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Taking care SU fraternities respond to

Cyber style Vicki Ho discusses live

Movable design Industrial design students

Poor showing The Syracuse offense sputtered down

recent Youngstown State University shootings. Page 9

streaming from this weekend’s New York Fashion Week. Page 5

create bus wraps for the Connective Corridor. Page 11

the stretch as Georgetown ran away from the Orange in the Carrier Dome. Page 28

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Attendees discuss initiative





illy Brown said she had an epiphany, and she had to record it on camera. After all, that’s what she was told to do. “I just turned the camera on, and I just said it,” said Brown, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. “I talked about what was going right in my life and how Syracuse has helped make every one of those things happen for me.” Brown was one of about 25 Syracuse


Recruitment video project allows SU students to capture daily lives on camera

University students who were given video cameras to record their day-to-day lives — anything from classes to partying to being with family and friends. The resulting footage will be used in a recruitment video for prospective students. The project is expected to continue until fall 2011. SU collaborated with local film production and marketing company Solon Quinn Studios. University officials SEE VIDEO PAGE 19

Concerns about implementing the smoke-free campus initiative were brought forth at Wednesday’s University Senate open forum. The annual open forum was a



University Senate is an academic governing body with powers such as proposing policy on grading, student life, and athletics, among many others. It also approves new curricula and recommends faculty for promotion.

Refugees speak about experiences By Debbie Truong STAFF WRITER

For nearly 20 years, Bhutan native Hari Adhikari was a refugee in Nepal. “Eighteen, 19 years was too much for anyone to live in a refugee camp,” said Adhikari, now a Syracuse resident. Bhutanese-Nepalese refugees shared stories about refugee encampment and the struggles of acclimating to American culture Wednesday afternoon in Eggers Hall. The event was prompted by the growing number of refugees in the Syracuse community and sponsored by the South Asia Center, a part of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.


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Card games After its loss to Georgetown on Wednesday, No. 12 Syracuse travels to take on Louisville on Saturday.

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campus briefs Immigration cases increase The latest data from the Transactional Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University reports a rise in the number of immigration court cases, according to a Feb. 7 TRAC press release. There were more than 260,000 backlogged immigration cases at the end of December 2010, according to data compiled from federal government records. For the first quarter of the 2011 fiscal year, the backlog grew by 2.6 percent and is 44 percent higher than the number of cases at the end of fiscal year 2008.

SU develops new green project showcase Green Project Exchange, developed by the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, is an online resource to showcase environmentally focused projects across New York state, according to a Feb. 7 SU News release. The website is user-generated, and projects are posted by leaders to GPE to share success stories and tips on green practices. GPE users also have access to a growing database of resources relevant to green projects, according to the release.

Whitman blog receives Top 25 ranking A blog by Thomas Kruczek, executive director of the Falcone Center of Entrepreneurship at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, has been named one of the 25 most useful and interesting business and entrepreneurship blogs by the The Best Colleges website, according to a Feb. 3 SU News release. The Entrepreneur on Campus, Kruczek’s blog, is about his personal opinions on business and entrepreneurship. The Best Colleges selected blogs that help readers understand business concepts and how to be a better entrepreneur. Kruczek has started businesses in the building materials, consulting and hospitality industries, according to the news release. Kruczek said in the news release that he doesn’t run out of topics to write about because there is a lot happening with entrepreneurship in the United States and abroad.

University to reduce directories For the second year in a row, the university will not distribute telephone directories in bulk in an effort to reduce paper waste and support the university’s Climate Action Plan, according to a Feb. 7 Inside SU article. Instead of delivering Verizon telephone directories in bulk to university buildings or departments, a smaller number of directories will be delivered. Only white and yellow page listings for business, organizations and government offices will be included. Departments are able to preorder a set number of directories until Feb. 25 but are encouraged to do so only for areas lacking easy Internet access. — Compiled by Meghin Delaney and Dara McBride, The Daily Orange,,

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Sudanese memories

samuel totten , an education professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, speaks about his semester in Sudan to students and Syracuse University faculty members in Eggers Hall on Wednesday afternoon. While he was in Sudan, Totten talked with refugees from Darfur and conducted interviews with genocide perpetrators. Totten’s lecture was cosponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, an interdisciplinary research center in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Film viewing to focus on black author’s legacy By Audrie Tan Staff Writer

From Susan Wadley’s viewpoint, the work of Zora Neale Hurston — one of African-American literature’s most distinguished contributors — was heavily ignored. “Her book, ‘Mules and Men,’ is a superb piece of anthropological literature, and for 30 years no one ever read it. She died in poverty,” said Wadley, an anthropology professor

Jump at the Sun Screening of a feature-length doc-

umentary about Zora Neale Hurston produced by Kristy Andersen Where: Watson Theater When: Friday, 4:30 p.m. How much: Free at Syracuse University. Wadley will participate in a discussion Friday about “Jump at the Sun,” a feature-length documen-

tary film about Hurston, author of the 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The film, written and produced by award-winning producer Kristy Andersen, will be screened Friday in Watson Theater at 4:30 p.m. There will be a discussion before the film screening with Andersen and SU professors who teach Hurston’s works. The film will be followed by a Q-and-A ses-

sion with Andersen at 6:30 p.m., as well as a reception. Before Andersen created the film, it was an “uphill battle for funding” because no one seemed to know who Hurston was, Andersen said on her website. This is still the case for many people who are not familiar with AfricanAmerican literature, said Wadley, the SU anthropology professor.

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SU becomes third university to attain Foursquare badge By Joe Genco Staff Writer

After being one of the first schools in the country to establish a following on the social network Foursquare, Syracuse University became the third school to have its own badge users can unlock. Foursquare is a social network that allows users to check in at

locations using a mobile phone or a device with Internet access, according to the Foursquare website. Users of the service can track where their friends have been, browse or write tips at locations giving recommendations and earn badges based on the amount of activity they have, according to the website. SU launched its Foursquare badge,

which features the word “’Cuse” and the number 44 in orange letters, on Jan. 25. Stanford University and Harvard University each have their own badge as well. Users must follow SU on Foursquare and check into a variety of places on campus to get the badge, said Anthony Rotolo, assistant professor of practice and social media

strategist at the School of Information Studies. “It’s like Xbox Live, where you can unlock achievements,” Rotolo said. “They don’t really do anything, but you can look at them and say you earned them.” SU’s involvement with Foursquare started in spring 2010 when

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Networking sites have blown up hype around teen stars like Bieber


ear Justin Bieber, You annoy me. Maybe not quite as much as the Jonas Brothers, but definitely more than Nickelodeon’s post-‘90s television shows. You’re innocently cute on the February Vanity Fair cover and in your 3-D — really? — documentary “Never Say Never,” which is premiering this Friday. And that head of hair makes me want to canoe down a serene river beneath a rainbow surrounded by butterflies. Damn you, Bieber. To say you’ve got the world on a string is putting it mildly. You dropped a bomb of preteen bliss on the entire western hemisphere. A bomb that has infected every girl under the age of 15 with an incurable fever — Bieber fever. Gross. And I don’t think there’s anything more obnoxious than your fever-infected fans. They tweet kissy faces to you, plaster your face all over the blogs and crop their pictures into that dumb “Face in Hole” photo. However, I’ve since realized that once upon a time, not long ago, I was a Bieber fan — most of us 20-something-year-olds were. But his name wasn’t Justin Bieber. It was Justin Timberlake. And he performed in the glorious band *NSYNC. You were a mere toddler, Bieber, but you missed a magical era in which boy bands ruled the radio and made up for their mediocre vocals with cheesy choreographed dances. Consider yourself lucky, Bieber. *NSYNC didn’t have the social media outlets to skyrocket them to idol status. But you did. Seriously, imagine what life would have been like if Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Myspace and PerezHilton had existed 10 years ago. The Backstreet Boys-*NSYNC rivalry would have been so much better! Think of how easy it would have been to shut up those stupid Backstreet Boys worshippers, who — as any true *NSYNC fan would agree — were trailer trash. We could have tweeted, blogged, status-ed every time *NSYNC beat the Backstreet Boys on the charts, appeared in more photos in J-14 Magazine, reported higher record sales, sold out their concert faster and had more musicvideo views on YouTube. The list of opportunities would have been endless. We could have wiped the Backstreet Boys off the face of the earth. I’m almost mad Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t born earlier.


really? I’ll admit my 12-year-old self certainly would have jumped at the opportunity to default a cropped picture of JT and me: a picture of us holding hands on a beautiful beach, where dolphins outlined the ocean. In a place where no one could ever find us… But anyway. Thank your lucky stars, Biebs. You exploded onto the scene at the opportune time, just ask your 7,114,072 followers on Twitter and 20,699,519 fans on Facebook. I would have created fake Facebook accounts just to ensure that *NSYNC had more Facebook fans than the Backstreet Boys. On a side note, I still don’t understand how the Backstreet Boys were even successful. I’ll give them “Larger than Life,” but “I Want it that Way” might have been the worst song in the history of pop music, and I’m including Jessica Simpson’s “A Public Affair.” In the end, Biebs, I guess my annoyance has slightly diminished, and I’m happy for you. You’re well on your way to solidifying yourself as the next JT, as long as puberty doesn’t get in the way. But slow your roll before you stumble down the wrong path and turn into the next Aaron Carter. Seriously, Taylor Swift doesn’t even have a documentary out yet, and I’m much more interested in the life that inspired all those sort of country, sort of pop, achy-breakyheart songs. Keep that in mind, and you’re golden. And I’m sure JT would agree that “God must have spent a little more time on you. “ Or at least that hair. Best wishes, Lauren Lauren Tousignant is a junior writing and communication and rhetorical studies major. Her column appears occasionally. She can be reached at


Cuomo’s cuts to education unfairly affect poor, inner-city districts Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his executive budget in Albany on Feb. 3, which will cut spending in all areas. The most significant cuts will be made to New York’s greatest expenditures: Medicaid and education. Cuomo’s decision to cut education spending by $1.5 billion will unfairly hit the districts that need that money the most, ones like the Syracuse City School District. Impoverished city districts across upstate New York are already suffering from severe budget constraints. Syracuse city schools faced an unprecedented deficit of $47 million in 2011-12. Now with Cuomo’s additional slash to state education funding, Syracuse schools will add $16 million to their deficit. In other words, the district must cut 540 jobs. In reining in state spending, Cuomo had to make difficult decisions. And in theory, cutting from New York’s greatest expense may force districts to use money more efficiently, perhaps even trimming exorbitant administrators’ salaries. But the poorest districts rely the most on state aid. For instance, more

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board than 70 percent of Syracuse’s budget comes from the state. Thus blanket cuts to all districts harm those already struggling with low test scores and poor achievement rates. How can the cycle of poverty and low performance end when schools’ resources decrease? The governor should have suggested provisions for helping districts unfairly hit by the cuts. Simply cutting aid across the board does not offer a solution for increasing efficiency. In the case of Syracuse schools, district leaders are faced with many devastating options: cutting health services in the schools, cutting teachers and staff, freezing salaries and ending certain extracurricular activities. All of these cuts directly undermine the effective education of New York state children rather than fix inefficiency in the system.

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Though visitors may spend Chinese New Year partying, locals celebrate with family


xplosions echo through the streets, the night sky bursts with bright lights, and few people are found outside. This is Beijing on Chinese New Year 2011. What was the United States celebrating at the same time? Oh, that’s right, Groundhog Day. A whole day devoted to looking at a rodent’s shadow to determine if a few more weeks of snow will fall in Syracuse. News flash: Groundhogs don’t predict the weather. While people in the United States were sipping a cup of coffee and watching the morning news talk show, expatriates in Beijing sipped bottles of Johnnie Walker and talked loudly in crowded clubs. My group of friends spent New Year’s at a club called Babyface — yes, Babyface — which ironically took years off my life. There were neon bars, white lounge couches with a view of the dance floor and copious amounts of my new best friend Johnnie Walker. That liquid gold is mixed with tea and served in round whiskey glasses. The ubiquitous shout of the night is one word: “gambei.” It translates to “cheers,” but that doesn’t give it justice. Gambei means “suck down your glass as fast as you can so as to prove you are having a good time.” Use with this phrase with caution. House and R&B music bumped through the speakers and into the street that night. As if things weren’t crazy enough, we saw fireworks outside lit out of boxes by kids who should not have been up that late. The sound of those firecrackers will never escape my ears. They can be heard for miles around in the days leading up to New Year’s, some flaring up from back alleyways and open sidewalks. But the ones at midnight in Beijing put everything else to shame. Daylight reaches Beijing early when these rockets of light blot out the stars and blast like gunfire. The illuminations of thousands of these celebrate China’s biggest day.


beijing bureau chief Despite the fanfare, few people are out on the normally congested streets of Beijing. New Year’s is a time spent by most Chinese at home, with family. Buses and train stations cram with people leaving Beijing to return to their hometowns throughout China before the celebrations. For most, this is a time to help grandma cook steamed dumplings or to see their baby brother, not a time to feel sick after a dinner of steamed dumplings or to throw down at Babyface all night. Rather than revel with booze and dancing, the Chinese feel obligated to go home to see their loved ones. It is a must that they come home for New Year’s. Many choose the happiness of their family over their own selfindulgence. Certainly, it made me think of how I should have spent New Year’s Eve cooking dinner for my parents instead of waking up on New Year’s Day with a massive hangover. After all, when the parties die down; when the wind blows, turning over the scraps of fireworks wrappers; and as people meander the streets, my mind goes back not to the sixth-glass gambei I shouted but to home and the warmth and company of family so far away. Andrew Swab is a junior magazine journalism and international relations major. His columns appear occasionally. He can be reached at




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New media provides all fashion lovers access to New York Fashion Week


t’s that time again: The autumn/ winter 2011 New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center officially starts today and goes on until the following Thursday. Though NYFW has always seemed somewhat pretentious and exclusive, this year the organizers are opening doors to all members of the general public who love fashion — they’re opening the virtual doors, that is. “Thanks to a serious digital overhaul over the past few years, more than just the fashion elite get to check out the runway shows live, as a handful of them are being broadcast live online for the entire world to see,” wrote blogger GeekSugar. These recent trends to live

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stream shows and even live shots of backstage preparations and designer interviews stem from the growing popularity of social media. Consumers from all over the world, with different financial incomes, can finally come together under the same virtual roof to share their love for fashion. Some of the most prominent labels, including Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler and even our very own alumnus Betsey Johnson, will stream their entire runway show online through different digital outlets. Find where all the brands will be streaming through Fashion Week’s official site, Though luxury labels are quickly

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i’m judging you embracing the digital world this Fashion Week, this is not the first time a designer decided to bring his or her label to the fashion layman via new media. The most memorable live stream was definitely Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 show. His Plato’s Atlantis collection not only defined McQueen

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as a possible environmentalist but also as a designer who accepted the democratization of digital media. “When Alexander McQueen said he wanted to bring the brand directly to his audience and not be edited down, that was powerful stuff. It was a powerful breaking down of walls. He doesn’t want to be romanticized or glamorized in tabloids or the press; he wants to be heard,” said Marc Gobé, the man behind branding the live stream, in an Oct.7, 2009, W magazine interview. McQueen brought hope for fashion lovers. The most coveted and untouchable designer in the world was now vying for our attention through the computer screen.

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Soon after, luxury brands followed in the steps of McQueen, and here we are in the present, with more than 20 high-end brands presenting their shows live and online. Fashion is no longer about frontrow editors and top celebrity placements. It’s not about Anna Wintour or the seating feuds between Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Fashion is about the consumer, the aspiring college blogger hoping to make it in the industry someday. Fashion is about you, and it’s about me. Vicki Ho is a senior public relations major. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at

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chance for students, staff and faculty to address Chancellor Nancy Cantor with concerns or questions about SU. The auditorium was mostly filled with faculty and staff, although a few students were in attendance. Officials at the forum also discussed where the proceeds from the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game would go, as well as concerns about the number of tenured faculty. The open forum in Maxwell Auditorium lasted 11 minutes. Concerns regarding the smoke-free initiative included how it would apply to people on South Campus or to visitors smoking in their cars. Allan Breese, head of the group looking into the initiative, said the committee members were still discussing the initiative and setting goals for where they would like to be with the program in three, four or five years. The initiative has received a great deal of support

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The film screening is organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with the Slutzker Center for International Services, as well as a number of other departments across campus, including Partnership for Better Education, Light Work, the Renée Crown University Honors Program and the Department of Anthropology. Andersen will be coming to SU from Cornell University, where she will speak on her film Thursday. Patricia Burak, director of the

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“We’re going to make a little bit of money to put it back in the program so we can try to help the program enhance itself.”

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from the Student Association, he said. Athletic Director Daryl Gross answered the question about whether the Pinstripe Bowl game proceeds would be going to the athletic department or distributed throughout the university. Gross said the football team received a gross figure of a little more than $1 million for attending the bowl game, but team expenses and a ticket allotment

Slutzker center, said she hopes more students will attend Friday’s film screening, which will show that SU students are interested in crosscultural accomplishments, especially in light of Black History Month. Andersen has produced documentary films such as “Shifting Sands” and the Emmy Awardwinning “Sea Turtles’ Last Dance,” Burak said. Andersen spent 18 years and used her personal funds to create and produce “Jump at the Sun,” Burak said. Burak said she hopes Andersen’s film will allow students to draw from Hurston’s experiences as an African-American woman in the early half of the 20th century. Hurston broke

detracted from the figure. “We’re going to make a little bit of money to put it back in the program so we can try to help the program enhance itself,” Gross said. During the discussion of the Pinstripe Bowl game proceeds, a question was also raised about what would happen to possible proceeds from a men’s basketball Final Four game. Gross said it was too soon to answer questions about the Final Four proceeds. Associate mathematics professor Steven Diaz was also concerned about the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, which he said he felt were decreasing. He asked to see numbers from the past three decades on fulltime and tenured and tenure-track faculty. Cantor said the university did have data but not three decades of numbers. Recently, both the tenured and tenure-track faculty and the full-time faculty have increased by 12 and 20 percent, respectively, she said. Diaz also asked what happened to people who forgot to apply for the university’s health care.

Cantor said an “enormous” amount of time was spent tracking down those people to make sure their information was accounted for. Wednesday’s forum was a contrast to the forum last year when students showed up with concerns about making zero-credit courses in the College of Visual and Performing Arts worth one credit. Overall discussion last year included more “big items,” such as changes to faculty benefits and the movement of part of E.S. Bird Library’s collection to an off-campus storage facility, said presiding officer Jonathan Massey. It is possible that members of the campus community are not as involved with USen this academic year because the issues are not the same or because they do not have the same questions, Massey said. “Either people feel like they have the info,” Massey said, “or they aren’t engaged with the issues.”

many glass ceilings presented for AfricanAmericans and women in her time, Burak said. “It’s an inspiration for women and for anyone who suffers a barrier because of their ethnicity, gender, religion or socioeconomic status,” she said. Despite the challenges faced by AfricanAmerican women during her time, Hurston managed to get an education at Howard University and Columbia University, where she received a Ph.D. in anthropology. Hurston traveled for five years doing a film documentary project — an ethnological study of black folk music — visiting small towns in the South, where she documented their histories. Some of this documentary is used in Andersen’s film as well. The film includes interviews with Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, both renowned writers of African-American literature, and a reenacted radio interview with Hurston using the original dialogue from 1943. Burak said many of the challenges Hurston

“I think everyone should be interested in how an individual, by the strength of their will and their belief in themselves, can accomplish what they’re able to accomplish.”


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faced are still prevalent today. She cited the crisis in Egypt as a prime example of barriers imposed by political regimes. Said Burak: “I think everyone should be interested in how an individual, by the strength of their will and their belief in themselves, can accomplish what they’re able to accomplish.”

Who is Kristy Andersen? • The feature-length documentary film titled, “Jump at the Sun,” is written and produced by Andersen. • Andersen is an award-winning Florida documentary producer. Her work can be viewed on local and national TV, as well as in tourist spots around Florida. • She first worked in TV stations in Washington, D.C., and Tampa. She then worked on her first long-form video and film in 1985: “Bay Bottom Blues.” • “Bay Bottom Blues” won an Emmy nomination and helped to clean up and restore Tampa Bay. • Andersen has a signature style of bringing a creative angle to an under-appreciated topic. “Bay Bottom Blues” established this style. • Following “Bay Bottom Blues,” Andersen began a newsletter, Bay Bottom News, to help raise funds for her next film, “Tampa Bay Oasis.” • It was then that Bay Bottom News became the name of Andersen’s corporation. • Her next documentary was “Shifting Sands,” which explored Florida’s shoreline that was eroding. • Next was “Sea Turtles Last Dance,” which brought to the surface the problems facing the endangered kemps’ ridley turtles. •“Sea Turtles Last Dance” won an Emmy and was broadcast nationwide. It used footage from 1947 to show the turtles’ significant decline from that time to its current numbers. • The film produced legislation two years later to protect the turtles and ordered shrimpers to alter their fishing gear. • Andersen’s “Jump at the Sun” was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2008. • She’s currently working on a few broadcast film projects. Source:

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Emera Bridger Wilson, outreach coordinator for the South Asia Center, said the presentation was organized to educate the Syracuse University community on the plight-ridden histories of the city’s refugee population. Wilson introduced Adhikari as the “driving force of the Bhutanese-Nepalese community in Syracuse.” Adhikari, a human rights activist with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, spoke about Bhutan’s violent political past. The people of Bhutan were ruled by an absolute monarchy, in which the king’s word was law, Adhikari said. Nepali-speaking Southern Bhutanese males were sentenced to detention centers to purge the spread of democratic ideals made popular in the 1980s, he said. Adhikari himself was detained by the government. He recalled seeing men hanging from their ankles as blood dripped from their mouths and noses while army forces beat them mercilessly, he said. This and other methods of intimidation were adopted to strike fear into the Southern Bhutanese and force their relocation, Adhikari said. After exhausting all other options, including pleas to neighboring international powerhouse India, he said many Bhutanese relocated to Nepali refugee camps. Adhikari said the settlements are composed of shelters constructed with bamboo, while the refugee camps lack all formal health facilities and modern amenities. In 2008, the United States and seven other countries offered to resettle Bhutanese refugees from Nepali camps, he said. More than 2,000 of the 60,000 Bhutanese refugees the United States offered to settle currently reside in Syracuse, Adhikari said. Jai Subedi, a refugee and member of Syracuse’s Citizen’s Cabinet, recalled his experience with the Bhutanese government. His father owned a lot of property but was kicked out, he said. After relocating to a refugee camp at age 20 and being educated in the camp, Subedi arrived in Syracuse 27 months ago. He now advocates for literacy and education on behalf of Syracuse’s Bhutanese community. Subedi said the language barrier is harming efforts to incorporate the Bhutanese into American culture. “My tongue does not twist as an American tongue,” Subedi said. Kamal Gautam, a former doctor in his refugee camp, also stressed the importance of overcoming language barriers. Though Gautam speaks fluent English, he has observed the difficulties of everyday encounters between the Bhutanese and English-speaking residents of

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Bhutanese-Nepalese Refugees in Syracuse In 2008, 15 years after the start of the Bhutan conflict, the United States and seven other countries offered to resettle Bhutanese refugees from Nepali camps. More than 2,000 of the 60,000 Bhutanese refugees the United States offered to settle currently reside in Syracuse. SU invited area Bhutanese-Nepalese refugees to share the challenges faced in relocating to the North Side of Syracuse. Challenges the refugees discussed included being victims of violence, language barriers and building a new community in Syracuse.

practitioner of medicine in the United States within three years and has submitted an application to volunteer with the Upstate Medical University Hospital. Members of the Bhutanese-Nepalese community in Syracuse are also faced with the struggle of balancing their native culture with the intricacies of American society, Adhikari said. Traditional dance and teaching Bhutanese youth the Nepali language are two methods of preserving culture amid assimilation, he said. Adhikari closed the presentation by stressing the need for assistance from SU. Federal aid covers basic needs, but donations are needed to provide refugees with everyday comforts, such as furniture. Cassie-Lee Grimaldi, a freshman television, radio and film major, attended the event and said she thought more people in the area should pay attention to the issue and donate time to help. “It opened my eyes to the struggles right in

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our own backyard,” she said. Barbara Schloss, an employment specialist with InterFaith Works, said she agreed. “As a worker in a refugee program,” she said, “it expanded my knowledge of the hardships the Bhutanese refugees encounter and how they’ve overcome barriers.”

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David Rosen, senior information technology management major and member of SU’s social media team, took interest in the site. “I had seen that Harvard had a Foursquare page, and we didn’t. So I was like, ‘We should get involved with this,’” Rosen said. Rosen then reached out to Foursquare cofounder and SU alumnus Dennis Crowley on Twitter about starting a page for SU. Crowley replied with enthusiasm, and there has been a working relationship between SU and Foursquare since then, Rosen said. Today, SU’s account on Foursquare has nearly 13,000 followers. Some students who use Foursquare have been pleased with SU’s presence on the site and the increase in its popularity. “It’s an interesting experience, like a scavenger hunt or some kind of game,” said Rob Fonda, a senior television, radio and film major who uses the service daily. “I just earned the Syracuse badge last week, which I had no idea even existed, so that was a fun surprise.” Though the use of Foursquare is rising at SU, some students aren’t convinced it is worthwhile. Brent Perez, a senior information technology management major, is an avid user of the service but said he has seen limited interest from his friends. “There’s a lot of people who think it’s kind of pointless. They don’t want to put it on their phone,” he said. “It’s just another time-waster like Facebook and Twitter and all that.” But Foursquare is not the only social media SU has received notice for using. Klout. com recently ranked SU’s official Twitter account the second most influential among colleges. ranks users based on the

“I had seen that Harvard had a Foursquare page, and we didn’t, so I was like, ‘We should get involved with this.’” David Rosen

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number of followers, interactions, live tweets and other factors. Rotolo credits SU’s success in using social media to its approach. Unlike a public relations or advertising firm running social media, SU has students take shifts on the weekends tweeting or updating the university’s Facebook page. At the beginning of the spring 2010 semester, SU set up a social media team that included Rotolo, two staff members and eight students. “Usually a firm is hired to do social media, but SU wanted something a little more homegrown,” Rotolo said. “The students on the team come from all different schools, and we know the community, and we are here every day trying to find out what to have conversations about.”

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Playing it safe By Jon Harris



on Cole didn’t get the chance to meet Jamail Johnson, and now he never will. Johnson, a 25-year-old student at Youngstown State University, was killed in a shooting at an off-campus fraternity house early Sunday morning. The two shooters, neither of who were YSU students nor fraternity members, left the party after being involved in a dispute, according to an Associated Press article published Tuesday. They then returned and began firing into the crowd of at least 50 people, according to the article. Eleven people were injured, including six students, but Johnson was the only one killed, according to the article. “I feel like it was very much a lost opportunity on my behalf to not have known him,” said Cole, YSU’s spokesman. At Syracuse University, fraternities have taken notice of the shooting at YSU and will continue to take safety precautions at parties. One of the most violent attacks in SU’s recent history occurred on Sept. 20, 2009, at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house on Walnut Place, where Syracuse resident Rashaun Cameron stabbed three SU students. A Department of Public Safety officer took him down at gunpoint

“A lot of this will always come down to the responsibility and the behavior of fraternity and sorority members themselves and making sure that they adhere to the rules that are set forth by fraternity and sorority affairs. If they follow the program, follow the rules, the likelihood of something bad happening is actually minimized.”

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shortly afterward. “Over the years, there have been scuffles and isolated incidents of fights and things like that, but the incident in the fall of ’09 was certainly the most significant,” said DPS Chief Tony Callisto. After the ATO stabbings, DPS strengthened its relationship with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Callisto said. DPS officers and supervisors for Orange Watch, a program that provides an expanded officer presence in key areas on and around campus, check in with fraternities during the weekend, he said. Gabe Lister, Interfraternity Council vice president of internal affairs, said it has been suggested to each fraternity to have the Orange Watch supervisor attend chapter meetings. If a dispute at a party occurs, Lister said he hopes fraternities have the confidence to call DPS to ensure the situation stays safe. Chapter presidents have proven in the past couple of years that they aren’t afraid to call DPS when they need help with a problem, Callisto said. “A lot of this will always come down to the responsibility and the behavior of fraternity and sorority members themselves and making sure that they adhere to the rules that are set forth by fraternity and sorority affairs,” Callisto said. “If they follow the program, follow the rules, the likelihood of something bad happening is actually minimized.” The social policy for fraternities requires on-site security for large gatherings, Callisto said. The hired security is responsible for maintaining security at the party and ensuring only invited guests are allowed to enter, he said. Fraternities also pay their security to make sure a person is dealt with if he or she is acting up, said Lister, IFC vice president of internal affairs. “And once security knows that might be an issue, they can either respond back to us or tell us to get a hold of DPS,” Lister said. Lister, chair of the IFC Peer Review Board, said punishments like social probation and fines are given out to fraternities for infractions such as underage drinking, fights, unregistered parties and failure to have security on site. Fraternities are required to submit a guest list for parties through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs before a party, according to a Sept. 2 article published in The Daily Orange. “There’s no more open parties in fraternities,” said David Lurie, IFC president. “If you want to come into that party, you have to be on the list.” Fraternities that do not follow social policy are subject to punishment by the IFC Peer

SU fraternities continue safety precautions in light of Youngstown fraternity shooting

Review Board, Lurie said. Knowing who is on the guest list plays a significant role in minimizing problems at parties, as guests are required to have their SU IDs and tickets to get into parties, said Erik Bortz, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Erich Grundman, president of Phi Gamma Delta, said his chapter IDs people at the door. Fraternity members working the door will ask guests for their SU ID or state ID and check the list to make sure they are on it before letting

them enter the party, he said. Even though fraternities take many precautions to maintain safety during parties, incidents like the ones at ATO and YSU serve as constant reminders to chapter presidents like Grundman. “As a chapter president, if something goes wrong, it’s on my head,” Grundman said. “It’s constant vigilance. These kinds of things, they stay in your mind. You’re constantly watching for an event that could turn bad. You’re constantly checking that nothing is going wrong.”

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The germs on the bus go ‘round and ‘round ALICIA SMITH

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SU students redesign Connective Corridor buses, develop route’s identity By Danielle Odiamar ASST. FEATURE EDITOR


he Connective Corridor is working on promoting its utility around the city. It’s even taken out the word “use” from Syracuse to prove its point. The “use” campaign is coming to fruition with the help of three Syracuse University industrial design majors. The students will work on recreating the exterior and interior of three Connective Corridor buses that link the campus to the city. The buses are set to debut later this month. Fifth-year industrial design students Cat King, Heidi Hakala Olean and Ana Mihai started to work on the project last fall. The students met with the director of the Connective Corridor project, Robbi Farschman, throughout last semester to plan the designs. Each student was responsible for producing her own original design for each bus, and

they have since been actively involved in the process of perfecting the buses. The purpose of this new identity is to help brand the corridor in terms of color, font and the new “use” identity marketed specifically for the Corridor, he said. “We’re looking at Syracuse and pulling out the ‘use’ at the end of (the word) and thinking about ‘What can I use?’” Farschman said. “Use the bus, use your feet, use your imagination, just being really creative with how we think of the word ‘use,’ and the bus will be a part of starting that creativity.” The original bus wraps were made in 2007 and were also designed by students in the industrial design program at SU. Each wrap, large sheets of vinyl-like material with an industrial-strength adhesive, lasts for about five years. In 2009, a demand for bigger buses due to an SEE BUS PAGE 16

hate getting on a packed bus. Not only is every seat taken, I’m prone to spilling my coffee at every turn — and more importantly I have to grasp one of the germ-laden poles. I ride the bus every day, and I see students cough into the same hand that holds a bus pole I’m about to wrap my fingers around. I think you get the picture. During the winter, many people wear gloves, which sounds like the solution to disrupting the transfer of pole-related illness (unless you use your gloves as a means to smear a runny nose). But according to the Center for Disease Control, January and February are the peak months for the flu. Be on the lookout for more sneezing and coughing, as well as opportunities for airborne virussharing during your ride to campus. Although the constant flow of riders prevents bus drivers from regularly spraying the air with Lysol, it would be beneficial for every bus to be equipped with hand sanitizer that riders can easily access when exiting. I may not be able to coat my lungs with cold repellant, but I’d at least have hands slathered with something that can fend off a virus or two. Not all Syracuse University students agree with me. Darlene Clarke, an undeclared sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and a regular bus rider, said even if the Centro buses provided hand sanitizer, she wouldn’t use it. “I think if there were hand sanitizer on the bus, I would question if it’s clean, safe to use and how often the bus drivers change the sanitizer containers,” she said. The freshness of the containers could be questionable over time, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take if the gel inside will ward off potential sickness. Experts at the University of Nottingham in England recently found that those who use public transportation are six times more likely to get sick. With the pressures of academic deadlines and extracurricular commitments, taking a sick day can mean getting behind on multiple obligations. A recent study by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases SEE SMITH PAGE 12

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found that 66 percent of Americans carry on with their daily routine knowing they have early flu symptoms. It wouldn’t surprise me if the percentage of sick SU students who attend class were even higher. The same study found that 59 percent of people felt frustrated by sick people who put others at risk by not staying home. I admit it: I’ve gone to class with the sniffles plenty of times. But when a congested classmate sneezes into his or her hand and then passes me the attendance sign-in sheet, I get annoyed. You

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won’t be getting a “bless you” for that, Sicko. I could carry some hand sanitizer around in my backpack. And the line of those waiting to get off the bus would move slightly slower if people were pausing to get a squirt of hand sanitizer. But you know what? It would take me longer to reach into my backpack than to reach out to an accessible dispenser. And I like the sanitary feeling of rubbing antiseptic between my fingers. Better to be late for class today than miss it tomorrow because you’re sick. Alicia Smith is a graduate student in the magazine, newspaper and online journalism program in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at

Fraternities join, put on speed dating event By Katie Van Brunt Contributing Writer

Alex Kapneck will be one of 500 students flocking to the sold-out speed dating event Thursday night, which kicks off fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha’s “Lovers & Friends” week. “Speed dating is my thing. I love to meet a lot of guys at once,” said Kapneck, a junior psychology major. The speed dating event, named “Hitched III” after the movie starring Will Smith, will be held in Goldstein Auditorium on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. For their third official speed dating event, APA invited another fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, to collaborate with them. The Schine Box Office offered 500 free tickets since last Monday, but the last ticket was snagged Wednesday, said Joe Iluore, a junior biology major and an active member of APA. When “Hitched III” was first held in 2008, the turnout was small but successful. Then two years later, during the spring 2010 semester, APA hosted the event again, with 250 students in attendance. “We weren’t expecting that many, but it was so big. People were waiting outside,” Iluore said. “There were so many girls, we had to rotate them in and out and eventually had two girls to every guy at a table — every man’s dream.” When students enter the auditorium for the event, each will be assigned a certain number, indicating which of the six separate sections they’ll be in. APA and SAE brothers will monitor a series of rounds within each section. After three minutes, a timed gong will go off, and either the men or women will rotate to the next table. Not only is this event creative and a great way to spend a Thursday evening, but it also helps to bring all SU students together, Iluore said. “It’s interesting because it definitely breaks

“Hitched III”

Speed dating event Where: Goldstein Auditorium When: Today, 7 p.m. How much: Sold out boundaries,” said Ariel Ford, a sophomore public health major. “I went last year, and there was a big mix of people, but I also think there will be a greater mix this year. You get to talk to people you wouldn’t normally interact with on campus.” Iluore agreed and said the event is more than just about dating. It’s about social networking and making connections with your peers, he said. “Personally, I met so many people I would’ve never met,” he said. “The best thing is all the bonds you make with people.”

Musical chairs Here are 10 universities across the nation that participate in speed dating events: • • • • • • • • • •

University of North Texas East Tennessee State University Gallaudet University Florida State University Denison University Rutgers University University of Iowa University of La Verne University of Rhode Island East Carolina University —Compiled by Kathleen Kim, asst. feature editor,


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Group to fundraise with dance marathon By Justin Dorsen CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Larry Elin is no stranger to Syracuse University dance marathons. When he was an undergraduate at SU in 1971, his Delta Tau Delta fraternity hosted them. The events raised $40,000 to $50,000 every

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12-hour dance marathon to benefit Habitat for Humanity Where: Skybarn When: 8 p.m. - 8 a.m. How much: $3 at door to dance to one song, $7 to dance to fi ve year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, said Elin, adviser for Habitat for Humanity and associate professor of television, radio and film. “And people had so much fun,” he said. The event fizzled out in the late 1980s, but Elin is reviving it for another good cause: building a house for a family in downtown Syracuse. The SU and State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host a 12-hourlong dance marathon Friday. The event will start at 8 p.m. in the Skybarn on South Campus. The chapter has built one house in Syracuse each year for the past several years. Habitat for Humanity’s executive board members hope this fundraiser will cover the $65,000 cost of building an additional house this year, Elin said. The current house is being constructed on Gifford Street.


Elin said Chancellor Nancy Cantor made a donation to Habitat for Humanity as a head start for its fundraising efforts. “Chancellor Nancy Cantor is a big fan of the organization because it is a perfect example of community engagement, and she has generously committed $20,000 per year toward the cost of the house for the next five years,” Elin said. He said Habitat for Humanity is responsible for raising the remaining $45,000 to cover the total cost of the house. For the event, students registered in teams that were required to raise money. Each team had to pay $35 to register. The team that raises the most money wins a grand prize — a twonight stay at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, California, during Spring Break. General admission tickets are $3 at the door to dance to one song and $7 to dance to five songs. Jenna Loadman, a junior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries and a coordinator for the dance marathon, said the event offers a variety of activities that will occur throughout the night. “It’s going to be an all-inclusive event,” she said. “There is going to be a DJ from the radio station Hot 97 playing Top 40 hits that people can dance to.” In addition to the DJ, four live bands — Big Mouth, Nate Stein, Greg Golterman and The Fly — will perform. There will also be food, snacks, drinks and a raffle basket, Loadman said. A highlight of the night will be a demo of “Just Dance Michael Jackson,” a Wii video

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increasing number of passengers presented an opportunity to promote a new image for the Connective Corridor, Farschman said. The need to more precisely brand the Connective Corridor stems from general misinterpretations and misinformed ideas of what the Connective Corridor is. The line has essentially become synonymous with buses, as many people believe it’s simply a bus route, she said. Farschman said this is a common misconception she is trying to prevent. “The corridor is a movement to help elevate the arts and cultural opportunities and institutions we have in the community,� Farschman said. “The bus is one of the ways that we can connect to these cultural venues, and I think this year people are going to begin to understand the corridor differently in the course of this year.� Working closely with Farschman and in conjunction with Centro and Pentagram, a branding company based in New York City, students King, Olean and Mihai have created three different designs for three buses that reflect the Corridor’s new identity. “When something is blown up compared to when you’re looking at your little computer, it’s very different,� King said. “Little things that you didn’t notice before are pronounced, so we’d go through each, very detail oriented and picking out things that we saw.� The three buses each have their own distinctive theme that sticks to the “use� mentality. One bus has a museum theme, another has a wave or water theme and the last features colorful dots. According to February’s Connective Corridor newsletter, the buses share common features as well: the same typeface, the same colors and the “use� identity. The buses will also include original designs for the interior of each bus that complements the theme of the exterior. Alexandra Fiust and Benjamin Lin, both interior design students, redesigned the three buses’ interior in 2009. Interior design assistant professor Jennifer Hamilton guided them through the design process and helped implement the students’ designs for the actual buses. This will be the fi rst time the buses will have unique designs for the interior. “This time around, we looked at their interior designs and tried to think of ways that we could join the two,� said Olean, who also worked on the design for the original bus wrap designs in 2007. The buses were originally set to be revealed Jan. 18, but production has been facing delays

“This project is produced and out there, as opposed to doing this other project for class that will sit on my desk. Everybody will see this.�

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with the assembly of the interior, primarily the installation of the fabrics chosen specifically for each bus’ designs, Farschman said. Colin Cavanaugh, a sophomore industrial and interactive design major, said he’s excited about the possibility of working on a project like this in the future. Cavanaugh, who takes four classes at The Warehouse downtown and works in the woodshop there, rides the Connective Corridor bus Monday through Friday. He was impressed by the opportunity presented to his peers and said it’s a great way for students pursuing a career in industrial design to gain experience. “It’s a different field than I want to go into, but that sounds like a great experience in general for any student in that field to have,� Cavanaugh said. “I can’t wait to see what they did with them. I’m sure they must be pretty awesome.� The industrial design students said getting involved in the out-of-class project, which counts as experience credit, was not difficult. All three said that despite the large amount of work and time that goes into the project, they do not regret it and even like that their work is for a real client. “This project is produced and out there, as opposed to doing this other project for class that will sit on my desk,� Olean said. “Everybody will see this.� dmodiama@


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he only substantial question raised by “Sanctum,” one of the most generic adventure films you might ever see, is: When are audiences going to wake up and reject 3-D when it’s entirely unnecessary? In the case of wondrous fantasy film “Coraline” (2009), 3-D is an almost vital filmmaking device. In an underwater soap opera such as “Sanctum,” in which none of the scenery is pushed toward the viewer’s eyes and the characterization is expectedly dull, what’s the point? Prepare to dive down to one of the world’s least explored locations, the Esa’ala caves in the South Pacific, with the money behind the expedition, Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), his girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson), and the much younger Josh (Rhys Wakefield). Beneath the earth’s surface, they team up with a well-equipped crew, ready to explore parts of the earth no human has laid eyes on, while Josh gets the opportunity to reconnect with Frank (Richard Roxburgh), his hardcore diver dad. Astonishingly, nothing plays out according to plan. Not long after the cave is flooded by a monstrous storm, the characters are forced into unimaginable circumstances that incite dissent, greed and fear. Josh and Frank’s bond strengthens as a result of the dire circumstances, which pit them against the elements as they attempt to brave a compartment of the earth that has never housed human beings. “Sanctum” was directed by Alister Grierson, but it’s more the product of executive producer James Cameron (“Avatar”). The film melds Cameron’s two favorite things: oceanic exploration and 3-D technology. (Between creating “Titanic” and “Avatar,” Cameron directed two 3-D deep sea documentaries, “Ghosts of the Abyss”

Underwater 3-D film drowns under poor character development, lack of scenery

and “Aliens of the Deep.”) Similar to his prior experiments with 3-D, “Sanctum” is bogged down by uninteresting characters, a terrible script and mediocre acting. It’s not as awful as “Avatar,” but only because it’s not as obnoxious. As in Cameron’s “Avatar,” interesting settings can’t compensate for lack of requisite character development and amateurish storytelling. The damaged relationship between Josh and his father occasionally feels genuine but otherwise is simply uninspired. Despite inheriting a fascinating setting for his semi-autobiographical story, Grierson doesn’t experiment with the scenery whatsoever, favoring instead to focus on a very conventional story. Lingering shots of the majestic caves would have been far more interesting than the characters’ emotions. The caves are certainly the most fascinating aspect of the production, but Grierson doesn’t dare to be much of an explorer. (Isn’t that the director’s job, though?) Not only is Grierson ignorant of the characters’ potential, he takes the marvelous setting for granted. Grierson does not remotely exercise the advantages of 3-D, even while the beautifully angular and foreboding caves beg to jut out through the viewer’s glasses. In Grierson’s film, the caves are compressed and flattened, leaving the viewer to quietly hope for stalactites to stab at them in their comfortable seats in the theater. “Sanctum” is a film about survival, the type Cameron particularly enjoys, whether it be Sarah or John Connor evading the Terminator, Ellen Ripley outlasting the Alien, or Jack and Rose holding onto the sinking Titanic for dear life. In this most recent production, however, it is the viewer who should be congratulated for surviving.


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Dabble in Scrabble for Literacy 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


$10 per person or $30 for a team of four Calling all Scrabble fans and fanatics: The first Syracuse University Scrabble tournament will take place Thursday. All proceeds go to First Book, a national nonprofit that has placed 70 million books in the hands of children who need them most.

“Inlaws & Outlaws” screening and Q-and-A with director Drew Emery 7:30 p.m.



The LGBT Studies Program is cosponsoring the screening of a movie that weaves together the stories of gay and straight couples. Following the film will be a Q-and-A session with the movie’s director, Drew Emery.

Islam in the African-American experience 7 to 9 p.m. Maxwell Auditorium Free

Zaheer Ali, a doctoral student at Columbia University, will discuss the Islamic community in Harlem. He is using this point to connect religion and race throughout the history of the United States.

FRIDAY, FEB. 11 Syracuse Opera presents “Don Giovanni”

8 p.m. John H. Mulroy Civic Center, the Oncenter Complex


$10 with student ID, varied prices otherwise Mozart’s famous opera of a passionate and irrational nobleman, Don Giovanni, will be performed by the Syracuse Opera company. The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.


Toby Keith with opener Eric Church 8 p.m.



American Music Award winner Toby Keith is coming to Turning Stone. The country star will be performing after a set by Eric Church.

Lingerie fashion show 7 to 9 p.m.


$20 for single admittance or two for $30 Joel Fairbank, president of local modeling company Joel Models LLC, will present a lingerie fashion show. Proceeds for the show will go toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Central New York.


Snow tubing with Hillel Meet at 12:30 p.m.



An opportunity to meet members of the university and Hillel, people will meet at the Hillel Center and will drive to the “mountain,” an undisclosed location for a day of snow tubing. — Compiled by The Daily Orange Feature Staff

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How do you feel about Georgetown not selling tickets to SU students and alumni?

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Portsmouth, N.H. Founded in 1994, Smuttynose is named after one of the Isles of Shoals, a small island cluster in the Atlantic Ocean bordering Maine and New Hampshire. Before the brewery put it on the map, the group of islands garnered fame due to an 1873 double axe murder. Luckily, its reputation has turned around. With several varieties of year-round seasonal beverages and its “Big Beer” series, this brewery is quickly becoming a standout in the craft beer world.

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“I think they’re just intimidated by SU because we roll deep.”

“That’s preposterous. I saw the SU vs. Georgetown game in D.C. last year, and maybe they’re just sore because they lost. The entire top tier was orange.”

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Keeping everything local, Star Island Single is named after Star Island, located across from Smuttynose Island. The bottle features a mermaid on the bottle because Smuttynose visitors often claim to see mysterious creatures when peering over at Star Island. It smells mildly of burnt grains, and upon first taste, the citrus notes aren’t discernible. Sweet from toasty malts, this brew is mild enough to have a few and not feel full.

“I think they’re just mad because they’re gonna lose.”

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In the traditional Belgian style of a dubbel, this brew smells and tastes strongly of dark fruit, particularly raisins and plum. It has a small amount of brown sugar and dark chocolate as well, creating a delicious combination of bitter and sweet. Despite its relatively low ABV, it contains a small amount of alcohol. Give it a try if you want to warm up during the next few freezing February weeks.

Big A IPA Style: American Imperial IPA ABV: 9.6 percent

Big A is everything an Imperial IPA should be. Extremely bitter, extremely alcoholic and extremely flavorful. It smells strongly of grapefruit and pineapple but not of alcohol or piney hops, surprisingly. With the first sip, bitter hops and full alcohol smack you in the face. This is the hoppiest Thirsty Thursday beer this year by far, and its reputation precedes it. If you’re a fan of the national extreme beer movement, give this lip-puckering brew a try. —Compiled by Lucas Sacks, staff writer,

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approached the studio with the prospect of creating a new recruitment video, but the company developed a reality-based concept, said Ben Schechter, the producer at Solon Quinn Studios. Schechter said the main concept is to capture the lives of students in the finished product. He said some videos can come off as a cliché, with students touting the university. “We really wanted to get into the lives of the students,” said Schechter, also an SU alumnus. Students were chosen by several organizations within the university. The SU admissions office, among other campus organizations, gave the production team a list of students who were said to be reliable and responsible, Schechter said. Nicci Brown, associate vice president of marketing and communications at the university, said the current recruitment video has been used for the past 10 years. Though there have been occasional updates to the video, this is a new realm for a promotional video for SU. “I believe most schools have videos of this type, but I’m not aware of a school that is producing its video in this way,” said Brown in an e-mail interview. Students were instructed to tape anything and everything. Understanding that it’s difficult to have the camera going 24 hours of the day, the production company wanted the students to be frank and not hold themselves back, Schechter said.

“To get someone to be honest and candid with a camera requires a trust that is so fragile that it’s hanging on by a thread,” he said. “So the second that a person feels that they need to censor themselves, even for a moment, immediately that trust is broken, and it becomes cliché.” Some students find that balance tricky. Sierra Fogal, a senior marketing and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major, said she’s concerned about portraying herself in a certain light. “You don’t know what you should get on the camera or what you shouldn’t get on the camera,” she said. “You think about how you’re coming across.” Solon Quinn Studios contacted students before the end of last semester and informed them that they could pick up a Kodak Zi8 pocket digital camera and start taping their experiences at home. The university purchased most of the cameras, and Kodak donated some of them, Schechter said. He said it is important for college students to record their lives away from the university because their lives are multidimensional. Even when a student goes home for a holiday, Schechter said, the university is still a part of them. “College isn’t just campus, but college is a period of someone’s life,” Schechter said. “So really, SU is in the lives of these students and not just a place that they go to.” Joshua Fishman left for Beijing after picking up his camera. Being in a foreign country gives him an opportunity to show prospective students a different aspect of college.

“I think it’s an awesome way to show a range of people’s experiences at a university, from sitting in the classroom to being on the other side of the world,” said Fishman, a junior marketing and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major. “It’s cool to see that when they’re applying to a university.” Fishman said he’s been taping several events during Chinese New Year while traveling in China. He said he captures anything he would usually record with a camera. Other students involved have brought their cameras to basketball games, dining halls, weekend parties and classes, with their professors’ consent. Students then upload footage to a server created for the project every few days, which makes uploading the film easier than mailing memory cards. Because students will be taping for six to eight months for the video, uploading smaller amounts of footage will help the company sift through it efficiently. The current recruitment video shows a comprehensive history of the university told by recognizable alumni. The university and Solon Quinn Studios plan for this video project to provide a more human, relatable aspect to university life, Schechter said. “What’s happening is an informational video and mixing it with almost like a documentary approach,” he said. “In one end, we know how this product is going to end up. But there will be those magical moments that you only get from real life, and that is what’s most exciting about this.”

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Freshman Fair fills Jackson’s shoes in breakout home game By Andrew L. John and Tony Olivero The Daily Orange

Cheers in unison broke out for freshman C.J. Fair. For the niche player who keeps to himself, Wednesday was his Carrier Dome coming-out party. After a road trip during which the mildmannered freshman amplified his role as a lengthy, heady player for Syracuse, Fair was doing the same in front of the Dome crowd. His name was chanted by the crowd of 26,904. When he was whistled for a foul in the second half, they howled in his defense. And why not? He had perhaps his best game in the Dome: 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks. “I just try to help the team as best I can,” Fair said. “I know my job. Not to come out here and try to be the leading scorer and all that stuff. On defense, when I get in the game, try to get us going.” Fair sparked the Orange off the bench Wednesday. On a night when Syracuse’s most dependable player — Rick Jackson — wasn’t dependable, Fair stepped up, even if the final result was a 64-56 Syracuse loss. But to Fair and SU wing Kris Joseph, it’s no surprise. Joseph said he isn’t a freshman any longer, the same honor the junior bestowed on freshman Baye Moussa Keita after defeating Connecticut last week. Fair hasn’t been a freshman in Joseph’s eyes for a while. He is doing what he has always been able to bring to the table. “He finds his spot and he executes,” Joseph said. “He takes advantage of his opportunity. If he has the opportunity to score the basketball, he will try to make a play.” Fair was effective for the third straight game Wednesday, but it was the first at home. After missing three games earlier in the season with an ankle injury, Fair excelled on SU’s last road trip. He had seven points, nine rebounds and three blocks against South Florida on Saturday. He registered six points, four rebounds, a block and a steal against Connecticut last Wednesday. The play that yielded the student section’s loudest cheers for Fair was the longest possession in the game. With 57 seconds remaining in the first half, Georgetown worked the shot clock as Chris Wright missed a 3. Julian Vaughn grabbed an offensive board only to have Fair swat it away emphatically. The Hoyas would eventually hit a 3. But in the time it took for the refs to retrieve the ball and for Georgetown to convert, Fair’s name was already ringing through the Dome. Due to his relentlessness. Said Joseph: “Even if he misses, he will try to be aggressive.”

is closed.” He said it was one of the most significant and talked-about moments in Big East history. And although his father was the one who “closed” Manley Field House with a win in the old arena’s final SU-Georgetown basketball game, the younger Thompson had never won at the Dome in his seven seasons leading the Hoyas. He said coming into this game, he was well aware of that. “This is my seventh year, and this is my first win up here,” Thompson said. “So I’ve been thinking the last couple years that the man upstairs said, ‘OK, he closed down Manley, but your ancestors, your lineage, none of them are going to win at the new place.’ “Me and the man upstairs had a little talk this week, and I’m glad he lifted whatever dust he sprinkled on top of us.” Syracuse against Georgetown, Thompson said, is what the Big East is all about. It helped foster what is now considered by many to be the best college basketball conference in the country. After six tries, Thompson finally notched a victory inside the Dome. After years of trying, it was this year’s senior-heavy group that broke through and won. “It feels good,” Georgetown guard Chris Wright said. “It was something we focused on, and not only was it coach’s first time, but it was our first time, too. We just did what we had to do to win the game.” aljohn@ aolivero@

mitchell franz | staff photographer Baye moussa keita defends a layup from Henry Sims during Wednesday’s loss to the Hoyas. Moussa Keita had four points and four rebounds in the game.

GU wins in Dome for 1st time in 9 years John Thompson III didn’t start his opening remarks with anything that took place during Wednesday’s 64-56 win over Syracuse. He didn’t begin by talking about his team’s seventh Big East win in a row. Instead, Thompson talked about the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry and how he just won his first game ever inside the Carrier Dome. Thompson referenced the date Feb. 13, 1980, and repeated the words of his father, John Thompson Jr., who on that date said the infamous words, “Manley Field House

mitchell franz | staff photographer C.J. Fair goes up for a shot during Syracuse’s 64-56 loss to Georgetown Wednesday. The freshman guard had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks in his attempt to help the Orange hold onto the lead with forward Rick Jackson on the bench.














Rick Jackson made only one field goal Wednesday, finishing with just four points on 1-of-6 shooting. Jackson played 31 minutes but struggled with foul trouble all game long. The four points were a season low for Syracuse’s most reliable player.


received a pass from Austin Freeman and converted the layup. It was exactly what the SU coaching staff preached to the Orange 27 hours earlier on the same court during practice. Assistant coach

“We missed assignments. They made a couple of 3s where I guess our forwards were trying to cheat out to the 3-pointers. They did make some 3s, and then guys cut. They made some tough plays down the stretch. They are a veteran team.” Scoop Jardine


Mike Hopkins knew the Hoyas’ plan of attack, and he told the team. Syracuse had to defend Georgetown’s angled cuts through the 2-3 zone that would be used over and over again. But when it mattered most, the zone couldn’t stop it. “They got one backdoor,” Boeheim said of Clark’s layup. In the last five minutes, the nightmare came to fruition. At the back of the zone, Jackson — with the four fouls — had no choice but to play soft. Clark’s layup increased the Georgetown lead to six as Jackson, Triche, Kris Joseph and the rest of the defense sped around defensively, only to freeze up at the crucial moment. Frozen stiff was the last thing the SU defense was prior to the game’s final stretch. Alive and fluid, the five Syracuse players hounded Georgetown’s triumvirate of guards around the zone. Even from the 14-minute mark of





“I think it was a lack of focus. Going into the last five minutes, we were confident that we were going to pull this game out. Then one thing led to another and they made a run to end the game.”


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Up by five, Georgetown’s Chris Wright grabs an offensive rebound off his missed 3-pointer. Syracuse was forced to start fouling, and the Hoyas made 3-of-4 free throws to seal an eight-point victory.

the second half until the final six minutes — a stretch during which SU played without starters Jackson and Triche. With freshmen Dion Waiters, C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita garnering the playing time in the middle part of the second half, the Orange maintained its lockdown on Georgetown. Following a successful first half during which SU held the Hoyas to 40 percent shooting, the freshmen muzzled the penetration of Georgetown veteran guards Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Clark. Waiters baited Clark into risks that resulted in effortless SU steals. Moussa Keita harangued the Hoya basket for five total blocks. And Fair used his sinewy length to force the Hoyas into low-percentage shots. The three freshmen gave SU an advantage while Jackson was out. The team trailed 39-38 when Jackson left and had a 53-50 lead when he returned with 5:37 left. But when he and Triche came back, the 3s Fair was contesting were suddenly wide open. There, the breakdown started. “We missed assignments,” SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. “They made a couple of 3s where I guess our forwards were trying to cheat out to the 3-pointers. They did make some 3s, and those guys cut. They made some tough plays down the stretch. They are a veteran team.” Veteran enough to pounce on SU at the end. When Hollis Thompson hit a wide-open 3 with 3:50 left to tie the game, it brought Tuesday’s practice to life. From nearly the identical spot on the floor, SU graduate assistant coach Gerry McNamara flung 3s hard off the backboard as soon as he received passes. With McNamara simulating Georgetown’s shooters, Hopkins read his guards as they shifted to the shooter in the zone. But no one got out to Thompson. And he buried the shot. It was the turning point. His 3 pried open the zone, and Freeman and Clark penetrated for three easy layups in the game’s final moments. The last of which was Clark’s backdoor. Without what he called his “killer edge,” Jackson and the rest of the zone walked off the floor disappointed for a simple error in execution. “I don’t want to say it is a mental lapse,” Joseph said. “They got the backdoor. Execution, you know. Missed directions.”



Jason Clark Clark struggled for most of the game Wednesday, shooting just 4-of-11. But when it mattered most, he came up big for the Hoyas. Clark scored six straight points for his team in the final three minutes. Georgetown extended its lead from four to seven during this stretch.


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Jackson scored only four points in his worst offensive output of the season. He picked up a fourth foul with 14:40 to go and had to sit for most of the second half. His counterpart, Georgetown’s Julian Vaughn, outplayed him with 12 points and eight rebounds.

mitchell franz | staff photographer BRANDON TRICHE gets into the lane in SU’s loss to Georgetown on Wednesday. On the other end, Triche and the Orange couldn’t stop the Hoyas’ offense down the stretch, as Georgetown used angled cuts to break SU’s defense.

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SU’s Cockell looks to make difference versus former team By Ryne Gery STAFF WRITER

sean harp | staff photographer ASHLEY COCKELL led Mercyhurst to a conference championship over Syracuse last season. The senior forward transferred to SU during the summer.

There was less than two minutes remaining in last year’s College Hockey America championship when Mercyhurst forward Ashley Cockell scored her second goal to break a 1-1 tie with Syracuse. Her goal ended the Orange’s upset bid and proved to be the difference as then-No. 1 Mercyhurst escaped with the conference title. That game-winning goal would be Cockell’s last in a Mercyhurst uniform. She transferred to Syracuse for her senior season in August. SU head coach Paul Flanagan wonders if the outcome of that game would have been different with Cockell on his side. “It would have been nice for her to have been on our team a year ago,” Flanagan said. “Basically, she scored the two goals that ended our season last year.” Syracuse (11-13-4, 5-4-1 CHA) will have Cockell on its side when No. 5 Mercyhurst (24-5, 13-0) comes to town this weekend. The senior will play a pivotal role against her former team as SU’s enforcer on the ice. With Cockell leading the way, the Orange is hungry to beat Mercyhurst for the first time in program history. And for Cockell, this weekend’s series is personal. She spent her first three years of college at Mercyhurst, helping the Lakers win two conference championships and reach two Frozen Fours. But despite all the success, Cockell wasn’t happy. After thinking about it for a while, she decided to transfer over the summer. She said she didn’t like the atmosphere at Mercyhurst. “Even though we won a lot of games at Mercyhurst,” Cockell said, “that doesn’t mean it was always a good atmosphere.” Cockell lacked a personal connection with her teammates and coaches at Mercyhurst. It

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was all business all the time. She came to Syracuse to play for Flanagan. Cockell said she only heard good things about the coach and his program. She said the team is like a family. “We get along really well,” Cockell said. “Off the ice, we go and do extra things besides just coming to the rink to play, which also helps us on the ice.”

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Though Cockell enjoys the camaraderie off the ice, she also knows when it’s time to focus on hockey. Freshman goaltender Kallie Billadeau said Cockell has brought confidence and leadership to the team. “She’s been tough on girls when she had to, but it’s a good thing,” Billadeau said. “Everyone needs a little pick-me-up, and she’s definitely been that vocal leader.” Flanagan said Cockell’s experience has provided a boost for a young Orange team. He has also taken advantage of her ability to play both offense and defense. She played primarily as a defender her first two years at Mercyhurst before switching to the forward position as a junior. Syracuse needed help defensively this year, so Cockell returned to the blue line. She has kept a scorer’s mentality, though. Cockell is fi rst in goals among defenders in the conference. Flanagan recently moved her to offense for a few games for some extra punch up front. The head coach can shuffle her around based on the team’s need. “She’s been like a utility infielder,” Flanagan said. “She’s versatile enough to be able to play both up front and the blue line.” Cockell will transition back to defense for the Mercyhurst series. The Lakers boast a potent offense that has scored 153 goals this season — more than twice as many goals as Syracuse, which has 71. Cockell said she is ready for the challenge to stop her former team. Flanagan said her physical presence was missing from last year’s team. With four Mercyhurst players who stand 5-foot-10 or taller, the Orange will need that physical presence to pull off the upset. “You want to fight fire with fire. Now we’ve got someone that’s a big strong defenseman,” Flanagan said. “She’s not afraid to stand up for her teammates and make her presence known.” Cockell spoiled Syracuse’s effort in that conference championship game a year ago. It was the closest SU has come to beating Mercyhurst in 11 tries. Now, with Cockell, the Orange hopes this series will be different. “We’ve been a little intimidated by them in the past, and I think enough’s enough,” Flanagan said. “It’s about time we turn the tide here.”

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In 2nd year, Grant’s Tide lead SEC West By Allison Guggenheimer Staff Writer

When Anthony Grant took over as Alabama’s head coach, he took over a team in need of a defensive makeover. Upon his hiring, the Crimson Tide had missed the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive years. It was time for a change. Out went longtime Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried, and in came Grant, fresh off his success at Virginia Commonwealth. “We’ve defended well, and that’s been the same for our team, really all year,” Grant said in a teleconference. “I think in the games that we’ve been fortunate to win, I think the one thing that’s been consistent for us has been the way we’ve defended.” Grant, who has a strong history of effective defensive coaching, is now in his second season at the helm. And his influence is showing. Alabama is currently first in the SEC West with a conference record of 7-1. Although unranked, the team recently upset No. 12 Kentucky. With two ranked teams left on the docket, including No. 23 Vanderbilt on Thursday, the Tide (15-7) will rely on the defensive intensity inspired by its coach to get a leg up. Grant’s defensive style was not easy to learn, as evidenced by the team’s mediocre record of 17-15 and a fourth-place finish in the SEC West in his first season. But this year has shown much more consistency on defense, as well as better results. Sophomore guard Ben Eblen said playing a defensive style allows for more consistency as a team than an offensive focus would. “Everyone is going to have an off night offensively, where shots aren’t falling,” Eblen said. “But defensively you can always be consistent. You can have a bad night shooting the basketball, but I don’t think you can have a bad night defensively.” The key to turning that defensive proficiency into wins is preparation, Eblen said. Allen Edwards, who served as an assistant coach under Grant at VCU, said preparation has always been a big deal to Grant. It has been a large part of Grant’s coaching philosophy since his days coaching high school in Miami. “The biggest thing to me in terms of his success is just his preparation, just how he goes about day-to-day practice plan and the game plan,” Edwards said. “He’s always prepared himself for the ‘just in case.’” Edwards said in his time at VCU, Grant settled into many of the philosophies he still uses. Grant told his team that though it’s important to be aggressive and disruptive on defense, it is also important to have discipline. This last component has been integral to keeping an organized full-court press, a trademark of Grant’s defenses. For Grant, pressing beyond the half-court line is a matter of controlling the pace of the game. The added pressure forces opponents to make plays instead of running them and ultimately turns defense into offense, Eblen said. “With Coach Grant, we wanted to press to create tempo, but at the same time there was

courtesy of university of alabama media relations anthony grant brought a greater emphasis on defense to Alabama basketball, and has led the Crimson Tide to a 15 -7 record

and first place in the SEC West. Alabama has only allowed one opponent in its last five games to shoot better than 40 percent.

a function behind our pressing situations,” Edwards said. “There wasn’t a situation where we were out there running around with our heads cut off.” A defensive team lacks the drama exciting baskets can provide. Grant measures his team’s success by keeping opposing team’s field-goal percentage below 40 percent and allowing less than 30 percent of 3-pointers. It’s Grant’s way to gauge his team’s progress. In the Tide’s big win against Kentucky, it held the Wildcats to 37 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range. Pretty close to Grant’s goals. In the past five games, the highest field-goal percentage allowed was 41 percent to Mississippi State. And Alabama won anyway. Vanderbilt (16-6) provides an unusual matchup for Alabama on Thursday. The Tide has to travel to a ranked team’s home court. And for the Commodores, a team atop the conference is coming to town. Even if it’s a team not gaining respect in the national rankings. “We have a very difficult week this week with the first place team coming in on Thursday,” Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said in a teleconference. Grant said Vanderbilt is a strong team offensively, led by John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor. Yet given the Commodores’ ability to control both ends of the court, Grant has not discounted Vanderbilt’s defense either. Beyond Thursday’s game, Alabama will need a strong finish to the season to make the NCAA Tournament. Currently on the bubble, the team’s weak nonconference record will be a factor the Crimson Tide needs to make up for. Grant will continue to do what he does to win: prepare his team, press effectively and have the defense set the tempo. The players also have to keep on their steady defensive path, Eblen said. “Right now we’re focusing on Vanderbilt and

getting that win.” Eblen said. “We’ve got to keep consistent on the defensive end, and everything else will take care of itself.”

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Arizona has set the city of Tucson ablaze — and not because of its success in the Pac-10. The Wildcats’ new locker room has just been unveiled, revealing a lighting system unseen in college basketball. The room has one switch to control six different lighting “scenes,” according to the Arizona Daily Star. These include a game-day scene to inspire the team with bright lights and a recruiting scene, which plays up the grandeur of the locker room by having lights coming up through the floor. The focal point is the enormous Arizona “A” on the ceiling. The block letter emanates

No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Wisconsin Ohio State is enough of an attraction in and of itself, but a game against Big Ten foe Wisconsin in Madison is a spectacle. The undefeated Buckeyes cannot discount the power of the Badgers at home. With only one loss early in the Kohl Center, Wisconsin’s home record is nearly as pristine as Ohio State’s. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan is likely to double team key players for the Buckeyes, particularly leading scorer Jared Sullinger, in an effort to slow down the Ohio State offense.

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SU heads into year with even higher hopes By Jarrad Saffren Staff Writer

A year ago, Syracuse was a Cinderella story. The Orange shocked many by beating three of the top four teams in the Big East en route to a conference title and SU’s first NCAA tournament bid. With all eight position players and its top two starting pitchers returning in 2011, Syracuse heads into the season with a sense of optimism and an expectation to repeat the success the team achieved in 2010. But SU head coach Leigh Ross isn’t blinded by the hype. “Sure we got a couple (Top 25) votes, but we were still picked to finish just fourth in the Big East,” said Ross. “Which is fine because we want to surprise people.” The Orange finished only fourth in the Big East during the regular season last year, but in the Big East tournament, SU took down Villanova, DePaul and Louisville on consecutive days. That euphoria was short lived, though, after the Orange lost its first two games of the NCAA tournament regional in College Park, Md. But with the experience of last season, the small taste of postseason play lingers. The expectations have never been higher in the 12-year history of the program. “Obviously, we are always itching to get to the Women’s College World Series,” Ross said. “But after getting to a regional last year, the realistic goal is to take that next step and get to a super regional.” Through Ross’s four-year tenure, she’s taken Syracuse to the next step exponentially. When the former Bowling Green head coach took over in 2006, SU had just one 30-win season in its seven-year history.

matthew ziegler | staff photographer leigh ross (right) expects to surpass her team’s fourth place position in the Big East preseason rankings and bring an experienced Syracuse softball team back to the NCAA tournament. The Orange lost its first two games in the tournament last season. After a pair of losing seasons to start her tenure, the Orange went 30-21 and finished fourth in the Big East in 2009. Last year’s team went 32-26, but SU’s progress was shown in its postseason run. The players view the success of the past two years as a result of Ross bringing in her own recruits. “We were Coach Ross’s first recruiting class, and when we got here, the expectations were more shallow,” senior left fielder Rachel Helman said. “Like ‘let’s hustle’ or ‘let’s just compete.’ Now we have concrete expectations like ‘let’s win the Big East’ or ‘let’s win 30 games.’” Ross’s first recruiting class featured three players: Helman, third baseman Hallie Gibbs and pitcher Angie Sagnelli. Gibbs holds program career records in RBI, on-base percentage and walks. She also led last year’s team with six home runs and 44 RBI while finishing with the

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second highest batting average at .327. “We have a lot of power bats, but there’s a good mix of speed mixed in there, too,” junior pitcher Jenna Caira said. “And the seniors do a great job pacing our lineup.” While the seniors bring a veteran presence, Ross’s pitching staff is carried by a junior, Caira, and a sophomore, Stacy Kuwik. “Obviously it starts with the pitching staff, and Jenna is our No. 1,” Ross said . Caira led the team with 19 wins and a 2.27 ERA last season. She was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 Big East tournament after pitching SU to a pair of victories over Villanova and Louisville. She’s the unquestioned ace, but behind her is Kuwik, who showed flashes of potential as a freshman. While she went just 7-10 with a 3.52 ERA, she did hold her opponents to just a .227 batting average. For SU to take the next step, Kuwik must

develop into the dynamic No. 2 starter. Last season, the Orange struggled due to the inconsistency of Kuwik and then-senior Brittany Gardner. But Ross is fully confident in her rising young pitcher. “No one really talks about Stacy yet, but we’re excited about what she can do,” Ross said. “I think we have the top two pitchers in the Big East and probably the Northeast region.” The confidence Ross has in her team has transferred to the players themselves. They truly believe this is the season Syracuse softball succeeds on the national level. “Everyone called last year a Cinderella story,” said Caira. “I don’t care what you call it. And I don’t care that we’re picked to finish fourth in the Big East. We know we have what it takes to get to a super regional and maybe even further.”

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the Big East at 50.3 percent from the field. And with an experienced core of seniors and juniors, it was only a matter of time before the Hoyas made a run. When they did, Syracuse crumbled. “We really focused on defense and communicating to try and get rebounds and try to get stops,” Georgetown guard Chris Wright said. “If we got stops and we’re up with four with two minutes left, we’re in good hands. Especially with our leadership and our veterans.” For the first time all season, SU’s leader and anchor, forward Rick Jackson, was plagued by foul trouble throughout the game. When he was in, he was unable to dominate inside as he has done so many times before. With Jackson on the bench during a key stretch late in the second half, the Hoyas took advantage by crashing the offensive glass. The Hoyas outrebounded SU 19-10 in the second half, eight of which came on the offensive end. “We’ve really come to depend on him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That was a big difference in the game.” Syracuse held a late lead when Jackson and Brandon Triche returned to the court, just as Georgetown began making its run. Neither player was able to rescue the Orange as the Hoyas built their late lead. Offensive fouls, turnovers and missed shots all equated to squandering a fragile lead. Jackson finished with a modest four points and eight rebounds, well below his season averages. “I think it was a lack of focus,” Triche said. “Going into the last five minutes, we were confident that we were going to pull this game out. Then one thing led to another and they made a run to end the game.”

“Georgetown is obviously a very good team. They’ve played well on the road this year, and we just didn’t make the plays that we had to make there at the end.”

Jim Boeheim

su head coach

Just one game after showing a strong offensive effort against South Florida, Syracuse was as flat as it has been all season. And it was evident on the court late. Beyond the statistics, Syracuse couldn’t catch a break when it needed one most. Layups rolled off the rim and illegal screens were called, all of which led to what Boeheim referred to as one big unimpressive offensive performance. “We missed some shots that you’ve got to make,” Boeheim said. “You can’t do that. Georgetown is obviously a very good team. They’ve played well on the road this year, and we just didn’t make the plays that we had to make there at the end.” Once Clark nailed his second of two free throws with 48 seconds remaining, it was all but over. The high energy that had once filled the Dome had been deflated, and Syracuse fans and players alike shook their heads. Jardine did more of that afterward inside the locker room. “That’s a good veteran team,” Jardine said. “They made plays to win the game, and we didn’t make plays to win. That was the game.”

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mitchell franz | staff photographer scoop jardine walks off the court after Syracuse’s 64-56 loss to Georgetown Wednesday. The Orange struggled offensively in the final five minutes and gave up the lead.

SU’s lead slips away in final minutes After strong effort, Orange defense breaks down late J By Andrew L. John Staff Writer

ason Clark stepped to the line and sealed the improbable Georgetown victory. As Clark nailed the second of two free throws, the energy that had built up in the Carrier Dome vanished. The Hoyas made their run, and Syracuse found itself unable to answer.

And in a game where any offense proved to be significant, the Orange had arguably its worst offensive performance of the season. Holding onto a narrow four-point advantage with less than six minutes to play, No. 12 Syracuse (20-5, 7-5 Big East) watched as No. 11 Georgetown (19-5, 8-4) reeled off a 15-3 run to steal a game that appeared to be under SU’s

Sorry, Mr. Jackson

In his most inconsistent effort this season, Syracuse forward Rick Jackson was a non-factor for much of the second half Wednesday as he sat on the bench in foul trouble. Side by side, here’s a look at his production Wednesday vs. his season averages:

Points FG percentage Rebounds Fouls

vs. Georgetown

4 16.7 8 4

Season average

13.5 58.3 11.5 1.8

control. Reverting to the shooting struggles that have at times plagued the Orange this season, SU found itself helpless, missing its final seven shots in front of a crowd of 26,904 down the stretch. Georgetown rode a wave of momentum coming into the Dome, having won six consecutive Big East games, including three on the road. And that showed in the final five minutes Wednesday. “We had so many chances to put them away and we didn’t,” SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. “In the Big East, if you don’t put teams away — you make bonehead turnovers or miss rebounds — you’re going to lose. That’s what happened to us tonight.” Coming into the game, Georgetown was the best shooting team in see georgetown page 26

By Tony Olivero Development Editor

The “dead” spot in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone was dead. The one place within SU’s defensive structure where an opponent cannot be allowed an open catch or shot was missing its biggest protector. Rick Jackson’s four personal fouls transformed the power forward from his usual role of bully into that of a pushover without a choice. He couldn’t flock to Georgetown’s backdoor cutters to physically contest shots. And he couldn’t play aggressive. The spot he normally commands looked much less intimidating. “We were stopping them,” SU shoot-

ing guard Brandon Triche said. “Basically, for 35 minutes we stopped them from getting those backdoor cuts. The last few plays, I think we froze up a little bit.” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said the Orange played its best defense of the year for 35 minutes. In the final five, the zone lost its flare. A handful of slip-ups and one backbreaking backdoor cut were all the Hoyas needed to pull away for the 64-56 win. A fiveminute defensive breakdown negated all the positives. With 2:08 left in the game, Hoya guard Jason Clark ran to the open spot next to the SU basket. He

see defense page 21

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