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Larry Wilmore, a senior correspondent for “The Daily Show,” discusses minority representation in television media.

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Five university choirs got together for the Choral Collage Concert in Setnor Auditorium. Page 9

With Baye Moussa Keita possibly out against Pittsburgh, Jerami Grant and Rakeem Christmas will split time at center. Page 20


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DPS encourages colleges to host more seminars on campus shooting safety By Alfred Ng asst. feature editor


henever a campus shooting happens, the Department of Public Safety gets a spike in the amount of information requests for safety procedures. With multiple campus shootings in the last month alone, including Michigan State University, Purdue University and South Carolina State University, DPS is encouraging deans and department heads for all schools at Syracuse University to host training seminars. The sessions aren’t mandatory, and are only given upon request by a group.

John Sardino, DPS associate chief, said officers held 18-20 seminars in 2013. The most recent seminar that was hosted drew about 40 professors in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, which Sardino said was one of the most successful seminars they’ve seen. “That was probably the best session I’ve been at because they asked a lot of pertinent questions about what to do and how to do it,” Sardino said. Questions at the seminar ranged from “how do I know if a gunshot is down the hall or right here?” to “how do I get the door locked?” Sardino said.

But not all seminars are the same or as informative as the one held in Newhouse. DPS chief Tony Callisto said the sizes of the audience vary, as they’re requested by different departments and the length of each meeting is determined by whoever requested it. He added that the lowest attendance was in front of three people, but other times there’s been 120 people listening to safety protocols. Callisto also said some audiences may be more engaged than others. “We have the ability to talk about this for five minutes or an hour. We can do PowerPoint presentations that are more

comprehensive,” he said. “If there’s an interest out there, we’ll tailor the presentation to the time that’s allotted.” New employees at SU are already mandated to go through an orientation program to learn the background information of how to handle an active shooter on campus by reading the Emergency Preparation Guidelines instructions online and watching “Shots Fired,” a two-minute instructional video available on MySlice. Sardino said he believes the orientation program provides strong background see campus

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Students, faculty comment on Speaks’ first semester as dean By Tamara Rasamny staff writer

Before a new chancellor joined the Syracuse University campus this spring, Michael Speaks joined SU in the fall as the new dean of the School of Architecture. Speaks became a part of the Syracuse

community in July. Previously, he taught in architecture programs at Harvard University and Columbia University. Associate Dean of the School of Architecture Jonathan Solomon said that the dean’s arrival has generated excitement. Solomon has been working with Speaks on multiple projects, he added, including launching a pro-

gram in New York City at the Fisher Center and a design studio with universities in Hong Kong and Taipei. “I am particularly excited by the dean’s focus on research and our graduate programs,” Solomon said. As candidates who applied to be dean went through an open interviewing process, Stephen Tortorella,

a fifth-year architecture student, had the chance to witness and listen to the prospective candidates. “Dean Speaks was always one I personally liked,” he said. “So I was excited to see what he would do here.” Speaks can often be found roaming around Slocum Hall, which shows that he tried to be more directly engaged

with student life, Tortorella said. Tortorella said he hopes the School of Architecture can maintain its prestigious level in the future and continue to become better, adding that Speaks will help drive students forward. In the case of the architecture school’s reputation, Bhumi Patel,

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Curtis blends school spirit, fashion By Charlotte Stockdale staff writer

Allie Curtis, senior public relations and political science major, has two prized possessions in her closet: her navy blazer and her orange blazer. Curtis, Syracuse’s former Student Association president, incorporates school spirit into her daily outfits, whether she’s in class, at a game or in a board meeting. Wearing a Syracuse pin, a Syracuse necklace, an orange Ann Taylor shirt and blue nail polish, Curtis believes it is important to show school spirit while simultaneously looking good, no matter what the occasion may be. The shirt Curtis is pictured in is her favorite game day shirt, she said. “You can find me at a game wearing this orange shirt or a cute navy top and pearls,” Curtis said. “The only time I didn’t dress nicely to a game was when I showed up to a women’s ice hockey game covered in orange body paint to cheer on my best friend.” Curtis said she’s left all of her Syracuse spirit T-shirts back at home, and that she hasn’t worn Syracuse sweatpants since her freshman year. “Once during my freshman year, I rolled out of bed and rushed to my 8 a.m. class. On the way, I bumped

into the current Student Association president, Jon Barnhart, who was in a suit and tie, and had perfectly combed hair,” Curtis said. “I was humiliated by my appearance, and since then, I have a strict no sweatpants rule.” Curtis said that she has met many influential people and has learned that it is important to always look “on point,” because you never know whom you may run into, or when a photo opportunity will arise. Curtis describes her style as being classic, quirky and preppy. Her favorite store to shop from is J.Crew. Curtis is pictured wearing black pants and an anchor ring from the store. Moreover, her main fashion philosophy is to always dress colorfully. Curtis said she believes she and her roommate in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house share the best closet on campus. While her roommate typically wears darker colors and earth tones, Curtis shops mainly for pastels, as well as school colors. “If it is orange and navy, I will definitely get it,” she said. School spirit doesn’t mean wearing frumpy sweatshirts or jerseys — Curtis believes it is just as easy to look fashionable in more classic orange and blue pieces.

cor r ection, c l a r i f i c at i o n s In a Feb. 10 article titled “Power hungry: Former student founds company to provide alternative energy for food trucks,” Simply Grid’s scope of branching out was misstated. Simply Grid is not currently branching out to fire trucks. The Daily Orange regrets this error. In the same article, ESF’s support of Simply Grid was unclear. ESF did not provide entrepreneurship support for Simply Grid. Michael Dubrovsky’s relationship with Paul Caluwe, a chemistry professor, was also unclear. Caluwe’s class inspired Dubrovsky to switch from bioprocess engineering to chemistry, but the professor did not directly provide support. Additionally, the anti-idling solution for public service vehicles was unclear. The solution involves auto-ejecting the plug so that vehicles can drive off immediately

ALLIE CURTIS classifies her style as “classic, quirky and preppy,” bringing her Syracuse spirit into her everyday style. Curtis has sworn off sweatpants. OUSMAN DIALLO staff photographer


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United nations President Obama hosted French president Francois Hollande Tuesday night for the first official state dinner at the White House since 2011.

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Ad CEO discusses use of data By Anna Merod staff writer

Wunderman is the largest digital marketing network in the world, and its CEO and chairman, Daniel Morel, views data as a key to success in the advertising field. “Data is sexy, know that,” he said. Morel believes the next big step in advertising is to seize and sort through big data while utilizing creativity to build a more valuable and personal relationship between companies and their consumers. Morel spoke at the Joyce Hergenhann Auditorium Tuesday afternoon as part of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ Eric Mower Advertising Forum. Morel titled his lecture “A Wink in the Dark” to suggest a metaphor about the importance of advertising agencies using big data. “Doing business without collecting data is like winking in the dark,” he said. “You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.” see wunderman page 8

Ring of fire PHILLIP EVANS (LEFT) AND PROFESSOR BOB WYSOCKI (RIGHT), melt aluminum in the crucible for a casting assignment during a foundry and metal sculpting class in the Comstock Art Building on South Campus. In the class, students learn the chemistry and basic steps that go into making a piece of cast metal. The class can be taken as part of a sculpture minor, which can complement majors in the the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Architecture. dominique pineiro contributing photographer

Wilmore reflects on minorities in television By Victor Cheu Soares staff writer

Larry Wilmore spends most of his days writing. And even minutes before he goes on air, he and Jon Stewart go through every line together. They make sure everything makes sense. They add more information and tighten a few sentences. The result: an seamlessly funny “The Daily Show.” But even with an Emmy, a Peawilmore body and a Humanitas Prize under his belt, producer, director, comedian and writer Wilmore still aims to get more representation of the African-American community on major television networks. “I always call it the ‘negro leagues’ — it’s like, why do we have ‘negro leagues’

on television?” Wilmore said as he referred to group-focused channels like BET. “Why aren’t there black shows on a major network? It doesn’t make sense.” Trying to engage in dialogues that can answer questions like those is what Wilmore enjoys about going to college campuses. Wilmore, the “Senior Black Correspondent” for Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” will stop at Syracuse University to participate in the Leaders in Communications 13th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media at the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse III on Wednesday. The stop at SU coincides with an extremely busy period for Wilmore, who is currently working on show pilots for ABC and HBO. “The one that is taking most of my time because we’re on pre-production is for ABC,” he said. see wilmore page 8

Professor contributes to particle physics field By Brett Samuels asst. news editor

A Syracuse University professor recently made a discovery that could better inform physicists on the way nature behaves. Physics professor Paul Souder, along with a team of researchers, helped discover that colliding quarks and electrons can actually tell the difference between left and right. A quark is an elementary particle, and it makes up the building blocks of protons and neutrons. Souder’s findings could have a long-lasting effect in the field of particle physics. “For the first time, we have seen that electrons and quarks react depending on whether they are spinning clockwise or counterclockwise,” said Alan Middleton, a physics professor at SU. “This confirms

a theoretical prediction while also putting limits on new theories.” Middleton said Souder has been working on this type of research for many years at locations all around the world. He added that the recent experiment in which the team discovered the quarks’ behavior took several years to plan. According to a Feb. 6 news release from the College of Arts and Sciences, much of the team’s research took place at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, also known as the Jefferson Lab, in Newport News, Va. The findings of the experiments could directly affect the standard model of physics, which deals with the weak and strong nuclear interactions among particles. In the release, Souder said the new findings could help scientists

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state by state Ohio The U.S. Labor Department sued Ohio Bell Telephone Co., a division of AT&T, on Monday for wrongfully suspending 13 workers who were injured on the job. In an investigation, the government found out that Ohio Bell issued the workers unpaid suspensions because they reported their injuries. Wyoming The state Senate decided to not consider a bill that would authorize firing squads to execute inmates. Republican Bruce Burn proposed the change, saying that it would have saved state money rather than buying the drugs for lethal injections. Connecticut A trucker pleaded guilty to stealing more than 100 firearms from a manufacturing plant in Western Massachusetts. Court documents say Elliot Perez got boxes of firearms from the plant in November 2012. Oregon An avalanche occurred in the southern Wallowa Mountains, killing two backcountry skiers. Two other skiers suffered broken bones in the avalanche.


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Boehner should clarify GOP immigration stance


peaking last Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a concerted effort to temper immigration reform expectations for this year. “I never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year,” Boehner said, “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.” I believe Boehner is saying this because he fears immigration reform could harm the GOP midterm elections in very conservative districts. For the future of the Republican Party, members need to address immigration reform as soon as possible. Otherwise, they risk losing significant ground in national elections as the Hispanic population continues to increase. Prior to these remarks, it appeared Boehner was prepared to aggressively push for immigration reform in 2014. For months he had been saying the House would take action on immigration. It is disappointing to see that, yet again, Boehner appears to be governing at the mercy of Tea Party Republicans, rather than leading his party to where it needs to be to win national elections. But it’s not only Tea Party Republicans that Boehner fears alienating with immigration reform. Centrist Republicans from conservative districts who are likely to face challenges from Tea Party candidates are understandably wary of the possible political repercussions of supporting immigration reform — especially if reform includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, or “amnesty” as many conserva-


tives refer to it. While it is true President Barack Obama has made unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act unauthorized by Congress, this cannot be an excuse for Republicans to refuse to move forward on immigration reform. Throughout time, the general public will become quite weary of hearing it if blaming the Affordable Care Act for all of the nation’s problems is the GOP’s only message. Yet the reality is, under Obama, more illegal immigrants have been deported than during any previous administration. He simply cannot be blamed for the fact that Republicans can’t seem to agree on how to move forward. Groups like the Tea Party Patriots will never be supportive of Boehner, no matter how hard he tries to accommodate their interests. Even after Boehner made his comments, Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, was still critical of him. “We fully expect him to change his mind again,” Martin said in a statement. “This is not leadership in any sense of the word and clearly demonstrates that Speaker Boehner’s ability to speak for the House of Representatives, the Republican Party or even the American people is over.” Groups like these will never support Republicans like Boehner, and it’s time he forgets about letting them influence him and begins concentrating on what is really

important: pushing forward an immigration bill that is bipartisan enough to pass in not only the U.S. House of Representatives, but also the Senate. The GOP publicly released its immigration reform principles on Jan. 30, 2013, and that was an important first step. Republicans can no longer be accused of not being explicit in their terms thanks to this. Republican politicians must begin to treat immigrants and minorities as human beings who can add value to our economy, society and culture. The language of “illegal alien” is decisive and should no longer be used by Republicans. It will be measures like these that are just as important as any policy decisions in the long run. If Boehner really cares about his own legacy as Speaker of the House and the future of his party, it’s time he started to show more political courage on this issue. Otherwise, Republicans can expect the 71 percent of Latino voters who supported Obama instead of Mitt Romney in 2012 to vote for a Democrat again in 2016. Ethan Demers is a senior political science and history major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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Twitter IPO to follow in Facebook’s footsteps


ast Wednesday Twitter released its first quarterly report since going public in November and stock market traders were stunned. The report showed that user growth has consistently decreased in the past three months, causing stocks to plummet in the hours following its release to the public. If history truly does repeat itself and Twitter follows in the footsteps of Facebook, it will be just fine in the long run. A number that is often overlooked in the madness is the money Twitter brought in this past year. With the help of advertisements placed on user timelines, the company had a fourth-quarter revenue of $242.7 million, crushing analysts’ estimates by $20 million. Twitter’s $0.02 earnings per share were also a pleasant surprise since traders predicted that it would lose two cents per share. If you consider how Facebook fared following its initial public trade, it would appear Twitter is in good shape. On the day Facebook’s stock went public, it struggled to even stay above the IPO price for most of the day. One month in, investors had lost $40 billion and The Wall Street Journal called the situation a “fiasco.” Facebook is now a multi-billion dollar corporation and regarded as the biggest social media platform in history. Whether it’s the stock market’s volatility or traders’ tendency to set expectations too high, these statistics simply prove that numbers don’t mean much. Although its user growth seems stagnant, Twitter’s greatest asset remains its influence. By looking at the amount of commercials and television programs encouraging viewers to use a hashtag or a Twitter handle, you wouldn’t guess that the service was underperforming at all. People go where the celebrities News Editor Annie Palmer Sports Editor Stephen Bailey Feature Editor Lara Sorokanich Presentation Director Lizzie Hart Photo Editor Sam Maller Art Director Natalie Riess Copy Chief Audrey Hart Development Editor Maddy Berner Social Media Producer Meredith Newman Video Editor Luke Rafferty Web Developer Chris Voll

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AN URBAN LOOK AT TECHNOLOGY are and the celebrities are tweeting, not updating their Facebook statuses. While its number of users may not match Facebook, Twitter has carved a niche as a real-time information stream that people rely on. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo deflected criticism of his company and offered reasons for the plunge in stock prices. Up until last year, Costolo said, Twitter’s growth was “viral and organic.” He said more effort will be put forth in marketing this year, according to a Feb. 5 Tech Crunch article. Now that the popularity of being the new kid on the block has worn off, Twitter will have to put some effort into adding users. The microblogging social network looks to build upon its foundation and add features to attract more of mainstream America. Some are already underway, like “promoted tweets” and a more aesthetically pleasing interface that automatically loads photos and videos. When asked if the company will ever decide to allow separate apps to be hosted on the site like Facebook does, Costolo said that this doesn’t coincide with Twitter’s brand. In other words, you can’t beat Facebook by becoming Facebook. Unlike Facebook, Twitter still has massive room to grow and billions of Internet users to gain. To increase its growth, Twitter will have to be innovative and continue to improve the service’s ease of use to attract new members. Regardless of what numbers say, Twitter is here to stay. Aarick Knighton is a sophomore information management and technology major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Sports Editor Asst. Sports Editor Asst. Photo Editor Asst. Photo Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor

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Emergency training should increase Syracuse University must do everything it can to ensure the safety of its students, which includes making sure that professors are well-equipped to deal with emergency situations, particularly active shooter scenarios as campus shootings become more common. Campus shootings are not uncommon; within the last month shootings have occurred at Michigan State University, Purdue University and South Carolina State University. With these recent shootings, DPS has seen an increase in the number of professors asking for information on what to do in these kinds of situations. This demonstrates the need for increased education on the matter. The Department of Public Safety offers seminars on what professors should do in the event of

an emergency, but these seminars are not mandatory. Faculty members must request that DPS put on one of these sessions. New employees undergo some training on the subject. They are required to read the Emergency Preparation Guidelines instructions on DPS’ website and watch “Shots Fired,” a two-minute instructional video available on MySlice. Offering these sessions upon request and providing new employees with a one-time requirement is not enough. The university should hold information sessions regularly within each college and require that professors attend them every year. Professors take on a responsibility of leadership in the classroom, and that leadership applies to knowing what to do in an emergency situation. During an emergency, com-

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munication is usually not at its best as information is developing rapidly and everyone is reacting. It is important that professors know the proper procedure for an emergency in advance as they cannot expect to receive instructions as the event unfolds. Like professors, students must also take responsibility for their safety by learning about what to do in these scenarios. The university should require an emergency preparedness instructional video for students, similar to the alcohol education program Think About It. The issue of active shooters on campus is one that cannot be ignored. Any campus, including SU, is vulnerable. As the trend persists, it is important that SU provide ample instruction on what to do in these scenarios. Business Intern Tim Bennett Advertising Design Manager Abby Legge Advertising Manager William Leonard Advertising Representative Mike Friedman Advertising Representative Gonzalo Garcia Advertising Representative Emily Myers Advertising Designer Kerri Nash Advertising Designer Andi Burger Ad Special Section Coordinator Circulation Manager Student Circulation Manager

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ian teti, a senior in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, shovels snow on Ostrom Avenue. Under the proposed ordinance, which the Common Council voted against 7-2, Syracuse residents would have had to pay a fine for failing to shovel sidewalks in front of their homes. joshua chang staff photographer

SNOW GO By Zane Warman staff writer


he Syracuse Common Council voted down an ordinance Monday that would have imposed a fine on Syracuse residents who don’t shovel the sidewalks in front of their property. While most saw the ordinance as impractical, some council members voted against the measure in the belief that improving conditions in the city depends upon communication within communities. The proposed Common Council ordinance added a $50 fine to buildings that did not shovel their sidewalks when snow collection rose over three inches. Many councilors pointed out that the ordinance, which was defeated in a 7–2 vote, would be difficult to enforce and could drop penalties on people who were physically incapable of caring for their sidewalks. The mayor’s office had no comment on the rejection of the ordinance. Common Councilor Bob Dougherty, who sponsored the ordinance, originally proposed a

$100 fine if snow was not shoveled by 6 p.m. the day after a snowstorm, but decided to lower the fine in hopes of gaining more support. In his push to pass the legislation, Dougherty described it as an encouragement for community involvement. “By next winter, I can see neighborhood people coming together to shovel for people who are unable to afford to have this done,” he said in a statement made before votes were cast. “I see city high school kids fulfilling their community service graduation requirements this way.” Dougherty warned that failing to pass the ordinance would mean postponing one of Syracuse’s most daunting public issues until spring. Snow and ice removal is still the responsibility of the owner of the land, he reminded the council, and said that his bill would incentivize people to cooperate. Dougherty referenced a standing ordinance that holds no penalty or fine, said Nader Maroun, a common councilor who voted against the proposed ordinance. Instead, failure to shovel results in a police citation that is treated like a property code violation and the owner could ultimately be called

Common Council votes down proposal that would fine residents for failing to shovel

into housing court. Despite that, Maroun said he felt like the current system needed revision. “The city has the responsibility to address the sidewalks, and we currently don’t have a plan to do that,” he said. “There needs to be a dialogue with more people to implement a plan, because the city quite frankly doesn’t have the resources at this point in time to be able to accomplish this.” Instead, Maroun said decisions should go beyond “contemporary” issues such as clearing snow. He added that he believes the discussions on snow removal are rooted in each community’s desire to “improve their quality of life,” which would be more effective if collaboration occurred on a local level with neighborhood associations, schools and park associations. “In most neighborhoods, there’s an informal network of organizations that already exists,” he said. “My idea would be for us to utilize those existing networks to develop a better and more cohesive approach.” Poor handling of snow by property owners has affected students at Syracuse Univer-

sity who are living off the main campus, where snow is pushed away and salted. Jeffrey Saunders, a junior sport management major, received a parking ticket when his car was immobilized by snow. The owners of his apartment manage snowstorms poorly, leaving drivers with a no-win predicament, he said. “You can’t park on the side of the road because the plow pushes the snow (into the curb), so you have to either crash your car right there and be stuck the next day, or you park next to the snow and your car is left in the middle of the road,” Saunders said. Without any more proposed ordinances regarding snow on the docket in the near future, Maroun said people have to rely on their neighbors to help each other out and become more cooperative to improve their community. “I think it was President Johnson that said, ‘all politics are local’, and I think that’s the answer,” Maroun said. “Neighborhoods know their neighborhoods.”

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architecture a fifth-year architecture student, does not think that rankings matter, mainly because they may not accurately represent the students in each school.

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campus safety knowledge on what to do in the event of a campus shooting, and added that Orange Alert serves as an even better set of instructions in an emergency. “If nothing else, we want people to pay attention to the Orange Alert and follow the instruction that we provide if there’s ever an incidence,” he said. But even with a clear set of instructions from the campus-wide alert system, professors still had a hard time figuring out what to do during a shooting near campus in 2008, said Colleen Kepler, the building coordinator of Huntington Beard Crouse Hall. Text messages, emails and phone calls went out to more than 27,600 students, faculty and staff members on Nov. 24, 2008, with instructions saying to head indoors and lock their offices after a drive-by shooting on Madison Street, she said. Although the instructions were clear and simple, Kepler recalled how there were students still on the

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wilmore If the project works out, ABC’s “Blackish” would become one of the only black shows on major networks at the moment. “There are no black sitcoms on major networks right now,” Wilmore said. “My last show, ‘The Bernie Mac Show,’ was one of the last ones.” Since the early 90s, when Wilmore began writing and producing for television, he said he’s enjoyed satirical racial jokes. “They say you have to write what you know,” Wilmore said. “I’ve always had that kind of point of view of the world.” He has written for shows such as “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The

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wunderman Wunderman is made up of more than 20 networks. Some of their clients include Microsoft, Nokia, Coca-Cola and Ford, according to Wunderman’s website. In 1961, Wunderman “completely changed the way businesses advertise” when Lester Wunderman founded it, said Morel. Now, Wunderman covers 93 percent of U.S. retail trade. “Lester imagined a conversation with the consumer, which in the process you can better understand the customer and later you will be able to earn their trust,” Morel said. Big data permits businesses to understand a consumer not through studying the audience’s interests, but more through the audience’s behavior, Morel said. “If you want to have a job within the next ten years, become conversant with the term big data,” he added. Morel said the media now explains and analyzes the behavior of consumers through social media and the Internet. He added that Wunderman and its clients now collect more information from customers than ever, but they never know what they want to buy, so they have to constantly advertise. If an agency wants to better understand the context of their audience, Morel said the agency must build a closer relationship with media.


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She hopes the dean will focus more on improving the school’s technology. Although the school has 3-D printers and laser cutters, Patel said they could increase the number of machines available. Speaks is interested in urban design and wants to play an active part in debates on city branding and find different models of city plan-

ning, according to the SU News release. Other students also noticed Speaks’ changes to the school. Patel said the dean came in with a new mindset that was less structured and more theoretical. “Last year was very structured,” she said. “When Speaks came in, he brought in a new wave

of architects, and these professors are more in the contemporary present era, whereas people we’ve had before were more into the history.” With this change, Patel said she has been able to change her thesis and, quite literally, think outside the box.

quad and professors still teaching their classes. “Faculty kept coming in and asking me what to do, even though the instructions from Orange Alert said to stay inside their offices, so

ulty members who would ignore the instructions. In August of last semester, Kepler requested DPS host a training seminar for the languages, literatures and linguistics department staff, where she ended up learning there were a lot of vulnerabilities of her office. Kepler said the seminar highlighted many areas of weakness, and the four staff members who attended have already changed their behavior based on what they’ve learned. “[The officer] identified what our safe room would be, safe room procedures for us, and those were all specific acts that we could do that we had never even outlined or discussed before, so we’re absolutely better prepared, strictly based on her presentation,” she said. Even with the mandatory orientation and the voluntary training sessions, some professors are still looking for more information when it comes to handling a shooting on campus. Sardino said between himself and Callisto, they receive about two or three calls a week from faculty members asking what the best practices

are when there’s an active gunman on campus. “Everybody has heard about these situations, and I think they’ve said to themselves, ‘I haven’t really taken a step in knowing what to do,’” Sardino said. “We’re seeing that the faculty and staff are concerned about this and they want to know what it is they can do.” He said he feels faculty members at SU are as prepared for a shooting as they possibly can be, and the most important task is for people to familiarize themselves with their surroundings. He added that during the meeting with Newhouse faculty members, they were really aware of their surroundings, but that’s not always the case with professors in other presentations. Sardino said if people on campus are unaware of their surroundings, then the instructions distributed throughout Orange Alert become useless. “We can send that information out all day long,” he said. “But if a student or a faculty member or staff member doesn’t know how to get there, it’s certainly not serving its purpose.”

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it led to a lot of confusion,” she added. “There were faculty who just wouldn’t do it.” If the incident happened today, Kepler said she felt more people would take the instructions seriously because DPS has a bigger role in raising awareness, but believes there would still be facJamie Foxx Show.” Wilmore said it’s a “great loss” for television when there are fewer minorities represented in programming. Wilmore, who was also a consulting producer for NBC’s “The Office,” does not like the fact that if someone wants to watch a black show, they might have to switch to BET or TV ONE. “I was on the staff of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’” Wilmore said. “Zero. There’s nothing like that on the networks right now.” Those who attend the lecture will see Wilmore up close, as he will participate in a Q&A with Charisse L’ Pree, an assistant professor of communications. “My point of view is not academic, it’s from the showbiz,” Wilmore said. “And hopefully, I can give them a different perspective from what they usually get.”

He added that agencies should also understand that creative content that is both valuable and engaging drives consumer connections. “You want to bring an element of usefulness and creativity to the audience,” Morel said. Chandler Bullock, a sophomore advertising major, said although he usually focuses on other aspects of advertising, he could still relate to Morel’s lecture. “As someone who is more focused on creativity for advertising, I appreciated it when he discussed the bond that context and creativity have in advertising,” Bullock said. Maia Henderson, a junior advertising major, said she also appreciated Morel’s mention of the necessary relationship between creativity and big data in advertising. She added that most advertisers usually think they have to choose between one and the other. At the end of his lecture, Morel played a promotion by Coca-Cola that expressed the company’s aspiration to build relationships with their consumers based upon the data collected from their cell phones. Morel said this valuable exchange of data will provide Coca-Cola’s consumers promotions as they travel through life. “The data you collect on your phone gives our client the ability to engage with you in a valuable, personal manner,” he said. Morel said a consumer’s cell phone is more valuable than their wallet, because most consumers have access to them and cell phones

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quarks set limits on the energies needed to look beyond the standard model. Jay Hubisz, an assistant professor of physics at SU, said the discovery by Souder and his team could help researchers in the future as well. “This finding puts tighter constraints on new models, which may eventually supplant the standard model,” Hubisz said. Hubisz added that the standard model is still standing after these experiments, despite several issues with it, including inconsistencies with cosmological observations. Both Hubisz and Middleton said making a new discovery in the field of particle physics is | @alfredwkng

something that warrants attention. New results in the area are “always, and increasingly, hardwon,” Hubisz said. He added that he is pleased that Souder led the way in making the observations. Middleton said the group’s findings are new, which he said is rare in particle physics. “I am excited in that these results are going to be much sharper after another year of experimentation,” Middleton said. As a theorist, Hubisz said he saw the results as “bittersweet” in a way, because the findings don’t serve as direct evidence of the incompleteness of the standard model. However, he said the group’s discovery is still a step in the right direction. Said Hubisz: “Nature is what it is, and we’re thrilled about every clue we can get as we struggle to understand her.”

daniel morel, CEO and chairman of Wunderman, spoke at the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium Tuesday. In his lecture, “A Wink in the Dark,” Morel emphasized the importance of using data to connect to consumers. frankie prijatel contributing photographer

reveal a lot of personal, specific data. Ian Brooks, a junior advertising major, said Morel’s lecture helped him better understand the future of advertising. “What I got from the lecture was that I think the lean digital media startup is not going to

be the biggest kind of startup in the next few years,” he said. “It is going to be these joint ventures where you’re going to see lean digital media combining with the data, and it’s going to be those shops that have both.”


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Concert embraces diversity By Elaina Crockett asst. copy editor


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he kindergarten mantra “be nice to people” has inspired a new, upcoming nonprofit organization. Galena Ojiem, founder of Hikers for the Homeless, has taken this value to heart and has applied

Charity group provides survival kits for homeless

it to every action she takes. However, Ojiem believes that the idea has become all but lost on the current generation. This notion inspired her, and whenever she and her children would routinely pass homeless people in downtown Syracuse, she decided to turn lemons into lemonade by making the encounters into

a teaching experience. “It is important to show the future generation right from wrong,” Ojiem said. “I don’t just leave it up to teachers — we have to become more and more involved.” see

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Amidst the soft glow of the stained glass windows in Setnor Auditorium, approximately 100 students prepared to go on stage. On Tuesday, five university choirs got together for the Choral Collage Concert, which started at 8 p.m. in Crouse College. The five groups —University Singers, Windjammer Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Hendricks Chapel Choir, Women’s Choir and the Concert Choir — were all part of the show, which was free to the public. John Warren, an associate professor and director of choral activities, said the Choral Collage Concert has been happening for two years. “Each choir sings a couple of pieces,” he said. “It’s very nice, it’s very fun.” He said it’s important for students to come out to these performances because they expand cultural horizons. Diversity was apparent in the Choral Collage Concert’s song selections, which included gospel music, Native American music and Zimbabwean freedom songs. The event began with the melancholy “Verbum Caro Factum Est,” a Catholic song that references the story of Jesus. All of the choirs came together for this opening piece, filling the stage. Other members sang from the balcony, which was closed off from the audience. “It was a great opportunity to sing with other groups that I’ve never gotten to sing with,” said Molly Linhorst, an international relations and political science major and member of the Women’s Choir. “People underestimate the degree of talent there is at SU. The Setnor School of Music is a fantastic school, so to be able to see your peers perform is pretty great.” Throughout the night, different styles of music were represented, backto-back. Windjammer was the second group to perform after the University Singers. They sang “Words” by Anders Edenroth, a staccato and upbeat English song. Windjammer was among the smaller groups, and they stood in a semicircle to the audience, snapping and chanting during the song. The Concert Choir performed “Yanaway Heyona” a traditional Native American chant. It was a call and response song, with two groups of women and two groups of men placed on the stage and balcony, singing toward each other. Their voices dissipated into Iroquois chants.

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sex and health

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by embracing, spicing up romance


am a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I buy into the grandiose gestures, the Edible Arrangements, even the sell-out Hallmark cards. I love expressing love for the people I care about. That being said, I am 100 percent single right now, so my Friday is likely to be very PG. However, for all the lovers out there who plan on legitimately observing Valentine’s Day, proper celebration can be a challenge within itself in a college setting. Dorm rooms and shared houses are not the ideal places for proclaiming and consecrating love, but as the French saying goes: c’est la vie. I guess there is always the option of renting a room at the Sheraton, a hotel that is conveniently located literally on campus. As college students, we are perpetually broke. Yes, an evening of fine dining with your serious significant other or hookup du jour is a fun way to class up ‘Cuse for the night, but it can also break the bank. Whether dinner is ordering-in from Acropolis, playing house while cooking an aphrodisiac meal together or a night on the town, the meal itself is hardly the main event. Even if you and your significant other skip out on all of the other classic Valentine’s Day celebrations, sex is bound to happen. In fact, a study published by Time Magazine on Feb. 10 stated that a significant number of couples would not mind skipping over the giftgiving portion of the evening and instead get straight to the sex portion. Gone are the days of cliché jewelry and chocolate boxes — people just want to get down and dirty. This suggests that our generation is becoming less materialistic and focusing more on cultivating real relationships. As the old adage goes, “money can’t buy happiness.” Although we all think we are happy when we open that little blue box, that spike in mood elevation fades quickly. Having sex, however, produces a long-term euphoric effect and can increase a person’s general happiness.

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setnor Finally, all of the choir groups came together for the last song of the night, “Shosholoza,” meaning “go forward” in Zimbabwean. The conductors played percussion while the students sang enthusiastically together. “You can feel the energy of the entire choir singing together,” Linhorst said. “It’s great that



Spending Valentine’s Day in the sheets means increased intimacy, which translates into an overall stronger relationship. Oxytocin, which is the hormone released during sex and even kissing, prompts an urge to bond. That’s the reason for wanting to cuddle after sex. In essence, sex increases closeness. Do not be afraid to spice it up on Valentine’s Day. Whether the handcuffs and whips are successful or catastrophic, any adventurous activity can result in a closer bond and a memorable experience. This is not to say that sex outside of a relationship is not as effective in regard to a person’s health and mood. If they so desire, singles on Valentine’s Day are able to blow off some steam, too, especially in this day and age. With the help of apps like Tinder or SmileBack, it is easy and convenient to find casual hookups just in time for the lovey-dovey holiday. Simply getting it on with someone, regardless of relationship status, offers health benefits as well, such as stress release. At this point in the semester, stress relief might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Those flying solo should not feel forever alone. Besides the obvious option of taking control and pleasuring oneself, there are alternative ways to spend V-Day. Love is not necessarily limited to significant others; celebrate with close friends or family. Whether you are single or attached, Valentine’s Day is a time to revel in over-the-top, mushy-gushy emotion and spread the love. Meg Zukin is a freshman television, radio and film major. Her column appears every Wednesday in Pulp. Email her at and follow her on Twitter at @MargaretTZukin.

you can bridge the distance of the cultures and appreciate the same music.” Rob Righthand, a senior music industry major and member of University Singers described what students can expect out of Setnor events. Said Righthand: “You’re going to leave with a few laughs and a few tears. It reminded me of human emotion. You can put your emotion into your singing, and it’s the best thing about it.”

SHAKERA KYLE, a singer from Windjammer, sang “Words” by Anders Edenroth, a staccato and upbeat English song. rachel mohler contributing photographer

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Clever characters, stunning animation build ‘The Lego Movie’ into superb film By Vince Loncto staff writer


n TV shows and movies directed toward children, there are often references and adult jokes that kids will not understand but parents and perhaps older siblings will. Many kid-focused programs can also persuade older viewers to look fondly at their past. “The Lego Movie” does both. Although it is rated PG and primarily geared toward kids, its multi-leveled humor can be enjoyed by anyone, as well as bring adults back to a time when their imaginations ran wild. The film centers on Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt), a friendless, average Joe construction worker who nevertheless loves his life. Emmet lives in the Lego city of Bricksburgh, which is run by the evil President Business (voiced by Will Ferrell). Though Ferrell was funny as the villain, it was odd that Lego allowed the main antagonist to be named President Business. After all, Lego is a business, and has already made millions off of its feature film. Additionally, it was inappropriate to place such a slight to two important entities like government and business in a family movie. One day, Emmet sees someone walking around the construction site after hours. When he goes to confront the individual, he stumbles through a hole and discovers something called the Piece of Resistance, created by the character he was chasing Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks). Wyldstyle is a member of the resistance against President Business, and is a “Master Builder,” someone who has the vision and skill to build anything out of the pieces that surround her. Wyldstyle informs Emmet that since he found the Piece of Resistance, he must fulfill the prophecy of the “Special,” and be the one to ultimately thwart President Business’ plot to destroy the world. Wyldstyle leads Emmet to Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman), an old wizard and Master Builder who heads the

resistance against President Business. Emmet, Vitruvius and Wyldstyle must assemble a team of Master Builders with enough dexterity to battle President Business and his evil army. Throughout the adventure, “The Lego Movie” writers Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller cleverly filled in celebrity cameos. For example, actors who have smaller parts in “The Lego Movie” include Jonah Hill, Liam Neeson and Will Forte. This was a fun aspect of the film, as it kept the audience guessing about who might show up next. References to pop culture staples were abundant, with some lines taken directly from the likes of “The Terminator” and “The Dark Knight.” Many actors from other hit movies revisited their roles, reimagined in Lego form, which was another enjoyable quirk. The plot flowed nicely, as Emmet and the rest of the resistance had to travel to the far reaches of the Lego universe in order to stop President Business. The different worlds the team visits include classic Lego theme sets, such as the Wild West, the Middle Ages and pirate ships. “The Lego Movie” could have used more of these vignettes, as each was a standout moment for the film. There was potential for hilarious interactions with Lego characters of other worlds that was left on the table. One outstanding feature of the film was its animation. The characters moved brickto-brick, as Lego figures would. Though this could have made the movements choppy, lead animators Tim Gibson and David Williams were able to make the characters’ motions totally fluid. In action scenes, the animation was even more impressive. For example, in a scene that features a large splash of water, the long blue panels of Legos broke into smaller, lighter blue pieces, mimicking the way water would rise. This added authenticity to the Lego franchise and was a humorous sight gag.

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“The Lego Movie” is far from your run-ofthe-mill children’s flick. It has a script that will make anyone laugh, outstanding visuals, and will tug on the hearts of those who grew up

with Legos. If you are one for goofy humor and a little bit of nostalgia, “The Lego Movie” is a must-see.

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hikers Hikers for the Homeless, an organization that is currently applying for non-profit status, provides basic survival supplies to homeless people in the form of kits. Ojiem associated the program with hiking because she is an avid fan of the outdoors, and used her own time hiking and camping to imagine what it might be like to be homeless. On the organization’s Indiegogo page, Ojiem explains: “When we go hiking and forget an essential item…it has a great effect on the trip and we have to do without. This is how the homeless live every day but this could easily be prevented by a little help from those of us who have more than enough to share.” According to the current Syracuse census, there are more than 800 homeless people living in Syracuse emergency shelters and transitional housing, and the number of people who said they live on the streets has increased since last year. Dave Kashmer, a Syracuse resident helping Ojiem reach out to other organizations, said the number is often inaccurate, as it doesn’t account for the different types of homeless people. Kashmer faced homelessness and couch surfed in his family and friend’s living rooms after he left the military as a navy veteran. He was able to offer a firsthand account to Ojiem, as well as put her in contact with people she could help. “There are only two shelters in Syracuse. If I had the choice between the two, I’d choose the street,” Kashmer said. Ojiem realized many homeless people share sentiments similar to Kashmer’s. As temperatures continue to drop to arctic levels, Hikers for the Homeless makes survival kits to make


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their time in the cold a bit more bearable. The average survival kit includes everything from basic toiletries and a first aid kit to a poncho, a windup flashlight and a sewing kit. Ojiem has partnered with several camping and hiking outlets to raise awareness for the cause, and said she is in the works of developing other partnerships to allow the kits to include items such as blankets, pillows, articles of clothing and leftover toiletries from hotels. “I have to think outside the box because I’ve never been through this myself — it’s a learning experience,” Ojiem said about the boxes’ contents. Hikers for the Homeless harnessed the power of the Internet and social media to raise awareness for the cause. Ojiem started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $1,318 to help the organization apply for nonprofit status and to create 50 survival kits. The campaign succeeded, and raised $1,539 within a 30-day timespan. Ojiem credits the success in part to Reddit, where her post made it to the front page and increased awareness for her cause. Additionally, since the launch of its Facebook page in April 2013, its follower count has increased from 13 to more than 850 followers. The increased success has allowed Ojiem to make more people aware of the growing problem of homelessness in Syracuse. She hopes Syracuse University students will take part in the program in the future. Zach Schotz, a senior sport management major and the community service chair for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at SU, saw Ojiem’s post on Reddit and decided to get involved. “I always want to help the homeless but always second guess myself when I give money. By providing money for this survival kit I now know where my money is going, and I know I am helping them,” Schotz said in an email.

Schotz and his AePi brothers will help assemble the individual kits as well as hand them out to homeless individuals around the city of Syracuse. Hikers for the Homeless has other plans for future expansion as well, including sleep-outs and hikes to spread awareness of the cause and program. Ojiem also wants to create a website where customers can directly order supplies for the homeless. The proposed site will have stories from homeless people, so donors can understand the logistics of where their money is

going and why it is needed. As a current, indirect way of donating, customers of can use a special coupon code at checkout to donate five percent of the total to Hikers for the Homeless. In regard to the overall mission of Hikers for the Homeless, Kashmer hopes people realize how homelessness can affect anyone at any time, and urges people to get involved. Said Kashmer: “Homelessness is not going away, it’s getting worse and worse. People need to start caring about the situation.”

Hikers for the Homeless provides care packages to Syracuse’s homeless community which include basic toiletries, a rain poncho and a flashlight. courtesy of galena ojiem


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AMANDA RODGERS is a junior on the Orange and comes from an athletic family. Watching Andre Agassi as a fifth-grader inspired her to play tennis. ziniu chen staff photographer from page 20

rodgers in equestrian in the Olympics. “She just learned she had to be active and do stuff rather than sit around and do nothing,” Guest said. “But if she wanted to be a great piano player, I wouldn’t have turned her away from that. She just happened to be a really good tennis player.” Guest and her ex-husband Tom divorced when Rodgers was only 1, and she lived primarily with her mother in Virginia for most of her childhood. Guest allowed her daughter to be involved in tennis at an early age, taking her to the courts, signing her up for lessons and letting her go to tennis camps during the summer. She also would take her daughter to local tournaments whenever her daughter wanted to enter. “Sometimes she’d win and sometimes she’d lose, but she still loved it,” Guest said. “And I thought, ‘Well, shoot. If she still loves it and still wants to do it, then great.’” Rodgers soon realized Virginia might not be the place for her if she wanted to have a successful career in the future. During her freshman year of high school, she told her mom she wanted to move to Florida so she could compete against some of the best players her age. “I was like, ‘I need to go somewhere where it’s really competitive,’” Rodgers said. “It really wasn’t hard because I knew I wasn’t going to go anywhere if I stayed in Virginia.” While Rodgers was steadfast in wanting to move, her mother initially had hard feelings about leaving a place she lived for so long. “I was a little more skeptical than she was,” Guest said. “Once I got here and realized she really had the passion, it was a lot easier for me. “You only have once chance at a dream.” Rodgers felt she clicked in right away at Saddlebrook Prep in Wesley Chapel, Fla. She never felt like she didn’t fit in, but her personal coach John Eagleton said during her junior and senior season, he did not like everything he saw at first with Rodgers. He remembers her hitting the ball flatly and inconsistently, with little spin on her shots. The talent was there, but the placement wasn’t. To change her game to play with more precision, Eagleton made a chart for Rodgers to show her what she needed to adjust. He sought to model

her game after Spanish professional superstar and fellow left-handed player Rafael Nadal. “She hits that heavy ball,” Eagleton said. “It helps her because she can put the heavy ball deep in her opponent’s backhand.” As Rodgers adjusted her game, she only continued to get better. She started playing in pro tournaments, even winning a U.S. Open national playoff event in mixed doubles. Then-Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen took notice and offered her a full ride. She decided to accept his offer after receiving a promise to be taken to pro tournaments in the offseason. “Coach Jensen and coach George, they are pretty much the only school in the country that takes their kids to pro tournaments,” Rodgers said. “Some colleges do that with only a few players on the team, but they do it with every-

Her best tennis is right around the corner because she is so darn determined to get better. Luke Jensen former su head coach

one, so I thought that was pretty cool.” Rodgers dominated as soon as she arrived on campus, winning 14 straight singles matches after a 1-1 start to her career freshman year in singles play. She also came through for her team in the clutch, as early into that season she climbed from out of match point against Harvard to win in a third-set tiebreaker and give her team the victory. “She’s very coachable, wants to get better every day and she hates to lose,” said Jensen, who resigned on Jan. 29. “If there is one thing I’d put on that girl, she gets mean when she’s down. “Her best tennis is right around the corner because she is so darn determined to get better.” As Rodgers now enters her junior year, she aspires to top an impressive first two seasons by putting her name at the top of the SU record books. Said Rodgers: “I’ve always been kind of a record person. I’ve always wanted to break the records and stuff. I got really close with doubles last year and singles my freshman year. Maybe not this year, but my senior year I really want to break the record.”


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O’Hara throws no-hitter in 1st SU game By Liam Sullivan contributing writer

Sydney O’Hara wasn’t looking to make history, but that’s exactly what she did. O’Hara, a freshman pitcher out of Cicero, N.Y., threw a no-hitter in her collegiate debut, making her one of seven players for Syracuse to ever accomplish the feat. O’Hara struck out 12 hitters through six innings, and walked just one in a 9-0 shutout of Austin Peay on Friday in the Orange’s first game of the season. “Within the first inning was probably when I knew it was going to be a good day,” O’Hara said. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m dead on today. This is going to be good.’” SU head coach Leigh Ross said O’Hara approaches the game with a poise and determination beyond her years. While some of the team’s other pitchers have more of a calm and stoic approach, O’Hara is very passionate and aggressive and has an attack mentality. And she didn’t waste any time showing that to her new team. “When we told Syd she would be throwing the first game, I knew she would be super nervous, but she handled herself well,” Ross said. “As soon as the game started, there was this look on her face.” Though she didn’t expect to find that kind of success so soon, the star freshman took the mound with confidence. O’Hara opened her high school career with two straight no-hitters as an eighth-grader, so the performance was nothing new. “Sydney really had her best stuff going,” freshman catcher Nicole Lundstrom said. “It was a fun game to catch.” Based on her performance so far this season, O’Hara won’t just contribute for Syracuse on the mound. She had herself quite the day at the plate in her no-hitter, recording three hits and a pair of RBIs. O’Hara carried the Orange to a blowout win with her performance both on the mound and at bat, which made for a debut that people won’t soon forget. “I’m kind of happy I made history,” she said, “but like I said before, that wasn’t my goal. I was just looking to get the win. But yeah, I’m happy it happened.” Ross predicts O’Hara will be in the lineup every game for the Orange, whether that’s on the mound, as a designated player or at first base. O’Hara’s currently slotted at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and it’s clear she’s capable of being a complete player for the Orange. She can hit, field and it’s now clear that she can pitch, as well. Ross said she expects big things from O’Hara this year. Syracuse is going to rely on her to throw major innings, as well as hit and field, which will certainly help the Orange moving forward. When asked about her final thoughts on the historic day, O’Hara said it was amazing. Syracuse has been her dream college since seventh grade, after living nearby her whole life. “I don’t expect to throw a no-hitter every time out,” O’Hara said, “but it gave me a lot of confidence and that will help carry over to other games this season. “I know that I can pitch at this level.”




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faceoffs then SU sent out walk-on sophomore Austin Wentworth for a few battles at the X when it held a sizable lead. And once sophomore Cal Paduda’s injured hand heals, SU will have another body to add to the mix. “Faceoffs have obviously been a big point of emphasis,” senior attack Derek Maltz said, “and the coaches have done a great job getting those guys to go after each other each and every day. It’s a good battle.” At least two or three times a week during the offseason, Daddio met with assistant coach Kevin Donahue for individual work on faceoffs. Each day offered something different, Daddio said, whether it was running or how they tried to perfect his technique. His hard work reflected in his 10-of-17 results Monday night. “It was a good start today,” he said. “Could’ve been a little bit better — maybe four or five more our way — but I mean, we’ve got a lot to work on. “Me, Mike, no matter who’s out there, we’ve just got to make sure we keep it going and get better and better.”


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What Iacono does, as he demonstrated Monday night, is offer a change of pace for Syracuse. Daddio’s wins at the X involved him dropping down as far to the ground as possible and securing possession himself. Although Daddio is 6 inches shorter than Iacono, stature isn’t decisive for faceoff guys. Both specialist said that it’s all in the technique. Iacono, at 6–foot-5, is the Orange’s only faceoff specialist who uses the motorcycle grip and doesn’t drop to his knees. His move is predicated on overpowering his opponent, flipping the ball ahead to himself and kick-starting a fast break. “It creates offense for our team and we’re one of the best transition teams out there,” Iacono said. “The ball moves so smoothly.” SU head coach John Desko has said he would love to have one player emerge as a dominant faceoff option. But even as Daddio’s career has progressed and he gradually has taken a higher percentage of SU’s faceoffs, it’s been hard for Desko to ride one specialist. For as long as the senior has been at Syracuse, the Orange has been a faceoff-by-committee team. Unless Daddio can create some separation between him and his teammates, that could be the case again this season. “We’ve always had a team mentality, who-

MIKE IACONO prepares to pounce on a loose ball off a faceoff during SU’s season-opening 19-7 win over Siena on Monday night. Chris Daddio won 10-of-17 and Iacono brought a change of pace as the team enjoyed success at the X. spencer bodian staff photographer

ever can go out there and win the faceoffs,” Daddio said. “We’ve thrown as many as five guys in there in one game. Whoever can get

out there and win faceoffs is really all we’re worried about.” | @PhilDAbb

ice hockey

LaCombe, Johnson bring Minnesota friendship to Syracuse By Connor Grossman staff writer

Fourteen miles of Minneapolis suburbs are all that separated ice hockey players Allie

LaCombe and Cara Johnson growing up. Now as teammates at Syracuse, they couldn’t be any closer. LaCombe and Johnson became friends one summer as high school underclassmen play-

ing for the Minnesota Whitecaps. Little did they realize they would share the same ice for nearly a decade. “It’s almost hard to explain sometimes,” Johnson said. “That we’re all the way out here in Syracuse and we have that Minnesota connection. “It’s a real thing, there’s just things we’ve both experienced from back home that we can share together.” LaCombe, a junior, and Johnson, a senior, both play contributing roles for Syracuse (16-11-3, 7-6-3 College Hockey America). LaCombe is one of SU’s leading offensive forces with eight goals on the season, while Johnson is viewed as an unspoken leader on the team and is highly regarded by her peers and coaches. Part of their fondest memories competing on the ice goes back to high school, when they competed as players on rival high schools. “I’ve known Cara for so long that it was almost hard to think of those games as rivalry games,” LaCombe said. While Johnson reveled in the opportunity to play a close companion in high-intensity games, she didn’t mirror LaCombe’s exact thoughts. “Allie’s team was known as the powerhouse hockey school in the area and I watched them win two state championships,” Johnson said. “Then when all of the seniors left Allie’s team, it was nice to finally beat up on those guys and we went to (the state championship).” No hard feelings were ever instilled in one another. If anything, the matchups were just another way to heighten the competitive edge between them. As both players have watched each other mature and develop, their mutual respect for one another is palpable. “I’ve watched Cara become faster and stronger,” LaCombe said. “Once most girls reach college hockey, they begin to blossom as a player. And that’s definitely the case for Cara.” Johnson echoed much of the same sentiments toward LaCombe and said that her teammate has one of the best shots on the team. In terms of eventually arriving together at Syracuse, LaCombe insisted familiarity was a big factor for her selection in a school. Johnson

provided the glimpse of home that LaCombe desired on what would be her future team. “It was important to me to have some connection and comfortably with whatever school I was going to choose,” LaCombe said. “So knowing I would have Cara from back home definitely was a big factor in leading me here.” Head coach Paul Flanagan believes the connection for the two transcends just the Syracuse hockey team, as well. “It happens quite a lot — where the best athletes in smaller areas get to know each other quite well,” Flanagan said. “And I’m sure they got to know each other real well and may have had some sort of direct or indirect affect on Allie’s decision.”

I’ve watched Cara become faster and stronger. Once most girls reach college hockey, they begin to blossom as a player. And that’s definitely the case for Cara. Allie LaCombe su forward

Since LaCombe’s cousin used to play for Syracuse, Johnson doesn’t take responsibility for LaCombe choosing SU. Yet she did remember the jubilance both of them shared when LaCombe broke the news that she had been accepted into the school. Now Johnson’s inclination reflects a microcosm of their relationship. The modest and mild-mannered Johnson doesn’t look upon herself as a leader or captain, but her closest peers — especially LaCombe — would like to convince her that she is. “She’s a senior this year and has been a phenomenal leader for us on and off the ice,” LaCombe said. “But really, being so close to her for so long, I’ve looked up to her almost my entire life.”


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STARTING LINEUPS Fair has failed to reach double-digits just twice this season.

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pittsburgh On Monday and Tuesday, Grant practiced with the centers. But he’ll likely need more than just extra repetitions to hold his own in the paint against the Panthers. If Keita is sidelined, that will force Grant into the middle early and often. “It’s definitely going to be tough,” Grant said, “but if I’m put in the same situation, I’ve got to do the same thing.” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said his team will try to force Grant into the middle by attacking Christmas early and often. In their first matchup, Zanna gave Christ-

It’s definitely going to be tough. Jerami Grant







Grant saw time at center in SU’s win over Clemson, and could against Pitt.



FREE THROWS The Orange is 1-6 against Pittsburgh in the Petersen Events Center, which opened in April 2002.

STEPHEN BAILEY PITTSBURGH 63, SYRACUSE 61 Streak stopper Talib Zanna and Pittsburgh take advantage of SU’s lack of center depth. The undefeated season is no more.

DAVID WILSON SYRACUSE 57, PITTSBURGH 44 Offensive offense The Orange grinds out an ugly one at the Pete.

TREVOR HASS SYRACUSE 60, PITTSBURGH 54 Pitt-y the fools Rakeem Christmas steps up and Syracuse fends off Pitt on the road.


Pittsburgh ranks second in the ACC rebounding margin. Foul trouble could be costly for the Orange, which is lacking depth at the big man position.



C.J. Fair’s shooting percentage against Clemson on Sunday. He didn’t set a season-high in points, but Jim Boeheim called it his most efficient game of the year.



The number of completely healthy centers on Syracuse’s roster going into Wednesday night’s matchup.

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mas trouble using a pump-fake out of the high post to get to the basket, as well as opening up passing lanes into the low post. In addition to looking for Zanna, Dixon said the Panthers will attack the offensive glass to provide second and third scoring opportunities, as well as additional chances to draw whistles. That’s where Keita’s potential absence could hurt the Orange. “Unless you get foul trouble on their starting center, Christmas,” Dixon said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference Monday, “it really won’t change too many things.” Christmas said that he knows he needs to make a more concerted effort to avoid collect-

ing fouls. He’s racked up at least four in five of the Orange’s last seven games. But keeping him on the court may take more of a team effort. Fair said the Orange will try to pack in its zone against Pittsburgh in hopes of taking away the entry pass to the high post. “I think if we do a good job of packing our defense in and helping Rak out, I think we can kind of save him,” Fair said. But foul trouble or not, Christmas isn’t expected to play 40 minutes. When Grant is out there, the zone may not have to tighten, but it will have to help rebound. After the Clemson game, Grant said rebounding out of the middle of the zone was the hardest part of his adjustment. He grabbed just one rebound in the second half. And considering Pitt outrebounded the Orange 35-24 last time, there’s only more reason to crash the boards. “We just know we’ve got to do more team rebounding,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “Everyone’s got to go back. Tyler (Ennis) and I have to go back and get the loose balls that are tipped out and help rebound.” Individually, Grant struggled in his first two possessions against Clemson, but worked to stay out of the low post and keep the Tigers’ big men from posting him up. “For Jerami, you’ve just got to beat him to the spot,” Christmas said. “That’s what he was doing out there (against Clemson), and he was doing a good job of it.” For Syracuse, clean play from Christmas and damage control from Grant will be key in remaining undefeated. Playing in a hectic environment against a coach with success against the zone is tough enough — but the Orange knows what’s coming. Barring a return from Keita, it’s just a matter of whether or not Syracuse can stop it. | @Stephen_Bailey1


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Syracuse starts year strong at X By Phil D’Abbraccio asst. copy editor

RAKEEM CHRISTMAS will need to stay out of foul trouble if senior Baye Moussa Keita’s sprained right knee keeps him on the sideline of SU’s matchup at Pittsburgh on Wednesday. With DaJuan Coleman out, Christmas is the only healthy big man Syracuse has. sam maller photo editor

front and center

Christmas, Grant face stout test vs. No. 25 Pitt if Keita can’t play

By Stephen Bailey sports editor


or the first time this year, Rakeem Christmas will take the floor with likely no backup center on Wednesday — and for Syracuse, it couldn’t come at a worse time. The Orange travels to a jampacked Petersen Events Center, where it is 1-6 all time. It will face a head coach with a 10-5 record against Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone and a Pittsburgh team seeking to avenge a game it had nearly wrapped up in the Carrier Dome on Jan. 18. For No. 1 Syracuse (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast), the 25th-ranked Panthers (20-4, 8-3) may be the perfect storm to end the Orange’s undefeated season and deny it the longest winning streak in program

history. “Having just one center is going to make our job much harder,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “It puts a little more pressure on Rakeem to play honest defense.” With senior center Baye Moussa Keita unable to practice after spraining his right knee against Clemson on Sunday, the Orange will lean on 210-pound forward Jerami Grant to help man the middle of its zone in its staunchest road test of the season so far. Grant held his own against the Tigers, but a Talib Zanna-led frontcourt presents a far bigger problem. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound center gave the Orange frontcourt fits in the first matchup as Christmas (4), Fair (3) and Grant (3) all worked through foul trouble.

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Each time Chris Daddio set out for practice in the offseason, the bitter end to last season was on his mind. So too was the backlash from Syracuse fans, serving as a reminder to why Duke was crowned national champions and the Orange wasn’t. “I’ve seen the articles. I’ve seen all the comments. I’ve heard it all,” Daddio said. “I had some trouble. I had some success, but it was a little bit too inconsistent. After the way last year ended, that one really hit me harder than it ever has. “I wanted to make sure I did everything I could.” After a 9-for-30 performance at the faceoff X to end last year, the Orange’s faceoff specialists now come into this season with a chip on their shoulder. For the third straight year, Daddio is the first option for

Me, Mike, no matter who’s out there, we’ve just got to make sure we keep it going and get better and better. Chris Daddio su faceoff specialist

Syracuse at the X to start the year, followed by junior college transfer Mike Iacono. If Monday night’s season-opening blowout win over Siena was any hint, No. 2 Syracuse (1-0) might be in line for some better fortune. The Orange controlled 12-of-18 faceoffs in the first half behind strong performances by Daddio and Iacono, and see faceoffs page 16


Junior Rodgers leads Orange into Atlantic Coast Conference By Ryan Raigrodski staff writer

As tennis legend Andre Agassi slammed winner after winner inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, a 10-year-old girl sat in awe as she realized this was

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the sport of her dreams. Now an adult, junior Syracuse

tennis player Amanda Rodgers has started to reach those goals that she set in the fifth grade. She was 18-2 her freshman year in singles and was named to the All-Big East team. Now, she’s poised to lead the Orange in its first season in a tougher Atlantic

Coast Conference. “I watched Agassi play on the stadium and I was just like, ‘This is what I want to be,’” Rodgers said. “‘This is what I want to do when I grow up.’ From then on, I’ve focused on tennis.” Rodgers was destined to be an

athlete. Her mother Mary Pat Guest competed in the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, as a skier, her father Tom Rodgers played quarterback for Connecticut and even her uncle, Mary Pat’s brother, competed see rodgers page 13

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