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G. James Daichendt explores “street art,” an increasingly popular form of self-expression. Page 3
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Weathering the storm St. John’s has tried to stay afloat with a roster made up of mostly freshmen. Page 16
campus are hosting the animal sidekicks of SU professors. Page 9
First-year application numbers break record By Marwa Eltagouri ASST. NEWS EDITOR
jenny jakubowski | staff photographer JEREMY BAILEY, a member of Occupy Syracuse, looks over the list of resolutions given to protestors by Mayor Stephanie Miner. “We live here. We’re the people who pay taxes for these roads,” he said.
Occupiers banned from sleeping in park By Stephanie Bouvia ASST. NEWS EDITOR
It all came down to a vote. Only a week after Syracuse police evicted and arrested several members of Occupy Syracuse from Perseverance Park, Mayor Stephanie Miner held a special meeting with the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency on Tuesday in City Hall. The meeting, which was open to the public, was held to pass a resolution that prevents protestors from staying in the park throughout the night. Miner, who is the chair of SURA, presented “Resolution No. 3182” to the agency’s three-member board, who then voted unanimously to pass it. SURA owns 54 pieces of property throughout the city, including Perseverance Park. Because it owns the park, SURA reserves the right to prevent occupiers from staying there, according to the resolution. “SURA desires to protect its real property (‘SURA Property’) from unauthorized persons trespassing on SURA Property and further desires to reduce SURA’s liability as to such unauthorized persons,” according to the resolution. Jean Kessner, Common Council
councilor-at-large, attended the meeting and said the mayor stressed her concern is with public safety. Although the occupiers cannot stay in Perseverance Park, they are allowed to be on the nearby sidewalk, which is considered public property. “You can’t, according to the
“We have a tyranny of oppression by the mayor. She was looking for any reason to get rid of us.” Jeremy Bailey
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Supreme Court, tell people they can’t be on the sidewalk,” Kessner said. However, the occupiers are not allowed to block pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk. This may prove difficult because the sidewalk is directly next to a Centro Bus stop, which many people utilize. Kessner said she disagrees with the mayor’s decision to prevent the
protestors from being in the park. “I personally do not understand why it has come to this,” she said. “In America, we do have the constitution that allows us to exercise the right of free speech.” After Syracuse Police Department being told to remove any tents or structures, the Occupy Syracuse members were reduced to a few tables, chairs and sleeping bags. Signs that read: “You can’t put a curfew on the 1st Amendment,” “I can’t afford a lobbyist, so I made this sign” and “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out” surround the protestors’ tables. Jeremy Bailey, a member of Occupy, said he believes the mayor drafted the resolution as a response to the Occupy Ball event, which took place outside of Miner’s campaign ball on Saturday. Miner’s ball, held in the Landmark Theatre, was an effort to raise money for her 2013 re-election campaign. Tickets to the ball ranged from $250 to $1,000. Occupy Syracuse members protested outside the ball, Bailey said, because they wanted to make a statement about the use of money in elections.
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Undergraduate applications to Syracuse University reached a record high for the third year in a row. Approximately 25,870 first-year applications were submitted to the Office of Admissions for the 2011-12 academic year, said Steven O’Keefe, assistant dean of admissions, in an email. The numbers display a slight increase compared to last year, when 25,270 applications came in. The admissions office set an enrollment goal of 3,350 first-year students for the fall 2011 semester, though this year’s incoming class was slightly higher. For next fall, the office hopes to enroll a class of at least 3,375 firstyear students, O’Keefe said. In the past few years, SU has consistently welcomed larger incoming classes because more students accepted admission than the university anticipated. There was an uncharacteristically large application increase of 13 percent in 2011 from 2010, accord-
ing to a Jan. 25, 2011, article published in The Daily Orange. In fall 2010, the university enrolled nearly 3,500 students, a 9 percent increase from 2009, when 21,000 applications came in and 3,250 students enrolled, according to the article. Applications have been coming in from more varying demographics, O’Keefe said. Officials in the admissions office noticed increases in the number of students from the West Coast, the South and Southeastern
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ON THE RISE
For the past three academic school years, the number of first-year applications to SU has increased by about 4,000. 2011-12: 25,870 2010-11: 25,270 2009-10: about 21,000
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Allred moves to release affidavit in attempt to keep lawsuit in NYC By Liz Sawyer NEWS EDITOR
When high-profile attorney Gloria Allred filed an affidavit Monday accusing Bernie Fine’s wife of having sex with former basketball players, she turned up the pressure on Syracuse University to settle the defamation lawsuit against it. In the affidavit, one of Allred’s clients, Bobby Davis, alleges Laurie Fine had inappropriate sexual relationships with at least three SU basketball players between 1993 and 1997. Allred told The Post-Standard on Tuesday that she publically filed the affidavit because she needs to know if any of the players in question reside in New York City. If they do, she can, and will, argue against SU’s request to move the lawsuit to Onondaga
County, according to an article published Tuesday in The Post-Standard. Mariann Meier Wang, a NYC lawyer working with Allred, wrote in court papers filed Monday that the affidavit was filed in response to a request from SU and head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim to move the venue of the lawsuit from NYC to Onondaga County, according to the article. The university previously argued that the suit should be moved because both parties — Boeheim and SU — reside in Onondaga County. However, if Davis’ lawyers find out that any of the former players live in the NYC metro area, they will argue to keep the case downstate, according to the article. Davis and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, both former SU ball boys, filed
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FDA to review cannabis-based medicinal spray By Tedi Doychinova STAFF WRITER
Twenty five years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This year, British pharmaceutical company GW Pharmaceuticals is doing research for cannabis-inspired or infused medicine that could be coming to American shores as early as next year. Americans for Safe Access is an organization that aims to advance legal medical marijuana therapeutics, according to its website. Sativex has proven to be effective in treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and other health issues, according to the article. “When Sativex becomes available by prescription to the general public, we will welcome it as another cannabisbased medicine,” said Kris Hermes, media specialist for the organization. Sativex would be the world’s first pharmaceutical product developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents. It is created from marijuana’s two active ingredients, delta 9-THC and cannabidiol. The potbased mouth spray is aimed to be treatment for cancer pain and only needs approval from the FDA. Canada, New Zealand and eight countries in Europe have approved it for relieving muscle spasms in patients with multiple sclerosis. In the United States, 16 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana. In 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration ruled that marijuana
“I am in favor of the medicinal use of marijuana. I think we can continue to do research. I do believe it helps many people with certain chronic conditions.” Susan Scholl
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has “no accepted medical use” in opposition of the hundreds of studies proclaiming the benefits, according to a July 11, 2011, Time magazine article. Susan Scholl, internship coordinator for the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, said
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JAMES SLADE , School of Architecture visiting critic and co-founder of NYC’s Slade Architecture, spoke Tuesday at Slocum Auditorium in a lecture titled “CONcept, CONtext, CONstruct.” He and cofounder Hayes Slade have worked on a diverse range of both domestic and international projects, which have been recognized worldwide with more than 200 publications, awards and exhibits. They are a part of the Architectural League of New York’s 2010 Emerging Voices.
Solar, wind turbines to be tested By Kathleen Lees CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Impact Technologies and faculty members of Syracuse University are ready to launch their prototype, the Self-Sustaining Street Light, which was first conceived in 2007. Michael Pelken, associate professor in the School of Architecture and research fellow for the Syracuse Center of Excellence, worked with Thong Dang, a professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, to discover the idea of harnessing wind through technology. In conjunction with Impact Technologies, a company that uses wind as an alternative energy form, the School of Architecture and L.C. Smith are helping to develop two prototypes: a solar lighting unit and a wind and solar lighting unit. Pelken said Impact Technologies has been very helpful in the patenting process of making the prototypes. Though Pelken said they had hoped to install the devices on campus in spring 2011, issues with designs of the prototypes caused a delay. There is no commitment to install the prototypes because they have not been up for sale yet, Pelken said. He said the wind turbines had previously been tested on SU’s South Campus because of good wind conditions.
“We’d like to see them in parking lots and go from universities to big business.”
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Though the wind turbines are currently in the prototype stage, Pelken said they will soon begin the testing stage. TriciaRae Davis, vice president of Impact Technologies, graduated from SU in 2007 with a major in physics. Davis said she would like collaboration between Impact Technologies and SU. As the prototyping stage continues, Davis said the next step is to perform demonstration testing on them. For the solar and wind unit, this involves wind tunnel testing. The solar unit is tested in the lab with a solar panel, Davis said. Davis said she is hoping to showcase the solar prototypes in approximately three months to customers working with them on the demonstration projects, but the solar and wind prototypes will need a longer period of time before they are ready. “We’d like to see them in parking lots and go from universities to big
business,” Davis said. Davis said Impact Technologies was trying to make the price comparable to regular lighting, which is anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 including infrastructure, she said. Raymond Davis, the president and CEO of Impact Technologies, said the prototypes will have batteries that keep the units powered for a 48-hour period without any outside energy. For now, he said the batteries are standard, but the company hoping to explore newer technologies in the future. Davis said he is excited to see the completion of the prototypes. He said: “Our goal is to create a strong company, university alliance and better green technologies in the Syracuse and CNY region.” email@example.com
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G. James Daichendt passionately discussed a painting of Charlie Brown dangling a cigarette from his mouth and pouring gasoline off the side of a building as an example of street art. The art history professor said street art is a rising phenomenon during his lecture, titled “Rethinking Street Art,” in Shermin Auditorium on Tuesday. Daichendt, who received his doctorate from Columbia University, teaches art history at Azusa Pacific University. He is also the principle editor of the academic journal Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. It was while researching for his second book that Daichendt was first introduced to street art. To contrast the gallery art he was already writing about, Daichendt said he decided to interview a street artist known as Banksy, one of the biggest names in the street art world. Daichendt didn’t immediately fall in love with street art upon meeting Banksy, but he said the excitement of his students toward the style kept him intrigued. It was not until he moved to Los Angeles that he said he realized he wasn’t just studying a trend, but a movement. LA is currently hosting the largest number of street artists in its history, Daichendt said. The city is home to the biggest population of artists in America, but Daichendt said there are limited galleries and studios for artists to showcase their work. The solution to this problem can be summed up with one image on a wall in LA, where the words “Who needs a gallery when I can paint here for free!” are written, he said. After moving to LA, Daichendt said he was hooked on street art. Now researching for his third book, he spoke to more than 40 street artists in the LA area, asking them about topics varying from the concepts of their art to the role gender plays in street art. “It’s a strange world, and I was surprised at how easily I could get into it,” he said. Daichendt learned that street artists in LA form a community. Artists communicate with each other through bulletin boards and blogs, judging each other’s work, he said. Although street art technically may not be the best art, Daichendt said, it is popular because it combines elements of advertising and gives it a counterculture effect. “The objects communicate so stinkin’ well,” he said.
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“We have a tyranny of oppression by the mayor,” Bailey said. “She was looking for any reason to get rid of us.” Miner could not be reached to comment. “She says she’s the leader of Syracuse. Well, the people are behind us — we are the people,” Bailey said. Aaron Williams, another member of Occupy Syracuse, said four or five others had been sleeping in the park before the resolution was passed. He said he thinks the new rules are unwarranted. “It’s limiting our First Amendment rights,” he said. “All we’ve asked for is our right to protest.” Williams said he does not understand why the mayor is preventing them from staying in the park because the occupiers have remained nonviolent during the 123 days they have been there. Williams also said he does not think
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The LA community has also embraced the culture of street art, Daichendt said. He said police officers are lenient toward street artists, and the largest punishment an artist usually receives is having their art painted over or taken down. Daichendt mentioned a store owner who had fixed the street art Banksy painted on the store owner’s building after the painting had been tagged with graffiti. Building owners continue to lease their buildings to certain artists, let-
the occupiers are currently a public health hazard. “All we’ve got are blankets, tables and a chair,” he said. “We’re conducive to public safety.” For now, Williams said, occupiers will move to the sidewalk. If they are forced to leave the sidewalk, he said, their next plan is to “go mobile” and protest at different locations around the city. After the occupy eviction, the Department of Syracuse Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs erected a sign in Perseverance that reads: “Park closed dusk to dawn.” Occupy member Melanie Digiglio said once she saw the sign, she had a feeling something like this would happen. Digiglio, like other Occupy members, said she doesn’t see the point in moving the protestors a mere 8 feet from their current location. She pointed to the sidewalk and said, “They’re saying it’s a safety hazard for us to be on the property, but it’s not a hazard for us to be over there.”
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ting them use their walls as canvas for free. Galleries are now picking up street art, and Daichendt said there has been a street art opening in LA every weekend this past year. “It’s hard not to get excited about people getting excited about the visual arts,” he said. Emily Montgomery, a junior painting major, said learning about street art inspired her to think about her own art in a different way. “He made me think of ways to make my art more accessible,” she said. “We are very much in the mode of making art for galleries. It’s inspiring to see another way of doing things.”
she disagrees. “I am in favor of the medicinal use of marijuana. I think we can continue to do research,” Scholl said. “I do believe it helps many people with certain chronic conditions.” However, she said she has wavering support for Sativex because breath sprays are not the most effective means of delivery for most medicines, including relieving pain in cancer patients. She said she suspects the spray may be a way to gain governmental acceptance without smoking the product. Scholl said Marinol, a similar medication in capsule form, is more effective, but its effects aren’t felt as quickly compared to when the drug is inhaled. “There is no such thing as a 100 percent ‘safe’ drug,” Scholl said. Carter Oakley, a sophomore television, radio and film major, speaks from a firsthand family experience with medicinal marijuana and said he sees no issues with the use of it. “If it works for someone, then there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to use it, especially when there’s much more potent pain relievers out there,” Oakley said. Ana Ally, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said she also supports medicinal marijuana and its research. “At this point, it’s a political issue because there is a negative image that’s associated with marijuana, but Congress needs to put behind its support in it. There is no point in banning it, especially if it’s helping people feel better,” Ally said. “There are much worse drugs out there that have been legalized. The issue is political, not medical as it should be.”
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Updated Otto costume brings life to campus representative The beloved Syracuse University mascot revealed a new wardrobe at the men’s basketball game Saturday. Otto the Orange has new sneakers, different color gloves, a rounder and brighter peel, and a fancy new hat. The hat has the Syracuse “S” logo on it, accompanied with a Nike swoosh. Otto deserved the makeover. Otto works hard all throughout the year to bring joy to SU students. If he’s not riding his scooter around the Quad, he’s cheering on one of the many athletic teams or just goofing off around campus. Otto even stars in a Department of Public Safety video on campus security. Naturally, this causes wear and tear on the uniform, and it was a good time for an update. The Nike symbol on the hat has been in conversation since the reveal. The results are mixed. With the symbol, the hat is a large, realistic version of a lot of SU merchandise. Die-hard Syracuse
EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board and Otto fans can probably find a hat similar to the one Otsto wears in the bookstore. It’s also true that the uniforms the student-athletes wear sport Nike symbols as well. On the other hand, school spirit should not be branded or commercialized. Otto represents the entire school, not only the basketball team. Otto the Orange is the essence of school spirit at SU. School spirit at SU should not be branded or linked to Nike. The symbol is very noticeable on his costume because the hat is enlarged. Overall, the new costume was a necessity and refreshing for the hard-working mascot. The Nike symbol, however, links the school’s mascot to a commercial brand, with which school spirit should not be associated.
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Angry generations of Americans needs appropriate outlet to air frustrations
here’s a lot of words that have been be used to describe the current atmosphere of our nation in the past couple of years. Annoyed, weak, irritated, broken and whiny, among other descriptions. One word has been used more than any to summarize the attitudes of today’s Americans — angry. And why shouldn’t we be? Sh*t’s gone cray. You could spark a violent debate between Republicans and Democrats simply questioning the color of dirt. Reality television likely destroys more brain cells in a week than could a year’s worth of ecstasy. And the Kardashians are about one licensing deal away from announcing that they’ve formed a campaign exploratory committee. In the Editor’s Letter of Esquire’s February issue, Editor in Chief David
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lication — please don’t hold it against me if I’m ever in the position to be considered for an interview. Anger isn’t our society’s problem. When has any society, with the exception of Switzerland and maybe Antarctica, ever been completely null and void of anger? When was our society, for that matter, last null and void of anger? Tomas Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter, currently writes a blog, The Best Defense, for foreignpolicy. com. On Jan. 30, he posted about the book he was reading — an advanced copy of Timothy Noah’s “The Great Divergence.” Ricks wrote, “But I also was struck by an aside of his: ‘America was an angrier place during the 1960s and 1970s, but it’s a
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meaner place today.’” No doubt technology is the cause for the perceived hostility. The platform of rhetoric has been blown wide open, and there now exists an outlet for anyone and everyone who wishes to share his or her opinion. But in the last century alone, our nation has been through the women’s suffrage movement, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, Vietnam protests, boy bands and a recession. There’s always something for our country to be angry over. Anger can be ugly. It’s destructive and holds the potential of being downright apocalyptic — our country’s greatest tragedies and our world’s most devastating wars have been a result of anger. But so have the most revolutionary movements with the
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distraught over a situation and the desire to change it. It’s our country’s stubbornness, not anger, that fuels the disagreements and the debates. Everyone has the right to be completely pissed off. Anger’s not the issue — society can’t continue to evolve without it. Rather than fight anger, or use it as a weapon rather than a tool, society needs to find the appropriate outlet to focus it on. If people in society continue to yell at each other, point fingers and play the blame game well, the Kim Kardashian 2016 campaign may just become a reality. Then we’ll really have a reason to be angry. Lauren Tousignant is a senior communications and rhetorical studies and writing major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the defamation suit against the university and Boeheim in late December. The lawsuit claimed Boeheim defamed Davis and Lang when he said they were lying about being sexually abused by Fine. Boeheim later apologized for these comments. SU and Boeheim requested that a judge dismiss the slander suit on Jan. 20, the same day Allred demanded they turn over any documents pertaining to the allegations against Laurie Fine, according to the article. Though Laurie Fine, 53, is not a defendant in the lawsuit, Davis stated in his affidavit that Laurie’s actions were relevant to her husband’s and that Boeheim should have been aware of both situations, according to the article.
“The fundamentally dysfunctional relationships that the Fines maintained — Laurie Fine with young male basketball players and Bernie Fine with ball boys — appeared widespread and spanning years,” Davis wrote in the affidavit. Edward Menkin, Laurie Fine’s lawyer, called Allred irresponsible and unprofessional for filing the affidavit against his client, according to the article. “This is both desperate and disgusting, an example of a lawyer flailing about to keep a dying lawsuit in the public eye,” Menkin told The Post-Standard on Tuesday. Legal experts say the new allegations against Laurie Fine have weak ties to the defamation case, according to the article. email@example.com
Nov. 27: Fine is terminated from SU on the same day ESPN releases an audiotape in which Laurie Fine acknowledged she feared her husband had an inapproptriate relationship with Davis.
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Jan 30: Bobby Davis states in an annexed affidavit that Laurie Fine had inappropriate sexual relationships with at least three SU basketball players between 1993 and 1997. Jan 31: High-profile attorney Gloria Allred tells The Post-Standard that she publicly filed the affidavit for Davis to keep the venue of the defamation lawsuit in NYC.
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United States. There has also been an increase in the number of international students applying to SU, he said. Thirty-one percent of the applications came from “typically underrepresented” minority groups. The number of minorities accepted, though, has dropped, O’Keefe said. Of the applications sent to the university, O’Keefe said, 49 percent were accepted. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs also awarded more than $178 million this year, resulting in approximately 80 percent of the student body receiving some form of SU-funded financial aid, according to the university’s website. The average financial aid award is $16,737. The average loan debt is $22,000, according to the website. The increasing applications are part of a decade-long trend at the university. There were about 12,900 applications for fall 2001, and they rose to 14,300 by 2005, according to a Jan. 24, 2011, SU News release. The numbers have almost doubled today and reach well over 25,000. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rescue effort CNY SPCA to receive city money to fund animal abuse investigations By Alexandra Hitzler
he Syracuse Common Council announced last week it will help pay for the expenses of the Central New York chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ investigations of animal abuse, said Common Councilor Bob Dougherty. “The SPCA requested funding from the city for their abused animal program,” Dougherty said. “Admittedly, the majority of animal abuse calls that the SPCA in Central New York deals with come from the city of Syracuse, so it was a reasonable request.” Dougherty said the SPCA requested funding this year after a recent change in the funding they received from the state. Earlier this year, the CNY SPCA presented the Common Council with a fact sheet explaining the amount of financial support the chapter needed from the city. “The organization came to us looking for $10,000 in funding,” Dougherty said. “We have the money to give them, and we decided that it was a fair cause to contribute to.” The Common Council found the means for funding the SPCA’s animal abuse investigations through the money they collect for dog license fees from dog owners within the city, Dougherty said. The city currently collects approximately $30,000 in dog license fees each year. Paul Morgan, executive director of the CNY SPCA, said the SPCA asked towns and cities across Central New York for help in funding its investigations. The organization especially needed the financial help of the city of Syracuse because of the large number of calls animal cruelty investigators receive
from the area. Morgan said the organization receives an average of 1,500 calls from the Syracuse area each year. Morgan said the organization’s recent push for funding from Central New York municipalities began when New York state shifted the responsibility of collecting dog license fees from the county government to the city government. The organization used to receive funding for their animal cruelty investigations from the money the county collected from the license fees and is working to make sure they will be able to continue to receive money for their investigations through each municipality, Morgan said. “We are asking the municipalities for 9 cents for each resident that lives in their area,” Morgan said. “If the municipalities do not provide funding, we will be unable to serve their community, and I think that could potentially be problematic for the residents.” Dougherty said he predicted the Common
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Council will continue to provide funding for the animal abuse investigations in Syracuse in the future. “Before I was involved in the Common Council, I never really thought about dogs and animal abuse as a big problem that the city faced,” Dougherty said. “But now I see that residents are continuously bringing up the issue of abused and abandoned dogs in the city at neighborhood meetings.” Dougherty said many Syracuse residents are concerned with the number of dogs that are left abandoned in parks and other areas across the city, leaving them in fear of possible attacks by stray dogs. “Stray dogs have become a pretty big prob-
lem in the city,” Dougherty said, “So much so that it may prompt residents to leave the city, and discourage new residents from moving in and that’s something that the city definitely doesn’t want to happen.” Common Councilor-at-Large Kathleen Joy said she feels the city’s continuous contract with the CNY SPCA is important for the wellbeing of Syracuse. “The SPCA is the only entity that investigates animal cruelty and provides services to decrease the number of stray dogs in our community,” Joy said. “So it’s important that the city maintains its relationship with the organization.” email@example.com
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Mono: One good reason not to make out with strangers
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ock your door and stop kissing strangers because the Mononucleosis virus is out hunting. Mono spreads through saliva and close contact, which is how it earned its “kissing disease” tagline. It also loves virgins. Just kidding, it’s not a vampire, but Mono preys on the young and is probably living next door to you in Ernie Davis. The virus is diagnosed by a positive blood test, showing raised numbers of white blood cells, said Spiro Tzetzis, Syracuse University Health Center medical director. Laura Fee Hahnefeldt, a junior advertising and psychology dual major, experienced a classic case of mono during Winter Break. She credited her tiredness to a hard semester of overachieving in classes, but began feeling ill on her f light back to Syracuse from Hamburg, Germany. Within days she was unable to eat due to her knife-blade throat, a key diagnostic symptom, Tzetzis said. Tonsils become covered in a white coating, so if you caught it from your girlfriend, just imagine what you’ve been licking. Hahnefeldt experienced muscle aches,
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just do it drowsiness, fever and neck glands so large she looked like she’d been on steroids. She went to Crouse Hospital, where she had to give blood and urine samples before being put on an IV drip. “They gave me electrolytes, which probably helped me from dying,” Hahnefeldt said. “I couldn’t eat or drink for two days.” Mono is a viral infection and cannot be treated directly. Minimizing symptoms is the only method of treatment. Armed with class excuse notes and heavy-duty painkillers, Hahnefeldt had no option but to take her swollen spleen, manly neck and 4.0 GPA home to bed. Anyone who needs others to validate his or her existence is screwed. Mono is the Greek prefix for “one” for a reason. If you catch it, boys, although an excuse for kissless sex is the moment you’ve been dreaming of, just put your penis away and take up knitting. You and your mouth are in solitary confinement from sex, or whatever else you do. Sharing any type of “utensil” can spread mono, Tzetzis said. Now that sex is off the menu, look at mono as a way to learn traditional courting etiquette.
By Lucas Sacks STAFF WRITER
Brewers employ technology for innovative marketing strategies Like any other business, craft breweries have to stay ahead of the curve and devise new and innovative ways to market their products. Though nearly every brewery in America employs Facebook, online marketing and brand partnerships, these three breweries have found ways to stand out from the crowd.
Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Co.)
As one of America’s largest breweries and the producer of Boston Lager, Samuel Adams has ventured into Facebook application territory with its new app, allowing Sam Adams lovers to crowdsource a new beer. The page allows users to choose color, density, clarity, hop bitterness and malty sweetness to create their dream beer. The winning levels from each category will go into making this new beer. It will be available in March at select bars in Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest, a large conference with lots of brand integrations and special or new releases. It’s no surprise Sam Adams decided to get in on the fun this year.
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Another interesting use of marketing in the technology age is this company’s can design contest, called the
Hahnefeldt experienced a mono-infected date recently. She went to the Bleu Monkey Cafe with a handsome guy. He paid for the raw fish, but they got off the bus at different stops. “There’s not much more you can do with mono,” she said. “Mono’s a d*ck to the world.” If you really can’t stay away from your boyfriend or girlfriend, try rubbing noses like the Inuit. Don’t forget, even if you did put on your chastity belt this morning you can still catch mono from sharing things you put your mouth on. In 1965, The New York Times reported a chronic outbreak of mono at Georgian Court, an all-girls Roman Catholic college. The college physician blamed the outbreak on shared water fountains and “puffing on the same cigarette.” The best thing about mono is that it’s a free pass to do absolutely nothing. It is essential for any student-athletes playing through mono to stop trying to be a hero. Tzetzis warns that contact sports should be avoided until you’re officially cleared by your provider. You’re at risk of rupturing your spleen if you exercise too soon. However, Tzetzis also said once you’ve had mono, you are immune for life. As for Hahnefeldt, her throat’s sorted out, but her suffering continues. “I don’t want to relax anymore,” she said. “My back hurts.” Iona Holloway is a junior magazine journalism and psychology dual major. Her column appears every Wednesday. She wants to know if “puffing on cigarettes” is the Catholic way of saying blowjob. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Threadless IPA Design Challenge. The contest is part of Threadless, a graphic T-shirt store where users create and vote on one another’s designs, and the most popular are printed and sold. Threadless recently added a brand partnership aspect to allow outside products to be designed, which will certainly give the small brewery a much larger fan base.
Odell Brewing Co.
QR (quick response) code usage is running rampant nowadays, and it is no surprise that breweries are joining in. Odell Brewing (Colo.) featured a QR code in its Draft Magazine ad. The ad didn’t just link to its site, but also to a video about the beer and brewers. Crabtree Brewing’s (Colo.) Digital Age Series features the entire label as a QR code. The code links to a video of brewmaster Jeff Crabtree describing the beer you just scanned in detail. By staying on top of emerging technologies, microbreweries can creatively and effectively market their beer. With smartphones and computers ruling all, we’re sure to see more interesting developments in alcoholic beverage marketing in the next few years. My Sam Adams dream brew is a brown ale with toffee-like roasted malt flavor and a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Let me know what yours tastes like at email@example.com. Cheers!
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hen students leave for college, their pets are among the things they might miss. So when they see a dog frisking across campus, these students are not far behind. Better yet, when a dog is present in class, students eagerly attend. Three professors at Syracuse University have realized the positives of what it means when a dog is a student’s best friend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Prescott and Zeus During the winter months, Zeus can be spotted running through the Quad sporting a hand-knit blue argyle sweater. However, the Italian greyhound’s owner never wears his matching hat. Paul Prescott brings his 5-year-old dog to school only on the last day of class before finals. In every other class, Zeus shows up in Prescott’s PowerPoints as a way to break up the monotony of lectures. Pretty soon, students in his PHI 293: “Ethics and the Media Professions” class created a Facebook fan page for Zeus so they could show
ruitong zhou | contributing photographer off Zeus Prescott. Prescott maintains Zeus’ Facebook page and updates his status and profile picture often. Zeus currently has fans in every continent except Africa. Although most fans are students and other professors who have met Zeus at conferences, Prescott said Zeus has a small fan base in Eastern Europe of all people he doesn’t know. Regardless of whether Prescott has become “the goofy ethics professor and his dog,” he plans to continue referencing his dog in lectures. “I keep doing it because it seems like it works,” he said.
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Joan Deppa and Lolly
Joan Deppa says her dog’s passion for grammar is just as strong as her own. Lolly, short for Lollipop, is a 5-year-old standard Airedale terrier and a frequent face in the classroom through videos and photographs. Deppa, associate professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said she uses Lolly in her PowerPoints to illustrate difficult concepts that students have trouble comprehending. One day while Deppa was busy at work, she gave Lolly a ball covered with rope to keep her occupied. Deppa watched as Lolly tore off the rope until the ball was bare, leaving a pile of thread on the floor. “The problem I had was how do you convince students what it means to modify,” Deppa said. “And here was Lolly doing it and showing you the difference between the
regular ball and the modified ball. You cannot train an animal to do that.” Deppa made Lolly repeat the trick with a new roped ball. She videotaped it and showed it in her next class, claiming the project was a huge success. Grammar lectures have up to 90 students in each class, and Deppa said it’s easy for students to start falling asleep if the content is not presented in an interesting way. She chooses to use Lolly as an example in her lectures instead of popular culture figures because pets are much more relatable to students. “One of the problems is someone who is in popular culture today isn’t going to be in popular culture tomorrow necessarily,” she said. “The nice thing about Lolly is that she is kind of an unchanging model and doesn’t throw temper tantrums or demand high royalties.” Plus, Deppa added, Lolly is very photogenic.
Before professor Beverly Allen brings her 7-year-old Jack Russell terrier to class, she makes it a point to check with her students first. Allen said students are sometimes afraid of dogs or come from cultures where dogs are considered food. Allen, a professor of French, Italian and comparative literature, said most students who meet her dog have a “Muddy moment,” where they run up to the terrier to pet him because he reminds them of their dogs back home. Having a dog in the classroom affects students in a positive way, Allen said. Some students even come to Allen’s office hours just to see Muddy. “I bring him to all the classes I can because
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John Thompson has worked on numerous projects in his career as a professional illustrator. His most recent claim to fame is designing stamps depicting four dogs for the U.S. Postal Service. On Jan. 20, Thompson’s collectible stamps were released nationally. Thompson, an SU drawing and illustration professor, used acrylic paint to create the stamps. courtesy of su news Each stamp shows a different breed of dog trained to do a job: a guide dog leading the blind, a rescue dog, a canine therapist and a trekking dog used in military situations. Although he has yet to use one of his stamps, Thompson is pleased with the outcome of his yearlong project. “It’s kind of an exciting product,” Thompson said. “I haven’t even separated them yet. I can’t make myself to pull them out of the envelope.”
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alyssa stone | staff photographer ( FROM BOTTOM ) Byblos Mediterranean Cafe only has two tables in the restaurant, creating an intimate atmosphere. Spanakopitas, one of the cafe’s specialties, is a pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese. At only $3.95 each, it is a great option for a delicious meal without a hefty price tag.
Lebanese eatery strikes gold with savory cooking, warm atmosphere
By Jillian D’Onfro STAFF WRITER
hough Byblos Mediterranean Cafe only opened in downtown Syracuse two years ago, the cafe takes its name from a much older place. Named for an ancient Phoenician city founded in about 5000 B.C., the family-run Byblos captures rich flavors with tried and true recipes. It currently reigns as the only authentic Lebanese restaurant in Syracuse. When my dining partner and I arrived, I couldn’t believe how tiny the place looked. Although you can’t miss the expansive black awning out front plastered with the Byblos name, only two tables fit inside in front of the counter. I liked the intimate feel — you could look past the counter right into the kitchen — but delivery and takeout options provide a more reasonable choice for larger groups. Luckily, one open table remained when we arrived, so we sat down and perused the menu. Sunlight streamed through the large front window, dancing on our menus. It made me think how nice it would be if we were actually in Lebanon.
We settled on the spanakopita and a kafta wrap. For those who haven’t feasted on it before, spanakopita is a delicious phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. My mom’s rendition of the dish is truly amazing, so unbeknownst to Byblos, I awaited the meal feeling certain that its spanakopita didn’t stand a chance of impressing me. After ordering and paying at the counter, we waited in our chairs in anticipation. For the next 35 minutes, we sat chatting comfortably and watched another couple float in to order takeout. Then our food appeared. Flanked by a few pickles and wrapped in a fluffy pita, the kafta wrap also included hummus, lettuce, tomato and onions. Mixed with parsley and what tasted like allspice, the kafta meat packed the wrap with seasoned tastiness. Although we opted out of the deal, you could upgrade the dish (regularly $6.50) to deluxe for only $2.95 more and receive a drink and a side — baba ghanuj, rice pilaf or tabbouleh, oh my! Although the kafta tasted fresh and delicious, the two thick triangles of spanakopita stole the show. The crust, baked to absolute perfection, was so delicate and flaky that I
abandoned my knife and fork in favor of just picking it up with my hands to really do it justice. The phyllo crunched with each bite before melting in my mouth, while the warm, soft spinach melted with the feta cheese. Sorry, mom, but you’ve been one-upped. Next time I head to Byblos I might just order multiple servings of spanakopita and call that my entire meal. At only $3.95 each, you can’t go wrong. Splitting the wrap and the pastry between two people proved perfect — we both left satisfied but without that sick, overly full feeling. Neither of us ordered anything else, but Byblos has a good reputation for its strong Turkish coffee and sticky sweet baklava for anyone looking for a happy ending to a tasty meal. Next time you’re craving Mediterranean food or simply looking for a meal more exotic than anything on Marshall Street, head down for a culinary delight. Or stay in your sweatpants on a lazy Sunday and have the tastes of Lebanon delivered straight to your doorstep. Either way, you’ll be happy you gave Byblos a try.
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brandon weight | staff photographer JOJO MARASCO expects to spend most of his time at the midfield position for SU this season. Marasco tied for the team lead in points last season with 41 in 17 games.
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Marasco to see more time at midfield following departures By Andrew Tredinnick ASST. COPY EDITOR
For the past two seasons, JoJo Marasco hasn’t been settled in one position. He’s shifted back and forth from attack to midfield throughout his freshman and sophomore years. But this season, Marasco expects to remain exclusively in the midfield. “He’s in great shape, and if we get caught going offense to defense, he’s a very good athlete,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s very quick, very fast, so it’s just a matter of practicing and he should be a good defensive midfielder, and if he comes up with the ball going the other way, he’s going to be a real threat.” With the departure of SU’s entire first midfield line and four All-Americans at the position, Desko has made the decision to play one of SU’s biggest assets in the center of the field. It’s an opportunity that the player clad in the No. 22 jersey relishes and freely accepts. “Now, transitioning back to midfield again, I just feel more comfortable up there, and I have a lot of space to dodge,” Marasco said, “and I kind of feel like I’m dodging downhill a lot, which helps a lot.“ But he knows there are going to be challenges in his increased role at midfield this season. Marasco will likely be charged with the responsibility of trying to beat the opposing team’s longstick midfielder on a nightly basis. Marasco scored 23 goals and tallied 18 assists in split time between positions last season. Marasco is looking forward to the prospect of a more free-f lowing approach to dissecting opponents’ defenses. In fact, he hopes SU will get back to a more transitional approach to combat teams like Johns Hopkins and Maryland, which slowed the ball to excruciating lengths to contend with SU’s offense a year ago. “A lot of teams I believe are going to try and stall the ball on us again and run zone defenses, so if we can push the ball right off a save from the goalie, it’s really going to help us,” Marasco said. “… Hopefully I can use my speed and help our team push the ball.” Marasco has taken advantage of his relationships with numerous former players during their time with the Orange. He would
watch film with players like former Syracuse midfielders Jovan Miller and Chris Daniello to try to absorb all of their wisdom regarding the position. Miller finished his SU lacrosse career with two All-American nods. He was known for his evasive dodging ability and a wicked shot. Daniello, like Marasco, split time between midfield and attack and had a knack for quarterbacking the offense. Daniello was also known for being an instrumental leader on the 2009 national championship squad. It will be those qualities Marasco hopes to hone in on in his junior season. “I’ve been behind a lot of great midfielders,” Marasco said, “from Jovan Miller and even Chris Daniello, who played at midfield a couple times, and I’ve watched a lot of film with these guys, so it’s really helped me in my transition from playing up top.” Marasco will serve as one of the team’s four team captains entering his junior season. He will join SU defender Brian Megill as one of two juniors to take on the leadership position. In the midfield, Marasco and senior Bobby Eilers, also a captain, will anchor a youth movement in the middle of the field. And their experience is going to be paramount to the growth of the younger players. “JoJo Marasco’s been playing his entire career, and he’s back in the midfield from attack. It doesn’t mean anything,” Eilers said. “He’s still a natural leader out there, and we’re just setting the tone for all the young guys, and hopefully they’re going to follow suit and continue doing well.” The learning curve won’t be as difficult for Marasco, who has split time in both positions. He said the opportunity to play at attack and midfield gave him a new perspective on viewing the field. And if that’s the case, Syracuse will benefit from one of its best players exploiting defenses night in and night out. “I’m just trying to learn the defenses and the offenses from up top, which is a little bit different, but it’s given me a great opportunity,” Marasco said. “It’s really given me a chance to help the team any way I can.” email@example.com
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Orange routs Friars behind hot-shooting performance By Ryne Gery
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After a last-second loss to Cincinnati at home last Saturday, Quentin Hillsman knew his Syracuse team had to bounce back with a road victory against Providence. Before the Orange took the floor Tuesday night, the SU head coach SYRACUSE 80 challenged his players to PROVIDENCE 54 respond, making it clear to them what was at stake in the Big East matchup. “I just explained to them that it was a mustwin,” Hillsman said in a phone interview. “That we needed to come out and win this basketball game. Obviously, when you lose one at home, you got to come back and get one on the road.” Syracuse (14-9, 3-6 Big East) responded with perhaps its best performance of the season, crushing Providence 80-54 at Alumni Hall on Tuesday. The Orange shot 57.8 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from beyond the arc and went a perfect 23-of-23 from the free-throw line to cruise to victory. Hillsman said SU spread the floor, fed the ball to the high post and finally hit from outside, leaving the Friars (12-10, 4-5) with no answer defensively. Iasia Hemingway — one of five Syracuse players to score in double figures — led the way with 24 points. Shakeya Leary added a career-high 15 off the bench, Rachel Coffey tallied 13 on a perfect shooting night, and Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Kayla Alexander scored 11 and 10, respectively. The balanced effort resulted in a dominant win that saw the Orange build a lead as a large as 31 in the second half. Syracuse took its first lead about two minutes into the game on a 3-pointer by Coffey. The Orange never relinquished the lead. Coffey — who finished the night 4-of-4 from the field
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after a big recruiting trip.” Brantley’s first call after the Missouri visit was to Daoust on Sunday night, when he decided he would commit to the Tigers instead. Still, Syracuse’s up-and-down week of recruiting has had some wins, too. On Monday, the Orange received a commitment from Myles Hilliard, a 6-foot-6, 258-pound defensive end from Bedford, Ohio. Hilliard had previously committed to Pittsburgh before former head coach Todd Graham moved on to Arizona State. He visited SU from Jan. 20-22. From there, his choice was straightforward. “After the head coach at Pitt quit, I started looking around,” Hilliard said. “Syracuse had been recruiting me for the whole time, so I just figured I’d take a visit to Syracuse, and I ended up liking it.” With the news of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano’s departure to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, another potential outlet opened for Syracuse to close its class on a strong note. With Schiano gone, some players have rethought their commitments to Rutgers. One of them is defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick of Montclair, N.J. The younger half-brother of current Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick gave some other options a look after Schiano’s move.
with three 3s — and the Orange stayed hot from outside to set up the team’s high-low set. “It really allowed our offense to spread out a little bit,” Hillsman said. “And we were able to get the ball to the high post a little easier.” Hillsman said the key to the game proved to be the high post. Providence came out intent on taking away Hemingway’s ability to drive to the basket. The Orange set some ball screens and got the defense moving with some quick passes before hitting Hemingway on the wings. From there, the senior broke down the defense and found open teammates for jump shots in rhythm. “She made some jump shots, but she also got to the basket, but they were shading her toward their defense,” Hillsman said. “Now, obviously, once we make some perimeter shots, they really couldn’t help, and I thought that was the key.” The sharp ball reversals and perimeter shooting threats have been missing from the Orange offense much of the season. But on Tuesday, SU executed to near-perfection en route to building a 15-point lead at halftime. That lead ballooned to 23 after Syracuse started the second half with an 8-0 run. And the Orange was well on its way to securing its “must-win” game against the Friars. SU continued to pour it on, taking a 75-44 lead with 4:11 remaining after a Leary layup. For Hillsman, it was an encouraging performance after a tough two-game slide pushed SU to 13th place in the Big East. The head coach was proud to see his team respond with one of its best performances in an up-and-down season. “We played really well,” Hillsman said. “Obviously, we put together a complete game, and we shot perfect from the foul line, and we made some perimeter shots.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Montclair High School head coach John Fiore described the 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman as “unblockable in high school.” He also said Pinnix-Odrick visited Syracuse this past weekend and had a good time. “It was awesome. He and his family were ecstatic,” Fiore said. “Syracuse, their staff, (wide receivers) coach (Rob) Moore did a phenomenal, phenomenal job.” Fiore said the high school senior and his family were going to have a discussion Tuesday night about their plans. Scout.com reported late Tuesday night that Pinnix-Odrick would stick with Rutgers, but there are more decisions that will be made on Wednesday, too. The Tampa Bay Times reports that linebacker Tashon Whitehurst of Gainesville, Fla. — who originally gave a verbal commitment to SU in July — will announce his decision between the Orange, South Florida and Rutgers. Defensive back Wayne Morgan of Brooklyn, one of the top high school seniors in New York state, is picking between Syracuse and Connecticut, according to Scout. But Manley, the defensive lineman from Georgia, already knows who he’ll be signing a letter of intent for on Wednesday morning. “The school itself and everything, all the school had to offer me,” Manley said of SU on Jan. 16, a day after he verbally committed. “The connections with the school and also with the other recruits.” email@example.com
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West Virginia saw SJU’s growth firsthand. Starting five freshmen for the first time since the 1927-28 season’s “Wonder Five,” St. John’s beat the Mountaineers 78-62 on Jan. 25 behind standout Moe Harkless’ 23 points. In the Red Storm’s next game, St. John’s lost to powerhouse Duke by a mere seven points on the road at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Both games highlighted how talented the Red Storm’s freshmen are and displayed what Snow saw before the season: a group of freshmen that, with time, could be superior. “I certainly think them having a huge impact on the team was certainly an expectation coming in,” Snow said. “Not just because of their ability but because of their opportunity.” Harkless is averaging 16.6 points per game, D’Angelo Harrison is scoring 15.8 and junior transfer God’s Gift Achiuwa is adding 11.8. Perhaps more impressive, though, is that those three are also playing an average of 34.4 minutes per game. When Lavin and the Storm made its appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, it did so with 10 seniors. This season, the team’s most experienced returning player is guard Malik Stith, who’s averaging a paltry 2.8 points per game. So experience and depth is replaced by a young group of developing players at the start of the season. “Our focus right now is on playing a higher level of basketball, elevating our play at both ends of the floor,” Lavin said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference Jan. 19. “The way we’ve got to do that as a staff is set out some attainable goals in terms of both sides of the ball and try to achieve those objectives.” Once Garrett arrived in Queens, he had no time to adjust. He wasn’t going to ride the bench. St. John’s needed players, and Garrett arrived at the right time. For Garrett, it was baptism by fire in the truest form. Garrett, who was initially the team’s sixth man, has started the last three games and is playing almost 22 minutes per game, scoring 5.3 points per contest. While he continues to develop, the 6-foot-6 forward is at least providing some relief for the Red Storm. Garrett said he is starting to find a comfort zone after some early struggles that resulted from overthinking and a constant conscious effort to avoid mistakes. Now, Garrett said, he simply focuses on playing basketball, just as all of his fellow freshmen are doing. “It’s a young group of guys. It’s been pretty good,” Garrett said. “We’re all coming together as a family. I like playing with them a lot. Playing in the Big East is a lot what I expected. It’s crazy playing in the Big East because everybody is so good and so athletic, and everybody is just as good as you or even better.” Though all of the Red Storm’s rookies have impressed league opponents, Harkless
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february 1, 2012
the daily orange
SU recruiting class taking shape for 2012 By Mark Cooper SPORTS EDITOR
courtesy of st. john’s athletic communications MOE HARKLESS is one of many St. John’s freshmen who has had to quickly find his niche for a young team this season. Harkless has adapted and leads SJU with 16.6 points per game this season.
Stormy season After rough start for St. John’s, talented freshmen starting to develop, lead competitive Red Storm By Chris Iseman
ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
mir Garrett couldn’t stand it. Of all the seasons to be a freshman on St. John’s, this was the best one, and he was missing it. The Red Storm has no depth and no senior leadership. The door was open for the rookies to step up, take over and drive the program. But Garrett sat six hours north of the St. John’s campus at a prep school in Maine, feeling completely helpless. His spot with the Red Storm was solidified, but he couldn’t be there. Yet. “It was very tough knowing I can’t be here to help my brothers out,” Garrett said. “It was very frustrating. I was just — I can’t even explain how it felt for the first couple of months. I’m here now, so that’s all that matters.” Garrett was a part of the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class put together by second-year head coach Steve Lavin one season after taking SJU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. But one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in college basketball slowly became one of the biggest disappointments. Garrett, JaKarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle were all supposed to be with the team at the start of the season. Instead, all three were prohibited from participating due to academic ineligibility. They enrolled in prep schools while they improved their academic stand-
ing, but Garrett is the only one of the three to have joined the Red Storm after three months at the Bridgton Academy in Maine. All told, the Red Storm (9-12, 3-6 Big East) has somewhat maintained stability despite the misfortune. When No. 2 Syracuse (22-1, 9-1) travels to New York City this weekend to play
“It’s crazy playing in the Big East because everybody is so good and so athletic, and everybody is just as good as you or even better.” Amir Garrett
ST. JOHN’S FORWARD
SJU, it will face a talented group of freshmen capable of hanging with the Orange. The declaration by the NCAA that they were ineligible began a year of adversity for St. John’s, which has dealt with a depleted roster, a lack of experience and a head coach stricken with prostate cancer and has been unable to coach in games. Adding to the troubles, Nurideen Lindsey, a key part of the St. John’s offense at
the start of the season, transferred to Rider in mid-January. It’s impossible to know how much better the Red Storm would have been if they had their full recruiting class. Brian Snow, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, said the incoming class took a “tremendous hit” and that it’s plausible St. John’s would have had more success had it not fallen apart. “It’s certainly tough to say, but I certainly think they’d be at least a couple wins better because you’ve got more depth, more versatility, more athleticism, more bodies,” Snow said. “I mean right now, if they’re in foul trouble, they’re in deep crap. Whereas you put those guys in there before, and you’ve got more bodies that make the plays.” It’s a group of freshmen guaranteed to see plenty of time on the floor, simply because assistant coach Mike Dunlap — who has filling in for Lavin while he recovers from cancer — and the Red Storm coaching staff have no other choice. “We don’t have any depth, so we have to play them,” special assistant and advisor Gene Keady said. “But they’re starting to learn, and they’re getting the techniques down and learning how to execute and play hard and do all those things like blocking out, sprinting back on defense and making the free throws. They’re starting to learn how to play right.”
SEE ST. JOHN’S PAGE 14
Interest in Josh Manley escalated soon after he committed to Syracuse. Manley, a defensive tackle from Alpharetta, Ga., verbally committed to SU on Jan. 15. Missouri, with a football program transitioning to the powerhouse Southeastern Conference, swooped in to try and flip his commitment. Wake Forest also showed some interest. The Milton (Ga.) High School senior was a commodity. But Milton head coach Howie DeCristofaro persuaded him against reopening his commitment. “A guy from Missouri, recruiter, came by, tried to come in late, tried to promise him some things about playing for Missouri and all that,” DeCristofaro said. “Then I had a little talk with him. Said, ‘Hey, you made a commitment. You stick with it.’” Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and defensive coordinator Scott Shafer gave Manley an in-home visit on Friday, which also helped to seal the deal, DeCristofaro said. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound lineman will sign his name on a national letter of intent to play for Syracuse in a ceremony at Milton at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. He’ll be part of a batch to sign on to play for SU on Wednesday, known as national signing day. Marrone and Greg Adkins, SU recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach, will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to introduce the signing class, which currently has 23 solid verbal commitments, according to Scout.com. There could still be more to come, too. The period in which recruits can sign letters of intent runs from Feb. 1 to April 1, and not every player signs on national signing day. In the past week, there has been a lot of moving and shaking in the Syracuse recruiting class. Syracuse has added two players to the class — defensive ends Myles Hilliard and Markus Pierce-Brewster.
BY THE NUMBERS
And the Orange also lost one recruit to an SEC school. Manley resisted the spiel from Missouri, but Harold Brantley found a better fit. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle from Hershey, Pa. gave a verbal commitment to play for Syracuse on June 29. More than six months later, a visit to Columbia, Mo., the weekend before signing day changed his mind. “I guess the sort of ‘it’ factor that he was expecting on his trip in Syracuse that didn’t happen did in Missouri,” said Shantih Dean, Brantley’s mother. Brantley visited Syracuse the weekend of Jan. 14, when more than
“Syracuse had been recruiting me for the whole time, so I just figured I’d take a visit to Syracuse, and I ended up liking it.” Myles Hilliard
SU VERBAL COMMIT
a dozen recruits were on campus. Dean said Brantley and the family still has a great relationship with and great respect for Marrone and defensive ends coach Tim Daoust, the coaches who were Brantley’s primary recruiters. But Brantley was more quiet and reserved during his visit to SU, said Dean, who accompanied her son on both trips. He was himself at Missouri, and Dean said he seemed more comfortable. “He still felt really good about (Syracuse), he still wanted to play for coach Daoust and coach Marrone,” Dean said, “but he did not make that connection and come home excited about Syracuse like most kids do
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The number of solid verbal comThe number of recruits verbally mitments for Syracuse’s incoming committed from New York, the class entering Wednesday. most of any state. Source: Scout.com