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Super bowl bites Go the extra yard this

Coordination coronation Scott Shafer’s two top

Climbing the ladder A former Syracuse manager

Dome improves. Page 3

than texting and social media for recruiting. Page 5

year with delicious game time snacks. Page 14-15

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‘I’ll always have my sisters’ 1910

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continues his career as assistant coach at Lycoming College.

Spruill, Rene appear in city court By Chris Iseman SPORTS EDITOR

Syracuse football players Marquis Spruill and Steve Rene appeared in Syracuse City Court on Wednesday, stemming from their incident with Syracuse police in the early morning hours of Dec. 2. Attorney Christopher Burke of Syracuse University Student Legal Services told Judge Theodore Limpert that Spruill, a junior linebacker, is undergoing counseling. Burke asked for the case to be adjourned until March 18, at which point Spruill’s progress in counseling will be assessed. Burke said after the hearing that prosecutors want Spruill to plead guilty to at least one of the two charges he faces, which are of disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment.

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As Pi Beta Phi prepares to leave campus, sisters, alumnae reflect on chapter’s history

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President steps down, resigns 2 months early

By Meredith Newman | Asst. News Editor

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lmost 117 years ago, nine Syracuse University girls

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started a secret society with a specific purpose: They

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wanted to be Pi Beta Phi sisters.

Through word of mouth and family connections, the first New York Pi Phi chapter, known as the New York Alpha chapter, was formed on Feb. 11, 1896. As membership grew, the sisters began holding meetings on the third floor of the Hall of Languages, making dinners of fried chicken and Neapolitan ice cream at 732 Comstock Ave., and later hosting the first Eastern Pi Beta Phi Fraternity conference. By the time the 34 sisters settled into 210 Walnut Place in 1939, the Pi Phi chapter had established a name and home for themselves.

The letter Tracy Gensler got two weeks ago was the hardest one to read. For the past 18 months, Gensler and her fellow Alpha alumnae sisters received letters from Pi Beta Phi headquarters, detailing the chapter’s recruitment issues and “the benchmarks” it wasn’t meeting. In the letter, Gensler learned the place she called home from 1980-1984 would be sold. The Pi Phi chapter announced last fall that it would not participate in spring recruitment and

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courtesy of su archives CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Three Pi Beta Phi sisters stand in front of 112 Waverly Ave. in 1910. Pi Phi sisters from 1940 and 1973 socialize on the porch of the current house at 210 Walnut Place.

Syracuse University Alumni Association President Brian Spector announced Tuesday he is resigning from his position, months shy of completing his two-year term. “The decision was based on really just differences of opinion with certain actions that were taken and my belief that it was time to move on,” Spector said, declining to comment on specifics. He said he only came to the decision within the past few days. Spector, a 1978 alumnus from the business school who took on the alumni presidency in July 2011, said he hopes to remain engaged in many aspects of the university in the future, including through the Northern New Jersey alumni club. Spector currently

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SU expects to use 2,000 tons of salt By Alfred Ng

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Syracuse isn’t called the Salt City for nothing. With the Syracuse University campus so susceptible to snow, SU uses an average of 3,000 tons of salt every winter, said Rich Stach, SU grounds department manager. “The way the winter’s going right now, it looks like there’s going to be a persistent snowfall. We’ll probably use around 2,000 tons this semester,” Stach said. This could mean bad news for the environment, said Terry Ettinger, greenhouse manager for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “If you have a lot of salt in the soil, that salt can pull water out of the roots and back out into the soil, causing a drought response in the plant,” he said. “Take a look at the resources committed to repairing the damage along the sidewalks and the Quad every spring. That’s from salt and the plowing trucks driving over them every winter.” Along with affecting plant life, salt can increase salinity in surrounding lakes, disrupt aquatic life and corrode infrastructure, Ettinger said. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates $750 in damage to concrete, bridges and vehicles for every ton of road salt. With these negative effects in mind, the university has considered alternative solutions, such as installing heated sidewalks, said Rex Giardine, assistant director for capital projects at SU. Currently, only a small portion of the campus, including the entrance outside Archbold Gymnasium, Shaw Hall’s ramp and the sidewalks between Archbold and the Physics Building, uses this snow-melting system, he said. “It’s an option we wanted to use to make maintenance easier,” Giardine said. “They’ve been very successful

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‘Two Trains Running’ G. VALMOT THOMAS portrays the role of Memphis in Syracuse Stage’s production of ‘Two Trains Running.’ The play, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, follows the story of restaurant owner Memphis, whose property is being seized unjustly. The play takes place in Pittsburgh during the height of the American civil rights movement. SEE DAILYORANGE.COM FOR COVERAGE

Carrier Dome Wi-Fi network to improve fan experience By Jackie Barr

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Carrier Dome visitors will now be able to send tweets and surf the Internet faster than ever. A collaboration between Information Technology and Services and Syracuse University Athletics led to the installation of a new wireless network, OrangeHotspot, in the Dome. The network was designed specifically for the Dome to improve the fan experience, said Christopher Finkle, ITS communications manager. On basketball game days, OrangeHotspot supports more than

3,000 people, Finkle said. This makes it the most used network on campus whenever there’s a game, he said. Otherwise, E.S. Bird Library has the most used network with about 1,700 users. The network, which functions only on game days and for special events, is currently 90 percent complete, Finkle said, with 136 of the 150 planned access points installed. Planning for the network has been going on for more than a year, Finkle said. While the network is currently functional, construction continues on a rolling basis. Finkle

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‘1.4 Billion Reasons’ to inform students about consequences of extreme global poverty By Kelvin Read CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Global Poverty Project will inform the Syracuse University community on the international issue of

“1.4 Billion Reasons”

Where: Gifford Auditorium When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

extreme poverty through a multimedia presentation Saturday. University Union will host a presentation by The Global Poverty Project in Gifford Auditorium on Saturday at 6 p.m. The presentation, titled “1.4 Billion Reasons,” raises awareness about how 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, or the equivalent

of $1.50 per day. GPP, a non-governmental organization, is embarking on an international tour to raise awareness about the Live Below the Line campaign, which challenges Americans to live on or below $1.50 a day between April 29-May 3. Though GPP is an advocacy and education group, members hopes

their efforts will help end poverty by 2015, according to GPP’s website. “I want to encourage people to get involved, either in our campaigns or take action with their communities, families or purchases,” said Brittany Aubin, a GPP presenter. GPP presents “1.4 Billion Reasons” to various audiences in North

America, Australia and Europe. The goal of the presentation is to address the issue of poverty and enlighten the audience on how widespread the issue is, Aubin said. Aubin was in Zambia with the Peace Corps working on a HIV education initiative before joining GPP.

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Texting, social media not most preferable platforms for recruiting Division-I men’s basketball coaches can now make unlimited phone calls and send unlimited messages via text, Facebook and Twitter to recruits who have completed their sophomore year of high school. The majority of The Daily Orange Editorial Board argues this new rule is inappropriate and should be removed, while some members contend it is a useful approach. Those who disagree with the rule – passed in June 2012 for basketball and to be applied to NCAA football in August – maintain that high school students are too impressionable to be

EDITORIAL by the daily orange contacted directly and frequently via text and social media. High school-aged recruits may feel pressured and overwhelmed by college coaches, possibly leading to brash decisions and regretted commitments. These members also reason that high school students need more guidance with arguably one of the most important decision-making processes of their lives. Returning to the use of

a third party, a requirement for most contact between coaches and recruits before the new rule was instated, would allow high school coaches to help guide recruits in the best direction for their futures. Frequent texts and social media messages may also be distracting to recruits, as they still have to focus on completing high school before joining a college team. Members of the board claim text messaging is too casual of a platform for recruits to be conversing with coaches. A minority of board members argues that coaches should exercise the new recruiting

approaches wisely. They should allow students to focus on their high school duties and not be too overbearing. These members feel that the new rule allows coaches to build stronger relationships with recruits. They maintain that unlimited texts, calls and social media messages will not necessarily create more violations within the NCAA’s recruiting process. Members on both sides of the argument agree email is the most preferable method for contacting recruits, as it is a more fitting and formal platform, and is also less distracting for young recruits.

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Zombies are supreme, trendiest monsters in television, films this year

hey’re cold, mindless and on the hunt for blood. No, I’m not talking about your most recent ex, I’m talking about zombies – and they’re taking over. Remember when vampires were the trendiest monsters of the year? Whether they sparkled, those fanged devils were everywhere. But with “Twilight” officially finished —whew — and “True Blood” losing its edge and sense, “The Vampire Diaries” is the only culturally relevant vampire entertainment left. And poor “TVD” isn’t even a Top 100-rated network show. Although Hollywood tried its hardest to make werewolves work, the plan failed miserably. “Teen Wolf” survives because of its campy appeal and pretty faces. Benicio Del Torro’s “The Wolfman” was immediately forgotten about in 2010, and indie-lesbian werewolf flick “Jack and Diane” was totally ignored last year. But somehow, zombies have become the monster to reign supreme. This Friday, zombie romance “Warm Bodies,” starring Nicholas Hoult, hits theaters. It’s like “Zombieland,” but

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the one that got away without Jesse Eisenberg and from the perspective of an actual zombie. A half-hour-long series based off of 2009’s “Zombieland” was created for Fox, but the network unfortunately passed on it. Luckily, Amazon.com has begun talks to acquire it for its streaming service. If the deal works out, the “Zombieland” television show will be the website’s first original show. In less than two weeks, critic and viewer darling “The Walking Dead” will return to finish its second season. The recent teaser trailers promise a gory, violent and dramatic season end.

And a true trend wouldn’t be official without its summer blockbuster. Brad Pitt’s “World War Z,” a zombie apocalypse-drama, is scheduled to hit theatres in June 2013. It’s not just that Hollywood wants to make these zombie stories, it’s that people genuinely want to see them. But what’s the draw? Unlike magical creatures like werewolves and vampires, an international medical emergency that looks like a zombie outbreak seems a bit more plausible. Every movie or television zombie epidemic starts with an infectious disease that goes horribly wrong and horribly global, leading to a zombie-eating-human dystopia. In “Zombieland” for example, the problem started when mad cow disease mutated into “mad person disease,” which then mutated into “mad zombie disease.” In real-world news, we hear about epidemics, infections and weird zombie bath salt attacks. Right now, we’re all pretty paranoid about getting the flu from someone in class or a winter

cold from this horrible up-and-down weather. Instead of playing to our sillier and unnecessary fears — you’re not running into a wolf in the woods every day— zombies fit more closely to our actual anxieties. The “apocalypse” of 2012 only added to the mystique of zombies. If the world were to end, the idea of a human-eating-human zombie epidemic was as good of an explanation as anyone else’s. The idea of no school, work or actual responsibilities other than survival can seem exciting. If Jesse Eisenberg or zombie-Nicholas Hoult can find pretty paramours like Emma Stone or Teresa Palmer, a Zombie apocalypse might not be so bad. But since we survived the end of the world that never happened, it’s time for zombies to prove their re-animated fame is here to stay. Ariana Romero is a junior magazine journalism and political science major. Her column appears every week. She can be reached at akromero@syr. edu and followed on Twitter at @ArianaRomero017.

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Tendency toward social media anonymity limits authentic encounters

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osting something anonymously is so contagiously sweet for my generation. So much so, that the Syracuse University Compliments page on Facebook has gained more than 2,000 likes. The page is lined with “Dears,” XOs and the always-cryptic parting words, “From your secret admirer” as SU students admit their affection for the boy sitting five rows in front of

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the new breakfast club them in English class, or the girl they pass by every day in the Schine Student Center wearing the red beanie. Friends write each other messages that are filled with inside jokes and quirky memories, just to cheer each other up. That is the type of message I received in December as I stressed about finals. I actually knew the person who sent the

message to the group. But who cares? Amid finals angst, having my name anonymously posted with positive comments on a university-wide group boosted my confidence a little bit that day. After all, no one else had to know it was my good friend who posted it. My generation loves anonymity. Middle school and my freshman year of high school were filled with a few things: Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co. clothes, sparkly lip gloss, and of course, Formspring, the anonymous website Facebook users linked to their profiles. The posts on the site ranged from catty remarks about a girl’s weight and appearance to digs about her personality. The fact that Formspring was anonymous only gave people more leverage to post their bullet-like comments. It gave them protection from having their identity revealed. They didn’t have to answer to the person on the other end of the post who was vulnerable to personal attacks. I never had a Formspring account. I encountered far too many girls crying in neighboring bathroom stalls about these vicious attacks to even consider one. Fast-forward to my freshman year of college. Anonymity remains. Except now, my name is vulnerable to kindness on the SU Compliments page. Why so much anonymity, be it negative or positive? Of course, the ability to hide behind a

computer screen provides a certain thrill that goes along with posting without consequences. The compliments pages circling collegiate life across the country represent the positive side of the spectrum, where anonymity is used to boost someone’s day. The idea of a stranger generating positive comments about us makes the idea of anonymity infectious. We love it and invite it, wanting more. But ultimately, our social networks enable the possibility of abuse. Formspring represents the anonymous identity we take on that allows us to post superf luous, insulting and unnecessary information about another person. When we bare our real selves attached to our own names, the fear of acting how we want to act or saying what we want to say can be extreme. We conquer this fear by disabling our names from our comments and other messages. We hide in anonymity. We are more than willing to share our views, lifestyles and moods on social networks, but we need to stop trending toward anonymity. It is keeping us from experiencing bold and authentic encounters. Put your name out there. Approach that person. Who knows? Your life could change. Anna Hodge is a freshman magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at ahodge@syr.edu and followed on Twitter at @annabhodge.


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very new era of technological change brings its own issues to the table, and as we continue to feed on a steady diet of information, our waistlines are expanding just as fast as our bandwidth. A cross-cultural study by the Milken Institute found that for every 10-percent increase in information communications technology investment, there is a 1.4-percent total increase in obesity rates. A similar study by McCann Erickson found that of 7,000 participants from across the globe, 46 percent think technology is making them sicker and 20 percent believe technology is making them fat. So, how do we use technology to treat the problem it essentially created? Segway inventor Dean Kamen believes the solution could be to

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suck the food right out of your stomach with his latest creation, AspireAssist. The product user would insert a tube into a port in his or her skin, which passes through the abdomen and into the stomach. After eating,he or she would attach a bag to the port and drain the top one-third of the food before it has the opportunity to be digested. I’m a little skeptical about this product, considering it’s only been tested on 50 people and Kamen’s business partner, AspireAssist CEO Katherine Crothall, has acknowledged “that this concept sounds grotesque at first.” Uh yeah, pretty much. The team insists that it’s “for morbidly obese people who want to lose weight, and it’s a very viable alternative to conventional bariatric surgery.” Thankfully, the future of technol-

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shortage of choices. But a recent study by the Pew Research Center shows the majority of consumers are still tracking their diet in their head or writing it down on paper. Only 21 percent said they used technology to help monitor their health. I’d be willing to bet that the 21 percent who are using the app as an aid, and the online support group that comes with it, are seeing better results than those relying solely on mental notes and good intentions. I switched to the digital diet lifestyle this summer by using one of the most popular apps, MyFitnessPal, and was faced with the horrifying graph of my weekly calorie intake, which hit telling highs on the weekends when late-night binges are inevitable. It worked well for a while, until I

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slipped back down the slippery, greasy slope that is Acropolis pizza and into delicious denial. But the best solutions are often the simplest ones, which is why my favorite fat-fighting gadget is the HAPIfork. The HAPIfork is billed as a “hi-tech” fork that monitors how quickly you’re eating and vibrates to tell you to slow down. Although some, like television personality Stephen Colbert, have mocked the device, I think it’s just silly enough to work. Yes, it’s solving a first-world problem, but with nearly 4.2 million newly obese people in the United States, maybe we all need a little jolt to tell us when to put down the fork. Kat Smith is a senior creative advertising major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at kesmit11@ syr.edu or by telepathy, if possible. 

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in the last three years and function 24/7 as needed. You get a clean and dry sidewalk and no need for salt.”

“The heated sidewalks are better because it gets rid of the problem to begin with. I have hardwood floors and I track it (salt) in, and we have to clean our floors all the time. We definitely wouldn’t have been sliding all over the place on Monday if we had heated sidewalks across campus.” Jana Goldenberg

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ESF’s campus also uses heated sidewalks between its quad and Moon Library, Ettinger said. Some students prefer heated sidewalks to the use of salt to melt ice, both for its self-sufficiency and cleanliness. “The heated sidewalks are better because it gets rid of the problem to begin with. I have hardwood floors and I track it (salt) in, and we have to clean our floors all the time,” said

Jana Goldenberg, a sophomore chemistry and forensics major. “We definitely wouldn’t have been sliding all over the place on Monday if we had heated sidewalks across campus.” Giardine said the university would consider expansion if other construction work made an opportunity available. The expansion would be targeted toward building entrances and locations where salt’s negative effects have the strongest consequence. “We originally put it outside of Archbold because there were complaints about salt ruining the exercise equipment inside,” Giardine explained. “We’re looking into areas where a snow plow just can’t fit and a snow-melt system has the best applications.” Stach, the SU grounds department manager, said he supports heated sidewalks, but at the same time, remains skeptical of their potential. “I think it’s a great idea. You can really see the difference; everything is cleaner on the heated sidewalks,” Stach said. “It would be an ideal thing for a campus, but financially I don’t think it could be feasible.” alng@syr.edu

SALT CITY The city of Syracuse is labeled as the Salt City due to the intense development of the industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. Brine from springs near the southern end of Onondaga Lake were the main source for salt production. The production of salt began in 1979 in Syracuse when the state legislature designated a mile-wide strip of land around the Onondaga Salt Springs Reservation, according to a Department Interior U.S. Geological Survey.


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would close at the end of this semester. The chapter faced several recruitment challenges during the last few years, and was unable to build membership despite its work with local alumnae. Members voted to relinquish the charter at a fall chapter meeting. The fraternity’s Grand Council voted at its October meeting to allow the chapter to operate until the end of the school year. The New York Alpha chapter house is

THROUGH THE Y EARS February 11, 1896 Nine members founded The New York Alpha chapter. It originally was the Philokalian Society, but always intended to be a Pi Phi chapter.

1897-1898 The chapter lived in a three-story house on 712 Comstock Ave.

1899 The chapter moved into 622 Irving Ave.

July 2-5, 1901 The New York Alpha chapter hosted the first Pi Beta Phi Eastern Conference, in which chapters from all over the East Coast met in Syracuse.

Fall of 1920 The chapter moved to 215 Euclid Ave. The chapter kept trying to improve the living situation in order to keep up with the other groups on campus.

january 31, 2013 currently under contract to be sold to Phi Delta Theta’s chapter, which recently returned to campus as an official fraternity. It will take possession of the property on June 1, said Eily Cummings, marketing and communications director for Pi Phi’s headquarters, in an email. The funds made from the sale will be placed into a New York Alpha restricted funds account for the next 20 years and can be used in the future if the New York Alpha Chapter recolonizes on SU’s campus, Cummings said. “We’re all really, really sad about the sale of the house,” Gensler said. “We (alumnae) often talked about meeting at the house for a reunion. It’s just so hard to believe that the house won’t be owned by Pi Beta Phi anymore.” The chapter was first placed on probation in 2007 because it wasn’t meeting “membership expectations,” and started receiving extra support because of this, Cummings said. While the probation was lifted in 2011, the chapter was placed on probation again in spring 2012 because membership numbers and finances had reached a critical point, Cummings said. Cummings declined to comment on the specific strategies used to try to increase membership. The idea of receiving help from alumnae and headquarters doesn’t have a negative connotation, said Alyssa Goldfarb, current New York Alpha chapter president. Headquarters involves itself in chapter affairs to show support and to teach the sisters how to be successful in recruiting, she said. The rush and recruitment process has become more competitive through the years, said Fran Becque, a greek life historian and New York Alpha alumna. “When your chapter is half the size of other chapters, it’s difficult. It’s difficult to do things and it’s difficult to take part in events,” said Becque, who is also Pi Phi’s official historian. She added that in terms of a historical perspective, other sororities on SU’s campus and nationwide have experienced similar recruitment problems. Although the chapter relinquished its charter, the remaining undergraduate members will have alumnae status and receive all of the benefits. “The sorority sisters have worked very, very hard to try to stay. I really commend the local alumnae who’ve helped them,” Gensler said. “It’s a very sad day for all of them. I’m very sad that they won’t have a place to call home anymore. That’s the hardest part.”

to the values of the nine founding sisters. Goldfarb said that in recent years the Alpha chapter, like other greek organizations on campus, has followed Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s efforts and initiatives to become more immersed in the city of Syracuse. In 1994, Pi Phi was one of the first greek organizations to be involved in projects that helped better the university’s relationship,

“The sorority sisters have worked very, very hard to try to stay. I really commend the local alumni who’ve helped them. It’s a very sad day for all of them. I’m very sad that they won’t have a place to call home anymore. That’s the hardest part.” Tracy Gensler

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specifically regarding the greek system and the local community. “I think it is important that both parties realize that the other one isn’t going to be going away. So you cannot try to ignore or push the other ones away, and we can just kind of work together, maybe in a better way than we’ve done in the past,” said then chapter president Maura Atkinson in an April 14,

1994 Post-Standard article. Now, the New York Alpha chapter conducts its philanthropy at the Dr. King Elementary School in the city of Syracuse. With the organization’s focus on literacy, the chapter sisters organize a reading enrichment program for third grade elementary students to develop reading habits. “Pi Beta Phi’s New York Alpha Chapter has made a real impact on the SU campus, on generations of alumnae, and on the community. Their impact is not just a matter of the length of the chapter’s history at SU, but of the intensity and sincerity of the commitment that its sisters have made to engagement on and off campus, especially through their emphasis on literacy,” Cantor said in a statement to The Daily Orange. “They have made a real difference in the lives of children locally—for example, at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Syracuse. That’s an enduring legacy of which every Pi Beta Phi sister past and present can be very proud.” Fourteen of the 23 sisters will graduate at the end of this year. The remaining nine sisters will leave in the following two years. Though the sisters will leave campus, Gensler is confident the New York Alpha chapter will return one day. “I don’t think this is the end of Pi Beta Phi at Syracuse University. They’re not done. They’ll come back,” Gensler said. As the chapter prepares for the end of the semester, Goldfarb said she and her sisters are solely focusing on spending time together. Said Goldfarb: “I just know that the memories don’t end. No matter what city or what chapter, I’ll always have my sisters.”

Fall 1939 The chapter moved into 210 Walnut Place

2007 Headquarters placed the chapter on probation for not meeting “membership expectations.”

Fall 2012 The chapter announced they would not participate in spring recruitment and would close the following spring due to lack of membership.

June 1, 2013 Phi Delta Theta is expected to take possession of Pi Beta Phi house.

A Pi Phi sister doesn’t care about the superficial things. She has integrity and is dedicated to bettering her community. But more importantly, she’s comfortable in her own skin and makes others around her feel the same. That’s what Goldfarb, current president, felt when she first walked into 210 Walnut Place in 2009. “I knew I could share my college experiences with these girls. The environment was very honest and open,” she said. It was the same feeling for Gensler, the alumna. Every Sunday after chapter, Gensler and her 50 sisters would squeeze into the kitchen to eat the cook’s famous Mississippi mud pie. They would laugh and tell secrets for hours. The Pi Phi sisters enjoy being together. When alumnae come back and visit the chapter, Goldfarb said they say the chapter has stayed exactly the same and has remained true

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lives in New Jersey, where he is a senior partner at law firm Spector & Ehrenworth. Laurie Taishoff, a 1984 alumna of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications who was elected to serve as the next president starting in July, will begin her term early in light of Spector’s departure. Taishoff was unavailable for comment. Spector said he looks forward to Taishoff’s leadership. “I am totally confident that she will be outstanding.” Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Thompson said in a statement they valued Spector’s contributions, and looked forward to working with Taishoff. “We very much appreciate all the important contributions SU Alumni Association (SUAA) Brian Spector made during his time as President. We wish he could have completed his term and very much value and respect the work he did to advance our alumni community,” Cantor and Thompson said in the statement. In a separate email to the Alumni Board obtained by The Daily Orange, Thompson made similar statements and also mentioned the ongoing search for SU’s next chancellor. He reminded alumni that there was alumni representation on the search committee and there “also will be numerous other ways for alumni voices to be heard” throughout the process. As alumni president, Spector encouraged alumni outreach through social media, including through a blog he believes Taishoff will continue to operate. He said he was grateful for his experiences, which included meeting current students, attending football and basketball games, and seeing the Dalai Lama during his

visit to campus in October. When Syracuse men’s basketball played in Pittsburgh on St. Patrick’s Day, Spector was there and was invited up to the box where fellow alumnus Vice President Joe Biden, who was in town to campaign, was watching the game. Seeing that the vice president needed some extra SU spirit, Spector said he handed him an SU pin to wear and within minutes of the vice president putting it on, television cameras zoomed in and people tweeted about Biden’s alumnus status. “The people, places and things that I was able to experience and got to enjoy and share with others was immeasurable,” Spector said. “Just immeasurable.” dkmcbrid@syr.edu @daramcbride

ALUMNI COMMITMENT Brian Spector, a 1978 graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, began working with the Syracuse University alumni community in 2002 when he re-founded and became president of the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club. Under Spector’s direction, the club quickly grew to more than 150 members and was recognized as the Alumni Club of the Year in 2005. In 2005, Spector joined the SU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has since served as chair of the Clubs Committee, chair of the Of f-Campus Programs Committee and Vice President and chair of the new Fundraising Committee, in addition to his most recent position as SUA A president. Source: syr.edu/alumni


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tudents at Worcester State University are unhappy with a $72 mandatory “parking/pedestrian access fee” and the lack of parking space they see in return. The fee has been in place for three years, but students are frustrated by the limited parking on campus. WSU’s Board of Trustees and Student Government Association often receive complaints about the lack of parking on campus. Before the fee was implemented in the fall of 2010, the basic elective parking fee was $120 a year. One of students’ main concerns is that the mandatory fee cannot be covered by financial aid, said Lea Ann Scales, assistant vice president of public relations and marketing at WSU, in an email. In addition to parking shortages, students have taken issue with the fact that they are charged to walk on campus, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Jan. 20. But officials say the name is misleading and students are not being charged to walk on campus. “This has snowballed into something that it is not,” said SGA senate chair Marion Calabro. “No one is being charged to walk on campus.” The student senate has been working closely with the WSU Board of Trustees to clarify that the fee goes toward new emergency call boxes, clearing snow and supporting new construction projects, Calabro said. Three major construction projects, including a new residence hall, renovations to the library and a new athletic building, shut down major parking lots on campus. Some students now find themselves circling the parking lots for so long they eventually give up and miss class. The main parking garage on campus, which has 550 spots, opened in 2007, and fills up early in the school day, according to the Telegram & Gazette article. The Board of Trustees encourages students to leave 30 minutes to an hour before class to get on campus to find a spot or use the shuttle and walk to class. “I think when everyone is on break is the only time you could find parking at WSU,” said Alfred Sogja, a freshman at WSU, in the article. WSU administrators are encouraging students to use other parking lots, such as Worcester Regional Airport. Incentives, such as gift cards and raffles, encourage students to park at the airport about three miles from campus and then take a shuttle, Calabro said. “Everything is in transition and there are some growing pains,” Calabro said. “It might not be the most convenient thing, but the university is growing and we need it.” Representatives in the SGA have proactively approached the situation when students questioned the actions toward the parking issue, Calabro said. She added that the situation is not permanent, but the lack of parking will continue to be problematic to WSU’s campus for the next two or three years while construction continues. The university continuously looks for new parking lots, and will continue to use the airport for the remainder of the semester, Calabro said. “It seems like a giant miscommunication; this fee isn’t shady,” Calabro said. “This is a growing campus. It isn’t necessarily the easiest thing, but it is the necessary thing.” mjblanch@syr.edu

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Banners featuring students promote innovation, ideas By Sarah Santos Contributing Writer

When students returned to campus after Winter Break, they encountered both a new semester and new outdoor decor. The Friday before spring semester classes began, 29 banners featuring students from eight of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges, as well as the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, were hung up on Main and South campuses, said Bruce Kingma, associate provost for entrepreneurship and innovation at SU. The idea for the project developed as a way to showcase several talented and innovative SU students, Kingma said. The banners will remain around campus until commencement in May. The banners also promote the Raymond von Dran Innovation and Disruptive Entrepreneurship Accelerator campaign, also known as IDEA, according to the IDEA website. The campaign was designed to help students further their distinctive ideas about how to contribute to economic growth and start both profit and nonprofit ventures in the area. To make these banners possible, both male and female student entrepreneurs from each school were contacted to promote IDEA. Due to the limited window of time for photo shoots, some students were unable to participate. But the team is still proud of the academic diversity it was able to display, Kingma said. The project started last year when Kingma

wanted to create a campaign to promote student entrepreneurship, said Chelsea Orcutt, an alumna of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications who worked with Kingma on the project. Kingma worked with a team, including Orcutt; Nicci Brown, SU’s vice president of marketing and communications; Stacey Keefe, executive director of Enitiative; and Ursula McCarthy, creative director, to determine the most effective way to expose and highlight the university’s pioneering students and their ventures, Kingma said. One of the main points the team wanted to emphasize was that students do not have to be business majors to receive help to carry out their projects, Keefe said. Assistance is available to those who have majors in any of the university’s colleges, she said. The easiest way to get involved, Orcutt said, is to visit the IDEA website and get in contact with the team to learn what to do to get a developing project going. sksantos@syr.edu

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The Innovation and Disruptive Entrepreneurship Accelerator is named after Raymond von Dran, who served as dean of the iSchool from 1995 until 2007, according to the IDEA website.

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luke rafferty | asst. photo editor (Center) marquis spruill appeared in court Wednesday, stemming from his incident with police on Dec. 2. Spruill is undergoing counseling and will return to court on

Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bloss said Spruill’s progression will be taken into consideration. Rene, a junior running back, already completed 40 hours of community service at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. Limpert asked Burke to bring a letter from whomever Rene completed the community service for to court on March 18, if not before. Rene faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Rene also wrote a letter of apology to police that Limpert read during the hearing. “Very good,” Limpert said. “Sounds v ery sincere.” On March 18, Limpert will issue Rene an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. If Rene stays out of trouble for six months, the case will be dismissed.

Both players were arrested in the early morning of Dec. 2. Rene was in the middle of Euclid Avenue yelling obscenities at pedestrians and police officers. An officer escorted Rene to the side of the street and spoke to him, but Rene returned to the street. The officer attempted to handcuff Rene, but Spruill tried to pull him away. Both Spruill and Rene were placed into the back of a police car. While police questioned Rene, Spruill kicked the door of the police car open. Both players spent the night in jail. Spruill was fourth on the team in tackles in 2012 with 62. Former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone held Spruill out of the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl as punishment. Rene will miss a portion of the first game he plays in the next season, Marrone said in a statement in December. Rene missed the final six games this past season after suffering an upper-body injury that required surgery. Before the injury, Rene returned nine kicks for 193 yards and eight punts for a yard. cjiseman@syr.edu

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did not have an end date for the project. “I don’t know that we have a target date,” Finkle said. “A lot of it depends on when we’re successful at calibrating and configuring the networks for the various event types.” Finkle said one of the challenges in installing the network is the nature of the space changes in terms of the number of people present and the configuration of the seating. Each section of the Dome is currently supported by at least three wireless access points. “Now the challenge is to get them to play nice with one another,” Finkle said. External factors on game day also pose a challenge. “The people who come into the stadium introduce new variables,” Finkle said. “It’s not uncommon for ESPN to have their own networking equipment that will interfere with the infrastructure in the Carrier Dome.” Fans’ use of personal devices will cause additional interference, Finkle said. ITS is currently working on fine-tuning the bleacher section for the basketball games, he said. “(The bleachers) roll out to the side of the court and they are disconnected, so there’s a lot of things we have to connect,” Finkle said. “How do we do that in a way that provides coverage?” There are special antennae where the walls meet the roof that help focus the wireless signal by section, said Lee Badman, SU network architect. “You have to consider how many people are potentially sitting in (a section) and how the space is going to be used,” he said. “There’s an art to doing it.” The Dome has separate football, basketball and day-to-day configurations that are set through a wireless network manager, Badman said. Brent Tanaka, a junior information management and technology major, said he did not notice the changes in the wireless connection. “I didn’t realize the wireless was different, but I am not really on my phone that much at work,” said Tanaka, who works in catering in the Dome. If students are having issues with the wireless in the Dome, Badman said they should contact ITS. “If someone’s having a problem, give us some details. Location and device time at the bare minimum,” Badman said. “Without the detail there’s no way to meaningfully react to the criticism.” jbarr@syr.edu


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Using the “1.4 Billion Reasons” multimedia presentation, which includes video and images from high-poverty areas, Aubin said she plans to share her own personal anecdotes on poverty. She said she was shocked at how low the standards of hygiene were, while at the same time everybody had cellphones. “We not only want people to learn about extreme poverty, but we want you to take away that there are things we can do to solve global poverty in our lifetime,” said Shannon Heath, director of public relations for GPP. Heath said there are three major obstacles to overcome to eradicate poverty by 2015: a lack of infrastructure, trade laws blocking aid for developing nations and corruption in developing nations. She added that GPP hopes to follow in the footsteps of other organizations by continuing to advocate and educate the public about extreme poverty. Aaron Westelman, a freshman in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, said he was shocked to hear that 1.4 billion people live on $1.50 a day. “That’s ridiculous to think that that many people live on that little a day,” Westelman said. “I spent over that on just my coffee this morning.” Another SU organization was originally supposed to sponsor the presentation, but had to back out at the last minute, said Sarah Fleisher, UU director of public relations, in an email. She added that an SU student approached UU and convinced the organization to help sponsor the event. “It’s a great cause, and we’re always looking for new collaborations so we said, ‘Why

january 31, 2013 not?’” Fleisher said. So far, 135,000 people around the world have seen the presentation. GPP wants to continue this momentum and spread the word on a local level with the spring 2013 tour. The goal is to reach 20,000 people with 100 presentations in 100 days, according to the organization’s website. “People will go out of the presentation feeling they learned something in a very radical and different way,” said Aubin, the GPP presenter. “You will leave there with the belief that you can do something about poverty and it’s not a hopeless cause. It is something that our generation has the ability to see the end to.” kbread@syr.edu

MAKING OF THE GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT The goal of the Global Poverty Project is to increase the number and ef fectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty. The idea for the project came about in late 2006, after founders Hugh Evans and Simon Moss saw “An Inconvenient Truth,” and were inspired by the way the film motivated people to take action. Seeing a chance to use a presentation and film to raise awareness about the issue of extreme poverty, Evans and Moss launched the project in September 2008 in New York. On July 4, 2009, the first “1.4 Billion reasons” presentation was launched in Melbourne, Australia, according to the Global Poverty Project website.

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Baked Pancake with Sweet Sausage • • • • • • • •

1/3 cup milk ¼ cup water l medium egg 2/3 cup flour 3 6 oz. Italian sausages 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon canola oil salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 F. 2. Put the milk and water in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the egg and whisk until the liquid is homoge neous. 3. While whisking, slowly add the flour. Once all the flour has been added, whisk thoroughly until no lumps remain. 4. Set the batter aside to rest. 5. Prick the sausages all over with a fork and put into a medium, oven-proof skillet. Add onions and oil to the skil let. Place skillet into oven and bake until the sausages are browned and cooked, about 18 minutes. 5. Take the skillet out of the oven. Pour the batter over the sausages as evenly as possible. Place back in oven for 30 minutes, until the pancake has puffed off ad has browned on top. 6. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Buffalo-roasted Cauliflower (with a lightened-up bleu cheese dressing for dipping)

Whether a Ravens or 49ers fan, preparing creative new dishes can make this Super Bowl Sunday one for the ages STAFF WRITER

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Guacamole with Blue Cheese and Almonds

1. Place the chopped onion, jalepeno, salt and cilantro either on a cutting board or in a mortar (if you’re lucky enough to have one). If you’re using a cutting board, mash the ingredients into a chunky paste using both the blade and side of the knife. If you have a mortar, use your pestle to do the same. 2. Place the mixture into a bowl or leave in the mortar. Stir the lime juice into the mixture. Halve the avocado(s) and, with the blade of your knife, pierce the pit to carefully remove it. Still using your knife, make cross-hatching marks in the flesh of the avocado. 3. Scoop the avocado flesh into the bowl or mortar with a spoon. Add the rest of the cilantro and half of the almonds and blue cheese. Mash the avocado, combining all of the ingredients, with a fork or pestle until avo cado is well-mashed (I have also had great success using a whisk). 4. Sprinkle the rest of the almonds and blue cheese on top. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, if you like. Serves four

1 cup peanut butter (I used a natural, creamy variety) ½ cup granulated sugar + plus extra for rolling 1 medium egg 2 teaspoon maple syrup ½ teaspoon kosher salt 6 tablespoon yellow or white cornmeal 1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchament paper or grease with cooking spray. 2. Place peanut butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl and cream together. You have two options for creaming: one is to use a hand mixer and the other is to cream it by hand, stirring viguously using a spatula, until the peanut butter and sugar are one homogeneous mixture. 3. Add egg and mix until combined. Add maple syrup, salt and cornmeal and mix until well combined again. The mixture will be very thick. Add the water and mix to slightly thin the batter. 4. Place some sugar for rolling on a plate. Take a tablespoon of the cookie dough and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar until coated. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, placing the balls two inches apart. 5. Flatten the balls slightly using a fork. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, until the cookies have hardened slightly at the edges, but are still soft in the middle. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to a wire wrack to finish cooling if storing or to a plate and serve. Yields: 22-24 cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. Place cashews in a medium bowl. In another medium, microwave-safe bowl, place honey, maple syrup and butter. 3. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the butter is melted. Stir in the salt and cinnamon. 4. Pour the honey mixture over the cashews and stir thoroughly until all of the cashews are evenly coated. 5. Spread the cashews onto the baking sheet and place the tray in the oven for six minutes. After six minutes, take the sheet out and give the cashews a good stir. Place in the oven for four more minutes, watching closely to make sure the cashews don’t burn. 6. Remove cashews from oven and place into a medium bowl. Add sugar and toss to coat. Let cashews cool com pletely, periodically breaking up the cashews to prevent them from clustering. Serve or store in an air-tight con tainer. Yields: 1 1/2 cups

2 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon jalepeno pepper, finely chopped a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt 1/4 cup chopped cilantro juice from 1/2 a lime 1 large or 2 small ripe Hass avocados 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese 1 tablespoon chopped roasted, unsalted almonds

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss florets with oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes. 2. Toss cauliflower with hot sauce and serve with bleu cheese dressing. 3. For a healthier take on bleu cheese dressing, mash 1/3 cup of bleu cheese with 2/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt. Add 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (I used vegan, canola oil-based mayonnaise), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and stir until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. •Yields four servings

Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cup raw cashews 2 tablespoons honey A splash of maple syrup 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt A dash of cinnamon 1 teaspoon sugar

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1 head of cauliflower separated into medium florets. 1 tablespoon canola, vegetable or grapeseed oil salt and pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons hot sauce (I used Anchor Bar Buffalo Hot Sauce, but any other brand, like Franks RedHot, would work) • Bleu cheese dressing for dipping (recommended but optional, see below) *

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Honey-roasted Cashews • • • • • • •

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Boston Lettuce and Cilantro Salad with Radishes and Walnuts Dressing:

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• 1 tablespoon white vinegar • Juice of half a lemon • 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup or honey or agave • 2 tablespoon olive oil • salt and pepper, to taste Salad: • 10 radishes, cut as thinly as possible using a knife or mandoline • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro • 2 scallions, thinly sliced • 1 head of Boston (bibb) lettuce, washed and dried • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts 1. For the dressing: Combine the vinegar, lemon juice and sweetener in a large serving bowl. Whisk in the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. 2. For the salad: Cut radishes, chop cilantro and slice scallions. Separate the lettuce leaves from the head, tear ing the larger leaves into halves or thirds and keeping the smallest leaves whole. 3. Add the lettuce, radish, scallions and cilantro to the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle the walnuts on top of the salad. Serve immediately. Serves six


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Problem with sororities lies in habitating an estrogen-filled environment

t’s not that I don’t like sororities. It’s just that I’d rather take a long nap in a helium balloon than live in a house full of girls. It could be because I grew up with brothers or that my first group of friends was all boys when I lived in my hometown, but I’ve never been into the whole “sisterhood” thing. But I’m not necessarily against the institution of a sorority either. I get it. In a sorority, you form bonds and have a great alumni network and a personal chef and awesome themed parties. OK, so I really want to go to your awesome themed parties. But a weekly “Slutty Candy Gram” party

SAR AH SCHUSTER

i put the party in pity party wouldn’t make up for the consequences that occur when mass groups of girls live together. Because let’s be honest, girls, we already compete against each other in normal, everyday circumstances anyway.

Walking into a large room of girls is competition overload. It’s shocking how the well-furnished, three-floor mansions don’t collapse from the overwhelming amount of catty estrogen being produced. And the worst part about recruitment is that the judging actually comes with consequences. Judgmental thoughts that were previously preserved and unleashed during occasional venting sessions can now be used to determine who your friends are going to be, where you’re going to live and — by God — which “tier” in which your sorority belongs. That’s scary business. There’s also this strange phenomenon where girls who spend too much time together start to look like one another. I’m sure purchasing mass quantities of sorority gear helps. But even so, there seems to be a lot more Hunter boots and black-leggings-with-denim-shirt combos going on during recruitment. I don’t know if it’s because of a much-toothorough reading of “1984,” but I’ve always had this thing against matching. I once made my boyfriend walk up four flights of stairs back to his apartment because we were almost wearing the same coat. That’s how bad it is. I also might be a psycho girlfriend. When large groups of girls get together, it becomes suddenly acceptable to use slander as a term of endearment. Soon, I’m getting text messages from friends saying “Hey beotch,” “What up, slutzz?” and “You are actually a bad person who is not fun to be around and I love you so much.” It gets even more confusing when an insult is added in with a compliment. “Love your shirt, beotch.” I don’t like the mixed messages I’m getting.

I’m also extremely concerned with this thing called “the McClintock Effect,” which is when groups of female friends all have their period at the same time, assuming all of the girls are virgins or have been practicing something I like to call “logical sex.” I hate the term “safe sex” because it doesn’t account for the emotional dangers of sleeping with a jerk. I prefer “logical sex” because the logic goes: “I am having sex for pleasure and not to have a baby, therefore I will use protection,” instead of: “Condom? Now I’m safe. This doesn’t have a single consequence.” You are not safe. No one is. But back to the McClintock Effect and the theory that girls’ uterus linings all decide to rip off at the same time to sync up to an “alpha female.” Imagine how many alpha females exist in a sorority house. Are there little mini packs, all led by one alpha female that use their powers of period synchronization to battle other period packs, leading to one ultimate alpha female whose period cycle rules them all? Maybe not, but this is a legitimate concern. I’m perfectly happy with how my body flows now, thank you very much. For girls who have done the bidding, the recruiting and will soon complete the ceremonial screaming and running – I wish you luck. And although I can’t stand to live with you, an invite to a “Provocative Pajama” party would be appreciated. I’ll bring the onesie. Sarah Schuster is a sophomore magazine journalism major. Her column will appear weekly in Pulp for the spring 2013 semester. She can be reached at seschust@syr.edu.


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Pulitzer Prize finalist speaks to SU students By Tyler Piccotti CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Literary aficionados are constantly searching for the perfect novel. They peruse the shelves of libraries and bookstores, scouring every nook and cranny for the one book that will both enchant and mesmerize them. It’s not every day, however, that they get to listen to the author tell the tale. “It’s very satisfying to have people want to come and sit and just listen to me,” said Christine Schutt, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who spoke at Gifford Auditorium at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. “That’s really pleasant. It’s amazing. Those are the kinds of pleasures, people actually listening to you openly, that’s really gratifying.” American novelist Schutt, author of the 2009 Pulitzer finalist “All Souls,” was on hand to answer audience questions and share excerpts from her latest work, “Prosperous Friends.” Her visit kicked off the spring slate of the Raymond Carver Reading Series. The yearly event, coordinated by Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program, allows students to interact with a dozen or so stars of the literary universe. Students enrolled in ETS 107: “Living Writers” read an author’s work and discuss it in small groups before attending the reading. The event began with a brief Q-and-A session led by students in the Living Writers class. The set-up was simple: A solitary wooden table fashioned with two microphones stood front and

center on the auditorium stage. It was nothing brash or extravagant. “I see interviews like this with authors on television,” said Maddie Shaw, an undecided freshman. “It’s cool being here and having the opportunity to ask questions.” The students in attendance asked a variety of questions pertaining to the specifics of the novel, like asking Schutt to describe the creative process used to give each character an identity. She also explained how the novel contains a universal message about love and how it is affected by our own desires. Schutt made sure to answer each question, many times drawing parallels to her own past experiences. After all of the questions had been answered, the crowd dispersed for a short intermission. Schutt said during the break that even with all of the accolades she has earned, the most gratifying moments of her career occur at events similar to the night’s event. Following the intermission, Schutt read a few short excerpts from her novel. She chose segments that tied together the main characters and conflicts. Though she read only a small fraction, it was enough to get a sense of her writing style. “Prosperous Friends” is a tale about love and its fragility. It follows Ned and Isabel, a married couple unable to find happiness in their lives. Schutt skillfully weaves a thought-provoking saga about the depression and turmoil of a marriage that has spiraled into an

alyssa pooler | staff photographer (RIGHT) CHRISTINE SCHUTT, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel “All Souls,” speaks to students in Gifford Auditorum about her latest novel, “Prosperous Friends.” emotional mess. Schutt made sure she did not sugarcoat the novel. Based on her first marriage, it is littered with passages focusing on the misery of a union gone awry. “I had no imagination for happy times,” said Schutt, recalling her thought process while writing the piece. “I certainly wasn’t always miserable, but I was basically only able to remember the miserable moments.” The session remained lighthearted in tone, no doubt because of the surprising humor with which Schutt answered each question. Those in attendance repeatedly broke into chuckles due to a combination of the novel’s mature subject matter and her blunt, witty responses. “I enjoyed the book because the language

and imagery was very complex,” said Alison Park, a senior policy studies major. “I like this interview because it gave me an insight of why she wrote the book and came up with the characters.” When the session was nearly over, the topic shifted from the novel to Schutt and her years of struggles and triumphs as a writer. Schutt concluded the event by offering those in attendance the biggest piece of wisdom she could give as an author. Said Schutt: “The best advice is just to keep on doing it. There are other people around the workshop table who are as talented or more talented than you, but you just have to keep on going.” tfpiccot@syr.edu


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FROM THE BOX OFFICE Jan. 25 - 27

It comes as no surprise that this weekend’s box office was down 10 percent from the same time last year. January is typically a month when great films are not released, as the month falls between the two seasons of studios’ best releases: winter holidays and summer time. Thus, this month, audiences can expect to see forgettable films. That was especially the case with this weekend’s slate of new releases, which included Paramount’s “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” FilmDistrict’s “Parker” and Relativity Media’s “Movie 43.” Coming in at the top slot for the weekend was “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” with approximately $19.7 million. The film is a revival of the classic children’s tale, and has star power in lead Jeremy Renner with plenty of action sequences to entertain audiences. Despite this, however, the film opened with tepid results, considering Paramount Pictures produced it for $50 million and spent another $40-$50 million on prints and advertising (P&A). That being said, it may seem unclear as to why the film didn’t meet expectations. First and foremost, this film is not good, and in all likelihood, even Paramount Pictures knew that. After all, the studio pushed back the film’s release date multiple times and did not even screen the film for critics in advance, which is typically done in order to generate buzz prior to release. Audiences were also not impressed, given the disappointing 18 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This can mainly be credited to the film’s poor special effects and bad CGI in its action sequences. While Paramount

Pictures is most likely disappointed by the debut, the film should not be considered a flop, as it will most likely recoup any losses from foreign markets. This same optimism cannot be expressed in this weekend’s other new release, “Parker,” which opened at number five with just $7 million. The film’s lead is Jason Statham, one of the biggest action stars in the world. Yet despite Statham’s large fan base, you have to wonder if audiences are tired of seeing him play the gun-and-knife-wielding action honcho. The opening comes as no surprise however, because most of Statham’s films open below the $10 million mark, and typically end up grossing between $25-$30 million. But it will be hard for distributor FilmDistrict to make a short-term profit, given the fact the company paid $30 million to produce the film. The final new release in the top 10 was “Movie 43,” which tanked with $4.8 million. With an unbelievably talented all-star cast that consisted of more than two dozen big-name celebrities, the fact that the film’s results were disappointing seems, at first glance, surprising. However, every studio should know by now that star power alone is not reliable. If the film is not well-made — as is the case with “Movie 43” — audiences will simply not pay money to see it. Additionally, the film’s title is just bad; it reveals nothing about the movie. Finally, truly ineffective marketing measures were taken to promote it, which is a problem for any film. —Compiled by Ian Tecklin, contributing writer, ijteckli@syr.edu

Huckabee visit

The event is free.

Mike Huckabee will make a return trip to Syracuse as a guest of the College Republicans next Thursday. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and a 2008 presidential candidate, will give a speech in Gifford Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. He is also the author of nine books and hosts a self-titled program, “Huckabee,” on Fox News, as well as a radio show on Cumulus Radio titled “The Mike Huckabee Show.” This is Huckabee’s second trip to the Syracuse area, previously visiting in October 2012 to speak at the kick-off event for Christian action group Ten Good Men at a banquet in Cicero, N.Y. Huckabee’s speech is titled “The Future of Conservatism,” and will be free and open to the public.

Cupid’s Chase

12th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media: Gina Belafonte

Bookworms and wordsmiths unite: Syracuse University Literacy Corps is hosting its third annual Scrabble tournament. The tournament takes place on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Schine Student Center. The event is open to anyone and costs only $10 per person. But this is a good opportunity to make heated Words With Friends competitions public: teams of four cost only $30. Scrabble victors will have the opportunity to receive a variety of prizes: Salon packages and restaurant gift cards worth upward of $50 are up for grabs for those who best the competition. All prizes have been donated by area businesses. One hundred percent of the proceeds for the tournament will go toward purchasing new books for the Syracuse City School District. To find out more information about the tournament or SU Literacy Corps, contact literacy@syr.edu or the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service.

On Feb. 12 and 13, experience a film screening. Then, enjoy a conversation about race and identity with the producer-actress responsible for the film. Gina Belafonte, of the documentary “Sing Your Song,” is coming to the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium at the S.I. Newhouse of Public Communications on Feb. 13 to headline the 12th annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media, conducted by professor Richard Dubin. The showing of the film Belafonte produced and acted in will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. The film outlines the life of her father, Harry Belafonte, who was a popular singer and active in equal rights. Belafonte is an activist as well, as she is the co-founder of The Gathering for Justice. The hashtag to follow the event is #raceandmedia.

Have a special someone that you want to get to know better? What better way to do that than to go for a long, romantic walk? It may not be on the beach in this case, but you could certainly get your workout in while participating in Cupid’s Chase. The 5K event will take place on Feb. 11. Participants can either walk or run the 5K. The three fastest finishers will receive trophies, and the three fastest finishers in each category will receive medals. The race benefits Community Options, a nonprofit organization that supports those with disabilities. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. Registering onsite requires a $50 fee. 

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STOP

By Rob Marvin STAFF WRITER

ublic service announcement: The following situation may lead to a pointlessly wasted hour and a half of

your life. You’re bored and looking for something to do. A friend stops by and says, “Hey, I heard about this comedy called ‘Movie 43’ where a ton of movie stars do raunchy sketches. It sounds pretty funny, want to go?” The correct reply is: “Hell no.” Locate the nearest emergency exit, bolt out the door and don’t look back. This is not a drill. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect $200. It is not an exaggeration to say “Movie 43” may be the most ridiculously terrible movie ever passed off as entertainment. How and why half of Hollywood wound up in this slow, painful train wreck is still a mystery. The sorry parade of duped stars includes Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Gerard Butler, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Uma Thurman, Terrence Howard, Kristen Bell, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Common and “McLovin.” They must have all been conned, blackmailed, paid obscene amounts of money or possessed by some sort of mass hypnosis or black magic. The so-called plot centers around an actor (Quaid) pitching a screenplay to a studio executive (Kinnear). His script — basically a drawn-out “Saturday Night Live” episode — is so crude and moronic it could’ve been written by wasted tweens. But on and on it slogs, sketch after painful sketch. It opens with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet on a romantic blind date. They’re at an upscale restaurant, laughing and flirting until Jackman takes off his scarf and BAM — a huge pair of fake balls dangles from his neck. That’s the sketch: Winslet’s disgusted reaction to Jackman’s testicle turkey neck and the wacky

hijinks that ensue (He spills soup on them). So if you’ve ever wondered what Jackman would look like as a “Ballchinian” from “Men in Black,” here it is. Enjoy. In another clever sketch, Johnny Knoxville gets his best friend Seann William Scott a birthday present. Surprise: he caught a leprechaun — yes, the Irish fairytale kind — and it’s tied up in the basement. They interrogate the wee man (Gerard Butler’s face on a tiny CGI body) to give up his pot of gold. The only redeeming value is Butler squeaking foul-mouthed insults in an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” voice. But wait, there’s more: Superhero speed-dating. Batman (Jason Sudeikis) and Robin (Justin Long) are trying to thwart plots by The Penguin and The Riddler. But in the meantime, these crazy kids have tongue-tied conversations with Lois Lane (Uma Thurman) and Supergirl (Kristen Bell). Not much else to say about this particular winning scenario. To break up the stream of ingenious spoofs, this brilliant satire also airs fake commercials, like an advertisement for the iBabe where hip youngsters rock out with headphones on. In a later meeting at this unnamed company, an executive (Richard Gere) wonders why so many customers have complained about the music player shaped like a full-size naked woman. They soon discover where the problem lies — a high-powered cooling fan located in the so-called “vagi-port.” Connect the dots. This keen social commentary blows all other topical references away. “The Onion” should just stop trying. Other high points feature Emma Stone and Kieran Culkin dirty-talking into a

illustration by micah benson | art director

Star-stuffed flick ‘Movie 43’ proves star power isn't enough to keep movie from going down the drain

supermarket loudspeaker (while customers eavesdrop), 1950s basketball coach Terrence Howard mocking “Glory Road” with a racist pump-up speech, Halle Berry playing Truth or Dare, and a bunch of insensitive guys including Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“McLovin”) bumbling through a poor girl’s first period. Add a couple more crass

insults and poop gags and that’s “Movie 43.” The studio was so ashamed that they tried to hide the film in the dead of January. The real telling statistic is this: there was not one real laugh. Maybe a few light chuckles, if only for seeing Butler cursing people out as a leprechaun. We may never know how and why this revolting blob of a film was allowed to exist, or even why it’s called “Movie 43.” It will forever remain a skid mark on the underpants of Hollywood. rjmarvin@syr.edu

MOVIE 43

Directors: Brett Ratner , Elizabeth Banks Cast: Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Justin Long Release date: Jan. 25 Rating:

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Jam band Lotus rocks crowd at Westcott Theater By Ian Feiner STAFF WRITER

With dreadlocks and glow sticks coiling through the air, students and locals alike grooved to the electronic waves generated from one of the most popular jam bands touring today. Feet shuffled through nearly an inch of spilled booze, hands were thrown into the stratosphere and the explosive light show shimmered off of a sea of dilated pupils — the crowd was ecstatic, electric and deeply inebriated. “This is my first Lotus show. It’s some of the best music to get f***ed up and dance to,” said Age Salmon, a senior public relations major. On Wednesday evening, the electro-jazz jam band from Indiana played a sold-out show at The Westcott Theater. Formed at Goshen College in 1999, Lotus has been playing on the jam band circuit for five years, and has developed a serious following of electro fans as well as fans of jam and jazz genres. Lotus has been known to headline many jam festivals, and has played in Syracuse a number of times. Opening for the headliner was a beginning act that many audience members said was unlike any other. Electro-jazz fusion group Moon Hooch set the stage with ebullient jazz overtones produced by tenor, alto and baritone saxophones accompanied by a semi-electronic drum kit. Moon Hooch, formed in New York City, got their start playing in the subway and taking advantage of the reverberation and acoustic sounds produced from the tunnels. Moon Hooch’s distinctive sound can be related to that of dubstep, however, the sound achieved has an

organic tone due to the use of sax over-synth — their influence, while heavily electronic, is mostly jazz. “We are all big fans of Coltrane,” said drummer James Muschler. “Our style really came about as an accident. We were students at the

“Syracuse is all about status. I’m from a small town where we don’t really believe in that, so when I come to Westcott and see a show like Lotus, I feel like it’s home because everyone is so nice, loving and accepting.”

opening act. Senior English and textual studies major and longtime Lotus fan Nate Haddad was surprised by the quality of the opening act. “Moon Hooch was like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” says Haddad. “I’ve been to nine, maybe even 10 Lotus shows, and I’ve never seen a no-name opening act received as well as Moon Hooch was.” After a brief intermission, Lotus took the stage, and those who spent the musical abeyance smoking cigarettes outside quickly tossed their butts at the sound of the first note, rushed inside and began to squeeze as far toward the front as they possibly could. As Lotus began their three-hour-long groove session, fans moved with the music, flinging beer through the air and sweat out of their hair. Lotus played many fan favorites, including

their high-octane version of the Zelda video game theme song and a few new songs to promote their upcoming album “Build,” due out in February. Senior State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry student Colin Mullin, who is a longtime fan of Lotus, said the show was entertaining, exciting and just as good as the previous show he attended. But to junior child and family studies major Amy Scicutella, it was only after she was embraced by a complete stranger that the Lotus fan was able to express her true feelings about the show and the venue. Said Scicutella: “Syracuse is all about status. I’m from a small town where we don’t really believe in that, so when I come to Westcott and see a show like Lotus, I feel like it’s home because everyone is so nice, loving and accepting.” imfeiner@syr.edu

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JUNIOR CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES MAJOR

New School in NYC focused on jazz, and one year Wenzl [McGowan] went to learn how to DJ electronic music on a cruise ship, and when he returned he had ideas for all sorts of new original material. What you hear is what came out of our collaboration with jazz, electronica and each other.” Moon Hooch’s opening set was received with great exuberance, loud cheers and a theaterwide request for an encore, unusual for an

katy beals | contributing photographer (FROM TOP) Electro-jazz band Lotus gets the raucous crowd moving at The Westcott Theater on Wednesday night. The band played after opening act Moon Hooch. Mike Remple, the guitarist for Lotus, grooves in time with the rest of the band.

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Pair of runs propels Orange to 65-34 victory against Pirates By Kevin Prise STAFF WRITER

Shortly before the 10-minute mark of the second half, Shakeya Leary came off of the bench to relieve fellow center Kayla Alexander. Leary immediately made sure there was no drop-off production, grabbing an SYRACUSE 65 in offensive rebound on ElasSETON HALL 34 hier Hall’s missed jumper and nailing the putback. From there, the game’s verdict was in little doubt. Leary’s basket completed a 19-1 Syracuse run that broke a semi-tight game with Seton Hall into a blowout and propelled the Orange (17-3, 5-2 Big East) to a 65-34 victory Wednesday in front of 490 fans at the Carrier Dome. After a 64-59 loss Saturday at Villanova, the win against Seton Hall (8-13, 3-5) allows Syracuse to avoid its first losing streak of the season and keeps the Orange on the right path toward the NCAA Tournament. “I thought that during that time, we just did a very good job getting our defense set,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said of the 19-1 run that stretched from the 17:10 mark to the 10:26 mark of the second half. “Obviously, mostly when you get your defense set, you’re scoring the basketball. I thought we did a good job of scoring to give ourselves the opportunity to get our press set.” Syracuse’s sizable margin of victory came from two major runs, one being the 19-1 burst, the other a 14-2 run that lasted 7:13 through the middle of the first half. The opening-half burst turned an 8-7 Seton Hall lead into a 21-10

“I thought it was our defense that got us going. Whenever you have a good defense, whether you’re getting steals, you can get stops.” Kayla Alexander

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SU advantage. The Orange never looked back. Keying the 14-2 run was Leary’s ability to complement Alexander down low, ensuring a strong Orange presence inside even when SU’s all-time leading scorer was on the bench. Leary went strong to the basket for two consecutive layups to kickstart the run, the second coming off of a defensive rebound. “Shakeya’s a good player,” Hillsman said. “She’s kind of been banged up a little bit the last couple days of practice. I wish I could’ve played her a little more; I probably could have.” Leary finished with six points on 3-for-3 shooting and added six rebounds in her eight minutes on the court. Throughout the runs, and the entire game, the Orange’s efforts were boosted by a suffocating defense that pressured Seton Hall players at every opportunity and kept open shots to a minimum. Syracuse mixed in some full-court press early in the second half to continue the

defensive domination over the Pirates. The Orange held Seton Hall to a 13-for-59 shooting performance for a 22 percentage rate, including a 1-for-15 clip from 3-point range. The Pirates’ 34-point output was the second lowest number of points allowed by SU in its Big East history. The Orange’s defensive effort and intensity set the tone for the runs to be possible, Alexander said. “I thought it was our defense that got us going,” Alexander said. “Whenever you have a good defense, whether you’re getting steals, you can get stops.” Seniors Alexander and Hall recorded double-doubles. Alexander had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Hall scored 10 points and grabbed 14 boards. Hall put the finishing touches on her night with a 3 from the top of the key with 2:23 to play, pumping her fist as she ran off of the court and hugging teammate Carmen Tyson-Thomas, who was sidelined for the game after having a tooth pulled. “Having two seniors to have 23 points and 26 rebounds is tremendous,” Hillsman said. “You’ve got to give Kayla and Lacie a lot of credit. But I thought that, overall, this was a total team effort.” Freshman Brianna Butler had a season-high 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting, including a 4-for9 effort from 3-point range. Fellow freshman Brittney Sykes tied Butler with a 14-point night to lead the team. “I thought that our team played really, really good,” Hillsman said. “Hopefully we can continue this on Saturday.” kmprisei@syr.edu

Orange depth on display in win without Tyson-Thomas By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

As Syracuse walked out of the locker room to start the game, Carmen Tyson-Thomas walked more slowly behind the group, still dressed in sweat clothes. After pregame introductions, she walked to the bench like she normally does. But instead of choosing one of the first seats, prepared to enter, she walked to the end and plopped down in the last seat. She remained there for the entirety of the game, sidelined after having a tooth pulled. “She definitely brings the energy coming off the bench,” SU guard Brianna Butler said. “So that was something that we were missing.” Even with Tyson-Thomas sidelined, though, the Orange was able to cruise to a 65-34 victory Wednesday in the Carrier Dome thanks to elevated play elsewhere on the court. It meant a different sixth man. La’Shay Taft was the first player off of the bench and logged a season-high 16 minutes. It meant more minutes from Rachel Coffey. The guard played 18 minutes, 11 more than in the game against Villanova on Saturday. And it meant bigger contributions from the usual suspects. Butler chipped in a career-high 14 points, Sykes added another 14, four more than her average scoring output, and Elashier Hall grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds, including five offensive. “We had a lot of contributions from a lot of different players tonight and that’s how we have to play,” Hillsman said. “We’ve got to try to play nine, 10 deep so we can press and play fast and get the tempo that we like to play.” Less than two minutes into the game, Butler

headed to the bench. In came Taft, who had logged all of 89 minutes on the year before the game. With Pachis Roberts also sidelined, Taft was left as the leader in minutes for the nonrotation players. An up-and-down performance followed for the seldom-used guard. Almost immediately, Taft came away with a steal, but seconds later she turned the ball back over. That was how most of her night went, the good plays – the steal and three rebounds – interspersed with the bad – 0-for-3 shooting and three turnovers. “I thought that she was trying really, really hard to make the right plays and to do the right thing on the court,” Hillsman said. “And I give her a lot of credit for just stepping in and playing major, major minutes and she hadn’t done all season, pretty much.” Though Taft was the first player off of the bench, it was Coffey taking on the de facto, sixth-man role. She led all bench players with 18 minutes and led the team with four assists. But it was on the defensive end where she was most important. With two regulars out, Hillsman made sure everyone was comfortable playing multiple positions. That meant Sykes had to slide into Tyson-Thomas’ role on the press, and Coffey had a major effect defensively with a pair of steals. “When Coach has us scrimmage he always tells us to pressure the ball and (force) turnovers,” Sykes said. “ … From practice transferring to the game, me and Rachel and the whole team, we all want them to turn the ball over because the faster we get the ball back the

more we can score.” Syracuse entered the second half with a nine-point lead. Less than 10 minutes later, that lead ballooned to 29 thanks largely to Coffey, Sykes and the SU press. From there, the Orange cruised. Butler heated up, knocking down three out of six 3-pointers in the second half. Hall kept grabbing rebounds the Orange usually expects from Tyson-Thomas. As time wound down, Hall was nearing her second double-double of the year. She had long ago reached the doubledigit rebound plateau, but for seven minutes and counting she was stuck at seven points. With 2:23 remaining, Tiara Butler found Hall at the top of the key. The senior pulled up and drained it. As the ball hung in the air, Tyson-Thomas rose out of her seat in anticipation. When it fell through, she jumped and pointed at Hall with both hands. SU called timeout and Hall immediately found Tyson-Thomas at the end of the bench. “I was waiting for that,” Hall said to her teammate before sitting next to her at the end of the bench. Even injured, Tyson-Thomas made her presence known, her enthusiasm and upbeat attitude still affecting the team. “Her energy on the sideline made us play with more energy, play hard,” Butler said. “So it was good to have her even energized even though she wasn’t able to play. “It was almost as if she was playing with us.” dbwilson@syr.edu @DBWilson2

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trying to coach us? How much can he know?’” said Hill, who was a senior in McDonald’s first season coaching at NIU in 2001. “And you sat down and once you talked to the guy, his personality just came out.” The young coach’s personality was intense and professional – “strictly business” – from day one. Hill and his teammates quickly learned McDonald knew the game, and grew to respect him for his demanding approach. McDonald parlayed his success at Northern Illinois into jobs with bigger programs in the last decade, building his resume and coaching acumen at Stanford, Western Michigan, Minnesota and Miami, and in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. McDonald joined the coaching staff as Arkansas’ wide receivers coach in December, but left in January when Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer came calling. Shafer hired McDonald as his offensive coordinator, a position he held at WMU and described as his dream to attain. McDonald developed a reputation as a top recruiter and cerebral coach since his days at NIU, and now brings those attributes to Syracuse. “We’re going to be able to recruit great players here,” McDonald said at his introductory press conference. “The thing that we’re going to do better than anyone in the country is we’re going to develop them to even be better players.” McDonald impressed Shafer when he

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same at Syracuse. One of Shafer’s first moves when he was promoted from defensive coordinator to become the Orange’s head coach was to find his replacement. Shafer turned to his close friend and football brother Bullough, who spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns. Bullough’s known as a 4-3 defensive guru, but also as a fiery, in-your-face coach. He’s exactly the coach Shafer wanted to be his defensive coordinator. “There’s only a handful of people in the business that you trust like a brother,” Shafer said when he announced Bullough’s hiring. “There’s a lot that you respect, but there’s only a handful that you trust. The highs and lows of all the years being a coach, the guys that got your back all the way through and those are usually the guys that you have an opportunity to work with.” Bullough comes from a football family. His father, Hank, was a longtime coach in college football and in the NFL, working on the staffs at Michigan State and for the Baltimore Colts, the New England Patriots, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills. Chuck Bullough graduated from Orchard Park High School while Hank was with the Bills. Bullough was a stud linebacker in high school, and his final two choices for possible colleges were Michigan State and Syracuse. He visited SU and former Orange head coach Dick MacPherson, but decided to play for the Spartans instead. Still, Bullough said the chance to come to Syracuse to work for Shafer was a chance to come home. Friends from Buffalo have been calling him to congratulate him and tell him the Orange needs to win. “Sometimes you go to jobs, you know the head coach, you’ve met him but you don’t really know him,” Bullough said. “You don’t know his philosophies, you don’t know what kind of guy he is, what kind of man, what kind of family man he is. Here it’s great, because I know him.”

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arrived for his interview at Northern Illinois. Shafer, then the secondary coach, said their coaching philosophies matched and they soon became colleagues. “Then he came in and coached,” Shafer said. “And by far the best wide receiver coach I’ve ever been associated with.” Hill’s rise from unknown to NFL Draft pick after just one season under McDonald’s tutelage proves Shafer’s sentiment. In the previous three seasons, Hill hadn’t demonstrated much. He was a one-dimensional receiver who only ran one route – taking off straight down the field for deep balls. All that changed under McDonald. With their new coach, the receivers ran ball drills they’d never seen before, lying flat on their backs while McDonald rifled balls at them in one drill, and catching tennis balls he fired their way with one hand in another. They worked on routes and perfected their footwork – all before practice, when the frenetic pace picked up even more. Jogging was not permitted. Often, the end of practice only meant the start of another workout for Hill, sometimes lasting 45 minutes. “We thought the guy was crazy, man,” Hill said. “But when we got in the game action – a lot of those drills that we went through, the ball drills, coming out of the breaks – it really benefited us on game day.” It benefited Hill beyond his lone season with McDonald. His breakout senior season, in which he caught 38 passes for 822 yards and seven touch-

They only worked together for one season at Western Michigan, but it was one of the most important seasons in their careers. Shafer was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator and Bullough was his linebackers coach. They built a sturdy defense that helped WMU finish the season 7-4, one year after it went 1-10. Shafer said Bullough is a true football coach. At one point during the season at Western

“For god’s sakes, if you give that guy a helmet, he’d be right in there playing next to you during practice.”

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Michigan, Bullough had his father come and speak to the team. Chuck Bullough brought with him one of the championship rings he won during his coaching career. He told the players that if they wanted to see or hold it, they could stick around after practice. When practice ended, only about 25 players stuck around. Bullough couldn’t believe it. “What the hell’s going on?” Shafer remembers Bullough saying at the time, “Why didn’t the rest of them want to see it?” Former Western Michigan linebacker and defensive end Josh Behrens said Bullough was always intense during the Broncos’ practices. Behrens remembers him running around as much as the players. And the intensity worked, he said. He always got the most out of his players. “From the film room to the practice field, once we hit the field, he was loud, intense, running around, showing people how to do things,” Behrens said. “For God’s sakes, if you give that guy a helmet, he’d be right in there playing next to you during practice.” As intense as he was, players still respected him. Matt Ludeman was one of WMU’s linebackers in 2005, and said Bullough was either a role

downs, put him on the NFL’s radar. Hill prepared at Cris Carter’s Fast Camp, where he went through some of the same drills McDonald already put him through, and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Looking back, Hill credits McDonald and the approach he originally questioned for helping him get there. “Once you bought into it, you respected it because it made you better,” Hill said. In his career, McDonald mentored more elite receivers in the college game, including Greg Jennings at Western Michigan and Eric Decker at Minnesota. In the last two seasons, he oversaw the development of Miami receivers Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin into NFL players. And last fall, he took on the role of passing game coordinator for the Hurricanes, who finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing with 295.4 yards per game. This fall, McDonald will take the reins of the Syracuse offense. Hill expects him to attack his newest challenge with the same intensity and focus he did at Northern Illinois 12 years ago, and McDonald’s excited to get started. “Every day’s the first day of school for me because I know when I come into the office, I’m going to be surrounded by people with the same vision, the same passion,” McDonald said. “And that passion is developing players, playing great football, winning games, graduating great players and having a lot of fun doing it.” rjgery@syr.edu

model or father figure for many of his players. He was also brutally honest, he said. But there was another side to Bullough. During training camp in 2005, Ludeman and some of his defensive teammates were sitting in one of the coaches’ offices watching film. Bullough walked in, drenched in sweat. He was wearing a whistle around his neck, and the whistle had a white rubber cover. Ludeman said he’s still not sure what it was, but thinks Bullough either got red Sharpie on it or had a bloody lip, because the white rubber had a red smudge on it. “Coach, it looks like you’ve got a little lipstick on your whistle there,” Ludeman told Bullough. Bullough walked over to Ludeman, picked him up by his collar and put him on the desk. “Don’t ever say that to me again,” Ludeman said Bullough told him. But that was as much as Bullough could say before he started laughing. Bullough was intense, but only at the right times. Ludeman also said Bullough remembers to call all of his former players on their birthday, even years after he’s coached them. Shafer said that’s how he knows Bullough’s players respect him. They’ll call him to check and see how he’s doing or wish he and his teams luck. “Those are the guys I want to surround myself with,” Shafer said. “Guys that are more talented than I am. My dad always said that, too, and we’ve all heard it, ‘Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are but also people that are as passionate as you are, too.’ “That’s what we’ve got in Chuck Bullough.” Bullough left Shafer and Western Michigan after only one season to join Rick Neuheisel’s coaching staff at UCLA. He was the Bruins’ linebackers coach in 2008 and defensive coordinator in 2009. UCLA led the Pac-10 Conference in total defense, tackles for loss, turnovers forced, scoring defense and pass defense. But the 21 points the Bruins allowed per game were too much for Neuhisel, and he fired Bullough after the season. At the time, Neuheisel told reporters Bullough’s 4-3 mindset didn’t fit at

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UCLA. He wanted to use a 3-4 scheme. Now Bullough is at Syracuse, where he’ll be taking over a defense that Shafer built into a rock solid unit, with a 4-3. The Orange is losing five players to graduation on the defensive side of the ball, including strong safety Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse’s leading tackler, and middle linebacker Siriki Diabate. Whoever takes their spots, though, will be expected to play at a high level, regardless of how young they might be. Austin Pritchard was a freshman at Western Michigan in 2005, and saw significant playing time due to injuries to other players. He was only 18, and months removed from high school, but Bullough told him that wasn’t an excuse. “That was never acceptable. It wasn’t like, ‘I know you’re a freshman, it’ll be OK,’” Pritchard said. “It makes you grow up. When you’re forced to play a lot of freshmen, that’s what you need.” Bullough said at his introductory press conference his defense will look a lot like Shafer’s, with the exception of some minor adjustments. But Syracuse will still have a 4-3 defense and the same third-down package. Shafer and Bullough have always shared the same view of football, especially on defensive schemes. It started at Western Michigan. Now, eight years later, it continues at Syracuse. “That excites me to have Chuck aboard,” Shafer said. “He’s a special guy and a special coach.” cjiseman@syr.edu @chris_iseman


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MICHAEL CARTER- TRAY WOODALL 6-0 190 SR. WILLIAMS 10.7 PPG 5.7 6-6 185 SO. 12.6 PPG 8.9 APG

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JAMES ROBINSON

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Triche is averaging 17.3 points her game in the last four games. Robinson is more provider than traditional “2” guard, only breaking into double digits twice in nine conference games so far.

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C.J. FAIR

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LAMAR PATTERSON

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Fair’s been seeing a lot of minutes in recent games. With SU’s slim bench, that’s not likely to change.

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Pittsburgh center Steven Adams is the youngest of 18 children from five women. One of Adams’ older brothers, Matt Gioella, played professionally with and against current Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon in New Zealand. In the four games since Syracuse forward James Southerland was suspended, SU small forward C.J. Fair has been off the court for a total of two minutes.

STAT TO KNOW After losing to Villanova last Saturday, Syracuse is in danger of its first losing streak since February 2011 when the Orange dropped back-to-back games to Georgetown and Louisville.

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Zanna offers a stronger physical presence than Keita. With DaJuan Coleman out, Keita has to be sure to stay out of foul trouble.

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Against Villanova, SU scored two fast-break points and shot 33 percent from the field. The Wildcats’ 18 offensive rebounds limited the Orange’s chances, too. “The times they did miss, they were doing a

“We’re a great team as far as the definition of team and the chemistry. We play for each other.” Brandon Triche

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good job getting offensive rebounds,” Fair said, “so it was hard to get fast breaks because we had everybody crashing the boards.” The rebounding battle will be crucial against Pittsburgh, as Syracuse must overcome the loss of the 6-foot-9, 288-pound Coleman in the frontcourt. Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita have rotated with Coleman all season, and all three have seen their minutes fluctuate due to inconsistent performances. With SU’s rotation reduced to seven players, contributions from the role players could

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be the difference between a win and another loss on the road. Christmas and Keita have only shown limited ability offensively, but they’ll need to be reliable inside on Saturday. Grant has been stellar since his increase in minutes to 29.8 per game in the last four games, and guard Trevor Cooney has been up and down in his freshman season. No matter what rotation Boeheim puts on the floor, Syracuse is in for a test to score on the Big East’s top defensive team. The Panthers are allowing just 54.9 points per game. “Pretty much anybody who plays against us, even Pittsburgh, they’re going to play pretty strong defense with a lot of help,” Triche said. Though it won’t be easy in Pittsburgh, Triche and his teammates said they were ready to get back on the floor right after the loss Saturday. They’ve had a week off to prepare for another challenging matchup, allowing their bodies to recover from the physical game in Philadelphia. Even with the list of contributors down to seven going into Saturday, Syracuse remains one of the top teams in the conference and nation. The confidence of the players who will take the court is still there. “We’re a great team as far as the definition of team and the chemistry,” Triche said. “We play for each other. That’s the most important thing.” rjgery@syr.edu

andrew renneisen | staff photographer BRANDON TRICHE and Syracuse look to rebound from Saturday’s loss at Villanova this Saturday at Pittsburgh. Despite the loss, SU still holds first place in the Big East.

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Dating back to Jan. 24, 2004, Boeheim’s Orange has lost nine of the last 12 games against Pittsburgh.

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SU faces Colonials hoping to improve conference placement By Ryan Raigrodski STAFF WRITER

Syracuse is in the best position of any team in the program’s five-year history, making this weekend’s matchup at College Hockey America rival and defending conference champion Who: Robert Morris Robert Morris a Where: Moon Township, pivotal series. Pa. “We already When: Friday, 3 p.m. have more wins this year than I have had in the past two years,” forward Jacquie Greco said. “We’re already on track to do really well, and obviously since I am a senior and it is my last year I want to win this thing.” The Orange played a home series against Robert Morris earlier this season, and both games were tight matchups. SU lost the first game by one and won the second by the same margin, 4-3. Getting at least one win in that series was critical, as it helped the Orange to near-prime position, just three points behind Mercyhurst for first in the CHA standings. The Orange (14-11-1, 8-3-1 CHA) will look to improve its spot in the CHA when it takes on the Colo-

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nials (10-9-3, 6-5-1) on Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. As it enters an eight-game, season-ending stretch of CHA play, the Orange knows how crucial it is to come away with maximum points this weekend. In preparation, head coach Paul Flanagan is emphasizing cleaning up the inconsistent finishing that’s stripped the Orange of crucial conference points this season. “I think it’s important to come away with both (wins). They’re definitely a rival,” said forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe. “I think it’s going to be a tough battle, especially since they let two kind of get away from them last weekend. We might need to weather the storm off of the bat but we are definitely excited.” Like Greco said, this will be her and fellow captain Carrie-Mattimoe’s last season with the program. Both are huge influences in the locker room. As they prepare for the final stretch of their collegiate careers, they have one goal in mind: win the CHA. “That was one of mine and Greco’s goals coming into Syracuse,” Mattimoe said. “We definitely wanted to win the conference. We have a huge shot at it this year. It would be great.” The fact that it’s Mattimoe and Greco’s last

luke rafferty | asst. photo editor HOLLY CARRIE-MATTIMOE and Syracuse want to capitalize on this weekend’s matchups with Robert Morris. SU is in second place in the CHA, just three points out of first.

“We already have more wins this year than I have had in the past two years. We’re already on track to do really well, and obviously since I am a senior and it is my last year I want to win this thing.” Jacquie Greco

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season not only serves as motivation for the two captains, but for their teammates as well. They are well-respected members of the team, and their teammates want to send them out with a CHA title. “It’s huge,” Margot Scharfe said. “They have done a lot for this program and this is the year the whole team believes that it is possible. It would be a letdown if we didn’t succeed when we know that we can.” Syracuse holds the No. 2 position in the conference standings. After struggling to an overtime tie and a 2-0 loss last weekend against RIT, Robert Morris sits in fourth, four points behind SU for the coveted second spot in the conference. The top two teams in the standings receive byes for the first week of the conference tournament. Flanagan said even though teams often struggle when coming off of a bye, it is still something the team is striving to get. “Just say, for example, we are in third

place,” Greco said. “We might have to travel to Lindenwood or they might have to come here. That’s just another weekend we won’t have to rest, so I think it’s really important for us to get one of those top two seeds and a bye weekend.” As SU prepares to travel to Robert Morris, Flanagan said he is simply focusing on scoring. Throughout the season, the team has struggled to finish its chances, piling up shots on goal but too often falling a goal short. Flanagan knows that if the team is going to come away with full points this weekend, it needs to improve its scoring. “The last two days we have really put a premium on working on from an offensive perspective, trying to pick corners, trying to be more efficient in scoring because we had a lot of shots this past weekend,” Flanagan said. “Really just getting good focus when we get good opportunities and burying your shots and being more efficient that way.” rlraigro@syr.edu


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SU, St. John’s extend rivalry Syracuse faces WVU hoping to for 2 years beyond Big East turn year around By Chris Iseman SPORTS EDITOR

Syracuse and St. John’s will play a homeand-home series that will span the next two seasons, the schools announced in a press release Wednesday. The first game will be at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 14, 2013, then the Red Storm will play at the Carrier Dome in 2014. Syracuse and St. John’s have a long-standing Big East rivalry, but that was in threat of coming to an end with the Orange moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in July. Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said in a statement it was important to continue the history that Syracuse and SJU share. “There are traditional series that are very important to us that go beyond conference affiliations,” Gross said. “One of those is St John’s, which has an obvious place in Syracuse basketball history. As we continue to aggressively secure rivalries that are dear to us, we are pleased to announce the continuation of this great series between two outstanding universities.” Both schools are founding members of the Big East. They’ll play for the first time this season Feb. 10 in the Dome. Syracuse and St. John’s first played in 1912, and have played 86 times since then. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement the Orange and Red Storm have a

deep-rooted history. “The rivalry with St. John’s has been one of the strongest for our program,” Boeheim said. “We had some great games when I was in school and the series continued to grow with Coach Carnesecca at St. John’s right up to today with Coach (Steve) Lavin.” Lavin, the Red Storm’s second-year head coach, echoed Boeheim’s sentiments. “St. John’s and Syracuse are two of the storied programs in NCAA history, both with top 10 numbers in overall victories and winning percentage,” Lavin said. “The Johnnies and ‘Cuse rivalry is now more than a century old and deserves to continue.” With Syracuse moving to the ACC, its future playing at Madison Square Garden was uncertain. The Orange has made MSG its “home away from home” in recent decades, especially when it came to the Big East tournament. The series against St. John’s guarantees Syracuse will continue to play in New York City, which holds a large SU fan base. “Playing in Madison Square Garden is always a special event for Syracuse and for our fans in New York City,” continued Boeheim. “It will be great that our fans in Central New York will have the chance to see St. John’s in the Dome the following year.” cjiseman@syr.edu @chris_iseman

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Komal Safdar isn’t ready to let Syracuse’s success against West Virginia in recent seasons determine her feelings going into this weekend’s match against the Mountaineers. Even though the Who: West Virginia Orange beat WVU Where: Drumlins When: Saturday, 10 a.m. 6-1 in Morgantown, W.Va., last year and 7-0 at home the year before, she still sees West Virginia as a dangerous team. “They’re going to bring a fight,” Safdar said, “and we have to bring the fight back.” Safdar and SU (1-5) will get that chance when the Orange hosts the Mountaineers (1-1) at Drumlins on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Mountaineers have only played two matches, losing to Ohio State and beating Marshall. Both teams, though, are challenged by the lack of experienced players on both rosters. The Mountaineers carry only two seniors, Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland. The other five players are underclassmen. Syracuse’s players aren’t much older. The Orange doesn’t have any seniors, something the coaches realized at the start of the season. “The leadership was something that we were concerned about earlier,” assistant coach Shelley George said. “I think that over the course of some of the adversity they’ve faced this past month in the competition they’ve really bonded as a team and as a unit.” Syracuse has faced plenty of that adversity, including injuries and a tough schedule. In the month of January alone, SU has played now-No. 22 Georgia Tech, South Florida and Georgia State. While the Orange fell in all of them, the losses still benefitted the team. “They were really close matches,” said sophomore Amanda Rodgers. “Some of them were 4-3, we know we’re right there and we just need to push ourselves to the next level.” The lack of senior leadership has been one of Syracuse’s biggest deficiencies this season. But the team has bonded and grown stronger without that presence. “They’ve made a decision moving forward that it’s not about somebody as a senior out there leading them,” George said, “but they’re really leading themselves and organizing themselves as a group and moving forward.” Although the team is young, it’s ready for the level of competition it faces in every match. Safdar said it might even be an added bonus. “Not having seniors is almost, in a sense, better because we’re all on the same level,” Safdar said. Last season, the Orange finished 14-6. Currently at 1-5, Syracuse isn’t where it wants to be in order to repeat another strong season. Against West Virginia this weekend, a team Syracuse has played well against in recent years, the Orange has a chance to start turning the season around. Regardless of a lack of experience, Syracuse remains optimistic that it can put together a strong season. Said George: “We’re going to see some great things happening here in the next couple months.”

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More experienced, cohesive defense to anchor SU in 2013 By Trevor Hass ASST. COPY EDITOR

During the 2011 season, the Syracuse defense surrendered nearly seven goals per game, outworking and outperforming other teams’ offensive units. In 2012, that numWho: Ohio State/Robert ber skyrocketed to more than nine, as Morris Where: Columbus, Ohio SU’s defense allowed When: Saturday, 11:30 157 goals, the most a.m. since 2006. This year, Syracuse’s defense returns nearly all of its key contributors, including anchor Brian Megill. Players such as Matt Harris, Brandon Mullins and Kyle Carey have one more year of experience under their belt, and will look to take SU’s defense to the next level. The Orange defense will have a chance to continue to jell together and iron out some more kinks Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, when it squares off against Ohio State and Robert Morris at 11:30 a.m. in its final scrimmages before the regular season. “I’ve been trying to force the jelling issue,” Megill said. “A defense is only as good as its weakest link. We’ve got to come together as a unit.” Megill was named the Big East Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Last season, he set an SU singleseason record with 37 caused turnovers, serving as a steady presence for a streaky defense. Carey called Megill the No. 1 defender in the country without hesitation. He said the defense flourishes with Megill as the “frame.” “Basically whenever the ball’s on the ground, Brian’s the one to get it,” Carey said. “He busts his butt every day. People see that, and the rest of the team wants to work as hard as he does.” The undisputed leader of the defense, Megill’s role is more than just a defender. He’s the glue that keeps everything together and thrives as one of Syracuse’s main voices on defense. SU head coach John Desko called Megill a natural leader. He said his role hasn’t changed much since last year, and he’s ready to command the Syracuse defense and ensure a turnaround becomes a reality, rather than just an expectation. “It’s pretty natural for him to be in that leadership role,” Desko said. “He’s vocal, he works very hard and off the field he does the right things.”

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But one man doesn’t make a defense. As Megill said, a defense is only as good as its weakest link. Harris, Mullins and David Hamlin are three centerpieces for Syracuse. All three have in-game experience and are ready to spark a resurgence. Harris said he, Megill, Mullins and other players bonded this summer at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout playing for Team Maverik, as well as at the Lake Placid Lacrosse tournament. Last year, Harris said miscommunication sometimes haunted the Orange. Players were still getting to know each other, and miscues often resulted from missed assignments or sloppy organization. Now, with summer tournaments, fall practices and one spring scrimmage to learn from, Harris said the defense is meshing better as a whole. “With defense, it’s all about communication and talking and knowing where each person is going to be on the field,” Harris said. “I feel like with another year under our belts that will help us in game situations.” Most of Syracuse’s key defenders are retuning players, but freshmen such as Ryan Palasek, Jay McDermott and Sean Young will likely see minutes for the Orange early in the season. SU’s defense gave up 10 goals to Hofstra – ranked No. 17 by Inside Lacrosse – in its first scrimmage Saturday. The Pride scored nine second-half goals as the Orange emptied its bench, including five in the first 10 minutes of the fourth period. But then Syracuse’s defense buckled down. The Orange held Hofstra scoreless for the rest of the game, thwarting off the Pride’s advances. In the second game against Holy Cross, the defense allowed only six goals, two of them coming in garbage time with the game out of reach. Not much stock can be placed in exhibition games, but Syracuse’s defense certainly showed potential. With Megill as the anchor and an improved, more experienced supporting cast, Carey believes SU’s defense is far better than it was a year ago. “I feel like the defense is very much the heart of the team,” Carey said. “As long as we can keep the excitement and keep the aggressiveness going on defense, we can really ignite a light under this team. It’s going to start with the defense.” tbhass@syr.edu

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McDonald plans to orchestrate physical, explosive SU offense By Ryne Gery STAFF WRITER

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he skepticism started to form immediately when Northern Illinois wide receiver Darrell Hill walked into his new position coach’s office. George McDonald was just three years removed from his playing days at Illinois, and Hill already had some questions before taking a seat for his first individual meeting with him. “First of all I’m like, ‘Who’s this young guy that’s

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photos by luke rafferty | asst. photo editor GEORGE MCDONALD AND CHUCK BULLOUGH have been hired by new SU head coach Scott Shafer to take over the offense and defense, respectively. The trio worked together at Western Michigan.

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Bullough brings tough, aggressive approach to Syracuse defense By Chris Iseman SPORTS EDITOR

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Despite loss, Orange stays confident heading to Pittsburgh By Ryne Gery STAFF WRITER

Standing in the visitors’ locker room at the Wells Fargo Center, Brandon Triche answered each question with unwavering confidence. Who: Pittsburgh S y r a Where: Pittsburgh, Pa. When: Saturday, noon cuse’s Channel: ESPN loss to Villanova was tough, but it was just one game. There was no cause for concern or

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need to worry. His team still sat atop the Big East standings. “At this point, we’ve only lost one game, still No. 1 in the Big East and that puts us in a great position,” Triche said. “You don’t like to lose games where you think you should win, but maybe the last two games, we probably shouldn’t have won one of those games. “Sometimes it’s going to work out for you, sometimes it won’t.” Syracuse (18-2, 6-1 Big East) will look to bounce back when it takes on

Pittsburgh (17-5, 5-4) at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday at noon. Conference play hasn’t been easy for the No. 6 Orange despite its spot in first place alongside Marquette. SU has had to battle in every game since its rout of Rutgers in the conference opener, with the last three games coming down to the final buzzer. Triche and his teammates came out on the wrong side of a close contest Saturday in a 75-71 overtime loss to the Wildcats. But they all echoed the senior guard’s words on the team’s

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mindset moving forward. “We’re a great team and everybody takes their losses,” SU forward Jerami Grant said. “We just got to come back stronger the next one.” That goal got a little tougher without center DaJuan Coleman, who underwent knee surgery and is expected to miss four weeks recovering. Coleman started all 20 games this season, so SU head coach Jim Boeheim will have to shuffle his rotation, which is down to seven players, as James Southerland remains ineligible.

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Syracuse’s offense has sputtered at times without the 6-foot-8 Southerland and his ability to knock down jump shots and 3-pointers. The scoring load has fallen on the shoulders of Triche, Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. Fair, and they’ve all had trouble finding consistent rhythm in Big East play. The Orange has also seen few opportunities to get out on the fast break in conference play, something Triche said highlights the struggles to make shots in its half-court sets.

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Carmelo Anthony became the first player in New York Knicks history to score 20 points in 30 straight games.


Jan. 31, 2013