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SU alumna Toni Brillante records her debut album in the Philippines. Page 9

Local restaurants participated in Downtown Dining Week, which ran until Saturday. Restaurants featured lower prices to attract more business. Page 3

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Syracuse fell to Georgia Tech 67-62 Tuesday night, and C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita were unable to win their final game in the Carrier Dome. Page 20

SU student guilty of burglarizing By Annie Palmer news editor

A Syracuse University engineering student who was arrested for burglarizing two South Campus apartments last year pled guilty to burglary Tuesday. But if he stays out of trouble, he will be able to avoid any jail time. Erwing Augustin, 20, pled guilty to felony third-degree burglary under the agreement that he will be sentenced to interim probation for one year. If he follows the terms of his probation, he will be guaranteed a reduction to criminal trespass. Augustin, a citizen of Haiti, faces the possibility of deportation after the burglary conviction, said Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti, who presided over the case. But if his charges are reduced, he will be see augustin page 8

Protesters rally against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, D.C. Sunday. Activists, including students from SU, have spoken out against the environmental effects of the pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast if approved. courtesy of bianca drevensek

Pipe dream SU, SUNY-ESF students protest pipeline outside White House By Anna Merod and Jen Bundy the daily orange


group of Syracuse University students transformed into activists this past weekend. Three cars packed full of students made the 375 mile drive to Washington, D.C. to join a peaceful protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline on Saturday. That night, they slept on the floor of a church provided by, an international environmental organization. The next day, the Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Sci-

ence and Forestry students joined a group of 1,200 students outside of the White House gates where they vocalized their concerns with the Keystone XL Pipeline. Some students were so impassioned that they lost their voices. The Keystone XL Pipeline is a plan to extend oil pipelines owned by TransCanada from the tar sands in Northern Canada to the Gulf Coast. The Canadian government and oil companies are waiting for approval from the U.S. government and President Barack Obama, who is reviewing the proposal after TransCanada changed the route of the pipeline, according to a Feb. 4

Everson Museum to cut hours By Ellen Meyers asst. news editor

About 400 protesters were arrested after chaining themselves to the White House gates Sunday. courtesy of bianca drevensek

Washington Post article. David Oster, a senior political science and geography major, was the campus point person at SU. He helped organize students to attend the protest hosted by XL Dissent, a national

organization of youth activists. “Seeing so many people out there united for one cause was amazing,” Oster said. “It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had.” see keystone

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After evaluating the institution’s peak hours, the Everson Museum has decided to cut back how often it’s open. The museum will be closed on Tuesdays starting March 18, said Sarah Massett, the interim director of the Everson Museum. After the Board of Directors evaluated the institution’s peak times, they took the measure to cut costs. The new hours are essentially the same as the summer hours, said Massett. The museum will keep extended hours on Thursdays, when more people visit the institution. It won’t reduce staff hours or positions, she added. see everson page 8

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Student incorporates hip-hop into wardrobe By Charlotte Stockdale staff writer

Michael Spasari, a junior history and secondary education major, teaches seventh graders at Grant Middle School throughout the school week. Unlike the other male teachers who wear polos and khakis to school every day, Spasari goes all out with his outfits. “We’re instructed to look cleaned up and professional, but I make every effort to look stylish. I don’t give up just because I’m going to work,” Spasari said. On a typical day, he will wear a button-down from American Apparel or Banana Republic, one of his 50 ties, and he’ll top off his outfit with a pair of fashionable boots. As an American history teacher, Spasari is very strict about buying and wearing American labels. His favorite brands include American Apparel and ISAORA. Not only does he shop for American brands as a way to support creating jobs for U.S. citizens, but he also believes the quality of American-made clothing is better. When Spasari is not teaching, he

loves to work on his online fashion magazine with his best friend, a stylist based in Los Angeles; the two of them created an online style publication on Glossi. Spasari enjoys keeping up with trends, and promoting his favorite looks in his section of the magazine. After keeping up with New York Fashion Week, Spasari incorporated ombre, geometric patterns and leather trends into the “March Forward” issue of his magazine. Spasari said there is a fine line between trends and fads. When fashion items start to become overdone, the look quickly becomes tired. For example, Spasari believes that Ralph Lauren Polo has become a fad, and encourages people to move past it. Rather, Spasari said people should incorporate what inspires them into their wardrobes. Music is where Spasari draws inspiration from — he included a music section in his style magazine. Spasari draws influences from hip-hop, and is wearing wax denim pants from ASOS and a graphic shirt from Barneys to incorporate hip-hop culture into his look.


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After tragedy struck at his family’s pizza shop, a local high school student dreams of going to college while coping with loss. See Thursday’s paper.




56% of 22-year-old college grads in 2009-2011 were working in jobs that didn’t require degrees:


How many victims, ages 12 and up, of sexual assault and rape there are each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey. @dailyorange march 5, 2014 • pag e 3

Robber arraigned in court Baldwinsville man charged with robbery arraigned in county court By Annie Palmer news editor

joanie mahoney, Onondaga county executive, delivers her State of the County address at the Carnegie Building in downtown Syracuse Tuesday night. She spoke about the economic state of the county and future projects. frankie prijatel staff photographer

Mahoney speaks on county’s economic future By Brett Samuels asst. news editor

In describing Onondaga County, County Executive Joanie Mahoney said “the arrows are pointing in the right direction.” That was the common theme at Mahoney’s State of the County address Tuesday night, which covered the financial state of the county, economic projects for the future, the potential for government consolidation and an appearance by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. One major announcement from the address was that a new film hub will be built on the land of the Collamer Crossings Business Park in Dewitt. The space will be used for

film production, post-production and distribution, said Alain Kaloyeros, the CEO of State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Kaloyeros said once completed, the project will provide the marketing coordination and logistics necessary to support film production in Onondaga County. The county invested $1.4 million to help develop the site for the project. The first tenant for the building will be Film House, a film company. Cuomo said New York state offers a film tax credit to attract filmmakers, which has helped bring projects to Upstate New York. “It’s a whole economy unto itself,” Cuomo said. “Hollywood comes to

Onondaga. Who would have ever guessed?” Aside from the announcement of the film hub, Mahoney focused on the economic outlook for Onondaga County in her address. Mahoney said at the end of 2013, the unemployment rate in Onondaga County was 5.9 percent, which she said is “still not back to job levels before the recession, but it’s headed in the right direction.” She added that the county finished 2013 with a $12.2 million surplus, and was rewarded with high bond ratings. One of the causes of the surplus, and a major topic of discussion during the evening, was sales tax revenue in Onondaga County, which

Mahoney said has continued to increase. “I think there’s a perception that the city and country are funded with property tax, but the reality is more and more that we are funded with sales tax,” she said. She said one of the most significant generators of sales tax in the county is Destiny USA. The mall is the top employer in the region, Mahoney said, adding that Destiny produces in $48 million in sales tax for the state, county and city to share. “The increased sales tax revenue is allowing Onondaga County to reduce property taxes,” Mahoney said, adding that the county’s property tax rate is at the lowest it’s ever been. see mahoney page 6

Survivor discusses sexual assault misconceptions By Jocelyn Delaney asst. copy editor

When Angela Rose reported her abduction and sexual assault when she was 17 years old, she was asked one question: “Are you lying?” For the past 18 years, Rose has been

working to educate men and women about sexual violence to help end victim blaming. Rose spoke at Goldstein Auditorium on Tuesday night at an event sponsored by the Syracuse University Panhellenic Council. Rose was abducted on the way to her car after work. She was sexually

assaulted and left in a stairwell of a parking garage. “I thought, ‘If I get out of this alive, I’m not letting him get away with it,’” she said. She told police officers her story and was forced to wait hours to talk to a detective, without being allowed

to see her parents. When the detective arrived, the accusations began. “He asked me, ‘Are you lying? Are you in an abusive relationship? You know sometimes girls get themselves into situations,’” she said. She immediately left the station. see sexual

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A Baldwinsville man accused of robbing a bank near Syracuse University in December was arraigned in Syracuse County Court Tuesday on related charges. Nicholas Fiorini, 20, was indicted Feb. 20 on four counts: second-degree robbery, third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, and for misdemeanor petit larceny. Fiorini is currently being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center on $100,000 cash or bond for the petit larceny. Syracuse police arrested and charged Fiorini with robbing the State Employee Federal Credit Union on South Crouse Avenue on Dec. 20. The credit union is located next to the Orange bar and Hair Trends. He’s also accused of robbing an M&T bank in Manlius three days after. Officers arrested Fiorini after a witness gave them a license plate number and a description of Fiorini’s car, which he used to flee from the M&T bank robbery. The officers found Fiorini in a hotel room at the Clarion Suites, nearly 15 miles away from the M&T bank. Charges against Fiorini for unlawful use of a motor vehicle are still pending.

academic affairs University of Utah: Four students were found smoking marijuana in an igloo, according to police. The students weren’t arrested, but they were referred to the college’s Student Behavior Committee. source: cnn

Louisiana State University: An eighth-grader has been recruited to play football at the university. It isn’t the first time; last year, another eighthgrader was recruited to play. source: espn

Northwestern University: Students walked out of a sit-in protest that argued against a professor’s employment after a student filed a lawsuit claiming he had sexually harassed her. source: the daily northwestern


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Android’s custom smartphones show potential


ndroid technology could be on the brink of a game changer, as Google now plans to do for mobile hardware what it did for mobile software. Last Wednesday, Google’s advanced technology and projects division unveiled its plans for “Project Ara,” the first completely customizable smartphone. This base model phone comes with only wi-fi connectivity, an emergency battery and the rest is up to you. The interchangeable parts include the camera, the processor and a variety of storage spaces. By purchasing the appropriate hardware separately, you can have a smartphone that is tailored to your lifestyle. The beginning price of the Ara phone will be $50 and is set to release at Google’s developer’s conference in April. Android has always won over the non-Apple customers with its open source platform and ability to personalize phones using widgets and cool lock screens. The iPhone has built an incredible reputation but even in its seventh year, its options remain limited. If Project Ara succeeds, we could be looking at a shift of power in the smartphone market. With the Project Ara phone, a customer could walk into a mobile device store, tell them which applications they use most on a daily basis and walk out with the “perfect” smartphone. If you want to save a bunch of music on your phone, maybe you pay a little more for storage and buy the inexpensive camera. If you take tons of pictures you may want to attach the best-quality camera and not worry so much about the processing speed. Apple prides itself


on excellent customer service but building a phone from scratch in front of you is something even their shiny stores can’t compete with. The popularity of “jailbreaking” an iPhone should be an indicator of users’ desire to customize their smartphones. iOS jaibreaking is the process of removing limitations set by Apple and giving user root access to apps and themes that are otherwise unavailable in the official App Store. Information Technology is one of the highest paying fields out of college and as people across the world become more knowledgeable about mobile development, the longing for a blank canvas phone will only increase. While Project Ara is an innovative and promising idea, there are still major questions to be answered. It is unclear whether the average consumer is willing to go through the hassle of reading manuals and physically assembling a phone from scratch. We also don’t know the capacity or prices of the hardware pieces to determine if it’s even worth the trouble. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be hard for consumers to complain about something they have complete control over creating. Leaving product’s manufacturing in the hands of the customer isn’t a bad idea. One in every five people owns a smartphone, yet we don’t say much in what these things do, how they’re made or what they look like. We are attached to these devices all day and rely on them for even the simplest tasks,

so it seems only right that everyone should be able to buy the exact phone they want. We all have unique personalities and live very different lifestyles so why should we all have the same phone? Android developers are daring to be different, which is something Apple once stood for but seems to have forgotten recently. We are months away from seeing how this all plays out but the prospect of building the perfect smartphone is exciting. Even loyal Apple users are beginning to grow tired of minimal changes in design from year to year and this would be the perfect time to jump ship to Android. It seems Google is tired of being second fiddle and wants to overtake the mobile market within the next two years. Your move, Apple. Aarick Knighton is a sophomore Information Management and Technology major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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Trash for ash In tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Orange, Environment columnist Meg Callaghan talks about why the deal with Onondaga County and Cortland will harm the climate.


Game of phones Business columnist Phil Kramer discusses the rise of mobile gaming and the fall of console games in tomorrow’s issue of The Daily Orange. @dailyorange march 5, 2014 • PAG E 5


women and gender

Acts of courtesy should not be assigned genders


t’s been said that chivalry is dead, but I don’t think that’s true. I think that somewhere in the back of both men and women’s minds — in the assumption that a man should carry more Wegmans bags to a car than a woman, for example —chivalry lives on. And I think it’s time to kill it. Death to chivalry does not mean that we should do away with mutual consideration altogether. When the situation calls for it, I’m all for sharing umbrellas and standing up so someone else can sit down. But the idea that these actions are gendered — and the baggage that they carry as a result — has no place in a society where men and women live and work as equals. I’ll acknowledge and even appreciate that chivalry is rooted in admirable intentions — respect for and the elevation of women as a whole. In practice, however, opening car doors for women and pulling out their chairs carries the implication that women constitute a gentler and more delicate demographic. Men, meanwhile, act as protectors in a chivalrous society. In this sense, chivalry becomes a benevolent form of sexism that substantiates negative gender norms for men and women. Take a recent study from Purdue University, for example. Men reported lower self-esteem when someone else held a door open for them, compared to men who opened the door by themselves, according to researchers who distributed brief questionnaires immediately after the subjects entered a building. Researchers concluded that door-holding is still gendered in nature, and further speculated that the non-normative behavior — in this case, having a door held rather than doing the door holding — is responsible for the negative News Editor Annie Palmer Editorial Editor Alfred Ng Sports Editor Stephen Bailey Feature Editor Lara Sorokanich Presentation Director Lizzie Hart Photo Editor Margaret Lin Art Director Natalie Riess Copy Chief Audrey Hart Development Editor Maddy Berner Social Media Producer Meredith Newman Video Editor Luke Rafferty

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response. The idea that respectful and considerate actions should be associated with gender roles is ridiculous. But this is the idea the supposedly “sweet and romantic” chivalry supports at its very core. A gender-neutral system of general consideration should surpass chivalry as the societal standard, and both men and women will have to change their thinking to make this happen. This will require us to hold doors for anyone who has their hands full or who approaches a door immediately after us, regardless of his or her gender. It will require the taller of us to hold umbrellas for the shorter. It will require us to all pull out our own chairs, something nearly anyone is capable of doing. And sometimes it will even mirror old-fashioned chivalry. The flat-shoed among us will sometimes be expected to walk across snowy parking lots and pick up cars for the painfully high-heeled among us. But the reason must be consideration, not expectation. When logic and courtesy serve as our guide, gender roles have no role to play. So let’s vote down chivalry and vote up mutual consideration. After all, at the end of the day, I’d hate to be responsible for lowering the self-esteem of whatever classmate I hold the door for at Schine. Nicki Gorny is a junior newspaper and online journalism and Spanish major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Nicki_Gorny.

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Students should participate in activism Students should be more involved in activism because of the potential it has for change. On Mar. 2, a group of students from Syracuse University traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in one of the largest student protests in recent years, and should be commended for their actions. More than 1,000 students from hundreds of universities arrived in Washington, D.C. to protest President Barack Obama’s unexpected support for the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would run between northern Canada and the Gulf Coast. The effects of this pipeline would be detrimental to the environment as it causes even more pollution by extracting fossil fuels from tar sands. At the protest, police arrested 398 people, from schools including Columbia University, Princeton University, Georgetown University and Brown University. Though none of

the 13 SU students at the protest were arrested, it is a positive sign that the SU campus was represented among the many schools there. It shows that SU students are invested in major environmental issues and can make their presence known. In today’s generation, people are quick to consider themselves activists when they turn to social media. Students need to be more proactive to have their voices heard, much like the 13 students from SU that traveled more than 300 miles to the nation’s capital right before midterms. True change does not come from sitting at a computer desk, and students should recognize the potential effect they can have by protesting. Historically, student protests have been able to influence decisions. Recently, SU joined in on an intercollegiate protest against Adidas, with the United Students Against Sweatshop

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Syverud’s inauguration to feature student accolades By Ellen Meyers asst. news editor

andrew cuomo, New York Governor, applauds Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney at her State of the County address. frankie prijatel staff photographer from page 3

mahoney Though the sales revenue in the county has steadily increased, Mahoney said many citizens still aren’t feeling economic relief. She attributed it to the fact that there are so many other taxes residents have to pay. Mahoney said the county is still working on consolidating certain areas of government to eliminate some of those extra taxes. Cuomo said throughout New York there are regions with decreasing population numbers


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but a rising number of government employees, which increases the tax burden on citizens. He said other areas throughout the state should take note of what Miner and Mahoney are doing to consolidate services. Cuomo closed his portion of the address by echoing Mahoney, saying while Central New York may have had a tough time economically during the recession, the region has a bright future. “We were just taking a pause in our development and now the sky is the limit,” he said. “The arrows are pointed in the right direction. Every asset, every resource you can imagine, we have it right here.”

In honor of Chancellor Kent Syverud’s inauguration, Syracuse University students will have a chance to receive funding to bring their ideas to life. SU is hosting Fast Forward, a competition in which students submit video pitches for potential projects. Up to 12 entries will be chosen to receive a grant for up to $1,500 from SU to pursue the projects, according to its website. The proposals will also be presented at an event during Syverud’s inauguration festivities on April 11, according to the website. Winners will be notified on April 7 at 10 a.m. As Syverud and the university leadership team were thinking about the day, the chancellor wanted to bring attention to the students, said Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs. “He made it very clear that he wanted part of the day to specifically focus just on the students in a way that would allow our students an opportunity to showcase their academic and entrepreneurial talents in a big way,” he said. Syverud had a vision of the opportunity he wanted to present to students, but it took a couple of weeks to develop into Fast Forward, Quinn added. An email notifying students of the competition was sent Monday. The email included a link to a promotional video featuring Brad Slavin, a senior television, radio and film and information and systems management major, and Natalie Wiesnet, a junior TRF major. Slavin said he

and Wiesnet were asked last week to be student representatives for the competition. Slavin said students can pursue many ideas for the competition, from art exhibits to research projects. “It’s all about passion projects,” he said. “Everybody has a passion project that they’re just waiting for the support for, and there are some programs that have better funding or support than others, so this might be an opportunity for those students. It’s really all about what you want to do.” Quinn said the competition has already received entries. The School of Information Studies has been helping to run the competition, Quinn said. J.D. Ross, the director of communications at the iSchool, said in an email that someone in Syverud’s office approached Dean Elizabeth Liddy to provide a team to assist the planning of the competition. He and four other iSchool staff members were asked to join, Ross said. “The iSchool was happy to help with the planning of this very important part of the Chancellor’s inauguration day events,” he said. The inauguration committee will judge the competition, Quinn said, with students, faculty, staff and alumni from all of SU’s colleges. Syverud will also have input. Slavin said students should enter the competition because it is a great opportunity to make an idea a reality. “Why should students apply?” he asked. “Why wouldn’t they want to apply?” | @Ellen_Meyers

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OUT, cash in Restaurants see increase in business after participating in Downtown Dining Week By Zane Warman staff writer


n 2005, Cornell University issued a study on why up-and-coming restaurants are prone to fail. The findings indicated that businesses struggle to communicate with customers, match product and value and set themselves apart. Syracuse restaurants face these and other risk factors, like the challenges of heavy, late winters and consumers who aren’t willing to bear the cold to dine out. Knowing that February can be a bad time for businesses, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse organized an event to combat the early-year slump in one celebratory week. Downtown Dining Week concluded its tenth annual run on Saturday. It promotes some of the most popular spots in metropolitan Syracuse, including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Pastabilities and Empire Brewing Company. Lisa Romeo, the director of communications of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, said the event has grown with the city’s interest in fine dining. Starting with 17 restaurants during the first year, Dining Week had its highest involvement yet with 25 restaurants this year. “When the event first started, it was a little bit difficult to first get people signed on that weren’t as familiar with the event,” she said. “But now, Dining Week has become such an established promotion that everyone’s familiar with it and restaurants are asking us how they can participate.” The Downtown Committee has been organizing the event since 2004, approaching businesses to participate and listening to feedback from diners. “There are a lot of restaurants that have a really strong commitment to downtown Syracuse and to helping promote it as a destination,” she said. Max Chutinthranond, owner and executive chef at Lemon Grass, has participated in Dining Week since its first year. Although he was a bit skeptical at first, he said he found the yearly promotion boosted

Phoebe’s Restaurant and Coffee Lounge offered special deals in their own version of Downtown Dining Week. Though it’s not located downtown, the restaurant created its own event to help increase business. bridget williams contributing photographer

sales, bringing in new and regular customers alike. “February’s always been a bad month. Nobody wants to come out and everybody’s still paying the bills from Christmas,” Chutinthranond said. This year, Lemon Grass offered four different menu options with discounts. Although the influx of customers helps business, Chutinthranond said the difficult workload can challenge staff. “We are professionals, though. We’ve done this for years,” he said. “But the staff that are working here, the labor costs and the food costs are humongous to maintain this crowd.” Chutinthranond added that usually staff hours must be “trimmed down by hundreds of hours” because there are less customers. Phoebe’s Restaurant and Coffee Lounge was not included in the week because it’s not located downtown. But that didn’t stop the restaurant’s management from “branching off,” hosting coinciding specials of its own throughout the week. Angie Knox, general manager of Phoebe’s, took on the spirit of Dining Week by promoting the restaurant through social media and giving out discounts. Her unofficial involvement in the event was, to Knox’s knowledge, the first time a restaurant not based in the downtown area had done so. “(The best part of this week was) hopefully gaining some new faces and friends out of it,” she

said. “Even though we didn’t get the advertisement, we did a lot on Facebook and Twitter.” Even with the effort it requires, restaurant owners agree that Downtown Dining Week is ultimately a good way to improve business.

“This month goes in like a lion, but out like a lamb,” Chutinthranond said. “Even though we have to work harder and put on more hours, everyone ends up happy.”

Phoebe’s offered a special menu, used social media and discounted items to promote its own Downtown Dining Week event. doris huang contributing photographer

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keystone xl Outside of the White House, it was a sea of signs: SU students held homemade signs that read ‘WE>OIL,” “We The People Do Not Approve” and “Stop Your Dirty Addiction,” while a banner read, “Obama: Stop the Pipeline or the People Will.” Three hundred ninety-eight people were arrested for chaining themselves to the White House gates, though none of them were SU students, said Ella Mendonsa, a junior political science and public policy major. It was possibly one of the largest youth protests in this generation, she added. The purpose of the protest, according to XL Dissent’s website, was to hold Obama accountable for a promise he made in a speech at Georgetown University last July to review the Keystone XL pipeline’s effect on climate change. In recent years, Obama’s rhetoric has shifted to a desire to fight climate change, Mendonsa said. She added that Obama’s Georgetown speech was one of the motivations behind the creation of SU’s divestment campaign. “He actually gave us this idea that we should be divesting on college campuses, so it’s almost hypocritical, we feel, that he would let this pass after giving us the idea that as students we should be fighting climate change,” Mendonsa said. The pipeline symbolizes the U.S. government’s investment in destructive energy sources such as tar sands over sustainable options, Oster said. “This is one of the most important issues,” he said. “I’m really pissed about it and it’s about time I took action.” Divest SU and ESF and Students of Sustainability, two groups on SU’s campus that publicly oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline, decided to join XL Dissent in rallying against the proposal. The divestment campaign focuses on having the university withdraw its investment from fossil

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sexual assault After days of calling the police and her family attorney, Rose was able to get two new detectives on the case. They sketched a picture that ran all over Chicago news and someone recognized him. “They called me into the station to identify

It was so great to be able to funnel my anger into activism. Angela Rose founder of promoting awareness, victim empowerment

him. After, they calmly explained it wasn’t his first crime,” she said. “He was on parole for murder. “ Rose started Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment in college, which uses social, educational and legislative tactics to end the silence surrounding sexual violence. “It was so great to be able to funnel my anger into activism,” she said. One of the biggest myths about sexual assault is that strangers commit the attack, she said. She listed several myths surrounding rape:

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augustin less likely to face deportation. Augustin was arrested and charged last February with two counts of burglary and two counts of petit larceny for burglarizing two apartments,


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fuel companies so the oil companies are not financially or morally supported, said Emma Edwards, a junior geography and policy studies major. Edwards, a member of Divest SU and ESF, said if more students are aware of the potential issues caused by the pipeline, there will be more of a sentiment against fossil fuel companies. Joe Sandford, a senior history major who is involved in Divest SU and ESF, described the protest as “the right thing to do.” “This is a big issue that impacts a lot of people,” Sandford said. “Protesting is a way to show the country, the politicians and policy leaders that students care about their future.” If Obama approves the pipeline, it will show the U.S. accepts fossil fuels, Sandford said. “This decision will show the world where we stand,” he said. “We need to the send the message that we are moving forward.” The Keystone XL pipeline presents numerous environmental problems, said Miles Marcotte, a freshman geography major. For this reason, he felt compelled to join the protest. “First of all, the method of extraction is destructive to the lands in Canada.” he said. “Oil is not renewable and will run out eventually. It makes no sense to keep using it, especially when we are aware of how harmful it is.” Marcotte said investments in renewable energy projects could create just as many jobs. Oster said the development of the Keystone XL pipeline will only increase the U.S.’s role in producing fossil fuels, which is counterproductive to the climate change movement. “I think that in order for the United States to come out and be a leader in sustainability, we have to say no to this sort of reinvestment in fossil fuel infrastructure.” Oster said. Mendonsa added that the pipeline will disturb a lot of important farmland as the pipeline is built in the Midwest, especially in Nebraska. She said she met some kids and adults from that women ask for it, it only happens to women, weapons are used during attacks and people often falsely report sexual attacks. Knowing these myths helps people to understand victims, prevent victim blaming and change the stigma about sexual assault, she said. But what Rose really wanted each person in the audience to understand after leaving her talk was how to react when someone confides in them about sexual assault. Studies show that if the first person a survivor tells reacts well, it can greatly improve the healing process. She advised the audience to believe every person, treat them with respect, let them know it isn’t their fault and offer them resources. Rose also encouraged everyone to be an empowered bystander. She noted that people are less likely to intervene if many people witness the same thing. Everyone believes that “someone else will do it.” The Panhellenic Council decided to have Rose speak because it felt the topic is relevant and important on the SU campus. They liked that Rose was positive and educated people about how to react to similar situations, said Carolyn Fine, the membership development director of the Panhellenic Council. Said Fine: “We wanted everyone in the audience to feel something, without feeling sad. We wanted everyone to be able to take action and feel empowered to do something as opposed to bombarding them with sad information.”

one on the 200 block and another on the 400 block of Winding Ridge Road. Syracuse police accused Augustin and Bradley Valik — also an engineering student at SU — of stealing a 37-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV, a 37-inch Insignia flat-screen TV, an Xbox, a set of Xbox controllers, Playstation games and an amplifier. In total, the items were worth more than $2,100.

Students hold up their handmade signs outside of the White House while they peacefully protest the Keystone XL pipeline during the weekend. courtesy of ella mendonsa

Nebraska who were “furious” about the pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline would travel through the aquifer in Nebraska, which is an “incredible source of water,” said Bob Wilson, a geography professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. If the pipeline ruptured, it could contaminate the U.S.’s underground water, he said. Oster added that the pipeline plans to go through a lot of native lands in Canada, and it will disproportionately affect low-income populations in the U.S. “It’s fundamentally a human rights issue too,” Oster said. Oster said he hopes that the protest will get

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When asked how much money the Everson Museum would save switching to this schedule, Massett said she didn’t want to mention a specific amount because the budget includes expenses like electricity, security and utilities. However, she said it will save “a significant amount.” At the end of the summer, the museum staff will evaluate the hours, she said. “As always, we are always evaluating usership, when we have the most visitors, when is the best time to have the galleries open for visitors, so that’s something we do on an ongoing basis,” she said. Galleries will be open noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On Thursdays, the Everson Museum will keep its extended hours of noon to 8 p.m. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stephen Butler, the executive director of CNY Arts, a regional arts council that supports arts and culture programs throughout Central New York, said he thinks the museum is looking to reposition itself financially. But that doesn’t mean that it will close in the immediate future. “It’s not in jeopardy of closing its doors, but they do want their operations to be in the black, so I think they are looking for that formula that will do that on an ongoing basis,” he said. Valik pled guilty to felony third-degree burglary on Jan. 10 and was also sentenced to interim probation for one year. Valik’s sentencing is scheduled for March 7. The burglaries took place shortly after two ex-Syracuse football players, Markus Pierce-Brewster and Davon Walls, burglarized an apartment on the 400 block of Winding

media coverage nationally and on SU’s campus. “I would like to see more environmental activism on campus,” he said. “I hope students see this and get inspired to act on it.” Mendonsa added that members of the SU divestment campaign plan to attend another protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in April. “Sometimes as students, we think what we do isn’t important, but that’s completely false,” Mendonsa said. “We can try to say we want to stay out of politics, but everything we do is political. You can’t just vote. You have to go out and be a part of the political process.”

The Everson Museum hasn’t requested more funding for general operating support from CNY Arts, Butler said. In fact, the museum’s general operating support has increased by 7.5 percent in the past two years, he said. This is not the first time the Everson Museum had to take cost-saving measures. In late January, the Board of Trustees voted to cancel two traveling exhibits that were scheduled to visit this year. The museum is expected to run a deficit of $500,000 for 2013 and 2014, according to a Jan. 27 press release. The exhibits “Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums” and the “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” were expected to increase its losses to $750,000. Gary Radke, an art history professor at SU, said he thought the museum cutting its hours was “most unfortunate,” but it’s not unusual. Many cultural institutions like museums or theater companies have to make cuts to make money. “Most times it isn’t highly effective,” Radke said. “It’s something that has to be done from an administrative standpoint.” Butler said CNY Arts will continue to support the Everson Museum and other institutions with their finances. “We’re with them in collaboration to create more activity and participation in arts and culture,” he said. “We hope that these trends of having to reduce hours can be reversed.” | @Ellen_Meyers

Ridge Road. The pair was accused of stealing a 39-inch Magnavox TV, two iPods, an Xbox and Xbox controllers — worth about $950 total. Pierce-Brewster and Walls have since pled guilty. They are due back in court on March 21. Augustin’s lawyer, Laurin Haddad, didn’t immediately return a phone call Tuesday afternoon.


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Club hits road for annual trip SUOC makes expedition to West Virginia for 10-day adventure

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Top of her voice Alumna transforms musical hobby into debut studio album

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rofessor Jon English recognized Toni Brillantes’ talent immediately. “From the first time I heard her, I knew she had ability,” said English, an assistant professor of voice in the Setnor School of Music. But something was holding her back. English said he pushed her, knowing what she was capable of, but she needed to believe it. And then it happened. One day, Brillantes came to class and decided she was not going to hold herself back anymore, he said. The result was a sound that not only shocked English but shocked Brillantes herself. “It was her realization of her natural talent,” English said. Brillantes, a Manila, Philippines native, graduated from Syracuse University with a linguistics degree in August. Since then, she has put her singing talent to use. Brillantes finished recording her debut album, “Origins,” in January, under the name Toni B., and is releasing a single titled “Carnival” this month, with the promise of the release of the full album next spring in the Philippines. She is additionally working on a distribution deal with Universal/MCA studios. For Brillantes, it is the achievement of a dream that dates back to her time in Syracuse. When Brillantes arrived at Syracuse, music was just a hobby, she said. Her initial challenge was finding a place to pursue that hobby. Her quest to find a piano took her all over campus. From the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center to the Goldstein Student Center, Brillantes said she would travel to wherever she could play. Brillantes also frequented Funk ‘n Waffles open mic nights, where she would perform with her ukulele.

Laura Sowalskie celebrated her 19th birthday in an unusual way during her freshman year Spring Break trip. The now-vice president of the Syracuse University Outing Club was suspended in a tree in West Virginia, waiting to fly down a zip line, when the clock struck midnight. Everyone below, sitting around a campfire, sang happy birthday. While most college students spend Spring Break vacationing in exotic and tropical locations, more than 60 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Envi-

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“I was that mysterious ghost piano chick,” she said. But it was not until taking English’s AMC 100 class in her junior year that she began to refine her vocal talent. The class forces students to sing in front of their peers and help one another improve. Nina Pelligra, a junior music industry major, took English’s class with Brillantes. She said the class’ atmosphere was supportive and energetic. Brillantes contributed to that atmosphere, English said, helping out her fellow students and offering moral support whenever necessary. “She was everyone’s friend and everyone’s biggest champion,” he said. Brillantes credits English’s teaching for her ability to sing “seriously.” Through the class, she said, English tapped the potential he saw in Brillantes from the beginning. She began paying attention to aspects of singing she had never thought about before. “I did not know I could do things with my voice until I met that man. He changed my voice,” she said.

It was her realization of her natural talent. Jon English assistant professor of voice, setnor school of music

Despite her improvement, Brillantes said she never thought she would have a career in music until the summer after her junior year. When she returned to the Philippines for the summer, she began doing open mic nights at bars near her home. At one bar, Brillantes impressed enough to be hired to sing on a regular basis. One night at that bar, the mayor of Palawan in the Philippines heard Brillantes sing and asked Brillantes to perform at her birthday party at a five-star hotel — complete with a white baby grand piano. It was the biggest

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what to expect 1. Caving 2. Spelunking 3. Camping 4. Rock climbing 5. Zip-lining 6. Campfires 7. Kayaking ronmental Science and Forestry students will head down to Thorn Spring Park in Franklin, W.Va. as a part of the SU Outing Club’s annual Spring Break trip. The students will spend 10 days hiking, kayaking and rock climbing, among other activities. Students on the SUOC trip stay in cabins that usually house eight people and come fully equipped with small refrigerators, bathrooms and the classic childhood favorite — bunk beds. “SUOC has been going to West Virginia since the 1940s and we have gone to the current site since the 70s,” Sowalskie said. The immediate appeal to most students is the price and opportunity to get out of Syracuse and spend some time outdoors. The trip costs $100 for drivers and $160 for everyone else, and drivers get reimbursed for all their gas money. The cost does not include food expenses. “At most you will spend $100 on see suoc page 12


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sex and health

Learning meditation skills takes stress out of hectic midterms week


pring Break is next week, and in the midst of midterms, stress levels are running at all-time highs. Students are constantly on the brink of nervous combustion. There is a cure, though. It may sound hippie-dippie and über liberal, but meditation not only improves overall mental health, but also increases alpha and theta brainwave activity which can strengthen gray matter in the brain. Meditation refers to a group of techniques, most of which originated in the Eastern world via different religions or spiritual practices. The exact origins of meditation are debated amongst scholars, but some of the earliest written records come from Hindu traditions. The primary goal of meditating is to find your “right now.” That means no iPhone, no Twitter, no Facebook, no Instagram, no nothing. At any given moment, a person’s thoughts are usually bouncing between the past and the future — not the present.

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food and you can’t even get a flight anywhere for $200 dollars,” Sowalskie said. Corey Landis has been involved with SUOC for the past four years. He decided to go on the trip after some friends told him how much fun they had and asked if he wanted to go. “I haven’t really done anything for Spring Break yet and for the price, how could you pass it up?” said Landis, a senior biomedical engineering major. “You get hang out with cool

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origins show Brillantes had played in her life. At the party, she caught the interest of one

It is difficult to carve out time designated for doing what seems like nothing, but setting aside time to balance the soul leads to extreme health benefits. Just like lifting weights at the gym can build physical muscle, meditation is like a mental muscle builder for the brain. Other parts of the brain, such as those that control compassion or fear, will be strengthened through meditation, eventually leading to greater control over one’s emotions. Meditation helps cancel out negative energy and thoughts that can clutter one’s mind and get in the way of productivity. In fact, it even increases blood flow, which in turn lowers anxiety. Much of anxiety comes from obsessing over things you cannot change (the past) or things

yet to come (the future). Living in the moment automatically eliminates reasons to be anxious or to worry and gives a person a balance between the highs and lows of life. Beginners who are new to practicing meditation should make it a formal practice. Make sure to consciously set aside at least 20 minutes per day that will be your designated “you” time. It is best to start by focusing on breathing. Deep breathing slows down the heart rate, relaxes muscles and focuses the mind. Meditation is not simply thinking of nothing — make sure to meditate with a purpose, as it is an active process. After breathing, stretch your body. What breathing does to the mind, stretching does for the limbs. While stretching and thinking, notice what is causing anxiety or frustration. Try to zero-in on the present instead of thinking troubling thoughts. Just like it is recommended to set aside

a designated time, it is helpful to choose a specific room or place where you will practice meditation. This can be difficult in a college environment since daily schedules are often undetermined. In that case, try to find a quiet place in whatever area is convenient. Considering there are literally thousands of stressed students on campus, find a partner to meditate with you. Sharing thoughts or ideas with others can improve overall results. When it is a struggle to find time to meditate is when your body needs some TLC the most. There is some argument that meditation is a bunch of hocus-pocus and that it is a total placebo. But trying meditation is healthier and safer than hitting up the neighborhood psychiatrist for the prescription du jour.

people and spend time in the woods.” Landis plans to spend his time in West Virginia hiking, spelunking and repelling into a cave or two, but really wants to get the chance to climb a mountain or a few rock faces depending on the weather. “Climbing reminded me how much I liked climbing trees when I was younger. Just being on top of stuff, conquering nature, is a great feeling,” Landis said. But Mother Nature may have other plans of her own. There is a likely chance of snow and rain for the Franklin area next week. But a little precipitation won’t stop SUOC, which is used to the extreme temperatures of Syracuse.

“It’s definitely not Cancun. Probably going to be 40, maybe 50 and rainy, but if you bring some boots you should be fine,” Landis said. Chris Janjic, SUOC’s president and senior photojournalism and international relations major, said his most memorable outing club experiences came last year during the Spring Break trip. “We did a climb that took the better part of the day. It wasn’t too difficult, but it took four hours and involved 10 different pitches,” said Janjic, who is also a staff photographer for The Daily Orange. No matter rain, snow, sleet or shine, the group usually gets together and has at least one big celebration around the campfire during the trip.

“Dress warmly and be prepared to be wet for the entire week,” Janjic said. Last year the group had a big party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “At the end of the week we had a big pig roast, where someone roasted this huge pig over the fire for 14 hours,” Janjic said. If you want to do something for Spring Break, and you like adventures, campfires and the outdoors, consider heading down to West Virginia with SUOC. You may get a little wet this year, but it is an experience the club’s members say you will never forget.



of the mayor’s friends, whose family owns JB Music Philippines, one of the biggest music instrument retailers in the country. After the gig, she got a call from the vice president of sales and marketing at JB Music, who asked her a question that seemed strange. “So how do you want to start your career?” Brillantes did not understand. “You’re going into music, right?” he said. Brillantes was shocked, but later that summer she recorded a demo with JB Music, before heading back to Syracuse for her senior year. She said she remained in touch with a JB Music representative, who was interested in helping her record an album. After graduating, Brillantes returned to the Philippines and soon found herself in a studio with musical legends from her home country. She signed to Lockdown Entertainment, a local record label, and recorded “Origins” from November to January. For those who knew her at SU, her success is not surprising — just her career path. “I’m very surprised and pleased,” said Pelligra, her classmate. “I knew that she was good and she has it all — she’s cute, multi-talented and has a unique voice. I just did not know she wanted a career in it.”

Meg Zukin is a freshman television, radio and film major. Her column appears every Wednesday in Pulp. Email her at mtzukin@ and follow her on Twitter at @margaretTZukin.

TONI BRILLANTES, a recent SU linguistics alumna, will soon release her debut single, “Carnival,” from her debut album titled “Origins.” courtesy of toni brillantes

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery Release date: Feb. 28 Rating: 2/5 @dailyorange march 5, 2014

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LANDING Liam Neeson’s ‘Non-Stop’ disappoints with poor writing, unrealistic plotline By Vince Loncto staff writer


iam Neeson’s latest thriller was supposed to be a high-flying flick, but it never reached its cruising altitude. “Non-Stop,” directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Neeson and Julianne Moore, is entertaining enough through much of its storytelling, but does not deliver in terms of script and characterization. While en route to London from New York, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a text message from someone threatening to kill a person on board every 20 minutes unless $150 million gets transferred to an offshore account. Instantly suspecting that the texts are part of a prank being played on him by his coworker Jack Hammond (Anson Mount), another Air Marshal onboard, Marks goes to confront him. But when Hammond pulls a gun on Marks, it becomes clear that one of the flight’s passengers is behind the texts, and they mean business. Marks elicits the help of flight attendants Nancy (Michelle Dockery) and Gwen (Lupita Nyong’o), as well as passengers Jen Summers (Moore) and Austin Reilly (Corey Stoll) in order to figure out who is behind the threats. The rest of the film displays a chess game between Marks and the anonymous villain, with each trying to stay one move ahead of the other. A clever aspect of the film was that the antagonists were able to frame Marks, making

it appear that he was severely abusing his powers as an Air Marshal. To most of the passengers onboard, and the law enforcement on the ground, it appears that Marks was the threat to the safety of the flight. This made Marks’ mission especially challenging, as he was up against many of the flight’s other 150 passengers, as well as the killer, for much of the movie. Technology was also highlighted well in the movie, as the usage of smartphones was critical to the plot. This aspect made the film unique in its modernity. In fact, one of the ways Marks was made to look like an officer gone rogue was through a cellphone video of him taking a passenger into custody while searching for the killer. Passengers were able to watch television and news reports of the socalled hijacking while on board, and learned about Marks’ troubled past. Besides those strengths, “Non-Stop” did not have much to it. The non-action moments hurt the flow of the film. Neeson was forced to make emotional pleas to his superiors, as well as those on board, which is drastically opposite from what has made his past movies successful. Additionally, there were multiple occasions that seemed totally out of place for what was supposed to be a heart-pounding thriller. Though Marks was consistently under time pressure, there were times where he stopped to take a long drink of bourbon and smoke a cigarette. Though he was characterized as an alcoholic, it made no sense that Marks would

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take such a break under the threat of someone dying every 20 minutes. The dialogue was also messy at times. Though it made sense that many of the passengers talked in nervous, hushed tones, or were angered how Marks was attempting to control the plane, much of what they said was unhelpful to solving the mystery of who was behind the threats. Neeson’s character was especially coarse in both what he said and in his manner of speaking.

Though much of the movie was realistic enough for an action movie, writers John Richardson and Christopher Roach’s ending was rushed and seemed poorly planned, as the motives the antagonist had were weak. Additionally, the conclusion turned into a political statement, which soured the taste of the entire film. With nonsensical writing, average discourse and a mediocre ending, “Non-Stop” seemed to be gasping for air. It never even took off.

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Grant doesn’t dress for loss; Roberson struggles in start

JIM BOEHEIM lectures freshman Tyler Roberson. In his first career start, Roberson scored just two points in 23 minutes. With Jerami Grant hurt, he might get more playing time, but Boeheim said he’s not ready for significant minutes. sterling boin staff photographer By Stephen Bailey and David Wilson the daily orange

Jerami Grant did not dress for No. 7 Syracuse’s (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast) 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) on Tuesday as his sore back continues to limit his movement. Grant is expected to return to practice soon, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, but there was little update as to the injury itself. “We have no idea,” Boeheim said. “There’s nothing wrong. He’s got some soreness and we think that he could be ready to play in a few days. “He did practice last week and he was all right one day, sore the next. Everybody feels that he’ll be all right.” Grant sat on the sidelines in a stylish dark blue button-down shirt with tan pants and suspenders. In his place on the court, freshman Tyler Roberson scored just two points in 23 minutes while Michael Gbinije shot 1-of-4 in limited minutes on the wing. “Obviously injuries are a part of basketball,” Boeheim said, “but we’re a team that needs all of our parts. If we have all of our parts, I think we’re a very good basketball team. If we don’t have all of our parts, I don’t think we are.” Teammates agreed that Grant’s absence has hurt the team’s performance at both ends of the court. Point guard Tyler Ennis referenced his role as a secondary scoring option — something the Orange has lacked during its 1-4 skid — and his defensive rebounding. “You’re obviously going to miss him, but I think we have the pieces and the people who can step up and fill his void until he comes back,” Ennis said. “It’s always going to hurt losing a guy like that.” Heading into the team’s regular-season finale against Florida State on Sunday, it’s possible Grant returns. The five-day break can only help his back’s recovery. But it’s clear whenever Grant does return, he’ll bring a skillset that can help determine the outcome of games. Said Fair: “He’s a big part of our team. It could have been a different game if he was there. You never know. When he starts, he’s definitely a big boost to the team.”

Roberson struggles in 1st career start

Boeheim has said it all along — Tyler Roberson isn’t ready to play big minutes for Syracuse. The freshman was forced into 23 minutes of action on Tuesday with Grant injured and managed just two points, three rebounds and one block. “He’s not ready to play,” Boeheim said after the loss. “The reason he didn’t play is because he’s not ready. He doesn’t know the defense, he doesn’t know the offense.” The forward made his first start for No. 7 SU after playing only 50 total minutes during the first 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games. Roberson came to Syracuse as the No. 55 recruit in the country, but has been stuck behind Grant, C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and, to an extent, Gbinije in the rotation of forwards. With Grant injured, fans have recently started clamoring to see expanded minutes for Roberson and some have argued that he should’ve gotten more minutes all season. Boeheim dispelled that notion with blunt criticism of Roberson after the game. “He cannot help us right now. That’s why he didn’t play,” Boeheim said. “If anybody can help us, they’re going to play. He just cannot help us. He hurts us on defense and he’s not ready to help us out offensively. “Mike’s a better option. He better knows what we’re doing.” Until Grant returns, though, the Orange is out of options. Even if Roberson doesn’t start again, he’ll have to get some minutes since Gbinije is also the team’s backup guard. And Baye Moussa Keita, one of SU’s other starting options, was just as inept as Roberson on Tuesday, scoring just one point, grabbing three rebounds and committing four fouls in 16 minutes of action. The biggest issue, though, is that their expanded roles coincided with one of Syracuse’s worst defensive outings of the season. “Gbinije and Roberson, they’re not as experienced and comfortable as Jerami,” Fair said. “He knows that position in-and-out and they’re just new to it. It’s hard for Gbinije and Tyler to play at the level Jerami did.” | @Stephen_Bailey1 | @DBWilson2

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As No. 2 Syracuse trotted onto the practice field Friday, it was nearly impossible to miss the broad smile that appeared on the face of senior midfielder Katie Webster. It was an understandable reaction for someone placed on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List hours earlier, along with teammates Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor. “It’s so cool,” Webster said. “Obviously I’m here for the team and everything, but it’s exciting that they named me too.” Apparently, the excitement didn’t wear off by Sunday afternoon. Webster paced the Orange (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) during the first half of its 12-7 victory over Towson with three goals in a span of 9:08. The hat trick was her second in as many games, and she now ranks fifth on the team with 13 points on the season. As a senior, Webster is the anchor of a midfield unit that has had a lot of offensive success. But even with the added pressure that accompanies this duty, she’s having more fun than ever during her final season. “I think it’s everything and more,” Webster said. “We get to see amazing things, and I get to have the best friends in the world.” Webster’s role on the team has changed significantly since she first arrived at Syracuse prior to the 2011 season. She became an immediate scoring threat as a freshman and finished the spring with 31 goals. She added another 41 the following year and played more like an attack than a pure midfielder. Starting in 2013, though, things began to change. With the explosive emergence of Treanor and offensive domination of Murray, the Syracuse native wasn’t expected to pile up the goals anymore. She had to adapt and excel away from the cage. “Last year and this year, I’ve turned into

more of a true middie,” Webster said. “Going hard from 30-to-30, and that’s where they need me so I’m happy to be that.” Her work ethic and team-first philosophy have made her one of the most respected players on the Syracuse sideline. Teammate Gabby Jaquith, who missed all of 2013 with an injury, considers Webster one of her best friends and a fierce competitor. “She’s honestly an unbelievable player,” Jaquith said. “Playing with Katie, I get better every single day and can’t wait to see what she does this season.” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said Webster is a team captain for a reason. She’s very coachable and will do whatever it takes to help the team win. That’s why he wouldn’t be surprised if her hot start extends through the entire season. “We could really use her senior leadership on the offense to create some balance,” Gait said. “Just hope we can get more of that all year long.” So far so good, as the regular starting trio of Webster, Jaquith and Amy Cross has combined for 22 goals out of the Orange midfield. For now, though, Webster’s main focus is Monday’s game against No. 3 Maryland, the fourth-consecutive ranked opponent that Syracuse must face. Although a third hat trick would be nice, she said she’ll be happy to share the scoring wealth with her teammates. That mindset may not win the Tewaaraton Trophy, but it’ll help SU contend for a title. That way, all of her teammates can smile along with her. “When I was told that I could play college lacrosse, I never thought that it was this huge family,” Webster said. “We know how each other plays and let each other do their thing, and that’s how we have the chemistry right now.”

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men ’s lacrosse


Wentworth offers possible faceoff solution as walk-on for SU By Jesse Dougherty asst. sports editor

Last year, Austin Wentworth and his teammates would all gather before games. They’d lace up their shoes, throw on their jerseys and blast pump-up music, all before walking to Flanagan Gym for intramural basketball. For Wentworth — who came to Syracuse with aspirations to walk on to the lacrosse team — recreational basketball was all he had, and never enough to satisfy his competitive fire. “I just wanted to get back to the lacrosse field,” Wentworth said. “We all had fun, but it didn’t exactly do it for me.” The Stamford, Conn. native tried out for the lacrosse team as a freshman, but didn’t make the cut. Then he watched as the team he dreamt of being on reached the national championship game but fell short when its faceoff ineptitude caught up to it. Wentworth was a midfielder and faceoff specialist in high school, and tried out again before this season thinking he could help the Orange rectify its problems at the X. It seemed like wishful thinking, but he made the team and is now one of three active specialists — along with long-stick midfielder Peter Macartney — trying to solve a seemingly unsolvable puzzle for the nation’s ninth-ranked team. “We’re all working hard to figure this out,” said senior faceoff specialist Chris Daddio. “And having Austin has helped. He walked on and works hard, and has made good contributions.” When Wentworth joined the lacrosse program at Westhill (Conn.) High School, it was less than a decade old and he would never play on a winning team. Yet that didn’t stop him from standing out in the Vikings’ midfield, where he scored 65 goals,

dished out 41 assists and picked up 232 ground balls in four varsity seasons. At the faceoff X, he won at a 73 percent rate in his high school career before committing to Richmond as a junior. But at the time, Richmond was transitioning from a club team to a Division I program, and it ended up not being a good fit. Instead, he set his sights on walking on to a program with 10 national championships to its name. “It wasn’t the easiest track to playing, but I thought why not?” Wentworth said. After failing to make the team the first time around, Wentworth kept his next try on the backburner. During the summer, he worked an internship in New York City that took up most of his time, but he spent nights in his basement working on his timing and technique. And a year after falling short, the unseen work paid off. “I didn’t tell anyone except my dad that I was trying out again,” Wentworth said. “My mom was afraid I would get upset again and didn’t want me to try again, and I didn’t want to tell my friends. “Then it was like, ‘Hey guys, I’m playing for Syracuse.’” With incumbent faceoff specialists Cal Paduda and Daddio, and junior college transfer Mike Iacono joining the Orange a week before the team’s opening scrimmages against Hofstra and Le Moyne, the chances of Wentworth seeing the field were slim at the onset of the season. But Wentworth has taken as many draws and picked up as many ground balls as Iacono. He’s just 4-for-12 at the X in limited action, but SU head coach John Desko has seen improvement and said the sophomore’s role isn’t an easy one. “He’s been doing a pretty good job, he has a different technique,” Desko said. “The tough

part for Mike and him is when they get in the game they are cold. Somebody else has been taking 10, 12 whistles and it’s a very difficult thing to come in and make it happen.” So far this season, Daddio’s been the guy Desko’s used at the start of games. But the senior has won just 48 percent of 92 draws,

which is allowing another specialist to emerge. Maybe it’ll be Wentworth, who shamelessly admitted that he was just excited to sit on the bench at the start of the season. Said Wentworth: “We just want one of us to get in a rhythm. If it’s me, then we’ll have done our job.” | @dougherty_jesse

AUSTIN WENTWORTH tried out for Syracuse as a freshman, but didn’t make the team. This season, with SU plagued by faceoff issues, he was taken. courtesy of alex wentworth


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georgia tech different — but GT found ways to score against perhaps the nation’s most famous defense. Forwards Robert Carter Jr. and Kammeon Holsey hit tough shots in close and Georgia Tech made 3-of-6 3-pointers in the opening frame to force the Orange — already without Jerami Grant — into playing from behind throughout the game. In the first half, the Yellow Jackets shot 46 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free-throw line. The Orange’s splits were 38, 20 and 40. “When you have guys like Dan and Rob in the middle it really affects it because not only can they score, they’re great passers out of that,” said Golden, who went 2-for-5 from 3-point range. “They facilitated it and we attacked it from there.” So, trailing by eight at the half to one of the worst team in the conference, the Orange made a change looking for a spark. Fair opened the second half with an and-one and SU went with a press, but it didn’t help. GT scored on seven of its first 12 possessions in the second frame and led by as many as 13. Had it not been for Fair’s individual performance, Syracuse’s most embarrassing loss of the season could have been nearly as lopsided as Saturday’s to then-No. 12 Virginia. “For six or seven games, obviously, our offense has not been good enough. We have not shot the ball well and gotten in a hole,”

men ’s basketball Boeheim said. “Our defense is not as good as it has been, but our defense is reasonably good. We’re struggling to score points.” And as the Orange struggled to score — players other than Fair and Ennis combined for just 16 points — the defense continued to struggle to make stops. GT only made one 3 in the second half, but improved its field-goal percentage to 48 and only turned the ball over five times against the press. In fact, the only times that Georgia Tech consistently struggled on offense was when there was no defense at all. The Yellow Jackets missed five of their first 10 free throws in the second half and let Syracuse climb back in. A furious one-man rally by Fair pulled the Orange within two with 36 seconds remaining. With GT struggling at the line things were setting up for another miracle SU comeback. But Golden went to the line and it was just like he was in his driveway. “I saw my dad standing up, so for me it just felt kind of like I was back home,” Golden said. “So I just knocked them down.” He made six in a row. Syracuse couldn’t answer, and once it finally did, it was too late. There weren’t enough stops. There weren’t enough makes. And, despite his best efforts, Fair left the Dome for the final time with a twogame losing streak at home. “I like the way we fought at the end, but it’s just a little too late,” Fair said. “We’ve got to just find a way to fight like that the whole game.”

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SYRACUSE 62 vs. GEORGIA TECH 67 (14-16, 5-12) (26-4, 13-4) 7

STAT TO KNOW Syracuse became the second team in the last 20 years to lose four-plus games after winning the first 20 games of its season. The other was Boston College in 2004-05.

STORYTELLER We let Georgia Tech get too comfortable, and once they got comfortable in the first half, they were making shots, making plays and we weren’t. Basically the story of we tried to turn the switch on too late. | @DBWilson2

C.J. Fair

su forward

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MICHAEL GBINIJE goes up for a layup in SU’s loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.He was part of a four-point scoring effort from the SU bench. Everyone aside from Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair combined for just 16 points in the loss. sterling boin staff photographer

felt throughout the whole team. “When we went on the streak earlier in the season, I think we kind of had the mentality that nobody could beat us. We were going to find ways to win,” Ennis said. “I think we kind of got away from that in the last couple games.” Ennis and Fair combined to take 42 of the Orange’s 64 shots against the Yellow Jackets. And while some were ugly — one Fair scoop attempt in the second half that caromed off the top of the backboard sticks out — 19 fell through the nylon. Overall, the duo has done well to score the ball in Grant’s absence. Its supporting cast, however, has failed to score efficiently. Cooney, whose 3-point percentage was once above 50 percent, missed his first seven triples against Georgia Tech. Open shots, too. He’s shooting 20.1 percent from range over the last six games, and is likely the largest reason why the Orange hasn’t averaged one point per possession in a game since Feb. 12. “I’m getting good shots, I’m getting the same shots,” Cooney said. “Honestly I don’t know what it is really. “I could go back and watch the film, I doubt I will though.” Christmas, who appeared to turn a corner with a 14-point, 12-rebound, seven-block performance against N.C. State on Feb. 15, has struggled to avoid foul trouble since and mustered just two shot attempts in 28 minutes. Michael Gbinije’s shot has been barely better than Cooney’s. And Baye Moussa Keita is barely worth mentioning on the offensive end. “Somebody else has got to score,” Boeheim said, “and at this point in time those guys have not



Players not named Tyler Ennis or C.J. Fair scored just 16 of Syracuse’s 62 points in a losing effort.

HERO/ZERO HEROTRAE GOLDEN The senior point guard made the most of the free-throw line on Tuesday, going 8-for-8 from the stripe en route to a teamleading 16-point performance. Golden shot an efficient 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, and also dished out three assists.



In 35 minutes, Syracuse’s shooting guard sputtered to a meek seven-point performance. Cooney shot just 3-of-12 from the field and 1-of-8 from 3 and provided no support to C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis, who carried the Orange offensively.

been able to do that on any kind of a consistent basis and for us to be good. Somebody else has to get it going.” While Boeheim refused to blame the team’s defense for the loss to Georgia Tech — calling it “reasonably good” — that end of the court has only been marginally better for the Orange. Against the Yellow Jackets — the 278rdbest scoring team in the nation, and one without strong outside shooters — the defense might have hit a new low. GT made 12-of-26 field goals in the first half, running Robert Carter Jr. in the high post and Daniel Miller on the baseline. The same 2-3 zone that helped carry SU early in its conference schedule looked pitiful as players sprinted back in and out of place through the first half. “You don’t want to have this great start and not have the proper ending for it,” Fair said. “I think that’s something we need to have in the back of our minds.” Grant is expected to return to practice within a few days, Boeheim said, and when he does, many of SU’s issues will be alleviated. Yes, the Orange needs Grant to make any kind of run in the NCAA Tournament. But it also needs a consistent, if not hot, Cooney and a defense that can force turnovers and get the Orange out in transition. If those things don’t happen — even with Grant’s return — Syracuse won’t be going anywhere this March. Said Boeheim: “C.J. and Tyler scored 46 points in a game we can’t win against a team that’s won six, seven games in the league, so we’ve got to get somebody else.”

Stephen Bailey is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at sebail01@syr. edu or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1.



syracuse 62, georgia tech 67 @dailyorange march 5, 2014 • PAG E 20

STINGING DEFEAT SU falls to GT, loses 4th game in 2 weeks By David Wilson staff writer


or the second consecutive game, Syracuse’s opponent was finding ways to beat its vaunted 2-3 zone. The Orange found itself in a hole against Georgia Tech, one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s bottom-feeders, and needed to change something. After the first basket of the second half, SU head coach Jim Boeheim went with a full-court press. Sometimes it worked — the Orange would create a turnover or speed up the game. But the Yellow Jackets solved this puzzle, too. Daniel Miller got open dunks. GT only turned the ball over five times. SU couldn’t come back, and for the second straight home game, one of the worst teams in the conference handed Syracuse a shocking loss.

“We let Georgia Tech get too comfortable,” SU forward C.J. Fair said, “and once they got comfortable in the first half, they were making shots, making plays and we weren’t. Basically the story of we tried to turn the switch on too late.” The Yellow Jackets (14-16, 5-12 ACC) dismantled any type of defense that the Orange threw at it. They built an eight-point halftime lead against the 2-3 zone and effectively broke Syracuse’s (26-4, 13-4) press to stun the No. 7 Orange 67-62 on Tuesday in front of 26,766 in the Carrier Dome. Fair scored 28 points, but Georgia Tech’s balanced offense — Trae Golden led the team with 16 — was enough to hand SU its fourth loss in five games. Golden said the Yellow Jackets didn’t take many cues from the way that then-No. 12 Virginia dismantled Syracuse’s zone — the personnel is too see georgia

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Syracuse’s troubles don’t end with injured Grant


JIM BOEHEIM yells at his team during SU’s 67-62 loss to unranked Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.The Orange’s defense faltered, allowing a normally inept Yellow Jackets offense to shoot 47.1 percent from the field. SU lost for the fourth time in its last five games. sterling boin staff photographer

ach moment once seemed unlikely, if not unimaginable. Trevor Cooney biting his jersey after seven missed 3-pointers. Jim Boeheim screaming at his best player after a defensive lapse. That player, C.J. Fair, walking off the Carrier Dome court for the last time after losing to a team with five conference wins. Remember when Syracuse was 25-0? The streak Boeheim called the most incredible achievement in program history has faded fast — as has the team that came back to beat conference opponent after conference opponent earlier this season. Now, the Orange is stuck in a 1-4 slide over the last two weeks that’s coincided in part with Jerami Grant’s nagging sore back. “We’re not going to be able to win unless somebody can do more than they’re doing right now,” Boeheim said after his team’s loss to unranked Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.


IN THE MIDDLE ANYWAY Grant’s absence has inhibited the Orange’s production at both ends of the court. It’s forced Fair and Tyler Ennis to pick up the slack offensively, and forced clearly unprepared freshman Tyler Roberson into 23 minutes of No. 7 SU’s (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast) 67-62 loss to the Yellow Jackets (14-16, 5-12). But Syracuse’s troubles don’t end with the 6-foot-8 sophomore, who sat on the sideline wearing a sharp dark blue button-down shirt and tan suspenders. Cooney’s painful shooting woes, Rakeem Christmas’ offensive disappearance and the 2-3 zone’s despicable dissolution have less to do with the loss of Grant, and more to do with a change in confidence that can be see bailey page 19

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