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Medical school plans to fix probation issues By Marwa Eltagouri ASST. NEWS EDITOR
sammi charen | contributing photographer (FROM LEFT) BOBBY DAVIS, GLORIA ALLRED AND MIKE LANG appeared in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday to show support for a new bill that would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases.
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Accusers push for child sexual abuse bill By David Propper STAFF WRITER
ALBANY — Two of Bernie Fine’s accusers came to Albany on Tuesday to show their support for a bill that would extend the statute of limitations concerning child sexual abuse. Bobby Davis, 40, and Mike Lang, 45, along with their attorney, Gloria Allred, appeared at a press conference in the Legislative Office Build-
ing for the Child Victims Act that would change both the civil and criminal constraints faced by accusers. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, would extend the statute of limitations for child molestation. Under the current New York state law, the statute for prosecuting a child sexual offender runs out after 10 years. The new law Markey is sponsoring would allow the statute
of limitations to continue until the victim is 28 years old. Additionally, the law would give victims a oneyear period to sue their abuser no matter how old the victim is. Davis and Lang both accused Fine of sexually abusing them when they were children. Fine was fired from Syracuse University in late November. He has denied all wrongdoing and has not been charged.
Charlie Jiao, a first-year medical student at Upstate Medical University, received an email last week notifying him that the College of Medicine was on probation. “As you know, last fall the Liaison Committee on Medical Education had recommended that Upstate’s undergraduate medical education be accredited with probationary status,” read the email, sent by Interim Dean David Duggan to students and staff. “The LCME has now notified us that it will move forward with its recommendation.” Though Jiao said the news initially surprised him, he said he was reas-
The university has 24 months to address the issues causing the probation. A plan describing the exact methods of how they will resolve the issues must be submitted by Aug. 15. The plan would then be executed over the next few months. After the 24-month window, Liaison Committee on Medical Education has the authority to prolong the prohibition period, grant accreditation, grant accreditation with a short cycle or lift the accreditation entirely.
sured upon reading the remainder of the email, which stated that the program remained fully accredited. “They said they’re working to address the issues, which don’t seem all that huge,” he said. “And so none of this really worries me.” During the past month, Upstate has dealt with a slew of issues, mainly from the LCME’s poor review of the program. More recently, Michael Miller, former chairman of Upstate’s department of neuroscience and physiology, was the subject of a federal investigation for falsifying federally funded research results. Miller misrepresented data in at least four studies, according to a report from the Office of Research Integrity filed Monday. Duggan said the university began solving the problems related to the LCME’s review immediately upon learning about them — and some have already been addressed. The university was granted 24 months to address these issues and submit a plan describing how by Aug. 15. The plan will be executed over the next few months, he said. “Once the LCME gets our plan and approves it, they will visit to validate it and see if it’s working,” Duggan said. “Then we will hopefully get off probation.” The LCME visited the university last March and decided that the medi-
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Al-Megrahi’s involvement in bombing questioned By Stephanie Bouvia ASST. NEWS EDITOR
In the past two days, speculation has risen regarding Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s involvement in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in Lockerbie, Scotland. On Monday, the film “Lockerbie: Case Closed,” debuted on Al Jazeera’s website. The film is an assessment of the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission, a quasi-public body in
Scotland that is independent from the government and courts, according to a Feb. 28 Al Jazeera article. Al-Megrahi was the only man to ever be convicted for involvement in the Pan Am Flight 103 tragedy that killed 270 people, including 35 Syracuse University students. The students were returning from semesters in London and Florence, Italy, through SU’s study abroad program Dec. 21, 1988.
The commission examined the case against al-Megrahi. Its report, which has never been published, raises concern about possible injustice, according to the article. The film especially questions the testimony given by Tony Gauci, a Maltese shop owner and the prosecution’s main witness. Gauci said al-Megrahi bought
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Artist talks about joys of painting By Nick Cardona STAFF WRITER
Visual artist Anna Schuleit spoke to a crowd of students, professors and alumni Tuesday about her projects involving the mentally ill. Schuleit described much of her work with mental institutions around the country as well as her current life as a painter. “It humbled me,” Schuleit said. “I was their newscast from the real world.” Schuleit served as the visiting artist for two different mental hospitals: one in 2000 at Northampton State Hospital and another at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in 2003. During these visits, Schuleit worked with the patients to discover what they thought was art. She created a book that 180 patients worked on for four years. They painted and drew what was on their minds every week. The book was not released, however, as it was only for the eyes of everyone involved, Schuleit said. This was a way to keep the patients in touch with what they thought the world around them had become. Gabrielle Frawley, a sophomore interior design and psychology major, said Schuleit’s work with patients is compelling. “Her combination of art and psychology is simply amazing,” Frawley said. When Schuleit visited the institutions, she took more than 60,000 photos as a mapmaking and recordtaking process before she started painting. This process is common method in all of her work. The photos serve as a record of what she saw and an inspiration for her paintings. “This process helps me gain knowledge of the world around me,”
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Born in Mainz, Germany, in 1974, Anna Schuleit received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and a Master of Arts. from Dartmouth College in 2005. From 2001 to 2004, she was a visiting artist at the Westborough State Hospital in Westborough, Mass., and an arts instructor at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York in 2005. As of 2006, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University. Source: macfound.org
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Fighting for feminism Members of the Crunk Feminist Collective, an activist group that works to promote discussions about digital literacies, popular culture and feminism, spoke in Watson Theater on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The group members put a strong emphasis on trying to make feminism more accessible to broader audiences. The CFC publishes a blog twice a week and has been featured in media outlets such as Feministing, New York magazine, Essence Online, Ms. Magazine blog, Colorlines, Clutch magazine, Racialicious and The Root.
BBI officials start entrepreneurship program in Ghana By Sarah Taddeo CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Gary Shaheen and Romel Mackelprang ventured to Ghana in early February to establish an inclusive entrepreneurship program. The program provides training and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, helping them become self-employed. Shaheen, senior vice president of Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute, and Mackelprang, an Eastern Washington University professor, worked with partners in Ghana to help Ghanaians with disabilities learn to launch their own businesses, according to a Feb. 21 SU News release. Their partners included the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies and foundations like Engage Now Africa. The project is a collaborative effort between BBI, SU’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and EWU, and it allows students at both universities to actively participate in the project and work with budding entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad, Shaheen said. The inclusive entrepreneurship program provided training to more
than 250 people with disabilities in Onondaga County and helped start 60 small businesses around the area, Shaheen said. “The project is at its very early stages,” he said. “The important part of what we’re starting to do is reaffirming that people with disabilities, who are thought to be unable to work or own a business, … if you provide opportunities and training, they can, in fact, do it and help themselves and their families have better lives.” Disabled Ghanaians experience a 90 percent unemployment rate, and people in Ghana are very interested in starting an inclusive entrepreneurship program to help find jobs for disabled individuals in their community, Shaheen said. “Our partners in Ghana really endorsed the inclusive entrepreneurship as applicable to the folks that they serve,” Shaheen said. He said he is currently working on funding proposals to help build on the foundation laid in Ghana during his trip there. While in Ghana, Shaheen and Mackelprang taught a disability and entrepreneurship class at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology and visited several businesses already employing people with disabilities, Shaheen said. Mackelprang said Ghana has both the need for inclusive entrepreneurship and the basic infrastructure to implement the program in real business situations. “We had the opportunity to bring our expertise in and collaborate with the experts that were already
“The receptive people there, as well as the crying need of folks with disabilities, combined to make this a great opportunity for us.”
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on the ground,” Mackelprang said. “The receptive people there, as well as the crying need of folks with disabilities, combined to make this a great opportunity for us.”
Mackelprang worked with entrepreneurship in Ghana for three years, and he said that BBI is an excellent vehicle to combine his work with Shaheen’s and others at SU. BBI is committed to carrying on the legacy of its founder, Burton Blatt, to support those with disabilities and have a positive effect on their lives, said Anthony Adornato, director of communications for BBI. “This trip to Ghana is one of the international components of BBI’s work,” Adornato said. “The inclusive entrepreneurship program was successful locally and nationally, and Gary (Shaheen) and BBI are trying to take the impact of the program to the international front.” The goal of the program in Ghana is to train and secure funding for about 45 disabled Ghanaians per year to start their own businesses and to equip 125 students per year to be business consultants for these new entrepreneurs, according to the SU News release. “This program is a joint effort among many different people and organizations,” Shaheen said. “It all begins with a partnership.” email@example.com
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Though both Davis and Lang were in attendance, only Davis spoke during the press conference. Lang stood shoulder-toshoulder with Davis and Allred, but he did not say anything. Davis said, based off his own abuse, it’s important that this bill becomes a law because it would protect children. “Children should be our main focus because they are innocent and vulnerable,” Davis said at the lectern in a prepared statement. “Because of my personal experience, I feel that the current law does not protect the victim, but instead protects the abuser.” Because of the one-year window, if the bill
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were to become a law, both Davis and Lang would have the opportunity to sue Fine. When asked if the two former ball boys would sue Fine, Allred said they would think about that possibility if the bill is passed. “Without it, they will be denied their day in court with their alleged perpetrator of childhood abuse,” Allred said. Allred stated that she strongly feels there is no choice but to pass this bill. “A failure to allow this bill to come to a vote is the same as voting in favor of a sexual predator,” she said. But the one-year period is an aspect of the law that has stopped other attempts to get a revamped sexual abuse law in place. The bill has passed through the assembly each of the four times Markey has brought it up, only to fall when it reached the Senate. The primary concern is that a one-year period would bring a
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slew of unwarranted lawsuits. Markey said that wouldn’t be the case and that a very small number of accusers lie about their abuse. California adopted a law including a one-year period, which resulted in less than 900 lawsuits. One organization that has strongly opposed the bill is the New York State Catholic Conference. The conference said Tuesday that the bill has fatal flaws and “changes the rules after the fact and eliminates an essential protection against fraudulent claims,” according to a Feb. 28 article by The Associated Press. Robert Hoatson, the co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse, said it’s the inaction of a few legislatures that has prevented this bill from already being put into law. “It’s an abomination that New York state still has not recognized that childhood sexual abuse is an epidemic and the predators can’t be protected anymore,” Hoatson said. During a symposium that examined scandals in sports at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications last Thursday, Hoatson
said he was assisting another victim, who he said was abused by a different head coach at SU. He didn’t name the coach. When asked, he said he had no additional information to provide concerning the victim or the unnamed coach to whom he referred. Allred said she plans on returning with Davis and Lang to talk with other legislators in an effort to push the bill through. Allred said both New York senators could not be reached because they were not in Albany on Tuesday. Davis said though the three-month microscope has been a difficult ordeal, his wife and two children motivated him to continue his fight. “I got to keep going no matter what,” Davis said while surrounded by reporters after the press conference. “There is going to be an end somewhere, and hopefully that’s the best end for everyone.”
in my life,” Schuleit said. “I got to paint alone outside on a beautiful day.” Jerome Witkin, an art professor, said Schuleit is truly a special person. “From a person so young and successful, she is not egotistical,” Witkin said. Today Schuleit focuses on her painting in her studios in New Hampshire and New York. She said she loved the experience of working in the mental hospitals and would like to do it again. Said Schuleit: “I really want to focus on my painting. It is what makes me the happiest.”
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Schuleit said. “Most of these paintings don’t need me. They are perfect and beautiful just the way they are.” At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s performing arts center, Schuleit said she was asked to come up with an idea that she could paint on the wall of the center. Schuleit painted an upside-down face on the wall so that the face was reflected from one end of the pond to the other. “This was one of the most happiest moments
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Midterm week does not need to be stressful EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board One of students’ worst nightmares is quickly creeping up: midterm week. It’s a week of constant tests. And stress. But since it’s a week away, students can prepare. If you haven’t yet, check your syllabi. Professors usually lay out the date and expectations for midterms. If you go to class, they’ve probably already mentioned it. If not, ask. Then create a schedule. Whether you create a to-do list or block out times on a calendar, make sure you have a system. Writing your list on notecards, then ripping up the notecards after you complete the assignment can bring a feeling of accomplishment and help de-stress. Don’t stay up all night cramming the night before a test. You need to be well rested. Don’t forget to eat the morning of the test. While students are responsible for their grades, professors also need to take into account students’ concerns. Students know professors need to test them during midterms. But there are things professors can do to help. Professors should outline expectations. If tests will not be administered if students are five minutes late, remind students. If students need to write a test in blue ink or in pencil, remind students of that, too. Though specific classes are important to students, most take five. This means five different midterms in one week. To help students, professors should be available for extra office hours and additional appointments. Professors should also be more available by email this week to help students with lastminute questions or concerns. It’s not too late for students to prepare. If students take preparation into their own hands and professors are more available for help, stress will be reduced for everyone.
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Santorum’s vision for American future signals flawed philosophy
he GOP race for the presidential nomination has produced some entertaining television programming in the past months. Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania governor, appeared on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week” to discuss a statement he made about wanting to vomit after reading former President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on the separation of church and state on Sunday. “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” he said. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in this operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.” Santorum’s vision of what this future should be is fairly disturbing for a party that largely crafted its message around condemning the socialist agenda of President Barack Obama and pledging its dedication to the “Future of America.” In laymen’s terms, a country governed by faith-regulated policies is a theocracy. Iran has one — they’re doing really well. Santorum’s proclamation is a
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sorry, i’m not sorry misinterpreted take on a speech considered a defining document in the nation’s history — one in which Kennedy assured the country that his Catholicism, as he would eventually become the first Catholic president, would never compel him to be influenced or take orders from the Vatican. “I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source — where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials — and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against once church is treated as an act against all,” he said.
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The constitution calls for religious freedom, which, by implication, demands that elected leaders do not impose their religious beliefs during the decision-making process. This is not to say religion hasn’t played a role in the public sphere, something Santorum struggled to articulate. He did say some of our nation’s greatest achievements were guided by deeply religious leaders. That’s a fair statement, Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister after all. There’s a difference between being guided by your faith and being guided by the morals your faith has influenced. King turned to his faith for strength, but his perseverance for civil rights was one of human equality, not religious motives. Not only is it laughable for an American who has ever passed elementary school U.S. history, let alone a presidential hopeful, to allege the separation between church and state should not be absolute, it directly defies the belief the founding fathers wrote into the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the belief predates the Declaration of Independence. It was intro-
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duced to the Western world by Roger Williams in the 1600s. “So revolutionary was this idea that it caused Williams to be banished from Massachusetts and to seek refuge in nearby Rhode Island, which he founded,” wrote New York Times columnist Joe Nocera in a piece published Feb. 24. “In doing so, Williams created the first place in the Western world where people could believe in any God they wished — or no God at all — without fear of retribution.” On Sept. 12, 1960, Kennedy’s speech echoed the belief stressed by Williams more than four centuries before. Kennedy’s speech reaffirmed that the foundation of our country’s religious freedom is to coincide with the separation needed to protect that freedom. A future where religion plays a role in our nation’s highest office is not a future for a country that Abraham Lincoln stated was a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Lauren Tousignant is a senior communications and rhetorical studies and writing major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at letousig@ syr.edu or followed on Twitter at @lauT1.
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cal school’s education program was not in compliance with 15 out of the 129 standards that needed to be fixed. Standards that failed to be met concerned the school’s curriculum and the administration of courses, Duggan said, so a new curriculum was written with updated agreements. But the university still has some questions on how the LCME interprets its standards, Duggan said, so the two parties arranged a meeting in the spring to discuss the specific standards. The LCME, a leading national authority in the accreditation of medical programs, consists of medical educators and administrators, public members, practicing physicians and medical students. They are sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American
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clothing and an umbrella from him Dec. 7, 1988. Remnants of the items were later recovered from the debris at the disaster scene, and investigators said they were in the same suitcase as the bomb, according to the article. But the film raises questions about the credibility and identification of Gauci, according to the article. More rumors surfaced Tuesday claiming Scotland’s justice secretary told al-Megrahi that if he dropped his conviction appeal in 2009, he would be released from jail on compassionate
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Medical Association, according to their website. The organization accredits 137 U.S. medical schools, and Upstate joins four other schools that are on probation, according to an LCME report. After the 24-month window, the LCME has the authority to prolong the prohibition period, grant accreditation, grant accreditation with a short cycle or lift the accreditation entirely, Duggan said. The probability of the school being shut down is remote, he said. “I believe LCME wants to make medical schools better. They’re not in the business of trying to close them,” Duggan said. “It’s just the processes of educational programs need to be put in place, that’s all. And luckily those are very straightforward things to fix.” Kenneth O’Brien, the president of the State University of New York’s University Faculty Senate, said it’s important to keep in mind that during the probation period, the medical school remains fully accredited. But he is confident in
a change of status soon. “I do know my colleagues in SUNY administration, in UMU administration, and certainly on the faculty at UMU, are working together to make certain that the medical school’s probationary status becomes full accreditation as soon as possible,” he said. Duggan said he has not seen any changes in the number of applicants to the school or their credentials. He said there were no negative comments in the report regarding the students or the quality of faculty. Students continue to enter the school with excellent qualifications and score above average on standardized tests and residency applications upon graduation, he said. The probation, Duggan said, has nothing to do with Upstate Medical University Hospital, which was placed on a watch list for a high frequency of safety concerns, complications and patient deaths in September.
Marianne Munson, a physical therapy student, said the probation causes people to view her program differently, even though physical therapy is not taught through the medical school. “People in the community think it’s the whole university on probation, not just the medical school,” she said. “And so that affects their opinions of my own major.” Medical students remain hopeful, though. Jiao, the first-year student, said he does not know the long-term consequences of the probation and thinks he may become more worried if he were closer to graduating. Stephanie Grube, another student in the medical program, said she believes the university is well underway in addressing the issues in a timely manner. “The probation doesn’t really affect me all that much because I’ve got faith,” she said. “They’ll make the changes they have to make.”
grounds, according to a Feb. 28 Daily Mail Online article. On Oct. 21, 2008, doctors diagnosed al-Megrahi with prostate cancer, and he was given three months to live. He applied to be released on bail, pending his conviction appeal Oct. 30, 2008. However, on Nov. 14, 2008, the court ruled that al-Megrahi would remain in jail while he appealed his conviction, according to the article. It was shortly after this that Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill reportedly told al-Megrahi that he would be released from jail if he dropped his court case, which he did, although he was under no legal obligation to do
so, according to the article. The allegations were detailed in a new book published Tuesday titled “Megrahi: You Are My Jury” by author John Ashton, according to the article. The author of the book claims al-Megrahi was the “innocent victim of dirty politics, a flawed investigation and judicial folly.” Ashton was a researcher on al-Megrahi’s legal team for three years, according to the article. Scottish government officials currently deny the allegations, but said in the article that if the reports are true, MacAskill will have knowingly misled Parliament. “Kenny MacAskill has repeatedly claimed that the decision for al-Megrahi to drop his appeal was ‘a matter for him and the courts,’ yet these extraordinary reports throw all that into question,” said Scottish Labour’s justice spokes-
man Lewis Macdonald in the article. Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies at SU, said in an email that these rumors are just a variation of ones that have circulated since al-Megrahi was released from jail. She said she considers them to be “recycled news.” O’Rourke said she believes it was a “travesty of justice” to release al-Megrahi from jail. “It is unfortunate that those murdered and their friends and family have been denied true justice,” she said. “These continuing rumors, and Megrahi publishing his version of the bombing while simultaneously blocking the Scottish Justice office from releasing any records or information they might be willing to make public, are hurtful to the families and friends of those lost in the bombing of Pan Am 103 — but unfortunately, it is nothing new.”
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Staying afloat By Alexandra Hitzler
tate Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. announced last week that he has restored $11.5 million in School Improvement Grants for the Syracuse City School District. The Syracuse school district was one of five districts including Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Albany and Schenectady to have its SIG restored after they were suspended in January, said Richard Strong, school board president. The grants were suspended for 10 districts across the state due to failure to reach teacher evaluation and support agreements that fulfilled the state and federal requirements for the SIGs, according to a Feb. 22 press release from the New York State Department of Education.
“After SIG funding was suspended in January, these five districts went back to the drawing board and worked out agreements that meet the state and federal requirements,” King said in the release. He said teacher evaluations and improvements funded with the SIG money should bring a better education to the students at these schools. The reinstatement of the Syracuse school district’s grant money came after a period of negotiations between the school district, the Syracuse Teachers Association and the Syracuse Association of Administrators, according to the school district’s news release. The agreement focused on the improvement of instructional practices in schools, including teacher development and the promotion of learner-centered schools.
State education commissioner restores city school district’s $11.5 million grant after it was suspended in January Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern said in the news release he is pleased the SIG funding will be restored. “This means the dedicated educators we represent will be able to continue providing direct services and quality instruction to their students,” Ahern said. “We hope the state recognizes the collaborative efforts of the union and the SCSD to do what is in the best interest of kids,” Strong said though the district is pleased with the reinstatement of the grant money, there are still improvements that need to take place in the future. “A lot of the grant money we’re receiving this year is going to be going to people like the district’s faculty and staff instead of going towards improving the schools directly,” Strong said. Strong also said this year’s grant money is not
allotted toward helping close the $35.1 million budget deficit that the district is currently facing. “The district’s budget is a totally different thing,” Strong said. “The School Improvement Grant’s purpose is aimed more towards the improvement of staff evaluation at low performing schools.” Superintendent Sharon Contreras said in the school district’s news release that the restoration of the Syracuse City School District’s SIG money was necessary for the success of the district. “We are extremely pleased that our School Improvement Grant Funding has been reinstated,” Contreras said in the release. “The permanent loss of this funding could have had a paralyzing effect on our students and staff in some of our neediest schools.” email@example.com
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When indie-pop band Cults released their debut EP, they were fairly unknown. Google searches only produced obscure definitions of groups with strange beliefs and practices.
University Union brings Cults and The Vanderbuilts for the first Bandersnatch concert of the semester. Where: Goldstein Auditorium When: Today, doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. How much: $5 with valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID
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Two students plan to celebrate their 5th birthdays as leap year babies
By Anna Hider STAFF WRITER
e all look forward to having our birthday each year, like our milestone Sweet 16 and the coveted 21st. But what if you could only celebrate your birthday once every four years, like David Fagan and Sara Minsley? Fagan and Minsley were both born on Feb. 29, commonly known as Leap Day. It only occurs once every four years except on century years not divisible by 4, like 1900, to account for the fact that each year lasts approximately 365.242 days. The leap year was first instituted by Julius Caesar, and the Gregorian calendar added the century rule to ensure that the days of the year would be more accurate. Both sophomores born in 1992, Fagan and Minsley are turning 5 today. They share why they love having such a distinctive birthday.
February Fagan Fagan is extra proud of his birthday because of its rarity. “It’s unique. Not many people have it,” said Fagan, a civil engineering major. But having a special birthday comes with a few minor difficulties. For instance, Facebook messes up his birthday when it isn’t on a leap year. “It doesn’t really know what to do,” he said. “I think it might say my birthday is on February 28 and March 1.” The main problem with being a leap year baby is deciding when to celebrate the big day when it doesn’t fall on a leap year. Fagan usu-
ally celebrates on Feb. 28, or the weekend that is closest to the 28th, simply because he likes February better. When Fagan’s birthday does come once every four years, he said it’s more fun and a bigger celebration for someone who doesn’t have an official birthday once a year. “I was going to try and have a party, but my birthday is in the middle of the week,” Fagan said about this year’s celebration. “But my dad is coming up, so we’re going to hang out.” For Fagan’s dad, Andrew, the most memorable birthday was the night his son was born, though Fagan’s mother was concerned that he would be sad not to have a specific birthday date. Thankfully, Fagan isn’t upset with having a Leap Day birthday. “Over the years, I think David has enjoyed the novelty of being a ‘Leap Baby’ more than any frustration with not having an actual specific day to celebrate his birthday each year,” Andrew Fagan said. “And, as he gets older, he likes saying his ‘real’ age and perhaps it gives him an excuse to act it.” Fagan agreed, “I definitely wouldn’t change my birthday.”
March Minsley Registering for a website may seem like no big deal to most people, but it proves a little more difficult for leap year babies like Minsley. The architecture major said some websites that require registration won’t allow her to state that she was born on Feb. 29.
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(TOP) DAVID FAGAN AND SARA MINSLEY, a sophomore civil engineering major and a sophomore architecture major, respectively, were both born Feb. 29, Leap Day, and will turn 5 this year.
The duo took advantage of Facebook and other social media sites to promote its music. After releasing its latest album on a pay-what-youwant basis, the band is coming to Syracuse University with its growing success. Cults will headline Wednesday’s concert alongside The Vanderbuilts, a Syracuse-based indie folk-rock band, in the Schine Underground. Tickets are still for sale at the Schine Box Office for $5 with a valid student ID. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. University Union is putting on the show as part of its Bandersnatch Music Series. Cults’ two bandmates, Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, began making music together after they started dating. The group’s Bandcamp page is now the top result for a “Cults” Google search. “Cults is a band we’ve been trying to bring here for a while,” said Kenny Consor, co-executive director of UU Concerts. “And I think that they are a band that we’re going to be hearing a lot about in the next couple of years.” Pitchfork awarded the duo’s most popular song, “Go Outside,” with best new music honors in 2010. The hit track conjures up sunny images balanced with a sinister sense of humor. The song begins with quotes from Jonestown cult figurehead Jim Jones, who inspired the band’s namesake. Despite its eerie introduction, the band’s self-titled debut album transitions smoothly into a work of frothy and meticulously designed lo-fi pop. The record, packed with nostalgic Motown influences, conveys a theme of emancipation from the status quo and finding beauty in some of the dirtier parts of society. Cults’ sound should translate well onto the Schine
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One columnist reveals overcoming four-year battle with bulimia IONA HOLLOWAY
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was bulimic for more than four years, but I longed to be anorexic. That’s the cruel magic of an eating disorder that doesn’t drastically change your weight. With anorexia, everyone notices your tiny body. People can see your illness as clearly as your bones. When I had bulimia, I was falling to bits and no one noticed. Bulimia took me by the shoulders and pushed me to the floor. I lost my confidence, my sense of self and everything that had ever made me “me.” For years, I sat in therapy rooms faking food diaries, faking progress and faking smiles like a pro. I got so good at it that I almost fooled myself. The National Eating Disorder Association website states that the combination of psychotherapy and diet management is the most effective form of treatment, but only 6 percent of bulimia sufferers get mental health treatment. It took me a long time to realize bulimia wasn’t killing me, but I wasn’t living, either. When I was 16, I decided slim wasn’t good enough. Bulimia can affect anyone at any point, although the majority of new diagnoses happen between the ages of 15 and 17, said William Walters, helpline manager at NEDA. “People are starting to find their own identity,” he said. “They want to fit in and stand out all at the same time.” I decided to find my identity by counting my ribs, but I failed badly at weight loss. Within a year, I went from 120 pounds to 110 before creeping up to 145. I stayed that weight for the next three years. Those don’t seem like dramatic numbers, but my body was a wreck. I don’t think anyone decides they are going to have bulimia. Bulimia takes you under her wing and makes you forget about life before her. I lost everything I knew about eating normally. I would eat nothing all day. I would run and weigh myself compulsively. I would drink 10 liters of water. I would creep around the kitchen at night, trying not to make a sound. I ate food people wouldn’t notice was gone. Eating more than 5,000 calories in an hour became normal. I ate until I could feel food creeping up my throat, and my tummy looked like a massive tumor. Then I would try to throw up. I’d stick a toothbrush down my throat and retch up nothing. I would get up the next day and do it all over again. I didn’t know how to stop. There’s something very safe about an eating disorder. I had always been good at everything. I was top of my class. I was the best athlete at my school. I won art competitions. Everyone told me I could do anything. The pressure was unbearable, but bulimia took the rock off my chest. It gives you an excuse not to do things. If you can’t eat properly then what can you do? Armed with bulimia, I had no expectations of myself. In a f*cked up way, I had never felt so free.
It took me four years, four psychologists and moving from the United Kingdom to the United States to finally start fighting back. When I came to Syracuse in 2009, I wasn’t Iona; I was bulimia. And I’m not special. One quarter of college-aged women admit to vomiting and purging as a method of weight control, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website. Think of you and your three closest friends. Walters estimated between 75 percent and 80 percent of bulimia sufferers recover. But we’re wounded. Even now, more than a year into real recovery, I can’t sit with food around me and feel comfortable. Full kitchen cupboards make me nervous, extra money in my pockets is a potential binge and weighing scales pull at me like a magnet. You learn to deal. Finding everything I lost to bulimia is a treasure hunt I’ll be on for years. I don’t know if I’ll ever look in a mirror and not see the stretch marks bulimia ripped all over my body. I don’t know if I will ever stop automatically calculating the calorie content of everything I pick up at the grocery store. Every day, at some point, bulimia tells me I should starve, binge, vomit or excessively exercise. But the menacing voice of three years ago sounds pretty pathetic today. I’m getting pretty good at telling her to f*ck off. Iona Holloway is a magazine journalism and psychology dual major. She would like to thank Amy Kee for being the best English roomie and Leonie Geyer for helping her count the good days. There are a lot of them now. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEST BEER STORES: SYRACUSE REAL FOOD CO-OP
When neighborhood folks wanted an affordable buying club during the 1972 wartime economy, the Syracuse Real Food Co-op was born. In 1974, it moved to its current location at 618 Kensington Road, off Westcott Street. The business, catering to more than 2,400 members and owners, plus thousands of shoppers, sells local and organic products. Head cashier Jeremy DeChario purchases the store’s diverse and rapidly expanding craft beer offerings. DeChario moved to Syracuse from Florida in 2010 and has been working at the co-op ever since. His love for beer stems from his undergraduate years, when he discovered Dogfish Head’s (Del.) varieties. The co-op began selling beer in October 2011, and it’s one of only two coops in Central New York to sell beer. The other is Ithaca’s Greenstar Natural Foods Market. Central New York has an extremely high-quality food and beverage scene stemming from farms, dairies and breweries in the area. This allows the co-op to support local products while still diversifying and pleasing customers. The beer stock rotates limited editions, seasonal releases and new creations. “People want to try new things all the time,” he said. DeChario talks with his distributor and brewery representatives and orders several weeks in advance to ensure new beers are in stock. He remains adept to new releases; sometimes, he receives the only case sent locally and charges less than other nearby establishments. DeChario also hosts beer tastings at the co-op every third Thursday each month. Attendees include dedicated customers and occasionally Marc Rubenstein, owner of Middle Ages Brewing. Some beers in stock include Dogfish Head Tweason’ale (gluten-free), and most Middle Ages, Ommegang (Cooperstown, N.Y.) and Sixpoint (Brooklyn, N.Y.) varieties, including Resin, a double IPA at 9.1 percent alcohol. DeChario also buys at least one of every beer he sells. He takes pride in knowing his products and discusses beer with anyone who wants to learn or share thoughts. “Life is too short and there are so many beers to try,” said DeChario as a parting message. Don’t waste any time — never settle because of price, alcohol content or unfamiliarity. Experiment and give your palate something to look forward to. Cheers! —Compiled by Lucas Sacks, staff writer, email@example.com
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Love in this pub Laid-back feel, enticing burgers mesh harmoniously for fun night out
carly reeve | staff photographer Bull & Bear Pub boasts the tagline “Shut Up and Eat Your Burger,” reflecting the eatery’s pride in its burgers. The menu offers 16 different burgers, like the Caliente with bacon, pepper jack cheese and a creamy chipotle sauce.
By Jillian D’Onfro STAFF WRITER
hen I eat out, I hardly ever order burgers. Compared to other delicious menu items, they rarely catch my eye. But when my dining partner and I arrived at the Bull & Bear Pub, the restaurant’s tagline grabbed my attention: “Shut Up and Eat Your Burger.” With a slogan like that, we couldn’t resist. The decision to order a burger was easy, but picking out which to get was not. Bull & Bear has a whopping 16 different burger options, ranging from the fairly standard — like the Vermonter, with sharp white cheddar and smoked bacon — to the more unique. My mouth watered at the thought of the California, loaded with guacamole, pepper jack, bacon, onion and mayo. We chose the Caliente: bacon, pepper jack and a creamy chipotle sauce, and we decided to stave off rumbling stomachs with a bowl of the Middle Ages Impaled Ale Chili as an appetizer. Our chili arrived in what felt like three minutes. It had a thick gob of cheddar cheese melted on top and a chunk of golden cornbread. The chili was spiced enough to leave my lips burning a bit and contained thick hunks of tomato. I didn’t notice it with my first bites, but once I got used to the spice, I could taste the ale infusion. I found it interesting and unique, but a little bizarre because I’ve never tried chili with beer in it before. It added a light hoppiness to the bowl. The cornbread came with a small container of maple
butter and toed the line between not quite cooked enough and moist. I’m not one to ever butter my cornbread, but I decided to dip a piece into it. My taste buds celebrated. The maple butter was light and airy as a cloud. Taste-wise, the light sweetness complemented the cornbread perfectly. Post-chili and pre-burger, I soaked up the pub’s atmosphere. We sat in the middle of the room at a table with long wooden booths big enough for three on each side. More booths lined the window, and a few tables skirted the wall. On the opposite side of the room stretched a long bar. Bright lights illuminated the sit-down side where we enjoyed our meal, and the bar glowed with the fluorescent light of various beer and liquor signs, giving it a nightlife vibe. We didn’t witness any action, but each weekend night, a local band takes the little stage by the back of the room. With its weathered and lived-in feel, the Bull & Bear captured the feel of a classic pub — a diverse crowd and intimate atmosphere. When our burger arrived, its sheer size impressed me. The chef had artfully dribbled the light orange chipotle sauce across the top, and the bacon was plentiful. Every burger comes with a side, so we had the sweet potato fries, which came with my old friend, the maple butter. If the cornbread with the butter tasted great, then the fries and butter tasted out of this world. A sucker for the sweet-and-salty dynamic, I found myself in culinary heaven. Just enough salt sprinkled over the piping hot fries contrasted the butter’s sweet flavor. The burger also offered a well thought-out palette of tastes. The smoky bacon added
just the right crunch, and the zest of the chipotle sauce hinted at the reason behind the burger’s title “Caliente.” The beef itself tasted succulent and fresh. We didn’t “shut up,” but we definitely finished our entire burger. Throughout our feast, the Bull & Bear provided a great playlist for a Saturday night, a mix of old classics with a modern touch. When we completed the meal — the maple butter containers once again left spotless — the bar started to fill up, proving the pub’s reputation as a popular late-night hangout. I plan on revisiting the pub to try another burger with the amazing sweet potato fries, but next time, I’ll also make sure to stay for the music and drinks. firstname.lastname@example.org
BULL & BEAR PUB 125 E. Water St. (315)-701-3064 bullandbearpub.com
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Minsley, who celebrates her birthday on March 1 when it isn’t a leap year, said her family has always commemorated the special day in March instead of February. “My family’s logic is that I was born the day after February 28th, which is March 1st when it isn’t a leap year,” she said. Her family also has a quirky way of celebrating her birthday on leap years. “My birthday is always themed the age I’m actually turning,” she said. Minsley has fun plans for her birthday this year, continuing her family’s tradition with her friends. She and her friends plan to celebrate by visiting a local bounce house to play. Her most memorable birthday was her third actual birthday, the year she turned 12 years old. “We had a backwards theme,” she said.
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Underground’s stage. Opening act The Vanderbuilts have tapped into the business of finding beauty in their music as well. The band comprises students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Their debut full-length album, “Miguel’s Orchard,” released Friday, Feb. 24, is driven by hauntingly sweet lyrics. Guitars, drums, banjos and keyboards lay out the structure of the songs while the fiddle adds texture to their melodies. Their newest album captures the essence of indie folk greats The Decemberists and The Head and the Heart.
“Everyone wore their clothes backwards, and we had breakfast for dinner. It was fun.” For Minsley, it’s just another perk of being a Leap Baby. She said, “You can pretend you’re not really the age you are.” email@example.com
LEAP YEAR FUN FACTS •There are 187,000 people in the United States born on Leap Day. •4 million people worldwide are born on Leap Day. •Odds of being born on Leap Day are about 1 in 1,500, or .067 percent. •Famous people who share this birthday: Rapper and actor Ja Rule was born in 1976. Today is his ninth birthday Actor Dennis Farina (“Get Shorty,” “Law & Order”) was born in 1944. Today is his 17th birthday. source: infoplease.com, leapyearday.com
Bringing Cults and The Vanderbuilts together will show how music is meant to be played in concert settings: with real instruments. “Both of these bands consist of such great musicians,” Consor said. “When you get the hip-hop and the electronic music, it’s not real instruments, so this is going to be a pretty cool show.” Consor said these two bands will boost an already dense Bandersnatch repertoire. “We’ve done an incredible job of bringing bands right as they’re on the cusp and about to break out,” Consor said. “As that pattern continues, the name Bandersnatch Music Series continues to grow.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Former Syracuse players Chandler Jones, Phillip Thomas and Andrew Tiller participated at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in the last week. Former tight end Nick Provo was also at the combine but did not participate in the workouts, as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. Jones impressed during workouts and is projected as a second- or third-round pick. Hereâ€™s a look at how the former SU players performed in Indianapolis:
ANDREW TILLER 40-YARD DASH
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5.50 seconds (41st of 47 offensive linemen)
16 reps (47th of 48 offensive linemen)
23 inches (45th of 46 offensive linemen)
PHILLIP THOMAS 40-YARD DASH
4.74 seconds (52nd of 53 defensive backs)
14 reps (T-33rd of 47 defensive backs)
33 inches (T-37th of 50 defensive backs)
CHANDLER JONES 40-YARD DASH
4.87 seconds (15th of 49 defensive lineman)
22 reps (37th of 45 defensive lineman)
35 inches (T-fourth of 50 defensive lineman)
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Macartney impresses in filling void for departed White By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Peter Macartney spent every day at practice last season watching Joel White’s every move on the field. And he’d ask questions whenever he got the chance. Even when the season ended, Macartney continued to watch game film to study the way White played with the intention of emulating the All-American’s style. All that time and preparation is paying dividends. Macartney has picked up where White left off. “Following behind Joel, obviously, getting to watch him last year in practice every day, I learned a lot of from him,” Macartney said. “Just picking up stuff from him every day in practice.” After White graduated last season, the Syracuse coaching staff had to decide who would try to fill the void. Sophomore Matt Harris backed up White last season, but his natural position is close defense. Macartney impressed the SU coaches during fall ball and continued to do so in the spring. With Macartney proving capable at long-stick midfielder — making plays at both ends of the field and on the wing on faceoffs — Harris slid back to close defense full time, and the unit hasn’t missed a beat. White left Syracuse as the all-time leader in ground balls with 283, and in points and goals by a defensive player with 28 and 18, respectively. The two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist was SU’s top long-stick midfielder his entire career. When he left, it seemed it would leave a gaping hole. But that hasn’t happened. Macartney impressed White not necessarily with his physical abilities, but with his foresight to take the time to ask questions and soak in as much information as possible. “As soon as he came in, his attitude definitely showed that he was going places, and he definitely had the mental capacity to take over and fight his way into the starting spot,” White said. “… One big thing was he was always that guy to come up and ask questions. His ears were always open, too. Whether the coach was talking to another guy or to him, he always had his ears open and was listening.” Macartney said White helped him improve
his awareness on the field, always knowing where to be or who to slide to. In SU’s game against Army on Sunday, it paid off. With a little more than three minutes left in the first quarter, Army tied up the game at one. Nine seconds later, Macartney answered right back. SU midfielder Matt Pratt took a shot that bounced out in front of the goal, but Macartney was in perfect position, scooped up the ball and flipped it into the net to get the lead back for SU. Macartney’s work on the wing during faceoffs, though, was perhaps even more important than his goal. The Orange won 16-of-22 faceoffs against Army, and Macartney was a big part of that. Time and again, he scooped up ground balls after faceoff specialist Chris Daddio pushed the ball out. “He does an incredible job of getting the ground ball in the faceoffs in practice,” Harris said. “… We do a three-on-three drill in practice specifically for that, and it just shows. He gets every one in practice. He gets every one in the games.” After redshirting last year, Macartney’s been a key part of the Orange’s first two wins this season. The sophomore said he arrived at SU expecting to play long-stick, but he also considered a switch to become a short-stick defensive midfielder if the position never became available. A Colorado native, Macartney came to Syracuse after two of his high school coaches at Colorado Academy, Dan Pratt and John Zulberti, put in a recommendation to the SU coaching staff. “Without (Pratt and Zulberti’s) input and their coaching and everything, I wouldn’t really have gotten here,” Macartney said. “I wouldn’t really have considered it if it wasn’t for them.” His arrival gave Syracuse options in putting together its defense. Harris can play close defense, the position he’s used to, while Macartney gives the Orange a solid replacement for White. Said Harris: “He’s working hard, and we’re all proud of him.” email@example.com
chris janjic | staff photographer PETER MACARTNEY has emerged as an immediate contributor this season, successfully filling the void left by Joel White, an All-American who graduated last year.
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NC State looking for marquee victory for tournament berth By Stephen Bailey ASST. COPY EDITOR
A six-year hiatus from the NCAA Tournament appeared to be over. North Carolina State was 18-7 and 7-3 in conference play and dominating a Feb. 16 matchup against in-state rival Duke midway through the second half. But that all changed as the No. 4 Blue Devils rallied back for the win, initiating a four-game slide in which the Wolfpack dropped close contests to No. 22 Florida State, No. 6 North Carolina and unranked Clemson. “At the end of the day, you have to earn your way in, and that’s what we have to do,” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said Monday on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference. “There are other teams around the country like us. You have to earn your way in by winning games. It’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s a simple equation. So I think that’s where you end up at this time of the year.” The Wolfpack (18-11, 7-7 ACC) now finds itself on the bubble. NC State finishes its regularseason schedule with games against Miami on Wednesday and Virginia Tech on Sunday, but its proving ground extends to the ACC tournament. With zero victories against current Top-25 teams, an early exit could lead to a sixth straight year of disappointment in Raleigh, N.C. But if NC State can string together a few wins, as the team did in 2007 when a squad with a 15-14 regular-season record made it all the way to the conference tournament finals against North Carolina, an NCAA Tournament berth would likely follow. And considering the Wolfpack was slotted just eighth in the ACC preseason coaches’ poll, a ticket to the Big Dance would prove Gottfried’s program is more than just “rebuilding.” “I hate to use that term because whenever you say rebuilding, it’s almost as if you’re giving yourself an out to be average,” Gottfried said. “I don’t like it. I never have liked that. And so, we obviously know where our program has been. “We’ve not been near the top, obviously. But we’ve tried to set high goals this year and do some things that maybe a lot of people haven’t expected us to do, so at times we’ve done well with that. Other times we’ve come up short. But I believe you have to reach high and dream high.” NC State’s schedule is dotted with quality wins over Texas, Maryland, Boston College and Miami (Fla.), but the team has yet to earn a signature victory that might impress the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. It almost came in an upset of the Blue Devils two weeks back. A pair of free throws from Lorenzo Brown with 11:33 left in regulation put
the Wolfpack up by 20 points. The victory that would all but secure an NCAA Tournament berth seemed imminent. But after shooting just 4-of-15 the remainder of the game, NC State allowed Duke to climb back behind a 26-point effort from junior guard Seth Curry. Ultimately winning 78-73, the Blue Devils sent the disheartened Wolfpack into a downward spiral that has damaged their tournament hopes. “They just missed some shots, and then we hit our shots. NC State was over a little bit of an extended period of time,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference Feb. 20. “So they are just big-time wins for our team, and you know, really proud of the way they hung in there and were able to win those games.” Wednesday against Miami, the Wolfpack will try to pull out of that nosedive and salvage their season. The Hurricanes have earned signature victories against conference opponents — a 78-74 overtime shocker over Duke on Feb. 5 and a 78-62 win over the Seminoles on Sunday But Miami may be without center Reggie Johnson, who the NCAA deemed received “impermissible travel benefits” by someone on the staff of then-head coach Frank Haith. He was declared ineligible for Sunday’s game against FSU and his status Wednesday remains uncertain. Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga said that despite his potential absence, the team hasn’t skipped a beat in practice this week. “We won’t change anything,” Larranaga said Monday on the ACC coaches’ teleconference. “Reggie will practice. He practiced great on Friday and Saturday. He’s been very upbeat, working hard, preparing himself for the time when he’ll be available to us again. The other guys did a great job of practicing.” Still, Johnson averages 10.6 points per game and paces Miami with nearly seven rebounds per game. Numbers that would be sorely missed if he is ruled out of Wednesday’s game. Wins in each of NC State’s remaining two games and a deep run in the ACC tournament would dramatically increase the Wolfpack’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament. But Gottfried refused to quantify just how well his team needed to perform closing out the season. “I think it’s a misnomer,” Gottfried said. “I was watching TV last night and somebody said if Miami wins this game, they’re in. Well, that’s completely irresponsible is the right word because nobody knows that. You don’t know what the other teams are being compared to.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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NC State is one of many teams across the nation competing for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. With conference tournaments starting within a week, fringe teams are running out of chances to impress the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee before selection Sunday, March 11. TEAM
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SU faces early challenge against No. 1 Northwestern By Stephen Bailey ASST. COPY EDITOR
Two years ago, Katrina Dowd broke the hearts of the Syracuse players. The Northwestern attack scored with just 88 seconds left, breaking a 12-12 tie and allowing the top-ranked Wildcats to escape a near-upset from the Orange in a regular-season contest on March 21, 2010. “Obviously, that Who: Northwestern was a very exciting Where: Carrier Dome game,” Dowd said. When: Today, 7 p.m. “Syracuse scouted Channel: Time Warner us well, played a Cable Sports great game.” But on Wednesday, Syracuse has another chance to “shock the world,” as junior attack Michelle Tumolo said Monday. And this time, Dowd will experience the rivalry from the opposite perspective — now serving as an assistant coach at SU. “I’m all in here at Syracuse,” Dowd said. “I’m all Orange all the time.” With Dowd on the sidelines, No. 9 Syracuse (1-1) will look to avenge that defeat Wednesday when No. 1 Northwestern (2-0) visits the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. To do so, the Orange must play its best lacrosse and, more specifically, improve its offensive efficiency. But beating the top team in the country is a tall task, and Northwestern is a powerhouse even greater than its No. 1 ranking indicates. Arguably the most dominating program in collegiate athletics in the last decade, the
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team, but Andreas answered with resistance, saying, “We’re not ready for a black kid.” “But because of their relationship, he came around,” Breland said. “Andreas said, ‘OK. I’ll take a chance on your kid.’” George Hicker, a former SU basketball player, said after a while schools needed to look beyond color and assess talent. Hicker, who played from 1964-68, said it’s clear programs do that today. “You see this progression 45 years later, where now more than 90 percent of great teams are dominated by African-American players,” Hicker said. Breland was the freshman team’s leading scorer and was nearing the height of his athletic career. Before reaching that point, though, his health took an unpredictable turn. He and four athletes were diagnosed with tuberculosis. At the ripe age of 21, Breland braced himself for a hard fight for his life. “I was young, I was devastated,” Breland said. Fortunately, doctors created an experimental medication that Breland aptly described as the “silver bullet” to TB. After undergoing a “pioneering” procedure that removed the upper right lobe of his lung, Breland survived. While his life wasn’t over, Breland thought his basketball career was. SU athletic officials decided to judge his condition day by day. If Breland earned his strength back and showed no signs of relapse, he could play again. After
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Wildcats are the defending national champion and have won six of the last seven NCAA titles. Only six teams have beaten NU — seven losses — in that span. And starting this season, they haven’t missed a beat. An 18-6 thrashing of then-No. 6 Stanford to start the campaign was followed by a convincing 13-5 victory over fifth-ranked Duke. In a preseason scrimmage, NU handily defeated Team England 9-3 — the same squad SU played to a 9-9 tie. “They’re certainly the standard in the game right now, the best of the best,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. The Orange will have to be near-perfect in every facet of the game to even have a chance at knocking off the Wildcats. Gait said maintaining possession and taking advantage of offensive openings will be the key factors offensively, while exercising patience and avoiding fouls defensively will be integral in keeping the game close. Those opportunities up front can potentially be exploited, as NU pressures the ball very aggressively. Tumolo and sophomore attack Alyssa Murray both said they will look to beat the double teams, as they did in the team’s season-opening 23-12 victory over then-No. 13 Boston College on Feb. 21. Attacking the right side of the Eagles midway through the first half, Tumolo drew a second defender. With Murray cutting down the middle, Tumolo found her as she filled the void in front of the net. One quick, backhanded flick of the wrist later and the ball was sitting in the back of the net.
“We know each other like the back of our hands,” Tumolo said after the game. “When we’re near each other, I try to draw the double and dump it to her like you saw we did. It worked perfectly. We know that. We knew that was going to happen.” But against No. 6 Virginia on Sunday, the Orange shot just 28 percent and failed to challenge the Cavaliers goaltender on eight of 25 attempts en route to a 9-7 defeat. Murray said SU was uncomfortable playing in front of 1,011 in Klöckner Stadium on Sunday, and the environment shook the same players who seemed to exude confidence against Boston College. “If we had a rematch, we could definitely beat them,” Murray said. “We didn’t play to our full potential, and that’s just something that we’re going to have to work on.” But sitting in the locker room after the loss to the Cavaliers, the Orange quickly put the loss behind it, Tumolo said. A date with the nation’s best in only three days meant there was no time for grieving. No time for looking back on the loss to Virginia or the loss at the stick of Dowd from two seasons past. For Tumolo and the Orange, it’s their chance to shock the world. “It’s my No. 1 priority right now to beat them,” Tumolo said. “I feel like, yeah, they might be a little nervous, but I think they go in here with a high horse and don’t think that we can beat them. So hopefully we shock the world.”
a smooth recovery, Breland was back on the court during his senior season. “I was fortunate to even play after that,” Breland said. “I look upon it as a godsend.” Breland then took his bachelor’s degree in physical education and science to his alma mater, Madison Junior High, and began teaching. A few years later, the superintendent brought Breland into his office and asked him if he had ever considered coaching. Breland was hired as the first-ever AfricanAmerican varsity coach in the Syracuse City School District and led Central High School to an incredible 21-1 season. Roy Neal, the leading scorer of that team, first met Breland as his eighth-grade math teacher, and the two reunited during his senior year. Breland was a great role model for the team because he had grown up in the community and graduated from SU. “He had a knack of bringing the best out of each player,” Neal said. “He made everyone feel like they were part of a unit.” Breland mentored his players at Central amid a heated civil rights movement in the ‘60s. It was a very turbulent time, Neal said, and when Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968, “a couple fires were started in the school.” Kids would fight, throw things — even rocks — and make nasty comments. When things got ugly, Breland was always positive, always in control, and he instilled the same in his team, Neal said. Breland’s leadership earned him the civilian title of lieutenant in the community relations department within the Syracuse police force. Breland was promoted to vice principal in 1975,
ultimately spending 34 years in the district. Floyd Little, who played football at SU from 1964-66, said it was “a very challenging time.” When Syracuse traveled to Louisiana for the Sugar Bowl, Little said he had never witnessed that degree of racism and discrimination. But pioneers like Breland made it possible for other African-Americans to view SU as a welcoming school. SU has been a front-runner in recruiting students of diverse backgrounds. It’s something head basketball coach Jim Boeheim has noticed since he played in 1966. “Syracuse has always been that kind of school,” Boeheim said. “As a coach, you just look at your team. You don’t look at black players versus white players.” Little echoed Boeheim’s statements, noting SU’s diversity in leadership. Athletic Director Daryl Gross and Chancellor Nancy Cantor are two exceptions to overall Caucasian-dominated athletic departments and primarily male administrations, respectively, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports 2010 report. Breland, now 77, still reflects on his colorful career. He hopes he has made a difference to the kids he mentored, just as he was years ago at the Dunbar Center. Breland’s modesty, kindness and inspired spirit make SU and the city of Syracuse proud of his valiance. “He never talked down, never demeaned you, always encouraged you,” Neal said of Breland. “And when the opportunity arose, he always did the right thing.”
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High ticket sales for Saturday By Mark Cooper SPORTS EDITOR
ryan maccammon | staff photographer MANNY BRELAND was one of the first black scholarship basketball players at Syracuse. He first donned the Orangemen jersey close to six decades ago. After leaving the Orangemen, he continued to set precedents for blacks in Syracuse.
Breaking barriers Breland paved way for SU black athletes
By Amrita Mainthia NEW MEDIA EDITOR
n a house up on a hill in Syracuse, Manny Breland sits in his dimly lit living room surrounded by photographs of children and grandchildren. Breland looks around and picks up another framed picture — one of him dribbling a basketball in his Syracuse Orangemen jersey. He turns his head in the direction of the other familiar Hill, Syracuse University, remembering his life nearly 60 years ago. On the eve of a racial breaking point in American history, Breland became one of the first African-Americans to receive a scholarship to play basketball at SU in 1953. Today, SU’s freshman class contains a 32 percent minority demographic. Breland recalls a time when just a handful of faces weren’t white. When Syracuse played Niagara at Madison Square Garden in 1957, both teams started three African-Americans, he said. The crowd noticed. “We could hear a buzzing and people saying, ‘Hey, look at this,’” Breland said. “There were still schools that wouldn’t
even play teams with blacks on them.” SU ended the season with its firstever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1957. The team overcame Connecticut and Lafayette, navigating through its bracket before falling to eventual national champion, No. 1 North Carolina. Despite the loss, the team set a
“We could hear a buzzing and people saying, ‘Hey, look at this.’ There were still schools that wouldn’t even play teams with blacks on them.” Manny Breland
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precedent for Syracuse basketball. Jon Cincebeaux, Breland’s teammate, described him as a “tremendous guy.” “I didn’t associate him as being black,
just one of the guys,” Cincebeaux said. “He was a good ballplayer but a better person.” Breland was a trailblazer at a time when Syracuse needed one. He paved the way for normalcy at a school that would soon host legends like Ernie Davis and Dave Bing. Breland grew up less than a mile from SU and credits the Dunbar Community Center for helping him develop his basketball skills. The center served as a hub for blacks, hosting events and offering recreational activities. There, Breland met his mentor, Isaiah Harrison, who encouraged him to enroll in college prep courses, an atypical move for blacks. “Historically, blacks weren’t scheduled to go to college,” Breland said. “That just wasn’t the culture then.” Breland’s high school basketball coach, Ken Beagle, played for Syracuse in 1928 with then-SU coach Lew Andreas. Nine years later, Andreas became SU’s director of physical education and athletics. Beagle approached Andreas and advocated for Breland to play on the
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Syracuse’s final home game of the season will hold one of the Carrier Dome’s largest crowds of the season. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game between Syracuse and Louisville, said Pete Moore, SU director of athletic communications, in an email to The Daily Orange on Tuesday. It’s the final home game for seniors Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine, Brandon Reese, Matt Tomaszewski and Nick Resavy. The game takes place at 4 p.m. Syracuse’s Feb. 11 game against Connecticut was the only one that eclipsed the 30,000 attendance mark this year. The crowd of 33,430 was the largest in college basketball this season and the fourth-largest basketball attendance in Carrier Dome history. The all-time Carrier Dome record for attendance was set Feb. 27, 2010, when 34,616 saw Syracuse defeat Villanova 95-77. No. 2 Syracuse (29-1, 16-1 Big East) has already wrapped up the regularseason Big East championship, but the game has conference tournament seeding implications for No. 19 Louisville (22-7, 10-6 Big East). The Orange defeated the Cardinals in Louisville, Ky., 52-51 on Feb. 13. Syracuse’s average home attendance for its first 18 home games is 23,085, which ranks second in the country. It’s slightly higher than last year’s average attendance of 22,312 over 19 games. Kentucky has the top average attendance for its home games this year, averaging 23,682 fans per game in 17 home games. Both Syracuse and Kentucky have one home game remaining this season. firstname.lastname@example.org
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