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brandon weight | photo editor Clockwise from top left: David Bennett, Nancy Cantor, Don SALeh and ian ludd, a member of the Administrative Operations Committee, SU’s chancellor, vice president for enrollment management and University Senate undergraduate student representative, respectively, all participated in Wednesday’s USen meeting in Maxwell Auditorium. The meeting was the academic year’s longest.
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Motion rephrased after hourlong debate on selectivity By Dara McBride News Editor
A debate lasting more than an hour broke out at the University Senate meeting Wednesday after the Committee on Diversity presented its one-page motion recommending Syracuse University continue its policy of inclusion and diversity. The committee presented the
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motion in response to the February USen meeting when, according to the motion, “it was argued that SU was pursuing a policy of diversity and inclusiveness at the expense of ‘selectivity.’” Disagreement about how the motion was written drove some discussion, which resulted in members rephrasing one piece of the motion before it passed with a handful of about 60 present senate members voting against it. The Committee on Diversity found it important to address the incorrect view that inclusivity in student admissions may compromise selectivity, said Micere Githae Mugo, a professor in the Department of African-American Studies who presented the motion and fielded the
discussion that followed. The motion moved USen to endorse Syracuse University’s pur-
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Budget passes without issue, undergraduate tuition increases By Dara McBride News Editor
A presentation from the University Senate’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee on Wednesday expressed hope the university would give more attention to the library and also look at ways to cut costs.
At the USen meeting, the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee presented its report on the 2010-11 fiscal year and provided recommendations for the administration. The budget passed with no opposition. Also discussed during the budget presentation
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In honor of a $15 million gift from Syracuse University alumni David and Rhonda Falk, the College of Human Ecology will be renamed the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “Mr. Falk has been a benefactor of ours for almost six years,” said Diane Lyden Murphy, dean of the College of Human Ecology. “I knew he was thinking about giving more to the university. He decided not only to give
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Cuomo speaks at Schine about 2011-12 budget By Caitlin Horgan Contributing Writer
Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed students and local community members in Schine Underground on Wednesday with his plans for a road to recovery. Cuomo’s presentation on his 201112 executive budget included statistics about New York’s current deficit, as well as his vision for the future and how he wishes to close the deficit without imposing new taxes on residents. Cuomo said the state is spending too much money with the $10 billion deficit. Families and businesses have
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Application figures defy US decline By Breanne Van Nostrand Staff Writer
With the number of law school applications for fall 2011 dipping to its lowest level in the past decade nationwide, the Syracuse University College of Law has bucked the national trend by receiving an increase in applicants. SU’s law school applications for the upcoming fall increased by 8 percent, but the number of law school applicants nationwide decreased by 11.5 percent from last year, said Jaclyn Grosso, director of communications and media relations at the College of Law, in an email. The College of Law will most likely have the same first-year class size of 255 students as last year, Grosso said. The admissions deadline is April 1. The national number of law school applicants for the fall 2011 class is 66,876, the lowest since 2001, according to figures from the Law School Admission Council Inc. that were published in The Wall Street Journal on March 17. The figure represents how much of the application process is complete thus far — 86 percent, according to the article. There is no way of knowing why the number of applicants dropped, said Wendy Margolis, the LSAC director of communications. “It’s all speculation,” Margolis said. “We’re assuming that they’re seeing media and reports about job situations.” Students are increasingly aware of the difficulty in securing jobs at firms, according to the Wall Street Journal article. Corporate law firms recently cut back on hiring, and most firms haven’t raised salaries for starting lawyers, according to the article. The prospects for financial success after law school are not promising, as it may take years of tough work to become a partner, according to the article. But many partners at large law firms say the market has nearly stabilized, with intellectual property and energy law continuing to be well-paid specialties, according to a March 15 U.S. News and World Report article. The average salary reported for the SU College of Law’s Class of 2010, employed at more than 100 attorney firms, was $117,000, according to the College of Law admissions website. The average salary reported for government employers was $52,900, see college of law page 8
andrew renneisen | asst. photo editor sean branagan , an adjunct professor in the School of Information Studies and director of a new digital media entrepreneurship center, sits in S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and waits to talk with students.
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onning a Wired cap, jeans and a button-down collared shirt, Sean Branagan hopes his informal demeanor will provide a welcoming atmosphere as he waits for students to approach his table in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A freshman strides toward Branagan’s table, marked with a sign that reads, “Talk to me about Newhouse’s brand new Digital Media Entrepreneurship
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program!” The student then discussed his self-created advertising agency for 20 minutes. “This kid just blew my mind. He’s a freshman, and he’s got a business already, very well connected. It’s fascinating,” said Branagan, an adjunct professor in the School of Information Studies and a founder and inaugural director of the Newhouse Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, after the student left. The center launched earlier this month, making it the third center on
campus that provides students with help in starting businesses. Tom Kruczek, director of the Falcone Center of Entrepreneurship in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, said the program can help students balance entrepreneurship among other aspects. “It’s hard to be an entrepreneur as an adult, but it’s harder as a student because you have your social life, academic life and entrepreneurship life,” Kruczek said. “We can be gateways. A student can see digital media page 6
Researcher to discuss findings about developmental stage of men By Christina Levin Contributing Writer
Michael Kimmel’s research focuses on challenging conventional notions of masculinity in today’s society. Kimmel will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 001 of the Life Sciences Complex. The lecture will
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be about his book, “GuyLand: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” and will focus on the developmental stage between adolescence and adulthood in young men’s lives, Kimmel said. The lecture is sponsored by the campus organization A Men’s Issue, which advocates against sexual violence and seeks to redefine what it means to be a man, said Louis DiFazio, the co-president and a junior mechanical engineering major. “Traditional masculinity tells me I have to have multiple heterosexual partners, hold my alcohol and sup-
press any emotion,” DiFazio said. Kimmel plans to report his findings on the lives of young men today and the lengthened developmental stage, termed “GuyLand,” which he thinks has emerged in all large industrial societies, he said. “There are very, very few people who seem to be noticing that the trends among young people are, basically, to elongate the period before adulthood to a full decade,” Kimmel said. “Not that long ago, people got married at age 20 or 21.” Kimmel’s research is based on 400 interviews with males ages 16 to
26, according to a March 9 Syracuse University news release. Kimmel also intends to explain how GuyLand originated, what this developmental phase asks of men and what these social expectations in turn suggest for women, he said. “I wanted to sort of map what this new stage of development is, between adolescence and adulthood,” Kimmel said. Some of the negative behaviors associated with this time period in a young man’s life may include excessive video gaming, binge drinking, hooking up see guyland page 8
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US Fashion award nominations reveal focus on younger generation of designers
nown as the Oscars of the fashion industry, the 2011 Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the nominees for the CFDA Fashion Awards last week. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony, scheduled for June 6. With superlatives ranging from Womenswear Designer of the Year to the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, nominees seem to be both skewed to the younger generation of designers and to the “celebrities” of fashion design. This year’s contenders and awards are as follows: • Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler for Womenswear Designer of the Year • Michael Bastian, Patrick Ervell and Simon Spurr for Menswear Designer of the Year • Alexander Wang, Reed Krakoff, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler for Accessory Designer of the Year • Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear • Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim and Robert Geller for the Swarovski Award for Menswear • Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Brogo, Jason Wu and Pamela Love for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design • Marc Jacobs for the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award • Arthur Elgort for the CFDA Board of Directors Special Tribute • Lady Gaga for the Fashion Icon Award • The Daily Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander for
i’m judging you the Media Award • InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein for the Founder’s Award • Phoebe Philo of Celine for the International Award The CFDA Fashion Awards, a ceremony that prides itself on honoring the true and welldeserved talent within the fashion industry, determines its nominees via the CFDA Selection Committee. The Selection Committee “is comprised of more than 300 CFDA members, along with a group of handpicked fashion retailers, journalists and stylists. … Nomination forms are sent out in February and returned in early March, then the nominees are selected based on the plurality voting system,” wrote Leah Bourne on ThreadNY’s March 17 blog post. “Quite a bit of lobbying goes on behind the scenes in terms of who is nominated and eventually awarded a CFDA,” continued Bourne. The politics that surround the fashion industry are just like those of any other business, and in the case of young designers such as Alexander Wang, they succeeded in their
lobbying tactics. Wang has probably been the most nominated in this year’s awards, as well as in previous ones. He is currently in the running to win Womenswear Designer of the Year, Accessory Designer of the Year and the Swarovski Award for Menswear. Though Wang is a favorite among consumers, editors and buyers, his perennial reappearance among the CFDA’s nominees makes it seem as if there is no one else in this vast industry who deserves a mention. I love Alexander Wang, but he has enough press and popularity already, and others need this CFDA opportunity more than he does. The same goes to more than half of the designers listed as nominees. And speaking of opportunity, young designers, business moguls and ex-actresses Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are finally getting the fashion attention they deserve. True, the Olsen twins have always been in the spotlight when it comes to fashion and personal style, but they are
ever so rarely appreciated for their fashion lines, The Row and Elizabeth and James. As are most actresses-turned-designers, there’s always been speculation on whether the Olsens are cut out for clothing design. This year, however, their meticulousness for timeless form and function rightly earned them a nominated spot for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear. The Swarovski Awards specifically target young, emerging designers. Though I disagree that the Olsens would be categorized as emerging, the young moguls definitely deserve a CFDA win. Whether the CFDA is trying to target a younger generation or not, the people listed as contenders definitely deserve this moment. To be so young and successful is rare in this industry, and it shows designers are just as hungry as ever to reach fashion fame. Vicki Ho is a senior public relations major. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
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Three separate issues at play in University Senate debate By Beckie Strum Editorial Editor
A motion from the Committee on Diversity raised three incredibly important — albeit distinct — issues facing Syracuse University at Wednesday’s University Senate meeting. The motion prompted a long and passionate discussion — but what that discussion was about, the senate members and attendees may not be entirely sure. Three major issues concerned the senate members, three issues that should have been explicitly separated: a commitment to student diversity, a new admissions strategy, and SU’s reputation and competitiveness. Much of the discussion approached these issues as though they have a causative relationship — but they do not. Discussion of the first issue, diversity, quickly revealed it was not a contestable issue at all. Every contributor prefaced his or her statement with a genuine tribute to the importance of diversity in its traditional definition: religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and disability. No one questioned diversity’s merits in an academic setting. The final result was a motion to reaffirm SU’s longstanding dedication to diversity without any changes to university policy or practice. Changes to the undergraduate admissions strategy marked the second distinct issue. Chancellor Nancy Cantor made clear that the admissions strategy has indeed shifted to attract and accept greater numbers of students from outside the Northeast. This change corresponds with the shifting student-age demographic
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in the United States, which is no longer centered in the Northeast. The change ensures long-term economic and enrollment sustainability and, as described, has nothing to do with ideological or moral motivations. Cantor said the decision to increase geographic diversity outside the Northeast is one many universities are facing. The third issue wrapped up in Wednesday’s debate was a perceived decline in SU’s institutional competitiveness and reputation. Administrators chose to argue SU’s competitiveness has not declined, as they no longer consider traditional metrics like admissions rate and average GPA and SAT scores the best ways to rate SU’s success. Several faculty members argued that if our peer institutions value these metrics, then SU must as well, especially if no precedent exists for valuing different institutional qualities. Despite nearly an hour and a half of discussion, the state of SU’s reputation remains debatable and incredibly urgent. If anything was clear Wednesday, it was that more discussion about this topic is needed. Many senate members expressed an interest in open discussion about the changes to SU’s reputation. When this discussion continues, it must be stripped of morally loaded, obvious — and frankly unrelated — issues like the value of diversity. A second open forum this semester would likely be the best venue for such a discussion. Beckie Strum is the editorial editor of The Daily Orange, where her news analysis appears occasionally. She can be reached at opinion@ dailyorange.com.
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J. Whitman School of Management. Newhouse’s entrepreneurship efforts help those students make practical connections between media and business. This is becoming increasingly important as media outlets strive to reach and attract niche audiences. The center has created a smart plan to help students create their own businesses as well. A student, who may not know if his or her idea is feasible, would feel comfortable sitting down informally and hashing out his or her plans with an open-minded expert. Anything more formal, especially for students without business backgrounds, may be far too intimidating.
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the money to the sport management department but to the whole college.” The College of Human Ecology, currently divided in eight different campus buildings, will relocate to a central location where the College of Law building currently stands, Murphy said. The move will take place after the College of Law relocates to Dineen Hall, probably in 2014, she said. “This gift certainly means we will have adequate academic resources, primarily a new facility where we are all in one unit,” she said. “It gets us all together as a college for the very
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first time. It’s a very big deal to engage as a community of scholars together.” Since the college is made up of diverse departments, having several buildings on campus makes interdisciplinary collaboration difficult, Murphy said. It’s hard for students in the school to not have one central location, she said. The gift will also create opportunities within the college, including a distinguished lecture series, Murphy said. The Falk Center for Sport Management was founded in 2008 with support from the Falk family, according to an SU News Sevices release from Thursday. The center combines the expertise of faculty members from many of SU’s schools and focuses on establishing a master’s degree in sport venue and event management,
according to the release. “Sport management is David Falk’s work and legacy, and that’s in our college,” Murphy said. “Naturally, he came to the sport department. As he grew to know the college better, he realized this is where he would put more of his money.” Falk is a member of the SU Board of Trustees, in which he works on the Advancement and External Affairs and Student Affairs committees, according to the release. Falk is also the chair of the College of Human Ecology’s Sport Management Advisory Council and a founding member of the SU Advisory Board of Washington, D.C., according to the release. Falk’s career began at ProServ in 1974, where he represented professional athletes and eventually rose to vice chairman of the company, according to the release. In 1992, he formed Falk Associates Management Enterprises to provide services to elite NBA clientele, including Michael Jordan. He also negotiated basketball’s
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walk in, and they’ve got someone to talk to.” Syracuse provides an outlet for entrepreneurs, said Kruczek, who previously worked at Rollins College, a small school in Orlando, Fla. “The biggest thing here is that everyone is talking about this stuff,” Kruczek said. “Students are talking about this, and there’s already all this energy and buzz about entrepreneurship.” Branagan said he’s not worried about a lack of student interest in the program. “The ones who come up to me are the ones with courage, and that’s who I want to be talking to,” Branagan said. A 1980 Syracuse University graduate, Branagan majored in magazine journalism in the wake of the Watergate scandal. But when it came to a career, Branagan wasn’t as excited about journalism as he used to be. Instead, he became a serial entrepreneur. Over and over, he created technology firms and interactive media companies, focusing on Web development and social media marketing. But he had an idea that a little contraption — the computer — would revolutionize society. So in 1998, Branagan first approached Newhouse school officials with ideas to create entrepreneurship opportunities within the media program. Due to other projects and various changing of hands at Newhouse, Branagan couldn’t hone in on bringing his entrepreneurial ideas to fruition in 1998. Then in 2008, when Lorraine Branham joined the Newhouse faculty as its dean, Branagan re-pitched his idea. Branagan
first $100 million contract in 1996 for Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat and served as the executive producer for the movie “Space Jam.” Rhonda is a 1974 SU graduate. David and Rhonda met during their time as SU students, according to the release. The family’s connection to the school spans two generations because David and Rhonda’s daughter, Jocelyn, graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2010, according to the release. The Falk’s partnership with the university began in 1998 with the Pearl W. Falk Endowed Chancellor’s Scholarship — named after David’s mother — which assisted SU students from public schools in the Washington, D.C., area, according to the release. Said Murphy: “Since David’s mother was a teacher, this is where he and his wife decided they were going to put their money.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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leveraged his resources from the iSchool and Whitman to form a collaborative effort for the initiative. Students are captivated, Branagan said, and many are in different stages of the entrepreneurial process. Some simply have an idea or concept, and others are already starting their second and third businesses. “This entrepreneurship stuff is hot,” he said. “It’s wonderful when someone’s studied it, but if you’ve never done it, it’s awfully hard to understand.” There’s a greater interest in entrepreneurship across campus because students have stopped searching for jobs and started creating them, said Kruczek, the director of the Falcone Center of Entrepreneurship in Whitman. Having seen an older generation of longtime, loyal employees be subject to random layoffs, students have a newfound drive to mold their futures more directly. “Your generation wants more than to make money, you also want meaning,” Kruczek said. “You look and don’t necessarily see the risk. You see people like Mark Zuckerberg and the Twitter founders, and they’re all young people. You go, ‘Shoot, I can do that.’” email@example.com
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“continue” its policy of inclusion and to support the goals of academic excellence and diversity as complementary. The motion originally stated the university should “expand” the policy. As soon as the motion was put on the floor, David Bennett, the senate member who began the discussion at the February USen meeting, stood up to respond. Bennett said he felt the motion mischaracterized his view on the subject and that being an inclusive institution is a noble and admiral goal. Bennett was originally concerned with if and how the university was changing its policy on admissions, he said. He asked Don Saleh, vice president for enrollment management, to explain who was making the decisions on changing the admissions policy. Saleh told him it was a group of three or four, Bennett said. Saleh denied ever saying a select group had made the decision. “I cannot believe that, that would be my response,” Saleh said at the meeting. Bennett continued to speak for more than 10 minutes, noting his concerns about the university’s reputation and how it was changing during a time of a near 60 percent admissions rate. He pulled out a copy of U.S. News and World Report’s analysis of universities and pointed to an article naming SU an “A+ School for B Students.”
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were an increase in undergraduate tuition, fundraising results, and costs and changes with SU Press. Martha Garcia-Murillo, chair of the budget and fiscal affairs committee, presented the budget and called attention to several points, including the library receiving lower funding than its peers at other institutions. There are significant resources still needed for E.S. Bird Library and Carnegie Library, as well as the library storage facility, she said. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Budget and Planning are working to determine the level of funding required for the library. For fiscal year 2012, the library will be provided approximately $900,000 in new funding, according to the budget, and $400,000 will be funded on a recurring basis. Tom Sherman, a member of USen’s Library Committee, said he was pleased to see the additional attention toward the library, but said he
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USen members spoke out during Bennett’s talk, asking him to open the floor to others with questions and comments, as well as requesting that Bennett keep the rest of his response to no more than five minutes. Mugo said the Committee on Diversity welcomed the discussion and had no problem with Bennett speaking up. As the meeting went on, discussion broadened into three parts: diversity, the university’s recent history with admissions and the motion presented. Ian Ludd, a freshman political science major and undergraduate student representative for USen, said he thought Bennett’s presentation was being misconstrued and confused as a discussion on diversity. “Everyone here agrees that diversity is important, but I don’t think that’s what Professor Bennett is presenting,” Ludd said. Instead, it was a discussion on the near 60 percent admissions rate, Ludd said. He had no answer on whether the rate was good or bad, but a civil discussion should be happening, he said Steve Weiter, a member of the Administrative Operations Committee who issued the report, said the issue was never about diversity and whether or not SU was meeting those goals, but rather about admissions policies and the acceptance rate. “We were beginning to look like everybody’s safety school,” Weiter said. As the committee looked into the issue, questions arose on the quality of accepted students,
given how many were being granted admission, Weiter said. He said he did not know if diversity should have ever been included in the discussion. Saleh said he thinks there is an “old way” of describing admissions success, looking specifically at criteria such as SAT scores and GPA. But he likes to look at the strength of the class by looking at the characteristics students are bringing to campus, he said. During the past 11 years, application numbers have significantly risen, Saleh said. The trend is a result of a lot of hard work and the rise in SU’s reputation, he said. There has been no change in university policy regarding the admission of more diverse students, Chancellor Nancy Cantor said. But Cantor said she “absolutely” supported a discussion about selectivity across campus. The increase in admissions and any change to admissions strategy reflects the university drawing more students from beyond the Northeast, which has a shrinking population of college students. Should SU look to draw more applicants from places like California, it must accept more students from the area because those students have a lower chance of choosing SU. “What we have not done in the process is change anything about the quality of the class,” Cantor said. But Stephen Sydor, a freshman international relations and economics major and undergraduate representative for USen, said the high admissions rate was still a concern to him. An increase in applicants could mean more stu-
dents may see SU as an easy school to get into, he said. He also expressed a concern about the value of his degree. “As a student, when I graduate, if an employer looks and sees you came from Syracuse University — what does that mean?” Sydor said. Qi Wen Li, a senior biology major who attended the meeting, countered Sydor. As someone who recently went through graduate school interviews, she said she did not feel interviewers were judging her based on where she studied as an undergraduate, but rather her own accomplishments and skills. It was the longest meeting USen held this academic year so far, lasting about an hour and a half. The meeting ended just after 5:30 p.m., after the Committee on Academic Affairs gave a report in the executive session. Throughout the meeting Jonathan Massey, the presiding officer, kept members conscious of the time. Samuel Gorovitz, a member of the Committee on Academic Affairs, said he has seen overall discussion in USen shut down because of ideological disagreement. He agrees with being an inclusive school, but the discussion about it should not be sidestepped so easily, he said. “On more than one occasion, I have been a witness to someone expressing a view contrary to the position taken by the university and challenged — not on the merits of the case, but as morally deficient,” Gorovitz said. “And I think that is shameful.”
would like to see a guarantee the university will continue to work to bring up the library. “I just fear that we’ll fall back again,” Sherman said. Chancellor Nancy Cantor supported Sherman’s point and said establishing a long-term plan for the library was something that “absolutely needs to be done.” SU continues to rely significantly on undergraduate tuition, which makes up 42 percent of the budget. The committee voted unanimously to increase undergraduate tuition 3.8 percent over the fiscal year 2011. Board and room costs also increased by 3.7 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively. But revenues from tuition are not increasing at a rate that sustains the university’s growing costs. Costs for facilities and health care are main concerns, Garcia-Murillo said. “The health care increases were significant to the extent that they could not be passed on to university employees,” Garcia-Murillo said. The committee recommended SU look for more ways to cut health care costs. It also suggested the university consider the approach
other institutions have taken and not increase the salaries of top officials, due to current economic challenges. Other business discussed: • The university has seen a substantial increase in the amount of fundraising that comes from gifts and pledges, Garcia-Murillo said. Twenty-eight percent of what was raised came from university trustees, according to the budget. However, costs of fundraising did increase from 0.11 to 0.14 per dollar raised, but remained below the standard of 0.16 per dollar raised. • Sponsored faculty research is one area the university has seen increased success with, as the number of faculty involved in grant proposals has increased by 133 percent in the past five years, Garcia-Murillo said. Additionally, the success rate has increased by 10 percent. • SU Press has been folded into the library. There was brief discussion about whether this was logical, considering the finances and scale of the two operations. Suzanne Thorin, dean of the library, said the change has been beneficial for costs and has allowed the two to better use
information technology services and establish e-books.
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had to make cuts during the financial crisis, he said, and the government should do so as well. “You can’t spend more than you make in life,” Cuomo said. He said he wants this life lesson to carry over to the New York state Legislature, as well as to his three daughters. One aspect of his budget includes tax and property tax burdens. He said these burdens are part of the reason why 2 million people have left New York. The tax burden is $4,845, which is more than 60 percent higher than the national average, he said. New York’s property tax burden is $13,755, which is 96 percent higher than the national average, Cuomo said. To help compensate for these debts, Cuomo’s budget proposal aims to cut spending in areas such as Medicaid and education. He proposed approximately 2 percent cuts for both sectors this year. His overall budget will cut 10 percent of all state spending in 2011-12. Cuomo advocated for those affected by his budget and those at risk for losing money to increase efficiency and streamline money. Some people in the education sector are fearful his cuts in education will threaten existing programs. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said the cuts may leave districts with no other choice but to lay off teachers. Sharon Birnkrant and Laureen Lane, principal and vice principal, respectively, of Hurlbut W. Smith K-8 School in Syracuse, and six students attended the event in hopes of showing Cuomo that the Liberty Partnership Program should not be eliminated. Birnkrant, Lane and the six students did not address the audience. The program is a partnership between Syracuse University, the Syracuse City School District, other colleges and the community that aims to help students finish high school and advance to postsecondary education. It is present in nine of the 13 middle schools in the city school district and throughout all of New York state. Lane said education programs should not be cut. Several students from different countries are placed in a grade based on their age and not on how much they know, Birnkrant said. These six students were the youngest audience members and possible future leaders of New York
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according to the site. Tuition for 2010-11 at SU College of Law is $43,500, according to the College of Law admissions website. Some schools offer options for debt repayment for students with careers in public interest law who earn low salaries in the public sector, according to the U.S. News and World Report article.
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and sexual assault, Kimmel said. “Basically, guys give themselves a pass by saying things like, ‘Well, I never raped anyone,’” Kimmel said. “I think that kind of sets the bar a little bit too low. I think that men can do better than not having raped somebody.” Kimmel’s job is not to instruct men to act in a certain manner or to try to evade GuyLand, because it is a state of development, he said. “What we can do is we can go through that period more consciously, and that’s basically what I’m going to be talking about,” Kimmel said. Sacchi Patel, a graduate student who teaches
brandon weight | photo editor stephanie miner and andrew cuomo, Syracuse mayor and New York governor, respectively, shake hands in Schine. Cuomo spoke Wednesday about budget cuts. state, both Birnkrant and Lane said. An eighth grader in Hurlbut W. Smith’s accelerated program originally from Cuba said, “LPP is important to me because when I need to stay after to learn what I was not getting in school, there are teachers to help me.” Cuomo also discussed a current trend of partisan politics in which members vote along party lines instead of in the best interest of their districts. Special interest groups and lobbyists are at the root of driving up the budget, he said. His plan is to change how much special interests dominate political decisions in Albany over the next four years, he said. SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Miner spoke prior to Cuomo taking the stage. They addressed the current challenges politicians face as the financial crisis continues and partisan politics divide the nation. “There are tremendous challenges today, and that’s when true leadership stands up,” Miner said, as she explained her reasoning for taking public office during hard times. Miner then welcomed Cuomo to the podium
and said he is a leader New Yorkers trust and have hope in because of the leadership he has shown in difficult times. There was not enough room to accommodate everyone in Schine Underground for the speech, so students and community members had to RSVP to it, said Josh Vlasto, Cuomo’s press secretary. Justin Cole, a senior policy studies, political science and economics major from Watertown, N.Y., said Cuomo had a sense of humor, which softened the blow of the problems presented in the proposal. “Cuomo energized and exceeded my expectations. He could’ve gotten bogged down talking about the budget,” he said. Anna Stolzenburg, a junior broadcast journalism and political science major from Buffalo, said it is frustrating seeing partisan politics control the Legislature. “I think he presented the challenges in the system,” she said. “And if he holds to it, there will be change.”
Julie Rich, a senior history major in the College of Arts and Science, had planned to apply to graduate school to become a history professor, but due to the grim outlook for the career, she chose to attend law school instead. Rich has already been accepted to Seton Hall University School of Law and said she is almost certain she will be attending. Rich said she thinks the economy and lack of job opportunities play a large role in students’ decisions. She hopes the current situation improves during her time at law school, she said.
“Many students have to do judicial clerkships when they graduate instead of going straight into firms like they want to,” Rich said. It’s good for experience, but it’s not like working at a law firm, Rich said. Despite the understanding that fewer students are hired by firms right out of law school, Rich remains hopeful for a future in law. “They said the economy’s going to improve in the next few years,” Rich said. “People are optimistic.”
SOC/WGS 230: “Intergroup Dialogue on Gender,” said it is important to expose Kimmel’s work to the SU community and other college campuses because there is limited discussion on issues of masculinity. This lecture might “spark dialogue” on critical topics that are often dismissed because they are considered “taboo,” because people do not care about them or because they are deemed women’s issues, Patel said. Patel, who is also a staff member at the R.A.P.E. Center, said many of the mainstream ideals of masculinity “reinforce power differentials in society,” which hurt women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community the most. Seth Finkelstein, co-president of A Men’s Issue,
said society has designed the way men have to act to be accepted by their peers. There is more pressure to succumb to these expectations in a group setting as opposed to an individual basis, he said. Co-sponsors of Kimmel’s lecture include Students Advancing Sexual Safety and Empowerment, Pride Union, Vera House and the SU R.A.P.E. Center, together with the 17th Annual White Ribbon Campaign, Finkelstein said. DiFazio, the A Men’s Issue co-president, said bringing Kimmel to SU was a smooth process. “Dr. Kimmel was more than happy to come to campus,” DiFazio said. “He already knew of our group from past conferences, and we’ve been wanting him to come to campus for a while now.”
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Syracuse City School District cuts more than 400 jobs to tackle budget shortfall By Jon Harris
Asst. News Editor
undreds of Syracuse City School District employees opened their mailboxes earlier this week to find pink slips. The district’s Board of Education has been issuing layoff notices to employees, who will now be left jobless at the end of the school year in June. The board plans to cut 584 jobs, about 14 percent of its approximately 4,000 employees, to balance the 2010-11 district budget of $354.5 million, said Suzanne Slack, chief financial officer for the district. The district sent out notices to 324 employees last Friday and will send out 103 more layoff notices by the end of next week, Slack said. The school board has identified about 446 specific job cuts out of the 584 it plans to make, she said. Richard Strong, president of the district’s school board, said he doesn’t expect to make less than 584 job cuts. There currently aren’t enough employees retiring early for the number of cuts to change, he said. When looking at the budget, Strong said there’s nothing left to cut except jobs. “We made every attempt to try to avoid impacting the education classroom, but it’s at a point where 85 percent or more of your budget is people. You’re going to check the classroom,” he said. “And that’s where we’re at now.” Of the cuts already identified, 158 teaching assistants, 39 custodial workers, 23 school monitors and 11 nurses will lose their jobs at the end of the year, among many others. Last year, 240 jobs were cut in the district compared to 50 the year before, Slack said. Within the district, there are about 2,200 teachers, 800 to 900 teaching assistants and only approximately 100 administrators, she said. Cutting jobs — even if it’s custodial workers or caf-
The Syracuse City School District has already cut more than 400 employee jobs. Here are the top five positions that have been cut:
Teaching assistants Custodial workers Special education teachers School monitors Foreign language teachers
eteria workers — ends up hindering the teacher’s ability to educate the students, Slack said. “We’re going to capsize the district,” she said. The district is also cutting 28.5 special education positions. Slack said the district is currently thinking about how to provide special education services cheaper and more efficiently. Christine Ashby, an assistant professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University, said special education positions have taken a disproportionately large hit. Special education jobs are commonly cut when school districts face difficult economic times, which is unfortunate because the service those teachers provide benefit the special education students and other students in the school, Ashby said. By cutting special education positions, “it forces the district to be really creative in the way they provide those services,” said Ashby, who teaches in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program. The district had Educational Resource Services — an outside agency that offers training programs and educational products for school districts — come out last year and look at the district, Slack said. To cut jobs, she said the district went through each department and took into consideration the data prepared by Educational Resource Services. To save costs, the district also closed Bellevue Middle School Academy, sending the school’s 400 children to three or four other schools, Slack said. On Tuesday night, the school board discussed cutting about 30 more middle school jobs, but they decided not to go forward with it, she said. The school board is trying to make educational decisions based off the district’s financial deficiencies,
number of cuts
158 39 28.5 23 15.3
which makes cuts difficult, Slack said. “The state doesn’t have enough money, so you’re going back to cut things you know are good for the kids,” she said. The tentative district budget for 2011-12 is $331.7 million, a 6.4 percent decrease from the current budget, Slack said. The 2011-12 budget, which is almost $23 million less than the 2010-11 budget, puts the district back at the 2008 spending amount despite higher costs, she said. Although the district is planning to cut 584 jobs, the final number of layoffs will not be known until after the state passes its budget, Slack said. The New York state budget is due April 1 and must deal with a $10 billion deficit. The district relies on the state for the majority of its money, as state aid accounts for 74 cents of every General Fund dollar the district receives, Slack said. She said Cuomo’s cut is equal to about 7 percent of the district’s general fund. Strong, the district’s Board of Education president, said the board is currently arguing about how many sports programs and English teachers to cut. “We’re down to the ‘I don’t want to touch that position, you don’t want to touch that position,’” he said. “We all have arguments why we want to do one thing or another, but the fact is that there’s going to be a lot of loss. There’s not much we can do.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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the sweet stuff in the middle
Group to host series of concerts
By Tedi Doychinova STAFF WRITER
Just months away from entering the music industry, senior Caitlyn Davis is still learning. Due to her involvement in the Music and Entertainment Industries Student Association,
Nigel Hall and Sophistafunk
Fashion show honors communication milestone’s 5th anniversary, facilitates student collaboration
Where: Funk ‘n Waffles When: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. How much: $5
By Danielle Odiamar
ASST. FEATURE EDITOR
usic echoes in the almost-empty seventh floor of The Warehouse. In the corner of the large fashion design studio, a cluster of students laugh and talk as they work, hunched over sewing machines. Yellow measuring tape is draped around their necks, and pincushion bracelets adorn their wrists as they work, seemingly unfazed by the headless, well-dressed mannequins looming behind them. Despite the fact that it’s approaching 11 p.m., the fashion design seniors have just gotten started for the night. On top of designing their senior collections, three of these students have taken on the responsibility of being the fi rst students to direct and style the Fashion Communications Milestone’s annual fashion show, a responsibility previously held by fashion design faculty members. “It has been a lot of responsibility being in charge of a huge team and balancing the schedules, not only yours but everyone’s, and making sure everything is right,” said Marteal Boniello, a senior fashion design major and one of the student directors for the event. The event, called “Fashion Follows Form: Fashion and Diversity,” will feature five segments that follow the theme of exploring multiplicity in fashion communications. The event, which celebrates the Milestone’s fi fth anniversary, will be held Friday, April 1. As a joint program between the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the fashion design program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Milestone represents the collaborative spirit of this unique program, said Carla Llyod, co-founder of the milestone. “It is truly a milestone for the milestone,” Lloyd said. “We are still the fi rst mass communications program to do something like this.” Founded in 2007, the program has since served as a bridge between both schools by allowing students interested in pursuing a career in fashion communications to take a variety SEE FASHION PAGE 16
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MODEL CALL The Fashion Communications Milestone is still looking for models to participate in their fifth annual fashion show, “Fashion Follows Form: Fashion and Diversity.” There is a particular need for models who have a personal connection to breast cancer survivors for the Breast Cancer Awareness section of the show. If you or someone you know is interested in modeling please contact Mohammad Diallo at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday.
she has gained valuable knowledge that will help her in her field. The members experiment, through trial and error, with different ways to plan a successful music show. “It’s a real live laboratory,” said Davis, president of MEISA and a senior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries. The group conducts the entire process necessary to put together a professional musical performance, from contacting the record agency to booking the artist and promoting the event. Throughout the process, MEISA members establish relationships with agents and form connections in the music industry. Davis said the group has remained focused on its original goals since she joined her sophomore year. “MEISA’s goal is to teach the kids, give everyone an opportunity to get involved in the process of putting on a show,” she said. Despite two earlier attempts this year at performances, both were canceled due to severe snowstorms. Through rescheduling, MEISA was able to bring Nigel Hall to Syracuse. Hall will perform at Funk ‘n Waffles on Thursday at 8:30 p.m., along with Sophistafunk, a Syracuse-based band. Tickets will be sold for $5. Hall, a member of bands Soulive and Lettuce, will sing in the acclaimed jam band group with Warrens Haynes (of Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule) in May. “It’s the cheapest ticket prices in the most intimate setting Nigel will ever play,” said Lucas Sacks, vice president of MEISA and a staff writer for The Daily Orange. Hall’s performance will be one of five shows MEISA will host in the next six weeks. The shows used to be on campus, but this year the group decided to branch off campus and accommodate the Syracuse community. Two of the shows will be held downtown at the Red House Arts SEE MEISA PAGE 14
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Curse of the Starving Class
PERSPECTIVES by kathleen kim and brandon weight | the daily orange
The spring semester is half over. What are you most looking forward to?
“I’m looking forward to this summer so I can get the hell out of here. ” Alexis Chandler
SOPHOMORE CIVIL ENGINEERING MAJOR
“To see the weather change, the sun out and people on the Quad hanging out. ” Samantha Saunion
SOPHOMORE COMMUNICATION AND RHETORICAL STUDIES MAJOR
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Gerardine Clark connective corridor stop: syracuse stage
“I’m a senior, and I don’t want to graduate. I want another four years. ” David Held
SENIOR FINANCE AND MARKETING MAJOR
“Deﬁnitely the MayFest concert. I’m a big Kid Cudi fan, so I’m excited. ” Scott Barrows
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Pumping up the volume may hurt your ears more than help you enjoy the beats
ometimes, silence can be loud. When the lack of noise is overwhelming, our iPods bring us solace. Music helps drown out crazy thoughts, forget our worries or get in the zone for essay writing. Jonathan Plaut, a sophomore sport management major, regularly uses his iPod. “I listen to it every day, usually when I’m working out or when I am in my room,” he said. Earbud-toting students run rampant on campus, bringing their iPods on the bus, to the gym and en route to class, just to name a few. What were once daily moments of ambient sounds are now filled with personal playlists of our favorite tunes, carefully crafted to fit the occasion. “I usually listen to rock or rap depending on what I want for the day,” Plaut said. Unfortunately, our tuneful habit may lead to hearing loss far before we become grandparents. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida found that 25 percent of the college students tested experienced measurable hearing loss. Seven percent of the students had hearing loss of 25 decibels or more, which is clinically diagnosed as mild hearing loss. The research, published this month in the International Journal of Audiology, suggested hearing loss could be attributed to the widespread use of MP3 players. The delicate nature of our hearing is often forgotten, especially compared to our sense of sight. When we go outside on a sunny summer day, we wear sunglasses. Every kindergartner knows taking a wide-eyed gander at the sun can result in some serious damage, maybe even resulting in a visionless, permanent sunglasswearing existence if you stare up long enough. Why don’t we take our hearing as seriously as our vision? Our ears endure the brunt of booming bass lines and blaring guitar solos on a regular basis. But to suggest we stop listening to our iPods entirely would be ludicrous — if I had to tolerate the sound of my feet pounding the treadmill conveyor belt at the gym, three miles would feel like 30. And on Monday mornings, when the last thing I want to hear on the
do the body right bus is a freshman’s Smirnoff escapades from the weekend, the iPod is my saving grace from South Campus to College Place. The key is to remember we not only control what song plays on our iPod, but also the volume at which we play it. This may seem obvious, but whenever I can make out every word of the song my fellow bus riders are listening to, I question if they know of the iPod’s user-control capabilities. Music is meant to complement the sounds of the outside world, not drown out every noise and thought swirling around the bus. Some SU students do listen to music more carefully than others. David Deacon, a doctoral student studying American history, owns an iPod, but is cautious about his music-listening behaviors. “I listen to it mostly in the car and through speakers at home and working in the library. I am uncomfortable wearing it in public. I’m strange, but don’t like to be disconnected from my surroundings,” Deacon said. “I keep the volume at a low level, concerned about losing my hearing.” Plaut has similar considerations. “I do think about the effect (of loud volume), and I make sure I don’t have it on too loudly so it doesn’t affect my hearing down the road.” If you choose to rock out, go for it. But keep this is mind: If you listen to music too loudly now, you may be rocking a hearing aid before you know it. Alicia Smith is a graduate student in the magazine, newspaper and online journalism program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at email@example.com.
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Center. The amount of student participation for each show strongly depends on the venue. For example, Red House requires more hands-ondeck staff. In the process, Red House’s venue staff teaches MEISA members how to read soundboards. The funding for the shows comes from Student Association, the student-run governing body at Syracuse University, which allocates money based on student interest level. This year, MEISA experienced almost a doubled increase in funds, Davis said. With the group’s new philosophy to include both locals and students, the headliners are always big names, and the supporting artists tend to be local or
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student-run bands. MEISA’s mission is to get bigger artists to play smaller rooms right before they blow up nationwide. In the past, MEISA has predominantly been made up of music industry students, but in an effort to revamp its image on campus, this past fall Sacks and Davis recruited new members, mainly freshmen in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. There are between 25 to 30 active members. “It’s a different group of kids with different sets of skills, which is great to utilize for our benefit at MEISA,” said Sacks, a junior in the Bandier program. Chelsie Dias, who will photograph her second show with Hall’s performance, said she loves being a part of the organization. “I look forward to the shows, it’s a lot of fun,” said Dias, an undeclared freshman in
the College of Arts and Sciences. “I get to talk to the artist and build connections. It helps me spread my photography and get exposure.” MEISA has a lot of potential thanks to its members, Dias said, who go to great lengths to do everything they can to better the group. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PRIDE OF TEXAS
WHAT IS MEISA? The Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association is an international organization to educate students in dealings with the music industry. MEISA is a branch off of MEIEA, a group with the same intentions, but for educators. Syracuse University’s MEISA chapter is offered through the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries.
This week we’ll explore Texas beer. I was in Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest music conference over Spring Break, and several breweries really stood out as local favorites. It’s important to get a taste of local flavors. Trying regional offerings is a must when traveling anywhere new.
Spoetlz Brewing Co., Shiner, Texas ABV: 4.4 percent
Born from German immigrants to plant roots in Texas in 1909, Spoetlz Brewing Co. makes seven different beers, but their flagship on tap at almost every bar in Austin is Shiner Bock. Bocks are dark (thanks to more highly roasted malts) and sweeter tasting ales that are relatively low in alcohol and, therefore, highly sessionable. Because it’s a local beer, it is relatively cheap and was even free at certain places during the conference. It smells sweet, pours dark and feels between light- and medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. It’s not the best-tasting beer, but for money, it’s worth it. To note, this beer is not found on the East coast.
Austin Amber Ale
Independence Brewing Co., Austin, Texas ABV: 4.9 percent
Started by a husband-and-wife homebrewing team, Independence Brewing Co. distributes to Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Since opening in 2004, the company now offers eight styles. The ale is well-balanced, with mild sweetness on the tongue at the beginning, then a bite of orange tang on the finish. This is truly a microbrew. If you are in the area, do a brewery tour and sample all of their styles, but pay attention to this ale.
Lonestar Brewing Co., San Antonio, Texas ABV:: 4.65 percent
A whopping $2 gets you a 16-ounce tallboy at a sports bar in downtown Austin. This is the cheapest they come. It is so cheap because the company makes just the one beer and has extremely low distribution costs. It smells mildly grainy, looks like apple juice and has no head. Lonestar claims to use Pacific Northwest hops, but that clearly isn’t the case. With essentially no taste, it’s no surprise they use corn with the malted barley. Corn is cheaper but lower quality, hence lighter body, color and flavor. Try it for novelty if in Texas. — Complied by Lucas Sacks, staff writer, email@example.com
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Galaxies apart T
By Sam Littman STAFF WRITER
he worst movies always manage to annoy or anger the audience in a manner unrelated to the quality of acting, writing or direction. In “Battle: Los Angeles,” for example, the actual setting of the movie — Los Angeles, a beautiful and interesting city with unique character and physicality — is not at all recognizable. In the film, the city is merely a mess of rubble
Director: Greg Mottola Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman Rating:
that could easily pass off as San Antonio or Tallahassee. There are no shots establishing the city or its identity. In “Battle: Los Angeles,” the name of the second-most populated city in the states is used as a marketing ploy, making the ludicrous spectacle of the film all the more laughable. The film has a clearly defined plot, but it isn’t much of a story. Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) plans to retire. But to the surprise of absolutely no one, he’s sucked into one last battle when aliens invade the earth in an attempt to steal our water. Nantz leads a team of Marines against the considerably more powerful extraterrestrials, all while trying to rescue a conveniently stranded family. What ultimately separates the film from other similarly noisy and turbulent explosion-heavy flicks is its utter lack of commitment to every aspect of filmmaking. While “Transformers” and “2012” are at least occasionally creative in their methods of depicting destruction, “Battle: Los Angeles” is a monochrome mess of uninteresting booms and blasts, which amount to nothing. The dialogue cannot be considered subpar, simply because the characters rarely talk. They speak in one-sentence military clichés, just as annoying as the constant onslaught of bullets. Every actor, with the exception of Eckhart, contributes equally to the most pitiably performed drama in recent years. The family the Marines scoop up is included only to manipulate the audience, perhaps because the filmmakers were keenly aware that viewers might not care if any of the indistinguishable soldiers died. Epitomizing America’s increased tolerance for brainless action fare, “Battle: Los Angeles” is not necessarily aggravating because it’s so sloppy, but because it is so convinced of its prestige. In its complete failure to execute moviemaking without completely embarrassing itself, it makes “Independence Day” look like “Citizen Kane.”
Two recent alien ﬂicks stand on opposite ends of entertainment spectrum
t’s possible Judd Apatow isn’t America’s foremost comedy director. While “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Funny People” are certainly masterpieces in their genre, “Paul” director Greg Mottola makes a hard push for supremacy in the field with another great work: an alien comedy that exemplifies his versatility. The director of “Superbad” and the even better comingof-age comedy “Adventureland,” Mottola proves he belongs among the elite with one of the very best alien movies to come along in years. On holiday at San Diego’s Comic-Con, British comic book geeks Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) decide to visit the most famous sites of alien encounters in their rented RV. Shortly after embarking on their expedition, they encounter real alien Paul (Seth Rogen), a swearing, pot-smoking, flip-flop-wearing extraterrestrial. He claims to be hunted by the government, despite offering enormous help the past few decades. Tasked with halting Paul’s attempt to phone home is Agent Lorenzo Zoil (Jason Bateman), whose orders are doled out over the phone by a venomous woman who hints at the danger of letting Paul leave. In “Battle: Los Angeles,” the aliens are so unoriginal it seems the creator actually tried to make them bland in spite of their potential. In “Paul,” the title alien is as vibrant and engaging as the finest characters in American film thus far in 2011. Rogen is an ace funnyman with a terrific voice he knows how to use. But without his marvelous supporting cast, his character would not be anywhere near as effective. A veritable dream team of comics, the picture features “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” creators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the lead roles and “Arrested Development” star
“BATTLE: LOS ANGELES” Director: Jonathan Liehesman
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0/5 Popcorns Jason Bateman in the largest supporting role. “Saturday Night Live” gem Kristen Wiig plays Paul’s love interest, and “Superbad’s” Bill Hader and Jo Lo Truglio are supporting players. This unique melding of tremendous comedic talents is expertly overseen by director Mottola. Even if the film doesn’t necessarily turn the alien subgenre on its ear, it’s a fresh sigh of relief for a four-month stretch filled with sickeningly bland and unoriginal comedies. In Mottola’s zany alien road trip romp, an “E.T.” meets “Dumb & Dumber” flick, the talent showcased is so terrific that one feels spoiled exiting the theater. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Drag competition to flaunt art of cross-dressing By Jenna Ketchmark Design Editor
This Friday, Terrance Smith will shed his college student veneer and transform into his alter ego: Jen Derbender, a 1950s housewife-inspired drag queen. It’s his way of showing support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
Totally Fabulous IX: The Final Show
This drag show is celebrating its ninth year at SU. Where: Goldstein Auditorium When: Friday, 8 p.m. How much: $5 for students with valid SU/ ESF ID, $7 for non-SU/ESF persons queer community. “Through my character, I will be telling people that it is OK to be who you are,” said Smith, a senior communication and rhetorical studies major.
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of free electives in both Newhouse and VPA, Lloyd said. She said the program has also worked to reach a variety of audiences — this
Smith is one of six performers appearing in the Totally Fabulous Drag Show finals this Friday at 8 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium. Sponsored by Pride Union, it will be hosted by professional drag queen Pandora Boxx, best known for her stint on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on the Logo channel. The show will also feature drag king Windz. The ninth annual Totally Fabulous Drag Show will be a night of entertainment. Nicholas Haas, the outreach coordinator and financial officer for Pride Union, said the show is a great way of showcasing drag, an integral part of the LGBTQ community. “A lot of students coming into college haven’t had the chance to see a drag show,” Haas said. “So it will expose them to a form of expression, of cultural expression, that has been around for many years.” In addition to providing entertainment, the drag show will benefit three local charities and LGBTQ organizations. Sixty to 75 percent
of ticket proceeds and tips will go to the Q Center, Sage Upstate and the Queering Education Research Institute. Contestants compete in one of three categories: Drag King, Queen, or Troupe of the Hill. The troupe category, initiated for the first time, will allow drag queens and kings to perform together. The contestants will be judged on lip-synched performances, coordination, charisma and overall ranking on a scale from one to 10 by three judges. The judges include Chi Cottoy, an SU alumna who participated in past shows as a drag king; Aaron Hudson, a senior information management and technology major; and a surprise judge who hasn’t been revealed. Smith has prepared for the show since January 2010. For two hours, four days a week, he meets with his eight backup dancers to go over concepts and share their ideas. Smith has danced for the show since his freshman year, but this is the first time he’ll perform
drag. Seeing his friends perform in past shows inspired him to conjure up his alter ago, Jen Derbender. “A lot of my friends did it, and I realized that I really like drag performances, but I didn’t see anything that really grasped my attention or that was really show-worthy,” he said. “I really wanted to challenge the show and up the stakes. I wanted to deliver something over the top.” If his group’s effort pays off, his routine will relay a convincing portrayal of a housewife to the audience and provide plenty of laughs, Smith says. He hopes to walk away with a win. But to Smith, no matter the final outcome, the real victory is representing the art of drag. “I really want people to appreciate drag as an art form,” Smith said. “I’ve taken all the steps to ensure that whatever we deliver onstage is worthy of being called art. That to me, right there, is winning.”
year’s show even features a breast cancer awareness section. “It was really new when we started out, and it was more like an underground idea, and now I feel like more people have heard about it and have joined,” said Hannah Slocum, a senior fashion design student and co-director of the
show. “It’s become much bigger and more professional over the past few years.” The program over the past five years has seen the fulfillment of its goal to unite these two schools, Lloyd said. This year’s show will bring a broader view to fashion by including a unique segment dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness. This segment will feature different shades of pink clothing donated by Thrifty Shopper, a set of local shops that sell used clothes and goods. “We thought, ‘How can we make it resonate with women such that they are considering this and taking measures in checking their own health regularly,’” Lloyd said. “What we really want is models to come forward whose friends or family members are breast cancer survivors. I think their presence will strengthen the message we’re trying to send.” The student directors agree the models are just as important to the show’s theme as the clothing, and they anticipate a large turnout of models. “Model calls alone naturally bring in a flow of different heights, sizes, ethnicities,” said Andrea McInnes, a senior fashion design major and co-director of the show. “We have a pretty diverse campus as it is.” In the past, students have had limited ability to truly get involved outside their field of
study. This is no longer the case. The show has provided students with a chance to experience working in unfamiliar areas of fashion that interest them. “It used to be all things made by the fash-
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ion design students, so there wasn’t much opportunity for the Newhouse students to get involved,” Boniello said. ”They don’t make clothes — it’s not their major — but they’re obviously interested in fashion. That’s why they’re in the Milestone. This show gives them that chance.” Newhouse students have the opportunity to work as makeup artists, hairstylists and models. They can also work as stylists for the first two segments of the show, which feature the garments donated by Thrifty Shopper. “This is another way of looking at diversity through the issues of not only sustainability but also issues of social-economical status” said Lloyd. “It’s an educational process as well.” The show and the Milestone also open doors of opportunity for the fashion design students. “It gives the fashion design students an opportunity to expand beyond design,” McInnes said. “When people want to do fashion, they automatically think it has to be fashion design, when there are so many different areas, and you don’t realize until you join the workforce or come to school that it’s a whole huge industry to learn about.” Many of the important aspects of the show have remained. The show still acts as an outlet for freshman, sophomore and junior fashion design students to exhibit their work. It also addresses critical issues facing today’s fashion communications industry. This can be seen in parts of the show that feature looks by local artists and craftsmen, as well as another segment featuring middle school students sporting eco-friendly looks. Despite the long hours and large amounts of man power, the three designers believe the show and the program are worth it. “It’s constant work, but I know it will pay off as a great learning experience,” Slocum said. “Once it’s all done and the show’s together, it will be the best feeling ever.” dmodiama@ syr.edu
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In junior year, Kohl blossoms into clutch hitter for Orange By Ryne Gery Staff Writer
Lacey Kohl was down to her last strike. One more and the game was over. She crowded the plate to protect the outside corner. With a runner on and Syracuse trailing Fresno State by a run in the top of the seventh inning, Kohl fouled off pitch after pitch. Finally, she got a pitch to hit. In 45-degree weather in Palm Springs, Calif., Kohl hit a home run into the wind over the left center field wall to give Syracuse the lead. “I knew at that point, no matter what I was swinging at, it was going to be hit hard,” Kohl said. “I was not going to miss the ball.” Kohl’s clutch at-bat in that 4-3 win on Feb. 26 is just one of many times the junior catcher has come through for the Orange this season. After hitting for a combined .224 average in her first two seasons, Kohl is leading SU (21-5) in hitting with a .343 batting average this year. She also tops the team in home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Kohl said she got in better shape over the summer and came to Syracuse determined to have a breakout year. She credits her current success to those extra hours of practice. Kohl takes extra batting practice whenever she can find time, before or after practice. On days off, she said she often tries to hit buckets of
balls off the tee. That work ethic hasn’t gone unnoticed. SU associate head coach Wally King said Kohl has been the “most dedicated kid” on the team. King said that as a catcher, Kohl is forced to work on hitting outside of practice. “It could be easy to kind of let the hitting piece go,” King said. “I’ll walk down through here maybe, and she’ll be down here on her own.” During practice, she has to catch the pitchers. Recruited as a utility player, Kohl also takes ground balls at third base and puts in time in the outfield. King said she has only worked harder to keep up offensively. It’s a work ethic King demands out of his hitters. He stresses the importance of never taking a day off. “You can’t take a day off as a hitter, and that goes for practice days or for game days,” King said. “You have to do the same thing.” Her No. 1 battery mate, Syracuse pitching ace Jenna Caira, said she appreciates the extra work Kohl has put in. When the team is scoring runs, Caira’s job is much easier. Kohl’s improvement at the plate has caught Caira’s eye as well. “She’s coming up in those clutch situations,” Caira said. “That’s huge for us because that’s the point of the game. We need to score runs.”
matthew ziegler | staff photographer lacey kohl puts in extra hours to work on her hitting, and leads Syracuse with a .343 batting average. Kohl improved from a combined .224 average in her first two seasons. Her hot start has given her confidence, something she lacked as an underclassman. So when she went hitless in 11 at-bats at the University of Virginia Spring Break Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., two weeks ago, Kohl stayed confident. One week later, in a doubleheader at Penn, Kohl went 5-for-7 with four RBI to lead the Orange to two wins. “To know that I bounced back from that weekend and continued to hit well,” Kohl said, “was just kind of proving to myself that I am as good as everyone thinks I am.” King was impressed again by Kohl during the Penn series last week. King said she fouled off four or five tough pitches on the outside corner in an at-bat in the second game. Then, he gave her some advice.
“I yelled out, ‘Hit the mistake, hit the mistake,’” King said. “She kept fighting them off and then, whack, she goes three-run home run straight away center, about 260 (feet) straight away.” The home run put the game out of reach, giving SU an 8-0 lead in the seventh inning and helping the Orange to sweep the doubleheader. King said Kohl understands her strengths and weaknesses as a hitter now. She goes to the plate looking for a good pitch to hit every at-bat. She has learned how to battle to get those pitches. “She has fought off tough pitches,” King said. “She’s gotten a mistake pitch, and she’s hit it and not missed it.” email@example.com
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Syracuse begins Big East play at Rutgers with high sense of urgency By Rachel Marcus Asst. Copy Editor
Michelle Tumolo watched the losses pile up for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team. At 2-5 after a loss at No. 2 Northwestern on Wednesday, SU’s fifth-ranked program at the start of the season has struggled in each of its losses. And now for the SU attack Tumolo, the sense of urgency is starting to kick in. With Big East play about to start, Tumolo thinks the Orange’s season is Who: Rutgers on the line in its Where: Piscataway, N.J. upcoming game at When: Saturday, 1 p.m. Rutgers. “It’s basically our season,” Tumolo said. “If we want to keep going in the playoffs, we need to start winning these games.” It may seem like that for Tumolo, but schedule-wise, it’s just the start of conference play. Most of the Orange’s nonconference schedule is complete. It has a chance to learn from past games and create a better record at the start of the Big East season. And that’s what Tumolo and Syracuse plan to do. “The Big East games are the biggest,” Tumolo said. “Because we want to win the Big East, and that will help us make it to the (NCAA) tournament.” Those games start Saturday when SU opens up Big East play at Rutgers at 1 p.m. The game, SU’s fifth straight on the road, is a huge one. With the team under .500, every game becomes
even more important. Big East play is what matters most. The team still has two nonconference games left, but the Big East schedule is where the focus is right now, as six of SU’s next seven games come within conference. The schedule begins against a 6-2 Rutgers team, albeit one that hasn’t faced a schedule nearly as daunting as SU’s. The Scarlet Knights have only played two ranked teams, while Syracuse has played five. But Tumolo still sees the Scarlet Knights as a scrappy team that could give SU a hard time with their athletic ability. “They might not be getting all these goals, but if they’re getting the ball, they’re going to have the ball in their stick and we’re not,” Tumolo said. “You can’t take anyone lightly, because we’re not on the winning category, so we have to keep every game as a hard-fought battle.” Battling is what Syracuse has done most of this season. Aside from a blowout loss to Virginia on Feb. 27, SU kept the score close in every game. Attack Tee Ladouceur knows the Orange can perform better. For Ladouceur, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes together. And she’s ready to let the Big East know that Syracuse is still strong. “We really want to show the Big East that we are here and we’re ready to win games and we’re contenders this year,” Ladouceur said. But Ladouceur still acknowledges the mixed results that have come with SU’s start
ashli truchon | staff photographer Michelle TumolO (35) expects Syracuse to improve from its 2-5 record. The Orange will look to do that when it opens up its Big East schedule on Saturday against Rutgers. to the season. With such a young team, she said, mistakes are bound to happen in the early going. “We see moments of brilliance, and we see moments of a young team,” Ladouceur said. SU hopes to see moments of brilliance this Saturday. Both Tumolo and Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said the game against Rutgers is “huge.” The Big East has an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, so it’s important the Orange start off on the right track in conference play — especially after rocky results in the nonconference portion of its season. “We’ve had some tough games in the nonconference schedule, and we haven’t come out with the wins,” Gait said. “So it’s imperative to
have success in the Big East.” And Tumolo knows the team has the ability. Its game against Maryland on March 12, one Syracuse lost by two goals, gave the team a confidence booster because each member of the team played well. But it still ended with a loss. Now SU has to start turning those performances into wins. That starts with putting the nonconference record behind it and moving onto the games that will determine whether or not the team plays in the NCAA tournament. “We would like to obviously win our nonconference games,” Ladouceur said. “But when it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is Big East play.” rnmarcus@ syr.edu
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SU readies for 1st road game expecting best from Villanova By Chris Iseman Asst. Copy Editor
John Desko can watch as much tape of Syracuse’s opponents as he wants. But when it comes down to it, sometimes it doesn’t matter. “I’ve seen this all year long,” Desko said. “I’ve watched a lot of tape on the other teams, and the team that I’ve just watched tape on that play us are a different team when they play Syracuse. We Who: Villanova bring out the best in Where: Villanova, Pa. everybody.” When: Saturday, 7 p.m. As the No. 1 Orange (6-0, 1-0 Big East) prepares to head to Philadelphia to play No. 11 Villanova (7-1, 0-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m., it’s once again expecting to play in a playoff-like game. That’s what happens when teams promote their games against Syracuse to be the most important of the season. For the Orange, though, it’s simply a matter of having to adjust. With a perfect start thus far, it hasn’t had much of a problem doing so. Desko said Villanova likely scheduled a night game on Saturday so the high school teams in the area can play their games during the day and then watch the Wildcats battle the Orange at night. “That’s what we’ve been seeing so far, is just a challenge every week,” Desko said. “And that comes with being No. 1 and comes with wearing an Orange jersey.”
Syracuse has to go in prepared for everything because it never knows what exactly teams are going to throw at it. In seemingly every game, teams play better against Syracuse. And that’s been the case even more when it comes to opposing goaltenders, some of whom have struggled all season long until they play SU. All of a sudden, they become forces in between the pipes. Against Georgetown on March 12, Syracuse struggled getting the ball past Hoya goaltender Jack Davis. Going into the game, Davis was allowing an average of 14 goals per contest. Against the Orange, he was a completely different player. The game went into overtime, when Syracuse scored to get a 9-8 win. On paper, the game could have been a blowout. In Villanova’s biggest game of the season, getting the ball past goaltender Billy Hurley won’t get any easier. Hurley is allowing only about eight goals per game. It’s a challenge Syracuse has grown accustomed to. “I think that a lot of the weekends we play, it’s been the game of the year for the other team,” Desko said. “Hopefully, we’re getting used to that. … And that’s a good thing. If we survive it, it makes us stronger.” First, though, Syracuse has to break through Villanova’s stifling defense. Desko said he expects the Wildcats to play both man-to-man and zone defenses. It’s zone defenses, though, that have given Syracuse a problem all year. “A lot of people want to take that shot from the
dave trotman-wilkins | staff photographer Joel White expects Syracuse’s game against Villanova on Saturday night to be another tough game. All season long, teams have increased their level of play against SU. outside and get that goal, and then that leads to mistakes,” Keogh said. “When we call timeouts and Coach talks about patience and looking for that one shot, it’s worked for us so far.” But Keogh said instead of waiting until the fourth quarter to be patient and find the right shot, the Orange needs to do it from the very beginning. In practice, the SU coaches get the offense ready to see both styles of defense. Of course, whatever defense Villanova plays will be its best. That’s been the story of the Orange’s season. Although Villanova isn’t one of Syracuse’s most formidable opponents, it has the potential to be as tough a game as any the Orange has played. The Wildcats have already beaten three ranked opponents in Drexel, Pennsylvania and
Princeton. “We really need to buckle down,” SU long-stick midfielder Joel White said. “I don’t think we’ve played a 60-minute game yet, and I think it’s going to be real tough for us.” Every game has been tough because of the way opponents ratchet up their level of intensity to try to be the one to take down Syracuse. That won’t be any different on Saturday. For Desko, there isn’t much of a drawback in playing opponents’ highest level of play. For a team aiming to win its third championship in four years, it’s only a benefit in the long term. Said Desko: “What doesn’t kill you hopefully makes you better.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Former Orange captain Plunket starts up program at Division III Albright By Ryne Gery Staff Writer
While most lacrosse coaches are at practice, Jake Plunket is holed up in his office. His longest days are spent making phone calls and sending emails to recruits for 14 hours. And when he does leave the office, his work goes with him. “Sometimes I’ll go home for what I think is going to be an early night,” Plunket said. “I get home at 6:30 p.m., and I end up making calls until 10 o’clock at night just in a blink.” Plunket was hired as the first head coach of the brand new men’s lacrosse program at Albright College in Reading, Pa., in October. The head coach — a former Syracuse lacrosse player from 2002-05 — has been working the phones all year, trying to fill out his roster to begin play in Division III in the spring of 2012. Albright received a $1 million donation from the John K. Roessner III Trust in July to fund a new practice facility and the operational costs of the first three years of the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. Rick Ferry, Albright’s co-director of athletics, said the school wanted to add lacrosse for more than eight years. Many prospective students asked about lacrosse, but the school didn’t have the field space or locker rooms to support new programs, Ferry said. “We could say, ‘Well, we have club lacrosse,’” Ferry said. “If you’re a competitive athlete, you want the varsity level. We didn’t have that to offer.” The lacrosse programs will help attract students who can afford the private school’s
tuition, Ferry said. In time, he expects lacrosse to become a “high-profile” sport that regularly competes for championships. To achieve that goal, Ferry had to bring in a high-profile coach. Plunket played on two national championship teams at Syracuse and served as the team captain his senior year. He also played Major League Lacrosse for the Rochester Rattlers from 2007-08. Plunket graduated from Syracuse in 2005 and went to SUNY Cortland that fall for his master’s degree. He planned to be a gym teacher after graduate school, but his plans changed during his first semester. His gym teacher from elementary school, Rich Barnes, then the head coach at Cortland, offered Plunket an assistant coaching job. After helping the team win the 2006 Division III national championship in his first year, he was hooked. “It got to the point where it’s like, ‘Do I want to be a teacher, or do I want to be a coach?’” Plunket said. “I jumped at the opportunity to coach, and it’s something I’ve never looked back from.” Plunket spent two more years at Cortland before taking an assistant coaching job at Division III Hampden-Sydney in Virginia for the past two seasons. Ferry said other candidates had more experience than Plunket’s five years — all as an assistant — but his energetic personality and reputation as a tireless worker convinced Ferry to hire him. “This is a guy that could go out everywhere and anywhere and sell the program and get us
on the map,” Ferry said. “That high-energy approach, along with the Syracuse pedigree, I don’t know that guys like that are falling off trees for startup programs.” Plunket wants to pass that Syracuse pedigree onto his players at Albright. He said he wants his program to have the same Division I mentality. The head coach said his team will have fall season and offseason workouts in the weight room every day. Plunket also wants his team to play with the same “free style” SU head coach John Desko encouraged while Plunket was in college. “You go there, and you’re not put into a certain mold,” Plunket said. “I want to do that as a coach. I’m not going to get on them every time they make a mistake.” His Syracuse connections were crucial in landing Cortland High School senior attack Phil Potter. When Plunket was still playing at Syracuse, he coached Potter at some lacrosse camps in Homer, N.Y. Potter said he remembered Plunket when he received an email from the coach last fall. Plunket wanted Potter to join him at Albright. Potter, though, was being recruited by Division I programs Providence and Binghamton and Division II powerhouse Le Moyne. But he chose Albright because of Plunket. “Knowing Coach Plunket, he’s one of the best lacrosse players in the world,” Potter said. “When I went and met him for the visit, that really made my decision clear.” Plunket still has work to do. He said he currently has about 10 commitments for next
season. And he knows tough times are ahead with a team of first-year players. With road trips planned for recruiting and scouting this spring, Plunket will have the chance to get out of his office, too. But also waiting there is his motivation to succeed. A commemorative Wheaties box featuring his 2004 Syracuse national championship team sits on a shelf across from his desk. To the left of that is a 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship trophy from Cortland’s national runner-up finish that season. “It lights a fire in me to want to bring the right players in,” Plunket said. “To bring it from the bottom and keep improving and finally one day being at the top level.”
Game to watch No. 2 Virginia at No. 12 Johns Hopkins Virginia (7-1) and Johns Hopkins (5-2) will battle for the sixth Doyle Smith Cup on Saturday at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. The Cavaliers have won the last six meetings between the teams, including all five since the cup was created. The matchup will also pit the nation’s top scoring offense against the best scoring defense. Virginia has scored in double figures in every game this season, while Hopkins leads the country in scoring defense at 5.43 goals per game. Princeton is the only team to score more than six goals against the Blue Jays in an 8-3 Tigers win on March 5. It is the 65th straight year the lacrosse rivals have met. email@example.com
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48-point Senior Day win over DePaul, the greatest margin of victory in Big East history. Heading into postseason play, confidence was high again. The Orange made the Big East tournament as a No. 4 seed, one spot from where SU was pegged preseason. The Orange made the NCAA Tournament as a three seed, about where SU was pegged throughout the season by bracketologists. But dig deeper and the season was anything but steady. The Jekyl and Hyde act from the team as a whole spoke to that. One game, Scoop Jardine was saving the Orange and sending a Big East tournament semifinal into overtime. The next, he was shooting the Orange out of that game as well as the NCAA Tournament’s third round. Kris Joseph could go for 21 points while willing SU to an overtime win over Rutgers. But the next game, he was not demanding the basketball in the final seconds against Marquette on a play designed for him. One game, Fab Melo would show up. The next, he wouldn’t. All the freshmen took turns playing well and then disappearing. When taking into account preseason expectations, only one player met those expectations: Rick Jackson. Syracuse seemed to surf the unsteady season fine. But in retrospect, there was little progression with regard to expecting steady contributions from anyone but Jackson. And it all melded into the perfect storm against Marquette. The final minute against the Golden Eagles said it all. There was a disconnect on an inbounds play designed for Joseph, as the ball was passed to Jardine. There seemed to be a disconnect with regard to roles and expectations for SU’s players all season. And even if the numbers on the surface look fine, how SU departed spoke to the rockiness of the season overall.
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Baye Moussa Keita:
Based on preseason expectations, Moussa Keita probably surprised some people. He gave the Orange frontcourt depth in the absence of DaShonte Riley. With that said, he wasn’t ready to play major minutes, and Jackson was thrust into the middle of the zone at inopportune times.
While there were flashes of productivity at the end of the season, Melo’s freshman season will go down as a disappointment based on the early hype. It was clear from the first week of the season that he would be a work in progress, and he didn’t put it all together quickly enough to play a significant role.
The guard went through many ups and downs in his freshman season with the Orange. From not seeing any time in SU’s first loss at Marquette in January to becoming its go-to scorer in the second matchup last Sunday, he came a long way, though. Overall, he looks to have a promising future.
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This is an obvious choice. Both Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph said after SU’s loss to Marquette that there was “no telling” how far the Orange would have gone without him. And with good reason — averaging a double-double speaks for itself.
Triche adjusted to his new role as the two-guard as the season wore on and became a huge factor in SU’s late-season surge. Starting with the Orange’s victory at Seton Hall on Jan. 8, Triche scored in double figures in 12 of 14 games to finish the season strong.
This freshman’s future also looks bright. If he bulks up in the offseason, he will be better able to handle playing down low in the physical Big East. And if he works on his midrange jumper, he could be a lethal weapon next season. The supreme athleticism is already there.
Boeheim lost three outstanding college basketball players after last season and did well immediately with the hand he was dealt. However, it became clear this group had more talent than an exit in the Round of 32. He has now reached the Elite Eight only once in the past 15 seasons. —Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff
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Jim Boeheim will likely be fortunate enough to have a problem most coaches envy. He’ll have enough depth that will allow him to sprinkle in a trio of freshmen. That includes Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams, who were selected as McDonald’s All-Americans, and Trevor Cooney, rated the No. 17 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 by Scout.com. With the loaded roster Boeheim has coming back, that will be no small task. In addition, Boeheim will likely have 7-foot center DaShonte Riley back after he took a medical redshirt this season due to a foot injury. “We’ve got a lot of experience coming back,” said Kris Joseph, who said Sunday he plans to return for his senior season. “The freshmen who played are going to come back and help us. We’ve got a freshman class that’s unbelievable, and they’re going to be able to come in and contribute. So I’m looking forward to it.” But talent doesn’t necessarily translate to a deep NCAA Tournament run. SU had talented rosters each of the past three seasons, yet never advanced further than the Sweet 16. Perhaps that will add fuel to the fire. Triche said SU has had too much talent to be content with winning a mere game or two before bowing out. With an experienced core, a star-studded recruiting class and a Hall of Fame coach, the hype will begin not too far after this season ends. “It’s tough because we thought we could’ve done better this season,” Triche said. “Now all I want to do is fast forward to next season.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Biggest surprise C.J. Fair
With Kris Joseph out due to a concussion at Pittsburgh, Fair began his rise from freshman afterthought to key contributor. He had big games at home when SU beat Rutgers in overtime (17 points) and in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Indiana State (14 points).
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Biggest disappointment Kris Joseph
Joseph led the team in scoring, but from watching him on a game-bygame basis, it was clear he never amounted to what Jim Boeheim hoped he’d become this season. He was mostly solid throughout the year, but rarely spectacular as the go-to option. He struggled to fill the shoes of firstteam All-American Wes Johnson. —Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff
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SU preps for 3rd round of WNIT with title aspirations By Mark Cooper Asst. Sports Editor
Jim Crowley started his postgame press conference Monday by saying he didn’t think Syracuse should be playing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Crowley, St. Bonaventure’s head coach, thought the Orange didn’t belong on the same postseason court as his team. Who: Eastern Michigan “We played a Where: Carrier Dome pretty good schedWhen: Tonight, 7 p.m. ule, we’ve seen a lot of teams that are in the NCAA tournament, and this team belongs there,” Crowley said after his Bonnies suffered a 63-50 defeat to SU in Monday’s second-round game. “There’s not even a question.” But Syracuse is relegated to the WNIT for the third consecutive season. A year ago, the Orange won three games before losing in the quarterfinals to Michigan. To get back to the quarterfinals in 2011, Syracuse (24-9) will have to defeat Eastern Michigan (24-12) on Thursday in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. The Eagles advanced to the third round of the tournament by defeating Michigan and UNC-Wilmington in the first two rounds. As far as Crowley is concerned, Syracuse is the favorite to take the entire tournament. The
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he were any of the other 15 players. Shortly after 5 p.m., with his parents Bob and Mary Jo watching from just feet away, Long addressed the assembled media for the first time in Syracuse since the conclusion of his chemotherapy. Long spoke sparingly about his cancer and more about his punting. He said he won’t find out until April whether or not the cancer is gone, but on Wednesday his focus was exclusively on his pro day performance. When reflecting on the day, he spoke as if the cancer didn’t factor in at all. The cliché rookie-hopeful responses surfaced. Long became just another NFL prospect. “I really had three solid weeks of working out to get to this day,” Long said. “And when you get three weeks for one of the most important days of your life, you try to make the best of it. “I think it went pretty well. I’m never satisfied. There is always room for improvement. I think it was good enough to hopefully warrant a second look from some teams.” SU assistant athletics director for strength
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Orange is the only Big East team in the field. Not only did that conference put a NCAA women’s tournament record nine teams in the field this year, but those nine teams went 9-0 in the first round. Syracuse beat three of those teams. And SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said despite the disappointment of being left out of the NCAA tournament, his Orange team is going at the WNIT with full effort. “They’ve really been getting after it, so I give a lot of credit for not just throwing the towel in and saying, ‘It’s over. Let’s go to Spring Break. Let’s get out of here,’” Hillsman said. “They didn’t do that. They stayed here, they worked hard.” The Orange entered the WNIT playing well, too, winning six of its last eight. The two losses came to No. 1 Connecticut and to No. 23 Georgetown by one point in the Big East tournament — a game that could have put SU on the right side of the bubble if it had won. Although Syracuse has come out with slow starts in each of its two WNIT games this season — trailing at the half to Monmouth and struggling to score early against the Bonnies — the Orange pulled together for double-digit victories in both. SU guard Elashier Hall said the inability to send the seniors out on a winning note last season has them motivated to do so for Erica Mor-
and conditioning Will Hicks said those second looks will come for Long. Hicks oversaw the day’s events, which took place at Manley Field House between 1 and 3 p.m., and were highlighted by the workouts of Long and former SU players Delone Carter, Derrell Smith, Doug Hogue and Ryan Bartholomew. The workouts were closed to the media and the public. But Hicks and SU had to make special accommodations for Long. Because Long’s punts were hitting the Manley Field House roof, Long and the scouts had to move shop over to the Carrier Dome. “Rob is at the Dome right now with our snappers, and he is very excited,” Hicks said at about 4 p.m. “He looks great. The scouts were very excited to see him perform today. He has got some individual workouts set up with teams.” Long, who finished his Orange career as the program’s second all-time leading punter with 11,374 yards, said he felt “much more confident and fluid” in his motions and ball striking Wednesday. He added he doesn’t feel he is kicking as well as he did as a sophomore and junior at SU. But he is convinced he will soon get back there — and push further.
danielle parhizkaran | asst. photo editor Quentin Hillsman and Syracuse will play Eastern Michigan in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday. SU has proved to be one of the toughest teams in the tournament. row and Tasha Harris this season. “We’re just really excited to keep going and to do it big for these seniors,” Hall said. The biggest advantage the Orange has over many of the mid-major schools it faces in the NIT is size. Crowley said he knew St. Bonaventure couldn’t match up with SU’s 6-foot-4 center Kayla Alexander. The Bonnies’ tallest starter is just 6-foot-1. Eastern Michigan’s tallest starter is 6-foot-1 as well. The Eagles feature two centers off the bench who are 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-4, but neither plays more than a handful of minutes on average. St. Bonaventure held Alexander in check, limiting her to just 12 points. But that effort to defend in such a height mismatch wore the Bonnies down. “I give that credit to Syracuse and to the discipline their players have and to the really, really good job their coaching staff has done of playing
into what they’re very good at,” Crowley said. When Syracuse played into what it was good at Monday, it dominated. Iasia Hemingway posted a career-high in rebounds with 17, and Alexander got to double figures in the scoring column. On defense, SU clamped down on St. Bonaventure’s 3-point shooters, holding the Bonnies to just 20 first-half points. St. Bonaventure beat Marist this year, a team that went 31-3 this season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. But the Bonnies were no match for Syracuse, and Crowley conceded that. His NIT-caliber squad couldn’t play with an NCAA tournamentcaliber team. “We battled and we competed,” Crowley said. “And I feel like we probably played — not probably — we played the best team in the tournament.”
“I don’t think I am where I was — yet,” Long said. “But I think I will get there and surpass that.” On his one and only day, Smith happy with outing Will Hicks didn’t mince words. He knew the reality for former SU linebacker Derrell Smith. Everything was on the line Wednesday. “It was his one shot at it,” Hicks said. After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, Smith did not participate in physical activity at the NFL Combine earlier this month. As a result, Wednesday’s pro day was Smith’s one chance to prove to NFL scouts he should be drafted. Smith is considered a fringe draftee who may go in the seventh and final round in April’s NFL Draft. And everyone who is slightly interested in Smith was at Manley Field House on Wednesday. “Because he didn’t work out at the combine, everybody had to be there to get some type of numbers on him,” Hicks said. “Today was basically his combine,” Hicks added. “He did everything. He looked good, his knee felt fine. He felt fine. It was his big
day for him.” Exuding confidence following his workout, Smith said it went well. In his eyes, he did enough to prove to the NFL personnel that he should be drafted. The main questions he needed to answer were with regard to his speed and agility after the knee surgery. He felt he did that, even if he was up until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning tossing and turning in his bed, struggling to fall asleep due to nerves he compared to the ones he had preceding his first collegiate game for Syracuse. “I just wanted to show the scouts I was healthy,” Smith said. “I think I did a good job doing that, getting my explosion back and showing in the drills that I wasn’t favoring my knee at all, and I think I did that.” Carter further improves already impressive numbers Hicks said former SU running back and Pinstripe Bowl MVP Delone Carter even further “upped” his numbers from his lauded NFL Combine showing on Wednesday. Carter said he is hearing from scouts that he is considered to go anywhere from the late second to third round.
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Syracuse cruises to easy 7-0 victory over Villanova at home By Stephen Bailey Staff Writer
In Syracuse’s match with Villanova on Wednesday, the Orange pounded the Wildcats into the ground, figuratively and literally. After freshman Maddie Kobelt won the No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-2, her opponent, Allison Solberg, dropped to the ground syracuse 7 upon returning to the Villanova 0 bench. She would remain there, on her back, with her hands over her eyes for nearly 15 minutes. “She told (the trainer) she had some back thing after the match,” Kobelt said. “But it didn’t seem like it affected her at all during the match. She was playing well. She had good shots, so I don’t really know. She just died on the ground. I was like… OK.” Kobelt and junior captain Emily Harman teamed up to win their eighth consecutive match at the No. 1 doubles position, 8-0, as all three dou-
bles pairings won for SU. Their success exemplified the complete dominance Syracuse displayed against Villanova on Wednesday, as the Orange won 7-0. Senior captain Simone Kalhorn and freshman Aleah Marrow teamed up to win the No. 2 doubles match 8-1. Junior Alessondra Parra and freshman Eva Raskiewicz followed suit at the third position. The Orange dominated in singles play as well, winning each of the six matches in straight sets. Harman snapped a two-match losing streak at the No. 1 singles spot; and all the way down to Eva Raskiewicz at No. 6, Syracuse was just better than the Wildcats. “We focused on executing and not making as many errors,” Kobelt said. “And if we did get stuck in a little rut, down in the game by a point or something, we really just focused in and worked through the point.” Raskiewicz won a match she was not scheduled to play. Marrow had to withdraw from the No. 6
singles position after doubles play due to migraine problems, SU head coach Luke Jensen said. Though she had a quick turnaround following the doubles victory, Raskiewicz wasn’t fazed by the lack of preparation time. “Like Coach says,” Raskiewicz said, “always be prepared to play both matches, so it was pretty normal for me to go out and play.” She came out ready to play, shutting her opponent out in the first set. The freshman did run into a few problems in the second set, though. Raskiewicz started missing spots, and her opponent began playing more aggressively. However, she was able to regain focus and prevail with the victory. And Jensen couldn’t be happier for her. “It’s a really good thing because she hasn’t had a lot of looks in singles in official capacity,” Jensen said. “The biggest thing is I like tough matches. It hardens you up. It gets you battle tested in a way. So it was nice to see that she pulled it out rather
than let it emotionally slip away.” After back-to-back losses to Southern California and San Diego State, this dominating victory was a much-needed one for Jensen and his squad. For Kobelt, the week of preparation before starting this stretch of four matches in five days was very beneficial. “We all just focused individually on what we needed to get better on, on what we needed to do better in our matches,” Kobelt said. “And I think that just worked overall for everyone.” Now — after a day off Friday — it faces Army, St. John’s and Rutgers from Friday to Sunday to complete this daunting weekend schedule. Syracuse hopes to leave its next opponents with a zero on the scoreboard, just like the Wildcats. “It’s what you’re going for,” Jensen said. “A complete victory from start to finish. You go out there with a game plan, you execute it, you don’t lose focus.” email@example.com
Jensen’s switch of pairings proves key as SU sweeps doubles matches By Andrew Tredinnick Staff Writer
The doubles point has plagued Syracuse all season long. It cost the Orange a chance to upset ninth-ranked USC in a match decided by one point. And head coach Luke Jensen was desperate to put an end to SU’s struggles. After using Simone Kalhorn and Alessondra
Parra at the No. 2 doubles position in 13 out of SU’s first 14 matches, Jensen decided it was time to make a change. After the experienced duo sputtered recently, dropping four consecutive matches, Jensen finally pulled the plug on their team. And for his new doubles pairing, he decided to pair youth with experience.
“We’re looking for combinations, and we’re looking for chemistry,” Jensen said. “It’s very difficult as a coach to know that the system works, but at No. 2 recently and at No. 3 all season, we seem to find the wrong spots to hit the ball.” With two unique doubles pairings, SU clinched its first doubles point since March 6, setting the tone for the Orange’s 7-0 victory over Villanova. Jensen called upon Kalhorn and freshman Aleah Marrow at the No. 2 position, and Parra dropped down from No. 2 to play with freshman Eva Raszkiewicz at No. 3. It provided SU with a fresh group of tandems that had no trouble defeating the Wildcats. The Orange saw its best doubles result of the season, dropping just two total games at all three positions. The No. 2 and 3 pairings each won their matches 8-1. The new partnerships certainly came with different feelings for the players. Kalhorn and Parra played together in tournaments beginning this summer, but following last Wednesday’s loss to San Diego State, they were the only doubles team with a losing record (6-8). For Kalhorn it was an adjustment playing with Marrow, but she understood Jensen’s decision to mix up the lineup. “We had been playing with each other for a long time,” Kalhorn said. “Obviously things weren’t really working, and Coach decided to change it up, and it’s fresh. “It’s fun to play with Aleah, and she hits a different ball, and I’m playing a different side. It’s a new perspective on doubles.” Both Kalhorn and Raszkiewicz shifted from their more comfortable sides to make the new pairings successful. Kalhorn shifted to the right side to play with Marrow, and Raszkiewicz moved to the backhand side to play with Parra. But for Raszkiewicz, the biggest change came with the way Parra communicated. Parra likes to signal the plays after each point. Despite this new method of communication, Raszkiewicz adapted and combined on a side-by-side attack that overwhelmed the Wildcats with an array of overhead smashes and quick returns. “We have our signs in the back, and she wants to repeat it after every point, and I wasn’t used to that,” Raszkiewicz said. “I practiced with her before in a real match, so coming out we kind of got used to each other, and it was fine.” The change was an attempt by Jensen to mix
things up and try and mesh the players’ most effective styles of play. Marrow and Kalhorn are both adept at hitting big shots and big serves past their opponents. Parra and Raszkiewicz were effective at getting to the net and attacking. The Orange made quick work in doubles, moving onto the singles portion of play in less than 40 minutes. Each doubles match ended within one minute of the next, marking the dominance during the segment of play. “We want offense, we want firepower, and
“We want offense, we want firepower, and we want to put as many big guns on the court as possible, as long as they execute. You have to be able to call plays from the sideline and know they are going to follow through to the best of their ability.” Luke Jensen
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we want to put as many big guns on the court as possible, as long as they execute,” Jensen said. “You have to be able to call plays from the sideline and know they are going to follow through to the best of their ability.” Jensen said he filmed two of the doubles matches to see the progress each pairing made. The new partnerships will last at least through the weekend, Jensen said, and that will provide each combination another three opportunities to prove they work well together. And for Jensen, it’s hard not to like what he’s seen thus far. “It was a nice result,” Jensen said. “It may change this weekend, but we have to come out with three victories. If doubles comes through, it’s going to really help us.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Look both ways
Season ends without goals accomplished, but SU’s future looks bright
Final marks Scoop Jardine:
The fourth-year junior point guard looked like anything but a fourth-year point guard at seemingly every important time this year. Still, his six assists per game was a number that put him near the top of the Big East. And simply, Jardine was SU’s most reliable late-game performer.
Looking back By Tony Olivero | Development Editor photo by sean harp | staff photographer
ontaining supreme highs and incredibly deflating lows, the 2010-11 season was tumultuous for the Orange. It began with an 18-0 start — the second-best start in Jim Boeheim’s 35 years. But after catapulting to No. 3 in the national rankings, the freefall
began. A four-game losing streak, one short of the worst in the Boeheim era, shook the team in the middle of the Big East season. Months after Boeheim had called his team the most overrated squad he has ever had, huge deficiencies were exploited. The streak was snapped with
two wins over Connecticut and South Florida, but then two more losses followed. The team sat at 20-6, 7-6 Big East in mid-February. But suddenly, the swagger returned in the form of a fivegame winning streak to finish the regular season. It was capped by a
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Was Joseph ever going to be the next Wes Johnson this year? No. Expectations that he was can only be described as misguided. He led the team in scoring this year. That fact alone could give Joseph a great grade. But he earns this one because of the simple element in his game that was lacking: the ability to take over a game.
looking ahead By Andrew L. John | Staff Writer photo by nate shron | staff photographer
hrough a cloud of disappointment following Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament loss to Marquette, Brandon Triche was able to see a silver lining. Yes, SU’s senior leader, Rick Jackson, will be gone. But to Triche, the pieces are in place for the Orange to perhaps be even
better next year. Despite the bitter feeling in the locker room Sunday, Triche was able to envision what could be as the team moves forward. “We should have a lot of talent next year,” Triche said. “We’ll have a lot of experience and depth coming back. We should get back
to the Tournament and do a little better.” There’s good reason for Triche’s optimism, too. Other than Jackson — who will undoubtedly be missed — the Orange should have everybody else returning. While SU’s four freshmen went through growing pains this sea-
son, they all developed individually by getting in-game experience. This offseason should develop them even more, too. So, in addition to depth, the experience should be there to compete at a high level.
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Triche had to relinquish the reigns to the SU offense to Jardine, and his growth as a scorer was tempered because of it. His shooting percentage dropped from 50 percent to 42 percent as he made only 30 more field goals since his freshman year. From deep, Triche went from 40 percent to 33 percent.
Undoubtedly Syracuse’s best player this season, Jackson was the one source of consistency on the roster. You knew what you were getting each night — most often a doubledouble. Without him, it’s likely the Orange wouldn’t have finished in the top half of the Big East standings. see marks page 19
Making the grade The Daily Orange hands out
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Long makes return to field at SU’s pro day By Tony Olivero Development Editor
Four hours after Syracuse’s pro day started, Rob Long entered SU’s Iocolano-Petty Football Wing fashionably late. Due to a month and a half of intensive chemotherapy treatment that ended just four weeks ago, half of his hair was gone. Still, Long brimmed to the assembled media shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday with his unwavering trademark smile and a surefire confidence that he has serious National Football League aspirations.
When Long learned of his brain cancer on Dec. 2, he said he never thought his participation in Syracuse’s pro day wouldn’t occur. Not even during five days a week of chemotherapy. And on Wednesday, in front of “eight to 10” scouts, the former Syracuse punter said he felt he proved to the NFL personnel he is worth their time and interest. “There wasn’t any time where I thought I wouldn’t be able to,” Long said of taking part in pro day. “Even though it is not the typical path people
take, I don’t have a problem with it. “I think some of (the scouts) were happily surprised with what they saw,” Long added. “And I think that was my goal going into it, to prove to myself that I can still punt and I can still kick. That I was ready to do it and ready to compete at the next level for a job.” At Syracuse’s pro day Wednesday, 16 former SU players worked out for scouts from 26 different NFL teams. And Long went about his pro day as if
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sean harp | staff photographer rob long walked out of the Carrier Dome after SU’s loss to Boston College in November. He soon found out that he had brain cancer. After treatment, he returned to the Dome for pro day on Wednesday.
Published on Mar 24, 2011