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Changes to Maxwell fuel debate By Beckie Strum ASST. NEWS EDITOR

isabel alcantara | staff photographer LARRY ELIN , a professor of public communications and University Senate committee chair for Academic Affairs, mentions the “Whitepaper” outlining changes to the relationship between the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Library plans to rearrange space to make room for books By Laurence Leveille STAFF WRITER

The progress and plans to address storage issues in Syracuse University’s libraries were reported at Wednesday’s University Senate meeting for the first time since Nov. 11. Ian Gallagher, chair of the Sen-

ate Committee on the Library, briefly presented a written report that said the committee discussed various aspects of the library including off-site storage and the addition of research databases. Eileen Schell, the Senate Agenda Committee chair, also brought up the possibility of changing

the USen process, based on feedback that was collected during the past couple years. A main concern with E.S. Bird Library and Carnegie Library is that shelves are currently full in both libraries and at off-site facilities. According to the Library Committee’s

report, the shelves of Bird Library are at 98 percent capacity despite recommendations that shelves should be filled at a 75 to 80 percent capacity to facilitate browsing and keep books in good condition for a longer period of time.

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Plans to distance the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs from the College of Arts and Sciences sparked heated discussion at Wednesday’s University Senate meeting. “Clearly make Maxwell its own school and separate the professional from arts and science, that would be my thought,” said Mark Brown, a senator on the Curricula Committee. “But there will be lots of disagreement about this.” Debate erupted after Larry Elin, a professor of public communications, was asked to speak briefly on the “Whitepaper” after his report. The Whitepaper is a preliminary outline of the changes to the relationship between Arts and Science and Maxwell. The changes are meant to make Maxwell a more autonomous school within the university, which is currently associated with Arts and Science. Changes include creating an undergraduate program exclusively in Maxwell and drafting bylaws for Maxwell that will give its faculty more decision-making powers.

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Death by Skytop ruled suicide; name not released Follett’s to launch textbook-rental By Beckie Strum ASST. NEWS EDITOR

The cause of death of the body found in the woods behind the Skytop offices Friday was suicide, said Sgt. John D’Eredita of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department. The body was identified as a 25-year-old man from Onondaga County, D’Eredita said. The man was not enrolled at Syracuse University. D’Eredita did not know if the man had ever gone to SU, he said.

Onondaga police were not releasing the name of the deceased as of Wednesday morning. The sheriff’s office has also chosen not to release the method of suicide. But the man was not killed from jumping from the water tower, and there was no foul play involved, D’Eredita said. “There were no suspicious circumstances,” D’Eredita said. The man died within 24 hours of being found, D’Eredita said. His body was found Friday at around 12:30 p.m. by an SU adjunct profes-

sor who was jogging along a path in the South Campus woods, Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh told The Daily Orange on Friday. The body was removed from the scene and transported in an unmarked ambulance to the medical examiner at around 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Walsh said. The scene was cleared and opened for public use after the body was removed. The body was 10 to 15 feet away from the path on which the adjunct was jogging, Walsh said. It would SEE SKYTOP PAGE 7

program for SU students in fall By Meghin Delaney STAFF WRITER

Follett’s Orange Bookstore will offer a textbook-rental program for Syracuse University students, called Rent-A-Text, beginning in fall 2010. “Rent-A-Text is our latest costsaving program. It was created to make a large-scale impact on affordability. The cost of education, specifically the cost of course materials, has been in the spotlight recently,”

said Elio DiStaola, the director of public and campus relations for Follett Higher Education Group. The bookstore in Marshall Square Mall offers new and used books for student purchase. It will include the rental program in addition to the buyback program that already is in place. The program will allow new and used books to be rented online and in stores in the fall. Beginning

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SU wait list reduced by 21 percent By Susan Kim Staff Writer

Faithlynn Morris was home in Bridgeport, Conn., when she received a letter from Syracuse University in early April 2009. It was a letter she had expected since January, when she applied to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Morris was rejected from Boston University earlier that day and was feeling discouraged. So instead of opening the letter immediately, she took it with her to the Westfield Connecticut Post Shopping Mall, where she finally opened it a few hours later. It was not another rejection, but it wasn’t an acceptance, either. Morris was offered a spot on the wait list — along with 1,292 other students at SU. But this year, 200 fewer potential SU students will experience the uncertainty of being on the wait list. Though the number of students on wait lists increased at most universities compared with last year, it decreased at SU, where only 1,017 students were offered spots on the wait list this year. This is a 21 percent decrease from last year. “Wait-listed students meet our admission criteria, but at that point in time we don’t have the room in the class for them,” said Donald Saleh, vice president of enrollment management at SU. The decrease in the number of students on SU’s wait list is relatively significant, but appropriate given the change in the university’s selection process this year, said David Viggiano, associate director of undergraduate admissions. In February, the admissions team made the decision to admit more students during the regular admissions process to fill the class earlier, Saleh said. The goal is to have 3,300 freshmen in the next incoming class, he said. The admissions team at SU thought placing thousands of students on the wait list would be unnecessary, even though other universities across the country have done so, Saleh said. “We just put the number of students on there that we think we need in case we didn’t admit the right number of students,” he said. Some schools place prospective students on wait lists because it is an easier alternative than rejecting them, Saleh said. But SU will not be increasing the number of students on its wait list in the future, he said. “We have found that this number of students is about the right number for see wait list page 7

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lindsay speicher (left) and andrew maxwell, an intern and the director of the Syracuse Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, respectively, speak in Nifkin Lounge at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry on Wednesday for “Syracuse Speaks,” part of Earth Week 2010. The bureau was created under Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to focus on the execution of planning and sustainability efforts across all city departments. ESF’s Earth Week 2010 began last Saturday and will end this Saturday.

Washington Post columnist to speak on financial issues By Adam Popescu Staff Writer

Students can learn how to avoid debt while in school in a lecture from Wa s h i n g ton Post What: Michelle columnist Singletary Michelle Where: Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium Singletary When: Today, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Si ngle How much: Free

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tary will speak about debt and other financial issues relevant to college students in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management sponsor the lecture. “It’s good for students to understand the long-term impact of debt,” said Mel Stith, dean of Whitman.

“Starting a situation positively or negatively will have an impact on people’s livelihood later on.” Singletary’s column, “The Color of Money,” appears in syndication in more than 120 newspapers across the United States and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She also hosts a live online chat at washingtonpost. com, produces an e-newsletter with more than 150,000 subscribers and

hosts a half-hour personal finance reality show. Lorraine Branham, dean of Newhouse, said Singletary is an engaging speaker for both Newhouse and Whitman students because she has expertise in journalism and finance. Before becoming a columnist, Singletary was a business reporter. “I remember when Michelle was see singletary page 6

SU students to volunteer on West Side in revamped daylong event By Kathleen Ronayne Asst. News Editor

More than 200 students will plant flowers, clean up trash, build vegetable beds and do yard work on Syracuse’s West Side What: The Big Event on Saturday Where: Meet at Life for WorkSciences Complex stock 2010, When: Saturday, 10 the theme a.m. to 4 p.m. of The Big How much: Free Event this year.

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The Big Event is an annual community service event put on by Orange Seeds, a first-year leadership program. The volunteers will be split into nine groups, each assigned to different locations across the West Side, marking a change from previous years’ groups that performed community service all over Syracuse. “We thought if it was in one area, we could see the work that we put in really making a difference. It would be something more tangible,” said Shelby Hadden, a member of Orange

Seed’s marketing team. So far, 240 students registered to participate, and registration will be capped at 300 students, said Claire Stumbras, a junior policy studies and public relations major and the executive director of Orange Seeds. Registration technically closed yesterday, but Orange Seeds is still accepting volunteers until they reach 300, she said. The participating students will meet at the Life Sciences Complex at 10 a.m. Saturday and take Connective

Corridor or school buses to Skiddy Park, located near Blodgett Elementary School on the West Side. Once at the park, the groups will walk to their assigned locations, she said. Students who are not registered and want to participate can show up on Saturday at Life Sciences, but Stumbras said there is no guarantee they will have a volunteer location. The theme of this year’s Big Event, Workstock 2010, was developed by Orange Seeds’ marketing team, see big event page 7


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Justice John Paul Stevens steps down, Obama faces tricky decision

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ustice John Paul Stevens picked just the right moment to step down from the Supreme Court. By announcing his departure at the end of the current term, the hope is that President Barack Obama can name a suitably liberal successor without having to deal with a Senate that will be inevitably less blue, and less friendly. But nothing is ever easy in Washington, D.C., and replacing Justice Stevens will be no exception. The proximity of the upcoming nomination to the fall elections presents an interesting dynamic. On the surface, it may appear as though this is the last chance Obama has to easily appoint a consistently liberal judge, since Republicans lack the votes to mount very much of a challenge. But by the same token, with November looming, the president surely realizes he cannot overstep his bounds by nominating someone who is too controversial or considered to be outside the mainstream.   Obama must walk a difficult tightrope, balancing the desire to find an acceptably liberal replacement for Justice Stevens with the fear of potential backlash in the voting booths this fall. The last

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voted for reagan thing he wants to do is force his Democratic allies, especially those swing-state senators up for reelection, to confirm a liberal activist judge. For this reason, you can expect Obama’s nominee to be viewed as fairly reasonable. Republicans, of course, will not be enamored by anyone that Obama chooses, but they will be seen as petty obstructionists if they spend too much time railing against a moderate appointment. Even if Republicans had the votes and desire to orchestrate a filibuster to block Obama’s nominee, the president would simply name another one. This process is a different animal from the senatorial battle over health care reform. It would be highly surprising if Republicans took serious steps to prevent Obama’s appointment from taking a seat on the bench.  

Instead, the GOP must focus on using the upcoming confirmation process to its political advantage. Republican senators, through their questioning at the confirmation hearings, will intend not so much to block the nominee as they will attempt to speak directly to the American people. You can rest assured that the issue of health insurance will be front and center.  It would be strategic for Republicans to continue to emphasize the health care debate at a time when Democrats are eager to move forward into financial regulation and immigration reform. A serious legal question can be raised about whether it is unconstitutional for the government to mandate the purchase of health insurance.  Republicans should hammer away at this during confirmation hearings. Put Obama’s appointment on the spot. Sure, modern day nominees are renowned for playing coy and avoiding questions. But by not providing coherent answers, the prospective justice will be doing great harm to the Democratic brand.  Given how the political climate has changed over the past year, the American public will be particularly unreceptive to a radically liberal

nominee. Republicans must harness energy from the Tea Party movement and recognize that the most pressing issues at the moment are those of government size and spending. The usual divisive social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, have taken a backseat on the national stage. Granted, if the administration properly vets potential candidates, the president is likely to get his first choice through the Senate. This may prove to be a pretty big “if,” however, given that Timothy “Back Taxes” Geithner managed to earn the post of Secretary of the Treasury. He represents just one of numerous vetting blunders committed by the Obama administration.  Considering that Obama’s signature piece of domestic legislation is bound to receive legal challenges that may eventually wind up in the Supreme Court, the importance of this nomination cannot be overstated.   If Republicans manage to play their cards right, Democrats may wind up lamenting that Justice Stevens did not retire one year earlier.    Jimmy Paul is a junior political science major. His columns appear weekly. He fully supports Jamie Dimon as this year’s graduation speaker. He can be reached at jdpaul01@syr.edu.

‘Glee’ broadcasts overarching theme of gender equality

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f I wasn’t already on the “Glee” bandwagon, Wednesday night’s “The Power of Madonna” episode convinced me to climb aboard. “Glee” has done everything right in terms of integrating progressive ideas into mainstream media. I am very comfortable with the thought of young men and women watching this TV program and being influenced by what they see. It projects positive ideas to the “Glee” target audience in terms of sexuality, race and gender. The television series is a widespread phenomenon that has swept the nation and used its popularity to inform viewers of important messages. Every episode I’ve seen is filled with significant themes and crucial subject matters, but this week’s “Madge” extravaganza definitely takes the cake. “The Power of Madonna” episode embraced hit singles by the Queen of Pop and garnered 13.5 million viewers. Not only were classics such as “Vogue” and “Express Yourself” performed in an entertaining manner, but there was an overarching theme of sexism and gender equality as well.  Sue Sylvester kicks off “The Power of Madonna” episode by reflecting in her diary

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not a barbie girl entry that Madonna represents every sense of strength and independence. Sylvester is the arch enemy of the glee club and coach of the varsity cheerleading squad, and while she is easy to hate she represents female empowerment in its strongest sense. Nothing can stop Sylvester from getting in the way of her goals, and she will stop at nothing to ensure perfection in her ultimate plans. “Glee” doesn’t waste any time when trying to spread its innovative agenda. Within the first five minutes, the female Glee club members all complain about how their boyfriends are being jerks and treating them as inferiors. Quinn, one of the girls, tells her chorus instructor, “The fact is women still earn 70 cents to every dollar a man does for doing the same job. That attitude

starts in high school.” This is a very powerful statement to promote on a mainstream TV show of which most young people are currently obsessed. That scary statistic quoted from Quinn’s mouth is true, and it’s an important fact for young people to be aware of. Talking about “girl culture” in high school settings and personal mistreatment in their relationships is also a huge step toward addressing these problems in real life.   Mr. Schuester then lectures his students on gender equality and uses the words “sexist” and “misogynistic” while doing so. He tells his refusing male glee club members to “put yourselves in their shoes for a change” when referring to their foul treatments toward their female counterparts and the decision to sing Madonna songs for their next set. Emma Pillsbury, the school’s guidance counselor, even acknowledged some flawed role models for young women in popular culture like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Ann Coulter — informative examples for impressionable female viewers.   Each character also dealt with issues relating to the ownership of their own bodies.

Three individuals handle the situation of the infamous “first time” milestone — sex. Finn, Rachel and even Ms. Pillsbury, explore the idea of losing their virginities and whether or not they’re each individually ready to do so. The best message “Glee” sends to its young viewers is that having sex isn’t necessary a good or bad thing, rather it’s important to take control of your own body and making your own decisions. So long as you do not feel pressured or forced into anything, sex isn’t bad, but it’s also appropriate to wait when you don’t feel ready. Sexual empowerment gives people authority physically and emotionally, and the “Glee” cast members provide quality examples of this in their most recent episode.   Overall, the show rocks and “The Power of Madonna” is especially fantastic. The combined cast is representative of different backgrounds and therefore different experiences — gender, race and sexuality are all encompassed within the singing super stars. I strongly recommend starting to “gleek out” every Wednesday at 9 p.m. Krystie Yandoli is a sophomore women’s studies major. Her column appears weekly and she can be reached at klyandol@syr.edu.

Obama administration should stay focused on important issues, not landing on Mars

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K, Obama, we get it. Things aren’t as bad as people are making them out to be. Even though unemployment hasn’t risen, even though you got your big health care bill passed, even though you seem to be making all the right moves with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, why this? You don’t need me to tell you how much is going on in the country, but if most people in America were to list the most important issues that need to be tackled at this very instant, I doubt going to Mars is at the top. I admire the president for going to the Kennedy Space Center on April 15 to reassure NASA that it has his full support. But going down there and saying we need to re-create certain parts of the space program and man missions to Mars makes me scratch my head. I don’t get why we’re so focused on landing

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as confused as the next guy on Mars right now instead of landing the unemployed in work, or why we need to re-design rockets when we should be re-designing the way we monitor everything on Wall Street. The space program doesn’t hold the luster it once did. The space race was a large part of the Cold War, and we poured a lot of money into it. In a way, we set a dangerous precedent. We must maintain these space programs now because they have gotten to be rather large. Funding for space programs should have

been one of the first things to be cut, and I don’t fault the Obama administration for recognizing that. But it seems like his speech in Florida was like telling the kid who just got his Popsicle stolen that you’re going to give him free ice cream for a year. Making such large and lofty promises and stating such grand initiatives for a program that you’re cutting so much funding toward seems ridiculous. Especially considering it could cause almost 10,000 jobs to be lost, according to Geoffrey Dickens of the Media Research Center. I don’t think all of this bodes well for the message that the Obama administration is trying to give to the American people. It seems so blatantly obvious what the Obama administration is trying to do here. It makes absolutely no sense to promise such initiatives when you’re cutting such massive amounts of funding to a

part of the government which doesn’t receive that much in the first place. It’s not that NASA is not important. It helps us understand geographical and meteorological aspects of our earth that are definitely necessary, but our focus should be elsewhere right now. Obama called all of these new initiatives for NASA a step in a positive direction, but I don’t get how. For now, we must continue to wait and continue to trust that our government is making the best decisions for our country. I can assure you that making useless promises to a once-prized part of the federal government to pursue extremely insignificant goals is far from what I want our president to be worried about right now. David Kaplan is a sophomore broadcast journalism and political science major. His column appears weekly and he can be reached at dhkaplan@syr.edu.


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Dimon represents corporation with strong anti-environment policies It is important to consider our own individual carbon footprints on Earth Day. But why not also take a moment to check up on the carbon footprint of large business entities? JPMorgan Chase & Co. funds six of the top eight mountaintop removal coal mining companies in the country. This method of mining essentially shears off mountaintops. It pollutes the air and water, destroys ecosystems and adds to our country’s deforestation. Not to mention, JPMorgan has major business deals with Massey Energy Company, the corporation that has come under national scrutiny this month for repeatedly cutting corners and violating safety regulations at the expense of workers’ lives. Other banks, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, have stopped funding this practice, but JPMorgan continues to do so.

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When those who oppose Jamie Dimon as Syracuse University’s 2010 commencement speaker bring up the point that he represents a corporation with such strong anti-environmental policies, his supporters ask us if we like our cheap electricity. But the reality is that if the government stopped subsidizing coal and the coal companies spent the money to follow safety regulations, paid to clean up the environmental mess they make, paid the coal workers a reasonable wage, and stopped externalizing those negative costs, coal would be much more expensive. Syracuse University claims to value sustainability. It is the theme of

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he Quad’s crowded sidewalks and discarded Otto stickers are signs that this week, high school juniors and seniors are visiting campus in higher numbers than usual, deciding if Syracuse University is right for them. As dedicated students, this means more for us than just a longer than normal wait in the Starbucks line. Spring Reception for Admitted students on Friday presents a challenge for us all to ensure that only the strong of heart join our student body next fall. If this university is going to produce the kind of successful alumni that help us maintain a prestigious reputation, I need to know our incoming students can handle a little adversity. With the sun shining and the weather finally warm, Syracuse has morphed into a campus unlike

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this year’s SU Showcase. But where is the consistency? It is hypocritical of Chancellor Nancy Cantor to invite Jamie Dimon, the CEO of a corporation that bankrolls the vast majority of this destructive and unsustainable practice, to speak at commencement. In addition to the environmentally conscious SU students, let us not forget that this is also the commencement for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which advocates for responsible environmental management and leadership. To those who are working toward a “greener” future, we ask if the greenery of our countryside should be destroyed for the sake of the greenery in our pockets.

itself. The Quad is bursting with pickup Frisbee games and outdoor study sessions. People are smiling and greeting one another. I walked to class and did not see a single pair of Uggs. I repeat, no Uggs. Our visitors aren’t getting a true taste of the Orange. They are getting a mirage, a charade, a glimpse of life at SU that only lasts for three weeks of the semester. When next winter hits, no doubt by the first week of October, the freshmen who visited our campus this week aren’t going to be ready to rally. Don’t get me wrong: I love SU, and I’ve sincerely enjoyed my time here. But this school isn’t always easy to go to. The chilling cold that lasts until April (flash back to last week when we got frost overnight) causes our student population to become bitter

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courtney on campus and unfriendly. No one shares a laugh over iced mochas on the Quad; we hibernate, dreading each second we need to venture outdoors. When it’s below freezing, few people bother to remove a hand from the pocket of their ankle-length North Face to give a friendly wave. On Monday, more than 2,000 admitted students visited campus for Spring Reception. With a year of robberies and student deaths, incoming students may think this makes

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the school look unsafe. But it really is just ensuring that next year’s freshman class isn’t scared of a little danger. I want students who will risk getting mugged walking home from the library for a little late night study time. Our cheerful tour guides who tell admitted students lies like “snow can be fun,” are just relieving the worries of the weak. If the Class of 2014 is going to excel here, it needs to decide to come to SU fully aware of its downsides. Our campus has traded in its uniform of Ed Hardy shirts, leggings and Uggs for J Crew sundresses, pastels and cut-off shorts, giving prospective students and their families the misconception that this is a preppy campus. When I first moved into SU, I brought with me a closet full of brightly-colored sundresses I had

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planned to wear while studying on the Quad, proof I really should have gone to college somewhere in the south. I don’t want to see next year’s students make the same mistake. If you want a school of champions, the power is in your hand. Before smiling at admitted students telling them how much you love SU, yell “Freshmen,” and gauge how they handle the abuse. Take off those madras shorts. Channel the unpleasantness you’re bound to have next semester. Burst into a fit of rage over our losing football team. Make sure next year’s freshmen know what they’re up against. It’s Darwinism, baby; only the strong survive. Courtney Egelston is a senior magazine journalism and political science major. Her column appears weekly and she can be reached at cbegelst@syr.edu.

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books more affordable and more accessible to ensure more students have the materials they need for a successful education,” DiStaola said. The estimated cost for books per year is $1,100, according to Syracuse University’s Financial Aid Portfolio on MySlice. The program offered by Follett’s aims to cut the cost by approximately 50 percent, DiStaola said. “I imagine it would be less expensive to rent textbooks and easier to give (them) back at the end of the semester,” said Jessica Di Francesco, a freshman advertising major. “I’ll definitely look into it and if it seems worth it. I might rent them instead of buy them.” The rental list contains most of the titles that are popular nationwide, but not all of the store’s books are available to be rented through this program. Workbooks and loose-leaf books will not be eligible for rent, DiStaola said. “Each bookstore, including Follett’s Orange Bookstore, will make additional titles available for rent if an instructor agrees to use the

book for multiple terms,” DiStaola said. Di Francesco said with the right plan of attack, Follett’s program can successfully compete against the Syracuse University Bookstore. “I think Follett’s probably will succeed, especially if they advertise the program well so that students know about it. There are some books that Follett’s doesn’t carry, so people might still go to the SU Bookstore. Overall, I think the program will probably be successful. It sounds like a good program,” she said. Kathleen Bradley, the textbook and general book division manager of SU Bookstore, said some students may prefer to rent textbooks, but using a buyback program such as the one SU Bookstore offers is cheaper for students. “If you do the math, the guaranteed buyback that SU offers is a better deal,” Bradley said. “The buyback program is a much better option than the textbook-rental program, but it’s a perception thing.” The SU Bookstore began offering a rental

program a few years ago, and it is working on enhancing it to accommodate students, Bradley said. The program currently offers only one textbook for rental. The biggest challenge, Bradley said, is coordinating with professors to find long-term textbooks that could be offered as rentals. Online programs, such as Chegg.com, BookRenter.com and CollegeBookRenters. com, already allow students to rent textbooks for a semester. Tina Couch, vice president of public relations for Chegg.com, said she doesn’t believe Follett’s textbook-rental program will be detrimental to Chegg’s business on the SU campus. “If you think about the textbook market, there are 18.4 million students in college. Per year, they each need about 10 books,” Couch said. “The opportunity for multiple companies to exist in this business is great. Any opportunity that raises awareness for textbook rentals is good for business.”

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that grounded planes in Washington, D.C. Branham said it was difficult to find a new date so late in the semester.

just starting out as an intern when she was at the University of Maryland and I was an editor at the Baltimore Sun,” Branham said in an e-mail. “It has been great to watch her career progress. She serves as a great example to students as to how one builds a career in journalism. And hopefully she will provide some useful financial information for non-journalism students.” Singletary was previously scheduled to speak on Feb. 10 as part of Black History Month, but she canceled her talk due to heavy snow

“It’s good for students to understand the longterm impact of debt.”

good turnout,” she said. But Stith said he is not worried about a low turnout. “We have a number of people very interested, both in the student body and within the community,” he said. At Newhouse, eight out of 10 students asked said they did not know about the event. When graduate student Ben Carter was told about Singletary’s lecture, he said he is fearful of his loan totals. “I have to go to that,” Carter said, “to get an adult’s perspective on college loans — we don’t hear about that in college.” More Whitman students than Newhouse students said they know about the event, but the

busy time of year will keep some of them from attending. Tarek El Gammal-Ortiz, a junior finance major, said he learned of the event via e-mail and wanted to attend. But a workshop at Goldman Sachs in New York will prevent him from going. These sentiments are shared by other Whitman students, including Alyssa Snow, a junior finance and accounting major who said a test on financial planning is stopping her from attending. “Honestly, I probably won’t go,” Snow said. “I’m interested, but I’m more interested in passing my test.”

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in July, students can visit rent-a-text.com and search for the Follett’s Orange Bookstore to begin renting, DiStaola said. Follett’s introduced this program in seven bookstores at other college campuses with a pilot program in fall 2009. In one semester, Rent-A-Text saved students more than $2 million in comparison with new book prices, DiStaola said. Rent-A-Text is based on a rent, read and return program, he said. This means students would pay a rental fee at the beginning of the semester, which would be cheaper than the cost of purchasing the book. The specific cost varies from book to book. At the end of the semester, students return the book but do not receive any money back, he said. “Rent-A-Text drives down the course material costs with huge up-front savings, making

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“It is unfortunate because a lot of students are really busy, and I worry we won’t have a

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wait list

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us to have in order to have a cushion to bring in a class of the right size,” Saleh said. Though SU received a record 22,864 applications this year, Viggiano said there were also more students who were accepted during the regular admissions process. It was a risk to decrease the number of students on the wait list because the admissions staff did not know how many of the admitted students would accept, Saleh said. The shorter SU is of meeting the goal of 3,300 students, the more students it will admit from the wait list, he said. “The waiting list gives us the buffer so that if we fall short, we have the opportunity to fill the spots we have available for the class,” he said. But SU is also planning on admitting slightly fewer students off the wait list this year, Saleh said. The university admitted more students in the regular application process, so more students will accept SU’s offer before the wait list has to be used, he said. The number of students who have accepted their offer of admission at SU has increased by 19 percent so far when compared with this time last year, Viggiano said. The main reason for this increase is because admitted students can accept the offer and make their payments online this year, which takes less processing time than mailing them, he said. No students have been accepted off the wait list yet because the admissions team is waiting until all of the admitted students’ decisions are in on May 1, Viggiano said.

Stumbras said. Orange Seeds is made up of 26 freshmen who spend the year doing leadership activities and planning for The Big Event, she said. The goal of The Big Event is to engage SU students with the surrounding community, Hadden said. It is important for students to help the community in any way they can, she said. The Big Event also gives students the opportunity to come together with new people to make a difference, she said. Students can sign up individually or with a group. The group can be an established organization, such as a sorority, or students can sign up with a group of friends, she said. Stumbras said the event is a good way for students to get involved in something outside the university. “I think it’s a really easy way to help people get off the Hill and into a community,” she said, “and volunteer with something independent of the university.”

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have been obvious to anyone walking along the trail, he said. The path is located at the end of Skytop Road, the main road through South Campus that ends at the Skytop office buildings. This is the general area where events like fall semester’s Juice Jam are held.

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To create shelving space, materials were going to be relocated to the Clancy-Cullen TriState Depository in Patterson, N.Y., but these plans have been postponed. “The library is making some internal moves, which will allow for around three years of shelving,” Gallagher said. “The outside issue is delayed, but it is not going away.” Rather than moving books to an off-site location, as suggested in November, the library is currently creating ways to create shelving space within the building. Some administrative offices will be moved from the fourth and fifth floors to accomplish this, and the additional space will allow for 120,000 more books, or three years of growth at the current level, according to the report. Syracuse University is not the only school that has considered relocating materials to off-site facilities. Schools including Cincinnati University, Miami University and Vanderbilt University store books in off-site locations, according to the report. At the November meeting, concerns were raised about browsing capabilities and the relocation of old and minimally used materials because the full collection of materials would no longer be available for browsing. To facilitate browsing, an online bookshelf will be made available in July, following an upgrade for Voyager OPAC 7.0, the library’s online catalogue, according to the report. “This feature will allow users to search for materials in the usual manner, but will then allow them to scroll through the items in the library’s cataloged collection that would be shelved next to the searched-for item,” according to the report. The library will also be working with the Berkeley Electronic Press to host a research database and institutional repository known as Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment. It will serve as an archive for high-quality artistic, scientific, literary and research documents, according to the report. The database will also “provide greater visibility of universitywide research, greater accessibility of the university’s research and scholarly record to the university and wider scholarly communities,” according to the

“The library is making some internal moves, which will allow for around three years of shelving. The outside issue is delayed, but it is not going away.” Ian Gallagher

chair of the Senate Commit tee on the Library

report. SURFACE will be available at the start of the fall semester. Also at the meeting, Eileen Schell, the Senate Agenda Committee chair, discussed the possibility of revising the USen process. USen meetings currently take place at 4:15 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium, but this causes difficulties due to course schedules and members with family obligations, Schell said. There has been a recommendation within the Senate Agenda Committee to push meetings back to 3:45 p.m. to accommodate for these difficulties. If the change occurs, it will take effect in the fall. Schell said the committee was also looking into other venues for USen meetings to avoid conflicts with other groups that might want to use the Maxwell Auditorium during the meetings. A short portion of the meeting was closed to media coverage. Arthur Jensen, the Senate Committee of Honorary Degrees chair, told those who were not part of USen to leave the auditorium for a few minutes about 15 minutes into the meeting. Other business included: • New majors, minors and programs were added to the university’s curriculum. The College of Arts and Sciences will now offer majors in ethics, neuroscience and forensic science. The College of Visual and Performing Arts will now offer minors in music performance and visual culture. New programs include a master’s degree in forensic science with a joint degree in law and a master’s degree in child and family health in the global community. lgleveil@syr.edu

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At the USen meeting, faculty members from various colleges raised concerns about several issues, primarily that disentangling the two schools was being rushed by the administration. Others were concerned the discussion was even taking place when only Maxwell and Arts and Sciences faculty know about the Whitepaper and the plans. “The cumulative affect of these changes is to affect the relationship between the two schools irreversibly and without there being an opportunity to take a leisurely and appropriate look at what this all means,” Brown said. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences, Maxwell and Arts and Sciences have a unique relationship, according to the Whitepaper. Currently, all of the social science undergraduate programs are housed in Arts and Sciences, although many Maxwell faculty members teach them. Arts and Sciences also plays a large role in the governance of Maxwell. The Whitepaper, which was written by Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina and distributed to the two schools on March 26, called for several structural changes to Maxwell that would affect students. One of the changes would be the creation of a professional undergraduate program in the Maxwell School similar to international relations or public policy that could capitalize on Maxwell’s reputation, according to the paper. The potential program would accept a small number of freshmen, estimated in the Whitepaper to be no more than 100 students. Some space will be available for students already enrolled in Arts and Sciences or other schools who want to transfer to the Maxwell program when it begins, according to the paper. In addition to the new program, the Whitepaper affirmed the importance of a strong relationship between the two colleges for undergraduate students majoring in interdisciplinary areas and the social sciences. Students would have to take classes in both schools to fill requirements, so the Whitepaper predicted the continuation of giving a degree bearing the names of both schools. In an updated version of the plans, Spina wrote that a “signature undergraduate program task force,” which will assess the rationale, feasibility and cost of the program, should spearhead the new undergraduate Maxwell program. These task forces also prompted debate at the USen meeting. Faculty members were concerned with how the task forces would be created and who would be on them. Most of the professors who spoke said they supported many of the decisions in the Whitepaper pertaining to the changes to Maxwell but had reservations about the process by which the task forces would be implemented. “The process has been taken away from the faculty in both schools,” said Robert Van Gulick, a senator on the Budget and Fiscal

isabel alcantara | staff photographer Lou Marcoccia , chief financial officer of Syracuse University, speaks at Wednesday’s University Senate meeting in Maxwell Auditorium. Members of the faculty and administration discussed the process for implementing structural changes to two colleges. Affairs Committee. “This should start with the colleges and with the committees in the colleges. It should not come from task forces from the central administration. This is not about distrust. These are issues at the core of the faculty.” Chancellor Nancy Cantor said she agreed with concerned faculty and would bring the idea of having elected task forces to Spina’s attention. “I’m in full agreement that issues of promotion are completely faculty issues,” Cantor said. “It’s something he would entertain. I’m sure he would be willing to do that.” Spina is currently out of the country and was not present at the USen meeting. Many of the issues addressed in the Whitepaper related to curriculum and faculty issues, namely giving professors in Maxwell a greater role in hiring faculty, tenure, promotion and curricular decisions, according to the paper. Maxwell is the only school of the 11 schools and colleges within SU without a structure of self-governance. Rather, committees in Arts and Sciences oversee many procedures, such as tenure or curricular changes. In order to strengthen the school and widen faculty inclusion, the Whitepaper outlines a process for drafting Maxwell bylaws, which would create committees to handle actions

such as granting tenure, appointments, promotions and curricular changes. In Spina’s revisions to the Whitepaper, he also called for a “Governance Task Force” to proceed with drafting bylaws and creating councils within Maxwell. In regard to the distribution of the Whitepaper and quick revisions, Brown, the senator on the Curricula Committee, and other faculty voiced concerns that the process was being rushed by the administration without thorough input from faculty in both colleges. Brown motioned to delay the administration from any more action in order for the campus community, particularly the two schools, to have more time to discuss the proposed changes to the relationship between Maxwell and Arts and Sciences. Additionally, several faculty members were suspicious about what they perceived to be a rush to decide on the future of the two colleges. Several professors pointed to the upcoming search for a new Maxwell dean. A few professors expressed concern that the ambiguous relationship with Arts and Sciences would deter potential candidates and said they believe that was the reason for the administration’s rush. Other professors were simply suspicious of the entire process. Horace Campbell, a

university senator, questioned the democratic process of distancing the two colleges. “Faculty as a whole need to rethink the question of openness and inclusion,” he said. “We need to revisit discussion of openness.” Ultimately, Bruce Carter, a dean in the College of Human Ecology, motioned to table, or discontinue, discussion about the issue. Until properly and thoroughly informing all the faculty and USen members outside Arts and Sciences and Maxwell about the Whitepaper plans, Bruce said, “I think it would be fundamentally foolish that the chancellor and vice chancellor proceed.” rastrum@ syr.edu


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Undergraduate Student Association distributes 70 percent larger budget to student organizations By Jess Siart Staff Writer

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ndergraduate Student Association at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry described how its budget of $182,441 would be distributed among student organizations for the 2010-11 school year at Wednesday’s meeting. The budget for the coming year increased in funds by 70 percent, has a new financial plan and is now overseen by an independent finance board. At the meeting, President Ben Schott explained many organizations will have to request funding through co-sponsorship, a part of the budget meant to fund non-traditional events such as large venue events that many students, as well as individual student conferences. The Association also voted to change some of its bylaws, and Schott spoke about the direction he hopes to see the Association take in the future when he is no longer president. The financial board met with student organizations during the past three weeks to determine amounts each group was spending and how significant their individual presences are on campus. Organizations can appeal the draft budget if they don’t agree with how the funds were allocated. Co-sponsorship is a way for the Association to fund events that were not included in the budget, which focuses on meeting the operational costs of organizations before funding large events or specialized requests, Schott said. A little more than a quarter of the total budget is allocated to co-sponsorship. “The idea was to make the yearly budget pay for the operating costs, traditional events and organizational support,” Schott said. “Everything else is through co-sponsorship.” The Association will meet with student organizations to explain the process of requesting co-sponsorship funding and what types of events qualify for funding.

jess siart | staff writer Nory Mitchell (left), Ben Schott (center) and Kevin phu, a member of the new financial board, president and treasurer of the Undergraduate Student Association, respectively, finish the Association’s budget meeting, which outlined changes to program funding. Traditional ESF events including the fall barbeque, Winter Weekend and December Soiree received an increase in funding, with the Earth Week celebration receiving a fourfold increase from $ 5,500 to $20,000. Overall, funding for traditional events rose from $ 82,000 last year to $112,300 this year. Along with the budget changes, the Asso-

Association’s documents are clear and comprehensive, Bishop said. To make the documents more accessible, a bill was approved that calls for the establishment of a task force to assess the feasibility of creating a database of all Association internal documents. “What was there hasn’t changed,” Schott

“The idea was to make the yearly budget pay for the operating costs, traditional events and organizational support. Everything else is through co-sponsorship.” Ben Schott

president of Undergraduate Student Association

ciation introduced a bill to alter its bylaws. Election procedures were changed to include a write-in option in the elections, an element that was supposed to have been included in the voting process before. “Our former elections were technically against the bylaws, but no one brought it to our attention,” said Ben Bishop, director of membership for the Association. The bylaws were rewritten to ensure the

said. “It’s just been clarified.” The Association also voted to create a new Campaign Ethics Committee to oversee the campaigning process. As part of the campaign reform, the bylaws prohibit candidates from using the Association’s resources or spending more than $100 on their campaign. The reform mandates that candidates disclose their expenditures at the committee’s request.

Several members questioned the severity of the new campaign rules and were curious as to why the Association deemed it necessary to implement them. Bishop and Schott said the rules were put in place with a long-term mindset and are meant to prevent future problems. In addition to the budget and bylaw reforms, Schott stressed the amount of work the Association has done in the past and how much more work it has to do to become established as powerful, legitimate leadership on campus. Schott outlined three main goals he would like to see the Association accomplish next year. First, is a consolidated version of the five different documents that dictate how the Association should allocate funds, which will be available to all student organizations. Second, is a stronger presence of the Association on campus, and lastly, is an all-encompassing, campuswide centennial celebration for ESF’s 100th year. “For all the milestones we’ve passed, the (Association) isn’t what it ought to be,” Schott said. “We’re really coming from something we need to change.” jlsiart@ syr.edu


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Have school lunches become a national security threat? By Sara Tracey Staff Writer

An organization of retired military leaders has deemed school lunches a threat to military recruitment because of the food’s adverse health affect on students, according to an article published by The Associated Press on Tuesday. It’s called “Mission: Readiness,” and it hopes a new nutrition bill will be voted on by the Senate. Nine million young adults between 17 and 24 years of age are currently too overweight to join the military, according to a report released by the group Tuesday titled “Too Fat to Fight.” In the report, “Mission: Readiness” deems childhood obesity one of several aspects holding young adults back from enlisting. Others include criminal records, mental and physical disabilities, and not graduating from high school or college. The group met with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Tom Vilsack, the U.S. secretary of agriculture, on Tuesday to discuss the proposed bill, according to the article. Over a 10-year span, the government will spend $4.5 billion for nutrition programs in schools, according to the article. The national school lunch program was originally developed in 1946 for those in the military who were being thrown out of service for having less-than-satisfactory diets. The original bill stated the program was set up “as a measure of national security.” The nutrition bill follows several new initiatives to decrease childhood obesity in schools. First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign, “Let’s Move,” promotes healthier food and activity choices for children. New York Gov. David Paterson announced Dec. 14 an “obesity tax” part of New York state’s budget. The tax would add an 18 percent charge to soft drinks and fruit juices that contain less than 70 percent fruit juice, according to an article in The New York Times published Dec. 16. smtracey@syr.edu

Thomas Dennison

public administration professor

Susan Hardwick

military science professor

“As a person wants to enlist and ROTC, there’s different weight requirements. If they don’t pass the screen weight, they can be recalled. We can determine their body-fat percent. If their body fat is below the standard, then they’re fine. (School lunches) may be part of the problem, but it may be our society in general. When I was growing up, people were much more active in their lives. My mother actually worked in a cafeteria, and she would tell me all the nutrition guidelines. I think school lunches have come a long way.” “First of all, it’s interesting to note that the school lunch program was created from the military in 1946. So many young men who were drafted could not pass the physical because they were undernourished. It’s almost come full circle now that some people are saying that it’s a potential problem again because people are still malnourished. On top of that, schools don’t have a physical education program that they had. There are a lot of high-salt, high-fat foods that we eat, especially pre-prepared foods. All of those things contribute to childhood obesity. As far as the school lunches, there’s been a movement to make school lunches lean and mean. It’s hard to say that school lunch programs are the problem. But we need to look at a combination to ensure that they have all the right proteins.” “It is a national security threat. It is a national economic threat because of increased health care spending associated with obesity, and it is a threat to our overall economy if young adults are not physically fit and able to participate fully in the work force. This is a threat from any number of perspectives.”

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the daily orange

the sweet stuff in the middle

What’s on tap?

With so many places to grab a beer around SU campus, Pulp debates which watering hole is best for bar hoppers

downtown

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Photos & Text by Will Halsey

By Meredith Galante

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he bartender asks, “Whad’ya have?” This might be an easy one to answer at some bars given their limited choice of drinks. But at The Blue Tusk Pub & Wine Bar in downtown Syracuse, you might have to take a minute or two to think. With more than 40 beers on tap and a collection of wine and fine liquor, The Blue Tusk is, without a doubt, a drinker’s paradise.

The thirst If you’re into craft beer, this is the place to be in Armory Square. No matter your mood, you will find a beer that fits you. Whether you want to slug down a couple Labatt Blues or slowly enjoy a real craft beer like Bear Republic’s Racer 5 India Pale Ale, The Blue Tusk offers both. The Blue Tusk really shines with its beer selection, as it’s a beer hotspot of Central New York that offers brews you won’t find anywhere else.

The knowledge Meet your bartender, Tom Paxton. He’ll tell you everything you want to know about beer. Whether you like dark or light, bitter or sweet, Paxton knows all the different styles of beer and what one might like given their preferences. Depending on the season, or what The Blue Tusk has on tap at the moment, Paxton can make suggestions you will not be sorry about. Call him “the beer encyclopedia” or simply “Tim,” but however you refer to him, just know that you will find whatever you thirst for.

The hunger All that drinking making your stomach beg for sustenance? Instead of greasy burgers or french bread pizza, check out The Blue Tusk’s amazing menu. It offers quesadillas filled with goat cheese and mushrooms, grilled paninis with buffalo chicken, deli sandwiches, exotic salads, sandwiches with pulled pork and spicy Asian slaw, and much more. The basic

Tom Paxton, a bartender at The Blue Tusk. idea here is that the food is just as good as the drink. And that is saying a lot.

The location Finally, The Blue Tusk takes the win with its location. Smack-dab in the center of Armory Square, The Blue Tusk is great for treating yourself to a fine beer and then continuing a crazy crawl to the other solid downtown bars. Take a left out the door and you run into The Limerick Pub, an easygoing Irish pub with pool tables, darts and a great atmosphere. Farther down is Kitty Hoyne’s Irish Pub and Pastabilites if you’re both hungry and thirsty. Across the street you get Empire Brewery Company and Syracuse Suds Factory. To your right, you’ll take the night up a notch with a bull ride at Daisy Dukes or live music at Al’s Wine & Whisky Lounge. Finish your night off down the street at Clark’s Ale House, with the best roast beef sandwich in town — guaranteed. wlhalsey@syr.edu

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r. Jones” by Counting Crows blasts through the speakers. The big-screen projection TV has the Syracuse game on. You’re surrounded by three pitchers of Miller Lite (it is Happy Hour, after all). Names of Syracuse University students past and present are written like graffiti on the walls. You’re home. Ah, Chuck’s Café. The perfect way to spend a Thursday night. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Everyone you want to see is at Chuck’s on the weekend. Sure, there isn’t “more than 40 beers to choose from,” but the cheap prices and great food (have you tried the burgers yet?) make up for it. Still not sold that Chuck’s is the bar for you? Have another drink …

Where everybody knows your name Chuck’s delivers the perfect environment to get to know your bartender. Post up on a bar stool one night and chat up the bartender. Let him show off his bottle openers — it’s worth it. Tomorrow night when he makes eye contact with you behind a crowd of people, he’ll shout, “Single or a double?” Double, please! Besides knowing your bartender, you know your surroundings. The one intelligent guy from your group project is sitting across the bar. Say hi. And order him a drink.

Let the games begin! Whether it’s cards in the corner booth, pool or the new basketball arcade game, Chuck’s provides plenty of social opportunities beyond chitchatting. Arrive early enough in the night and snag a table. Either flip cup or a card game can be the perfect drinking game to involve the entire crowd you’re with. If you’re too antsy to sit, shoot some pool with your friends. Guys — it’s a good time to show off those skills to the ladies. And ladies — nothing is sexier than a girl who can shoot some pool.

Sign here Bring a Sharpie marker and sign your name on the wall or the pitchers. Names are everywhere, making friendships and memories created at good ‘ole Chuckles live on. So sign it. Intoxicated students for years to come will wish they are as cool as you and your friends. Shout out to “The Zoo, 852.”

Closing time “Good times never seemed so good!” But now it’s 2 a.m. and time to go home. Maybe nothing extraordinary happened tonight, but Chuck’s can always promise a guaranteed good time. As the crowd pours out of Chuck’s onto Marshall Street, you can meet up with your roommates that were confused and went to Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar instead. I guess those Fish Bowls are the only thing that can rival a $3.50 pitcher. Since you’re a few drinks deep, a walk through the Quad flies and you’re home eating DiGiorno pizza before you know it. mkgalant@syr.edu


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The original MayFest Believe it or not, yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Syracuse University’s final real MayFe — ahem — we mean SU Showcase. Remember (if you can) the majesty that took place on Euclid Avenue and throughout the greater SU area. The streets were more packed than the mosh pits at a Justin Beiber concert, and the beer flowed to the triumphant beats of Dr. Dre blaring off someone’s front porch. Beer pong became the sport of choice, uniting friends, foes and the occasional randomguy-from-across-the-street-who-you-mightbe-friends-with-on-Facebook. Forget Disney World. This is where dreams really came true. There was no law. There was no order … well, except for that naked guy who ran down the streets. He had to be shut down. The local news channels ate it all up by interviewing students on lawn chairs as if they were Gene Simmons. But then again, it’s easy to see where the confusion might have come from.

Dogfish Burton Baton Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Delaware 10 percent alc./vol. $10 per pint

A $10 price is too much. I believe in the consumption of good beer, but I also have my limits. I’ll take a bottle for $10, but not a pint. That being said, Dogfish has always been consistent with its brews, and Burton Baton is no different. Dogfish labels this beer as an Imperial India Pale Ale, which means that it is higher in alcohol and heavier in mouth feel. While you might only be able to have one, it will be a delicious one at that. Caramel from the malt and citrus tones from hops give this beer great flavor, but at such a steep cost per pint, this beer pays the price.

Bear Republic Rebellion Bear Republic Brewing Company California 6 percent alc./vol. $6.50 per pint

Rebellion comes as another wonderful beer from the West Coast powerhouse Bear Republic. This beer can only be

And let’s not forget the copious amounts of junk food SU pumped into our systems. Nothing complements all that Keystone Light better than a box … or three … of funnel cake fries. The occasional quarterpound cheeseburger never hurt, either. Or the hot dogs. Or the popcorn. It was probably the earliest many of us have gone to bed while in college, passing out in the euphoria of a beer and carnival food coma before the sun even managed to set. Sure, we all had stuff to do that day, but the only work being accomplished was social work (if that’s what you call it). For those who missed out, our hearts (and Solo cups) truly go out to you. While we’re sure you’ve had plenty of inebriated experiences on the streets of Syracuse, there was nothing quite like this one. Whether you choose to publicly intoxicate yourself once more on good old Euclid this year, the days when we actually got away with it are, sadly, dead and gone. Cue the T.I. and Justin Timberlake song. — Compiled by Flash Steinbeiser, feature editor, anstenb@syr.edu

found on tap at The Blue Tusk Pub & Wine Bar and is definitely worth your money. The smell and taste are spot on, supplying your senses with large grapefruit overtones along with leafy, flowery, hop goodness. Rebellion also has wonderful carbonation, allowing for the flavors to roll around your mouth and leave you looking for more. At 6 percent you can have a few of these beers, and with a mild yet complex flavor, it never gets old.

Southern Tier Hop Sun

Southern Tier Brewing Company New York 4.9 percent alc./vol. $8.99 per 6-pack

The weather is getting warmer, the buds are flowering on the flora and sunshine abounds. In beer terms, this means one thing only: summer beers! The summer season brings brews that are lighter in content and alcohol. The result is an easier-drinking, delicious beer that you can have plenty of. Hop Sun, a flavorful wheat beer, is a great example with subtle tones of citrus, lemon and hops. At a mere 4.9 percent alc./vol., you can certainly enjoy quite a few. Hop Sun is the perfect beer for MayFest, a porch fest, or any time you have to drink and relax. — Compiled by Will Halsey, asst. photo editor, wlhalsey@syr.edu

Holographic technology to become more common in day-to-day life

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f you’re a fan of CNN or “Star Wars,” you’ve probably been acquainted with the phenomenon that is the hologram. Although Jessica Yellin and Princess Leia holograms were pretty nifty, they will look prehistoric in just a few years. Thanks to researchers at the University of Tokyo, it is now possible to feel and manipulate holographic images. A team led by Dr. Hiroyuki Shinoda combined classic hologram technology with the dynamic abilities of ultrasound to make this discovery. Shinoda and his team used the holographic portrayal technique of shining an LCD projector into a concave mirror to generate the desired hologram. Nothing special so far, just your typical holographic practices. However, they didn’t stop there. The team went the extra mile and developed a system using Nintendo Wii remotes and ultrasound technology. By strategically placing a Wii remote on each side of the desired tactile hologram, a human hand or other real-life object can be registered. Keeping the registered object targeted, the system administers lowenergy ultrasound that acts as the resistance. Although you might think you’re actually touching that holographic ball, what you’re really feeling is a manufactured, targeted pressure field mimicking the shape of the hologram. The registered object, most likely your hand, is tracked by the Wii remote system so that

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our ram is bigger than yours when your hand “touches” the ball, the ball moves. The holographic images used by the development team at technology conventions across the world allow users to “feel” raindrops. The Wii sensors, locking in on your hand, work in tandem with the unit that portrays the images and administers the pressure field. As each droplet appears to touch your skin, it changes from a mere image to a bodily structure. In a more simplified scenario, it can be compared to the purpose and usage of pressurized air. You can feel the resistance of the air against your skin, but there’s nothing there besides manipulated natural forces. It’s a little rudimentary at the moment, but major developments are expected over the next few years. The University of Tokyo is looking into developing different “textures” made by the pressurized airfields, including skin and water. Had this technology been available in 1977, Luke Skywalker could have given holographic

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uentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” (2003) may well be one of the only films released in the last quarter-century to rival the degree of desensitizing violence in “Kick-Ass,” a superhero film that shames the meek and meaninglessly stylized releases of late. “Kick-Ass” is one of the most shocking studio pictures to invade the market in a very long time. Retaining the most vital qualities of the genre in its ability to entertain and inspire wonder, the picture is downright revolutionary in its deconstruction of the superhero ideal. By day, the titular superhero is the nerdy Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), an average high school student who pals around with his loser friends, Marty (Clark Duke) and Todd (Evan Peters), with no discernible purpose to his life. However, after an incident in which a bystander does nothing to intervene in a mugging, Dave decides to attempt to become a real-life superhero. For Dave, the first step toward realizing his dream is, naturally, purchasing a green scuba suit and nunchucks online. Dave is beaten mercilessly in his first crimefighting escapade but morphs into an Internet phenomenon after fending off three hoodlums outside a convenience store. From this, the title “Kick-Ass” is born. His burgeoning fame leads him to come into contact with superior superheroes. “HitGirl” (Chloe Moretz) is an adorable 11-year-old

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who wields a double-edged blade like Bruce Lee. Her father, “Big Daddy” (Nicolas Cage), a former cop with a dark sense of humor, joins their ranks as well. The mismatched bunch band together to take down crime lord Frank D’Amico, whose son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a superhero himself, might be fighting for the wrong cause. Where comic book adaptations such as “Sin City” depend on their ultra-stylized aesthetic to affect their audience, “Kick-Ass” is slyly disorienting. Director Matthew Vaughn fashions a more familiar universe in which to stage the action, amplifying the degree of graphic violence while grounding it in the realm of possibility. Unlike Alan Moore’s “Watchmen,” one of the most overrated and unrightfully treasured works of its time, “Kick-Ass” wisely steers clear of philosophical blabbering. Vaughn’s goal is to make an action picture that sizzles like a classic John Woo action film, which he achieves with style to burn. Rather than shy away from the source’s controversial subject matter, Vaughn fully embraces the graphic qualities of the comic and instills them with raw force. It is impossible not to consider the ages of the characters committing the violence, which makes it even more captivating than the likes of “Kill Bill” and “Saw” (2004). Here is a film in which a preteen kills an army of mafia henchmen single-handedly, only to have the boss beat her senseless. Here is a film in which a father shoots his daughter in the chest at point-blank range to test the durability of a bulletproof vest. Here is a film that mocks modern media’s depiction of violence as effectively as any film since Oliver

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Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” (1994). However, this innovative work is not without inconspicuous faults. Star Aaron Johnson is mediocre at playing a normal teenager, much of the action is borderline preposterous and the picture is at least 15 minutes too long. Whether “Kick-Ass” aspires to greatness is never quite clear. Perhaps that ambiguity is what makes it so oddly charming. The actors, Chloe Moretz chief among them, are so engaging that the audience comes to care for them as they would the players in a lavish drama. The picture is violent, bloody and brutal as hell but never numbing. It might desensitize, but the meticulousness with which Vaughn softens the action with moments of tenderness ensures that the picture keeps its head, even if it might be on the verge of combusting. smlittma@syr.edu

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iles Li, a nationally known poet and activist, searched Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs for a fellow poet who was known by the stage name “Blackman Preach.” The OMA workers looked around, puzzled by the name. No one What: ‘Take the Mic’ had any clue what Li poetry slam was talking about until Where: Sheraton Syracuse University someone said Blackman Hotel & Conference Preach was none other Center than Cedric Bolton, the When: Today, 7:30 coordinator of student p.m. engagement at OMA and How much: Free the founder of Verbal Blend. “They had no idea,” Bolton said. This 2006 encounter was the beginning of a relationship between Li and Bolton. Verbal Blend, coordinated by Bolton, will host a guest performance by Li at today’s “Take the Mic” poetry slam. Verbal Blend is a spoken-word program for students to gain confidence in public speaking and writing. The slam will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. More than 150 people are expected to attend, Bolton said. Li and Bolton developed their relationship after mutual friends in the Minnesota and Chicago poet scenes suggested they get to know

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each other. The poetry slam is the result of the success of another slam Verbal Blend hosted in October. Bolton said 178 tickets were sold for that event. Dr. James Duah-Agyeman, the director of OMA, was so impressed that he called for another slam to be held in the spring, Bolton said. “I was so excited I almost did a backflip,” Bolton said. Students Bolton encountered were also ready for another poetry event. “It was great to see their faces bubble with the great news,” Bolton said. Aaron Hudson, the master of ceremonies for the poetry slam and a senior information management and technology major, expressed his eagerness to host the event. “I like to bring poetry to people. I like to see a smile on their faces,” he said. “Everybody has a story to tell, everybody. … Poetry is a way to tell a story.” Christopher Alexander, a sophomore philosophy and English and textual studies major, will be a contestant at the event. “Whatever I perform, it has to be of a certain content in that due to the fact that poetry is meant to be shared, it must relieve, if that makes sense,” he said. “I want them to think about it” A panel of five judges, including Li, will decide what score to give the 17 competitors. Most of the poets competing are SU students, but there are also a few members from the Syracuse area, Hudson said. The judges will rate the contestants on a scale from zero to 10.

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To prospective students: What was the dumbest question someone asked during your campus tour? “What does the school do for someone’s birthday?”

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Princess Leia a hug when she virtually delivered a message to him and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Had it been available in 2008, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer probably would have been a whole lot happier with Yellin’s appearance. Maybe. Don’t get ahead of yourselves, though. The corporeal nature of this new hologram technol-

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After the first round, the field will be whittled down to the seven contestants with the highest scores. Li will perform his poetry in between the first and second rounds. The second round will bring the field down to the final three contestants, who will be given first, second and third place based on the judges’ scores. The winners will receive notebooks and other school

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ogy is nothing more than an illusion. Although the images may seem to be tangible, they are still just beams of light and nothing more. Sorry, Skywalker, you’ll have to high-five C-3P0 another time. Sick of seeing holographic images in the middle of the CNN news floor? All you have to do is break into CNN studios and tackle the image, and Wolf will get the hint. Just kidding, don’t do that. It’s still just an image and not physical matter, and you’ll just end up on the floor.

Of course, this development comes with limitations. Ultrasound administered at a level high enough to provide any real resistance will rupture human eardrums. Yet, if you enjoy the use of your ears, the resistance offered by the holographic images will remain limited. So what does that leave us with? For now, just the possibility of a really cool virtual game of ping-pong. As this technology is further explored, it may be developed into a more complex and mal-

leable science. Once all this eardrum nonsense is resolved, a full-power living room soccer game could become common, and the gap separating people by thousands of miles would seemingly be shut. But until that time comes, really, don’t tackle any holograms on CNN. Seriously.

supplies from University Bookstore and prizes from the Bank of America. “The littlest thing can inspire me. It could be anything from a conversation with a friend to an experience or even just a passing thought. But regardless of what inspires it, its purpose remains the same,” Alexander said. Hudson said the main inspiration for his poems comes from his 7-year-old daughter. He also emphasized that despite the name “poetry slam,” the event will be about showcasing poetic talent, not bringing down other poets.

“It’s not necessarily about battling each other,” he said. “It’s not about who can make the other feel worse” Both Hudson and Bolton mentioned that Verbal Blend is all about equipping participants with confidence and skills in public speaking and writing. “I’ve always been a shy person,” Hudson said. “It’s something that, actually, I’ve had to get over.” But Verbal Blend also does more than poetry slams. The program has collaborated on events

with the R.A.P.E. Center, Light Works studio, Literacy Corps and Syracuse University Press. Liz Olsen, a freshman English and textual studies major, said she thought the event was interesting but would probably not attend because she appreciates poetry in the written form more than in the spoken form. “It’s a smart way to get people interested in poetry to experience it,” Olsen said. “I think people who don’t normally read poetry out of a book would go.”

Jessica Smith is a sophomore information management and technologies and television, radio and film major. Her column appears every Thursday, and while she isn’t available by hologram yet, she’s still reachable at jlsmit22@syr.edu.

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michael rice | staff photographer Gavin jenkinson (right) is one of 10 seniors on the Syracuse lacrosse team who will compete in their final home game Saturday at the Carrier Dome. After a rough freshman year, the senior class has compiled a 42-5 record over the last three seasons.

Orange looks to exhibit depth on Senior Day By Rachel Stern Staff Writer

John Galloway came to Wohl Field for practice Tuesday afternoon with a lot to say. As he approached senior attack Chris Daniello, the chirping began. “Oh my God, player of the week, Chris Daniello,” said Galloway, a grin on his face. “Nike Player of the Week, Chris Daniello.” But the soft-spoken Daniello had a retort of his own. “You are the player of the year candidate,” Daniello said. “I just have the weekly honors, you are going for the whole year award.” And with that exchange, the depth of the Syracuse University lacrosse team came through. The Orange boasts seven players who have at least 15 points this season. Through 11 games, six different players have led the team in points. SU is tied with Virginia for the most Tewaaraton Trophy nominees with four. But this Saturday, when the No. 1 Orange (10-1, 3-0 Big East) take on a winless Providence (0-11, 0-3) squad on Senior Day at 2 p.m. at the Carrier Dome, the team hopes a new dimension of their depth will have a chance to shine. Junior long-stick midfielder Joel White said he hopes some other players get a chance to show they can play, too. “We have a bunch of seniors on this team who have done a lot, and they work so hard every single day,” White said. “Hopefully we can get a couple goals up on Providence, and they can get in and have fun out there.” Of the 10 seniors on the Syracuse roster, only

four players — Max Bartig, Matt Tierney, Cody Jamieson and Daniello — have seen consistent playing time this season. Bartig only appeared in 10 games last season and Cody Jamieson in six, after transferring from Onondaga Community College. But it is the rest of the seniors — Al Cavalieri, Joe Coulter, Gavin Jenkinson, Tyler Hlawati and Brandon Conlin — that have limited game experience. Jenkinson has taken the most faceoffs on the team and has won 57 percent of them. Coulter and Hlawati have appeared in all 11 games this season and each has scooped up nine ground balls. And if you ask Galloway, his backup Cavalieri could start just about anywhere else. “The group has come a long way,” said SU head coach John Desko. “They didn’t help us immediately as freshmen. They had to pay their dues and stick with the system and work hard to get better to be able to help this team this year.” Though on paper the seniors are contributing the most this season since their arrival at SU, they have provided advice and guidance all along. None was more important than what they told the class below them after they experienced a 5-8 season in 2007. White said he still feels the effects of what these seniors told his class after that year. “I am really proud of how they brought us freshmen up,” White said. “We wouldn’t be the team we are right now without them. They said we don’t want another 5-8 season so we better turn things around.” Since then, the senior class has gone a com-

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bined 42-5 and won two national championships. Galloway is a member of the class with White, who heard the advice loud and clear. Three years later, it is about giving back to those seniors. “We are excited for the seniors to have their last day in the Dome,” Galloway said. “We want to send them off the right way.” And hopefully for the Orange, that way will show another dimension of the SU depth. A dimension that goes beyond Tierney, Bartig and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week in Daniello. “The whole class has really come on hot this season,” Galloway said. “There are a lot of key guys in that group like Bartig and Tierney. But those are just to name a few. We are going to send them off the way they deserve.” restern@syr.edu


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In national television debut, SU drops 2 against Louisville In the first nationally televised games in team history, the Syracuse softball team failed to step up under the spotlight. The Orange (23-19, 7-7 Big East) lost both games Wednesday to Louisville (29-15, 8-5) in a doubleheader broadcast on ESPNU. A combination of defensive miscues by Syracuse in the field and lack of clutch hitting at the plate caused the Orange to drop both games. SU lost the first game to the Cardinals 6-2 and fell in the second contest by a score of 7-4. Syracuse made four errors and stranded 21 runners on base over the course of the two games. Missed opportunities were the story as the Orange failed to prove that it belongs among the best of the Big East. The first inning of game one set the tone for the entire doubleheader. Syracuse loaded the bases in the top of the first, but sophomore pitcher Jenna Caira flew out to center to end the threat. A throwing error by shortstop Morgan Nandin allowed Louisville to score an unearned run in the bottom of the first. The 1-0 score held until the bottom of the fifth, when things unraveled for Caira on the mound. Louisville scored five runs, including a two-run blast by Chelsea Bemis. Syracuse showed some fight in the sixth inning. The Orange cut the lead to 6-2 and loaded the bases with two outs. But once again, it could not secure a timely hit. Sophomore Lisaira Daniels struck out looking to end the rally. The Orange’s strong finish in game one didn’t carry over to the second game. Another throwing error by Nandin and a wild pitch by Stacy Kuwik allowed the Cardinals to score a run in the first inning. After a Hallie Gibbs RBI single tied the game

in the top of the third, the Orange crumbled in the bottom of the inning. An error by Kuwik, two wild pitches and another home run by Bemis added up to four runs for Louisville, giving the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. Syracuse had two more chances to get back in the game. With the score 5-2 in the sixth inning, leadoff hitter Veronica Grant struck out with the bases loaded and two outs. In the seventh, pinchhitter Meghan Boston struck out with runners on first and second and two outs to end the game. Daniels stole two bases in game two, setting the all-time single-season record for Syracuse with 22 stolen bases. The bright spot of the doubleheader for SU was the performance of senior pitcher Brittany Gardner. Gardner, who was relegated to mop-up duty after a poor performance against Providence, pitched in relief in both games, allowing two runs in four and two-thirds innings. Syracuse returns home to play a three-game series against Connecticut this weekend.

Women’s lacrosse Junior goalkeeper Liz Hogan recorded a save at the buzzer to preserve a 7-6 victory for No. 10 Syracuse (10-4, 5-1 Big East) against Cornell (4-8) in Ithaca, N.Y., Wednesday. Senior Jackie DePetris and freshman Michelle Tumolo combined for the first two goals of the game, both coming in the first 10 minutes of the first half. DePetris capitalized on Tumolo’s pass for the first goal, and then returned the favor by dishing to Tumolo on the second. Senior Christina Dove got in on the action with her 45th goal of the season, an unassisted shot at 16:01 to give the Orange its largest

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lead of the half at 3-1. Cornell found the back of the net two more times before the end of the half to tie the score at three apiece before halftime. Freshman Tegan Brown scored the first goal of the second half on a free-position shot before DePetris scored again off an assist from Tumolo to push the score to 5-3. But the Big Red wouldn’t go away, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead with 10:23 remaining in the game. Syracuse took the lead back for good with two unassisted goals less than a minute apart. The first, scored by Dove, tied the game with 8:06 remaining, and the second, scored by Brown at the 7:22 mark, gave the Orange the lead again, 7-6. Syracuse had possession late in the game but

turned the ball over in its defensive end with 32 seconds remaining to give Cornell a chance to tie the game. The Big Red’s shot with seven seconds left on the clock went wide, and Hogan’s save on Jessi Steinberg’s shot at the buzzer gave Syracuse its third consecutive win. DePetris and Tumolo led the Orange with three points each, while Dove and Brown each added two points to their season totals. Johnson led Cornell with two goals and an assist. The Orange has one day’s rest before hitting the road for a pair of conference battles. SU first travels to Cincinnati for a 5 p.m. tilt with the Bearcats Friday before heading to Louisville to take on the Cardinals for a 1 p.m. matchup Sunday. — Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff


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beginnings. Wood points out that in 2001, MMA adopted a set of unified rules, protecting athletes from being seriously injured. MMA now has more rules in place than boxing. In addition, all but six states have regulated it based upon the inception of the safety precautions. That, she said, is reason enough to have it regulated in New York. According to MMA, it’s no longer the same sport Sen. John McCain of Arizona once called “human cockfighting,” because people are now generally more educated about the sport. “I think legislators do have certain misconceptions where they remember an older version of the sport that was sort of a free-for-all,” Wood said. “Clearly that’s not what the sport is today, and anyone who watches it can see that there are lots of rules and regulations in place.” Wood points out MMA’s impeccable safety record — there’s never been an injury more serious than a broke arm or a broken leg. The same cannot be said for other sports. Though Reilly disputes that. Wood said part of the process is educating legislators of the safety regulations that the sport has introduced in recent years, as well as the influence on the local economy where regular MMA fights take place. The proposal means that legislation for the MMA fighting will become part of the annual state budget process, which was supposed to be completed by April 1 but is now in overtime. “It’s a new sport, and people are still getting used to it,” Noons said. “There are a lot of rules now. There are a lot more rules in MMA than there are in boxing. But boxing is way more dangerous than MMA. In MMA there are some

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a violent sport. But so is football. So is boxing. So is fake WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestling — that’s got more violence than boxing and MMA put together. Guys jumping off (stuff) onto each other, bleeding all over, smashing beers off their heads, hitting each other with metal chairs. I mean, come on.” KJ Noons

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brutal knockouts, but it’s not like the repetitive punches you take in the face in boxing. But boxing is an old sport, something everybody grew up with.”

Boosting the economy Legislation that regulates MMA fighting in New York could mean big things for cities such as Syracuse. UFC is quick to produce documentation proving that bringing MMA events to different cities has provided an influx of economic benefits. Wood said that UFC has already begun communicating with arena owners in upstate New

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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE York and, because of the large MMA fanbase, supporters are eager to see the potential economic development that could come as a result of legalizing the sport. “UFC is wholeheartedly committed to bringing their events to upstate New York, including Syracuse,” Wood said. “UFC has committed to bringing a fight to upstate New York within the first year they are regulated. There is a huge fanbase in upstate New York and Canada, and we absolutely want to bring our events to those areas.” On Nov. 10, 2008, UFC performed an Economic Impact study for upstate New York, using Buffalo as the example. The study found that a single UFC event in Buffalo would generate $5.2 million in total economic activity for the local economy — $1.7 million in direct event spending, $1.4 million in visitor spending and $2.1 million in indirect/induced benefits. In addition, an event would produce substantial employee compensation, the study reports. Every UFC event requires a staff of 300, equivalent to the creation of 57 full-time local jobs, according to the Impact study. In turn, 57 local jobs inject another $1.7 million in compensation to the local economy. Wood said because of that, there is reason to believe Syracuse could benefit similarly. Don Dutkowsky, a Syracuse University economics professor, believes so, too. He said that, from an economical point of view, any event that draws a large group of out-of-towners is good for the local economy. Dutkowsky points out that WWE brings events to the Carrier Dome on occasion and serves as a fi nancial support to the area, as do the Great New York State Fair and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. “If it’s a relatively unusual venue with fan support, it’ll likely draw people from outside the area,” Dutkowsky said. “Then they’ll have dinner in or around Syracuse, and if it’s really popular, maybe they’ll book a hotel and stay overnight. “And that, in general, is argued to have

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“UFC is wholeheartedly committed to bringing their events to upstate New York, including Syracuse. UFC has committed to bringing a fight to upstate New York within the first year they are regulated. There is a huge fanbase in upstate New York and Canada, and we absolutely want to bring our events to those areas.” Julie Wood

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economic impacts.” For Dutkowsky, it’s quite simple. The more events that bring in crowds, even if it is for just one event every few months, it’s still likely to bring in revenue to the local economy. Though the best venues for a positive economic effect are those that take place over a period of a couple days — such as the New York Jets N.F.L. training camp in Cortland — Dutkowsky said that one-night events could provide a strong boost as well. “In this economy, it would be hard to turn away that type of economic opportunity,” Woods said. And for Noons, the fighter thousands of miles away in California, bringing MMA events to New York is more that just about economics. He’s seen that domino effect, and with it, the change of perception of the sport he loves. “This isn’t a backyard brawl,” Noons said. “There’s a lot of rules, there’s always a doctor on had. This is a sport, and nobody wants to see anybody get seriously hurt.”

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The domino effect seen with states across the country legalizing MMA fighting is widespread. Now, only a few — including New York — are holding out, refusing to allow the controversial sport in their state.

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In Luke Jensen’s mind, his entire coaching career at Syracuse has been leading up to this. Jensen, the head of the Syracuse tennis team, said that he was brought here four years ago to win championships. He’ll have his chance to fulfill those expectations this What: Big East tournament weekend when the SU begins the Where: South Bend, Ind. Big East tournaWhen: This weekend ment in South Bend, Ind. “(The goal) from the first year was to win it and to get players in the mindset to win it,” Jensen said. “I am so proud of this team because now we truly have the mindset that I need them to have.” The Orange (19-2, 7-0 Big East) enters the tournament as the No.4 seed, and will play Friday against the winner of the match between No. 5 seed Marquette and No. 12 seed UConn. Despite the undefeated conference record, SU has yet to play the Big East’s top three seeds — Notre Dame, South Florida and DePaul. The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 5 in the nation, USF is ranked No. 24 and DePaul just fell out of the polls this week. The Orange would have to face the host Notre Dame in the semifinals if both teams win their first matches. The Irish have been the No. 1 seed at the conference tournament a staggering 14 straight times dating back to 1996. The challenge is there, but members of the team think that this season indicates that something special is possible. The Orange set the school record with 19 wins this year and

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currently riding a 13-game winning streak. Considering those achievements, the notoriously confident Jensen is convinced that his team has what it takes to overpower anyone in its way. “It’s going to take a massive effort by people and talent that I haven’t seen in the college game to beat us,” Jensen said. “It doesn’t matter what the situation is, we’re better.” Jensen’s confidence is backed by his team’s results this season, but history is not on his side. The Orange has not finished higher than fifth in the conference championships since Jensen took over in 2007, and has not won the tournament since 1985. But those 25 years without a trophy have only boosted Jensen’s appetite. A solid finish in conference is not enough anymore. The winner of the Big East tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and Jensen sees his conference foes as stepping-stones to the bigger prize. “I want the automatic berth,” Jensen said. “I want to go in there and I want to push some more Big East teams around, and I want to get into the NCAA Tournament.” Senior transfer Eleanor Peters has only spent one season with Jensen and the Orange, but she shares his competitive fire and understands how important the tournament is to the program. Peters was a major contributor during the season, compiling a 33-3 overall record (17-2 in singles action) after coming over from Maryland. Despite her success and the team’s recordbreaking season, her focus is squarely on the road ahead. “We’re not done yet,” Peters said. “We still have the Big East (tournament), that’s what I’m

really concentrating on right now. That’s what this has all been building up to. We’ve been trying to grow so that we can do really well in the Big East, and we hope to win it and get to the NCAAs.” Though Peters’ teammates also want to

“It’s going to take a massive effort by people and talent that I haven’t seen in the college game to beat us.” Luke Jensen Su head coach

keep the regular season in the rearview mirror for now, they don’t want to be so quick to write off what a monumental accomplishment it was. Freshman CC Sardinha thought about turning professional right after high school, but decided to play for Jensen and eventually earned the No. 1 singles spot on the team. She went 30-8 overall (15-4 in singles play), and helped lead SU to the top tier of the Big East. So for Sardinha, she was part of something special at Syracuse regardless of the outcome of the Big East tournament. “I think it definitely is (a success), and we proved that with our record at the moment,” Sardinha said. “Our team in general has risen up, and we’ve been better than we were last season. Even if we don’t win, we’re still better than we were a couple months ago.” jakrakow@syr.edu

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With Bolt competing in event, SU excited for Penn Relays By Zuri Irvin Staff Writer

With the world’s fastest man running on the same track, Syracuse is chomping at the bit to run at this year’s Penn Relays. Bernard Bush is a part of a four man 4x100meter relay group that has a chance of competing in the same race as Usain Bolt, Olympic champion What: Penn Relays and world-record Where: Philadelphia When: This weekend holder. Bush knew all along that he would be competing in the relay this weekend. Banter at practice this week shifted to talk about competing in the same event as the star of the track and field world. “The environment is electrifying,” Bush said. “It’s crazy—there’s maybe 30-to-40 thousand plus (people). It’s definitely by far one of the biggest environments we jump in here at SU.” The Penn Relays is now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the United States. Through its first 115 years, the event has drawn more fans than any other track and field meet in the world other than the Olympics and World Championships. This weekend, athletes will run an average of one race every 5 minutes over 35 hours of competition. And Bolt, a Jamaican, will be competing there for the first time since he ran as a teenager at the relays from 2001 to 2005. With several Team USA runners also competing alongside the best collegiate talent in the nation, there will be a unique mix between pro and amateur this weekend. Add in Jamaica’s biggest star to the group, and the three-day showcase looks like it will exceed expectations. Bush, a native of Tacoma, Wash., has experienced the rivalry between the United States and Jamaica before. And with Bolt’s arrival, it will reach a fevered pitch. “They say he’s supposed to be there,” Bush continued. “There’s always this big rivalry between USA and Jamaica. It’s pretty intense.” Bolt is currently scheduled to compete as part of “The USA vs. The World” series Satur-

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day in the men’s 4x100 relay. Bush, a returning All-American, ran the 4x100 relay last year against a Jamaican team and will quickly attest to how hard it is to compete. “It’s definitely intimidating going up against the best talent,” Bush said. “And the crowd is just as intimidating. Once you get past those mentally, then you might be ready to perform.” With half of the crowd split between the two dominant track and field countries, the Penn Relays sets the standard for the ideal collegiate meet. From the Penn Relays, every time Bush or any of his teammates compete, they are preparing themselves for a higher level of competition in the latter parts of the outdoor season. Beginning with last week’s Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational, SU head coach Chris Fox has continuously instilled this into the mindset of the team. “What we look for is another positive step,” Fox said. “Each two-to-three week period when we race, we expect to get a little bit better. I don’t see any indication that we’re going to be off our game.” While still understanding the magnitude of the event, Bush specifically has a few names on his mind that he’s looking to track down this weekend. Beyond Bolt. “Pretty much all the guys I faced at nationals last year,” he said. “You got Tyron Stewart (Texas A&M), you got Reindell Cole (Cal StateNorthridge), just the top jumpers in the nation.” Tito Medrano, a sophomore long distance runner, will also be making this weekend’s trip. Medrano will be running the second leg of the mile relay with Jeff Scull, Dan Busby and Brad Miller. Unlike Bush, however, Medrano has never been to the Penn Relays and is ready to see what all the hype is about. “It’s an honor to be able to run on that relay team with three seniors as a sophomore,” Medrano said. “It’s pretty exciting.” Medrano can remember hearing about the relays as a senior in high school when he was being recruited by SU. That year’s team shocked many surrounding schools when Kyle Hughes

beloblog.com usain bolt will race at the Penn Relays this weekend. The Syracuse track and field team will also compete, but not in the same heat as the world’s fastest man. shot the team to third place. This weekend, coming off a year that included several key injuries, Medrano is looking to regain a similar level of expectations for SU and help out in any way possible. Even if there is no shot he can compete against Bolt. “There’s not too much pressure on the second leg. It’s just don’t screw up.,” Medrano said. “I’m not leading off, and I’m not leading off to the anchor guy. Just keep us in there — that’s my job.” zoirvin@syr.edu

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fighting chance By Andrew L. John ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

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J Noons has been watching the domino effect. Earning a living as a mixed martial arts fighter, the expansion of the sport plays on his mind. And after half a dozen states regulated mixed martial arts (MMA for short) fighting within the last year, he can’t help but have an opinion on New York, a state close to his heart and one of the final holdouts. “Hey, it’s not for everybody,” Noons said. “But there are obviously a ton of people up there who would really get excited. It’d be great for the economy out there and give the people something different and entertaining.” But despite widespread popularity throughout the state, New York is still just one of six states (along with Connecticut, Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska and West Virginia) that have yet to legalize MMA events. Since 1997, MMA fans within the state have had to get their fi x on the seat of their couch through pay-per-view. Those opposed to bringing it to the Empire State refer to the sport as “barbaric,” “vicious” and “ruthless” and don’t want to see it regulated. Those in favor suggest a potential economic boost to stagnant New York cities like Syracuse. Noons doesn’t see the problem. He considers himself a professional athlete, not some

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adrenaline junkie who likes to brawl. That’s what he says the detractors of the sport aren’t seeing. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a violent sport,” Noons said. “But so is football. So is boxing. So is fake WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestling — that’s got more violence than boxing and MMA put together. Guys jumping off (stuff) onto each other, bleeding all over, smashing beers off their heads, hitting each other with metal chairs. I mean, come on.” Over the years, some of Noons’ close friends and teammates from the Northeast have been forced to re-locate to states where events are regulated. Training facilities are littered all over the state, but events have been banned for more than a decade.

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And Noons isn’t the only one who’d like to see that changed. “Everybody wants to fight in front of their family and friends,” Noons said. “Especially the community where they’re from. There are a lot of guys in the sport from New York who would love to do that. And the popularity of the sport has reached a point where it could really explode up there.”

SPORTS Regulating New York

In January, New York Gov. David Paterson unveiled a state budget proposal that included a bill that would abolish the 13-yearold ban on MMA fighting in the Empire State as a way of aiding the state e c onomy

with an influx of revenue. MMA supporters in New York figured legislation would inevitably be passed when the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development voted to send a bill to the state Assembly. Doing so would ultimately give the New York State Athletic Commission the power to legalize the sport. But nothing materialized, and legislation has yet to be passed. Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie, has stood in opposition of legislation to legalize MMA fi ghting in New York since it was fi rst introduced to the State Assembly thee years ago. Since that time, MMA and its supporters have lobbied to get the sport legalized. But Reilly, who UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) spokesperson Julie Wood acknowledged as their biggest detractor, has fought hard to keep events out of the state. “How can you show kids and other people human beings fighting and beating on each other in a cage as they do in Ultimate Fighting?” Reilly asked rhetorically. “And then say to them don’t do this? I just think violence begets violence, and that’s my argument against it.” Wood disagrees. While she maintains that “it is a violent sport” and “it’s not for everybody,” she insists that MMA fighting has come a long way from its rebellious SEE MMA PAGE 26

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