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Gray scale Students voice their opinions

Closing the book The Daily Orange Editorial

New club on the block Meet the members of the recently

Game of runs A 26-0 spurt by Syracuse

on the temporary Syracuse basketball uniforms. Page 3

Board discusses how the Pan Am Flight 103 bomber’s memoirs will affect SU. Page 5

reinstated ping-pong club. Page 9

Elephant W in the room

fine a llegations By Debbie Truong MANAGING EDITOR

sides of the aisle and some political science professors agree the cam-

hen an image of President

pus community tends to lean more

Barack Obama was hung

toward the political left. Some owe

behind the front counter

SU’s liberal lean to the university’s

of Ernie Davis Dining Center in

geographic location, others to the

honor of Black History Month, some

nature of academia in general.

interpreted the framed poster —syn-

Weiss viewed the poster as an

onymous with Obama’s 2008 bid for

unnecessary political statement

presidency — as a political message.

that indicates SU is “very much a

“While Obama is a figurehead for

Members from both sides of political aisle view SU as liberalleaning campus

propelled the Orange to a 56-48 win over South Florida. Page 24

left-leaning campus.”

black history, his slogan ‘Change’

Amy Snider, president of SU’s

should not be brought into the

45-person College Democrats, did

conversation,” said Zach Weiss,

not interpret the poster politically.

chairman of SU’s 30-member Col-

Instead, she saw the poster as sig-

lege Republicans, referring to the

nifying that “we are no longer the

rallying point used throughout the

America of Martin Luther King Jr.”

president’s first campaign.

“I would never think it inappro-

In the thick of GOP presiden-

priate to hang a poster of the presi-

tial primary season, the poster

dent of the United States up in a din-

prompted an especially timely

ing hall, up in a dorm room, up in a

conversation about the political

street corner, regardless of political

culture at Syracuse

affiliation,” Snider said. “He is the

University. Stu-

president of the United States.”

dents from both


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Syracuse chosen for suit venue By Marwa Eltagouri ASST. NEWS EDITOR

The defamation suit filed against Syracuse University and men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will now be moved to Syracuse. State Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph made the ruling Wednesday after hearing arguments Tuesday morning from Mary Beth Hogan, representing SU, and Mariann Meier Wang and Julie Ehrlich, representing former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang. The ruling stated that Davis and Lang’s attorneys failed to show a fair trial could not be held in Onondaga County and that potential jurors would be affected financially by the outcome of the case, according to court papers. Gloria Allred, the high-profile attorney representing Davis and Lang, said in an email she is prepared to move forward with the case despite the change of venue. “We remain confident in our case,” she said. Davis and Lang claim Boeheim defamed them when he publicly accused the stepbrothers of lying about Bernie Fine, former associate men’s basketball coach, molest-


Follett’s closes doors after serving students for more than 20 years By Nicki Gorny STAFF WRITER

When Margaret Clevenger was 8 years old, a trip to Follett’s Orange Bookstore meant getting pom-poms to cheer on the Syracuse University basketball team or choosing a Beanie Baby from the store’s display. When she returned to SU as a college freshman, a trip to Follett’s meant purchasing textbooks for a

new semester and finding gifts for her family. But on Wednesday, a trip to Follett’s meant seeing empty shelves and browsing a small rack offering lanyards, binders and a few T-shirts for 75 percent off. Follett’s, located in Marshall Square Mall, closed permanently after more than 20 years on Wednesday. Several factors, including competition from the SU Bookstore in the Schine Student

Center and online textbook sellers, were responsible for the closing. For Clevenger, a sophomore public relations major who lived in Syracuse for one year as a child, the closing was unfortunate for both sentimental and practical reasons. Because she often went there with her family before basketball games or to meet her father for lunch, she said she bought her family members

Christmas presents from the bookstore as a student. “It was funny to be like, ‘This is from Follett’s!’ because we’ve always gone there,” she said. She said her family was surprised to hear the bookstore was closing because it had been in business for so long. “It kind of sucks for students,” she said, “because now we only have one option.”

Amy Jensen, a junior linguistics major, said having only one bookstore on campus could be problematic as well. She said she bought textbooks at Follett’s because the SU Bookstore often didn’t carry the books for her major. “I just hope Schine gets their act together and buys my books now that there are no other options,” she said.



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Panel to talk on coverage of scandals By Jen Bundy STAFF WRITER

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will host a symposium titled “When Games Turn Grim: Can Media Cover Sports Scandals Responsibly?” on Thursday to examine the media’s coverage of notorious sports scandals. The symposium will take place in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is A daylong sympo- free and open to sium featuring four the public. panels covering The daylong topics related to symposium will recent national sex include four scandals. panel sessions Where: Joyce A. Hergenhan Audito- on the specific topics of jourrium nalism, public When: Today How much: Free relations, ethics and overall coverage of the recent sport scandals that occurred at Syracuse University and Pennsylvania State University, according to a Feb. 14 SU News release. “As a top journalism school, we felt it was our obligation to look at what was going on in terms of sports scandals,” said Joel Kaplan, a communications law professor at Newhouse. Steve Davis, chair of the newspaper and online journalism department at Newhouse, said in the release the symposium will reflect on the media’s response to these events, both the negative and the positive. The first portion of the symposium will include a variety of journalists from different backgrounds who have experience in similar sports scandalrelated stories. This panel, titled “The Journalists,” will be moderated by Kaplan. Kaplan said the symposium was also a useful tool in attracting alumni such as Pete Thamel, a 1999 SU alumnus and college sports reporter with The New York Times. Other panelists include Michael J. Connor, executive editor at The Post-Standard; Jeff D’Alessio, assistant to the CEO of Sporting News; and Vince Doria, senior vice president and director of news at ESPN. David Saunders, a freshman aerospace engineering major, said he believes the symposium is definitely an interesting topic of conversation, especially with the trials concerning

“When Games Turn Grim: Can Media Cover Sports Scandals Responsibly?”


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Students react to Nike Hyper Elite uniforms By Dylan Segelbaum STAFF WRITER

In their 56-48 victory against South Florida on Monday night in the Carrier Dome, the Orange donned a color unrelated to their name: gray. The uniforms were a part of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum series, a line of jerseys specifically designed for college basketball teams who have won a national championship in Nike gear. This

was the only time this season they will be worn. SU’s version of the jersey is primarily gray with orange sides. The uniforms read “Cuse” on the front, instead of the usual “Orange.” The specialty jerseys were unveiled last month, and schools such as Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina wore them earlier this year as well. At the game, orange Nike T-shirts with gray “Cuse” text on the front

were distributed to students for free. SU students who attended the game appeared to have varied reactions to the uniforms. Matt Scott, a senior computer engineering major, was among individuals vehemently opposed to the gray uniforms. He theorized the jerseys were worn as a result of sponsorship pressure from Nike. “We’re orange, and seeing us in gray takes me back a little bit to

GREEN EFFECT Not only is the color different, but the Orange’s Nike Hyper Elite uniforms were also designed for increased performance and a lower environmental effect. The shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester, and the jerseys are made from at least 96 percent recycled polyester.


Rise in college student hospitalizations due to underage drinking By Joshua B. Dermer CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The number of emergency transports due to alcohol-related incidences has significantly risen at Syracuse University in the past year. Benjamin Domingo, director of Health Services at SU, said the department received more than 70 calls by October, which was close to the total number of calls placed last year. “Statistics that we’ve run show that a lot of these were, quite frankly, in freshmen,” Domingo said. “We’ve

noticed that the majority of our calls are really 18- and 19-year-olds. Once you get above that there really aren’t that many.” Domingo said that so far this year, they have received 93 calls, 82 of which were handled by the SU Ambulance service and 58 of which were on campus. Of the calls responded to, 48 percent came from males and 50 percent came from females, Domingo said. Meredith Doty, a sophomore illustration major, said she thinks freshmen overdrink because they don’t

know their own limits yet. “They don’t have much experience with drinking in such a large party scene so they go a little crazy and think they can handle more than they actually can,” she said. SU’s numbers support the most recent Mayo Clinic study, published Feb. 15. The study found that the average age of alcohol-related hospitalizations is 18 years old, 61 percent of them male. The highest frequency of incidences was found in the Northeast and Midwest. The lowest number of incidences was found in the

South. Natalie Garland, a freshman anthropology major, said she was made aware of two incidences involving alcohol-related hospitalizations in the past month. “A guy I know was hazed this past weekend, and a girl just got really drunk, I think in her dorm because there weren’t any good parties and she was bored,” she said. “I was really shocked and worried initially, then more thankful they were OK and made it to the hospital.”


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President Obama’s late budget fails to make final product worthwhile


he Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 states the president must submit a budget to Congress between the first week in January and the first week in February. Last Monday, President Barack Obama submitted his budget. Regrettably, the extra time taken by the White House failed to make the final product worthwhile. The president’s fiscal year 2012-13 budget followed in a succession of budgets that have failed to address the fundamental problem of the federal budget, spending and have failed to pass through Congress or supply Washington with any leadership. The fiscal year 2012-13 budget claims to stabilize the debt as a percent of the economy through optimistic gross domestic product estimates, taxes and numinous savings in spending over the next decade. Assuming all of Obama’s assumptions and policies come to pass


the right direction and the nation’s deficit never falls below $575 billion, there is still an unsustainable increase in growth of the nation’s debt after 2022. If the president’s best case scenario doesn’t pan out, there is no need to wait 10 years for our debt to continue its climb to oblivion. In his budget, the president does not even come close to balancing the budget but increases the size of the budget from $3.8 trillion in 2013 to $5.8 trillion in 2022. The administration may be acting like

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it’s brave with its $4 trillion in spending cuts during the next 10 years, but this is merely a distraction. If one was to strip out budget gimmicks like make-believe war savings from not continuing the Afghanistan and Iraq wars at full force well into the future, even though that was never the plan, we are faced with $1.5 trillion in increased spending and $1.9 trillion in increased taxes. When the aforementioned budget gimmicks — the war spending gimmick accounts for $2 trillion by itself — are taken out of the budget, there is a mere $400 billion in deficit reduction. That is a lot of money, don’t get me wrong, but in the grand scheme of things it’s a drop in the bucket. The president’s fiscal year 2012-13 budget proposes to spend $47 trillion during the next 10 years. With these proposed cuts the debt will increase 76 percent instead of 78 percent. That’s $11 trillion dollars that will be added to

the national debt. President Obama fails in his budget to do what any leader must do at a minimum: lead. He kicks the can down the road, leaving the hard decisions and unfair responsibility to future generations. In his budget message, the president states the “basic bargain” of the American dream has eroded. The 2013 budget is offered as a solution to this problem. Unfortunately, the budget submitted by the Obama continues this erosion. The budget ensures we will continue to put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy, and that the millennial generation as well as their children and grandchildren will owe mountains of debt to creditors that is no fault of their own. Patrick Mocete is senior political science and policy studies major. His column appears every Thursday. He can be reached at

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Rihanna, Brown collaboration on remixes carries heavy consequences


emember how you did it? / Remember how you fit it? / If you still wanna kiss it / Come, come, come and get it” are just some of the seductive lyrics from Rihanna’s remixed song “Birthday Cake.” “Birthday Cake” dropped Monday, which just happened to be the Barbadian songstress’ 24th birthday. The song also featured recent Grammy Award-winner Chris Brown. The very same Chris Brown who pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna in June 2009. Brown’s answers to Rihanna’s lyrical questions about her figurative birthday cake are even more aggressive. “But I wanna lick the icing off / Give it to her in the worst way / Can’t wait to blow her candles out / I want that cake, cake, cake,” he croons. I’m confused as to when Brown publicly asking Rihanna to jump back in the sack became OK. Brown using the phrase “worst way” in relation to Rihanna was the worst idea I’ve heard all week. Yes, it’s a song, it’s just music. It’s music that will be played at frat parties and clubs, where the only thing people care about is how quickly Rihanna says cake to the beat. But, no matter how much I’ve tried to forget, Rihanna’s bruised face and swollen lip is still blazed into my memory. That’s the actual outcome if Brown gives it to Rihanna in the worst way. Brown also released the remix to “Turn Up The Music” this week. Ever the gentleman, because he was featured on Rihanna’s newest remix, she’s also featured on his. Two remixes, one week. If you had told anyone in 2009 that in less than three years the former couple would be producing hits together, no one would’ve believed it. They would’ve been too busy watching Rihanna apologize to a Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. In the first interview after the event, the pop superstar explained that she stopped going back to Brown only after she realized her actions had far-reaching effects. “These are young girls,” she said to Sawyer


the one that got away between pauses. “I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me.” I was proud of Rihanna. She had admitted to going back to Brown many times, but she made the right decision for herself and her fans. After the assault, she took off artistically. She grew up. Rihanna went from a pretty R&B singer with a few fun hits under her belt to an empowered one-woman show. She has produced sexy and strong singles like “Rude Boy” and “S&M” as well as every girl’s favorite party song “We Found Love.” Rihanna has become the “indisputable champion of carnal pop,” according to a profile of her in Esquire’s November 2011 issue. There she was crowned the Sexiest Woman Alive. The Sexiest Woman Alive, the champion of carnal pop, does not need to sing duets with the guy that almost killed her. It’s great that she has forgiven him, both publicly and apparently privately, but they don’t need to sing about licking icing off birthday cakes together. That same effect Rihanna’s actions had in 2009 is just as strong today. She’s giving the young girls who sympathized with her — and stood up for themselves — mixed signals. Especially following rumors the two may be rekindling their romance. Rihanna publicly went through something so many girls live through privately and painfully. She gave them someone to look up to and someone to emulate. Whether she likes it or not, her romantic choices are going to affect a lot more than her and Brown. Ariana Romero is a sophomore magazine journalism major. Her column appears every Thursday. She can be reached at


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Memoirs troubling for community EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board The news of convicted bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s deathbed memoirs, set to be released next week, is shocking and disrespectful to the Syracuse University community and to all those affected by the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. Al-Megrahi is the only person to ever be convicted for the bombing, which took the lives of 35 SU students returning from study abroad trips in London and Florence. A total of 270 people died when the plane crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland. Al-Megrahi was released from a life sentence in prison on compassionate grounds more than two years ago when it was believed he was dying from pancreatic cancer. A court of law already found AlMegrahi guilty. His memoirs, which claim differently, should not change anyone’s opinion. People should not be looking to pick up his book and read his version of the story. Al-Megrahi had the chance to proclaim his innocence during the trial. To try to avoid public backlash, all proceeds from the book are going to charities. Regardless of where the money goes, there should be, and probably will be, public backlash for this book being published at all. The very act of publishing the memoirs claiming his innocence is distasteful and offensive. Some parents of SU students who were lost in the bombing have already stated their anger for this book being published. The families have been coping with the loss of their loved ones since Dec. 21, 1988. This book will only accentuate the anguish and heartache the families have dealt with for more than 23 years. Given the book’s upcoming release, the SU community, as it has in the past, should be especially supportive as wounds reopen. News Editor Editorial Editor Feature Editor Sports Editor Presentation Director Copy Chief Art Director Development Editor New Media Editor Special Projects Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Sports Editor

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Though Snider believes the campus leans slightly toward the left, the president of SU’s College Democrats said she feels the disparity is neither surprising nor overwhelming for a nondenominational university located in the traditionally liberal state of New York. A 2011 Gallup poll ranked New York fifth on a list of the 10 most democratic states, receiving the ranking of a “solid democratic state.” Snider has encountered professors that are vocal about their liberal or conservative stances, though she has never felt inhibited from free and open discussion. Instead, hearing from multiple perspectives has only bolstered her learning experience, she said. Grant Reeher, a professor of political science, said students on campus do tend to lean more toward politically left ideology, resembling the political climate at universities with comparable demographics. In the last year and a half, 19 of 21 personal political contributions by SU faculty members were donated to politicians that identified as Democrats, according to data from For the most part, Reeher said the discourse he has observed among students of different political mindsets has generally been civil. Beyond students, Reeher said he feels SU faculty comprises members who are more liberal than most, a trait that does not deviate from most large, private institutions in the Northeast, he said. “The faculty here at the university as a whole are more liberal than the average citizen,” he said. Generally speaking, Reeher said he believes academics tend to harbor more liberal viewpoints while those who enter fields such as business tend to have a more conservative ideology. Gavan Duffy, associate professor of political science, emphasized that political affiliation is not considered or requested during the hiring process. Regardless of political affiliation, Reeher said he believes most SU professors teach courses without political bias and from a nonpartisan perspective. But for Weiss, he said he felt political bias has, at times, extended to the classroom. Teaching assistants have not always been hospitable to hearing multiple sides of an argument, Weiss said. Unlike professors, he said he feels assistants are less experienced with remaining neutral during in-class political discussions. More recently, Weiss said he had an unsettling conversation with a professor about Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, who spoke at a discussion facilitated by the College Republicans last week.



both the Penn State and SU scandals starting soon. “I think it was overexaggerated to an extent,” Saunders said. “Some of the accusations made by the media in editorials on the handling were unfair attacks on Syracuse personally.” The panel will feature speakers with leadership experience in the field of advocacy in areas such as violence and sexual abuse. Katherine Redmond, founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, and Robert Hoatson, president and co-founder of Road to Recovery, will both be sitting on “The Advocates” panel. Shortly afterward, “The PR Professionals” will focus on the fine lines between client loyalty and the rights of the accusers, according to the release. This panel includes Leland Bassett, chairman and CEO of Bassett & Bassett Inc.; Keith Burton, president of Insidegde; and Gary Grates, 1999 alumnus and principal of WCG Worldwide.

During the course of the conversation, Weiss said the professor remarked that she dined with a like-minded conservative figure and stated, “He was lucky I just had a butter knife next to me.” “It was in a joking tone, but at the same time, you kind of want your teacher to be open to any sort of views, and it wasn’t a comforting thing to hear,” Weiss said. Members of the College Democrats and other community groups gathered outside Rove’s discussion Feb. 15 in protest of the Republican’s support of super PACs. Snider emphasized the protest was coordinated not to object Rove’s appearance on campus, but his political stance on the issue. While some on the SU campus take strong political stance, others are largely politically unconcerned altogether. Colin Crowley, a junior political science and philosophy major and the College Democrats’ Central New York regional chair, said he believes the campus overall is politically apathetic. “Frankly, this campus leans in no direction at all in the sense that most people aren’t politically aware at all,” he said in an email. “That said, of the students that know what’s going on, there is a decidedly liberal slant, especially on social issues like gay marriage.” For those who are politically active on campus, such as members of the College Democrats and College Republicans, Crowley said the relationship between the two organizations allows for open discussion and disagreement. “I think the nature of a college campus is one of greater openness of communication than elsewhere,” he said. “It may be more open here than anywhere else in American society.” Margaret Thompson, an associate professor of history and political science, encourages students in her HST 341/PSC 329: “The Modern Presidency” course to have an open dialogue. Early in the semester she polled them, asking whom they would vote for in the approaching presidential election. Thompson found students’ responses reflected the political climate of the SU campus as well as the American public at large. About 53 percent of her students responded with a vote in favor of Obama. The poll is something Thompson has been doing for years. Thompson said she has not observed an overwhelming political lean in one direction or another, only a very marginal tendency for students to favor more liberal ideals. Overall, however, Thompson believes college students are still grappling to put together their individual political identities and where they fall compared to their parents. Said Thompson: “I think the majority of students here haven’t made up their mind.”

The final panel centers around the ethics involved in journalism and how big of a role ethics played in the coverage of the Jerry Sandusky and Fine stories. David Rubin, professor and dean emeritus of Newhouse; Tom Rosenstiel, director and founder of the Project for Excellence in Journalism; and Robert Steele, professor and director of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, will comprise the smallest panel of the day, “The Ethicists.” Each panel will be followed by a Q-and-A session, which will allow audience members to ask specific questions to panelists. Kaplan said he expects a large audience, even if the symposium is scheduled for the middle of the week, because the SU scandal affected so many in the community. Saunders said he is interested in discussing how the media handled the coverage of the Penn State and SU scandals. Said Saunders: “Just the amount of coverage they dedicated to it in general was overblown.”


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University of Michigan student creates shuttle to save students from walk of shame By Diana Pearl



he walk of shame is a commonly used expression by college students to describe the trek from a late-night hookup’s apartment across campus to one’s dorm room, clad in last night’s clothes. Kellyann Wargo, a senior at the University of Michigan, found a way to profit off of these notorious walks by creating the Walk of Shame Shuttle to transport Michigan students after their late-night escapades. Wargo said she got the idea for her walk of shame project after receiving frequent calls from friends at all hours of the morning asking her to pick them up from places around campus. To repay her for the rides, Wargo said her friends would buy her breakfast. “I was getting breakfast paid for around three times a week, and I said, ‘I can’t keep eating breakfast like this, can you just start giving me money?’” Wargo said. “And then, there was this moment where I thought, ‘If I’m making money off of you, I can probably make money off of other people.’”

Wargo created a flier for the shuttle and posted it on Facebook on Jan 16. The flier was then posted on and subsequently went viral. Since the idea’s fruition, Wargo said she has had to put the project on hold to work on the logistical side of the business. Wargo said she went to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office to get her chauffeur’s license, which she needs to run the business. She said she is working on obtaining her small business license and copyrighting her business. To promote the Walk of Shame Shuttle, Wargo said she made a business card and a “frequent users” card. She said a company is also designing a website for her, free of charge. Because Wargo only has her chauffeur’s license and is not an official taxi driver, she cannot charge more than a suggested rate of $ 5 per ride and can only accept cash for her services, she said. As of now, Wargo is the only driver for the Walk of Shame Shuttle. The shuttle travels anywhere in the town of Ann Arbor, where U of M is located. Along with the ride, Walk of Shame Shuttle pas-

sengers get a water bottle, a $5 coupon for Plan B and a complimentary high-five, Wargo said. In terms of clientele, Wargo said many of the same girls, some of whom are acquaintances, use her service. Wargo said she will start promoting the business campus-wide after the university’s spring break, which is next week. Wargo said she hopes to make the business a staple for “morning-after” travel in Ann Arbor. “I want to get it up and running in Ann Arbor right now,” Wargo said. “My goal is to have someone buy it off me and franchise it. I don’t want to run this business for years and years. It’s a short-term goal right now.” Sylvia Lorenzini, a sophomore at U of M, said that because of the size of the school’s campus, taxis can take a long time to pick students up. Plus, she said, students won’t want to pay for one. Lorenzini said she thinks a lot of people will use Wargo’s shuttle service because it is convenient. “It’s such a smart idea,” she said. “It’s the most creative and useful thing that anyone could think of.”

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ing them. Boeheim later apologized for these comments. The defamation suit was originally set to take place in New York City. Davis and Lang’s attorneys believed their clients would not be able to receive an impartial trial in Onondaga County due to the financial influence of Syracuse’s basketball team. DeJoseph conceded that Boeheim is indeed a prominent figure in Central New York as head coach of SU’s basketball team for more than 30 years. In his ruling, he wrote Boeheim often appears in local commercials for a variety of Syracuse businesses. He wrote that there is no dispute the Syracuse basketball program has had great success under Boeheim, including the current season in which the team is ranked No. 2 in the nation. Regardless, even if a party to an action holds some prominence or an official position in the county, an impartial trial can still be held in that county, he wrote. Wang further argued that finding a pool of impartial jurors would be difficult because the basketball team brings in $19.5 million in revenue for the city. Each time the basketball team wins, more revenue f loods in through clothing sales, hotel bookings and restaurants. The university is the secondlargest employer in Syracuse, Wang said in



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines heavy drinking as consuming an average of two or more drinks a day for men and one or more drinks a day for women. Critical signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include vomiting, seizures, irregular breathing, hypothermia and coma, among others, according to Mayo Clinic. After an emergency call from the Department of Public Safety, depending on the severity of the student’s condition, SUA will arrive on the scene to provide necessary transport. An unconscious student requires Advanced Life Support services with the local ambulance, Domingo said. Domingo said he is skeptical whether to attribute the higher amount of hospitalizations to the sociocultural expectation freshmen feel obliged to uphold or to the general perception of SU as a party school. David Sperino, a sophomore sport management major, said freshmen overdrink and “go nuts” due to the lifestyle change they encounter upon entering college. “It’s really easy to get drunk and drink a ton, so they do and forget there are limits to drinking,” he said. “Part of it is pressurebased, but I think the environment is the biggest thing.” The Student Association at SU, together with the administration, is currently working to implement a new medical amnesty policy to the university’s Code of Student Conduct. “(The administration) has come to the conclusion that an intoxicated individual is not only a danger to themselves, but may be dangerous to others as well,” said Dylan

“It’s really easy to get drunk and drink a ton, so they do and forget there are limits to drinking. Part of it is pressure-based, but I think the environment is the biggest thing.” David Sperino


Lustig, SA president. “They have decided that for an intoxicated student being transported, the first incident will result in a judicial reprimand.” As part of the prospective changes to the policy, judicial consequences will only be enforced after a first-time offense. Third offenses will result in student suspension. “We want to encourage those to call and to stick by a friend without leaving their side,” Lustig said. “The new policy is on its way to do just that.”

YOUTHFUL ABUSE Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, ahead of tobacco and illicit drugs. People between the ages of 12 and 20 drink 11 percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States, and more than 90 percent of that alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking. Source:

think about what’s going on,” he said. “When your mascot is orange, and you’re wearing something gray on the court, it’s weird.” Tim Castelein, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said he also was not a fan of the color scheme due to its likeness to Georgetown’s, but he liked the design. “I hate Georgetown. I’ve hated Georgetown for a long time, so I don’t like that they’re gray,” he said. Brad Slavin, executive communications officer of SU’s official student section, Otto’s Army, said he did not think wearing gray was right for the Orange. He said he liked the uniforms better in person than from the pictures he saw previously, but he still had mixed feelings. “I think they’re cool, but I don’t think they’re


In terms of physical location, Follett’s also provided a convenient alternative option for many students. Joanna Wang, a freshman marketing management major, said she stopped at Follett’s about once a week to buy novels or magazines because it was located between campus and her home downtown. Jacob Bergman, a senior finance and accounting major, said he went to Follett’s often when he lived on East Genesee Street last year. Bergman said he also liked that Follett’s was conveniently located next to the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The closing has already had an effect on students, said Andrew Pellicciotti, a senior marketing management major. He said Follett’s sold casebooks, which contain compiled information on one subject, that the SU Bookstore does not sell. Because Follett’s was closing, however, it did not order the casebooks Pellicciotti needed for a class this

an article published by The Daily Orange on Tuesday. But in his ruling, DeJoseph wrote that nearly half a million people live in Onondaga County and about 350,000 of them could serve on a jury. Only 6,500 of those potential jury members are employed by the university. “A change of venue requires a showing of facts which demonstrate a ‘strong possibility’ that an impartial trial cannot be obtained in the proper county,” he wrote. “A ‘mere belief, suspicion, or feeling’ is insufficient to demonstrate the requisite ‘strong possibility.’” Lawyers representing SU and Boeheim believed the case should be moved to Central New York because none of the principle parties involved in the case live downstate. Davis and both defendants reside in Onondaga County. Though the plaintiffs’ arguments for change of venue were “well-crafted and certainly worth review from this Court,” DeJoseph concluded they were insufficient to retain venue in New York County. “The plaintiffs here have failed to demonstrate that any potential juror has a legitimate direct economic or pecuniary stake in the outcome of this legislation,” he wrote. Boeheim, Davis and Lang did not attend the hearing Tuesday. Fine, who was fired from the university Nov. 27, has denied all sexual abuse allegations and has not been charged.

cool for us, mostly because it’s the wrong shade of orange,” he said. “Nike puts out really cool stuff, but gray isn’t us.” People like Ian Macks, a freshman biotechnology major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, were not surprised the Orange wore these uniforms. “A lot of the elite teams are doing them, so it’s not out of the ordinary because Syracuse did win a championship, and Boeheim’s had some pretty good history here,” Macks said. Kevin Metzger, a freshman music education major, said he thought the uniforms definitely looked better in person and felt it was silly to claim there was a resemblance to Georgetown’s uniforms. “It’s not as ugly as people made them out to be,” he said. “I think they actually look good on some of the players.”

“I just hope Schine gets their act together and buys my books, now that there are no other options.” Amy Jensen


semester, and he eventually had to print more from online. He said the SU Bookstore now has a monopoly on campus and could potentially price books higher without Follett’s as competition. “Teachers might have to think about not changing their book every semester or every year,” he said. Clevenger said she will try to buy her books online next semester. “It’s not that I would always buy my books (at Follett’s),” she said. “I just liked to have the option.”


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Paddle battle Table Tennis Club takes swing at rebuilding organization Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series appearing occasionally that is intended to give readers a glimpse into unique clubs and organizations on campus.


By Erik van Rheenen ASST. FEATURE EDITOR

n the blinding white racquetball court, it was nearly impossible to see the ping-pong ball slice over the net and into the air. But Matt Del Greco backpedaled, tracking the ball with an intense stare. When the ball dropped into paddling range, Del Greco stretched and took a swipe at the ball, just barely missing. The spectators on the sideline laughed, and Del Greco threw up his arms in mock apology. “Come on, guys,” Del Greco said, sheepishly. “I’m not Spider-Man.” Del Greco, a junior communication and rhetorical studies major, may not be the web-slinging superhero, but he is one of the founders of Syracuse University’s Table Tennis Club. Although the club meets Sunday afternoons in Archbold Gymnasium, President Jp Palandrano said the club began in his house on Livingston Avenue. “We found an old, broken down ping-pong table on the side of the road,” said Palandrano, a junior bio-


Getting served Check out a clip of the SU Table Tennis Club in action See

engineering major. “So of course we had to bring it home and fix it up.” Palandrano brought the club back to life after a few other students’ failed attempts to start it in the past. He set up the paperwork, applied at the end of the fall semester and recently received approval by the Department of Recreation Services. But paddle clenched menacingly and sweat dripping, it’s clear that he’s not done setting his goals just yet. He said he hopes to set up matches

“This club is going to be good for all of us, no matter how long we’ve been playing,” Jp Palandrano


against nearby colleges, including Cornell University and Onondaga Community College. Del Greco chimed in, slumped against the wall, looking exhausted but exhilarated. “Our biggest goal, though, is to set up a table at center court or at the 50-yard line of the football field at the Dome,” he said with a mischievous smile. “Whichever season it is, of course.” Eight players arrived at the first practice last Sunday night, cracking jokes as teams of two took to the table. While the group’s camaraderie shined off the court with echoing laughter and small talk, players

carly reeve | staff photographer (FROM BOTTOM) MATT DEL GRECO, a junior communication and rhetorical studies major, returns a rally during a game of doubles. Del Greco is one of the creators of the SU Table Tennis Club. Del Greco and his housemates got the idea after finding a ping-pong table at the side of the road and fixed it up.


Rapper Asher Roth shows love for college life, his fans By Allie Caren STAFF WRITER

After the men’s basketball team’s win against South Florida, Asher Roth threw Syracuse University its very own after-party. The 26-year-old hip-hop and rap music artist performed at the Westcott Theater on Wednesday night. Opening musicians such as SU’s own Guy Harrison and the Backhand Fam helped set the tone. It was no coincidence that Roth’s “Final 4 Tour” fell in the height of basketball season. Stopping at other college towns such as New

York City, Louisville, Ky., and Chapel Hill, N.C., the tour was meant to be a basketball-related experience. “I’m a fan of March Madness,” Roth said after his set. “And being a fan of college basketball we knew the time was coming up, and we were like, ‘Yo, let’s just go to all the top programs.’ We started to realize how important it was to just be out there, not necessarily doing these big tours, but just hanging out with the kids.” With the lights flashing, the bass thumping from the speakers so loud it raised arm hairs, the familiar

frat party smell of spilled beer and a smoky haze filled the air. The crowd got into the atmosphere a little too much at times. Roth, a Morrisville, Pa., native, made it a point to share the spotlight with fans. The crowd ranged from high-school-aged kids to college students. Roth encouraged the smoking of marijuana multiple times. At one point, he gathered two girls and one guy from the audience to act out his “Blunt Cruisin’” track. The fog thickened. There were also multiple times throughout his set when he welcomed

rowdy concertgoers to the stage. Lifting their lacrosse pinnies up, the girls in the crowd expressed their appreciation for Roth in not-so-appropriate ways. Opening rap act Guy Harrison said he admired Roth for being an artist that truly keeps it real. “He is one of the artists who has tried really hard to maintain that,” said Harrison, a sophomore advertising major. Harrison’s co-rapper and sophomore information and technology major Cartier Sims agreed.


“This is really his time to show what he’s got just as Asher. He doesn’t have to pretend that he’s anything he’s not for his label.” Cartier Sims


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“Right after I get offstage, I’m a fan,” he said after performing. Sims and many fans were glad to see Roth in such a positive light among his fans, as Roth had label issues in previous years. He is now signed with Island Def Jam Records. “This is really his time to show what he’s got just as Asher,” Sims said. “He doesn’t have to

“We started to realize how important it was to just be out there, not necessarily doing these big tours, but just hanging out with the kids.” Asher Roth HIP HOP ARTIST

pretend that he’s anything he’s not for his label.” As a celebrity, Roth appreciates what he has become and the people who have supported him during his rise to fame. After his set, he discussed how Robert Kraft, one of his role models and owner of the New England Patriots, influenced his young career. “People asked him why the Patriots have been so successful, and he was like, ‘It’s because I put great people around me, and those great people attract other great people.’ I just think that’s so real,” he said. When push comes to shove — in a literal sense, as some small fights broke out at the concert — Roth is still responsible for giving college students a statement to try to live

chris janjic | staff photohrapher (FROM TOP) Guy Harrison performs to an enthusiastic crowd at the Westcott Theater on Wednesday night as part of his “Final 4 Tour.” The hip-hop artist performed hits like “I Love College” from his mixtapes and debut album. Roth drew a crowd of mostly high school and college students. Opening acts included SU’s own Guy Harrison, a sophomore advertising major, and Backhand Fam. by during their time at SU. After Roth’s set, Harrison echoed the rapper’s “I Love College” sentiment. Harrison said: “We still have class tomorrow, too, at the end of the day.”

WHO IS ASHER ROTH? Asher Roth is a hip-hop artist hailing from Morrisville, Pa., who is known for his hit single, “I Love College.” He moved to Atlanta to pursue a full-time rap career and released his first album, “Asleep in the Bread Aisle” in 2009. The album catapulted him into a tour supporting rappers B.o.B and Kid Cudi. He also toured with pop-punk group Blink-182 on their reunion tour in 2009. Roth followed up his debut with two well-received extended play albums, “Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry” and “Pabst & Jazz.” His sophomore album, “Is This Too Orange?” is set for a March release date and features the rapper’s newest single, “G.R.I.N.D (Get Ready It’s a New Day).” He signed to Def Jam Records for the new album, and the record will feature guest spots from Game and Akon, it and was partially produced by hip-hop heavyweight Pharrell Williams.

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Everything you need to know in life can be learned after night of partying


sually after a night out, all I gain is a pounding headache and a few blurry memories. But one night, I stumbled around what I thought was the Phi Psi house — it wasn’t — with my roommate and with no recollection of where our items were. In a moment of quick thinking, we decided to split up. We backtracked and found a purse hanging from the bathroom door and an ID beer-glued to the dance floor. And that’s when I realized: you can learn just as much on the weekend as you do during the week. That’s right, I’ve gleaned everything I need to know in life from the party scene at Syracuse University. First of all, nights out have taught me valuable decision-making skills. Should I dance with that creepy stranger? Should I shotgun my ninth beer? Should I wear next-to-nothing when it’s 18 degrees outside? Yes, those all sound like solid choices to me. What could go wrong? Going out has also shown me how to exercise good judgment in potentially embarrassing situations. When in doubt, dance on a table. No, wait. When in doubt, take another shot. Still doesn’t sound right. When in doubt, blackout? At least you won’t remember that embarrassing


no pants, no problem moment the next day. Themed parties spark a whole new realm of relevant skills. They have taught me to be a quick thinker and problem solver through many costume dilemmas. Dressing up requires mental finesse and innovation. From high-pressure malfunctions like my Flavor Flav chain losing its clock on the dance floor to last-minute outfit ideas like turning a purple vest into an Aladdin costume, it’s crucial to think on your feet. For instance, paper clips and hair elastics are all you need to secure a clock to a chain necklace, and a Solo Cup can double as a fez. I’ve also learned the importance of commitment from my weekend fun. You have to stay committed to finding a party, braving arctic temperatures and ignoring the fact that you’ve walked up and down Euclid six times already. You have to be committed to your outfit, even when it seems like a good idea to take your

shirt, or pants, off. And you have to commit to your friends. Just because someone wants to take a nap on the sidewalk doesn’t mean you should wave and walk away. Trust me, I’ve been there. Thank God my friend didn’t let me spend the night in front of Ernie Davis Hall. I’ve witnessed a multitude of other skills partying has taught this campus as well. One friend found her calling as an actress after portraying a recovering drug addict to gain sympathy in the line at Kimmel Food Court. “There’s help for people like us,” she assured the guy in front of her. “There are resources for recovery!” She was later kicked out for fighting someone over a taco. Another friend discovered her knack for nighttime gardening after waking up with dirt on her hands and new flowers planted outside her house. And others are out there learning to save money by drinking stolen beer or discovering an aptitude for professional eating after downing four Crunchwrap Supremes in 15 minutes. Going out lets students master some of the most beneficial lessons. From gaining the simple common sense of what constitutes a


good decision to discovering a potential future profession (there’s got be a niche market for nocturnal gardening), party time is equally as beneficial as class time. So next time you’re debating between a night of hitting the books or hitting the town, remember that you’ll learn just as much either way. Emmie Martin is a sophomore magazine journalism major. Her column appears every other Thursday. She would like to give shout-outs to her girls Hayley and Brooke. Email her at esmart01@syr. edu and follow her on Twitter at @emmiemartin.

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duked it out on the table. They locked eyes in battle as the ball pinballed across the gym. Palandrano said the club is open to everyone from the table tennis elite to those who have barely picked up a paddle before. “It’s not too structured,” he said, scrambling to search for a ball that ricocheted off the netting. “If people say they suck, it just means they haven’t been pushed yet.” Del Greco and Steven Roberts, a senior history major, live with Palandrano and sharpen their table tennis skills every day for about three hours. “We’ll play 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there,” Del Greco said. “Whenever Jp comes home and shouts, ‘Who wants to play?’ me and Steve will run over and squeeze a few games in.” For Roberts, table tennis is a tradition he picked up from his family and grew to love. “My grandma had a table in her basement, and my cousins would just play endless games against each other,” he said. “I played tennis in high school, so it was just game, set and match from there.” Del Greco explained the rules to newcomers, stopping every few points to describe how to serve or when to switch sides. He shouted the score before every serve, keeping the players new to the game in the loop. In between serves, teams transformed into a flurry of paddle strokes and launched a whirlwind of backhanded blows at their opponents. The players refused to be confined to the perimeter of the table and galloped around the gym to rally. Not afraid to show off his prowess, Palandrano returned one ball with a between-the-legs

trick shot for an unhittable spike. The onlookers roared with raucous shouts. “Jp definitely brings a competitive edge,” Roberts said. “Sometimes all you want to do is just kick his a**.” Del Greco considers Palandrano his biggest rival when playing at home and during club practices. “I just try to give him a run for his money,” Del Greco said with a laugh. “But we call him Spider Gump. He’s got reflexes like Spider-Man and plays a mean game of table tennis like Forrest Gump.” Other players slouched over gym bags, relaxing between games. As the games on the table tennis battlefield grew more intense, even spectators had to duck and dodge out of the way from

“Our biggest goal is to set up a table at center court or at the 50-yard line of the football field at the Dome.” Matt Del Greco


errantly hit balls. As members left to brave the freezing flurries outside, Palandrano and his housemates rallied against one another, the ball grazing the edges of the table with frenzied precision. “This club is going to be good for all of us, no matter how long we’ve been playing,” Palandrano said. “It’s a shame that it took until now to start this up so everyone could play more competitively.”

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Trophy throwdown Predicting who will win this year’s 84th Academy Awards By Ian Phillips and Daniel Taroy STAFF WRITERS


ith nostalgic films like “The Artist” and “Hugo” leading in nominations and Billy Crystal taking on hosting duties for the ninth time, the 84th Academy Awards might be the most traditional (translation: boring) ceremony to date. However, Oscar night has been known to shake up expectations with the occasional surprise upsets. Here’s how we imagine the pieces will fall at this Sunday’s ceremony.



Thanks to a strange new voting system, there are nine best picture nominees this year. “War Horse” might have won in a different year, and “Hugo” merits much consideration for transforming 3-D into a viable art form. This year, the nostalgia of “The Artist” has dominated in various award ceremonies. Look for it to be the second silent movie after 1927’s “Wings” to win Best Picture.

As the biggest crowd pleaser and highest-grossing nominee of the nine, “The Help” seems poised for an upset, especially with the Screen Actors Guild’s support behind it. But without a crucial best director nomination, its best chances lie in the acting categories. Keep an eye on Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” the family comedy-drama that picked up small guild awards in the last week of Oscar voting.

Best director: Michel Hazanavicius — “The Artist”

Best director: Martin Scorsese — “Hugo”

With just a few rare exceptions, the best picture and best director choices go to the same movie. Hazanavicius may be victorious for bringing the art of silence to typically noisy 21st century movie theaters. Plus, he already picked up the Directors Guild of America Award. So far, only six directors with this honor have not gone on to win the Oscar. Hazanavicius might sidestep this statistic.By Allie Caren

The last time a film won the Golden Globe for best picture musical comedy and went on to win the Oscar for best picture and best director was “Oliver!” in 1968. Since then, best director has gone to the director of a more serious film whenever Best Picture went to a lighter one. Although “The Artist” seems all but locked for the big prize, “Hugo” director Martin Scorsese’s director win at the Golden Globes might hint a split to come.

Best actor: George Clooney — “The Descendants”

Best actor: Jean Dujardin — “The Artist”

Jean Dujardin could capitalize off of the success of “The Artist” and the SAG Award he won. However, George Clooney shed his A-list persona for the most vulnerable and human performance of his career. For that, he just might pick up his first ever Best Actor trophy.

In a sweep, “The Artist” will surely snag the golden man for its SAG-winning star. And in light of his recent win at the BAFTA Awards – the British equivalent of the Oscars – Dujardin has gained ground on presumed front-runner George Clooney. After months of charming audiences during his movie’s press tour, count on Dujardin to take center stage Sunday night.

Best picture: “The Artist”

Best actress: Viola Davis — “The Help”

Best picture: “The Descendants”

Meryl Streep seems like the obvious pick here, but the weak reception of “The Iron Lady” will hurt the two-time Oscar winner’s chances. The frontrunner is Viola Davis, who has swept the precursors and just might pick up her first Oscar.

Best actress: Rooney Mara — “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Best supporting actor: Christopher Plummer — “Beginners”

Best supporting actor: Max von Sydow — “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

With an iconic acting career spanning more than 60 years, it’s perplexing that Christopher Plummer has not won an Oscar to this day. Consider his win for “Beginners” to be a long overdue Lifetime Achievement Award.

In spite of the movie’s polarizing reception, the academy shows support for von Sydow’s unexpected nomination. As another overdue 82-year-old veteran, he could be the underdog to topple the seemingly unbeatable Plummer.

Best supporting actress: Octavia Spencer — “The Help”

Best supporting actress: Jessica Chastain — “The Help”

She won just about every other award before she was nominated for her performance in “The Help.” This win is basically a shoo-in.

2011 was Chastain’s year. Voters tend to favor breakout actresses, so who better to reward than Chastain, whose debut in seven movies this year — two of which are best picture nominees — is downright award-worthy?

Mara is this year’s breakout star, undergoing a complete mental and physical transformation for her grueling role. As a sleek and dangerous computer hacker, she’s undoubtedly the sexiest and most thrilling nominee,



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The number of consecutive points scored by Syracuse as it erased a cold start to the game en route to a win. The Orange’s 26-0 run, over the course of both halves, turned a 20-7 deficit into a 33-20 lead.

FAT LADY SINGS 0:31, second half

Scoop Jardine Jardine led Syracuse with 15 points and made key plays for Syracuse in its 26-0 run to take command of the game. His 3-point play when the Orange’s lead was down to 47-46 halted USF’s comeback late. He has now scored 15-plus points in three of the last four games.

“” Stan Heath


C.J. Fair sinks two free throws to put Syracuse ahead 56-48, all but ending the game. Three seconds earlier, USF guard Jawanza Poland missed a 3-pointer that would have brought the Bulls within three.


andrew renneisen | staff photographer C.J. FAIR shoots a jumper in SU’s win over USF. The forward turned in an impressive all-around performance, scoring 13 points to go with six rebounds and five steals.



“But you knew — they’re so good — that they were going to make a run. You just hope it wasn’t as long as what they did.”


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Fair made that play — a thundering twohanded dunk after Dion Waiters whipped a pass across the lane. It was a play that left USF head coach Stan Heath clutching his head with both hands, shocked that no charging foul was called on Waiters. Most importantly, though, it was a play that kick-started a 26-0 Syracuse run. The Orange rebounded from the early deficit to charge into, and out of, halftime with the momentum. South Florida battled back relentlessly in what turned into a seesaw game of runs, but SU came out on top 56-48 courtesy of a 9-2 spurt in the game’s closing moments. A crowd of 25,316 in the Carrier Dome watched as the No. 2 Orange (28-1, 15-1 Big East) overcame three major surges by the Bulls (17-11, 10-5 Big East) and earned its eighth consecutive win, clinching a share of the regular-season Big East title. “We were pissed,” Heath said. “We thought we just kind of let it get away.” Heath said the early 18-5 lead was as good a script as he could have written for his South Florida team, but the lead didn’t last long. The Bulls went an incredible 11:23 without scoring that spanned parts of both halves. Syracuse flew into the locker room with a 24-20 lead after the abysmal start and came out red-hot to start the second half. Fab Melo opened the second 20 minutes with a three-point play after he was fouled while dunking an alley-oop from Scoop Jardine. Fair added a pair of free throws, and Jardine added two layups to finish off a 26-point swing. Syracuse had climbed back from the depths of a double-digit deficit to take a 33-20 lead just 2:03 into the second half. “But you knew — they’re so good — that they were going to make a run,” Heath said. “You just hope it wasn’t as long as what they did.” Still, South Florida fired right back. The Bulls refused to fold in a tough environment,

ZERO Victor Rudd Jr.

South Florida’s secondleading scorer was ice cold in his first game in the Carrier Dome. He made just 1-of-6 3-pointers for the game and finished with three points.

putting together two more spurts of their own. A 9-0 run got them within five with 13:46 to go. And after the Orange pushed back in front by 12, an 11-0 run pulled USF within one point at 47-46. “It was a team that never quit,” Waiters said. “They never gave up, they never lost hope when we went up 14. … I tip my hat to South Florida. They came out and played with a lot of heart.” But then, as has been the case so many times this season, SU head coach Jim Boeheim turned to his two senior leaders. Jardine and forward Kris Joseph, who missed 11 of his first 14 shots Wednesday night, finally put South Florida away. With just less than five minutes remaining, Jardine drove down the right side of the paint, tossing up an-over-the-shoulder shot with his right hand. It kissed softly off the glass and fell through the net. He was fouled by USF’s Augustus Gilchrist and converted the three-point play. Boeheim dialed Joseph’s number on the next two possessions. First, he forced up a layup against tough defense by Victor Rudd Jr., got his own rebound and put the ball back in for the bucket. Then he spun into the lane missed a layup, missed a tip-in and finally converted on a third attempt to push the lead to six at 54-48 with 2:49 remaining. Waiters called those baskets “grown-man scrappy plays.” Boeheim called them the difference in the game. “I thought the game came down to Kris made two unbelievable rebound efforts, physical rebound efforts inside to get the ball back on his drives and made the two plays of the game right there,” Boeheim said. Once again, SU’s two leaders got it done. This time with seven straight points to ensure the final run went to the Orange. “We’ve been in these games all year, and our veteran guys have made plays coming down the stretch for us,” Boeheim said. “That’s how you win these games.”

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The Orange’s slow start on the offensive end came largely due to missed jump shots. SU started the game 2-for-14 from the field, allowing South Florida to build an 18-5 lead. After Boeheim called a timeout, Dion Waiters drove into the paint and finished off the glass with his left hand. The Orange’s bucket in the next possession came when Waiters again drove inside and found a wide-open Fair under the basket for an easy dunk. Those two plays started the decisive run of the game in which Syracuse scored 26 straight points to take a 33-20 lead. “We saw the ball go in for us,” senior Scoop Jardine said. “We made some defensive stops and the crowd got into it. You get confident as you see the ball go in for you.” South Florida did manage to work its way back into the game, but SU’s offense continued to rely on getting the ball into the paint. Jardine said South Florida’s defense was the toughest Syracuse has seen this year, forcing the Orange to work for every bucket. But rather than settling for jumpers, SU continued to punch the ball into the paint. “When the game’s close, you don’t want to just keep shooting jump shots,” Fair said. “You want to get into the thick of the defense.” Joseph’s three-point play after Fair’s missed jumper gave the Orange a 12-point lead, but South Florida managed to cut that margin down to one with 6:29 left. SU failed to score on its next two possessions when Joseph missed a 3-pointer and Waiters forced up a fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line.

But the next time Syracuse got the ball, Jardine extended the lead by driving to the hoop. He blew past USF big man Augustus Gilchrist after a pick from center Fab Melo and finished off the glass with a foul. He converted the free throw to put SU up 50-46. Joseph then followed Jardine’s example and muscled his way to the rim on the

“We’ve been in these games all year, and our veteran guys have made plays coming down the stretch for us. That’s how you win these games.” Jim Boeheim


Orange’s next two possessions. He couldn’t convert on his first shot either time, but he grabbed his own rebounds and capitalized on the second chance to give Syracuse a six-point lead with less than three minutes to play. South Florida didn’t score the rest of the way. It wasn’t a pretty offensive night, as the Orange shot just 34.5 percent from the field. But by getting the ball inside, Syracuse did just enough to pull out the win. “We want to take it how it comes,” Jardine said. “Today, it was inside.”


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Fair productive despite injury; Collins exploits Orange zone By Zach Brown and Michael Cohen THE DAILY ORANGE

The Carrier Dome went silent as C.J. Fair clutched his left knee. The sophomore forward had just crumbled to the court without any contact and rolled around grimacing in pain. But as quickly as it happened, the pain subsided, and Fair walked off under his own power to the pleasure of Syracuse fans. “The court was wet because someone fell,” he said. “It wasn’t a dead ball, so they couldn’t mop it up. I jumped up, and I fell weird. But I’m good.” The scare came at the 8:27 mark of the first half, but even though Orange trainer Brad Pike came out to tend to Fair, the sophomore was back on the court less than a minute later. He came out of halftime with a white sleeve on his knee but said the injury didn’t affect him during the game. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists as No. 2 SU (28-1, 15-1 Big East) knocked off South Florida (17-11, 10-5 Big East) 56-48 Wednesday. It was Fair’s fourth straight game scoring in double figures as the sophomore’s offensive game continues to develop. “At this point in the year with any of the guards, I know how to feed off of them and try to get to open spots where I can be available to them to pass to me,” he said. Fair scored seven of SU’s first nine points against the Bulls before suffering the minor injury. He didn’t score after the injury in the first half, but in the second, he created more for himself. He got to the line early on after hauling in an offensive

rebound. The forward’s next bucket came on a hard baseline drive, and he later sealed the Orange win with two free throws late in the game.

“At this point in the year with any of the guards, I know how to feed off of them and try to get to open spots where I can be available to them to pass to me.” C.J. Fair


After the game, Fair said the knee wasn’t an issue and would be fine. He also added that the key to his offensive success was simple. “Just being aggressive at all times,” he said. “And that’s not just trying to score but just attack mode. Keep the defense honest and make myself available.”

USF guard Collins succeeds scoring inside Time and again, Anthony Collins drove in among the trees. Unwavering, the 6-foot-1, 180pound South Florida point guard attacked the middle of the Syracuse defense. Time and again, he scored. Collins went 5-for-5 in the paint Wednesday night against the Orange, lofting teardrop after teardrop up and over SU center Fab Melo

and watching them fall softly through the basket. Though the Bulls fell 56-48 to Syracuse on Wednesday night, Collins finished with 12 points and 10 assists to lead USF. “He’s good. He’s a really good player. I was very impressed with him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He made every shot. They were all tough shots over people. The only shot he missed was a 3 he had to force a little bit at the end of the game.” Collins never looked for his shot as the first option offensively for South Florida, but when lanes opened up he took them. By slicing into the middle of the 2-3 zone, he left Melo with a choice. The 7-foot center could step up and try to impede Collins’ path, or he could stay back. “If I come up, he’s going to pass to the other guy down low. It’s tough,” Melo said. “I don’t know what to do sometimes. I just go up and he passes down. Then it would be my fault. It’s hard.” Melo stayed back Wednesday, as he said he’s supposed to, and Collins made Syracuse pay.

His ability to make contested shots late in the shot clock bailed out South Florida five times. “He has a knack of getting in there and freezing you,” USF head coach Stan Heath said. “And if you want to jump at it, he’ll find a way to pass it, too. So it’s pick your poison once you get in there. “

No comment from Boeheim Before the reporter could even finish the question, Boeheim made it clear he wouldn’t discuss the defamation case he currently faces. Bobby Davis and Mike Lang filed a lawsuit against Boeheim claiming he defamed them by calling them liars after they claimed they were molested by former SU assistant coach Bernie Fine. Judge Brian DeJoseph ruled Wednesday that the case would be heard in Onondaga County rather than in New York City. When a reporter asked if he could comment on the change of venue, Boeheim cut him off with one word: “No.”


In the Orange’s 56-48 win over South Florida on Wednesday, C.J. Fair finished with 13 points for the forward’s fourth consecutive game scoring in double figures. The sophomore has been a key contributor off the bench all season for Syracuse. Here’s a look at Fair’s performances in the last four games: OPPONENT


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6-2, 190, SR. 8.9 PPG, 5 APG



6-0, 160, FR 10.2 PPG, 3.8 APG

6-4, 205, JR. 9.2 PPG, 2.7 APG


6-1, 171, SO. 12.7 PPG, 5.8 APG

Boatright was impressive against Syracuse the first time the teams faced each other, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers. Jardine made clutch plays to beat Rutgers and led the Orange in scoring against South Florida.

Triche’s woes continued with a 0-of-6 shooting performance against South Florida. Napier came off the bench and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Villanova on Monday.




6-9, 222, FR. 2.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG


6-9, 240, JR. 6.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG

Oriakhi was a non-factor against SU in the Carrier Dome, mired in foul trouble all game long. C.J. Fair enters for Christmas a couple of minutes into every game and rarely comes off the court after that.




7-0, 244, SO. 7.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG


Let’s face it. SU is due for a loss. Better now than in the NCAA Tournament.



Calhoun goes Willis Reed in the Huskies’ last game before his surgery.



The biggest issue now for Syracuse is avoiding injury.


6-7, 210, SR. 14 PPG, 5 RPG,


6-5, 180, SO. 17.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG

Lamb carried Connecticut against Villanova, dropping a career-high 32 points. Joseph reached double digits against USF, but it wasn’t pretty, as he shot 5-of-17.



6-10, 270, FR. 9.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG

Round two of this matchup is very enticing. Drummond had the upper hand against Melo in the Carrier Dome until he hurt his ankle in the second half.




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W-L: 872-377 40TH SEASON (26TH AT UCONN)

Calhoun will undergo surgery next week on his lower back and will miss this game, as he did the first meeting. Associate head coach George Blaney fills in his place.



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Ratliffe chasing field-goal percentage mark By Stephen Bailey ASST. COPY EDITOR

Steve Johnson didn’t expect his record to be threatened, especially not like this. Working almost exclusively in the low post, the Oregon State center converted 74.6 percent of his shots in the 1980-81 season, setting the single-season NCAA record for field-goal percentage. The mark has stood for more than three decades, but now, it’s being challenged by Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe, who often does his damage by cutting and rolling off screens. “I was surprised that someone was threatening the record because I thought it would take a great passing team with a good low-post player,” Johnson said. “Those two don’t really exist too much in today’s game.” Ratliffe is shooting 71.7 percent on the season and has been far and away the most efficient player in the nation this season. Converting 165 of his 230 attempts, he sits 7 percent ahead of Iona’s Mike Glover as the nation’s shooting-percentage leader. Though he does trail Johnson by two full percentage points, Ratliffe has three more regular-season games plus postseason play to try to break the record. Ratliffe said he is focused on winning those games, but the senior also admitted he can’t help but think about the record. “When you hear about it every five minutes, it gets ingrained into — you think about it all the time,” Ratliffe said to media before

practice Feb. 13. He is also a large reason why the Tigers (253, 12-3 Big 12) are one of the most difficult teams to defend in the country. Starting alongside four guards, Ratliffe has taken advantage of MU’s slew of sharpshooters. “He’s the perfect complement to their basketball team,” Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford said on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference Feb. 13. “When you’ve got shooters like Missouri has on the perimeter, who may be the best shooters in the country as far as four or five guys that are just deadeye shooters, and a low-post player that can just score, score, score, that’s a pretty impressive combination.” At the start of the year, opponents often focused on limiting the Tigers’ perimeter shooters. Guards Kim English and Marcus Denmon are connecting on 45.6 and 40 percent of their 3-pointers. And three other shooters — Michael Dixon Jr., Phil Pressey and Matt Pressey — are capable of knocking down open shots, leaving Ratliffe plenty of room to maneuver the paint. This came back to bite No. 13 Baylor on Jan. 21, when Ratliffe dropped 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Opponents are now focusing on stopping the nation’s most efficient scorer, forcing the Tigers to win games with jump shots. Entering Missouri’s Feb. 11 rematch against the Bears, Ratliffe was actually on pace to supplant Johnson on the all-time leaderboard, shooting 75.5 percent from the field. The Tigers won again, 72-57, but a 3-of-9 performance from Ratliffe — his second-worst of the year — diminished his percentage and chances of breaking the record dramatically. “It wasn’t frustrating because I was worried about the percentage. I just didn’t think I played as well as I could have,” Ratliffe said to the media Feb. 13. “But we have so many great players that we’re still able to win a game, even though just one guy may not be on his ‘A’ game that night.” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said he was pleased with his team’s defense against Ratliffe, but he also recognized the difficulty his team had in slowing the Tigers’ scoring, calling them a legitimate national contender. And whether Ratliffe breaks Johnson’s

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record, Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said he has been the undoubted key to Missouri’s success this year. “Without him, they would not be where they’re at by any means,” Kennedy said on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference Feb. 13. “He’s a true post threat that you have to give spots to on the defensive end. With those guards shooting the ball as well as they are, he’s done great things for them. “I don’t think they’d be anywhere near where they’re at without him. He’s proven to be one of the better big men in the country. He’s a senior, and he’s playing like a senior.” For Ratliffe, his journey to Missouri ran through Ocala, Fla., where he spent two years at Central Florida Community College. Under the direction of head coach Tim Ryan, he averaged 27.4 points on 63 percent shooting and 11.3 rebounds his sophomore year. After that breakout season, Ratliffe was rated the No. 1 junior college prospect by Ryan credits Ratliffe’s touch around the basket for his success. Almost always the tallest and heaviest player on the court, he still shot 44 percent from 3. And in practice, the head coach said Ratliffe was the first player on the court each day, tirelessly working on hook shots and other inside moves. “He has tremendous touch inside,” Ryan said. “I think that separates him from 99 percent of the rest of the bigs.” Now leading the country in shooting percentage, Ratliffe’s extra repetitions with the Patriots have paid off. He averaged 10.6 points on 57.1 percent shooting as Big 12 Newcomer of the Year last season. And this year, he’s established himself as a premier scorer. Record or not, Ratliffe is poised to lead the Tigers to a deep postseason run, but surpassing Johnson’s mark would cement his legacy in college basketball. “So many of the guys today, the big guys are just picking dummies,” Johnson said. “They just go out and set screens for guards and forwards to come off and shoot, but he’s setting picks to get those shooters open, draw the double and then he ends up getting the bucket. “That’s something that you don’t see too often today.”


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Schoonmaker is backing up the SU head coach John Desko and his staff’s decision to take a chance on a player from Oregon, a state that isn’t known for producing lacrosse players. He’ll try to register his first collegiate goal against Army (2-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Schoonmaker’s doctors still don’t know what caused the E. coli that wreaked havoc on his health. He went from 170 to 140 pounds, but the kidney failure made him retain so much water weight that he’d go up to 180 pounds. Schoonmaker then had to undergo dialysis to drain the excess weight. When doctors finally released Schoonmaker from the hospital, his high school coach, Will Harris, immediately saw the physical change. “The coaches loved him, he worked hard. It’s just who he was,” Harris said. “He scrapped for ground balls. He ran up and down the field. He didn’t cry about playing defense. … He lost a ton of weight, so part of that work ethic was getting back to a place where he could actually play.” During that previous summer, though, Schoonmaker couldn’t attend any recruiting events to try and get noticed by any college coaches. Through a connection with former SU lacrosse great Ryan Powell and a breakout performance his senior year, that all changed. Powell coached Schoonmaker’s club team, the Rhinos, and was the first one to seriously talk Schoonmaker into considering Division-I lacrosse. In the first game of his senior season against Lakeridge, a lacrosse power in Oregon, Schoonmaker scored nine points, Harris said. “It was just a dominating performance from every aspect of the game. He didn’t miss the net very often in that game,” Harris said. “At that

point, I talked to Ryan after the game, and Ryan was like, ‘OK, I’m going back to Syracuse this weekend. I’m going to sit down and talk to Desko and see if we can get him a spot.’” The prospect of going across the country for school wasn’t a problem. Schoonmaker had already considered attending the University of Melbourne in Australia to play club lacrosse. He also had Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, on his list of possible colleges. Once the Orange called with an offer, Schoonmaker knew he was staying in the United States. Just on the opposite coast. “It was definitely Syracuse,” Schoonmaker said. “Before that, I definitely wanted to play lacrosse in college, but I never thought it would be possible to play at Syracuse. But once they called, it was over.” With full midfield lines in front of him last season, Schoonmaker took a redshirt season to save a year of eligibility. Two games into the season, he suffered a shoulder injury that held him out of SU’s practice, stripping him of time to prove himself to the coaches. But he recovered. Schoonmaker worked all summer and returned for his second season with intent on earning the spot for which he traveled across the country. And he did exactly that. Desko compared him to former Orange attack Chris Daniello. In one season, Schoonmaker has gone from a non-factor to someone who will be a key contributor. “As far as what he’s done this year, he’s made as big an improvement in one year as maybe we’ve seen out of a player,” Desko said. “I think a lot of it has to do with his hard work and how athletic he is.”


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Tyson-Thomas leads Orange’s aggressive mentality on glass By Andrew Tredinnick ASST. COPY EDITOR

No player has bought more into Syracuse’s rebounding philosophy than Carmen TysonThomas. The junior guard constantly attacks the glass. She’s always talking to her teammates about the team’s necessity to snatch every possible rebound. And Who: Georgetown in the weight room, Where: Carrier Dome Tyson-Thomas is When: Saturday, 1 p.m. always doing specific exercises to get the leg up on the competition. “We all go to the boards hard, especially on the offensive end. We try to get putbacks,” Tyson-Thomas said. “And on the defensive end, it’s just about boxing out and knowing where you need to be on the floor. I’m always somewhere where the ball is, and I always try to make an effort to do that, and you just got to go hard with a lot of effort.” Tyson-Thomas has assumed the role as the team’s leading rebounder this season. Despite her 5-foot-9 frame — seven inch-


“It’s her willingness to go to the glass every time the ball is shot. The more you go, the more you get, that’s all we keep talking about, and she goes to the glass every possession and that’s very important for us.”

important for us.” In practice, players are awarded for attacking the basket and grabbing rebounds. In certain scrimmage situations, a player that grabs an offensive board is awarded seven points for her team. The practice system reinforces how crucial it is to get offensive rebounds that lead to more opportunities. Tyson-Thomas knows it and never takes a play off. “Sometimes it’s funny because she’ll rebound over us,” Hemingway said. “She goes to the ball, and I don’t think she sees nobody but the ball. That’s the great thing we have.”

In SU’s marquee 81-65 win over No. 21 DePaul on Tuesday, Tyson-Thomas grabbed 15 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end, to lead the charge for the Orange. After the game, Hillsman said her athleticism and determination to get to the glass was the key to Syracuse winning the basketball game. Tyson-Thomas added a game-high 22 points, and her ability to keep offensive possessions alive led to a balanced effort on offense for SU. “It helps us a lot,” Hillsman said. “It gives us extra possessions, extra opportunities and that’s all you look for in that situation, is just to get more possessions and get more opportunities to get shots up.”

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es smaller than SU starting center Kayla Alexander — Tyson-Thomas grabs about eight boards per game. And with her maximum effort level, she has willed SU to grab the fourth-most rebounds per game in the nation. Syracuse (17-11, 6-8 Big East) will look use its rebounding advantage to overwhelm No. 15 Georgetown (21-6, 10-4 Big East) when the two teams square off at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse has found success against Big East opponents in recent games, winning four of its last six. And Tyson-Thomas’ focus on rebounding has served as a driving force. She’s grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game during that stretch, which has included two consecutive double-doubles. During SU’s 74-55 loss to Notre Dame Feb. 7, Tyson-Thomas’ resolve was overshadowed by a tough loss. With SU cutting into the Fighting Irish lead with 9:27 remaining, Tyson-Thomas rocketed into the key from the right wing after SU guard Elashier Hall missed a 3-pointer. She smothered the offensive rebound and got a layup to narrow the gap to 13. Although the Orange couldn’t climb out of the early hole, Tyson-Thomas grabbed five rebounds in the second half to help SU tie the Irish in the final 20 minutes. “It’s her willingness to go to the glass every time the ball is shot,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “The more you go, the more you get, that’s all we keep talking about, and she goes to the glass every possession and that’s very


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With other teams looking to contain Alexander and Hemingway, Tyson-Thomas has exploded on the scene as one of SU’s main rebounding threats. With a supreme blend of athleticism and enthusiasm, she has guided Syracuse to the top of the nation in rebounding for the second consecutive season. And she knows for the team to succeed, it’s what needs to be done. “I want to say we’re ferocious on the boards, that’s the word I would like to use,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We’re very aggressive and ferocious. We make an effort, it’s very conscious and, I mean, it’s what we do. That’s what makes us Syracuse.”


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SU defeats USF behind decisive 26-point spurt By Michael Cohen



ust one play away. That’s all Syracuse was. One play away from igniting a crushing run that has been the trademark of the Orange so many times this season. The early 13-point deficit was no need to panic. Sure, the missed shots were puzzling. And the South Florida offense was picking apart the SU 2-3 zone. But as C.J. Fair pointed out, his team was only one play away. “Just keeping our composure knowing that we’re not out of this game,” Fair said. “And that’s how we carried ourselves. We’re just a play away from making a big run to get back in this game.”



andrew renneisen | staff photographer DION WAITERS goes up for a layup against South Florida on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated the Bulls 56-48 to remain undefeated at home this season. Waiters finished with nine points, contributing to a balanced scoring effort for SU in a low-scoring battle.

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Struggling from outside, Syracuse attacks paint on offense in victory By Zach Brown STAFF WRITER

One play in the second half summed up not only Syracuse’s offense against South Florida, but also the Orange’s offense over the last few games. C.J. Fair lined up a wide-open 3 from the right wing and fired away.

But the shot clanged off the rim. Fortunately for Syracuse, Kris Joseph hauled in the rebound on the baseline. He backed down a defender, maneuvered past him to the rim and finished off the glass with a foul before the help could come. The outside jumper didn’t fall, but

Joseph’s work in the paint paid off. “We want to take the ball inside more than anything instead of taking outside shots,” Joseph said. “We did a good job of that today.” No. 2 Syracuse (28-1, 15-1 Big East) manufactured 28 points in the paint and scored 15 more at

the free-throw line to knock off South Florida 56-48 in the Carrier Dome Wednesday. The Orange went just 3-of-9 from beyond the arc and struggled to hit jump shots all night. But after falling behind by 13 in the first half, SU pounded the ball inside to rally past the Bulls

(17-11, 10-5 Big East) and hold on for the win. “We try to drive,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We’re not shooting great from the outside. … We’ve got to take it to the basket in those situations.”


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Schoonmaker overcomes obstacles to become scoring threat on 2nd midfield line for SU By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Henry Schoonmaker didn’t think too much of the flu-like symptoms. But when he started to climb the stairs in his house, it became apparent it was more than the flu. Schoonmaker passed out on the steps. Minutes later,

an ambulance rushed Who: Army him to OreWhere: Carrier Dome gon Health When: Sunday, 2 p.m. and Science Channel: Time Un ive r sit y. Warner Cable Sports What ensued was a bout


with E. coli that involved a loss of 30 pounds, a depletion of strength and an uphill climb against kidney failure. “I turned pretty skinny and pretty pale pretty quick,” Schoonmaker said. “I was in the hospital for like a month.” Going into his junior year of high school, Schoonmaker faced the task of

having to regain his health to a point where he’d be able to play on a lacrosse field again. Rather than knock him down permanently, the adversity only highlighted the work ethic for which Schoonmaker’s coaches praise him. It’s the same work ethic that carried him from an unknown recruit to a

standout midfielder his senior year of high school. Now, he’s across the country at Syracuse, where he caught yet another bad break and had to recover from a shoulder injury last year. With a spot on the No. 6 Orange’s (1-0, 0-0 Big East) second midfield line,


February 23, 2012  

February 23, 2012

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