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Quiet zone

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Learned behavior

Education is key to strengthen relations between the West and Middle East. Page 5


G Clay Miller is no ordinary artist.

Crazy, Hortons love

Newhouse alumna uses Ryan Gosling fandom to create piece of memorabilia. Page 8

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Pluck o’ the Irish

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This freshman uses his knowledge of politics and artistic prowess to take Syracuse University street art to a place it hasn’t been before. SEE PAGE 9

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Officials re-evaluate programs Carnegie Reading Room in Middle Eastern countries updates to end in May su a broa d

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Syracuse University students hoping to study abroad in certain Middle Eastern countries may need to look elsewhere. Last September, SU made the decision to halt its study abroad programs in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt due to the increasingly dangerous conditions of these countries. “The situation in Egypt has obviously gotten worse,” said Sue Shane, director of programs for SU Abroad. “I don’t believe any programs are sending students there.” Before the Arab Spring protests two years ago, SU had a consistent group of students studying abroad in Egypt, Shane said. When the revolution broke out, Americans were asked to leave. SU Abroad has a risk management committee that meets periodically to review the situation, Shane said. The group plans to meet again in the com-

ing weeks to re-assess the program in Lebanon. “The problem with Lebanon is that it’s getting quite a lot of spillover from the Syrian uprising,” Shane said. “We haven’t had anyone inquire about the program there as of recently.” SU has several means of assessing the situation of these countries overseas, Shane said. “We reach out to faculty who do research in some of these areas, contact several local sources and also check the latest State Department and international SOS warnings for updates,” Shane said. When there is a clear and obvious danger to foreigners, most students will make the conscientious decision to look elsewhere for study abroad opportunities, Shane said. In Tunisia, the environment is much more stable than in the past, but problems see su abroad page 7

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A refurbished Reading Room in historic Carnegie Library will be open to the public in May, about a year after major construction began. “We’re very excited, everyone’s very excited to finish,” said Suzanne Thorin, dean of libraries and university librarian. Carnegie opened in 1907 after the Andrew Carnegie Foundation made a $150,000 donation to Syracuse University. It served as the main library on campus until 1972. The mathematics department and Science and Technology Library currently occupy the building. The Reading Room restoration is part of a several million-dollar, five-year project to both update and restore Carnegie. The project planner originally hoped to see the space completed by last November. Before construction began, the building’s historic Reading Room and entrance were

in the stacks Carnegie Library, located on the South side of the Quad, has collections in several subject areas. These include biology, chemistry, engineering and computer science, library and information science, nutrition science and dietetics, public health, physics and astronomy, photography, technical arts and crafts, pure and applied mathematics, probability and statistics, mathematics education, and military and naval sciences. Source:

changed to accommodate extra classes. The space will now open during commencement weekend in May with an event for the Board of Trustees and an open house for graduates. By that time, Carnegie’s main doors will be reopened and the statue of Diana the Huntress, now

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campus briefs • Bence Oliver, director of strategic sourcing at eBay, will give the 2013 convocation speech at the School of Information Studies on May 11. Oliver, who graduated from the iSchool in 1995 and has worked at Accenture and Intel, took a sabbatical from eBay to develop the Solar Electric Light Fund, a nonprofit organization that works to promote, develop and facilitate rural solar electrification in developing countries. Following his sabbatical, Oliver joined eBay’s Green Team and founded eBay’s Sustainability and Renewable Energy Organization, according to the iSchool’s website. • K. Matthew Dames was made interim associate dean for research, collections and scholarly communication for the Syracuse University Library. Dames, a graduate of SU, will lead the RCSC department. In his new role, Dames will oversee the head of collections, bibliographers and subject specialist librarians, as well as supervise SUrface, SU’s institutional repository. In 2011, the iSchool awarded Dames its doctoral prize for his research, “The Piracy Paradigm: Framing U.S. Copyright Law,” according to a Jan. 14 SU News release. • Lynn Johnson, a well-known photographer, will join the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a visiting professor in the multimedia photography and design department. Johnson’s work includes being a contributing photographer for National Geographic and receiving the third annual National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award, according to a Feb. 4 SU News release. The fashion design program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts will host a screening of the documentary “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution” on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in The Warehouse. The fashion documentary screening, which is free and open to the public, is a collection of memories told by models, designers, journalists and patrons about the battle for dominance between French couture designers and American designers, according to a Jan. 31 SU News release. • Sheldon Stone, a professor in the department of physics, was appointed as a distinguished professor by Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina. This is a high honor within the university, and is awarded to faculty who show leadership in teaching and research. In recognition of his appointment, Stone will present “Mysteries the Large Hadron Collider Was Built to Explore” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Physics Building, according to a Jan. 28 College of Arts and Sciences release. --Compiled by Jessica Iannetta and Meredith Newman, assistant news editors, jliannet@syr. edu,

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svitlana lymar | staff photographer Ivan rosales, chair of the SA Student Life Committee, speaks during the general assembly meeting Monday night. Twenty-two of the 48 general assembly members were absent from the meeting.

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Meeting just hits voting minimum By Debbie Truong Enterprise Editor

Twenty-two voting members in the Student Association’s general assembly were absent from Monday’s meeting, leaving a little more than half of the general assembly to approve a new member to the Board of Elections and Membership Committee. Out of the 48 voting assembly members, 26 attended the meeting, just one more than was needed to meet quorum. Quorum is the number of members needed to conduct business such as voting. The last voting member of the general assembly needed to meet quorum arrived at Maxwell Auditorium at 7:40 p.m., 10 minutes after the meeting’s scheduled start. “I know this is untimely for this to happen during a game, but this needs to never happen again,” SA President Allie Curtis told the assembly, referring to the men’s home basketball game against Notre Dame. Attendance is a recurring issue


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Jones introduced changes to speaking time that could give assembly representatives more say.


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Nearly half of the general assembly was missing from Monday’s meeting.

each spring as some representatives skip meetings for basketball games, Curtis said after the meeting, adding that absent representatives will be reprimanded. Following the meeting’s shaky start, Adrianna Kam, a sophomore selective studies major, was approved as a member of the Board of Elections and Membership Committee. Kam expressed interest in developing the internal workings of SA, such as helping retain members after they enter the organization. Kam said she wants to emphasize that SA is a student government and “not a social group” to new members who might feel out of place entering the organization. “We want to really make sure you stay in there the whole time,” Kam said in regard to retaining members voted to represent the individual colleges. Kam said she hopes to work more with the Public Relations committee and other members of the Board of Elections and Membership Committee to develop methods of

They Said it “I’m appalled. Student leaders need to be much more accountable.” Allie Curtis

SA president, about the low attendance.

retaining members. Parliamentarian Ben Jones introduced changes to parliamentary procedure, or rules that dictate how SA meetings are conducted, to the assembly. SA eliminated the use of “pros” and “cons” to express support or opposition during an election or to a bill. Instead of being limited to the two phrases, members can express their opinion within a two-minute time frame. “You can stand up and say what you feel needs to be said,” Jones said, reminding meeting attendees that assembly members also speak on behalf of their constituents, or the students enrolled in the college they represent. Additionally, Jones introduced a bill to the general assembly that would restructure elections within SA. If passed, the bill would limit the number of voting rounds to two for most elections, and allow the voting representatives to compare candidates. see sa page 7

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The number of voting assembly members that attended Monday’s meeting. The assembly comprises 48 voting members that represent the university’s individual colleges.

After reported robberies and student complaints through social media, E.S. Bird Library’s administration is using new techniques to try to close down “Club Bird.” Many students see the first floor of Syracuse University’s Bird Library as a place to talk and hang out, dubbing it “Club Bird.” The administration will be implementing new rules to remind these students that the library’s primary purpose is academics. Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin, director of communications and external relations of Bird, said the library staff expects the first floor to be a very active place. She added that faculty members feel like the activity has increased after the library café opened. However, McLaughlin also said the faculty feels that a café in the library is inappropriate. “I don’t think the atmosphere has changed,” McLaughlin said. “What has changed is the behavior and the attitude of students.” Because of the recent complaints from students who are trying to get work done, the administration is working to address these complaints and monitor the atmosphere of the library, she said. Starting this semester, the library is enforcing ID checks. Students will have to show their student ID cards in order to enter or remain in the library after 9 p.m., she said. Also, groups of six or more students will no longer be allowed to meet on the first floor. These groups will have to check out study rooms that are available on the upper levels of the library. Safety has also been important to the administration, especially after dealing with multiple complaints of unattended items going missing. Complaints about these occurrences prompted administration to take action, McLaughlin said. These measures are being implemented in hopes of ensuring a safer environment and maintaining lower noise levels, McLaughlin said. Will Norris, a junior newspaper and online journalism major, said he often avoids going to the library because it’s crowded and loud. “I really see the need for some sort of control,” Norris said. He said he thinks the new ID policy is a smart measure because people who aren’t students shouldn’t be in the library after these hours. Anthony Phillips, a junior television, radio and film major, said he agreed with the importance of the see bird library page 4

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on the second floor of E.S. Bird Library, will be cleaned and put back in its original location in the Carnegie vestibule. Due to the extensive research needed to complete the project, planning took longer than other construction projects the library has undertaken, said TC Carrier of the Program Management Center. Throughout the process, historic photos were consulted to help recreate the original look of Carnegie. The library will briefly close for the summer after the May events so the construction team can install a larger elevator, Carrier said. The current elevator fits four people tightly, and the new one will be roomier and handicap accessible.

“The people who use this library have continued to use this library.” Suzanne Thorin


Once officially opened for next fall semester, Carnegie will have the same hours as Bird. Carnegie will also have an updated security system, including two security gates for the library’s entrance and exit on the second floor, and all books will have RFID tracking tags, Carrier said. A number of construction details are already in place or waiting to be installed until right before the May opening, such as refurbished light fixtures, rugs and furniture. The new flooring is in place and the scagliola, the marblelooking columns and walls, have been cleaned from a dirty yellow to the original white. The original tables from the Reading Room have been updated with help from the university’s trustees and deans. Thorin, dean of libraries and university librarian, said each SU dean agreed to pay for a nameplate for his or her college to be placed on a desk. At the start of the fall semester, students and professors complained about dust and were reassigned to classrooms around campus. Thorin said there have been no complaints this semester, as the regular classrooms on the bottom floor of Carnegie are completed and in use for the spring semester. The large, tiered classroom will not be completed until the fall. While the Reading Room has been under construction, students have been directed to


measure, but feels it could be hard to implement. “If they check your ID to enter it makes sense, but I don’t think they’ll go around checking everyone’s ID,” he said. Phillips said he goes to the library only occasionally and mostly between classes because he prefers to do his assignments at home since the

chase gaewski | photo editor The Carnegie Library Reading Room has been undergoing renovations for about a year and will open to the public for the first time in May for commencement weekend. a first floor room that serves as a temporary Reading Room. Thorin said she has not seen an increase of students in Bird while Carnegie has been under construction.

Said Thorin: “The people who use this library have continued to use this library.”

library is too noisy. McLaughlin, the director of communications at the library, said a lot of the complaints the library receives come from its social media monitoring. “The library has a number of tools such as a Facebook fan page and Twitter, and we use a mention notifier to respond to complaints and reach out,” she said. McLaughlin also said existing campaigns will be brought to the attention of students.

One of these is the Quiet Campaign, which encourages students to text a help line if they have a noise complaint. McLaughlin said this campaign has been helpful in the past. Both Norris and Phillips said the library’s use of social media monitoring tools is a good way to update the library. Said Phillips: “I think they’re just adapting to social media, and that’s a good way to respond to what students want.” @daramcbride



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Bipartisanship necessary for future immigration reform

n the coming months, Congress will struggle to come to a consensus on a comprehensive immigration reform. While President Barack Obama has encouraged swift action, it is unlikely much will be done quickly. The debate will help define the character of the country, as who we choose to let in or restrict has significance. Culture and our economic future are both important factors. During the past several years, there has been a failure of the federal government to fully regulate immigration. Legislative efforts like Arizona’s SB 1070 allowed police to stop individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants. This invited racial profiling and was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Other states close to the border have also tried to enforce immigration policy. Much of the debate will focus on illegal immigration. There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. Plans to deport all 11 million people, such as Gov. Mitt Romney’s foolish idea of “self-deportation,” are unrealistic. Congress will struggle with how to handle those already in the country. States and local governments have been forced to take measures into their own hands, but not all states have had to respond to illegal immigration. New York’s experience with immigration, for example, is different from the border states’. The division between different states and their experiences will be a point of contention in Congress. Many Americans do not witness the effects of illegal immigration firsthand. They are not able to appreciate the perspectives of people in areas affected by it. Representatives from states affected and unaffected by illegal immigration will need to agree on a plan. Illegal immigration has partially helped the economy. Illegal immigrants pay an estimated $7 billion to social security, but those who pay into the system are unable to collect the benefits. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a senator who has attempted immigration reform in the past, said, “We have

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to the left, to the left been too content for too long to allow individuals to mow our lawn, serve our food, clean our homes and even watch our children while not affording them any of the benefits that make our country so great.” McCain had previously supported the SB 1070 law. McCain and seven other senators unveiled a plan last week to solve the issue. The bipartisan plan would allow illegal immigrants a way to earn citizenship. The plan also calls for greater border security and an improved system whereby employers enforce immigration policy by ensuring only properly documented individuals can work. Illegal immigrants would also have to pay back taxes. This policy area may be a true test of how Republicans define themselves after the 2012 election. Romney only received 27 percent of the Latino vote, and Latinos are 10 percent of the electorate. Staunch conservatives will be unlikely to support a plan that allows the 11 million illegal immigrants – many of whom are Latinos – to attain citizenship. Yet, by not supporting a plan like this, conservatives threaten the success of the party in the 2014 and 2016 elections. The success or failure of comprehensive immigration reform will be dependent on whether America and Congress can agree on how to characterize the problems our immigration system faces. Citizens need to be able to see the problem on a national level and educate themselves about the issue.

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SU offers critical abroad opportunities Syracuse University’s initiatives to connect with the Middle East are advances that should continue to be supported. Students have been given opportunities to study in the region, and university officials have made greater efforts to bring Middle Eastern students to SU. Today, and throughout recent history, misconceptions between the West and the Middle East have strained the regions’ relations. Education is an integral component to understanding and communicating peacefully between regions of the world, especially those with contrasting cultural norms and beliefs. SU students should seize the opportunities this university is supplying to travel to the Middle East. Though traveling through SU

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EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board to several countries in the region is not currently offered due to safety, countries like Morocco, Jordan and Turkey are still accessible and safe. Just as SU students should be encouraged to learn about the Middle East, students from the region should also continue to be brought to the SU campus to learn. The SU office in Dubai has attracted more Middle Eastern students to attend the university and has increased SU’s presence overall in the region. These crucial opportunities to connect with the Middle East through education make SU an

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still flare up from time to time, said Mehrzad Boroujerdi, director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at SU. Countries like Jordan, Morocco and Turkey are much safer, and have become popular with students looking for the Middle Eastern experience, Boroujerdi said. Currently, he said, SU has two students in Jordan this semester. While some students have voiced their disappointment, Boroujerdi said there is no need for concern. “I wouldn’t call it a major setback,” he said. “People might not get their primary country of choice, but some of these countries are undergoing turmoil and are not safe to visit.” Boroujerdi co-teaches a summer program in Turkey called “The Road to Democracy in the Islamic World,” and said he has no reservations about taking students there this summer. “It’s a Western-influenced country and a bridge between the East and West,” he said. Students who go to Turkey get a different perspective, Shane said. It’s a stable country that provides students a glimpse of the rest of the Middle East. For students unable to study abroad in the Middle East, the variety of Middle Eastern studies courses on campus provide an alternative, said Rania Habib, assistant professor of linguistics and Arabic. The program offers a wide variety of courses in subfields like Arabic cultures, history and politics, she said. “Students may be impacted by not being able to go to places they like to visit and explore culturally and socially,” Habib said. “A personal exposure to the culture and language the students are learning is invaluable.”



Currently, SA members vote for candidates individually, without being able to compare them to the remaining candidates, said PR cochairperson Colin Crowley after the meeting. Crowley co-authored the bill. Curtis, SA president, said Jones’ focus on reforming parliamentary procedure within the organization aligns with the 57th Session’s push to improve efficiency at SA meetings. “We’ve been all about reform this semester,” she said.

Additional business discussed: • The assembly approved approximately $1,348 in programming funding for three separate student organizations. About $151,440 in special programming money remains for spring 2013. • SA President Curtis will be meeting with the Board of Trustees, Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Thomas Wolfe, and overseers of the Schine Student Center renovations on separate occasions later this week. • Two mandatory fiscal trainings for student organizations that intend on applying for funding through SA remain. The remaining training sessions will occur Friday and Saturday. • Curtis and Belen Crisp, who created SA’s Department of Public Safety advisory board last semester, will be meeting with DPS on Tuesday to discuss a fight that occurred early Sunday morning outside Schine following a studentsponsored dance party hosted in the building, Curtis said after the meeting. @debbietruong

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torytelling changed in 2006 with the founding of Twitter. Now with video sharing, Twitter hopes to change it again. On Jan. 24, Twitter announced a new social network, Vine, which allows users to creatively share short videos with their friends. Vine, a smartphone application for iPhone and Android, revolves around a creative video generation. Just holding down a finger is all it takes to make a quick video. These six-second videos can be easily shared on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the internal Vine community. There are hundreds of video-sharing smartphone applications, but Vine is the first that allows the user to splice together several different shots. As a result of the ease of use, Vine videos comprise almost half of all uploaded videos on Twitter, according to a Jan. 31 article on The popularity of Vine is already taking off on campus. Syracuse University student-athletes are sharing their exercising regimens and a College of Visual and Performing Arts account started uploading Vine videos of campus buildings. “Even though I love Instagram, I sometimes want to share something active. This fills a void,” said Bryan Chou, a junior advertising major. “Because it allows me control to take startand-stop filming, it has a lot more creative potential.” Christina Fieni, a junior advertising major, said she has been experimenting with different ways to use Vine. “I took a road trip and was using Vine to catalogue my trip. I think it’s fun but needs some work,” she said. “I think Christina Fieni Instagram is a lot easier to use JUNIOR ADVERTISING MAJOR but hopefully there will be some changes made.” Twitter officials have high hopes for Vine because it has been established as a separate entity from the Twitter mainframe. Previous features Twitter has integrated have been imbedded seamlessly into the ecosystem, according to a Feb. 4 article in Wired magazine. Publications like The Guardian, The Week and Mashable are comparing the meteoric rise of Vine to the incredibly popular smartphone app, Instagram. Instagram currently boasts 90 million monthly active users generating 8,500 likes per second, according to a January 21 article in Forbes magazine. In the two weeks since its launch, the rapid growth of Vine has spurred a pornographic phase. Vine is quickly becoming a magnet for explicit public sharing. Blogs across the web are becoming havens for storing these revealing video snapshots, according to a Jan. 27 article by The Atlantic magazine. Vine is one of several video apps that has been touted as the next Instagram, in part thanks to its backing from Twitter.

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SU alumna inspires novelty Ryan Gosling mug By Lizzie Hart


Sarah Velasquez describes herself as the biggest Tim Hortons fan in North America. And in 2008, Tim Hortons acknowledged her fandom: She was the winner of a contest that officially named her the biggest Tim Hortons fan in Central New York. “It’s a way of life. Being Canadian, you have to like Tim Hortons,” said Velasquez, a 2009 alumna of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications graduate program. Velasquez has lived near the Canadian border, in Buffalo, N.Y., for most of her life. While at Syracuse University, Velasquez entered the Central New York fan contest by writing an essay about her love for Tim Hortons. She was awarded with a party and ceremony at the Newhouse school with Tim Hortons doughnuts, coffee, a gift card and a GPS that had all Tim Hortons locations programmed into it. Velasquez said Tim Hortons is like a mix between Dunkin’ Donuts and Panera Bread. Her favorite menu items include coffee and Canadian maple doughnuts. Five years after winning the contest, Velasquez is now the multimedia content coordinator for, where she has her hand in photography, videography, social media and blogging. Velasquez said the site has the “kind of the tone you might see on BuzzFeed or Gawker, mixed with a little bit of newsie-ness, too.” This January, while searching the Internet for inspiration for a blog post with colleague Kathryn Przybyla, the social content coordinator at, Velasquez came across a

promotional YouTube interview of actor Ryan Gosling for his movie “Gangster Squad.” In the video from, Gosling told the interviewer he collected Burger King cups with Dick Tracy characters’ faces on them as a child. This sparked a discussion about “Gangster Squad” merchandise. “Can we get a Tim’s mug for ‘Gangster Squad’ please?” Gosling asked the interviewer. Velasquez said Gosling grew up in London, Ontario, which is not very far from Hamilton, Ontario — the founding city of Tim Hortons. “I wrote a blog post thinking this could be kind of funny if I suggest Tim Hortons actually does this and makes this cup,” Velasquez said after seeing the video. With some help from Przybyla to cut out a photograph of Gosling’s face, Velasquez constructed a Tim Hortons mug and posted a photograph alongside an explanation on At most, Velasquez said she thought Tim Hortons might share her creation on their Facebook page. Instead, Tim Hortons contacted Velasquez, telling her they might be able to make something happen. After that, she didn’t doubt their dedication to the project. Based on Velasquez’s creation, Tim Hortons made an actual mug with Gosling’s face from “Gangster Squad” on it. They sent one to Gosling and another to Velasquez. The first mug Velasquez received was broken, but Tim Hortons quickly replaced it. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted to Tim Hortons that he wanted a mug. Tim Hortons responded on Twitter: “Sorry Perez, the mug is one-of-a-kind, just like Ryan.”

courtesy of sarah velasquez | Sarah Velasquez holds up the original mug she created with co-worker Kathryn Przybyla, showcasing Ryan Gosling’s face plastered onto a Tim Hortons coffee mug, The last Velasquez heard, Gosling’s management team received the mug and was going to give it to him as soon as possible. She said the management team loved it. A big fan of the actor, Velasquez described her dream date with Gosling. She said it had to be at Tim Hortons, and she imagined they would drink their coffee, linking arms as if they were

doing a champagne toast at a wedding. She also pictured incorporating a powdered doughnut fight. Said Velasquez: “I tell everybody I want him to take me on date to Tim Hortons. Yeah, he owes me, I made his dream come true.” @lizziehrt


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sam maller | asst. photo editor G CLAY MILLER, a freshman political science major and avid public artist, works on some political pieces, creating the images and taping them together before hanging them in Shaffer Art Building.

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rom the black beanie perched haphazardly on his head, to his black shirt with “Revolt & Rebelle” written on the front, G Clay Miller doesn’t really look like a traditional artist. That’s partially because traditional art demands lifetimes of work. Miller considers himself a part-time public artist, devoting three to five hours a week to his projects. Miller, tapping his fingers on a vacant table in Shaffer Art Building, looks over his latest project with a keen eye. A larger-than-life portrait of President Barack Obama stares back at him under a black censor bar. “Maybe it’ll stay up for a week,” the freshman political science major said with a ghost of a laugh, acknowledging the controversy in his art. And so it goes for Miller, a public artist who first cut his teeth as a high

school junior in Rockville, Md., taking cans of spray paint and scrawling out whatever words he thought suitable, wherever he thought suitable. “I would just write down whatever dumb things I was thinking,” Miller said, reflecting on his first few spray paint projects. “I never want to be too big of a cliché, but every artist wants to be poetic, so I try to pick everything carefully.” For a part-time artist, Miller is meticulous in his planning. He said his concerns when working on a project boil down to three facets: who’s going to see it, where they’ll see it and what they’ll think when they see it. It’s almost a science.



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His first love, he said, is still photography — he’s been shooting photos for the better part of six years — but his public art has a more direct voice. The son of two journalists, Miller started as an art photography major before switching to political science to have a bigger say in making change happen, he said. He kept color film photography as an elective. Miller spent 10 years growing up in Rockville, where he’d drive out to the countryside and take panoramas of rustic barns. He did the same in the city’s center. “I’d tilt the photos, just so they felt a little off, a little uneasy,” Miller said. “And I’d put the one of the barn on the side of a building and write something dumb like ‘Rural America thanks you.’ I took the one of the building and put it on the barn and wrote ‘Urban America says sorry.’” The idea got Miller thinking. He asked if he could do an installation piece at a high school art show. The Maryland dubstep scene was verging toward explosion, and Miller covered a music speaker in blue goop and commissioned a friend to strum guitar chords. With each note, the pulsing goop flew into the air and fell back into place. “Everyone came over and watched it for a few minutes, and it was captivating just because it was out of place at the exhibit,” he said. “I don’t think they got it, though.” Miller uses Photoshop to render his art. Wheat paste — an adhesive concoction of water and vegetable starch — is his medium of choice. But that’s not to say he won’t tinker with new mediums. He’s tried tape art, recently recreating one of Banksy’s iconic images. He said his experimenting is just for fun, though. On a Saturday morning in Shaffer’s basement, Miller uses tape — and lots of it. Next to a half-finished can of Amp energy drink, he bites off strips of blue masking tape, sticking them to the side of the table to use later. He said he does his best work at night and in the morning. His newest project intertwines public art with his love of all things political, a sort of call for America’s loudmouth pundits — O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck — to just shut up. He spreads

sam maller | asst. photo editor G CLAY MILLER, a freshman political science major, works on hanging up his artistic interpretations of abrasive political pundits. the black-and-white politicians’ portraits on the table in front of him. Through the quiet strains of symphonic indie rock, he criss-crosses the tape over the back of Glenn Beck’s oversized head until it’s all stuck into place. “That’s critical thinking,” he said. “I wanted to do something kind of political, and it became something really political.” Miller’s chosen playlist cycles through more cerebral instrumentals, and O’Reilly, Limbaugh and Obama get the same tape-and-cut makeover. Miller works energetically, singing under his breath. He starts thinking about where to hang his series of profiles.

“I don’t care if 10 people or a million people find my work,” he said. “I just hope people look at it and think. It’s really just for me, though.” Fast forward to a rainy Thursday on the second floor of Shaffer. He unfurls the portraits from an oversized plastic bag and gets to work. With a few swatches of tape, Bill O’Reilly is on the wall. Miller liberally applies more tape until the pundit is stuck, then presses Beck against the wall. In a matter of minutes, the pundits are all up, shoulder-to-shoulder. On a wall adjacent to the broadcasters, Miller slaps Obama against the wall. Even the president of the United States won’t stick on the

wall very well. Putting the finishing touches on the project before walking away and standing to look at it from a different angle, Miller smiles and gives a brief, approving nod. In all likelihood, the pundits will get taken down in a week or so, and Miller will move on to a new project. Miller doesn’t know how long he’ll keep it up. But once his public art days are over, he’ll continue to pursue other mediums. Said Miller: “I don’t think an artist really retires from art.” @TheRealVandyMan

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Time spent in metropolitan area provokes gratitude for tranquility of Irbid


t’s amazing how just a little time can change your perspective. When I sat down to write my column last week, anger and frustration gnawed at me as I described the dirty streets and the worn facilities of Irbid, Jordan. I knew it was an amazing opportunity to be here, and the logical part of me knew it would get better with time. But some bigger, heavier part of me was begging for the familiarity of the United States. I thought I might never be happy in Irbid. The weekend came, and with it the muchneeded opportunity to travel. Friday afternoon, three program friends and I packed our backpacks and set off for an adventure. We walked to the bus station and approached the service taxis with confidence. “Twenty dinar for all four,” one taxi man yelled. We shook our heads. “Three dinar each,” we haggled. A moment later, we were in the worn backseat of a black sedan heading for Amman. As we sped down the highway, I didn’t have time to worry about our driver’s crazy maneuvers. My eyes were drawn to the breathtaking landscape — rolling hills, valleys and clustered white houses built into the grassy mountains.


dude, where’s my camel? I was struck by the beautiful situation I was in — young and traveling in a foreign country on a whim, seeing a part of the world that most Americans never get to see. We approached Amman within the hour. I was shocked to find it much lower to the ground than most cities I’ve seen. The few skyscrapers that existed stood in stark contrast to the rest of the low-standing buildings that made up the city. We pulled up to the Palace Hotel at the insistence and recommendation of our taxi driver. “Palace Hotel,” he repeated. “Cheap and great. You must go.” For five Jordanian dinar each, we got a room for four. We quickly dropped our stuff in the celllike dorm and took to the streets. In the pouring evening rain, we took shelter in the bright gift

shops and restaurants, eating dinner at an “authentic Jordanian” restaurant. The cuisine felt distinctly tame compared to that of Irbid. Later, we met with other people from our program and headed to a local bar, spending the night with an interesting mix of people: local Jordanians, visitors from other Middle Eastern countries and more American students. We went to bed feeling very content, even in a hotel room without a heater. The next morning, we packed our backpacks and left, determined to see more of what Amman had to offer. We discovered huge ruins at the top of a hill downtown called the Citadel. Sipping freshly squeezed pomegranate juice from a roadside stand, we wandered around the historical site and marveled at the view. The city sprawled away from every side of the massive hill, block upon block of white buildings weaved with roads. A 7,000-year-old temple stood in the midst of this urbanity. For a few hours, we took pictures and climbed old rocks until everyone got too tired and hungry to marvel any more. After a quick stop at a pizza shop and an American Starbucks, we climbed back into a cab and headed

back to Yarmouk University in Irbid. On the return drive, I couldn’t help but feel relieved. But to my surprise, I found that my satisfaction didn’t come from leaving Irbid. It came from going back. In the 24 hours I’d spent in Amman, I experienced the bustle of Jordan’s largest metropolis. I saw the massive city from atop its most famous historical site. And while the change had been welcome, it felt fast-paced and unfamiliar. In many ways, Amman didn’t feel as authentic as the life in Irbid. And just like that, Irbid became a comfortable oasis, the place I longed to come back to after a tiring journey. I saw value in my simple apartment with heat and hot water. I appreciated the man at the fruit stand who recognized me when I walked by. Irbid doesn’t have any bars, clubs or nightlife. By Western standards, it’s not luxurious or clean. But the people are incredibly sincere and the city’s slow pace allows you to get to know its secrets. It still doesn’t feel perfect all the time. But all of a sudden, it feels like home.

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Bridge to the past Tegan and Sara’s album ‘Heartthrob’ brings synth, spirit of ‘80s into today’s pop scene


trap on your platform shoes, dust off your leg warmers and give your favorite Duran Duran record a spin. Tegan and Sara’s candy-coated newest album “Heartthrob” is a time machine vacation to the 80s packed into 10 immaculately produced pop tunes, 1.21 gigawatts be damned. The Quin sisters call back to a decade where songs were smothered in synthesizers, girl power was all the rage and Lauper wasn’t a blue-haired granny croaking out “True Colors” at the One World Concert. But “Heartthrob” is every bit as immediate as it is nostalgic: the carefully layered synths in “Closer” aren’t the bleep-blooping dubstep beats favored by the Top 40 crowd, but don’t sound outdated either. Tegan and Sara pluck influences from the 80s pop charts, polish them and unleash them as insanely catchy synthpop jams that fit in the current pop music landscape. If not for Justin Timberlake’s unforeseen return to his pop music throne, “Closer” would easily have snagged the title for best pop song of early 2013. It’s a flirty single that mixes chirpy synthesizers and soaring choruses, letting the Quins play off each other’s harmonies. It’s soaked in blissful naivety and puppy love, and it’s as charming as it is catchy. Keen-eyed remix artists (Passion Pit, please stand up) will make a meal of this one. Most of “Heartthrob” doesn’t sound like a pair of thirty-somethings are at the wheel. “Goodbye, Goodbye” desperately wants to be a tear-jerking breakup anthem, but that emotional weight gets swept away in bouncy

synthesizers and a chorus packed with hooks. “I Was a Fool” stays in the same vein — instead of penning a moping, sad sack indie tune, Tegan and Sara stuff their pangs for lost love into a humongous toe-tapper of a power ballad. And yet for all of its hopeless romanticism, “Heartthrob” is mostly just an album about the pangs of young love getting ripped apart at the seams: the highs, the lows and the fallout. It’s easily smarter than the average pop album, with the sneering “How Come You Don’t Want Me” keeping its mid-tempo tongue firmly in cheek. From its title to its blustery instrumental arrangement, “Now I’m All Messed Up” follows suit, ratcheting teen drama to fiery degrees. Even with all of the melodramatic lyricism

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and fervent shouts for lovers to stay, it’s always clear that Tegan and Sara are totally in on their own joke — they don’t hem and haw when it comes to singing about love going belly-up. The duo is direct and in your face, but they sound like they’re having fun with every second of it. For all of its veiled self-loathing, “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” could’ve been penned by British musical duo Wham!, just like “Drove Me Wild” owes a lot of its sound to Scandal’s 1984 classic, “The Warrior.” Dancing to lyrics that sound like they got torn from the pages of the Quin sisters’ diaries doesn’t feel wrong. If anything, the open-book lyricism the duo favors adds fuel to an already energetic album. That’s not to say “Heartthrob” is a flawless confectionary slice of pure pop perfection. While most of the album’s best hooks sound organic and natural, some pander to mainstream audiences. “Guilty As Charged” makes the duo sing-talk their way through a slogging four minutes of dreary drumbeats, and Tegan and Sara have never sounded flatter than on “Shock To Your System.” But its blemishes, clunky as they are, make the album all the more endearing. What you see is exactly what you get with Tegan and Sara. “Heartthrob” is an obscenely catchy pop album that dissects the best and worst of romances. Nothing more, nothing less. Take it at face value, and you might just find yourself dancing along to one of the best pop records 2013 has conjured up. @TheRealVandyMan


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Syracuse forward Jerami Grant turned in a career day playing against brother Jerian and Notre Dame, scoring a career-high 14 points while playing all 40 minutes for the second consecutive game.


“Coach definitely got on us on the defensive end. He made sure that we didn’t let them get a lot of backdoors or easy layups so I felt like we listened to that and that’s why we won.”

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Last year, Christmas was unexpectedly thrust into a larger role against Notre Dame when Fab Melo was suspended. This year, he’s had a bit more notice – his role has expanded in the past few weeks – and he thrived because of it. The forward scored 12 points and blocked four shots in what head coach Jim Boeheim called the best game of the sophomore’s young career.

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Syracuse forward Jerami Grant unleashes a massive block on Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley that sends the ball soaring out of bounds. Eighteen seconds later, UND forward Cameron Biedscheid misses a 3-pointer that could have kept the Fighting Irish alive.



Jerami Grant played with the same focus and energy that has characterized his breakout performances this season on Monday night. He knocked down mid-range jumpers and rose above the defense to finish at the rim. But every now and then, he caught himself letting his guard down for a moment as he shared the Carrier Dome court with his older brother in Syracuse’s 63-47 victory against Notre Dame. “It was a good experience,” Grant said. “Definitely had fun out there with him. Even though it was mostly business on the court, every once in a while, we would talk on the free-throw line or something like that.” Jerian Grant, starting guard for the No. 25 Fighting Irish, finished with a team-high 15 points and five assists, and got a firsthand look at a career night for Jerami. The Syracuse freshman scored a career-high 14 points for No. 9 SU, helping end a two-game losing streak for the Orange. He got SU going with a mid-range jumper from the foul line in the opening minute. And he added another just a few minutes later as a part of Syracuse’s 10-0 run to start the game. Grant later converted in transition to keep his team out in front by three with less than eight minutes to play in the first half. A minute later, he drove aggressively down the right side of the lane, flew toward the basket with his right arm extended and banked a shot home as he crashed to the ground. But the impressive play was waved off as the official called Grant for an offensive foul. Grant emerged late in the half to spark a strong finish, swishing an open jumper from the right corner and slicing through the Notre Dame defense for a layup as time expired at the half. “He’s more than capable player,” said SU guard Brandon Triche. “He’s definitely shown a lot of people that. I’m sure a lot of people didn’t expect him to play a lot, but he’s taken full advantage of the opportunity.” Grant’s impressive drive to cap the half brought Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey rushing onto the court. With a scowl on his face and arms out, Brey stared down his players as they made their way to the tunnel.

The Notre Dame swingman is normally one of the Fighting Irish’s most reliable 3 -point shooters, but he went 0 -for-3 on Monday. Connaughton finished with just four points, no rebounds and one assist in an underwhelming performance.

Carter-Williams orchestates offense Carter-Williams orchestrates offense, racks up eight assists Boeheim glanced down at the stat sheet, a perplexed look stretched across his face. It showed only three shot attempts for Michael CarterWilliams, Boeheim’s star point guard, which, on most nights this season, would be disastrous for a team that relies heavily on its perimeter players. But on Monday that number was more than fine, as Carter-Williams played an outstanding floor game to lead No. 9 Syracuse to a 63-47 win against No. 25 Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome. Eight assists backed up his five points — the most assists he’s had in more than a month — and were offset by just a single turnover. It was a perfect balance on a night when the Orange’s trio of forwards picked up the scoring slack. And with Triche, Carter-Williams’ backcourt partner, struggling as well, it was an encouraging sign for Syracuse. “I think he was good at getting the ball to



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While Grant’s play infuriated Brey, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim gave him another glowing review. The freshman has fit seamlessly into the lineup, making plays at both ends of the floor ever since forward James Southerland went out due to eligibility issues. On Monday night, Grant turned in another steady performance. He played all 40 minutes and grabbed six rebounds to go with his career-high 14 points. Jerian served as perhaps the lone playmaker for the Irish. The junior guard hit 3s to keep Notre Dame within reach in the first half, and got into the lane against the SU zone to free teammates and create scoring chances. Triche pointed out Jerian’s use of screens as one flaw in an otherwise stellar defensive effort for the Orange. Jerian utilized them to score and distribute, trying to keep his team in the game. But in the end, Jerami got the best of the matchup between brothers. Said SU forward C.J. Fair: “He’s being aggressive, he’s been working hard, he’s getting the minutes that he deserves and he’s taking full advantage of it.”


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people,” Boeheim said. “That was just kind of the circumstances.” He began the game by running the same play twice in a row to start the game, producing a total of four points on two field goals. First, he set up Grant for a short jumper, and then fed Rakeem Christmas for an isolation play on the low block. They both scored, giving Syracuse a 4-0 lead, and went on to combine for 26 points two days after managing only five points in a loss to Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, neither Triche nor Carter-Williams reached double figures for the second time all season. “It’s good to win with those two guys not being able to score,” Boeheim said. “You’ve got to get three guys, pretty much, that are going to score for you. We got three guys to score for us tonight, which is how you win these things, I think.” But as he has done all season, Carter-Williams burst through with one of the most important baskets of the game. Notre Dame had pulled within 10 at 45-35 with less than seven minutes remaining, but Carter-Williams stepped confidently into a 3-pointer from the top of the key that swished home. It was his only field goal of the game. “He hit if not the biggest shot of the game, one of them,” Boeheim said. “That 3 I thought was a really big shot at that point in time.”

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The burly forward manhandled the Orange inside in a 17-point, 10-rebound effort to lead Notre Dame to an upset of then-No. 1 SU a season ago. Boeheim and his players knew the challenge he presented. They couldn’t let him go off again. They rose to the challenge. Cooley was invisible in the first half offensively. He rarely caught the ball in the paint, and Notre Dame never looked to isolate him on the block. The Syracuse zone – with Rakeem Christmas manning the middle – blanketed the Irish’s leading scorer. The second half was more of the same. Cooley converted two layups in the first four minutes to cut Syracuse’s lead to six, but another eight minutes passed before he rushed a jumper late in the shot clock and missed. His next attempt came with 1:55 to play. Syracuse led by 12. The game was over and Cooley’s effect was minimal. “He still had a good game,” Triche said, “but he didn’t have the monster game that he needed to help them to win the game.” The Irish’s 3-point shooting – a staple of their offense – also wilted against the active SU zone. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from beyond the arc against the Orange last season, but the team locked the perimeter down Monday night. Open looks were few and far between for the Irish, whose offense relied heavily on the longrange shots with Cooley taken out of the game down low. Notre Dame guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant hit back-to-back 3s to get their team on the board six minutes into the game. Atkins added another to give the Irish an

11-10 lead in the first half, and Grant knocked one down late in the half to keep his team within reach. But Syracuse closed out their opportunities after the break, and forced responsibility onto the shoulders of freshman Cameron Biedscheid. He shot 1-for-8 from beyond the arc, missing four out of five times in the second half. And while SU didn’t score with ease at times, its lead continued to grow thanks to its stif ling defense. “I think scoring in the 50-60 range is a little bit uncomfortable for us,” Triche said, “but the way our defense is playing, we’re going to be in every game.” The way Syracuse played defense Monday night won the game. It frustrated Cooley into a forgettable performance. It frustrated the guards into a 30-percent night from behind the arc. And it left head coach Mike Brey frustrated on the sidelines throughout, animated and subdued as he watched Syracuse score 16 points off of turnovers. On the Syracuse sideline, emotions registered on the other end of the spectrum by the closing minutes. Grant’s emphatic rejection of Cooley’s final shot attempt brought his teammates and coaches to their feet, each of them wearing a smile similar to the one Grant did in the locker room after the game. It amazed the home crowd, and it served as a stamp on the blowout victory, sending the Irish home with a loss. “We played very well on defense,” said forward C.J. Fair. “We didn’t let any easy looks inside to Jack Cooley and we located all their shooters and defended the 3-point line well. “When you do those two things, plus rebound, it’s hard for a team to score against us.”

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SU continues rigorous stretch against Cincy By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

It’s a grueling stretch of the season for Syracuse. Away games, home games, then away games again. The Orange has finally played some close games, games against tough competition and games of different styles. It’s a stretch that’s yielded some losses, but also some memorable moments. And it continues Tuesday. “We’re in the midst of a few short turnarounds and we’ve just got to keep our bodies warm, keep moving, stay healthy,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “and I think that’s the most important thing.” When No. 24 Syracuse travels to Cincinnati on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff, it will be the Orange’s (18-3, 6-2 Big East) seventh game in the past three weeks. Every Saturday tip during the stretch has been followed by a quick turnaround on either Tuesday or Wednesday. On Tuesday against the Bearcats (8-13, 0-8), though, will be the first time a road game has followed a home tilt during the stretch. The quick turnaround also provides a quick change of styles. Saturday’s opponent, Providence, is a team that likes to push the pace. Cincinnati, on the other hand, slows the game down. The Bearcats rank at the bottom of the Big East with 52.7 points per game and, despite


with an impressive and assertive performance in Syracuse’s 63-47 win against the No. 25 Irish (18-5, 6-4 Big East) on Monday. He chipped in 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots for No. 9 Syracuse (19-3, 7-2), all while outscoring — and outplaying — Cooley. Christmas’ dominant play rewrote the script following his inauspicious debut as starting center last season. It was Syracuse’s first game without Fab Melo when the Orange traveled to South Bend as the No. 1 team in the country, meaning Christmas was shoved into duty. He left the Joyce Center thoroughly outmuscled, as Cooley poured in 17 points and 10 rebounds while controlling the paint single-handedly. “I think he was challenged from the success that Cooley had against us last year,” Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. “It was our first loss, and it was the first loss without Fab. I think he took it a little bit personal. He came in with a little bit of edge, and that’s how he’s got to play. He was phenomenal.” The first basket energized him, especially

being win-less in the conference, sit in the middle of the pack in scoring defense, allowing 58 points per game. But none of that fazes SU. It just plays its style. “We’re looking to do the same thing night in and night out. We’re looking to play Syracuse basketball,” guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. “We’re looking to push the tempo, get offensive rebounds, look high-low and run our scheme, so regardless if the team plays faster or slower, we’re still going to do stuff the same way, we still look at it like another game.” For much of the season, the Orange has adjusted well. It has started slow at times, but has always found a way to pull out of its early game slumps. Both of the games Syracuse has lost during this recent stretch came against teams that received votes in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Those aren’t the games the Orange is worried about. It’s the slow starts against Seton Hall and the Friars. Games in which SU should be in control throughout, but often doesn’t take over until the end of the first half. “When we play down to the level of our competition, or we play to the level of Providence or any other team, we’re not being ourselves. It’s tough for us to play,” Tyson-Thomas said. “But when we bring Syracuse basketball to the table we do very good.”

Depth and defense have let the Orange play the way it wants. Even with three players, including two rotation staples, sidelined against the Pirates, SU played 11 different players. Back at full strength against PC, Syracuse played 14 players. Nine played more than five minutes. “We can put five in, five out any time on the f loor and because we’ve been able to do that, that’s a really good team,” TysonThomas said. Syracuse held SHU to 34 points last week. The defense forced 27 turnovers against the Friars and grabbed 13 steals in the first half alone. Even the interior defense shined. SU center Kayla Alexander blocked four shots, accounting for more than half of the Orange’s six rejections. “Defense played a big role in that, too,” Alexander said after Syracuse’s win against PC. “ … Defense momentum leads to offense, too.” Cincinnati should provide the Orange a chance to do more of the same. The Bearcats’ lowly offense should be stifled even more against a stellar SU press. Syracuse’s deep bench should once again carry it during a rigorous stretch. That is, as long as it controls the game. Said Hillsman: “I’m really happy with where we are and we’ve got to continue just to build on

after all four plays the Orange called to get him the ball in Pittsburgh failed to materialize, and that exuberance carried onto the defensive end of the floor. He swatted away a shot attempt by Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins late in the first half, igniting a

focus on getting him the ball early, give him a chance to make plays,” Triche said. “We know if he scores early, then his energy on defense is going to be a lot better.” It was energy that would certainly be needed against Cooley, who entered Monday’s game as the leading rebounder in the Big East — he is the only player averaging double figures with 11.3 — and was labeled one of the best rebounders in the country by Boeheim, Christmas and C.J. Fair. Christmas battled Cooley for 36 minutes, playing through two first-half fouls, but demonstrating the poise and self-control needed to remain on the court. The plan was to box out hard, shoving Cooley away from the basket, and create space for the guards or forwards to sneak in for rebounds. The strategy worked, as the trio of Fair, Triche and Jerami Grant combined to corral 21 rebounds. For one of the few times in his two-year career, Christmas was fully engaged from start to finish. The tremendous athleticism and potential have had fans drooling ever since he was a McDonald’s All-American in high school, but he has put forth only a handful of complete performances. Monday was one of them, and Triche said

“I think we both knew that I needed to get him the ball more so he could have a chance to be a presence down low. And he was.” Michael Carter-Williams


fastbreak that culminated in a traditional 3-point play by Brandon Triche. Moments later, his teammates returned the favor, calling a double high screen that allowed him to roll to the basket for an easy layup on a feed from Carter-Williams. “That’s one thing we wanted to do, is just

spencer bodian | staff photographer CARMEN TYSON-THOMAS and Syracuse will need to keep up the game’s tempo when they play the Bearcats on Tuesday. this season and build on it before we go and get ready against Cincinnati.” @DBWilson2

it was Christmas’ most complete game in a Syracuse uniform. The defensive intensity — he blocked two shots in a span of 98 seconds to open the second half — was matched by an encouraging offensive performance that featured more than just dunks. He even mixed in a mid-range jumper as the shot clock expired on the offensive possession between his back-to-back blocks. “Rakeem was the best he’s played since he’s been here in terms of being active on offense,” Boeheim said. “We need him to rebound better, but he was much better offensively.” For perhaps the first time all season, Christmas admitted to being frustrated with his lack of touches inside against Pittsburgh. He said he went to Carter-Williams, his roommate, and spoke up about his desire to be a bigger part of the offense. Their bedroom doors remain open, Christmas said, mostly so they can yell at each other. But he conceded the principal message was simple: Please give me the ball. Said Christmas with a smile: “It was something like that.” @Michael_Cohen13



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andrew renneisen | staff photographer BRANDON TRICHE, BAYE MOUSSA KEITA AND C.J. FAIR swarm ND forward Jack Cooley in Syracuse’s win Monday. SU held the Big East’s leading rebounder to just 10 points.

SU rides stifling 2nd-half defensive performance to win against Notre Dame, snapping 2-game skid

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erami Grant wore a wide smile in front of his locker. Grant registered a career-high scoring effort and bested his older brother in Syracuse’s win against Notre Dame on Monday night. But it was the Orange’s dominant defensive effort, fueled by a message from head coach Jim Boeheim, that prompted the forward to flash a satisfied grin. “Coach definitely got on us on the defensive end,” Grant said,

smiling. “He made sure that we didn’t let them get a lot of backdoors or easy layups, so I felt like we listened to that and that’s why we won.” Syracuse’s brilliant defensive performance resulted in a decisive 63-47 victory against the Irish on Monday. The task was twofold – contain arguably the best big man in the Big East in Jack Cooley, and stay out on No. 25 Notre Dame’s (18-5, 6-4 Big East) 3-point shooters. Syracuse’s zone took care of both, and carried the No. 9 Orange (19-3, 7-2) to a muchneeded victory after two straight


“I think scoring in the 50-60 range is a little bit uncomfortable for us, but the way our defense is playing, we’re going to be in every game.”

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conference losses. Cooley finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but had to earn every point inside. Notre Dame shot just 6-for-20 beyond the arc, including 2-for-11 in the second half when Syracuse blew the game open. “I thought we did a pretty good job with Cooley, and then we got to their 3-point shooters,” Boeheim said, “so I thought defensively we played just as good a game as we can want to play.” The challenge started with limiting the 6-foot-9, 246-pound Cooley.

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Christmas bests Cooley in paint in career performance By Michael Cohen STAFF WRITER

It took 90 seconds and two offensive possessions for Rakeem Christmas to score more points Monday than he did during the weekend against Pittsburgh. He only needed one attempt, one isolation play on the right block and one right-handed shot that fell softly through the net. Those two points were two more than he managed in 21 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Panthers, and


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they kickstarted what turned out be a game that head coach Jim Boeheim called the best of Christmas’ career. “I think we both knew that I needed to get him the ball more so he could have a chance to be a presence down low,” sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams said. “And he was.” One year removed from being bludgeoned by Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley on the road in South Bend, Ind., Christmas redeemed himself


STAT OF THE DAY Syracuse’s rebounding

margin in its last three games against Villanova, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, respectively.

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