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Students gathered in the Panasci Lounge Tuesday night to describe themselves on a postcard for the “Who Are You” event. Page 3

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Actor and comedian Max Greenfield danced on stage, took a selfie with a student and gave a speech at Goldstein Auditorium. Page 11

SU goalie Bobby Wardwell looks to continue his solid 2nd-half play in net against Binghamton on Wednesday. Page 20


Man pleads guilty to harassment By Annie Palmer news editor

A Brooklyn man who was arrested March 27 on Chinook Drive pled guilty Tuesday afternoon to seconddegree harassment. Nicholas White, 19, was arrested after the Department of Public Safety received a call about a disturbance on Chinook Drive, which involved a physical struggle among several people and damage to property. White is not a Syracuse University student, but a senior in high school. He appeared in Syracuse Domestic Violence Court with his attorney Robert Carter in front of City Court Judge Stephen Dougherty at about 2:30 p.m. White pled guilty to the see white page 10

Participants arrange building blocks and put them in four boxes in the indoor gathering space at the Outdoor Education Center during a new facilitator training. The OEC is primarily used to welcome the groups that use the outdoor challenge course. renee zhou staff photographer



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Following 1st run, South Campus ropes course turnout satisfies Syracuse University By Dylan Segelbaum staff writer


ith a successful initial run, the Syracuse University challenge course hasn’t had any trouble roping in customers. “We had quite a few weekends where we were chock-full up there, which was really nice. And that was just in the initial opening three months,” said Scott Catucci, SU’s associate director for outdoor education and student development. “So we’re very, very happy and excited about that.” The course is a mix of giant wood towers,

nets and low- and high-rope elements, and sits atop a hill on South Campus that overlooks Syracuse, not far from the Inn Complete. It generally operates between April 15 and Nov. 15 — but that mostly depends on the weather — and is intended to be an educational and team-building experience. The first program of 2014 at the course was supposed to be held last Sunday, but it was rained out. Training will be held this weekend. The first official program at the course was held Sept. 27 and the last on Nov. 16. During this time, 466 students used the course in 13 programs, see ropes

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A group climbs across the high-ropes part of the challenge course on SU’s campus. courtesy of department of recreation services

Students who passed through Hancock International Airport to travel home for Spring Break a few weeks ago had the opportunity to grab a cup of Café Kubal coffee after passing through security. But last week, less than a year after it opened, the airport location closed and has been replaced by Dunkin’ Donuts. Matt Godard, Café Kubal’s owner, said Delaware North, the company that had been handling concessions at the airport, notified Godard the cafe would be moving out of its airport location, which was situated right after the security checkpoint. “The information we received was only from Delaware North and nobody told us we were going to be out from the Airport Authority,” Godard said.

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WARDROBE wednesday | adam day

Student incorporates SU experience into look By Zoe Malliaros contributing writer

Adam Day doesn’t slack when it comes to style. Day, a senior illustration major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, prides himself on his clothes. No matter the season or occasion, he’s clad in preppy clothes and pastels, never leaving his sunglasses behind. “This spring is going to be about boat shoes and anything linen,” Day said. “Those have always been two of my favorite pieces to bring out once the snow melts, and this year I’m especially excited.” He is pictured wearing a Zara jacket paired with a Ralph Lauren shirt, Bonobos pants, Zara socks and Stacy Adams shoes. When out shopping, he prefers looks that will stand out so he can be presentable at all times. As a student in VPA, Day is influenced by the unique style of the students and professors surrounding him daily. “I’ve always had my own kind of

style, but I get a lot of inspiration and ideas from the people I look up to,” Day said. “My style really varies depending on the environment I’m in. For an urban style, I get inspiration from the likes of Lapo Elkann and David Beckham. For a more rural look, I guess you could say I aim to emulate Luke Bryan’s look.” Day’s style strays away from many students’ go-to looks of sweatpants and bulky winter boots. He said that he enjoys looking put-together and shopping for stylish clothes. If he has a vision for something, he’ll shop for it and make it work for his look. “Style is really just a form of expressing what I’m about,” Day said. “It speaks for itself and I assume the associated role that it instills on others.” As a senior, Day has used his experiences at Syracuse University to find his look. His advice for students when it comes to style is to draw from their own personality. Said Day: “You have to look inside yourself and say, ‘Well, what am I about?’”


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Event uses postcards to promote diversity By Ellen Meyers asst. news editor

In the Panasci Lounge, postcards from anonymous people were put on display, answering a simple question — who are you? Some cards described the individual’s looks, while others gave personal qualities. Some even used their artistic abilities to create doodles to answer the question. Inside of a room in the lounge, some of the postcards were displayed in a slideshow, with a voiceover reading the cards aloud. Meanwhile, First Year Players performed several songs from their upcoming production of “Rent.” It was all part of the “Who Are You” Postcard Event that took place in Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center on Tuesday. About 60 people walked around the lounge, looking at how others describe themselves on a postcard. In the fall of 2013, the Anti-Bias Education Team of the Division of Student Affairs had students, faculty and staff fill out postcards anonymously to answer the question of who they were. People were able to fill out

cards at tables in Schine or online, said Diane Wiener, the director of the Disability Cultural Center and a member of ABET. Members of ABET work together to raise awareness about the importance of respect and acknowledging how diversity positively influences the SU community, she said. They strive to teach people how damaging and unethical bias is and also try to highlight diversity’s importance and positive aspects, she said. “Instead of having an approach of what some people jokingly refer as ‘bias bad, diversity good,’ we’re trying to encourage people to think about how it’s advantageous that imagine a world that’s free of bias, and to develop allies.” Kerry Heckman, program coordinator for the office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, came up with the original idea for the event after being inspired by PostSecret, a community project in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard, Wiener said. Last year, they received about 160 postcards, said Radell Roberts, assissee postcard page 8

Law professors analyze student-athlete unions diane ravitch, a research professor and advocate, speaks in Hendricks Chapel Tuesday night. She outlined her views on the state of the American education system. sage cruz field contributing photographer

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A ruling issued by a regional labor relations board has allowed a group of student- athletes to form a labor union, highlighting their concerns with the state of college athletics. Last week, Peter Ohr, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago office, ruled that a group of Northwestern University football players are employees of the university and therefore could choose to form a union to collectively bargain with the university, accord-

Professor critiques education system By Joshua Dermer contributing writer

As a research professor and advocate, Diane Ravitch understands the state of today’s American education system. Ravitch said government programs such as Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind leave out the core issue in the education system — poverty and segregation. “Teacher evaluation stuff is ridiculous. No other country in the world is doing what we’re doing, aren’t we lucky?” she said sarcastically. “So many things that affect scores are a part of family structure.” Ravitch reinforced this sentiment when she spoke at Hendricks Chapel Tuesday evening. In her lec-

ture titled “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Ravitch elaborated on the pitfalls of the country’s education system. Race to the Top, a program funded by the Department of Education, and No Child Left Behind, a United States Act of Congress, utilize performance-based testing to determine grants and federal funding. Those who seek reform ignore poverty and segregation as the root causes of a deprived public school system, Ravitch said. “These people are not reformers, they are destroyers. Reformers should provide the social services these children rightly need,” she said. “Test scores don’t predict anything. The genuine crisis is high poverty.”

Ravitch criticized the use of test scores in teaching evaluations, which she said discourages teachers to perform better. “We need higher standards to become a teacher, not lower,” Ravitch said. “We’re destroying teaching as a profession.” Ravitch also touched upon some of the future issues of education with regards to government spending and technology. For example, she said, technology must be used carefully. She added that it’s important to avoid getting rid of or sacrificing the arts and other topics that matter more. Cindy Chen, a graduate student in the School of Education, said she was dissatisfied with the lecture.

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break down: While many college student-athletes receive scholarships, only a small amount go professional in their chosen sport.

ing to the March 26 decision. Nor thwestern has since appealed the decision, and ultimately the ruling may go past the regional office to the full NLRB, said Robert Rabin, a Syracuse University College of Law professor who has worked as a union and management lawyer and arbitrator. While the Northwestern players’ unionization rights will likely be contested and subject to further rulings, their movement has drawn attention to the wider concerns of studentathletes under the jurisdiction of the see unions page 8

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kubal He said the airport location was set up like a franchise location where the cafe sold coffee to Delaware North, who used the Café Kubal brand, signage and recipes. Delaware North had to move everything out of the airport cafe since they purchased all the equipment, Godard said, adding that replacing Café Kubal with Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t align with what the Airport Authority seemed to support. “It’s disappointing because the Airport Authority seemed to want to encourage our local business in Syracuse,” he said. “To replace the kiosk with a non-local brand seemed to go against what they said.” A secretary for the Syracuse Commissioner of Aviation Christina Callahan said the office was “not doing anymore interviews on that topic.” Now, Godard said two of the new locations in the airport are before entering security and one is near the Jet Blue concourse. The locations will start operating soon, he said. “It’s a significant downgrade because we’re out of that prime location,” Godard said. Despite the setback, Godard said there has been a strong outpouring of support from customers and the community. As a result, he said there will be three kiosks where customers can get self-serve coffee made with the same equipment as at other Café Kubal locations. Students who frequented the airport location said they were disappointed that Café

Kubal was being replaced. “I’m from California so I fly in and out pretty often and I never got coffee at the airport until there was a Kubal there,” said Maya Kramer, a senior political science major. Phil Porter, a freshman international relations major, added that he stopped by the airport location every time he was traveling there

new in town Creative Food Group, the new concessionaire at Hancock Airport, will bring the following food options to the airport:

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and liked the cafe’s central location. He said he was disappointed Dunkin’ Donuts was replacing Café Kubal because he believes Café Kubal makes a better cup of coffee. The widespread support for Café Kubal was evident outside the airport as well after the Hancock location shut down. “(Monday) we actually had our busiest day at our downtown cafe since we opened,” Godard said. Godard called the support “really strong” and “unbelievable,” and added that the business has a few projects on the horizon for the future, including launching a new shopping site that will eventually include the ability to subscribe for coffee delivery, as well as looking into one or two locations in Syracuse to expand into. Regardless of future plans, Godard said he appreciates all the encouragement community members have shown the cafe. “I just think it says a lot about the quality of people when they stood by us and supported us in our awkward moment,” he said. “The support has been just very heartwarming as a business person in the area.”


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Google Glass partnership makes product fashionable


oogle Glass will finally receive the makeover it needs. The search engine powerhouse has announced its partnership with the eyewear company Luxottica, which will add some much needed style to the high-tech glasses. Luxottica is the manufacturer of Ray-Ban and Oakley products and will help develop, design and distribute the new and improved Glass once the official release date is announced. Google Glass in its current state is built with a bulky metal band near the lens that has given the device a reputation for having a nerdy and robotic look. It’s safe to assume Luxottica will give the pair of specs a fresh new look that will appeal more to the general public before it is shipped to stores. So far Google has only released 10,000 beta glasses to a select group — including Syracuse University — known as “explorers.” After giving it a try, many users deemed Google Glass to be more of an accessory rather than an everyday product. What better company than the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley to develop this high-tech accessory? It’s been more than two years since the idea of Google Glass first came about and it almost feels like the product is available, but it isn’t. Under the microscope of tech blogs and early adopters, we’ve seen this product grow from mere speculation, to its first redesign and soon to its release to the public. Through trial and error, Google has withstood all the criticism and could actually change the perception of wearable technology if Luxottica figures out a way to give Glass a more subtle look while still maintaining all of its features. Branding is also huge, especially with the young adult demographic. The names Ray-Ban and Oakley give Google Glass instant cool points with the people using social media the most, which is the most efficient form of promotion in the world of smartphones.

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AN URBAN LOOK ON TECHNOLOGY You can already envision a snowboarding commercial where Google Glass by Oakley captures the ride down the slopes. It will be interesting to see if Google boasts its name on the advertisements or ride the coattails of Ray-Ban and Oakley to display its product as fashionably as it can. The blueprint has now been set for any type of wearable technology. Linking up with an already established style brand provides instant credibility along with more time to focus on the hardware. Most importantly, it provides insight to good fashion sense, because let’s be honest, what do tech guys know about style. Smartwatches should take note of the Google-Luxottica alliance and follow the same path if Glass ultimately becomes popular. A Rolex or Hublot affiliation with Android would increase the chances of highclass tech enthusiasts taking notice. Wearable technology is a still a foreign concept to the majority of the population, so regardless of design, having a computer attached to your face will take some time to get used to. Still, this is a major step in the right direction. It seems Google is getting serious about releasing Glass to the public as soon as this year. This could also just be a PR bluff to repair its tarnished reputation. Either way, the idea of Ray-Ban or Oakley glasses that take photos hands-free is becoming a reality and I think we can all agree that’s pretty cool. If only we could buy these things. Aarick Knighton is a sophomore information management and technology major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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Airport kiosk changes hurt local business Café Kubal’s relocation at Hancock International Airport is an active example of bad business — for the cafe and local businesses in Syracuse. On Tuesday, a Dunkin Donuts replaced Café Kubal’s kiosk at the airport, which was located directly after the security checkpoint. The local café’s kiosk opened in May last year, after the Airport Authority and the then-airport concessioner reached out to Matt Godard, Café Kubal’s founder, according to a letter he published on the café’s website. He described the cafe’s installation as a “seemingly impossible mission,” because of the short notice provided, but it was up and running with trained employees in 10 days. Airport officials seemed to have disregarded all the effort Godard and Kubal employees put into the

kiosk, as they’ve decided to replace the local company as a result of a new partnership. The airport entered an agreement with Creative Food Group, a New York City-based company that will be bringing in national chains to the airport, including Jamba Juice, Johnny Rockets and Dunkin Donuts. Godard’s letter noted that the airport made this agreement with Creative Food Group without ever including Café Kubal in the discussion. While this change helps make Hancock International Airport comparable to larger airports with similar food options, it is detrimental to the city of Syracuse. Café Kubal provides a piece of Syracuse to many visitors as 80 percent of travelers at the airport pass by the location of the original kiosk beyond the security checkpoint. By

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replacing Café Kubal with a national chain like Dunkin Donuts, Hancock eliminates the identity of the city that is expressed through local businesses for many first-time visitors. While Café Kubal will still be at the airport, its presence is reduced to three smaller locations, before security. The cafe loses a prime location immediately after security to a much less desirable location. Customers are more likely to make their purchases at airports after going through security. With people at the airport typically in a rush to get through checkpoints, they might not stop at one of the new locations, especially for a cup of coffee, considering they can’t bring liquids through security. Hancock International Airport should place more value in the local economy and identity it can provide to its customers.

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Models show a structure that will be used to house bicycles in Skiddy Park on the Near West Side. The structure is part of a project to improve a disused field house in the park. A group including Syracuse University students, Near West Side residents and city officials has worked to repurpose the field house. courtesy of cesi kohen

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After choosing a design, group plans final details of Near West Side facility renovation By Jessica Iannetta staff writer


final design concept has been chosen from among 14 initial design proposals to improve the disused field house in the Near West Side’s Skiddy Park. Renovations to the field house will include installing a skylight on the roof and adding another door to the building to create a breezeway, said Cesi Kohen, a fourth-year architecture student involved with the project. The design also calls for the creation of a stand-

alone structure near the field house to house the bicycles used by the Bicycles and Ideas for Kids’ Empowerment -Syracuse. The new structure will have other uses, Kohen said, but moving the bikes out of the field house will free up space for other activities. The field house is no longer in use and Park Studio — a partnership among Syracuse University students, Near West Side residents and city officials — began working this semester to plan how renovations to the field house could benefit the community. “Right now it’s kind of a crazy process. We’re

just going to push through,” Kohen said. “We’ve been told that the Parks Department’s hope is that it will be done in a year and a half so that by the time we graduate we can actually see it.” In designing the improvements, students narrowed down the initial list of 14 designs to three concepts and then presented them to the community for feedback, Kohen said. The students chose one scheme and are now detailing various aspects of the design. They have also begun working with engineers to start thinking about structural issues, she said. Students hope to finalize a design by the end of the semester, said Brian Luce, the engagement fellow at UPSTATE: Center for Design, Research and Real Estate, who is helping organize the project. The students are currently creating one-inch to one-foot models of different parts of the design, Luce said. Though university students are creating the designs, he stressed that all the concepts came from community input. “It shouldn’t be this thing that’s created in the university and then comes down like a spaceship landing in the Near West Side. That’s not what we want,” Luce said. “What we’re after is figuring out what they want and developing it in a way that professionals do.” Park Studio has already held three meetings to gauge community interest and will hold one more at the end of April to reveal the final design, said Stacey Lindbloom, the engagement scholar for the Near West Side Initiative. In addition to these meetings, Park Studio has installed chalkboards at several places in the Near West Side where residents can leave

feedback about the project. The chalkboards are located in Nojaim Brothers Super Market, La Liga, La Casita Cultural Center, 601 Tully and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Although the chalkboards will give the community another way to provide feedback and are a good way to publicize the project, Lindbloom said she wished they had been installed earlier in the process. When seeking community input, it’s important that the renovations benefit the entire community and not just one organization, said Luz Encarnación, the youth program coordinator and community liaison for La Casita Cultural Center, which is located two blocks from Skiddy Park. Specifically, she said she’s worried that the stand-alone multi-purpose structure will only be used to hold B.I.K.E-Syracuse’s bikes and will not be available for use by other organizations. Since the structure will hold as many as 30 bikes, questions such as how the bikes will be secured, who will have a key to the building and how the space will be maintained need to be thought out, she said. For the building to be truly multi-purpose, the design needs to incorporate the needs of other organizations in the community, she said. In the future, Encarnación would like to see more families visit the park and use it for cook-outs and barbeques that foster a sense of community. “What’s most important is the usage and security of the building,” Encarnación said. “We really want to see family-oriented usage of the park.” | @JessicaIannetta

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postcard tant to the office of the associate vice president for the Inclusion, Community and Citizenship portfolio within Student Affairs. This year, 200 postcards were filled out. With the participation increase in mind, Roberts said ABET is thinking about what will be next. “We keep thinking about and talking to people about other ways to use this, so I think that there is potential in the future to have a chance for discussion,” she said. Roberts said the answers vary, ranging from people describing and listing their ethnicities and sexual preferences to their involvement on campus. She added that the postcards also serve as a reminder that people have multiple identities that are constantly changing.

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ravitch “I have to say that what she said tonight wasn’t news to me — it wasn’t something that we didn’t already know,” Chen said. “She kind of made fun of it and she didn’t really mention any solutions.” As Chen enters the education field, she said her outlook has become increasingly dismal, because she understands that no matter what changes are implemented in the education system, it is impossible to satisfy every party that’s involved. Despite the state of the education system, Michaela Kearns, a sophomore inclusive and social education major, said she felt empowered to make a change that would improve


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“We all have labels put on us, and identities assumed about us, but how would you define and describe yourself in a few words?” she said. “Realizing that it’s changeable and fluid, it might not be the same as it were last year.” Wiener hopes people will feel a sense of compassion and connectedness when they read what others have written about their identity. She added that she hopes that the event inspires others to be an empowered bystander and speak up in tough situations. Said Wiener: “I hope they will be more likely or not to demonstrate the integrity that’s required when you’re faced with an ethical situation that might be challenging to you, because you might not want to speak out but you need to anyway.” — Staff Photographer Tabitha Hoag contributed reporting to this article. | @Ellen Meyers future ge nerations after the lecture. “I’m really excited. I really want to make a difference and help the children,” Kearns said. “People really aren’t helping them and I want to be a teacher that can help.” Beyond her thoughts on the future of the education system, Ravitch was able to give a compelling argument on the system’s current flaws, said Richard Wallach, a Syracuse resident and lawyer. He added that Ravitch’s argument was particularly effective because of the statistics she used. “She had a great command of all these facts and the history of education in the country and around the world,” he said. “And she was able to show a lot of the silly and dangerous and foolish things that our political leaders do trying to improve education.”

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unions NCAA, he said. “It’s going to be a real wake up call for the NCAA,” Rabin said. In his decision, Ohr said scholarship football players with playing eligibility remaining are eligible to unionize. But, he added

The NCAA is in the best position to make a decision and address the issues. Robert Rabin su college of law professor

that walk-on players could not be considered employees because they do not receive compensation for playing. Scholarship players raised concerns like hours spent playing football and injuries sustained in the sport amid the revenues sports generate, Rabin said. As the ruling has determined that the university employs the football players, they are entitled to negotiate the conditions of their employment, said Jim Williams, an SU law professor and staff attorney at Legal Services of Central New York, in an email. Northwestern will probably refuse to bargain with a football player union, Rabin said. In any case, the union’s position is not guaranteed because the regional NLRB “does not have the last word,” Rabin said. The case will likely go before the full NLRB and would best be resolved on a national

level, Rabin said. Though the board can issue national rulings, they will only apply to private universities, like Northwestern and SU, as public universities are subject to the laws of their state, he added. SU Athletics declined to comment, saying they don’t discuss events “involving other institutions,” said Sue Edson, SU Athletics spokeswoman. But the NCAA holds jurisdiction over both private and public schools, Rabin said. “The NCAA is in the best position to make a decision and address the issues,” he said. Though the NCAA was not involved in the decision, it said that it was “disappointed” with the ruling, according to a March 26 New York Times article. Student-athletes gained traction from past cases involving graduate students and adjunct professors at universities, Williams said. Some of those groups have successfully organized for their interests, he added. The full NLRB has dealt with research and teaching assistants, but no precedent yet exists for student-athletes, Rabin said. If appeals continue and multiple rulings are necessary, the process establishing athletes’ right to unionize could take many years, he said. Regardless, there is no guarantee that other student-athletes would form unions if a wider ruling guaranteed that right. Rabin said athletes may not want to pay taxes on payments treated as compensation rather than scholarships, or to pay union dues. Even with the ability to unionize, some student-athletes may not be as passionate in using those avenues to petition their concerns, he said. Said Rabin: “It’s not certain that they’ll succeed in organizing.”


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ropes course Catucci said. Two outside groups — 130 students in total from a middle school and a high school sports team — also used the course during that time, he said. The goal for the course is to have as many people use it as possible, Catucci said, and recreation services couldn’t have held any more weekend programs last fall. The course, he said, benefits the entire community. Each program at the course is custom built for the group using it, he said. For example, if a group wants to work on trust and communication, recreation services will try to tailor a session with activities that bring out these skills. The course costs $25 or $35 to SU students for the half- and full-day program, respectively, and has to be reserved in advance. The minimum number of people needed to use the course is 15. But if there are fewer people, a group will be charged that rate. Outside groups have to pay more to use the course. Catucci has said he’s heard talk about bringing a ropes course to campus dates as far back as 1998. Part of the reasoning for building the course was because SU students were traveling to other places to use them, he said. “Let’s say, students come into Syracuse and we send them to Cornell to have an amazing experience on their challenge course — that we think is important, but that we don’t provide,” he said. “To me, it’s a no-brainer.” It’s still unclear how much the course and the accompanying outdoor education center cost to build. As a private institution, SU does not have to disclose any information about the project, though interviews and public records give some insight into the cost. Joe Lackey is the owner of Alpine Towers International, an Asheville, N.C.-based company that specializes in the design, engineering and installation of challenge courses. Alpine worked under GHD, a global engineering, architecture and environment company that has an office in Syracuse, to build the course, Lackey said. Lackey said similar courses to the one at SU fall in the $200,000–300,000 range. The Odyssey-style course, as it’s called, is close in price to one at the University of Arizona, he said. Arizona was invoiced $202,808 after tax for its course, and a building permit for SU’s outdoor education center lists the estimated construction cost of the building as $556,000. SU’s budget for 2014 fiscal year is about $1.2 billion. Proponents of challenge courses say these places provide experiences that relate to everyday life. Each element of these courses — hence the

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white harassment charges. Dougherty said the disturbance involved an attempted suicide by an SU student, in which White and others tried to intervene. Lawyers mentioned that someone punched a hole in the wall during the incident. Court documents were not immediately available and Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan did not return a phone call on March 28 to clarify these details. White was given a two-year conditional discharge under the terms that he would have to follow an order of protection and that he would not be able to return to the city of Syracuse. The Syracuse Police Department has a mandatory arrest policy with domestic violence. Dougherty said White would be released from jail on Tuesday and asked his mother, who

name — is designed to make people overcome a particular challenge, said James Borishade, executive director of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, an industry trade group headquartered in Deerfield, Ill. While people fear failure, he said, these courses show that success is just around the corner. “It’s really a metaphor to life,” he said. Carolyn Fine, a senior advertising major who used the course two times last fall through the Panhellenic Council — a sorority governing body — said having the course on campus was one of its draws. Fine said she was interested in the course before it had even opened. Fine first used the course with a group of about 80 people, which proved difficult since the course isn’t that large, she said. But with a smaller group the second time around, everyone was able to use all of the elements of the course. The activities both on the ground and on the course help people work together, she said. Fine said it might be expensive for some

Let’s say, students come into Syracuse and we send them to Cornell to have an amazing experience on their challenge course — that we think is important, but that we don’t provide. To me, it’s a no-brainer. Scott Catucci associate director for outdoor education and student development

groups to use the course — she did a half-day program each time — but that it was a worthwhile experience. “It was just a good time — something to do with a group,” she said. “You definitely get closer to people.” Lindsey Silverman, a junior advertising and information management and technology major, used the course with her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She said it was AGD’s second year in a row doing a retreat at a challenge course. It was a positive experience, she said, and this time members didn’t have to go off campus. Silverman estimated that about 100 people went. She said the course allows users to get to know people they don’t know as much, and that it really lifts the spirit of any group or club. “It was great,” she said. “I mean, I love that kind of stuff, I love all the team-building activities. Even if they’re cheesy, I think they’re really fun.” | @dylan_segelbaum also approached the stand during the discussion, if he had any reason to come back to the city. White’s mother said he did not and that she would be taking him back to Brooklyn. Prosecutors seemed confused as to why White was in Syracuse. The SU student is White’s girlfriend of three years, Dougherty said. Following the decision, Carter, White’s lawyer, said he also did not know why White was in Syracuse at the time of the incident but that the “best possible plan” for White is to get treatment once he’s back in Brooklyn. Editor’s note: The Daily Orange chose to withhold the name of the student involved in the attempted suicide due to the sensitive nature of the case. —Staff Writer Dylan Segelbaum contributed reporting to this article.


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Schmidt happens “New Girl” actor Max Greenfield cracks jokes, gives advice By Emma Baty contributing writer


n a campus where students are no strangers to large lecture halls, actor Max Greenfield took his turn behind the lectern on Tuesday night. Standing at a podium and pretending to write on an imaginary chalkboard, he told the audience that he would serve as their teacher for the rest of the evening. “Please refer to me as Professor Jewish, that will be acceptable,” he joked. “Or, you can refer to me as Vice President Joe Rabbi-den.” Known for his role as Schmidt on the Fox comedy “New Girl” and as Leo on The CW’s “Veronica Mars,” Greenfield came to Syracuse on Tuesday night to speak about living in your 20s and playing, as a fan of his put it, “the best Jew on television.”

The Hillel Jewish Student Union and University Union teamed up to put on the event, hosted in a nearly full Goldstein Auditorium. Before Greenfield came on stage, the audience waited patiently in a darkened audito-

ACTING UP Here’s a glance at other shows Greenfield has appeared on: • “Gilmore Girls” • “Veronica Mars” • “Ugly Betty” • “The O.C.” rium. Suddenly, green and blue lights started flashing and Greenfield walked onto the stage. Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement” blared through the speakers. He

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MAX GREENFIELD, an actor and comedian known for his role as Schmidt on Fox’s “New Girl,” lectures onstage to a nearly-full audience at Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center. Greenfield came to SU for a show put on jointly between Hillel Jewish Student Union and University Union. hannah wagner staff photogrpaher

Q&A with “New Girl” actor Max Greenfield By Lara Sorokanich feature editor

The Daily Orange sat down with Max Greenfield, the comedian who plays Schmidt on “New Girl” before his lecture in Goldstein Auditorium on Tuesday night. Here’s some of what he had to say about college, working and being famous.

The Daily Orange: A lot of what we see in “New Girl” is just ridiculous. Is that all scripted in the show? Max Greenfield: A lot of it is improv. We’ll start with the scripted scene and we’ll get that and have an idea of what we’re doing, and then on the third or fourth take once we feel like we’ve got it, they’ll let us open it up a little bit. And it either ends up being great

stuff that we use in the show, or it’s monumentally unusable. And borderline terrible. The D.O.: Can you think of anything that’s gotten into the show that’s been particularly ridiculous and unscripted? M.G.: There was an episode on the other day where Coach and I were talking to Lamorne’s character and we were excluding him from something. And we both decided it would be funny if we just started referring to him as “Oh, honey, sweetie, don’t worry about it.” And they kept it, which I was really happy about. But the rest of whatever that line was, was scripted. We just added the “honey” and the “sweetie,” and to me that’s the funniest part of the scene.

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university union

Danny Brown to headline concert By Brendan Krisel asst. copy editor

Danny Brown will bring his signature high-pitched f low, gaptoothed grin and wild-f lowing mane to the Schine Underground on Wednesday night. The eccentric Detroit rapper will headline the fourth and final show in the Bandersnatch Music Series as part of his spring “The Old Danny Brown Tour,” which is in support of his latest album, “Old,” released in October. Doors will open for the show at 7:30 p.m., and music will start at 8 p.m. Brown will be joined by opening act Zelooperz, a member of the Bruiser Brigade, Brown’s rap collective. Tickets for the event went on sale Feb. 14, and sold out within a week. They were priced at $5 for any Syracuse

University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students and faculty. The Bandersnatch Music Series, presented by University Union, has considered bringing Brown to SU for quite some time. “Danny Brown has always been a name that has kind of been buzzing around our office as someone we have wanted to bring up,” said Blair Shulman, one of the Bandersnatch directors. Schulman, who is responsible for booking Brown, thinks that his show will be a strong end to a strong series. At the age of 33, Brown may not be the prototypical up-and-coming rapper, however he has only recently blown up with the release of the albums “XXX,” and “Old,” in which Brown often raps about his

use of drugs on hit songs such as his anthem to molly, “Dip.” Rolling Stone Magazine named “Old” as the 17th best album of 2013. Others performers in this year’s Bandersnatch Music Series include producer Hudson Mohawke, indie band St. Lucia and Chance The Rapper, all of whom sold-out their shows. As far back as UU’s archives go, this is the only year the organization can say all four shows in the series have sold out, according to Mitch Mason, UU’s director of public relations. Mason figures that Brown, who often delivers his verses in a highpitched scream over driving electronic beats, will bring a unique performance to the Schine Underground. “Danny Brown is such an interesting character in the rap and hipsee danny

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‘Divergent’ refuses to deviate from dystopian movie cliches By Vince Loncto staff writer


or moviegoers who enjoyed the world that Suzanne Collins helped create in “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” will probably be a fun watch. But it doesn’t live up to its namesake as a film that challenges the norm. The themes featured in “Divergent” are sappy and unoriginal, as it was apparent that Veronica Roth, who wrote the original book trilogy, was trying to push the message of accepting who you are and not conforming to anyone’s pressures or expectations. And though these messages might be comforting for the young adult demographic she wrote for, they made for an extremely formulaic and predictable movie plot. The film, directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley, takes place in dystopian Chicago, where society is strictly divided into five categories based on which values each group considers most important. Woodley, who plays main character Tris Prior, comes from Abnegation, the section that emphasizes selflessness. The other factions are called Amity, for peacefulness; Candor, for honesty; Dauntless, for bravery; and Erudite, for intelligence. Tris and her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), as part of a coming-of-age ritual in this post-apocalyptic world, must choose which faction to join for the rest of their life. Though it is said that the choice is free, it is strongly suggested that young men and women choose their faction based off the results of an aptitude test. The test

goes into the mind of each individual, making each face their worst fears in order to show the way they go about solving problems. Tris is woken up from the test by her test proctor, Tori (Maggie Q), who informs her that she is a Divergent. Divergents are people whose minds work in an extraordinarily unique way, meaning that they will be resistant to conformity. Tori insists that Tris not tell anybody her results, as Divergents are being hunted by the Erudites, who see them as a threat to their overall control. Tris ends up choosing Dauntless, and, for the majority of the film, is faced with the challenges of completing the rigorous physical training that Dauntless members go through, as well as training her mind to think like something she’s not in order to survive. The only two actors who got good amounts of screen time were Woodley and Theo James, who played the Dauntless trainer, nicknamed Four. James was solid in his role as the demanding but supportive trainer, originally doubtful but eventually supportive of Tris for her unique mentality. Woodley, however, was unable to show much variety. Though Tris was appropriately played as a very confident girl, Woodley lacked emotional depth. One of the good things about the film was its noting of famous Chicagoan landmarks, such as the Sears Tower (now renamed Willis Tower) and Navy Pier, which were revered ancient structures recalling a better time. Using real-life places instead of

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faraway worlds helped to make the entire concept of the movie’s dystopian setting more believable. The camerawork was also fitting, as there were a lot of back and forth cuts during fight scenes, but more close-ups during intense dialogue. Besides those positives, though, “Divergent” fits the mold set by the young-adult-books-turned-film phenomenon that has emerged during

the past few years far too perfectly. The similarities between “Divergent” and its 2012 lookalike “The Hunger Games” were seemingly innumerable. Both movies took place in future societies split into unequal castes in the aftermath of war, featured long physical training scenes, centered on young adults taken away from their families and homes, included a hard-to-please mentor turned friend

and seemed to antagonize the entire concept of government as a whole. It felt as though if you had seen one of the movies, you had effectively seen both. Though the film certainly had some strengths, it struggled underneath a lackluster plotline, poor characterization and reliance on clichés. All in all, “Divergent” fails to stand out.


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sex and health

Despite what media shows, body hair is natural, healthy


pring has sprung in Syracuse, and now that the temperature has passed 50 degrees, students start thinking about breaking out the bikinis. However, we may have forgotten about one area during these long winter months: pubes. The question begs to be answered — why are vaginas gaining the same amount of publicity as any other spring fashion trends? Women should be able to make decisions without being bombarded by the media. Earlier this year, American Apparel featured mannequins in sheer underwear with unnatural amounts of pubic hair. The stunt caused controversy and sparked attention. Women being used in this way for a publicity stunt is just as degrading as men weighing in on how vaginas should look. Even though American Apparel was edgy and liberal, the fact that they had to play on women’s body parts shows the fascination with women’s sexuality. The common misconception is that being hairless is being hygienic, but that is not exactly the case. Being hairless is just being sexy, as per today’s media. When voluptuous stars are shown in skimpy bikinis, bronzed and hairless, that look becomes desirable. Women do not want to be unhygienic, but the information is not there and the advertisement industry is certainly not helping the cause. Aside from waxing, companies are pushing shaving cream and razors, two products that would not exist without the stigma against pubic hair. But things are changing. Cameron Diaz recently preached about pubic hair preservation on Chelsea Lately. She said that because as humans we used to be covered in hair, there must be a purpose for pubes. Recently, trends have turned, and a fuller look is on the rise. Lady Gaga was featured on the cover of the Winter 2013–14 issue of Candy magazine with nothing to hide. And on the television show, “Girls,” actress Gaby Hoffmann appeared with from page 11

schmidt began to dance, and as the lights turned on, the auditorium erupted in cheers. “Let me start by saying how fricken’ pumped up I am to be here in the ‘Cuse tonight,” Greenfield said. From there, he talked to the audience about the value of being honest going into the next phase of their lives. “I’m guessing the majority of you have no idea who you are yet, and that’s fine, I didn’t know who I was when I was your age either,” Greenfield said. “I still am not sure that I know who I am. Figuring it out over the next few years will be exciting. It will be fun, it will be terrifying. There will inevitably be moments where you think the world is specifically against you, many different moments, over and over again, and this will be your 20s.” Sophomore television, radio and film major Emily Watson said she appreciated Greenfield’s life advice. “My favorite part of what he said was just talking about how the 20s are such a good time to find yourself and not to expect it to all work out, to expect some hardship and know that you’ll get through it,” Watson said. “I think that was the best advice he gave.” After 20 minutes of joke-cracking and storytelling, Greenfield went into a question-andanswer session. Audience members asked questions about his personal life, his career and his character on “New Girl.” Then one student asked Greenfield if she could take a selfie with him.


LEAVE ROOM FOR YEEZUS hair on her nether region. Hoffmann has stated that she did not stay hairy to make a political statement. This reinforces the idea that everyone should relax about nudity and whether women have bushes or not should not matter. Going au naturel is not necessarily a bad decision. Pubic hair protects against friction that can occur when you are getting down and dirty. It also acts as a shield against bacteria and other pathogens. According to, freshly shaved pubic areas are more susceptible to herpes infections due to the microscopic cuts open for infection. When irritation is coupled with the moist environment of a vagina, bacteria thrive. Letting the bush grow untamed could be piggybacking off the organic lifestyle. “The bald look of the Brazilian has become déclassé, more suggestive of a naked Barbie doll or a reality television starlet,” Marisa Meltzer wrote in a January 2014 New York Times article. And even though the entire subject of pubic hair can be tracked as a trend, the attention drawn to the state of women’s vaginas is standard in today’s society. The obsession with women and their sexuality does not stop with abortion and birth control laws. It dwindles all the way down to the topic of pubes. On the subject of uprising trends — the Paleolithic diet is big right now too, and hey, cavemen relished in their natural beauty.

Meg Zukin is a freshman television, radio and film major. Her column appears every Wednesday in Pulp. Email her at and follow her on Twitter at @margaretTZukin.

“What the hell, why not?” He responded. Another fan referenced a video Greenfield made of himself dancing to Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” and asked him if he could reenact the dance. The song started to play over the speakers in the auditorium, and Greenfield promptly started dancing. Greenfield was only in college for a year where he “majored in realizing it was not for me.” One student, a senior theater major, asked him about how he got his first acting gig. “I literally don’t know,” Greenfield said. “Truthfully, and this goes for everyone who ends up being in college and going out into the world, I don’t think there’s an answer to any of it. You can try and plan it out the best you can — that will not work. I promise you, I don’t know the answer. Just go after it and be open to however it happens for you.” Other students in similar majors appreciated his advice. “I liked when he talked about his career because my major is kind of related so it’s interesting hearing how actors feel about getting work, and that was really inspiring,” said Losa Meru, a sophomore television, radio and film major. One of Greenfield’s main messages was that of persistence, which he addressed in one of his final responses. Said Greenfield: “In hindsight, it’s very easy for me to say ‘You know, you just get through the hard times, but when you’re going through it … it’s literally the worst thing, and you think that it couldn’t get any worse than what it is in that moment ... You let those moments beat your ego rather than your spirit.”


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greenfield The D.O.: Have you had any weird fan encounters? M.G.: There was a guy in Mexico who came up to me, and he hardly spoke any English and he started calling me “the artist.” I was like, “I don’t know who you’re talking to,” and he was like, “No, you are the artist, from the show ‘That Girl.’” And I remember thinking, “Man, I gotta move to Mexico, because if they think I’m an artist down here, what respect. This is where I belong.” I thought I should move. The D.O.: What were you like when you were in college? M.G.: I was only there a year and it did not go very well. I think I was there because my par-

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danny brown hop scene, he is really known for his quirky personality which translates to his lyrics, and I think individuals will really appreciate that,” he said. Quinn Weber, a junior political science major, can attest to Brown’s unique personality and sound. “I think his rapping is a little bit ridiculous and a lot of fun to listen to, and he’s got great beats to go along with that,” Weber said. Weber has been listening to Brown since a friend put him onto “Old” about a year ago. He said he’s heard that Brown brings a wild, contagious energy to his shows. That energy is a major factor in why Shulman booked Brown. Shulman said she has read many things about Brown’s shows getting rowdy. “He is ready to show Syracuse University a good

ents wanted me to go, and that’s what you’re “supposed to do.” I can remember how they make you take all the core classes, and then you’re like “Why am I in Scandinavian literature? Why am I ever going to have to know anything about this? This is terrible. I don’t want to read this book.” The D.O.: Do you have any advice for students here who might be in Scandinavian literature and dreading it? M.G.: Well ultimately I think Scandinavian literature is going to be something you want to get through. Because there will be a lot of “Scandinavian literature” in life, or you could call it “bulls**t.” But you have to deal with bulls**t everywhere. And you deal with it and you get through it and it’s to serve a greater goal. And for you guys it’s graduating … which I did not do. | @lara_soro

time, and I think all the students here know how to have a good time. He’s all about that,” Shulman said. Andrew Spalter, a junior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, said he thinks a venue like Schine Underground is great for Brown’s show. “I think it will be good. Generally there is not a lot of people in Schine Underground, that always makes for a more fun show and I think the crowd is more lively,” Spalter said. Both Weber and Spalter enjoyed “Old” in part because of the electronic beats, which make Brown’s songs easy to dance to. However, Weber wants Brown to feature material from his entire career. “I’m kind of hoping he keeps it half-and-half because I like his old stuff a lot, as well as his stuff off of ‘Old,’” Weber said. “The styles on the albums are a little bit different so you get a nice vibe.”

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women ’s lacrosse

Kempney dominates Albany in draw circle to fuel SU win By Tyler Piccotti staff writer

With Syracuse clinging to a slim two-goal lead with only 3:08 remaining, Kailah Kempney walked to midfield for one final duel in the draw circle. Win, and the Orange could stall for a victory. Lose, and the game was far from over. But as she has done so many times before, the junior left the circle with the ball and put the Orange in position to finish the game. Kempney nearly tied a season-high with 11 draw controls, and Kirkland Locey won another three as the No. 3 Orange (11-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) dominated the draw circle in a 13-11 victory over No. 18 Albany (9-1, 1-0 America East) at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.

It was working the whole game, so we really didn’t change anything up at the end. Kailah Kempney su midfielder

As a team, SU piled up 22 controls while limiting the Great Danes to only four. And in a game littered with turnovers and sloppy execution on offense, those extra possessions helped fuel the Orange’s nail-biting escape. “It was key,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “The fact is that we were controlling the ball, getting it in our sticks, and that was huge.” Kempney set the tone on the opening draw, as she shoveled the ball to teammate Maddy Huegel and gave her team the opening possession. Amy Cross then gave the Orange a quick 1-0 lead. A little more than five minutes into the half, Christine Johnson won Albany’s first draw of the game. Then the Great Danes failed to secure another one until 4:01 remained in the period. Kempney came away with four during that stretch, and Locey added a pair to help the

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albany just 7-5, but started out the second half with three straight goals of its own to seemingly quell any hope that Albany had of pulling off the upset. A Devon Collins charge toward the net put SU up 10-5 just eight minutes in. But 30 seconds later, Albany secured a turnover and got out in transition as attack Maureen Keggins only had to beat SU defender Kasey Mock. As she ran down the field, the entire Albany contingent stood up, waiting to see if she could convert. Keggins juked past Mock and put the ball in the back of the net and the Great Dane faithful erupted. “What we talked about was not letting it really get away from us,” Albany head coach John Battaglino said. “They were so good on the draw, and we just kept scrapping, just trying to build on a goal, then a defensive stand and get back into it. Nobody was afraid to go to the net.” The shot sparked a 4-0 run for Albany, which cut the lead to 10-9 with under 11 minutes to play.


Orange roll to eight consecutive wins in the circle. But thanks to SU’s offensive struggles late in the half, the Great Danes survived the drought and carried a manageable two-goal deficit into the break. “It’s hard when we weren’t getting the draws, but we’re a scrappy team,” Albany midfielder Allie Phelan said. “When you put up the defensive stands, we do our best to get it in and work it down as fast as possible.” Eventually, though, Kempney was just too much to overcome. She controlled four crucial draws during the final 10:29, including three with the Orange up by a single goal. And each time, Syracuse doubled its lead on the ensuing possession. Kempney said she felt no added pressure in those situations after playing so well the entire night. “It was working the whole game, so we really didn’t change anything up at the end,” Kempney said. “Just tried to keep doing what was working.” She did, and the Orange was able to convert when it counted. Albany head coach John Battaglino said it took a nearly heroic effort from his defenders to keep the game close. Despite surrendering 33 shots and continuously chasing SU ballhandlers throughout much of the evening, the back line kept the Great Danes in the game. “If you look at the stats on a piece of paper, and I was looking up at the scoreboard,” Battaglino said, “you would think the score would be like 20-3. That shows how well the defense played because they had to put up those stands.” Kempney will likely be challenged on Saturday against Virginia Tech’s Meg Bartley, who ranks 13th in the country in draws won per game. But Tuesday, the junior proved why she has earned her place atop SU’s all-time leaderboard when she helped the Orange avoid a bitter end to a long home stand. Said Gait: “Without those possessions, who knows what the score would have been?”


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coaches him,” Adam said. “We had always met up, we had talked and we said if we ever had the chance to coach together, I would jump at the chance.” Adam and Acosta give the Orange three coaches whose most recent experience prior to Syracuse was D-III head coaching. Adam had primarily worked on the defensive side of the ball for the past five years, but replaces Pat Perles as the Orange’s offensive line coach. Acosta fills a previously vacant position as tight ends coach — McDonald handled those duties last year — and the spot on the staff previously occupied by wide receivers coach Rob Moore. McDonald will handle the wideouts this season. Adam was part of the Western Michigan coaching staff in the mid 2000s that also included Shafer, Lester, McDonald, Chuck Bullough and Tim Daoust. Lester said the other coaches assumed Adam was coming to SU because of their relationship at Elmhurst (Ill.) University, but this move was Shafer’s doing. Shafer was the one who worked with Adam on the Broncos’ defense and Shafer was the one who told Lester to hire Adam when he took over as the Bluejays’ head coach. “Everyone was like, ‘Joe’s your guy.’ And I was like, ‘No. Actually Joe’s Shafe’s guy,’” Lester said. “Ten years ago I didn’t know Joe very well.” The only member of the offensive staff now without a tie to Shafer is the new tight ends coach. Shafer wanted him because of his recruiting ties in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, but McDonald wanted him because of his coaching. Acosta was an intern for McDonald when he worked for the Cleveland Browns. After that, he established himself as an assistant at Delaware and the head coach at Widener University in Penn-

sylvania. And when a spot opened on the Orange’s staff, McDonald drove down to Philadelphia to talk to Acosta about joining him at SU. “We just talked about the situation here, and I think it all kind of made sense,” Acosta said. “Recruiting New Jersey, spread offense, tight-end background — it’s a good fit and sometimes it’s not about Division III or high school, it’s about the fit.” Acosta steps into a previously vacant position as tight ends coach with the opportunity to mold a young position on his own. Last year, McDonald handled the position along with a slew of other duties. He encouraged his tight ends to use short, choppy steps when run blocking. Acosta emphasizes the same style, but he has the time to get more specific. He works on his players’ footwork hip placement. “With coach McDonald, we would still get it done, but he really didn’t spend much time on it just because of the fact that he’s not really a tight end,” SU tight end Josh Parris said, “but coach Acosta — his profession is for tight ends, so it made it easier for us because he breaks everything down.” Both Adam and Acosta said the toughest adjustment to make when making the jump from D-III back to D-I is simply the speed and size, especially on the line. Lester, who made the leap last season, said some of the schemes used against defensive lineman at Elmhurst are useless against Division I talent. Otherwise, though, it’s not too different. None of the coaches have looked or felt like they were in over their heads at the top level. There are differences, but it’s still football. “You prepare yourself as a coach to coach at the highest level and I think being a head coach really prepares you to be a good assistant,” Acosta said. “Kids are kids still, players are players and you have to put your players in position to make plays. I don’t think there’s a big difference.” | @DBWilson2


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track and field

Orange distance team features trio of North Hills HS alumni By Ari Gilberg staff writer

One high school producing a Syracuse track star isn’t that uncommon. Sending two track stars to Syracuse in the same year is pretty rare. But having three in the same program spanning two classes is very unique. Yet that’s the exact scenario playing out with Syracuse junior distance runners Joseph Kush and Juris Silenieks, and sophomore Margo Malone, who are all enjoying productive seasons. All contributing to the success of Syracuse track. All graduates of North Hills High School in Pittsburgh. The strategies and running techniques that the three developed at North Hills have helped them achieve success this year, and in their collegiate careers. “It’s pretty crazy to be honest,” Kush said. “I would never have thought we would have this many kids from the same high school. But, it’s definitely been really fun.” Kush and Silenieks, who have known each other since the fourth grade and currently live together, committed to Syracuse in 2011. They kept their recruiting processes separate, and even visited schools separately before making identical decisions. “This was one of the only overlapping schools that we were both talking to,” Silenieks said. At North Hills, Kush was a four-time state medalist and nine-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League medalist. Silenieks was twice a first-team all-state selection in cross-country and three-time state medalist. SU head coach Chris Fox has been the

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binghamton played all but 27 seconds in SU’s loss to Virginia on March 1, left the game after three quarters with an eight-goal lead against St. John’s a week later and recorded 11 saves in 60 minutes at JHU. But since, Wardwell has forced himself back into the picture by reaping the benefits of picking Lamolinara’s brain at halftime before entering the game.

It’s almost a little easier to prepare, I think, going in in the second half. Bobby Wardwell su goalie

“I think it’s a good system and it’s working,” Wardwell said. “I get to see what’s going on in the first half, how the other team’s riding, what their shooters are doing, what their offense is doing, so you can help the defense adjust. “It’s almost a little easier to prepare, I think, going in in the second half.” After halftime, Wardwell doesn’t have much time to get warmed up for live action, but Jeff Desko and Brenny Daly’s warm-up shots before the start of each second half are enough. Not many other college teams utilize two goalies the way the Orange does, but Lamolinara and Wardwell are just fine with it — as long as the results are to their satisfaction. Said Lamolinara: “I haven’t been on a whole lot of teams where there’s that much support in competing positions. At the end of the day, we just want to win the game.” | @PhilDAbb

Orange head coach for nearly 10 years, and had never came across this kind of situation. “It’s a little bit unusual that a school in our sport have two people that are that good at the same time,” Fox said. “It’s like having two point guards, two (Tyler) Ennis-es.” And like the basketball sensation, the former North Hills stars found early success as freshmen. Silenieks took first in the 3000-meter run at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. Kush qualified for the Big East Outdoor Championship in the 5000meter run at the Sam Howell Invitational. Then, when Malone — who was a six-time WPIAL Champion in cross-country and track at North Hills — joined Kush and Silenieks the following year, the two helped her adjust to the collegiate level with the experience they had gained.

“It was cool to know that they were going to Syracuse and just knowing I was going to have some support there,” Malone said. “They always talked so highly about the program.” Malone finished ninth overall at the outdoor Atlantic Coast Conference championships in the 6K, and won the mile run in a time of 4:53.90 at the Cornell Upstate Challenge in January. In the men’s races this season, Silenieks finished third in the 5000-meter indoor race at the Penn State National Invitational, and Kush finished fourth in the mile run at Cornell. The three credit their success to former North Hills track and field and cross-country coach John Wilkie. They believe that without Wilkie, who recently retired after 38 years of coaching, none of them would be running at such a high level.

Kush specifically said that Wilkie and Fox teach high mileage and speed through strength in similar ways, which allowed the three to transition well to collegiate running. “The good thing about those three kids is we didn’t have to teach them how to train,” Fox said. “They come from such a good program in high school that they were ready to train hard at this level. Not all kids are. Some kids you have to spend the first year teaching them how to train.” Another runner who Fox won’t have his hands full with is Mary Malone. Mary, Margo’s younger sister, will join the Orange next fall after she graduates from North Hills. There’s already three former Indians running for Syracuse, and the number is only growing.


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Coaches bring D-III experience By David Wilson staff writer

Schools like Widener University and Elmhurst College may be relative unknowns in the world of football, but there are coaches down at the Division III level with pedigree and talent. Scott Shafer doesn’t get caught up with the names of the program, but rather the familiar names of the coaches. Before his first season, he brought in Elmhurst’s Tim Lester as his quarterbacks coach.

BOBBY WARDWELL (RIGHT) made 17 total saves in Syracuse’s last two games, playing solely in the second half. Wardwell has relieved senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara in the second half of most of the Orange’s games as part of a two-goalie system. logan reidsma staff photographer

In relief

Wardwell looks to continue sharp 2nd-half play against Binghamton

By Phil D’Abbraccio asst. copy editor


egardless of the seven saves he made in the first half, Dominic Lamolinara knew what to expect at halftime Saturday. The senior didn’t ask the coaches if he’d return to his spot between the pipes. He asked when Bobby Wardwell wanted to warm up, just like every other break, then strapped his helmet back on and helped his teammate prepare. And when the final horn sounded in

Syracuse’s 11-10 win over Notre Dame, Lamolinara led the charge from the sideline onto the field. It didn’t matter to him he had been pulled from the cage after playing a strong first half, because Wardwell replaced him and closed out the Orange’s inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference win with another sturdy second-half outing between the pipes. “After he made that big save at the end,” Lamolinara said, “we got a clear that led to our game-winning goal — that was all Bob. If he doesn’t make that save, it’s a two-goal swing. I think

he won us the game on Saturday.” Wardwell will likely receive an opportunity to extend his stretch of solid play when No. 7 Syracuse (5-3, 1-3 ACC) takes on Central New York opponent Binghamton (3-5, 1-0 America East) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Although Lamolinara has nearly doubled Wardwell’s minutes on the season, the latter has made a strong case for SU head coach John Desko to continue the platoon system that has worked more often than not for the Orange this year. “It’s really the song remains the same,” Desko said. “We’ve played two goalies as much as we’ve felt comfortable doing it this year. We have a lot of confidence in (Wardwell). “He’s been playing well right along and he showed it in the second half against Notre Dame.” At Duke on March 23, Wardwell saved 11 second-half shots and his play was one of the few positives Desko took away from the game. Against the

Irish on Saturday, the junior made a trio of saves in the third quarter to help Syracuse take a one-goal edge into the final frame. Although SU pushed its lead to three goals in the fourth, Notre Dame rallied back to knot the score at 10 with 6:29 left. But with the Orange’s ACC tournament hopes hanging in the balance, Wardwell made three saves in a twominute span down the stretch. On the last save, Wardwell snared an outside shot and then flipped a pass ahead to long-stick midfielder Peter Macartney, which led to the decisive transition goal. “The defense did a really good job of keeping them to the outside for the most part and giving me good shots,” Wardwell said. After Syracuse’s upset of Johns Hopkins on March 15, it appeared Lamolinara had possibly wrestled the job from Wardwell. Lamolinara

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It’s something that we talked about seven years ago when I left him. We had always met up, we had talked and we said if we ever had the chance to coach together, I would jump at the chance. Joe Adam su offensive line coach on scott shafer

With two new coaching vacancies to fill this offseason, Shafer went back to the well. He plucked Elmhurst’s new head coach Joe Adam as his offensive line coach. He looked to Widener head coach Bobby Acosta to become Syracuse’s tight ends coach. Shafer has worked with Adam. SU offensive coordinator George McDonald has worked with Acosta. “It’s something that we talked about seven years ago when I left

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women’s lacrosse

Orange staves off feisty No. 18 Albany in near comeback upset By Sam Blum asst. copy editor

It took 48 seconds for Syracuse to set the tone for what could have and should have been another quick and painless win. Amy Cross took a pass from Alyssa Murray just outside the crease for an easy first goal. By the 16-minute mark,

SU had built a five-goal lead and the offense was running like clockwork. But then the shots stopped finding the cage. The turnovers mounted. Albany’s offense found its rhythm. And what syracuse 13 looked like albany 11 an easy win soon became one of SU’s toughest battles of the season.

“They had a lot of heart,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Albany, I think played very inspired, and really gave us a tough game. “We just lost a little mental focus.” Syracuse (11-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) found itself in a dogfight with No. 18 Albany (9-1, 1-0 America East), but managed to slip past the Great Danes, 13-11, at the Carrier Dome in

front of 532 fans on Tuesday. SU dominated on shots attempted, 33-15. It dominated on the draw, 22-4. It had four more opportunities on free-position shots. It had every reason to pull away. But Albany forced 16 turnovers on the defensive end, tallied 11 saves and scored on 11 of its 15 shots to hang tough with the third-ranked Orange.

“We’re a big momentum team, so once we start scoring we challenge each other to keep scoring as well,” said Albany attack Allie Phelan, who scored five goals. “We know they’re a momentum team as well, so we just tried to fight through when it wasn’t as great.” Syracuse entered halftime leading

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