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Talking points Michelle Malkin’s lecture

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continued Thursday as protesters gathered outside. Page 3

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Bookstore discussion continues Contractor still seeks tax-exemption By Kathleen Ronayne Managing Editor

Plans for a new fitness center and bookstore complex, in the works since 2006, may come to fruition as early as summer 2011. Thomas Valenti, a partner of the Cameron Group LLC, presented the plans to a branch of the Syracuse Common Council on Wednesday. The proposed complex, which would go up on University Avenue in between Harrison and East Adams streets, would also include retail stores and cost $20 million to complete, Valenti said. The presentation to the Economic Development Committee was not one that could result in direct action, as the property’s tax-exemption status is still in question. “Right now there is nothing on our agenda to support or reject this project,” said Kathleen Joy, chair of the Economic Development Committee.

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jeff bunseath , the financial adviser in the Syracuse area for Prudential, sits inside the Nobile Barber Shop on Court Street in Syracuse and watches the protesters outside the front window while waiting on Thursday. The Syracuse China Workers were rallying in support of the Wisconsin public workers in an event called “From Syracuse to Wisconsin: Defend Workers’ Rights!” The public workers are protesting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation to cut public employee benefits and eliminate collective bargaining rights.

Students still drive amid high gas prices Alumnus plans to donate money By Brianna Quaglia Staff Writer

Continued political conflict in Libya is affecting more than the nation alone, as the United States experiences a spike in gas prices. Though Libya is not the main source of oil for the United States, oil investors are worried because nearby Saudi Arabia is, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst from GasBuddy.com. Libya has experienced political unrest since mid-February as protestors in the country try to overthrow longtime leader Moammar al Gadhafi. “It is essentially because of specu-

lation,” DeHaan said. “Investors speculate that oil production could be affected, so prices go up.” Syracuse gas prices increased an average of 16.4 cents per gallon last week, according to a recent SyracuseGasPrices.com update. The average unleaded gas price in Syracuse was $3.619 as of Sunday, whereas the national average was $3.479, a slight drop from the day before, according to the latest posting on the website. Although Syracuse has experienced a spike in gas prices during the last week, some students said it will not affect their driving habits.

Kelly Helmuth, a junior inclusive elementary and special education major, said she fills up every time she goes to the Mobil station on Nottingham Road near South Campus in hopes that it will last her a while. Her gas usage probably will not differ much with the recent price change because she needs to drive, Helmuth said. “I drive with an objective — I have to go to work, I have to get groceries,” Helmuth said. But some students said they haven’t noticed the spike. Jeff D’Andria, a first-year student see gas page 4

to university as part of class gift By Laurence Leveille Asst. Copy Editor

For every senior who gives at least $20.11 toward the 2011 Senior Class Giving Campaign before commencement, an additional $100 will be given to Syracuse University. The purpose of the senior class gift is to give back to SU because the university played a significant role in students’ lives for four years, said Beth Anne Kieft, a chair of the campaign. Students, family and friends can donate to anything affiliated with SU, from organizations to programs

like SU Abroad to colleges. The additional $100 donation will come from Deryck Palmer, a 1978 alumnus, member of the Syracuse Univer-

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giving back Seniors can give gifts at the class marshal luncheon, during cap and gown distribution or at the senior barbecue in May. Students can also donate by phone, in person or online at classact.syr.edu.


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Car catches on fire late Sunday on Ackerman A silver Buick Regal caught on fire in a driveway on the 1000 block of Ackerman Avenue at approximately 11:45 p.m. Sunday. The Syracuse Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire by midnight, said Bob Cussen, district chief of the Syracuse Fire Department. Cussen said the fire appears to have started in the engine after the owner of the Buick attempted to back up his car. The fire department had the fire out within five minutes of getting on the scene, he said. The Syracuse Police Department assisted on the scene, as two cruisers sat at the intersection of Stratford Street and Ackerman Avenue. By 12:30 a.m. the four Syracuse fire trucks on the scene were getting ready to leave Ackerman. • A burglary occurred Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the 300 block of Buckingham Avenue at the residence of Tula Goenka, an associate professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, according to a Syracuse police report.  The suspect stole a Sony Bravia TV, a Playstation 3 game console with games, one iPod classic, one Samsung Intensity cell phone, one Mac desktop computer and one Apple modem, totaling $4,050. Goenka mentioned Time Warner Security had been at her residence the day before about installing a new alarm system, according to the report. The burglar entered in an unlocked window and exited through a side door, according to the report. • An assault occurred Friday at the Dunkin’ Donuts on 746 S. Crouse Ave. at 10:10 a.m., according to the report. Heather Schumm, 25, of Syracuse, was assaulted by Omayra Marcano, 31, of Syracuse, according to the report. Marcano is the mother of Schumm’s boyfriend’s children, according to the report.  Schumm said she is pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby, upsetting Marcano, according to the report. Marcano approached the table Schumm was sitting at and threw hot coffee on Schumm before grabbing her hair and pulling her onto the floor, according to the report. Marcano then began punching Schumm in the head before being pulled away by staff. Marcano left in a Dodge Intrepid. An officer applied for warrants on one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, one count of harassment in the second degree and one count of assault in the see briefs page 4

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alicia aiello | contributing photographer Students file onto the Student Association-sponsored bus to Wegmans and Target, which launched Saturday. The bus could hold 49 students, and it was either completely or almost full on each trip.

Student shuttle to Wegmans launches By Joe Genco Staff Writer

The first Student Association-run bus shuttling students to Wegmans and Target went off without problems Saturday as students nearly filled the bus for each ride. “We were pretty close to perfect numbers. We were almost filled to capacity but didn’t leave anyone behind,” said Taylor Carr, chair of SA’s Student Life Committee, who was present for the 1, 2 and 3 p.m. departures of the bus from College Place. The bus running the route holds 49 students, and the bus driver reported there weren’t many or any seats left each time it left campus, Carr said. The bus company has not yet released the number of students who rode the bus, he said. The bus is free to students and leaves College Place every hour from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until April 30, except for March 12 and 19 due to Spring Break. It is undergo-

ing a trial run for the remainder of this semester, and SA will work to bring the bus back permanently next fall if participation levels like last Saturday’s continue, Carr said. Whitney Clinkscales, a sophomore public relations major, said she was excited to take the bus because it was a way for her to spend less money on groceries for her South Campus apartment.

“I don’t have a car, and the food in Goldstein (Student Center) is expensive, so this is a great way to be able to get groceries and other essentials for less money,” Clinkscales said. Nira Pandya, a sophomore political science and international relations major, took the bus to Target and used the opportunity to visit neighboring businesses, such as see wegmans page 6

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The Student Association-sponsored bus will run every Saturday until April 30, except for March 12 and 19. The bus will shuttle students from campus to Wegmans and Target. The first bus leaves College Place at 1 p.m. and travels to Goldstein Student Center. The bus will arrive at the Target in Fayetteville at 1:28 p.m. and the Wegmans in Dewitt at 1:40 p.m. The bus will run on a loop and leave College Place on the hour until the last bus leaves College Place at 5 p.m. The final loops will pick up students from Target at 6:28 p.m. and from Wegmans at 6:40 p.m. The last bus will arrive at College Place at 7 p.m. and Goldstein at 7:07 p.m.

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra failed to meet its fundraising goal by Friday and will not receive a second installment of emergency money from the county legislature. The organization’s fundraising attempts to raise money to cover operating costs fell $144,913 short of the March 4 goal of $820,000, according to a press release issued Friday. The SSO began their fundraising campaign, “Keep the Music Playing,” earlier this year in hopes of raising $1.75 million by Aug. 1. The SSO cannot collect another $100,000 from the county legislature without first raising this amount through private donations, according to the release. Without this cash, the SSO will be forced to suspend operations in the coming weeks, SSO Interim Executive Director Paul Brooks said in the release. The SSO has raised enough funds to operate through March and has set monthly fundraising goals in April and May of $400,000, according to the release. It has received more than 2,000 donations and raised $675,087, according to the release. The organization’s financial troubles have been caused in part by “declining ticket sales, corporate funding and government support over the past three seasons,” according to the release. Each was down by 23 percent, 24 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Officials from the SSO could not be reached for comment. The cause is something many in the SU community have chosen to support. Freshmen SU music education majors began a recycling fundraiser to support the SSO three weeks ago. So far, they have raised more than $200 and plan to donate the money at the end of the semester. Meghan O’Keefe, a freshman music education major, helped place collection bins outside of residence see sso page 6

Protesters gather outside best-selling author’s speech at Maxwell By Breanne Van Nostrand Staff Writer

More than 20 protestors gathered on the grass in front of Maxwell Hall, holding signs with statements such as “We are all free” and “Racism does not belong in a democracy” during political commentator Michelle Malkin’s visit to campus Thursday. The College Republicans wel-

comed Malkin, who spoke to a largely conservative crowd in Maxwell Auditorium at 7 p.m. as part of the Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan 100 Lecture Series, commemorating the 100th anniversary of former President Ronald Reagan’s birth. Her speech, “Repressive Civility and the Criminalization of Conservatism,” addressed negative actions and feel-

ings between liberal- and conservative-minded Americans. Protestors gathered because of apparent racism in one of Malkin’s books, “In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror,” published in 2004. The book argues the creation of internment camps for Japanese-Americans was

not fueled by racism but by a genuine security need, according to the book jacket. Malkin’s views on internment angered Laura Hirahara, a secondyear College of Law student who was one of the main coordinators of the protest, as well as third-year law student Cindy Trinh. Hirahara

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SU owns the property, and the Cameron Group would lease it from the university and cover all initial construction costs, Valenti said. SU would then re-lease the fitness center and bookstore. This means SU wouldn’t have to pay anything up front, Valenti said. But once SU’s property is leased to the Cameron Group, it loses its tax-exempt status. A payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement is one way the portion of the building used by the university could remain tax-exempt. A PILOT agreement is a structured tax payment that comes up with a different tax formula to ensure the city receives payments similar to those brought in by property tax, Joy said. The portion of the property used for retail — not the bookstore or fitness center — would remain taxable, and the city could generate sales tax from it, she said. Wednesday’s presentation was little more than informational. First, the Cameron Group must present a PILOT proposal to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency. SIDA would have to approve the proposal, and then the Common Council would vote. But for now, Joy said she just

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sity Board of Trustees and SU parent. The extra $100 will go toward the university’s unrestricted funds, as well as to each senior’s gift as part of the Palmer Senior Class Gift Challenge — making all gifts of at least $20.11 worth at least $120.11.

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wanted to keep the project on people’s minds. “I am prepared to roll my sleeves up, sharpen my pencil and get to work on crafting a PILOT agreement that is going to be acceptable to everybody,” Joy said. The mayor’s administration also thinks the property should be taxable, as the complex will increase the need for city services, such as police and basic utilities, in the area, Joy said. Part of an ideal PILOT agreement would also require an upfront payment of $250,000 from the Cameron Group that would compensate for lost property taxes, she said. But the administration is not keen on the idea of a PILOT agreement at this point, said Bill Ryan, director of administration for the city and chairman of SIDA. Both SU and the Cameron Group have a lot to gain monetarily from the proposed construction. But the proposed construction project provides little for the city because it would not generate property tax revenue from the fitness center and bookstore, he said. The Cameron Group has a lot of work to do with SIDA, and the proposed start date for the construction of summer 2011 is somewhat premature, as there are hurdles Valenti has to overcome to make that happen, Ryan said. “I don’t think summer is realistic at all,” Ryan said.

The Cameron Group and SU began discussing construction of the new bookstore and fitness center in 2006, said Valenti, the Cameron Group representative who presented Wednesday. The proposed facility would be 54,400 square feet, and the fitness center would occupy 47,700 square feet, according to an article in The Daily Orange on Oct. 1, 2009. If the project goes through, the plan as of now is to completely move the bookstore in the Schine Student Center to the new space, said Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, in an e-mail. The university has not yet decided what would be done with the space in Schine, but it could be used to expand space for student groups, he said. Although the construction project is still very much a concept with no definite plans, Valenti said he hopes to see it finished by fall 2012. The bookstore and fitness center, along with the retail space, could help spurn further development in the area surrounding the university, Valenti said. “As far as I’m concerned — SU, Upstate, Crouse, the VA — that area and the people in that area are our greatest assets in this community,” Valenti said. “Our city should be doing everything that it possibly can to promote development, not stifle it.”

Palmer will contribute up to $25,000, said Kristen Duggleby, assistant director of development of annual giving. This means he will give $100 each for the first 250 seniors who donate at least $20.11. As of March 2, 42 gifts have been given to the campaign, 32 of which are from students in the senior class, according to the SU Giving website. A total of $1,200 was raised, but because the Palmer Challenge is in effect, the total increased to $4,400, Duggleby said. So far, gifts have been donated to colleges across campus, the annual fund, the Renee Crown University Honors Program, the Remembrance Scholarship fund, Hendricks Chapel and more, according to the SU Giving website. Last year, the Senior Class Giving Campaign for the Class of 2010 received a total of 150 gifts, 120 of which were given by students of the senior class by June 30. The campaign surpassed its goal of $10,000 by raising $11,845, according to the website. “Our goal is definitely to pass what last year’s class did,” said Kieft, a chair of the campaign. “We’d like to meet at least what they got but definitely surpass how many gifts have been given.” To reach out to more students of the senior class, the Senior Class Giving Campaign launched at Orange Central in October 2010. The goal was to raise money throughout the

entire year rather than just during the spring semester, as both the Classes of 2009 and 2010 did, Kieft said. Seniors are encouraged to give at least $20.11 because they are the Class of 2011, but there is no required amount, Kieft said. “If they want to give less, if they want to give more, we’re not picky if people want to give back,” she said. Many seniors think giving $20.11 doesn’t go far, but a gift is meant to start small, said Jon Barnhart, a chair of the campaign. “You give what you can, when you can,” he said. “We hope that in the future, students will continue to give back to the things that they love about Syracuse.” The Senior Class Giving Campaign Committee is in charge of coming up with different events to promote the campaign to get students interested in giving back to SU, Kieft said. The committee focuses on promoting at events seniors will attend. Seniors can give gifts at the class marshal luncheon, during cap and gown distribution or at the senior barbecue in May. Students can give gifts online, by phone or in person. Said Barnhart: “It’s kind of like leaving your own legacy.”

affairs counseling master’s candidate, said he didn’t notice a gas price increase when he most recently filled up his gas tank. He said he usually drives about five days a week to get food and groceries in the area. D’Andria said the rise in price would not make him change his gas consumption. “I chose to drive across country this summer to get here,” said D’Andria, who drove to SU from California. “For me, it was a better option than a plane ticket. I would still do it.” Luke Tabet, 21, of Syracuse, works at the local Mobil station near South Campus. He said people have still bought gas, even with the high gas prices, but the prices have affected the number of customers who come into the Mobil store. “When it went up to $3.69, it was definitely a slower day but not for gas specifically,” Tabet said. He said from watching the news, he gathered the price change was because of Libya and that prices might continue to rise for a bit longer. With roughly 4,800 student parking permits sold, it doesn’t seem gas prices will stop consumption on campus, said Al Sauer, director of the parking and transit services department. The sales of parking permits have not wavered much in the past few years, he said. Sauer said he doesn’t think the recent spike in prices will have much of an effect on vehicle usage, although he suggested students combine errands to reduce the number of trips or use mass transit when available. The disconnect between rising prices and drivers’ concerns and consumption may be because the economy is on the rise and employment is improving, said DeHaan of GasBuddy.com. “The economy is improving, demand is rising, and people are using more gasoline because they are either going back to work or spending more money,” DeHaan said. Local gas stations are used to fluctuating prices, but places that rely on using gas for services are not used to adjusting to the higher prices. Because of this, DeHaan said local gas stations will not be affected as much as delivery companies that sell pizza, for example. “At this point, with gas prices just beginning to spike, some businesses have adapted,” DeHaan said. “But if prices continue to increase, it could start to have an effect on the local economy.”

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second degree, according to the report.  • A larceny occurred at CVS pharmacy at 700 S. Crouse Ave. on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., according to a Syracuse police report. A male stole two boxes of condoms, two packs of black socks, two four-packs of Red Bull and one Fujifilm CD-R surveillance disc from the pharmacy, according to the report.  The store manager attempted to stop the suspect before he left but was unable to, according to the report. The manager saw the suspect try to enter a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, but the car drove off without the suspect, according to the report.  Video surveillance shows a black male wearing a puffy black jacket, a black knit cap, jeans and sneakers, according to the report. — Compiled by Jon Harris, asst. news editor, jdharr04@syr.edu


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Young people stand up for future at Wisconsin protests About 25,000 protesters took to the streets surrounding the state capital in Madison, Wis., throughout the past week to rally against a bill hauled up in the state senate that would effectively cut public unions’ collective bargaining rights. Many of these protestors come from the surrounding colleges, representing both undergraduate and graduate students. The spirit of political activism among these young people is commendable at a time when our generation gets continuously characterized as politically apathetic. As deficits strain budgets on the federal level down to the local level, young people have become acutely aware of their vulnerability in a system that favors longevity in the public work force. “Last hire, first fire” will leave many of America’s youngest public workers unemployed or preparing to pack up come the end of this fiscal year. Those young protestors in Wisconsin are standing up for an unnecessary cut to collective bargaining that could throw the stability of their future or newly attained employment

editorial by the daily orange editorial board into greater jeopardy. There is no question governments must cut back on public employee compensation, as increasing pay and benefits prove to be unsustainable and a serious burden for financially strapped taxpayers. Many cases, like that of New York state, where public benefits have spiraled out of fiscal control, necessitate a complete overhaul of compensation agreements. Though public workers face unprecedented, though perhaps needed, compensation cuts, they should have a say in the distribution and terms of these cuts. To eradicate these rights would completely cripple public unions, adding insult to injury at a time when their purpose is most pertinent. With New York’s governor also finding a raison d’etre in capping public salary increases, local young people should watch these national issues closely, as they could affect millions of us who hope to move into public-sector jobs.

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t’s crazy how fast time flies. It feels like the semester only just started up again, but Spring Break is in exactly one week. Regardless of what your plans are, be they really awesome — Caribbean, Europe, nude beach, etc. — or really sad — staying here — I’m sure we’re all excited for a week of rest, relaxation and time off from school. But just in case you really need a ‘Cuse fix while you’re on vacation, and because I love compiling lists, I have helpfully made a list of Syracuse-related things to ponder while on Spring Break: 1. After Spring Break, there are only 43 days of drinking left. (That’s

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not counting Mondays because Mondays are depressing.) Fun fact: If you get blackout drunk about 25 percent of the time you drink, then you will find there’s really only 10 more times you can black out this semester. 2. If you are a senior, consider the fact that after Spring Break, your future is shortly upon you. Chances are it’s probably looking pretty grim. But on the bright side, being unemployed and living at home does give you ample opportunity to catch up on the past four years of parental bonding. 3. Snow. Just thought I’d throw it in there for good measure. Who doesn’t love those white droplets of happiness

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blondes know better eternally falling from the sky? You know you’ll miss it while you’re stuck somewhere warm and sunny. 4. MayFest! Even though it doesn’t really exist anymore, its watereddown replacement is something to look forward to. 5. If you are a freshman, try not to die on Spring Break. But also

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consider the fact that all those cradlerobbing seniors you lust after are graduating soon, so now is the time to throw your dignity to the winds and make a move. 6. Going back to the snow. In 1996, it snowed on graduation. Talk about the most unique and special graduation experience ever! If only we could get so lucky… 7. If you are a junior, why in the world aren’t you? (Haha, get it, “in the world”?) But seriously, if you were embarking on Spring Break in Europe right now, you could be kicking it in Cannes with a couple of celebs. But I’m sure your planned road trip to differentiate between the

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two Dakotas will be just as fun. 8. If you are a sophomore, I really don’t have any specific advice for you. Have I mentioned the snow yet? But don’t think about any of this too intensely. Try not to think at all if you can help it. Try to get lucky on St. Patrick’s Day. Try to find a pot of gold. Try to imagine your real-life self is a lot more like your vacationing self, and you’ll feel a lot better about the multitudes of unfixable problems waiting for you immediately upon your return. Enjoy Spring Break, my loves. Marina Charny is a senior English and textual studies and writing major. Her column appears every Monday. She can be reached at mcharny@syr.edu.

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is the granddaughter of two Japanese-Americans who met at a preliminary holding center before they were sent to an internment camp in Arkansas. Protestors repeated a rhyming chant as attendees entered Maxwell Auditorium. Those attending the speech were respectful toward the protesters, Hirahara said, and there were no issues between them. At one point during the speech, the protesters could be heard yelling from outside. Malkin paused briefly before continuing and said the best thing to do when “temper tantrums” occurred was to ignore them. Situations like these happen due to “liberal intolerance,” Malkin said. Malkin provided numerous examples of violence and unjust actions for which Democrats “blame righty,” despite the lack of political affiliation in most cases. “I actually agree with Obama on one point,” Malkin said, laughing. “People are far too eager to lay the blame on those who don’t think the same as they do.” Malkin also commended Michelle Obama’s efforts to create military appreciation programs. The College Republicans were pleased with the passion for politics shown during the speech, which highlighted the need for “logical and informed” political debate, according to an e-mail statement from the organization. The campus should be an oasis for diverse political thought, according to the statement. The College Republicans said they hope

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Malkin’s speech encouraged the campus to increase tolerance toward all political viewpoints. During the Q-and-A session, the focus turned to the influence of academic freedom and balance on college campuses in regard to politics and religion. A member of the audience spoke out and told the story of his son’s suicide after a biology professor challenged his son’s religious faith. He said tolerance works both ways. In response, Malkin commented on the necessity for college campuses to be safe zones for students. She spoke of her own experiences as a socially conservative student at liberal Oberlin College. Malkin also addressed the portrayal of public figures in the media, especially on television, in which people are turned into “caricatures.” Blogging is one of Malkin’s preferred forms of media, as she can make corrections and updates honestly, she said. Malkin said she has made mistakes and apologized for them before, and she attributes her thick skin to her good sense of humor and optimism. Said Malkin: “My mistakes do not define what I stand for.” brvannos@syr.edu

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halls to collect bottles and cans and then cash them in for donation money. She and her fellow volunteers will also pick up recyclables from students who live off campus, she said. “Up here, the SSO is really the only organization that puts on full-length programs like the Chicago symphony or the Boston symphony,” O’Keefe said. “It’s a legitimate symphony and the only way people can be exposed to the arts, unless you go to the four concerts the university puts on each year.” Maria Varonko, the freshman class representative for SU’s collegiate chapter of Music Educator’s National Conference, said Daniel Hege, the conductor of the SSO, has spoken to students on multiple occasions about what musical educators will need to do in the future. The SSO is a great resource, especially for music students, Varonko said.

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Panera Bread and the L.L. Bean outlet, she said. When Pandya heard about the bus trips, she looked up the shopping center on Google and said she found other good stores she could shop at as well. Allison Hall, a freshman early childhood education major, said she likes the convenience of the new bus but identified one potential problem. “You have to carry the bags back,” Hall

“It gives us a standard to see where we have to be to be good musicians. They’re great role models because the next step in our careers as college musicians is going into the professional world,” Varonko said. Even though the SSO’s completion of the 2010-11 season may be up in the air, Varonko said it is important to continue supporting the organization. “They have been very beneficial to us in the past,” Varonko said, “so we are returning the favor.” jianthon@syr.edu

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The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra raised $375,000 earlier in February in an attempt to avoid closing early. The SSO has to raise an additional $445,000 by Friday but had only raised $675,087, short $144,913 of the goal. The SSO is still seeking to complete its $1.75 million goal to complete its season.

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aura Crandall grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., with a love for animals and the environment. After graduating high school, she knew she wanted to attend the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry when she fell in love with the campus on her first visit. “I just think I fell in love with this college as a whole, and all the power we give our students to do great things here,” said Crandall, who graduated from ESF in 2005 and became the director of student activities for the college three weeks ago. Crandall is responsible for overseeing all student organizations, planning orientation and supporting transfer students, among other responsibilities. Crandall said she was a very active campus leader during her time as an environmental forest biology major. She was a student ambassador, orientation leader and member of the Undergraduate Student Association at ESF for all four years, and she served as its president her senior year.

“I kind of decided throughout my time here that I really liked doing student activities, and by the end of my junior year, beginning of my senior year, I decided I really couldn’t see myself not doing them,” she said. Crandall decided to attend Syracuse University for her master’s degree in higher education once she realized it was her passion. She started working for SU’s housing office during her graduate studies and then went to the Office of Orientation and Off-Campus Programs and finally to the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs. Greg Victory, director of the first-year and transfer programs at SU, has known Crandall since she was an undergraduate student and worked as her supervisor at the first-year and transfer programs office. Victory said in an e-mail his office’s loss is certainly a gain for ESF students. “Laura did excellent work building the foundation to create an exceptional support system for transfer students, something that SU has not done well throughout its history,” Victory said. Crandall said she is already planning

on creating more support for the transfer students at ESF and also plans on making small changes to policies and how clubs operate. Changes to the reporting system and alterations to orientation are also in the works, she said. Sudeshna Majumdar worked with Crandall as a graduate assistant at the first-year and transfer programs office. The entire office will miss her, she said, but both Crandall and ESF will benefit from the switch. “To be able to know the student side of it and go back to work at the office where she was really involved in is a really good experience for her,” Majumdar said. “And it’s really good to have someone so passionate about it at SUNY-ESF.” Majumdar said she often hears how much the students Crandall worked with at SU miss her because of the strong relationship they had. “I love to meet with students and chat with them, not just about regular old student org business but just about getting to know them,” Crandall said. “I always tell them to stop in and get to know me.” mmamisan@syr.edu

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n case you didn’t know, some of your favorite artists have been performing private concerts for some of the wealthiest countries, corporations and people for boatloads of money for quite awhile. I don’t know what your initial reactions are, but let me name some mainstream talent to draw you in a little more. Those in question include none other than Beyonce, Usher, The Eagles, Mariah Carey, The Rolling Stones and 50 Cent, to name a few. These private shows can net top acts a million dollars or more for a 45-minute set — much more than what a normal show would pay. But does this really surprise you? Did you have that much faith in these acts’ integrity in the first place? I never really thought about this hidden angle of artistic greed, but some recent articles definitely cast a light on what these artists are doing. My first readings on the matter started about a couple weeks ago with the launch of the Libyan revolution in The New York Times. This might not really connect with the topic of

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Ann Clarke, dean of SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, mingled with the crowd. She attends the event every year and said it is important to support Syracuse Stage. “Having a viable premier art organization is remarkable,” she said. Although the night just began, what was Clarke looking forward to most?

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melodically inclined discussion, but the man in charge of Libya does. Moammar al Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator, paid Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent an excess of a million dollars each to perform at parties for him, his family and inner political circles. I mean, holy smokes, folks! This is literally insane on so many levels! Playing for the dictator of a country who represses his people through media and other coercions? “But William,” you might say, “these artists did not know who they were playing for, right?” First

“Dancing,” she said with a smile. The main doors opened to reveal larger black tables, similar to the ones outside the room. The tables were numbered with drama masks in the center. Toward the front, there was a dance floor and a dimly lit stage for the band, Atlas, to perform. Two large screens, one on each side of the room, displayed pictures from musicals and provided a list of thanks to those who helped Syracuse Stage. Marcy Grundner, chair of the Syracuse Guild Event, said it was her second year of being a part

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of all, I highly doubt that — how oblivious and blind-sighted do you have to be to not know you are performing for? Besides, why would you agree to go onstage if you don’t know who your benefactor is? And second, that makes it even worse on the integrity scale. These “artists” were willing to do literally anything to make their dough. I’m almost at a loss of words on how to adequately get my point across without going on a brutal tirade. Don’t you see? These artists are not behooved to you, the people. Their music is not meant to mean anything or make a lasting impact. Instead, it is meant to sell. We all pine for music with substance, music with depth. Instead, what we get are artists who are in the industry to rack up the most dollar bills. One of the ideas expressed after the initial news of the Gadhafi-funded artists is something I agree with but don’t wholly support. The public demanded the money acquired be donated to charities. And yes, Nelly Furtado tweeted

she would donate the money to an unnamed charity, and Beyonce claimed she had already donated it all to her charity as well. But do not be mistaken by this quick fix to save public face. It does not solve the root of the problem. What needs to happen is a re-evaluation from the public of what an artist is. Do we go back to Bob Dylan or U2 and view them as the mold for the morally artistic act? Can there be a modern, updated version we can all agree on? I believe so. But the only way that can happen is through the musicians we put on pedestals. ‘Cause when you have rappers rapping about getting the most money, then technically, in the real world, they should do what they preach. If we redefine the acts we believe in and hold them to a higher standard, I believe we can reform music into something that is believable and socially relevant to us all again.

of the event. She said these events are essential because Syracuse Stage is the only professional stage in Syracuse. “The arts are very important to the community, and it’s important to support the arts,” she said. The live band, Atlas, performed songs such as “Get Down Tonight” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” while the patrons dined on beef tenderloin, turkey breast, lobster bisque and wild mushroom risotto. Throughout the night, many couples danced on the floor in front of the stage. The band took a break for four student performances to Broadway tunes, choreographed by Anthony Salatino, an associate professor in VPA’s musical theater department. Grundner said Salatino is an integral part of Syracuse Stage. Salatino migrated toward the back of the room to watch the show. This was his third year choreographing these performances, he said, and he worked with the dancers for about a month and a half because they had to wait until he had finished directing Syracuse Stage’s production of “Rent.” Salatino described the night as one of relaxation and beauty, and he said it allows others to meet people they might not normally meet at other events. Most importantly, he’s happy to sup-

port Syracuse Stage. “They are part of my family,” he said. The first dance was to “I Hope I Get It,” from “A Chorus Line.” The seven dancers, clad in bright colors, were in high energy as the song literally instructed them on what to do. They performed high kicks and quick turns. Marie Eife, one of the dancers, decided to dance because it was a huge fundraiser and an honor to be asked to dance for Syracuse Stage as a student in the department. “It is the original choreography to the first production of the show,” said Eife, a junior musical theatre major. “It was amazing to learn that and also to learn so much of the history behind the show.” Other performances included “In the Heights,” from the musical of the same name, and “Dance at the Gym,” from “West Side Story.” Micah Nameroff, a sophomore musical theater major who performed in the dances, said the event was very successful. “The Syracuse Stage Ball was a wonderful night,” Nameroff said. “I’m so glad I got to be a part of that amazing event. It’s for such a great cause, and I hope it continues for years to come.”

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the crowd while it faded to black amid excited applause. Act Two returned to the circus theme with stripes, mimes and an observable strong cabaretcircus theme with the dance “Butterfly.” The robust hip-hop premise returned with remixes of both “Baby” by Justin Bieber and “Upgrade You” by Beyonce. The “Upgrade You” remix dance ended with doused spotlights and dancers using only handheld keychain lights to illuminate their movements — apparently something no one in the audience expected. Shouts of “That’s insane!” could be heard during the dancers’ exit. The last piece of the show finished big and stayed true to the circus experience. DanceWorks closed with “Take It Off” by Ke$ha. As smoke crept onto the stage and the audience clapped in anticipation, the dancers themselves filed out. Though they began in black tank tops, as the chorus of “Everybody take it off!” started, the dancers listened, peeling off their shirts to reveal gold-accented black bras. The SU audience enjoyed its night at the circus. “I absolutely loved it,” said freshman television, radio and film major Rachel Samples. “I was standing up, clapping. I wanted to get up there!”

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frats on campus,” said Katie Story, co-director of the show. “It brings a huge family to support you.” Some even had family travel across the country to be in the audience. Abby Fisher, mother of performer Nicole Fisher, came in from California. “I haven’t missed her recitals since she was three,” she said. “Why would I start now?” While waiting for the Cirque Du Cuse doors to open, these family members were treated to freshly popped popcorn and cotton candy from the DanceWorks members. Act One’s second dance, “Off the Rails,” and the fourth, “Secrets,” brought an introspective and calm sentiment to the show. The dancers leapt and turned in front of a warm and peaceful blue screen. “The dancers were not only dancing but telling a story through the choreography,” said sophomore marketing major Hannah Stofcik. But the crowd responded particularly well to the more vivacious numbers. During the piece “Work,” the ovation from the crowd sometimes drowned out the music. The final dance in Act One, “Mannequins,” involved mannequins coming to life and stunned

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Setting the stage Broadway-themed ball raises funds for Syracuse Stage

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ichael Rios, dressed in all black and a painted face resembling a cat, took the stage to perform “The Jellicle Ball,” a number from the musical “Cats.” Rios, a senior musical theater major at Syracuse University, recently finished performing with the international touring cast of the same show. This performance was for a different, more local venue: the Syracuse Stage Ball. The 26th annual Syracuse Stage Ball, put on by the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees and Syracuse Stage Guild, occurred Saturday at the Oncenter Complex. The only major fundraiser for Syracuse Stage was a night

filled with a silent auction, dinner, live music, dancing and performances by current SU students. More than 300 members from SU and the Syracuse community attended the event. Lauren Kochian, assistant director of development for Syracuse Stage and event planner, said the fundraiser always occurs on the first Saturday in March. She said the ball, which is the only major fundraiser to support the artistic and educational programs from Syracuse Stage, had typical attendance. “With our programs, we serve about 24,000 students in all of Central New York, some free of charge,” she said. One of the programs the money supports are the “Pay What You Can” nights, when Syracuse Stage attendants determine their own price for show tickets.

She said Syracuse Stage has an obvious impact on the SU community — and in particular, the drama students. “They can say what a great experience it is,” she said. Down the escalator at the Oncenter was a room for the silent auction filled with tables that highlighted items such as signed basketballs, a Wegmans gift card or a gift certificate for Phoebe’s Restaurant and Coffee Lounge. In the room, small black tables with golden chairs were set up with a bar at the back. A few waiters and waitresses swerved through the crowd with trays of finger food for the attendees who mingled in groups, mainly clutching wine glasses. Many women wore black or dark-colored dresses. Many men dressed in black suits with matching bowties. see syracuse stage page 8

photo by brandon weight | photo editor kyle anderson , a sophomore musical theater major, performs in a rendition of “I Hope I Get It” from “A Chorus Line” for the Syracuse Stage Ball.

DanceWorks’ Cirque Du Cuse celebrates 25th anniversary By Ariana Romero Contributing Writer

Familiar circus melodies began, and spotlights started to swirl as the ringleader entered a dimly lit stage, reciting lines from “Circus” by Britney Spears. The sold-out crowd greeted him with cheers and applause, waiting for the opening of Cirque Du Cuse, DanceWorks’ circus-themed production. The ringleader welcomed them to “the greatest show on campus.” DanceWorks celebrated 25 years

on the Syracuse University campus Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in Goldstein Auditorium with Cirque Du Cuse. The show has been a full year in the making. The dancers wanted to create a show that would surprise the audience and evoke an electrifying reaction, said Annie Barch, co-director for the show. “We went all out,” said Barch, a senior advertising major. “It’s something we haven’t done before.” Alexis Chernoff, a senior public

relations major, said, “I’ve been to every show. I love this theme, it’s really good work.” Sami Kay, a freshman television, radio and film major, agreed: “I like it. It’s a lot of fun.” The first major dance was named after the show. It transported the audience straight to the circus. Dancers in red and gold costumes performed acrobatics to upbeat, boisterous music. But many noticed a definite lack of the circus theme throughout the show.

“I didn’t really see a circus theme,” said Flavia Colangelo, a junior broadcast journalism and international relations major. “They never really do it through. There are some dances in the beginning and middle, but it still looks really good.” Kay said she saw a circus theme in the first piece and in the dance called “Black and Gold.” It had another strong cabaret-circus theme, with dancers clad in short black and gold can-can dresses.

“The show seems like a professionally done dance recital,” Kay said. Every recital has its vocally supportive families, and this show was no different. Loud shouts of “Yeah, Marissa!” “Let’s go, Gerald!” and “You go, Nicole!” were heard throughout the show. The beginning of every dance was met with applause and familiar cheers from the audience. “A lot of our members are dually involved in many of the sororities and see danceworks page 8


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Two (and a half) faced Actor Charlie Sheen unable to suppress multiple personalities with bizarre media outbursts

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i-winning? Nope, just bipolar. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you might want to head over to NBC.com and witness Charlie Sheen’s words of wisdom on “The Today Show” (or just log onto Facebook or Twitter to find a plethora of links from shocked fans and television buffs). And while you’re at it, tune into “20/20,” “Piers Morgan Tonight” and radio’s “The Alex Jones Show.” His “performances” have been the talk of a lot of recent headlines. Sheen’s comments and behavior in the past few months have cost him his show, “Two and a Half Men,” which CBS canceled mid-season. When — or if — it will return is unknown, but one thing is for sure: Charlie’s not going out subtly. He decided to take his opinions to network news. What really boggles the mind is Charlie’s overexuberant justifications about his behavior. It’s downright scary to watch the guy somewhat convince viewers he is sane. His unwavering confidence makes one believe he can truly survive while behaving like this.

Though his motives for wanting to go public seemed to be geared toward defending himself, on every show he has been on, Sheen spends the whole time talking about how amazing of a human he is. He claims he is not “bipolar” but rather “bi-winning” — he wins here, and he wins there. He’s addicted to winning. “I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitchin’, a total rock star from Mars,” said the 45-year-old TV and film actor. “You can’t process me with a normal brain.” After claiming numerous times to having tiger blood flowing in his veins, Sheen

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finally started to get into detail about Chuck Lorre, creator of “Two and a Half Men.” Never referring to him once by his stage name, Sheen claimed he deserves a little more respect from “Chaim Levine” for turning his “tin cans into gold.” For those of you who do not know, Chuck Lorre, one of the most successful TV writers and directors, has worked on sitcoms “Dharma & Greg,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Grace Under Fire” and, of course, “Two and a Half Men.” Living with his two youngest children, Sheen is currently in a polygamous relationship with Natalie Kenly and Bree Olson, both allegedly involved in questionable and most likely illegal behavior. The two “goddesses,” as he refers to them, live at home with Sheen and help raise his kids. Sounds like a stable home environment, right? When confronted about his past drug use, Sheen assured he was clean. “The scoreboard doesn’t lie,” he repeated a few times. “I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if

you try it, you will die. Your face will melt off, and your children will weep over your exploded body.” One can only wish in Sheen’s case. This is not the first time Bud Fox from “Wall Street” has gotten himself into a frenzy with the media. After shooting his ex-girlfriend Kelly Preston “on accident,” experiencing a cocaine overdose, assaulting ex-wife Brooke Mueller and abusing alcohol, it’s safe to say Sheen is no angel. Still, he manages to raise five children from three different women on a $1.8 million-an-episode contract with “Two and a Half Men.” In his interview, a still unhappy Sheen demanded a 50 percent increase in his salary. Will anything satisfy this man? Lord knows he’s a ticking time bomb, but he seems to be perfectly fine with himself. He just wants people to accept his shenanigans for what they are — a weird quality for a “recovered” drug addict to display. After all, “I’m sorry, man, but I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips.” Yeah, poetry, as well as cocaine residue. There’s nothing left to do but watch this story unfold. At least Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears can rest easy for the time being. raparks@syr.edu

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fade. Plain and simple: Syracuse embarrassed DePaul 107-59 in a laugher that only amplified in ridiculousness as the game went on. Each of the 10 players who entered in the first half for Syracuse dominated his counterpart in a complete team annihilation. And if the smiles on Jardine and the usually stoic Jim Boeheim didn’t speak to the obliteration, the gravity of the stats did. No. 12 SU (25-6, 12-6 Big East) ended the game shooting a ludicrous 71 percent from the field and 78 percent from 3-point range. In the regular-season finale win in front of 28,086 in the Dome, Syracuse scored 57 first-half points — the most the team has scored in the first half since Dec. 5, 2009, against Maine. In the first half, all 10 of SU’s players scored. DePaul tallied only seven defensive rebounds in the game. No contest. TKO. The game was over right as it started, as SU rolled from the tip. Postgame, DePaul first-year head coach Oliver Purnell couldn’t muster much. “Once they got on a roll,” Purnell said, “that was it.” The win secured SU a No. 4 seed and a double-bye in this week’s Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. The Orange will open up play at 2 p.m. on Thursday. But Saturday afternoon, the Orange romped in the moment. With reckless abandon, SU starting guards Jardine and Brandon Triche torched an aloof DePaul defense with easy dribble-drives. The scouting report assembled by Gerry McNamara, SU’s graduate assistant, worked as the defensive Achilles heel of DePaul ruptured. Through a week of watching film, it became apparent to McNamara that the Blue Demons couldn’t defend if not planted in front of SU’s guards, applying Purnell’s brand

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and I want to get better — at the end of the day. So when the second group comes on and we’re playing against Scoop and them — the starting five — we go hard. It’s a war out there.” The Orange got a lot more of that these past two weeks, when it had five days to prepare for a game at Georgetown and a week for the game against the Blue Demons on Saturday. The time off was important for multiple reasons, most of them obvious. But almost every member of SU expressed how important the breaks were between games. That was because Syracuse displayed a rejuvenated, in sync and, at times, perfected style of play Saturday against DePaul. In the largest margin of victory in Big East conference history, the Orange secured a double-bye in the upcoming Big East tournament in what was easily its most impressive performance of the season. And that should bode well for a team that looked so good coming off an obscene amount of rest Saturday. “We go to New York with a good thing — the double-bye,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It didn’t work out too well last year.” Granted, SU looked rejuvenated against a DePaul team that obviously doesn’t take lessons from Charlie Sheen. So let’s talk about the stats Boeheim starts to bring up — because they are not in Syracuse’s favor. Since the league instituted the double-bye two years ago, higher-seeded teams have struggled. The teams that receive double-byes are 7-6 overall the past two years. Last year, three of the four top seeds were knocked off in the quarterfinal round. But from watching the past two wins for

MEN’S BASK ETBA LL of ball pressure out of a solid foundation. All game, the Orange screened DePaul until it was completely lost. Attacks from the likes of Jardine, Triche and Kris Joseph to the basket weren’t challenged. The undersized Blue Demons seemed as if they weren’t even there. The result of that scouting report was a scoring exhibition and the most lopsided win in conference history. “We knew that they wouldn’t hedge as good (defensively on screens),” Triche said. “They were going to put pressure. We knew they weren’t as good helping. We were going to put pressure by penetrating.” Offensively, the guards did whatever they wanted to whoever they wanted. So did everyone else, as maligned freshman center Fab Melo even lit up the tiny Blue Demons for a seasonhigh 10 points on 100 percent shooting. Reserve wings Mookie Jones and James Southerland added nine and seven points, respectively. Former walk-on Brandon Reese scored four of his own. All 17 players on SU’s roster saw time, and against DePaul’s regulars in the final five minutes of the game, SU’s walk-ons even played DePaul close. DePaul only outscored that SU lineup 7-4. When SU walk-ons Matt Lyde-Cajuste, Nick Resavy, Griffin Hoffmann, Nolan Hart and Russ DeRemer entered the game periodically over the course of the final three minutes, the game was a game for only that final stretch. The other 37 minutes, the embarrassment for DePaul — in what may have been Syracuse’s best game of the year — was ultimate. And the one thing Purnell longed for postgame wasn’t there all day. Any element of stopping SU was a pipe dream in the worst statistical nightmare in Big East history. Said Purnell: “We could’ve given them some more resistance.” aolivero@syr.edu

this SU team, it’s evident the added rest and practice time were the two things that contributed most to the Orange’s recent dominance. “A week can either hurt you or help you,” SU forward Kris Joseph said. “And in our case, I think it really helped us.” Specifically with respect to the win over the Blue Demons, the week between games helped Syracuse get in sync offensively. That was something it failed to do most of the time in two impressive wins at Villanova and Georgetown last week. Those games were won on the defensive end of the floor. Lessons from the time off showed Saturday as the Orange excelled in both its steady transition attack and its half-court offense. It showed when Jackson zipped seamless line-drive passes to Waiters in the transition attack. It showed for the freshman Waiters, when he zigzagged his way through the Blue Demons’ defense for 12 points and three assists. And it showed for the entire Orange offense as Boeheim played all 17 players on his roster. In a balanced attack, six players scored in double figures. Fair — who used the time off to rest an injured ankle — went for 11. Melo came through with perhaps his best game of the season, scoring 10 on perfect shooting and grabbing six rebounds. Now SU has that extra day before the Big East tournament starts. More importantly, thanks to the last two weeks of work, SU appears to be hitting its stride at exactly the right time. “When you finally get a chance to go out there and play,” Waiters said, “it’s all out. You take everything you learn from practice and the hard work you put in. And it’s starting to pay off.”

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In Dome send-off, Jackson displays year-long consistency By Brett LoGiurato SPORTS EDITOR

Rick Jackson got off the bench to check into Syracuse’s lopsided laugher of a victory over DePaul with perhaps the most unlikely partner. With guard Brandon Reese sitting next to him, Jackson prepared to get his final minute of playing time at the Carrier Dome. And then the crowd summarized the culmination of a season and career’s worth of Jackson’s play in three repeating words. “Thank you, Jackson!” the crowd chanted, echoing the statement repeatedly for the final 57 seconds of Jackson’s time on Jim Boeheim Court. In 27 minutes of play on Senior Day, Jackson had 14 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal in the Orange’s 107-59 walloping of the Blue Demons. This season, it’s a typical line for the steady Jackson. And that’s why, to many teammates, including longtime SU and Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) High School partner Scoop Jardine, it was the perfect send-off. “It was an average Rick performance,” Jardine said. “He’s been doing this all year for us. I’m really happy for him. He’s done some great things here in four years.” The last of those four years’ worth of performances inside the Dome came as Jackson allaround dominated in Syracuse’s astounding first half. By the end of the first 20 minutes, the game was all but over at 57-28. And Jackson’s contributions were a major reason for the eye-popping lead. Jackson came out to a raucous ovation on a day mostly reserved for him, the only true senior on the Orange’s roster. He smiled, waved to the crowd and spun around in a circle with a plaque that bore his “00” jersey. “Just to get your jersey and to know you won’t be coming back,” Jackson said, “that’s kind of weird right now. I just had a great time being here.” After that, it was back to the same, consistent Jackson guiding the Orange all season long. Immediately, he used his strength to outmuscle DePaul’s Krys Faber. He backed down Faber before pulling up for his signature left-handed

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hook shot and gave SU an early 5-2 lead. His domination came in many forms. There were little things, such as how his step out on a Blue Demon shooter forced a pass and subsequent shot-clock violation. He found C.J. Fair cutting down low, and Fair put in a left-handed scoop shot to give SU a 21-8 lead. Earlier in the half, after he swatted away a shot from Tony Freeland, he zipped a pass through the middle of three DePaul defenders right to a streaking Dion Waiters. Jackson missed one shot in the first half. His response: hustle down the court, get the rebound off a missed DePaul heave and fling another rifle pass to Waiters. Waiters was fouled, and that led to the 57th and final point of the first half. “He does all the dirty work,” Waiters said. “It was a great feeling, that one-two punch. Me and Rick, we got a lot of chemistry.” Then there were the big things that resulted from Jackson’s dirty work. His emphatic dunk after a pass from Fair ignited a huge response from the crowd. It also ignited a timeout from DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell, and Jackson waived his hand to pump up the SU student section. And in the second half, Waiters repaid Jackson with a nifty pass of his own. Waiters ran down the court, and as he leapt in the air, he spun around and found Jackson. One step later, another forceful dunk followed. “I messed up on one of his assists,” Waiters said. “I had to reward him back with my pass to him.” For Jardine, the ultimate reward came in the form of the “Thank you, Jackson!” chants. From an environment that all day, Purnell said, made it “difficult” for the Blue Demons to succeed. As Jardine heard the chant, he got goosebumps. He couldn’t help but remember the last four years. The four years wrapped quickly into moments, as Jackson came out of the game to a raucous ovation. He hugged SU head coach Jim Boeheim and went down the line. And finally, he waved to the student section for the last time. Said Jardine: “I had the chills seeing that.”

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Brett LoGiurato is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at bplogiur@syr.edu.

BIG NUMBER STORYTELLER

“Once they got on a roll, that was it.”

Oliver Purnell DEPAUL HEAD COACH

HERO

Rick Jackson

Saturday was Jackson’s day. The lone Syracuse senior was honored in a pregame ceremony, and he tied for the Orange’s lead in points with 14. He also added seven rebounds and four blocks and provided numerous thunderous dunks during the 48-point blowout win.

The 48-point margin of victory for Syracuse was the largest margin in Big East basketball history for a conference game.

FAT LADY SINGS 4:03, first half

Fab Melo grabs an offensive rebound and puts back a dunk, his sixth consecutive point for Syracuse. The dunk put Syracuse up 44-18, and the Orange took a 29-point lead into the locker room at the half.


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Desko’s career night propels Orange offense By Chris Iseman ASST. COPY EDITOR

Tim Desko was the difference-maker. In front of the largest crowd of the season in all of college lacrosse, the Syracuse attack came up huge for his team. “I like playing in front of big crowds,” Desko said. “This was a big game today. I take whatever I can get, and it worked out well today.” But saying it worked out well might be putting it lightly. Desko scored five goals Friday and propelled his No. 1 Syracuse team to a 12-10 win over No. 2 Virginia. The redshirt junior scored three times in the second half, which gave the Orange the chance to pull away from the Cavaliers and get the victory. And he netted the team’s final goal to put the game out of a reach on a night in which he took most of the spotlight. Without Desko, it’s very possible the Cavaliers’ regular-season winning streak would’ve continued over the Orange. It had been since 2004 that Syracuse registered a regular-season win over UVa, but nearly every time someone on Virginia scored, Desko responded right back with a goal of his own. No matter what the Cavaliers did, they couldn’t find a way to stop him. And without a way to keep Desko from finding the back of the net, it was all but impossible for Virginia to go on a run. “I thought Desko showed his experience in

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tightened things down a little bit and probably showed their experience at that end of the field.” Virginia had a chance to spark its offense as it started the fourth quarter a man-up chance and possession. As the Cavaliers began cycling the ball around, SU senior defender Tom Guadagnolo deflected a pass on the left side but couldn’t get to the groundball. UVa continued

the second half,” Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. “He did a really nice job backdooring and keeping some pressure on us there.” Virginia never found a way to resist the pressure, as the Cavalier defense caved almost every time Desko took the ball to the net. He took eight shots in the game, and only three of them missed the goal. He shot from what seemed like every location and angle on the field. In the fi rst quarter, he ran around the left side of the net, past the goal, and then shot to his right from about seven yards out while all his momentum was going to his left. He followed that up with another goal four minutes later, when he took a pass from Jeremy Thompson and shot behind his back while falling to the turf. In those goals, Desko fought through the Virginia defense to make his way to the net. In the second half, Desko found openings that gave him wide-open looks. “Basically, the defense was ball-watching a little bit,” Desko said. “So when they turned their head, I cut in and I was wide open.” For Desko, this game was only a continuation of what’s been a stellar start to the season. Desko fi nally got his chance to start full time this season, and he has taken advantage of it. He is no longer left to wonder what his role is. At the start of the game, he’s going to

be on the field, along with fellow attack JoJo Marasco and Stephen Keogh. And three games into the season, he’s done plenty to prove he’s deserving of the opportunity. In Syracuse’s last game against Army, Desko had his fi rst career hat trick. He followed it up with Friday’s five-goal outburst. “I think he’s been able to do everything better,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “He’s just improved on his dodging this year and where he is on the field. I think it’s a confidence issue, too, the fact that he’s been able to put a string of games together.” In a game in which Syracuse was determined to send Virginia home with a loss, Tim Desko held most of the responsibility for making that happen. So it was only fitting he was the one to net the last Orange goal. After running out from behind the right side of the goal, he crossed in front of the crease and fi red a shot. As his momentum carried him to the ground, the ball snuck into the goal over the right shoulder of Virginia goaltender Adam Ghitelman. It put a stamp on the victory for the player who carried his team all game long. “It’s great to know that I played well for my team,” Tim Desko said. “As long as we get the win, that’s all I really care about.”

its movement around the zone. Cavalier attack Matt White got the ball behind the net and tried to pass in front. But again, Guadagnolo was there for a deflection, and this time, it popped right into Galloway’s stick. The Orange cleared, and Guadagnolo received congratulatory fist bumps from Galloway and sophomore Brian Megill as the Orange’s penalty released. “As a whole defense, I think we played great,” White said. “We got loose balls and just hustled.”

While Virginia struggled to score, Tim Desko helped SU build a 12-9 lead with three secondhalf goals. Bratton was able to pull the Cavaliers within two with his fourth goal at the 2:55 mark. But Harder’s sliding stick check shortly afterward all but sealed the win for the Orange. “As a team, I think it’s just a great step for us, a step forward,” White said. “I think we have a long way to go, myself included, with one-onone ‘D’ and our middies have to get better on defense. I think it’s just a great step.”

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With Virginia midfielder Shamel Bratton holding possession and the Cavaliers looking to start a comeback, Syracuse midfielder Tim Harder seals SU’s victory. Harder slid in at Bratton’s feet and knocked the ball free. It went out of bounds, and Syracuse earned possession and, soon enough, the victory.

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“As a whole defense, I think we played great. We got loose balls and just hustled.”

Joel White

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BIG NUMBER Syracuse held the high-

powered Virginia offense to just two second-half goals. The Cavaliers’ eight first-half goals helped them take a onegoal lead at the half, but SU’s defense buckled down from there on.

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Hoyas rally late to knock off Orange in Big East’s 2nd round By Michael Cohen Asst. Sports Editor

HARTFORD, Conn. — With 11.1 seconds remaining, Syracuse’s senior leader and point guard Erica Morrow had the ball in her hands with her team down two. But the second-leading scorer in program history and a four-year startgeorgetown 61 er for the Orange made a mistake. syracuse 60 Her pass from the top of the key to Elashier Hall along the left sideline was tipped by Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers and grazed Hall on the way out of bounds. The Hoyas took over possession and held on for the win. “The disappointment comes from being the senior guard,” Morrow said. “I’m the point guard, I’m supposed to know better, and I’m supposed to make the right decision.” In reality, though, Morrow wasn’t the only one who made poor decisions for SU (22-9). The Orange turned the ball over nine times in the final 15 minutes of Saturday’s second-round Big East tournament game, and Georgetown (22-9) battled back for a 61-60 victory at the XL Center. Syracuse watched an 11-point lead evaporate

and the game come to a frustrating end after it dominated for the majority of the 40 minutes. The game’s opening moments saw Georgetown stun the Orange by scoring 14 of the first 16 points. But Syracuse responded with one of its best offensive stretches of the season. SU went on a 16-0 run to take an 18-14 lead by the 6:35 mark of the first half. Six different players scored for the Orange during that run. The offense flowed effortlessly with two 3-pointers, four free throws and several opportunities for Kayla Alexander and Shakeya Leary on the low block. “I thought we had a good scheme and really took our time getting ready for this game,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I thought that our players did an excellent job of playing to our strengths.” Fueled by that run, Syracuse took a 27-22 lead into halftime. But even the brief respite didn’t slow the Orange attack. Out of the break, SU scored on six of its first eight possessions and extended the lead to its peak of 11 with 14:58 to go. Hall hit three 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the second half, prompting Hillsman to beat his chest on the

sideline after two of them. It seemed as if the Orange couldn’t be stopped. “I think that they have good shooters, but I think that they’re streaky shooters,” Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “And unfortunately when you let a streaky shooter go off, then they get the confidence in them. … We knew we had to contain Hemingway in the high post. But once they started hitting some shots, we had to make some adjustments.” And the adjustment Williams-Flournoy made ultimately doomed the Orange. All game long, SU’s trio of guards — Morrow, Hall and Tasha Harris — had exploited the Hoyas’ full-court press with diagonal, cross-court passes to get over the halfway line. These were followed by quick passes out to the sidelines once the team was settled in its half-court offense. But as the second half progressed, the wing players of Georgetown’s 1-2-2 zone started to pick up on the pattern. The cross-court passes weren’t there as often, and the wing players of the Hoyas pounced on any attempts to the sides of the court. With 3:58 to go, Morrow made the exact same

mistake as she did late in the game. Her pass from the top of the key was intended for Hall on the left sideline, but Rodgers got her hand in the passing lane. She coasted the other way and was fouled by Morrow. A pair of free throws gave Georgetown its first lead since the score was 14-11 in the first half. “We just had to get defensive stops,” Rodgers said. “Defense is what got us back in the game, not our offense, really.” The Hoyas finished the game with 12 steals and converted 19 Orange turnovers into 28 points at the other end of the floor. They limited Syracuse to four field goals in the final 15 minutes of play. The free throws from Rodgers put Georgetown up 54-53, and it never gave up the lead again. Though the Hoyas trailed and were outplayed for a stretch of 23:13 in the middle of Saturday’s game, they found a way to lead when it mattered most. “I never thought we were out of that basketball game,” Hillsman said. “We had an opportunity to make plays. We just didn’t make the play.” mjcohe02@syr.edu

After SU’s man-to-man limits Hoyas early, GU adjusts to capture victory By Mark Cooper Asst. Sports Editor

HARTFORD, Conn. — Terri Williams-Flournoy said Syracuse’s defensive scheme didn’t surprise her at all. But the Georgetown head coach admitted that even though it wasn’t a shock, Syracuse running a man-to-man defense required some adjustments. The Orange, known for its trademark 2-3 zone, played man-to-man from the start Saturday. SU did so, determined to neutralize the Hoyas’ two stars, Sugar Rodgers and Monica McNutt. And for the most part, it worked. McNutt was held scoreless in the first half, while Rodgers made just five field goals throughout the game. “We had to make a few offensive adjustments because he did a really good job,” WilliamsFlournoy said. “Quentin Hillsman did a good job of taking out Monica McNutt and Sugar Rodgers.” Despite the success of Syracuse’s defensive switch, the Orange couldn’t pull out the victory. Georgetown made the necessary adjustments in the second half to create shots, and Rodgers ended up with 18 points, which equaled her average for the season. The Hoyas didn’t make a field

goal for the final 4:32, but they made nine free throws. The final two sealed a 61-60 Georgetown win with seven seconds remaining. After the loss, Hillsman was disappointed with the game but happy with the defensive effort. “I thought it was a decision about not giving them shots,” Hillsman said. “I thought that we did an excellent job in that defense. And look at their top scorers … 5-for-12 from the field from Sugar, 2-for-6 from Monica McNutt.” From the get-go, Syracuse’s man-to-man defense put more pressure on Georgetown’s offense than its zone usually does. Kayla Alexander still hung around in the middle of the floor, but the other four Orange players guarded tightly on the perimeter. The focus was keeping Rodgers, Georgetown’s All-Big East first-team selection, in check. The sophomore was closely guarded all game, as Erica Morrow, Elashier Hall and Carmen Tyson-Thomas all took turns face-guarding the Hoyas’ sophomore star. In the first half, it worked to perfection. Although Syracuse dug itself a 14-2 deficit to start the game, Georgetown didn’t score again for nearly seven minutes.

With Syracuse up 21-20 and less than three minutes left in the first half, Morrow was all over Rodgers with about five seconds left on the shot clock. Rodgers drove left, couldn’t get past Morrow and was forced to heave a fadeaway jumper as the shot-clock buzzer sounded. Air ball. Shot-clock violation. “We had to keep someone on her and just face up against her,” Morrow said. “She’s a real physical player, so we definitely — Lacey and I — guarded her. “The key was just to be physical and match her intensity.” Syracuse’s defense allowed eight points in the final 13:06 of the first half against a team that scored 80 points on the Orange on Jan. 4. Even if Georgetown expected man-to-man — Williams-Flournoy said it was the same defense SU played against Cincinnati earlier this season — the Hoyas didn’t know how to combat it. Georgetown shot just 1-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half, with Rodgers and McNutt combining to go 0-for-4. The Hoyas’ transition offense kept them in the game, as nine of GU’s 22 points in the first half came on the fast break. Syracuse’s defense stayed confident in the

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second half as well. When Georgetown was forced to run a half-court offense, Hall stayed on Rodgers like glue. McNutt always had a defender chasing her across the court, too. The two stars finally got some support, though. Tommacina McBride came off the bench and made two second-half 3s. Rubylee Wright finished the game in double digits, with 11. And Rodgers still got to her average. She jumped in the passing lane and took a Tasha Harris pass coast-to-coast for a layup to cut Syracuse’s largest lead of the game — 42-31 — back to single digits. Later, she put back a missed shot on another fast break. Four quick points to get Georgetown back in the game. “My coach just told me to get open because, really, can’t nobody stop me,” Rodgers said. Rodgers made four of the nine Georgetown free throws in the last four minutes to seal the win. Average turned out to be good enough, even if Hillsman said his defensive scheme worked flawlessly. “Our defense worked perfectly,” Hillsman said. “I thought some of their players that normally didn’t make shots stepped up and made shots.” mcooperj@syr.edu


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SU embarrasses DePaul, wins in record fashion

Extra time off helps SU going into postseason

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he “War” starts a little after 5 p.m. for Syracuse most days during the week. That’s when, a little more than an hour into practice, the players scrimmage five-on-five. The starters make up one side, and the first five off the bench — Dion Waiters, Mookie Jones, C.J. Fair, James Southerland and Fab Melo — usually make up the other team. And to Waiters, who runs the point for the second team, “war” is the best way to describe it. “We battle in practice,” Waiters said after SU’s 107-59 win over DePaul on Saturday. “We want to get better —

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nate shron | staff photographer rick jackson heads toward the basket in Syracuse’s 107-59 win over DePaul on Saturday. Jackson had 14 points on Senior Day for the No. 12 Orange, which earned a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

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coop Jardine smiled as he put an eventual 48-point dismantling — the largest margin of victory in the 32-year history of the Big East conference — into painful perspective. With SU up by 31 points against a DePaul team with only 30 of its own, Jardine chuckled as he backpedaled to the free-throw line for an and-one opportunity. Following a made fastbreak layup during which Jardine was fouled by Blue Demon junior guard Jeremiah Kelly, a three-word dig provided all the perspective Kelly and the Blue Demons needed. “Come on,” Jardine said to a dejected Kelly. “Please.” Jardine’s smile never seemed to dissipate on a night when his longtime teammate and friend, Rick Jackson, departed the Carrier Dome for good on Senior Day. Jackson tied Jardine for the team-high in points on the night with 14. There was no reason for the smile to

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ith just less than three minutes to play, Virginia had possession and plenty of time left to erase Syracuse’s two-goal lead. But the SU defense wasn’t about to let that syracuse 12 happen. virginia 10 m iVdifri ge il nd ei ar Shamel Bratton chased down an errant pass near midfield and turned to start the attack — and possibly the comeback. But as he looked up to survey the field, Orange midfielder Tim Harder came careening toward him. Harder slid at Bratton’s feet first and whacked the ball free. It flew out of bounds, returning possession to SU. Harder hopped to his feet and gave an emphatic fist pump as the Carrier Dome crowd roared. Two and a half minutes later,

Harder and No. 1 Syracuse pulled out a 12-10 win over No. 2 Virginia in front of 14,340 fans, the fourth-largest regular-season crowd for a lacrosse game in Carrier Dome history. With emotions running high throughout, the Orange (3-0) defense stifled the Cavaliers’ attack in the second half, holding them to just two scores and five shots on goal. And that helped SU grab its first regular-season win over the Cavaliers (4-1) since 2004. “I think that our defense stepped up,” senior long-stick midfielder Joel White said. “Our defense made some stops when we needed. We had a couple hustle plays at the end of the game to give us the ball back, and our offense did the rest.” The game was originally a fastpaced, offensive battle. Bratton tallied Virginia’s first score a little more than two minutes in, but Syracuse

responded just 18 seconds later. After a false start by the Cavaliers on the ensuing faceoff, SU attack Tim Desko got free behind the net after a pick by sophomore JoJo Marasco and buried a shot for the first of his five goals on the night. The game continued to swing back and forth throughout the first half. SU took a 5-2 lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter and pulled ahead 7-4 early in the second. But Virginia answered with four straight goals to take an 8-7 advantage into the break. “We really didn’t expect anything else,” Orange head coach John Desko said. “It was a run-and-gun, up-anddown game against the Cavaliers. … Virginia showed their character and some composure and came back in the second quarter.” In the second half, that run-andgun style turned into a defensive

dave trotman-wilkins | staff photographer joel white defends UVa’s Shamel Bratton in SU’s 12-10 win over Virginia on Saturday. SU held the Cavaliers to two second-half goals. battle. The pace didn’t slow, but possessions for both teams started ending in saves or turnovers rather than goals. SU shut down the Virginia offense for nearly the whole third quarter. Their only score came on a rocket shot from Bratton with 5:46 left in the period. Other than that, the Cavaliers

only mustered two shots on goal, both of which were turned back by Orange goaltender John Galloway. “That’s an experienced defense team,” Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. “They probably felt like they had given in a little bit in the first half. … I thought they came out and see virginia page 13


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