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Reinstating history Students and the community
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Georgetown game approaches ticket sale records. Page 3
should support the return of professional lacrosse to Syracuse. Page 5
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Arrests take place at Schine By Nicki Gorny ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Syracuse police arrested eight Syracuse University students outside of the Schine Student Center after breaking up a fight that occurred during a student dance party early Sunday morning. Eight students were arrested on charges that included disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration, resisting arrest and harassment. A ninth student was arrested on charges of obstruction of government
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sam maller | asst. photo editor Alpha Gamma Delta sisters celebrate new member recruitment outside of the Schine Student Center on Sunday. Recruitment took place during the last two weekends, during which about 900 women met with sisters of the 11 Panhellenic sororites at Syracuse University.
SISTER, SISTER Panhellenic sororities finish recruitment, welcome members to sisterhood By Meredith Newman
ASST. NEWS EDITOR
ressed in neon tutus, T-shirts and knee-high socks, Syracuse University sorority sisters could hardly contain their excitement as they waited outside the Schine Student Center. Their chants echoed across campus, catching the attention of passersby. When the doors opened, the girls screamed. The sorority sisters were about to
meet their new members. The formal recruitment for SU’s 11 Panhellenic sororities concluded Sunday afternoon with Bid Day, which marks the beginning of a sixweek new member education period. The theme of this year’s recruitment was “Find your route,” and for the past two weekends, about 900 women interested in joining greek life met with the sisters of various campus sororities to deter-
mine the best fit for each person. At about noon on Sunday, recruitment groups of approximately 50 women each gathered in various classrooms in academic buildings across campus. There, Rho Gammas, members of various sororities who are responsible for helping the women through the recruitment process, handed out white envelopes. These envelopes contained bids inviting recruits to become a mem-
ber of a specific sorority. After each recruit received an envelope, all of the women in the classroom opened their envelopes at the same time to reveal which sorority they were invited to pledge. The anticipation of opening the white envelope was very stressful for freshman Ellie Shotton. Seeing that she received a bid from Gamma Phi Beta, Shotton’s top choice, was a “sigh of relief.” Shotton, an anthropology major, said she was very excited to become a sister of the sorority. “I really love all of the sisters,” she said. “They’re crazy, but in a really good way.” The atmosphere of Walnut Place
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Pauly D to headline concert By Erik van Rheenen STAFF WRITER
Syracuse University’s annual Winter Carnival concert will feature headliner electronic dance musician DJ Pauly D and Maybach Music Group rapper Rockie Fresh. The show, hosted by University Union and the Traditions Commission, is slated DJ PAULY D for a 7:30 p.m. start time in Goldstein Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 21. “Environment is everything,” said Sarah Fleisher, UU’s director of public
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Members of the Oakland Zoo, Pittsburgh’s student section, cheer on the Panthers during the team’s 65-55 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. SU hasn’t won a game in Pittsburgh since 2004.
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Hoya game ticket sales near record By Sam Blum STAFF WRITER
The Carrier Dome, with an official capacity of 34,616 seats for basketball, hasn’t had many sell-outs in its nearly 33-year history. The Syracuse faithful are on the brink of this accomplishment as the Syracuse men’s basketball team prepares to host its longtime rival Georgetown on Feb. 23. The game will mark the final time the two programs meet in Syracuse as members of the Big East conference in the regular season. Syracuse University Athletics has already sold 32,000 seats, and anticipates selling about 34,600 in total, said Jeremiah Maher, associate athletics director for ticket operations. The Dome record for number of attendees at a basketball game is 34,616, when the Orange hosted the Villanova Wildcats in 2010, Maher said. “We would expect that it would be somewhere in that neighborhood,” Maher said. “There is the potential to exceed that number based on some configurations and some additional seating that we’ve added since that game.” If the Dome crowd does break the venue’s attendance record, it will be not only the largest crowd at a Syracuse home game, but also the largest on-campus basketball crowd nationally. “I think the biggest reason is that Georgetown is our biggest rivalry, period,” Maher said. “Every year, the Georgetown game is the most anticipated game from the Syracuse fans’ standpoint.” Carmelo Anthony, current New York Knicks forward and former SU player, is expected to attend and have his jersey retired during the game. Although the university guarantees a seat to any student with season tickets, some students are planning to camp out for more than a day to get the best seats available. “I’m definitely going to camp out,” said Sam Hyman, a freshman season ticket-holder and broadcast and digital journalism major. “I want to be on television. It might snow a lot, but that’s not going to phase me.” This game is one of several in which Maher said attendance has increased. Even though the Orange often draws near-capacity crowds, more seats have been filled in
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chase gaewski | photo editor Members of Otto’s Army wait for the bus to take them to the men’s basketball game in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning. The first 50 students in line at the Schine Student Center on Wednesday got vouchers that included a ticket to the game and a round-trip bus ticket.
Otto’s Army represents Orange at Pittsburgh game By Meaghan Lane and Molly Matthews CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
At 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, 50 members of Otto’s Army stood in 19-degree weather, waiting for the arrival of a bus bound for Pittsburgh. The trip, sponsored by the Syracuse University Student Association, was the first away game bus trip of the 2013 basketball season. The vouchers included a two-way bus trip and game ticket to the men’s bas-
ketball Syracuse-Pittsburgh game at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. The tickets were free to the first 50 student season-ticket holders in line at the Schine Student Center on Wednesday. Caitlyn Cohn, a freshman communication and rhetorical studies major, said she was drawn to the opportunity to go on another trip after the experience she had traveling to the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last September to see the
Syracuse-University of Southern California football game. Despite the outcome — Syracuse left Pittsburgh with a 65-55 loss — Cohn said she would definitely go on another trip if given the chance. After six hours on the bus, the group of Orange fans lined two rows that stretched across the back of the arena. Chants of “Let’s go, Orange!” erupted throughout the game, fostering a competition of sorts between the two student sections.
Members of Pittsburgh’s student section, the Oakland Zoo, slept inside the arena the night before, and came to the game clad in gold shirts for the “gold-out.” Many also wore bathrobes over their clothes as they jeered at Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in December. When Syracuse silenced the Pittsburgh student fans with a 3-pointer
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Bloomberg Businessweek ranks MBA program on list for first time By Brett Samuels CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s full-time Master of Business Administration program 55th on its list of top graduate programs for 2012. Whitman has never been placed on the list before. In 2012, Businessweek also ranked the Whitman MBA program as having the No. 1 most global student body, and U.S. News & World Report listed the school among the 10 lowestpriced private business schools.
“We’ve already had students and applicants write to us mentioning the new ranking,” said Don Harter, associate dean for masters programs. Harter said an increased focus on the students in the program has contributed to the ranking, as well as work done by recruiters for Whitman. “Over the last two years, we’ve been aggressive in meeting student expectations and understanding recruiter requirements,” Harter said. “Students enter the MBA program with the expectation of getting good jobs at graduation, so the student-
recruiter relationship is critical.” With the graduate program receiving high marks from multiple national rankings, Whitman is gaining prestige, Harter said, and potential future students have taken notice. Current graduate students are feeling the positive effects of having their school listed in Businessweek. Asel Otunchieva, a second-year MBA student, said the Whitman recruiting team was very accommodating and made her feel welcome in the program. She added that the rankings make her feel even bet-
ter about being a Whitman graduate student, and said she believes it will influence other students looking to get their MBA from Whitman. “Rankings are one of the first things people look at (when choosing schools),” Otunchieva said. “A high ranking is always good. Hopefully it will only go up because you want to graduate from a highranking school.” In addition to this notable position in Businessweek, Otunchieva, originally from Kyrgyzstan, said
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Closure of Fire Station No. 7 must be prevented If you spend much time around Syracuse University, you probably have seen the city’s busiest fire company. Thousands of times each year, Engine Company 7 climbs the Hill from its quarters at 1039 E. Fayette St., responding to everything from house fires to heart attacks. But soon, help might be coming from farther away. City officials are threatening to close Fire Station 7, citing a predicted budget shortfall. IAFF Local 280, the labor union representing Syracuse’s firefighters, asks for your help in persuading city officials to find safer ways to close the budget gap. Seconds matter in many emergencies: fires grow rapidly and the odds of surviving a heart attack decline just as quickly. We don’t think your neighborhood, or any neighborhood in Syracuse, deserves a slower response. Here are a few facts about the fire department and Engine Company 7. Engine Company
LETTER TO THE EDITOR 7 is one of 10 engine companies in Syracuse. These two-piece companies include a fire engine and a smaller rescue vehicle. In addition to fire calls, engine companies handle most of the city’s life-threatening medical emergencies. Syracuse also has a rescue company, a squad company, five truck companies, a hazardous materials response team and an airport rescue company. These companies are housed in 12 stations and together they responded to over 27,600 emergencies in 2012. Engine 7 was the busiest engine, responding to 2,124 alarms. Mini 7 responded to 3,807 calls, making it the second-busiest Mini. Among Engine Company 7’s calls were 253 fires out of the city’s 1,127 total fires. In 2012, the number of alarms increased by 7.8 percent during 2011. In
2013, alarms are expected to top 30,000. Closing stations in the face of increasing call volume puts lives in danger; yours and ours. Other companies, already busy, will be stretched even thinner as they leave their neighborhoods to protect the area currently protected by Station 7. Fires will get bigger and more dangerous before we can get to them. Please, consider calling city hall or your city councilor to let them know you support maintaining current staffing levels. We also encourage you to contact our union office for more information about how cuts to the fire department could affect you. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our phone number is 475-0766.
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Students, community should support professional lacrosse The return of professional lacrosse to Syracuse with an indoor exhibition game scheduled for Feb. 21 is an event Central New York natives and Syracuse University students should attend. The event was organized by Neal Powless, a member of the Onondaga Nation and assistant director of the Native Student Program at SU. The game will be between the Lacrosse All-Stars from New York City and the Syracuse Stingers, which comprises local players. It will be played at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena. Central New York is the birthplace of lacrosse, known as “the Creator’s game,” making this event important to the history and culture of this area. Community members should take advantage of this opportunity to experience a sport that has greatly influenced the Onondaga Nation and understand its contributions to lacrosse. Though many SU students may not be as familiar with the history of the region, it is an entertaining way to learn more about a defining factor in
EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board Central New York’s past. SU is also a university with a significant lacrosse presence. For students who are interested in SU lacrosse games, this is an opportunity to see more of the sport. Syracuse has not had a professional lacrosse team since 2000, when the Syracuse Smash had to stop playing, mainly because of poor attendance after three seasons, The Post-Standard reported. Low attendance at professional lacrosse events is hurting teams throughout the league. Supporting this event would mean making a worthy investment in reinstating a piece of Central New York past, which is beneficial for all who inhabit the region. If this exhibition game is a success, Powless should consider making it a more frequent or annual event. Tickets for the event went on sale Friday on Ticketmaster.
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ast Thursday, state legislators in Arkansas approved a bill that would prevent women from getting an abortion if a fetal heartbeat could be detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, which is also about the time many women find out they are pregnant. The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act is only the most recent bill infringing on a women’s right to make decisions about her body. Despite Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary last month, an increasing number of legislation is being passed to restrict a woman’s most sacred and fundamental right to reproductive autonomy. Last year alone, 19 states enacted 43 abortion restrictions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which
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seeks to advance sexual and reproductive health. Mississippi, notable for its low abortion rate and high teen pregnancy rate, is home to some of the country’s strictest abortion laws. Such restrictions have left Mississippi with only one abortion clinic for the entire state. Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Arkansas are the only four states in which women must rely on a single clinic, according to a Jan. 21 NBC News article. Arizona state legislators passed “SB 1359” last year, allowing doctors to keep certain prenatal information from pregnant women if they believe it might cause them to terminate their pregnancy. This information includes abnormalities in a fetus or other serious health conditions.
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i am woman, hear me roar Carolyn Jones, a Texas resident, learned her baby was dangerously ill halfway through her pregnancy. The baby would need medical care for the rest of his life because his brain, spine and legs would not develop properly. Jones and her husband made the heart-wrenching decision to eliminate the pregnancy. But, had Jones been living in Arizona, she may not have had the opportunity to make
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that decision. Still, living in Texas made the process challenging. Jones was forced to go through a series of invasive sonograms, then had to choose between seeing the sonograms and listening to the baby’s heartbeat before going through with her abortion. These unnecessary procedures made her decision to terminate her pregnancy all the more excruciating, Jones told The Texas Observer last March. Women don’t always choose to have abortions because of prenatal abnormalities, as the case with Jones. It may be because her pregnancy might endanger her own health, her pregnancy is the result of a rape or she may decide she simply is not ready to have a child. Whatever her reason is, it should be respected.
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administration and harassment after he went to the police station to check on a friend and was accused of touching and rudely speaking to an officer. It is not yet clear what started the fight, according to a Syracuse Police Department news release. SPD Sgt. Tom Connellan said the arrests were for both fighting and interfering with arrests. As the dance party was ending at about 1:45 a.m., SU Department of Public Safety officers, who were already at the event as scheduled security detail, shut down the event after several attendees began to fight, according to a statement from Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, who also responded on behalf of DPS Chief Tony Callisto. DPS officers instructed attendees, both SU students and students from neighboring colleges, to leave the building, according to the statement. DPS called Syracuse police for assistance in breaking up the continuing confrontation, according to the release. When SPD arrived, hundreds of students were leaving Schine and several fights were taking place outside of the building, according to the release. Students at the scene said they did not see
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the diverse student body helps make the graduate program even more successful. “It’s especially good for the MBA program because it’s geared toward sharing our experiences, so it’s good to have so many different per-
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any weapons used in the fights. Officers faced resistance when they attempted to disperse the crowd, according to the release. The dance party, called “Faded,” was scheduled for 11:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium,
according to the Schine Box Office website. “Faded” was the first collaborative party between the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations and the National PanHellenic Council, according to the event’s Facebook page. What started as a small fight in the center of the auditorium escalated quickly into a brawl as people joined in, said Sophia Little, a junior communications design major who attended the event. Little said the situation became chaotic as the party broke up. Officers were cursing and yelling, she said, and people were trampled. By the time officers started to use mace on students, the majority of the crowd had already left the auditorium, she said.
Michelle Desa, one of the arrested students, said the confrontations continued outside of Schine. Desa and other witnesses said they saw multiple smaller fights occurring in the area between Schine and E.S. Bird Library after the party broke up. All of the arrests took place after the fight was over and the party had been shut down, said Nahum Ducasse, who was arrested. Ducasse said he was not involved in the initial altercation inside of Schine. “They arrested the absolute wrong people,” said Lawrence Jackson, another student arrested outside of Schine. “I don’t fight. I did not throw a punch. A punch was not thrown at me.” Officers transported eight students to the Onondaga County Justice Center and booked them pending arraignment in Syracuse City Court, according to the SPD release. All of the students spent the night in jail and were arraigned at 9:30 Sunday morning. The following students were arrested at Schine, according to police reports: • Onome Agbaza, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, on a charge of disorderly conduct • Daniel Boivert, a student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, on a charge of disorderly conduct • Alray Cromer, a student in VPA, on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction of government
administration, resisting arrest and harassment • Michelle Desa, a student in Arts and Sciences, on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration and resisting arrest • Nahum Ducasse, a student in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration, resisting arrest and harassment • Lawrence Jackson, a student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, on a charge of disorderly conduct • Grant Mayes, a student in Arts and Sciences, on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration, resisting arrest and harassment • Andre Sadler, a student in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, on a charge of disorderly conduct Osarumewense Pat-Osagie, a student in Whitman, was arrested at the John C. Dillon Public Safety Building at 3:40 a.m. on charges of obstruction of government administration and harassment, according to police reports. PatOsagie said he went to check up on a friend, and was arrested after being accused of touching and rudely speaking to an officer.
spectives. It makes it more interesting,” she said. In addition to the accolades the MBA program has received, the school also offers an iMBA program, designed for working professionals, that was ranked 30th in the country in January by U.S. News & World Report. The iMBA program is a graduate sequence in which students come to campus for one week during the semester, then complete the rest of
the work online, said Harter, the associate dean. He said it is designed for students who have working experience and want to keep their jobs while completing an MBA program. He noted that the iMBA track has recently grown to more than 200 students. While Whitman has received positive attention and praise, Harter said officials at the college want to build on their current rankings
and continue improving. “We’re not finished. Our intent is to definitely move up,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do, and we’re already doing it.”
“I don’t fight. I did not throw a punch. A punch was not thrown at me.”
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Going for gold By Shannon Hazlitt
percent of the campus’ heating needs and 20 percent of its electrical needs from biomass fuel.
or the first time, SUNY-ESF is being recognized as a finalist for the Climate Leadership Awards by Second Nature.
coordinator, said there are also efforts by the
Second Nature is a nonprofit that started the
be recognized as a finalist for the Climate
Climate Leadership Awards four years ago.
ESF administration that has helped them Leadership Awards.
President Cornelius Murphy said he gives
“We are a really progressive campus in
a lot of the credit to State University of New
terms of implementing renewable energy and
York College of Environmental Science and
carbon reduction,” said Webster, who is also a
part-time graduate student.
“Our students have taken on many initia-
Webster added that there were two major
tives in order to help us move toward more
components in ESF becoming a finalist. One
sustainable operations,” Murphy said. “Our
was ESF’s sustainability accreditation, and the
students are pretty cool.”
other was a keyword database that helps stu-
ESF was chosen as a finalist from a pool of
dents select sustainable classes.
650 other colleges selected by Second Nature,
Webster said she hopes the leadership award
said Sarah Brylinsky, director of Climate
will help get the word out about how ESF will be
Resilience and Education programs for Second
independently carbon neutral by 2015.
Nature. She said this year was one of the most competitive years. “What we are looking for are indications
“I think this will show other universities, ‘Hey this is ESF and we are going to be climate neutral very soon, so look out,’” Webster said.
that the campus has gone above and beyond
Jocelyn Gan, a senior environmental sci-
to implement climate leadership and compre-
ence major, is working on a capstone project to
hensive sustainability education programs,”
evaluate how efficient the new Gateway Build-
ing will be once it opens. She said since ESF is
New sustainability and renewable energy
being recognized with the leadership award,
projects that are now almost complete have
this helps to make the Gateway Building an
contributed to ESF’s improved performance in
example for other schools.
the awards, said Michael Kelleher, executive director of energy and sustainability at ESF. “A lot of the things have sort of all come together at this point that were at various planning stages in the past years,” he said. The new Gateway Building is a focal point of the school’s efforts in sustainability, Kelleher said. He added that it will provide about 65
SUNY-ESF recognized for sustainability efforts, made finalist for Climate Leadership Award
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relations. “The Goldstein Auditorium lends itself best to a DJ or hip-hop act, as opposed to a larger band.” Tickets for the show go on sale Monday at
“We will continue to work hard to make sure all parties are on the same page about announce dates.” Sarah Fleisher
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11 a.m. at the Schine Box Office. Tickets are available for all SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students and staff, and cost $10 with a valid college ID. Rockie Fresh, an upstart young Chicago rapper on Rick Ross’ record label, has turned
heads with an alternative style of hip-hop and five mixtape releases. He has shared the stage with artists like Ross and Big Sean, and plans to release his debut studio album this year. Headliner Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, a housemate on MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” is also working on his first album. Named the seventh highest-paid DJ in Forbes Magazine’s “World’s Highest Paid DJs” list in 2012, DJ Pauly D’s first single, “Back to Love,” peaked at the fourth spot on the iTunes Dance Chart in less than 24 hours. “DJ Pauly D puts out fun, energetic hits Syracuse students can dance to,” Fleisher said. “He’s known for mixing between Top 40 and eclectic house beats, so he appeals to different genres, which is something we always consider when picking talent.” DJ Pauly D was listed on the Schine Box Office calendar Friday, which Fleisher said was the result of a miscommunication between UU and the box office. “We will continue to work hard to make sure all parties are on the same page about announce dates,” she said. Fleisher said she hopes the energy of the show will help bring SU students out of the mid-winter doldrums. Said Fleisher: “We want to put on a fun, high-energy show that people would come out and have a great time at, despite how bad the weather is outside.” email@example.com @TheRealVandyMan
Winter Carnival Concert
Featuring DJ Pauly D and Rockie Fresh Where: Goldstein Auditorium When: Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. How much: $10 for SU and ESF students; tickets go on sale Monday at 11 a.m.
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and Comstock Avenue was electric. Alpha Phi sisters sang with new members to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” while Kappa Alpha Theta sisters danced with brooms to a Taylor Swift medley. Even fraternity members of Zeta Beta Tau and Alpha Tau Omega joined in the celebration. Tessa Xie, a freshman mathematics and economics major, said receiving a bid from Alpha Gamma Delta was “like a dream.” AGD was Xie’s top choice because she felt really comfortable inside the house and talking to all of the sisters. “During rush I really connected with all of
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Syracuse’s last Big East season. “For some of our bigger games, we’ve seen a spike,” Maher said. “We saw an increase this year in season tickets.” Even with the higher demand, the box office has decided not to raise prices for any specific
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or explosive dunk, members of Otto’s Army would yell, “We can’t hear you.” The Pittsburgh student section ended the game by waving and singing the words to “Na na hey hey” toward the upper levels where the Orange fans sat. Although the outcome wasn’t what they had hoped for, many members of Otto’s Army
the sisters,” Xie said. “I have something in common with every single girl. I’m so blessed.” Freshman Audrey Cilento said she was happy with her bid from Kappa Alpha Theta, but was originally nervous she wouldn’t receive a bid. “Everyone I knew wanted a bid from Theta,” Cilento said. She added that Theta was her top choice because it has the highest GPA on campus, but also a great social life. To Cilento, this was the “best of both worlds.” “To me, Theta was the best representation of Syracuse,” she said. “That’s what made me really fall in love with it.” firstname.lastname@example.org @MerNewman93
games this season. Instead, it has continued the process of charging more for “premium games,” Maher said. Those home games this year are against Louisville, Notre Dame, Villanova and Georgetown. The Syracuse basketball team is currently tied for first in the Big East conference with a 6-2 in-conference record. The Hoyas are not too far behind with a 6-3 record. email@example.com
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Sorority members celebrate arrival of pledge classes on Walnut Place, Comstock Avenue
left column, sam maller | asst. photo editor right column, svitlana lymar | staff photographer (Clockwise from top left) Delta Delta Delta sisters show their support for their new members. Alpha Xi Delta sisters prepare to meet their new pledge class members outside of the Schine Student Center on Sunday. Alpha Gamma Delta was one of the 11 Panhellenic sororities to participate in recruitment the past two weekends. The Kappa Alpha Theta sorority dances with new members outside of its house on Walnut Place. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters dance with brooms as they welcome new members to their sisterhood. About 900 Syracuse University women particpated in recruitment.
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luke rafferty | asst. photo editor GUY JOHANSON plays the French horn in “Uncommon Action: An Interdisciplinary Arts Performance on Ally Involvement” on Sunday. The performance was Rachel Dentinger’s Renée Crown Honors capstone project.
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Senior capstone project tackles seriousness of bullying through visually appealing orchestra performance By Leanna Garfield
he trombonist circled the cellist, taunting the cello player with booming sounds and playing the instrument with a punching motion. The two musicians, as part of a narrative orchestra performance, told the story of a student suffering from bullying in “Uncommon Action: An Interdisciplinary Arts Performance on Ally Involvement,” held Sunday afternoon at CNY Jazz Central in downtown Syracuse. Rachel Dentinger, a senior music education major, conceptualized “Uncommon Action” for her Renée Crown Honors capstone project. Through the performance, Dentinger said she wants to encourage her future students to be more than mere bystanders to bullying. Recalling the long, boring music recitals she sat through as a child, Dentinger said she wanted to create a visually appealing performance for younger students that would convince them to act against bullying. She visualized the instrumentalists moving and began to think about adding a theatrical component to the music. “I wanted the audience to see a glimmer or character in each of them,” Dentinger said. Last summer, Dentinger started collaborating with composer Eric Maine and choreographer Anthony Wright, a junior Spanish and tele-
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With the first African-American president and a growing progressive culture, people today don’t always think to look back at the civil rights movement and the difficulties African-Americans have faced. But Syracuse Stage’s production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” takes audiences back to the 1960s, a time before much of today’s equality existed. The play mixes somber subject matter with hilarious comedy and likeable characters, bringing back tough messages of the past for reflection. Running Jan. 30-Feb. 17, this production marks the 300th one at the Syracuse Stage since its founding in 1974. Set in the late 1960s, when urban communities being torn down for renewal led to growing segregation in new neighborhoods, “Two Trains Running” takes place in a local diner scheduled to be bought and destroyed. The owner has lost many customers due to reconstruction, and is struggling to keep control of his business. He witnesses the struggles of his diner’s guests, who are searching for ways to get by in a racist society. All the while, the Black Power movement is growing around them. The most striking aspect of “Two Trains Running” is how it simultaneously blends deep, political ideas about civil rights with lighthearted comedy. The play focuses on themes of income inequality, prison, the ideas of Malcolm X, death and even selfmutilation. Yet the audience was still bursting into laughter throughout the play, with many sharp punch lines earning applause. This created a pleasant tension in the play, without viewers seeing the seriousness but still wanting more. It isn’t totally successful, however, since the comedy often undermines the importance of the play’s themes, softening some of its effect. While the play still has many deep-reaching moments, especially toward the end, it doesn’t hit as hard as it should overall. The biggest part of this strange balance is how the play’s well-acted cast carries their characters through each conversation. Each character has a simple yet memorable personality, and despite being jaded, still brings charm and humanity to their relatable struggles. Even during unexpected moments, like a falling stage prop, the cast remained firmly in character. One of the most memorable
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vision, radio and film major, to create the original music and movement. Rehearsals began in September and the ensemble performed their two showings Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. The performance of “Uncommon Action” was inspired by a four-part poem Dentinger wrote of the same name. The performance was separated into two acts, each with the same four sections: “Initial Conflict,” “The Struggle,” “Alone” and “If You Were There.” Each song had a distinct mood, telling a melancholic story of a bullied student. The first act was a seated performance, where all of the instrumentalists wore black. During intermission, Dentinger encouraged the audience to reflect on their experiences with bullying. Around the room, posters were plastered to the wall with questions: “What does it mean to be an active ally?” and “What do you think happens to someone once they’ve been bullied?” In the second act, Dentinger changed the definition of a traditional music recital, transforming it into a different experience — one that is living, moving and colorful. She recited parts of her poem before each song transition. The ensemble performed the same music as in the first act, but this time with motion. “When they added the movement, the emotion multiplied tenfold,” said Terry Dentinger, Dentinger’s mother. “I was so moved. By the end, I was crying.” The instruments restricted the players’ motion, so Wright, the choreographer, needed to get creative. “We had to make up for it in a way that was still aesthetically pleasing,” he said. “The violinists’ bows going up and down made
them more scary.” Along with dance, the second act incorporated other theatrical elements, such as lighting and mixing cool and warm colors. Every instrumentalist played a character, wearing symbolic colors of red, gray and teal. The string and brass instruments — including two violins, a viola, a trumpet, a French horn, a trombone and a tuba — wore red to represent the bullies. The wind instruments — including the piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon — wore gray to represent passive onlookers. Brian Savage, the victim and cellist, wore a teal sweater along with his active ally, the alto saxophonist. Eamonn O’Neill, a freshman violin performance major and anti-bullying advocate, found that staying in character was challenging. “It was weird being the bully,” he said. “I had to be mean to Brian with my violin, and I like Brian.” Throughout the piece, the victim stared into the audience, wordlessly asking the crowd to reflect on bullying. George Williams, O’Neill’s father, said he connected to the piece. It caused him to flash back to when he was a 12-year-old boy who didn’t realize he was a bully. “When I was growing up, I lived in a neighborhood where everything was settled by a fight,” he said. “Kids knew that I could beat them up, so they always did what I wanted to do.” One day, Williams and a team of his friends chased a classmate up to the roof of a building. The boys taunted the student from below, until he threw a large rock that hit Williams’ head, sending him to the emergency room. The next day at school, Williams reported the incident to the principal, yet he received a response he
luke rafferty | asst. photo editor RACHEL DENTINGER , artistic director for “Uncommon Action,” watches on as students perform her senior capstone project Sunday, which included dancing musicians. didn’t expect. “I’m glad he hit you with it,” Williams recalled the principal saying. “You’re a bully.” Fifty years later, “Uncommon Action” triggered that memory. “I saw the rejection of the victim in the show, and it brought it all back,” Williams said. At the end of “If You Were There,” the ensemble left the victim one by one until Savage, the cellist, was the only one on stage. The lights faded to black and the bass drummer pounded two beats on the drum, representing the victim’s heartbeat. A profound silence followed
that signified the character ending his life. Dentinger hopes to bring the performance to students by touring schools. Because of the piece’s address to suicide, she said it was aimed toward middle school students and above. Elisa Dekaney, Dentinger’s honors advisor, said she was proud of Dentinger’s diligence and creativity. “When you’re discussing ideas, you don’t know how they’re going to materialize,” she said. “But Rachel has envisioned a different way we can package the same old song.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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BC’s new show, “Revolution,” is a post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama that asks what would happen if one of our most important power sources disappeared. Despite its People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite New TV Drama, and the fact that powerhouse writer and director J.J. Abrams produces it, “Revolution” does not seem to have reached the masses to the same extent as many other new shows have. I’m just going to go ahead and blame this on the advertising team. Other than a few commercials in the weeks leading up to its premiere, there was really no push for publicity. The teaser on the Internet Movie Data Base website reads: “We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way.” This teaser becomes clear when, at the start of the pilot episode, the audience is immediately thrown into a post-electricity world and introduced to the Mathesons, the show’s central family, and the audience soon finds out that it’s not all fun and games in this society. The Monroe Militia (a dictatorial regime) now runs the country with an iron fist. Additionally, the audience discovers that Ben, the Matheson patriarch, is keeping an extremely important secret. Conflict immediately arises when Monroe militiamen show up to capture Ben and fight against the entire neighborhood that is trying to protect him. In the end, Ben is shot through the heart with an arrow and the militiamen take his son, Danny, hostage. Ben stays alive just long enough to give his trusted friend Aaron a curious pendant and instruct his daughter Charlie to find her Uncle Miles in Chicago to help her get Danny back. So, off Charlie goes, accompanied by Aaron and Ben’s girlfriend, en route to Chicago for Uncle Miles and Philadelphia for Danny. Each episode presents a new and
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dangerous task or obstacle Charlie and the gang must overcome so they can continue with their journey. These challenges provide insight into each character’s strengths, fears and morals, and test how far they will go to survive. The enemies they encounter and the obstacles they face in each episode are extremely unpredictable and so full of suspense that you may find yourself rubbing your eyes during commercials from staring at the screen for too long. The most distinct and important aspect of “Revolution” is its flashbacks. Every flashback helps put into perspective what life was like for the characters pre-blackout. Aaron, for example, was a former Google Inc. executive and multibillionaire. Viewers get to see the character contrast of confident and successful pre-blackout Aaron versus sweaty and mostly unhelpful post-blackout Aaron. The flashbacks also reveal important details regarding the relationships between characters. We find out in the middle of the pilot episode Miles is, in fact, the best friend of Sebastian Monroe, the Monroe General, and was a founding father of the Monroe Republic. In addition to providing character and relationship insight, the flashbacks also help viewers learn more about the overarching plot question: How did the lights go out in the first place? We soon learn that Ben’s pendent is much more important than he originally reveals. If the Monroe Militia discovers what it can do and learns how to harness its power, its enemies better watch out. But enough show promotion — the advertising team should pay me for doing its job. To sum it up, check out “Revolution” if you want a show that will make you clasp your hands and say “Wow” while the credits roll down the screen. Who knows? Maybe “Revolution” will become more popular than “Homeland” and “Girls” this year, and you can rave to all of your friends that you were the one who discovered it first. email@example.com
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Blue Man Group shocks audience with bizarre music acts By Claire Dunderman ASST. FEATURE EDITOR
The Blue Man looked bewildered. He had already stuffed five marshmallows into his mouth, but his fellow Blue Man was still tossing marshmallows to him — and he was still catching them. His mouth grew wider and wider. Finally, he grabbed a plate, pressed his face onto it, and the marshmallow blob exited his mouth in a strange, confectionary sculpture. With a flourish, the Blue Man put a sign on the table that read: “$5,000.” “It was not what I expected,” said Ryan Zlomek, media arts teacher at Manlius Pebble Hill School, who attended the Thursday night performance. “I came into it thinking it was more like a hybrid of STOMP and Jackson Pollack. It ended up being more like an iPhone commercial and awkward comedy and avant-garde.” The marshmallow act was only the beginning of The Blue Man Group’s bizarre performance Thursday evening at The Landmark Theatre. Running through Feb. 3, the extravaganza features multicolored light shows, musical performances with PVC pipes and deadpan audience interaction performed by three men dressed and painted entirely in blue. The Blue Man Group shows off a variety of musical and comedic acts, but the show is also a satire of current societal phenomena, such as the obsession
with texting and smartphone apps. The Blue Man Group interact with one another throughout the show without any vocalizations or expressions while playing music with strange and impressive instruments, such as xylophones made out of pipes. A rock band plays in the background, amidst a variety of screens. Sometimes the screens are interactive, such as The Blue Man Group pretending to use them as
“This show seems to be categorically loved. It’s a gigantic show, which is challenging with a small cast, but it’s one of the more fun shows I’ve put on.”
COMPANY MANAGER OF THE BLUE MAN GROUP
“GiPhones” — ginormous iPhones. With a show this extensive, the management team made sure to act efficiently, realizing the enthusiasm from the cast and crew, and the value of the entertainment that they were providing. “We love working with the producers of the
show. Tyler Soltis, the company manager, is very excited about coming here,” said Deb Ricciardi, a Famous Artists presenter who helped set up the show at the theatre. “And one of the band members, Randy Wooten, was very excited about being home.” Tyler Soltis, company manager of The Blue Man Group, also realized the attraction to a show this eclectic, mentioning the expansive work involved in putting it on. “This show seems to be categorically loved,” Soltis said. “It’s a gigantic show, which is challenging with a small cast, but it’s one of the more fun shows I’ve put on.” The show had improvised elements as well that warmed the audience. Some of these improvised moments included audience participation: A young woman was brought on stage and ate Twinkies with the group in a surreal dinner scene. Another audience member picked to participate was Matt Rimualdo, West Genesee High School junior. Once onstage, The Blue Man Group dressed Rimualdo in a helmet and painter’s suit and escorted him backstage. Then, as seen on a screen set up onstage, the audience watched as he was hosed down in blue paint, hooked up and suspended by his feet, and swung against a canvas. A pink hose guzzled paint along the outline of his body. Rimualdo and his artwork were shown
onstage and after the show. “It was, well, kind of exhilarating, and kind of scary,” Rimualdo said. “They had told me what was going on beforehand, so I was OK with it. They really did hang me and used the paint.” The final act of the show caught everyone’s excitement. It featured a light show of giant inflatable balls, which the group first played beats on, then released them into the audience. The crowd bounced around the flashing, colored air balloons while psychedelic lights and music played onstage. Finally, a voice came on overhead that said, “Ladies and gentlemen, can we have your attention please? Ladies and gentlemen, can we please have your attention? We’d like to have our balls back.” The show ended with an encore of the group’s most recognizable performance: drumming on barrels of paint. In a peak of percussion and paint, the audience stood up, cheering. The audience left perplexed yet intrigued, and one audience member in particular was fascinated by the performance. Said Zlomek, the media arts teacher: “It was really interesting how they incorporated the aspects of the technical and the performance, as well as how they used the stage. I’m still processing what I just saw.” firstname.lastname@example.org @ClaireDunderman
Q&A with Tyler Soltis, SU alumnus, Blue Man Group company manager By Claire Dunderman ASST. FEATURE EDITOR
The Blue Man Group performed at The Landmark Theatre this weekend from Jan. 31-Feb. 3. The show is an ebullient collection of sights, sounds and musical performances with paint and surreal comedic sketches. The Daily Orange talked to Tyler Soltis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications alumnus and company manager of the Blue Man Group.
The Daily Orange: What is it like being company manager of the Blue Man Group? Tyler Soltis: It’s pretty fun… the guys are great and there’s so much energy around
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them. It’s not hard to like it… this show seems to be categorically loved… there are hard days and it’s more technical than other shows since it’s so specific. It’s a gigantic show, which is challenging with a small cast and it’s just me [as company manager]. I don’t have an assistant.
it seems logical that when we book the shows, that everything would be linear. In reality, it’s not like that. We come back through cities and sometimes travel in circles.
How is it watching the crowd’s reactions to the shows? Soltis: It’s very rewarding. I don’t get to go
What is the process for traveling to and setting up shows in each venue? Soltis: We always need to make sure we
into the audience all that much, but when I do, it’s fun being able to cheer your head off, and it’s sold out and everyone’s screaming. It’s a thrill. It erases whatever hardship you were going through that day. It’s so much fun. I wish I could do it more often, but I’m too busy backstage. People have to stay positive, and it makes it all
going to be doing. I went to Newhouse and I was a broadcast journalism major. I didn’t take any theatre classes. But I took a different path, and somehow I’m doing this! It’s great. I’m glad I did. I sometimes wonder if I stuck to journalism since I still love it. Evidently, though, I had a different calling, and I never would change this in a million years.
have time for setting up each show. If we add 30 seconds of video content for a show, we need to reconfigure the rest of the system and we need eight hours to do that. As far as traveling,
to get the price he’s setting for his diner. While Thomas’ character is somewhat loud, he makes up for it with his enthusiasm and defiant desire to control his own life, a relatable desire still present in many people trying to get by in today’s world. The other standout character was Risa, played by Erika LaVonn, the diner’s strong and silent waitress. As an African-American woman and waitress, Risa struggled with subjugation all her life and even cut her legs to appear less attractive to men. However, her quiet and resistant personality captures a subtle, growing feeling of empowerment, arguably making her the play’s most significant character. Sterling, a young man recently released from prison with a passion for the Black Power movement (and Risa), is played strongly by Robert Manning Jr., another notable role. His character appears naïve and foolish at times, such as randomly selling a tank of gas he found. But in the end, he’s shown to have a great heart within his recklessness. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond, the playfully serious script and sharp acting are very strong points of “Two Trains Running,” but most other elements of the performance are good, but not great.
The stage direction was simple and rarely creative, as the story was driven almost completely by dialogue. There were only fleeting moments where lighting and sound highlighted the play’s emotion. Even though the play offers incredible food for thought, people looking for plays to overwhelm them with flashiness should look elsewhere. Audiences won’t see any settings other than the diner, though the one location was created with incredible attention to the details of a 1960s restaurant. From the table accessories to the small glimpses of the world outside the diner, the stage design is impeccable and engrossing. “Two Trains Running” may, at first, seem uncomfortable due to the focus on racism and struggles African-Americans faced in an increasingly segregated nation. However, it still brings enjoyment with sharp political humor and a cast that refuses to be anything but charming. While it isn’t quite as good as it should be, it still takes a sensitive part of history and turns it into entertainment all theatergoers can enjoy, and contains important messages about where we are as a nation and where we were before. email@example.com
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offers until last week. His Scout.com page is barren, his Rivals.com and ESPNU pages nonexistent. Dave Telep, ESPN’s top recruiting analyst, has never seen him play. In a new age of recruiting, fueled by the Internet and television, there’s almost no evidence of the running back who rewrote the Central New York record books and put up unmatched numbers this season. With two days remaining until National Signing Day, Rouse, New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year, remains undecided on his college future. Despite being one of the best to ever play in Central New York, Syracuse hasn’t made an offer. He had almost no interest from major conference schools until the past two weekends, when he traveled to a pair of undisclosed schools, including one in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The recruiting well ran so dry for Rouse that had a Football Bowl Subdivision offered him a full scholarship as recently as three weeks ago, his high school coach Carl Sanfilippo said, he probably would have accepted. “Honestly, I was a little worried,” Rouse said, “but you can’t have that in mind.” He isn’t an imposing figure. He stands just 5 feet, 8 inches and is about 205 pounds. Under long sleeve clothing it’s impossible to tell that he overpowers defenders on the field. But he bulldozed his way to 2,977 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior. The Bees finished 8-2 and won their division. Against division runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius, Rouse ran for 272 yards and four touchdowns. In all but two games, Rouse busted touchdown runs that stretched at least half of the field. He does his damage on the second level. While his speed is exceptional – he ran a 4.46
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40-yard dash – he takes most of his carries between the tackles, rarely settling for edges. After he bursts through the defensive line, he can either overpower linebackers and defensive backs, or pull off devastating cuts to get around opposing defenders. For nearly two years, Rouse has trained with Vinny Scollo at VB Performance in Brewerton, N.Y. The 28-year-old trainer is gaining a reputation as one of the best and most innovative in the business.
“I haven’t seen a kid like that around this area ever, realistically. What do you (need) to have to play major college football?”
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Traditional Olympic weightlifting is part of the workout routines he has for Rouse and the Baldwinsville football team. But most of Rouse’s work is resistance training and lifting on unstable surfaces, all to better the undersized back’s durability, endurance and movement. Even with opposing defenses keying on him, Rouse managed 33 rushes a game, while excelling on the defensive end as a linebacker, too. “When he came to me, I told him we need to make him as durable as possible and we need to make ready, to basically prepare him for overtime in every game,” Scollo said. “To where he is going to be that strong, and just as strong as the fourth as he is in the first quarter.” There are no attitude issues surrounding the
running back either. He’s “a kid you want,” his high school coach said. He does volunteer work on his own. “You just can’t say enough about him,” Sanfilippo said. “Never been in trouble a day in this building, never been in trouble a day — that’s hard to find. He’s drug- and alcohol-free. He’s a kid who loves video games and loves football.” But for whatever reason, Syracuse, the university less than 15 miles down Interstate 690, remains distant. One of Rouse’s former teammates, Nick Robinson, is a guard for the Orange. His high school coach played for SU. But Rouse estimates he received only three letters from the Orange in his four years of high school. Even with the defections stemming from the recent coaching change – most notably running back Augustus Edwards from Staten Island, N.Y. – no one from new head coach Scott Shafer’s staff has come by with interest in the running back. “I don’t know if I can feel the same, like the passion and pride into them,” Rouse said. “If they win I’m pleased to hear, but I’m not going to go against them obviously, but there’s kind of like an ‘X’ there.” Both Rouse and his head coach feel confident that next season, he’ll be playing at one of the ACC schools he’s meeting with. He’ll get his chance against Syracuse, a chance to play in front of friends and family at the Dome, and a chance to play on television stations seen in his hometown. One comparison Sanfilippo uses for his running back is Ray Rice. Sanfilippo was on the coaching staff for the 2005 Governor’s Bowl, when the former New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School running back won MVP honors after rushing for 122 yards. In size, speed and physicality, Rouse is, in many ways, a spitting image of the current Baltimore Ravens back. There could be another similarity. Eight
years ago, SU missed on Rice and the running back ended up starring for Rutgers and finishing seventh in 2006 Heisman Trophy voting during his sophomore season. Syracuse never beat the Scarlet Knights during the Rice era. Rouse now seems poised to go to a conference rival as well. “Would we have loved to have seen him at Syracuse? Yeah, we would have. No doubt, we would have. Didn’t happen,” Sanfilippo said. “ … Kids grow up around here, that’s where they want to play.” Tony Grosso is now retired, but coached in Central New York for 33 years and still regularly attends Rouse’s games. He’s seen players develop, leave the area and star elsewhere, even going to the NFL. But Rouse is one of a kind. “I haven’t seen a kid like that around this area ever, realistically,” Grosso said. “What do you (need) to have to play major college football?” Recently, Rouse said, he dreamed about playing against Syracuse in the Dome. It’d be a big moment in his career. His family always wanted a chance to see him play in the Dome, and even if SU never offered a scholarship, it’s his opportunity to prove that’s where he belonged. “I’m playing with all my heart that game, not that I’m not going to play with all my heart the other games, but I really — I’m going to feel that game something a little more than other games I’ll play,” Rouse said. “I would have a target on my schedule if that was the case because I feel like, maybe not that I deserve to go there or that they should offer me, but I feel like I should have been at least acknowledged a little more in the process. “Because I am like, right in the back yard and I barely got talked to and I got let up that easy.” firstname.lastname@example.org @DBWilson2
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Pitt crashes boards; SU’s rotation down to 7 By Michael Cohen and Chris Iseman THE DAILY ORANGE
PITTSBURGH — Michael Carter-Williams prepared to step to the free-throw line for three attempts. He’d just drawn a foul at the top of the key following an overzealous close-out by Pittsburgh’s Trey Zeigler, but his coach cared not about the play by his sophomore point guard. He was not interested in the opportunity to pull Syracuse within three. Instead, SU head coach Jim Boeheim was locked in an intense conversation with Rakeem Christmas, his sophomore forward whose lack of aggression yielded a lack of rebounds. “You’re not rebounding,” Boeheim told Christmas, exasperation etched onto his face. He then repeated his message. It was a common theme in Saturday’s 65-55 loss to Pittsburgh, with a shorthanded Syracuse team failing on the boards in the second half. Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita, the Orange’s two remaining interior players, combined for only six rebounds, while the Panthers’ Talib Zanna matched that number by himself on the offensive glass alone. The result was a slew of extra possessions for Pittsburgh, which resulted in fewer chances for Syracuse to cut into a second-half deficit that swelled to as large as 12.
“We did a great job on the glass, and that’s what we wanted to do. I told them we had to out-rebound them by 15, and we did outrebound them by 15.” Jamie Dixon
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“I thought the difference in the second half, they just got on the boards and I think outrebounded us by 14,” Boeheim said. “They are the best rebounding team in the league, in my mind, and they took advantage of that in the second half. I thought it made the difference in the game.” Zanna, who finished the game with 12 rebounds, had five of his six offensive rebounds in the second half. Steven Adams grabbed five of his seven rebounds in the final 20 minutes as well. When Cameron Wright missed a forced jumper with the shot clock winding down, there was Adams, the 7-foot center, to snatch the rebound and lay it home over Keita for a six-point Pitt lead. And though Zanna didn’t convert his six offensive rebounds into points right away, they still created extra possessions for the Panthers. “We did a great job on the glass, and that’s what we wanted to do,” Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon said. “I told them we had to outrebound them by 15, and we did out-rebound them by 15.” That margin was due, in part, to Pitts-
burgh’s relentless crashing of the offensive glass — a pattern aided by a 10-man rotation used by Dixon to keep his players fresh — and a lack of physicality by Syracuse’s players. Several times on Saturday, Christmas had rebounds bounce off of one of his hands before he was able to corral it, even prompting Boeheim to yell “Rak! Two hands!” at one point in the second half. “We weren’t getting around them,” Christmas said of himself and Keita. “They were holding us. We have to be more physical next time and just try to get around them and try to push them under the boards.” The poor rebounding effort from SU’s interior players was ill-timed, with starting center DaJuan Coleman unavailable due to injury and forward James Southerland still academically ineligible. It put added pressure on Christmas and Keita to produce, which they could not. They were out-rebounded by Pitt’s duo of Zanna and Adams 19-6. C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant, the other two Syracuse forwards, failed to chip in as well. Both played 40 minutes and combined for just eight rebounds. “We need to rebound better,” Boeheim said. “C.J. Fair had three in 40 minutes. I think Jerami had five. That’s not enough. We’ve got to get more rebounds. That was a big key in the game.”
BOARDING UP In its win against Syracuse on Saturday, Pittsburgh attacked the boards and finished with a big rebounding advantage. Here’s a look at the rebounding stats for both teams: TEAM
“Our strength is in our 10,” Dixon said. “We had 10 guys score and nine got rebounds. Ten guys is the strength of this team, all of them played well.” The Panthers also didn’t have anyone score more than 13 points, and seven players scored at least six. Guard Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 13 points, and never played for a stretch longer than about seven and a half minutes. Sitting in front of his locker after the game, Fair, SU’s leading scorer with 20 points, said he wasn’t tired after playing for all 40 minutes. It was the fourth straight game in which Fair played every minute, and he’s played at least 38 minutes in each of Syracuse’s games going back to its Jan. 6 win at South Florida. Fair said he’s used to playing the whole game by now.
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Syracuse rotation shrinks to 7 Boeheim could only spread the minutes so much. His rotation had dwindled to seven, and two of his players were on the court for all 40 minutes. Pitt head coach Dixon used 10 players. The minutes were dispersed so evenly that none of his players came within nine minutes of playing a full game. Despite Syracuse’s thin bench, Boeheim said the lack of depth didn’t play a role in his team’s 65-55 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday at Petersen Events Center. Since the Orange’s games are still spread out, the possibility of wearing the players down isn’t a concern yet. “They have good depth. I still think seven or eight guys are enough,” Boeheim said. “Over the course of a four-game tournament or something like that, then that’s when depth is more of a factor. When your games are spaced out I don’t think it’s as big of a factor, but they have good depth.” With Southerland still ineligible and Coleman out for four weeks after knee surgery, Boeheim’s rotation has gone from nine to seven. Seven of the Orange’s players saw time on the court, with forwards Fair and Grant playing all 40 minutes. Overall, four of Syracuse’s players played at least 30 minutes. Pittsburgh, though, played 10 players. None of them were on the court longer than 30 minutes. The Panthers’ bench shot 11-of-19 while SU’s bench finished 1-of-2 from the field. All told, Pittsburgh’s bench out-scored Syracuse’s 31-3. After the game, Dixon said he’s never seen Boeheim use a deep bench, and that was no different on Saturday. But the Pittsburgh head coach also said his team’s depth has been critical to the Panthers’ 18-win season so far.
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(18-4) NOTRE DAME AT 6SYRACUSE (18-3) STARTING LINEUP
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6-6 185 SO. 12.6 PPG, 8.6 APG
6-2 182 JR. 13.2 PPG, 4.9 APG
Carter-Williams’ lofty assist number has come back to Earth since conference play began, but he still has a massive advantage over Atkins in terms of size and passing ability.
6-4 210 SR. 14.9 PPG, 3.4 APG
6-5 202 JR. 13.2 PPG, 6 APG
Triche and Grant are actually very similar as shooting guards who play on the ball almost as much as they play off of it. Triche is a more complete scorer, but Grant is the more complete guard.
6-8 203 FR. 5 PPG, 3 RPG
PAT CONNAUGHTON 6-5 212 SO. 9 PPG, 4.4 RPG
Grant played the entirety of Syracuse’s loss to Pittsburgh and was inconsistent. Battling with Connaughton provides a different challenge, as the Notre Dame swingman mainly plays on the perimeter and is three inches shorter than the freshman.
Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant is SU’s Jerami Grant’s older brother. Their father Harvey played 11 seasons in the NBA after being drafted 12th in 1988 out of Oklahoma. Harvey’s brother Horace won three NBA titles playing for Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the early 90s before adding another title with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers in 2001. Jerian and Jerami’s older brother, Jerai, plays for Enel Brindisi in Italy’s Serie A.
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Notre Dame out-rebounds its opponent by an average of 4.3. Syracuse is averaging 5.8 more rebounds per game than its opponents this season, but was outrebounded in every game since James Southerland became ineligible, except for the Louisville upset.
BIG NUMBER C.J. FAIR
6-8 215 JR. 13.7 PPG, 7 RPG
6-10 258 SR. 7 PPG, 3.1 RPG
Fair has played in every minute of the Orange’s last four games. He’s also been SU’s most reliable scoring option. Knight’s played just 15 games this season and started just three while playing less than 20 minutes per game.
6-9 242 SO. 6.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG
6-9 246 SR. 14.7 PPG, 11.2 RPG
Cooley has dominated the paint for much of the season. He’s the same height as Christmas and several pounds heavier.
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13 SEASONS, 278-136
Boeheim undoubtedly has the advantage in experience with 24 more seasons and 600 more wins than his counterpart, but Brey had the upper hand last year as Notre Dame handed Syracuse its first loss of the season.
Notre Dame’s record in Big East games where Jack Cooley does not lead the team in rebounds.
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to win, and two of them did not on Saturday. “C.J. had a good game, and our two guards had bad offensive games,” Boeheim said. “We need them to score. We can’t go to Jerami (Grant), we can’t go to Baye (Moussa Keita) or (Rakeem
Christmas). They’re not going to be a factor offensively unless it’s on the offensive glass.” And though Triche and Carter-Williams combined to score 27 points, they needed 26 shots to do so and missed all but one of their 10 attempts from 3-point range. They sprinkled in nine turnovers as well. It meant Fair was the only SU bright spot offensively, and he scored a game-high 20 points. But he lacked the support needed to combat a 10-man Pittsburgh rotation that was the epitome of balance. Nine players scored four or more points for the Panthers, and only guard Tray Woodall reached double figures with 13. For Syracuse, only five players scored. “We missed a lot of shots,” Carter-Williams said. “I was 3-for-12, Brandon didn’t shoot the ball great. If me and him don’t shoot the ball good, then we’re not going to win. If you look at the games we’ve lost, I shot like 20 percent or something like that. If I don’t shoot the ball well, we’re not going to win.” That’s because, as Boeheim alluded to, the rest of the Syracuse players simply cannot be counted on to score. Keita, Grant, Trevor Cooney and Christmas managed just eight points between them, and there was not a single post-up attempt for either of the two big men. Triche said roughly four set plays were called for Christmas throughout the game, all of which were bungled before Christmas had a chance to touch the ball. It created an offense that was, essentially, three against five. Fair, Carter-Williams and Triche were left to drive — often hopelessly with the shot clock winding down — and fling up shot attempts simply because no one else could. Fair finished 9-for-13 from the field and played incredibly well. But after Triche tied the game at 35-35 with a driving layup against Trey
“They are the best rebounding team in the league, in my mind, and they took advantage of that in the second half. I thought it made the difference in the game.”
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FAT LADY SINGS Second half, 0:40
Tray Woodall hits two free throws that put Pittsburgh ahead 63-53, sealing the win for the Panthers.
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sam maller | asst. photo editor BRANDON TRICHE walks off of the court following Pittsburgh’s 65-55 win against No. 6 SU at Petersen Event Center. The Orange has not won at Pittsburgh since 2004. Zeigler, Triche and Carter-Williams shot 1-of-8 in the final 12:36 of the game. “A game like this, I probably needed to play really good and I didn’t,” Triche said. “It’s going to be me, Mike and C.J. scoring for the most part. Jerami is going to be there, but other than that we have guys who are inexperienced or not capable of scoring by themselves.” It left Triche pondering — as he put on a Syracuse ski hat to prepare for a disappointing flight home — ways his team could generate
more offense without arguably its best shooter and its starting center. He’d seen the stats, and they were ugly. He’d missed shots, and there were plenty. But he still couldn’t put his finger on how to fix the problem, couldn’t think of a way to right the ship that is beginning to teeter in the thick of Big East play. “I don’t know,” Triche said. “Honestly.” email@example.com @Michael_Cohen13
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Shorthanded, out-rebounded Syracuse suffers 2nd straight defeat in loss to Pittsburgh
By Michael Cohen
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Interest in local standout running back Tyler Rouse limited despite explosive talent By David Wilson
ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
yler Rouse’s whole family wanted to him to play for Syracuse. He grew up an Orange fan living just miles away from the Carrier Dome. He fondly remembers going to football games, munching on Dome Dogs and taking in the atmosphere.
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So when an SU coach came to visit the running back during his senior year and invited him to a camp, it was an exciting proposition for the Baldwinsville, N.Y., native. But in the week leading up to the camp, Rouse received a phone call. “They called and said they couldn’t get over my size and
they probably couldn’t really keep recruiting me,” Rouse said. “So, therefore, I didn’t end up going to the camp because I felt that I was unwanted and there was no need to go.” Despite totaling nearly 3,000 yards on the ground and 45 touchdowns during his senior season, Rouse had virtually no
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AT A GLANCE
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“How could it be any other way? It’s never pretty. It’s never perfect. But it’s us. It was us today.”
BALTIMORE RAVENS HEAD COACH
ITTSBURGH — Brandon Triche leaned against the concrete wall in the visitor’s locker room, running through each of the 3-pointers he missed in a loss at Pittsburgh. He estimated he took about eight or nine attempts from beyond the arc, only three of which he was “capable of making.” The rest were forced shots. An air ball with 54 seconds remaining and another he tried to convert to a pass at the last moment came to mind. He asked to see the stat sheet, which revealed only five attempts from behind the 3-point line, not eight or nine like he surmised. Still, they were all misses. “Only five? Oh, that’s not bad then,” Triche said with a sarcastic laugh. “I thought I was 0-for-10.” That’s how it felt for Triche in Syracuse’s 65-55 loss Saturday to unranked Pittsburgh (18-5, 6-4 Big East) at the Petersen Events Center, a game in which he finished with 14 points but needed 14 shots to get them. He and Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse’s other starting guard, struggled against the tenacious manto-man defense from the Panthers all game long. And on an afternoon where the No. 6 Orange (18-3, 6-2) was down to seven scholarship players and three capable scorers, it failed to overcome the poor performances of its two backcourt stars. Syracuse was without James Southerland, its third-leading scorer, for the fifth consecutive game Saturday, and freshman DaJuan Coleman was unavailable after having knee surgery early in the week. Their absences heaped more pressure onto the trio of Triche, Carter-Williams and C.J. Fair to score
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NOTRE DAME Where: Carrier Dome When: Today, 7 p.m. Channel: ESPN
BEAT WRITER PREDICTIONS MICHAEL COHEN
NOTRE DAME 74, SYRACUSE 66
The older brother always wins.
SYRACUSE 67, NOTRE DAME 63
SU takes care of business at home.
SYRACUSE 68, NOTRE DAME 65
Notre Dame runs out of luck.
Luck y No. 7
See PAGE 18 for the more of the pregame breakdown. points and avoid fouls, a difficult task against a Pittsburgh team that leads the Big East in scoring defense. For weeks SU head coach Jim Boeheim has said those three players must produce consistently in order for his team
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STAT OF THE DAY Length, in minutes, of
the delay caused by a power outage during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.