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Ups and downs After a roller-coaster
coverage of the Final Four festivities, both inside and outside the Georgia Dome.
Syracuse entered the 2002-03 season unranked and inexperienced, fresh off elimination in the NIT the year before. But 10 years ago, a blissfully ignorant group of underclassmen took the country by storm. For SU, in 2003, it was
THEIR GAME By Jesse Dougherty
akim Warrick rising up to block Michael Lee’s last-ditch 3-point attempt. Jim Boeheim throwing his hands up in utter euphoria, a boyish smile on his face. Carmelo Anthony, just 18 years old, hoisting the Wooden trophy with his championship hat tilted to the side. These are the 2003 National Champions images of a night where months of hard work came to fruition at the perfect moment. At the pinnacle of college basketball, the Syracuse Orangemen won the 2003 national championship, defeating Kansas 81-78 in the Louisiana Superdome. It was the first and only NCAA title in program history. But winning the national cha mpionship didn’t solidify how good the team was for those inside the program ? it just Clay McKnight reminded them. former director of operations Ten years after knocking off Kansas, members of the title run can still feel the thrill of winning it all. They won the national championship not in one night, but by developing a calm, confident and competitive identity throughout the season. Aware of the team’s young talent, veteran leadership and unprecedented camaraderie, they knew they were contenders long before the nation did. “Everyone had fun and enjoyed being see anniversary page 15
recruitment, Mitch McGary is becoming a force inside for Michigan. Page 20
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Alampi quits position as Chief of Staff By Debbie Truong Enterprise Editor
Chief of Staff PJ Alampi resigned from his position in the Student Association Wednesday, citing discontent with leadership within the organization. “The time that I have spent with the Student Association has given me some of the most rewarding moments in my college career,” Alampi wrote in a onepage resignation letter. “Unfortunately with the current state of the organization and leadership, I can no longer properly support its endeavors.” Alampi’s resignation comes after an eventful week for the Student Associa-
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Impeachment hearing results in voting fraud
“Our flight was delayed, the weather was bad and we walked into the stadium to a sellout crowd doing everything to get in our heads.”
By Debbie Truong Enterprise Editor
Four false ballots were cast during Monday night’s closed-door impeachment vote against Student Association President Allie Curtis. During Monday night’s vote, 29 general assembly members voted against continuing the impeachment process and 18 voted in favor. The vote was originally recorded as 31 for not continuing with the impeachment process and 20 in favor. The four false ballots did not swing the result of the vote one way or another.
daily orange file photo carmelo anthony helped lead the Orangemen to the program’s only national championship in 2003. He was one of three freshmen starters on an SU team that started the year unranked.
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CLARIFICATION In the quote of the day on April 3, what Mark Cuban was referring to was unclear. He was referring to Brittney Griner, an All-American center for the Baylor women’s basketball team who is a potential NBA Draft pick for his team.
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Two buses to take students to Final Four
Police to increase presence
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The Syracuse Police Department plans to patrol and use security cameras on Marshall Street for Syracuse University’s Final Four game this weekend. With the help of SU’s Department of Public Safety, police will patrol Armory Square, the university neighborhood and Destiny USA, The PostStandard reported on Wednesday. Police are “preparing for the worst,” but aren’t expecting major problems after the games, SPD’s Sgt. Tom Connellan said in the article. He added that the weekend’s nice weather could also lead to bigger crowds. The cameras will focus on the crowds, he said. “Not only will people be held criminally responsible for their actions, but SU will also discipline students,” Connellan said in the article. When SU won the NCAA championship in 2003, fans set fires on Marshall Street, climbed trees, broke parking meters and ran naked through the streets. In 2003, more than 100 police patrolled Marshall Street. There were two dozen arrests during the Final Four weekend in 2003, Connellan said in the article. firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Final Four game Saturday, the Office of Student Affairs organized game-viewing locations on campus for students. The locations include: • Residence halls • Goldstein Student Center • Schine Student Center • Kimmel Food Court
spencer bodian | staff photographer George Wazen, a public safety officer, talks with students at the “Wrapping with DPS” event in the Schine Atrium. The goal of the event was to build relationships between students and DPS officers.
DPS holds event to connect to students By Jessica Iannetta Asst. News Editor
Hugh Yang didn’t expect to get a free lunch when he walked through the Schine Atrium on Wednesday. But a few minutes later, Yang, a freshman information and technology major, found himself eating a sandwich wrap and commenting on the Department of Public Safety’s performance on campus. The free sandwiches and survey were part of “Wrapping with DPS.” The goal of the event, held in the atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, was for DPS to get feedback from the community and build relationships between students and officers. “It’s good that they’re doing this,” Yang said. “DPS is very important to the school.” On the five-question survey DPS handed out, students were asked to rate the department’s performance,
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he offered was for DPS to advertise more and do a better job of telling the student body how they operate and what they do.
DPS also holds other events besides “Wrapping with DPS” to connect with students. On Wednesday mornings, officers serve students hot chocolate at the College Place bus stop as part of “Warm-Up to DPS.” The officers are also planning to host a kickball game on the Quad as the weather gets warmer, said Jon Lebaron, a DPS officer and union president. The push to connect more with the community was in response to the recent major reorganization within DPS, Lebaron said. In spite of all the internal issues, DPS wants to show students that they still remain the department’s main focus, he said. “We wanted to show that we haven’t lost touch in any way,” Lebaron said. “We’re still here and we want students to know they’re still our main focus.” see dps wrap page 10
Relay for Life works to reach fundraising goal By Shelby Netschke Staff Writer
In less than 48 hours, close to 2,000 people will populate the Carrier Dome. They will all be connected by a simple cause: beating cancer. Relay for Life, a national cancer walk, brings together cancer survivors and supporters from around the country to fundraise and fight for a cure. The Syracuse University Relay
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for Life event is organized by several student committees. The 12-hour event, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, will be held in the Dome, where participants will walk “survivor
Relay for Life of Syracuse University Where: Carrier Dome When: April 6, 6 p.m. How much: $20
laps” to commemorate survivors and show their support. As of Wednesday, 1,840 participants had signed up. As in past years, organizers hope to see more than 2,000 participants with last-minute sign-ups, which cost $ 20 at the door. There are 209 teams participating in the event, covering a diverse spectrum of students from Greek organizations to Hillel to the Quidditch
team, said Katherine Bresnahan, a senior public relations major and co-chair of the Syracuse Relay for Life committee. “[Relay] is the only event, as far as I know, that really brings together every single student organization in one place for the same cause,” Bresnahan said. Each year, the Syracuse Relay aims to raise as much money as see relay page 10
The Student Association will provide students two free buses to Atlanta for the NCAA Final Four and championship games this weekend. Earlier in the week, SA said it would not provide any busing to Atlanta, citing “liability” concerns. The buses, which hold a total of 110 people, will leave Saturday morning and return Tuesday morning, said SA Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo. Students will be responsible for their own lodging in Atlanta. SA will begin coordinating tickets on Thursday, he said. DeSalvo said logistical concerns were largely responsible for SA’s original decision not to provide the buses, including determining where students would stay in Atlanta and whether the bus would return Tuesday regardless of SU’s progression in the tournament. “Originally, not all of the details were hashed out. On our end, we have
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Chair issues apology for email riddle By Meredith Newman Asst. News Editor
Ivan Rosales-Robles, chairman of the Student Association’s Student Life Committee, apologized to the general assembly Wednesday for the manner in which he revealed former Public Relations Director Colin Crowley’s status as a non-student. On March 26, Rosales-Robles sent an anonymous email written in the form of a riddle to The Daily Orange saying President Allie Curtis violated SA regulations by knowingly permitting Crowley to serve on the cabinet during a leave of absence from the university. Curtis was copied on the email sent to The D.O. In the email apology sent to SA members on Wednesday, RosalesRobles said he handled the situation very poorly and let his emotions get the best of him. “I cannot take back my actions, but I can acknowledge my mistakes as mine and mine alone, and learn from
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Student disagrees with previous letter highlighting UU survey issues First and foremost I applaud you, Jesse Feitel, for bringing University Union’s violation of Bill 55.243 to light. As someone who has invested an extreme amount of time and money in this university, transparency of student organizations is extremely important to me. Involving the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is a good move to ensure the validity of the data gathering, but I worry that the response will no longer represent the choice of the student body accurately. SurveyMonkey’s strength is in its lack of friction to obtain results. Besides requiring a Syracuse University email address, the process of filling out the survey was painless. Compared to using universityapproved systems, probably MySlice in this case, SurveyMonkey is better in nearly every aspect. The added friction of requiring students to log into a painfully outdated system would undoubtedly cause people to give up without submitting any results at all. And to your point of SurveyMonkey being insecure, the results all include emails that were submitted, which would make it trivial to cross-list against a database of “approved” email address. The added accessibility heavily outweighs the possibility of some bogus data. I realize that this concert is using
part of my student fee to pay the artist that I’m admittedly not a fan of, but that doesn’t mean that my money is being misrepresented. My student fee funds several organizations that I have no involvement with, and I don’t mind. The beauty of the student fee is that smaller organizations can use the funds to spread their message and affect others positively. I trust that UU did its best to choose the best option and, due to scheduling conflict or other, technically did its best to schedule the best musical artist. I also take offense to your comment about how Ke$ha represents “nearly everything wrong with this generation of unaccountable 20-somethings.” Saying that an artist represents the views and ideals of an entire generation is a sweeping generalization. Consider re-evaluating your opinion or widening your gaze. This statement detracts from the main arguments of your essay and alienates the demographic reading it. You make excellent points about the transparency of organizations on campus, but unfortunately they’re overshadowed by your extreme bias. As I’ve already stated, I’m not a fan of the musical choice. However, I’ve accepted it, I will not be attending and I’m going to have a blast on Mayfest regardless.
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USAS urges SU to promptly terminate contract with Adidas Martin Luther King once said “justice too long delayed is justice denied.” It is with this sentiment that we remember the two-year anniversary of the closure of PT Kizone, an Adidas factory in Indonesia that supplied apparel for U.S. universities like ours. The Worker Rights Consortium, a labor monitoring watchdog organization, reported on Adidas’ refusal to pay $1.8 million in legally owed severance to 2,700 Indonesian workers following the closure. These workers have been without legally owed severance pay for two years and would certainly fall under King’s definition of “justice too long delayed.” This delayed justice has real consequences: PT Kizone workers have been unable to pay their children’s school fees, and many are being pushed out of their homes. One woman, Busri, was under such great stress as a result of the debts she couldn’t pay after being robbed of her severance that she killed her only child and committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a bus. Yet fearlessly, workers and students have matched Adidas’ ruthless inhumanity with fierce determination. This week, PT Kizone workers are delivering a petition signed by nearly a thousand former workers rejecting Adidas’ food voucher scheme and demanding their severance. In addition, the PT Kizone
workers have joined in solidarity with other Adidas workers across the world, from Honduras to Haiti to India, to take on the company’s entire sweatshop supply chain. USAS Syracuse is demanding that Chancellor Nancy Cantor stand in solidarity with these workers by terminating our contract with Adidas over the company’s sweatshop abuse. Nine universities have already terminated their contracts with Adidas, including big-name sports schools like the University of Washington, Penn State and Georgetown. Once again, Syracuse University has the historic opportunity to be a part of a global movement to establish a new precedent for Adidas’ supply chain in which the brand finally takes responsibility for its subcontracted workers. Every day the university waits to take action, another PT Kizone worker’s family falls deeper into debt and poverty. Syracuse University has a history of acting in favor of workers’ rights. Therefore, we ask Chancellor Cantor to recall with fondness and reverence MLK’s thoughts: Justice too long delayed is justice denied. Sincerely,
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Hacking for public benefit valid initiative, but masks policy problems
s hacktivists and open-data advocates continue to find themselves on the wrong side of the law, the idea of “civic hacking” aims to redirect young programmers away from breaking things and toward rebuilding them. Code for America has deemed itself a kind of “Peace Corps for Geeks.” The fellowships program, which uses technology to solve infrastructural issues, closed its application process on March 31 for city governments seeking to take advantage of the program. Cities that apply for the fellowships would be assigned a team of programmers, developers and designers for one year that would then devise creative solutions for the problems facing the area. One project that fellowship developers launched was the BlightStatus site in New Orleans. This site allows citizens to see blighted properties in the area in order to help the city rebuild. While it sounds nice to program for the public good, it will be difficult to convince young programmers it’s worth working for a nonprofit when the private sector can offer a much more lucrative salary. Projects like Code for America can also seem like a potential waste of money, as there are some problems facing our cities that technology can’t actually solve. Apps aren’t magic wands, and pouring more taxpayers’ dollars into technology that few will use doesn’t seem like the right answer to more complex problems like obesity or growing crime rates. But at least it’s a start. Code for America is working with other nonprofit groups, like Random Hacks of Kindness and Rally for Impact, to sponsor the governmental initiative, “The National Day of Civic Hacking.” The event is scheduled to take place nationwide from June 1-2 in a bid to coax techies away from the dark side of hacktivism. The initiative will attract more than 15,000 participants at about 67 locations using “publically-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country,” according to the official website, hackforchange.org. The irony in this little branch of the
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virtually real hope and change rhetoric is that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has allowed for an overbroad definition of what the government considers to be criminal activity in the digital world. Therefore, those who join these kinds of “good guy” initiatives may do so more out of fear of prosecution than unflinching support for the public good. If government officials were really concerned about transparency, they would be less concerned with public relations initiatives like “The National Day of Civic Hacking” and more focused on changing overbroad policies like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This act has allowed government officials to decide at whim which kinds of public application programming interfaces are considered criminal or not. In addition, the act allows the government to trap anyone who might “exceed authorized access” to a computer. This ambiguous statement has been used to prosecute open-data activists like Aaron Swartz. Hackers are being seen as vigilantes committed to civil disobedience, when many are just dynamic problem-solvers looking to participate in the systems that affect our lives. The point of a democracy is that all citizens should have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, and gaining more access to data that is already publically available will help us become active participants in a healthy government. Our governmental processes are evolving and, in an age where surveillance within a police state seems like an inevitable reality, we must continue to protect our rights. Kat Smith is a senior creative advertising major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at email@example.com, on Twitter at @WhateverKat or by telepathy, if possible.
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SU community united by Orange success Syracuse’s trip to the Final Four for the first time in a decade brings an electrifying buzz to our campus that no one can ignore. This Saturday, when Syracuse plays Michigan in Atlanta, almost every Syracuse University student will become a basketball fan. Some of us have dreamed of this moment since 2003, when we watched Carmelo Anthony bring the Orange to victory on television screens in our parents’ living rooms. It became the reason many of us came to SU. And for newer fans who found their love for the Orange and school spirit after first setting foot on campus, this time prevails as a reason for pride and celebration. In a matter of weeks, a team arguably less talented than last season’s and cast off by many has brought the university together as a community of individuals united by faith in the team.
EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board The team has instilled a sense of pride and camaraderie here in Syracuse that everyone should be grateful for, as it has made this weekend about more than purely basketball. The Syracuse basketball program has found itself in the national spotlight for more than a year for off-the-court reasons, from the allegations surrounding former associate head coach Bernie Fine to issues with academic eligibility. Now, the team is being recognized for their prowess in reaching the pinnacle of the sport. As a community, we need to appreciate the rarity of a team making it this far in the tournament, especially in the face of much adversity. Though SU is a consistently strong team with a
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rich basketball history, entering the tournament as a No. 4 seed and rising to the top makes Syracuse’s run a memorable surprise. On campus, we the students have become part of a legacy only we can truly know and share. Here in Syracuse, we unite with friends, fellow students and community members. The campus will reflect for years on the joy and excitement brought here by a team on a Final Four run. At this stressful time in the academic year for many, the Final Four game has become an ideal outlet. Let yourself get swept away in the excitement this weekend, whether you’re watching from a Marshall Street bar or a residence hall. Though we can’t all be in Atlanta, the campus is buzzing. It might be the best place to watch a potentially historic game.
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South Carolina State University student receives anonymous donation to continue college education
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hen Monte Johnson’s mother was killed in a Chicago nightclub fire in 2003, Chicago Public Schools promised to help finance a college education for Johnson and the other children who lost their parents. But when CPS failed to come through for Johnson, an anonymous donor stepped in. Johnson, a biology major, completed his freshman year at South Carolina State University, with the help of a marching band scholarship. But he had to return to his home in Chicago last August because he was unable to afford his tuition, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on March 25. “I was devastated. I had a long bus ride back and had a lot of time to think,” Johnson told the Sun-Times. But Johnson will now have the opportunity to return to college, thanks to a stranger’s $25,000 donation. Johnson was watching cartoons when his grandmother told him about the donation made by an anonymous donor. “I was kind of speechless,” he told the Sun-Times. Although CPS collected more than $118,000 for the fund after the acci-
dent, the school district has yet to distribute any of the money promised to Johnson or any of the others affected by the disaster. CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler told the Sun-Times that the district was in the process of determining eligibility for the funds, and that those who were affected will soon receive letters about their awards. Johnson’s grandmother, who has raised him since his mother died, still has a handwritten note from Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan, who was the head of CPS at the time of the fire, according to the Sun-Times. “Your grandchildren are very, very lucky to have you in their lives. Please let me know if I can ever do anything to be helpful,” Duncan wrote. But even without the CPS money, the donation should be enough to pay Johnson’s way this year. Room and board for out-of-state students at SCSU was just over $25,000 for the 2012-13 academic year, according to the SCSU Office of Financial Aid’s website, meaning the donation will likely cover almost the entirety of Johnson’s tuition at SCSU for the upcoming year. Now, however, Johnson is expressing his thanks for the donation and will be able to return to SCSU in the fall. “I’m grateful [because] they didn’t have to help me,” he told the Sun-Times. The donor, who does not want to disclose his or her identity, told the Sun-Times that Johnson would receive more money so long as he keeps his grades up. “I grew up poor, and my father did everything so that he could send me to school,” the anonymous donor told the Sun-Times. “People talk about inequality, but the greatest source of equality is a good education.” Johnson still had not received any sort of letter or details about scholarship eligibility from CPS as of March 25, when the Sun-Times reported on the donation. However, Johnson told the paper that if he does receive money from CPS, he plans to donate his money back to the CPS fund so it can be distributed to other students who need it. Said Johnson to the Sun-Times: “Somebody gave to us. Why not give back?”
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Student app expands to SU, focuses on social interactions By Charlotte Stockdale Contributing Writer
To get the latest updates on what’s going on around them, students have to check several social media applications, including Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Instagram. Aidan Cunniffe and Nate Frechette wanted to change that, so the two created Droppin, an app that focuses on social interaction. Cunniffe, an undeclared freshman in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and Frechette, a senior business management major at Le Moyne College, released the app last week at Le Moyne, where it reached 10 percent of the student body within five days. The app went live this week at Syracuse University. The app allows users to write messages and take photos while in their respective geographic
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The Student Association issued a press release Wednesday afternoon stating it will look into the matter fully. Board of Elections and Membership Chair Emily Ballard referenced the attendance records with the ballots and discovered inconsistencies, according to the release. All of Monday’s ballots were signed by those in attendance, and collected and counted by the Office of Student Activities Advisors, according to the release. The Daily Orange obtained a copy of an
locations so others can discover and interact with them. With the app, students are able to see what’s going on around campus at any given time from any given person — even if they don’t know each other, Cunniffe said. Cunniffe describes the app as “one giant Twitter feed,” but said what sets the app apart is that it allows users to follow people nearby, not just their friends. “People will realize that the things that are the most relevant to you are the things that are going on around you,” he said. Keisuke Inoue, a doctoral candidate in the School of Information Studies who designs his own apps, said he believes Droppin has the potential to be successful and profitable. Inoue said he was impressed by the students’ ambition and ability. “Designing mobile apps can be difficult.
email Ballard sent to assembly members, informing them of the inconsistencies. The general assembly can either accept the vote with the false ballots thrown out or motion for a revote, Ballard said. Information regarding what the assembly will choose to do has not yet been released. “The action of submitting fraudulent votes was wrong and deceiving to the entire Student Association and the student body in a time that was crucial for us to conduct business and make decisions properly,” Ballard told the assembly in the email.
It comes with various requirements that are unique to the mobile environment — limited screen size, limited user interactions,” he said. “Designing a simple and intuitive user interface is definitely a big part of developing a successful app.” Cunniffe and Frechette said their work with Droppin isn’t complete, and they plan to continue adapting it for a better user experience. The two first started to develop the app in mid-February and released it about a month later. It took an uncharacteristically short amount of time for the app to become available on the Apple iTunes store, Cunniffe said. The app was first released at Le Moyne because Frechette, who plays on the lacrosse team there, spread the app through his teammates, Cunniffe said. But Frechette’s teammates were using an
earlier version of the app. Before it was released and spread through the SU campus, certain features and updates were added to the app, Cunniffe said. The app has already gone global, Cunniffe said, with people using the app in places such as California, Paris and Saudi Arabia. “You can search anywhere in the entire world, can check in anywhere in the world and see anything in the entire world,” he said. Hannah Dorfman, a senior information management and technology and marketing major, recently downloaded Droppin and said she is a fan. “The user interface is great —it’s simple. It reminds me of Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare,” she said. “I also think it’s cool to know about events on campus, and Droppin has the potential to do that.”
“I have lost the trust and respect of many members, and I will stop at nothing to earn that back,” he said in the email. “I truly love this organization, and I will stick by it through thick and thin.” In a statement to The D.O., Rosales-Robles said he hopes SA can move forward and refocus on issues that SU students care about. Said Rosales-Robles in the statement: “I also want the apology to signify recommitting to open communication as well as accountability.”
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them,” Rosales-Robles said in the email, which was obtained by The D.O. Rosales-Robles said in the email that he understands the consequences of his actions and will continue to take the necessary steps to “make things right.” He added that he will recommit himself both as an assembly representative and the chair of Student Life.
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tion that has included an emergency cabinet meeting, a call for the president’s resignation and investigations into the conduct of four cabinet members, including Alampi. Though the recently unfolding events factored into Alampi’s decision to step down, he said he considered resigning weeks earlier. Having cycled through three years worth of presidencies and initiatives, Alampi said the organization he entered is not the organization it is today. He has seen SA evolve into a robust group of more than 50 representatives. But he also expressed
“The current state of the organization focuses a lot on creating our own concepts, instead of taking advantage of what our student organizations have already provided.” PJ Alampi
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dissatisfaction that the organization has focused more on developing processes internally instead of serving as an advocate for students. “The current state of the organization focuses a lot on creating our own concepts, instead of taking advantage of what our student organizations have already provided,” he said. “I’m not looking to recreate the wheel. I’m looking to enhance the wheel.” Simply, Alampi said, he wanted to move on and allow newcomers to have the experiences he has enjoyed. Prior to assuming the chief of staff role, Alampi served as the chair of the association’s Board of Membership and Election and Student
Life committees. He finished second to Curtis in the fall presidential election. Due to his concerns regarding leadership in the organization, Alampi first considered resigning weeks before the March 28 emergency cabinet meeting in which Curtis was asked to step down by a 7-2 vote. Declining to resign, Curtis managed to stave off impeachment following a six-hour executive session during Monday’s meeting in Maxwell Auditorium. The resolution requesting Curtis’ resignation claimed she knowingly permitted Colin Crowley, former public relations director, to serve in an official capacity in the organization without being enrolled as a student. As chief of staff, Alampi maintains he advised Curtis to request Crowley’s resignation during multiple points in the semester. Alampi took responsibility for withholding information that Crowley was a non-matriculated student and for not being more insistent with Curtis in pressing for his resignation. “It’s definitely a loss to the university and to the organization,” Curtis said of Alampi’s resignation. “I know he’s going to be doing great things in other capacities.” She added that she has a replacement for chief of staff in mind, but declined to name the person. Beyond the Student Association, Alampi plans on working to address restrictions on campus gender-inclusive housing and will continue serving in his roles as Syracuse University Alumni Board representative for the class of 2014 and as student representative on the university’s chancellor search committee. In regard to the criticism students have dealt SA about their handling of all that has unfolded in the last week, Alampi requested they bear in mind that SA members are students too. “For everything that SA has been through, take it easy on them,” he said. “They’re students trying to work for you and trying to make a change on this campus.” email@example.com @ debbietruong
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Playwright to speak about work, importance of self-identity By Emma Wozny Staff Writer
Common themes woven throughout David Henry Hwang’s work describe the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures and the sense of self. “Hwang’s accomplishments and talent are certainly w e l l Theatre and the Search for Self k now n ,” Where: Hendricks Chapel s a i d When: Today, 7 p.m. Esther How much: Free G r a y , coordinator of University Lectures. “However, I was most attracted by his insights about the portrayal of diversity and identity in theatre, film, and literature-- how theatre has influenced social perception of race and diversity and tried to alter negative stereotypes.” Hwang, an award-winning playwright, will give a lecture on identity and diversity
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to make sure all the logistical issues are worked out,” he said, adding that SA received a price quote and made a decision on Wednesday. Thomas Wolfe, dean of student affairs, said the Office of Student Activities has been working with SA so that students have transportation to the Final Four. In addition, Wolfe said OSA is providing viewing venues for the games on the campus.
in theater and film in Hendricks Chapel on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. His lecture, titled “The Fluidity of Identity: Theatre and the Search for Self,” will cover an array of topics including self-perception and racial identity, Gray said. “When I watched Hwang’s YouTube recordings, I was struck that, no matter which of his plays or amazing accomplishments he was speaking about, there was a common thread,” Gray said. As a Chinese-American, Hwang has studied the effects of forging Eastern and Western cultures in present day America, Gray said. Many of his plays share this common theme, according the University Lectures website. For example, his play “Chinglish” is about an American businessman living in China. Hwang, who is a screenwriter and producer in addition to a playwright, is best known as the author of the Broadway show, “M. Butterfly.”
The show received a Tony Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, according to the University Lectures website. Other award-winning plays written by Hwang include “Golden Child,” “Yellow Face” and “Chinglish,” according to the website. He is currently working as an executive producer for the feature film, “White Frog.” Hwang has been honored with numerous other awards, including the 2012 William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award. He also served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, by appointment of President Bill Clinton, according to the website. Although the lecture will be of special interest to film and theater students, it will apply to everyone, Gray said. University Lectures attempts to bring the message of social consciousness and responsibility through its speakers to all students, she said.
Chase Catalano, director of the LGBT Resource Center and a co-sponsor of the event, said in an email that Hwang’s lecture will also connect to the center’s values of awareness and social justice. “His lecture about searching for self also connects with our vision, encouraging selfreflection and exploring the complexities of our identities,” Catalano said. “We are invested in creating more inclusive communities for all of our social identities.” Hwang’s message is important for students to hear, he said. Identities are one of the ways people find meaning in themselves and relationships, Catalano said. Said Catalano, “I believe college can be a time in which we explore who we are,” Catalano said. “His lecture will offer insights about how self-perceptions, activism, and theater intersect to create change.”
Buses would be a cheaper alternative for students who had planned carpools, Glidden said, and would allow others the opportunity to travel to Atlanta. He said he hopes SU fans can take advantage of the full ticket allotment at Saturday’s game. “Hopefully these buses give us a full representation of 700 students,” Glidden said. Ben Glidden, president of Otto’s Army, said he contacted SA president Allie Curtis immediately after Syracuse won against Marquette in the Elite Eight on Saturday to organize buses to
Atlanta. Glidden was later told the cabinet’s decision against providing buses was unanimous. Otto’s Army met Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium to organize alternative transportation. About 30 people attended, Glidden said, and most were students looking for rides. He said an SU official contacted him on Tuesday to inquire why Otto’s Army did not have buses. He attributed SA’s decision to provide buses after previously denying them to the administration’s involvement. “They got in touch with SA and the wheels
got rolling,” he said. The trip will cost SA about $26,000, which is well above SA’s usual cost per student, or the total cost of an activity divided by the number of student participants, said DeSalvo, the SA comptroller. Although it is expensive, DeSalvo said providing students transportation is worth the cost. “It’s something beneficial to the students,” he said. “It’s something worth spending money on.”
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Katie Vallely and Caroline Germain, both seniors in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, also stopped to talk with the DPS officers on their way through Schine Atrium. Vallely has interacted with DPS officers at past “Warm-Up to DPS” events and said she thinks the department is doing a great job and has no complaints. Germain said she appreciated the chance to provide feedback and suggested DPS hold weekly information meetings for students to voice their concerns about public safety. George Wazen, a DPS officer, was also
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helping out at the event, constantly greeting students as they walked through the student center. “How are you doing bud?” he said to one student passing by. “Can I offer you some lunch?” As Wazen steered the student toward the platters of wraps laid out on the table, he noted that events like these are all about changing the perception of DPS in the community. Many students see DPS officers as enforcers, but Wazen said these events are all about making the officers more approachable and showing the “person behind the badge.” “That’s what this event is about, “ he said. “No guns, no badge, just us to you.”
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possible, but particularly strives to beat the previous year, she said. Last year, the event raised more than $148,000. As of Wednesday at 9:50 p.m., $88,427.57 had been raised for this year. Bresnahan said the ultimate goal is to surpass the $175,000 raised in 2011, which was the most money fundraised in Syracuse Relay history. “I’m not sure if we’re going to get to that this year, but we’re ahead of the game with participants and number of teams,” Bresnahan said. “We have the people. We just have to get the fundraising.” Rosalie Chmiel, a freshman business management major, works on the fundraising committee for Syracuse Relay to raise money and bring together the community
through various events. To further promote Syracuse Relay, this year the committee collaborated with local businesses to set up a bar crawl on Marshall Street as well as working with Yogurtland, Chmiel said. Most of the fundraising goes to the American Cancer Society, but some of it provides activities for the participants at the event. And this year there are some new additions to the schedule, she said. To keep with the tradition of Relay for Life, the Luminaria Ceremony will be held to remember those who lost their lives to cancer. At the ceremony, participants will light a candle representing an individual affected by cancer, according to relayforlife.org. Zumba dance sessions will also be available for the participants during the event. A new event at this year’s relay is a ballroom dancing segment, including a performance and a lesson for the crowd led by the dancers, Bresnahan said. There will also be a jousting area set up in
“There are a lot of students that have been affected (by cancer) either themselves or family-wise. Relay brings awareness and helps raise money for something that’s familiar to everyone.” Rosalie Chmiel
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the Dome. For sports fans, the Syracuse Final Four basketball game will be broadcast on the screens in the dome, Chmiel said. Volunteers at one of the booths will be cutting hair to donate to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for cancer patients. At another booth, participants can either dye their hair purple or get purple feather extensions to promote awareness of the cause with its official color, Chmiel said. “There are a lot of students that have been affected (by cancer) either themselves or family-wise,” Chmiel said. “Relay brings awareness and helps raise money for something that’s familiar to everyone.” To raise money for the American Cancer Society, there will also be raffle tickets for sale at the event for participants to win prizes provided by Relay’s advocacy committee. Gina Tantillo, a sophomore education major, works on the advocacy committee to collect the donations and prizes for the event. “We work with getting things from local businesses to put in baskets and raffle off,” Tantillo said. “A lot of people have been willing to help pitch in and raise money to make the event better.” Tantillo grew up in the Syracuse area and said she thinks this event not only affects students whose lives have been affected by cancer, but also connects to the many people in the area hospitals currently struggling with cancer. Said Tantillo: “A lot of people are affected by cancer and this is an event to commemorate the survivors and also pay a moment of respect to the people who have lost their lives.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Members of Syracuse community share stories of learning at La Casita Cultural Center By Ruth Li
olorful posters with slogans like “legalization right now” in Spanish lined the walls. Two linen chairs sat around a small table and the sun shone through massive glass windows. It set the scene for sharing stories. The second event of “Your Story!” was hosted at La Casita Cultural Center, a green cubic building located a fiveminute walk from The Warehouse in downtown Syracuse, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. “Your Story!” is a community event held to preserve local history and culture through oral historical interviews. Four topics have been chosen for discussion: migration, prison, learning and love. This week was about sharing learning experience. Migration stories were shared in the center, and prison stories told at Beauchamp Library in earlier weeks. Joan Bryant, associate professor of African American Studies, hosted the interviews. “It is for people to share stories and learn something about world history,” Bryant said. “Also community members learn about their community.” Bryant, who runs the event as a part of the Black Syracuse Project, also mentioned that last week’s topic, prison stories, had the biggest attendance. It featured two women talking about their parents in prison. Oral history is a common way to document people’s stories, Bryant said, especially when people don’t have paper records. “A lot of people don’t keep records of their lives. It’s a way to encourage people to record their memories, share their memories and talk about their memories,” Bryant said.
Wearing a loose V-neck sweater and a big, genuine smile, speaker Cynthia Kagan, a musician and singer, started a memorable, intimate conversation and drew listeners in to her colorful and interesting childhood. Kagan grew up in a small town in Alabama. Being in a closely bonded and well-educated family, her parents have a big influence on her about how to act and interact with others.
I’m grateful to have the chance to do stuff. My life is so full, and I’ve enjoyed it enormously. Cynthia Kagan
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“Learn how to be a girl. How you behave is determined by other females in the family,” Kagan said. She said she experienced a big culture shock when she moved from a segregated, primarily black school in Alabama to a more diverse school in Michigan. She had become accustomed to all of her teachers and the students being black. “We were so isolated,” Kagan said. “It took us six months to get over it and stop staring at people. We didn’t know what to do.” She became involved in singing
spencer bodian | staff photographer (FROM TOP) CYNTHIA KAGAN, a musician and singer, shared the story of her childhood and learning how to deal with attending an integrated school for the first time at the “Your Story!” event at La Casita Cultural Center. David Pittman, a member of the La Casita staff, shares his story of cultural learning. and dancing. When Kagan looks back at her life, she feels grateful for being involved in music. “I’m grateful to have the chance to do stuff. My life is so full and I’ve enjoyed it enormously,” Kagan said. Following Kagan’s talk was Mario Maldonado, a Puerto Rican 75-yearold lover of poetry. He said he developed his earliest memories “by watching and listening to the family.”
He moved to New York City with his mom after his parents divorced. Studying in an English-speaking school took him a long time to adjust. Barely speaking English at that time, he tried to run away from home and eventually dropped out of school. After that, Maldonado failed admission into the Air Force, picked up boxing and eventually got sent to the state prison. Afterward, he started writing poems. “Poetry is a gateway to learn life. It
lets you learn history, art and music. It’s a beginning to learn yourself,” Maldonado said. The event was divided into two parts: two interviews and an open mic session during which people can volunteer to share their stories in five minutes. Constance Gregory, the founder of Lit’ for Life, a faith-based family literacy promotion program, shared her understanding of learning. Her first-grade teacher was a mile-
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Things to do in Atlanta if you’re waiting for the Final Four Hudson Grille Nothing helps get you into school spirit away from home like a good-old alumni bar. The resident Syracuse alumni bar in Atlanta is the Hudson Grille and it will be open in a big way for the NCAA Tournament. So for all of your thirsty 21+ tournament attendees, make sure you grab your drinks at this local watering hole during your stay in Atlanta. Chances are the drink specials will be abundant and every person in the place will be wearing his or her favorite shade of orange.
else, a total feat of engineering. The massive attraction holds a whopping 10 million gallons of water within its many tanks. This is not your run-of-the-mill aquarium — not often will you get the opportunity to see actual dolphins and beluga whales in an indoor setting. If you’re a high roller, you can actually book time to swim with the dolphins and dive with the whales. But if you aren’t looking to spend too much cash, a simple tour around the aquarium, still abundant in awesomeness, will only cost you $35.
are but a shadow of a memory to the athletes, but the tourism opportunities are still very much alive. The Olympic Village in Atlanta, like most Olympic Villages around the world, remains in tact. If you happen to have brought a little extra cash with you to the tournament, this might be a perfect occasion to stop and buy your family members some five-ringed souvenirs for when you return home. There is a lot of history lying within this village, so if you need a break from the madness carrying over from March, take the time to spend a day here.
The Georgia Aquarium is, above anything
The Atlanta Olympics, in the summer of 1996,
While the NCAA Tournament should be your obvious first choice of entertainment for your weekend in Atlanta, the selection of musical artists performing at the venue is a surprisingly close second. Macklemore, Ludacris and Dave Matthews Band, among various other artists, will be performing at Atlanta’s Centennial
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stone figure in learning. “I loved the school from the very beginning and I have been always curious about things,” Gregory said. She also mentioned that still some parents may not put enough attention on education, and it is the reason why she hosts the programs to promote literacy among both adults and children. The process of learning is special to David Pittman, who came to the United States from Barcelona
Olympic Park from April 5-7. So, if you’re trying to pop some tags in between the semifinals and the championship game, take these chances to attend what is bound to shape up to be a pretty incredible show. And if it ends up being really lame, you can always just roll out.
The Varsity There is no more important time for superstition than when Syracuse is taking part in the Final Four. A mere mile from the stadium where the Orange will take on Michigan in the semifinals lies The Varsity, and while it is not a pizza shop, the name alone should be enough for any SU students to want to wander in and grab a bite (even though it’s actually a burger joint). While you’re eating, let your mind wander back to the iconic little shop on Marshall Street and sink into your Syracuse Orange roots. —Compiled by Chelsea DeBaise, feature editor, email@example.com
when he was 17. He currently works for La Casita. Being far away from parents, Pittman said he had trouble becoming involved in local culture and felt socially and culturally rejected. But it made him want to learn more. “It made me desire to learn and the experience made me more open-minded,” Pittman said. Kat White, a graduate library science major, came to the talk for her second time. She said she is interested in oral history because it is part of her work experience at the library. “The preservation of culture is talking to people,” White said. “So future generations can say, ‘Oh, this is how movements started.’” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Eye-catching special effects, gratuitous violence drive predictably enjoyable patriotic action flick
ction movies have shamelessly ripped off “Die Hard” for 25 years. “Speed” was “Die Hard” on a bus. “Air Force One” and “Con Air” were “Die Hard” on planes. “The Rock” was “Die Hard” on Alcatraz Island. In each, there’s a gruff John McClane stand-in who saves the day. This year’s trend is “Die Hard” at the White House. “White House Down” starring Channing Tatum comes in June, but first up is “Olympus Has Fallen,” where Gerard Butler mows down a horde of North Korean terrorists wreaking havoc on the West Wing. Awash in jingoistic patriotism and blatant flag-waving symbolism, “Olympus” brazenly exploits modern fears of rogue nuclear-capable countries led by raving whack jobs. The nonstop barrage of bullets, explosions and special effects is grounded in predictability, yet it’s never boring, taking visceral pleasure in turning Washington, D.C., into a smoking pile of rubble. Butler is a serviceable-enough lead, finding entertaining ways to massacre slews of henchmen while taunting the evil mastermind and cursing out his inept bosses via earpiece. Boy does that sound familiar. All pretenses of originality aside, “Olym-
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pus Has Fallen” is a reasonably enjoyable cookie-cutter action flick. It’s suspenseful, fast-paced and gratuitously violent to the point of excess, buoyed by A-list cast members acting just well enough to earn their presumably hefty paychecks. On a snowy Christmas Eve, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Butler) and his team are escorting President Asher (Aaron Eckhart), the First Lady (Ashley Judd) and their son Connor (Finley Jacobsen) to a party when an icy crash on a frozen bridge leads to the First Lady’s tragic death. Eighteen months later, a disgraced Banning charges back into the White House, following an elaborate takeover plot orchestrated by international terrorist Kang (Rick Yune). Banning must rescue the president and his cabinet before Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) is forced to withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean border. The terrorists are torturing the hostages into divulging those pesky nuclear launch codes too, so Banning also has a Jack Bauer “WE’RE-RUNNING-OUT-OF-TIME” scenario on his hands. Butler plays a halfway-decent John McClane, growling cheeky one-liners with a smirk as he sneaks around the White House. Yet even as he’s shooting, choking and interrogating bad guy after bad guy, his performance is missing an element of authentic heroism. While Butler is finally — for the moment — out of his god-awful rom-com phase, neither “Olympus” nor any of his other action roles
have ever come close to the unadulterated badassery of King Leonidas in “300.” So even as he pummels a terrorist to death with a bust of Lincoln’s head, Butler is cursed with an insurmountable action legacy. Still, Butler’s performance solidly anchors the explosive special effects and dizzying carnage unfolding around him. Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) clearly enjoyed burning his blockbuster budget on flashy, eyepopping action sequences. In the initial attack, a North Korean kamikaze plane rampages downtown D.C., launching scores of bullets and missiles while taking out a chunk of the Washington Monument. The surprise ground assault and ensuing firefight are shot with quick-cut intensity, spraying the White House deep red in eerie resemblance to the bloody ending sequence of “Django Unchained.” The supporting performances are nothing particularly special, but they get the job done. Eckhart is well cast as the charismatic president, staring down the requisitely menacing and ruthless Kang with square-jawed courage. Freeman spends most of the film sitting in the war room arguing with incompetent generals. The veteran actor adds a comforting presence, but his role doesn’t have much substance. The action flick’s best performance comes from Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan. Literally battered and beaten within an inch of her life, Leo’s quivering bravery and stubborn defiance are genuinely heartbreaking. “Olympus Has Fallen” is nothing new. The wisecracking hero saves the world from chaos and destruction, leaving a pile of dead
terrorists in his wake — and some national landmarks get trashed. As far as “Die Hard” copycats go, it could’ve been worse. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wu-Tang Clan member GZA comes to Westcott Theater By Alfred Ng STAFF WRITER
It was only slightly more than a year ago that Ludacris and Rick Ross were rocking the Dome at Syracuse University, drawing rap enthusiasts from all over the community. While the “Rock the Dome” concert did not return this year, great hip-hop shows are still alive and well in Syracuse, and true hip-hop heads need to look no further than The Westcott Theater with the founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA, performing on Friday night. GZA (pronounced JIZ-uh), also known as The Genius, will play The Westcott Theater on April 5. The opening acts feature Syracusebased rap group The Goonies and Jay Foss, an SU student whose mixtapes have launched him to the front of the Syracuse rap scene. GZA’s first claim to fame came from his performance on “Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers,” the debut album from the legendary rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. By 1995, the album was certified platinum. GZA founded the East Coast hip-hop group with his cousins, RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 1993, a group that has
been called the “best rap group of all time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. As the oldest member of Wu Tang Clan, GZA embodies every aspect of the ninemember rap group: aggressive, smart, controlled chaos and, of course, Kung-Fu. He earned the nickname “The Genius” with his philosophical lyrics, being able to maintain an aura of bravado that is matched only by his razor-sharp wit. Known for his vivid imagery and clever rhymes depicting the grittier side of New York City, GZA played a prominent part in Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album. He was featured on almost half the tracks on the album and was one of two artists on the album to have a solo track with “Clan In Da Front.” Since Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, GZA was the first member of the Clan to have a solo album after dropping “Liquid Swords” in 1995. The album went on to become certified gold and is still considered one of the most successful solo albums to come out of the Wu Tang Clan. Unlike his fellow Clan members Ghostface Killah and Method Man, “The Genius” isn’t just a nickname for GZA. His latest album, “Dark Matter,” is set to release in 2013 and takes very
different direction from his earlier works. “Dark Matter” is an album inspired by quantum metaphysics, and also has GZA working with MIT physicists and Hayden Planetarium Director and Internet darling Neil deGrasse Tyson. GZA is also currently part of an experimental educational program with Columbia Uni-
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OTHER NOTABLE MEMBERS OF THE WU-TANG CLAN RZA – After stepping back from his role as the leader of the Wu Tang Clan, RZA has produced music for an anime series called Afro Samurai, directed and starred in a film called “The Man with the Iron Fist,” and been offered record deals from Bad Boy Records and Def Jam. Ghostface Killah – Ghostface Killah has produced 10 solo albums since being a part of the Wu Tang Clan. His debut album, “Ironman,” received widespread critical acclaim. Method Man – Method Man has gone on to receive large popularity for his work outside of the group, including a Grammy for a collaboration he did with Mary J. Blige. He has a blossoming acting career, with a small part in the film “Garden State” and a recurring role in the hit television series “The Wire.” Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Ol’ Dirty Bastard was widely considered to be one of the most popular, as well as infamous, members of the Wu Tang Clan, and was famous for his reckless behavior. He passed out in the studio on Nov. 13, 2004, and an autopsy showed he died of a drug overdose.
Time spent working in Bath & Body Works produces bitterness, customer empathy
etting a job in retail seemed like a great idea. The summer before my freshman year, I applied to Bath & Body Works. I handed in my application and thought to myself, “How bad can it be?” ? though I was completely ignorant of Newton’s Fourth Law: “If the thought ‘How bad can it be?’ precedes an action, then the result of that action will be pretty f*cking bad.” Before I knew it I was working at a place that would haunt my summer memories forever. Bath & Body Works was split up into zones. I suffered in zone one or zone four. Zone one meant register, and being on register meant never accepting that customers were buying enough things. Customers were always one loofah short. They just didn’t know it. “I know you just spent 30 minutes going through the store, but if you haven’t noticed the loofah right in front of your face, it’s only 99 cents and I think it would complement the hand sanitizer you’re purchasing,” I would say. The general response: “Thank you so much. Sometimes those hot pink, ‘ON SALE: LOOFAHS 99 CENTS’ signs are so hard to read. I’ll take five!”
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i put the “party” in pity party Despite how dreadful zone one was, it didn’t compare to the horrors of zone four. Zone four meant being The Greeter. As The Greeter, it was my job to say, “Welcome to Bath & Body Works,” as someone stepped into the store. Timing was crucial. If The Greeter didn’t wholeheartedly welcome customers, they would sense they were in a hostile environment and would instantly melt, unable to buy anything while in puddle form. It seemed very serious. For four hours I paced, occasionally adjusting soaps and making sure lotions were perfectly aligned. Every time someone came in I gave my best fake smile and said, “Welcome to Bath & Body Works!” with undertones of, “Turn
back. Take me with you.” One day, at the end of a long shift, a couple came in. Taking a big breath, I released, “Welcome to Bath & Body Works” a few octaves higher than my normal range due to unbalanced levels of friendliness and self-hatred. “We’re happy to be here!” the guy replied, smirking and mimicking my fake, cheerful tone. Without missing a beat, I replied, “That makes one of us!” He burst out laughing, his girlfriend burst out laughing and I burst out laughing. It was the happiest I’d been in the store since day one. I had a revelation. The only way to survive working at Bath & Body Works was pretending to be a double agent. I was only posing as a Bath & Body Works employee, but I was secretly the customers’ ally. I started accepting expired coupons, only pushed products when my manager was breathing down my neck and, after asking if the customer wanted to join our mailing list, silently mouthed, “You don’t have to. It’s OK.” I soon became the most beloved employee at Bath & Body Works. Corporate would call
the store, asking to speak to me. “According to our customer survey, you’re the employee our customers voted ‘Employee I’m Least Tempted to Strangle with her Own Apron.’ What’s your secret?” “Not giving a f*ck,” I would reply proudly. “Customers like when you don’t give any f*cks.” After telling them I would definitely call back when I came home from school, I definitely didn’t and haven’t been back since. But let’s face it. That never really happened. I quit because I just wasn’t getting the appreciation I deserved for my allegiance to the people. And now, thanks to Bath & Body Works, I’m emotionally scarred for life. Anytime I smell even the hint of Cotton Blossom in the air, I’ve been known to twitch while screaming, “WELCOME TO BATH & BODY WORKS.” So I encourage you to write to Congress. Too many retail veterans are suffering due to our failing retail system. Act before it’s too late and you end up like me. Sarah Schuster is a sophomore magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly in Pulp. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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6-6 185 So. 12.1 ppg 7.4 apg McNamara’s a Syracuse legend, but in 2003 he was just a talented freshman point guard with upside — there was no talk of the countless game-winners or “Overrated?!” Carter-Williams, meanwhile, has transformed into one of the best guards in college basketball during the NCAA Tournament. His length has given smaller point guards, such as Indiana’s Jordan Hulls, trouble all postseason long.
SHOOTING GUARD Kueth Duany daily orange file photo CARMELO ANTHONY hoists the Orangemen’s 2003 national championship trophy after defeating Kansas. Anthony scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the championship game en route to winning Most Outstanding Player honors for the entire tournament.
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around each other,” former guard Andrew Kouwe said. “There was really no time to fight or argue; we were all enjoying the ride too much from start to finish.” Kouwe, a junior walk-on on the 2002-03 team, was also on the team that failed to make the NCAA Tournament the year before. After going 23-13 in the 2001-02 season, Boeheim brought in the highly touted Anthony and point guard Gerry McNamara to bury the program’s woes from a season ago. Upon arriving on campus, both injected a new energy in the team. At the first intrasquad scrimmages that August, the freshman pair turned heads. Anthony was a 6-foot-8-inch small forward who shot like a shooting guard and dribbled like a point guard. McNamara hounded his opponents defensively and showcased a sweet shooting stroke. “This was before you could go onto YouTube and check out someone’s high school highlights,” Kouwe said. “I hadn’t seen Carmelo or Gerry play before they came to school, but when I finally did I was amazed. “I went to Boeheim’s office the next day and said to him, ‘These guys are really good, Coach.’ He just sat there, shook his head and smiled. He knew he had done something good.” Despite starting the season unranked, expectations within the program were high. Then the Orangemen lost their season opener to Memphis, 70-63, at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It was the first time ever that a Boeheim-coached team lost a season opener in regulation. But the freshman standout Anthony made sure it would also be the first Boeheim-coached team to win the national championship. In his collegiate debut, Anthony posted a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and was the only Syracuse player to play all 40 minutes. McNamara hit three straight 3s amid a 22-5 run that put Syracuse up six in the second half. The Orangemen also received significant contributions from sophomores Warrick, Josh Pace and Craig Forth, but couldn’t match a more experienced Memphis squad. From the start, it
was clear the team needed a veteran presence. Enter Kueth Duany. “You need guys that can score, but Kueth Duany is a guy that is not talked about enough,” Forth said. “When we needed a leader, he took the reigns and pushed us every day.” Duany, a wing from Bloomington, Ind., was the lone senior on the team. Prior to the season, his teammates elected him captain and he modeled hard work and mental toughness for the team’s young core. With Duany leading, the Orangemen displayed a loose confidence on the court, uncharacteristic of a rotation comprised almost entirely of underclassmen. The team shook off its loss
“I was nervous. I think most of the young guys were. But I remember Kueth just telling us to stay loose. He kept sticking with what we were saying all along, to play our game, one game at a time.”
to Memphis and won 23 of its final 26 regularseason games, finishing the regular season 23-4 with a 13-3 record in the Big East. As the Orangemen gradually gained national recognition, Duany became an extension of Boeheim in the locker room. He drilled the team’s “one-game-at-a-time” mantra into his teammates’ heads. At 18-4, the Orangemen traveled to East Lansing, Mich., to play Michigan State on Feb. 23. Syracuse went in looking to prove that it could play with the nation’s best. “Our flight was delayed, the weather was bad and we walked into the stadium to a sellout crowd doing everything to get in our heads,” former director of operations Clay McKnight said. SU left with a 76-75 victory that put the team
on everyone’s radar. “That win made me think, ‘Wow, these guys have a chance,’” McKnight said. It was only the fourth loss the Spartans suffered at home that season. Anthony had 25 points, Warrick had 17 and freshman Billy Edelin chipped in 10 off the bench. Then there was Duany, providing 10 of his own and a pacifying composure that pushed the team to new heights. “After that Michigan State game I thought we had the best young talent in the country,” McKnight said. After losing to Connecticut in the semifinals of the Big East tournament, the Orangemen had their annual team banquet prior to the NCAA Tournament. “Kueth took the microphone and told us that what we had done so far was great,” Forth said. “But then he told us that we weren’t done and that the season wouldn’t be complete without a national championship.” Syracuse earned a No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament and beat Manhattan in the first round. The Orangemen faced Oklahoma State, Auburn, Oklahoma and top-seeded Texas on its way to an eventual championship game matchup with Kansas. But even at the tail end of its title run, the Orangemen were still young and inexperienced. Forth didn’t sleep the entire weekend of the Final Four. He remembers having to get out of bed and walk around to keep his sanity. But when he walked into the locker room before the championship game, Duany set him straight. “I was nervous. I think most of the young guys were,” Forth said. “But I remember Kueth just telling us to stay loose. He kept sticking with what we were saying all along, to play our game, one game at a time.” Duany, the team’s fearless leader, was ready for anything on that April night. Once he got his younger teammates on the same page, the Orangemen showed the country what it knew all along. “We knew we could win the whole thing but it just went unsaid,” Kouwe said. “When we won, Boeheim was at a loss for words. I think we all were. I mean we had just won the national championship.” email@example.com
6-6 190 Sr. 11 ppg 2.0 apg
6-4 210 Sr. 13.7 ppg 3.5 apg Duany finished his Syracuse career as one of SU’s top 55 all-time leading scorers. Triche has moved into the top 20 on that list right now. Both were the senior leaders on the team — Duany was the only one on the team in 2003 — and the difference makers. When the shooting guards go, both 2003 and 2013’s teams go.
SMALL FORWARD Carmelo Anthony 6-8 220 Fr. 22.2 ppg 10 rpg
6-8 215 Sr. 13.5 ppg 5.2 rpg Southerland can get hot at any moment and shoot Syracuse into any game, but there’s no player in college basketball today that can match the level at which Anthony, the 2003 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, dominated during that season.
POWER FORWARD Hakim Warrick 6-8 219 So. 14.8 ppg 8.5 rpg
6-8 215 Jr. 14.3 ppg 7 rpg They get compared all the time, and even the numbers are similar, but Fair adds a bit more versatility. Warrick became a Syracuse legend with his block in the 2003 national championship before winning Big East Player of the Year two years later, but Fair’s ability to play inside and stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting ability is a major matchup issue for any opponent.
7-0 256 So. 3.8 ppg 3.3 rpg
6-9 242 So. 5.1 ppg 4.6 rpg Both are far more effective on the defensive end than they are on offense, but Christmas struggles to stay on the court for extended periods of time, while Forth was truly an anchor of the 2-3 zone and finished ninth on the alltime blocks list at Syracuse.
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The always-grinning, always-joking, often-bearded 5-foot-10-inch reserve. He’s only played three games this season, but every time Lamolinara trots onto the field prior to the opening faceoff, Daly’s the one rifling shots at him. Lamolinara requested Daly in the fall. They had been friends and gotten along swimmingly, so Lamolinara figured he’d be a perfect choice for the job. Now they hang out off the field all the time, chowing down at Chipotle whenever possible. “We always had that relationship,” Lamolinara said. “We were the Baltimore boys.” Lamolinara remembers the first day of fall practice, a frigid Saturday. He and Daly were starting to develop even more of a rapport. Lamolinara was freezing, so he told Daly not to hit him with the ball. Daly did not oblige. He rarely does. Daly, who Lamolinara called “the John Belushi of the team,” is always making a wisecrack or pulling a prank. “He hit me and he hit me like three or four times,” Lamolinara said. “It kind of pissed me off. He was laughing. He thought it was hilarious.” Daly isn’t only unpredictable when he tries to be, though. Lamolinara said if he asks for a shot top-right it will often go bottomright. Daly can fire the ball at an absurdly fast speed, but he has very little control, Lamolinara said. And that’s exactly what the goalie needs. So far the results have been tremendous. Lamolinara has replaced Wardwell as Syracuse’s starting goalie, allowing just 6.77 goals
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per game and saving 60.4 percent of shots that come his way, close to the best in the country. Daly often apologizes repeatedly when he’s having a bad day and his shots are way off target, but Lamolinara always tells him to stop. It helps. “I just tell him to calm down, it’s good, it’s helping me out,” Lamolinara said. “I think it’s taken six months for him to finally believe it.” Daly even scored his first career goal against Providence, firing a shot from close to 17 yards out that elicited an uproar from the bench. Lamolinara said Daly started running back on defense because he had no idea the shot went in. Then he heard the commotion from the bench and reveled in the glory as his teammates went crazy. “Everybody loves Brenny. I couldn’t really explain it,” Lamolinara said. “He’s just that funny kid on the team. When he does well, everybody gets really excited.” Ward loves playing with Daly, too. He said Daly is so outgoing that he could talk to a wall. “If you left Brenny by himself with a wall he’d have a great time with it,” Ward said. “If you left him a half hour by himself he’d be having the time of his life. That’s just the kind of guy he is.” Daly and Lamolinara chat before every practice and every game. Daly fires close to 65 shots. Lamolinara saves them ? two-thirds of them, Daly said ? as the two joke around for 15 minutes. “I finally found a warm-up guy that I like,” Lamolinara said. “I’m sure I’ll keep him throughout the year. I’ll probably keep him next year as well.”
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SU searches for complementary scoring options By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER
One hundred and nine. That’s how many goals the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team has scored through eight games this season. It’s the same amount the team scored through eight games last season. While SU has posted a respectable 5-3 record against a grueling schedule, Who: Villanova something just isn’t Where: Villanova, Pa. clicking. When: Friday, 4 p.m. Leading scorers Alyssa Murray and Michelle Tumolo had scored less than 39 percent of the team’s first 109 goals last season. This season, they have less than 37 percent, so it’s not purely an issue with the top scorers. “I think it’s a combination,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I think you can look at our shooting percentage and our players and there are certain players that are struggling a little bit, just not quite in a groove. And when we get those players turned around, I think it makes a huge difference, especially in one-goal games.” Syracuse (5-3, 1-0 Big East) will look to start a few goal-scoring streaks this weekend as it hits the midway point of the season on Friday at 4 p.m. against Villanova (5-4, 0-1). The No. 8 Orange continues the weekend road trip in New Jersey on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Rutgers (8-2, 1-1). With teams aware of the talent of Tumolo, Murray and Katie Webster, they’ve adjusted defensive schemes. Teams are now face-guarding Tumolo, a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist last year. They’re paying more attention to Murray, who scored 74 goals last year. “Teams understand the type of players you have and make adjustments. And I think that’s kind of what we found,” Gait said. “We’re just trying to find that groove with the group that we have and that next-level chemistry, and hopefully this mid part of the season we can focus on that.” Confidence also plays a role, and Gait said as soon as a certain confidence level hits, the team will be able to put together a string of wins and goal-scoring streaks. Tumolo said she believes everyone can step up their games. “I think it’s everyone,” Tumolo said. “Just because me and Alyssa aren’t the whole team. Everyone can score. Everyone’s a goal scorer.” After Tumolo and Murray, freshman Kayla
spencer bodian | staff photographer MICHELLE TUMOLO and fellow attack Alyssa Murray have provided the bulk of Syracuse’s scoring this season, nearly 37 percent of the team’s goals thus far. But this year, SU’s secondary scorers have yet to match the production of last year’s balanced offense.
“Teams understand the type of players you have and make adjustments. And I think that’s kind of what we found. We’re just trying to find that groove with the group that we have and that next-level chemistry.”
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Treanor has taken over the goal-scoring with 17 through eight games. But then the production takes a steep dip. Webster had 17 goals at this point last year. This year she has eight. “She’s continued to work on it and we’re hoping the switch goes on,” Gait said of Webster. “She certainly had more opportunities on the doorstep in that last game. … But she’s the type of player that has the potential to be scoring
three, four goals a game and she’s not quite getting it done right now. But I have confidence that she’s going to turn that corner.” Devon Collins had 14 goals at this point last year. This year she has nine. Collins said it would be nice for both the top-tier and secondary scoring to improve, especially with teams knowing the skill Tumolo has and focusing their defenses on her.
Tumolo pointed to freshman Erica Bodt as someone who’s on the verge of taking that next step in adding a scoring punch to a lineup in need of secondary scoring. “She’s got one of the best shots on the team,” Tumolo said. “I’m always emphasizing go to goal, go to goal, and she looks at me and I’m like, ‘Go! Don’t be scared if you miss it. At least you’re going to goal and shooting.’” Gait said playing the tough early-season opponents like Maryland, Virginia and Florida and will help players now face lesser opponents and put up the statistics they’re capable of. “That’s the plan,” Gait said. “Have your tough games early and see what it’s really like, and then hopefully build some confidence in the middle and make a run at the end.” email@example.com
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Alyssa Murray Kayla Treanor Michelle Tumolo Devon Collins Kailah Kempney Katie Webster Amy Cross Bridget Daley Kelly Cross Erica Bodt Becca Block
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two-week training session in the spring of 2011. “We worked really hard during Spring Break in his senior year of high school,” Brumm said. “He came back home, I got a personal trainer and he worked out every day for two weeks. This guy threw his vertical up in just two weeks. He had never really lifted with his glutes and his legs the way he probably should have.” McGary hit the spring circuit on a tear. He shined at the LeBron James Skills Academy, shattered a backboard at the Boost Mobile Elite
“Throughout the whole season he played his butt off, worked hard and things fell his way, obviously because he’s in the Final Four now.” Joe Bramanti
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event and dominated the Under Armour Best of the Best Camp. ESPN and Scout.com ranked him No. 3 overall, while Rivals put him at No. 5. Michigan, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky and Maryland showed interest. But he struggled academically at Charleston and transferred for his senior year to Brewster, where he could focus more on his studies. Peller said McGary was such a talented athlete that things may have come too easily for him and he may have gotten by without much effort. “He’s not a dumb kid, though; he just didn’t work,” Peller said. But when he arrived at Brewster, he was joined by Division-I recruits Semaj Christon, Jalen Reynolds, JaKarr Sampson and T.J. Warren — players who were scorers and players who needed shots. McGary’s scoring suffered, and so too did his place in the rankings. He even came off the bench for a time. “We were so much of a talented team that he didn’t need to carry us,” said Warren, now a forward at North Carolina State. “Everybody could play. His rankings started to fall at the
beginning of the season, but I don’t understand how, because he always played hard, we were winning and Mitch was averaging a doubledouble. It wowed me when he dropped in the rankings like that.” There were also a few poor performances, most notably against Kentucky star Nerlens Noel. Noel finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. McGary had two points on 1-of-8 shooting. But what made McGary highly regarded in the first place was still there. “Nobody teaches the great ones everything,” Brumm said. “The great ones always have something that makes them special.” In McGary’s case, it’s fearlessness and motor. “If a kid goes up to dunk, everyone runs away. They don’t want to get dunked on,” Brumm said. “Mitch doesn’t care. “And his motor. For a big kid to outrun and outwork guards ? I mean, guards would be begging me for a rest and Mitch was like, ‘Hey, I’m good.’” McGary worked with former Michigan captain and Chesterton alumnus Zack Novak in the summers after his sophomore and junior season. Novak taught McGary the work ethic, commitment and discipline it takes to play at the major Division-I level. The change was seen later in his career at Chesterton and he matured even more at Brewster. “Throughout the whole season he played his butt off, worked hard and things fell his way, obviously because he’s in the Final Four now,” said Joe Bramanti, a former Brewster teammate and current Wright State guard. “You spend a year with him, you learn about him, you get to be his friend, and now he’s doing things you’ve always dreamed of doing. It’s an awesome sight to see.” Now McGary wears the blue and yellow Novak once wore. And he’s thrived down the stretch of the season. And as he does, new numbers are circulating around McGary: where he could fall in a future NBA Draft. But those that know him best know that the rankings never fazed him. He just focused on what he had to do to become the best basketball player he could. Said Peller: “We knew early on he had professional talent.” firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKING THE LEAP
Mitch McGary was simply a role player during the regular season for Michigan, but the big man has emerged into a star in the NCAA Tournament for the No. 4-seed Wolverines.
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Lamolinara grows with aid from Daly
By Josh Hyber
By Trevor Hass ASST. COPY EDITOR
When Dominic Lamolinara walks out on the field before Saturday’s game against Princeton, he’ll know a familiar face will be firing shots his way in warm-ups. S y r a c u s e reserve Who: Princeton Where: Princeton, N.J. B r e n n y When: Saturday, 5 p.m. Daly has Channel: ESPNU b e c o m e L a m o l inara’s go-to warm-up guy this year after Lamolinara struggled to find a shooter that suited his needs last season. Daly’s erratic, unpredictable shot and his outlandish personality have helped Lamolinara earn the starting nod in net and improve his game all season. The duo will head out to the field once again on Saturday when No. 8 Syracuse (6-2, 2-1 Big East) faces No. 7 Princeton (6-2, 2-1 Ivy League) at Princeton Stadium in New Jersey. “Dom and I have a great relationship,” Daly said. “We’re really good friends on and off the field. He’s playing great. He credits me a little bit, which I’ll take, but he’s playing awesome.” Lamolinara and Daly first met in high school in the Baltimore area. Lamolinara was a standout goalie at St. Mary’s and Daly was a dominant midfielder at McDonogh, two schools that are approximately 40 miles away from each other. Daly redshirted last season and Lamolinara, after transferring from Maryland, started three games for Syracuse, splitting time with Bobby Wardwell. Lamolinara struggled all season to find a warm-up guy that was exactly what he was looking for. Billy Ward, Dylan Donahue and Henry Schoonmaker, three of SU’s most prolific scorers, all gave it a shot. But there was something wrong. They were all too accurate. They placed their shots exactly where Lamolinara asked them to. He wanted more unpredictability ? someone he could count on to do the exact opposite of what he expected: Daly.
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photo courtesy of university of michigan athletics, photo illustration by ankur patankar | design editor MITCH MCGARY only started two games for UM in the regular sesaon, but in the NCAA Tournament, the freshman is averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. McGary dropped in the recruiting rankings before he arrived at UM, but has emerged as a playmaker when the team needs him most.
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the most telling thing about the Auburn story is the sources are former players and NOT anonymous
itch McGary rode the roller coaster of college basketball recruiting. From Chesterton High School (Ind.) and AAU national powerhouse SYF Players to renowned Brewster Academy, the big man’s stock skyrocketed as he dominated AAU tournaments, and faded quickly as his stats fell at Brewster. He rose from a triple-digit prospect, skipped double-digits and landed on ESPN and Rivals’ rankings as a top-five recruit in the class of 2012. He signed with Michigan on Nov. 3, 2011, as the nation’s No. 2 recruit in both rankings. But McGary finished his prep year at Brewster as ESPN’s No. 27 prospect, while Rivals had him at No. 30. The only number that matters now is two: the amount of wins it’ll take for McGary to win the national championship, his stated goal when he signed his Letter of Intent. Starting in each of Michigan’s four NCAA Tournament games, McGary’s ability to get to the high post and open up the Wolverines offense has been crucial in its run to the Final Four. His production at Chesterton caught the eyes of scouts and he surged through the rankings. But as quickly as McGary’s stock rose, it fell. “I wouldn’t really say it was his performance because he brought it every night, and some games he didn’t play well,” former Brewster teammate and current Florida State guard Aaron Thomas said. “People waited for those times he didn’t play well to criticize him. (But) he was one of those guys who really didn’t care about rankings.” Like many big men, he was athletic early on in his development with untapped potential. Under SYF coach Wayne Brumm and high school coach Tom Peller’s teaching, McGary went from tall and raw to taller and polished. McGary’s shooting form was reminiscent of a bowler twisting his wrist, Brumm said, but it became more natural. And teammates and coaches raved about McGary’s ability to grab rebounds and trigger fast breaks. The success stemmed from one
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Minnesota hired former Florida International head coach Richard Pitino after firing Tubby Smith. Pitino, Lousiville head coach Rick Pitino’s son, lifted the Panthers’ defense from ranking outside in steals per game to No. 8 in the 7.45 9.34 the top 100 nation during his first year on the job. 2011-12 2012-13