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INSIDE NEWS

Finding peace An author plans to discuss her debut novel on dealing with mental illnesses. Page 6

INSIDE OPINION

Loose leaf The Daily

Orange Editorial Board agrees with the suggestion to use less paper at University Senate. Page 5

INSIDE PULP

Organized chaos Darya Rotblat’s day is anything but calm in her job as director of the Offi ce of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. Page 11

Protecting its

name SU’s trademark on name, color pit it against startups, other universities

Text by Debbie Truong STAFF WRITER

Illustration by Alejandro De Jesus

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lyson Shontell was driven to the verge of tears after a phone call with her alma mater, Syracuse University, in July 2009. The voice on the other line, SU’s trademark and licensing director, told Shontell the university would begin legal efforts to stall her attempts at trademarking the word “Syracutie” months after giving her the go-ahead, she said.

Shontell is not the only one who has faced difficulties in dealing with the university when it comes to trademarks. But the legal efforts from SU facing her clothing line have brought the issue to light once again. After Shontell refused in 2009 to forfeit the Syracutie trademark that she planned to print on women’s and children’s apparel, SU fi led an opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But the three-month window for SU to state its opposition eventually passed. After

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INSIDE SPORTS

Members discuss high paper usage, research on enrollment

One-way ticket After a long

process of learning English and coming to America, Jing Pu has a home at Syracuse as the volleyball head coach. Page 32

By Brianna Quaglia STAFF WRITER

brandon weight | photo editor MARY LOVELY, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment, shares initial research on overcrowded classrooms during Wednesday’s meeting.

University Senate members expressed concerns about high paper usage at the final USen meeting of the academic year on Wednesday. When presiding offi cer Jonathan Massey opened the floor for new business in Maxwell Auditorium, Melissa Kizina, secretary of the Graduate Student Organization, spoke up. She asked if other USen representatives fi le away their paper after the meeting or toss it in

the trash. “I just noticed the sheer amount of paper we use for our packets and envelopes,” said Kizina, a third-year composition and

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WHAT IS USEN?

University Senate is an academic governing body with powers such as proposing policies on grading, student life, and athletics, among many others. It also approves new curricula and recommends faculty for promotion.


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Student publications on campus are unsatisfied with Student Association’s budget process and want to see reform.

Men’s lacrosse

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Merging styles Fashion’s Conscience pairs its runway show with a performance by Wale.

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Table for 3? The Daily Orange provides full coverage of the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team as it looks for its third straight win versus Rutgers Saturday.

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Fewer pairs opt for genderneutral living

de pa r t m e n t of public sa fet y

Yearly crime report may expand

By Breanne Van Nostrand Staff Writer

By Michael Boren Asst. News Editor

Proposed legislation in the U.S. Senate could force the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety to add to the list of crimes it includes in its annual safety report. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, introduced to the Senate April 14 by Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), would require universities and colleges to include dating violence, domestic violence and stalking in their annual crime reports, according to an April 15 news release from the nonprofit Security on Campus. DPS does not include those three areas in its annual report, though it does keep track of them outside of the report, said Jenn Horvath, public information officer for DPS. If the legislation passes, DPS will include the three areas in its annual report, which includes crime statistics from the past three calendar years, Horvath said. DPS officers will probably meet after the academic year ends to discuss any changes that need to be made in the report, Horvath said. The report is due Oct. 1, but Horvath typically starts working on it in June and completes it by the first weekend of school. Besides gathering statistics on domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, the proposed legislation would give victims their rights in writing and add educational programs to make these incidents less tolerable in campus communities, according to the release from Security on Campus, which aims to see dps page 8

Safety protections

Security On Campus is a national nonprofit organization and was founded in 1987 by Jeanne Clery’s parents, Connie and Howard. Jeanne was raped and murdered in her on-campus residence hall at college by a fellow student she did not know. The organization worked to secure passage of the Jeanne Clery Act, originally known as the Campus Security Act, in 1990. Source: securityoncampus.org

stacie fanelli | staff photographer jeremy jackson , a coral reef ecologist and professor at the Scripps Institition of Oceanography, plans to speak during Thursday’s 2011 Chauncey D. Holmes Lecture and Awards Ceremony.

Ecologist to talk at earth science award ceremony By Carrie Sunde Contributing Writer

Jeremy Jackson led the quiet life of a scientist until one of his studies was published in Science Magazine in 2001, arousing such a response that he began speaking all over the world. “It had kind of an electric reaction and response,” Jackson said. “It was actually on the front page of practically every English language newspaper in the world. It was even on the free newspaper in the subway in London.”

2011 Chauncey D. Holmes Lecture and Awards Ceremony

Featuring Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at the Scripps Intitution of Oceanography. Where: Heroy Auditorium When: Today, 7 p.m. How much: Free Jackson, a coral reef ecologist and professor of oceanography at

the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, found with a team of scientists that overfishing plays a significant role in altering the behavior of marine ecosystems. Now Jackson said he travels the world speaking about the negative effects of pollution, global climate change and overfishing. Jackson will be the guest speaker at Syracuse University for the 2011 Chauncey D. Holmes Lecture and Award Ceremony, which honors

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For Isaac Garcia, the housing process for next year didn’t go exactly as planned. Garcia, a freshman television, radio and film major, had hoped to live in a single on Main Campus and figured he had a good housing lottery number. But by the time he was able to choose a room, all of the singles were already taken. So instead of choosing to live with a randomly selected male roommate, Garcia opted to live with a close female friend through gender-neutral housing. “I thought the gender-neutral housing would be the easiest to pick up,” Garcia said. “I didn’t want to be stuck with a random roommate. That was my worst nightmare.” Thirty-five pairs of students at Syracuse University have chosen to live with a roommate of the opposite sex for the 2011-12 academic year, said Sara Miller, associate director of SU News Services, in an email. That number is six fewer pairs than the number of pairs that signed up last year. Forty-one pairs signed up last April for gender-neutral housing, which was offered for the first time last fall as a pilot program, according to an April 14, 2010, article published in The Daily Orange. It was offered again for second-, third- and fourth-year students participating in the 2011-12 housing process. Most students participating in gender-neutral housing will live on South Campus because two-bedroom apartments and two-person suites are the only options available during that phase of the housing process, Miller said. In October, 34 pairs remained out of the original 41, and 33 of those remaining pairs lived on South Campus, according to an Oct. 6 article in The Daily Orange. There are an estimated 55 universities in the United States that offer gender-neutral housing options, according to a March 2 CNN article. At Rutgers University, three residence halls will be a part of the pilot gender-neutral housing program for the 2011-12 academic year, according to the article. The program is being implemented in hopes to promote a more inclusive environment after the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi last fall, according to the article. Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge last September see gender-neutral page 7


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MayFest in Walnut Park should be embraced as new tradition

ou know how they say that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is? Well, that was the problem with the original MayFest. I personally found it quite entertaining to watch underage students get wasted before 2 p.m. while policemen stood by and did nothing so long as they collectively passed out on lawns and not the street. But for some apparent reason, it did not bode well for the university. As a senior, I am still reminiscent of these old MayFest traditions. However, most other classes do not remember or did not experience the MayFest held on Euclid Avenue, and so I sense it is time to let go and move on. It is time to give the Walnut Park version a chance. The new MayFest does come complete with several advantages. For one thing, the Syracuse Fire Department estimates that Walnut Park has room for up to about 10,000 people. That’s a

Marina Charny

blondes know better lot of people crowded in a relatively small space. That largely increases your chances of running into the person(s) you’re stalking. And for another thing, the whole four free beers strategy is actually quite effective. It lures people in. If you are over 21, you’re probably broke from the bars anyway. And if you’re under 21, well, that’s your problem; you can always get the free food and eat your feelings. The Cataracs performance is another nice touch. I can see how a musical interlude serves

as a temporary distraction from the fact that MayFest is now a watered down, depressingly less inappropriate version of its former self. Plus, we now all have the opportunity to prove that when we drink, we do it right. And that’s what college is all about, you know — proving yourself. People can invite friends from other schools to join them at MayFest. This presents an ideal opportunity to make money off your friends. Charge them extra for the ticket. Charge them for the free food and drinks. Tell them about all the attractive people who will be attending and charge them extra if they’re not good-looking enough. It might sound like I’m ragging on the new MayFest, but I’m really not. I do believe that Syracuse University has tried its best to ensure a day of fun and frolicking in the park. And I believe Student Association — which keeps on

trying to get people to care about its existence and keeps on failing — has attempted to meet students’ needs. It’s not SA’s fault that our needs just happen to be much more animalistic and stimulant-based. Ultimately, what it all comes down to is location, location, location. There will still be people partying on Euclid Avenue, and if that is absolutely the only scenery you feel comfortable getting drunk in, go right ahead. But I’m headed to the festivities in Walnut Park, mainly because I don’t feel like walking up a hill, but also because you can’t live in the past. We might as well embrace the change. And plus, we’ve all spent a ton of money on our education. We should go collect our four free beers. Marina Charny is a senior English and textual studies and writing major. Her column usually appears every Monday. She can be reached at mcharny@syr.edu.

Students wrongly take out frustrations on qualified professor let ters to the editor

“Students say professor lacks background to teach Asian and Asian-American studies course” — this student says they lack grounds to complain. An article published Tuesday claimed a “professor in the College of Arts and Sciences is facing criticism from some campus groups that believe she is not qualified to teach a class for the Asian and Asian American Studies minor.” Though it voiced the concerns of some students, the article was inflammatory and frankly

insulting to professor Susan Edmunds. First of all, after reading the entire article, the opening statement seems completely erroneous. From what was reported, the students do not have a problem with Edmunds; the problem is with the English Department’s decision to assign an Asian and Asian-American studies course to a non-Asian-American professor, despite the fact that she has studied and is currently teaching Asian-American literature. That complaint is their prerogative. How-

ever, to claim she cannot “relate to the experiences of Asian-Americans” is tantamount to claiming that only an identity group can relate to the experiences of that group. Should men be barred from teaching women’s studies courses? As a Caucasian-American, can I not appreciate or understand an African-American studies course? I’m not sure if the complainants are aware of the demographics of our university, but they’d be hard pressed to create an AAA minor taught only by Asian or Asian-American professors. And even if they could, why should they? Maureen Schwarz is involved in the Native American studies minor, but to my knowledge, she is not Native American. Yet she somehow still teaches courses in Native American studies with interest and competence.

It is significant that these complaining students never actually stated that their problem with the situation was that Edmunds is not AsianAmerican; framing the problem in this clear way reveals the underlying discrimination and ridiculousness of the claim. Even if students do think this, there is no reason for any group of students to take their frustrations out on a professor. You can think whatever you want about Edmunds — I happen to think she’s a wonderful woman and an excellent professor. But whatever your opinion, with a doctorate from Yale University, she’s definitely more qualified to teach these classes than any of the dissenters who are claiming her incompetence.

Alex Marsters

Junior English education and English and tex tual studies major

Students act dishonorably, harass professor It must be a slow news day when a Daily Orange cover story is about an email circulated by a small handful of disgruntled students complaining about a professor they don’t like. Normally I’d ignore it. But since the professor in question is a colleague and friend of mine, and because I believe students have acted dishonorably, I am compelled to respond. I was a member of the Asian-American literature search committee, which professor Susan Edmunds chaired, even though she was supposed to be on research leave. In that role, she did more work for the search than anyone.  She was also the most knowledgeable person on the committee regarding the field. The notion that she is unqualified to teach in this area is absurd, and the fact that this charge is coming from undergraduates (who really are unqualified to teach college courses, not to mention hire new faculty) might be laughable if it weren’t so meanspirited.   Edmunds’ classroom was anonymously blanketed with pamphlets protesting her qualifications. That’s not activism. It’s the cowardly

harassment of an individual.  The student group Asian Students in America has both denied responsibility for the act and said it sees nothing wrong with it, which is what I call having your cake and avoiding a disciplinary hearing, too. ASIA wants everyone to see them as radical student activists, but in fact they have acted more like cyberbullies, and not very effective ones at that. Their online petition has been up since January, yet has only 159 signatures. I had more Facebook friends wish me a happy birthday this year.   It’s true that ethnic studies was born out of student activism during the civil rights era, but it didn’t look like this. Those students didn’t demand to sit on hiring committees or assess faculty qualifications. They protested racism, classism, sexism, imperialism, militarism and the Vietnam War. The United States is now fighting three wars. It would be nice to see some student protests — and D.O. coverage — of that.

Scott Lyons

Associate Professor of English Director, Native American Studies

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University Senate should go green by using less paper A graduate student proposed a green idea at Wednesday’s University Senate meeting. The idea would allow for USen members to opt out of receiving the paper-dense packets of meeting minutes each month and to read the minutes online prior to each meeting instead. She also asked for a bin where members could safely recycle their packets and manila folders. The student proposed an incredibly thoughtful idea, which fits into the university’s mission to become carbon neutral and to promote environmental sustainability. Every month, the dozens of USen members receive pages of detailed reports, agenda items, curricula changes, etc. Tech-savvy members may already review the minutes on the governing body’s website, and others bring laptops to the meetings. For these senate members, eliminating the hard-copy versions would save money and paper.

editorial by the daily orange editorial board Reusing the manila folders is also a reasonable option to consider. Though professors may have plenty of uses for them, it makes more sense to simply reuse the manila folders, which can get beat up or torn without much need for replacement. Having a bin at each meeting for the purpose of securely recycling sensitive information seems a little far-fetched, as there are plenty of recycling bins on campus. As for sensitive papers, the Agenda Committee would have to pass these papers out at the meetings to those who depend solely on the public digital minutes anyway. Perhaps only recollecting sensitive papers and disposing of them properly would make more sense than finding a secure recycling bin and electing someone to be in charge of it after every meeting.

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Women’s wear designers tap into fast-growing menswear industry

ashion” and “style” have traditionally been words associated with women, not men. But the ever-growing menswear industry is quick to change social norms and make it more acceptable for men to express themselves through their style of dress. With menswear designers, such as Hedi Slimane and Michael Bastian, and the increasing legitimacy of menswear blogs, such as MrMort.com, StreetEtiquette.com and Selectism. com, the fuel for men’s fashion is an evolution within this industry rather than just a brief affair. Through rebranding tactics and the emergence of e-commerce, fashion’s thirst for menswear is a trend that has a staying power the industry hasn’t seen in a while. Famed women’s wear designer

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Alexander Wang is best known for his edgy downtown designs, fine tailoring and noticeably androgynous style — it would only make sense that he launch a menswear line to further his career. Already nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and GQ Magazine as the top emerging menswear designer, Wang plans to debut his namesake collection by fall 2011 and expand into men’s accessories by spring 2012. “It’s about the right timing, the right opportunity, then one thing leads to another,” said Wang in a March 28 post on Style.com. Though this might be the right timing for a young designer such as Wang, many veterans of this industry have already tried out the menswear sector and haven’t found much luck until recently. Take, for example,

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i’m judging you well-known women’s designer Cynthia Rowley and denim brand Current/ Elliott. Rowley recently relaunched and rebranded her menswear line because of the current supply and demand within men’s apparel. Named after her husband Bill Powers, Mr. Powers is a full collection that will expand into e-commerce, wholesale and its flagships. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Rowley always had her own menswear

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line and even showed at the biannual New York Fashion Week. “In 2002, she was nominated for the Perry Ellis Award for the best new men’s designer talent. However, the men’s business dwindled to a fraction of the brand’s sales,” wrote David Lipke in an April 7 WWD article. The same lack of profit applied to denim brand Current/Elliott, and it was also the reasoning behind its decision to shut down its menswear division in 2009. “We were too expensive,” said CEO Serge Azria in a March 31 WWD article. “We also realized it was important to do a complete collection and not just jeans. For a new brand, men’s retailers want something more special to create a long-term relationship.” With a higher chance of profit and a new outlook on men’s apparel, Azria

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plans to relaunch menswear within Current/Elliott by this fall with lower price tags and a range of 70 to 80 different styles. Other brands, such as e-commerce websites, have also jumped onto the goldmine. Mr.Porter, the menswear division to women’s luxury shopping site Net-a-Porter, and Piperlime are just a few of the e-commerce pioneers transitioning into menswear sales. “We know there’s a demand for (menswear),” said Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet in a Feb. 10 Wall Street Journal article. “I don’t think shopping right now really appreciates the way men want to shop.” Vicki Ho is a senior public relations major. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at vho@syr.edu.

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Author to speak on mental illness issues, 1st novel By Rachael Barillari Staff Writer

While writing about a family coping with a child who had a mental illness, Karen Winters Schwartz wanted to create a book that was “enjoyable to read without being depressing as hell.”

Where are the Cocoa Puffs?

Karen Winters Schwartz will speak to students about her first book and the struggles fo those with mental illnesses. Where: Jabberwocky Café When: Today, 7 p.m. How much: Free Winters Schwartz, who will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Jabberwocky Café, accomplished this with her first published novel, “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder.” The fictional novel is based off Winters Schwartz’s personal experiences and is told from several viewpoints, including those from individuals who were affected in different ways by the adolescent’s disorder. “I wanted to tell an extremely depressing story in a hilarious way, I use a lot of humor,” said Winters Schwartz, an optometrist who works in Marshall Square Mall and has another book about schizophrenia in the works. Winters Schwartz said it is important for college students to be informed about mental illnesses, especially bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, because they tend to break out during college years. Stress is usually the main trigger, and students commonly battle with drinking and drug addictions as they attempt to mask their problems, she said. One out of four individuals suffers from a mental illness, and individuals should get help before they have breakouts on college campuses, Winters Schwartz said. “It’s OK to be gay now, but it is still not OK to be crazy. People with mental illnesses are suffering in silence,” Winters Schwartz said. In addition to being an optometrist and author, Winters Schwartz is also a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the Syracuse region. The alliance is a national grassroots nonprofit organization that supports people with mental illnesses and their families. It also promotes awareness of mental illnesses, she said. The alliance has its own chapter on the Syracuse University campus. Jillian Rogers, a junior psychology and gerontology major, has been a member of the club since her freshman year and is now the president. Rogers said she is passionate about the organization, as she also has a family member with a mental illness. Since she became president, the group has gained a stronger presence and has begun to bring people like Winters Schwartz to campus, Rogers said. Winters Schwartz had previously contacted Rogers about speaking at the SU campus, she said. Rogers said she is also in training to be a family supporter so that she can help the friends and families of those with a mental illness deal with the situation. “We want to get rid of the stigma associated with mental illness,” Rogers said. “We want people to talk about it more so it is not such a taboo topic.” rebarill@syr.edu


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after two fellow students allegedly taped a sexual encounter between him and another male student and posted it online. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at SU was instrumental in making the gender-neutral housing option successful, Miller said. “We value our collaborations with Housing and Residence Life to create gender-neutral housing, and that they continue to offer it to students,” said Chase Catalano, director of the LGBT Resource Center, in an email. “Syracuse University is one of a small number of college and universities that offers gender-neutral housing without requiring any form of questionnaire to sign up for the housing option. Having a gender-neutral housing option for all students, especially LGBTQ students, is part of creating a supportive and inclusive campus community.” Some conservative campus groups are not outwardly supportive of gender-neutral housing. Paul Jewell, campus missionary of Campus Bible Fellowship, said in an email that a living situation involving two individuals of the opposite sex may lead to temptation, threatening the idea of keeping oneself pure for his or her eventual spouse. Campus Bible Fellowship is an evangelical

“I didn’t want to be stuck with a random roommate. That was my worst nightmare.” Isaac Garcia

freshman television, radio and film major

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students who have earned high achievement in introductory earth science classes. The ceremony will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in Heroy Auditorium and will honor 12 SU students, according to an April 5 SU news release. The annual Holmes speaker is chosen by a group of professors through the Department of Earth Sciences at SU. The idea of the event is to bring in a speaker who has a compelling message with a scientific meaning. The event was scheduled during Earth Week to highlight its importance.

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Gender-neutral housing was first offered as a pilot program to students for the fall 2010 semester. It is offered to second-, third- and fourth-year students at SU. Students could select gender-neutral housing during Phase 5 of the housing reservation process, which included two-person suites and apartments. Students selected roommates from April 5 at 10 a.m. to April 6 at 10 a.m. and selected rooms from April 6 at 3 p.m. to April 8 at 10 p.m.

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The number of pairs, equal to 70 students, that signed up to live in genderneutral housing for fall 2011.

41 andrew renneisen | asst. photo editor laura frank and isaac garcia , both freshmen, plan to live in gender-neutral housing together this fall. Seventy students signed up for the option in its second year. Christian organization. Zachary Weiss, secretary for College Republicans, said in an email that the gender-neutral housing option is a great opportunity to increase diverse housing options for students. Some students may use the option to live with a best friend of the opposite sex, but others use the option so they can live with a romantic partner, Miller said. Students in need of conflict resolution regarding their housing situation can speak to the staff in the Office of Residence Life, Miller said. Garcia, the freshman student who signed up for gender-neutral housing for fall 2011, said living with a close friend of the opposite sex is different from living with a romantic partner.

“If they want to try gender-neutral, good for them, but I think that at some point, even friends get annoyed with each other, and that’s only going to put stress on their relationship,” Garcia said. Garcia and his future female roommate will live on South Campus in a two-bedroom apartment. He looks forward to having his own bedroom and said it’s a smart move from the school to offer gender-neutral housing. “In this day and age, I don’t think that males and females need to be separated,” Garcia said. “Kids are smart. They’re not going to do things that will cause more stress in life or put themselves in places that will jeopardize their future.”

Even though the overfishing study gained acclaim in the world of marine ecology, Jackson said he and his team of scientists didn’t originally plan to focus on overfishing. They had set out looking at all the different kinds of historical changes in the ocean, but discovered that the story of fishing was so big that they changed the focus of their study, he said. Jackson said his study was based off other scientists’ findings, and he noticed the decline of the oceans doing his research in the library and online. “Here was all that stuff that had been published for decades, and it wasn’t that we had done new research and collected new data, but what we did was think about the information

available and tell a story,” Jackson said. Jackson’s speech for the Holmes lecture is titled “The Future of the Oceans Past.” When the audience walks away from his lecture, Jackson said he wants students to know one essential idea and act upon it. “The world we live in is extremely threaded, and our whole way of life is threaded, and this is something that especially young people just can’t imagine,” he said. “I am hoping that the new generation will wake up and realize that unless you take action, the world you grow up in will not be a very nice place.” Cathryn Newton, a professor of interdisciplinary sciences and the dean emerita of the College of Arts and Sciences, said she believes

The number of pairs, equal to 82 students, that signed up to live in genderneutral housing for fall 2010.

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The number of pairs that remained in gender-neutral housing by October. Seven pairs, or 14 students, had dropped out of the pilot program.

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The number of pairs in gender-neutral housing, out of the 34 remaining pairs, that were living on South Campus by October.

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The number of universities in the United States that offer gender-neutral housing options. Source: housingmealplans.syr.edu; CNN

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Jackson stands apart from other scientists. “He is that rare individual who can take a complex system like reefs or overfishing in the oceans and translate that to observations and images that people can really grasp and really comprehend,” she said. Newton said this will be a special opportunity students should engage in, not only because of Jackson’s knowledge on the subject, but also because of his personality. Said Newton: “This is an exceptional opportunity for students to meet, see and talk with someone who has done the cutting-edge work on reefs, but who is accessible, funny and lively as a speaker.” cjsunde@syr.edu


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limited communication with the licensing director, Shontell gained legal ownership of the Syracutie trademark in September 2010. Early this year, Shontell met with an SU lawyer to arrange an agreement but said she was presented with a disappointing offer. Under the proposed agreement, Shontell would become Syracutie’s lone licensor, meaning nobody, including the university, could use the word without her permission. In return, she was expected to sign her trademark over to SU for free. Months have passed since SU offered the compromise, and Shontell said she is now in the process of hiring a lawyer to help her side of negotiations. No definitive timetable for an agreement has been set, given email exchanges have only recently resumed after a year of silence, she said. Syracutie currently depends on purchases from locals, but Shontell said the lack of presence in the SU Bookstore has deprived her start-up of a vital demographic — students on campus. “The brand can exist outside of SU, but I don’t want it to,” she said. “The biggest hin-

“The brand can exist outside of SU, but I don’t want it to. The biggest hindrance is not being able to bring it to a huge portion of the town, which is the school.” Alyson Shontell 

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drance is not being able to bring it to a huge portion of the town, which is the school.” Since media coverage of Shontell’s struggles began, she received what she called an “amazing” response from alumni, public relations officials and faculty at SU. She said $750 worth of inventory has been moved during a period of three days on her site, syracutie.com. Shontell remains hopeful the two sides will reach an agreement that will make the Syracutie line available in the bookstore beginning in the fall, she said. But she still feels initial negotiations were handled poorly by SU, she said. “I don’t think they treated me the way they should treat anyone, let alone an alumni,” she said. Moving forward, Shontell said she anticipates better treatment from SU, given its willingness to communicate. A trademark on the word “orange” appearing on clothing has also brought forth concerns. George McGuire, an adjunct professor in the College of Law, was uncontested nearly seven years ago when he registered the trademark on the word “orange” for SU. But in 2006 SU “quietly” filed for a federal trademark for the use of the word on clothing, according to a March 23 article published in Inside Higher Ed. Late last year, several colleges with orange as their predominant color found out about the trademark filing and began filing an opposition form earlier this year, according to the article. Many colleges mistakenly assumed SU was trying to protect the color orange instead of the brand Syracuse University is typically associated with, McGuire said.

Trademarks, copyrights and patents The three protect different types of intellectual property. A trademark usually protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A trademark is a phrase, word, symbol or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of other groups. A copyright protects original artistic or literary work. Patents protect specific inventions. Source: www.uspto.gov

To calm the worries of concerned colleges, McGuire said SU is working with schools, such as the University of Tennessee, to reach “coexistent agreements” that would allow the affected colleges to use “orange” both as a word and color. Under the more recent trademark on apparel, authorized vendors of SU merchandise must pay royalties to the school whenever “orange” is printed on the company’s apparel. This left then-SU senior Brian Weinreich’s start-up company with $2,000 to $3,000 worth of unusable inventory in 2009 because the company wasn’t a licensed vendor of SU at the time. Weinreich, founder of Syracuse-based Squeeze My Tees and a current graduate student, was called into licensing and marketing specialist Marc Donabella’s office and advised to remove 10 designs from his company’s website, Weinreich said. Donabella explained to Weinreich that the shirts violated infringement policies and that legal action could be taken if the company didn’t act accordingly. Weinreich said he now works with SU to sell one of his shirts at the SU Bookstore. But SU still shoots some of his design ideas down, he said. Squeeze My Tees prides itself on “funny, edgy Syracuse T-shirts,” he said. Donabella did not return calls or emails from The Daily Orange. While Weinreich described the exchange with SU as “cordial” and said he understands SU doesn’t want to be associated with poorquality merchandise, the student population is missing out on innovative shirt ideas, Weinreich said. “It’s kind of annoying because there are a lot of awesome designs we have, and they shot them down,” Weinreich said. In addition to requiring approval from the university before making shirts available to the public, Squeeze My Tees must also pay royalties on shirts associated with campus officials, Weinreich said. Despite being the masterminds behind the hot-ticket Jim Boeheim screamers, Weinreich said Squeeze My Tees ended up breaking even or suffering a loss from sales after agreeing to donate 50 percent of the revenue to the Jim Boeheim Foundation and paying royalties to SU. Weinreich said he felt “there wasn’t a good response on either end” when he posed the issue to both the Jim Boeheim Foundation and SU. After fighting for shelf space in the bookstore, Squeeze My Tees was unable to persuade officials to send a mass email to students to publicize the screamers, he said. But there has been a bright spot to SU’s rigid trademark rules, Weinreich said. Squeeze My Tees’ inventive side has been sparked, as the company is creating more offbeat designs to avoid paying royalties. “We’re putting out more underground shirts,” he said. “Some students don’t want the typical Syracuse shirt, they want something different.” dbtruong@syr.edu

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cultural rhetoric doctoral student. Kizina’s questions sparked discussion on whether USen should go green and strictly use electronic versus paper packets. Some members suggested solutions, such as having members request paper documents and having a bin at the front of the room to dispose of documents after the meeting ends. Some committees, such as the Committee on Curricula, have already gone completely electronic. Many USen members expressed interest in conserving or recycling paper, but some were hesitant to rely completely on technology. Don Saleh, vice president for enrollment management, said USen documents sometimes contain sensitive information that shouldn’t be recycled carelessly. This could require someone to be in charge of disposing the bin’s contents after each meeting, Kizina said. Massey concluded the discussion by saying the topic would need to be brought up again at the first USen meeting next fall. Also during the meeting, the ad hoc committee presented an update on one of its reports, and USen members voted to add several new programs, including a minor in medical anthropology and an integrated learning major on energy and its impacts. The Senate Agenda Committee, the Committee on Appointment and Promotions, the Committee of Curricula and the Academic Affairs Committee also presented reports. After doing research with the help of faculty, the Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment is in the process of creating an interim report, said Mary Lovely, chair of the ad hoc committee. The committee began research on overcrowding in classrooms as a result of a bulge in the size of this year’s freshman class. The research had two components: a survey given to faculty and a collection of data with the help of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The online survey had 33 percent faculty participation, Lovely said. The committee plans to turn the data into graphs and visuals to present to USen, and hopes to be done with the project by the beginning of July, she said. Though the faculty response is ready for analysis by the group, the committee will continue to work on the student research portion through the summer, Lovely said. “The cooperation and work on this report has been amazing,” Lovely said. Motions were passed during the meeting to accept a list of promoted faculty and a list of retiring faculty. Motions were also passed to approve proposed updates and improvements on assignments for committees next year, and to vote on changes to curricula and programs. USen voted on representatives to replace those whose term with the Senate Agenda Committee was up as well. The meeting concluded when a senator proposed that the group thank Massey, who is stepping down as the presiding officer, for his leadership. The senators applauded Massey’s service. Massey drew a few chuckles when he con-

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prevent violence at college campuses. Nearly 20 organizations, including Security on Campus, have endorsed the legislation. With the additional statistics, colleges would also get a better scope of these problems, said Daniel Carter, director of public policy for Security on Campus. “You can’t address a problem if you don’t know how big it is,” he said. Individuals in the age range of 16 to 24

cluded the meeting by saying, “It has been a pleasure, but not all the time.” bquaglia@syr.edu

Adding programs University Senate unanimously passed the Committee on Curricula’s recommendation to add the following programs during Wednesday’s meeting. Curricula Committee chair Barbara Kwasnik presented the programs.

Minor in medical anthropology:

This minor — designed to supplement students’ studies in health sciences, international relations, sociology or political science — explores the subfield of anthropology that focuses on the relationships among society, culture, health, illness and medicine, according to the report. Students must take at least 18 credits to complete the minor.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in global health:

The CAS in global health will be a 19-credit graduate program designed to provide applied skills and practice for students interested in global health fields. The certificate emphasizes the integration of social and behavioral determinants of health, combined with practice and evidence-based strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies in global settings, according to the report. The program’s goal is to create professionals who can alleviate human suffering worldwide through creative, innovative and participatory approaches to solving global health problems, according to the report.

Juris Doctor in law and Masters of Social Work:

This program is a joint-degree partnership between the College of Law and the School of Human Ecology’s Social Work Department. The regular Master of Social Work degree requires 60 credits. The joint degree, which may be completed in three years and three summers, requires 48 social work credits. Law joint-degree students earn 72 credits and an additional 15 transfer credits. Six of those credits would transfer in at full credit and 18 credits would transfer in as nine credits. Social work would transfer in law credits for 12 credits of permitted electives.

Integrated learning major on energy and its impacts:

The integrated learning major on energy and its impacts allows students the interdisciplinary background to understand current problems and to seek solutions to these issues. Students from multiple majors — including those in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and management — will learn about some of the most significant problems in the modern world, according to the report. Topics will include energy supply and use, and the effect technologies have on the environment. Source: University Senate Committee on Curricula report, universitysenate.syr.edu

experience the highest rates of abuse in dating relationships, said Juley Fulcher, director of policy programs at Break the Cycle, a nonprofit that works to stop abuse and dating violence with teens. “There is certainly the issue of lack of education and experience on the rights and responsibilities that come with a relationship,” Fulcher said. The proposed legislation would also help universities implement better prevention programs against dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, as they are three issues that are common among students, Fulcher said. mcboren@syr.edu


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spike Campaign aims to educate young people on safe sex amid rising HIV, STD rates

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campaign is targeting young people by advertising on Facebook, billboards and bus stations to fight a jump in Onondaga County’s HIV and sexually transmitted disease infection rates. The “One Decision” campaign aims to get young people to think about the consequences of having unprotected sex before doing it, said Jean Kessner, public relations director of AIDS Community Resources. AIDS Community Resources is a nonprofit organization based in Central New York that works to stop the spread of HIV and offers support services to those affected by or infected with HIV or AIDS, according to its website. “Young people do not get the education that they once did,” Kessner said. “We’re trying to cut right through to them and say, ‘Think about it.’” Cynthia Morrow, commissioner of the Onondaga County Health Department, reported 661 cases of STDs in young people ages 13 to 25 in Onondaga County in 2010, according to an April 18 news release from Kessner, who is also the councilor-at-large for the Syracuse Common Council. During the past five years, 41 people between the ages of 13 to 24 were also diagnosed with HIV, with the majority being African-Americans. In one four-month period, 10 males who were age 25 and younger also had HIV-positive test results, according to the release. Kessner said she does not know why there has been a recent increase in HIV rates in the county

“There’s this myth out there that AIDS has been cured, that is not true. There is no cure.” Jean Kessner

PUBLIC REL ATIONS DIRECTOR OF AIDS COMMUNIT Y RESOURCES

and that there are only theories as of now. But there seems to be a lack of knowledge among young people when it comes to STDs, she said. “There’s this myth out there that AIDS has been cured, that is not true. There is no cure,” Kessner said. Maddy Coda, a sophomore in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, said she thinks more people are having unprotected sex at younger ages. Although Coda said she thinks it is important to spread the word about HIV and AIDS, she is not sure how much the campaign will help in raising awareness. “I don’t think most people would pay attention to a campaign on Facebook,” she said. Kessner said she wants to help make people aware of how to have safe sex and that it is important for them to ask whether or not their partner has been tested for STDs. “The only sure way to have sex and not get HIV is to know the status of your partner,” Kessner said. “There are still some STDs you can get, even if you use a condom, so you have to be smart.” snbouvia@syr.edu

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First air guitar competition redefines rocking out By Lauren Tousignant STAFF WRITER

Once she saw the movie “Air Guitar Nation,” Sydney Hutchinson was hooked. Since then, she has attended multiple air guitar competitions. She recalled two particular performanc-

Air Guitar Competition

Syracuse’s first musical event with invisible music instruments Where: the Red House Arts Center When: Friday, 8 p.m. How much: Free es, a rock version of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Dreamcatcher’s rendition of The Eagles’ “Witchy Woman.” Hutchinson, an assistant professor of ethnomusicology, said she was instantly fascinated by the clever, quirky remakes of the genres’ most popular songs. “An air guitar competition is kind of an ironic appreciation of rock music,” said Hutchinson, the organizer of the event. “It’s for people who love music and love to perform and who have a sense of humor about the whole thing.” Syracuse University’s fi rst air guitar extravaganza will take place Thursday and Friday, starting with a free screening of the fi lm “Air Guitar Nation” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium. The competition

will be in the Red House Arts Center in downtown Syracuse. The winner will earn a spot in the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championship in Boston. Five judges will declare the winner at Friday’s competition: Mark Bialczak, music critic for The Post-Standard; Emmett Van Slyke, a local rock guitarist who runs the rock camp at The Red House; Daniel Hege, former conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; Ulf Oesterle, an assistant professor in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries and “K-Rock” DJ; and Theodore Philip Cateforis, an assistant professor of music history and cultures. Cateforis teaches a class on rock, and during his research on rock music, he has seen people play guitars, both real and imaginary. “I guess in that respect I have some sort of qualifications to see if they’re rocking out properly,” said Cateforis, who judged Hutchinson’s informal class competition last semester. Song choices range from classic to glam to hard rock. According to the U.S. National Air Guitar Championships website, the official rules are as follows: Each performance is played to one minute of a song; the instrument must be invisible and must be a guitar; backup bands, air or real, are not allowed; and air guitar roadies are allowed but must leave the stage before the performance. Among Friday’s competitors is Paul “Math

Events THURSDAY, APRIL 21

“Breaking into Journalism” 6:30 p.m. Room 141 in Newhouse III Free

The Syracuse University chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists will host Michael Feeney, a New York Daily News reporter. Feeney is NABJ’s 2010 Emerging Journalist of the Year, a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., and a Delaware State University graduate. Feeney will discuss how to prepare for landing your first communications job out of college.

“An air guitar competition is kind of an ironic appreciation of rock music. It’s for people who love music and love to perform and who have a sense of humor about the whole thing.” Sydney Hutchinson

ORGANIZER OF AIR GUITAR EVENT

Romancer” Martino, a professional air guitarist of three years. “I have an extreme passion for the genre as a whole, every aspect of it. And I showcase it through massive amounts of head banging and air guitaring,” said Martino, who placed in the Top 10 for the New York City regionals last year, eventually making it to the U.S. finals. He placed second and earned a spot at the world championship in Finland. The host of the competition is an author, musician and professional air guitarist Bjorn Turoque, whose real name is Dan Crane.

Having retired in 2005, Turoque has traveled throughout the country and the world emceeing air guitar championships. Known as the “Ryan Seacrest of air guitar,” Turoque has hosted the World Air Guitar Championship in Finland and will host again this year. “Air Guitar Nation” is a documentary highlighting the rivalry between Turoque and David “C-Diddy” Jung during the 2003 U.S. Air Guitar Championship. While this may be Syracuse’s first run at a competition of this caliber, the idea is nothing new. According to usairguitar. com, the first U.S. competition wasn’t held until 2003. But the World Air Guitar Championships have been held annually in Oulu, Finland, since 1996, according to Air Guitar World Championship website. Hutchinson said air guitar performances are now considered to be a kind of performance art. “The best performers in air guitars very cleverly take the conventions of rock guitar performance that are pretty over-the-top and turn them around in a clever way,” Hutchinson said. “They kind of make fun of them, but appreciate them at the same time.” The level of performance the guitarists bring at the competition makes them all the more exciting to watch, she said. “It’s just so bizarre,” she said. “It’s a fun time.” letousig@syr.edu

PERSPECTIVES by kathleen kim and colleen bidwill | the daily orange

The Syracuse football team just had its Spring Game. How do you think the team will do this season?

Karen Winters Schwartz lecture 7-9 p.m Jabberwocky Café Free

Author Karen Winters Schwartz will speak in her attempt to decrease any negative stigma associated with mental illness. She will also present and read excerpts of her debut novel “Where are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder.” The novel is a story of a family that is dealing with bipolar disorder, and the talk will address the effects of mental illness on the entire family.

Performance by the Morton B. Schiff Jazz Ensemble 8 p.m. Setnor Auditorium Free

“Seeing the difference in the team between my freshman and sophomore year, I’d say we’re on the right track.” Katie Vallely

SOPHOMORE IN THE BANDIER PROGRAM FOR MUSIC AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

“With the talent we’ve seen so far, I think we have a good chance at winning some games.” Cara Harris-McCargo

SENIOR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR

The Morton B. Schiff Jazz Ensemble will perform compositions under the direction of Joseph Riposo, a faculty member in the Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The concert will also feature the Syracuse University Super Sax Ensemble.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

East Asia Program presents Jay Henderson 12:30 p.m. 341 Eggers Hall Free

Jay Henderson directed the Voice of America’s East Asia and Pacific Division from 1998 to 2010. Previously, he was with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in New York and with the Institute of International Education, based in Hong Kong. He now directs Henderson International, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. — Compiled by Colleen Bidwill, asst. feature editor, cbidwill@syr.edu

“I don’t know much about the football team. I only watch the basketball team. I like basketball more.”

“Especially with Delone Carter and Rob Long leaving, I think we had a young team last year, which leaves room for growth, Pawan Dewani and I think we have potential.” JUNIOR ACCOUNTING MAJOR Preston Peters

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Wale to perform Saturday

Concert, runway show to end group’s fashion week By Danielle Odiamar Asst. Feature Editor

For Fashion’s Conscience, a studentrun Syracuse University organization that promotes underrepresented or misrepresented groups and individu-

90210: Classic Hollywood

Fashion’s Conscience’s fashion show, including a performance by Wale Where: Goldstein Auditorium When: Saturday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. How much: $10 for a gold package (admission to fashion show and concert), $25 for a platinum package (Gold package with a meet-and-greet with Wale, which includes an autograph and photograph) als in the fashion industry, Fashion Week is about much more than clothes. FC is celebrating its annual Fashion Week by showcasing a variety of guest speakers. It will conclude Saturday with a fashion show and concert featuring rap artist Wale. For one week since 2009, FC has shed light on an array of topics and issues facing the fashion industry and has celebrated the week’s end with its annual fashion show and concert. Fashion Week 2011, which began April 18, includes speakers who highlight topics like maintaining healthy appearances and the male presence in the fashion industry. “We’ve had guest speakers throughout the week, people who haven’t really been heard about but are doing great things in the fashion industry,” said Letecha Dixon, president of FC. The socially conscious group will donate the proceeds from its finale event — 90210: Classic Hollywood — to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They are two organizations FC members feel cover a wide variety of areas that benefit the community, said Dixon, a senior sociology and public relations major. Of the week’s events, the concert and fashion show have garnered the most attention, almost selling out Goldstein Auditorium, Dixon said. see fashion page 12

stacie fanelli | staff photographer DARYA ROTBLAT, director of the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, works in a booth at Samrat Indian Restaurant on South Crouse Avenue. Rotblat takes care of off-campus students and acts as a liaison between students and landlords.

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After unexpected career change, Rotblat thrives in caring for off-campus students By Colleen Bidwill Asst. Feature Editor

Editor’s note: “Day in the Life” is an occasional series chronicling the responsibilities of the newsmakers, characters and public figures on campus.

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n a pink conference room Darya Rotblat sits at one end of a dark wooden table, frantically scribbling in a white notebook about bike rentals and Syracuse RideShare. Every so often she glances up, gives her opinion about the subject matter with animated gestures and returns back to her notes. Rotblat, Syracuse University’s director of the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, is far from her college dream to work for a nonprofit or as a lobbyist for health care on Capitol Hill. Instead, she takes care of students’ needs, such as off-campus housing issues, acting as a liaison between landlords and students; overall acting as a resource to students. But she doesn’t mind. Rotblat described the process of how she got to where she is today as both quick and long. Although it took

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some time before she found herself on campus, once she was hired in 2005 she quickly rose through the ranks to her current position. Yet she wouldn’t be situated in her office at 754 Ostrom Ave. if it were not for her decision to change career paths. During her time at Hobart & William Smith College, Rotblat majored in health policy. Yet as graduation drew closer, she realized working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., wasn’t what she wanted. Panic set in. “Everything became this rush of, ‘Oh s***, I need to find a job,’” she said. She sought out other options in areas she was familiar with. She’d spent three years studying health, but outside of class she was immersed in student affairs through her time as a resident adviser and student government president. Rotblat took a leap of faith. “I kind of just took that path and it happened,” she said. After spending a year as a resident director at Franklin Pierce University, and another two years in the same position at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Rotblat and her husband looked to move see rotblat page 12

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SPRING KEGGERS

With the weather warming up, party season is in the air. Sabastino’s Pizza and Grocery has a list of keg options for local college students, and with the option for delivery, who could go wrong? Here are some of their half-barrel brands and prices.

1) Coors: Between $99 to $105 As defined by the higher price, a keg of Coors is probably of higher quality than your usual college beer. Also, it’s something you’d see on tap at restaurants — real people actually drink this outside of parties. Party you’d see this beer at: CEOs and Corporate Hoes. One where you would expect to fraternize with mostly 21-year-olds.

2) Labatt Blue: Between $99 to $105

Labatt Blue is about the same quality as Coors, but consumed more commonly throughout upstate New York. Though Coors is more nationally recognized, one could argue that Labatt might even be better. It’s certainly more dynamic in flavor than Keystone, with a seltzer-like, hoppy taste that is perfect to sip on all night. Party you’d see this beer at: Lax Bro Kickback. Having a beer at a party where you can actually recognize the flavors and ingredients is perfect for a more casual setting. Lax bros love to relax — join them with a bottle of Labatt.

3.) Keystone: $75, $69 for students

Keystone Light is almost an indispensable part of the typical college campus. Infamously known for being smooth, it’s ideal for beer pong, flip cup and other drinking games involving chugging. Arguably the best part of Keystone is the cardboard packaging: Each one is marked with a new smooth moment that strengthens the Keystone brand. Party you’d see this beer at: Any fraternity house or dorm party. Keystone is notoriously known for being everywhere. By the time senior year ends, who knows — you might even miss those “smooth moments.”

4) Milwaukee’s Best: $75, $69 for students

The main Milwaukee’s Best brewery is located in Wisconsin, and that’s where it should stay. Unfortunately, it has turned up at some house and frat parties, a campus-wide atrocity. The brew is particularly light, probably because it’s watered down with gutter water, and leaves a strong aftertaste of bitter tartness that, if drunk enough, might make you believe you just vomited. Party you’d see this beer at: White trash party. If you’re purchasing the brew, it better be because you’re short on money. So the party it’s served at probably won’t be the classiest. Might as well go all out with a wifebeater and trucker hat. — Compiled by The Daily Orange Feature staff

closer to where she grew up in Rochester. This became reality once her husband was hired at SU. Rotblat had a baby, left her job and waitressed for a few months as she searched for a new job. Her husband talked to Kerry Heckman, program coordinator of the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services and now one of Rotblat’s two colleagues, about hiring his wife. Rotblat was hired as an assistant director, promoted to associate director in 2007 and became director in 2009. “I really haven’t been in this role all that long,” she said. “I feel like I’m young and I’m very lucky to be in the spot that I’m in.”

10 a.m.: Rotblat has been situated in her office since 9:45 a.m. answering emails. This is out of the ordinary, as she usually is in at about 8:30 a.m., but she had to take her son to the dentist. She’s finished her meeting with Scott Vanderpool, manager of parking and transit services. They discussed issues such as getting a bus from James Street, a bike-rental opportunity and Syracuse RideShare, a carpool service organized by Student Association and parking and transit services. She said it is important to work collaboratively with parking and transit services because the office serves commuter students and offcampus students who tend to need bus transportation to campus.

11 a.m.: Rotblat starts walking down Ostrom Avenue for her lunch meeting at Samrat Indian Restaurant on South Crouse Avenue. She walks quickly and multitasks, checking her phone and reading emails as she walks. But Rotblat appreciates this time she gets to be out of her building. “Every day is different and you don’t know what to expect,” she says. “I am not the kind of person who likes to sit at a desk.” She hesitantly glances across Waverly Avenue as cars quickly whiz back and forth. She decides to wait a little longer before crossing. Rotblat looks back, smiles and says, “I am such a bad crosser. I make sure there are no cars coming at least.”

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Formed in 2000, FC has hosted an annual fashion show since 2005, but it was not until 2007 that the group decided to include performance artists with the show. Just as in traditional shows, FC’s fashion show takes place with audience members seated on the sidelines of the runway. But as the concert begins, they rush to the runway-turned-stage to get close to the performance, Dixon said. Artists such as Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and Fabolous have performed at FC’s shows in the past. Dixon believes Wale’s performance this year will be just as successful as past events because his musical work greatly exemplifies FC’s values and objectives. “Empowering people — that’s something that he’s really all about, and that’s something we really wanted to portray in our show,” Dixon said. “He’s always thinking of different social issues in his lyrics, so we felt like that matched what we are about.” As one of the three other male members in FC, junior social work major De’Marcus Woods knows firsthand that FC continues to encourage a representation of all types of people in the fashion world. Woods feels lucky to represent a

She situates herself into a booth by a window in Samrat and waits for a woman in the Onondaga County Health Department who is part of an organization to make college campuses smoke-free. Rotblat doesn’t stray far from her health roots as she is part of several health committees and programs, such as having a smoke-free campus and medical amnesty, as well as being on call for the off-campus crisis outreach. “I get to keep my passions alive, and because I have interest I get pulled into a lot of health programs and committees,” she says. She checks her phone again, pulls out a large orange folder onto the table and scans through the material. Due to a misunderstanding, the woman doesn’t show up for lunch. Rotblat puts a $5 bill on the table and walks out of the restaurant. She says she feels bad for taking up the table and not ordering anything and feels sympathetic for the waitress due to her own stint as one.

Noon: Rotblat goes into the SU Bookstore in Schine Student Center to grab prizes for an upcoming Earth Day celebration. She wanders around with her arms full of items, examining the merchandise, and makes multiple trips to the counter to drop off items. She grabs a unique checkered orange and blue hat off the rack. She glances at it with a smile. “Well,” she says and pauses to look at it again. “Someone will like it.” Rotblat pays and leaves with two large white bags filled with the merchandise. She slings the largest one over her shoulder. She wanders through the Schine Dining Center to grab a garlic knot and a peanut butter cookie. She adjusts one of the bags. “I’m like Santa Claus,” she says and laughs.

1 p.m.: Rotblat returns back to the office and is thrown into a variety of tasks. She grabs the mail. She then grabs a Coke, which she occasionally sips as she talks to work-study students and the office coordinator. She claims she has a CocaCola or Dr. Pepper every day. Rotblat eventually wanders back up to her office, but not before she shows off the miniature gnome she bought as a prize. She answers emails as Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” plays through the computer. She says unanswered messages drive her crazy, and

male perspective in a mostly female group. “Fashion is something that not a lot of guys are into in terms of being part of an organization,” Woods said. “It’s amazing how we can be that voice for the male side, and the girls really embrace our perspective.” Woods will be one of the hosts for the fashion show, a role that allows him to engage with the audience on behalf of FC. “It’s very personal for me, when I’m hosting, to have an insight into what FC is doing on campus and how we can all play a role in it,” Woods said. “It’s really amazing.” Senior public relations major and FC vice

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she tries to have six items or less in her inbox at a time.

2 p.m.: Rotblat doesn’t stop working for a moment. While sending emails, she’s constantly interrupted by phone calls and people wandering in and out of her office. Beside her computer are many Post-it notes with tasks that need to be accomplished. “At any moment, the phone could ring,” she says. “I think that’s what makes it interesting, but you have to be flexible. I mean, I have to do lists but some of these items” — she pauses to motion to the Post-it notes beside the computer — “have been here for a month, but you have to prioritize but realize that you might not just get to it.” Her office is a constant reminder of everything she’s accomplished over the years. Framed photographs of Ten Tons of Love, an end-of-the-year donation drive that collects furniture and clothing for First English Lutheran Church, hang on the wall. A large pink flower in a pot, which stands at about a foot tall, is a remnant of a donation item she kept. An elephant stuffed animal sits in one corner. An OrangeSeeds volunteer bought it for her when she was involved in the program. There is a shelf with pictures of her husband and two sons and various awards. Attached to one of the shelves is a scribbled drawing of a turtle made by one of her sons. She stretches for a moment. “I’m tired, it’s nap time,” she says. But her day is nowhere near over. She goes to a graduate student housing meeting. Then she attends an end-of-the-year banquet for the SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry faculty bowling league, which she has belonged to for two and a half years. Later she attends the lacrosse game versus Hobart, her husband’s alma mater and the male counterpart of William Smith College, where she went to school. But not before they attend an alumni gathering before the game. Looking back, Rotblat would never imagine being in the position she’s in, but she wouldn‘t change anything. “Did I imagine working with off-campus students? No,” she says, with a smile. “I have never rented an apartment in my life. That’s the irony of my job.” cbidwill@syr.edu

president Tuso Boothe believes Wale’s performance will bring a great energy to the already energized fashion show that precedes Wale’s performance. As the event’s coordinator, Boothe said the fashion show has attracted an equal amount of attention and planning as the concert. The original model casting call attracted more than 100 prospective models who were narrowed down to approximately 60 male and female models, most of whom are SU students, Boothe said. FC’s mission to promote underrepresented groups in the fashion industry is evident in its model selection, she said. “We don’t care about your height, we don’t care about your weight, we don’t care about your skin color, it doesn’t matter,” Boothe said. “You come in, you can walk, you’re in.” By featuring not only SU student designers but also up-and-coming professional designers from the city of Syracuse, New York City and Puerto Rico, the group can continue its mission of diversity in the fashion world, Dixon said. “Within our organization, we’re all different shapes and sizes and from different socioeconomic classes and ethnicities,” Boothe said. “We never really think about those things, but the fashion industry does. With this event, I hope people can come together and really just enjoy fashion and music.” dmodiama@syr.edu


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he summer movie season kicks off the first weekend in May, making this the perfect time to mark your calendar for the summer’s most promising offerings. To get the most out of the wonderful air-conditioned theaters, keep in mind that biggest doesn’t always mean best — many excellent independent features come out in the warmest months. Whether they cost a gut-busting $200 million or mere $2 million, here are five movies you need to see. smlittma@syr.edu

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“The Tree of Life” (5/27) Director Terrence Malick, whose career spans decades, will unleash “The Tree of Life,” his fi fth film in 38 years. Set simultaneously in rural 1950s Texas and modern urban America, the film stars Brad Pitt as the domineering Texas father and Sean Penn as his grown-up son. Be sure to catch it because you very well might be in your early 40s the next time another Malick film comes around.

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“Captain America: The First Avenger” (7/22) Boasting an interesting historical backdrop and a character that has never been seen on the silver screen, “Captain America” is the summer’s most intriguing superhero spectacle. Chris Evans plays the crusader in Joe Johnston’s $140 million thrill ride, the first of many that Marvel has planned for the American hero.

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“The Hangover: Part II” (5/26) The sequel to the biggest R-rated comedy of all time has a lot to live up to. The gang is back together again, only this time in Thailand. Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married this time, and the boys attempt to piece together the remnants of another indescribably irresponsible night while tracking down his fiancée’s younger brother.

“Super 8” (6/10) Directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, “Super 8” spins a tale of a group of youngsters who capture a catastrophic and potentially extraterrestrial accident while making a short film with a Super 8 camera. The film, set in the late ’70s, allows Abrams (“Star Trek”) to flex his sci-fi muscles while Spielberg contributes his talent in relaying timeless stories about curious kids. The film has a retro yet refined mystique about it, unique to typical summer action flicks.

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“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two” (7/15) Though the “Harry Potter” films reel in revenue and generally positive ratings, they had the unfortunate luck of being compared to the similarly lavish “Lord of the Rings” films, and thus seem significantly less impressive. The last “Harry Potter” might not change all that, but it does stand a shot at redemption, building off the momentum generated by the glowing reviews for “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” It’s likely that no more than 10 films will incite more fanfare than this one.

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o be or not to be? That is the question many couples will face at the end of senior year. Romantic duos must make a decision whether “us” was meant to be, or if it’s easier to just be “me.” Unlike when my grandmother was in college, the pressure to be wifed up by age 22 has disintegrated among most social circles, and graduating couples are posed with three options: 1) Commit to staying near each other — potentially sacrificing jobs, graduate programs and any last remnants of youth. 2) Pursue a long-distance relationship, notorious for its difficulty, never-ending horniness and inevitable failure. 3) Kiss your ‘Cuse cutie good bye and good luck.

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do the body right David Rosen and Karen Gluskin are opting for the second option — maybe the first, if they’re lucky. Rosen, a senior information management and technology and finance major, and Gluskin, a senior inclusive elementary and special education major, have been together for about a year and a half. After graduation, Rosen

will work on a master’s degree at the School of Information Studies, and Gluskin hopes to be a teacher in the Syracuse area or near Chicago. They both are hopeful that with visits and Skype dates, their relationship can persevere. “As much as I would like her to be around the Syracuse area so that we can physically be together, I support her going wherever is best for her,” Rosen said. “We will both do our best to make the distance work.” Gluskin matched Rosen’s optimism. “If things are meant to be, this path will only make our relationship stronger,” she said. Cue the baby-making music: this sounds like a chick flick I’d love to believe in. And apparently Gluskin, Rosen and I are not the

only ones who believe long distance can work. A study published last year in the Communication Research journal found that as many as three out of four college students will date while being physically separated at some point in time. I’m even a statistic myself: One master’s degree, several Skype dates, a dozen visits, 325ish days apart and countless phone calls later, my boo and I are still going strong. Let’s not sugarcoat it, though: Overall, longdistance relationships suck. How many Skype dates does it take until talking to a computer screen gets as stale as a long-distance sex life? Visits are always too short, phone chats become too routine, and sometimes the loneliness can feel like too much. But as hard as it is, it has its benefits. Distance can improve communication, enhance emotional connection and make the heart grow fonder. However, if you are weak, unsure or a sex fiend, you may want to keep in closer proximity. When it comes down to it, I’m a firm believer in fate. If the thought of a long-distance relationship seems absolutely unbearable, don’t do it. Destined couples will re-cross paths, and dead-end love will re-route to a new location. If the fate of your long-distance relationship is as tender as a Lifetime movie plot, then it’s simply meant to be. No question. Alicia Smith is a graduate student in the magazine, newspaper and online journalism program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at acsmit05@syr.edu.


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robert storm | staff photographer Simone Kalhorn is one of three seniors that will play their last home match on Friday. SU head coach Luke Jensen considers them to be leaders for the underclassmen.

Three SU seniors prepare for final home match against Connecticut By Stephen Bailey Staff Writer

Christina Tan was the first freshman captain in Syracuse athletics history. Simone Kalhorn once played a match against Georgetown with a broken nose. And Jacquelynn Tang has earned the respect of her peers to the extent that she is treated like a captain, even though she is not officially listed as one. The trio of seniors has had defining moments throughout each of their respective careers at SU. However, their greatest accomplishment cannot be found in a box score or game recap. SU tennis head coach Luke Jensen said the senior class has laid the foundation for Syracuse tennis for years to come. “When we look back with this coaching staff, it was our most important class,” Jensen said. “It may not have the most wins or the most professional players come out of it. It’s the most important class because they had to change the tone and change the culture.” Kalhorn, Tan and Tang have been through it all. From annual five-mile runs to all those three-set matches, the three have experienced the good, the bad and everything in between. With Senior Day coming up on Friday as the Orange preps for a match with Connecticut at 10 a.m., the seniors will compete in their last match at Drumlins Tennis Center. It’s a home away from home in which they’ve won 33 of their 35 career team matches. Junior Alessondra Parra expects an emotional moment when the three seniors are recognized. “It’s going to be a really special day for us because we’re going to honor our seniors that have led us through up until this point,” Parra said. Just one year younger than the trio, Parra believes they won’t be forgotten. She believes having them as leaders while she was an underclassman made the difference in her development as a player. “There’s no doubt that they’ve left their mark here,” Parra said. “They were the first ones that had to interpret what this program was all about. Coming in a year later, I was probably at an advantage because they laid down the track

for where we are right now. “Even after they’re gone, this program is building on what they established the first year they got here. Since they’ve laid the foundation, it is just going to continue.” As the current seniors have aged, they have seen stronger, faster and better freshmen each season. Parra and fellow junior Emily Harman were followed by CC Sardinha last year. Current first-years include Maddie Kobelt, Aleah Marrow and Eva Raszkiewicz. The top spots in the lineup this season have generally been occupied by the likes of Parra, Harman and Kobelt. But the top spots in the locker room are still filled by the seniors. Marrow appreciates the leadership Kalhorn, Tan and Tang have provided for her and this program as a whole. Tan has been a consistent middle-of-theorder player for Syracuse in her senior season. Kalhorn has manned the No. 5 and 6 spots for most of the year. Tang hasn’t played as much, but Marrow, along with the rest of the team, looks at her the same way. “I think all of them are leaders, all of them showed us the way,” Marrow said. “It feels good knowing you have that leadership. You know what to do. You have someone there, almost like a mentor on your own team. You are able to learn a lot faster, and it’s not as long of a learning process.” After the 10 a.m. match against Connecticut on Friday, the trio will close out their careers at the Big East tournament, which begins April 28. This will be only the second graduating class that spent its entire time at SU under Jensen, and he said they show the program’s dramatic growth in only a year’s time. He couldn’t be happier with the tone these three have instilled in the squad, without any upperclassmen to learn from themselves. “It’s a very proud moment for this program to graduate those three with such great accomplishments considering they didn’t come in with the best recruiting class or players,” Jensen said. “But they proved themselves and they grew every single day with the program.” sebail01@syr.edu — Staff writer Andrew Tredinnick contributed reporting to this article.


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danielle parhizkaran | asst. photo editor Jeremy Thompson (right) is one of three Syracuse midfielders who have scored multiple goals over the Orange’s past four games. After the team went through a rough stretch where it was held to single digits in goals for five of seven games, SU has responded by netting 26 goals in the past two games alone. Syracuse won both games.

Syracuse offense thrives from development of additional scoring options By Michael Cohen Asst. Sports Editor

Off a turnover by Hobart’s defense, Stephen Keogh’s shot from the doorstep missed wide right. Just before halftime, his last-ditch effort from close range sailed by the left post. A few others were saved by Statesmen goalkeeper Evan Kirk. Two goals on eight shots. It was atypical for Syracuse’s leading scorer. “Evan made some great point-blank saves,” Hobart head coach T.W. Johnson said. “And a few on Keogh, who is an excellent shooter.” Yet the uncharacteristic night for Keogh was perhaps overshadowed by goals from a wealth of teammates. As SU enters the final stretch of its season, additional scoring options seem to emerge on a game-by-game basis that bodes well for the side looking to regain its No. 1 ranking. On Tuesday, when it wasn’t Keogh, it was Bobby Eilers continuing his torrid stretch with another goal. Or Jeremy Thompson, who had his first multigoal game since March 15. Or Kevin Drew, who contributed the first two-goal game of his career. Keogh missed uncharacteristically from areas on the field he has owned this season to the tune of five hat tricks in 12 games. But it didn’t matter that Keogh had an off night with only two goals. “The last few games, it’s a couple players have stepped up with two or three goals,” Syra-

cuse head coach John Desko said. Team effort might be exactly the right words to describe the Orange offense this season. Through 12 games in 2011, 18 players have registered goals for SU. Last year’s team only had 16 goal scorers the entire season. Already, there are six players with doubledigit goal totals. And lately, the goals have come from players not thought of as contributors prior to the start of the season — or even a few weeks ago. Eilers scored his fourth goal in two games when he sprinted down the right side of the field and ripped a long-range shot into the bottom right corner of the goal. He took three shots against Hobart as part of the second midfield unit and seemed eager to look for shooting angles. Newfound confidence is what Desko called it. “I think he’s just playing with a lot of confidence. That’s what it comes down to,” Desko said. “He’s a big, strong, physical kid with a good, hard outside shot and he runs well. I think he’s just out there and he knows he can do it, and he’s playing that way.” For Thompson, his opening faceoff win over Bobby Datillo — one of the best faceoff men in the country — seemed to energize the senior. He took SU’s first shot of the game following that win at the X and ultimately assisted on Josh Amidon’s goal that opened the scoring. Thompson, like

Eilers, looked for his shot often and pinged one off the post in addition to his two goals. “We have guys clicking right now on the offensive end that weren’t in the beginning,” Syracuse goaltender John Galloway said. The third and newest offensive weapon was the midfielder Drew. Through the early part of the season, he had been used primarily for his ability as a defensive midfielder, but lately has been contributing more to the offense. He scored the final goal against Princeton on April 9 that sealed the victory, and his two goals Tuesday were one shy of his total from all of last season. Though Desko would like to see his leading scorer, Keogh, avoid another 25 percent shooting night — which is 12 percent below his season average — he will certainly welcome the increased contributions from others. At one point this season, the Orange was held to single digits in five games of a seven-game

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stretch. True enough, it emerged with a 6-1 record during that span. But the team is done walking the tight rope. Syracuse has scored 13 goals in each of its last two games, and the offense appears to be clicking exactly when it needs to. “It’s team play, and I think it makes us hard to cover if you can’t just shut down one guy and stop us,” Desko said. “It’s a team effort, and it shows in the scoring.” mjcohe02@syr.edu

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Several players on the Orange have been on scoring streaks of late, propelling the team forward into the final stretch of the season. Here is a look at three midfielders who are scoring in bunches recently: Player

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Block twins take unexpected path to become teammates at Syracuse By Zuri Irvin STAFF WRITER

Daniel Block said his twin daughters always suggested they did not want to go to the same school until they visited Syracuse. Linley and Becca Block weren’t always recruited together either. And they didn’t always get along, getting in fights often throughout their high school days together. The moment when they decided to play together didn’t come until the ride back home from the Block sisters’ first collegiate recruiting tour, with then-SU assistant coach John Battaglino. “We went out, they did the tour with thenassistant coach John Battaglino,” Daniel said. “And on the ride home I asked them what they thought, and they both said, ‘That’s where I want to go.’” Now Linley, who is a defender and midfielder, and Becca, a defender, have both played in every game this season for the Orange. Both made their collegiate debut in a game last season against Colgate on Feb. 19. Like their father said, it wasn’t always a guarantee they would be playing on the same field for the same team. The two sisters played high school lacrosse at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass., and on the national level with a team that represented lower New England. Battaglino, like other coaches on the Blocks’ radar at the time, insisted the twins weren’t being brought in as a

packaged deal. “Syracuse called us, I think July 1 — when coaches can first call you,” Linley said. “And (Battaglino) had asked us to come as soon as we could, so we went to Syracuse before we visited any other schools. Both my sister and I just said we really liked it, and we committed here.” Outside of a mid-March Florida vacation that kept the couple from games against Maryland and Towson last month, Daniel and the twins’ mother, Denise, have attended all but two games on the Syracuse schedule this season. Denise played for Towson in college and introduced lacrosse to her daughters. The twins — who are two of four daughters in the family that all grew up as athletes — emerged from her teaching and have been playing since fi fth grade. Though Daniel said both Becca and Linley are equally competitive, they are different. He described Becca as the more emotional of the two. “They are twins. They’re both gifted athletically, but they’re different people,” he said. Becca ranks third on the team with 15 draw controls. Linley, who is the older of the twins by one minute, has started six games this year and has seen increased playing time following the injury to senior defender Lindsay Rogers. The twin teammates are finding a different experience now that they are out of high school. Becca said they are more mature. In high school, the twins would fight often, fights that would get physical, Becca said. Many

alyssa stone | staff photographer LINLEY BLOCK (16) and her twin sister, Becca, didn’t expect to play on the same college team. Now at Syracuse, the pair has started all 12 games for the SU this season. times, the fights concerned things that had nothing to do with lacrosse. “But now in college, it’s like a lot more serious,” Becca said. “It’s a different level. We get along much better now. We clearly don’t get in physical fights in practice.” The two may not have originally pictured themselves playing alongside each other at the college level, but they have clearly grown to appreciate being at Syracuse together. After making frequent trips to Syracuse to see his daughters play, Daniel described the five-and-a-half to six-hour drive from Stratham,

N.H., to Syracuse as “doable.” He was relieved to find out the two picked a school that was in the Northeast. And he was relieved they picked a place where he could make those “doable” trips to see them play every game. “Even though they’re only sophomores, we know at some point it’s all going to end,” Daniel said. “We enjoy the camaraderie as parents, and we enjoy watching them compete. We don’t want to miss games unless we absolutely have to.” zoirvin@syr.edu


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SU takes on Louisville in crucial game By Rachel Marcus ASST. COPY EDITOR

Michelle Tumolo is fully aware the season is on the line. Any loss for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team would strike a major blow in its efforts to return to the NCAA tournament. “Every game is a playoff game,” the sophomore attack Tumolo said Wednesday. “We literally cannot lose any more games.” As the Orange (5-7, 3-1 Big East) heads into the stretch run of its season, the team has a slim margin of error. A tough opening schedule left the Orange in an under-.500 hole it hasn’t overcome. Starting with Thursday’s game against Louisville (10-4, 3-2) at 5 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, every game, especially Big East ones, are near must-wins. Louisville is a half-game behind SU in the conference standings, so a loss to the Cardinals would severely dash the Orange’s hopes at making the tournament. Right now, SU is placing a lot of importance on its Big East record. Even with a disappointing nonconference performance, a top-four conference record would get the team in the Big East tournament, where it could win two games and be in the NCAA tournament. Easier said than done. With its final five games coming in the next 11 days, the Orange has a lot of work to do. But SU head coach Gary Gait isn’t counting his players out just yet. “Deep down, we believe we can beat anybody

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if we ever put it all together,” Gait said. “And that’s kind of our philosophy at the end now. It’s the time to step up and play great lacrosse instead of average lacrosse.” Four of those final five games come against Big East opponents. If the Orange loses even one of those games, making the tournament will be

sean harp | staff photographer MICHELLE TUMOLO (RIGHT) and SU are heading into a crucial stretch of its schedule with four of its next five games against Big East teams. Hope is still alive for SU to reach the conference tournament, but the margin of error is slim with the team sitting at 5-7. difficult. Before last Saturday’s 12-8 loss to No. 17 Georgetown, SU was undefeated in the Big East. And for a while, it looked like that streak might continue. But up 8-5, SU gave up seven consecutive goals in the second half to eventually fall to the Hoyas. Each loss brings Syracuse closer to the end of its season. “Based on our other games that we dropped earlier in the season, we have to win those Big East games,” midfielder Catherine Rodriguez said. “It’s (like) playoff games, so every Big East game is a must-win game.” The possibility of not making the NCAA tournament is a stark contrast to last year, when SU advanced to the final four. But this year, it has faced the toughest schedule in the nation, according to LaxPower.com. All of those tough games it scheduled against ranked opponents ended in losses. But as the tough nonconference schedule ended, so did those losses. Minus the loss to Georgetown, SU has had success in Big East

play. That is something it hopes will continue against Louisville and every other team it faces as the season nears the end. “We’re just really looking to stay strong in the Big East,” Rodriguez said. “We can defi-

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nitely still make a push for the Big East and try to get a bid into the NCAA tournament.” Gait has similar thoughts as Rodriguez. The team that wins the Big East tournament gets the conference’s automatic NCAA tournament bid. That is the only guarantee for the Orange at this point, Gait said. “We need to finish strong in the rest of the Big East games,” Gait said. “We have to make sure we get in that tournament. “And once you’re in that tournament, you win two games, you’re in the NCAA tournament. So that’s kind of the approach we’re looking at now.” Tumolo said the team has been worried the whole season about the Big East because that is SU’s ticket into the tournament. Now she and the team can only hope every game left on the schedule ends in a win. “We just really need to win the games no matter what,” Tumolo said. “Basically our record needs to be nearly perfect.” rnmarcus@syr.edu

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the 11-6 defeat to the Big Red on April 12. “We’re fired up to get to practice. … We’re just going to keep playing. This season’s long from over, and those guys in the locker room know that.” Amid a three-game stretch against teams with a combined record of nine games below .500, Syracuse could have struggled to find motivation to play its best game. But the goals for the No. 4 Orange (11-1, 3-0 Big East) in this stretch — which includes games against Providence, Hobart and Rutgers — have been to play a complete 60-minute game and to get the offense to the level it needs to be at heading into the postseason. And with the loss to the Big Red fresh in SU’s minds, the team has been able to move toward those improvements despite playing lesser-caliber teams that may not have garnered Syracuse’s full attention. The Orange will look to continue that trend when it completes tries to win its third straight game against Rutgers (5-6, 0-3) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in East Hartford, Conn. “We’ve just got to keep working as a team,” senior attack Stephen Keogh said after Syracuse’s 13-3 win over Providence on Saturday. “We haven’t even played anywhere close to a full 60 minutes. Once we do that, I think it’s going to be scary.” Providence, Hobart and Rutgers have combined for eight NCAA tournament appearances over the last decade. SU made the field nine times in that span. The Scarlet Knights’ two

men’s l acrosse tournament wins are the only postseason victories for any of those three teams. The Orange’s 11 national championships are the most in the country. With a matchup against No. 1 Notre Dame on April 30, Syracuse could have waltzed through this portion of the schedule, looking forward to the Fighting Irish’s visit to the Carrier Dome. But with its loss to No. 3 Cornell just before this three-game stretch, SU got the wake-up call it needed. “I think that game’s going to serve as motivation for us for the rest of the season,” Galloway said after the win over Providence. “Especially in practice, we saw a huge difference. … And I think it’s going to show as the year goes on.” Entering the game against Cornell, Syracuse had flirted with a loss many times throughout the year. Seven of its nine wins had been decided by two goals or less, two of them going to overtime. Opponents stuck with the Orange as SU’s offense struggled. The Orange attack would fail to create any offense early, or it would bust out for multiple goals in a short spurt before floundering the rest of the game. But Syracuse’s suffocating defense managed to hold off other teams and allowed the Orange to squeeze by with ugly offense. The Big Red solved that defense, at least in the first half, and SU’s sputtering offense couldn’t muster the firepower to forge a comeback. “It’s tough,” sophomore attack JoJo Marasco said after the loss. “But it kind of gives us a lesson. We’ll go from here. We’ll learn from it.”

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danielle parhizkaran | asst. photo editor John Galloway and Syracuse look to have another strong overall performance when they take on Rutgers this weekend. SU has won back-to-back games since its first loss. Two games later, the team may be turning a corner. Galloway said the intensity has picked up in practice. In the wins over Providence and Hobart, 16 different players tallied at least a point. Now Syracuse enters its final game of a three-game stretch against lesser teams looking to build upon its previous two performances. The win Tuesday may be the closest it has come to playing a complete game. And with undefeated Notre Dame lurking

just nine days away, the Orange will look to continue its recent improvements in its final tune-up. “We’re not there yet,” Galloway said Tuesday. “But we’re definitely getting there. We’re comfortable knowing that we can learn from these mistakes and have some time going into Rutgers to build on that.” zjbrown@syr.edu


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Before Syracuse took on South Florida, Lisaira Daniels said the team wanted to get 10 hits and score in each inning of every game. The Orange has gone into all of its games with that same goal. And before that series in the first weekend of April, SU was often close to achieving that goal. The Orange had at least 10 hits in six of its last seven games — part of an eight-game winning streak that saw the team score 38 runs in a three-game sweep at Rutgers. Daniels was confident that production would continue. “Our main objective is just to have everyone keep doing what they’re doing,” Daniels said. “Everyone’s been producing from one through nine … whether it’s a big home run or grand slam to keep securing the runs.” But in 10 games since the Rutgers series, Syracuse (29-10, 8-5 Big East) has only achieved its 10-hit goal twice. The offensive woes contributed to a five-game losing streak and still remain a concern for SU, despite having won its last five games. The Orange is looking to find consistency at the plate in a doubleheader Friday at UMass (18-14, 8-3 Atlantic 10). Junior pitcher Jenna Caira said the lineup has to start reaching the 10-hit mark again. With Caira back on track in the circle after a tough weekend against Notre Dame, SU just needs its offense to find the same comfort zone it had earlier in the season. SU head coach Leigh Ross said her team can’t start thinking too much at the plate. When players start to overanalyze their swings or the situation, they put themselves at a disadvantage. “There’s a point where you think, and then you shut it down and you just go,” Ross said. “And you react and you just make things happen.” Syracuse made things happen at the plate in its second game against Villanova last weekend. The Orange used a six-run third inning to jump out to a 9-0 lead and cruised to a 10-1 win. The team sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, highlighted by three

doubles and two home runs. For the rest of the weekend, though, the lineup was quiet. SU had just one hit through four innings of the opener and only scored two runs in the win. In the final game of the series, the Orange sent all nine hitters to the plate and scored three runs in the first inning. But the team also left the bases loaded and only managed three more runs in the final five innings. Ross said when the SU lineup is clicking, the rest of the game is easier. The players can relax more on defense if the team builds a lead at the plate. “If we can just kind of be real aggressive and jump on good pitches,” Ross said, “that always makes you feel a little better when you’re going back onto the field playing defense.” Center fielder Veronica Grant said the pitching staff’s performance last weekend was also encouraging for the team’s hitters. With Caira keeping Villanova off the board all weekend, the lineup felt no pressure and could stay patient. “It relaxes us at the plate,” Grant said. “Gives us a big opportunity to see pitches and jump on what we want instead of having to chase pitches.” Now SU just has to use that patience to its advantage to score runs. Grant said the hitters need to give the pitching staff the same support it gave them against Villanova. By scoring runs, the pitchers can stick to their game plan and mix their pitches to keep the other team off balance. After the Rutgers series, Daniels said the team wasn’t going to change its preparation or mindset. Especially since SU was riding an eight-game winning streak at the time. She said Syracuse simply needed to keep the same approach. The team is currently on a five-game winning streak, and Grant echoed that sentiment as the team prepares for UMass. “Same thing we’ve been doing,” Grant said. “Keep hitting. Keep our pitching strong. Put up numbers on the board.” rjgery@syr.edu


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about the adventures of an American literature icon named Tom Sawyer. Pu would use a cassette to record the program, and he began his daily routine. Play, pause, write. Play, pause, write. Every day, every sentence he heard. “I still remember that I was stuck about an hour not being able to spell the word ‘ceasefire’ when I heard it on radio,” Pu said. “I don’t know where the motivation came from. I had no specific goals. I didn’t know what the future was like.” Every Thursday, the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute had an English class for students sponsored by the Chinese government to go to the United States and continue their education. Every week a new American teacher stood in front of the room and spoke about virtually any topic, training students to hear English. Pu would slip into the classroom when he had time off from coaching. He watched nearly every student struggle to understand what they were hearing. Pu knew every word. Every sentence. He was ready to go. ••• Pu’s own revolution began as a result of a revolution that swept through China. From 1966 to 1976, China underwent a cultural revolution. The country started to move away from a style of communist ideology and also struggled against its own cultural traditions. Schools and sports programs shut down, and millions of Chinese citizens were sent to agricultural fields and factories to be re-educated. Pu spent two of his teenage years working in a factory making machinery parts. In the early 1970s, schools and universities started to reopen, but with different admission requirements as part of the Cultural Revolution. Only workers, farmers or soldiers were eligible to be considered for college admission. Pu’s two years in the factory meant he qualified. Based off his test performance, interviews and the recommendations of people in his work unit, the recruiting team from Beijing offered him admission for the Beijing Institute of Physical Education, now Beijing Sport University. “You don’t have a choice. They are recruiting, and you have the opportunity to try,” Pu said. “There really was not a lot of existing opportunity for you to pick. If something happens, something happened. I passed the exam, and they were happy about the results.” The college physical education curriculum in China requires students to pass all-around physical tests, such as endurance, speed, agility, multiple skill tests and technical evaluations. Pu studied to become a physical education teacher, but volleyball was where he excelled most. After he graduated, Pu was sent to play volleyball for the Qinghai province. His playing days ended within a couple of years, and he began the transition to coaching after the China Third National Games. Once again, the government stepped in. Pu was sent to the Chinese National Volleyball Coaches Program, where coaches were systematically trained in every part of the job. “That one month kind of prepared you in coaching, especially the shift of mindset from how I play to how to train and develop the skills of other people,” Pu said. “Learning how to think, plan and organize as a coach from different angles to look at the sport.” Pu spent four years coaching the professional women’s team in the Qinghai Province. It was during that time that his personal door to the United States opened up. One of his relatives was a leading Chinese scientist and left the country in the early 1980s to join research work in Utah State’s physics program. Soon after, Pu received an application for admissions at Utah State.

y e a r in sports A few months later, Pu departed for his new life in the United States. Though he knew the language, American collegiate sports was still a foreign subject. He arrived in Utah, and after a meeting with the school’s head coach, Pu was offered the job of graduate assistant. After spending nearly a decade playing and coaching in China, Pu was taken aback by one thing: Volleyball was only a part of students’ lives. Not their entire lives. In China, Pu said only the elite are chosen to play volleyball. The only goal is to win for the nation, meaning the best players are recruited. Compared to the United States, the participation base was much smaller. In China, those chosen to play volleyball make it their lives. “Go to different gyms, almost every gym has a slogan. ‘Work hard and win for the country.’ ‘Break through Asia and win in the world.’ That’s the mentality behind the whole system,” Pu said. So on one of the first days at Utah State, Pu couldn’t understand why practice ended after only a couple of hours. He turned to the head coach and asked what he thought was a simple question. But that simple question reflected the type of change that was in store for Pu. “Why are we stopping?” he asked. “We need to practice.” ••• Kristen Conway remembers the bizarre walk through Washington, D.C., in 2002. Syracuse was there to play Georgetown. At the same time, authorities were trying to track down a man responsible for a flurry of sniper attacks. Pu, the coach, became Pu, the team’s father. Pu’s former players consistently say one thing: Pu is constantly looking out for them. So to keep his players safe during their walk through Washington, D.C., Pu had them pair up with one another. He told them to swerve in and out of the streets, making sure they would never be in one place for too long. “He had such a concern for everybody’s safety that he devised a plan, which was the buddy system,” Conway said. It’s those types of moments that Pu’s players remember most about the coach they revered. When SU was at a tournament in New Mexico in 2005, former SU middle blocker Cheryl Cobbina said she and her bleary-eyed teammates walked into a restaurant for dinner without a reservation. Rather than wait for the restaurant employees to set up the tables, Pu told the hostess he’d take care of it himself. He walked back and starting moving around tables. “He’s very accommodating. He wants to make sure his players have everything and are completely comfortable,” Cobbina said. “We were laughing, but that was something that Jing would typically do.” His practices, though, can be anything but typical. What Pu learned in China is evident in his practices, especially when it comes to exercise and fundamentals of the game. He’ll have his players set the ball against a block in the wall or into a basketball hoop to work on their accuracy. Pu also makes drills specifically designed for certain players, giving each a unique way to improve a part of her game that’s lacking. “He will think through every drill,” former SU player and assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. “It can be a really individualized practice. … He’s very creative, and he’s constantly thinking.” But while he works to get the most out of his players, he expects his players to work to maintain it. Former Orange Joscie Kaup said Pu expects his players to push themselves. Kaup said he teaches as best he can, but it’s up to his players to implement those lessons to improve. “You mature really quickly because you have to,” Kaup said. “If you want to get good at it and you want to compete, you have to push yourself to do it. Jing will teach you the tools and the

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daily orange file photo Jing Pu is more than just a coach to his players on the volleyball team. The native of China is viewed as a father figure, whose unique methods foster individual growth. knowledge and technique to do it, but at the end of the day, you have to do it.” ••• The journey from China to the United States that started with 32 cents and six years of selftaught English is long in the past. Pu’s career at Syracuse, as well as his American volleyball life in general, has been underway for over two decades. And at every stop, he’s achieved success. At Cal-Penn, he took a team that was 15-20 his first season in 1990 to two consecutive seasons of more than 30 wins and undefeated records in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Pu moved on to Central Connecticut State, where he took the Blue Devils to a 19-17 record his first year there, which at the time was the best record in program history. That was broken the following season, when Pu took the team to a record of 34-4. Wherever Pu has gone, a trail of success has followed. It’s been the case all his life. From the success of teaching himself English to success as a volleyball player and coach. Perhaps most importantly, he’s had success with relating to his players, getting his lessons across in the process. Lessons he’s teaching because of the lessons he taught himself. Thirty-two cents and six years learning English were all he needed to

begin his journey to the United States. Upon his arrival, he learned even more. This time, though, he needed more than 32 cents and six years. Said Pu: “In this country, it’s if you have the talent, you get there if you get there.” cjiseman@syr.edu


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else and there’s no more Syracuse, and they take my face down and things like that, then I think it might hit me.” On the inside, Jackson is fully aware that the next two months will be a whirlwind as he finishes up his degree requirements and begins auditioning in late May and June for a chance to join former teammates Donte Greene, Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson and Andy Rautins in the NBA. Unlike most NBA Draft hopefuls, most of whom have turned their sole attention to basketball, Jackson is still on campus taking advantage of the facilities available to him. It’s a road less traveled on, but one Rautins also took as an SU senior last year. Rautins worked out for nearly a dozen teams before he was taken with the 38th selection in the draft. Jackson said he has talked to a lot of former teammates now playing professionally, including Rautins, who advised him to be in tip-top shape for workouts. “Andy tried out for 10 or 12 teams,’’ said Jackson, who is represented by former Chicago Bulls guard-turned-agent B.J. Armstrong. “I’m in the same situation. I’m going to try out for 10 or 12 teams. He said take care of your body. Try to be in the best shape that you can. Whoever’s in the best shape and who’s busting their tail the hardest is usually the one that gets picked up.’’ Like Rautins, Jackson has a quality that should make him attractive to league executives. Rautins was widely considered to be one of the top shooting prospects a year ago, and Jackson was a dominant rebounder in college.

He was among the top in the country on the boards, averaging 10.3 per game to go along with his 13.1 points per game. Jackson showed that again at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a four-day event for the top seniors in the country that began April 6 in Portsmouth, Va. Jackson averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per contest at the tournament. Before he went to Portsmouth, Jackson said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim urged him to simply play his game. A lot of players can score, he said, but not many can rebound like Jackson. “Every team always wants a rebounder,” Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine said. “And he has rebounded well all year, and he also rebounded very, very well at Portsmouth. If you can rebound the basketball, there’s always a place for you.” Jackson said he spoke with some scouts at Portsmouth, who all said similar things. He said they envision him in that type of role at the next level. Until graduation, Jackson plans to utilize the Carmelo Center as much as possible. He said he hopes to continue to add to his game and further improve upon his strengths before he begins team workouts. Though his career at Syracuse may be over, Jackson is trying to make the most of his final moments on campus while in the process of bridging a gap to another one. And while the next two months are critical, he’s trying to make sure he enjoys the ride. “Being a player, you always think that you can play at that level,” Jackson said. “But just having a shot to be in that league and having a chance to get drafted is something special, and I’m trying to enjoy it right now.” aljohn@syr.edu

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Cornell loss fuels Syracuse By Zach Brown Staff Writer

John Desko was very satisfied with Syracuse’s offense on Tuesday. The Orange dispersed goals almost evenly throughout the first three quarters, playing one of its most complete games of the season Who: Rutgers Where: East Hartford, a g a i n s t Hobart. Conn. S U ’ s When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. head coach Channel: ESPNU Desko said the offense is “pretty close to where it should be right now” after the win Tuesday. And Syracuse’s loss to Cornell two games earlier might be the reason SU has been able to get there. “We’re fired up to play,” SU goaltender John Galloway said after

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jenny jakubowski | staff photographer Jing Pu has been the head coach of the Syracuse volleyball team since 1995 and has become one of the most successful coaches in the Big East. Pu taught himself English, which opened the door for him to leave China and move to the United States, and eventually, Syracuse.

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or 32 cents, Jing Pu bought the rest of his life. Thirty cents went toward a plastic disk of English phonetics that played sound units of English words. Two cents went to the card of sound symbols that taught him to pronounce the words he heard on the disk. In his 20s in China, Pu yearned for a chance to come to the United States. Day after day for six years, he’d match the two together, his English coming into form at a pace faster than any Chinese student was learning in a college class. Pu said he could look at an English dictionary and know how to say the words right away. “There’s one thing, I spent six years of English self-study, and I was ready in terms of listening, speaking for the English part,” Pu said. “Otherwise, it didn’t matter how the doors opened up or the opportunities opened up. If you didn’t have English, the opportunities in U.S.A. were just

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SPORTS 2010 - 2011

Today: Part 2 of 9 Tuesday: Fab Melo came to SU with as much hype as any recent recruit. What happened? not relevant.” That opportunity opened up in the form of an application to the graduate studies program at Utah State University. It was a ticket to part two of his volleyball career — and his life. All he needed to do was fill it out and mail it across the Pacific Ocean to Logan, Utah, and his American career would commence.

Pu’s volleyball journey took him from Beijing Sport University to Utah State, and eventually to Syracuse. He’s amassed a record of 465-257 during his 21-year head coaching career. It’s at SU, though, where he has remained for more than a decade and where he’s become known for being the protective coach that has led the Orange to at least 20 wins in eight of those seasons. This year, the SU volleyball team went 23-9, including a program-record 17-0 start. Before he began his journey, though, he listened to the disk and seriously followed an English teaching program on television that would teach him English grammar. Every day, he’d sit by the radio, listening to “The Voice of America,” a program that gave news from the United States. Then, for 30 minutes, he’d listen to “Special English,” where the news was slowed down to play at half its speed. Sometimes the program would play American novels. Pu learned see pu page 27

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Jackson continues to prep for Draft By Andrew L. John Staff Writer

It’s as if Rick Jackson’s college basketball career had never ended. More than a month has passed since he played his final game for Syracuse, but really, not much has changed. Inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, he can still see his photograph hanging next to the teammates he shared the court with this past season. They still hang out together in his down time. He is still a student and treats SU’s practice facility much like a second home. But this is unlike any other time during Jackson’s four years at Syracuse. As he spends his final weeks on campus, the 6-foot-9 Jackson is also in the unique position of prepping for opportunities to showcase his basketball skills in front of a hoard of NBA executives in the coming months. He admits it hasn’t all sunk in. “It hasn’t hit me yet,” Jackson said on April 13. “But once I’m somewhere

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April 21, 2011