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Mind the gap Increasing number of international undergraduates puts strain on SU’s support programs By Beckie Strum



n a moment of scholarly zeal, one of Clint Tankersley’s foreign students divulged he had memorized Tankersley’s entire lecture. “One of the greatest honors they can bestow on a faculty member is to give them back exactly what a faculty member said in lecture,” said Tankersley, a professor and associate dean at the Martin J. Whitman School of

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Jumping through hoops (FROM LEFT) KELSEY JARDINE AND ALLY BONNER, sophomore biomedical engineering majors, took to the Quad on Tuesday afternoon with their Hula-Hoops for some fun in the sun. For the third day in a row, the city of Syracuse saw record-high temperatures. On Tuesday, the temperature hit 79 degrees, beating the old record of 75 degrees set in 1976. Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 79 degrees Wednesday, 7 degrees hotter than the current record for March 21.


The number of foreign undergraduates in 2005.

1,136 The number of foreign undergraduates in 2011.

Management. “And I said, ‘So what do you think?’ which is not like some of the educational systems that they’ve grown up in.” For international students at Syracuse University and universities nationwide, adjusting to the expectations of the American education system requires special transition programs and support services. But with the number of international undergraduates increasing each year, the leaders of some of SU’s support programs are feeling slightly strained as they work to ensure these students are equipped with enough language and culture skills to succeed in the classroom and beyond. American universities are bringing in more international students as the bulk of college-bound students shifts away from the Northeast, and more families and governments abroad have the money to send their young adults to American universities.


Sweet 16 tickets reserved Councilors debate PILOT proposal for Orange donors sold out By Debbie Truong MANAGING EDITOR

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Tickets offered to Orange Club donors through Syracuse University for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament sold out Tuesday. Members of the club were eligible to purchase ticket packages for the three games of the Sweet 16, which start Thursday. Ticket sales began for members at the director’s level, $5,000 or higher, March 17 and concluded Monday at noon, said Jeremiah Maher, associate athletics director for ticket operations, in an email. “After that sale, we had a limited

number of tickets available at noon today to donors at the $4,999 and below, and men’s basketball season ticket holders,” Maher said in an email. “Those tickets sold out within one hour of being on sale today.” Maher said if there were any remaining tickets after this sale, they would have been made available to the general public Wednesday. Although the donor tickets sold out quickly, tickets only available for student season ticket holders went on sale Tuesday at the Carrier Dome Box Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Plans for a fitness center and bookstore on University Avenue could face difficulties after Syracuse Common Council members expressed concern about an agreement that would grant tax-exempt status of university-owned property to a private developer. Council members and those in the audience had issue with the length of the 30-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement as well as the precedence the agreement may set for other businesses at a City Hall meeting Tuesday.  Khalid Bey, council member and chairman of the Economic Develop-

ment, Downtown and Metropolitan Planning Committee, said he does not believe the agreement will survive Monday’s scheduled vote. Under the proposed PILOT agreement, SU would lease the property to the Cameron Group for $1. The private developer would construct and finance the $20 million project, said Tom Valenti, a Cameron partner.  Cameron would recoup the financing with payments from SU totaling about $1.48 million annually for 30 years, at which time the property would be re-leased to the university. The Cameron Group would be taxed 17 percent on city services during the 30-year lease period.  The fitness center and bookstore

would occupy a majority of the 85,000-square-foot space, with retail businesses taking up the remaining 8.5 percent of the building, Valenti said. Under the proposed agreement, SU would pay 8.5 percent in taxes for the building’s retail space after 30 years. Former city assessor John Gamage opposes granting the project taxexempt status on a matter of principle. He said approving the PILOT agreement — in which the building would be owned by a for-profit business — would set a bad precedent for future businesses that may take advantage of the model. For a building to be considered



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New courses and the academic integrity policy will be discussed at Wednesday’s University Senate meeting.


Beautiful brilliance A play gives insight into the mind of abstract painter Mark Rothko.

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How is your NCAA bracket holding up after last week’s tournament games?

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sports In the March 20 Student Association article, the student who was named to the Judicial Review Board was incorrectly identified. Conor Sullivan was elected.

Battle in Beantown Top-seeded Syracuse takes on No. 4 Wisconsin in a clash of styles in Boston on Thursday.

It’s fine right now, but I don’t think it’s going to end well. Missouri kind of screwed me over.

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Attempted car robbery off campus Police arrested Syracuse resident Booker Hashaliek on the 700 block of Ackerman on counts of criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle by a false person. The man was then transported to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Protestor draws student criticism A man advocating religion-driven “ex-homosexuality” protested on Waverly Avenue near the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Schine Student Center on Tuesday afternoon. His sign said “thousands of ex-homosexuals have experienced the life-changing love of Jesus Christ.” Multiple students protested the man’s message and created their own signs, such as “F*ck this guy” and “Jesus loves everyone, including this guy,” and stood close to him. This was not the first time the man visited campus to protest the matter.

Lost football from Davis’ grave found The football stolen from the grave site of former Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis was found. A couple walking in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y., on Saturday found the ball under a bush near the grave site and returned it to the cemetery’s superintendent, Tom Henegar, according to an article by The Associated Press. Henegar could not be reached to comment. The football, which sits in a plastic display case atop Davis’ headstone in a cemetery located in Elmira, went missing Thursday. It was not the first time the football was taken since it was placed there anonymously last summer.

Mexico hit by earthquake A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, according to a March 20 CNN article. Residents in the capital and southern parts of the country felt the tremors originating from the quake’s epicenter in Ometepec, Gu errero. There were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities at press time. In the article, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said there were no immediate reports of serious damage, though hundreds of homes in affected areas collapsed. Government helicopters surveyed the area, and officials are preparing shelters for residents whose homes were affected. —Compiled by Stephanie Bouvia, asst. news editor,, Marwa Eltagouri, asst. news editor, meltagou@ and Breanne Van Nostrand, asst. copy editor,


be ingested rather than inhaled, according to the letter. “Your labeling is false and misleading because your product cannot be intended for both inhalation and ingestion,” FDA officials said in the letter. “The functioning of the epiglottis in the throat keeps the processes of inhalation and ingestion mutually exclusive.” The language “inhalable caffeine,” and all references to

Syracuse University will welcome international students next year through a new student exchange program. Representatives from Anadolu University, a multi-campus school in Turkey, visited SU during Spring Break to discuss a partnership between the two universities. Anadolu is known for its distance education programs and student exchange relationships across the globe, according to a March 13 SU News release. The relationship between SU and Anadolu began through Ozgur Yilmazel, a former School of Information Studies faculty member and current director of information technology for Anadolu. Soon after Yilmazel began communication between the two institutions, Susan Corieri, assistant dean of enrollment management at the iSchool, and Can Isik, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, started coordinating Anadolu’s visit to the SU campus. The exploratory visit of seven delegates from Anadolu to SU concluded this past week. In the release, Corieri said the visit was “a very successful one, where we discovered many synergies and made plans to work closely to create an innovative collaboration.” The specific details regarding academic programs, when the exchange will begin and the number of potential students participating are still being negotiated and have not been finalized, Corieri said. She said the program is not only for students in the iSchool, but also for students throughout the entire university. One of the major factors SU examined when considering the student exchange program with Anadolu was its immense online population, Corieri said. Approximately 1.3 million Anadolu students worldwide study online, according to the release. “This extensive use of their learning management system would result in massive data sets that could be studied to better understand and enhance features of online collaboration,” Corieri said. This field of study is of particular interest to the iSchool, which has the



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Reason to write ZADIE SMITH , author of several works of fiction, including “White Teeth,” spoke in Hendricks Chapel on Tuesday night. During the lecture, titled “Why Write?” Smith discussed what it means to be a writer in the 21st century versus other eras. The last University Lecture of the semester, featuring Terry Tempest Williams, will be held in Hendricks Chapel at 7:30 p.m., March 29.

SU to switch voice mail systems By Jessica Iannetta STAFF WRITER

Syracuse University will implement a new system April 4 to make voice mail more convenient and technologically advanced. The new system, CallXpress, will replace the current Octel voice mail system. The university decided to make the change after Avaya, the company that created Octel, announced several years ago it would discontinue support for Octel by July 2011. Though there were never any problems with Octel, the system

was old and the university decided it was time to upgrade, said Ronald Kurdziel, director of communications at SU. “We’ve had that system from the 1990s,” he said. “We thought that it was time to move on and get something that was not only continuing to support and advance, but could also start introducing us to some of the capabilities of unified messaging and unified communications, which is where things seem to be headed.” Right now, individuals who use the university’s system are going

through the process of setting up their new CallXpress voice mail. Even though the system will not be live until early April, individuals are now able to choose a new voice mail password and record a greeting, Kurdziel said. Messages saved on the Octel system will not be transferred to CallXpress because the two formats are not compatible. However, individuals can get copies of their old voice mails made if they request it, Kurdziel said. The university researched


FDA sends warning letter to AeroShot creators By Casey Fabris STAFF WRITER

The Food and Drug Administration recently sent a warning letter to Breathable Foods Inc. regarding concerns with the labeling and safety of its inhalable caffeine product, AeroShot. AeroShot is a product that promises to give its consumers energy without the calories via a small and portable capsule. The capsule contains a blended powder that con-

sists of caffeine and B vitamins, according to its website. The warning letter from the FDA said the product was mislabeled because it was described as a product that could be both inhaled and ingested. The letter specifically cited the conflicting word choice of “inhalable caffeine” and “caffeine inhaler,” along with “ingestible food.” The label on the product claimed it was a dietary supplement, which indicates that it is meant to

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inhalation, have since been removed from the AeroShot website. The product is now only being referred to as an ingestible supplement. Dessa Bergen-Cico, assistant professor of public health at Syracuse University, said she agreed with the FDA’s concerns regarding inhalation of the product. She said when something is inhaled it goes immediately into the bloodstream, then to the organs and finally to the blood-brain barrier. The metabolizing stage that typical caffeine products like coffee go through is entirely bypassed, she said. Sarah Short, professor of nutrition science and dietetics, expressed concern that the product is marketed as a dietary supplement, as this means it undergoes less regulation by the FDA than it would if it were marketed as a traditional food or drug item. “You don’t have a clue what’s in them because they are all supplements. Under the 1994 Supplement Act, you can sell anything, and nobody is looking for the purity or anything else,” she said. Ashley Collman, a senior magazine journalism major, said she shies away from energy products, supplements and items not approved by the FDA because she is uncertain of their safety. “Something tells me that if you heard about a product that was inhalable caffeine, there’s something about that that’s already off to begin with. I know I would research it before I used it,” she said. In terms of safety, officials were primarily concerned with the lack of studies on the effects of caffeine inhalation through the lungs, as this is not how caffeine is typically consumed. “You’re inhaling caffeine, which means it’s going into your lungs, and that scares me,” Short said.


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program for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Data Science. This program is one of the first to be implemented in the region and will instruct students on how to analyze, organize, collect, store and share large data sets, according to the

FDA officials also took issue with contradictions in the appropriate age for the use of AeroShot. In some instances, such as on the company’s website, the product was not recommended for anyone under 18, but on the product’s label, the age was reduced to 12, according to a March 7 Time magazine article. In response to this point, Tom Hadfield, CEO of Breathable Foods, confirmed the product is not intended for anyone under age 18. He also said the company will work with the FDA to clear the discrepancy, according to the article.

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“Kids already abuse caffeine, so if it’s easy, like you can carry it around in a spray with you, I’m sure (they would),” said Austin McColough, a senior anthropology and Spanish major. “That sounds like it’s being made to be abused because you’re only supposed to have like a cup of coffee a day or something.” Bergen-Cico said students should look out for the amount of caffeine in energy products like AeroShot to ensure the supplementary product, combined with other traditional caffeine products like soda or coffee, is still within a healthy range. She said too much caffeine can lead to high blood pressure or increased pulse rate. “I always think people need to be informed and be cautious about what they’re putting in their bodies,” Bergen-Cico said. “If they are somebody who regularly ingests caffeine in other ways — like if they drink coffee and things like that — I would recommend that they not add this on top of it.”

iSchool’s website. Data constantly grows in the modern-day globalized world, and the iSchool aims to graduate students who can analyze huge data sets and make effective decisions for future employers, according to the website. By 2018, it is predicted that 140,000 to 190,000 jobs will be needed in the field, according to the website.



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Change from Campusfood to GrubHub beneficial to students Campusfood was bought out and expanded by GrubHub during Spring Break. Some students expressed dissatisfaction at having to transfer information from one site to another, but GrubHub holds potential for users. GrubHub is a larger company than Campusfood and can offer more restaurants. The company is located in 50 cities and on more than 400 college campuses. GrubHub does not charge a service fee for users and also has a free mobile app so users can order on the go. GrubHub also has a much more personalized interface than CampusFood. Users can type in the cuisine they are looking for. GrubHub also saves previous orders and allows users to mark restaurants or specific orders as favorites. Users do have to transfer credit

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board card information over when moving from Campusfood to GrubHub, but it is explained on the website the measure is to protect private information. GrubHub also provides incentives and prizes for ordering food. Users were offered a coupon for switching over, and users have a chance to win free food for a year or win some other kind of prize after every three orders. But the prize or upgrade is not guaranteed like the points system on Campusfood. In the end, GrubHub is just another way to order food. Although it may take some getting used to for students, the end result is the same.


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Generation Y also deals with challenges, not as different as elders claim it to be

have six Google alerts set up on my Gmail account. Among them, one is reserved for Mitt Romney’s campaign, one for all the latest in cheeseburger recipes and one is specific for content featuring Generation Y — as should be wildly obvious from this column’s tagline. Oddly enough, despite the alerts for Romney and cheeseburgers, the Generation Y alert always proves to be the most entertaining. Once a week, my email account receives a list with links to the top Generation Y-related headlines. My most recent alert included the headlines: “Generation Y is Unlucky, Not Lazy,” from U.S News and World Report; “Why Generation Y Can’t Grow Up: A Recession Tale,” from The Huffington Post; and “For Gen Y, moving in with the parents is a LOL,” from the blog. It’s certainly easy to find fault with our generation — our HD TVs, our iPhones, our dub-step concerts. Claims

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that we’re lazy, spoiled, self-centered and that we expect opportunity to fall into our laps might not be wrong, but it’s not an accurate description of our generation as a whole, either. It doesn’t take a genius to compare and contrast the stereotypes of past generations to conclude, ultimately, our generation is the same as every other. “It’s worth remembering that to some extent, these accusations of laziness and narcissism in ‘kids these days’ are nothing new — they’ve been levied against Generation X, Baby Boomers and many generations before them,” Catherine Rampell wrote in an article published in The New York Times on May 28. “Even Aristotle and Plato were said to have expressed similar feelings about the slacker youth of their times.” Few 20-somethings have their life figured out and many a writer, editor or publication has not allowed this generation the chance to prove itself. Many of us may never get it

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right; some of us may already have everything figured out. The economy changes, culture shifts, international conflicts begin — every generation has suffered its share of obstacles and has criticized its share of rebels, slackers, druggies and Snookies. Gen Y faces a dark recession, a seemingly never-ending conflict in the Middle East and endless hurdles unapologetically placed in our path by former generations. What member of the greatest generation, baby boomers or Generation X, hasn’t faced a similar or, at the least, comparable set of situations. The numbers might show the odds are against our generation, but I’m

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sure World War II, the Great Depression, Vietnam War and Cold War produced some pretty grim statistics, too. They dealt with their challenges and we are, too. I don’t know if previous generations would willingly admit our generation has it tougher than they did. I will never say the subsequent generation has it worse than we do. I’ve already begun criticizing babies and toddlers for having more technologically advanced toys that help develop their intellectual capacity. The most advanced doll I had opened its eyes when I picked it up and occasionally said “I love you, Mama” in a voice equivalent to an 80-year-old tobacco addict. That might not be fair. I did have a My-Size Barbie — but the bitch never said a word. If anything, this generation has reaped the largest benefits from innovators who took a risk on an idea that grew into a multibillion corporation in former generations. Those stories may be one in a million, but there’s no

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telling who that next one will be. A study from fall 2009 American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor says approximately 80 percent of “Gen Y entrepreneurs have significantly more positive outlook on business prospects.” In comparison to Generation X, 55 percent, and Baby Boomers, 52 percent. Perhaps the optimism is annoying to many who claim us to be delusional and unrealistic. I’ll take it. Generation Y is not whiny, lazy or expectant — well, probably a little expectant. But I’ll take rose-colored glasses over no glasses at all. The ones who believe they can probably will, and if there’s one thing Gen Y definitely doesn’t lack it’s self-confidence. Generation everyone else: Sorry, I’m not sorry. Lauren Tousignant is a senior communications and rhetorical studies and writing major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at letousig@ or followed on Twitter at @lauT1.

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tax-exempt, it must be owned by a nonprofit, Gamage said. Nonprofits throughout the city lease space to businesses that are not entitled to tax-exempt benefits, he said. He added that it is problematic that more than 50 percent of property in the city is tax-exempt. Gamage also echoed concerns from some council members who took issue with the length of the 30-year agreement.  “I’m sorry, but I think that is simply outrageous,” said Gamage, who voted against the agreement when it was proposed to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency in February. Valenti countered and said the PILOT agree-


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several different voice mail systems before deciding to choose CallXpress. During the process, other colleges were very helpful in sharing information about the positive

“Once we get that stabilized and people comfortable with it, then we’re going to start looking at some of the capabilities beyond Simple Unified Messaging.” Ronald Kurdziel


and negative aspects of the various voice mail systems. Officials from colleges that had switched from Octel to CallXpress were very

ment would be financially beneficial for the city, as the University Avenue property is already tax-exempt because SU owns it. Should SU develop the plot of land on its own, the university would see only the 8.5 percent in retail space taxes. Joseph Lore, director of the Department of Recreation Services, said after the meeting that equipment from Archbold Gymnasium would furnish the fitness center on University Avenue, freeing up space in Archbold for more basketball courts. The addition of another fitness center would not affect students’ co-curricular fees, Lore said.   During the meeting, SIDA was criticized by Councilman Lance Denno for recently appointing Darin Price to the organization. Price is liable for $96,896 in property taxes on a vacant Syracuse lot, Denno said. SIDA recommended the proposed PILOT agreement to the Common Council by a 3-2 vote in February. Price voted in favor of the agreement. Denno questioned William Ryan, SIDA’s chief of staff. “Do you think that it’s appropriate that the Common Council should accept ... the property tax recommendation of a board that can’t assess the current tax status of members?” Denno said. “Should we? Should we accept the recommendation of SIDA?”

pleased with it, Kurdziel said. CallXpress includes a new feature called Simple Unified Messaging. This feature sends an email and a .wav file of the message when a new voice mail is received, Kurdziel said. “We couldn’t do things like that if we stayed with the Octel,” he said. CallXpress includes other features as well, but Kurdziel said additional research is needed before they can be implemented. Right now, the focus is on transferring the university’s 4,000 mailboxes and menu boxes over to CallXpress. “We’ve spent all of our efforts converting Octel over to CallXpress,” he said. “Once we get that stabilized and people comfortable with it, then we’re going to start looking at some of the capabilities beyond Simple Unified Messaging.” Kurdziel said he predicts that once people start using Simple Unified Messaging, they’ll stop using their phones to check voice mail because they will be provided with the convenience of an email notification. “They’re always looking at email anyway,” he said. “To now have an email that says, ‘You have a voice mail,’ … I think people are going to really like that.”

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These tickets did not sell out, Maher said. The men’s basketball team will hold an open practice in the TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday. Maher said it is open to anyone, and fans who might not have game tickets but want to see the team usually attend. “It is a great opportunity to see the teams up close and personal,” Maher said. Tickets for the upcoming tournament round have not only been selling quickly at SU, but at other ticket retailers as well, and for high pric-

“Syracuse fans might want to buy tickets and make the trek.” Myles Kaufman DATA ANALYST AT SEATGEEK

es. Myles Kaufman, data analyst at the ticket search engine and listing site SeatGeek, said the tickets selling for the games in Boston are 38 percent more expensive than the next most expensive Sweet 16 location, in Phoenix, Ariz. Analysts at SeatGeek use compiled ticket sales data from about 60 different ticket retailing sites to compare the costs and find users the best deals. Because data is collected, Kaufman said the analysts can determine who is buying tickets for which events and how the prices are affected and changed. “When we looked at the NCAA Regionals for this week we found that tickets for the Boston Regional are going for way more than every other site,” he said. He said in an email that all-session tickets for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in Boston,

Phoenix, St. Louis and Atlanta are averaging at $367. Tickets for the games in Boston are bringing that average up substantially, with the average ticket price of $508. The next most expensive package is for the games in Phoenix with an average of $366. Demand for tickets in Boston is high, Kaufman said, so the average price for a ticket to the Elite Eight in Boston, $315, is almost as expensive as the average price for an entire allsession strip in Atlanta, which costs $330. This large price discrepancy between locations can be due to several factors, including the distance a school is to the site of the games and the availability of the tickets, Kaufman said. Since Syracuse is relatively close to Boston compared to the distances other schools are from the location of their schools’ games, “Syracuse fans might want to buy tickets and make the trek,” Kaufman said. Kaufman also said tickets to games at the TD Garden may be more expensive because the seats are in higher demand. This is due to the fact that it is one of the smallest venues out of the four Sweet 16 sites, two of which are larger football stadiums. The TD Garden holds about 18,000 people for basketball. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where the Falcons play, holds 26,000 people for basketball, which is an 8,000 person difference, Kaufman said. During the past 72 hours, Kaufman said, ticket seekers from New York state have made up 20 percent of all traffic data to SeatGeek, coming in only behind Massachusetts at 29 percent. Said Kaufman: “What makes that 20 percent figure really amazing is that two of the teams playing in the Boston Regional are from Ohio (Cincinnati and Ohio State), which accounted for a mere 7 percent of traffic for those tickets over the past three days.”


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At SU, the number of foreign undergraduates went from 347 in 2005 to 1,136 in 2011, an increase of more than 300 percent in six years, according to SU’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Despite the increase, international students make up only about 10 percent of the undergraduate student body. These are the schools with the greatest increase in foreign students from 2005 to 2011: • The School of Architecture saw a 505 percent increase, from 20 students to 101. • The College of Arts and Sciences saw a 384 percent increase, from 108 students to 415. • The L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science saw a 359 percent increase, from 29 students to 104. • Whitman saw a 336 percent increase, from 80 students to 269. SU is still in the process of accepting next year’s freshman class, but admissions officials expect to have an increase of 20 to 25 international students in the incoming class. All of SU’s centers and programs targeting foreign students try to incorporate two common trouble areas: English language skills and expectations at an American college. Knowing the differences among essay terms like “describe,” “summarize” and “analyze,” group projects and original thought can trip up foreign students whose native education systems stress individual memorization and repetition, said Pat Burak, director of the Slutzker Center for International Services. Burak recalled a theoretical architecture class in which 33 of the 35 enrolled international students were failing by mid-semester. By the end of the class, most of those students were able to pass. But Burak’s example reveals the

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difficulty many international students have in classes that demand original analysis and the very specific academic help SU’s foreign students need. In most education systems outside the United States, students are graded solely on their performance on a final exam, Burak said. The expectation of attending every class, handing in weekly homework, book reviews or reflective essays is a marked break from what foreign students are used to. “You may get an A+ on the final exam, but if you haven’t turned in whatever else was expected, you’re not going to be held in high

“You may get an A+ on the final exam, but if you haven’t turned in whatever else was expected, you’re not going to be held in high esteem by your teachers.”

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esteem by your teachers,” Burak said. The Slutzker Center offers a mentoring program for first-year students. Of the 365 new international students in fall 2011, 150 signed up: “A pretty good number,” Burak said. The center provides international students with everything from mediation in disagreements with roommates to language circles and visa help. Burak said the center’s staff is overstretched, and she has requested an increase in staff for several years. At the time she spoke, Burak had yet to see the university act on her

requests. SU’s English to Speakers of Other Languages program is also feeling the strain of increasing international undergraduate students, said both Burak and Margo Sampson, language coordinator for the program. Sampson faces chaos at the start of each semester, as every first-year international student must test into an English proficiency level. During the first week of classes — when most professors are already assigning work — Sampson scrambles to create classes where there’s a greater need than expected, to hire more language faculty and to attempt to keep class sizes small. As of now, ESOL classes are bordering too large for a language class, averaging at about 18 students each, Sampson said. “It would be wonderful if students could take an online exam before they arrive on campus,” Sampson said. But this is impossible for the fear that unsupervised test takers will cheat, she said. Nationwide, ensuring foreign applicants and students submit authentic and useful test results has also proved a problem on the TOEFL — the standardized Test of English as a Foreign Language that American universities use to evaluate prospective students’ English proficiency. Sampson called the TOEFL a great exam for evaluating students, but said there’s no way of knowing how many times foreign students took it or how long ago it was taken. Like any standardized test, there’s the worry that students cram and receive better scores than what reflects their actual language ability, said Gerry de Berly, senior associate dean and director of the English Language Institute. The institute runs out of University College and offers an intensive semester-long or yearlong English program before feeding foreign students into SU’s various schools and colleges. SU recently raised its minimum TOEFL scores to better ensure incoming students have adequate language skills, de Berly said. Previously, most colleges had a minimum score of 65 out of 120. Now all schools have a minimum of 80 or higher. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has the highest requirement of 100. The rise in foreign students applying to American universities has raised concerns about application mills, which help students spoof their credentials, write college essays for them or fake high school transcripts. In tune with the national conversation about increasing international students, de Berly said some universities choose to vet their foreign student applications through a thirdparty company that specializes in detecting false application materials. At SU, the admissions office requires that applicants’ transcripts come directly from the high school or previous institution, said Don

Saleh, vice president for enrollment management. This offers a safeguard against fake applications, he said. The admissions staff also compares TOEFL test scores to an applicant’s essay or does a Skype interview to check language proficiency, Saleh said. These precautions check if anything is “out of sync with everything else,” he said. At the University Senate meeting in February, professors also expressed their interest in the future success of international students through the Budget Committee’s report. The report praised the university for bringing more international students to campus, but advised that the university ensure undergraduate students’ language skills remain adequate. Martha Garcia-Murillo, chair of the committee and a professor in the School of Information Studies, said international students promote diversity of thought on campus and may encourage American students to study abroad or learn about other cultures. The Budget Committee, she said, wanted to raise the point that bringing in more international students should not affect academic quality. “But how do we make sure they are prepared enough to succeed in the classroom?” she said. Support services without a foreign-student focus have also seen a great deal of use by foreign undergraduates. In just a year, from fall 2010 to fall 2011, the Tutoring and Study Center saw an increase in the number of international student mentees. Only 2.7 percent of the students coming for help at the center were international in 2010, compared to 4.4 percent in 2011, said Jane Neuburger, director of the center. SU’s Writing Center also serves a large number of international students, said Ben Erwin, administrator of the Writing Center. Erwin estimated that one-third of the students the center serves are international. They are often the returning students as well, he said. Foreign students often come to the Writing Center with questions about attribution and citation, things that are taught differently in other countries, Erwin said. Notions of plagiarism are much more strictly enforced in America in comparison to cultures where repeating correct information verbatim is expected. The Writing Center exemplifies how eager SU’s international students are to take advantage of whatever resources are available to ensure academic success. Erwin said his experience working with international students has been very gratifying, as he can follow their progress and watch them improve. “They know that they need to do well,” he said. “They have a great desire to learn as much as possible.”

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Nonprofit organization Catholic Charities receives more than $450,000 to help house the homeless


By Alexandra Hitzler STAFF WRITER

atholic Charities of Onondaga County is among the agencies receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to aid in housing efforts for the homeless. The department will provide Catholic Charities of Onondaga County with $451,589 at the end of the calendar year, said Toni Maxwell, associate director of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County. The grant is part of the nearly $201 million in funding announced last week that is being awarded to 731 local homeless programs across the country. “We were very happy about our grant, not only because of the money, but we also experienced an outpour of support for our obtainment of the grant from other nonprofits in the area,” Maxwell said. The Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is a nonprofit organization that assists families and individuals in need throughout Syracuse. The organization’s efforts

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include helping homeless individuals find permanent residences in apartments throughout Syracuse, Maxwell said. The grants were awarded to programs the department never funded before and were provided to ensure housing programs throughout the United States are able to remain operating in 2012, according to a March 13 press release from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan in the release. “It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.” Homelessness in the United States declined a total of 2.1 percent between 2010 and 2011, and 12 percent among homeless veterans, according to the release.

Although the national percentage of homelessness is declining, it remains an issue in Onondaga County, especially in Syracuse, Maxwell said. The highest number of homelessness in the county is found in Syracuse because it is the county’s main metropolitan area, she said. “The money will help us to not only move people into their new apartments, but we also will provide other services to help them get on their feet,” Maxwell said. Catholic Charities will use its grant money to open 40 new apartments in Syracuse for individuals and families in need of housing. Maxwell said the organization helps the recipients of their housing find income by assisting in their job searches and by helping to evaluate their eligibility for programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. “We work collaboratively with the community and organizations in the community to help with issues like homelessness,” Maxwell said. “This grant is definitely going to significantly help our efforts.”


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As often as possible, I try to drink local. There is a large concentration of beer stores, brewpubs and bars in my native New Jersey as well as New York City. Supporting local businesses and building relationships with bartenders or brewers means getting fresh beer and deeper insight into their craft. This week we will look at year-round offerings from several New York City and New Jersey breweries.

Kelso’s Nut Brown Lager (4/5)

Brooklyn, N.Y. Founded in 2006, Kelso focuses on brewing great beer, not fancy advertising or marketing campaigns. They produce three year-round brews, including Nut Brown Lager (5.75 percent alcohol), which has a mildly sweet but crisp and refreshing flavor from the roasted malts. It ends with a slightly bitter finish from the Pacific Northwest hops, which provide bitterness in beer. Currently distributed only in New York state, Kelso beer can be found on tap from Brooklyn to up north in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and east to Long Island at various bars.

Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Blast (Double IPA) (5/5)

Williamsburg: Brooklyn, N.Y. New York state is halfway between two excellent hop-growing regions, Washington state and Kent, England. That fact was reason enough for Brooklyn Brewery to split the influences and brew a nine hop variety double IPA at a whopping 9 percent alcohol using hops from both the United States and England. It’s their newest year-round offering, which was just released. The taste starts citrusy and floral with a hint of honey, and it finishes crisp and bitter with more citrus — a truly remarkable blast of hop bite. It’s currently draft only and is most accessible in New York City and some New England cities.

Carton Brewing Company’s B.D.G. (Brown Ale) (4.5/5)

Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Carton Brewing Co. is situated in small, coastal Atlantic Highlands in Monmouth County. Founders and cousins Augie and Chris Carton offer several amazing and high-quality varieties like the B.D.G. (Brunch. Dinner. Grub.), a 6 percent alcohol brown ale. B.D.G. is brewed with malts to evoke a crusty-bread flavor offset by Aramis hops, which boast mild citrus, tarragon and thyme notes. It’s available at the brewery, beer stores or on tap at various bars and restaurants around central and northern New Jersey. You can also find some in New York City, like West Village favorite Blind Tiger Ale House —one of the first New York City beer-geek hangouts. —Compiled by Lucas Sacks, staff writer,


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Say that you’ll go: ShoppingTown will turn fun on, thrill visitors

stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor ShoppingTown Mall, located in DeWitt and just five miles from the Syracuse University campus, offers a variety of fun amenities. In addition to catching a movie at The Regal Cinemas, shoppers can also visit Fun Junction to play arcade games, browse artwork by local artists at CNY Artists, peer into tanks filled with fish at Pet World and venture to CNY Gym Centre to play a round of golf with friends.

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hen eager Syracuse shoppers plan a spending spree, most immediately head to the Carousel Mall. But just 10 minutes away in DeWitt, ShoppingTown Mall has the standard amenities, like brand-name stores and a food court, and boasts other impressive features. The Regal Cinemas isn’t the only source of entertainment in this mall. Here are four establishments that offer interesting merchandise and unique atmospheres.

Who let the dogs out? Step beyond the bright red neon sign of Pet World, and you’ll feel like you walked into a zoo. But here, shoppers can take animals home. Pet food, toys, cages and miniature furniture are scattered throughout the store, but the main attraction is straight ahead

when customers walk in: the puppies. They peer through the glass with wide eyes and wagging tails. Behind them sit rows of glowing tanks with fish of all different colors and patterns. Along the wall, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry critters scurry around in their cages. Each cage has a panel with detailed information for prospective owners. Bird lovers can step into the bird room where parakeets, finches, cockatiels and canaries chirp and flutter about. The path back to the entrance is a maze of animal accessories. Don’t miss the aisle of geckos, iguanas and other scaly creatures. Lizards need love, too.

Work of art CNY Artists, a small shop near the food court, has the feel of a vintage garage sale. Art pieces made by local artists and craftsmen are sprinkled throughout the store.

Oil paintings depicting picturesque landscapes, portraits and impressionist works hang from the walls. Display cases are stocked chock full with colorful earrings, necklaces and piles of handmade mugs. Consumers can stumble across an antique chessboard, knitted South Park hats or even a portrait of revolutionary Che Guevara with bright red roses sprouting from his head. A large panoramic photograph of Syracuse, which adorns the top of the wall, wraps around the room. A small passageway leads to the ample back half of the store, reminiscent of an art studio. Quilts hang amid towering shelves filled with even more paintings, mannequins and perched stuffed animals. Shoppers who veer off the mall’s beaten path into this quaint shop may end up walking out with a fascinating item.

Forever young During an afternoon of acting like a 12-year-old, the combination of laser tag, arcade games and mini-bowling is hard to beat. Navigate through the haze of bright flashing lights inside Fun Junction to shoot some arcade basketball hoops or blast a few bad guys in “Time Crisis.” The walls surrounding the entrance are large copper vaults imprinted with the painfully clichéd phrase: “the ultimate laser adventure.” The enormous structures make the mall’s gaming hotspot stand out against rows of conventional storefronts. Inside, you’ll spot hordes of kids grasping fistfuls of tickets and prizes. Students can challenge friends to epic battles of competitive superiority, with typical gamers’ weapons of choice — plastic guns, simulated muscle cars and Skee balls. For $8 for a game, anyone can run

around the course shooting wildly, but it takes a true competitor to barrel over unsuspecting youngsters for the winning score.

Feel the burn This long corridor of CNY Gym Centre, filled with gyms and studios, spans an entire side of the mall. On a rainy spring afternoon, students can choose from a wide array of sports, activities and exercise classes. They can take swings at batting cages, play rounds of golf, learn swordplay through fencing lessons at the Syracuse Musketeers Fencing Center or glide around Black Mamba Skate Park. Kids scamper back and forth across the hallway, darting from gymnastics classes to karate at Syracuse Kung Fu in the spacious center. A birthday party venue complete with bouncy castles, jungle gyms and


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Sweat it out under sheets, discover different meaning in workout buddy


he beach is a zoo. In the past week you’ve probably seen a menagerie of body shapes, from big hairy bears to sleek skinny snakes. But here’s the magic: Your body is compatible with every “body” on that beach. How? It’s simple. Sex. It’s the best sport out there. You don’t need to look a certain way, and you don’t need to understand zone defense. You don’t even need to be literate. When it comes to sex, everyone in the world

could be your next workout, with the odd orgasm thrown in as a bonus. If you break down sex as a sport, the stats get exciting. The calorie offset is incredible. The HealthStatus website states you need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound. But here’s the good part. You could hypothetically burn 21 calories performing 15 minutes of foreplay, according to the HealthStatus calculator. Add that to the 125 you burn from 30 minutes of


just do it sexual intercourse. Subtract Columbian Health’s estimate that a teaspoon of semen contains 5-7 calories

that you’ll inadvertently consume. In less than an hour, you’ve got 141 calories burnt to sexy hell. People reap the benefits of the sexual sport without even thinking about it. I overheard a girl on campus talking to her friend who had got a new boyfriend. The girl commented on how her friend has lost so much weight since she and her man became, like, totally Facebook official. The girl said she didn’t change anything in

her diet or exercise regimen. Lies. Sex is like a secret gym. It’s so good it doesn’t feel like you’re exercising. This girl was slim and toned, a look only achieved through serious time exercising. I want what that girl has. Ross McCall, a personal trainer at Virgin Active in the U.K., said she has probably got strong hip flexors and abdominal muscles. It doesn’t matter


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who you’re having sex with: Your abdominal muscles and hip flexors take a pounding. Urban Dictionary even has a name for the muscles used during sex: sex muscles. The site defines this imaginatively named muscle group as “the curves of well-defined abdominal muscles that start at the lateral iliac crests and end medially at the pubic tubercle.” You saw sex muscles on beaches across America last week as boys and girls put their goods on show. What’s sexier on a man than the infamous “V-cut” that starts at the hips and dips to who knows where? But not everyone can wear their sex muscles on their sleeve. You need sub-10 percent body fat according to McCall, who proudly flaunts his sex muscles as a part-time male model. “To keep body fat down you need to eat lean meats like chicken, turkey, fish and some lean beef,” he said. “Stick to clean carb sources such as sweet potato, brown rice and oats. Fats come mainly from milk and oils.” But there’s no need for worldwide body fascism. Exercises can be done daily to make you into a sex machine without going on a super lean diet. The Livestrong Fitness website recommends leg raises with medicine balls and simple lunges with weights to strengthen hip flexors. Planks, where you rest your body weight on your forearms and hold for a minute, work the abs. So here’s a serious thought as you embark on the last six weeks of the semester. Free up time to work out your sex muscles, and aim to tame that zoo in the summer. Iona Holloway is a junior magazine and psychology dual major. She has visible sex muscles if she stands upside down, turns off the lights, breathes in and uses an optimal webcam angle. She can be reached at

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Virtuoso strums soulful Latin songs By Max Antonucci CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With his 13-year-old classical guitar, Ricardo Cobo stepped into the spotlight and took a seat in the single chair onstage. Wordlessly, he took a deep breath and began to play. This was the start of Cobo’s performance Tuesday night in Setnor Auditorium. He showed an audience of more than 100 students and residents of Syracuse his passionate guitar chops. The program was the classically trained virtuoso’s first performance in Syracuse and featured 10 powerful Latin-based songs. The songs he played are traditional ones from Hispanic countries such as Cuba, Brazil and Argentina. The guitar is a classical instrument that each of these countries has in common, and Cobo gathered all the music together so it could speak for itself. “I’m trying to be very true to the music,” he said. “And at the bottom of that is an emotional connection.” The light and brisk tune of “Los Cuajaritos” echoed throughout the stunned auditorium, its simple melody creating ripples of soulful energy. Cobo’s fingers moved swiftly with the music, finishing the song with a powerful stroke and reaching to the sky. The audience broke into tremendous applause as Cobo gave them an appreciative bow. “Daunting for the fingers,” Cobo said. “But good for the soul.” Ken Meyer, a Syracuse University guitar professor, was able to arrange the event because of his friendship with Cobo. The two became friends when they both performed once in a concert in Washington, D.C. Meyer said he holds

Cobo’s music in high regards and was excited that he agreed to play at SU. “You get so much emotion from his playing,” Meyer said with a smile during intermission. “He represents the best of what the guitar can do.” Cobo is currently the chair of the classical guitar department at the University of NevadaLas Vegas. In 1987, he was the first Hispanic guitarist to win the Guitar Foundation of America award. The audience listened avidly from the beginning of the performance to the very end. Cobo walked offstage after his last song, but he came back when he heard the audience was still applauding and received a rousing standing ovation. Liliya Lifanova, a Syracuse resident who

heard of the event through her guitar teacher, said the music was easy to listen to even though it seemed complicated to play. She also saw the energy Cobo was channeling in every song. “It’s very sweet to your heart and to your soul,” she said. Cobo will play the same song list at a Great Lakes Guitar Society event in Rochester on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Despite his busy schedule, Cobo noted how much he enjoyed visiting SU and seeing the students at Crouse College. “There’s a lot of souls playing around here that like to sing and clatter on drums and things,” said Cobo after the concert, looking at a music rehearsal beginning onstage. “So it’s a very fun place to play.”

kirsten celo | staff photographer RICARDO COBO, regarded as one of the virtuosos of the classic guitar generation, rehearses before a concert in the Setnor Auditorium on Tuesday night.


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a ball pit also attracts energetic mall-goers. Students can sign up for kickboxing or Zumba classes in the Dancing Kats studios. The

center offers monthly memberships and bustles with visitors of all ages. If it’s a particularly nasty day in Syracuse, odds are there’s an athletic activity for everyone at this massive sports complex. It just so happens to be in a mall.


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Plentiful breakfast options, quirky furnishing break shell of traditional diner

By Jillian D’Onfro STAFF WRITER

urtling down Erie Boulevard on the way to The All Night Egg Plant, I mused over what kind of delicious vegetable meal to order. Some of my ideas included eggplant Parmesan or eggplant lasagna. Turns out, The All Night Egg Plant doesn’t serve any eggplant at all. Instead, its specialty is breakfast food. Inside the eatery, an eclectic assortment of posters decorates its walls. My favorite one depicted “Famous Brains on Drugs” via different styles of eggs in frying pans, like serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s pan: a deviled egg. My big “aha” moment came when I noticed pictures of chickens all over the place. Yup, the diner’s name refers to that type of egg. Points for cleverness. At our waitress’ enthusiastic suggestion, my dining partner and I ordered a small fretta with a honey bun for dessert. It sounds pretty standard, but the meal ended up being anything but usual. When the fretta arrived, I noticed its color first. Even the most jam-packed omelet, the less jumbled equivalent of a fretta, couldn’t match this meal’s wide range of hues. The dish had dark green peppers, yellow egg and cheese, red pepperoni and bacon, pink ham, brown sausage and tan home fries. The pile made for a massive smorgasbord of food. “I like to call it ‘The Kitchen Sink,’” our waitress joked as she placed the gigantic plate between us. The different flavors combined to create a distinctively scrumptious taste. The four kinds of meat and seasoning on the home fries added just the right amount of saltiness while the abundance of vegetables convinced me that the meal must be good for me. The ultimate touch: Our waitress brought over a big bottle of hot sauce. My taste buds buzzed happily with the heat. Two big slabs of rye toast came on the side of the fretta. Unlike a lot of diner toast I’ve had in the past, the bread wasn’t soggy with butter and maintained a satisfying crunch. I don’t think any future egg-based breakfast meal will ever measure up to the fretta. My dining partner and I ordered a small serving to share for only $6.75 and would not have finished a single bite more. Instead of waiting to eat our dessert separately, we asked that it arrive at the same time as the eggs. When I initially saw the $3 honey

carly reeve | staff photographer The All Night Egg Plant whisks up hefty breakfast plates like the fretta, an egg dish packed with green peppers, cheese, three kinds of meat and home fries. The eatery is tucked away at the far end of Erie Boulevard, and pictures of chickens decorate its walls. bun on the menu, I pictured the plastic wrapped Little Debbie treats of my middle school days. When it arrived, my eyes widened. The giant honey roll is cut in half, buttered and then grilled. Its sweetly wafting scent reminded me of something homey and cooked up by someone’s grandma on a lazy Sunday morning. Under the first crisp layer, the soft roll was thick and gooey. The caramelized butter allowed every bite to melt. You can choose to top it with ice cream and chocolate syrup, but any added sugar on the already sweet treat might be too overwhelming. A woman sitting nearby overheard our “oohs” and “ahhs” of contentment. As she was leaving,

she stopped to mention she has frequented The All Night Egg Plant for more than 30 years. After only one meal, it was obvious how the diner gar-

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Seniors prepare for last home match of year By Jacob Klinger STAFF WRITER

The feeling is starting to sink in for Alessondra Parra and Emily Harman. By the end of this weekend, they will have played their last home matches in a Syracuse uniform. For Parra, this weekend’s matches are a cold reminder that her time at SU is almost up. “I feel like my time at Syracuse has gone really quickly, and this is kind of a realization that it’s going to be over soon,” Parra said. After travel budget restrictions forced Army to cancel next Sunday’s match at Drumlins Tennis Center, this weekend’s home matches against Binghamton and Boston University will be the last for the senior duo. The last homestand is special for Harman and Parra as well as their young teammates. With an NCAA bid on the line in every remaining match, though, No. 47 SU (10-4, 5-1 Big East) has little time to reflect. “I got to spend time with Emily and Alessondra for two years now, so it’s going to be a very sensitive moment,” sophomore Aleah Morrow said. “But, you know, we’re gonna go out there, be ready to compete, be ready to get the win.” After a deflating 5-2 loss to then-No. 59 Wil-


games it would much rather play against a man-to-man defense than a zone. How do you see that matchup going? EH: Syracuse likes to run a faster game, and whenever Wisconsin plays anyone, they’re


player is point guard Jordan Taylor, who flawlessly runs Wisconsin’s methodical half-court style of play. Taylor and Ryan form a special player-coach tandem matched by few in the nation this season. The head coach preaches low-possession, defensive basketball that creates low-scoring games that typically go down to the wire. Those types of games give Taylor the chance to showcase his clutch shooting, as he most recently did with a game-winning 3-pointer in the Badgers’ victory over Vanderbilt in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. With Taylor directing the team’s offense, Wisconsin has advanced to the Sweet 16 to take on top-seeded Syracuse on Thursday. If turnovers draw Ryan’s ire, Taylor’s play is a stress relief. The senior is on pace to end his career as the NCAA’s all-time assist-to-turnover ratio leader. “That’s what separates Jordan Taylor,” said Phillips of that low turnover ratio. “He can distribute and he can score, but above all, he holds

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liam & Mary on Feb. 24, head coach Luke Jensen decided to play Harman and Parra together at No. 1 doubles. The pair knocked off ranked doubles team Hanna Yu and Vicky Brook of then-No. 25 Yale to help the Orange register a historic victory. The senior doubles tandem and the SU team haven’t lost since. Having Harman and Parra at the top doubles spot strengthens the entire team. Jensen considers the veteran duo the “compass” of the team. Marrow usually plays No. 2 doubles with Maddie Kobelt on the next court over from Harman and Parra. Competing next to them gives her an extra dose of motivation, she said. “They show a lot of support, and you want to win for them,” Marrow said. “You want to win for yourself obviously, but you want to win for them, too, because they’ve worked so hard.” Even with the leadership of Harman and Parra, Jensen is wary of a “spring break hangover.” The Orange hasn’t played since March 4, and last year’s results against this weekend’s opponents add little comfort. SU narrowly beat Binghamton 4-3 and lost to BU 6-1. With a healthy and re-energized team, Jen-

sen is looking to send Harman and Parra out in style. Doing so will require a quick start to this weekend’s matches, something the senior doubles team will have to help provide. Harman expects she and Parra will lead the way at No. 1 doubles once more. “To us, it’s a responsibility, something that we take very personally,” Harman said. “… We want to lead them, and we want to really set the tone for the match. It’s something that we take personally and that we want to hold on our shoulders.” When Harman and Parra ultimately graduate this fall, their absence will leave a void with the team. The two have combined for more than 200 wins in their four years at SU, but their biggest contribution to the program has been intangible. Marrow said the seniors have shown their younger teammates how to play “the Orange way.” Leading vocally and by example, Harman and Parra have instilled what Jensen calls “Orange energy” in the rest of the team. Heading into the first of SU’s last four matches, the Orange’s final home match of the season represents the end of the seniors’

always the one trying to slow the other team down. They’re used to that. The Badgers are one of the top teams with field-goal percentage defense, but the thing with Syracuse is they’re so athletic. They’re a lot more athletic than the Badgers are in my opinion. They probably have pretty good size on (Wisconsin), too. It’s going to be a pretty big challenge for (UW). They haven’t seen many athletic teams or teams as deep as

Syracuse in the Big Ten. That’ll be a very interesting matchup.

on to the ball.” But as Phillips knows, playing point guard for Ryan isn’t as easy as Taylor makes it look. Ryan’s angry moments that Phillips remembers come early and often for a point guard who doesn’t play by Ryan’s rules. Sharif Chambliss, Ryan’s first Wisconsin point guard recruit, said Ryan’s ball handlers need to have thick skin and must play with confidence. “You have to take constructive criticism well,” said Chambliss, now a video coordinator for the Badgers after playing point guard for Ryan from 2004-05. “He’ll get on you if you don’t take what he says and learn from it.” Like Phillips, Chambliss said there were times that he was “chewed out” by Ryan. But both former point guards said Ryan’s tough love approach stems from his own playing days as a point guard for Wilkes (Pa.) University. And Phillips and Chambliss think that tough love helped improve their play at the position. Phillips said that behind the tough exterior, Ryan is a “master communicator” who knows how to motivate point guards. “It’s hard to shrink down your message as a coach into a sound byte, and as a coach, you

have to have the attention of your players,” Phillips said. “But look at Bo’s teams. They never deviate from a style. You know what you’re getting from them night in and night out. “And the point guard is just an extension of that. Demanding consistency makes Bo’s point guards an extension of him.” Dick Bennett, Wisconsin’s head coach before Ryan, said that message is increasingly difficult to get across to today’s players. “If they’re smart, point guards will listen,” Bennett said. “And you can tell Bo makes sure they listen — just look at the talent he’s had there.” The point guards that deliver for Ryan flourish in his point-guard-friendly system. Devin Harris, the point guard he inherited during his first season at Wisconsin, is now a star for the NBA’s Utah Jazz. Phillips said Ryan helped mold Harris into the player he is today. “Against Kentucky in the Elite Eight (sic), they were trapping (Harris) every time down the court,” Phillips said. “During a timeout, Bo suggested a reverse pivot move to break the first defender. The next thing you know, we made a run and almost upset them, and they were a one-seed.”

Is there an X-factor player or an X-factor stat where you can say, ‘If this happens or this player gets going, then Wisconsin likely will win this game?’ EH: I think an important part of this game will be Wisconsin’s turnovers. Syracuse, they cause as many steals as anybody else in the

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careers at Drumlins and the excitement that comes with the conclusion of their historic careers. “It’s going to be a weird feeling, but I’m excited to close a very proud chapter of my life and open up a brand-new one,” Harman said.

country. They’re (No. 3) in the country, and Wisconsin is No. 2 in least amount of turnovers given up. When you consider that the Badgers might have some chances with offensive rebounds, if they can execute there and protect the ball, then the Badgers might be able to get by, even if they don’t shoot particularly well. I think turnovers will be pretty big.

More recently, Taylor’s point guard predecessor, Trévon Hughes, was a 2010 All-Big Ten second team selection. And Hughes’ predecessor, Kammron Taylor, was also named to the second team as a senior. Both are playing professionally in Europe. “I just try to do a job of steering these guys in the right direction,” Ryan said at his Monday press conference before the Badgers’ game against Syracuse on Thursday. “(We focus on) giving them the fundamentals, giving them the teaching, giving them, with the rest of our staff, the things we think need to be done.” Taylor is the latest Badgers player to thrive under Ryan’s tutelage. The point guard scored a team-high 19 points in Wisconsin’s three-point win over Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 26. Bennett, the former Badgers head coach, said it’s easy to see that Taylor is the best point guard in Ryan’s long line of talented players directing his system. And because of that, Phillips said Wisconsin could pull the upset against the Orange. “If the point guard plays the way he knows he can, they have a chance,” Phillips said. “Bo’s teams always do.”

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Loaded Orange pitching staff dominating after tough start By David Propper STAFF WRITER

When judging a pitching staff, catcher Lacey Kohl has the best view of any player on the diamond. And from what the backstop has seen this season behind the plate, she said this year’s group of hurlers is easily the deepest staff she has worked with in four years at Syracuse. “Mainly because every single one of them can have the potential to start a game and throw seven innings on their own, and I don’t think we’ve had that in the past,” Kohl said. “Maybe one or two that can do that, but we’ve never had three.” Senior Jenna Caira, junior Stacy Kuwik and freshman Lindsay Taylor have provided pitching depth for a Syracuse (17-8) team that rolled through its competition with a clean sweep of its four games last weekend. While Caira is the clear ace of the staff, Kuwik and Taylor have both been viable second and third options for SU head coach Leigh Ross thus far. Caira already has 13 wins and almost 100 innings under her belt, but the contributions from Kuwik and Taylor certainly can’t be overlooked. Kuwik is an experienced No. 2 pitcher and has an ERA of 3.23. Taylor has pitched well ahead of her years with a 1.34 ERA. But at the start of the season, the pitching

staff wasn’t rock solid. In February, Caira was still battling a bout with illness — an illness that gave everyone on the team a scare. “Jenna (being sick) was kind of like scary for the whole team because she’s been the ace pitcher,” Taylor said. “So I think people were a bit nervous at first, but I think we handled it well.” Once Caira regained her health, the pitching staff really got on track. Taylor thinks the pitching staff is the strongest it has been at this point in the season. Since the start of March, Syracuse has thrown five shutouts and only allowed more than three runs in two games. Caira has not lost a game since Feb. 26, mowing down hitters as Ross expected her to. The head coach said Kuwik has also proven to be one of the best No. 2 pitchers in the country after it took her a little bit to get into her groove. As for Taylor, Ross said she surprised at how well the freshman has come along. “She’s right away proven that she can handle the innings right now,” Ross said. What makes the pitchers so lethal is how well the three complement each other. Caira primarily throws off-speed pitches and boasts a devastating changeup. Taylor and Kuwik are power pitchers who have curveballs and rise balls in their repertoire. Caira said it’s a perfect combination. Caira

andrew renneisen | staff photographer JENNA CAIRA is the leader of Syracuse’s effective three-member pitching rotation this season. Caira has posted a 13-3 record and a 1.45 ERA in her 17 appearances thus far. pitches down with a changeup, and Kuwick and Taylor pitch up with a curveball to depend on. Ross said that difference makes it hard for batters to adjust when she goes to the bullpen in the middle of a game. “If we feel that Jenna’s changeup isn’t being as effective with a team then we can always switch it up and go Lindsay Taylor’s curve and rise,” Ross said, “It just gives you different options.” With a bevy of options at Ross’ disposal, she knows she’s lucky that all the pressure doesn’t rest on the shoulders of Caira to pitch multiple games. And that rest for the ace will pay off later in the season when the games get bigger. And Caira admits while she never feels a

burden no matter how often she has to take the circle — for Syracuse to reach College World Series — she can’t be the only dependable arm in SU’s arsenal. And that’s why the senior has zero reservations when she hands the ball over to SU’s two other trusted arms. Caira knows they can both get the job done. “Being able to know that if I only can go five innings, I never have any doubt in my mind knowing that if Lindsay or Stacy go in there they’re going to do a great job,” Caira said. “They’ve proven themselves over and over again throughout this whole, entire year.”

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Last time they played: Syracuse 68, Wisconsin 49, Nov. 13, 1999 When Syracuse quickened the pace of the game, Wisconsin couldn’t keep up. For 26 minutes, the upset-minded Badgers matched the Orangemen point for point, slowing the game with their trademark low-tempo offense. Eventually SU went on a 24-6 run to pull away and defeat Wisconsin 68-49 in the championship game of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Classic on Nov. 13, 1999. The Orangemen’s late second-half run came quickly, spanning nine minutes and giving them an 18-point lead. With his team in firm control of the game after the scoring burst, SU head coach Jim Boeheim had to encourage the fans to keep supporting his team in the closing minutes. Ryan Blackwell scored a team-high 23 points — including six straight in Syracuse’s


going to go right back to the Providence offense and hurt our defense.” In the last two meetings between SU and Providence, the Friars have gone to extreme lengths to dictate the tempo of the game. In each game, the Providence attack held the ball for up to five minutes at a time to keep the Orange attack at bay. And last season it seemed to work. The teams were even after one quarter. With that sluggish pace, the Friars trailed by just one goal after 30 minutes.

mammoth stretch — and tallied 12 rebounds to lead the Orangemen to their second consecutive victory without starting center Etan Thomas. Blackwell’s play throughout the tournament earned him MVP honors. “I had to step up,” Blackwell said to The Post-Standard. “Whether it was scoring, rebounding or defense, I had to step up and that’s what I did.” The Badgers took an early 11-6 lead, as SU missed eight of its first 10 shots. Midway through the first half, the Orangemen switched to a zone defense and went on an 18-5 run. But UW came back, taking advantage of Syracuse’s 4-of-10 shooting performance from the foul line in the first half. Despite missing

“We want Providence to dig out of a hole, and scoring the first goal is the key to gaining momentum.”

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“One of the big things is to not get frustrated,” SU defender Brian Megill said. “Play within yourself and let them make the mistakes and let us capitalize on them.” With Providence intent on slowing the

their first nine 3-point attempts, the Badgers trailed by only three points at the break, 28-25. They then countered an 8-4 Orangemen run at the start of the second half by reeling off seven straight points to knot the game at 36. Preston Shumpert and Jason Hart drained consecutive 3s to turn the momentum back in SU’s favor. The barrage continued with a Blackwell jumper, a Damone Brown breakaway slam and two more baskets from Blackwell. His 18-foot jumper gave the Orangemen a 50-40 advantage. “He’s not hesitating on his shot,” Hart said of Blackwell to The Post-Standard. “He played good (Friday) and he capped it off today.” Syracuse kept its foot on the pedal to pull

away from Wisconsin and cruise to the win. Shumpert finished with 15 points. Hart added a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, joining Blackwell on the all-tournament team. Without the 6-foot-9 Thomas, who was hospitalized with a staph infection, the Orangemen held tough, dodging an upset bid from the Badgers. “If you win these two games with Etan, I think you’d be very happy,” Boeheim said to The Post-Standard. “I thought the composure of the two seniors (Blackwell and Hart) was key. It’s only two games, but last year we wouldn’t have had that composure. I thought Ryan and Jason were huge.”

game down to great lengths, a more disciplined approach on offense could be what the Orange’s scorers need to wake up from its recent slump. “In today’s game, a lot of the teams are going to be stalling the ball against us, being very smart on their side trying to control the tempo,” Maltz said, “and like I said, we’re just trying to work every day to get better, but it’s tough when you’ve got to practice really controlling the tempo. But we’re going to keep doing whatever to win.” Eilers said Syracuse is not going to allow Providence to dictate the speed of play like it has in past games. SU has allowed the first goal in four of its five games this season, and with an

early deficit the Orange attack has forced the issue. That hasty decision-making after an early deficit in games has impeded the Orange’s attack at points this season. But on Wednesday, when the tempo will be crucial, the SU attack hopes to strike first and carry that momentum forward. “We want the first goal, we want the second, third and fourth,” Eilers said. “We’ve been getting dictated by other teams throughout all our games this season. They’re scoring first, and they’re making us dig out of a hole. So we want Providence to dig out of a hole, and scoring the first goal is the key to gaining momentum.”

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Point system

Q&A with Elliot Hughes of UW’s The Badger Herald By Zach Brown

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Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years after wins over UNC Asheville and Kansas State in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will now battle No. 4 seed Wisconsin (26-9) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at TD Garden in Boston. UW knocked off No. 13 seed Montana and No. 5 seed Vanderbilt to get to Boston. The Daily Orange spoke with Elliot Hughes, sports editor and Wisconsin basketball beat writer for UW’s student newspaper, The Badger Herald, about the Sweet 16 matchup.

Taylor develops into prototypical Badgers lead guard under Bo Ryan

The Daily Orange: What was the lasting impression you got from Wisconsin’s first two wins of the tournament?

By Nick Toney



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o Ryan’s whistle froze Saul Phillips in horror. Point guards coached by Ryan are “almost brainwashed” to avoid turnovers. Fear set in for Phillips as his errant pass sailed out of bounds during a practice and he heard the whistle — signaling he committed the cardinal sin of Wisconsin-Platteville point guard play. “I remember he asked me if I was trying to be that bad,” said Phillips, the head coach at North Dakota State and a two-time assistant coach under Ryan. “He didn’t yell or scream, but he expected his point guards to deliver for him.” From Platteville to Madison, Wis., strong point guard play has been a determining factor in Ryan’s coaching success. Using his motion offense led by steady floor generals, Ryan’s teams haven’t missed the NCAA Tournament during his 11-year tenure as the Badgers head coach. This season is no different, as Ryan’s best

Elliot Hughes: I think they’re on a rich stretch right now. These last two games have been as high of a performance as I’ve seen out of them. They’re shooting over 45 percent (sic) right now. They’re playing pretty tough basketball, which is saying something for Wisconsin in rebounding and hustle plays and that kind of thing. The last thing, it felt like (Mike) Bruesewitz and Ben Brust, two guys who were kind of in a funk recently, those guys stepped up. Josh Gasser played well. Apparently he had the flu the night before. The team is on a pretty nice roll right now.

The team was in a slump in the middle of the season when it lost three in a row. What was the main

EH: I don’t think they shot the ball that well. I think they attempted over 20 3-pointers in all three of those games, and they didn’t hit many of them. That’s kind of their kryptonite. They take a bunch of shots from the perimeter every game, and they don’t always make them. They’re not always consistent really. When they do make them, they’re pretty difficult to beat. And I think during that period, the offense kind of sputtered a little bit. They missed Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer, two graduates, during that period. Taylor didn’t really have anyone to dish it out to or anything like that. I think the offense just sputtered a lot.

Jordan Taylor’s had a down year from what expectations were. Has he figured things out now toward the end of the season? EH: He still doesn’t have guys like Leuer and Nankivil around him, so defenses are focusing on him more than they could afford to last year. He didn’t shoot particularly well in the last game, but he’s still as smart of a point guard as he used to be. He’s protecting the ball well, and he knows when and when not to shoot. Although sometimes he’s kind of forced into it because his teammates aren’t as aggressive as Taylor’s past teammates.

Wisconsin has the best scoring defense in the country, but Syracuse has said the last couple of SEE WISCONSIN PAGE 16


Jordan Taylor has directed Wisconsin’s efficient offense for the last three seasons, fitting perfectly into head coach Bo Ryan’s system. He’s one of the top point guards in the country, as he takes care of the ball consistently and creates plenty of opportunities for his teammates. Here’s a look at some of his stats over his three years as the Badgers’ starting point guard:



courtesy of wisconsin athletic communications JORDAN TAYLOR has emerged as one of the best point guards in the nation in his fourth season at Wisconsin. Taylor is on pace to become the all-time leader in assist-to-turnover ratio in the NCAA.




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Syracuse looks to get back on track offensively against Friars after subpar performances By Andrew Tredinnick ASST. COPY EDITOR

John Desko has preached to his players all weeklong about taking advantage of their opportunities in the attacking zone when they get them. Against a stingy Providence team — one that likes to extend its possessions to excruciating lengths — that message resonates with Syracuse’s offense even more. “We’ve just got to start finishing

most of our opportunities,” Syracuse attack Derek Maltz said. “Coach is really stressing to be very smart with the ball on Who: Providence the offensive side, Where: Carrier capitalizing on Dome our chances, and When: Today, 7 that’ll definitely p.m. come.” Channel: Time The Syracuse Warner Cable (3-2, 1-0 Big East) Sports


offense will look to bounce back from two stagnant performances when it faces Providence (1-3, 0-1) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Orange attack has struggled to turn in complete performances in its last two games against St. John’s and Johns Hopkins, but a game against the Friars’ signature approach may be what SU needs to get back on track. Against St. John’s on March 10, SU paid the price for a rapid pace early

on. The Orange committed several costly turnovers in transition, allowing the Red Storm to take a 4-3 lead into halftime. Syracuse rallied, but its careless play pushed the Orange to the brink of defeat. Midfielder Bobby Eilers said that in a dogfight against Providence, Syracuse will need to alter its approach to ensure it gets good looks at the net. That means controlling possession time, working the ball around the

outside and extending the defense, especially when the Friars switch to a zone scheme. Syracuse will also need to try and limit turnovers by not forcing shots, Eilers said. “You can’t be giving it to the defense all day. Then they’re going to be dog-tired at the end of the day,” Eilers said. “… We’ll take another shot, a better shot, and that’s not


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