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SU spends $60,000 in lobbying University focuses on science, veterans in first quarter of 2014 By Justin Mattingly staff writer

KRISTINA VROOMAN, 14, looks out from the steps of 601 Tully located on the Near Westside. The center’s future is uncertain after its director learned that it will receive $200,000 less in funding for its budget next year. frankie prijatel staff photographer

In flux Decrease in funding leaves future of 601 Tully uncertain By Debbie Truong staff writer


ounded partly to be a pillar of stability and consistency in an area of the city governed by uncertainty and change, the future of a Syracuse University-run arts center on the Near Westside — now, too — is in flux. 601 Tully, which was part of thenSU Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s vision of uniting the university with the city of Syracuse, will receive $200,000 less than its director anticipated for

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the center’s 2014–15 budget. The “last-minute decision” would eliminate two salaried positions, said Marion Wilson, director of 601 Tully and an associate professor of arts education. That means programs students and community members depend on — including a summer camp for area youth — are in limbo. “I think what’s really important, has always been important to me, is just to show up every day. To not change. To not be the thing that’s unstable in this neighborhood’s life,” Wilson said. “Because with these

JASMINE TURNER watches John Cardone take down an exhibit at 601 Tully. frankie prijatel staff photographer

kids, everything else is unstable. So the one thing that we could do, no matter how imperfect we look, we would just show up every day.”


That stability was threatened earlier this month when Interim School of Education Dean Joanna Masingila informed Wilson that money

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for the two salaried positions would not be included in Chancellor Kent Syverud’s budget for next year. Wilson said this was the first time she heard about the cuts. “I was stunned,” Wilson said. “I mean, I just had no warning. I called all the people I could to talk to them see 601

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After Rob Edson’s sudden death in September, the SU Athletics community has embraced Sue Edson and family. Rob worked for Syracuse for 21 years. Page 32

Syracuse University reported $60,000 in total lobbying activity for the first quarter of 2014, down from $70,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to its most recent filings with Congress. Lobbying activity for the first quarter focused on science, homeland security and veterans. The first quarter report covered Jan. 1 through March 31. The report was due on April 21. SU reported less spending for the first quarter of 2014 compared to previous first quarter reports  in 2012 and 2013, respectively. This was a result of Chancellor Kent Syverud’s transition into his position and the amount of time SU spent lobbying because of the transition, said Eric Persons, associate vice president of government and community relations at SU in an email. “Given the leadership transition with the new chancellor, it’s not unusual that the university reported less spending on lobbying, simply because we have been spending less  time  lobbying, and more time supporting the chancellor’s transition,” he said. The areas the university did lobby in, such as science, homeland security and veterans, are all issues that directly relate to SU’s research and teaching on campus, Persons said. “Our faculty and  researchers  regularly speak to our federal representatives about  the  important role that federal research funding has in science  and developing innovation  technologies to grow our economy,” he said. In science and technology, SU lobbied for funding opportunities for research on energy efficiency, according to the report. In regards to homeland security, SU lobbied for “contact with regard to grant or other funding opportunities for research and training in the areas of forensic science as it relates to

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Grandmother’s passing inspires student’s ink

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Ariel Carlin had never seen herself incorporating tattoos into her own life, thinking of them as regrettable or silly. But when her grandmother passed away she wanted to remember her with something permanent. For Carlin, a sophomore selected studies in education and sociology major, losing her grandmother last September prompted her to head over to Marshall Street’s Halo Tattoo to get her first piece of ink. Her grandmother embodied all characteristics that Carlin values — consistently caring, humorous and always looking out for her family. “On every card she always wrote in the bottom corner ‘God Bless,’” Carlin said. This phrase was symbolic of her grandmother being heavily religious, something with which Carlin does not identify. However, the card Carlin’s grandmother gave her on her 16th birthday became much more significant after her grandmother passed. So, she brought her grandmother’s signature script into the parlor and got, “God Bless” permanently inked onto her left wrist. The placement was strategic. Carlin wanted to be able to hide the tattoo easily for professional purposes while still having it in a place where she would always be reminded of her grandmother. “I chose the left wrist because she was a lefty, and the left hand is closer to the heart,” Carlin said.



cor r ection In an April 27 photograph, the names of the women in the photo were misidentified. The correct order of the women, from left to right, are Maggie Tarsel, Katherine Paszek and Trusha Bhatt. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

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ARIEL CARLIN, a selected studies in education and sociology major, got her tattoo so she could memorialize her grandmother, who passed away when Carlin was 16. The tattoo reads “God Bless,” a phrase her grandmother usually said. shira stoll staff photographer

Though she briefly considered adding to the tattoo, she decided to keep it simple, wanting it to remain timeless. Her parents aren’t aware of the tattoo yet, but she imagines they will be none too pleased, tattoos being shunned in her family. Though she has no interest in getting any elab-

orate pieces, Carlin hopes to get her last name in her own handwriting on her wedding finger when she gets married. Said Carlin: “When I see my tattoo with the words ‘God Bless,’ I strive to do better and continue to make her proud despite her lack of presence.”

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The year when 601 Tully was opened to the public. The center’s director purchased an abandoned residence in the Near Westside and renovated the building.


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HARLY RODRIGUEZ, a senior neuroscience and psychology dual major who works at La Casita Cultural Center, sorts through children’s books. The center opened its bilingual library last April and will begin lending books in the fall. joshuah romero asst. photo editor

Bilingual library to lend books to public in fall By Anna Merod staff writer

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One year after it opened, La Casita Cultural Center’s bilingual library has stayed true to its mission of encouraging Westside youth to stay connected with Hispanic arts and culture. The bilingual library opened last April and the library will begin to publically lend books next fall, when it will be done organizing and label-








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Reading Circles is a bilingual reading workshop that provides additional tutoring for the children, she said. Once they have read the books, children complete artistic projects related to their readings, Paniagua said. Two professors from the School of Education at SU, Dalia Rodriguez and Gretchen Lopez, helped design the “tremendously successful” afterschool reading program,

Paniagua said. At the bilingual library on May 17, the children will exhibit all of the art pieces they completed since they began the reading program, Paniagua said. Reading Circles has effectively helped the library attain one of its main goals to be a supportive resource for the youth in the community, she added. see la

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ing the recently catalogued books in its collection, said Luz Encarnación, the youth program coordinator and community liaison for La Casita. This fall the center launched a weekly reading program, called Reading Circles, for 21 children between the ages of 5–12 from the Westside, said Tere Paniagua, executive director of cultural engagement for the Hispanic community at Syracuse University.



When Syracuse University holds its 160th commencement next month, it will be without two longtime employees who ran the office charged with overseeing the ceremony. Susan Germain, the former director of the Office of Special Events, retired from SU in February. A few weeks later, assistant director Josie Torrillo also retired. Germain worked for SU for 18 years, and Torrillo for 22. Germain said she loved her job

and was dedicated to SU. But, Germain said she felt she needed to leave because of constraints placed on her position. She declined to elaborate. Torrillo said she began to seriously think about her retirement after Germain left. If Germain had stayed, Torrillo said she would have, too. “I can only say the best things about her as being my supervisor, but also a person, I’ve enjoyed working with every day,” Torrillo said. When asked about the retirements, Senior Vice President for

Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said the planning of commencement happens throughout the year. It also involves multiple offices, he said in an email. On average, the Office of Special Events is a part of more than 40 major events per year, Quinn said, and commencement is only one of them. He said the office has “institutionalized” and “documented” commencement so well it has allowed for consistency any time there have been staff changes in the past. Right now, the office has

three members. In the email, Quinn also thanked both Germain and Torrillo for their service to SU and wished them well. University Marshal Shiu-Kai Chin, who’s responsible for guiding the chancellor’s party during commencement, said both Germain and Torrillo are “fine, outstanding people.” He said events such as commencement take hard work and competence to put together. “I think the world of both of them,” Chin said.


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Cliven Bundy support creates backlash toward Republicans


he closer November’s elections get, the more obvious the Democratic strategy becomes. It’s looking more and more like all they’ll have to do is wait for the GOP to defeat itself. The Republican Party has again found itself affiliated with a polarizing public figure. Cliven Bundy — the most recent Republican hero — has revealed his true colors as a bigot and a racist, forcing Republican officials to backpedal furiously. Bundy’s previous claim to fame was his ongoing battle with the Bureau of Land Management that has spanned across two decades. He had been the GOP’s best connection to the far right, becoming a champion for states’ rights. However, last week he slipped up and unleashed several remarks that can only be described as disturbing. In a panic, Republican officials made every effort to distance themselves from Bundy. According to an April 24 Washington Post article, Senator Rand Paul (R- KY) said that Bundy’s, “remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.” Paul was not the only GOP leader to speak out against Bundy and his remarks. But, for years the Republican Party has spoken of Bundy as a champion of the fight against big central government. Regardless of the public relations gymnastics, the GOP does not look good in light of this story. The fact that they ever extended support to a man like Bundy is a potential hot button issue with elections drawing even closer. Even with the public denouncement of Bundy and his ideas, Republicans have held the man up for years in an effort to connect with the far right. In retrospect, not their best move. In a time where support for civil rights is growing at an accelerating pace, Republicans tied themselves to a man whose racial beliefs are on par with Don Sterling and the 1950s South. Any connection, no matter how tenuous, to this kind of thinking sends a message to voters that the GOP can’t afford. Senator Kelli Ward (R-AZ.) spoke about Bundy’s remarks at length. She was approached for comment after she spoke at a Bundy rally earlier this month. Ward said, “Apparently he has some thoughts that aren’t shared by many Americans. He is free to think and speak as he chooses, even if it may offend, and we are free to listen, or not, and form our



own opinions,” according to the April 24 Washington Post article. If the Republican Party doesn’t want to be associated with ideas like this, they need to refute them much more assertively. Otherwise, Democrats can sit tight while conservative individuals with ties to the GOP continue to put their feet in their mouths. At this stage in the game, this sort of publicity is unprofessional and unacceptable. The Republicans are going back and forth between who they endorse and who they condemn and all it takes is a misstep like Bundy’s to make the party as a whole look foolish. The conservative right has been the fastest growing support system for the GOP in recent years. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Movement have proved that there is a significant portion of the population that aligns with the far right. As a result, the Republican Party has done their best to garner that support without committing to their ideology. However, the more scenarios we see like Bundy’s, the closer the GOP comes to being perpetually associated with ideas that seem to be behind the times. Many important Senate seats are up in November and for Democrats everywhere, we can only hope Cliven Bundys continue to come out of the woodwork. Chris Piemonte is a senior political philosophy major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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Open-mindedness stems from 2 factors


hen audio leaked of Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to his games, the backlash was huge. And rightfully so. American society has slowly reached the point where, although racism and discrimination still exist, it has mostly become unacceptable online. There are countless examples of media backlash from a racist or distasteful act. For example on April 21, Avril Lavigne released her “Hello Kitty” music video that people considered to be racist to the Japanese culture. The negative reviews were widespread, and it was another case of society not tolerating racism. The society we live in is clearly less racist and more accepting than times past. But even so, compared to other generations, Gen Y is the most openminded of them all. Millennials are more likely than other generations to support social topics such as same-sex marriage, interracial marriage and marijuana legalization, according to a March 7 Pew Research report on social and demographic trends. They also are the most racially diverse generation in the history of the U.S., due to the large wave of immigration of Hispanics and Asians for the past half-centu-



ry. And, no surprise here, millennials are the most avid users of technology as “digital natives” who didn’t have to adapt to new technology. The numbers show that millennials are more open-minded in terms of social issues, and that we use technology and social media a lot. Are those two statistics related, or does our generation’s accepting nature stem from a change in parenting? Let’s say social media and the Internet are the reason for our open minds. The millennial generation is made up of anyone born after 1980. By the time the very first millennials were teenagers, the Internet was just in its beginning stages and “going viral” was an unknown term. However, those born after the mid-1990s grew up seeing the full potential of the Internet. With the possibility of racist or offensive remarks going viral, millennials saw many careers and reputations ruined from their computer screens. That same half of the millennial generation was also exposed to a wider variety of people and ideas because of how social media made the world

smaller. But the Pew Research didn’t poll based on who was a teenager when the Internet existed. So let’s look at the other possible reason millennials are so open-minded. How you’re raised affects the views you have as an adult. It started becoming socially unacceptable to be racist or discriminate against others with the parents of millennials. And by the time Generation Y was born, most parents were raising their kids in a more accepting environment than generations past. Parents raised millennials to be more open-minded than generations past, but social media and the Internet has augmented that aspect even further. Social media has made discrimination considerably more publicized. If someone says something extremely offensive or distasteful, it will be breaking news. Whereas in the past, it was easier for discrimination to go unnoticed, our generation will continue to be openminded because if we’re not, we will not be accepted by society. Which means the next generation will grow up even more open-minded than we are today. Kate Beckman is a freshman magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @Kate_Beckman.

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Syracuse University cuts funds in proper areas, needs transparency Syracuse University made the right decision when choosing to cut funding from 601 Tully. However, the university should have been more transparent with its plans. 601 Tully is a community center in the Near Westside, and was established during Nancy Cantor’s time as chancellor. SU is cutting its funding from the center, along with SU Arts Engage and programs along the Connective Corridor, to refocus the budget on the school rather than the city.

The choice to cut funding from 601 Tully shows that Chancellor Kent Syverud is serious about improving the university’s financial situation, even if it means making potentially unpopular decisions. As noted in the Bain report released last Friday, SU’s total revenue growth since 2007 is 3.6 percent, but total operating costs have increased to 3.9 percent, meaning it’s losing more revenue than it makes. The School of Education also has a budget deficit, which is projected to

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account for 5 percent of the schoolwide budget. In order to address these problems, the university needed to make cuts somewhere. Although 601 Tully is beneficial to the city of Syracuse, university funds should go to students’ education as opposed to community programs. In the future, the university should also improve its transparency when it plans to cut funds from programs. Students, along with Syracuse residents, need to understand why SU is no longer budgeting for these pro-

grams. Instead of cutting funding for these programs silently, the university should do a better job of making the information public. In the case of 601 Tully, the budget cuts could cause the center to close if it does not find alternate funding. By making the public aware of its decisions to cut funding earlier, the university would allow programs more time to seek out alternate funding from grants or outside donors. The university should also inform the public about why it chose to cut

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heavily from 601 Tully, as opposed to other programs. People would have a greater understanding of why this was necessary if the university was more transparent with the community about the cutting process. Cutting funding from 601 Tully was a smart decision that supports Syverud’s new plan of focusing on university improvements. However, SU needs to fix its continuing lack of transparency if it wants to continue to move forward with its improved vision. Advertising Design Manager Abby Legge Advertising Manager William Leonard Advertising Representative Mike Friedman Advertising Representative Gonzalo Garcia Advertising Representative Mikaela Kearns Advertising Representative Emily Myers Advertising Designer Kerri Nash Advertising Designer Andi Burger Advertising Intern David Baker Circulation Manager Jared Cucinotta Student Circulation Manager

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Assembly debates funding bill in semester’s final meeting By Brett Samuels asst. news editor

The Student Association elected a representative to the class of 2017 Alumni Board and failed to pass a proposed amendment to the bylaws in its final meeting of the semester. Kelvin Sherman, Kamille Stewart and Taysha Watson, all non-SA representatives, presented a funding bill to the assembly proposing that multiple organizations be allowed to apply for funding for the same event. The bill was proposed to express opposition to the enforcement of a funding policy that prohibits organizations from collaborating financially when they apply for SA funding. If passed, it would have gone into effect for the spring 2015 budget process. “The point of collaboration is to diversify programming and to achieve more than you can on your own,” Sherman said. “It’s important that we have the liberty to apply for and collaborate with each others’ events.” Members of various student groups were in the gallery supporting the three students who presented the bill. Students represented organizations such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and Students of Sustainability. Following the initial presentation of the bill, Comptroller Patrick Douglas spoke about some of the main issues with it, specifically that the bill said small groups should be able to collaborate since they don’t have an alumni base to contribute to events. But, Douglas said he rarely sees alumni cutting checks for organizations in general. He added that he was willing to continue working on the bill despite its problems. “I think this bill shows a lot of merit and

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Here are some of the initiatives SA has spent the past semester working on:

• Transfer student survey • Buses to and from Wegmans and Target and the RTC • The #ITooAmSyracuse campaign • Restructured Public Relations and Board of Elections and Membership committees • Transfer student greek policy change (still ongoing) • Completed Euclid trash initiative • Created Committee on the Budget

BORIS GRESELY, Student Association president, speaks to the assembly during Monday night’s meeting, the last of the semester. Gresely recapped the assembly’s accomplishments and previewed some of his goals for the fall. nick annis contributing photographer

initiative,” he said. “I’m not saying no, but we need to revisit it and change it.” After nearly half an hour of discussion, the bill failed to receive a two-thirds majority and did not pass. The bill can be reintroduced later, but must be changed in some way. The assembly also elected Jack Harding, a freshman representative for the College of Arts and Sciences, to the class of 2017 Alumni Board. The board maintains contact with Syracuse University alumni and encourages them to remain connected to the university. During last week’s meeting, four candidates were up for the position. No candidate received the required majority of votes, and the field was eventually narrowed to Harding and Katie Hochrein, a freshman representative for the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. After the first round of voting for the position this week, neither Harding nor Hochrein received a two-thirds majority. Assembly members then discussed the strengths and weaknesses of both candidates before voting for a second time. No candidates received a two-thirds

majority in the second round, so Speaker Ben Jones made a motion to temporarily suspend the rules, which allowed Jones to cast the deciding vote. Jones called it “an emergency measure.” The assembly approved the motion and Jones cast his vote in line with the

I think we’re in good hands and this leadership will help move SU in the right direction. Boris Greseley sa president

assembly, giving Harding the required twothirds majority.

Presidential report

President Boris Gresely gave his final presidential report of the semester. He reflected on what the assembly accomplished during the past few

months and recapped the Bain & Co. report, which the university released Friday. Gresely touched on some initiatives that SA committees focused on during the semester, such as expanding operating hours for Carnegie Library and the Life Sciences Complex, completing a transfer student survey and creating the Committee on the Budget. Next semester, SA will focus on reconnecting with the student body, Gresely said. He said one aspect of the reconnection phase is hosting a student affairs summit, which will allow student leaders from across campus to meet and interact. “The student affairs summit will allow us to capture the culture of SU,” Gresely said. When discussing the Bain report, Gresely noted that it covered many areas SU can improve upon. But, he said he’s confident that the current administration will be able to make the necessary adjustments. Said Gresely: “I think we’re in good hands and this leadership will help move SU in the right direction.”

gram and is offered to 200 participants each session, according to the website. “IVMF is very active working with our federal partners in order to continue to bring nationally recognized education and training programs to our returning veterans and transitioning military personnel,” Persons said. Persons said SU doesn’t spend money on lob-


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Lobbying is important for any organization affected by decisions made by the government. It’s a critical component to making sure that the needs of the university, its students and faculty are heard by elected officials.



national security,” according to the report. SU lobbied for continued support for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, particularly for IVMF’s grant application to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program, according to the report. The V-WISE program assists women veterans, active duty and female family members in becoming successful entrepreneurs, according to the IVMF website. It is a three-phase pro-

bying specific issues, but rather on maintaining relationships with government officials. “What we report in our lobbying disclosure is a portion of staff salaries and expenses proportional to time spent on lobbying activity,” he said. In 2013, SU spent $300,000 on lobbying, which ranked 789 out of 4,126 educational lobbying institutions, according to, a website that tracks money in U.S. politics and its affect on elections. This was up from $280,000 in 2012 and $240,000 in 2011, according to the website. Danielle Staudt, executive director of the Association of Government Relations Professionals, said in an email that it’s common for universities with strong research efforts to lobby, as the federal government often gives out funding for research. “Lobbying is important for any organization affected by decisions made by the government,” she said. “It’s a critical component to making sure that the needs of the university, its students and faculty are heard by elected officials.” Currently, regulations surrounding student financial aid, education finance and the use of federal  funding to support science and  research are being heavily discussed, Persons said. He expects SU will spend more time lobbying as the federal government acts on issues important to students and higher education. For example, the Higher Education Act is up for reauthorization, Persons said. “This (the Higher Education Act) is the primary regulatory piece of legislation that guides the Department of Education’s oversight of student financial aid, and it impacts our admissions and daily operations,” he said. Persons said SU’s lobbying efforts in the future may depend on the results of the 2014 mid-term elections and how issues such as the Higher Education Act are addressed. The second quarter runs from April 1 to June 30 with a filing deadline of July 21.




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hen I took the photo editor position, I tossed the phone onto my bed because my hands were shaking. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I reached for a whiteboard sitting under my bed and scribbled six words at the top: “Days I Last As Photo Editor.” I hung the whiteboard next to my bed, and each night I came back from the office and added a tally. It was a personal challenge and a constant reminder to myself: never quit. Never stop trying. But gradually the days blurred together. The nights grew longer, the hours more intense, the shoots more demanding. I would throw myself at my pillow and doze off to the thoughts of how I could improve my photo editing, my relationships with photographers, with designers … How I could improve the paper. Always how I could improve the paper. The whiteboard grew dusty. The number of days that I lasted at the D.O. never mattered. It was never about “lasting” or “surviving.” It has always been about the fact that night after night I loved what I did, I thrived on the challenges and, most importantly, I loved the people that pushed me to become what I am today, and here is my chance to thank them. Marwa: I keep forgetting to say this, but thank you for taking my editor-on spot during election coverage. I don’t know what I would had done without your help my first semester in house. Annie : Thank you for being helping me through what will probably be known as the lowest point of my 20s (you know what I’m talking about). It was a pleasure seeing you grow as a writer and telling you to get your gun. Dylan: Seriously though, we went to Atlanta. I’ll see you at shloppendix, Dylan. Jess: You’re what this news department needs and will do a phenomenal job as News Editor next semester. Stay confident, stay focused and enjoy the ride. Ellen Meyers: In my four semesters at the D.O., I have never seen someone chase after sirens quite like you. I admire your enthusiasm and determination this past semester. Jacob Pramuk: After carrying you back from Maddy’s house that one night, somehow I feel like we bonded. Then I broke your boat. In all seriousness, your presence in News this semester made even the most challenging nights fun to work through. Brett: Your ability to churn out stories night after night blows me away. Stay positive — It keeps the office alive, even during the toughest nights. Shawna: You’ve done a great job jumping into the D.O. halfway through the semester. I’m thrilled to hear that you’re coming back for round two — you are a valuable asset to the News team. Lydia: Thank you for your hard work this semester. You are a talented writer and will kill it in the marching band next semester. Chelsea: I think I can finally say, “We’re done here.” I can’t emphasize enough just how much I enjoyed working with you. Now, I’ll consider this the most public declaration: let’s catch up at Chuck’s? Kristin : You made Pulp the most musical it’s ever been. There was never a dull moment working with you. Joe: The only thing I regret was that I didn’t get to know you sooner. You’re a ridiculously talented writer and I’m certain that our paths will cross again. Jackie: I’ve only known you for a short time, but I’m confident that you’re going to do a phenomenal job as Feature Editor. Hold on to that drive you showed us in your interview. Erik: I can’t thank you enough for coming back. I greatly appreciated our cross-country conversations, pit battles, SXSW adventures and mac brainstorming sessions (I’ll admit, Pawn stars was golden). Brendan: The fact that you came back halfway through this semester and are coming back for a third round commands a certain level of respect. I can’t wait to see what you do in Feature next semester. Elaina: You came into your interview passionate about people. I know that this semester was

just the start and I am eager to see what you will produce abroad. Stephen: It’s not often that you find someone who fights for the front page as often as you did. And although you made things challenging, it made me respect you all the more. David: I greatly appreciated your patience and helpfulness throughout the season. There has always been this strange animosity between photo and sports. Somehow I think we broke that. Mark & Laurence: I remember leaving my interview for Asst. Photo Editor shaking. I wanted that job so badly. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the point that I made about elevating everyone around me to the next level would be a motif for the next two years. You allowed me to figure out what photo editing could be and pushed me to turn the department into something to be proud of. I can’t thank you enough for hiring me. Your decision changed my life. Jesse: When in doubt, Jesse, you know what to do. Go tight or go home. On a serious note — your passion and enthusiasm for The D.O. is a powerful tool. I am confident that you will do even better as Sports Editor. Trevor: You are a hell of a writer — I thoroughly enjoyed reading your columns. I expect to see your work from Boston and think to myself: ‘Incredible. Incredible.’ Sam Blum: I was always excited to read your stories. Your work is purposeful and that’s something that can sometimes get lost in the day to day. Stay curious, ask questions and give me my source back, you f*ck. Phil: Whether you recognize it or not, your writing has steadily improved throughout this semester. I’m thrilled to hear that you are coming back and I can’t wait to see what you do for the section as an assistant. Ankur: Thank you so much for helping me make it through my first semester. Seriously though, I was all over the place. But if you weren’t there, I don’t know what we would have done. It was a pleasure to work with you, despite the fact that you pegged me as a racist d*ckhead. Nick: You’re eagerness to try new things and move the rock with your designs is beyond impressive. I was always excited to see what you would have up your sleeve. Mara: You are one of the most focused, efficient and talented designers I’ve worked with at The D.O. Never stop asking yourself how you can take your work to the next level. You’ve done a phenomenal job so far, and I think you and I both know it’s just the beginning. Lindsay: I’ve always respected your ability to keep calm and focused under some of the most stressful situations. Checking your pages were one of my favorite parts of the night because you made them your own. Never settle; complacency is the enemy. Make this paper the best that it can be, because I know you can. Chloe : You are hands down the most enthusiastic and genuinely happy person I’ve ever met. Your talent and can-do attitude brought life to the house to the long, late, jarring nights. Jon: In just a semester I’ve seen your work grow incredibly fast. Design may not be your focus now, but you did hell of a job. Best of luck writing — I’ll be reading. Clare: Thank you for your energy, liveliness and spunk, Chloe. I mean Clare. F*ck. Sorry about mixing you up all the time In all seriousness — you’ve got a future here at The D.O. and I can’t wait to see what you do in Feature next semester. Natalie:I remember reading Snarlbear while looking over your portfolio and thinking “Hire this girl.” You’re incredibly talented and fun to work with. The next Art Director has some big shoes to fill. Audrey : Your ability to power through miles and miles of stories throughout the night is mind blowing. Even more so — you do it each night with infectious energy and enthusiasm. Lace up, Audrey. I’ll see you at next year’s Oregon marathon. Maddy: Even when there didn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel, you somehow had the

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ability to waltz into our office and remind us that everything would be OK. Thank you so much for being there when I needed you. Chris: You are ridiculously talented and I still can’t believe how lucky the paper is to have you. Thank you for killing it this semester. You have set a standard for years to come. Lauren: I remember transitioning as a freshman and being incredibly intimidated by everyone in the office. I had no idea what I was getting myself into — but it was OK because you were that awesome upperclassman that was there to help me along the way. Thank you for being there when I needed you. Andrew: My interview was terrible and I wasn’t much of a photographer, so I’m not exactly sure why you hired me. But I’m definitely grateful for it. It was a pleasure working with you. Sam Maller: It’s crazy to think about how you were that talented freshman shooting soccer so long ago. Mallar? Mallor? I got it right eventually — seriously though, I was responsible for both of those corrections in the paper. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in crime as photo editor. Thank you for pushing me to elevate this paper to a new level visually. Luke: I still owe you something like eight Chipotle, right? It’s still a testament to how much I overworked you — seriously though, sorry about that. I am thrilled to see that you’ve found your niche in video and it was a pleasure adventuring to Atlanta with you. I’ll see you at Shloppindix. Spencer: The amount that you have grown as a photographer and as a person blows my mind. And the incredible part is that I know that you’ve got so much farther to go. When the nights dragged on, sh*t hit the fan and stories dropped, I would want to smash my head through the window. But you, and your ridiculous amount of enthusiasm and passion for what you do, kept me sane. Margaret: You’ve grown as a photographer and as a photo editor, but don’t forget: you’re only as good as your last paper. And you’ve got plenty ahead of you. I’m confident that the department is in the right hands. And if things get tough — I’m just a g-chat away. Emma: So glad you worked here this semester. Thank you for keeping me sane and telling it how it is. You killed it this semester, now let’s go take London. Joshuah: Always enter the bouncy house. Always. Even if you get your church clothes a little dirty. Thank you for stepping in this semester, and I hope that we cross paths again in the future. Chelsea Stahl, Yuki Mizuma, Zixi Wu, Ziniu Chen, Jenny Jakubowski, Nate Shron: There is no way I

would have survived these past two years without your help. All of you are phenomenally talented, and it was an honor to work with you. I hope our paths cross again in the future. Alfred : At the beginning the fall 2013 semester we chased after a siren that took us to the top of the Mount. You gave me a piece of advice up there that I won’t forget: “Be a f*cking journalist.” Your critical take on the paper, whether you realize it or not, moved the rock. Thank you for fighting the man — it pushed me to work harder every single day. Let’s be bros, man. Let’s be bros. Meredith: I still don’t know what compelled me to make that comment during pup food the first time I met you. But hey, I think we’re friends now, so I guess it worked — right? You pushed me to elevate photo to a new level and I know that you will hold those same expectations when you are in MGMT. Lara : Your transition from Asst. Copy, to Feature Editor, to Editor in Chief is beyond inspiring. I couldn’t be more excited to see where you will take this paper. I may be just a washed up veteran thousands of miles across the world next semester, but I’ll only be an email away. Help will always be there for those who need it. Lizzie: It’s rare to find someone that loves what they do as much as you, and I think that’s why we worked so well together. There is no way I would have lasted as long as I have if it wasn’t for you. You’ve made this paper look incredible night after night. It’s been a long ride, Lizzie, but I think we’ve made it. Casey: This is it, Casey. We gave all that we could to this paper: figuratively and literally sweat, tears and blood. I can’t thank you enough for pushing me to be something that I never thought I could be. Your passion for this paper and determination throughout the long nights is beyond inspirational. It was a pleasure to be not just your Photo Editor or Managing Editor for these past two years, but also your friend. We may be leaving this paper, but we will never fully leave. We’ve left a mark here beyond what we can see — and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. Mom & Dad: There’s absolutely no way I would have been able to make it through these last four semesters without your help. Thank you for your constant support. Dan: This has been a hell of a ride Dan, and I’m sorry I wasn’t much of a roommate for the last four semesters. I can’t thank you enough for your patience and for keeping me sane night after night. You’re going to do great, hilarious things in L.A. and I hope that once we are back in Syracuse for the final stretch, we can be real roommates.

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he Daily Orange has been compared to a cult, a mafia, a fraternity, an island of misfit toys and an abusive relationship. For the past three years it has been my dysfunctional home away from home. Thanks for always letting me crash on the couch. Becca- Your selflessness and infectious personality drove my time here. You taught us the way we should work — by showing, not telling. You gave your designers room to breathe and the assurance that everything would be OK. When you came back, your passion reminded me of why I was here. You shaped me to become the leader, person and designer I am and to always remember: this could be the beginning of the best. week. ever. Ankur- You were a tough act to follow. You and Becca taught me that morale is everything, that being enjoyable to work with is just as important as being good at what you do. And you were both. Your willingness to try new things, push design and promote in-house hilarity made you the perfect PD. Thanks for coming back, being my rock and fighting The Dark Lord — err at least trolls — with me one paw print at a time. Lindsay- From the Deep South, to the litter box, to Ann’s kitchen, to guide nights, you’ve become my right hand girl, wing woman and best friend. You’ve got great plans for pushing D.O. design further; I can’t wait to see what you do with it. I have the utmost faith in your taste as well as your strange noises, obsessions with strokes and Sherri to hold down the fort. Get ready for tons more awkward this summer and next spring. Meow. Meredith- Our friendship is one of the best things I’ve gotten from this place. Not only are you humble, talented and a great listener — however, not so great secret keeper — you is kind, you is smart, you is important and you could get it. I’m incredibly excited for you to be in management next year; don’t lose sight of the improvements you hope to make. Just remember to make them earn you. Beth- From cutest D.O. couple to the litter box, you’ve been along for the ride. I can count on you to call out the craziness that is this world. I can’t wait to make up for lost time come Spring 2015; I’m thinking wine tasting, skiing and Canada. I’ll be sure to be more careful about unplugging the fridge next year. CDB- You bring me down to earth and put things in perspective. You really lightened up the place and were there for me when I thought of giving up. Ad-officing with you was the highlight of my nights and I loved when you would linger. After our questionable Pulp fronts, APPreciation, hula hoops and not going to yoga to eat, I’ll be your pivot whenever you need me to shut it down. Maddy- Somewhere between bonding over leather goods in News to doing the text-on-photo dance, Maddy-Lizzie time became absolutely necessary. I could never get sick of your Spain references, style blogs or questions. I can’t wait to see you rule D.C., one shade of lipstick at a time. Dan & Stephanie Lin- You guys are both extremely creative, talented designers. I miss the design pregames with your shenanigans. AJ- If your writing career ever fails, there’s always Three Saltines to fall back on. Shelly- Thanks for the constant supply of peanut butter rice cakes. Can’t wait to actually hang out like a normal person in the spring. F*ck Michigan. Cheryl- You are so talented, it was great having you as a designer. Now if you could just give me some advice on copy editing, we’d be set. Marwa- You were truly the full package going from news to design. We have a shared love for emerald green, WIRED, type and, most importantly, The D.O. Allen- Thanks for the lip ointment and being my typeface dictionary. You are very unique, talented and at least 50 shades of qual. Mara- Your sassy side combined with your incredible design eye is going to make you a rock star. Thanks for taking care of grandma when she was ill and lost her teeth. Nick- We may not see eye to eye on color, but thanks for the great music lessons and sports quotes of the day. Give Lindsay hell. Clare- Ever since your performance in the designer spelling bee I knew you didn’t belong in design. Jokes aside, remember your roots in Team Jubilat.

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Chloe- Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color? Keep pushing yourself as a designer and corgi fan. Mom Miester- Thanks for bringing Chloe into this world. Jon- I mean, Nick, wait no, Jon — I appreciate your perceptive ability to read my various faces. I wish you’d stick around in design, but eh, sports is alright I guess? Jenna- You inspired me so much when you would whip out kickass designs, and still leave with enough time to go to Chuck’s. Katie- You gave me an appreciation for sports design, the holiness that is D.O. tradition and Whitney Houston. Sam Maller- I’m bummed the dream team isn’t rolling out of this place together. We see eye to eye about virtually everything. Stay art and tell your friend Phil hey. Drew- Kill it. Luke- I just wish you liked my music taste as much as I like your mom’s cookies. Next spring — flying and Faegan’s? Josh- I just wish we had more time to bond over VSCOCAM, but you fit into the house perfectly this semester. Oh and ALWAYS go into the bouncy house. Spencer- Your happy-go-lucky demeanor and our harmonious music taste made working together a blast. Margo- You’ve taken your role as photo editor in stride. We both know succeeding in photo is a lot about confidence, so trust your gut and if that doesn’t work, just remember what I told you. (See photo hanging over PD desk) Kristen Parker, Lauren Murphy- I loved working with you guys and respect what you did when photo was down. You are unsung heroes. Emma- D.O. to Europe is a go. We didn’t always agree on music selection, but thanks for lifting the design office with your pep. Bre- I look back to designing next to you in News and bonding over Chobani. Being on the Board with you has been a highlight. Meghin - Despite your touchy-feely tendencies, you haz been a supportive and great role model — professionally and alcoholically. Jess- Your reporting skills and passion make me excited about News. I love your laugh, easygoingness and Jess facts. Nicki- Mooo. Maggie- I don’t think we’re gonna make it. Ellen- Hip, hip, HOORAY! Seegz- Baum so hard motherf*ckers want to find you. You express the frustration everyone feels about The D.O. but just contains inside. Libby, out. Brett- The snack throwbacks and pre-pong stretching and observations got me through this semester. Love you like a sister! ONE, TWO. Kat Kim- Featch was my gateway drug into The D.O. From Quidditch to the Slice is Right, designing for you inspired me to stick it out here and gave me the confidence to branch out. I miss your hospitality, but mostly your sangria.   Amrita- I always admired/was slightly intimidated by your no-bullsh*t attitude. Let’s hang out in Stamford this summer. Colleen & Danielle- I consider myself a Feature Creature through and through thanks to you guys. Delta Omega lives on. Jackie- You’re gonna be a rock star feature editor. Keep Pulp the sweet stuff in the middle. Know anyone I can talk to about being abroad columnist? Kristin- When it’s 2 a.m. and it seemed like we’d never get out of here, there was always dancing and ad-officing. But in the future, let’s not make any more rash decisions in Sliders, OK? Avery- You’re the sweetest, classiest and most stylish beer critic I know. Erik- Back in our heyday, I loved designing in Pulp with you and sharing music. It was so great to be reunited with my fellow generational this semester. Joe- You were really missed this semester. Keep rocking the argyle socks and chic sweatpants. Sam Blum- Sorry for occasionally bullying you. Keep asking questions. Iseman- When things were ridiculous, it was great to talk to you to bring me back down to reality.

Heyyyy Trevor- For two people whose skill sets couldn’t be anymore polarized, we are remarkable at bullsh*tting. Have an INCREDIBLE time in Boston. Never forget Media Cup 2014. Phil- Your work ethic and quiet demeanor will serve you well as ASE. You earned it. Try to rein in Klinger and Jesse next semester. Jesse- You’ve got a lot of ideas for improving sports and design; don’t become complacent and let me design your Pulitzer-winning book covers some day. Just remember you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take … or something like that. Wilson- Thanks for teaching me about how football works during pregame graphics, and sorry for not retaining any of it. SEEYUH. Jon- Somewhere between terrible Hart puns and your famous grilled cheeses, we hit it off. You also made a great house slave. Keep Kristen quiet. Audrey- When I was told there was another Hart working in house I immediately assumed they would be the worst. To my surprise, we hit it off as the two house wanderers. Keep Sports and Brett in line next semester and I’ll see you with my freshly obtained bike riding experiences in the spring. Hodge– Between Jane Austen, eggplant emojis, calf muscles, the Sneeze, smash it and bang it and “50 Shades of Grey,” you made this fall a blast. Also, I’ll be crashing at your flat in London.   Alfred- Despite being more rascal than lovable at some points, your antics reminded me of what’s important — touching the net. Baby don’t go. May the Alfred masthead live on, celebrate good times, come on. Rachael Barillari- Your composure in handling situations like The Riddler is admirable and earns you an honorary design of the week. Emmett, Andy, Micah & Cat-alie- I loved working with you all. You all have such distinct styles, but so much talent. Your self-reflective scribbles brought life to the paper. Mike- Thanks for providing Wesley therapy this year. Sorry about the never-ending permission issues, vague phone calls and 4 a.m. Scotsman freak-outs. Pete- May the Overheard in the Newsroom quotes live on. It was great to work with you the past few years. May Pete’s Attic become a reality. Chris Voll- You are consistently the most valuable player. Lara- You already know confidence is everything, so just skip right past survival mode, show ‘em who’s boss and kill it. I can’t wait to see everything you accomplish. Scoop a spoon of peanut butter in my honor.   Bailey- We are literally always on the same page about everything, especially the FP of the The Bailey Orange. You’ve become one of my best comrades this semester. See you at Chuck’s. Annie- Between love strangles, Lizzie in the middle and just utter ridiculous bullsh*tting, you were number one. Honestly I’m more excited than anything to be actual friends with you in spring 2015. Wait, what?

Klinger - I’m not sure what drove you to call me of all people that night in April, but I believe it solidified our friendship. Expect lots of peanut butter creations spring 2015 in exchange for you acting as live-in chef this semester. Also, you better believe you’re gonna be the first person I call if I’m ever hospitalized ‘cause you know, one Hart. Laurence- You were exactly what I needed as a first semester PD: the perfect D.O. mom and friend. Mark- You taught me the most important lesson: College is a sham. Thanks for putting up with my Muse and Dixie Chicks playlists. You were a great father figure — still waiting for the zoo and ice cream though. Dara- Remember during my design editor interview when I told you I wanted to work for the magazines? Thanks for listening to my issues and giving a totally new meaning to development editor and mentor. I’m still sorry for not reading the edit board. K & B- No one on this earth understands me like you guys. You’re the most selfless and genuine people I know. I couldn’t have done the last three years without you. I have no idea what I did to deserve you both as my best friends.   Mom & Dad- I know it’s been hard for you to see your once sane, healthy, well-rested daughter turn into a sleep deprived slave to The D.O., but know it has been the best experience I’ve had here. Thank you for letting me pursue anything I’ve wanted. Chase- From being that kid in PHO 301 who spent hours photoshopping post-it notes different colors, to one of my best friends — like it or not — I still don’t think we’re gonna make it to Buffalo. You’re an actual saint for putting up with my grumpy cat tendencies, winter break 2014 and Casey and my twin telepathy. Your passion, optimism and dedication is unmatched. Despite the frowns and eye rolls, I enjoyed the crap cake, toilet bowl quotes, Macklemore hour and scavenger hunts. And, “I’m sorry, Mr. Jones, it’s time.” Casey- You’ve put up with my camp stories, peanut butter elitism and BOQ nights. I can’t thank you enough for reining me in and giving me a few hard no’s when they were called for. Standards, have them. Why are you my clarity? We’ve gotten through the photo groupie stage, the f*cking redesign, quitters and other such assh*les and anxiety attack-inducing events — remember the huddle? I can’t count — or without you, spell — the number of times I’ve been mistaken for you. I don’t know what that says about either of our wardrobes, but I do know there’s no one else I’d rather be confused with. Because, let’s face it: without you, I would’ve been writing this duck a long time ago. D.O.ers past and present- Did you guys know I’m going to Copenhagen? Thanks for the amazing content that made all our designs sing and for helping the redesign become a reality. A wise man once told me, “Help is always given at The D.O. to those who ask.” I’ll just be a G-Chat (and an ocean) away if you ever need anything. She gone.

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verything I’ve done at college worth noting, I did here. I laughed and I cried. I made my best friends. I dated a guy in sports. I got pink eye, mono and bronchitis, all in one semester. I fell asleep on the management couch more times than I’d like to count. I watched the sun rise from the photo office. And last night, I signed the filing cabinet in the management office. But most importantly, I learned here. And not just about journalism, but about life too. As we always say, at its core, The Daily Orange is a learning institution and I can honestly say that I’ve learned more in these two years at 744 than I ever thought possible. Mom, Dad & Carly: Thank you for understanding that The D.O. was my life for this past year, taking a genuine interest in it and accepting that “f*ck” would become an appropriate word for the dinner table during my work rants. Knowing you were proud of me helped more than you know. Mark: Thank you for forcing me into what was probably the best thing that will ever happen to me, as much as I hate admitting you were right. You saw something in me I didn’t see in myself and I’m so glad you did. No regrets. Dara: I can’t tell you what a compliment it was when people said I reminded them of you. You were one of my best sources for advice in this job and the one before it. I hope I was half the News Editor and EIC that you were. Becca: The nights you designed News were my favorite ones. You always knew how to make me laugh, even when stories dropped and things were a disaster. Your g-chats have gotten me through some tough times. Meghin: Thanks for giving me chances and A1s when I was a freshman. I tried so hard to impress you back then; I hope it worked. Kathleen: I’ve looked up to you so much over these past few years and I’m so glad to have had you as a role model and mentor. Thank you for all of your help. Laurence: You really were the mother of the D.O. and you made me realize I could do this thing. Thanks for letting me hang out on your couch. Katie: The email you sent for the 9/11 paper made my day. Thanks for that and all of your advice. Marwa: Thank you for getting me started — hiring me as an assistant news editor, giving me my first Pan Am story and fostering my love of News. Ankur: You are The D.O. to me. I remember the first time you called me Peach; you made me feel like a part of the family at 744, and for that I’ll always be grateful. Also, thanks for saving Orientation Guide. Dave: Thank you for your constant support. I remember the first time Maddy and I met you in person: We were incredibly stressed and defeated before our dinner, but we left it bursting with enthusiasm that you instilled in us. Pete: I have no doubt you are the reason this paper comes out. Thank you for caring about The D.O. as much as you do. Mike: The number of times that I g-chatted you “people are having server problems” is probably in the thousands by now. Thanks for responding every time. I’m glad we became friends and you made your first appearance at a D.O. party this year. Chris: Thank you for somehow making my inarticulate request for cool web things into beautiful realities. Margaret: From contributing photographer to photo editor in just one year, you’ve come a long way. You’re young and still learning; don’t be afraid to ask for help. Emma: Singing with you made those late nights at In the Paint bearable. Josh: Go inside the bouncy house and you’ll go far in life. Sam Maller: Remember that day last summer you, Lizzie and I sat on the beach? I always looked back on that when the weather was shit and we hadn’t slept. Spencer: I think you made me laugh every single

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time I came into the photo office. Please stay as light-hearted and charming as you are now. Luke: Thanks for all those family dinners. Jon & Nick: Please remember that I never confused the two of you. Mara: Thanks for playing secretary on our ride back from Virginia. Chloe & Clare: My selfie queen and Disney princess. I’m so glad I was your peer adviser, EIC and, best of all, friend. You’ve made me so proud. Legendary fam forever. Natalie: I always knew I’d smile on Thursdays thanks to Cat Thursday. Andy: I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone so talented. Thank you for making my Remembrance Guide dreams a (award-winning) reality. Audrey: Calm down with the knife throwing. Thanks for helping me keep the sports guys in line. Samar: Thank you for coming to our copy chief rescue last semester. Michelle: Somehow whenever I was drunk at a party, you were sharing your wisdom with me. How’d you get to be so smart? Jackie: In your interview, you said you were in this for the long haul. Know what I wrote in my interview notes? Future D.O. Diehard. Vandy: When we asked you to come back, I thought we’d have to beg. I was wrong. Thank you for not just coming back, but for being one of the kindest people in this house. Brendan: Between News and Featch, you’ve always gone where you’re needed. Maybe next semester we’ll go on that double date. Joe: Thanks for helping to get Feature back on its feet this semester. So much of that was you. Kristin: I still miss the chirp of “Pulp!” during budget. Katie: I loved coming down to Pulp and knowing you’d have a smile and a great piece of jewelry on. Elaina: Your quiet, inquisitive nature will be missed. Have fun abroad! Jessica: I can’t tell you how much we loved your From the Studio reviews. Alfred: Third time is the charm, at least it was for Op Editor. Thanks for carrying on the important tradition of g-chat hacks. Anna: You’ll always be my baby. Come back to 744 some day. Wilson: I’ll never forget when you declared, as if it was so normal, “Yeah, I’m just not mean.” You brought so much fun and laughter into the sports office. I miss the Harry Potter references and arguments over italics. Bailey: You challenged me, teased me and gave me a hard time and I’m so glad that you did. You and I both are always up for a spirited debate, and, though they exhausted me at times, I’m glad we had our fair share of them. I don’t think either of us expected to get along as well as we did, but you made Sports a fun place to be and one of my favorite sections to hang out in. See you at Chuck’s. Jesse: You are too goddamn charming. Though I tried my hardest, it was tough to stay annoyed with you. You are incredibly talented and I know you have a lot ahead of you here, despite what you may say. I always enjoyed our late-night talks in management. Keep dancing during photo selection. Trevor: The erotic poem you read at Secret Santa will haunt me for the rest of my life. Phil: You are one of the most quietly dedicated people at this house. I’m so glad your time has come. Sam Blum: I like to take credit for you because you started in News, but I think you’re pretty talented in your own right. Please stay in your own section next semester when I’m not around to yell at you. Annie: We faced some challenges this semester — told ya News Editor was a tough one — but I’m glad that, through it all, we stayed friends and, perhaps more importantly, (legendary) family. Brett: There are a lot of great people on this staff, but you were hands down the MVP. Thanks for the snacks, Brett Roulette and one-day turnaround

stories. Jacob: So glad we got the USen uniform down — snapback and a hoodie, always. Ellen: Take your semester to breathe, but come back to this place. Maggie: Thank you for stepping up as an ANE when we needed you. You absolutely killed it and seamlessly became part of what was an amazing news team. Jocelyn: You came out of the woodwork with some amazing stories. Keep writing. Lydia: Promise to come back when marching band ends. Shawna: You were a late addition to the staff, but a great one. Dylan: I think you were born to be a reporter. You live and breathe it and that’s why you’re so amazing at what you do. You’re probably one of the best copy editors this paper has ever seen; I never worried when I knew you were around. Jess: Why are you here? I hope I answered that question sometime in the last two years. Thank you for being my rock when I was News Editor. Kill it next semester. Meg: I can’t even count how many times I laid down on the floor and you came to my rescue with a cup of tea. Thanks for helping me survive my first year in house and for educating me on all things Syracuse sports — it really came in handy. Lara: I’ll never forget the day you sent me that email saying you’d step up as Feature Editor. You quoted my letter of intent back to me, and it meant more than you know. I’m so proud of how far you’ve come and I know that you will do great things. Question everything, but remember the importance of traditions. Be stubborn, but admit when you’re wrong. Be independent, but ask for help when you need it. This is your paper now, but I’ll always be around to help you when you’re lost. Meredith: I knew you couldn’t stay away. I was glad to have you follow me as News Editor and now I’m glad to have you follow Chase, Maddy and I in management. I always found it ridiculous when someone described another person as “bubbly” until I met you. You bring so much life and happiness to this office and I can’t tell you how happy I am that you’re bringing it back to 744 next semester. I’ve loved working with you, but I’ve loved becoming your friend even more. You and your hot guy of the week got me through some tough times. Bring that back next year. Beth: I know I can always count on you, no matter

what. That’s not something you can say about a lot of people. Thank you for hating people for me, your undying loyalty, doing my makeup and letting me sit on your lap and cry. You are such a tough b*tch and I love you for it. Lindsay: You are the MVP of the apartment. You are kind and thoughtful, and do a lot of the dishes. Next year, when you’re the one who’s at The D.O. four days a week until some ungodly hour, I’ll return the favor. You are an incredible talent and I can’t wait to see what you do next semester and hear the strange noises you will make. Maddy: My NoVA girl. Management wasn’t the same without you this semester, but I still look back on our time together in the fall freaking out about various crises, talking about boys, trying to figure out our Spanish homework and reminiscing about Georgetown cupcakes like it was yesterday. You were exactly what I needed in a managing editor this fall and I’m so glad you were my partner through it all last semester. We didn’t just make a great team — we made great friends too. Chase: You’re the brother I always wanted. In the last two years, you’ve made me laugh, hugged me when I cried and put up with excessive girl talk. You’ve been such a huge part of my D.O. career, college experience and life and have become one of my best friends in the process. I’m glad to have shared the management office with you. Klinger: I don’t think either of us saw this coming, but I’m glad it did. Thanks for putting up with me, even though I fell asleep during every movie we watched, interrupted our conversations to edit stories and was slow to trust. You’ll always be the first gentleman of The Daily Orange in my eyes. Lizzie: If it weren’t for you, I never would have been Editor in Chief. Thank you for coming back, both times. I don’t think I could have done this thing without you. You were always right there — when I needed someone to binge eat with after production, when I wanted a duet partner for Dixie Chicks jam sessions and that one time I drank beer out of a shoe. You’re my twin, my other half, my best friend in this world. It’s time for us to finally say: Goodbye to you. I love you. To those of you who are sticking around, and those of you who are just getting started, promise me you’ll take care of this place. The paint may be chipping, the Sports office may have a persistent smell and there may be a crack in the ceiling downstairs, but 744 is a home that should be cherished.

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walked into 744 Ostrom Avenue on January 25, 2013, determined to become a staff writer. Four hundred-fifty-seven days later, on April 29, 2014, I will have walked out of 744 Ostrom Avenue as a former assistant news editor, former assistant feature editor and former opinions editor. During the 10,000+ hours I’ve spent on staff at The Daily Orange, half of it was spent goofing around and the other half was spent frustrated at how much work I had taken on. To everyone at the DO I left out: There’s a place off Ostrom Avenue, where I used to sit and talk with you, we were both in-house and it felt so right, SLEEPING ALL DAY, STAYING UP ALL NIGHT. Casey and Chase: Other than my parents, no one has put up with me being an a**hole as much as you two have. Thanks for dealing with my insufferableness. Joe Infantino: It’s a shame you couldn’t have stayed; we were onto something really great. Domo arigato mister Joeboto. Lara: You turned a section that was in severe turmoil into one of the best things going in this paper. You’ll do great as EIC. Erik: I’m honored that you were the one to replace me. You are the definition of working hard and staying humble, and I hope I can be half the storyteller you are one day. Spencer: KILLA SQUAD FOREVER. I can always count on you when I want to be ratchet as f*ck. We outchea on deez STREETS brotha. Margaret Lin: I’m passing on my position of Asian Club President down to you. Follow in my footsteps as Asian Club President by stopping your self-doubt and growing a pair. Love, your tiger brother. Josh Romero: Wish you were in-house

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sooner; you’re definitely the most fun person to work with this semester. Stay based. Sports: MEDIA CUP 2014, CARRIER DOME, 52-37. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS. NEVER FORGET. Ankur: Think about it, who are the five greatest presentation directors of all time? ANKUR, ANKUR, ANKUR, ANKUR and ANKUR, because he designs HOT FIRE. I’m an Ankur Patankar guy. Lizzie: The modificationtions to my pages will never be the same without your insyte and eye for dezign. I hope you get a federail grant for you tailents and spelling abilities. (PS: Jizzie Fart is hilarious, accept it.) Design Team: I’m so happy to have been a part of this team as Op-Editor. DESIGNERS RULE! Brett: Bread, I really wish I could’ve been an assistant with you. The sh*tty puns would’ve been non-stop. Jacob: Double down on what I wrote for Brett. You put da newsteam on YA BACK DOE ... JACOB PRAMUK ... ONE OF THE HARDEST HITTING EDITORS IN THE LEAGUE... Meredith: You are the older sister I’ve always needed and never had. Thank you for keeping me in line and making sure I don’t act completely irrational -- which I tend to do a lot. From a news ninja to his news babushka, you’ve got the eye of the tiger. Jessica: There aren’t many people I consider true journalists. You’ve got the instinct, you’ve got the talent and you’ve got the brains. I look forward to seeing The Daily Orange become a NEWSpaper again under your leadership. Nicki: You’ve consistently made my life easier by being the easiest writer I read with. Thank you for being the one constant in my two semesters of editing many poorly-written articles. Seegz: #FreeShinobi


really had no idea how to start this off. I can only describe the friendships I’ve made, sleepless nights I’ve endured and my hopeless devotion to The D.O. in one way. So in true “hipster” fashion, here are some Arcade Fire lyrics: “If I could have it back, all the time that we wasted I’d only waste it again If I could have it back, you know I’d love to waste it again Waste it again and again and again “ In truth, none of my time was ever wasted at The D.O. From the first story I wrote as a freshman, to my last days as News Editor, I wouldn’t change a thing. To all of you who made my time what it was, cheers. Lindsay, Mara, Clare and Chloe: You’re my girls. I can’t wait to have more drunken moments with you guys next year. Jon and Nick : You two are my annoying but lovable brothers. Never change. Josh: I know I just told you this, but I really wish you weren’t graduating this year. Your sense of style and music taste is impeccable. Don’t forget to stay turnt at the function. Vandy and Joe: You guys are my Featch bros. Vandy, keep on uppin’ the punx. Joe, I’m so sad you weren’t in house longer, but I’m so glad I got to know you. Maddy: Thank you for covering all of those USen meetings within 2 hours notice. You’re one of the most talented editors I know. Marwa and Liz: I remember when I barely knew you guys beyond your names and just looking up to you both so much. I still do, but now I know you for being the rad, hilarious and all around great people you are. Sports: Thanks for making me fight for the

front page. Keep on keepin’ it real with everything you do. My Newsteam: Ellen, I’m so proud of you. You have enthusiasm and determination that’s hard to deny. Brett, you truly put the team on your back. I know we had a lot of hard nights, but your jokes kept us going. I was so lucky to have you as an assistant. Jacob, I don’t know how I managed to rope you in as an assistant, but I’m so glad you joined. You kept me focused and gave me insight whenever I needed it. Thank you for your hard work. Margo: You kill it at everything you do — you’re just the last person to realize it. Be more confident in yourself and everything else will fall into place. And don’t worry, I’ll be around. Maggz and Michelle: I love you ladies so much. Maggz, you’re both my voice of reason and my criminal mastermind. Michelle, from COM 117 to drinking beers in a back alley, here’s to more debauchery in the White House next year. Nicki and Jess : Nicki, thanks for all the story ideas this semester and for driving me and Seegz to that stake out. Jess, I remember you edited my first story with me, and now you’re gonna be News Editor. The section’s in your hands now, but we all knew you were “born to run” it. Chase: You’re honestly one of my favorite people at the D.O. We went to freaking Austin, man — don’t forget that. I’m really going to miss you next semester, but I know you’ll have a really, really, really good time with Drifter Jakov in London. Lizzie: I’m so glad we got closer this semester. You’re so dedicated to this paper and so talented at what you do. I feel like we’re going to be friends for a long time — even when we’re hip 30-year olds decked out in Madewell.

Maggie: The day you stepped up and became an assistant news editor was the day The Daily Orange stopped being my personal hell. Come back from France faster, because we need a third wheel fom IHOP again. (Also, Cleveland still sucks.) Annie: It doesn’t matter if we’re in Syracuse, Buffalo, Brooklyn or Austin, I’ll always be laughing my ass off as long as I’m with you. All those hours of grief, stress and work at The Daily Orange were all worth it because I never would have met you without them. I came in-house for the people more than I did for the work, and you are without a doubt my favorite person I’ve met. I

can’t wait to spend my senior year with you. Mom and Dad: You two will probably never read this, unless I translate it for you. I know I don’t show it much, and I’ve probably been a really bratty kid for the last 20 years, but thank you so much for everything. Leaving your home country wasn’t easy, and there were a lot of sacrifices you both went through for me, and I wish I could thank you both every day for all you’ve done. I hope I’m making you two proud. I think I’m forgetting somebody, but I only have 20 words left and I might go over the lim—

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Casey: I truly wouldn’t be at The D.O. if it weren’t for you. I know we had moments where we wanted to kill each other this semester, but through it all, I know I’m still your little advisee and you’re my big sister. Seegz: Thanks for being there for me this semester and for teaching me the ways of the court system. Sorry we couldn’t make it to that Slayer concert, but maybe we can catch Hevisaurus sometime. #FreeShinobi Mer: I look up to you so much. You pushed me to be more confident in my writing and write faster. Thanks for putting up with me as an assistant, even when I thought it was a good

idea to knit in the newsroom. I can’t thank you enough for your support. Alfred: I don’t know how we came together, but it’s one the strangest and best things I could have imagined. You made me realize that sometimes you just need to laugh it off — whatever it is — and believe in myself. Thank you for being you and for letting me be me. Mom and Teddy: I’m sorry I’ve been so unpredictable this semester, whether it be my moods or my schedule, but I hope you understand why. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support, and for that I’m forever grateful.


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la casita “I’m very pleased to see how the library is becoming what it intended to be: a bilingual community library for the youth of our community,” Paniagua said. Encarnación, the youth program coordinator and community liaison for La Casita, said many of the children have reading problems before they start Reading Circles. The children who stumble with their words are improving, Encarnación said. She added that children who struggle with grammar are writing more and the children who had no interest in reading enjoy it now with the assistance of Reading Circles. “The kids look forward to coming to La Casita, and it’s an amazing program. I hope we can expand it to other groups,” Encarnación said. Many students from SU volunteer to work with the kids every week, she added. Paniagua hopes to add a reading program for adults next year. Several local poets who would be interested in teaching adult poetry classes have approached the library as well, Encarnación said. Encarnación said the bilingual library has collected close to a thousand books and the library hopes to double its collection every year. The books in the bilingual library are familiar to people who have grown up in Latin American countries, she said, “and that’s very unique.” As the collection grows, Paniagua said the library would like to continue focusing on the youth. “Next year, we want to make it a priority to build the collection, but particularly put an emphasis on the collection for children’s

La Casita Cultural Center opened its bilingual library last April. The library will lend books to the public beginning in the fall, once staff finishes organizing recently catalogued books. joshuah romero asst. photo editor

books,” Paniagua said. Encarnación attributed the success of the bilingual library to SU and student volunteers. She added the library will only see more

improvements once the books are available for public lending. “The success of the library has been the collaboration with SU, the work of the stu-

dents, the work of the faculty and the staff from La Casita,” Encarnación said. “I believe it’s only going to improve moving forward.”


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601 tully and say what happened.” Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina made the decision after consulting with Masingila and Ann Clarke, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. For the 2013–14 academic year, Wilson was given $200,000 to run the center — compared to $48,000 in previous years. In summer 2013, 601 Tully filled the two positions after a national search attracted 137 applicants. Jillian Nakornthap was hired as the center’s arts curator and Melissa Gardiner was hired as the coordinator of public programs. Both declined to be interviewed for this story. Those positions will be eliminated May 15 if the center does not find more funding or negotiate a different agreement with the university. The combined salaries for the positions totaled $77,000. The remaining money from the $200,000 budget went toward expenses such as full-time employee benefits, building maintenance and some of the programs held at the center, Wilson said. Caught off-guard by what she considers a deep cut, Wilson has requested the budget be fully reinstated until the center’s lease expires. Had she been given notice, Wilson said she would have willingly scaled back costs. But Masingila contended the $200,000 was a one-time sum awarded by Cantor for this year, she said. After the money was spent, the center would cover the salaries on its own through grants or other means moving forward. Asked whether the money for salaried positions at 601 Tully was intended to be supported with one-time funding, Vice Chancellor and Provost Spina said in an email: “A number of projects in the Near West Side and as part of

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Professor Wilson’s previous courses have been supported by one-time, discretionary funds.” He added: “Overall engagement activity in the city and community will continue to be valued when it advances faculty scholarship/ research and supports student learning.” The university will pay the two years remaining on the center’s lease. Wilson’s research budget will also be covered for the next three years, though it will decline annually. The School of Education had to cut costs to address a budget deficit, which Masingila said is linked to a decline in both graduate student enrollment and grants awarded to faculty. She declined to provide specific figures regarding the School of Education’s debt. But by the end of 2015, she said the school’s projected deficit will account for about 5 percent of its overall budget. Excluding the salaries from the School of Education’s budget was not a performancebased decision. It was strictly done to cut costs, Masingila said. She added that 601 Tully was able to offer programming before the $200,000 was provided last summer. “We saw a lot of benefits and a lot of value from being engaged in community arts,” she said. “But I think it’s just that decisions have to be made when you have a finite number of resources. What are you all going to support? And first priority has to be academic programs.”

A collaborative space

Students from the School of Architecture, VPA and the School of Education converted 601 Tully, a former drug haven, into a two-story community arts space across seven semesters. The pastel colored building sits among rows of time-worn houses on the corner of Tully and Oswego streets on the city’s Near Westside. The center is a three-minute drive southwest of Armory Square. On a recent afternoon, student-grown plants sat on a windowsill, basking in the warmth of

the mid-afternoon sunlight. A bookshelf was crammed end to end with board games, books and boxes filled with craft supplies. Seated at a child-sized wooden stretch table, Wilson flipped through a booklet titled “Nature Matching System,” a color-coded curriculum that matches swatches with fruits and vegetables to educate students on healthy eating. Developing the booklet was, like most activities at 601 Tully, intended to be collaborative. The campus and community collaboration allows for an exchange between different worlds, said Wilson, who teaches her courses from the building. Creative writing faculty members from SU have showed up for open mic nights, inhabiting the space alongside Syracuse City School District students. SU students

We are embracing new partnerships as we move through this transition. Marion Wilson

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volunteer through Hendricks Chapel to teach weekend nature classes to youth. “By having college kids, having artists show up here every day in this neighborhood with respect and respectfully work here with the community members, that’s what changes people,” Wilson said. “Not only students, but a community.” Hiring the two staff members last summer allowed the center to expand its programming, Wilson said. They coordinate themed art exhibitions, field trips, poetry open mic nights and an after school program. The elimination of funding for 601 Tully has jeopardized the future of those programs.

“Without staff, there is no programming,” she said.

An uncertain future

Despite the uncertainty 601 Tully faces, Wilson has been meeting with potential donors and is looking into making the center a nonprofit organization independent of SU. It simplifies the grant writing process, she said. 601 Tully has received a total of 14 grants in its history. More than 30 letters addressed to Vice Chancellor Spina express support for the center and ask for the budget to be fully reinstated. “I love 601 Tully greatly, and all the people who are so impacted by it would be at a great loss if 601 Tully ceases to exist,” wrote Samantha Harmon, a 2009 VPA graduate and former employee at the center. “Without 601 Tully in my life while I attended high school, I would not have made it to college, much less to my senior year,” wrote Troy Hamlin, a current student at Daemen College who was exposed to the center as a sophomore at Fowler High School. “The institution is at a moment of great potential as it gathers momentum and support from other initiatives in the neighborhood, and to withdraw support at this time would be a great waste of an extended effort from a large group of stakeholders,” wrote Andrew Weigland, a 2012 School of Architecture graduate who worked as a design assistant and volunteer with the center. Wilson said she remains hopeful. On Monday, she received ‘potential support’ for the summer camp program. Initially, it was unclear if the camp, which hires SU students and attracts neighborhood youth, would open. But with support from the community, she still has hope for 601 Tully. Said Wilson: “We are embracing new partnerships as we move through this transition.” | @debbietruong


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Charity drive seeks donations from faculty, staff, students By Zach Schweikert staff writer

Syracuse University’s annual Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive will now seek donations from faculty and staff members as well as students. The drive began on April 24, where people often donate clothing, food, kitchenware, electronics, computers and Halloween costumes, said Reverend Craig Herrick, a pastor at the First English Lutheran Church. This year, the campaign is also reaching out to SU faculty and staff to fill a need for professional and business attire, as well as children’s books, toys and clothing, said Elin Riggs, director of the office of off-campus and commuter services. Items collected during the drive will go to the First English Lutheran Church of Syracuse. From there, the items are donated to those in need in the Syracuse community, she said. Collection boxes for goods were placed in each residence hall on campus, as well as Hendricks Chapel, Archbold Gymnasium and the State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry residence hall, Riggs said. Starting every weekday between April 30 and May 12, trucks donated by SU affiliates and businesses will deliver the items to the church, she added. The boxes feature stories of people who have benefited from the donations, along with needed items, Riggs said. Last year, Ten Tons of Love collected about 50 tons of donated items, she said. This year, she said she hopes to collect 55–60 tons, due to faculty and staff donations. Herrick said the program has grown from its

start almost 20 years ago. For the first collection, Herrick and a group of six to eight volunteers placed boxes in a few residence halls, he said. Riggs said as many as 50 students now volunteer to distribute boxes and pick up donations. Ten Tons of Love has expanded beyond the SU Hill recently. Last year, students at Onondaga Community College held a drive of their own and donated a boxcar of items, Riggs said. This year, Riggs also enlisted the help of the SU chapter of Delta Chi fraternity. Nikolay Rodionov, the fraternity’s director of alumni relations, said they handle the logistics of coordinating pick-ups and drop-offs of the donations. Delta Chi contacts the local businesses and associations that donate the use of their trucks to the cause, he said. At the church, as many as 300 volunteers sort the clothing and other items and then package them until the summer when they are distributed, Herrick said. He said some of the items are given to other organizations to distribute, as long as they give them away for free. Herrick said he has seen more and more SU students use the services provided by the First English Lutheran Church and Ten Tons of Love. Many students are aware of the poverty in the city, but they may forget about the poverty facing students on campus, he said. The donations are beneficial for the environment and people in need in Syracuse, Herrick said. “It’s just been great. On one hand, we’re keeping stuff out of the landfill, and on the other hand it’s really providing necessary items to folks living in poverty all over the city of Syracuse,” Harrick said.



Sorry for partying

The Daily Orange captured last weekend’s MayFest celebrations at Walnut Park on film. See video at


Spring Awakening presented by SU Drama. Go see that show. You will not be disappointed. #SpringAwakening #ShowStopping

Double exposure

Pulp takes a closer glimpse into the life of George Lambert, a Newhouse janitor and aspiring photographer. See video at @dailyorange april 29, 2014

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SU Drama performs final show By Diana Pearl staff writer

GEORGE LAMBERT has worked as a janitor in Newhouse for the past seven years. He works Monday through Friday, splitting his time between his work and interacting with students and faculty. He hopes to graduate in three to four years with a degree in art photography.

In development Newhouse janitor pursues art photography degree at SU Text and photos by Sam Maller staff photographer


hen George Lambert makes his rounds around the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, garbage is the last thing on his mind. To Newhouse students, Lambert is just as much a part of the buildings as the timeless photographs hanging on the walls. Wearing his everyday uniform of a Syracuse sweatshirt, baseball hat and Jordan sneakers, and pushing two garbage cans on rolling wheels, the man has almost become a Newhouse icon. Whether sitting in, working in a computer lab or on the way to and from class, it is hard to go 10 minutes without seeing Lambert. Lambert knows that his janitorial job is only temporary. He knows that one day, when he leaves Syracuse University, it will not be as a janitor. It will be as a photographer. ••• For years, Lambert did not know what his future would hold. After a crash threw him from a motorcycle and cracked his skull open at age 15, Lambert knew that his life would never be the same –– his father died shortly after the accident. So with little support from the rest of his family, the Liverpool, N.Y. teenager had to try to salvage his life. “I went through rough times and it took a lot to come back,” Lambert said. “I had trouble thinking. I did not have a lot of support and it was really hard to cope with all of it.

Before he was 20 years old, Lambert had already recovered from his accident, moved out of his house and began working at Wegmans. He spent 25 years there before leaving to pursue an education. Because of his accident, Lambert did not have the opportunity to complete high school. Getting his GED diploma was the first step. He then began taking classes at Onondaga Community College. His love for art and working with his hands led him to work with sculpture and revisit his love for photography, Lambert said. see lambert page 19

GEORGE LAMBERT is often recognized by his Syracuse sweatshirts, baseball caps and Jordan sneakers.

Actors peeled off their late 19th century garb in frantic motions, stomping their feet to the beat of the orchestra. As the cast belted out the profane lyrics to the song “Totally F*cked,” they ran up into the audience and climbed the ladders of the multi-level barn-inspired set, whipping their costumes around above their heads. “Totally F*cked” may be one of the most fast-paced numbers in “Spring Awakening,” and the high energy of the song continued from the performance’s start to finish. “Spring Awakening” opened at the Arthur Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage on Friday, April 25 and runs through Saturday, May 10. The musical, inspired by a play written by German author Frank Wedekind, follows a group of teenagers in 19th century Germany through several coming-of-age moments. The theatre is a small venue with an intimate atmosphere. Cast members dressed for the production on stage, with their costume rack front and center. They broke the fourth wall, calling out and waving to friends in the audience. However, the friendly atmosphere immediately dissolved once the lights dimmed to tell the play’s emotional story. Anna LiDestri, a freshman theater design and technology major who worked on the show said, “It’s one of those musicals I can watch all through tech, and then go home and listen to the music again.” The characters in “Spring Awakening” live in a repressed world where things like sex and pregnancy are not discussed. They live in notso-blissful unawareness, which ultimately leads to negative consequences. Ethan Butler, a junior musical theater major who plays the lead character of Moritz in the show, said that the musical teaches important lessons about communication and discovery. “It shows the flaws in communication between the adults and the kids,” Butler said. “It shows the audience that this is the result of poor communication.” The cast is composed almost entirely of Syracuse University drama sophomores and juniors, with the exception of the roles of the adult see spring

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lambert After two years at OCC, Lambert’s former counselor helped him secure a job at SU working with the treatment plant. What may have seemed like an unattractive job to some was all he needed. Seven years later, Lambert has taken advantage of a staff benefit that allows him take classes at SU. Lambert is now taking classes in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ art photography program and hopes to graduate in the next three or four years. With this job, Lambert knew he was being given a chance. ••• Patience. That’s the one word that those close to Lambert unanimously say describes him more than anything else. His friends around school admire him for his cheerful and childlike demeanor, his per-

He lives by himself, he takes the bus, he’s always on his phone. He’s normal. He can do everything you can do. You just need patience. Penelope Vasquez photography major

severance and his passion that has driven him since he started working at SU seven years ago. Johanna Keller, director of the arts journalism program in Newhouse, and a friend of

Lambert, said she believes Lambert exemplifies these qualities because he is constantly pushing against his own capacity. “Our human happiness and our achievement in life are measured, not by what our capacity is, but by the extent to which we have pushed it,” Keller said. Keller is one of Lambert’s many friends who help him with his class assignments by posing for portraits. She said she is admittedly horrible in front of the camera, but something about sitting in front of Lambert puts her at ease. Not everybody takes the opportunity to get to know Lambert simply because they don’t take the time to, said Keller. If they did, they would understand why she believes he is so special. “He’s inspiring,” Keller said. “George is really an enlightened person. He’s someone who knows how to focus. There’s nothing more important in life than knowing how to focus.” When Penelope Vasquez, a photography major and an employee at Light Work Community Darkroom, first started working with Lambert, she knew that she would need patience. Lambert has trouble understanding concepts the same way that everyone else does. Much like members of the Newhouse community, employees at Light Work have grown accustomed to Lambert’s presence. He seemingly spends as much time talking to the people around him as he does on his work. Vasquez has often seen people either not help Lambert, or even avoid him altogether. “People don’t understand,” Vasquez said. “He lives by himself, he takes the bus, he’s always on his phone. He’s normal. He can do everything you can do. You just need patience.” Monday through Friday, Lambert walks the hallways of Newhouse, changing garbage bags, cleaning bathrooms and watching as students pass by. During a nine-hour cleaning shift,

JOHANNA KELLER, director of the arts journalism department in Newhouse, takes a picture of her friend Lambert during a photoshoot in Light Work Community Darkrooms.

patience is incredibly valuable. From waiting outside a bathroom until everybody leaves, to waiting until a professor leaves his or her office for the night, Lambert spends a lot of time waiting. But patience and perseverance are not unfamiliar to him. The man that, 40 years ago, couldn’t imagine ever going back to school, is now looking forward to a life afterward. For Lambert, graduation is all he can look forward to. With hopes of eventually being a photographer in a major U.S. city, he realizes that the road to his dream job will not be easy. “I know that sometimes you can’t be a photographer at first,” he said. “I will have to start out as

a photographer’s assistant who sets up equipment and stuff like that, and work my way up from there.” Like everyone else, Lambert has something that is driving him, a dream he hopes comes true. Along with success and happiness, there is something that he wants that drives him every day. “Some day when I make it big, I want a biga** TV so everyone can see my photos really big on screen,” he said. Until then, Lambert will keep working: arriving just after 1 p.m. and staying until his work is done. But one thing is for sure — when the man in the Syracuse sweatshirt leaves Newhouse for the last time at 10 p.m., it will be with a smile on his face. | @Smaller18


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As semester ends, columnist compares abroad lifestyle to U.S.


he semester is officially coming to an end. Temperatures are rising and the panic of finals is spiking. For students studying abroad, this also means it’s time for a settling of accounts and a time to reflect on the unique experience of spending more than four months in a foreign country. Since I arrived in France, I’ve been mentally adjusting my tally of things I like about Europe and things I prefer in the United States. These preferences range from sweeping cultural truths to trivial pros and cons. For example, the French have unbeatable bread, but exhibit a widespread, unacceptable failure to thoroughly alphabetize books in bookstores. For the past few weeks, I’ve been compiling a list of the things I’ll miss about life in France. Though at times it can be a chore, speaking French is one of the things I’ll miss most when I return home. The fact is that, outside of class, I will rarely have a reason to speak French in the United States. The relative ease of traveling in Europe is another major strong point. Europe’s small size and interconnectedness expose citizens and visitors alike to a wealth of cultures and sights. In Europe, seven hours on a train will take you from Paris to Milan; in the U.S., it takes you from Cleveland to Chicago. But on the other side there are, of course, things I won’t miss about Europe. Like being served espresso in a Dixie cup when I order a coffee. I’m counting the days until the day I can talk at full volume without feeling guilty. In a land of low-


talkers and unbelievably squeaky floorboards — wall-to-wall carpeting is a rarity in Strasbourg — I always feel like I’m making a little too much noise. Looking back on your time abroad means more than tallying up the quirks and pet peeves of daily life in a new place. Ideally, a truly meaningful experience adds to your future rather than simply fading into the past. But one thing I do know is that studying in Europe has inspired me to travel more in my native country. After going through the typical European travel experiences I want to take the typical American road trip and see Washington, D.C., New Orleans, the Grand Canyon and more. In addition to changing my future, studying abroad will also leave its stamp on my personal history. Despite my best efforts, I’ll likely become one of those people who ramble on about “my time in Europe” to college roommates, co-workers, children, grandchildren and strangers at the bus stop. If I can say anything about my time in Strasbourg with certainty, it’s this: studying abroadhas given me some great stories to tell. Maggie Cregan is a sophomore history and magazine journalism major. From Syracuse to Strasbourg, she enjoys rocking out and getting hopelessly lost. If you want to talk to her about this column, reach her at and follow her on Twitter at @MaggieCregan_SU.

‘Diploid Love’

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Brody Dalle queen of hearts Release date: April 28 Top track: ”Blood in Gutters” Rating: 3/5

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Former Distillers frontwoman establishes individual sound By Jessica Cabe staff writer


illustration by emily andrews contributing illustrator

rody Dalle is best known as the frontwoman for the disbanded punk group The Distillers, where her lyrics were fighting words more often shrieked or snarled than sung. Now, Dalle is a solo artist who isn’t fighting anymore. Her debut solo album, “Diploid Love,” was released Monday. It’s more alternative rock than punk, and it shows Dalle is more lyrically selfassured than she’s ever been before. Dalle spent eight years in The Distillers fighting against the grain, with lyrics often on the defense. She seemed so concerned about looking strong — unbreakable, even — that she ended up looking like she was trying too hard. “Diploid Love” shows a much more confident, comfortable Dalle, with lyrics that still show her going against the norm, but in a much less abrasive manner. “I got the feeling I can break, I love anything bad standing in my way,” Dalle sings on “Don’t Mess With Me.” “Never let yourself give in when you’re trying to start again,” she croons on “Dressed In Dreams.” There is a clear theme throughout “Diploid Love” of Dalle coming into her own, clawing her way out of any boxes she’s been placed in. But she still manages to take what she’s learned from her musical endeavors and put it all to even better use. After The Distillers broke up in 2006, Dalle and The Distillers guitarist Tony Bradley formed Spinnerette, a much tamer, popinspired group that had many fans of Dalle’s blistering punk music in an uproar. Though Spinnerette wasn’t bad, Dalle has struck a balance between her pop sensibilities and her rock ‘n roll edge with “Diploid Love.” The first track, “Rat Race,” with its distorted power chords and driving drums, starts off sounding like it could have been on The Distillers’ last album, “Coral Fang.” Until Dalle starts singing, that is. Her voice still has that nonchalant attitude characteristic of punk acts, her words lazily running into one another as if she can’t be bothered with enunciation. But her tone is clean. The gravel in her voice is nowhere to be heard until the chorus, which actually makes her growls all the more effective. Another element that sets “Rat Race” apart

from Dalle’s punk portfolio is the inclusion of horns. Bold, brassy trumpets augment the chorus, throwing off any preconceived notions of genre that listeners may have had. These assumptions are even further obliterated by “Don’t Mess With Me,” the third track on the album and the first to sound more like Spinnerette than The Distillers. The song is driven by a straightforward pop beat on the drums and an exposed bass line straight out of the ‘80s. That sound is one that pops up throughout the album, especially on “Dressed In Dreams.” With a heavy, exposed bass line, strong snare back-beat and swirling, atmospheric guitars, the song sounds like a B-side from The Cure’s “Pornography.” Despite Dalle’s skillful blend of punk, alternative rock and pop on her solo album, there are a few hiccups.

in sync If you like this album, check out these tracks:

1. “The Hunger” by The Distillers 2. “Baptized By Fire” by Spinnerette 3. “Use Once & Destroy” by Hole 4. “One Hundred Years” by The Cure 5. “As Heaven Is Wide” by Garbage

The only song on the album that really stands out as a dud is “I Don’t Need Your Love,” which shows Dalle singing completely in her head voice. While her choice to do this was a brave one, the end result is the most unlistenable song on the record. Singing in such a high range left her delivery less expressive — she sounds bored. Aside from her vocals, the song also features a strange interlude with a toddler giggling while violin strings are plucked in the background. The moment doesn’t fit with the rest of the song at all and the song in its entirety doesn’t seem to belong on the album. Another downfall is how repetitive the album can be. Even though it’s only nine tracks long, by the end, the listener has had quite enough of midtempo alternative rock with subdued verses and explosive choruses. It becomes formulaic. But when the formula works, it really works. “Blood In Gutters” has one of the simplest but most infectious choruses on the album. “Find your weakness. Go on, kill it,” Dalle snarls in the chorus. Despite the album’s imperfections, with “Diploid Love,” Dalle has done just that. | @Jessica_Cabe

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nkur: My No. 1. No matter how dreary or cold the night, your shorts and awful graphic T’s always brightened my day. Although spending $13.67 on Gen. Tso’s chicken and dumplings every night (when I was making $14.00/night) wasn’t the best idea, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Thank you for ushering me into The Daily Orange, teaching me and, of course, staying patient with me. Your eye for design, and graphic T’s, is impeccable and I’m excited to see what kind of future you’ll draw for yourself. Berube: Whoops...I guess at the end of the day you should get a shout out. You’re the one who roped me into this place to begin with. What a ride it’s been. Your passion for SU basketball gives Boeheim a run for his money - keep that up. Becca and Dara: You take care of your own. When a man is homeless at 3 a.m., you know what needs to be done. I appreciate that. You are two of the best mothers out there. And Dara, shout out for Philly! Lizzie: My first tequila — and my last — Funny how those two go together. Your design skill and leadership are unprecedented. Even if you never let me design for you (can I really blame you?), I have to say: “That new redesign, doe. Word.” You’ve legitimately left your mark on this paper Casey: Let’s grab a family dinner next week. I’ll do the dishes, and stop by Tops, and I’ll cook it. Thankfully you’ll be around next year, so when I’m bored with my free time, I’ll come over and do your dishes. Tradition, you know? All jokes aside, your leadership was fantastic and inspiring. It was a pleasure to work under you, and your energy and work ethic are beyond commendable. I’m excited to see where that will take you. Chase: My Maine man. Although I was fired

about 15 times a night on average, I like to think we had a good thing going back in the spring of ’13. Those were the days. I crunched the numbers again, and you actually only owe me 13 Chipotle runs. As I’ve said before, you can start paying those back whenever you want. Thanks for putting up with me, and remember that those “Country Roads” will always take you home. “One job, Chase. ONE job!!” Sam: It’s an honor to say I know you and I consider myself lucky to have worked with you. Somehow luck had it that we always worked opposite nights, but I like to think that our time of working together here was only the beginning of something great. Word, doe. Allen: I just wanted to include you, so one day I can prove “I knew him back in college.” Stay classy, and keep ‘qualin…’ Qual’ me maybe? Kristin: To the happiest person in the world. I’ve never been so happy to see someone every time I walk into the house. I used to walk in, and then pretend to forget something in my car, just so I could walk in again. And say hi again. It’s also funny because this is my duck — Quack Quack. Maddy: Remember that one time? In the car? We went to Atlanta? Yeah. That was cool. I say if I ever replicate an experience like that, I’ll be happy. I bring it up every time I see you, but really, it was awesome. You’re always so happy to see everyone; it’s infectious. Keep it up. Stay awesome, stay amazing, stay in touch #SUtoATL Street Team: Yup. It happened. 2,238 total miles, and a total amount of tweets summing up to a similar number, I’m sure. The fact we didn’t kill each other is a miracle. Between sleeping on Motel 6 floors and eating at Waffle House two times a day, I don’t know how we did it. Chase, I hope you never get the chance to lock me in my own car again, just so I can’t drive. And Maddy, I hope you never die of

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the plague in my backseat again. Here’s to those Country Roads. Dylan: I’m pretty sure every officer in the Syracuse Police Department knows you by name because you’ve interviewed them a million times. I’ve never seen someone with such vigor and passion for journalism. Keep it up and the world will be yours. Although quiet at times, your contribution to #SUtoATL was amazing, and it just wouldn’t have been the same otherwise. Lauren: So, supposedly it’s actually called ‘Spondivits Bar,’ but I don’t know about that. I think they misspelled it. Atlanta was awesome — and supposedly we both went to Ghana one summer? Small world. Let’s catch up about that. Young Designers: You guys have the talent, skill and passion to run this place. It’s infectious. You’re killing it now; make sure it stays that way. Sports: Unfortunately, I was never really on time for On The Beat, but we did it. We still accomplished it and got a series going there. Bailey, the pajamas are a nice touch, and I honestly just can’t blame you. The amount of work that the sports department puts in during a given week is unprecedented and amazing. Keep it up, guys. I’m excited to see where you guys are going. Chelsea: To Slumpy: Pulp will forever and always be the best section. But if Jon Harris asks, I said nothing. OK? Love, Annie. Avery: Missing something? Where are the ponies now? Muahaha. Also, thank you for discovering my weak spot and abusing it. The random posts of polar bears on my wall — amazing. Make sure that doesn’t stop. Say hello to Luna next time you’re in Buffalo!! Mark: “Cut it out, Luke!” I was never sure if you were yelling at me to stop joking around, or

to get back to cutting out Georgetown players. Regardless, your leadership was phenomenal and inspiring. Thanks for keeping me in cheek. Laurence: You always seemed to brighten my day some way or another. When I came into the crazy, little house with the red door, you were there to welcome me and show me that it wasn’t that scary. Your mothering instincts will take you far. Alfred: A tradition is a tradition. I’ll see you next year. No exceptions, buddy. On a serious note: your energy for journalism and work ethic are inspiring. Keep at it; I’m excited for you, man. Beth: You had to teach me how to design. There’s nothing I could ever do to repay you for that. There’s nothing I could say that would give you the credit for that, besides saying you’re the most patient person in the world. Thanks. Joe: Against all odds we made it back from New York City at 2 a.m. Not my proudest moment there. But alas, here we are. I miss you being here already. Don’t want you to leave, but I’m excited to see where you take yourself. Daily Orange (Old, Present, Future): Thank you for welcoming me into one of the strongest, most influential and amazing organizations in the Syracuse community. It has shaped my college career, as I’m sure it has yours. Remember, next time pup food gets pushed back until 11 p.m., or you see the sunrise as you’re correcting headlines, that what you’re doing there is beyond important. Make sure to stop and appreciate that sunrise. It only means that it’s a new day. You’re informing a community, writing history and possibly affecting the future. Keep at it. Move the rock, and keep chasing those sirens… Thanks! Luke


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spring awakening men and women, played by SU drama professors Celia Madeoy and Joseph Whelan. SU drama students Delphi Borich, Brady Richards and Butler play the lead characters of Wendla, Melchior and Moritz. Michael Barakiva, a professional director and writer from New York City, approached the direction of the show from an acting standpoint, rather than focusing on music. This is unusual for a musical, Sophie Burnham, the sophomore assistant director of the show, said. This approach is reflected in the intense emotional portrayals given throughout the cast, from lead to supporting roles. “This really runs the gamut,” Burnham said. “We wanted to deal with it from a place of emotional safety for the actors.” In preparing for the role of Moritz, an emotionally tortured character who takes his own life in the show, Butler researched sleep deprivation and spoke with people with a history of suicidal thoughts to better understand how to portray this mindset on stage. “It was extremely helpful to understand that feeling of truly having no options, feeling totally alone and having nobody there,” he said. The intense and poignant nature of the show was a hurdle for the cast to overcome, Burnham said. To prepare, they dove into the script,

interpreting the issues and the subtext presented in the musical. Audiences familiar with the eight-time Tony Award winning musical can expect to hear wellknown songs with a completely new take on them. Performers used more than just their voices to make music on stage — actors played the guitar, the violin and even beat-boxed during

It was extremely helpful to understand that feeling of truly having no options, feeling totally alone and having nobody there. Ethan Butler junior musical theater major

the performance to supplement the orchestra. Kyle Patrick Scanlon, a sophomore musical theater major and audience member, said that the production’s original take on “Spring Awakening” is part of what makes it so captivating. Said Scanlon: “The direction and vision is really powerful. I’ve seen the Broadway one, and it’s so different — the vision stays true throughout the performance.”

The cast of Spring Awakening tackles an emotional plotline about a group of teenagers coming of age in 19th century Germany. courtesy of michael davis

(FROM LEFT) ETHAN BUTLER, BRADY RICHARDS AND DELPHI BORICH play the lead characters in the musical inspired by author Frank Wedekind. courtesy of michael davis

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edson From packs of Gatorade to pre-cooked dinners, boxes of tissues to floral arrangements, it seemed the entire Syracuse community was there to lift up the family. And inside the house, visitors cycled through just as quickly. “You joke about it like, ‘Who are all these people?’” Albanese said, “but that’s just how Sue is. She’d always reach out to people. So would Rob. “And in her greatest time of need, it all came back to her.” Albanese, Sue’s mother Carol Corner and the “Sunday night dinner crew” — family friends Amy and Fred Harle, Kristen Montas Graves and Fred Graves and SU Athletics assistant director of communications Susie Mehringer — spearheaded the support in the first couple weeks after Rob’s death. Corner lived with the family in that time. “It was just so incredibly hard to believe that she was going to have to go through this at such a young age,” Corner said. “And that the kids were


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going to have to go through life without their dad.” In the first few days without Rob, each friend picked up some of Sue’s responsibilities. Albanese handled the obituary. Carrier Dome managing director Pete Sala took care of communications with OCC. Montas Graves and other friends reached out to Tiffany Steinwert, dean of Hendricks Chapel. Mehringer fielded email after email at SU Athletics, responding to people looking to help. “They were almost chomping at the bit. They just wanted so badly to be able to do something to help,” Mehringer said. “And unfortunately there really wasn’t much that we could do. “The one thing that was going to make it better was the one thing that none of us could do — and that was bring Rob back.” ••• Eighteen rows and three balconies worth of supporters came to Rob’s memorial service Thursday, Sept. 19, five days after he died. And on the following Saturday, the SU football team, which Sue works directly with, dedicated its game against Tulane to the Edson family.

TRACEY, SUE AND THOMAS EDSON pose next to an image of Rob on a wall near Onondaga Community College’s athletic Hall of Fame. Rob died unexpectedly last September.

SU Athletics officials wore Rob’s trademark sweater vests and an honorary “RE” was painted on the sideline where he normally stood. And Syracuse fullback Clay Cleveland delivered the most surprising gift of the day. Cleveland knelt in the end zone before the game, said a prayer for Rob and told him he would meet him in that same spot again during the game. With 3:21 left in the first quarter, he did just that. In the third quarter, he scored again. The first, and only, two scores of his career. “Sue Edson means a lot to us,” Cleveland said after the game. “I never met Rob personally, but we were at the funeral. We were all so moved. This is for them.” After the game, the team signed a ball for Sue. And when she got home from Thomas’ lacrosse game that afternoon, she caught the end of the television broadcast featuring her, Rob and their family. At the first Sunday dinner without Rob at the end of that week, the group converged at Amy’s cousin’s house. Montas Graves said it helped for Sue that Rob had never been there before. But for Sue, having to sit rather than cook and clean was difficult. Together, they told stories about Rob. Tears turned into laughter. “We just knew she needed us around her,” Montas Graves said. ••• Then began Sue’s first week back at work. While the tributes for Rob were ongoing and every day, life for her and the kids was changing. Two cars turned to one. Getting the kids to their athletic events became more complicated. The workload piled up for Sue, who — while appreciative of all the support — was not going to let other people run her life. “She lost a lot of weight and you could always see that she wasn’t sleeping well,” Montas Graves said, “because she continued to try to do everything.” During the Clemson walk through that week, when Sue stepped next to the ‘RE’ for the fist time, emotion came over her. “When I say hard, it just hits you,” Sue said, “and you’re trying to keep yourself composed

to handle what you’re supposed to be handling.“ From there, it was the timely gestures that resonated with her, though she said she’s received some kind of correspondence about Rob in all but about 10 days since his passing. Sala and the athletic department bought and decorated a Christmas tree for her and the kids, and put it in the family’s hotel room at the Texas Bowl in Houston. It was their first Christmas without Rob. A Carrier Dome concessions employee purchased a table for Sue at the SU men’s basketball Hardwood Banquet on March 10 for $800 so she could bring friends. Rob was posthumously awarded the Vic Hanson Medal of Excellence, given to an individual with ties to the team, while making outstanding contributions to college basketball. “Honestly, sometimes I’ll do a Twitter search (for #RiseUpForRob) and I’m surprised that there are multiple tweets that I didn’t know about,” Sue said, “and that people are still thinking about him.” ••• Last Thursday, the latest tribute came in the form of a memorial unveiling in OCC’s SRC Arena. Across from the Hall of Fame wall, Rob’s picture was immortalized in front of friends, family and athletic officials. After OCC senior vice president David Murphy closed the ceremony, Sue held long hugs with each of her children. Soon after, another “RE” logo debuted — this time at the school’s new baseball and softball field. “Maybe it’s not what I didn’t know about Rob, those specific things,” Sue said, “but the number of people he touched.” The memories will keep coming. Sue still has plenty of cards to read, and thank-you cards to write. She still tends to the plants that were given to her for a half hour every week. And those are just the reminders that don’t follow her to and from work every day. With each one comes the feeling of support, of love. But so too comes grief. Said Sue: “I’d give it all back in a minute, in a second to have Rob here. Every bit of everything. Do whatever I had to do.” | @Stephen_Bailey1 april 29, 2014 2 5


om and Dad: Thanks for reading my stories, being such stupendous parents and taking care of Monty. Really excited to see you guys all the time in the summer and fall. I love you both so much. Dan: What up, doe? How’s it going, Bez? Thanks for being like a brother from another mother. May I place this here? I have been eavesdropping on a lot of your conversations, Charlie. God Blahs that Hass. Mint! Hybernation: You’ve been a tremendous friend the past three years and are almost as reliable as Mike Campbell. Sorry about how jumbled the housing situation has been. Once we do live together in the spring, we’re gonna have a blast. Our house will be as hoppin’ as AJ’s on a Friday night. Just remember, we’ll always have that Character Connection. Wilson: We were on four beats together. That’s kind of cool. Traveling to ACC Media Day and the NCAA Tournament was a blast. I don’t know what’s more obvious — that Notre Dame is Notre Dame or that you’re a legend. That’s you in a nutshell! See you in Maryland, and go ‘Zards. Bailey: You did an awesome job this semester. Thanks for always pushing me (and photo). Also, thanks for starting the designer spelling bee — that was preposterously entertaining. I. Love. Walter! ‘Skeon! The bottom (it’s my expression)! Bang bang! Doug: I have no idea what the hell we talk about half the time but there’s never a dull moment, especially when we’re belting Alicia, Gladys or JoJo. You’re gonna dominate next semester, brotha. Just keep relishing like Andre Miller. Quack, quack, baby! D’Abb: “You’re the man!” While you’re an “incredible” copy editor, you’re an even better friend. I’d trust you with my life, especially in jail — even though I wouldn’t need any help. Congrats on moving up the ranks (and you’re welcome). Phil D’Abb is back, baby! He loves it! Da Blumsta: Well, would you look at that? It’s a 5-4 Mets win on a walk-off by Doug Mientkiewicz! You’re a sarcastic goon just like I am, and I’m going to miss making fun of Jesse violently typing away at the keyboard. Thanks for dominating the Blum Beat like a boss. Klinger: Great times covering lacrosse last year, particularly Bwenny Day-wee. Enjoy football and basketball — it’s a lot of fun and I’m sure you’ll shine. Thanks for sharing that Ian Darke video with me; it’s quite the firecracker! If we don’t end up playing tennis this semester, we’ll have to play at some point. If we do, that was fun (at least, I assume it will be). Schneid: Congrats on becoming a Media Cup legend as a freshman — truly an historic feat. Keep hoopin’ like Chandler. Congrats on get-

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ting in-house, too. You’ll grow a lot as a writer and the late nights are completely worth it. I’ll beat you at ping pong some day (but actually). Schwed: Leggo! The binky! The top! You’ve gotten a lot better on softball this semester and I’m confident you’ll continue to improve next fall. I’ll miss hanging with you, but I’ll still expect the frequent snap. Keep spongin’, baby. Grossman, Raigro, Matty Ice, Piccotti, Ari and Liam: Thanks for always keeping me on my toes. Just kidding, it’s been a pleasure reading with you all. Casey: You are to The Daily Orange what the Trevor face is to my repertoire: an absolute staple. You’ve done a phenomenal job as EIC; I’m excited to take your place in the fall. Just remember, Hakuna McCullough. Chase: Thanks for double dipping as Managing Editor and photo connoisseur. Also, thanks for appearing in my COM 346 project; didn’t see that one coming. Though I don’t read your noon notes, I’m sure they’re splendid ( just kidding, I read them every once in a while). Also, thanks for complimenting my column writing; it’s always really nice to hear. Maddy: Good times salsa dancing, even though you had trouble keeping up with my dazzling moves. Thanks for tolerating when I talk about Spain so, so, so much and just how much I like absolutely love it. Like OMG! Lizzie: Here we have a classic, 14th-century aqueduct, designed by Baroque architect Igor von Schteinberg. You see, it was modeled after King William VVII’s head to accentuate his furrowed brow and aquiline nose. Good times. On the real, have a blast in Denmark! DIS place is gonna miss you big time. You’re honestly one of the most talented people I’ve met at Syracuse and I know you’re going to blow your future employer away, wherever you work. Lindsay: You’re gonna do a superb job as PD next semester. Hopefully we can play tennis at some point. Good times watching Hyber throw up in the backseat and at the rest stop! Ankur: Great times in basketball class. You’re money from mid-range. Nice job making Seneca proud. Thanks for making all of our stuff look cool and for giving The Ankur A. Patankar VII Fountain for Aquatic Advancement the name it always needed. Also, thanks for bringing “Hee-ya!” to the sports office. On that note … Hee-ya! Audrey: Thanks for teaching me how to watch basketball legally and trusting me with a knife. Who in their right mind would trust me with a knife? You’re a nifty copy chief and a genuinely allaround great person. Thanks for joining sports. Victor and Samar: You guys were stellar copy chiefs and both as friendly as they come.

Iseman: Thanks for hiring me and helping me become a better writer. Oh, and thanks for putting me on women’s basketball with Wilson and Kevin Prise, consequently forming the most lethal dream team ever known to man. Ryne: Great times at Big East Media Day. That was one of the highlights of my time at The D.O. Cohen: Thanks for helping me make some big decisions and for being an outstanding person to look up to. Mark: Thanks for helping convince me that The D.O. was the place to be and for making sure I never (ever) used the word impact erroneously. You’ve really impacted me a lot. Kevin Prise: You are truly a legend. That is all. Curt: Thanks for warming me up. I couldn’t have done it without you. Mettus World Peace, Mara, Clare and Nick: Thanks for snazzing up what we do at The Daily on the daily and tolerating the hullaballoo. Chloe: Heeeeey Chloe! Lara and Meredith: Kill it. I know you will. News: Thanks for welcoming me at 1 a.m. when I’m bored and goofily smiling with me when Casey or Chase comes and kicks me out.

Pulp: A motley, vivacious crew, and one with which I always enjoy schmoozing during pup food. Photo: Thanks for working extremely hard to help the sports section thrive. We really appreciate all the time and effort you put in. Natalie: Thanks for drawing this duck. I haven’t seen it yet, naturally, but I’m sure it’ll quack me up, just like your Scribbles. But honestly, who throws a shoe (cc: Wilson)? Alfred: Brooklyn, baby! That’s all you need to say. Seegz: Gotta love the fact that you wear a shirt and tie pretty much every day. You’re a professional. Trust yourself and remember that everything always works out when you work hard. Soccorso: Thanks for ballin’ and being the third roommate we never had. Nicole: Thanks for being the most upbeat, radiant person I know and brightening my day. To the bathroom office: Thanks for always being there. To everyone at 744: Thanks for chanting “Whose house? Hass’ house,” laughing at my bad jokes and making The Daily Orange such an incredible place to work. I’ll miss you all.

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Watson provides experience, leadership as Orange catcher By Paul Schwedelson staff writer

Jasmine Watson usually knows what freshman pitcher Sydney O’Hara wants to throw. O’Hara rarely shakes off the senior catcher, and being on the same page gives her an added sense of comfort on the mound. But this wasn’t the case for the entire season. “Right now for rhythm of the game, and confidence-wise, I think it was just a good move for us, for the team,” Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross said. Until April 2, Watson — who was named the ACC player of the week on Monday — started every game at first base as freshman Nicole Lundstrom handled catching duties. Throughout April, though, Ross has consistently flip-flopped the two defensively, providing the Orange (24-24, 12-12 Atlantic Coast) with a boost in leadership from behind the plate. “I try to keep them up even if they get a home run hit off of them or if they’re getting hit or having a rough day,” Watson said. “I just try and keep them up and make sure they come after the next pitch, next batter.” Watson’s advantage in experience justified the midseason switch, Ross said, especially considering SU’s pitching staff consists of two freshmen and a sophomore. When Watson jogs out to the circle she typically says the right thing to calm the young pitchers.


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“Obviously I’m going to listen to Jaz,” O’Hara said. “She’s been on the team for four years now, so she knows what she’s talking about.” O’Hara described both Watson and Lundstrom as “great” catchers, but Watson brings extra leadership to the field. In the final 14 games of the regular season, Watson played catcher for nine full games and for at least a portion of 13. The move also allows Lundstrom to get a rest from one of the most demanding positions on the field, after starting the first 28 games of the season behind the dish. Since then, Lundstrom has still started in each of SU’s 20 games, including nine at first base, six as the designated player and five at catcher. Ross said Lundstrom plays first base well, too. Though Watson has received the bulk of playing time at catcher recently, Ross said she hasn’t committed to one or the other for the ACC tournament, which starts May 8. She described the catching competition as “day-to-day.” Watson spent most of her Syracuse career playing first base. In the previous two seasons, she played catcher for a full game once in five appearances at the position. She also played the position growing up through high school. “I think my role is the same as it was at first,” Watson said. “Just being really vocal and making sure that I keep the team up, so it becomes a domino effect and everyone is picking each other up.”



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om, Dad, Maama, Boompa and Shashi: Thanks for always supporting me, and understanding when I only call once a month or can’t come home for a holiday. I know, selfishly, I don’t say it enough, but thank you. None of this would be possible without you. Cindy: Thank you for always being there with a pitcher of Miller Lite waiting on the counter every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. None of this would be possible without you either. Wilson: We did alright, huh? It was a pleasure running shit with you in house, on the football and hoops beats and on 2K14 at home. Thanks for balancing out my personality — all charges excluded — and always being there to approve of my impulsive, and often mildly reckless, ideas. From Senior Sundays and Lucy’s Mondays to Flip Night Wednesdays and Chuck’s Thursdays — plus a slew of dive bars up and down the East Coast — there’s no one else I’d rather grab a beer, or three, with. Curt: You’re a living legend, my friend. I don’t know of another D.O. friend who’s embraced the lifestyle and culture more. From racing down the roof of the Flint stairs freshman year to drop-kicking the bush in front of the house this fall (sorry, Big 8), we’ve shared more shenanigans together than anyone else — and those are just the ones I can remember. When I walk at graduation in a couple weeks, know that I couldn’t have done it without you. Austin: You’ve been missed here every day this semester, but I know you’re bound for a huge rebound next year. I’m so proud of all you’ve done these last couple months. Thanks for making college fun (miscarriage excluded), and hopefully we’ll get one last Newport weekend in this summer. Jesse: You’re as talented a writer as I’ve seen come through The D.O. since I got here, but more than that, you’re a fierce friend and a great motivator. Damn, was it fun to work together on that zone series. Long live sports shotguns and tweet time schedules — they’re in your hands now, buddy. Klinger: Life is silly, man. I hope your sabbatical this year was just as productive as mine was. I can’t tell you how pumped I am for you to be back in house. You deserve everything coming to you — and I’m sure there’ll be plenty. Trevor: It was a pleasure covering and editing with you this year. Your mannerisms are irreplaceable, as will be your place at The D.O. next year. But the people will always be there for you, and you’re going to the f*cking Boston Globe! Kill it, and grab a blueberry ale at Beerworks for me when you get the chance. Phil: I remember sitting down with you at Varsity last year and talking about your future here. So, so glad it’s finally panning out — and even more glad that you’ve become more bold. Thanks for being the best copy editor in the country. Here’s to smoking a few more celebratory Black and Milds before the year is out. And don’t be afraid to swing big next year. Sam: I see a lot of myself in you: witty, hard working and brash. You’ll get yelled at here and there for it, but I’m glad to know there won’t be many arguments left off the table these next couple years. Glad to be the one who brought you in house. I hope that lived up to what you wanted me to write about you. Schneidman: Way to work your butt off this year. Proud to see you get in house. Make the most of it, and make sure D.O. Sports stays a fun place to work. The future of D.O. Sports: Work hard, play hard. Make your staff your friends and push each other to be great. Lean on those around you and those who came before you. My phone is always on and my email is always open — and

if I don’t respond, pester me until I do. Tony: From my first read to the long hours spent brainstorming story ideas in Bird, you hooked me on The D.O. and journalism more than anyone else. Thanks for being a great mentor, and now a great friend. Brett: Remember Marjory Elwell? Kuba Kotynia? A day in the life with Luke Jensen? I know I always will. You gave me my first story and my first beat, and never let me finish a story without taking something new away from it. Thanks for opening the D.O. Sports’ doors to a scrubby, naïve freshman. Hope I did OK this year. Cohen: Thanks for bringing me in house, man. It seems like so long ago, but you trusted me with a spot in the office even after I showed up late to the first Sunday meeting (thanks, Treds) and missed like five different spellings of Pasqualoni in football guide (we can share the blame on that one — never was good at that). Mark: Thanks for all the help and feedback coming up through the ranks. It’s too bad we never really got to produce a section together. I really would’ve liked that. Katie: Thanks for believing in me sophomore year. It made me work harder and, ultimately, become a better journalist. One retweet, though, may have pushed me even farther #thatscommitment. Treds: Ducks fly together. We made one hell of a team as copy editors, and tennis beat writers of course. Hope our paths cross again. You’ve been missed. Propper: Your passion was infectious. You made everyone around you work harder. Whether it was SU Athletics or a line of metal chairs standing in your way, there was no doubt you’d do your damndest to get through them. Ryne: I know sometimes it’s hard for others to tell, but thanks for caring about my future. Thanks for coming out to Thornden to shoot a basketball around with me last year and listening to my semi-coherent ramblings. Ditto to my last line toward Mark. Conor, ALJ, Gelb, Andy, Thamel, Carlson…: The list goes on. And on. And on. I wish I had the room to thank you all individually because you deserve it. Thanks for always being there to answer a call or an email. I wouldn’t be here without you all. Spencer: Road trips with you and Wilson were some of the best weekends of my year. You’re one of a kind, and we were lucky to have you. Seegz: You’re as relentless a reporter as I’ve ever met. I wish I had more time to work with you these last couple semesters, but know you’ve only got more strong stories coming. Trust yourself. And relax — I recommend seeing Spencer about that. Annie: You’re smart, witty and well versed in making something out of nothing. Your ability to come in every night and keep plugging away was incredibly impressive. Have some fun next year. Liz: Thanks for preventing me from being the biggest D.O. alcoholic of our era. Marge: Sorry for being an assh*le, and thanks for putting up with me. You stepped into a huge position as only a freshman and showed some serious grit. Dealing with a house fresh off its biggest f*cking over of the year wasn’t easy, and you did really well. I know you can pull Photo together. The reins are yours. Lindsay: You’re tough as nails, and I think you’ve got the creativity and willingness to try new things that will push the design of The D.O. to the next level. Chloe, Clare, Mara: You three are incredibly fun, and I’ve had a blast watching each of you grow at The D.O. I love that none of you were never ever fazed by Sports. Chloe, I’ll miss your constant smile (and the Mom Meister, of

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course). Clare, I’ll miss your spelling ability — not as much as the rest of design, though. And Mara, I’ll miss your sass — kerning will never be the same. Mettus and Nick: You guys came in this semester and killed it. Mettus, you’re as funny as they come and I’m pumped you’re moving to Sports next year. Nick, I’ll make sure the guys send a few more faceoff stories your way. Water fountain: Thanks for providing the post-pup food quenching that has supported Sports for years. You’ll forever be the secondbest fountain on campus (after Sims, third floor). Kristin, Joe, Vandy: Thanks for making Featch a fun place to walk through this year. Sorry for stealing the spread from you here and there. Natalie: I pride myself on perception, but after this whole semester I still feel like you’re somewhat of a mystery. Thanks for all the cats (hoping this runs next to one) and I forgive you for kicking me. Chris Voll: You killed it this year. Thanks for always being there to pull together an alternative story format, or plan the umpteenth project attempt. We had the best college website in the country and that’s 100 percent to your credit. Alfred: I can’t say I’ve ever met anyone like you. You have a great sense of sarcasm and a strong News sense. But most importantly you kept edit board light and (generally) short. And for that, I am eternally grateful. Berner: The house wasn’t quite the same without you this semester. Glad we got to reconvene at parties at your house. Again, sorry about the window… and the fireball… and the shed. Chase: Your photo background was integral in keeping the paper moving forward this semester. Sorry for always complaining about how much money everyone else made (Note: this doesn’t mean I don’t think there are some alterations to be made). Looking forward to seeing what you do next year. Newman: Thanks for being The D.O.’s unofficial Jewish mom, because everybody needs

one of those. I’m really happy you decided to come back next year, and know you can not only redefine the managing editor’s role, but help fix up the News section and keep everyone well fed. Lara: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Trust the team you’ve hired around you. And don’t put yourself above anyone else. You’ve got the makings of a revolutionary EIC. I’m really excited to see what you can do. Ankur: We did it, buddy. Media Cup was glorious, and knowing we walk off as champions together makes it all the more sweet. It’s a night that will go down in D.O. infamy. Also, can you record your starting lineups one more time? I need a new phone ringtone. Seneca: Thanks for getting us in shape for Media Cup … “To the baseline!” Audrey: It still seems like you came to The D.O. out of nowhere. Thanks for being my deskmate and knife buddy, and an unofficial member of the Sports staff. I had no idea what I was getting into when I interviewed you over Skype this fall. Hopefully there are more good times to come. Lizzie: I honestly don’t know how you do what you do every night. This paper would never get put out without you, and these last two semesters, for me, wouldn’t have been the same without ya. There’s no one I would rather have been a veteran with. As you say, an era of D.O. history dies with us. Casey: You were so worried about having to argue with me. Sorry if I underwhelmed. Thanks for always having an open door and never making snap decisions that management teams sometimes have to. It meant a lot, and made The D.O. a fun place to work. For an only child, you did a great job of working with others. Marwa: Sometimes I wonder how and why you put up with my madness. Too many times I forget to thank you enough. But I wouldn’t have made it through this year, or last, without you. Hopefully there are many more years we’ll get to spend together. I love you.


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when he hits that mark. In Friday’s comeback victory against the Blue Devils, Rice’s fourth-quarter goal kicked off a decisive 6-1 SU run. Then he assisted on the game-winning goal, taking a pass from Staats with less than five seconds left in the game. From the top of the box, Rice zipped a pass to the crease for Donahue, who turned and flicked it in just before time expired. “We were able to fight back, and I’m just really proud of everyone,” Rice said after the win. Two days later, Rice continued to facilitate the offense, this time against the Fighting Irish. Going into the fourth quarter, he had one goal and four assists. And when the Orange mounted a comeback attempt in the fourth, Rice was the driving force behind it. “I think we finally settled down,” SU head coach John Desko said. Rice set himself up behind the cage and waited for his cutters. He found both Derek Maltz and Staats at the crease for goals. Down 15-14, SU had one last possession with just under a minute left. From behind the net, Rice darted to the right doorstep and got off a contested shot, but UND goalie Conor Kelly snared it.

KEVIN RICE set ACC tournament records by logging 15 points and 11 assists this weekend. He was one of four all-tournament selections for SU. logan reidsma staff photographer

“I knew there was about 10 seconds left,” Rice said. “I went to the rack and he made a good save.” Kelly’s denial was a crushing ending to the

point man Rice also ranks top five in the country in points per game. Player 1. Lyle Thompson 2. Miles Thompson 3. Kieran McArdle 4. Richie Hurley 4. Kevin Rice

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Orange’s six-game winning streak, which had thrust Syracuse into the nation’s top five. But as SU players had said all along, an ACC championship isn’t the biggest prize. The NCAA tournament is, and the Tewaaraton nominee will lead the way. “Anytime you lose a game, it’s a kick in the back,” Rice said. “Obviously, we wanted to win here today, but we can look at the tape and move forward and get ready for Colgate (on Saturday). “It’s one we can’t let get away from us, and then the real deal starts.” | @PhilDAbb

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Freshman core has program looking forward to future By Matt Miselis staff writer

With a 4-3 win over Wake Forest on April 18, Syracuse snapped a three-game losing streak, but it wasn’t what impressed Amanda Rodgers most. Three freshmen combined to win a singles and a doubles match for the Orange — a sign that they were flourishing from increased playing time. Rodgers believes SU will benefit from their growth moving forward. “I think it puts a mark on next year,” she said. “Whoever stays, we’re going to have an amazing team.” Syracuse (5-15, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) had its season come to an end following its 4-1 loss to No. 42 Florida State on Thursday in the ACC tournament. But the talented freshman class, led by Rhiann Newborn and Valeria Salazar, poses a bright future for the Orange. “All season long they have been under fire because they had to step up in situations where upperclassmen were injured,” George said. Newborn’s leadership was tested when George paired her with freshmen Maria Avgerinos and Olivia Messineo. Newborn and Avgerinos were a tandem for the majority of the season. In a loss to North Carolina’s Carolina Price and Whitney Kat – the No. 11 doubles team in the country – they were two freshmen playing like veterans. They built a 7-6 lead on the Tar Heels. But Price

and Kay ultimately pounced on the inexperience of the Orange. The two freshmen never showed in their body language that they weren’t capable. Neither chided the other during the match. “It’s going to help us a lot,” Newborn said following the loss to UNC. “ I feel that we are going to beat a lot of these good ACC doubles players we’re going to come up against. We’re going to keep fighting, keep working and staying positive.” Known initially for her quiet personality, another freshman, Salazar, learned from doubles partner Maddie Kobelt. The duo earned crucial victories against ranked opponents, most notably against Clemson on April 11. Kobelt and Salazar dominated Clemson’s then-12th-ranked Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya in a 8-2 win. Then, Salazar showed her transformation by providing the energy that her coaches have wanted her to display since becoming a part of the program. “I’m much more positive and feisty and have more energy,” she said. “When I got here, the coaches told me I had to be less mellow and be louder.” As SU looks to build into the ACC, junior Komal Safdar recognizes the potential of the program moving forward. “Every one of them has improved as a competitor,” Safdar said. “The fact that we have so many freshmen shows our depth and our further potential.”


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leary-eyed and filled with near-comical dread, I stepped out the doors of 744 Ostrom Avenue at 4 a.m. on Jan. 29 and threw my duffle bag and backpack into a cab. We were midway through a stretch of working 16-of-21 nights — the most daunting I can remember — and I would be covering the Syracuse-Wake Forest men’s basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C. at 9 p.m. that night. I was exhausted. On my way to the airport, the cab driver and I got talking about Syracuse basketball, and when he learned that I covered the team, he picked my brain on players and matchups. He too would be working a long night with little sleep, and for those few minutes we connected. He reminded me why I love writing and reporting on sports: the job allows me to take in experiences first-hand that most others can’t. And it allows me to share those experiences. Many of my peers were inspired by family members or childhood experiences. I don’t have a sob story to tell or a sole inspiration to praise. Instead, I have a memory bank full of prized moments, as well as the close friends who I was lucky enough to share them with. From covering the final SU swimming and diving home meet, to the women’s lacrosse team’s furious Final Four comeback two springs ago. From standing up in shock at Tyler Ennis’ 35-foot stunner of the Steel City to having the chance to write a column off Jim Boeheim’s first-ever ejection. This year, especially, was incredible. Reporting on a football season highlighted with a last-minute game-winning Texas Bowl touchdown, and a hoops season complete with more memories than



I can recall today, I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t take back a wink of sleep for any of it. What a ride. What a f*cking ride. At one point — somewhere around Ennis’ buzzer beater at Pitt — it seemed like it would never end. Traveling up and down the East Coast with beat partners David Wilson and Trevor Hass. Chasing stories. Getting to meet some of the finest professionals in the journalism industry. But after spending more time driving to and from Greensboro, N.C. that weekend than covering the tournament, I watched from my couch as Dayton shocked Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. Instead of going to Memphis, my next couple weeks’ schedule was wiped clean. Road trips were replaced by weekends with friends. Postgame interviews turned in to talks of graduation. Deadline writing became papers and projects. The end was jarring, but my time spent writing at The Daily Orange is treasured. Even the moments during which the next rest point wasn’t even on the horizon yet. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way — even that cab driver. Sorry if I forgot to tip you.

Stephen Bailey is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1.


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Syracuse senior catcher Jasmine Watson provides the Orange with experience and leadership behind the plate. She switched from first base earlier this season. Page 26

Hack Stephen Bailey reflects on his time covering Syracuse sports at The Daily Orange, and the moments and people that made it special. Page 31

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Rising up Syracuse community supports Sue Edson, family in wake of husband Rob’s death Text By Stephen Bailey sports editor

Photos by Margaret Lin photo editor


he reminders of Rob Edson are everywhere. For Sue and children Thomas, 15, and Tracey, 12, they come in the form of gifts. More than 1,100 cards from friends and family, co-workers and athletes, neighbors and strangers. A football signed by the 2013 Syracuse football team. A memorialized Onondaga Community College No. 1 jersey presented to the family at Rob’s funeral. Framed photos and personalized messages. The list goes on. “Obviously it’s not going to change, he’s not coming back,” Sue said, “but I still — sometimes it doesn’t feel like this is permanent.” For a family still fully entwined in SU Athletics, where Rob worked for 21 years before becoming the athletic director at OCC, the academic year has been filled with gestures. And for Sue, who continues working as the associate athletics director of SU Athletics communications, compartmentalizing life has become difficult. Rob died at the age of 45 in September of an apparent heart attack. With the outcropping of support comes jolts of unexpected sorrow. The community she works with is the same community Rob worked with. Her friends were his friends. “It’s like a blessing and a curse at the same time,” said Jeanne Albanese, a close friend of Sue. “Rob and Sue were SU. Now, it’s Sue and SU.” ••• Each time Sue came home or glanced onto the porch of her Jamesville home during the first two weeks after Rob’s passing, there was another gift. see edson page 24

SUE EDSON, a member of SU’s athletic department, and her family received an outpouring of support from the community after her husband Rob died unexpectedly in September.

men’s lacrosse

Rice earns All-ACC tournament honors with stellar weekend By Phil D’Abbraccio asst. copy editor

Kevin Rice didn’t end the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament the way he’d hoped, but he still turned in a stellar performance. Despite taking an unsuccessful lastsecond shot that would’ve tied up the ACC championship game with just seconds on the clock, Rice led Syracuse’s four All-ACC tournament selections by setting tournament records with a combined 15 points and 11 assists in

two games. Attacks Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue, and defender Brandon Mullins rounded out the Orange’s alltournament honorees. Rice, a junior attack, went for three goals and five assists in the No. 4 Orange’s (10-4, 2-3 ACC) exhilarating 16-15 comeback victory over Duke on Friday. He followed it up Sunday with a one-goal, six-assist day in Syracuse’s failed comeback effort in a 15-14 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC championship game at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. “He’s just unbelievable,” SU

faceoff specialist Chris Daddio said. “He finds ways to score. That’s just the way he plays.” For Rice, the weekend was just a continuation of a highly productive season. His 69 points lead Syracuse, and he’s tied for fourth in the country in points per game. On Saturday, he and Staats were selected as two of 28 nominees for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, given to college lacrosse’s top player. Rice has six points in at least seven games this year, and the Orange is 6-1

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helping hand Kevin Rice, a Tewaaraton Award finalist, ranks sixth in the nation in assists per game. Player 1. Lyle Thompson 2. Justin Ward 3. Wells Stanwick 4. Richie Hurley 4. Kieran McArdle 6. Kevin Rice 7. Sam Llinares 8. Matt Thistle 9 J.D. Recor 10. Colin McLinden

School Albany Loyola (Md.) Johns Hopkins Siena St. John’s Syracuse Hofstra High Point Marist Fairfield

Assists Assists per game 61 4.36 48 3.20 38 2.92 40 2.86 40 2.86 39 2.79 32 2.46 33 2.36 29 2.23 28 2.15

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April 29, 2014

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April 29, 2014