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First come, first served Tickets for the Sweet 16 of the

The Sorkin network Aaron Sorkin, an SU alumnus and producer,

Break time blunders Students share memorable

Feeling blue Syracuse men’s lacrosse

NCAA Tournament go on sale Tuesday for student season ticket holders. Page 8

provides a breath of fresh air compared to recent commencement speakers. Page 4

incidents from various spring breaks. Page 11

lost its second game of the season Saturday to Johns Hopkins, 11-7. Page 14

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Students approve of speaker By Dylan Segelbaum STAFF WRITER

After Syracuse University alumnus and award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was named commencement speaker for the graduating Class of 2012, students had an overwhelmingly positive response. R e b e c c a Balagia, a senior advertising and psychology major, said she thinks the choice to have Sorkin as this year’s com mencement SORKIN speaker is because of his strong ties to SU. “I know a lot of people who are really excited about it,” Balagia said. “I think he’ll be very inspiring, and he’s the epitome of what it means to be a successful Orangeman or woman.” Sorkin graduated from SU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater in 1983 and has written, produced and acted in numerous movies and television shows. He is known for writing films such as “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and “The American President.” Previously,

andrew renneisen | staff photographer DION WAITERS celebrates Syracuse’s 75-59 victory over Kansas State last Saturday. Waiters scored a game-high 18 points to lead four SU players in double figures. With the win, the Orange advanced to the Sweet 16, where it will take on Wisconsin in Boston. See page 10.


THE BADGERS ARE NEXT No. 4 Wisconsin advanced to play Syracuse in the Sweet 16 with a 60-57 win over No. 5 Vanderbilt on Saturday.




Montana 73-49 47.9% 38.3% Vanderbilt 60-57 41.8% 43.5%



UNC Asheville 72-65 44.6% 42.9% Kansas State 75-59 51.1% 31.3%

No. 1 Syracuse rebounded from a near-upset against UNC Asheville by powering past No. 8 Kansas State, 75-59.


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Boeheim defends team’s academic status By Dara McBride EDITOR IN CHIEF

After the Syracuse men’s basketball team was called out for poor academic performance during a Wednesday press conference with the U.S. Secretary of Education, head coach Jim Boeheim disagreed, saying Syracuse is academically fit. “We are qualified. We are over 930. Under this year’s rules or last

year’s rules, we would be eligible to play in the tournament,” Boeheim said Thursday during a press conference after Syracuse’s 72-65 win over UNC Asheville in the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh. Boeheim was referring to Syracuse’s academic progress rate, or APR. It is a four-year average of academic performance that rewards student athletes for remaining eli-

gible and continuing their education at the same school. Institutions with an APR lower than 930 have 50 percent or fewer players graduate. Syracuse’s men’s basketball most recent APR score was 928 for the 2009-10 academic year. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors passed a rule in October requiring that all teams have an


Attorney general to investigate monitoring of Muslim students By Maddy Berner ASST. COPY EDITOR

The U.S. attorney general is looking into concerns that the New York Police Department monitored Muslim mosques and student associations. The monitoring, which began in 2006, occurred outside New York City limits and is currently being

reviewed, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder called the events “disturbing” at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Thursday. It was reported that the NYPD monitored Muslim groups and student organizations on college campuses, including Syracuse Uni-


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The Japanese Student Association is encouraging support for those affected by the March 11, 2011, disaster in Japan.


Voluntary madness NCAA basketball fans go the extra mile to celebrate the tournament.

CORRECTION >> In the March 8 cutline accompanying the article titled “Adams rises above being partially deaf,” Luke Adams was misidentified. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

CLARIFICATION >> In the same issue, the editorial titled “Athletics department should make drug policies public,” the NCAA’s role in policing drug use was unclear. The NCAA has a drug policy, but individual colleges can also create their own.

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Shipping up to Boston The Daily Orange breaks down the teams remaining in Syracuse’s East Region and how each matches up with the Orange.


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CRIME BRIEFS • Residents of the 300 block of Chinook Drive confirmed that DPS officers had notified them of reported missing electronics from a South Campus apartment. The residents had been away from South Campus since March 8 and reported the missing objects when they returned Sunday. DPS questioned residents of neighboring apartments and inquired about suspicious activity during Spring Break. • A Syracuse University junior was arrested March 14 at 11:30 a.m. at 106 Slocum Ave. The student was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, according to a police report. Police responded to a hit-and-run call Friday, according to a police report. A 22-year-old woman told police that she was involved in an argument with her boyfriend in the parking lot of Karma Nightclub, located at 300 W. Genesee St. The woman said that while arguing with her boyfriend, a group of women and one man dressed as a woman approached her, according to the report. The woman said the group members were concerned about her crying, but she ignored them as she walked toward her vehicle, according to the report. The man in the group, 21, began calling her names and shouting profanities at her, the woman told police. She said she continued to ignore the group when the man began kicking her white Dodge Caliber on the rear driver side door, according to the report. The woman said that while attempting to leave the parking lot of the nightclub, the driver of her car struck the vehicle the group that previously approached her, including the man, was in. The two cars then began chasing each other until police stopped them, according to the report. The man involved was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Police arrested three women at the Carousel Center for petit larceny Friday, according to a police report. Two of the females were 29 years old and were both arrested at 6:05 p.m. The third female was 57 years old and was arrested at 9:30 a.m. —Compiled by Stephanie Bouvia, asst. news editor,, and Breanne Van Nostrand, asst. copy editor,


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Hanging out WES RYAN, a freshman bioengineering major, reclines in his personal hammock after setting it up Sunday afternoon in front of the Hall of Languages. Syracuse hit 80 degrees Sunday, which is a new record high for March 18. The last record was set in 1966 at 72 degrees. Upon returning from Spring Break, many students were seen relaxing on the Quad and playing frisbee on the lawns of fraternity and sorority houses. Similar summer-like temperatures are predicted for the rest of the week.


Officer fired after suspension, investigation By Dara McBride EDITOR IN CHIEF

After being suspended earlier in the year for making insensitive comments, Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Mike Rathbun is no longer

employed by Syracuse University. Rathbun is no longer employed by the university, DPS Chief Tony Callisto said in an email. Callisto said DPS would not comment further because it is a personnel mat-

ter. Rathbun was placed on a 30-day suspension after DPS conducted an investigation in late January upon receiving an internal complaint regarding Rathbun. DPS could not be reached for

comment. Rathbun previously served as a captain in the Syracuse Police Department. He is no longer listed in the Syracuse University Directory System.

Decorative football stolen from Ernie Davis’ grave site


The football sitting in a plastic display case atop the headstone of former Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis was stolen from its resting place in Elmira, N.Y., sometime last week. Tom Henegar, superintendent of the 80-acre Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, said he was notified of the missing football Thursday, according to an article published online Friday by the Star Gazette. The ball

has been taken several times from the grave site since an anonymous person first placed it there last summer, according to the article. Occasionally, the ball will get blown off the headstone from the wind and end up somewhere else in the cemetery, Henegar told the Star Gazette. But it is always put back in its rightful spot. Henegar said he suspects that this time juveniles were the culprits, as the ball was physically taken out of its display, according to the article.

Henegar also said he doubts the thief was a collector because if it had been, he or she likely would have taken the case as well, according to the article. Henegar could not be reached for comment. Davis moved to Elmira with his mother and stepfather when he was 12 years old. He became a high school All-American in both football and basketball while attending Elmira Free Academy. He later became an All-American football player at Syra-

cuse University. At SU, Davis became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961. Davis was a No. 1 NFL Draft pick for the Washington Redskins and was traded to the Cleveland Browns, but he never played in an NFL game. He was diagnosed with leukemia and died at 23 years old in 1963. After his death, Elmira Free Academy was renamed Ernie Davis Middle School. The football stolen from Davis’


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Sorkin brings refreshing excitement to 2012 commencement Choosing Aaron Sorkin as the 2012 commencement speaker is a breath of fresh air compared to recent graduation speakers. Sorkin, responsible for hits such as “The Social Network” and “Moneyball,” has a personal connection to Syracuse University as a 1983 graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The last SU alumnus who spoke at commencement was Vice President Joe Biden in 2009. For those at commencement, Sorkin’s connection to the university can provide insight specific to SU students. Graduating seniors will be watching and listening to someone who has attended the same university, taken classes with some of the same professors, lived in the same residence halls and turned it all

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board into a successful career. Even after graduating, Sorkin stayed involved with the university community. He partnered with VPA in 2006 and launched the Sorkin in Los Angeles Learning Practicum. It’s a weeklong initiative where students meet with actors, writers, talent agents, directors and producers. Students also participate in workshops and attend theater performances, among other activities. Sorkin is not only a notable commencement speaker. Regardless of his SU connection, he is also an extremely relevant and timely choice to come to campus. “The Social Network” was a

hit with Generation Y viewers when it came out in 2010. “Moneyball,” which came out in 2011, was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two in January 2012. He has also worked on others hits, including “The West Wing” and “A Few Good Men.” The past two commencement speakers, scientist J. Craig Venter and JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon were met with dissatisfaction. Students criticized Dimon in 2010 because of his connection to big businesses and were also disappointed with Venter in 2011 for not reaching a wide enough audience. The general reaction to Sorkin is one of excitement and satisfaction. He is an appropriate fit for the audience, a trend SU officials should look to continue.

Student group extends solidarity to Korean nuclear expert We would like to extend our solidarity to Ri Yong Ho and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It is a privilege to attend one of the few universities in the United States that has ties to the DPRK. The victorious Korean Revolution, which began at the end of World War II under the leadership of Kim Il-Sung, definitely freed the northern part of Korea from Japanese colonialism. Unfortunately, intervention by the United States prevented the unification of Korea and led to a bloody and deadly war. At the end of the Korean War there was not a single building in the North above one-story left standing.

LET TER TO THE EDITOR Despite this, the DPRK was able to begin the path of national liberation and independent construction. The population enjoyed great gains in housing, land, health care, education and food access. Before the revolution, life expectancy in the north was 38 years. By the 1990s, it had doubled. In fact, until the late 80s, Democratic Korea’s growth rate trumped that of South Korea. Just a few years ago, Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization, upheld the DPRK’s health care system, calling it the “envy” of the

developing world. While we wish for a nuclear-free world, we understand the DPRK was forced to divert resources to the military because of U.S., Japanese and South Korean aggression. Had the DPRK not developed nuclear weapons, it is likely it would have suffered the same fate as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Libya. We hope the forum hosted by Syracuse University can contribute to the elimination of U.S. military, political and economic aggression against the people of the DPRK.

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Religion department disturbed by surveillance of Muslim students We, the faculty of the religion department in the College of Arts and Sciences, were deeply disturbed when we learned of the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim students on our campus. We join with the other faculty and student groups in condemning efforts to spy on communities based on their religion, nationality or ethnicity, and we call on Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety to refuse to cooperate with such efforts. In the classes we teach, we emphasize the complexity and diversity of religious traditions. We are thus particularly concerned when this complexity and diversity is lost, both by government agencies and by commentators on current

LET TER TO THE EDITOR events. We invite students to consider taking some of the many classes we offer on Islam and other religious traditions, including religious ethics and the history of religious interactions, to gain the information and skills that can help us respect our neighbors and protect public safety in smart, effective ways.

Jim Watts



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Public schools must stop challenging religion section of First Amendment


n the past few weeks, school prayer has been challenged in states across the country. Cases in Rhode Island and Florida highlight a misunderstanding between the freedom to express religion and the need to keep schools an area where no religion is promoted or given preference. A historical ruling of the First Amendment is interpreted to mean public schools are not allowed to offer prayer in school. Private religious expression is protected from government. A student at Cranston High School in Rhode Island sued the school for hanging a prayer banner in the school. The verdict in the case was delivered and the controversy followed in January and February. The banner contained the phrase “Our Heavenly Father.” The phrase was ultimately removed. Some believed the banner was not offensive and had little to do with religion. Legislation in the works in Flor-

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ida brings religion further into the classroom. In Florida, legislation that circumvents the constitutional interpretation is awaiting signing by Gov. Rick Scott. The legislation allows students to lead prayers in mandatory school events. “Inspirational messages” are permitted as long as students organize and deliver them. Faculty may not be involved. Scott has not made a decision about the bill. When asked if he would sign it, he said “I haven’t seen the bill, but I believe in Jesus Christ, and I believe individuals should have a right to say a prayer,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. Charles Van Zant, one of the representatives who worked on the bill, claims allowing school prayer is a way to promote morality. “Before we removed inspirational messages, the number one problem was talking out of turn,” he said. “Now, it’s drug abuse.” He believes since the Supreme Court outlawed school

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to the left, to the left prayer, our educational system has been damaged. Advocates of school prayer, mainly conservatives, believe students’ rights to free expression are being trampled on. By not allowing students to pray, it harms students’ beliefs and may even suggest religion is harmful. Advocates believe religion and prayer benefit schooling. They believe advances in secular schooling are being fostered by administrators who are being too politically correct or afraid of offending anyone. They also believe students could benefit by being exposed to prayer. Societal problems could be

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fixed if religion were allowed back into schools. These ideas, though, are based in an improper understanding of the law and an insistence that because most students are religious, prayer should be allowed. But schools must remain completely neutral to religion. Offering prayer at mandatory events infringes on the rights of students who have no religion or are against religion. Simply because a minority of students have a religion — nearly 80 percent are Christian in the United States, according to the Pew Forum — does not allow the government to hand off school prayer into the hands of students. Whether students or faculty do so, the end maintains an unbalanced atmosphere. Perhaps advocates of prayer in schools would not mind equal time being given for messages against religion and in favor of science, rationality and inquisitiveness.

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They most likely would not agree with this. Reversing the situation this way gives school prayer advocates the opportunity to understand the point of view of the nonreligious. Just because there are so few nonreligious people does not change the validity of their concerns. Public schools do not exist as a ground for students to express or promote their religious beliefs. Advocates of school prayer see schools in radically different way. Schools are supposed to inform students about the world and to encourage critical thinking — things most religions do not endorse. Churches and private religious schools are places where prayer belongs. This way, all students may receive equal treatment and the opportunity to decide upon their beliefs for themselves. Harmen Rockler is a junior newspaper journalism and political science major. His column appears every Monday. He can be reached at  

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APR of 930 or higher to participate in any sports’ postseason competition. The rule will be phased in over the next 24 months starting in the 2012-13 academic year. In a press conference Wednesday, Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, praised the decision to raise the bar for postseason eligibility and criticized UConn, Syracuse and Florida State for having APRs lower than 930. Boeheim said Duncan was wrong to mention Syracuse, which would be fully eligible to play in the tournament this year, although the most recent APR statistics have not been released.


The academic progress rate is a four-year average of academic performance that rewards student-athletes for remaining eligible and continuing their education at the same school. Institutions with an APR lower than 930 have 50 percent or fewer players graduate. Syracuse’s men’s basketball’s most recent APR score was 928 for the 2009-10 academic year.

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He said he was happy to talk about the team’s APR and expressed dissatisfaction with the APR policy changing to penalize a school for players who leave to play professionally. “I really think, although in self-interest I try to talk the guy into staying and finishing his schoolwork, but if he thinks he can go to Chicago and work out with pro players, with a workout coach, work to get better for the draft, who am I to say, ‘You can’t do that, you got to help us?’” Boeheim said. After Boeheim’s press conference Thursday, SU Athletics also released a statement that the men’s basketball team is eligible for postseason competition and projects the team will meet the guidelines for postseason competition in 2012-13. Last year, during a similar press conference, Duncan said college basketball teams not on track to graduate at least half their players should be punished and not have the opportunity to play in the postseason. Of the 68 teams that began in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Duncan said 10 — including Syracuse — should have been disqualified for its players’ poor academic performance. For the 2008-09 season, Syracuse had an APR of 912 and was penalized with two scholarship reductions. Syracuse University admin-

istrators attributed the low APR to basketball players Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf leaving mid-semester during the 2008-09 season to pursue professional careers. Boeheim referenced their departure during his press conference Thursday. “We had three guys leave one year,” he said. “That’s why we fell below the 930 for one year. We made it up with two perfect scores. But that low score stays with us for four years.” In this year’s NCAA men’s tournament, 13 teams have an APR below 930. Three years ago, 21 teams had APRs below the then-acceptable 925. Seventy-nine percent of teams in the NCAA Tournament are graduating 50 percent or more of their student-athletes for 2012, a three-percent increase since last year. Richard Lapchick, author of the annual study on APR and graduation success rates ― which was released Monday ― from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, emphasized that more attention is still needed for studentathletes. He said a 60 percent graduation rate needs to become the acceptable standard for APR, and raising the minimum score from 925 to 930 is a step in the right direction.



grave was not autographed, and its significance remains unknown, according to the article. The display case where the football sat was unsealed and also contained a Cleveland Browns lanyard, according to the article. The case could not be permanently attached to the headstone and sat open to anyone entering the cemetery.

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Ernie Davis was a running back for the Syracuse University football team and led SU to a national championship in 1959. He was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 1979. Davis became the first AfricanAmerican man to win the Heisman Trophy and to be picked first overall in the NFL draft. Source:

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lizabeth Mix spent her Spring Break among the sound of clanking hammers to help rebuild homes of Hurricane Katrina victims in Chalmette, La. Along with a group of volunteering students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Mix, a student activities associate, worked to clean up neighborhoods, build homes and plant trees in the New Orleans area. Mix said the trip not only benefits the people of New Orleans, but also the volunteering students.

“People become really exhilarated that they were able to be productive and helpful.” Norman Adrzejewski HEAD OF OPERATION SOUTHERN COMFORT

“We all learn so much about ourselves and the generosity people have even when they have lost everything,” Mix said. The trip was part of a Spring Break tradition started by Mix three years ago through the volunteer organization Operation Southern Comfort. This trip marks the 39th excursion to New Orleans that Operation Southern Comfort has organized, according to a March 9 ESF news release. “The area that is in the greatest need right now is the area that we work in,” said Norman Andrzejewski, the head of Operation Southern Comfort. Twenty-five students and three alumni participated in the trip and spent nine days in New Orleans working with a variety of volunteers, including students from Syracuse University







Students travel to New Orleans during Spring Break, contribute to Hurricane Katrina reconstruction By Shannon Hazlitt



and SUNY Oswego. “People become really exhilarated that they were able to be productive and helpful,” Andrzejewski said, “They say basically that this is a life-changing experience, they are glad they came and they are really moved by the thankyou’s from the community members they are helping.” Sophomore Kelly Bell said she spent the majority of her time working on various volunteer projects, such as planting flowers, rebuilding homes and planting trees to soak up city water after future hurricanes. “The best part of the trip was staying in the communities and seeing people so grateful for what we had just done for them,” she said. Volunteers also rave about the delicious homecooked meals community members give them in return for their work, Andrzejewski said. J.P. Tucci, a sophomore at ESF, had communicated with his roommates Bell and Amanda Kaier, who have participated in the program for two years, throughout their trip. He said he thinks it is a particularly great way to give back to a community because it is very individualized. “They get to know the community members and actually meet the people whose houses they are building since they are being fed and housed in the community,” Tucci said. The students’ expenses for the trip were paid for in part by a $500 donation from the ESF Alumni Association. Andrzejewski said planting trees to help shield New Orleans from potentially destructive elements of the weather, like strong winds from a hurricane, is another way volunteers help the communities. Mix said the group also learned a lot about the pride of the New Orleans residents and why they chose to stay despite losing nearly everything. Said Mix: “Our work is only one piece of the puzzle.”



*One person died in Ohio as a result of severe flooding, and two people died in Kentucky as a result of heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Katrina.

250,000 1.3 billion The number of New Orleans residents displaced, which is more than were displaced in the Dust Bowl during the 1930s.

The acres of forestland destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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NCAA Sweet 16 tickets to go on sale Tuesday for 2011-12 student season ticket holders By Rachael Barillari ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Tickets for the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament will go on sale Tuesday at the Carrier Dome Box Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 2011-12 student season ticket holders. The round will take place March 22 and 24 at the TD Garden in Boston. The tickets will be sold in $205 packages per seat for all three games — two games Thursday and one game Saturday. In compliance with NCAA guidelines, the tickets will only be sold as Syracuse University NCAA Regional Round ticket packages, according to a press release sent out by Pete Moore, director of athletic communications.

Only SU students who are men’s basketball season ticket holders for the 2011-12 season will be eligible to purchase one package each. Approximately 100 tickets will be available for student purchase, as the portion of tickets available to SU students is proportional to the percentage of students in the season ticket base, according to the release. The tickets will be sold on a first-come, firstserved basis. Students must present their valid SU ID for purchase and pick up, and cash and major credit cards will be accepted at the Dome, according to the release. Ashley Andrew, president of SU’s official student section, Otto’s Army, said because the

organization did not receive funding, it will not be coordinating student transportation, as a bus to the Sweet 16, Elite Eight or Final Four would not be feasible. Orange Club donors at the director’s level ($5,000) or higher have been granted first access to Sweet 16 round tickets through an exclusive presale that began March 17 at 4 p.m. and will conclude Monday at noon. Tickets are available to donors through, according to the release. The tickets are being sold as the same $205 package offered to student season ticket holders. For donors of $25,000 and above, there is a fourticket package limit, and for donors of $5,000 to $24,999, there is a two-ticket package limit, according to the release. Remaining tickets go on sale Tuesday from noon. to 4:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis to Orange Club donors of $125 and up for the 2010-11 year and 2011-12 SU men’s basketball season ticket holders, according to the release. The general public will be eligible to purchase tickets Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. if any still remain after this sale. As of press time, Moore said in an email he did not have any additional information. Associate Athletic Director Jeremiah Maher could not be immediately reached for comment. Brian Spector, president of the SU Alumni Association, said a pregame event similar

to the one held in Pittsburgh will be held in Boston near the TD Garden area. He said the event in Pittsburgh included the attendance of Otto, the pep band, cheerleaders and alumni. “We have great representation in the Boston area,” Spector said of the large SU alumni presence near the location of the Sweet 16 round.


Tickets for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament will go on sale Tuesday at the Carrier Dome Box Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 2011-12 student season ticket holders. Tickets are only available for SU students who are 2011-12 men’s basketball season ticket holders, and they can only purchase one package each. Approximately 100 tickets will be available for student purchase, as the portion of tickets available to SU students is proportional to the percentage of students in the season ticket base, according to the release. The tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis while available. Students must present their valid SU ID for purchase and pick up. Cash and major credit cards will be accepted at the Dome, according to the release.



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Sorkin worked on the Golden Globe recipient “The West Wing.” In collaboration with the College of Visual and Performing Arts, he launched the Sorkin in Los Angeles Learning Practicum in 2006. The weeklong program allows students to meet with actors, writers and producers, as well as participate in workshops and other activities. Students such as Nick Dauch, a junior entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major, said Sorkin was a more logical selection than previous speakers, such as the controversial JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon, who spoke at the 2010 ceremony. “I think it’s a better choice, and he’s an alum,” Dauch said. “I can’t think of many people to top that.” Stephanie Boyle, a junior illustration major, said she felt Sorkin would be able to connect with students at a more personal level because he graduated from SU. “He’s been in our shoes. He knows exactly what we’re going through,” she said. “And he could influence us to press on with what we’re doing and just know that there’s going to be a happy outcome after our hard work.” Josh Guillaume, a sophomore film major, also thought Sorkin’s involvement with the program in LA and the movie industry made him an appealing choice. “It goes right along with where you can go with a Syracuse education,” he said. “I think that’s great that he’s out and involved in the film industry, and he’s also still connected to the institution where he came from.” Many students were not familiar with Sorkin or were not aware that the speaker for this year’s ceremony was even announced. But others, including junior history major Andrew Doscas, thought selecting Sorkin as the speaker made sense. However, Doscas also said he thinks SU could have brought in a person with more universal appeal. “I feel like that might be geared towards a



versity, in February. The NYPD also monitored Muslim mosques and small businesses in New Jersey, angering politicians and the FBI because it undermined national security. At the committee hearing, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) questioned how law enforcement could spy on residents in another state without notifying the state’s authorities. Lautenberg said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker were unaware of the NYPD’s investigations in their state, according to an article published by The Associated Press on Thursday. Holder said he did not know the answer. “At least what I’ve read publicly, and again, just what I’ve read in the newspapers, is disturbing,” Holder said during the hearing, according to the article. Holder did not elaborate on whether he was bothered by the actual monitoring or that it was done outside city limits, according to the article. The U.S. Department of Justice has begun reviewing letters of concern it received regarding the issue, Holder said. The department is still deciding whether to investigate civil rights violations, as the review process is still in its early stages, according to a Feb. 29 AP article. Xochitl Hinojosa, public affairs specialist for the Department of Justice, said on Tuesday the department is currently in the process of reviewing requests, but would not elaborate. “The department is aware of the allegations and we have received several requests to inves-

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“I think it’s a better choice, and he’s an alum. I can’t think of many people to top that.” Nick Dauch JUNIOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMERGING ENTERPRISE MAJOR

select group of students, more so students who were more engaged with theater and arts and stuff like that,” Doscas said. “But I have nothing against Aaron Sorkin. If that’s who they felt was best, I’m sure the school had their reasons.” Julia Palmer, a senior broadcast and digital journalism major, is among the students that feel Sorkin relates to her own studies. “I think it will be pretty cool because I’m a Newhouse major, so it would kind of be cool to hear him speak,” Palmer said. “Definitely better than last year. Not the best, but definitely better.”


Take a look at the last eight commencement speakers at Syracuse University.

2011: J. Craig Venter

World-renowned Scientist

2010: Jamie Dimon

Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase

2009: Joe Biden

47th Vice President of the United States

2008: Bob Woodruff ABC News Journalist

2007: Frank McCourt

Author/Pulitzer Prize Winner

2006: Billy Joel Singer/Songwriter

2005: Jane Goodall

Primatologist and Anthropologist

2004: Phulicia Rasahd American Actress


tigate the NYPD,” Hinojosa said. “We decline further comment at this time.” The Obama administration refused to support the NYPD’s actions, even though the efforts were partly funded under a White House federal grant used to combat drug crimes, according to the article. Thirty-four members of Congress have asked the Department of Justice for an investigation. Though federal agents have used civil rights to investigate police abuse before, it has not been done in the last decade for a police department’s counterterrorism efforts, according to Thursday’s article. The NYPD’s intelligence unit currently operates without any outside oversight. The NYPD has defended its actions, claiming the monitoring is legal. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also defended the department and said the last decade without successful terrorist attacks proves the department’s security efforts have been effective.


In late February, The Associated Press reported that undercover officers looking for suspicious terrorist activity were sent by the New York Police Department to monitor Muslim student associations within different colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, including Syracuse University. University officials have said they were unaware of any reported activities by the NYPD.



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ITTSBURGH — Dion Waiters’ celebration was, in a way, perfect. The straight face, the flex of the muscles, the stare. It all made sense. He had just sliced through the Kansas State defense from the top of the key, hugging the basketball with both arms like he was a running back protecting a football. He had just absorbed contact from not one but two Wildcat defenders, tossing up a circus left-handed layup in the process that somehow found its way through the basket. And he had just landed, perfectly enough, with his body facing the two rows of media covering Syracuse’s 16-point triumph over Kansas State. It allowed him to stare some of SU’s doubters right in the face. “I think today we made a statement in that we are a No. 1 seed for a reason,” Waiters said. He’s absolutely right. Saturday’s 75-59 win over eighth-seeded Kansas State went beyond the formal punching of SU’s ticket to the Sweet 16. Rather, it was a rejuvenation of a team many thought to be teetering on the edge of elimination from a tournament it expected to have a chance at winning. Thursday’s narrow victory over No. 16 UNC Asheville cast doubt on this team’s ability to play without Big East Defensive Player of the Year Fab Melo. Head coach Jim Boeheim and his players already faced question after question regarding the repercussions of Melo’s absence Wednesday. And after the slim sevenpoint victory against the Bulldogs, the doubters only grew louder. But in running away from Kansas State on Saturday — holding the Wildcats to 31.3 percent shooting, battling back from a huge first-half rebounding hole and reaching the 75-point plateau for the first time since Feb. 11 — the Orange quieted the majority of those doubters. “They doubted us,” point guard Scoop Jardine said. “Nobody thought we were going to get this far, especially losing Fab. It doesn’t matter. Our identity is us, what we believe in and what we can do.” I am included in the “they” Jardine alluded to. I, like many, didn’t think Syracuse had the resolve or the interior toughness to overcome



the loss of Melo. Saturday’s game proved I was wrong. Despite being slaughtered on the boards in the first half by Kansas State and performing poorly offensively, Syracuse battled back. Freshman Rakeem Christmas, the same player who was figuratively punched in the mouth by Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley in January, transformed into a totally different player. After Kansas State forward Jordan Henriquez grabbed 11 rebounds in the first half, Christmas responded with eight points and seven rebounds of his own in the second half. It was a “take that” type of statement. He chipped in offensively by finishing feeds at the rim with dunks. He also blocked a pair of shots in the second half, including one he sent flying into the Kansas State bench. Is he Fab Melo? No. Is he getting there? You bet. “Rakeem was tremendous,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He really was. He was tremendous. He’s just kind of figuring it out.” His teammate, Jardine, figured it out as well on Saturday in time to save the game for the Orange. He overcame a two-point, four-turnover disastrous opening 20 minutes to pour in 14 points and six assists in the second half and lead his team to a win. The head-scratching turnovers of the first half were replaced with solid veteran leadership and a will to win. That trickled down to his fellow Philadelphian Dion Waiters. The shots he forced against UNC Asheville were nowhere to be found Saturday. In their place was an efficient 5-of-9 performance, plus seven perfect

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With assertive performance, SU makes statement to team’s doubters

Syracuse’s field-goal percentage for the game, which included the Orange’s 6-of9 performance from 3-point range.





In the paint 28 Beyond the arc 18 From the free-throw line 23 Midrange points 6

No matter where Syracuse looked for offense against Kansas State on Saturday, the Orange seemed to find success. In the second half, Syracuse shot 67 percent (14-of-21), scoring 50 points in the final 20 minutes. Here’s a breakdown of where Syracuse’s 75 points came from during the game:



Dion Waiters

“Going to the Sweet 16, we’re not done yet. It doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to New Orleans.”


andrew renneisen | staff photographer (FROM TOP) SCOOP JARDINE drives past Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez. Dion Waiters flexes his muscles after finishing an acrobatic, left-handed layup to punctuate Syracuse’s 75-59 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday. The duo combined for 21 second-half points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.


ITTSBURGH — With one minute left, the Syracuse section of fans rose to its feet for a standing ovation. Dion Waiters stood at half court and turned to the orangeclad crowd. He raised his right hand high above his head and extended his pointer finger to the sky. The message couldn’t be clearer. Syracuse, despite its critics, earned its No. 1 seed. “It was a statement to everybody that had the underdogs,” Waiters said. “I’m glad we came in and proved them wrong. … It’s a great feeling.” No. 1 SU (33-2) advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 75-59 win over No. 8 Kansas State (22-11) Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Orange took advantage of the Wildcats man-to-man defense and pounded the ball inside at every opportunity. That eventually created space on the perimeter, and Syracuse didn’t miss a 3-pointer in the second half as it pulled away.


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SU will play No. 4 seed Wisconsin in Boston on Thursday. The Badgers defeated No. 5 Vanderbilt 60-57 on Saturday. After his signal to the crowd, Waiters dropped his hand and saluted the Orange fans. By the end of the game, the boos that had greeted Syracuse throughout its play at the Consol Energy Center were silenced. They were replaced by a “Let’s go Orange” chant. It was SU’s fans who were ecstatic by the time the game ended. But right from the opening tip, it was the Orange’s players who were thrilled to see Kansas State’s man-to-man defense. “We’ve been seeing a lot of zone,” Scoop Jardine said. “We saw the man and our eyes lit up.” Three of Syracuse’s last four opponents played a zone defense, and the Orange’s offense sputtered. Saturday, SU attacked inside from its first possession when Brandon Triche hit a floater in

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the paint. The Orange fell behind by seven early, but Waiters and Kris Joseph carried Syracuse back in front. Their dribble penetration

“We’re a team who does well on man-to-man. At the end of the day, we saw what they were giving us, and we took full advantage of it.”

Dion Waiters


sparked a 21-3 run that put SU up by 11, and they finished with 19 of the team’s 25 firsthalf points. “We’re a team who does well on man-toman,” Waiters said. “At the end of the day, we saw what they were giving us, and we took full advantage of it.” The Wildcats countered by dominating the boards. They outrebounded Syracuse 28-16 and pulled down 15 offensive rebounds before halftime. Forward Jordan Henriquez pulled down 11 rebounds in the first half alone and led KSU on a 12-2 run to pull within 25-24 at the break. And Kansas State’s first eight points in the second half came on three layups and a Henriquez tip-slam. But momentum swung permanently in SU’s favor when Henriquez fouled Joseph on a drive, picking up his third foul with 16

minutes left. The Orange held a 34-32 lead when the 6-foot-11 forward sat down, and its lead grew to seven by the time he returned 2:33 later. “I felt like they were too small out there,” James Southerland said, “and they didn’t have anyone to really guard us.” Henriquez’s return didn’t stop the Syracuse run or its ability to score inside. Freshman center Rakeem Christmas slipped free under the basket twice, and Jardine found him for finishes at the rim. The lead grew to 10, and the threat of SU’s dribble penetration started opening up space for its shooters. The Orange went 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the second half, all of them by Jardine and Southerland. “James got in a rhythm, Scoop in the second half got in a rhythm,” Joseph said. “That’s what we want to see. We don’t want to take contested shots. We want easy, open shots. That’s what we got.” Syracuse went up by 13 with nine minutes left when Southerland found space at the top of the key and knocked down a triple in rhythm. The junior buried another after Jardine drove into the paint and found him wide-open in the corner to put SU up 58-44 with seven minutes left. Kansas State never cut the lead to single digits, and the Orange added two exclamation points with uncontested dunks in the final minute. Before that, Waiters made sure to let the fans know that this Syracuse squad, regardless of its previous struggles, was still a top team. “I feel as though we just have to just continue to work hard and build off this,” Waiters said. “Going to the Sweet 16, we’re not done yet. It doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to New Orleans.”

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Jardine sparks offense as playmaker in terrific 2nd half By Michael Cohen STAFF WRITER

PITTSBURGH — It was a moment that transcended time yet emphasized the present all in one. Michael Carter-Williams, the freshman, put his arm around Scoop Jardine, the 23-year old fifth-year senior, and comforted his mentor. As they walked off the court together after the first half of Syracuse’s game against Kansas State on Saturday, the kid slung his arm around the veteran. Seconds after Jardine completed a horrific first half — one that featured four turnovers and a 1-of-4 shooting performance — Carter-Williams was the imparter of wisdom. “I told him he worked five hard years for this,” Carter-Williams said. “He’s gone through so much adversity for this moment right here, for this second half.” Jardine, with his SU career perhaps flashing before his eyes, re-emerged from the locker room a different player. Gone were the careless passes and brash decisions, replaced instead by brilliant distribution and proficient shotmaking. He scored 14 points in the second half, dished out five assists and committed just two turnovers to lead No. 1 Syracuse to a 75-59 win over eighth-seeded Kansas State. Unwilling to relinquish the reins to CarterWilliams just yet, Jardine took control of the game and led his team to the Sweet 16. “Scoop, as a fifth-year senior, made the plays, made difficult shots, made the right pass, played extremely aggressive in the second half,” Wildcats head coach Frank Martin said. After a first half that was filled with plays where SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he couldn’t even figure out what Jardine was doing — like the one where an errant Jardine pass left Boeheim with his hands on his head and his mouth open in disbelief — the senior point guard recovered. He opened the second half with a fadeaway 3-pointer that gave the Orange a 31-30 lead. That seemed to be the spark. “I told him at halftime, thank God for two halves of basketball,” Kris Joseph said. “He had a chance to redeem himself.”

Jardine hit another triple less than four minutes later, this one putting SU up by five. It came on the first possession of the game in which Kansas State switched to zone defense. It was also the last possession the Wildcats played zone defense. “The one time they switched to the zone, Brandon (Triche) made a great penetration and kick and Scoop hit the 3,” Boeheim said. “Teams that don’t play zone, when you hit a 3 on them, they go back to man-to-man.” And that’s when Syracuse’s offense really kicked in, spearheaded by Jardine. He drove his man down the right side of the lane two possessions later and dropped off a beautiful underhand pass to forward Rakeem Christmas for an easy dunk. Jardine found Christmas again less than a minute later for another layup, this one pushing the Syracuse lead to 47-37. Then came the dagger — a crossover move to shake free from KSU’s Angel Rodriguez, setting up a third 3-pointer to push the Syracuse lead back to double digits with 9:50 remaining. He added a floater to the display as well. His high-arching shot rainbowed perfectly over the outstretched arm of KSU’s Jordan Henriquez along the right baseline and swished through the net to the delight of the SU faithful. “I continued to be aggressive,” Jardine said. “I didn’t let the turnovers bother me. “Once I’m playing like that, it’s really hard to stay in front of me, and I’m always looking to get my teammates involved.” On the bench, the protégé Carter-Williams loved it. With each perfect Jardine assist, he rose up from his seat in celebration. It’s not his show to run yet, but he knows it will be. Jardine hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final three minutes to prevent any chance of a lastditch comeback by the Wildcats — another lesson in veteran leadership for Carter-Williams. And when Jardine dropped off one final assist to Christmas for a two-handed, exclamation-point dunk with 37 seconds left, the freshman on the bench was almost in awe of the show he’d just witnessed. “That second half, he played unbelievable,

andrew renneisen | staff photographer SCOOP JARDINE rises up in the paint. The fifth-year point guard scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to propel the Orange past No. 8 Kansas State on Saturday. and I just look at it and take everything in so when I go out there and play I can play well, too,” Carter-Williams said. “He took over in the

second half and got players easy baskets and definitely got us the win.”

Christmas impressive anchoring middle on both ends of floor in victory By Zach Brown STAFF WRITER

PITTSBURGH — As the media descended on the Syracuse locker room, the biggest throng of reporters huddled around one player who didn’t have much influence on the Orange’s successes throughout the year. But before Rakeem Christmas took his seat up against a wall and the media started their interrogation, his teammates showed how unusual a sight it was for the freshman to be the center of attention. “They’re coming for you today big Rak,” Dion Waiters yelled on his way to the showers. “They’re coming for you.” The soft-spoken Christmas was the first focal point of reporters after scoring eight points and hauling in 11 rebounds in topseeded Syracuse’s 75-59 win over No. 8 seed Kansas State on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The freshman center played perhaps his best game of the season against the Wildcats and was a key factor in

helping the Orange advance to the Sweet 16. He played a season-high 34 minutes and sat for just 18 seconds in the second half. More importantly, he showed Syracuse still has someone who can hold down the center position without Big East Defensive Player of the Year Fab Melo. “He was tremendous,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s a very athletic big guy. I think the last probably five or six weeks, he’s been playing more at center in practice, working more inside game, inside drill work. I think he’s getting better all the time.” Without Melo, many felt the Orange would struggle to compete with good rebounding teams or against dominant post players. Kansas State boasts 6-foot-11 forward Jordan Henriquez, and Christmas still played one of his best games of the season. In the first half Christmas didn’t take a shot and only grabbed four rebounds, but he came to life in the second half. It started with his effort on the glass. On one

SU possession, Kris Joseph took a step-back, fadeaway jumper from the baseline that clanged off the rim, but Christmas was there to grab the rebound and give SU a second chance. Joseph then got fouled on a drive, made the first free throw and then missed the second. Once again, Christmas was there for the board. He missed the putback, but James Southerland laid it back in. “I think he did awesome,” Brandon Triche said. “He played really big. He has a lot of practices like that where he’s just on. He’s good around the basket. I felt like he could have had a few more points if he could have converted on the easy ones. But 11 rebounds is incredible.” Once Christmas got going, he said all of his teammates started pouring on words of encouragement. Senior Scoop Jardine said this was the hardest he has ever seen the freshman play. And that eventually led to his scoring. Triche found the center all alone under the basket after Christmas hustled downcourt in transition and finished with an easy layup. On

the Orange’s next possession, Jardine drew Henriquez off the freshman on a drive and shoveled a pass to him under the basket. Christmas capitalized there with a dunk. Two possessions later, he caught a pass under the basket and used the rim to protect his shot from Henriquez on a reverse layup. “We look for him to do this every game next season,” Triche said. “But he’s capable of doing it now.” Christmas said his confidence was down earlier this season, but it’s now on the rise. At one point, he was tired of the Wildcats converting floaters over the top of him and swatted an Angel Rodriguez floater into the Kansas State bench. And although he was admittedly a little worn after playing the most minutes yet of his young career, he was happy he contributed to the win. “When I get going, I get going sometimes,” Christmas said. “It’s good to stay in knowing I don’t have to come back out for making a mistake.”

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Syracuse falls into insurmountable hole in loss to Blue Jays By Ryne Gery



ALTIMORE — Derek Maltz walked back on the field after taking a quick water break. He eventually stopped at midfield, where he could only wait. Standing there motionless, Maltz watched JOHNS HOPKINS 11 Johns Hopkins burn precious seconds off the clock. SYRACUSE 7 The Syracuse attack finally turned his head to see the time tick to 2:17 remaining in the fourth quarter on the scoreboard. The Blue Jays controlled much of the second half, limiting Maltz and the SU offense to few opportunities to close the gap. And with the Orange trailing by four goals and less than two minutes remaining, the end result was clear. “We just got to do a better job on the offensive side of the field limiting turnovers and finishing opportunities,” Maltz said. “And with a defense like that and with the offensive firepower they have when they get the ball, they do a great job of controlling the tempo.

“Especially when you’re behind, you really have to be patient and work for good shots. And I think that their goalie came up big for them, and I think the third quarter really, really hurt us today.” John Desko


“So again, we just got to be a little bit smarter, execute a little bit better and finish opportunities.” Those limited opportunities doomed Syracuse as it fell to Johns Hopkins 11-7 at Homewood Field in front of 5,970 on Saturday. The No. 5 Orange (3-2, 1-0 Big East) couldn’t keep pace with the explosive scoring attack of the No. 2 Blue Jays (7-0) due to struggles at the faceoff X and sloppy play offensively in the second half. After going into halftime down by just three, Hopkins broke open the game with



free throws to lead Syracuse in scoring with 18 points. Everything the Orange was on Thursday, it

ilana goldmeier | contributing photographer DEREK MALTZ carries the ball. Maltz was the lone bright spot for Syracuse offensively Saturday. He scored three goals on a teamhigh nine shots, but was unable to find the back of the net in the second half as Johns Hopkins pulled away, eventually winning 11-7. two quick goals in the third period. The Blue Jays added another late and held SU scoreless in the quarter to take a commanding 10-4 lead going into the game’s final 15 minutes. SU head coach John Desko said the third quarter was the difference, as the pressure put on the offense to produce led to turnovers and missed opportunities. “They had a bigger lead in the third, and we felt like we had to play catch up,” Desko said. “You really have to play smart lacrosse, take your time, get good possessions, work for good shots against the goaltender. I thought we played hurried.” The Orange was forced to rush during possessions in the second half after Blue Jays attack Brandon Benn scored off the faceoff nine seconds into the half and added another less than four minutes later. SU never found the answer to the early surge it needed, though. The Orange went 0-of-3 on faceoffs in the period — 7-of-20 for the game — and the Blue Jays dominated possession. When Syracuse did get scoring opportunities, JHU goaltender Pierce Bassett was a wall in net. Bassett made five of his nine saves in the third period to keep the Orange off the board. Henry Schoonmaker drove to the right and fired late in the third quarter, but Bassett snagged the shot easily. Pete Coleman tried from straight away, but his shot fell right into the goaltender’s stick. Finally, Tommy Palasek received the ball all alone in tran-

sition with time running out, but Bassett jumped in the air with the attack to grab his attempt from midair. “They play such great defense and have such great goaltending that you really, especially when you’re behind, you really have to be patient and work for good shots,” Desko said. “And I think that their goalie came up big for them, and I think the third quarter really, really hurt us today.” Maltz said the struggles offensively came down to time possession and execution. Two areas Hopkins dominated for the entire second half. JHU defender Tucker Durkin said his team’s ability to hold the Orange scoreless for more than 20 minutes in the game started with the Blue Jays’ offense holding possession. After an explosive first half and the big third quarter, the game was in Johns Hopkins’ hands going into the final period. A fact Blue

wasn’t on Saturday. The players seemed to be back in midseason form. “I’m excited, the way we came out and played,” Waiters said. “I can’t ask for nothing else.” With the win over KSU, Syracuse can put a half-disastrous, half-brilliant weekend behind it. The road to Boston wasn’t pretty,

but the Orange seems to be leaving Pittsburgh on the heels of a game that inspired a world of confidence. SU is still a long way from New Orleans, which remains the ultimate goal. And I’m not ready to anoint this team as Final Four caliber yet.

Jays head coach Dave Pietramala acknowledged after the game, saying his team played just three quarters. Though Hopkins let up in the fourth quarter, it didn’t matter. Syracuse couldn’t capitalize to come all the way back. Minutes before Maltz could only watch, he stood with his hands on his knees after missing a golden opportunity on a wide-open shot in transition. The attack arched his back in disappointment of him and the Orange failing to capitalize again. And SU was left to play the final five minutes knowing the hole was too big to overcome. “Credit him, he’s a great goalie, but when they’re dominating the faceoff like that and when they’re doing a good job controlling the ball on offense,” Maltz said, “we got to make the most of all of our opportunities.”


Syracuse went more than 20 minutes without scoring a goal in its loss to Johns Hopkins last Saturday. In between goals by Derek Maltz and Tommy Palasek, the Blue Jays scored four times to take a 10-4 lead going into the final period. Here’s a look at the scoring breakdown during that span in the game: PERIOD

2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th


3:29 2:42 14:51 10:52 2:30 13:15


Derek Maltz Wells Stanwick Brandon Benn Brandon Benn Brandon Benn Tommy Palasek


6-4, JHU 7-4, JHU 8-4, JHU 9-4, JHU 10-4, JHU 10-5, JHU

But Saturday was certainly a start. Said C.J. Fair: “This was definitely what we needed.” Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mjcohe02@syr. edu or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.

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What was the most memorable moment of your Spring Break?

“I visited my cousin in Brooklyn, and I realized I have to live there sometime in my life. I went to this art gallery opening. The studio that it was in, the young people that I met and the inspirational people that were there really changed my perspective on how I think of what to do after college.” Aaron Frank


“I was on Alternative Spring Break in Washington, D.C., and I got to work with a lot of homeless people, which was really eye-opening to me. I really enjoyed it. One night, we were serving dinner, and I heard this advice from someone that a homeless man gave him. It was ‘Focus now, boogie later.’” Allie Gendreau

“We built a house in Florida for Habitat for Humanity through SU. It was for this really nice woman who lives down there. She’s a grandma, and it’s for her and her three grandkids. She was really sweet and brought us lunch. Afterward, we’d go to the beaches.” Jess Rice


“I got a student rush ticket for $30 for ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.’ I stayed afterwards and got Nick Jonas’ autograph. And I touched him, too. It was really great. I told him the show was wonderful. He said thank you, so it was an awesome time.” Mileysa Ponce



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Mountaintop masterpiece Stunning visuals, moving score encompass pensive game By Joshua Rivera STAFF WRITER


ow much do endings matter to you? Do you enjoy a shock or a sudden twist? Perhaps you believe that the story is in its telling, that it’s not the end that matters most but what happened on the journey along the way. The third game by the team at thatgamecompany, “Journey” is not a game about endings. It starts simply. In a vast and lonely desert, you assume the role of a robed figure. In the distance, there is a mountain. Your goal is to walk there. If by any chance someone told you the final destination is the mountain, it would not hamper the experience in the least. Whether you make it to the end doesn’t matter: “Journey” doesn’t set out to give you narrative closure. Game play is simple. The controls are purposefully minimal: only two buttons and a

control stick used for navigation. Holding down the O button lets you sing wordlessly to trigger objects in the environment, allowing you to progress. As players travel, they encounter glowing symbols that add to an ever-growing scarf on their wanderer. The scarf, triggered by the X button, grants the power of flight. Don’t let the game’s simplicity turn you away, though. The ease of navigation gives the player that much more room to ponder. There’s hardly any narrative at all. There are no words, spoken or written, no real puzzles to solve and almost no other characters. When you do reach the end, what it will mean to you depends largely on what you make of it. But the game doesn’t take place in an emotionless void. In less than two hours, “Journey” covers a full spectrum of human emotion, from awe and wonder to sorrow and fear. This is due in large part to the game’s absolutely stunning visuals. In

the video game industry, a game’s visuals are often mistakenly used as an indication of how good it will be. Thus, there’s always a push for the latest games to have better visuals and more details. It creates visual apathy in those who regularly play video games — they expect games to be more graphically impressive. “Journey” makes you forget that. Its deserts seem alive with sand that seem like grains of fire at one instant and flowing gold in another. It demands that you stop and wonder, both because there’s little else to do and because there’s little reason to do anything else. There are few games that are both visually impressive and aesthetically pleasing. “Journey” easily accomplishes both. If one is making a case for “Journey” being a beautiful game, it would be criminal not to mention Austin Wintory’s sparse yet moving score. “Journey” is about as introspective as video games get, and you’ll be robbed of a wonderful part of the experience playing with the sound off.

As meditative as the game is, it does have an option for online play. If enabled, other players can enter the game and join your pilgrimage. There will never be more than one, players never speak with each other and you won’t find out the person’s name until the credits roll. You can help each other or ignore each other, but there’s something remarkable about the feeling one gets from knowing there is another human pressing onward with you. If this all comes across as frustratingly vague, there’s a reason for that. “Journey” is brief. It does not waste your time. But more importantly, the talented developers at thatgamecompany set out to make an experience that can only be achieved through a video game. You need to discover on your own what lies between that desert and the mountain, and no one can explain what it all means; you have to discover that for yourself, too. Getting caught up in how it all ends will cause you to miss out on all that is beautiful around you.


If You Like: “Flower” (the game), “The Alchemist” (the book) Platform: Playstation 3 Developer: Thatgamecompany Get It From: Playstation Network download $14.99 Rating:

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Fashion fame should come from talent, not big name


ame and fashion make for fickle friends. Try saying that 10 times fast. Tongue twister aside, the relationship between fashion and celebrity is a complicated one. More than ever, individuals and the media require constant drama and instant gratification. Nothing demonstrates this obsession with spectacle and novelty better than NBC’s new show, “Fashion Star.” The show, which premiered March 13, showcases the work of amateur designers. The twist is that buyers from Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M offer money to the designers whose clothes they want to sell. Miraculously, the winning garments are available for purchase the next morning. “It’s just the Home Shopping Network working the pole in Vegas,” said fashion writer Maureen O’Connor about the show in a March 14 Gawker article. O’Connor’s summation is harsh, but the show does cater to some of our society’s worst inclinations while also undercutting the work of more serious and more talented designers. For starters, the show’s “mentors” — Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie —perpetuate the notion that celebrities are automatically fashion experts. Varvatos is a successful and respected designer, but the ladies are not fashion critics with expert taste. “I love the sequins, and I would wear it right now,” was one of Simpson’s comments in the pilot. How insightful. Perhaps it is snobbish of me to bash the show when I’m just as likely to shop at H&M or



SINGIN’ AT THE STOPLIGHT This year for Spring Break, I decided to go back home to Middletown, N.Y. — all I did during break was hang out with friends and play tennis. One day, I dropped my mom off at work in her purple Hyundai Elantra, and on the way back home I stopped at a red light. Of course, as any normal person would, I turned on the radio to pass the time in between the changing lights. “Love You Like a Love Song,”


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still judging you Macy’s as the next college student. It’s not that I consider only expensive, designer clothes to be worthwhile — if I did, I’d have one suit and no money. But the show’s contestants showed nothing I would consider innovative. I object to the show making a spectacle of boring clothes while more creative, tasteful and pioneering designers struggle to succeed. The fact that the clothes are available for purchase the next day also caters to consumerist tendencies. It suggests that fast money is more important to fashion than creativity. Reality television can be debated for hours, but for a lucky few, the fame of winning a show launches a serious career. Christian Siriano, who won the fourth season of “Project Runway,” is now a successful fashion designer with his own label. But in spite of his clothes appearing in magazines like Marie Claire, Siriano’s reality show reputation left some critics skeptical. Style. com’s Meenal Mistry questioned his popularity in a September 2010 article: “It would be nice to see him shore up the goodwill and fame with

a catchy song by Selena Gomez, came on, so I turned the volume all the way up and started busting a move in the driver’s seat. I looked to my right and noticed a very attractive girl staring at me. She was laughing hysterically. My windows were rolled all the way down, and I realized everyone surrounding me in traffic could hear and see me having a dance party in my car. Embarrassed, I tried to hastily drive away as the light turned green, but I misjudged the turn and clipped the curb. I still can’t decide if she was laughing at me or at the stuffed animals in the backseat. — Cj Cervantes, undecided freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences


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clothes that can stand on their own.” Siriano is a designer who became famous, but famous people who become designers also struggle. For example, Kanye West debuted his collection in Paris last October. Despite avidly studying fashion for a number of years, West designed heavy and ill-fitting clothes, and he showcased an unusual addition of fur in his spring collection. Still, the fashion world seems to be willing to give West a chance. Big names in the industry, like Anna Wintour, continue to attend his shows. What sets West apart, it seems, is his awareness of his place in the fashion world. “The biggest hurdle I had to face is the celebrity designer or the hip-hop designer concept,” West told Tim Blanks in an October 2011 review for The pitfalls of the celebrity designer concept were painfully obvious when Lindsay Lohan co-designed a collection for Ungaro in 2009. Her debut fashion show — in which many models wore sparkly, heart-shaped nipple pasties — was disastrous. But on the other hand, the Olsen twins have managed to not only shed their tabloid-fodder image, but also establish an award-winning fashion label, The Row. Fame is a complex creature, especially in the fashion world. At worst, it gives credibility to people who don’t deserve it and produces profit-driven, pseudo-creative shows like “Fashion Star.” On the other hand, celebrity status can give promising designers like

SHOWER SEDUCTION I went to Panama City for this year’s break and witnessed an amusing and equally uncomfortable moment. My friend was waiting to take a shower after a day at the beach, and there was a long line of people. In one bathroom he noticed there was a bathtub right next to a shower occupied by another one of my friends. He jokingly said that he should go fill up the tub and try and seduce the other guy already in the shower. The rest of the group thought it was a great idea and started gathering supplies. Much to the confusion of the naked shower occupant,

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the seducer then walked in with dish soap to make a bubble bath. He also had a candle, a bottle of wine with two glasses, ranch dressing and maple syrup — the ultimate seduction package. The victim realized what was happening and hopped out completely naked in front of 20 guys and girls. Startled, he hopped back in the shower as the seducer got naked and hopped in the tub. The victim then exited the shower, poured some syrup on the seducer, took the glass of wine and walked away. —Charlie Reiff, freshman television, film and radio major


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Gimme a break


h, Spring Break — the time to get away from the stress of school and just let loose for a week. Five students share stories about unexpected moments that happened during their time abroad, on the road and back home. —Compiled by The Daily Orange Feature Staff Illustrations by Emmett Baggett, Art Director

Four students reveal humorous anecdotes from week off

YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY For this year’s break, we went to Florida to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Fifteen people went on the trip in three classy minivans. We named our minivan Bertha and the GPS Beth. We took an additional two-hour trip to Miami to go to a club we had heard good things about. Beth ended up taking us as far south as I-95 will take you and nearly to the northernmost point of the Florida Keys. We never found the club, even after spending about six hours in our car. On a separate occasion, she directed us down the most desolate road deep into the woods on our way to rest for the night.

It looked like the sort of place where murder movies take place. Then, on the way back to Syracuse, Beth went crazy, so we pulled over. We thought we were still in Virginia and then realized it was D.C. when we saw the Washington monument. Classic mix-up. After asking for directions to the White House, the man pointed to our right and said, “It’s right there.” We don’t know how we missed it. We took pictures and went back on our way. It was a great experience, but we will fly next time we go anywhere. Now we know why they invented airplanes. — Abby Wolfe, sophomore advertising major, and Meaghan McGrath, sophomore magazine major

SEEING GREEN Last Spring Break while abroad in London, my roommates and I traveled to Istanbul to visit friends studying there. We spent St. Patrick’s Day eve at a bar, and by the time we ordered a beer tower, our one roommate wasn’t looking too good. When he started napping, we grabbed a cab to go back to our hotel. Midway up a hill, he puked all over the back seat. Our disgruntled cabbie pulled over, and I jumped out to hold my friend’s sweater while he puked all over a cobblestone sidewalk within eyesight of the Hagia Sophia, the beautiful former mosque. Short on patience and unfamiliar

with where our hotel was in relation to the mosque, our cabbie drove a few more blocks up the hill before kicking us out. My other roommates were helping our friend step out, so I was stuck paying the cab fare — and compensation for the mess — to the tune of about 30 U.S. dollars. Frustrated and tired, two of my roommates blamed me for getting us lost. I directed us down the hill, and we stumbled upon the front doors of our hotel. Sober, dirty and broke, we made it back in one disgusting and disgruntled piece. — Drew Shields, senior advertising and international relations major


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