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Constant vigilance In light of recent

Building trust More DPS officers should

tragedies, SU officials re-analyze emergency procedures. Page 3

work to create positive relationships with SU students. Page 5


Point of contention Conservative columnist Nick

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Set it to the music The Dinosaur Annex Music

Ensemble performed at the Setnor School of Music Tuesday night. Page 9

New media Loosened NCAA

restrictions on recruiting are changing college basketball. Page 16

Insurance lawsuit continues By Cheryl Seligman DESIGN EDITOR

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Syracuse University alumnus captures campus environment through photos of its inhabitants



reshman public relations major Melissa Martinez was walking out of class when a man with a camera stopped her and asked if he could take her picture. He said he liked her scarf. As it turns out, the picture he was taking was for a Facebook page the man runs called “Humans of Syracuse University.” “I saw the Humans of New York page and I just loved the idea,” said Ousman Diallo, cre-

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ator of the Syracuse page who graduated with a degree in information management and technology in December 2012. “I had the immediate inclination to bring it to the university setting.” Diallo is an aspiring writer, performer of spoken word and photographer. He created the page Nov. 27. As of today, the page has more than 2,200 fans. It is a page modeled after the ever-present Humans of New York, a project in which a photographer tries to depict the flavor, culture and sheer humanity of his respective community through pictures of its people. Diallo’s love for photography was reinforced last summer while he was abroad in Florence, Italy. He studied under photographer Andrea Calabresi, who uses a specific technique with



OUSMAN DIALLO, a Syracuse University alumnus, sets his sights on a subject to photograph for Humans of Syracuse University, the photo project Diallo started.

An attorney for Syracuse University appeared in court Tuesday morning to argue a motion in a case against National Union Fire Insurance Company, an insurance carrier for SU during the Bernie Fine sexual abuse allegations. The university is suing National Union for refusing to cover expenses SU incurred in responding to subpoenas concerning the Fine allegations. Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood presided over a hearing of the motions for summary judgment at the Onondaga County Supreme Court. A motion for summary judgment is a request to the court for a formal decision without a full trial. In arguing the plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment, Kenneth Frenchman, SU’s attorney, requested the judge order National Union to pay for the losses incurred from the Fine subpoenas. A trial would still be necessary to determine the amount if SU’s motion for partial summary judgment is granted, according to documents from the New York State Unified Court System. Charles Stotter, one of the attorneys representing National Union, argued the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. He requested the court deny SU’s motion for partial summary judgment and grant summary judgment in favor of National Union. Some of the contended issues included whether the subpoenas allege a wrongdoing by SU under the insurance policy, whether the university has a legitimate claim under the policy’s language and whether SU was a target of the investigation. Costs relating to an actual or alleged “breach of duty, neglect, error, misstatement, misleading statement,


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SU officials evaluate security By Alfred Ng

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After the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., Syracuse University officials are re-evaluating the school’s safety protocols. With recent school shootings sending shockwaves across the country, the Department of Public Safety is thoroughly prepared in the event an active shooter comes onto campus, DPS Chief Tony Callisto said. “Since the Virginia Tech shooting, we’ve paid attention to preventing campus shootings every year,” Callisto said. “Every time there’s a major shooting we always review our shooter protocol.” One-in-four campus police departments are unprepared to handle a school shooting, according to a Jan. 2 Campus Safety magazine survey. But SU and its Emergency Preparedness Committee have taken precautions to ensure the university is prepared to handle such an incident. “We’re very much prepared,” Callisto said. “Our officers are trained, and the Orange Alert system provides a tool to get word out as quickly as possible.” The Orange Alert system is signaled by a campus-wide siren, followed by messages sent to every student and faculty member through phone calls, text messages and emails. The alerts notify every person of the occurring crisis and direct him or her to safety. DPS officers arrive at the scene less than two minutes after they see emergency page 6

luke rafferty | asst. photo editor The Iconic Syracuse billboard on West Fayette and West streets features three local children who are active participants in SU’s Photography and Literacy Project. The goal of the project is to teach inner-city students to express themselves through digital media.

Local children embrace photography through SU group By Annie Palmer Staff Writer

The Warehouse Gallery isn’t just a showcase for up-and-coming artists. It’s also a safe haven and place of creative expression for many students in the Syracuse City School District. Based out of The Warehouse, the Photography and Literacy Project serves as a way for inner-city students to share their stories through digital media and ultimately build

self-esteem, said Stephen Mahan, director of the PAL project. “In Syracuse city school systems there are over 77 languages spoken,” Mahan said. “So a lot of kids have trouble with English. We provide them with an opportunity to express themselves otherwise, and build selfesteem through that.” The program provides children with state-of-the-art computers and cameras, and teaches them how to use Photoshop, Mahan said. Stu-

dent mentors from Syracuse University travel to The Warehouse or visit the kids in city classrooms, where they help them maneuver the equipment and become familiar with the programs. The work of these Syracuse city students has been displayed on Connective Corridor buses, in city hall and shown at Syracuse Stage during performances, Mahan said. Project coordinators hopes to have a series of students’ photographs featured in

BE Wise campaign informs students on alcohol poisoning By Angie Toribio Contributing Writer

The Division of Student Affairs recently launched BE Wise, a campaign that brings awareness about alcohol poisoning to Syracuse University’s campus. The purpose of BE Wise is to educate students about alcohol poisoning, prevent the condition and help recognize its signs. The campaign is not meant to solve the problem, but to prevent it, said Katelyn Cowen, a health and wellness promotions specialist at SU. “This is one way that students can gain awareness and can learn how to identify alcohol poisoning and learn

“I feel like people care for their friends, but a lot of times they don’t respond out of fear of getting them in trouble with the school or their parents, and that needs to change.” Danielle Benavides

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how to respond,” Cowen said. The campaign came to fruition after the Division of Student Affairs analyzed the consumption of alcohol on campus, and decided to take action to prevent cases of alcohol poisoning from increasing, Cowen said. About 1,825 people in the United

States between the ages 18-24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. BE Wise was designed to bring knowledge to the issue in light of these alarming statistics, she said. BE Wise will participate in a T-shirt toss and wristband giveaway during the Feb. 10 men’s basketball

game against St. John’s and a barbecue on the Quad in April, Cowen said. Some students feel that BE Wise is important because it can help maintain safety on campus. Hannah Louys, a senior television, radio and film and psychology major, said she likes the idea of the campaign because she feels a lot of students on campus drink irresponsibly and are not knowledgeable of safety measures. Sophomore public relations major Danielle Benavides agreed. She said the campaign is a great idea. She said she hopes it will help destigmatize the idea of alcohol see be wise campaign page 4

the Iconic Syracuse series, a community art project, sometime in the future, he said. Lori Covington, human service coordinator at People’s Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc., which works to help community members realize their potential to become selfsufficient, introduced some of the children she mentors to the PAL project. Three of them became especially engrossed in the program. see iconic syracuse page 4

BE in the know BE Wise has three main messages: to “Be Real” by knowing one’s limits, “Be There” by making the call when someone is in need of help and “Be Aware” by knowing the signs of alcohol poisoning. The campaign has created an acronym called “C.U.P.S.,” standing for Cold skin, Unresponsiveness, Puking and Slow breathing. A main feature on the campaign’s website,, is the customized alcoholic calculator. Students can calculate a hypothetical blood alcohol concentration by entering gender, weight, the type and amount of alcohol, and the duration of time when drinking.

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“When the work of these children is displayed community-wide, it’s a powerful moment for them,” Covington said. “Actually, it’s more than powerful, it’s empowering.” When George Mawicke, a senior industrial design major at SU, was looking for local children for inspiration for a submission for an Iconic Syracuse billboard, Mahan, his former professor, directed him to Covington and her three photography-enthusiastic mentees from PEACE. Mawicke photographed the children under

“While working in Buffalo, I noticed that all of these great stories were coming out of the inner city, so I started writing them down. ” Stephen Mahan

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poisoning among students. “I feel like people care for their friends, but a lot of times they don’t respond out of fear of getting them in trouble with the school or their parents, and that needs to change.” Benavides said. She added that she hopes this campaign will

the West Street railroad bridge, then painted a portrait off of the photograph. He submitted the painting to Iconic Syracuse, The Post-Standard reported Jan. 21. The photo of the children is now displayed on a billboard above West Fayette Street in downtown Syracuse. “The photo has created such a sense of pride for the kids,” Covington said. “When you look at the billboard, you can tell that the whole city is being seen in such a positive light.” Mahan started the PAL project in Buffalo during the early 1990s, when he received a grant to teach photography to inner-city children. In 2005, he moved to Syracuse and kick-started the project independently with his wife. “While working in Buffalo, I noticed that all of these great stories were coming out of the inner city, so I started writing them down,” Mahan said. “I realized how important it was for these neighborhoods to have a voice.” The PAL project works as a “scaffold,” Mahan said. The students of the program learn certain techniques in one semester, and then build on that foundation the next semester, he said. The project provides a glimpse into what college is like for many children whose family members have never been to college, Mahan

said. The students can also see the physical differences in the way a college environment is different than everyday schooling, he said. “The amazing thing about photography is that you can teach critical thinking skills and creativity without them even knowing it,” Mahan said. “The project gives them a chance to address who they are in a way other than what they’re used to.”

not only teach how to prevent alcohol poisoning, but also the importance of recognizing it and responding when it happens. So far, students have responded with a lot of support for the campaign on social media sites, retweeting and sending messages, said Britni Coe, account supervisor of the campaign. But since it just kicked off during the spring semester, no surveys to evaluate its outcome have been distributed yet.

BE Wise has been in the works for the past two years, Coe said. She added this is the first campaign of its kind on campus, and hopes to start a conversation among students about this often-avoided topic. Said Coe: “We’re not going to stop students from drinking, or tell them not to do it. We want them to be responsible and careful, and to look out for one another.”

What is Iconic Syracuse? Iconic Syracuse is a series of billboards that highlight iconic scenes from the city’s past. Each billboard pairs historic photographs with interpretative artwork. The site, at West Fayette and West streets, has featured a different billboard each month since September, and will continue to do so until September 2013. Past billboards, designed by Syracuse University students Greg Mawicke and Jesse Handelman, have featured streetscapes and bicycle scenes. Iconic Syracuse is a collaborative project of the Onondaga Historical Association and the Connective Corridor. Source:



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Hope, action required to create climate change initiatives


cknowledgement from two of the most powerful politicians in our country – Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama – has made January hopeful for climate change activists. That hope should remain a powerful impetus for environmental action for their terms in office. From those outside the activists’ realm, it may seem obvious to have hope in executive recognition of climate change, both in Biden’s message at the Green Ball on Jan. 20 and Obama’s second inaugural address Jan. 21. But many environmentalists point to past presidencies, especially Obama’s first term, reminding us that actions speak louder than words. Both perspectives hold truth, especially after such a long, winding struggle toward environmental goals. But focusing on hope or action alone is not what our country needs. We need a combination. The past has been disappointing thus far. No legislation has been passed to start the American fight against global climate change. The presidential race was vacant of any serious climate discussions. With disappointment, climate change advocates reacted, most noticeably on Twitter with the explosion of the hashtag #climatesilence. Groups such as continue to organize rallies and protests to address the issue. Even though evident climate silence has persisted, improvements have been made. Obama’s first term started with a massive stimulus plan that provided $90 billion for green technologies. Though this stimulus was mainly aimed at job creation and rejuvenating the economy rather than combatting climate change, headway has gradually occurred in our nation. Though this did not tackle the big issues, the stimulus was passed at a time when climate change was not openly recognized and discussed in government.

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21st-century tree hugger Addressing the issue has predominately occurred outside of Congress, like the increased fuel efficiency standards the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation adopted in 2012. The EPA began tightening air pollution standards last year, pushing to reduce the use of coal. Carbon emissions in the United States have actually fallen in the last four years, though predominantly due to switches to lower-emission fossil fuels. With open acknowledgement and discussion, hope and action can work together to make better strides toward a sustainable climate. At Vice President Biden’s surprise appearance at the Green Ball, his message encapsulated the sentiments of environmentalists today. “I’ll tell you what my green dream is: that we finally face up to climate change … I don’t intend on ending this four years without getting an awful lot more done. Keep the faith,” he said. Though some activists were shocked after the president and vice president’s announcements, environmental organizations that have kept the fight alive are now working to capitalize on executive branch recognition. They are also calling for continued work outside of Congress. We must use hope to drive our actions to solve our climate woes. As Obama said in his inaugural address, “The path … will be long and sometimes difficult. But American[s] cannot resist transition. We must lead it.”

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Positive connections with DPS needed Though Syracuse University students claimed a lack of information about Joe Shanley’s reassignment within the Department of Public Safety was the main reason for a rally Monday afternoon, the large amount of support truly stems from his approachable relationship with students. Shanley, a liaison between students and DPS, was reassigned from his position in the Law Enforcement and Community Policing Division to a public safety officer. Students and community members gathered on Waverly Avenue to show support for Shanley. The reassignment occurred as a result of restructuring within the department. Though students called

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tionships with the student body, a large showing of discontent by students because of this reassignment would likely not have ensued. All officers should be encouraged to make improved, more positive connections with those in the student body. DPS published a press release in September notifying the community of its internal restructuring. Though Shanley’s position change directly affects students and their safety, the additional information would not have changed the fact Shanley was ultimately reassigned. Creating friendlier relationships between DPS officers and SU students should be a goal for the future.

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omission or act” by or on behalf of the university are covered by the insurance policy, according to court documents. But Stotter, the National Union attorney, argued that the subpoenas related to the Fine case do not allege to wrongdoing by the university. Rather, they sought information specifically related to Fine, thus the expenses incurred are not covered by the insurance policy. Frenchman argued the subpoenas sought information about much more than criminal activity as it pertained to Fine. Prosecutors were seeking information about SU admin-

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leave to respond to the call. Members of the campus community can also receive an Orange Alert providing them with instructions, Callisto said. The instructions follow the Emergency Procedures Reference Guide, which can be found at the bottom of the homepage of the university’s website, Callisto said. Along with Orange Alert and the Community Response Guidelines to an Active Shooter Incident, DPS peace officers are required to undergo “extensive and comprehensive” active shooter training once every two years, Callisto said. The “simunitions” — simulations with non-lethal ammo — require DPS

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istrators; Bond, Schoeneck & King; and faculty and staff members in an effort to gather information about the university’s response, he said. With the subpoenas coming days after the Pennsylvania State University scandal, prosecutors were “looking under every stone,” Frenchman said. SU filed its complaint on Aug. 22, 2012, and National Union originally filed a motion to dismiss the case on Oct. 12, 2012. National Union has since asked the court to convert the motion to dismiss the case to a motion for summary judgment, according to court documents. SU Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn declined to comment as the case is

pending litigation. Stotter, the National Union attorney, also declined to comment on the proceedings. Before the hearing, Supreme Court Justice Greenwood disclosed that he is a graduate of the

officers to run drills and formations for every building on campus. The simunitions have been practiced since 2007. “Training simulations are based on past incidents, current and previous statistics, and various input from other law enforcement agencies. The training for most agencies including DPS, are scenario based and as realistic as feasible,” DPS Training and Recruitment Cpl. Adam Wheeler said in an email. The response to an active shooter also includes use of lethal force, according to the Community Response Guidelines. It notes that officers “might be armed with ri?es, handguns or shotguns” in the event of a campus shooting. Callisto said DPS has 70 armed officers, and there are a minimum of eight armed officers on campus at all times. Despite these precautions, students still

lack confidence in the department’s ability to handle a campus shooter. “I think they would do everything they can to help, but I don’t think they’d be able to control the situation because it’s so unpredictable,” said Jon Ettinger, a junior psychology major. “I wouldn’t feel completely safe, but it’s better than nothing.” Liora Sanchez, a junior English and textual studies major, said the amount of crime on campus makes her doubtful of the department’s efficiency. “Robberies happen all the time around campus, and DPS hasn’t done much to stop that. I wouldn’t feel safe during a school shooting,” she said. Callisto emphasized the importance of preparing for these kinds of incidents, and said students should know the guidelines and that

The Fine Allegations Former Syracuse University associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired from the university on Nov. 27, 2011, after two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, accused him of sexually assaulting them. Almost a year later, the U.S. Attorney’s Office closed its investigation into the case and declined to charge Fine, saying there was insufficient evidence. The allegations also led to several civil lawsuits. On Dec. 13, 2011, Davis and Lang filed a defamation lawsuit against SU and head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim after Boeheim called the two men liars during a press conference. A judge later dismissed the case. On May 16, Fine’s wife, Laurie, sued ESPN for libel pertaining to the network’s reporting of molestation allegations against her husband. SU College of Law and he has held Syracuse basketball season tickets. Neither attorney objected to Greenwood hearing the motions. @CherylSeligman

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DPS has procedures in place. “Officers at DPS are prepared. They’re trained and they’re ready to react,” Callisto said. “The best thing students can do is be proactive.”

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Show off Local businesses to demonstrate products, compete for $200,000 prize By Alexandra Hitzler



ive businesses will demonstrate their products to a panel of judges next week for a chance to win $200,000 in Startup Labs Syracuse’s business competition. The five finalists will participate in Startup Labs Syracuse’s Demo Day on Feb. 7 at the Syracuse Trust Building on South Salina Street to wrap up a 22-day business-building program, said Mitchell Patterson, managing director for the Emerging Business Portfolio at CenterState CEO. The five businesses included in the competition are Full Circle Feed, a company that takes nutritionally dense leftovers from dining halls and processes them into dog treats; SnagMobile LLC, an application that allows users to order and pay for food and drinks at live events from their mobile devices; Pretty Padded Room, an online therapy outlet for women; Rosie, an app that predicts when users need household items and orders them at the lowest price; and Yorango, Inc., an alternative to existing classified advertising websites, according to the Syracuse Technology Garden’s website. The five businesses were selected out of 117 total applicants and then chosen out of the competition’s 30 semi-finalists, Patterson said. “We sat down one day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and listened to pitches from 30 different companies and narrowed our group down to five,” Patterson said. He said the five businesses were chosen because of their advanced business plans. “When you’re handing a company that much

illustration by victoria shum | contributing illustrator money, you don’t want just an idea for a business plan,” Patterson said. “We wanted companies near the tipping point that we could give a push to in under 30 days.” The program gives the businesses the opportunity to grow, and provides them with the connections they need, Patterson said. The five finalists worked daily with more than 50 mentors and advisers during the 22-day program at The Tech Garden, a business incubator that’s an affiliate of CenterState CEO, Patterson said. The businesses were provided with mentors, service providers, free accounting and assistance with their marketing campaign, Patterson said. “We sat down and asked them what connections they needed, who would be helpful to their business,” Patterson said. “Two of the businesses wanted access to grocery stores, so we connected them to supermarkets like Tops and P&C.”

“When you’re handing a company that much money, you don’t want just an idea for a business plan. We wanted companies near the tipping point that we could give a push to in under 30 days.” Mitchell Patterson


In addition, each of the five finalists received a $30,000 initial investment and office space at The Tech Garden for six months, Patterson said.  On Demo Day, the teams will compete to win $150,000 and the Market Ready Award, presented by Eric Mower and Associates, a marketing communications agency in Syracuse. The agency will provide a suite of marketing and branding services valued at $50,000, according to The Tech Garden’s website.

The competition will not only benefit the businesses in the competition, it is also beneficial for the business community in Central New York, Patterson said. “The competition kind of puts Upstate companies on a pedestal,” he said. “It’s a great way for the older business folks in the area to pass on their wisdom to the younger people by acting as their mentors.”


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ziniu chen | staff photographer DONALD BERMAN AND GABRIELA DIAZ, the pianist and violinist of Dinosaur Annex, respectively, perform in Setnor Music Hall in front of a crowd of community members and students. Dinosaur Annex is a group of chamber musicians who embrace a futuristic sound.


he cello pulsed in low, haunting waves while the jumpy piano echoed the high woodwinds. The piano, cello, clarinet and flute sounded in a perpetual crescendo before slowly fading away, expressing what composer Daniel Godfrey called “a mix of beauty and melancholy.” “I was happy with the performance,” said Godfrey, Setnor School of Music composer-in-residence. Godfrey worked with Neva Pilgrim, director of the Society for New Music, to bring Dinosaur Annex to Syracuse. The Tuesday evening concert, before an audience of roughly 60 community members and a few Syracuse University students, was Boston-based Dinosaur Annex’s second stop on its current tour. All five pieces that renowned chamber ensemble Dinosaur Annex performed contained a mix of melancholy and beautiful. The group – seven musicians and conductor Jeffrey Means – bills themselves as “creating the future of contemporary music,” and their traditional cellos, pianos, woodwinds and drums produced a fittingly futuristic sound.  One piece, Annie Gosfield’s “The Harmony of the Body-Machine,” gleaned its title from a chapter in H.G. Wells’ science textbook, and

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accompanied the sweeping cello performance of guest artist Rafi PopperKeizer with recordings of metallic scraping, clanking and droning. The eerie, mechanical additions bolstered rather than distracted from Popper-Keizer’s rich cello part, and when the last wistful notes died away, the applause of the audience required him to return for


a second bow. Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s “Jacaras,” inspired by popular Mexican ballads, sounded similarly surreal. The piece began with an ominous violin part accompanied by scattered notes of support from the cello and piano. Pianist Donald Berman would occasionally reach over the keys to pluck the strings themselves.

Founded in 1975, the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble performs regularly with renowned musical groups in their hometown of Boston, sharing the stage with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet and Handel & Haydn. Additionally, the group receives praise and recognition for its work with student musicians. Dinosaur Annex holds an annual Young Composers Concert featuring public school-age musicians who present selections by up-and-coming composers, and they are adamant about preserving music education.

The three instruments swelled and faded together in a haunting reverie that fit seamlessly with “The Harmony of the Body-Machine”. Dinosaur Annex then performed “In Thin Air” for the second time in front of an audience. Composed by co-artistic director of Dinosaur Annex Yu-Hui Chang, the piece made its debut Sunday at Harvard University. Chang introduced the song, saying she was inspired by “a sense of unfulfillment.” The rapid chiming of cymbals and piano gradually faded into the deep strains of the violin and thunder-like rumbling of the drums. All three instrumental parts seemed quietly frantic with longing, and the piece ended with the faint, insistent plunking of piano and percussion braced by a dying thread of violin.  Chang took the stage to excitedly hug the musicians before they all bowed to the applause of the audience. “All the details came out better,” Chang said, referring to the slight differences from Sunday’s performance at Harvard, and explaining her gratitude for the chance to have one group of musicians repeatedly working together on her piece.         After a brief intermission, the musicians of Dinosaur Annex played Godfrey’s “Luna Rugosa,”


It is Pittsburgh, 1969. The nation is rapidly changing and with it, the African-American community. This is the world of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” which opens at Syracuse Stage on Wednesday. “Two Trains Running” delves into the world of Memphis Lee’s diner, a pinnacle of Pittsburgh’s AfricanAmerican community. The restaurant is home to an eclectic assortment of regulars, from a resident philosopher to an ex-convict. When city officials implement sweeping renovations, the diner, as well as the whole block, is a casualty. Lee is encouraged to give up his property for a reduced price. He fights back and resolves to force the city to pay him the full value of his land. What results is a play that tells the story of a community attempting to evolve in a time of turmoil. “Two Trains Running” is just one chapter in Wilson’s 10-part series, “The Pittsburgh Cycle,” which chronicles the African-American experience in the 20th century. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work in the series, one for “Fences” and another for “The Piano Lesson.” Following Wilson’s death in 2005, the Virginia Theater in New York City was renamed the August Wilson Theater. It was the first Broadway theater to be named after an African-American. Fans of Wilson’s work and of “Two Trains Running” can view the show’s blog, “Reclaimed Stories.” The website offers the chance to get to know the cast and director, and contains behind-the-scenes videos and photos as opening night approaches at Syracuse Stage. For die-hard Wilson fans, there will be a panel discussion immediately following the Feb. 3 matinee performance titled “August Wilson’s Women: Wives, Mothers & Children of Incarcerated Black Men.” The panel will be moderated by Syracuse University law professor Paula Johnson, and will feature guest panelists Vincent Love, president of 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Helen Hudson of Mothers Against Gun Violence and members of Jail Ministry of Syracuse. There will also be three prologue discussions with members of the cast on Feb. 3, 9 and 14 one hour before curtain. “Two Trains Running” runs from Jan. 30-Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $18 for students to $51 for single tickets. For more information about the show, visit @averyhartmans

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s a child, my nightly assault course to reach the cupboard containing the biscuit tin always drew the same response from my mom: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But that was 15 years ago on the West coast of Scotland. Today, being a flight across the Atlantic Ocean and having a 5-foot-something frame more than capable of navigating the kitchen, there’s a new mantra in town: “Where there’s no will, there’s an app.” According to research by technology analysts Gartner Inc., the mobile application market was worth $9 billion in 2012. Given the number of smartphone-related on-campus collisions I’ve witnessed, it’s clear students live their lives through a touchscreen. When oldfashioned will power or inspiration fails them, students turn to their smartphone. Here’s a rundown of some kicking-cookiesto-the-curb apps, with fitness and sex apps to boot: Juice: On Monday, Mashable reported on an app that monitors energy, sleep and nutrition levels. Users input their energy levels on a scale of “awful” to “great.” The app collates the data, gives you a weekly report


just do it and bugs you to death if you forget to input your data. It’s a pretty cool app if you want to see how your energy or sleep levels varied throughout the week, although the scale is a bit arbitrary. The Eatery: Need to be forced into healthy eating because you aren’t ashamed that you’ve already eaten your sixth Chipotle burrito of the week and it’s only Tuesday? With The Eatery, you are obligated to upload photos of your meals, only to be judged on a health scale of 1-100 by complete strangers. You’ll get you-were61-percent-healthy-this-week feedback, which may keep your hands out of the cookie jar, to some extent. BigOven: This app has been getting big licks for being the most comprehensive cooking app around. BigOven has a massive recipe



the composition he referred to as mixing the melancholy and beautiful. The title, Italian for “wrinkled moon,” comes from a poetic expression for the reflection of the moon on water, in keeping with the “deeply contemplative” mood Godfrey wanted to convey.  When the piece ended, the whistling flute and clarinet slowly falling back into the gentler melodies of the piano, Godfrey climbed onstage to smilingly hug and shake hands with the performers as they bowed.     The concert concluded with the entire ensemble taking the stage to perform Steven Stucky’s “Boston Fancies.” The music immediately rose to a tense, dramatic peak, and then the different parts broke away. The instruments repeatedly built to a high-pitched frenzy and then dropped, always revealing in those quieter moments a distant, dreamy clarinet or cello.  When the music ended just before 10 p.m., the eight figures in crisp, black clothes bowed to an enthusiastic crowd.  Tuesday’s performance marked the group’s first visit to SU. Dinosaur Annex will continue its tour at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester tomorrow night. “It was a really special experience,” said Sheng Yu, an amateur composer and secondyear graduate student in applied statistics.  “The arrangement is quite unique.”

medium format cameras. Post graduation, Diallo yearns to learn more, which is why he is taking a six-month sabbatical to live in the Tuscany, Italy area. “I booked a ticket, had a revelation and I told myself, ‘I’m going to Italy to study more photography,’” he said. He will be staying with Calabresi during his “uninterrupted time of studying the art, the craft and the history of photography.” Diallo left Monday and will return June 30. He hopes to continue his education in the master’s photography program. While planning ahead for his time abroad, Diallo recruited three photographers to run the page for him. He is just as excited to see what Chris Becker, Shelby Jacobs and Colin Liang come up with while he is away as the trio is to show Diallo what they’ve got. Becker met Diallo by chance in the School of Information Studies last semester. The senior information technology and management major approached Diallo on a hunch because Diallo had his camera with him, and Becker had seen the HOSU page on Facebook. After Becker expressed admiration for the project, he asked Diallo if he would accept student submissions. A few of Becker’s photographs are now featured on the page. Becker was taken aback when Diallo asked him to help run the page while he was overseas




database, but it also generates a shopping list in aisle-order, so you know exactly where to go in the grocery store to buy ingredients. RunKeeper: It’s a classic as well as a keeper. RunKeeper, an Android and iOS app, makes use of your smartphone’s GPS to track workouts. It compares stats, helps set longand short-term goals, and offers customized training plans. CEO of RunKeeper Jason Jacobs told the app has more than 14 million users. Lift: This iPhone app allows you to trawl a “most popular good habits” inventory before deciding what behaviors you’re going to focus on improving. Behavioral changes can be anything, ranging from improvements in fitness to being more productive. Lift breaks every targeted behavior into micro-habits, and lets you know consistently how you’re getting on in your quest. MyVibe: Prudes, stop reading. Everyone else – still reading? Cool, because you can turn your iPhone into a vibrator with this app. MyVibe manipulates the vibrating function of the phone and is more effective if you take your phone out of its case. According to the Daily Beast, it’s better over clothes, a slight relief given how many

– he had only sent him two pictures. In an effort to add his own style to the page, Becker hopes to feature pictures of people inside some of the university buildings, thus capturing the heart of students in their natural environments. Whether a photo is of someone working in a lab in the Life Sciences Complex, or getting a shot of students during a studio portrait shoot in S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Becker said he wants to show off the academic talent SU has. “A lot about Syracuse, after all, is the university,” he said. Becker likes that the page showcases the diversity of the SU community, for every college town is different. “When you look at the people that go here, we’re really different, unique, weird and cool,” he said. Becker feels that people such as alumni or administrators will relate to campus pictures more if they see familiar spots. “People relate to (pictures) the best when people feel like they’re there,” he said. Becker has always loved photography, but it was never more than a hobby. He started

‘HUMANS’ HISTORY Ousman Diallo found inspiration in his Syracuse University project from a New York City-based photographer, Brandon Stanton, who started the project Humans of New York. Stanton studied at the University of Georgia, and after an unsuccessful bout of bond trading, ended up moving to the city. He started the Humans of New York blog in the summer of 2010, and has accumulated nearly 5,000 portraits on the site. While some of the portraits have a brief description attached and some have no description at all, many of the portraits are accompanied by short stories collected by Stanton. Humans of Syracuse University derived from Stanton’s blog, as well as a Humans of Syracuse page dedicated to portraits of those in the city of Syracuse. Both of these pages were founded in 2012.

friends’ iPhones I’ve held. Spice Dice: Durex dreamed up this app. Users virtually role the dice to see what sex act they have to perform thanks to Spice Dice. There are some cool position ideas, complete with stick figure illustrations. Girlfriend Keeper: This app generates text messages for your significant other based on the seriousness of your relationship and the communication expectation level. Texts are sent automatically on a schedule, from every two hours to once a month. An example on reads: “Did you know we started dating 37 days and 8 hours ago?” Try to tell yourself that that message, followed by a semi-erotic Snapchat wouldn’t make you melt. It makes me wonder how humans ever lived without app assistance. With that said, I’m off to use Cookie Doodle to make and bake a technological treat. Iona Holloway is a senior magazine journalism and psychology major. She was recently ridiculed in Newhouse as the sole class member who didn’t have an iPhone. She used her Samsung to flip everyone off. Email her at ijhollow@syr. edu and follow her on Twitter at @ionaholloway.

getting serious about it this year after spending time in London last fall. His professor abroad thought very highly of Becker’s work, but pointed out that he only had pictures of scenes and objects — not people. He is looking forward to learning to get over the awkwardness of talking to strangers. “As much as it’s the artistic stuff, it’s about me and my skills,” Becker said. Becker hopes to return next year as a graduate student in the information management program. Martinez, the girl with the nice scarf, thinks the page is cool. “It’s interesting to see things that you wouldn’t have thought (you’d see) on campus,” she said. Martinez thinks the page has potential to gain a lot of followers. As for Diallo, he is pleased about the page’s growth thus far, and is excited to see where and how it will continue to flourish. He feels that the page serves as a platform to let people connect with each other on things that bring the community together. He is trying to highlight the greatness in people. Often, alumni write to Diallo and say he gives him them great memories of the place where they once spent so much of their time. Diallo said the page reminds everyone that SU is a community, connecting all of its people in some way. Diallo’s positivity and optimism radiate from him. He said his friends have asked him why he is so happy about the world all the time. “I believe my friends believe in me,” Diallo said. “I’m happier than most people I know, and I’m gonna keep on.” His overall goal for the project is to grab enough momentum to bring it to other universities. Ideally, he said he would like to see the movement go global. “We hear ‘Follow your passion, as long as your passion makes you a lot of money,’” Diallo said. “This is the time that we’re coming into ourselves. We’re coming into the people that we’re going to be for the next 30 or 40 years. I just don’t want to be a person complacent with my life. This is how I plan on starting to do it.”

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ou know it’s a hipster restaurant when: 1. There’s more than five items on the menu featuring kale. 2. Fresh-pressed juices are available. 3. There’s tofu. 4. It’s across the street from an Urban Outfitters. Lofo is the epitome of cool. It’s clean, silver and polished. There’s lots of artsy photographs on the wall. The cashier wears a bomber hat indoors. Located at 214 Walton St. in Armory Square, Lofo was initially going to be a collaborative restaurant with Om Boys Smoothie and Juice Bar. But, as the waitress, cashier, all-around handy person explained to us, Om Boys ended up going under and Lofo opened up. Lofo kept Om Boys’ most popular menu items, so returning customers can keep coming back for their favorite grain bowls and smoothies. One thing that struck me about Lofo was its efficiency, both environmentally and otherwise. After ordering at the register, you have the option of either getting your receipt emailed or texted to you. Less paper, less waste — I respect that. Bonus cool points were given for the cash register being an iPad. Lofo is, in ways, a self-service restaurant, giving off more of a café vibe than a restaurant one. Diners pour their own water, filling up empty glasses that sit next to a water cooler-like contraption on the counter. A bucket is on the ground beneath the spout to catch any water runoff.

The eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu boasts that Lofo caters to “a diverse food community offering an array of dishes for numerous dietary preferences,” and it lives up to this promise. There are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-free and lacto-free options. But meat-eaters fear not, bacon is also available. The breakfast menu has everything from homemade granola to tofu scrambles to fried eggs with toast. When we ate at Lofo at about 11 a.m., they were still serving breakfast. While I opted for a more savory option, my friend tried the French toast for $5.50. The golden brown French toast looked beautiful with a fine dusting of powered sugar on top. When I asked how it tasted, my friend said, after finishing the entire plate, “It was exquisite – reminded me of my grandma’s.” For my entrée, I had the Kale Miso salad (gluten-free/vegan) for $9. I’ll preface by saying I like my salads huge — big enough to be a filling meal. For the price, this was my hope for the one I ordered at Lofo, but the portion size was much too dainty. I appreciated that the salad was made with two types of kale: curly and lacinato, which looks purple. The menu advertised the dish as a “massaged kale” salad. Massaging kale softens the leaves, making it more pleasant to chew, but I couldn’t detect any pre-massaging done to this kale. The salad also featured carrots, cucumbers and tough, almost-burnt shitake mushrooms. But the salad’s biggest disappointment was the popped amaranth topping. Amaranth is a gluten-free grain that, when toasted over high

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heat, pops into tiny, wonderfully crunchy white balls. However, the amaranth on top of this salad was dark brown. This happens when you try to pop amaranth in a not-hot-enough pot. The amaranth was overly toasted, tough and only some were truly popped correctly. The best part of the salad was the cucumber miso dressing, which was both salty and sweet from the miso. Lofo also offers smoothies and juices made fresh to order. I had the Pineapple, Greens and Ginger Juice for $6.50. The juice was, unlike the

salad, wonderful. I tasted the sweetness of the pineapple, the slight bitterness of the greens and the spice of the ginger — prevalent, but not overpowering. The drink had the clean, crisp and light flavors I hope for in a juice. I’ll visit Lofo again to try another one of their smoothies, soups or maybe even a sandwich. But given my appetite for monstrous-sized salads, I think I’ll avoid that menu option and opt for a juice instead, which alone is worth coming back for.

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recruiters can receive feedback from a player much more quickly after a notable performance by either the recruit or the college team. Some recruiters use direct messages on Twitter to interact with players, but Graves and Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said they use Twitter to follow recruits and keep themselves informed of the recruiting spectrum. Twitter is also useful, Hopkins said, to build hype and excitement around a program. He pointed to how Kentucky head coach John Calipari has tweeted about his interactions with celebrities such as Jay-Z and Charlie Sheen, tweets that could certainly catch the eyes of a potential Wildcat. But for one-on-one communication, Graves and Hopkins don’t use Twitter or Facebook. They instead use phone calls and text messaging, the two methods that Syracuse commit Ron Patterson said he preferred to be contacted by during his recruiting period. Hopkins said face-to-face exchanges are optimal, but being able to respond to texts at his convenience makes texting a valuable tool as well. The ability to text more than one recruit at a time is another perk of texting for Hopkins. Even 68-year-old Jim Boeheim, SU’s longtime head coach, texts, Hopkins said. “I’m telling you, it’s about texting. It’s awesome,” Hopkins said. “It’s a form of communication where they know you’re still actively recruiting them.” Hopkins doesn’t like to be an “overbearing” recruiter, which he thinks can be a positive and negative mentality. When building a relationship with a recruit, he said, it’s important to gauge just how frequently the recruiter should speak with the player. The recruiter doesn’t

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want to overdo it or underdo it. Graves said text messages have become so popular among recruiters because of the very prospects they interact with. “Let’s face it, that’s the way kids like to communicate, via text and they can do it on their own time,” Graves said. “And you’re not being overly intrusive and it’s just been a great way to open up another way to communicate.” The best recruiters, Graves said, will find the best ways to recruit, whether they use handwritten notes or they adapt to new technology to communicate. A younger coach doesn’t necessarily have an edge over an older coach, said Jon Boon, the head coach at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, N.Y. Boeheim still lands good recruits, Boon said, and so does Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, two coaches who are both at least 65 years old. So age isn’t a big factor in how recruiting is communicated, Boon said.

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While technology may not give an advantage to the younger coach, he likely can relate with the prospect better than an older coach, Hopkins said. A younger coach might share similar tastes in music or TV shows with a recruit and would have more to discuss with the player. Despite the NCAA’s efforts to improve the college coach-player connections, high school coaches aren’t happy with the new process. “To be honest with you, it doesn’t really change a whole lot because they don’t contact the high school coaches very much anyway,” said Boon, who coached at the college level for 12 years. “…They have too much direct contact, in my opinion.” Boon said recruiting violations and ongoing investigations across the country are the results of players and recruiters directly communicating with each other. Nobody is required to inform a high school coach when recruiters contact his players, he said. Three freshmen at UCLA, part of the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, were investigated before this season for potential recruiting infractions. Since June, the NCAA has also investigated Central Florida, Tennessee and Saint Mary’s for violations. Cheaters will cheat, Boon said, regardless of how the process works. But violators now have an easier path to do so, since they aren’t required to communicate through anybody else. Boon said a third person needs to oversee the recruiter-recruit interaction, whether a high school coach, guidance counselor or someone else monitors it. The procedure would be

improved for everyone, he said, the way it used to operate, when recruiters contacted recruits through the high school. “I don’t know if there’s a right answer to the whole situation,” Boon said. “I just think that the way the system is set up now, it’s – I don’t know. I just think there’s too much direct contact with the kids.” Recently there was a football player at Bishop Kearney, Boon recalled, who was overwhelmed by the 30 to 40 phone calls he received each night from college coaches who were permitted to contact him directly – there was a brief period where the rule fluctuated. “He hastily made a decision to go to a school and by his own account, he made the wrong decision. And he had no one to kind of help him,” Boon said. “But the way the system is set up, it’s not done that way.” Carl Arrigale, the head basketball coach at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, has an issue with college coaches texting players during school hours, distracting them from their classes. The timing of the texts isn’t appropriate, he believes, and it takes away from the recruit’s high school experience. Let the players be high school students, Arrigale said, instead of forcing them to think about college so early in their lives. Despite Boon’s issues with the NCAA’s rules, he admitted he would be recruiting exactly how college coaches do if he were in that position now. If college coaches are allowed to contact players directly, Boon would contact players directly. Arrigale doesn’t like how the system is regulated either, but he recognizes the complexity of the situation. “To be honest with you, I’m saying there should be restrictions on what you can do, (but) who’s going to know? It’s such a hard thing to monitor,” Arrigale said. “I mean, coaches get fired when they don’t have winning seasons anymore, so you almost can’t blame them for wanting an advantage. They need players to survive. It’s a catch-22.” Graves agreed that the system isn’t fair but he believes that it’s because of a “staff-to-staff issue,” not an issue with the rules. When Butler’s coaches conduct their recruiting, Graves said, they keep the high school coaches as involved and informed as possible because they feel it’s the proper way to communicate. Regardless of whether the NCAA’s rules are flawed or not, it’s imperative that the recruiters obey them and uphold the standards of the NCAA as they compete against each other for the next generation of student-athletes. “I think it’s our job as coaches to be responsible,” Graves said. “To utilize it in a way that will help enhance the process and getting to know not only the recruit but their whole situation. I just think it’s our responsibility to be proactive and be respectful the entire process.”

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ship with Kenny McFadden, Adams’ mentor in New Zealand and a former player at Washington State, Adams enrolled at Notre Dame for the second half of the 2011-12 season. Although Adams’ natural skill and talent was immediately apparent, the increase in competition took a while to adjust to. While he could dominate in New Zealand without maximum effort on every play, playing at Notre Dame forced him to compete against players his size every game, Hurd said. Practices helped, but in-game experience was the pivotal factor in Adams’ ascent to the next level, Hurd said. “They’re so big, people sometimes forget they’re kids,” Hurd said, referring to the contingent of forwards and centers that comes from overseas. “With a lot of guys from overseas, the pace and speed of the game takes time to adjust to. Nothing helps as much as playing.” Adams proved to be a quick study, notching 23 points and 10 rebounds in a Jan. 14, 2012 contest against a Tilton (N.H.) School team that included highly touted Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, and being named Sports Illustrated High School Player of the Week on Feb. 23 that year. For Johnson, Adams’ high school teammate, the opportunity to play with Adams was a privilege. After losing its first two games of the season before Adams arrived, Notre Dame rattled off a second-semester winning streak that led to the National Prep School semifinals, where Notre Dame fell 78-74 to Brewster Academy. Johnson points to Adams’ presence as an imposing defensive anchor, his dominant rebounding ability and unselfishness as key factors in Notre Dame’s postseason push. “We had a good team,” Johnson said, refer-

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ring to the fall semester before Adams arrived. “But with Steven, we were completely different. We went from good to great. He pressured everyone – he blocked shots and rebounded. He always wanted to help.” Despite Adams’ ability to dominate games, Johnson saw untapped potential in his teammate, just as their coach did. Although his initial instinct may have been to stay out of the way and let other players shine, Adams was encouraged by his teammates to showcase his talents and take on a larger role, Johnson said. “Probably his aggression,” Johnson said of Adams’ most pronounced area of improvement from his time at Notre Dame. “In the beginning, he would look to pass all the time, and we’re like, ‘Steve, you’re good, you can score.’ He needed to work on his post moves and get more comfortable with the speed of the game. By the

“It was almost like his legend was bigger than he was.” Ryan Hurd


end of the year, he was killing it.” Aside from his progression on the court, Adams’ adjustment to other areas of American basketball life was a process. Adams had never really interacted with the media before, and wasn’t used to reporters waiting outside the locker room after games and wanting to speak with him, Hurd, his high school coach, said. Adams even found humor in the fact that basketball games draw crowds, Hurd said. “The crowds are still something he gets

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photo courtesy of pittsburgh media relations STEVEN ADAMS ventured from New Zealand to the United States to play basketball. After a brief yet dominant stint in high school, the center made his way to Pittsburgh. used to,” Hurd said. “He laughs at how much people care here. In New Zealand, when he played and practiced in gyms, people didn’t care what he was up to.” For Hurd, Big East play should suit Adams more than the early-season string of nonconference action against lower-level opposition. Big East play brings more competition against players with size comparable to Adams, and Hurd said he thinks Adams is best suited to play against bigger guys. “Early in the season, guys were bouncing off him,” Hurd said. “Now in the Big East, against guys his size, he can play more physical. He can bump on guys.” Against DePaul on Saturday, Adams tied a season-high by grabbing 14 rebounds in 24 minutes in a 93-55 win that pushed Pittsburgh’s winning streak to four games. Asked about Adams’ progression after the DePaul game, Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon pointed out the sizable learning curve Adams has faced. Adams has adapted at a commendable pace, Dixon said.

“Probably no one is having more of an adjustment going from where he came from to playing in the Big East,” Dixon said. “There’s no other way to look at it. There’s no guy making as big a transition as him.” Johnson has such high regard for Adams’ skills that he makes a point to tune in any time the Panthers are on television, saying it is hard to pass on watching a player of Adams’ caliber. The two stay in contact on Facebook, and Johnson thinks Adams is the best player he’s ever played with. As his career at Pitt progresses and his game continues to develop, Adams may start to receive widespread national attention, which would be just one of many adjustments he has faced since coming to the United States – even if he never fully understands it. “He’s just a laid-back guy,” Hurd said. “The way we live our lives, always on the go and multi-tasking? “That’s not him.”

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Alexander breaks SU scoring record during stellar season By Kevin Prise STAFF WRITER

When Kayla Alexander laid in a basket with 1:03 remaining in the first half against Villanova, the all-time SU scoring record became hers. Who: Seton Hall Where: Carrier Dome But the basket When: Today, 7 p.m. also pulled the Orange within 35-33, and that was Alexander’s focus at the moment. “Game mode,” Alexander said. “Game mode, trying to win.” Although Alexander wasn’t quite able to push Syracuse past Villanova in a 64-59 loss Saturday, her six-point output places her at 1,791 career points, surpassing former teammate Nicole Michael (1,787) for first on the all-time list. The loss concluded Syracuse’s 1-2 road trip, and the Orange (16-3, 4-2 Big East) returns to the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. matchup with Seton Hall (8-12, 3-4). Although Alexander didn’t want to consider her accomplishment in a game day setting, she admits she knew she was close to the record before the Villanova game, even if only due to constant reminders from the media. Going into the game only two points behind Michael’s record, it was nearly inevitable Alexander would achieve the milestone Saturday. And she did. Despite the unwillingness to think much about the record, Alexander said she is honored to have earned the distinction. She also gave thanks to her coaches and teammates. “They’re the ones that pass me the ball,”


Alexander said. “Without them, this doesn’t happen. In my opinion, it’s a total team effort. I score because they give me the ball, and because they have the faith to always give me the ball.” For head coach Quentin Hillsman, Alexander’s presence and character both on and off of the court are vital for team chemistry. “You look at a kid like that and hope you can get those kinds of kids,” Hillsman said of Alexander. “Every time you recruit a kid, you want them to be just like her.” When Alexander arrived at Syracuse as a freshman in 2009, she was simply looking to earn minutes and play well when she had the chance, she said. She quickly surpassed her initial expectations, leading the team with 69 blocks in 2009-10, averaging 10.8 points per game and being named to the Big East All-Freshman team. In each of her sophomore and junior seasons, she averaged 14.8 points per game, steadily climbing toward the record. Entering this season 336 points away, Alexander came out strong with 19 or more points in her first four games. The countdown was on. The 6-foot-4 Alexander didn’t even consider playing basketball until seventh grade, when another tall friend “dragged her” to a tryout for a REP – similar to AAU – team near her home outside Toronto. Although her skills were lacking, Alexander’s height advantage carried her onto the team. “I had never touched a basketball in my life,” Alexander said. “I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. I was awful. If there was film of it, you would die laughing the whole time because it was awful.”

But coach Monique Kovacs, who told Alexander after the tryout that “you can’t teach height, but you can teach basketball,” kept her on the team. Alexander credits Kovacs with much of her early development, teaching her the game and the rules. Alexander was named MVP of Milton District High School in Milton, Ontario, after her senior season, and was off to Syracuse. Kovacs kept tabs on her former player and called to offer congratulations on the record. “She hit me up,” Alexander said of Kovacs. “It was really nice. When she told me con-

gratulations, I was like, ‘It started with you. It really did.’” Michael offered congratulations as well, via Twitter. For now, it’s back to work for Alexander and the Orange, as the team looks to avoid its first losing streak of the season against the Pirates. “I don’t think it’s really going to hit me really until senior night or something like that,” Alexander said. “Probably when I’m done with the season. But I would say that I feel really fortunate and blessed that this happened.”



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the daily orange


Socially acceptable leap

New Zealander Adams adapts to US basketball

Rule changes give coaches new way to connect with recruits Previously, the NCAA limited the

By Phil D’Abbraccio


coaches’ ability to contact players to


of the rule and how the recruiting process has evolved.

ollege coaches love the new

just one phone call per month, starting

“I think it’s been a great change in

recruiting rule. High school

at the end of the player’s sophomore

the fact that it allows us as coaches and

coaches don’t.

year until August of his senior year.

also the prospects to further develop

In June, the NCAA implemented a

The NCAA approved the deregulation

a relationship,” said Matthew Graves,

rule that permits Division-I men’s bas-

as part of a new recruiting model that

associate head coach at Butler. “It’s

ketball coaches to send unlimited texts

is intended to help develop stronger

been a big positive, especially being

and make unlimited phone calls to

relationships between the coaches and

able to text a recruit after he’s had a

recruits who have finished their sopho-

recruits while limiting the influence

big game. It’s more of an immediate

more year of high school. The rule also

of third parties. On Aug. 1, the same


allows college coaches to send private

rule will be applied to NCAA football

messages via Facebook and Twitter to


By Kevin Prise


Before the NCAA altered the rules, recruiters’ options were limited to

their prospects. Any public messages,

Six months after the rule was put in

sending emails or a hand-written note,

however, about a team’s recruiting

effect in basketball, coaches at the col-

or relaying a message through a high

efforts are still prohibited.

lege level are pleased with the outcome

school or AAU coach, Graves said. Now


teven Adams was thrown into a life he knew nothing about. Coming from New Zealand to the United States, Adams had to learn the American style of basketball. Off of the court, life was often more difficult. Even eating American food was a struggle. “The food, he always complained about the food,” high school teammate Lawrence Johnson, now a freshman guard at Niagara University, said. “He’s from a farm, and he’s used to full-course meals and dairy products. All the processed stuff, he didn’t understand it.” Adams needed to adjust quickly, though. After playing the majority of his high school career in New Zealand, he spent a semester at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., before making the jump to Pittsburgh for collegiate play. A 7-foot, 240-pound freshman center, Adams has played an important role for the Panthers (17-4, 5-4 Big East) this season, averaging 6.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 22.8 minutes. With Syracuse short-handed in the low post, Pittsburgh will have an advantage with Adams at center when the Panthers play the Orange on Saturday at noon at the Peterson Events Center. Adams arrived at Notre Dame with a glowing resume, despite lacking experience playing basketball in the United States. With his imposing figure and accomplishments, such as leading the 2011 Adidas Nations tournament in scoring and rebounding with 22 points and 16.8 rebounds per game, Adams was highly sought after by high-level prep school programs across the country, his high school coach Ryan Hurd said. “Everyone was attracted to him,” Hurd said. “It was almost like his legend was bigger than he was.” Aided by a pre-existing relation-


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