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Academic apparel The Entrepreneurship Club

STEMming out By adding a scholarship for

Campaign for change Four students share findings from

Let the madness begin The Sports staff breaks down

launched a new company to design T-shirts for SU schools, colleges and clubs. Page 3

students studying the sciences and technology, Say Yes helps level the playing field. Page 5

their study of childhood obesity and its after-effects. Page 20

the 16-team field for the Big East tournament. Page 10-11

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Athletes rumored to have failed drug tests By Michael Cohen and Katie McInerney THE DAILY ORANGE

mitchell franz | photo editor PAUL SMYTH, SU Emergency Medical Services manager, won the Emergency Medical Services Advisor of the Year award after several students within Syracuse University Ambulance nominated him.

SUA wins national awards at conference By Casey Fabris STAFF WRITER

When Paul Smyth’s name was announced as the winner of the Emergency Medical Services Advisor of the Year award, he was surprised to learn that students within Syracuse University Ambulance nominated him for the honor. “As they were doing an explanation of the award and some of the achievements that we’ve made since my start back in August, it was starting to sound familiar at some point, so I wasn’t completely surprised, but I

was still surprised when they said my name,” Smyth said. SUA received two awards, the EMS Website of the Year award and the EMS Advisor of the Year award, at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation Conference in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 26. Smyth first became manager of emergency medical services in August 2011, but made numerous changes to the organization during his first few months on the job. When Smyth first joined the program, he made a list of tasks and initia-

tives he hoped to accomplish. He said a significant dent has already been made in that list. “I think we’re definitely on the way to accomplishing all the tasks I was given, but I’m sure as time goes I’ll have new and more challenging tasks,” Smyth said. “I don’t think my list will ever be complete because there will always be some new challenge to take care of or some way to improve a program or do something better just to keep the organization growing and keeping it


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Despite rumors, Block Party lineup not finalized By Amrita Mainthia NEW MEDIA EDITOR

After Monday night rumors that Nicki Minaj would headline University Union’s Block Party concert, UU reaffirmed that plans for the event have not been finalized. UU issued a statement about the April 27 spring concert after the rumors spread via Twitter. The com-

ments ultimately resulted in similar responses of denial from both the accounts of Nicki Minaj and UU. “We aren’t quite sure how the Nicki Minaj rumor started because there is absolutely no validity to the claim that she will be performing at Block Party,” said Binta Jammeh, director of public relations for UU. The Daily Orange met with UU

on Friday to discuss announcement plans for Block Party and MayFest, but Kenny Consor, co-director of UU Concerts, was unable to confirm any further details about either event.   Said Jammeh: “We are still in the process of booking the show, therefore we cannot release more concrete information at this time.”

Multiple members of Syracuse men’s basketball teams during the past decade failed drug tests, yet were still allowed by the school to play, according to a story published by Yahoo! Sports on Monday. The report from Yahoo! Sports cites four anonymous sources who claim a minimum of 10 players, dating back to 2001, played and practiced when they should have been suspended by SU’s athletic department. The sources said the department didn’t count the positive tests, allowed players to play and didn’t inform some players of their ineligibility due to a positive test. According to a statement issued by the university and comments made by Athletic Director Daryl Gross, these alleged violations were self-reported to the NCAA. “The bottom line is that when we have things that we think may be violations or potential violations, it’s our practice and it’s our culture to selfreport,” Gross said. “And we did that.

Obviously we want to be responsible and accountable and we try to make sure that any kind of tweaks going forward that we make those tweaks and make sure we have a culture that enhances our compliance.” The NCAA issued a statement Monday evening that said the violations were self-reported by Syracuse. The statement from the NCAA reads: “Syracuse University appropriately self-reported possible violations to the NCAA several months ago and we currently have an ongoing investigation.” The NCAA questioned a fifth source — a former Syracuse basketball player — about the drug testing policies in place at SU, according to Yahoo! Sports. “In accordance with NCAA regulations, it is the university’s practice to self-report possible violations to the NCAA,” Kevin Quinn, SU senior vice president for public affairs, said in an email. “We self-reported issues with drug testing to the NCAA, and there is currently an ongoing inquiry. The inquiry does not involve any current



In July 2005, the NCAA placed Baylor University on a five-year probation and banned the men’s basketball team from nonconference competition for one year after a discovery of NCAA rule violations and unethical conduct. If rumors that SU’s men’s basketball team failed multiple drug tests spanning over a decade are found to be true, the school could face similar sanctions. Members of Baylor’s basketball coaching staff committed NCAA violations and then concealed them with inaccurate and falsified information. This led to findings of unethical conduct by the former head coach and assistants of Baylor’s men’s basketball team, according to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions in a July 4, 2005, NCAA press release. The NCAA’s findings included impermissible benefits and financial assistance paid to student athletes and prospects; impermissible recruiting inducements, contacts and tryouts with prospects; more than $100,000 in impermissible donations given to prospect teams; and failure to properly report drug use, according to the release. Baylor’s coaching staff attempted to cover up such payments after the death of a student athlete. The former head coach convinced members to portray the student as a drug dealer, providing them with tape recorders to rehearse interviews with university investigators, according to the release. —Compiled by Maddy Berner, asst. copy editor,

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International relations There is a growing presence of international students on campus and questions about if they’re academically prepared for life at SU.


Destination: Vacation Be sure to pack Pulp’s travel essentials for every Spring Break excursion.


Running with the bulls Former Syracuse goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo starts his new pro life with the New York Red Bulls of the MLS.

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MARCH 6, 1996 Boeheim’s personality still an enigma after 20 years Believe it or not, there is a human being inside the robotic coach that has roamed the Syracuse sidelines for the past two decades. While most people see a man who curses more than he smiles and screams more than he laughs, there is a human side to Jim Boeheim—somewhere. ... From the stands, the typical fan sees an excitable leader who has a classic repertoire of disgruntled facial gestures and acrobatic antics toward referees. ... While his temper and outbursts may be what people remember most about Boeheim’s personality, the veteran head coach has touched the lives of numerous former players and colleagues. While no one said Boeheim has a future on the stand-up comedy circuit, many respect him greatly for his accomplishments on and off the court. Bill Raftery, one of Boeheim’s former rivals who is now a good friend, said he has garnered a lot of admiration for consistently winning during the years. ... “I get a bang out of him. He’s extremely witty, which may surprise people,” Raftery said. “He’s a piece of work, he’s fun to be around, and he’s got a great way of seeing things; a cryptic way, he cuts through all the dialogue.” … Howard Triche, a major contributor to SU’s Final Four team of 1987, said Boeheim does not really have a deeper persona than the one

he displays on the court. “He’s pretty much reserved,” Triche said. “He’s not a flashy kind of guy. What you see is what you get with Coach.” ... Providence assistant coach Louis Orr, who played under Boeheim from 1977-1980, said the coach judiciously chose when to put on the fire and brimstone routine. … A person Boeheim has had an obviously good rapport with is assistant coach Bernie Fine, who has stood at Boeheim’s side in every year of his coaching stunt. … During the years, Fine said Boeheim has been misinterpreted by area residents. “He does a lot fo things for charity that a lot of people don’t know about,” Fine said. “He never toots his own horn, but he does a lot of things.” … The longtime assistant also added that Boeheim isn’t as uptight off the court. “He enjoys himself. He spends a lot of time with his daughter. He’s probably very relaxed, he gets all his tensions off with (the media).” ... Boeheim’s simplicity, Raftery said, is what makes him appealing, “He cuts through the quick, he doesn’t take himself seriously,” Raftery said. “He likes coaching, and he likes being in Syracuse, and that’s it. He doesn’t wow you with superlatives.” —Compiled by Maddy Berner, asst. copy editor,



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Students to design, sell SU apparel

CRIME BRIEFS • On Thursday, police arrested Barry Phoenix, 45, of Syracuse, at 320 Chinook Drive, according to a Syracuse Police Department report. Phoenix was arrested on one charge of trespassing. Police said they notified the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety. • Police responded to a call at the 800 block of Ackerman Avenue on Thursday regarding a burglary investigation, according to a police report. The victim, a graduate student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, told police that while he was home he caught a male walking out of his roommate’s bedroom with a laptop, police said. The student told police he did not know who the male was and that the man did not have permission to be in his home. The student told police that when the man saw him he said he was borrowing his friend’s laptop. The student said he questioned the man about his friend’s name, and the man responded “Jonnie.” When the student advised the man that no “Jonnie” lived at the address, the man said he was sorry, handed the laptop to the student and quickly walked out the door. The student told police he then noticed his Asus laptop, headphones, laptop case, power cord and possibly a calculator were all missing. The student said he observed the man enter a white SUV and pull away. He took down the license plate number on the vehicle. Police then responded to a traffic stop DPS conducted, near Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, about a vehicle possibly involved in the burglary. The occupants were transported to the 400 block of Ostrom Avenue for further questioning, police said. After interviewing the student, police transported him to the area where the suspects were being held. He positively identified one of the occupants of the vehicle as the man who was in his home, and he identified the vehicle as the SUV he observed leaving the area. The two occupants were arrested on one count of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, petit larceny and possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, police said.

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lauren murphy | asst. photo editor (FROM LEFT) JUSTIN HIRSCHHAUT AND DAVID EHRLICH, members of the Entrepreneurship Club, plan to design and sell shirts for the different SU colleges and clubs through Orange Outfitters.

The Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Club has launched a new venture called Orange Outfitters to create affordable, designer T-shirts for SU’s schools and clubs. Orange Outfitters differs from the SU Bookstore and other apparel stores because it sells shirts for SU academics rather than its athletics. It also focuses more on what students want in a T-shirt, said Justin Hirschhaut, a freshman entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major and president of Orange Outfitters. “We’re trying to actually get the


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Newhouse representative elected to assembly By Dylan Segelbaum STAFF WRITER

A highly contested election for the last remaining representative position for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications was the main issue tackled by the Student Association on Monday night. Eva Zymaris, a sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major, and Shannon Hazlitt, an undeclared Newhouse freshman, petitioned for

the open seat during SA’s meeting. The meeting was held at 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Complex. Hazlitt was awarded the seat. Zymaris mainly discussed her proposed initiative for an overhaul of South Campus dining plans. Specifically, she argued that these residents should be able to pay for their meals with swipes instead of SUpercard Food money. She said the majority of Syracuse University students who live on

South Campus are often overlooked. “A lot of what they have to say really isn’t being heard,” Zymaris said. “As an SA representative, there’s a lot of things I want to do. I want to be an advocate.” Colin Brown, director of public relations, said Zymaris could still participate with the Student Life Committee and the newly formed Food Advisory Board without occupying a seat on the general assembly.



The president of SA set time restrictions on the meetings to make sure representatives stay on task and work more efficiently.

The two students ran for the last seat to represent the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, but neither candidate discussed possible initiatives to improve Newhouse or to represent their Newhouse constituents.

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The number of colleges now fully represented in SA.

“I would rather see the seat go to someone who has new and fresh ideas,” Brown said. Hazlitt, the other candidate contesting the seat and a staff writer for The Daily Orange, discussed a unique initiative to help students relieve stress during midterms by bringing animals into places like the Schine Student Center to provide comfort. She said this is a practice



“We need to make sure we’re really utilizing the time that we have.” Dylan Lustig


Novelist Franzen to discuss award-winning work as part of University Lectures Series By Stacie Fanelli ASST. PHOTO EDITOR

Jonathan Franzen, writer for The New Yorker, will discuss creative writing and writing about society with students Tuesday night as part of the University Lecture Series. Novelist and essayist Franzen was a 2002 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and has earned a National Book Award. Both honors recognized him for his satire work,

“The Corrections.” His most recent novel, “Freedom,” is an Oprah Book

Jonathan Franzen: Autobiography and Fiction writing

A presentation for the University Lecture Series Where: Hendricks Chapel When: 7:30 p.m. How much: Free

Club selection and was chosen as one of The New York Times’ “10 Best Books of 2010.” In August 2010, Franzen was featured on the cover of Time magazine. “We try to find someone who is considered one of the best in their field,” said Esther Gray, special assistant for academic affairs at Syracuse University. “We are indeed fortunate that his agent contacted Syracuse first and offered us the opportunity. We jumped at the chance.”

“This lecture is a rare opportunity to hear one of our major novelists discuss his writing process.” Dana Spiotta


In his first novel, “The Corrections,” and his latest piece, “Freedom,” Franzen uses a satirical approach to depict how families function in society.

The acclaimed novels are set during the time periods in which Franzen wrote them. “Freedom” concludes as President Barack Obama’s presidency begins, making the story relevant for student readers today. Franzen was most recently in the news for warning readers about the negative side of e-books in today’s culture, according to a Jan. 29 article in The Telegraph.


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Professor defends socialist position while working in capitalist society In a letter to The Daily Orange on Feb. 13, T. Slone wrote that I could not be a socialist because I am a professor “comfortably enjoying privilege under the capitalist system.” I am a teacher, a worker, without job security. Almost 75 percent of U.S. college teachers in 2009 were graduate students, adjunct instructors or short-term teachers, like myself, working under temporary contract. No university is a protected island within a turbulent sea of capitalism. Teachers, students and staff at a university share fears and fates common to all workers during this terrible capitalist economic crisis. Nineteen students are on hunger strike at the University of Virginia in support of a Living Wage Campaign for employees — mostly women and African-Americans. We teachers see students burdened with crushing school loans. A Rutgers University study found half of college graduates between 2006 and 2010 were unable to find full-time work. Some students tell us they have to choose between food and textbooks. At the same time, a “school-to-prison pipeline” sends disproportionate numbers of young people of color, especially those of African descent, to labor behind bars in prisons-for-profit. Divisive attacks against postal workers, school teachers, public employees at all levels and unionized workers attempt to keep us from uniting with each other. “Austerity measures” pit white-collar workers against suffering post-industrial, bluecollar workers along lines of race, nationality, sex, gender, sexuality, religion and disability. Woman-hating epithets attempt to keep basic

LET TER TO THE EDITOR contraception from being affordable and available to women. Political “leaders” utter dehumanizing language about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, even as we fight for job nondiscrimination laws. State-sponsored actions try to divide us, like the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim covert surveillance of the SU Muslim Students Association by the NYPD, working in cooperation with the CIA and the arrest of a local Latino community leader by ICE. These racist attacks target oppressed workers, not the economic system. The 1 percent is defending capitalist profits when it pours trillions of dollars into wars of military and economic aggression on working and oppressed peoples around the globe and here in the United States. The Occupiers ask: Why is power in the hands of the wealthy 1 percent who prop up an exploitative and ecologically ruinous system? Socialism answers: Working and oppressed peoples, who collectively create the wealth of the world, can stop wars for profit, tear up the deed of private ownership and build a just and sustainable economic system to meet human needs. My experiences as a teacher, worker, woman, feminist, lesbian, mother, grandmother, poet, white anti-racist and anti-imperialist are a foundation of my consciousness as an activist. I struggle for socialism as the path forward to build a better world.

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Say Yes scholarship aims to help struggling area of education Syracuse Say Yes to Education created a $610,000 scholarship for students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees by combining separate donations. The funding for the scholarship comes from donations from multiple STEM companies. The scholarships were announced at the second Say Yes at the Dome Day. Say Yes should be applauded for making the scholarships available, but the new scholarship spotlights a pitfall in American education. Students in the United States lag behind comparable nations in the STEM fields. This was first highlighted when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957. In response, the United States amped up funding and education in STEM fields. The nation is still behind other nations. The STEM fields keep certain jobs in the United States and helps create new jobs for people not within STEM fields. If people working in these fields

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board create and innovate new technologies, they’ll need people from all fields to execute and market their innovations. The Syracuse Say Yes program helps provide tuition for students who have been accepted to universities that have partnered with it, including SU. This specific scholarship was created because of the science and technology companies in the area. But most scholarships funded by Say Yes are not for a specific academic area. The scholarship donation creates an incentive — and opportunity — for students to study in the STEM field, an area in which the United States remains consistently behind. The scholarship can help underprivileged students attend universities and, at the same time, help level the STEM playing field for the United States.



Hydrofracking issue requires thorough research, examination on all sides


veryone has an agenda; consider the source. Hydrofracking has been a big issue in New York state for years, with plenty of conflicting information being pumped into the public consciousness. Parsing together a straight answer on hydrofracking is nearly impossible. It requires examining every stakeholder in a situation. This includes landowners, residents, natural gas companies, government and everyone who drinks water. Hydrofracking currently is not permitted in New York, but a decision will be made later this year that may end up permitting hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is a type of gas drilling where water and other chemicals are forced thousands of feet underground to break up shale. Shale is a porous rock that can hold natural gas in

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its cracks and crevices. Hydrofracking allows that natural gas to be extracted. There is controversy criticizing the quantity of water used, how the wastewater is treated and possible water contamination. It has also been lauded as a clean, domestic fuel that will create jobs. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, a lot can be learned by researching each side. Mike Doyle, a supporter of hydrofracking and member of the New York State Petroleum Council, wrote: “This highly regulated industry is committed to protecting the water supply, and history has demonstrated it can do so.” But fracking is not regulated by the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act or Superfund regulations. The lack of hydrofracking regulation was written into the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 on purpose.

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green and read all over Upstate New York has lost most of the manufacturing industry that used to sustain the area. Some landowners see leasing land to allow for hydrofracking as a way to alleviate hardships and save for retirement. And taking away a means of financial independence should not be done lightly. Chefs for Marcellus is a group of restaurateurs who see shale gas as a threat to New York City’s water supply and the small farms from which they purchase local ingredients. These chefs are wary

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of buying from farmers in areas where hydrofracking is happening. Even if a farmer has not leased their land for drilling, their neighbors could be, and their soil and water could be contaminated with benzenes, salts and heavy metals. Losing one or two restaurant buyers could ruin a small farm. The amount of gas in the Marcellus Shale has been estimated in many units. It has been estimated as $1 trillion dollars, 50 trillion cubic feet, 40 years of the state’s current consumption rate, a 2-year supply of gas for the United States. All of these numbers are potentially true, but statistics are easily manipulated. Those of you who stayed awake during your probability and statistics class should be suspicious. Since when are dollars or years appropriate units for a volume of gas?

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The lifespan of the gas wells is not widely discussed,. If the wells can only supply less than six years’ worth of gas, as some statistics say, does that mean they will only be operating six years? Politicians and pro-fracking groups say hydrofracking would create between 30,000 and 80,000 jobs. But these claims do not address whether these jobs are full-time, long-term or if they would employ local people. Before you come to conclusions, reflect on where your information is from. Statistics need to be scrutinized. Be aware of consequences for all parties involved. Question anyone who claims you can have it all. Leanna Mulvihill is a senior forest engineering major and environmental writing and rhetoric minor. Her column appears every Tuesday. She can be reached at or followed on Twitter at @LeannaMulvihill.   

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the best organization it can be.” Smyth said some of the new changes include the use of glucometry, which is the testing of a patient’s blood sugar; the creation of a quality committee, which monitors how the organization carries out certain tasks and provides recommendations for improvement, should it be necessary; and the addition of a fourth field supervisor. SUA is also working to get more involved with the county 911 system, Smyth said. Currently, 911 calls are not directly dispatched to SUA. “Right now, if somebody from campus calls 911, it goes to the county 911 center. Then, they give the call to Rural/Metro Medical Services, which is the primary ambulance in the city, and the Rural/ Metro dispatcher will then notify us with the call if it’s on-campus or off-campus housing,” Smyth said. He said he hoped getting calls dispatched directly to SUA would give them the opportunity to respond to emergencies more quickly and pro-



sometimes done by other universities. PJ Alampi, chair of the Student Life Committee, said he felt Hazlitt had good ideas but was not the best fit for an assembly representative. “I think she brought up a decent amount of points, but she did not bring up a lot of points about Newhouse,” he said. Janine Savage, representative of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, said Hazlitt’s other initiative ideas, like improving sustainability on campus, were pertinent to what SA is working on. After an extended pro and con debate and three rounds of elections lasting approximately one hour, Hazlitt was elected by the general assembly. Newhouse, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and the School of Architecture are now fully represented. SA President Dylan Lustig implemented a new plan limiting areas of the agenda to rigid time con-

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vide more assistance. Smyth also said some of the features of their award-winning website included an online application to join SUA and a patient satisfaction survey. John Burke, a senior information management and technology major and field supervisor, was recognized for his website design. Burke began working on the SUA website when he was a sophomore, preparing to take over for the designer that was graduating. He said website design is a hobby for him, much like SUA, and that he has had no formal training. “I started when I was much younger, and I would just kind of tinker around and read tutorials, and I took one class in it in the iSchool, but other than that I’ve kind of just been tinkering on my own and figuring it out as I go,” he said. He said when he first took control of the website during his junior year, he did not know there was an award offered for best EMS website design at the conference. Once he heard about the award, it became his mission for his senior year. “The website is dynamic, so we’re constantly

updating content. We’re always adding new events to our website, and every week we feature the members who are promoted within the organization,” he said. In addition to improving the functionality and design of the website, Burke has now involved SUA with social media, making use of Facebook and Twitter. He said this also prompted the health center to embrace new social media services, which Burke is also in charge of. SUA was first established in 1973, according to the organization’s website. The program is run entirely by students who serve as both ambulance drivers and EMTs providing patient care. SUA responds to about 1,500 calls per academic year, Smyth said. Smyth said there are approximately 70 active members and 14 new probationary members, and the number of applicants remains high each semester. Students come in with different levels of experience — the majority without any EMS experience, but SUA provides the necessary training. The SUA headquarters serves as a second home

straints. He said this was created to keep members focused on solving issues and staying on task. “We need to make sure we’re really utilizing the time that we have,” said Lustig in an interview after the meeting. “This is going to encourage people to ask better questions, to pay better attention, and it’s also going to retain membership, I think.” Alampi and Daniel Hernandez, a representative for the School of Education, introduced a resolution proposing the administration define a possible course of action that could be taken to resolve an unlawful student protest on SU’s campus. This is something adapted from a similar measure the student government at Northwestern University passed. The resolution specifically defines an unlawful protest as one that violates the Student Code of Conduct, disrupts daily activities and endangers students, Alampi said. This is only briefly discussed in the Student Code of Conduct. The resolution is largely a response to the violent crackdown that occurred at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley, Alampi said.

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for the students involved in the organization. Billy Fletcher, a sophomore public policy major, said students often spend their free time at the headquarters, and as a result, there is a strong sense of family within SUA. “We like to say that we can joke around in quarters and have a good time and mess around with each other,” he said, “but then when that bell rings and there’s a call, we all become very serious and professional.”


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• Five special programming bills were passed Monday night with $2,854.73 remaining in the account. • During his weekly report, Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo reiterated that budgets for student organizations must be submitted by March 9. • A previously introduced bill stating events granted funding by SA cannot apply for additional money from special programming was passed unanimously. • SA will conduct its last leadership workshop at the Expeditionary Learning Middle School on March 9 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. • Free shuttles to the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center and the Syracuse Hancock International Airport for Spring Break will be available starting Thursday. A return shuttle will be provided March 18. • Tickets are still available for the round-trip buses to New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington D.C. for $99 for Spring Break. Tickets for the bus to Boston are sold out.

Dana Spiotta, an assistant English professor who will introduce Franzen at the lecture, said any students interested in writing should not miss Franzen’s visit. “This lecture is a rare opportunity to hear one of our major novelists discuss his writing process,” she said. Gray said bringing Franzen to campus is a special opportunity, as it is well known he does not accept engagements while he is working on a book. After “Freedom” was released, he agreed to a few engagements, she said. Said Gray: “How many of us can imagine writing a book? I certainly can’t, so the idea of climbing inside his head to hear how he does it, what he thinks about, is something I would think might be very interesting and intriguing to our students.”


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Prevention l a s o p o r p bama Students, facult y debate O ing administration’s law requir control universities to supply birth

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requirement in President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law for health insurance to cover basic birth control services for women — even at Catholic charities, hospitals and universities — sparked controversy in Congress last month. Syracuse University students are equally divided on the issue. Although some oppose Obama’s health care plan and believe the federal government may be overstepping boundaries, the support for women to have access to birth control is present. “Employers, even religiously affiliated employers, don’t have a right to know what kind of medicine their employees take,” said Brittany Beyer, freshman international relations major and secretary of SU College Republicans. “Whatever they decide to use, that prescription plan is between them and their doctor.” Though she said she is opposed to Obama’s health care plan, she does support all women having access to birth control. She said college students are responsible for their own decisions concerning their sex lives and contraception. Universities are the only way many college students have access to contraception, so it would benefit students if institutions supply it, Beyer said. Amy Snider, senior history and political science major and president of SU College Democrats, said she is strongly in favor of Obama’s health care plan. She said she believes Obama’s decision to mandate health insurance coverage for contraceptives is noble and a “step in the right direction” for the nation. “It is abhorrent that in the 21st century insurance companies must be forced to provide their female clients with birth control coverage,” Snider said. “Even more sickening is the fact that many insurance companies, including my own, will provide coverage for Viagra, but not for contraceptives.” Snider said she applauds Obama for further-

ing women’s rights and increasing access for women to preventive methods. On March 1, the Senate voted to defeat a Republican proposal known as the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds, according to a March 1 article published by CNN. Gaby Levy, sophomore photography major and member of College Democrats, said she opposes the Blunt Amendment. She said if the Blunt Amendment were to pass, it would allow conservative or religious organizations to be selective of what medical treatments they want to cover based on ideological reasoning. “If the fear is that, by offering birth control to students, the schools are enabling unholy behavior, then I think those schools should think long and hard about whether or not the overall well-being of their female student body matters at all,” Levy said. Robin Riley, a professor of women’s and gender studies at SU, said she thinks the availability of birth control is important for women. “It allows women to act on their desires without fear of the life-altering experience of unwanted pregnancy,” Riley said in an email. “Most women of all religions use birth control, so this is something of a false debate,” People are going to have sex, she said, and therefore, they should be safe from unplanned pregnancy, as the availability of birth control reduces the need for abortions. Levy also said she does not see the availability of birth control as a factor in whether individuals choose to engage in premarital sex. “The questions surrounding this component of the health care plan have a lot less to do with stopping premarital sex than they do with whether or not supporting the coverage of contraception encourages promiscuous sexual conduct,” she said. Consensual sexual relations have been going on between unmarried partners for decades, Levy said, and whether birth control is included in health care plans isn’t going to change that fact. Dylan Rocke, a sophomore music industry and music history and cultures major and the vice president of College Republicans, said he is opposed to Obama’s plan because he said he does not believe the federal government should spend taxpayer money on supplying birth control. He said he does believe, however, that universities should have the power to supply contraceptives if they are spending their own tuition money. “It is every woman’s right to have access to birth control if she deems it necessary,” College Republicans Secretary Beyer said. “Regardless of religious affiliation, you should have access to birth control if you want it.”

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student’s perspective about what looks cool, how a shirt should feel and things like that,” he said. “That’s unique to us.” Orange Outfitters is a dress wear company and sells shirts students would want to wear daily rather then just to SU games, said David Ehrlich, a sophomore entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and accounting major. He is also the vice president of ventures for the Entrepreneurship Club. The company will also be creating a website for placing online orders. Besides designing shirts for SU’s schools, colleges and clubs, Orange Outfitters will make shirts for individual majors and special events such as parties. Club T-shirts will be available at the online store for individual purchase, which could be used to effectively promote clubs, Ehrlich said. “It could be a cool marketing idea for the clubs ‘cause you could have someone that’s not even involved in the club wearing your shirt and that might pull them into the club,” he said. Orange Outfitters is one of two ventures the


SU student-athletes. To ensure the integrity of the ongoing process, we are unable to comment further at this time.” Jake Crouthamel, SU athletic director for 27 years from 1978 to 2005, was unaware of Yahoo! Sports’ investigation when reached by phone Monday afternoon. He said he knew of several failed drug tests during his time as athletic director, but the players did not practice or play after failing in those cases. “I don’t recall any of that, of allowing players to play,” Crouthamel said. “Those who tested positive, and I can really think of only one or two, didn’t play until they were clean.” Crouthamel did not name the players he knew had failed drug tests. He said he couldn’t remember exactly what the policy was after a player fails a drug test, but he said the player is informed of the failed test and continues to be retested until the test comes back clean. “That was a while ago,” Crouthamel said. “I mean, I really don’t know (what the policy was). We had to continue testing him until he was clean.” Moving forward, the NCAA could sanction SU using the “willful violators” clause, which

Entrepreneurship Club is launching this semester. The other venture, a café in DellPlain Hall, is in the planning stages, Ehrlich said. The Entrepreneurship Club, which has one of the largest active memberships of any student organization on campus, remodeled itself this year to get more ventures and more people involved. This is the first year the club is launching two ventures in one semester, Ehrlich said. “It’s a way for students to get more entrepreneurship experience,” he said. “We have a large team working on this and a lot of students involved in this company.” Orange Outfitters includes members from five different SU colleges, Ehrlich said. Students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts helped design the shirts. The organization holds regular meetings and is divided into different subdivisions. Students are encouraged to suggest ideas and work in areas other than their own subdivision, Hirschhaut said. “We want the company to operate horizontally. We want everybody, if they have an idea about another part of the company, to go ahead and voice it,” he said. “Marketing can work on licensing, and licensing can work on finance. The sky’s the limit.”

allows the NCAA to ignore its four-year statute of limitations to come down with punishment on the basketball program. The report also said Syracuse could be charged with lack of institutional control for failing to adhere to its own drug policy. It mentions similar sanctions that were levied against Baylor University in 2005, after the athletic department did not follow its own established guidelines and covered up positive drug tests for three players. Gross declined to comment on the NCAA investigation because it is still ongoing. “That part I won’t comment on because it’s an ongoing investigation, so we give respect to that whole process,” Gross said. “I think that’s important.” Crouthamel declined to comment on both the potential charges SU could face and the Baylor incident. It’s unknown if the allegations against players and the athletic department will affect this year’s basketball team, which just finished the regular season with a 30-1 record and will play Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. The report quotes only Syracuse men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim. He declined comment to Yahoo! Sports.




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After Syracuse’s regular-season finale Saturday, Scoop Jardine pointed to one key area the Orange needs to work on for the postseason: rebounding. It has been the team’s one glaring weakness throughout the year and has contributed to the many close games SU has played. When the Orange has struggled on the glass, opponents have managed to hang around and push Syracuse to the final minutes. Upset bids from Marshall, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and South Florida among others all fell just short despite their dominant performances on the boards. And then there’s that one blemish on


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KEEP FAB MELO ON THE COURT Gerry McNamara simply shook his head, a smile stretched across his face. The Syracuse assistant coach couldn’t immediately find the words to describe the lift Fab Melo gives the SU zone defense. He finally settled on a single word, one that indicates the incredible value the 7-foot center brings on the defensive end of the floor.  “Unbelievable.” Melo, a sophomore from Brazil, is one of the principal reasons why Syracuse is ranked second in the country and owns a menacing 30-1 overall record. Oh, and that one loss? Melo didn’t play in the ninepoint defeat on the road at Notre Dame.


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BRANDON TRICHE HAS TO BUILD OFF OF LOUISVILLE Saturday certainly couldn’t have hurt Brandon Triche. While he said his confidence has remained the same down the stretch, the junior guard’s sparkling, 18-point performance in Syracuse’s win over Louisville was needed. Think back to early in the season and remember how Triche was key to the Orange’s success. In the NIT Season Tip-Off, Triche was on the floor down the stretch. He and Dion Waiters were the guards on the floor as Syracuse closed out Virginia Tech. Scoop Jardine played only five minutes in the second half. The two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off were part of a


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Melo, Waiters earn Big East accolades for standout individual seasons By Zach Brown STAFF WRITER

For the second straight year, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year hails from Syracuse. Sophomore center Fab Melo was voted as the Defensive Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches, one year after former Orange forward

Rick Jackson took home the award. SU sophomore guard Dion Waiters also won this season’s Big East Sixth Man Award. Melo, the 7-footer from Brazil, led the conference with 3.7 blocks per game in league play and pulled down 6.1 rebounds per game against Big East competition. Melo said much of his suc-

cess on the defensive end came from studying Jackson’s play in the middle of the 2-3 zone last season. Head coach Jim Boeheim said the sophomore is a better shot-blocker than Jackson, who was a better rebounder. Waiters has come off the bench to play in every game for the Orange this season and is second on the

team in scoring with 11.9 points per contest. The Philadelphia native is also fifth in the conference with 1.9 steals per game. Melo was also expected to be a candidate for the Big East’s Most Improved Player honor, but that award went to Notre Dame junior forward Jack Cooley. Georgetown senior

guard Jason Clark received the Big East Sportsmanship Award. The conference will announce its Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and ScholarAthlete of the Year on Tuesday before the evening session of the Big East tournament.

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Notre Dame was picked to finish eighth in the conference entering the season. When top returner Tim Abromaitis went down for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the Fighting Irish looked like they would struggle. But Mike Brey’s team regrouped to put together an impressive season that includes a win over top-seeded Syracuse.

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5 GEORGETOWN 22-7 (12-6)

The Hoyas entered the season unranked and without much hype after the departures of Chris Wright and Austin Freeman. But led by Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson, Georgetown quickly became a fixture in the Top 25. The Hoyas had an opportunity to earn a double-bye with a win at Marquette on Saturday but lost to the Golden Eagles, 83-69.


The Cardinals dropped four of their final six games, including two to Syracuse. Normally an adept 3-point shooting team, Louisville’s 3-point shooting percentage is down this year, to just 31 percent. The Cardinals are safe to reach the NCAA Tournament but could use the conference tournament to gain some momentum.


It’s been a rocky year for the defending champions. Andre Drummond has been a force down low for the Huskies, and Jeremy Lamb has been consistent offensively, but they weren’t enough to get UConn back to its elite status from a year ago. Connecticut’s going to need to find a consistency that hasn’t been present yet.


It’s been another disappointing year for the Scarlet Knights, despite two solid wins over Connecticut and Florida. Rutgers lost nine of its final 12 games of the regular season. Eli Carter is the team’s leading scorer with 13.5 points per game, but no other player averaged double-digit points.


One of the more disappointing teams in the Big East this season, the Panthers went through two long losing streaks that doomed their season. Pitt lost eight straight games, then won four straight, only to drop five more in a row.


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Behind an explosive offense, Marquette is enjoying a successful season. It is led by All-Big East first-team selections Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder, who was the lone unanimous pick. The Golden Eagles knocked the Orange out of the NCAA Tournament last season, and they have what it takes to give SU a run if the teams meet again.

4 CINCINNATI 22-9 (12-6)

After hitting a rough stretch in the middle of Big East play — losing three straight games to West Virginia, Syracuse and Rutgers — the Bearcats have been hot. Cincinnati has won seven of its last nine games. With scoring threats on the perimeter and inside, Cincinnati could make a run in the tournament.


South Florida heads into the Big East tournament on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament despite an impressive 12-6 mark in conference play. The Bulls lack many signature wins — Louisville and Cincinnati stand out as the only two. But is South Florida’s quantity enough? The Bulls’ leading scorer, Augustus Gilchrist, averages 9.9 points per game.

The Friars are heading into the Big East tournament with some degree of momentum, after beating Connecticut and then playing tough in a six-point loss to Notre Dame in its regular-season finale. Earlier in the season, PC beat Louisville 90-59 in one of its most impressive performances this year.


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West Virginia nearly beat Syracuse on Jan. 28, losing by two after a controversial nocall on a possible goaltending play. The Mountaineers lost seven of nine in the middle of the Big East season. This is a team with a lot of talent — Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant lead the way — but it just hasn’t been able to put it together.



The Pirates breezed through its nonconference schedule and opened up their Big East slate strongly with wins over UConn and West Virginia. But then Seton Hall hit a skid that kept it from completing its breakout season, and it suffered six straight losses. SHU did have a solid 18-point win over Georgetown toward the end of the regular season..

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The Red Storm’s roster is made of a large freshman class, and SJU has struggled because of it. But the Red Storm has shown the ability to pull off the occasional upset, as it beat Notre Dame and West Virginia earlier in the season.


Simply put, it’s been a bad season for the Wildcats. Losses piled up with few wins dotting Villanova’s schedule. The Wildcats still have one of the most prolific scorers in the conference in Maalik Wayns, who’s scoring an average of 17.5 points per game, but that hasn’t been enough for Villanova to be consistently competitive. .


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Oliver Purnell is known as a coach who can turn around struggling programs, but he hasn’t been able to do so at DePaul yet. The Blue Demons’ three Big East wins came against Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Seton Hall, the last of which came in the regular-season finale to snap a nine-game losing streak.







Syracuse’s record in which Notre Dame outrebounded the Orange 38-25 to hand SU its sole loss of the year. For a team with size, length and athleticism at every position, it has been difficult to pinpoint any specific reason for the rebounding woes. Explanations have ranged from the Orange guards not being active enough on the glass to it being a natural part of playing zone defense to a simple lack of hustle when shots go up. But whatever the reason, the conference’s third worst rebounding margin of -3.8 boards per game in Big East play won’t cut it in the postseason. Opponents will be well aware of those deficiencies and will crash the boards looking to expose one of SU’s few weaknesses. Jardine said it will take more effort on the glass for the Orange to survive the Big East tournament unscathed. If it can stay around even or win the rebounding battle in those contests, Syracuse should have the conference tournament title to add to its regular-season championship.

The Big East Defensive Player of the Year has chipped in 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 87 total blocks on the season. What’s more, he’s shown a proclivity to draw charges at key moments for the Orange, making his presence in the lane very dangerous. What does all this mean? It means that Syracuse must keep Fab Melo out of foul trouble if it wants to win the Big East tournament. In the three games Melo missed with an unresolved academic issue, Syracuse wasn’t the same team. Yes, Rakeem Christmas played a great game against Cincinnati in Melo’s place, but that is certainly not the norm. The norm is Christmas playing less than two minutes to start the game — or less than one minute as he did Saturday against Louisville. The norm is Baye Keita fumbling pointblank passes and hurling horrific layups at the backboard — see Connecticut game. It’s clear that Syracuse needs Melo. And the longer he stays on the court, the more likely the Orange is to walk away with the title.

four-game stretch in which Triche averaged 15.3 points per game. But he has scored in double digits in only nine of Syracuse’s other 27 games. A slump in the six games leading up to last Saturday meant Triche ended the regular season averaging 9.4 points per game, nearly two points less than what he averaged his sophomore year. But his hot-shooting performance against Louisville — 3-of-6 from 3-point range — is an encouraging sign. If Triche can find a rhythm shooting the ball, and Jardine and Waiters continue to play at a high level, Syracuse’s three-headed guard attack will be hard to defend. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim has stayed confident in Triche’s abilities all year. Jardine said Triche was never really in a slump but just struggled to find his rhythm in some games. Once his rhythm is found, though, it can lead Syracuse to a win, as it did against the Cardinals.




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yuki mizuma | contributing photographer IASIA HEMINGWAY (43) led Syracuse with 15.5 points per game this year. An All-Big East second team selection, she has tallied more than 900 points in her career at SU.

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After sitting out the 2009-10 season, Iasia Hemingway stepped right into Syracuse’s starting lineup. Head coach Quentin Hillsman placed Hemingway in the high post, making her the focal point of the offense and putting more pressure on the forward than she had ever felt in her basketball career. But she was determined to thrive under that pressure. “Once he put me there, he told me what he needed me to do,” Hemingway said. “I already had my mind set on making sure I did whatever I had to do for my team. “If he put me in the post, if he put me in the high-low, shooting 3s, regardless, I had to make sure I was going to be good at whatever he wanted me to do to make sure I could help my team be successful.” Hemingway has done just that in her two seasons at Syracuse. The Georgia Tech transfer has scored more than 900 points with the Orange, surpassing 1,500 for her career. This season, the SU forward leads the team with 15.5 points per game and earned All-Big East second team honors. The senior’s career is coming to a close as Syracuse waits to learn its postseason fate. The Orange (18-14, 6-10 Big East) struggled through a disappointing season and will likely compete in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, missing the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year. Though Hemingway — who played in the tournament with Georgia Tech in 2008 and 2009 — will likely leave SU without returning to the Big Dance, Hillsman and her teammates say her contributions to the program are undeniable. “When you look at what she’s done as a basketball player at Tech and here,” Hillsman said, “we can’t say enough about her effort and the things she does night in and night out.” Night in and night out, Hillsman and the Orange depend on Hemingway to power the offense. SU runs a simple high-low set every time down the floor. Hemingway stations herself at the elbow and works to receive a pass from the guards. That’s when the offense begins. Time and time again, she puts her head down

and drives down the lane for a layup. And if she chooses not to penetrate, she turns, holds the ball above her head and lofts a perfectly placed lob to center Kayla Alexander on the block. Meanwhile, opponents know what’s coming every time down the floor. Still, Hemingway has remained productive as SU’s go-to player all season. “She’s a beast. We all know that,” Alexander said. “She can attack the basket from anywhere around the paint. She can knock down the 15, 17-foot jump shot. She’s a rebounding machine. She’s physical and she’s a presence out there” For Hemingway, the opportunities all began when she took over at the high post for Nicole Michael, who finished her career as Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder after last season. But Hemingway began preparing for that role during the 2009-10 season, which she had to sit out due to transfer rules. Hemingway said her teammates made her feel a part of the team even though she couldn’t suit up and play with them on game day. And Michael was her biggest influence in helping her adjust to Hillsman’s coaching and system. “Nicole Michael always made sure, like ‘Iasia well this is what he likes, this is what he doesn’t like, this is his style of play and this is what he needs you to do for next year,’” Hemingway said. “So it was more so like, ‘OK, I’m feeling comfortable, they’re making me feel like I’m here even though I wasn’t playing.’” Before Hillsman told her what she needed to do in the high post, Hemingway already knew what to expect. Two years later, Alexander believes Hemingway lived up to the high expectations that come with playing the high post at Syracuse. The center developed and grew into a force inside with the forward feeding her down low. And now, Alexander doesn’t know what to expect without Hemingway in the lineup next year. With a sigh and a smile, the center admits she’ll miss playing with the senior. “She always gets it done,” Alexander said. “She’s like our leading scorer, too. She’s like our go-to player, too, so it’s going to be hard to replace her next year.”

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sarah kinslow | staff photographer LISA MULLAN (20) is one of many Syracuse players who were hampered by injuries this season. The depleted Orange finished 10-22-3, with only one conference victory.

Orange has little success, but remains positive about future By David Propper STAFF WRITER

On a two-on-one advantage with three minutes left, Syracuse had a chance to tie the game against Mercyhurst on Friday. But the shot by Margot Scharfe clanked off the post, and Syracuse was out of luck once again, falling by one goal. It has been an all-too-familiar trend SU head coach Paul Flanagan has faced all season long. “A bounce here and there,” Flanagan said. “I mean that’s kind of been the story of our season from start to finish. … That kind of sums things up. In a good year, those goals go in and you continue on and you get the ‘W.’” But wins and lucky breaks were hard to come by for Flanagan and his team in a disappointing campaign. And though SU’s season of misfortune was seen on the ice, it was noticed off the ice as well. Flanagan dealt with multiple injuries to key players and dealt with top-tier players transferring away before the season even began. Still, the players gained valuable experience, and the Orange returns its nucleus for next season. Syracuse (10-22-3, 1-8-3 College Hockey America) earned just one conference win on the season. For the first time since the program’s first season in 2008, SU failed to advance to the CHA tournament finals. Syracuse scored a program-low 78 goals and allowed program-high goals against with 115. “That’s kind of how the whole year felt,” senior defender Lisa Mullan said. “So like nothing could go our way, from the small things like little bounces on the ice to injuries and transfers. It seemed like nothing was going our way this year.” The trouble for the Orange started before the season began. Star forward Isabel Menard, who led the team in scoring last year, left the program to play for Boston University. Kelsey Welch had a big year at Niagara, tallying 17 points for the Purple Eagles. Syracuse also dealt with the losses of Mullan, Akane Hosoyamada, Allie LaCombe and

Jenesica Drinkwater to injury at various points. Christina LaCombe also left midway through the season due to personal reasons. That left holes in the lineup at times, and senior forward Megan Skelly said it made it hard to put together consistent performances. “It is a lot harder when people are missing, even if it’s for a couple of days, because it ultimately affects the lineup, the chemistry of the team, the line,” Skelly said. “Not even having certain players, it affects everything.” While the injuries complicated things for Flanagan, it also allowed him to insert other capable players. Underclassmen Margot Scharfe, Holly Carrie-Mattimoe, Nicole Ferrara and Shiann Darkangelo all showed flashes of being scoring threats. Carrie-Mattiemoe and Scharfe were the top two goal scorers on the team. Darkangelo notched a hat trick in the final game of the season. Flanagan said he wasn’t sure what to expect from Scharfe entering the season. But she surprised Flanagan with her production. Scharfe scored 13 goals and dished out 13 assists, tying Mattimoe for the team lead in points. Flanagan pegged Ferrara as a player on the third or fourth line, but she worked her way onto the first line and was fourth on the team in scoring. “Our freshmen are really going to be a whole different squad,” Mullan said. “The skills there now, I think they’re going to have the confidence.” But this season, that confidence never developed. The losses piled up with each bad bounce. Still, Skelly knows being a bottom-feeder in the CHA is not the standard Syracuse has to set for itself during her career. With the talent the Orange returns, the 2011-12 campaign is just a bump in the road for the young program. “Hopefully they can build on the positives of this season,” Skelly said. “Although it might not be the most positive, you’ve got to take out what you can and prove this season didn’t reflect what this program’s about.”

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reakfast is not just the most important meal of the day anymore — it’s the name of an innovative collection of eccentric yet radio-friendly tunes that rap duo Chiddy Bang dishes up in its debut album. The duo says it best in its single of the same name: “Get your plate, get your fork, get your spoon / Yeah, it’s time to have breakfast.” It’s been almost two years since the hip-hop duo swore it would never grow up in its hit “Opposite of Adults.” But the two Philadelphia natives have created two mixtapes since then. Now that their debut album just hit shelves, the two show that they did not grow out of their one-of-a-kind sound. Chiddy Bang is not your typical pair of rappers — they don’t claim to be hard or boast that they’re killing everyone else in the game. Instead, they prove their credibility with interesting beats and pop-rockinspired anthems. Bubble gum rap gets little respect, but what Chiddy Bang does on its album is simple hip-hop mixed with pop, rock and electronic influences. Thus, “Breakfast” is packed with

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ful of sugar one joyful tune after another. The group offers uplifting and catchy songs through excellent production, impressive performances and exciting collaborations that makes the album an absolute hit. The Chiddy in Chiddy Bang is Chidera Anamege, an emcee who proves his skills in the duo’s latest album. He’s not a gangster, but he deserves credit for rapping about what he knows —mainly, enjoying life and women. The majority of his content may be a bit dense, but his delivery makes up for it. Chiddy delivers hard-hitting rhymes in “4th Quarter” when he spits: “I finish strong, they don’t call me no more / Be the star they adore if you go hard in the four.” However, he also provides danceable lyrics in more upbeat tunes like “Ray Charles,” using piano samples from the legend himself, for which the other half of the pair is responsible. Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin is the man behind the beats. He uses hip-hopbased tracks and infuses them with piano accents, syncopated drums or even video game sounds. However, his best work is

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when he uses samples. Beresin borrows Icona Pop’s “Manners” in “Mind Your Manners” for the song’s upbeat and children’s choir-like chorus. In “Handclaps & Guitars,” Beresin borrows from Walk the Moon’s “Quesadilla.” In the mid-tempo jam, Chiddy makes a mention of the sampling: “Yo, Xaph, it’s crazy how we sample on that handclap.” The only thing better than a sample is collaboration. For that, Chiddy Bang partnered with a diverse group of artists that makes the record appealing to a variety of audiences. In “Happening,” English indie-pop singer VV Brown lends her bubbly yet soulful vocals in the chorus, giving the duo one of its more pop-inspired tracks. With pop-rock band Train in “Baby Roulette” and British

rock band You Me at Six in “Rescue Me,” Chiddy Bang gives the album a dose of rock influence and strikes mainstream appeal. Chiddy collaborations not only show that the duo has an eclectic group of friends, but emphasizes that its sound is one of many genres and voices. After Chiddy Bang’s performance at Juice Jam 2011, most Syracuse University students knew they were a group to watch. Chiddy Bang’s latest creation should prove to the world that it is a musical force to be reckoned with. “Breakfast” is a triumph because of its unique production, melding of multiple genres and content of overall feel-good music. Two years in the making, “Breakfast” is finally served.

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group’s faculty adviser and public relations professor Robert Kucharavy. He suggested the students enter this year’s competition. The PRSA awards $2,500 to the first-place team in the contest, open to public relations students nationwide. This year’s topic is tackling childhood obesity. “Awareness is easy,” Kucharavy said. “The hard part is getting somebody to actually do something.” Parents are the ones who have the power in the checkout line at supermarkets, the group members said. So to motivate parents to pick up healthier foods, they partnered with Tops supermarkets at three Syracuse-area locations: in the Shop City and Westvale plazas, and on Nottingham Road. At the markets last week, they handed out 400 wallets filled with mock $20 bills. Some bills added up potential health costs associated with obesity, including treatments and procedures for diabetes and heart disease. Others listed a healthy eating pledge for parents and children to sign. The students’ money-printed pamphlets list ideas for how to toss healthier foods into shopping carts and cook more wholesome meals — without spending more time in the kitchen or breaking the bank. Cooking healthy meals can be tough for busy families, acknowledged senior David Lurie. The quickest and least costly options involve fast food, high in fat and low in nutrients. Kucharavy said to convince families to change their regimen, the group needed to give concrete evidence for eating healthier.



enjoy seeing advertisements for things that I’d like,” she said. “But some of the data they collect is so strange and totally unnecessary. Why would Google ever need this information?” Sure, a service provider knowing about its customers has its perks. Maybe it will make your auto-search a little more accurate. Maybe it will keep you from getting ads like “sign up for Christian singles dating” when you’re actually Jewish. Maybe it will help all your Google accounts and services function in perfect harmony. What seems to be the take-home message is that each of Google’s 1 billion users is a giant dollar sign that becomes more valuable when the company can compile a more complete profile about the person behind it. Samuel Hochberg, a senior sports management major, sees the new privacy policy as a smart business move that will put the company ahead. “The main motivational force is obviously money,” he said. “From a research perspective,

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“If it’s too hard to solve the problem, they won’t do anything,” he said. The public relations group considered gearing the campaign toward children, but it decided against what senior Jessica Engel called a “ponies and gummy bears” approach: relying solely on upbeat encouragement to get children to eat healthy. To provide their argument, the group handed out the bills to shoppers at the grocery stores. The bills were meant to startle parents who were previously unaware of obesity’s risks into considering healthier eating options. The group has received some criticism of the campaign. One professor told Engel that the bills adding up health costs associated with obesity could offend people who are obese, Engel said. But getting a strong reaction was the point. Evidence about the effectiveness of curbing childhood obesity campaigns is just starting to emerge, said Leigh Gantner, a public health expert and a professor of nutrition at SU. “What seems to work is when you involve the whole family in exercise and healthy eating instead of asking obese children to make a healthy salad while the leaner brothers and sisters get KFC,” she said. When Service is trying to get home after work, she’s not looking for tips on buying and cooking healthy meals. She said she would gladly accept handouts with the information on the weekends, when she’s less pressed for time. The most important thing for the group is that its message gets through. “It’s not something we can put on the back burner and worry about later. It’s here now,” Engel said. “And it’s affecting kids’ futures.”

you’re telling every single company out there that you have the digital lives of every user signed into Google or Gmail. That’s something that every company wants.” Currently in legislative arenas across the globe, the concept of the “Right to be Forgotten” is heavily debated. The emergence of one more vehicle of data collection is particularly concerning, so this potential right would enable individuals to request the removal of personal information. But this can threaten freedom of speech. And enhanced privacy policies such as Google’s threaten a man’s right to anonymity. There appears to be no middle ground. What seems to be data collection for practical purposes can become something much more sinister: In the digital age, data is money, power and leverage. At the end of the day, the company with the most data will reign supreme. The collection of search preferences and location via cell tower may seem simple enough today, but take that down the road and you could essentially map out the life of a man.

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Speed Faithing event sparks conversations about religion By Stacie Fanelli ASST. PHOTO EDITOR






Phoenix Ban could not believe that Alex Fernandez was Buddhist, too. “What ethnicity are you?” asked Ban, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Spanish,” said freshman philosophy major Fernandez, responding to Ban’s raised eyebrows: “Oh, I was raised a different religion.” “Can you believe he’s Buddhist? It’s such a small world,” said Ban, tapping a friend on the shoulder. This was a typical conversation at the firstever Speed Faithing, an Israel Week event put



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on by the Interfaith Student Council on Monday at the Winnick Hillel Center. It opened up conversation about the values and beliefs of different faiths. Participants sat on the ground in pairs and rotated clockwise every five minutes to face a new partner and topic. The structure started out with a two-minute time limit, but conversations flowed so smoothly that it was a shame to stop them, said Ismail Pathan, an organizer of the event. Pathan, a junior finance major, read prompts for each conversation that hit on deeper topics as time went on. The conversations started with sharing favorite movies and ended with stories of taking initiative to change the world. The Interfaith Student Council chose to host the conversations speed-dating style instead of finding people from different religions to stand

on a stage and to list textbook facts. No single person represents the people of an entire religion, said Leah Nussbaum, an event organizer. “We’re really going to try to stick to what ‘I believe’ rather than what ‘we believe,’ so it’ll be more about values — what I think, why my religion’s important to me,” said Nussbaum, a freshman selective studies major. Paired for one conversation, Carolyn Fine and Samantha Schnapper already knew each other before the event. Fine, a sophomore advertising major, and Schnapper, a sophomore history and education dual major, talked passionately about what Jewish fasting traditions mean to them. Hunger is an issue the Interfaith Student Council stressed in its conversations because it is common to people of every religion, Pathan said. Even though students usually stay away from discussions of religion and politics when meeting new people, sophomore communications design major Sylvia Boyd said the experience was enlightening. “Most people my age don’t say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to be friends with you because you’re Buddhist or you’re Jewish and I’m Christian,” she said to one partner. “And I think that’s something new. It’s something unique to our generation.” Boyd told her partner that she would like to get to know more people of the Islamic faith so she could help prove stereotypes wrong. She wasn’t the only one. “A lot of people don’t know Muslim people, and they get what they know about the religion and about the people from the news,” Pathan said to the group after expressing his concern that people don’t know enough about one another. The apathy of college students is what Emma Goldbas, a sophomore international relations major, is researching for a class project. She said the enthusiasm of the participants defied what she had previously thought. “I think it’s really cool that you guys came and were able to talk about getting involved in religion,” she said, addressing the crowd. “And especially at a university where everyone’s more concerned with partying and having a good time.” Ban’s opponents nodded as they sipped cans of soda, leaning on their pool cues. Announcing that he believed in karma, Ban clanked a striped billiard ball into a corner pocket.


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mitchell franz | photo editor (FROM LEFT) CHRISTOPHER JENNISON, JESSICA ENGEL AND THOMAS MILLAS are three of four senior public relations students spearheading a campaign against childhood obesity. The group printed fake $20 bills with nutrition facts and pledge forms for grocery shoppers to sign in support of a healthier lifestyle.

Students promote healthy eating habits, create campaign to combat childhood obesity



t’s been a long day for Deborah Service. At 5:30 p.m. Monday evening, she has just picked up her 18-monthold son, Karsyn, from day care after getting off work at a financial firm in Liverpool, N.Y. Now, she wants to get dinner on the table. “Tonight, I’m planning on not cooking,” Service said in a Tops supermarket parking lot, strapping

Karsyn into his car seat. She loads a few plastic grocery bags into the backseat of her sedan. She picked up a rotisserie chicken for dinner. Service cooks dinner about three days a week. The rest of the time, she buys a premade meal on the way home. She worries the packaged meals aren’t quite as healthy as the ones she cooks. But when she’s pressed for time, convenience comes first.

Working parents like Service are the target of a health campaign by four senior public relations students at Syracuse University: David Lurie, Thomas Millas, Jessica Engel and Christopher Jennison. Their goal is to encourage healthy eating to prevent the risk of obesity in children. The issue of childhood obesity has taken center stage in the news in the past few years, illuminated by first lady Michelle Obama and the U.S.

“It’s not something we can put on the back burner and worry about later.” Jessica Engel


Department of Agriculture. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past

30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The four seniors wanted to encourage the Syracuse community to act on the rising health risks and are working to bring the issue to light. The campaign is a bid in a contest organized by the Public Relations Society of America. The contest, called the Bateman Competition, is the most prestigious one available for public relations students, said the



Google’s updated privacy policy threatens users’ right to online anonymity


he age of anonymity in the Internet, assuming there ever was one, is rapidly coming to a close. Last Thursday ushered in two major events: the onset of March Madness and the enactment of Google’s new privacy policy. While excitement swept the web for the former, cries of outrage and warnings to clear user data reverberated across the Internet in anticipation of the latter. The Internet giant’s new policy will aggregate 60 separate policies

under one umbrella, enabling the company to collect information about a user from many Google services. On any given day, your activity on Google Search, YouTube and Google Maps can be analyzed. The company can record what you’re looking for, what entertainment you’re consuming and where it’s all being done. According to Google’s “Policies and Principles” page, the information collected is wholly for your benefit. It states: “We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect


our ram is bigger than yours and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Google and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content — like giving you more relevant search results and ads.”

Sounds kosher enough. But flip to another section of the policy and the web of contentment starts to unravel. Under “Device Information,” Google informs users that the company may collect device-specific information, like their hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers and mobile network information, including phone numbers. It continues to state: “Google may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Google Account.”

Say what? So, not only will Google keep track of what I’m searching for and where I’m searching for it, but they’ll be recording information about my phone, too? The personalization of this new privacy policy may have its perks, but its vagueness is unsettling, said Michele Riley, a sophomore television, radio and film major with a minor in information management and technology. “I think making ads more relevant to users is a good thing. I personally


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