored just 6.6 points per game and played 16.3 minutes per game. (TOP) With a new outlook in his sophomore season, Waiters has accepted his role as Syracuse’s sixth man and he’s flourished. Waiters is SU’s second-leading scorer this season, averaging 12.5 points per game through 22 games.

New outlook After tumultuous freshman season, Waiters’ approach, attitude different as he enjoys breakout sophomore year coming off bench By Zach Brown



s rumors swirled and self-doubt sunk in, Dion Waiters got the advice he needed from the person that’s been there for him his whole life. His freshman year at Syracuse had fallen short of the expectations placed on the top-5 shooting guard recruit — especially the ones he had for himself. He never cracked the starting lineup, averaged just 6.6 points in 16.3 minutes per game and had an “iffy” relationship with head coach Jim Boeheim. “I never came off the bench nowhere,” Waiters said. “That was the first time. I even started in the Jordan (Brand) All-American game. It was just something new to me that

I didn’t jell with.” The tumultuous season led Waiters to question whether he made the right college decision. He said earlier this month that he was never as close to transferring as the rumors made it seem. But when it started making headlines, Waiters’ mom, Monique Brown, intervened with a few simple messages. “I told him, ‘I don’t raise no quitters,’” Brown said. “‘You have to do what you have to do to be strong as a man.’ With me saying that as a single parent, I think it just turned it all the way around.” That transformation has been clear throughout Waiters’ sophomore season with the Orange. He underwent a complete attitude adjustment and committed to

“You grow and you learn. You get chances. You’re not always going to be perfect.”

Dion Waiters


becoming a solid all-around basketball player. On a loaded No. 3 SU squad off to a 21-1 start, Waiters plays six minutes more per game this year than as a freshman and is the team’s second-leading scorer with 12.5 points per contest. But more importantly, he’s doing it coming off the bench with the

understanding that getting a win is more important than his individual numbers — something he never imagined himself saying just one season ago. “That’s the best thing about life,” Waiters said. “You grow and you learn. You get chances. You’re not always going to be perfect. Nobody’s perfect in this world. You get the chance to mature, and you get the chance to grow and just become a better person and learn a lot about your mistakes.”

‘A rocky road’ On the playgrounds of Philadelphia, there are no subs or benches. Aggressiveness is a necessary part of the game while fear has no place.


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Syracuse looking for defining win over UConn By Andrew Tredinnick ASST. COPY EDITOR

It’s a matchup that has puzzled Syracuse for more than a decade. With Connecticut on the slate year after year, the burden to knock off the perennial powerhouse looms larger and larger each year.

Some players have downplayed the significance, simWho: Connecticut ply taking it Where: Carrier Dome as another When: Today, 7 p.m. Big East Channel: Time contest, but Warner Cable Sports guard Elash-


ier Hall cautiously admitted what the contest and a win could potentially mean to Syracuse’s season. “It means a lot,” Hall said. “UConn is one of the dominating teams in the country, so it would mean a lot for us as a program and as individuals.”

January 25, 2012  

January 25, 2012

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