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DJ Kaskade to headline concert
Giving back The Student
Philanthropy Council encouraged students to get involved on campus at Monday’s SA meeting. Page 3
By Amrita Mainthia NEW MEDIA EDITOR
Disc jockey and record producer Kaskade will headline this year’s Block Party on April 27, University Union officials announced Monday. Indie-rock band Cold War Kids will precede the electronic music expert. The show’s opening act will be announced at a later date. Historically the largest concert of the year, Block Party will be held in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University with music starting at 6:30 p.m. Nearly 12,000 tickets will be available for purchase. “We’re bringing the first-ever electronic headliner in the history of the Carrier Dome,” said Kenny Consor, director of UU Concerts. “We also have an amazing rock act, the first really big band that we’ve brought in a while.” Tickets for full-time SU and State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry students go on sale March 28 at 10 a.m. online via Ticketmaster for $15.
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After breakout year, Waiters will go pro
Satisfyingly sweet This SU course
teaches student chocoholics the art of baking desserts. Page 9
By Michael Cohen STAFF WRITER
all-star game?” she asked the crowd. “Somewhere in Bird Library? Or if you were a basketball fan, were you sitting at your television, waiting for Pitbull and NeYo to perform?” She paused and looked at the people around her before presenting a third option.
Sophomore guard Dion Waiters declared for the NBA Draft on Monday, two days after Syracuse’s season ended with a loss to Ohio State in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Waiters, who took home the Big East’s Sixth Man of the Year award, said he spoke with his family and SU WAITERS head coach Jim Boeheim before making his decision. Both his family and Boeheim supported the decision to move on. “They had my back 100 percent, my family and coach Boeheim,” Waiters said when reached on his cellphone Monday. “He said he thought I was ready, and that’s all I needed to hear.” Waiters made his decision public through a statement
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kristen parker | asst. photo editor RONALD TAYLOR, a freshman policy studies and political science major, performed in the a cappella group Redemption at Monday’s rally held in response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Rally held in reponse to Trayvon Martin killing By Marwa Eltagouri ASST. NEWS EDITOR
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season will be remembered for its successes and its controversies. Page 16
Keneshia Grant turned to face a group of more than 200 protesters standing in front of Hendricks Chapel on Monday night who all wore hoodies for a reason that had nothing to do with the cold. “Where were you at halftime during the NBA
Going viral By Debbie Truong
s she maneuvered the city streets of Kampala, Uganda, Nina Keehan passed billboard after billboard plastered with images of Yoweri Museveni, the country’s president who is widely suspected of rigging elections to maintain a now 26-year rule.
Kony 2012 campaign has garnered attention internationally, at SU
Propaganda, she said, is one factor that has removed Ugandans from the political process in a country where Keehan witnessed the public health crisis, infrequent access to electricity in slums and the widely varying economic strata firsthand. “People just don’t care to vote,” said Keehan, a junior magazine journalism major who studied abroad in the
country. “They don’t have a voice when it comes to the government. They feel neglected and that’s a terrible, helpless feeling, I would assume.” When she watched “Kony 2012,” a viral video calling for the capture of Joseph Kony, the leader of an opposition group originally developed in response
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CRIME BRIEFS • A case of criminal mischief occurred on the 300 block of Allen Street at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, according to a Syracuse Police Department report. A 51-year-old man told police that someone rang the doorbell of his Allen Street residence. When he opened the door, he saw a black female on his front porch and a black male wearing glasses running from his driveway. Both the man and the woman then got into a light blue Ford Explorer and headed north on Allen Street toward East Fayette Street, the resident told police. Afterward, the resident went outside to find that his Chevy Tahoe’s rear tires had been slashed and his daughter’s Chevy Equinox had its rear passenger tire slashed. Police later observed small slashes in the tires as the resident had reported. A tire for the Tahoe costs between $300 and $400, while a tire for the Equinox is valued at about $300, police noted. • The East Fayette Street apartment of a 20-year-old woman was burglarized between 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report. A pair of gold heart-shaped hoop earrings, worth an estimated $254, two pairs of sneakers and two pairs of boots belonging to the woman were stolen from the apartment. The woman told police she left for work at 4 p.m. Saturday and returned at 9:45 a.m. Sunday after working a double shift to find the items missing. When she arrived home Sunday, she said her door was closed but unlocked, although she told police she was sure her door was locked when she left for work Saturday. Police noted damage to the inside of the door frame and found dirty finger smudges on an entry closet door. The woman told police that she suspects the burglary may have been carried out by a 24-year-old man she has been spending time with over the past two weeks. Police officers couldn’t reach the man by phone or in person, as he no longer lives at the East Genesee Street listed as his address. • Jeffrey Perez, 55, was arrested at 1:40 p.m. Thursday at his residence on the 1400 block of East Fayette Street and charged with one count of a terrorist threat, according to a police report. He appeared in Syracuse Criminal Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday. • Calvin Howard, 41, of Madison Street, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Monday on the 500 block of South State Street and charged with one count of criminal trespassing in the third degree and one count of seconddegree disorderly conduct, according to a police report. Howard appeared in Syracuse Criminal Court at 9:30 a.m. Monday. —Compiled by Jon Harris, staff writer, email@example.com
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John Adams Jr.
The senior University College student is the first representative from the college to ever be elected to SA.
Lack of clarity concerning the demerit system
During discussion of the home college committee bill, enforcing that each committee must meet at least once a month, representatives expressed concerns about how demerits will be distributed.
$970 MILLION chase gaewski | staff photorapher BRIAN SISCHO, vice president of development for the Campaign for Syracuse, discussed the progress of the campaign at the SA meeting Monday night. SU has raised $970 million of its $1 billion goal.
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Members discuss campus philanthropy By Dylan Segelbaum STAFF WRITER
Philanthropy at Syracuse University is about long-lasting effects achieved not only through alumni contributions, but through students as well. “Syracuse has a really unique legacy,” said Chelsea Damberg, member of the Student Philanthropy Council. “And it’s kind of up to us to continue that legacy.” Members of the council and SU officials spoke to the Student Association during its Monday meeting, held at 7:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium. The Student Philanthropy Council is a 12-student board consisting of students from different colleges and
years. The council encourages students and alumni to give back to SU in any way they can, said President Dylan Lustig, who is a member. “We try to instill a sense of giving back to the university on campus,” he said. “Our job here is to drive home the fact that tuition doesn’t cover the entire cost of education, and it is important that we do donate back to university — even while we’re in school.” Damberg, a senior policy studies and broadcast and digital journalism major, elaborated on how this will be achieved. She discussed how the council will hold a series of events promoting philanthropy during the week of April 10. There will also be a greater
emphasis on giving from this year’s senior class, she said. For example, a special tour of the Carrier Dome will be held and seniors will be asked to donate funds to help the cause, Damberg said. Brian Sischo, vice president of development and director of the Campaign for Syracuse University, discussed the progress of the campaign and how the money is utilized. Sischo said SU has raised $970 million, $40 million of which has been raised since December 2011. The campaign aims to raise $1 billion by the end of this year. Some of the money is promised in the form of gifts and pledges, an estimated 18
The amount raised so far by the Campaign for Syracuse, which pledges it will raise $1 billion by the end of the year.
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“We try to instill a sense of giving back to the university on campus.” Dylan Lustig
percent of which are delineated in the wills of alumni, he said. The money does not just go to SU’s endowment, as donors have the opportunity to give to projects they are passionate about, such as student organizations, he said. Giving back to the SU community can also take other forms like offering internships and mentorships or hiring SU graduates in the future, said David Murray, executive director of special campaigns and initiatives. “We’re really all philanthropists,” he said. “Giving is voluntary. It’s as true as for giving time as it is for stuff.”
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Councilors postpone vote on bookstore complex By Stephanie Bouvia ASST. NEWS EDITOR
The Syracuse Common Council postponed its vote on a 30-year payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, proposal for the developer of a new Syracuse University bookstore complex on University Avenue. Khalid Bey, a Syracuse common councilor and chairman of the Economic Development, Downtown and Metropolitan Planning Committee, said at the council meeting Monday that he chose to withdraw the vote on the project because it would have undoubtedly been denied.
Under the proposed PILOT agreement, SU would lease the property to Cameron Group LLC for $1. The private developer would construct and finance the $20 million project and would recoup the financing with payments from SU. This would total to about $1.48 million annually for 30 years, at which time the property would be re-leased to the university. Cameron would pay 17 percent of the property’s tax bill during the 30-year lease period, an agreement that drew criticism from many Syracuse residents and common councilors.
By withdrawing the vote, Bey said the Common Council would have more time to meet with Cameron and SU officials this week to try and hash out a new plan. After the meeting, Councilor-atLarge Lance Denno said the same proposal could technically be reintroduced to the Common Council, but it would be very unlikely. “That specific deal, theoretically, could be reintroduced, but it’s really dead,” he said. If the SU administration and Cameron comes up with a new package, Denno said, it would have to be introduced and go
through the voting process from the very beginning, starting with a vote from the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, which passed the current proposal with a 3-2 vote Feb. 21. Bey said he wanted to make it clear that Common Council members do not oppose the project itself. Rather, it is the PILOT agreement with which many take opposition. He said he hopes Cameron and Chancellor Nancy Cantor will be willing to negotiate a new agreement. “I’m hoping they can provide
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Students can purchase up to four tickets; additional Ticketmaster charges may apply. Tickets to the general public will be available March 30 for $30. Students can buy tickets in person at the Schine Student Center and Dome box offices March 30. The layout of the Dome for the concert will be “something we’ve never done before,” Consor said, and a slight variation from that of Rock the Dome. The Dome officials will release further information in the coming weeks. This year’s announcement comes slightly
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Later in the meeting, Ben Jones, vice chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee, discussed initiatives such as having the SU Bookstore provide binders for loose-leaf textbooks and changes to the printing quota policy. Jones said many students find loose-leaf textbooks without binders difficult to use and sug-
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“Or were you running out to get a snack like Trayvon Martin?” “Hoodies for Trayvon Martin,” a rally held on Syracuse University’s Quad, was only one of several rallies across the country for the 17-year-old high school student from Florida who was killed walking home from a convenience store. The rally was held by the SU Student African American Society and the Black Artist League, and it aimed to inform students of the shooting and the need for further investigation into his death. George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, claims he did so in self-defense — a claim that sparked controversy among AfricanAmericans and citizens as a whole. Grant, a graduate student studying political science, said Zimmerman was not arrested nor administered a drug or alcohol test.
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later in the semester than in past years, but Consor said there is no specific reason for the delay. Kaskade began his career in 2003, having since produced seven albums. His last three have attained spots on the Billboard 200, with 2011’s “Fire and Ice” peaking at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart. The DJ has collaborated with electronic giants Skrillex and Deadmau5, while remixing music by Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Madonna. DJ Times Magazine dubbed Kaskade “America’s Best DJ of 2011.” The electronic music genre was ranked second on the annual concert survey after hip-hop and rap, said Kelly Benini, assistant director of UU Concerts. The survey is distributed by UU to
all students via email. “Kaskade is considered by many to be the best electronic artist in the country and one of the best in the world, and he’s coming to our campus,” Consor said. Since 2004, Southern California-based Cold War Kids has created three albums and eight EPs. The band’s single “Hang Me Up to Dry” drew exposure and generated buzz within the alternative music sphere. The band’s most recent album, “Mine is Yours,” peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s Alternative chart, and Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Coffee Spoon” as the 16th best song of 2010. Benini said the decision to bring Cold War
Kids stemmed from student feedback. “We listened to students who said, ‘We’d like to see a big rock act on a bigger stage,’ so we’re doing that,” Benini said. “We’re going to draw appeal from students who have been underserved this year.” Block Party’s artist selection and show setup should draw in varied members of the SU community, Consor said, and he is excited to see the campus response. “This is a very diverse concert, a diverse lineup,” Consor said. “It’s going to make a lot of students happy. It will be an incredible live show.”
gested that general assembly representatives send out surveys to gauge the interest of their constituents on this issue. In his presentation, he also discussed the committee’s plan to overhaul the printing quota policy, which has many flaws. “Certain majors print more than others,” he said. “Some classes don’t even have textbooks, they just print stuff out. Other people don’t print much at all.” Elections were held for positions on the
Board of Elections and Membership and for the University College general assembly. Minji Hwang, a College of Visual and Performing Arts representative, ran for a seat on the Board of Elections and Membership and was elected by the general assembly. John Adams, a senior in University College, ran for the sole representative seat. With his confirmation, he is the first representative for University College in SA. The position was added this session, marking the first time this group has a voice in SA.
Other business discussed:
“This murder should be an example for black people everywhere, and rallies like this should be held across the world.”
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Killing a child is a crime.” Other signs read: “It’s not a black or white thing, it’s a wrong or right thing.” Redemption, an a cappella group, sang while other students spoke to the crowd. “This murder should be an example for black people everywhere, and rallies like this should be held across the world,” said Nathan Woods, sophomore political science major. The protestors ended the gathering with a moment of silence for Martin. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Today, one month later, George Zimmerman walks the streets of America as a free man, while a 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, is dead,” she said. “Justice must be served.” The Trayvon Martin case has garnered much attention across the nation and sparked similar demonstrations on other college campuses such as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Students at SU clutched signs that read: “My choice of clothing does not constitute my murder” and “Wearing a hoodie is not a crime.
Speaking up Students and faculty took part in a
campus-wide discussion regarding the Kony 2012 video and the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
• A bill requiring home college committees to meet once a month was passed by the general assembly. The bill’s language was amended from last week to include a provision to assign two demerits to all assembly representatives if the meeting is not held. • Jones introduced a bill that will formally codify the existence of vice chairs of committees and their responsibilities in the SA codes. email@example.com
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something that is attractive enough for two of the Common Councilors,” he said. The new agreement would need two more votes than the current agreement would have had to pass, Bey said. He said he hopes after negotiations with the university and the developer, Common Council members will make decisions as individuals, not as groups. “We know what the group thought is now,” he said. “It’s not that they’re against the project. They’re against the PILOT.” Bey said whether the project will eventually pass is dependent upon how “elastic” the developer is willing to be during his negotiations, and if Cameron and SU can draft a new proposal that would be feasible to Common Council members. “If it’s going to fail totally,” Bey said, “we’ll know after this week.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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University Union effectively uses Twitter for MayFest acts University Union took a new direction Sunday when it announced this year’s artists for MayFest. Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing every 30 minutes until 10 p.m., UU announced a new artist on its Twitter account, @UUInsider. Each tweet tagged an artist and provided a link to one of the artist’s YouTube videos so students could check out their work. In the digital age, UU’s use of Twitter to announce the artists was an effective use of social media. The announcements promoted discussion on campus through Twitter. Students were able to listen to the artists’ music and follow them on Twitter if they were interested. The 30-minute wait between artists helped build up suspense and excitement for MayFest, an event which is often secondary to Block Party. But there are ways UU can improve if it wishes to continue announcing artists via Twitter. UU should better promote the
EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board announcement. If students do not know to check the UU Twitter account at a specific time, then they could have missed the announcement altogether. Perhaps UU could have promoted the announcement earlier in the week so students would have known to pay attention Sunday night at 8 p.m. UU must find alternative ways to reach students for students who do not use Twitter. Perhaps UU could have sent an email to students after the event with the same information as the tweets. This would have been repetitive for some students, but it would have been a way to reach a broader range. Social media is becoming increasingly important to break news. It’s encouraging to see UU beginning to try to find ways to utilize Twitter.
For seniors without jobs yet, consider expanding environmental major
eniors, Spring Break has come and gone. For those of us who haven’t figured out where we’re going, our postgraduate futures are upon us — jobs, grad school, freedom, uncertainty. Part of the appeal of environmentrelated majors is they always have a foothold in very serious issues that must be addressed — clean water, clean air, healthy ecosystems. Students choose these majors because they want to do good when they graduate. The question is whether we have the tools at our disposal to make the biggest effect possible. For any project to be carried out successfully it needs to be financially sustainable. Let’s talk about making environmental work an economic engine. Business savvy will come in handy regardless of whether graduates
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go on to work in the public, private, academic or nonprofit sectors. City governments need restoration projects to translate into tax revenue. Activism is marketing for a cause instead of a product. Research needs to be funded somehow. In all of these cases, money is a tool for getting what you want. In many cases, environmentally minded efforts are good business. Industrial ecology discusses approaching manufacturing without waste streams. Everything is to be used and re-used for maximum efficiency. Phytoremediating soil is frequently less expensive than excavating and disposing of it. Using less energy intensive practices for industrial or commercial processes means lowering energy costs. Although we’ve been told communication is important for scientists
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green and read all over and engineers, that is only part of it. We need to explain technical matters not only to illustrate the concept at hand, but also in terms of economic effects. Projects don’t get completed unless there is a demand for it, and scientists and engineers don’t always understand market demands. All of the career services help I’ve encountered is about how to get into graduate school or how to get someone else to hire you. I want to talk about products or services that serve
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the environment and how to build a business model around that. My brain is working on how to make manufacturing tools appropriate for small-scale farming a viable business. Commercial equipment is built for farms that have thousands of acres, not dozens. They’re too big and too expensive — small farmers spend a lot of time and energy making tools themselves when they would rather be farming. How do you make tools from available materials that have lower energy costs? How do you make that a business that can perpetuate itself? Although there are business courses included in some curriculums at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, they are usually very specific to a major and not taken widely by students outside that
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department. Taking business classes at Syracuse University requires a lot of legwork for ESF students who may not get approved. Classes in entrepreneurship, marketing and grant-writing would certainly get the attention of students thinking about life after college. There’s plenty of interdisciplinary collaboration at ESF, but I don’t know how often we collaborate with business majors. Projects would be more robust with an economics perspective added into the mix. There is so much to learn about the world. You can’t learn it all in four years. Leanna Mulvihill is a senior forest engineering major and environmental writing and rhetoric minor. Her column appears every Tuesday. She can be reached at email@example.com or followed on Twitter at @LeannaMulvihill.
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to Museveni’s rule, Keehan wished she was back in Uganda to witness the response. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for murder, abduction, sexual mutilation and abducting civilians, including children, to serve as fighters and sex slaves for the Lord’s Resistance Army in attacks against the Ugandan army and civilians. The video is part of advocacy organization Invisible Children’s call for Kony’s capture by the year’s end. Supporters have taken to social media in support of Kony 2012, but the campaign has also received its share of criticism since the video, which has received more than 85.2 million YouTube views, rocketed the campaign to notoriety in early March. Museveni’s brute-force military hold on the country is an issue far greater than the LRA’s current 100- to 200-person militaristic operation, said Horace Campbell, professor of African-American studies at Syracuse University. Campbell co-hosted a forum discussing Kony 2012 on Monday. Campbell said the video’s inattention to Museveni’s reign — which continues to suppress the Acholi people in Northern Ugandan concentration camps — was one of the half-hour video’s downfalls. “I felt very sad because of the level of ignorance and that it was a clear attempt to manipulate young people in the United States and to give them partial information about what is going on in Uganda,” he said. The LRA has also since moved out of Uganda and into other Central African countries, which Campbell said was poorly portrayed in the video. Kony signed a Ugandan peace deal in
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2006, according to an Oct. 14, 2011, Los Angeles Times article. Though Keehan said the LRA’s exit from the country could have been more clearly presented, the aftermath of Kony’s previous grip on the North has lasted in both the memory of his inf luence and the physical disfiguration and scarring of those affected by the militant leader. “People want to live healthy, prosperous lives in the end. And Kony made that impossible for them,” Keehan said. “All people want the same things really. To hear them talk about the fact that it was brutally stolen from them was really horrible.” Keehan spent most of her time abroad in a more suburban area of Uganda, but she traveled throughout the country, including to Gulu, a city center in Northern Uganda where Kony’s terror was most felt. Lisa Dougan, director of field outreach at Resolve, a Washington D.C.-based organization that works on forming political solutions to bring an end to the LRA, said criticisms directed at Invisible Children have largely been misunderstandings. Resolve worked closely with the organization to pass the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009. Resolve also helped with the most recent campaign, though it was not directly involved with the making of the viral video. Most of the criticism Resolve received has been focused on Invisible Children or the organization itself, she said. Dougan agreed the video didn’t clearly represent that the LRA is no longer in Uganda or delve into the country’s leadership. Resolve works to quell the LRA through actions such as letter writing, calling and local lobbying campaigns, she said. Dougan said Resolve is waiting to confirm an April meeting with New York Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle in
Syracuse regarding the issue. “We hope all of the conversation and chatter of Kony 2012 gets redirected to the people that are suffering,” Dougan said. After Angie Kwon, a senior education major, was immediately touched by a documentary produced by Invisible Children last semester, she invited the organization to the SU campus for a viewing. She said she sees the organization as an opportunity to raise awareness. “It would never happen in the United States, and it’s not fair that, just because these children live in Africa, that they have to live this way,” Kwon said. Invisible Children has done work on the ground in Uganda as well. Luke Lanciano, former president of Syracuse STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, called the organization’s early warning radio system and LRA crisis tracker “terrific tools” for civilians and those documenting the LRA’s crimes, though he said there were issues with the way Invisible Children oversimplified the conf lict. “Their films are really just trying to rope in people who know nothing about the LRA conflict with the hope that broad awareness will be politically helpful,” he said in an email. Keehan, Campbell and Derek Ford, an SU graduate student and member of the Syracuse Party for Socialism and Liberation, took issue with the video’s intended solution to the conflict with the LRA. President Barack Obama deployed about 100 troops in October last year to assist African forces in combating the LRA. The Kony 2012 video highlighted the moment as a victory, showing Invisible Children staff members celebrating the news. Ford is wary about providing support for a Ugandan army known for suppressing the Acholi people in concentration camps for the
country’s government. Speaking generally, Ford also cautioned that entering humanitarian conflict can be a “guise” for more imperialist interests that might be at stake. Ford said he doesn’t doubt the intentions of those who applaud Kony 2012’s work, but he stressed the need for more context in the video. “I know a lot of people who have ‘fallen’ for Kony 2012 have a genuine concern for African children, but that concern is misplaced,” he said. But Kwon, the senior education major who invited Invisible Children to campus, said she believes the video can be used as a starting point for something greater. “It’s enough of a catalyst to get people who want to know more to do more. It shouldn’t be the end all be all of everyone’s research. It’s a start.” Campbell, the SU professor, emphasized that Americans do not approach the situation in Africa as a “savior” — which implies hierarchy. Those interested in offering help must develop an understanding of the conditions, exploitation and plunder in the country and not “support those that are plundering.” Ugandans threw stones at a showing of the video attended by more than 5,000 in the country, according to a March 15 Washington Post article. Keehan also agreed with this point, adding that she felt the video and campaign are targeted at wealthy Americans who “want to feel good by buying a bracelet.” To create a working solution to issues facing Ugandans, Keehan said it’s vital to incorporate them into the problemsolving process. Said Keehan: “They’re not going to feel involved in this process because it’s really not theirs.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Study finds cellphone dependence may lead to antisocial behavior By Kirkley Luttman
he phrase “text me later” is commonly heard on the Syracuse University campus. But the saying may have large consequences, as a study shows cellphones reduce users’ social consciousness and are linked to more selfish behavior. “I think that it can be detrimental to our society if people are always on their cellphones and don’t reach out to actual people,” said Katy Trengali, sophomore economics major. Trengali agrees with the findings of a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. The study found that after a short period of cellphone use, people become less likely to partake in “prosocial” behavior. For example, after using a cellphone, study participants were more likely to turn down volunteer opportunities and were less persistent in completing word problems, even when they knew their answers would provide money for charity, said Ajay Abraham, a doctorate candidate and study researcher at the University of Maryland . Abraham said he and his fellow research-
ers, assistant marketing professors Rosellina Ferraro and Anastasiya Pocheptsova, believe the results come from the human motivation to satisfy the need to belong. “When people use their cellphones, it triggers feeling connectedness to other people,” Abraham said. “When people have the feeling of being connected to other people, their need to belong is satisfied and subsequently they do less activities toward that need or desire. It makes people think they are fulfilled in this goal or this need or desire and have less concern for other people, which feeds into less prosocial tendencies.” It is not surprising that many do not realize the negative consequences that can come from dependence on devices such as iPads and cellphones and the feelings of connectedness they provide, Abraham said. “I find that generations are feeling more and more fulfilled, and this will have unintended consequences that make them less connected to others when given a task that can favor other people.” Susie Flores, a senior public health major, said she believes the results of the studies are accurate.
“People constantly texting rely more on texting, so they’re less likely to call or speak to you in person,” Flores said. “This generation is heavily reliant on texting and social media, which is a bad thing. People constantly on their phones lack social skills.” She said the constant need to check messages can be rude and make people one is conversing with not feel they are a priority, as one can always check a text later. But Katherine Hart, a sophomore policy studies and television, radio and film major, said she disagrees that a reliance on technology is negative. “It’s just a different way to interact with people,” Hart said. “Those people constantly on their phones may not like talking to people in real life, so it’s a way for them to stay connected.” To test how cellphones affect selfishness and the willingness to help others, researchers conducted several studies in which people were allowed to use their cellphones, only draw and think about their cellphones, only think about their television or only use Facebook. The groups were then shown an advertise-
ment for a local charity to see how likely participants would be to volunteer. A subsequent study used word problems, which would result in a donation to a charity if solved correctly. The more time spent on this task would indicate how concerned they were with the charity or being “prosocial,” Abraham said. The studies were conducted on 412 participants, mostly college students, whose ages ranged from 18 to 29. It was found that those who used their cellphones were less likely to show interest in the charity than those who used their Facebook accounts. It was also found that those who thought about their cellphones for three minutes spent less time on the word problem task compared to those who thought about their television instead, Abraham said. “We think that with anything, the first strategy toward correction is awareness. Make people aware of the fact that using their cellphone for a few minutes can have unintended consequences,” Abraham said. “When they become aware, people can decide how to proceed differently.” email@example.com
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strawberry in milk chocolate and drizzled it with white chocolate, and then he dressed another in a tiny tuxedo made of white and milk chocolate, complete with a little bow tie made of mousse. He also demonstrated molecular gastronomy, a modern cooking technique that combines food and science. Uyehara used this method to create two faux caviars, one made of a basil mixture and another of a strawberry purée mixture. Using a dropper, he dripped the mixtures onto a plate and the beads solidified. He arranged the caviar, explaining to the enraptured students that this is similar to how the bubbles in bubble tea are made. The students then tried their hands at replicating the technique, getting the chance to be
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creative with the arrangement. Each group of two gathered balloons, bowls of chocolate and trays so they could begin their work. The kitchen filled with chatter and music. The students worked together to make personal
chocolate cups and fancy strawberries. Kara Ramlow, a senior design and technical theater major, and senior mechanical engineering major Christine Lane used white and milk chocolate on their tulip cups and decorated chocolate designs on their plates. The laid-back atmosphere of the class took the pressure off of students when things went lessthan-perfectly. Some balloons popped before they even made it to the fridge, and a few chocolate cups were destroyed accidentally as the balloons were deflated and removed. Whenever a balloon popped, surprised laughter erupted as the students nearby were sprayed in chocolate. “Since it’s for non-majors, if you mess up, it’s OK,” Ramlow joked. The student chefs seemed to agree that the best part about the class, other than the fact that they get to eat or take home everything you make, is chef Uyehara. “He makes it fun,” Ramlow said.
“He can tell a story about everything,” Lane agreed. It isn’t hard to see why the class fills up quickly — the work is enjoyable and rewarding. Uyehara creates the perfect atmosphere of fun while still expecting results from his students. The chef’s love for cooking and teaching is apparent as he walked around the room, complimenting his students’ work and chatting with them about the day’s task. Most students took pictures of their handiwork when they finished with their plates. Then they dug in, savoring the rich mousse and juicy strawberries. Anything leftover after their feast was hastily put into take-home containers, and the students quickly cleaned up the kitchen. “My passion is to train these guys and teach them what I know,” Uyehara said. “What do you do when you’ve reached all of your goals? You share your knowledge with others.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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When she was 17, Jenna Jacobsen got this Italian phrase scribed down her ribs, which she said means “beautiful love” in English. After losing someone close to her and spending time in the hospital for multiple surgeries, the sophomore Spanish major felt compelled to get inked at Tatts by Zapp in Stillwater, Minn., to memorialize her thoughts. Jacobsen said its hidden location made it feel more personal. “I wanted a reminder for every day that you’re beautiful, you’re loved,” she said. “It’s a nice surprise in the morning.”
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Similar to her other ink, this tattoo on her ankle isn’t easily spotted. This past summer, Jacobsen designed her second tattoo herself. Her mother went to Tatts by Zapp with Jacobsen and left with her own first tattoo, an eternity symbol on her shoulder to symbolize the “eternal love of their bond.” Jacobsen smiled and recalled how her grandmother heard about her mother’s tattoo and commented, “That’s permanent, you know?” Her mother replied: “Yes, I know.” —Compiled by Colleen Bidwill, asst. feature editor, email@example.com
emily shearing | contributing photographer Chocolate tulip cups filled with mousse were one of the culinary dishes created in Fine Pastries and Desserts class on Monday. The class is open to both majors and non-majors and allows students of any skill level to test their abilities in the kitchen.
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pus director for Americans Elect, believes the driving idea behind the organization needs the rallying power of technology. “This idea of new leadership outside our two-party system wouldn’t be possible without leveraging the technology we have at our fingertips today,” he said. He believes the marriage of technological and political innovation is paramount in this endeavor. The former has the ability to bring people together online to go through this nominating process. The latter can place a third official candidate who can be voted on nationwide on the ballot. What’s particularly impressive about Americans Elect is the rapid pace at which it managed to permeate the political arena. Even as recently as one or two elections ago, Americans Elect’s outreach in such a brief amount of time would have been impossible without the continual backing of popular media and prominent figures. Thanks to the Web, that’s no longer the case. “With today’s tools, you can circumvent the traditional media to get your message out,” Troiano said. “We went from zero people in July 2011 to hopefully millions of people just a few months from now. No one knew a year ago that this even existed.” What’s particularly intriguing is the
precedent that Americans Elect could set if it is as successful as it has the potential to be. This entity, no longer small enough to dismiss as something fleeting, was borne of the ability of people who saw flaws to take action and set things right. Technology in the hands of the masses is a force to be reckoned with. Troiano sees this coupling of constructively discontented people and the tools of technology as the catalysts behind this breakthrough. “Today, barriers to communication and coordination have drastically fallen,” he said. “So it’s much easier for people who are frustrated with the political system to find each other via online networks and get together and take some sort of collective action.” Those organizing around candidates and issues are finding a North Star in Americans Elect. It’s a guiding platform where they can take action outside of the rigid and convoluted maze of our political party system. With Americans Elect and the power of the Web, every registered voter can be a delegate and every eligible American citizen a candidate. With life, liberty and the pursuit of the end of partisan shenanigans, America is changing one online vote at a time. Jessica Smith is a senior information management and technology and television, radio and film dual major. Her column appears every Tuesday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Scrumdiddlyumptious Students concoct delectable delights in confectionary class Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series appearing occasionally that intends to give readers a glimpse into unique courses available at Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
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s students trickled into the kitchen, chef Chris Uyehara began last-minute preparations. Students looked excitedly at the strawberries, balloons and massive amounts of chocolate on the instructor’s table. “Gather around, everybody,” announced Uyehara, culinary specialist in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “Today, we’re doing chocolate.” The students were clad in aprons and hats for his class, HPM 202: “Fine Pastries and Desserts.” They observed carefully as Uyehara demonstrated how they would make this week’s dessert: a tulip-shaped chocolate cup filled with chocolate mousse and adorned with chocolate-covered strawberries and elaborate shapes made from, of course, chocolate. The syllabus for the class reads like a menu. Each week, students make and plate a dessert. One week, they made baked Alaska; another week, they crafted fresh fruit tarts. Other items on the syllabus include cream puff swans, crème brûlée and phyllo dough filled with banana pudding and topped with caramel. There are two class sections, each with 18 students. The non-major section takes place from 12:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. every Monday, while the major section goes from 5:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Monday. According to Uyehara, the class used to only be offered for people majoring in the subject, but a class was created for non-majors due to
popular demand. “A lot of students in different majors wanted to do something fun,” Uyehara said. Heather Rinder, a senior magazine journalism major, and Phillip Mackewicz, a senior biology major, both finished with their credits, decided they wanted to take a fun class and enrolled in Uyehara’s three-credit course. “I love it. It’s a great class,” Mackewicz said. Uyehara worked swiftly but confidently, not caring if chocolate splattered his white chef’s coat. He entertained the students with stories of chocolate-covered balloons, used to make the tulip cups, exploding and covering everything and everyone in the vicinity with chocolate. After he successfully popped the chocolate-dipped balloons, leaving a perfect delicate cup, he filled them with mousse. Then, he showcased techniques for making chocolatedipped strawberries. He dipped one
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emily shearing | contributing photographer (FROM TOP) Students decorate strawberries, dressed in white and milk chocolate tuxedos during HPM 202: “Fine Pastries and Desserts.” Culinary specialist chef Chris Uyehara teaches how to create sweet treats.
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olitics is getting a massive makeover from the skilled and able hands of technology — and a few ticked-off Americans. This reinvention is taking form in a remodeled voting process and has manifested as the organization Americans Elect. The nonpartisan and nonprofit
Americans Elect aims to extinguish the problems in politics that stem from partisan practices. It does this by offering an alternative to the traditional voting process for the first time. Those who want a voice in the selection of America’s first truly directly nominated candidate can do so through AmericansElect.org.
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In essence, the organization wants to take the party lines, grids and squiggles out of the voting equation so that voters make their choices based on the honest-to-gosh stance of candidates, uncorrupted by their parties. By allowing American citizens to vote in online party-blind primaries,
the organization plans to narrow down and offer a third official presidential candidate on the ballot come November. The requirements for candidates? Nothing other than they must choose a running mate outside of their own party pool. Nick Troiano, the national cam-
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hink of today’s teenage musicians, and Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus probably come to mind. Rapper Diggy knocks down the typical persona of a modern teen idol with a debut album that’s definitely an unexpected arrival. It can’t be hard to catch some talent when your dad was in Run D.M.C. and your uncle, Russell Simmons, is a music mogul. The 17-year-old son of hip-hop pioneer Rev. Run splashed onto the music scene with his first mixtape, “The First Flight,” in 2009. In 2011, Billboard Magazine named him one of the “Artists to Watch,” and Kanye West even praised him via his blog, saying, “I knew this kid was (going to) be fresh. I knew it!” Now with three successful mixtapes under his belt and the status as the youngest member of hip-hop collective All City Chess Club, Diggy successively backs up the hype with youthful yet sophisticated tunes. The beauty of Diggy is that he appeals to a young audience by putting out songs with topics that are relevant to youth, but packages them in a mature and tolerable way. His song “Do it Like You,” featuring singer Jeremih, is
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essentially a glorified pop song. He talks about a girl he’s trying to approach: “Girl, you killin’ em, my condolence.” This doesn’t sound like a tune that would draw the attention of anyone older than 14-year-olds, but Diggy delivers his cheesy lyrics with confidence, like they were the best things we’ve ever heard. His delivery is key in this song, but he unleashes his lyrical chops later on in the album. One of the best songs in the album is “Unforgivable Blackness.” Diggy tackles issues within the black community like self-degradation and materialism. Socially conscious rap is pretty deep for a 17-year-old. Diggy obviously has more to say than “YOLO,” and it’s a breath of fresh air. He says, “I can’t relate to Scar Face, but I read Othello / I ain’t from the projects, I’m more from the meadows / We’ve both seen racism on the same level.” He’s not a thug and not claiming to be, but the rhymes he spits have meaning and substance.
Through his encouraging and inspirational words, Diggy tries to be a good role model for teenagers. In “Glow in the Dark,” he preaches: “I put myself in the shoes of a giant / I cover two socks, two knots and I’m tying / I was frightened, I was tired / But I knew that one day I would triumph.” It sounds like the teenaged reality-star-turnedrapper has been through hard times, but he managed to make it through. Diggy’s fan base now transcends the high school girl crowd, even getting adults talking. In a chat with Power 105.1, host Angela Yee asked, “Am I too grown to like Diggy?” It’s no wonder that the rapper’s new “musical pedophiles,” as her co-host Charlamagne Tha God calls them, have trouble coming out; he is a kid. His lead single, “Do it Like You,” was a pop tune about puppy love, but this teen isn’t just another kid trying to rap. Delving into his music reveals why he’s a trending topic among all ages. Age aside, Diggy shows that he’s an emcee that can do cheesy singles and then surprisingly give us songs with substance, clever rhymes and excellent delivery. He’s the teen idol you never saw coming. email@example.com
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Amid all of the controversy, the potential for off-the-court distractions and dealing with the loss of his starting center — twice — Boeheim put forth one of his best coaching jobs. It was the best regular season in school history.
Triche had a shot to become one of the go-to scoring options in 2011-12. He started every game for the third straight season but endured a couple of shooting slumps.
The Southerland that showed up in Pittsburgh for the NCAA Tournament and the one that started the season probably would get somewhere around an A, but the junior averaged just 5.2 points per game in Big East play and was relegated to the bench in key games throughout the year.
Though his last game in a Syracuse uniform was disappointing at best, Waiters was the Orange’s best player this season. He scored 12.6 points per game off the bench in only 24.1 minutes per game. Waiters dazzled by making scoring seem incredibly easy and cemented himself as one of the best guards in the country.
This grade applies solely to his performance on the court, and when he played, Melo was the most important piece of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. Head coach Jim Boeheim said the sophomore made the biggest single-season improvement he has ever seen.
In reality, Joseph deserves something in the C range. He couldn’t become a consistent scorer like Wes Johnson, and he couldn’t be viewed as a go-to option late in games. But Joseph did lead the Orange in scoring at 13.4 points per game.
Entering his senior season, the Orange point guard had a love-hate relationship with Syracuse fans. But that hate drifted away as he displayed an improved command of the offense. He averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 assists per game in the NCAA Tournament.
Keita’s offensive shortcomings and railthin physique prevented him from getting more playing time this year, especially with Fab Melo developing into a defensive force. But the center finished second on the team with 35 blocks and consistently fought for rebounds down low in limited action.
For a stretch, Fair was Syracuse’s best player. Defense, scoring, rebounding — he did it all in the middle of the season. But Fair fell off hard in the final eight games. He reached double figures in scoring just once in that stretch.
The McDonald’s All-American was a disappointment in his first season with the Orange. Christmas started every game other than the two in the Big East tournament, but he averaged 11.5 minutes per contest and was a nonfactor for most of the year.
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Holden displays versatility in making switch to attack unit By David Wilson STAFF WRITER
Though she carries a serious demeanor on the field, Sarah Holden is something of the team jokester for Syracuse. Whether on the bus or in the locker room, the midfielder always keeps the Orange laughing with her dry sense of humor. But once she gets on the field, it’s another story. “She’s just really funny, but on the field she’s really encouraging,” SU attack Devon Collins said. “She’s a leader on the field. She gets her job done, and she makes sure everyone else gets their job done.” As the veteran of Syracuse’s offensive unit, Holden has taken on a unique role on the field in addition to being a team leader. Holden began the season as a midfielder, but since Kailah Kempney suffered an injury in the closing minutes of regu-
“As a senior captain, her leadership is key. I think she’s one of those players that leads by example, that goes out there and plays for the team and does whatever the team needs.” Gary Gait
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lation of an 11-9 overtime loss to No. 1 Northwestern on Feb. 29, the senior has been pressed into more minutes at attack. Thanks to her versatility, the offense hasn’t missed a beat with a seasoned veteran stepping in to help the Orange (5-2, 1-0 Big East) rise to the No. 2 ranking in the nation. Holden never questioned her position change,
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issued by the athletic department, saying that he is “pursuing his dream of becoming a professional basketball player.” He also said he intends to sign with an agent. After an up-and-down freshman season, Waiters emerged as an offensive star for the Orange in 2011-12. He finished second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and led the team with 1.8 steals per game. His 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame allowed him to drive on smaller defenders with ease. Waiters showed an uncanny ability to absorb contact at the rim and finish off acrobatic shots in traffic. That size and strength are two characteristics NBA scouts are very excited about, said draft analyst Aran Smith, of nbadraft. net. Because of those attributes, Smith called Waiters one of the most NBA-ready players in this year’s draft. “He’s got a really strong upper body. He’s got really strong legs,” Smith said. “When he’s attacking the basket, he’s either going to draw a foul usually or make a basket. … If he’s got an isolation against a player with similar size, he’s able to use that strength really well.” All throughout the NCAA Tournament,
and the seamless transition is a testament to her willingness to do whatever the team needs. “As a senior captain, her leadership is key,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I think she’s one of those players that leads by example, that goes out there and plays for the team and does whatever the team needs. “If it’s playing attack or midfield, she’s willing to do it. If it’s playing on the crease or playing up top, she’ll adapt to anything.” Though Michelle Tumolo is the attack captain for the Orange, Holden has also taken on responsibilities in leading the young group. Aside from Tumolo and Holden, who have combined for 27 goals, only one other upperclassman has scored a goal for Syracuse this season. With such a young group on offense, Holden and Tumolo’s veteran presence are invaluable. “As a senior leader on the attack, it’s definitely important to try and do my best to make sure that they do establish high confidence,” Holden said. “Whether that’s just saying, ‘Good job’ or ‘You’ve got it next time,’ or staying after and shoot and practice a little more.” But Holden doesn’t just lead through her voice. Though her comic relief helps bring the team together, that carefree personality tends to vanish when a more serious tone is needed during games and at practice. “In the game it’s definitely important to be more vocal,” Holden said, “but in practice it’s more important to take the backseat and more or less lead by example.” While the senior helps to bring the freshmen up to speed, she has also turned to a freshman to learn the ropes of playing a new position at attack. Holden has played from a midfielder’s perspective throughout her career, but thanks to Kempney’s advice during practice, she has quickly learned the playbook as an attack. “Luckily, Kailah was able to help me out with a couple plays and stuff just being in her position,” Holden said “… I think that’s one thing that this
team this year has grown to do. Whether it’s (Alyssa) Murray or (Tumolo) or Amy Cross, if they have something to say they’re going to say it.” Once Kempney returns, and Holden expects that to be soon, the senior will likely take her place at her natural position again. And that could spark an offensive unit that has scored at least 18 goals twice since the freshman’s injury. But until then, Holden will continue to be a capable replacement, as she has added a new dimension to the attack. As a true midfielder, the senior understands the value of every possession. In the past, the Orange has been plagued by a low shooting percentage. Since converting to attack, Holden has focused on taking better shots, which has rubbed off on her younger teammates. The result is a team that takes better care of the ball and gives the defense more rest —something Holden will appreciate once she gets back to playing defense as a midfielder. “Having to play on the defensive end she gets the fact that you turn the ball over, you’re careless with it you’ve got to go back and play ‘D’ and most attack ride and then they wait for the ‘D’ to get it back,” Gait said. “I think she’s got a better
Waiters faced questions about his future. He turned repeatedly to the stock answer of sitting down with his coaches and family once the season was over before making his decision. When reached via text message in the early afternoon Sunday, Waiters said he wasn’t sure when he would make his decision. His mother, Monique Brown, said he told her he was going pro later that same day. “He thought on his own he was ready,” Brown said. “I said, ‘OK. Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ “He pretty much knew that he was definitely going to go.” Smith said he was high on Waiters right from the beginning of the season after the guard scored in double figures in five of SU’s first six games. He showed an offensive arsenal that seemed unlimited, scoring the basketball in a number of ways. Perhaps most impressive was Waiters’ newfound commitment on the defensive end of the floor. Before Syracuse’s game against Ohio State, Boeheim said Waiters played no defense at all his freshman season. It was a factor that contributed to his limited minutes. But this year, he was the Orange’s best defender for a good portion of the season. He finished the season averaging 1.8 steals per game. “When I saw him and the improvement and the confidence and the scoring at the
beginning of the year, I was thinking maybe next year he could be a lottery pick or first rounder,” Smith said. “I wasn’t really thinking this year. Then he kept it up and the hype started building.” By the midway point of the season, Smith said Waiters was receiving plenty of first-round buzz. And now that the season is over, he feels Waiters has cemented himself as a first-round pick. “With Dion’s case, I think it’s in his best interest to go,” he said. Waiters said he was traveling back home to Philadelphia on Monday night to spend time with family. He will take a few days off before returning to Syracuse to make a decision on when to leave for pre-draft camps. Waiters is projected to be selected with the No. 20 overall pick, according to nbadraft.net. A good performance in pre-draft workouts could move him higher, Smith said, possibly to the mid-teens. Waiters thinks he can prove himself worthy of being taken even earlier. “At the end of the day, I feel as though I can go higher once I get through the workouts and everything,” Waiters said. His mother said ever since Waiters got to Syracuse she knew he would come out early. She said it was only a matter of whether he would do two years or three years at SU. Waiters struggled through a freshman sea-
zixi wu | staff photographer SARAH HOLDEN has made her mark at both the midfield and attack positions for Syracuse this season. The senior has tallied 10 goals and three assists in seven games.
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No. 2 Syracuse (5-2, 1-0 Big East) opened Big East play with a 20-8 blowout victory over Connecticut on Saturday to extend its winning streak to four games. SU attack Alyssa Murray scored seven goals in the victory, making it the second time she has scored at least seven goals in a single game this season. Next up, Syracuse jumps out of conference play for a matchup with Harvard at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
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son in which he was disappointed about his playing time and not having the chance to start. The breakout sophomore year sealed his departure. “Some people were saying, ‘If you’ve got it, go.’ And in his mind he had it, so he thought he might as well go,” Brown said. Brown said the coaching staff broke her son down and built him back up during his two years on campus. She called it a good thing for Waiters. She said he will always call Syracuse home once his basketball career is over. In his statement released by SU athletics, Waiters thanked his coaches and teammates for an “amazing experience” at SU. He also thanked the Orange fans, who he often referred to affectionately as “Cuse Nation” throughout his career. He helped guide SU to the best regular season in program history and was visibly shaken in the locker room after the loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday night. And less than 48 hours later, Waiters announced he would be moving on from Syracuse. “It really hasn’t hit me yet,” Waiters said. “I still feel like I’m a regular kid and a regular person.” email@example.com —Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article.
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Coffey leads deep Syracuse postseason run By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Iasia Hemingway didn’t know which teammate it came from on the court. The scream was demanding. Rachel Coffey was taking control of the offense and yelling out calls, and as soon as Hemingway heard it, she knew Coffey’s maturation into a confident, vocal point guard was complete. “I was shocked. I haven’t heard it, I was like, ‘That’s what I’m talking about,’” Hemingway said. “That’s what we need. We need somebody that’s going to tell us what we’re doing wrong, what we’re not doing wrong.” After struggling late in the regular season, Syracuse’s offense has hit its stride to keep its season alive in the postseason. It’s no coincidence the Orange (22-14) has found a balanced offense as Coffey has become the unquestioned leader of the offense, a role SU needed her to grow into. She’s hitting shots from deep with ease, including a 3-pointer in Syracuse’s last game against Toledo with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game in overtime and allow the Orange to escape with a 74-73 win. Coffey’s heroics against the Rockets helped Syracuse advance to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament semifinals for the first time in program history, and the team will play at James Madison on Wednesday. Syracuse needed Coffey to take on the role
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men’s and women’s lacrosse was transformed into a softball diamond last weekend for the Orange’s games against Colgate and Canisius. With planning and quick adjustments, a weekend that featured three collegiate games, countless high school softball scrimmages and even a Little League game ended as one Sala and his staff could take pride in. And while the game was a novelty that attracted large crowds, the Syracuse coaches and players hope that when the team goes outside to play in Skytop Softball Stadium, the crowds follow. “We hope that this is just the beginning,” senior first baseman Kelly Saco said. “That it’s going to get bigger and bigger from here. … This is definitely the start of something big.” Saco and her teammates had to be ready for faster ground balls hit on the turf field. In the high school games, players over-slid bases on occasion. And with a roof above, judging routine fly balls and pitches at the plate became a unique challenge. And like the players, Sala and his crew were forced to make adjustments on the fly once the games began Friday afternoon. When foul balls started deflecting back into
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of floor general after the Orange lost four of its final six regular-season games, skidding into the postseason with its offense in flux. But Coffey was on fire, especially in Syracuse’s 65-62 loss to Georgetown, when the sophomore hit five 3s to give the Hoyas fits down the stretch. When she hit that shot against the Rockets to send SU to the semifinals, it didn’t come as much of a shock. With her confidence high, she decided to take the shot herself with the game — and season — on the line. “Well, I came down, obviously there wasn’t a lot of seconds left,” Coffey said. “I came off a screen off (Elashier Hall), and then no one was open, so I was thinking, ‘It’s five seconds left so I have to do something,’ so I shot the ball.” At the start of the season, head coach Quentin Hillsman employed a point guard-by-committee system, in which whoever was playing best saw the most minutes. Coffey, Shanee Williams and La’Shay Taft shared the role, but Coffey eventually outplayed the others. Now, the guard averages 27.4 minutes per game. Hillsman said that amount of time she sees on the floor makes her performances even more impressive. “She started the season not starting at the position, up to now, pretty much playing every minute on the floor that she can play,” Hillsman said. “She’s definitely grown up over the year, and she’s been playing really good basketball for us.”
the press box on the near sideline of the field, Sala was in the box immediately to determine the next course of action. With the risk that the glass windows separating each box might shatter, Sala quickly got on his walkie-talkie and called for nets to act as a barrier. “Yesterday was definitely a little bit of a learning experience,” Sala said Saturday night. Besides dropping safety nets, Sala said the crew also had to figure out how to groom the field. Between innings, a member of the crew raked over the pitching circle during the game Saturday, after it had been worn out by 10 hours of action beginning Friday afternoon. And another top priority was making sure spectators were aware that softballs could head in their direction. With a short porch in left field positioned at the end zone where players entered the locker rooms, fans had the unique opportunity to catch a home run ball — or get struck by one. And that situation unfolded in Syracuse’s game against Canisius on Saturday. “That lady that got hit in left field, I just don’t think she was paying attention,” Sala said. “With the left field porch so short, you’ve got to pay attention.” “She’s fine,” Sala added. “She just didn’t catch it.” The work for Sala started the morning after
Coffey’s also earned herself some leeway when it comes to making turnovers. Against Toledo, Hillsman said his point guard made two turnovers that he would’ve commented on early in the season. But before he said anything, the head coach did the math in his head. Four games in the WNIT. About 120 minutes on the floor to that point. Hillsman decided that she’s allowed to dribble the ball off her foot once or twice. The more he put the ball in Coffey’s hands, the more he showed he believed in her, the better she played. “It really just got to a point where I knew I had to give her the opportunity just to play,” Hillsman said. “I think that once I put the ball in her hands and just give her the opportunity just to play, I think that her confidence really skyrocketed.” Center Kayla Alexander finally has some room to breathe in the low post with opponents responding to Coffey and defending out to the 3-point line. And Alexander’s been taking advantage, especially in Syracuse’s 82-68 win over Temple in the third round when she had 29 points. “When Rachel plays well, she gets the whole team going,” Alexander said. “Rachel’s our point guard, she leads us. When she’s hot, we’re hot.” Right now, the whole Orange offense is tak-
SU’s lacrosse game against Providence last Wednesday. A large blue curtain was dropped at midfield, separating two diamonds. For Syracuse’s games, the other side was simply a bullpen area. For the field to be NCAA-sanctioned, the bases had to be mounted. The crew took the infill out of the field turf, drilled into the floor of the Dome and set the base sleeve into concrete. The distance down the left and right field line also had to meet NCAA guidelines. Left field was a short 190 feet down the line and right field was 197 feet. The goal posts used during football season were the perfect fit to act as foul poles. “They need to be 30 feet, and that’s exactly what those are,” Sala said. But the different site also had drawbacks for the players. SU head coach Leigh Ross said the on-deck circle and coach’s box were tight fits. And foul territory was slim to none. The only requirement Sala said missed the cut was the distance from home plate to the backstop, where a net was set up. But Ross cleared the issue with the opposing teams before the weekend got underway. In reality, Sala and Ross both admit this past weekend was a dry run with grander aspirations in mind. Sala said he hopes a successful event like Duel at the Dome will draw national powerhouses from the South to come to Syra-
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SU experienced unprecedented success on court while enduring multiple scandals, setbacks off it
—Compilied by The Daily Orange Sports staff
The highest of highs
Two days before Syracuse was to begin its march to New Orleans, the Orange lost arguably its most valuable player. Melo, the anchor of the 2-3 zone and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, was deemed ineligible for the entire tournament, creating a serious imbalance.
At one point in the season, Jim Boeheim called Waiters the team’s best defensive player, and called Waiters the team’s best offensive player after the last game of the season. He reached double figures in scoring in 12 of 13 games during one streak, making him a go-to option late in the game.
Melo didn’t play in the NCAA Tournament, but was still SU’s most improved player. He went from a raw freshman center to a force in 2011-12, winning the Big East Defensive Player of the Year award. He set a single-game school record with 10 blocks against Seton Hall.
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Suspension of Fab Melo
By Ryne Gery
ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Two days before Syracuse is set to begin the NCAA Tournament, Fab Melo is declared ineligible to play by the university for a second time this season.
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Syracuse completes its best regular season in school history by beating Louisville, 58-49, to improve to 30-1. The Orange wins the Big East regular-season title outright.
Tied at halftime in the Elite Eight, Syracuse ends up losing to Ohio State.
Syracuse police begin an investigation into accusations from two former SU ball boys that Bernie Fine molested them.
The lowest of lows
Syracuse, ranked No. 3 at the time, defeats George Washington. Two days later, SU moves to the top spot in the Top 25.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT Rakeem Christmas
Christmas didn’t live up to his McDonald’s All-American status and often looked lost. He showed potential filling in for Melo, but he’ll need to continue that next year to live up to lofty expectations.
The Daily Orange doles out grades for the season for Syracuse’s key players. See Page 12 photo by sterling boin | staff photographer
Diamondcuts Carrier Dome transformed into softball field to host games for 1st time in history By David Propper
ne by one, every Syracuse softball player made it a point to go up to Pete Sala and thank him. With a hug and a thank you, the players made sure Sala, the Carrier Dome managing director, knew they were grateful for the sporting event he was instrumental in pulling off. “A lot of the softball players work
for us in our student crew, so we see a lot of them all the time,” Sala said. “They’re always appreciative of what we do for them. I think it was a huge success.” The event Sala helped put together was the Duel at the Dome, which saw the Carrier Dome host softball games for the first time in its 32-year history. The facility that houses SU football, men’s and women’s basketball, and
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SU falls to lowest rank since 2007 A day after losing its first Big East game since the conference formed for lacrosse two-plus years ago, Syracuse dropped to No. 14 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll on Monday. It is the program’s lowest ranking since 2007, when the Orange stumbled to a 5-8 record and missed the NCAA tournament. SU (4-3, 2-1 Big East) entered the season with an inexperienced roster after graduating seven All-Americans, but the team said its goal was still to win a national championship. For the Orange, a lacrosse powerhouse, competing for national titles is expected. But this season, head coach John Desko’s new-look group is still searching for its identity and is not a national contender at this point. The Orange’s three losses this season already surpass its total in each of the last four seasons, which saw the team go a combined 60-8 and win two national championships. Desko has rotated goaltenders Matt Lerman and Dominic Lamolinara through the first seven games, as neither has established himself as the clear-cut starter. Faceoffs have remained a problem for the Orange, which is ranked 46th out of 61 teams in the nation with a 45.6 percent winning percentage. The futility in the X coupled with a lack of consistent scoring threats has kept the offense from earning enough opportunities to find the back of the net. Syracuse suffered its worst loss of the season last Sunday, falling to Villanova 11-10 for its first Big East setback since joining the conference in 2010. The Orange had won its previous 14 conference games. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Orange, as it faces No. 8 Duke on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. After the matchup with the Blue Devils, Syracuse’s schedule includes games against No. 11 Princeton, No. 4 Cornell, No. 20 Georgetown and No. 6 Notre Dame. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a look at where SU has ranked each week this season: WEEK
stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor The Carrier Dome was turned into a softball field for the Duel at the Dome event this weekend. Syracuse completed a weekend sweep with wins over Colgate and Canisius in its two games.
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