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An SU professor created a film about Richard Garwin, creator of the first Hydrogen bomb, to show that he was influential in more ways than one. Page 3

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Tae Kim, an SU freshman, emerges as a leader in the SU Chess Club after beating several chess masters in a tournament. Page 11

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Jerome Smith and 11 other former Syracuse football players competed in SU Pro Day on Wednesday. Page 24

After nine fraternity-related deaths nationwide, SAE chapters are being forced to

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n December 2013, Bloomberg News called the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national organization the deadliest fraternity in the country. Since 2006, nine people have died in events related to SAE across the nation, including the hazing process that takes place after recruitment. The Supreme Council for SAE has decided to address the hazing problems that many SAE chapters have faced across the country. On March 9, SAE eliminated the pledging process and the term “pledge” from its vernacular. Once recruits are initiated, they are deemed “new members.” These members must be initiated within 96 hours of receiving their bids. The new initiative is called the True Gentleman Experience and includes instructions for SAE chapters to educate new members “about the Fraternity’s values, mission, creed and history and develop personally over the course of their collegiate tenure,” according to the SAE True Gentleman Experience website. “This returns the membership experience to what our Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the nation’s oldest founding fathers enviand largest fraternities, eliminated its pledging sioned,” said Brandon process on March 9. courtesy of su archives Weghorst, the associate executive director of communications for SAE. “When we were founded in 1856 and then for about 70 or 80 years after that, this is how it was whenever you joined SAE. There was no pledging, there was no concept of

pledges or the pledge process.” Nationally, since 2005, more than 60 fraternityrelated deaths have occurred. Of those 60, SAE accounts for nine of them. In an article published in December of 2013, Bloomberg recounted the stories of a former SAE pledge from Salisbury University in Maryland. The student’s pledging process allegedly involved confinement in a basement, excessive drinking and beatings. “We look at some of the unfortunate incidents or negative exposure that Sigma Alpha Epsilon has had over the last couple of years, many of those instances, not all of them, but many of them were in Under its new policies, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon somehow way shape fraternity now has 96 hours to initiate new mememma fierberg asst. photo editor or form related to the bers.

pledge process or to the concept of the brother versus pledge,” Weghorst said. Syracuse University has a strict no-hazing policy. Five fraternities are currently on semester suspension or probation for hazing, according to Syracuse University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, but Sigma Alpha Epsilon is not one of those chapters. Though in 2006, SAE came under fire for “kidnapping” a pledge as part of spring rush. A student witnessed some SAE brothers kidnapping a pledge and called the police thinking it was suspicious behavior. After extensive review from the Interfraternity Council’s Peer Review Board, the fraternity was found guilty of hazing. Theta Chi fraternity was also found guilty for hazing in a separate incident in 2006. Roy Baker, SU’s associate dean of students in 2006, said in a Daily Orange article from that year the definition of hazing can encompass acts as see sae page 10

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Senators hold forum on boycott Attendees discuss SU’s rejection of American Studies Association decision By Maddy Berner development editor

Two months after Syracuse University released a statement rejecting the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli universities, several university members expressed dissatisfaction that they were not consulted about it. “It’s quite clear to me that there needs to be input of faculty, staff and students on any political position that the university takes in our name,” said Chandra Talpade Mohanty, a women’s see usen page 10

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Homeless man appears in court Duncan Miller is charged with trespass, burglary in academic buildings By Dylan Segelbaum staff writer

A homeless man who was arrested last month on the Syracuse University campus appeared in Syracuse City Court on Wednesday, though no resolution was reached with any of the cases against him for trespass and burglary at academic buildings. Duncan “Wonderboy” Miller went before City Court Judge James Cecile shortly after 11 a.m. The appearance lasted only a few minutes, and a new court date was set for April 14. see miller page 10


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Beer satisfies despite tragic loss from spill By Tom Sharkey staff writer

I was recently in Brooklyn over Spring Break, and while I definitely used the opportunity to drink beer, I’m ashamed to admit that my tight budget restricted me to Bud Light during my time in the city. Even if it’s a couple weeks late, I wanted to pay proper homage to Brooklyn. I had a great time visiting and season three of “Girls” — which takes place in Brooklyn and is one of the best shows on TV — just ended on a high note this past week. I chose to sample Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager. I have to warn you right away that the experience was bittersweet: I loved the beer, but being the clumsy fool I am, I spilled it all over the place when I was only halfway through drinking it. The Brooklyn Lager poured beautifully into my pint glass — at least for the duration of its stay. It was copper-colored and had a pale copper foam head, which dissipated quickly for my first sip. I like lagers, and I’ve had a

lot of Yuengling in my life, so I knew broadly what to expect with the Brooklyn Lager: nothing too exotic but also nothing too watered down. The lager’s taste was excellent. It tasted more refined than Yuengling, with subtle hints of caramel and a slight citrus taste. I was really impressed with how flavorful the Brooklyn Lager was, and how Brooklyn Brewery didn’t have to sacrifice any of the lager mainstays to achieve a unique taste. My blissful Brooklyn adventure ended abruptly, though. I really have no excuse for myself, other than to say that this isn’t the first time (and won’t be the last time) I’ve made a mess with my clumsiness. The worst part about spoiling half of my Brooklyn Lager was that I was completely sober. Had I been able to enjoy a few of them first, I may not have been so choked up over the whole situation. I’m still grieving, but I plan to buy more Brooklyn Lager to heal my wounds.

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The year Richard Garwin authored the design used for the first hydrogen bomb.

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Newhouse to host screening Film about creator of hydrogen bomb to premiere Thursday night By Anagha Das staff writer

ron Paul, a former congressman for the state of Texas, addresses the audience at Hendricks Chapel Wednesday night. Paul spoke about his definition of liberty and young peoples’ role in the changing political landscape. ankur patankar staff photographer

Paul outlines views, role of youth in politics By Justin Mattingly staff writer

From the start of his lecture at Syracuse University Wednesday night, former U.S. representative and presidential candidate Ron Paul appealed to a young audience. Paul emphasized that collegeaged students are at the forefront of a changing political landscape. “Something is developing in this country and the young generation is going to be very much aware of it because we are already in transition,” he said. “It’s going to be very different. It’s not going to be the conventional Democrats or the conventional Republicans and conservatives vs. liberals. I think the whole world is changing and the United States is right in the middle of it.” Paul gave compelling, worldly commentary to attendees at Hendricks Chapel during a lecture based on his 2011 book, “Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom.” Paul served 11 terms as a representative for the 14th and 22nd congressional districts in Texas. He ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian, and in 2008 and 2012 as a Republican. Paul used his sense of humor and

political experience to offer his take on liberty and how young people can change the United States. When Marissa Fenning, chairwoman of the College Republicans at Syracuse University, introduced Paul, the crowd roared. He engaged and intrigued the audience from the moment he took the podium. Paul began his lecture with what he hopes to see happen to the U.S. political landscape in the future. Paul said he sees room for change in the “flawed” monetary system, and hopes to see the Federal Reserve Bank resolved one day. Touching on the theme of his lecture, the former congressman posed the question of what would happen if someone woke up in a system where personal liberty is respected. Paul also emphasized his belief in small government. “The freer a society, the more prosperous a society,” he said. “We need that understanding by the general population so the politicians realize that the answer isn’t in more government, but the answer is in more personal liberty for individuals to take care of themselves and get the government out of the way.” Paul spent the rest of his lecture focusing on the importance of person-

Richard Garwin is known for creating the first hydrogen bomb, a technology that altered the course of history. But many people are unaware of his lasting contributions today. A Syracuse University professor and alumnus created a documentary to share Garwin’s life and experiences. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will show the premiere of the documentary “Garwin” Thursday at 7 p.m. in Heroy Geology Laboratory Auditorium. Richard Breyer, a professor of television, radio and film and alumnus Anand Kamalakar co-directed the film. Garwin, a physicist, created the first hydrogen bomb in 1952. He was asked to help with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and find solutions to fix the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, according to a summary of the film. Producer Walter Montgomery said he wanted to make a documentary see garwin page 9

state by state new mexico New Mexico is tied with Mississippi for being the most dependent on the federal government. New Mexico receives $2.83 back for every tax dollar the state sends to the government, making it the eighth-highest return in the country. Federal funding totaled 37.9 percent of all state revenue.

37.9% Audience members applaud former Congressman Ron Paul during his appearance at Hendricks Chapel Wednesday night. SU’s College Republicans arranged the event. ankur patankar staff photographer

al liberty. He added that he felt small governments protect those liberties better than “big” governments. “We want a government that is designed to protect our liberties and let us take care of ourselves,” he said. SU students had mixed reactions to the lecture. Amanda Denardo, a junior international relations major, said she felt Paul appealed to the crowd and their beliefs but dodged crowd questions at the end of the lecture. “I thought that he did a very good

job of advocating to the crowd his views but when it comes down to it, he didn’t answer the crowd questions directly, but rather avoided what the people were actually asking,” she said. Alex Amico, a freshman broadcast and digital journalism major, said he came to the lecture because of Paul’s name recognition and the intrigue that comes with his political beliefs. He added that the speech see paul page 9

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Massachusetts A nine-alarm fire broke out in Boston on Wednesday.

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ith the amount of Americans recognizing climate change stagnating, a greater number of informational programs are needed to reach out to climate change skeptics and deniers. Realizing this need, the Obama administration announced the creation of a website last Wednesday that will provide multimedia communications on climate change. The site, climate.data.gov, will mainly work as a web-based app, divulging computer simulations and models about what climate change effects will look like for different localities. New education resources like this are more necessary than ever, as the latest Pew Research Center survey states only 67 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening. This startling statistic, released in January, clearly shows the extreme need for increased educational programs. When one-third of the American population still ignores the threat of climate change, any efforts to quell the climate will be an uphill battle. To influence public opinion and increase trust in science, a variety of learning techniques must be utilized. As public understanding increases, it will be more likely that our country will be able to move forward in assessing and mitigating climate change.

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21ST CENTURY TREE HUGGER The aim of the website is to turn scientific data into eye-catching images of flooding, sea level rise and other effects — all determined by certain geographic areas. By using different forms of media and focusing on localities, the website has the promise of reaching out to a larger variety of people. Since not all people learn in similar ways, a variety of communication methods are necessary in order to affect public opinion. In this case, computer simulations will be used to reach out to visual learners and can also instill an emotional response in viewers. With this ability to reach others with alternative learning styles, the computer simulations are location-specific. Because of this, the materials can influence people by showing the direct effects of climate change to a place near and dear to their hearts, whether it is their hometown or another area to which the viewer has a strong attachment. The models can change a common misconception of climate change: that it is too broad and vague to matter to everyday Americans. Instead,

they will show that climate change will affect people in all walks of life throughout our country, and not just people in a far away place. This increase in spatial specificity will also increase understandings of the science behind climate change. Too often the understanding of climate change is left to specialists. With this new website, non-specialists can see images of what is likely to happen, instead of many common publications and websites rattling off non-relatable numbers and statistics about environmental effects. This website is not the answer to our country’s issue with public perception of climate change, but it is part of the work needed to sway the crowds to understanding climate change science and its social aspects. As this website will target viewers in alternative manners, there should also be an increase in the creation of alternative teaching techniques, both different from the jargon-ridden, scientific norm and this new computer simulation. With these increased variations, we can change our country’s perception of climate change and inspire action in the near future. Meg Callaghan is a senior environmental studies major at SUNY-ESF. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at mlcallag@syr.edu.

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New York’s outdated Tuition Assistance Program needs change New York state’s outdated Tuition Assistance Program is long overdue for change. The program provides additional financial aid to residents of New York who attend schools in the state, and currently has a $5,000 cap per student. TAP’s policies were created in 2001, and haven’t changed in the last 13 years. Not only does this lack of change mean TAP does not account for a different economy, it also doesn’t account for

a different college culture from 2001. The tuition cost for Syracuse University in 2001 was $20,816 a year, according to collegecalc.org. In 2014, it costs nearly twice as much at $40,380, according to SU’s website. While the tuition costs for SU have nearly doubled since 2001, TAP hasn’t changed at all. SU, along with federal financial aid, accounts for tuition increases each time it changes and TAP should do the same. Between 2001–14, there have been

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many factors that made going to college more difficult, including a recession. TAP should take that into consideration and update its policies. For the future, it should also update its policies periodically, to make sure it stays upto-date. TAP’s standards also exclude many students, possibly taking away their college opportunity. Currently, TAP is only available for students who go to college straight after high school. This means that prospective college

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Clearing the air State of Georgia to ban smoking at all public universities starting this fall

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he United States Surgeon General issued the first report claiming that smoking cigarettes can lead to lung cancer in men and women 50 years ago. Madeleine Solomon, the director of policy and community programs for the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium at Emory University, credits the report with shifting attitudes toward smoking. People began to question the previously glamorous habit. “I remember growing up in the 50s when people counted on cigarettes as social cues,” Solomon said. “Instead of ‘do you mind if I smoke?’ it was ‘do you want to share a cigarette?’ But a lot has been accomplished since then.” This shift away from cigarettes will continue this fall, when public universities in Georgia begin banning smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on all campuses. The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia voted on March 19 to make all public university campuses in Georgia smoke-free as of Oct. 1, according to a March 19 USG press release. The press release states, “The policy applies to all employees, students, contractors, subcontractors and visitors and is applicable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, all events hosted by a USG-entity or on behalf of the USG shall be tobacco and smoke free.” The USG will assist students and faculty who need help deterring themselves from tobacco usage by providing resources through the USG Workplace Wellness website. The website outlines the dangers of tobacco usage and offers tools, resources and programs to quit. “Our aim with this policy is to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of employees and any persons occupying USG facilities,” said Marion Fedrick, USG’s vice chancellor for human resources, in the press release. The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium, part of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., works to develop programs and policy interventions at all levels of government to help reduce smoking. Solomon said smoke-free campuses are a way to show young people that smoke-free environments are not only healthy and acces-

sible, but also enjoyable. TTAC attempts to control tobacco usage by implementing training programs and providing technical assistance to people and organizations that need help. “There is a need to continue the education, to continue to change policy … we know that we can change the environment so that tobacco is no longer attractive, it’s less accessible and fewer young people will want to engage in the practice,” Solomon said. Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has also battled the tobacco industry for years. “ANR’s focus is not the smoker, but on the non-smoker — they have the right to breathe smoke-free air, especially in indoor environments. No one should have to choose between their job and their health,” said Bronson Frick, the associate director of ANR. ANR is the primary national lobbying organization against the tobacco industry, addiction, and secondhand smoke and it implements policy and legislation programs similar to TTAC. “With campuses, it used to be pretty common to have smoking in dorms, in faculty offices, smoke goes through the entire building. People have the right to breathe smoke free over other people’s privilege of smoking indoors,” Frick said. The USG followed Emory, which became smoke-free in 2012, in banning smoking. “I think the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Of course we have people that don’t like the ban, especially in a student environment, but it’s not just your health that you are affecting, it’s other people’s health,” said Erin Long, the director of human resources communications for Emory. The university set up Tobacco-Free Emory to explain the policy and offer assistance and resources for quitting. It also charts feedback to the program, which Long said has been overwhelmingly positive. Said Long: “As each generation comes in, I think you’re just going to see less desire to smoke. I remember when I was in school we had a smoking area and going to work and having smoking in the building. That is not socially allowed anymore.” acalwis@syr.edu


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Local students design eco-friendly house By Brett Samuels asst. news editor

Several local college students have spent the last couple months giving the term “greenhouse” a whole new meaning. Students from Syracuse University, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Onondaga Community College are working together to design an eco-friendly house that would be affordable for the median family income in Syracuse. The project is part of a national competition sponsored by the United States Department of Energy and the National Association of Home Builders, said Paul Crovella, an instructor in ESF’s department of sustainable construction management and engineering. The group’s final design must be submitted this Sunday by midnight. Some of the group members will then travel to Colorado to present their design to a panel of judges. Crovella said he came across an announcement from the NAHB about the competition. He reached out to colleagues at SU and OCC to bring students together to form a team. He said each team participating in the competition has to design a home based on the geographic location of the group and that area’s median income, which is $65,000 in Syracuse. “To build a home that is so different from what’s usually built today in a more efficient manner and still fit in mortgage requirements has been a challenge,” Crovella said. Sarnai Davaadagva, a senior environmental science major at ESF, said in an email that building the house under budget has been

challenging. He added that integrating ecofriendly design principles into the design given the limited budget was difficult. Ultimately, the house the students design should be a net-zero building, which means that it should produce as much energy as it uses, Crovella said. Students have also contended with the new challenge of staying in contact with people other than just designers during the competition, he said. “Unlike other projects they’ve worked on, every student has been in contact with dif-

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A ‘NETZERO’ BUILDING? The house or building takes in as much energy as it creates on an annual basis. For example, the house uses energy overnight when occupants are still using utilities, but during the day when the sun is out, it generates electricity to feed back into the grid. ferent contractors,” Crovella said. “It’s been a very realistic experience for them as far as getting hard numbers and has been an eyeopener to understand the drivers that go into the project.” He added that students no longer have to

worry about designing a landscape or a set of windows for a home, but now have to consider how much it would cost to install those features. In addition, the weather in Syracuse has posed a unique challenge for the students. Mike Walczyk, a junior construction management major at ESF, said the group has had to consider the effect the cold could have on their design. “We have to design a house that’s suitable for this climate,” Walczyk said. “It’s much more difficult than designing for a warm climate.” Despite the new challenges the students have had to deal with as a part of the competition, it will be useful in the future. Walczyk said the competition is a great way to learn about eco-friendly building methods and gaining the ability to educate others about those methods. Crovella added that designing energy-efficient buildings could be pivotal in improving the environment in the future. He said the construction industry has made eco-friendly changes more slowly than other industries, like the transportation industry with cars and other methods of transportation. Since cars only last 10–15 years while buildings can last several decades, Crovella said making them more energy-efficient will be a productive step, something this competition is helping to do. “The decisions we make today won’t just have an immediate effect on the environment, but will have a lasting effect,” he said. “It will have an impact for the next 100 years and into the future.” blsamuel@syr.edu


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was interesting and appealed to current issues. “Overall I thought it was really interesting. I liked that he touched on the NSA spying and Edward Snowden because that’s a really big issue,” he said. “I thought his ending quote was interesting about going to Cuba whenever one wants to and that really sums up his view on less government being better government.” Fenning said the process to bring Congressman Paul to SU took months. “We’ve been in talks with Dr. Paul’s manage-

ment about this event for several months and determined March 26 as our best date,” she said. The event was made possible through funding from Student Association, Young America’s Foundation and Collegians for A Constructive Tomorrow, Fenning said. She added that the past success of speakers put on by the College Republicans led to the lecture with Ron Paul and future events. Said Fenning: “We have hosted speakers such as Steve Forbes, Ann Coulter, Mike Huckabee and John Stossel the past two years and hope  to continue hosting successful events in the future.” jmatting@syr.edu

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garwin on a man who deserved attention more than almost anyone he’s encountered throughout his life. “He’s a very well-known policy maker, but has been a rather quiet figure outside the science and public policy world,” Montgomery said. Garwin has advised every president since Eisenhower because of his knowledge of nuclear weapons and public policy, according to the summary. Kamalakar said Garwin made a difference in the world by influencing policy makers. “People like Garwin are people who work behind the scenes to make our world safer by educating people in power like the president as to what it means to have power over dangerous things like nuclear bombs,” Kamalakar said. The team started filming in the summer of 2012. They traveled across the United States and Europe with Garwin, attending international conferences and examining issues such as the energy crisis, global warming, terrorism and nuclear proliferation. “The whole experience of traveling with Garwin — who is 83 years old and as energetic as we are — was great,” Kamalakar said. The filmmakers said they created the documentary to educate people about public policy and the science that drives it. Montgomery also hopes that people will watch the documentary and understand the importance of serving the public good, just like Garwin did. Montgomery said he hopes a wide range of people will see his documentary, adding that there will be a few more major showings — one of them before a “major science association.” Creating the film and showing Garwin’s studies in a manner that could be easily understood challenged the filmmakers.

“He’s a hardcore scientist who does hardcore science,” Kamalakar said. It was also difficult for the team to convey his personality in a way that would capture the audience’s attention. “We had to tell an engaging story about a sci-

He’s a very well-known policy maker, but has been a rather quiet figure outside the science and public policy world. Walter Montgomery producer of the film

entist who speaks another language and spends a lot of time in front of computers,” Breyer said. The filmmakers agreed that the story is important because not many people know about Garwin or the work he’s done. His contributions to society go beyond weaponry, including more than 45 inventions in his name under military and satellite technology, they said. Kamalakar believes the world isn’t much safer since bombs were dropped in Japan during World War II, but he said Garwin’s life and work hold insight to society’s progression since. “While many things have changed, a lot of things haven’t, and Garwin’s story holds a mirror to that,” he said. “If anyone is interested in how we got here, they should watch this film. Garwin is a guy who still works on challenges.” amdas@syr.edu


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minor as asking a pledge to wear a pin, “pouring liquor down (pledges’) throats, walking on their stomachs, requiring them to perform exercises, depriving them of sleep, running errands for members in the middle of the night and other useless behaviors.” Officials from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Syracuse declined to comment, and requests for comment to Syracuse SAE brothers and its president were not immediately returned. Weghorst said that the True Gentleman Experience will help bring in potential members who would have previously avoided SAE due to fear of hazing. He said some SAE chapters are currently handing out bids too readily and using the pledge process, instead of the recruitment process, to decide who will make a good brother. The initiative also helps to ensure the members are educated throughout their four years at school, he said. The pledge process was not the only way to find new brothers for the fraternity, Weghorst added. He said that in recruitment, the brothers should focus on choosing people based on the connections they make with the potential members. Each brother should look to find a man to replace himself in the recruitment process after he graduates, he said. “There’s no need to have that sort of classification in our undergraduate members. There’s no need for anybody to prove his worth to Sigma Alpha Epsilon through some sort of probationary period or ordeal and so that’s why they decided to go with this versus some of the other options out there,” Weghorst said. Any chapter that doesn’t comply with the

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miller Don Kelly, Miller’s attorney, said briefly on his way to another courtroom that it doesn’t appear the cases against Miller will be resolved soon. That means they’ll likely be presented to a grand jury, which would then decide whether to indict him on the charges. Miller, 21, was arrested on Feb. 15 along with Christopher “Shinobi” Dugger after a chase outside Hall of Languages. Police accuse them of breaking into offices on the fifth floor of the building and each taking two laptops, worth

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and gender studies professor. “So yes, the issue of process is of great concern.” The Academic Affairs Committee of the University Senate hosted an open forum Wednesday in Maxwell Auditorium to discuss the procedural issues behind the release of the statement. Roughly 50 people, including students and faculty members, attended the hour-long discussion. No members of the upper administration — the body that released the statement — were present. Ian MacInnes, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and discussion moderator, said the afternoon’s results would be passed onto the administration. In early December, the ASA, a national group dedicated to the study of American culture and history, declared it would boycott Israeli academic institutions because of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Though SU is not a member of the ASA,

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True Gentleman Experience will be closed. “Each chapter and its members will need to make a decision: do they embrace this change and accept the challenge, or do they wish to deviate from the policies and expectations spelled out by the national organization?” the SAE webpage implores members. Weghorst added that he knows the change will be difficult for the chapters. He said the change is major, but encouraged the chapters to embrace it because “it’s the right thing to do.” Weghorst said that some chapters and members have expressed concern that they were not consulted when the change was made. The decision was based on feedback from a sample of people associated with SAE, including current undergraduate brothers.

The SAE website offers answers to some of the biggest questions people may have about the change. One such question addresses whether chapters will lose donors who can no longer relate to the members’ experience. A Salisbury University alumnus withdrew a $2 million donation for a new stadium at the school as a result of Salisbury’s suspension and probation of its SAE chapter because of damaging reports about pledging, according to the Bloomberg article. The SAE national website said the chapter firmly believes the new initiative will re-engage alumni who haven’t been involved because of their negative impression of the pledge process. Some other concerns the website addresses include fears that members will not want to

join, concern that recruitment will be more challenging, trepidation that new members will not be able to prove their worth to the brotherhood and will not be properly educated in the rituals and an overall worry that the process will make their fraternity “different” from others, which will lead to declining enrollment. Weghorst pointed out that despite the “perceived notion” that society has, fraternities offer many benefits to society. Said Weghorst: “We regret that many people may have a negative perception of Sigma Alpha Epsilon because of the bad press or the bad exposure, because we realize all the good stuff people do everyday that just doesn’t get attention, because obviously the bad overshadows the good.” clmoran@syr.edu

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about $1,000. They were charged with: • Felony third-degree burglary • Felony fourth-degree grand larceny • Misdemeanor resisting arrest Miller and Dugger, 25, of 521 Garfield Ave., Syracuse, were each charged with an additional misdemeanor in that case: seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglar’s tools, respectively. In a separate case after their arrests, Miller and Dugger were charged with misdemeanor third-degree criminal trespass. No documents for that case were immediately available for Miller. Dugger is accused of trespassing in the Life Sciences Complex, and is due back in court

for that case on April 15. And earlier this month, Miller was charged with an additional count of third-degree burglary in another case. He’s accused of breaking into the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on Feb. 9 and stealing $7,642 worth of electronics. That’s after Syracuse police said his fingerprints matched ones found on a box in Newhouse. This case was put on the calendar for Sept. 11. “There’s like seven different DR numbers,” Assistant District Attorney Mike Mordue said during the appearance, referring to the number of cases in Miller’s file. Mordue is prosecuting the drug possession and criminal trespass charges.

At least eight campus buildings were broken into several weeks ago. The Department of Public Safety said in February the men were being considered “possible suspects” in the string of burglaries. Once a new court date was set, Miller — who has a “WB” tattoo on the right side of his neck and was in a green jail uniform — was escorted out of the courtroom. Both men are being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center. Separate bails were set in each of the cases. Miller alone has four different bails set, which range from $100 cash to $20,000 bond. dmsegelb@syr.edu | @dylan_segelbaum

then-Interim Chancellor Eric Spina released a statement on Jan. 7, stating that the university rejected the boycott because it countered “our University’s commitment to the free and open exchange of knowledge, ideas and perspectives.” However, some faculty members and students have said they were not part of any discussion about the situation, and that the university spoke on their behalf without their consent. Wednesday’s conversation focused on what went wrong in this process and how to further dialogue to ensure better collaboration between administration and university members. Several participants connected SU’s January statement with its decision to suspend relations with Al-Quds University — another action done without further consultation. Margaret Thompson, a Maxwell professor, said school faculty was only made aware of the statement just before it was released. What’s more, she said, is that some faculty members were afraid to disagree with the already-written declaration. Linda Carty, an African-American Studies professor, expressed a similar sentiment. She is concerned that an environment of fear exists, which

is why more faculty members haven’t contributed, she said. While the faculty-student conversation should include more input from varied groups, she asked, “Would the school support that?” “The university … doesn’t always accommodate voices of dissent,” she said. Mohanty then added: “When we have discussions like this, it’s not an equal playing field,” referring to people who are penalized for their positions. Brian Steinberg, a member of Learning about Israel in the Middle East: An Israeli/Palestinian Dialogue Group, said it’s important to have an organized way of handling the consultation process. He advised looking at other universities to see how they approach similar situations. “That conversation is important to have,” he said. “What is the procedure and what should people expect?” A strong point made was that the university should consult the stakeholders before making a political statement, MacInnes said. Participants noted that more people could have attended if the discussion was better advertised, as some students weren’t made

aware of the meeting until earlier that day. An online survey could have been sent to listservs or provided in SU’s daily emails to give anonymity to those who wanted it. Some participants said they wished that Wednesday’s discussion was more systematic, including spreading information beforehand to educate the group. Mohanty said it is difficult to discuss the content of SU’s statement without background on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Carty said the next discussion should be more constructive. Members of LIME offered to host the next discussion on the issue. “I greatly appreciate what LIME is offering to do, but it’s not a replacement for changing this process,” said Zaid Jilani, a Maxwell graduate student and member of the Graduate Student Organization. In a post-meeting interview, MacInnes said he was pleased with the outcome of the conversation. He said he will take his notes from the meeting and online to the Academic Affairs Committee and decide where to go from there.

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Alumnus pursues curling By Jackie Frere asst. feature editor

TAE KIM, an undecided freshman, won first place in the expert category of his first chess tournament as a college competitor. On his way to victory, he defeated a chess grandmaster. emma fierberg asst. photo editor

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his past fall, a new freshman student walked up to the Syracuse University Chess Club table during the annual activities fair. That student, Tae Kim, casually sat down and beat Ken Freidan, a professor of Judaic studies and linguistics and faculty adviser for the Chess Club, in a few games of chess. “I was surprised by his success,” Freidan said. “He was very nonchalant about knocking me off the board. It was no big deal to him, not even trying.” Kim, an undecided freshman interested in declaring a major in the School of Information Studies, has been playing chess since his middle school days at MS 118-Spectrum Academy in Bronx, N.Y. where he received top coaching. In high school at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, Kim became involved in the Chess-in-the-Schools Program, which sends chess instructors to schools, classrooms and an afterschool program to foster interest in chess in underprivileged areas. “Tae started out playing like all the other students, but he took to it really quickly,” said Sarah Pitari, vice president of programs of the Chess-in-The-Schools Program. “He has

progressed into a highly ranked player.” Originally, chess was not his main focus. In high school, Kim said he hoped to play basketball. But once he realized his ability and the large interest in chess among his group of friends, creating a chess team seemed like a better idea. “I wouldn’t consider myself a bookish nerd,” Kim said. “I think we really broke

He was very nonchalant about knocking me off the board. It was no big deal to him, not even trying. Ken Freidan faculty adviser for the su chess club

those stereotypes.” The Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Chess Team won the 12th grade prize at the U.S. Chess Federation’s National Championship Tournament in 2012. “When we came back from winning that title, it was still something the school took pride in,” he said. “It wasn’t something anyone

considered to be geeky or uncool.” Pitari said chess allows players to notice their mistakes firsthand, which teaches patience. This patient mental aspect of chess was initially an obstacle. Kim said he used to get emotional during chess matches, taking every mistake and loss to heart. “I hated losing, I would get very upset every time I lost,” he said. “But I have been playing for five to six years now, and with that time I’ve become more mature. You can’t win every game.” However, Kim has been proving recently that he can win. He competed along with other members of the SU Chess Club at a chess tournament, the Marchand Open, in Rochester on March 8 and 9. This was Kim’s first chess tournament as a college competitor, and he finished in first place for the expert category, Frieden said. Kim beat several chess masters and a grandmaster, the highest level a chess player can achieve. Chess players are ranked — with grandmasters and masters being classified by scores of 2600 and 2200 respectively, Frieden said. Going into the tournament, Kim’s score was around 2100, far below the ranking of the grandmaster he defeated, Frieden said. “I knew I would play grandmasters at the

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Back in the 90s, rollerblading was all the rage. As a high school student, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. native Jeff Lutz would split his time between rollerblading at the local rink, U.S. Blades, with friends and watching the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics — until one day he walked into the building next door. It was a curling club, a sport Lutz had watched on TV for weeks. “I never put two and two together,” Lutz said. “I thought, ‘This looks fun. This looks interesting.’” That inspired Lutz to create SU’s first club curling team with the help of Lawrence Mason, a professor of communications, and his son, Jon; SU student Adam Duke; and a freshman Lockerbie scholar named Andrew McClune. Shortly after the team was started, McClune died in an accident. When the team competed in college nationals in 2003, they won a silver medal in his honor, and went on to place third for the next three years. “It’s something that I can always go back on and say ‘We did it,’” Lutz said. “There’s always a level of accomplishment.” Now, eight years after leaving SU, Lutz is helping create the first Israeli curling team, with hopes of competing in this year’s World Championship and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Lutz first got involved in the process after hearing that the Israel Curling Federation (ICF) became reinstated into the World Curling Federation, said Simon Pack, director of development for the team. He sent a congratulations email to Pack with his information. “He gave me his biography,” Pack said. “I said, ‘That’s great. We’re trying to form a national team, how can you help us?’” The ICF has been recruiting in North America for the past six months. Lutz plays a key role in networking with curling communities, especially Jewish ones, Pack said. They are looking for people with Jewish heritage or have Israeli parents to try out. Pack added that people from the ages of 18–65 have already expressed interest. Rachel Katzman, a 15-year-old see curling page 12


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curling curler from Windsor, Ontario, curls six times a week on average during the season. She said the only thing stopping her from joining the team is the military service requirement in Israel. All females and males 18 and older are required to serve in the Israel Defense Forces for at least three years, but Katzman may have an exemption. Her mother, Marilee Marcotte, said she is keeping an open mind. “It’s a very cordial sport. When you’re looking at it, you may think, ‘Oh that’s simple,” Marcotte said. “It’s not.” In order to participate in the European Championships in October, the ICF must have a team by May. The Israeli curling team will start in the “C” Championships, and if they win, will work their way up to the “B” Championships, Pack said. To qualify for the Olympics, the team has to be in the “A” group. “We’re taking it one day at a time,” Pack said. “We’re a long way away from even thinking about the 2018 Olympics, but we certainly hope and dream that everything falls into place and we are successful.” Lutz has expressed his interest in joining the team since the beginning, he said. But without his curling experience at SU, he may not be where he is today. Completing college with an 11-5 curling record, Lutz has a good chance of making the team. If he joins, Lutz must renounce his U.S.

citizenship and become an Israeli citizen. He said this is something he’s always wanted and the entire process is exciting. “Not only is it a process that it’s pretty easy to go through, there’s also the fact it’s kind of a dream at the same time where to become Israeli is a cool feeling,” Lutz said. “It’s almost a full circle event since it is the homeland of my

It’s something that I can always go back on and say ‘We did it.’ There’s always a level of accomplishment. Jeff Lutz co-founder of su’s first club curling team

religion. It’s a very special place for a lot of us.” Lutz’s younger brother, Brad, may also join him in the tryouts. Curling became a family affair after Lutz got involved. Brad continued curling at Michigan State University. Later, in 2004, the two later competed against each other in regional qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic curling team. Now the two will get to compete again, as they attempt to earn spots on the Israeli curling team. Said Brad: “If we were to make it, I think we’ve got some things to lean back on to realize that we’ve got the potential to do some pretty great things.” jmfrere@syr.edu


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ear after year, my heart really goes out to the College Republicans. The popular complaint coming from these individuals seems to be the same every year — it’s frustrating to be politically conservative in a university full of liberal students, not to mention liberal professors. Let me just say, I hear you loud and clear, College Republicans. It’s tough to be an ostracized party. For example, I hang out with a ton of people who eat ice cream and I’m really more of a sherbet girl and, man, is it ever hard to empathize with them! I try to use logic and reason to explain to them my point of view and how much better rainbow sherbet tastes than anything in the custard family, but it’s like I’m talking and no one’s listening. So trust me — I have been in your exact situation. Not every conservative politician is a racist homophobe obsessed with taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich. There are lots of conservative politicians with ethical domestic policies and smart fiscal ideas. What’s great though, is that you guys have the opportunity to bring in speakers who students can look up to and can dissuade liberal students from hating on the conservative side of politics. So in the past two years, you guys chose Ann Coulter and Ron Paul? Being isolated on a campus of contrarily minded individuals must be frustrating, and it must be hard to be taken seriously. But Ron Paul has about as much of a chance of being taken seriously as if the College Republicans invited a Care Bear to stand at the podium. And not just any Care Bear: that goofy happy harmony one that’s always smiling and looks like it’s had a few Vicodin. And also doesn’t have any teeth. It almost makes sense. Ron Paul is a libertarian, which in many ways makes him far more of a conservative-liberal hybrid than more staunch republicans in the political arena. But there are a lot of libertarians who aren’t famous for supporting a “superhighway” that consists of a 10-lane emblem of danger stretching from Mexico all the way to Canada. Or who think that there’s no part of the Constitution that supports the separation of church and state outright — reading is hard! Maybe these other libertarians weren’t available that weekend.

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A lot of liberal students will probably love Paul’s views that take issue with the strictness in barriers and fences that immigration has set up along the border of Mexico and Canada. But they may not share his paranoia that these borders are actually a conspiracy for the U.S. government to set the stage for a huge all-American concentration camp … yikes. Eccentricity or blatant craziness aside, Paul is still probably a step up from last year’s speaker. Liberals certainly do have a tendency to paint all conservatives as ignorant racists, which is absolutely unfair. But I do feel obligated to lend a piece of advice here — bringing Ann Coulter to a liberal university in an attempt to convince people that conservatives are modern, relevant and open-minded is sort of like trying to convince people you aren’t racist by dating Adolf Hitler. But let’s be fair — College Republicans did defend their choice of Coulter by pointing out that she was a well-known Republican, which is totally true. Ann Coulter is well known. She is super well known for calling our president “a retard” and for supporting the poll tax. In one of her more memorable quotes, though (on Republicans vs. Democrats: “our blacks are better than their blacks”), Coulter references an individual who I think would make a great candidate for a College Republican speaker, and who I’m giving my official endorsement for looking into bringing next year: Herman Cain. Can you say pizza party for every student on campus? Bringing in famous conservative politicians is a great opportunity to turn the tables on this university full o’ hippies. Just don’t bring in people who suck so much at turning tables.

Chelsea DeBaise is a senior writing major at Syracuse University. She’s afraid she’s created a possible recurring nightmare for herself with the image of a Ron Paul Care Bear. She can be reached via email at cedebais@syr. edu or on Twitter @CDeBaise124.

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chess tournament, so I looked at their previous games to identify their style, how they open their games,” said Kim, who was prepared for the game to last more than three hours. “There were a lot of people gathering around to watch, I felt like he had more pressure on him to win as a grandmaster than I did.” Kim said he hopes to raise his ranking to 2200 to reach the level of chess master. Frieden said he is committed to helping foster Kim’s talent and the SU Chess Club as a whole. One of his biggest regrets from college is his decision to stop playing chess competitively.

“It was a terrible mistake because chess educates people,” he said. “I am committed to helping people like Tae continue their chess careers in college.” Frieden said he has high hopes for Kim as a player on the SU Chess Club and is optimistic about chess becoming more popular on campus. “We haven’t had a player like him in years. He could go really far,” he said. “If Jim Boeheim can do it for basketball, can I do it for SU Chess?” Kim said he wants to continue competing and build up the SU Chess Club. Kim said he wants to prevent the chess team at SU from ever fizzling out. “When I graduate in three years, I want SU Chess to be a big deal,” he said. “I have the chance to leave that legacy behind.” jbundy@syr.edu


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“hamlet” Where: Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West Street When: Thursday, March 27– Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. How much: $30 Alas, poor Yorick wasn’t a character in “The Breakfast Club” or “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” but that didn’t stop the Redhouse Arts Center from reimagining Shakespeare’s classic play with ‘80s flair as a John Hughes-style production. Though opening night for this modern spin on the Danish tragedy was on March 21, the play is still running for more than a week, until Saturday, April 5. This might be the only interpretation of “Hamlet” to decide if Ophelia is indeed “Pretty in Pink.”

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Men in high heels walk through Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse in support of Vera House’s campaign to end domestic abuse. The walk is part of Vera House’s White Ribbon Campaign, and kicks off the organization’s week of events. courtesy of vera house

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f you’re wondering what size stiletto to squeeze into for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, don’t worry. Chris Benton knows the trick. “We learned that years ago, men didn’t know what size to get,” said Benton, the director of communications and special events for Vera House, “But the trick we found is that the woman’s size is two sizes higher than their size in men’s.” Syracuse men will sport all forms of feminine footwear for Friday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The walk is the kickoff event for Vera House’s White Ribbon Campaign, which seeks to raise awareness

White Ribbon Campaign kicks off with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes awareness event of and bring an end to domestic abuse and sexual violence. Friday’s walk starts at noon at Clinton Square. Benton anticipates almost 200 walkers will wind their way to Armory Square. “It’s a fun way to get people talking,” Benton said. “There are a lot of good sports in the community.” Benton said hitting the 200-person benchmark would break Vera House’s record for participants in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Last year’s event drew between 150–175 walkers. The walk kicks off a week of White Ribbon Campaign events, spanning through April 6. Vera House’s unofficial start to the 2014 campaign started with a breakfast on Tuesday morning, which included a speech from Syracuse Post-Standard scribe and Vera House Honorary Chair Sean Kirst. This marks the eighth year of the walk — Vera House started the event as a way to gain visibility for the campaign. During its first year, Vera House volunteers handed out white ribbons to the folks gathered to walk, which they tied to local landmarks along the way. The ribbons

became a staple of the walk, Benton said. As the walk grew, a Vera House employee discovered the international Walk a Mile in Her Shoes movement, Benton said. Men were encouraged to strap on women’s shoes as a kind of solidarity, and, according to the Vera House website, because “stepping out of rigid gender roles can be a first step in acknowledging how sexism contributes to domestic and sexual violence.” “It’s a way to draw men to be in on the problem,” Benton said. As for where guys planning to participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes might have luck picking up a pair of kicks, well, Benton said past participants have found shoes in their size at one local store. “We’ve had good luck with Payless,” she said. Benton is also keeping her fingers crossed that the weather holds out. Last year, she said a downpour broke out over the route halfway during the walk. “The weather last year was just awful,” Benton said. “But you never know how it will be until the day of.” ervanrhe@syr.edu | @TheRealVandyMan

Where: Empire Expo Center, New York State Fairgrounds When: Thursday, March 27- Sunday, March 30, 8:30 a.m. How much: Free Who let the dogs out? Several breeds of dogs will be showcased over four days at the 33rd Annual Salt City Cluster Spring Dog Show this weekend, featuring agility, obedience and rally trials. A different kennel will sponsor each day and vendors will fill the area with dog-related items to purchase.

upright citizens brigade Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St. When: Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m. How much: $18–25 The seminal group of high-profile comedians — founded in 1990 from Chicago’s ImprovOlympic and once featured comics like Matt Besser and Amy Poehler — will bring its traveling act to the Palace Theatre on Saturday. The group, which had a TV show air for three seasons from 1998– 2000 on Comedy Central, performs improvisational and sketch comedy. The troupe previously made a Syracuse appearance in 2013, performing in the Schine Underground in February.


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When Maddie Kobelt stepped on the practice court Tuesday, she didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. This week she’ll play North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb, the best player in the NCAA. Kobelt believes the only way to prepare for a match of this magnitude up next is to take the same approach. VS North Carolina “I’ve been putting @ Drumlins Tennis in the exact amount of Club preparation that I’ve Sunday, 10 a.m. done all semester,” the senior said. “Jamie is working hard and playing at the top of her game. “I’m just excited to go play and blessed to have another opportunity to do what I love.” Kobelt will be the driving force if Syracuse (3-9, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) upsets No. 10 North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) and earns its biggest win in program history on Sunday at Drumlins Country Club. Her singles match against Loeb could also determine if the Orange earns its fourth victory against a ranked opponent, which would help the team continue its recent surge. Loeb, a reigning National Indoor Intercollegiate champion, is a freshman that has faced some of the nation’s best players. And against a savvy veteran like Kobelt, Loeb said the biggest key is to play at her normal pace. “I will have to force her to play my game,” Loeb said, “and get her to play out of her comfort zone.” Syracuse interim head coach Shelley George believes Kobelt is psyched for the opportunity to play game against the best player in the country, but that the senior hasn’t been any different in her preparation for the match. During this week in practice, Kobelt has focused on keeping up her aggressive style of play, and George is intrigued to see how Kobelt and Loeb use their strengths against each other. “It’s a huge opportunity for Maddie,” George said. “She’s playing the No. 1 player in the country, who brings a different game style.” When Kobelt and Loeb go head-to-head this weekend, they will come to the court with different career backgrounds. Loeb has earned

a reputation as an elite player during her time in juniors and as a freshman at North Carolina and was the top recruit in the Class of 2013. Kobelt, meanwhile, has garnered attention across the ACC due to her experience in big matches over the years. North Carolina head coach Brian Kalbas has been impressed with Loeb’s maturity as a player. She is showing the effort to improve upon certain areas of her game instead of staying content with her current level, but Kobelt won’t be an easy match. “Maddie has played in the same pro-tournaments that Jamie has played in,” Kalbas said. “As a senior, she isn’t going to be afraid of anyone.” Kobelt has won her singles match in all three of SU’s wins this season. If the Orange is to secure a win over a Top-10 opponent, she’ll need to do that again. And her goal will be simple — dominate on her home court against Loeb and set the tone for Syracuse. Kobelt recognizes the chance to prove herself against the younger Loeb and deliver a win in a memorable match in front of the home crowd. Said Kobelt: “If we both go out there and put on our best, then we’ll have one heck of a match for everyone that comes out to Drumlins.” mjmiseli@syr.edu

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notre dame Harris — the date with the Fighting Irish, and the games proceeding it, present an ultimatum of sorts. The Orange has six games left on its regular-season schedule. And if it doesn’t end its season-long skid soon, it up next won’t play into the ACC or NCA A tournament, and a VS Notre Dame @ Carrier Dome handful of careers will be Saturday, noon cut short. “We’re not happy,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We have to get better, we’re better than halfway through the season, and we have to get better as a group in almost all aspects.” The hours following SU’s 21-7 loss to Duke

For the first time ever I think our hearts were questioned, where we are and what we want. Dominic Lamolinara su goalie

last Saturday were solemn. No more than 30 minutes after the final whistle, players were watching film — of them being outclassed by the Blue Devils — on their laptops in the team van. When they got on the plane, the laughing that follows road wins was absent. So was the light talking that normally follows a road loss. NCAA rules forced Desko to give the team a

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day off Monday, and he still hadn’t seen his players when he addressed the media before practice Tuesday afternoon. But they had seen one another. “We had a team meeting, and it was one of the more brutal team meetings I’ve ever been a part of,” Lamolinara said. “For the first time ever I think our hearts were questioned, where we are and what we want. “I mean, with the way it looked on Sunday I think it’s warranted to question where some people’s hearts are.” As has been the story all season, the next game isn’t any easier than the last. Notre Dame doubled up No. 8 Virginia 18-9 on March 16 — Syracuse lost to the Cavaliers by five goals earlier in the season — and edged No. 5 North Carolina 11-10 on March 1. UND also has the second best faceoff specialist in the country in senior Liam O’Connor, who is winning draws at a 68.5 percent clip. And in its last game against Ohio State, sophomore attack Matt Kavanagh scored a program record-tying seven goals. Syracuse, on the other hand, is still cycling six players through a faceoff rotation winning draws just 37 percent of the time. O’Connor gets to improve his torrid start against a limping group, and if he gets the Fighting Irish possession more times than not, Kavanagh will have a chance to put a dent in the scoreboard. There’s no time for Syracuse to breathe after its worst loss of the season. Just another tough test, six games and the growing possibility that that will be it. “The thought of having just six more games is mind boggling,” Lamolinara said. “I used to have that many games in a weekend at some tournaments. Looking at that has opened up our eyes to what we have in front of us. “We haven’t lost anything yet and our goals are still there.” jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse

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smith SU Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance Will Hicks. “If you’ve only got four or five weeks (to change a start), you’ve got to stick with what got you here. “We’ve kind of got him back to what he’s always done here.” After the Combine, Smith came back and trained exclusively with Hicks in Syracuse. He went back to his old running method to prepare for Wednesday. And after he finally got the chance to run, his immediate thought was that he had run it

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pro day grin. “And I wasn’t in a whack conference. I was in the (Atlantic Coast Conference).” Bromley said he wasn’t trying to prove anything to anyone Wednesday afternoon. The only critic he thinks about is himself. He knows there are things he still has to work on — such as his hands, footwork and vision — but those are things even the best NFL linemen have to spend time improving. Bromley’s main focus now is getting ready for rookie training camp, and hoping his name is called in May. Right now he’s projected as a sixth- or seventh-round pick by CBS Sports. Whether Bromley piques NFL teams’ interest remains to be seen, however his teammates only have praise for one of the anchors of the defense a season ago. “He’s a dog, man,” SU linebacker Marquis Spruill said. “He’s a great player. Whatever team passes him up, I feel sorry for them.” SU running back Jerome Smith said Bromley has worked extremely hard to get to this point, and that he can’t wait to see what he does in the NFL. And on Wednesday, Smith watched as Bromley tore through various drills. “He had a heck of a day today,” Smith said. “He looked good. He was in and out of his cuts in his drills.” Bromley said he doesn’t have any team visits lined up yet. If they trickle in, he’ll embrace the opportunity. If not, he knows he did everything he could. He doesn’t care whether he plays in a 3-4, 4-3 or any other defense. None of that matters. All that matters is that he makes a roster. And Wednesday was another positive step toward that goal. “I’ll be blessed with whatever team takes me,” Bromley said, “and I’ll fit that mold.”

MacPherson falters during bench press

Macky MacPherson cruised through his first 15 repetitions of the bench press at Syracuse’s Pro Day on Wednesday. He appeared well on his way to his benchmark of 30, and possibly even his goal of 35.

slowly again. But when Smith was in the middle of doing drills, Hicks found him and told him what he had ran. “It was a big weight off my back,” Smith said. “And hopefully I answered the last of the questions people had about my speed and what I could do.” Smith said those distractions plagued him at the Combine. He did a bad job of blocking out things out around him — a problem he said he’s fixed. He no longer looks at the mock drafts or listens to predictions of where he’s supposed to end up. The only thing he has on his calendar between now and draft day involves relaxing, working out and waiting to gradu-

ate, he said. “I know that his number today as a whole will be better than what he did at the Combine,” said teammate Jay Bromley. “I’ve been with him, he’s been working hard just trying to come out here and improve.” Smith knows he’s never going to rival the fastest running backs in the league. He compares himself to Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers and Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks. They’re not the quickest, but use their size and strength to get three or four yards on every play. Smith told the scouts on Wednesday that that’s the mold he fits, and they’ll need a back like that to win games.

But then his right shoulder began to slip off the bench, his elbow slid out and he had to reach to catch it. The former SU center managed to eke out nine more reps, but upon finishing he stood up and ripped his shirt off in anger. “Man, I was angry,” MacPherson said. “A lot of things I said then that I can’t say now. But yeah, I’m terribly disappointed in it.” The 24 repetitions were the low point of MacPherson’s otherwise solid Pro Day. He competed alongside 11 other former Orange players at Syracuse Pro Day. Raising his weight to 306 pounds and measuring 6-foot-1 and 3/8, MacPherson said he’s shedding the undersized label that he’s carried at times and competed well in the other drills, especially long snapping. MacPherson said he’s pitching himself as a “utility guy” who can be a reserve interior lineman and long snapper. “Just to make a roster would be a dream,” MacPherson said, “but right now it’s making it into a camp and working my way onto a team. Whether they want to put me on a practice squad or a roster, I’m willing to work my butt off.” SU Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance Will Hicks said MacPherson’s most impressive performance on Wednesday likely came on his long snaps. MacPherson was the Orange’s starting long snapper as a true freshman, back when he was 50 pounds lighter. Now he’s back working at it regularly with senior quarterback Charley Loeb, and the scouts in attendance were impressed. “They didn’t realize that, so he really helped himself today situationally,” Hicks said. After the workout, MacPherson stood in the hallway at Manley Field House, beads of sweat dripping down his face and arms. He reiterated that he was pleased with every aspect of the workout but one: the bench press. He said that he hopes Hicks’ connections with NFL teams can help make it clear that number was not his best, but recognized and accepted that was the total he put up. Said MacPherson: “All in all, I felt like I did a good job, and if guys want to bring me in to be

MACKY MACPHERSON prepares to snap the ball. He was one of several former SU players to showcase his talent at Pro Day at Manley Field House. sam maller staff photgrapher

as an inside backup guy and a long snap guy, I don’t mind being a 2-for-1.”

Spruill turns in strong showing at Pro Day

While Bromley and Smith entered Pro Day looking to improve their measurables from the NFL Combine, fellow NFL Draft hopeful Spruill didn’t have that luxury. Spruill was on the initial list of Combine considerations, Hicks said, but ultimately was not one of the 335 players invited. So on Wednesday, the former Orange linebacker gave scouts their first look at his “raw” speed and strength. “They liked my speed, they like my little bit of weight improvement and they liked me as an athlete and a player,” Spruill said. Spruill increased his weight to 231 pounds after weighing in at 224 as a senior middle linebacker. He said he was happy with all of his performances, but did not indicate specific numbers. Hicks said he ran a “very good” 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of about 34-1/2 inches. Most interestingly, though, Spruill is being

“They looked at me and they kind of nodded their heads and said, ‘Yeah,’” Smith said. He stood after the event talking with reporters wearing his neon green Combine jersey. After the performance Smith had in Indianapolis, no one would blame him for wanting to forget every second of it — and the 4.84-second image that goes along with it. Instead, it served as motivation. And now that he’s finally put that day in the past with a much-improved time, he’s just ready to hear his named called on draft day. “Hopefully that’s my last 40,” Smith said. “I ran a high 4.5, low 4.6 today so I don’t want to ever run another 40.” sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3

looked at as a nickel linebacker as well as an outside linebacker. His athleticism offers him multiple opportunities at the next level. “Because of his speed and his ability to run on 3rd down, he’s got a chance to do that,” Hicks said. “He’s very versatile. He’s going to be a very good special teams player.” Spruill said he had a tough time putting on those additional nine pounds, and even did some drill work for defensive backs after SU’s season ended. On Wednesday, he took part in a backpedaling drill, but otherwise stuck to the linebackers’ positional drills. Spruill said he was pleased with his overall performance. Now he’ll just continue working out in hopes of having his name called at the Draft on May 8-10. Said Bromley: “I know Marquis because I’ve trained with him for years. He’s a freak and he showed that.” sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1, tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass


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women’s lacrosse

All-time draws leader Kempney looks to pad total vs. Duke By Sam Blum asst. copy editor

The first time Kailah Kempney picked up a lacrosse stick was also the time she took her first draw. Playing on a club team in kindergarten, Kempney’s coach put her in the circle. It was her responsibilup next ity to control the draw, VS Duke whether or not she was @ Carrier Dome any good at it. Saturday, 3 p.m. “Back then it was whoever could get the ball out of the circle pretty much,” Kempney said. “There was no technique.” Since then, the Syracuse junior midfielder has developed a much stronger ability to win draws. On March 10 against then-No. 3 Maryland, Kempney notched the 182nd draw control of her career, which made her the all-time leader in Syracuse history. She’s picked up 46 this season, including 12 against Stetson on Jan. 24. On Saturday, Kempney will have a chance to add onto her record when No. 3 Syracuse (9-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 8 Duke (7-3, 2-1) at the Carrier Dome at 3 p.m. “It’s a milestone in her career that she’ll be able to carry with her,” said attack Alyssa Murray, who is also on the draw control team. “She is only a junior so she’ll only add on to it in the future to make it even more difficult for the next person to break it.”

Murray said the team has a motto, “Win the draw. Win the game.” Against Harvard on March 18, that saying proved true. Syracuse held a 15-8 advantage in the circle, and came away with a 17-4 blowout win over the Crimson. On the season, the Orange has a 144-111 lead over its opponents, thanks in most part to the play of Kempney. “I feel like with the draw control score between each team and the actual score,” Kempney said. “It’s usually the same. Give or take one or two goals. “You can’t score without the ball, it’s like without it you’re screwed.” Kempney said she became good at getting self draws in high school because there were four players around the circle, not just two like there are in college. Her coach encouraged her to snatch the ball out of the air. “We had to be way better at controlling it,” Kempney said. “It’s like now we have more room on the circle than we used to so it’s like prepared us for college having four people on the circle.” Kempney emphasized that her role isn’t just to get the draw controls herself, but to captain the team of players around the circle about where to be and how to prepare for the ball. With Bridget Daley injured, Murray has taken on a larger role on the draw team and said she has needed a lot of Kempney’s assistance. “Moving players around, getting them to where she wants to be and I think that’s something we can always work on,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She works tirelessly on the draw along with our other draw people and I

KAILAH KEMPNEY broke the record for draw controls at Syracuse on March 10. Since coming to Syracuse she’s been a valuable offensive weapon. margaret lin photo editor

think it’s paid off for her.” Kempney didn’t hide her pride in breaking the program record for draw controls. She came to Syracuse with the goal to break it, and did so in just two and a half seasons. And now as the record continues to mount with each passing game, she has the players

around her to thank. “They all know it’s a team effort too,” Kempney said. “We have a draw team, it’s not just a draw person. So yeah, everyone was excited. Whenever anyone does anything great, we’re all there to support each other.” sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3

softball

Orange bats heat up heading into home opener versus Irish By Paul Schwedelson contributing writer

Corinne Ozanne puts her cleats on at the same time before every game. She takes the same number of groundballs in the infield. Hits her cleats the same number of times. And puts on her batting gloves and helmet in the same order. Even as Syracuse started the season 6-13, Ozanne didn’t change her up next pregame ritual. Likewise, the Orange offense didn’t VS Notre Dame change its approach of @ SU Softball being patient to get on Stadium base, and that has finally Saturday, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. paid dividends. Syracuse (12-15, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) has scored 60 runs in its last nine games — in which it has won seven — and is riding high entering its home-opening series against No. 24 Notre Dame (20-7, 3-3) this weekend. After a slow start, the team continued to work for quality at bats and that is starting to pay off. “We work hard at practice, and we work hard outside of practice, trying to make everything hap-

pen,” Ozanne said. “Hitting is just very streaky. It’s really hard to be very consistent, so it’s about time.” Ozanne and senior first baseman Jasmine Watson have led the offensive explosion. Ozanne is currently on an 11-game hitting streak and is 19-for-30 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored in the past nine games. Watson has knocked in eight RBIs in the last six games, including four homers in as many contests. She is also currently tied for the school record with 38 career homeruns. Both Ozanne and Watson have hit their stride and the rest of the team has followed suit. SU head coach Leigh Ross attributes the surge to good timing as multiple hitters are improving at once. “Everyone’s just starting to kind of pull it together and that’s just how seasons go,” Ross said. “Everyone’s either hot or cold and then you just kind of ride that out. When they all can be hot at the same time, it feels really good.” The success has led to a more comfortable and confident feel among the team. Ross said that although the team maintained a positive attitude through its struggles, winning always makes everyone feel better. If Syracuse hopes to keep winning against

Notre Dame, it will likely need this strong offensive production to continue. SU’s pitching is thin behind freshman ace Sydney O’Hara and the entire staff has a combined 5.02 earned run average. The Orange’s three main starting pitchers consist of two freshmen and a sophomore, and significant run

Everyone’s just starting to kind of pull it together and that’s just how seasons go. Everyone’s either hot or cold and then you just kind of ride that out. Leigh Ross su head coach

support will be important moving forward. “It just gives them some cushion and it has them relax on the mound,” Watson said. Ross said that the offense’s mentality should

be to score four or five runs in order to win, but that may be a tough task against Notre Dame. The Irish allows 2.04 runs per game and will likely run 2013 Big East Player of the Year Laura Winter out to the mound against the Orange. Winter made four appearances — three times as a starter — against Syracuse as Big East counterparts in 2011 and 2012. In her career against SU, Winter has pitched 25 innings, allowing eight runs on 26 hits and recording 23 strikeouts. As a freshman and sophomore, Watson faced Winter. She batted 2-for-10 with three strikeouts in games that Winter started. And even though she’s had difficulty in the past, her approach will stay the same. “I guess the same way as I have been this year,” Watson said. “Just knowing what she pitches and knowing ahead of time what she would throw me depending on what spot I’m in.” With a current logjam in the middle of the ACC standings, SU has a chance to emerge and separate itself from the middle of the conference. To do this, the offense will have to continue hitting well. Said Ozanne: “You’ve got to score to win.” pmschwed@syr.edu


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A good draw

Behind Jasmine Watson and Corinne Ozanne, Syracuse’s bats heat up in time for homeopening series. Page 20

Kailah Kempney is Syracuse’s alltime leader in draw controls, and will look to add to her historic total against Duke. Page 20

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Good timing PRO ‘14 DAY

Smith lowers 40 time, puts rough Combine in past

Bromley, Spruill lead strong SU performances

By Sam Blum

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erome Smith strolled out of Manley Field House after Syracuse’s Pro Day and couldn’t hide the smile on his face. After running a 4.84-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, the former SU running back clocked a much quicker time to the NFL coaches and scouts who came to see him play on Wednesday. Unofficially, he ran in the high 4.5-to-low-4.6-second range as part of a much-improved performance in front of scouts from 29 NFL teams. With the NFL Draft quickly approaching in early May, Smith knew this was his last chance to fix his 40-yard time. “My numbers at the Combine were horrible,” Smith said. “So I knew I had to come back here and redo things. I re-did everything. I did well.” Before his workout started, the scouts told him he had to get rid of the fullback mentality. He couldn’t settle for strong, but slow running back. He had to show them he had speed. But most of all, he had to revert to his old form, which he strayed away from while training at Bommarito Performance Systems in North Miami Beach, Fla., before the Combine. It was there that he tweaked the placement of his hands and feet, and started his stance a little higher. He said that he was going to surprise the people that expected him to run a 4.6. Instead, his altered starting motion caused his performance to fall flat. “I’m sure those training facilities may know a whole lot more than I do, that’s what they do for a living,” said see smith page 19

At this point, all Jay Bromley can do is wait. After turning in a solid showing at Syracuse’s Pro Day on Wednesday, Bromley believes he’s done everything he can to get drafted by an NFL team. He ran around a 4.8 40-yard dash at Pro Day, improving his previous time of 5.06 from the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Bromley also

PRO DAY PLAYERS Ri’Shard Anderson, CB Jay Bromley, DT Chris Clark, WR Lewellyn Coker, FB/LB Zian Jones, DT Charley Loeb, QB Keon Lyn, CB Macky MacPherson, C Beckett Wales, TE Marquis Spruill, LB Jerome Smith, RB Jeremi Wilkes, S

JEROME SMITH (LEFT), MARQUIS SPRUILL (RIGHT) AND JAY BROMLEY (BOTTOM) all competed at Syracuse’s Pro Day at Manley Field House on Wednesday. Smith improved from his 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Bromley thinks he put himself in position to be drafted. Spruill, despite missing out on a Combine invite, performed well in front of the NFL Scouts. sam maller staff photographer

turned in what he considered good performance in the L-drill and position work. He was one of 12 SU players to participate in Pro Day in front of scouts from 29 NFL teams. Bromley doesn’t care where he’s drafted as long as he gets picked. He hopes he did enough last season, and during his four-year college career, to lure NFL teams. One month ago, Bromley said he feels he’s one of the Top-10 defensive tackles in the Class of 2014. After Pro Day, he still holds that belief. “I don’t know how many D-tackles have 10 sacks,” Bromley said with a see pro

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men’s lacrosse

No. 9 Syracuse hosts No. 7 Notre Dame in pivotal ACC contest By Jesse Dougherty asst. sports editor

A year after finishing his career as an elite defender on Syracuse’s back line, Brian Megill already sees things differently.

Since leaving SU, he’s gained a new outlook on the game, and it’s one he wishes he had while still playing with the Orange. So a day after SU dropped its third Atlantic Coast Conference game in as many tries on Sunday, Megill emailed some of his

former teammates. He’s worked through the same kind of rut the team is currently stuck in, and offered a perspective it badly needs. “I wanted to tell them that bad runs happen, but have to be stopped

by the team as a whole,” Megill said. “For guys like the seniors, there isn’t a lot of time left and I lived that last year.” No. 9 Syracuse (4-3, 0-3 ACC) hosts No. 7 Notre Dame (4-2, 2-0) in the Carrier Dome at noon on Satur-

day, and it could be the last chance for the Orange to salvage a season that is slipping away. For SU’s senior class — notably goalie Dominic Lamolinara, attack Derek Maltz, midfielder Billy Ward and long-stick midfielder Matt see notre

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