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Right to rally Members of

SU’s chapter of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism plan to protest U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presentation at Hendricks Chapel on Monday. Page 3


Dueling decisions The Daily

Orange political columnists give Obama and Romney one thing to focus on for the upcoming election. Page 4


Family first A heart-wrenching play focusing on the bond between two brothers succeeds in moving audience. Page 11


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upset of Syracuse on Saturday leaves the Orange’s NCAA tournament hopes in doubt. Page 24

SUNY-ESF student, member of APO dies Thursday By Liz Sawyer NEWS EDITOR

A senior in SUNY-ESF and member of the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity died Thursday morning, according to an email sent to the campus community. Jessica Pfeifer, a senior forest and natural resources management major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry,

was identified as the student. Pfeifer was from Kennett Square, Pa., according to the email, which was sent Thursday. Pfeifer was taken to Crouse Hospital by ambulance early Thursday morning and later died of cardiac arrest, according to an article published by The PostStandard on Thursday. She played a role in planning events leading up to the commencement exercises held in May, including the Spring Soiree

held Saturday, according to the article. “Losing a member of our campus family is so painful. As surely as it affects us all, it can affect each of us differently,” said Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Syracuse University, in the email. “At this very difficult time, our thoughts are with Jessica’s family, friends, and everyone whose life she touched.” A service was held for Pfeifer on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Nifkin

Lounge on ESF’s campus. Outlets such as the Counseling Center (443-4715), Hendricks Chapel (443-2901) and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (443-1087) are available to those who seek support. Neil Murphy, president of ESF, and Thomas Wolfe, senior vice president and dean of student affairs at SU, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hillary Clinton to visit SU, speak on foreign policy By Breanne Van Nostrand ASST. COPY EDITOR

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Syracuse University on Monday to meet with students and participate in a conversation about foreign policy. Clinton, a former New York senator, will attend the midday event at Hendricks Chapel. The event will begin at noon, said Jill Leonhardt, director of communications and media relations for the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The doors will open at 9:45 a.m. and all attendees must be seated by 11:15 a.m. Attendees are subject to security screening, and large bags and backpacks are discouraged, said Maxwell Dean James Steinberg in an email to students Friday. The event is free, open to the public and will be streamed live on Maxwell’s website. Clinton and Steinberg will discuss policy in a conversation titled “America and the World.” Before coming to Maxwell in July 2011, Steinberg served as deputy secretary of state to Clinton. Steinberg has solicited questions from students, and Clinton will address a chosen few after their conversation at the event, Leonhardt said. Before the public event, Clinton will meet with one of Steinberg’s classes, Leonhardt said.

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A conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Where: Hendricks Chapel When: Today at noon How much: Free Doors for the event open at 9:45 a.m., and everyone must be seated by 11:15 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Attendees will be subject to security screening. Backpacks and large bags are discouraged and are subject to additional security screening.

photo courtesy of lee taurman (CENTER) DICK CLARK , a 1951 Syracuse University alumnus and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, sits with students during 1992 Homecoming Weekend activities. The media mogul, 82, passed away Wednesday.

Clark inspired others with passionate outlook By Erik van Rheenen ASST. FEATURE EDITOR

In the boardroom of his production company, Dick Clark earned a reputation as shrewd, tactful and always demanding perfection. That in mind, Bob Gautieri nervously approached one of the producers, Larry Klein. Gautieri, a graphic designer for Dick Clark Productions, handed him a

design for an American Music Awards logo he made in one of his first years on the job. Klein warned him that the last designer brought Clark a fistful of sketches, none of which Clark liked. “He threw all of the papers up in the air and was out of the office before a single one hit the floor,” said Gautieri, a 1976 Syracuse University alumnus and current co-founder of Design on the Fly

design firm. “And here I was coming to him with just one design.” Nervously, the young designer pushed the sheet from across the desk to the media mogul. Clark smiled, asked him to make a few minor changes and told him it was great. “I walked out of there feeling sky high,” Gautieri said.


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Protesters to rally at Hendricks By Maddy Berner ASST. COPY EDITOR

A Syracuse University student group plans to protest U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to campus Monday. Derek Ford, a member of SU’s chapter of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, said the group is calling on students to protest Clinton’s visit. He said Clinton is a “cheerleader” of an imperialist system that has brought unnecessary war to countries such as Syria and Libya. While college tuition and debt rise, money is consistently given to these wars, affecting students and citizens alike, he said. Clinton, a former New York state senator, will visit SU to meet with students and participate in a discussion on foreign policy. She and


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Alum adds to Pulitzer Social media experts present at #140cuse Conference project win Puppy love

JULIA ODEL, a sophomore communications and rhetorical studies major, plants a kiss on Sophie, a Bernese Mountain Dog at the Student Health Advisory Committee’s “Paws for Stress Relief and Student Organization Wellness Fair” event on Thursday. SHAC acts as a liaison between the student body and the Health and Wellness Portfolio at SU, which includes Health Services, Recreation Services, the Counseling Center, the Office of Student Assistance, the Advocacy Center, and the Health and Wellness Promotions Specialist.

By Chelsea DeBaise ASST. COPY EDITOR

In a momentary lull between speakers at the #140cuse Conference, social media professor Anthony Rotolo took the stage to make an announcement. The #140cuse hashtag had hit 10,000 tweets. The #140cuse Conference took place between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Schine Underground.

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Fifty-two speakers spoke about a variety of topics from social media enterprise to the importance of humility in humanity. The conference drew big names from the world of social media, including Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, and Tim Pool, the independent journalist responsible for live-streaming Occupy Wall Street. Pool presented “Tools to Tell it

Like it Is” during the first half of the conference. He focused on the changes occurring in news and social media, and the rise of social media as a source of information. This was his first #140 Conference. Rotolo invited him after the two met in late November. While taking a break after his speech to meet other speakers and attendees, Pool talked about his presentation and the message he

intended to send regarding the rise of citizen journalism. “It’s the responsibility of the people who are using social media to start taking into their hands,” Pool said. “I think it’s a positive to have these conversations.” Jeff Pulver, the founder of the national #140 Conference, attended the event and gave a speech directly


SU officials explain comprehensive bomb threat protocol By Jessica Iannetta STAFF WRITER

A string of bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh in the last two months has led the institution to put its emergency plan into practice. Though bomb threats happen frequently at many academic institutions across the country, Department of Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto said security at Syracuse

University has not been affected by the bomb threats at Pitt. “We have a fairly comprehensive plan to deal with bomb threats,” Callisto said. “We’re fully prepared with our patrol staff and our communications staff to actually respond to, and deal with, these kinds of situations instantly.” Callisto said the university has not had a bomb threat during his

six-and-a-half-year tenure, but about four years ago, area high schools experienced a succession of three dozen bomb threats. “None of them came to our university, but it became a very common problem,” Callisto said. “So everybody kind of looked at their protocols at that point to make sure that they were up to snuff.”



Syracuse University has strict procedures for potential bomb threats as well as other campus emergencies. These procedures can be found in the Emergency Reference Guide at,


A Syracuse University alumna and former editor in chief of The Daily Orange served as co-editor on The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into widespread violence in local schools. Rose Ciotta, the Inquirer’s senior projects editor, was instrumental in the newspaper earning the gold medal in public service award April 16 for its investigation of pervasive violence in Philadelphia’s schools. The project was presented using “powerful print narratives and videos to illuminate crimes committed by children against children and to stir reforms to improve safety for teachers and students,” according to the Pulitzer Prize’s website. The investigation was a “distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper,” according to the website. In a seven-part series, the Inquirer presented “Assault on Learning,” which revealed violence in the city schools was widespread and underreported, accord-


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Presidential advisers Political columnists focus on keys to success for Obama, Romney as New York primary draws near LIBER A L


Obama must focus on past successes in economy, foreign policy

Romney can overcome incumbent by forcing Obama to defend bad policies


or Barack Obama to be successfully reelected, he will need to emphasize his successes in the economy and foreign policy during his first term. This race will not be won by swaying Republicans or Democrats who are set in their ideologies. Rather, the 2.4 million newly registered independent voters need to be persuaded. In the economy, Obama oversaw an improvement. Employment increased. He advocated for fairness in taxation by taxing the wealthier more — a policy that seven of 10 Americans favor, according to CNN. Mitt Romney argues Obama “didn’t cause the recession — he made it worse.” Romney provides no evidence. Romney’s insistence Obama damaged the economy shows his desperation to find a way to criticize Obama. Romney says Obama is not a leader, but he does not explain what leadership looks like. Obama has the advantage of withdrawing from the costly Iraq War. Romney stated in debates he wanted to remain longer. Obama shows his restraint and skill in being open to negotiation with Iran. While Iran is


to the left, to the left thought to be capable of making a nuclear weapon in several years by most estimates, Romney has advocated for a more aggressive approach. If anything, Romney seems to be the candidate without true leadership because of his willingness to threaten using the American people’s money to wage another war. Obama’s successes will likely overshadow Romney’s criticisms. Rational, independent voters can be convinced to re-elect Obama if this strategy is pursued. Harmen Rockler is a junior newspaper journalism and political science major. His regular column appears every Monday. He can be reached at   

Mobilizing youth vote again important tool Obama cannot forget about


n a clear night in 2008, Barack Obama was announced as the next president. At that moment, the built-up energy of his “Yes We Can” campaign surged through college campuses as students took to the streets to celebrate with fireworks and chants of “O-BA-MA.” It was a display of emotion usually reserved for a World Series championship by a team you have rooted for through decades of disappointment or when sororities induct a new class of freshmen. But since then, we’ve had fewer reasons to celebrate. The change promised is sometimes overshadowed by other misfortunes. This has led many young voters to lose their beliefs in politics or to rally instead around Republican nominee Ron Paul. But if the Obama administration plans to win in this year’s upcoming election, it must remobilize the Millennial Generation once again. In 2008, those aged 18-29 voted for Obama by an overwhelming margin of 66 percent, compared to just 50 percent of those older than


opinion that matters 30 who voted for him. Many estimates indicate it was not their actual votes that mattered as much as their passion that drove other groups to vote, which led to his victory. But 2012 is a much closer race and Obama could use the boost of energy that only young voters can provide. If he can once again rally their support, Obama can energize his campaign, and we will again be dancing in the streets. Stephen Fox is a graduate student studying for his master’s degree in entrepreneurship and a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. His columns appear online weekly. He can be reached at


o win in November, Mitt Romney doesn’t have to be the best candidate and doesn’t need the crusading outsider narrative of the 2008 Obama campaign. Romney needs to be the superior alternative to a struggling leader. The Obama campaign will be limited, and the Romney campaign will be assisted, by certain natural phenomena of an incumbency campaign. The dogma of “hope and change” isn’t as appealing or exploitable after four years of governance. In the 2008 election cycle, pundit Ann Coulter downplayed the unique nature of Obama’s campaign platform and pointed out that every candidate runs on the hope and change platform as opposed to gloom and the status quo. Though Obama won’t admit it, there’s little doubt the platform he’s running on is the latter. For Americans who can’t find jobs or have lost their homes, it’s hard to see how this will resonate or inspire. Romney needs to help himself by focusing on Obama’s tenure and making him defend unpopular decisions like his healthcare


the right direction policy, stimulus package and record debt accumulation. On handling the nation’s debt, Romney’s poll numbers are the most favorable when contrasted to Obama’s. Romney needs to show his superiority as an executive in the private and public sectors. Though Romney’s not the best candidate or the preferred candidate for some, he has a path to victory if he can contrast himself with President Obama and his unpopular policy decisions. Patrick Mocete is a senior political science and policy studies major. His regular column appears every Thursday. He can be reached at

Romney will win heated race by focusing on returning to free market


ormer Gov. Mitt Romney is poised to take the New York Republican primary, but national polls indicate a close national race between Romney and Obama. We will have a heated presidential contest of stark ideological contrast and one that will determine the future of our nation because of this. Notwithstanding other points of polarization, the upcoming presidential election will be a referendum on returning free market capitalism to the United States. Obama has espoused rhetoric against the free market and the top 1 percent of income earners throughout his four years in office. On Election Day, he will be challenged by Mitt Romney, a member of the 1 percent and advocate of free market capitalism. So this election will be a choice between further government expansion into the private sector or restructuring government policy with a laissez-faire approach. Obama seeks to justify envy toward our most productive people only because great wealth was the product of their productivity. He tells us that if the creative, successful and


vast right wing conspiracy established people give everyone just a little bit, we could all succeed. He says the profit motive often obstructs progress. Yet, what truly obstructs progress is selective government backing. When the government blocks construction of a pipeline that would supply a fuel we all demand, instead subsidizing an energy industry that cannot support itself, we all lose. To refer to Ayn Rand: When we must obtain permission from men who produce nothing to produce, we will know our society is doomed. Michael Stikkel is a sophomore computer engineering major. His column appears online weekly. He can be reached at 



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Student urges others to test for sexually transmitted diseases Every year during the month of April, advocates for sexual health ban together for the “Get Yourself Tested Campaign” co-sponsored by MTV and Planned Parenthood. Once again, VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at SU is reaching out to all of you. VOX, Planned Parenthood and other affiliate organizations are devoted to spreading the word about the importance of getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/ AIDS and other infections. Did you know that one in two people under the age of 25 contracts an STD? The fact is most people don’t know this. Sexually transmitted diseases affect all communities. Take a look here: In 2010, AfricanAmericans made up 14 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 46 percent of all new HIV infections. The rate of new HIV infections for African-American women is 20 times as high as that of white women and 4.5 times that of Latinas. In the LGBTQ community, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men accounted for 61 percent of the new HIV infections in 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control. Overall, young people aged 20-24 had the highest number and rate of HIV

LE T TER TO THE EDITOR diagnoses of any age group in 2010. These numbers are staggering. As young people, we need to say enough is enough and spread the word. Get yourself tested right here, right now. There is no reason that young people of all races, classes and sexual orientations should not have the same access to information and services. Therefore, I am taking a stand to get myself tested and urge you to take one as well. Getting tested is a good thing, something you should be proud to tell your friends you did. By getting tested, you’re protecting yourself and your partners. But more importantly, you’re becoming a role model and destigmatizing what “get yourself tested” means. Take a stand with me and get yourself tested this April. If you’d like to learn more about where you can get yourself tested and/or how to receive reduced rates for services call Planned Parenthood: Syracuse Center 1120 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13210, (866) 600-6886

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Number of protests on campus this year bring diverse voices to forefront The number of protests on campus this year shows the value in voicing opinions for both protesters and passers-by. The latest example at Syracuse University is the planned protest of Hillary Clinton’s visit on Monday by the campus chapter of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. Planned and peaceful protests give dissenting opinions a voice. In December, students counter-

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protested the Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest on campus. A large group of students banned together and rallied with signs. Church members ultimately did not show up to the event, but students made their opposition against Westboro clear. In February, members of the College Democrats protested Karl Rove’s visit to campus for his

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system that creates unnecessary wars in countries such as Syria and Libya. Members plan to hold signs and placards outside Hendricks Chapel beginning at 10:30 a.m. For those who disagree with high-profile politicians or speakers, the protests offer a venue for those who disagree with the speakers’ policies to highlight their opinions. The protesters are often in the

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minority, and their voices are not usually heard. Passers-by can benefit from peaceful protests. If other students and community members stop and listen to the protesters, they can hear new information and opinions. Students should not immediately write off the protesters, but instead take other information or opinions into account.

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James Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will hold the conversation, titled “America and the World,” in Hendricks Chapel at noon. “Free speech is a vital part of our national tradition,” said Steinberg in an email. “I’m confident that our students will find ways to exercise that right consistent with our equally important tradition of civil discourse.” Ford, a graduate student in the School of Education, said the protest’s goal is to highlight the issues students and citizens face concerning Clinton’s discussion. The protest will take place primarily at the beginning of the event as attendees enter the chapel to hear her speak. Placards, signs and flags from the targeted countries will be waved to let the campus know Clinton is unwelcome, Ford said. The group will begin protesting at about 10:30 a.m. Monday and will try and get as close


Pitt has received dozens of bomb threats since mid-February, causing many buildings to be evacuated and heightened security on campus. The first threats were found written in campus bathrooms, but later threats have arrived via email. Pitt’s students and faculty now need their school IDs to get into campus buildings and bags are searched before entry. No bombs have been found and no one has been injured, according to an April 9 CBS News article. SU’s procedures for bomb threats as well as other campus emergencies can be found in the

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to the chapel as allowed, he said. An important aspect of the protest is its effect on students, Ford said. He said their right to an education is under attack because of the rising cost of tuition and debt. Students are essentially being “defuturized,” he said, because of the lack of jobs available in today’s economy. “In the city of Syracuse, there’s dire need for housing and health care and education at all levels, and we’re constantly told there’s no money for these things,” he said. However, Ford said, much of the country’s

money is consistently being given to a war budget. But Ford said Syria and Libya never attacked the United States and never wanted an intervention. In an initial email to The Daily Orange, Ford said Clinton approved a war on Libya that has reduced the once prosperous country to “a wasteland” and embroiled it in a civil war. He also said she is now attempting to lead the overthrow of the Syrian government against its citizens’ wishes. ANSWER, the group Ford is involved in, stands in solidarity with the people of Syria, Libya and other countries affected by imperialism, he said. People in these countries have been threatened, attacked and their homes have been destroyed, Ford said. “We defend the people and their sovereignty, their self-determination,” he said. Amy Snider, president of the SU College Democrats, said the group is aware of the protest but is not opposed to it. ANSWER has a right to speak out and the College Democrats respect that, she said. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to let the group’s cause be heard.

“We need to be open to political discourse,” Snider said. “It’s a very healthy part of American democracy.” Zach Weiss, chairman of the College Republicans, said protesting is an essential part of students’ rights, as both SU students and citizens of the United States. “I’d encourage everyone to attend this event,” Weiss said in an email. “We are very lucky to be welcoming a political figure of Secretary Clinton’s stature, and we look forward to hearing what she has to say, regardless of whether we agree with her views or not.” While the protest will make others aware of Clinton’s agenda, it is also part of a national movement, Ford said. ANSWER is looking to build an anti-war movement that will ultimately be capable of ending imperialism, and young people are a good way to start doing that, he said. Said Ford: “We’ll use this as an organizing event to continue mobilizing students, who, historically, have always been the life blood of radical social justice.”

Emergency Reference Guide on the SU website. If there is a bomb threat, individuals should immediately leave the area and call DPS right away. DPS will respond and investigate the threat, Callisto said. In the event of a bomb threat, the Syracuse Police Department would work with DPS. If a device or simulated device were found, the SPD bomb squad would remove it. True threats would also be investigated by SPD detectives, said SPD spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan in an email. Because most threats are received by law enforcement centers, DPS dispatchers have specific protocol on how to respond to these callers. Officers also have procedures that detail how they should respond and what they should do

when they arrive at the scene, Callisto said. SU’s Orange Alert system would not notify students and staff unless a bomb threat is verified. DPS would respond to the scene first to determine if the threat was real. If the threat was real or if there was any uncertainty, then the Orange Alert system would be used to notify the SU community, Callisto said. “The last thing we’re going to use Orange Alert for is anything that’s not verified,” he said. Pitt has a system similar to Orange Alert known as the Emergency Notification Service, which also alerts its subscribers of emergencies on campus by calls, text and email, according to the University of Pittsburgh website. The bomb threats have fundamentally changed

life on Pitt’s campus. While many students have returned home because of the threats, others have stayed, opting to take shelter at the off-campus apartments of friends during nighttime evacuations. Most exams are now take-home, lectures are posted online and backup plans are in place in case a final is disrupted by a threat, according to an April 15 Pittsburgh-Tribune Review article. Callisto said it is important to remember none of the bomb threats in Syracuse four years ago or any of the Pitt bomb threats turned out to be real. Though most threats are merely pranks, attempts to get attention or done out of aggravation, Callisto said DPS fully investigates all threats. “We take every one of them seriously,” he said. “We’re going to treat it like it’s real until we can verify that it isn’t.”

“We need to be open to political discourse. It’s a very healthy part of American democracy.” Amy Snider PRESIDENT OF THE SU COLLEGE DEMOCRATS


Seamus Johnston, 22, and his wife, Katherine Anne McCloskey, 56, were subpoenaed by the FBI to appear before a federal grand jury April 17 in regards to a slew of bomb threats that have occurred on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The couple learned April 11 that they were being investigated over the threats, which have occurred nearly 100 times since February. “We didn’t do it,” McCloskey told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We had nothing whatsoever to do with the bomb threats. We think they’re despicable. We think the person or persons who did them need to be caught.” Source:

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SU English professor Yaffe receives Roger Shattuck Prize in criticism By Jen Bundy STAFF WRITER

David Yaffe has always been able to best express himself through words. The assistant professor of English at Syracuse University will be awarded the 2012 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism, which honors two critics with rising potential who also have a substantial body of work. Yaffe, who began his journalism career as a writer for his high school paper, has worked as a music critic published in the Nation, the Village Voice, Harper’s Magazine and the New Republic, among others. He has also written two books, “Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown” and “Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing,” which have both been praised by academics and literary critics alike, according to an

“In a strange way, this honor has made me reflect on mortality. This is the last time I’ll be awarded the most promising anything.” David Yaffe


April 18 SU News release. Yaffe said he decided to become a music critic when he found his ability to sense

praise-worthy music was better than his actual musical talent. Other critics such as Adam Kirsch, Marcela Valdes and Marco Roth have previously won the award. Yaffe said he was in disbelief upon hearing the news of his award, as he assumed the odds were not in his favor. George Langford, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, called Yaffe one of the college’s “great success stories,” according to the release. “His receipt of the Shattuck Prize is emblematic of our commitment to cuttingedge scholarship,” Langford said in the release. Yaffe has been a member of SU’s English department since 2005, teaching courses on American fiction, poetry and music criticism, according to the release.

“In a strange way, this honor has made me reflect on mortality,” Yaffe said. “This is the last time I’ll be awarded the most promising anything.” As a critic, you never expect to be loved. Any award beyond seeing your name in print is unexpected, he said. “So many great critics didn’t get awards,” Yaffe said. That makes this recognition even more meaningful for him, he said. Yaffe will be awarded the Roger Shattuck Prize in New York City in May at a ceremony sponsored by the Center for Fiction, according to the release. This recognition has made Yaffe think about the consequences of his work, he said. “I want to produce things that matter,” he said. “I want to live up to this award.” jbundy@


after Pool. Pulver’s speech was titled “Being Vulnerable in the Era of the Real-Time Web.” During his presentation, Pulver encouraged everyone in the audience to turn to the person next to him or her and give that person a hug. Pulver was approached by SU last year at his own conference and was asked to present at #140cuse. He said he was extremely pleased with the results of the conference. “From an analogy perspective, I look at it with me being a song writer,” Pulver said. “While I wrote the song, and maybe even wrote the lyrics, the folks here took it and made it their own.” The conference speakers included multiple Syracuse University alumni. Lea Marino, a 2008 SU alumna, gave a speech titled “Everything I Learned about Community Management, I Learned in My Sorority.” Marino was a member of SU’s Phi Sigma Sigma chapter. Josh Lukin, a 2002 SU alumnus and current director of club initiatives at Major League Baseball Advanced Media, presented “Social Media @MLB” and spoke about sports media in the Twitter age. During his speech, Lukin showed the crowd various examples of tweets from large sports figures regarding MLB games, including tweets from Dick Vitale, Jim Rome, Spike Lee and Evan Longoria. Lukin also reflected on his time spent working for The Daily Orange sports section during his speech. The conference also featured multiple student speakers. At 12:45 p.m., the conference held a competition in which four students presented their ideas regarding social media ventures and philosophies. Two winners earned a spot to speak at the national #140 Conference being held in New York City in June. Isaac Budmen, a senior information technology major and co-founder of start-up company Little Tinker Co., took one of the coveted spots. His speech touched upon the discrepancies between real learning and falsified education. Sam Morrison, a junior information technology major, took the other spot. Earlier this


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marina zarya | contributing photographer JOHN LIDDY, an employee at the Syracuse University Technology Garden, interviews one of the speakers at the #140cuse Conference, which took place Thursday. The conference took place between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Schine Underground, year, Morrison earned viral video fame when he recorded himself doing one back flip per day every day for a year, earning him $100 from a bet with his father. After the #140Cuse Conference concluded, Pulver decided to give all four contestants a chance to speak at the conference in New York City, including Alyssa Henry and Steve Rhinehart, both graduates studying information technology. Morrison discussed his desire to start a goalsetting website that would have a similar motivational effect as his video. Morrison obliged the audience with a back flip onstage, and Pool

joined him for a cameo and performed a front flip during the presentation. Students presented outside of the competition as well. Ariel Norling, a junior policy studies major, spoke twice at the conference. Norling had attended other #140edu conferences and said she relished her experiences both with this particular conference and the others. “There’s so much great energy here, and people who are doing really great things,” Norling said. “When you bring great energy and great people together, amazing things happen.”

in the district and the hiring of a state-funded safeschools advocate. The award is the 19th Pulitzer Prize for the 183-year-old newspaper, according to the article. This is the first award it has received since 1997. Ciotta graduated from SU with a degree in newspaper journalism and political science in 1975 and was editor in chief of The Daily Orange during the 1974-75 school year. She

began working at the Inquirer in 1998 and is now the senior projects editor. She played an extensive role in the project, from organizing the team of five reporters, three photographers and the investigations editor to coordinating reporting plans. Ciotta said her work on the project focused on editing, contributing to the graphics and video elements, and coordinating data for the multimedia com-


#140 conferences were created by Jeff Pulver. The purpose of the conferences is to act as a “platform for the worldwide Twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other.” Past #140 conferences have taken place in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, Los Angeles and New York City. Source:

ponents, which provided an interactive database for violent incidents. Working at The Daily Orange during her time at SU greatly contributed to her successes in the field of journalism, Ciotta said. She said: “The D.O. taught me everything. It was instrumental in gaining experience needed for reporting.”

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Such is the legend of Clark, a 1951 SU alumnus who died of a heart attack at age 82 on Wednesday. A man who lived up to his nickname as “America’s teenager” even in his twilight years. A producer whose keen business sense was only matched by a knack for creativity. A television personality who maintained his affable nature even when the cameras stopped rolling. “Dick Clark telling you he liked what you were doing was like having Muhammad Ali watch your boxing and saying he liked watching you spar,” Gautieri said. During the 1960s and ‘70s, whirlwind decades when the civil rights movement and rock ‘n’ roll were gaining momentum, Clark kept his finger on the pulse of the wild heartbeat of the American youth. His show “American Bandstand” bridged cultural gaps between generations and cultures, and it was one of the first to incorporate popular music in television. Dennis Rosenblatt, a 1974 SU alumnus and freelance director, often stood behind the camera for shows during Clark’s tenure at DCP. When Clark hosted a show, Rosenblatt said Clark would always arrive on time prepared to give a great performance. “It didn’t matter what his traveling schedule was like,” Rosenblatt said. “If he was ready to go, you had better be ready to go or have a really good explanation why you weren’t.” Clark’s affinity for radio and television took

root during his college days at SU, when the school was still relatively small. He said he felt lucky to be accepted at a time when the campus was bursting with veterans returning from World War II, according to a 1992 Post-Standard article. “The University wasn’t ready to expand yet,” Clark said in an article in the Winter/Spring 1976 edition of SU Alumni News. We were jammed, living on top of each other. It’s probably the last time it was a little college.” Growing up with a father who was a radio entrepreneur, Clark intently looked for a management position at the school’s radio station, WAERFM. When none were open, he tried his hand behind the microphone, reporting newscasts and announcing for pop and country shows. “I did imitations in those days, so I’d cup my hand over my ear, lower my voice and sound like a disc jockey,” he said in the SU Alumni News article. At WAER, Clark developed what would eventually become one of the most recognizable voices on television. He spent summers working at the now defunct WOLF-AM 1490 station in Syracuse, making a dollar an hour as a staff announcer, according to a 1992 Post-Standard article. Working seven nights a week at WOLF, Clark missed his own graduation ceremony in 1951. In the 1960s, the opportunity to purchase the radio station tempted him, according to The Post-Standard article. “To be able to buy the radio station you started at — oh boy!” he said in the article. But because the station was losing money, Clark’s sound business mindset trumped his sense of nostalgia. Clark juggled his business studies with his

passion for radio at SU. He was a B student in the College of Business Administration, according to a 1959 Post-Standard article. In the four radio courses he enrolled in, he achieved straight A’s. One of his lasting legacies stems from Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Clark pledged in 1947 and moved into the DKE house as a sophomore. President of the fraternity his senior year, from 1950-51, he revived the tradition of building an ice castle on the fraternity’s front lawn each winter, according to a 1981 Daily Orange article. In 1991, Clark helped DKE buy the Horace Wilkinson Mansion on Walnut Avenue. The president at the time, 1993 alumnus Lee Taurman, said he felt grateful Clark paid for part of the house, valued at $886,000. When DKE hosted a private “American Bandstand”-themed reception during 1992’s Homecoming, Clark came and mingled with students, even when a line of his fans spilled down Walnut Avenue, Taurman said. “He was not only gracious but brave,” Taurman said. When the fraternity’s brothers gathered, Taurman met Clark and his DKE roommate of three years, Bob Cleland. The nickname “America’s teenager” proved true to Taurman. “He looked at least 30 years younger than his roommate,” he reminisced. “It was incredible.” In 1951, Clark graduated with a degree in business management. He left Syracuse to work in Utica, N.Y., but his alma mater didn’t forget Clark. In 1959, SU’s television, radio and film department awarded him an alumni award. At 29, he was the youngest alumnus honored by the university.

Tom Nalesnik, a 1974 alumnus, was a senior and president of SU’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Rho when the fraternity invited Clark to campus to receive the Distinguished Service to Broadcasting Award. “I thought because it was Dick Clark, there’s no way he’d answer,” Nalesnik said. “But he wrote a letter back saying he’d be delighted.” Nalesnik’s first job in the television business, “the low man on the totem pole at a station in West Virginia,” reconnected the SU alumnus to his idol. The owners of WOWK-TV had close connections with Clark, and when he came to visit the station, Nalesnik drove to the airport to greet him with the station’s general manager. “He walked right past the GM and said, ‘Hi, Tom!’” said Nalesnik, who was surprised Clark remembered him. “It just goes to show his skill at making relationships and remembering people.” Dick Clark Productions got Gautieri his foot into show business in Los Angeles. He first met Clark as a 21-year-old gofer on the set of the “American Bandstand’s 25th Anniversary.” He recalled stars of the show, including jazz legend Chuck Mangione, dropping their egos in the presence of Clark. “He was like Yoda,” Gautieri said. “Performers bowed down to him.” The Dick Clark Productions company felt like family to Gautieri, who feels that no one in show business will live up to the standards set by Clark. “If there was a Mount Rushmore of entertainment, he’d be the first one on it,” Gautieri said. “He wasn’t one in a million. He was just one. There will be no one like him again.”

Clark’s legacy 1946

Clark begins career as radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, N.Y., at age 17.


Dick Clark is born in Mount Vernon, N.Y.



Clark begins hosting “American Bandstand” series, an after-school staple for teenagers.

Clark graduates with a business degree from Syracuse University.


Dick Clark Productions, an independent TV production company, is created.


Clark creates the American Music Awards after ABC lost broadcast rights for the Grammy Awards.



“American Bandstand” production ends.

Clark releases his autobiography, “Rock, Roll and Remember,” in which he said radio helped relieve him of loneliness as a child.


Clark is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He becomes the spokesman for American Association of Diabetes Educators.


Clark is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


At 82, Clark suffers from a heart attack and dies.


Clark suffers from a minor stroke and is unable to host the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” festivities on ABC as he had done the previous 32 years.

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Rooting out fungus Professors work to save traditional American chestnut tree from deadly disease By Shannon Hazlitt STAFF WRITER

Charles Maynard smiled as he held a petri dish containing a cluster of light green cells that would someday grow into a rare towering American chestnut tree. Maynard, a professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is working to save the traditional American chestnut tree from a fungus that almost completely eliminated the species. “Each one of these is a very precious commodity,” said Maynard, also director of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Center. He and William Powell, another professor at ESF, have worked for 25 years and examined close to 10,000 samples from chestnut tree seeds to develop a genetically modified American chestnut tree that is resistant to the deadly fungus. The two professors planted 10 of the transgenic chestnut trees at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 17. Powell said planting the chestnut trees there is historically significant because the chestnut blight was first identified by a scientist at the botanical garden after it infected trees at the Bronx Zoo in 1904. When Powell and Maynard first started researching the chestnut trees, the two found little existing information on them, Powell said. They then had to develop their own techniques to create a tree that is resistant to the blight. These techniques include examining samples from chestnut trees to find the gene that is resistant to the fungus. The fungus produces spores that get into the wounds of the trees, which can grow to a

diameter as wide as four people and prevent it from maturing and growing larger than a bush, Powell said. However, the roots of the trees are usually not destroyed, a factor that could help the researchers come up with the solution by mixing this trait with other traits that prevent the fungus from attacking the trees, Powell said. “We are taking genes from disease-fighting plants, like wheat, to make gene combinations that are resistant to the blight,” said Kristen Stewart, a graduate student at ESF who is also one of four lab technicians working on the project. She said researchers are using genes from Asian chestnut trees, which are smaller and less durable than the American chestnut. The Asian chestnut was introduced after the fungus wiped out nearly 4 billion American chestnut trees in the early 1900s due to their economic importance as a quality source of wood that is resistant to rotting. Stewart also said the American chestnut that once dominated the East Coast is important to wildlife because it provides food for squirrels and deer. “The American chestnut is a keystone species, meaning that it has a ripple effect on other plants and animals in the environment,” Stewart said. Powell said he hopes the trees he planted in the New York Botanical Garden will help the American chestnut tree make a comeback within the next 10 years, but the process could take much longer. “The neat thing is we are kind of going full cycle,” Powell said. “Hopefully the trees will start being restored at the same place they started dying from.”

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the sweet stuff in the middle

Imprisoned Raw emotion, subtle staging set heavy tone for gripping genre

courtesy of t. charles erickson (FROM LEFT) SAM ENCARNACION, RODRICK COVINGTON AND JOSHUA ELIJAH REESE as Elegbra and brothers Osooshi and Ogun, respectively, engage a heated conversation during a performance at Syracuse Stage. “The Brothers Size” delves into the emotional experience of prisoners in jail and the struggles they face when released.


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man lay on the floor, tossing and turning in restless slumber. Sweat streamed down his forehead. As he struggled to find peace, a man with a suit and mirrored glasses appeared. Walking around the sleeping man, the strange person talked about

the man’s stolen freedom and his isolation from the world, especially from his brother. Suddenly he awoke, freed from his dreams about his time served in jail. Taking a hard look into life in prison, “The Brothers Size” explores the shattering results of being locked away from the rest of the world.

Entrancing performances and gut-wrenching emotion make the play an unapologetic and realistic exploration of the enormous difficulties faced by prisoners and their families once their sentences end. The production, directed by Syracuse Stage’s producing artistic director Timothy Bond, will run at the Syracuse Stage from April 18 to

May 12 before moving to stages in South Africa until the end of June. The story focuses on two brothers, Oshoosi and Ogun Size. Fresh out of prison, Oshoosi is on parole. He lives with Ogun, a car shop mechanic trying to get his brother to find work. But Oshoosi struggles with his past experiences. And Elegbra, his fellow inmate on parole,

and their friendship makes his time served hard to forget. The most important element of the show was undoubtedly the performers’ acting, carried by the play’s three main characters. Each actor delivered a rock-solid performance and deftly portrayed their characters’ complexities and


‘Rent’ showmen sing, entertain way into audience’s heart By Claire Dunderman STAFF WRITER

From onstage, Anthony Rapp solemnly looked out into the crowd. The audience stayed quiet and respectful as Rapp recounted his story about losing his mother to cancer. “It’s been about 15 years, then, since she died in May of ’97,” Rapp said. The audience gave heartfelt applause for the songs he dedicated to her during his performance. One of the songs he belted, “Without You”

from “Rent,” was the song he sang at his mother’s memorial service. On Thursday at 8 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium, Rapp and Adam Pascal stopped at Syracuse University on their tour “Adam & Anthony Live.” The show featured two acts. The first featured Pascal on the guitar with his band. The second act, after a short intermission, paired Rapp with a band. Then, the two sang some songs together. The line stretched from the

entrance to the theater to the doors leading into the Schine Student Center. People tittered and chatted excitedly. Some were students just intrigued to see the performance, others obvious fans, proudly wearing “Rent” shirts. “We were originally big fans of Anthony Rapp in ‘Adventures in Babysitting,’ but we also obviously love ‘Rent,’” said Jennica Vehrs, a first-year graduate student studying childhood education at the State

University of New York College of Oswego. Vehrs saw the show with Justin Nylen, a teacher at Fulton High School, located about 30 miles from Syracuse. “We don’t get to New York City all the time, but we still love musicals,” Nylen said. The night was filled with a variety of songs and stories from the duo’s time on Broadway and on tour. Some songs were from ‘Rent,’ while Pascal also covered “Maria”

from “Westside Story” and Rapp redid “Creep” by Radiohead. The two also performed original songs, some with special weight to them. Rapp sang the song that he sang for his audition for “Rent”: “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. Student fans of the “Rent” actors were glad to see them come to campus. “I’m a fan of ‘Rent’ and the show was awesome,” said Billie Driscoll, a sophomore social work major. “I


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mean, how could I not like it?” The concert also had its humorous moments. While setting up for a song and switching guitars, Pascal gasped: “Oh, my gosh. I forgot a song.” He picked up a different guitar with a laugh. “Pretend that never happened. And it’s going to be funny when you realize what song it is,” he said. Pascal and the band started playing, and Anthony Rapp came out onstage to join him for a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill.” During the song, Rapp messed up lyrics, but laughed it off with Pascal. The audience chuckled with them,

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not minding their small mistakes. “It’s really cool to see someone from theater and film do little things like screw up. It shows that he’s a real person,” said John Charitable, a first-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The end of the concert inspired multiple standing ovations. After the last song of the set, Pascal and Rapp each had an encore. For the last song of the encore, Rapp and Pascal came together and sang “Seasons of Love.” The crowd was on its feet, clapping and singing along. No matter the subject of the song or the intensity of the fan, the end effect of the music on the crowd was apparent — pure joy.

elizabeth reyes | staff photographer (FROM LEFT) ADAM PASCAL AND ANTHONY RAPP, two actors from the original Broadway production of “Rent,” share a duet together at Goldstein Auditorium on Thursday night. The two singers visited Syracuse University as part of their “Adam &0 Anthony Live” tour, playing two separate sets of original songs, covers and songs from the musical.

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motivations. Rodrick Covington played Oshoosi, a friendly, good-natured man with a dark side that keeps him from reconnecting to the world. Covington skillfully pivoted between both sides of his divided character, showing the deep scars that prison can leave on even the most likeable person. His brother Ogun, played by Joshua Elijah Reese, was a stern man who, despite caring for his brother Ogun, just can’t restore their relationship. Reese, with perhaps the night’s best performance, pulled charm from an otherwise unlikeable character and showcased the difficulties family members often face with relatives in prison. The minor antagonist role of Elegbra, a sly and relaxed man also on parole from prison, was played by Sam Encarnación. He built much of the play’s powerful tension with a skillful yet subtle performance on the darker side of handling life outside of the big house. The stage was even subtler. It had only a single wall, a white circle in the center of the stage and a scarce number of props. Much of the setting is determined by the audience’s imagination, which created a deeper feeling of involvement. The lighting helped determine the general setting by precisely switching from inside and outside the stage circle and rarely changing color. The direction did its minor job of setting things up for

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the characters to tell their story. The play only lasted for about 90 minutes with no intermission, but the characters’ complex relationships made it memorable. They formed a powerful triangle, revealing how each struggled to belong somewhere, anywhere, and the difficulty of this goal. All of this fit well with the play’s realistic, uncompromising tone. Climactic moments, such as Elegbra confronting Ogun outside his home at night, have no background music or special setup. They’re just character confrontations driven by emotion and the desire to understand each other, making them extremely similar to universal real-life tragedies. The actors even bluntly called out stage cues when they entered and left the stage, highlighting that the characters had nothing to hide. Despite its serious themes of prison, race and occasionally sex, the play still had many enjoyable moments. The actors’ enthusiasm often took uncomfortable topics, like finding work during parole, and made them hilarious with pleasant banter. A few Stomp-inspired music bits had the audience clapping to the beat with joy. “The Brothers Size” is a bare, honest and risky play that needed a small yet passionate cast to succeed, and they did so with ease. This play isn’t for theatergoers looking for big production value and pizazz but for those who want a pure show driven by committed performances that don’t pull any punches.


Syracuse Stage will celebrate its 40 th Anniversary next fall. Here’s a sneak peek of the theater’s lineup for the season.

“Moby Dick”

Oct. 10 to Nov. 4, 2012 Director Peter Amster returns to Syracuse Stage to take the helm of this Herman Melville novel adaptation. The play features an ensemble cast of nine actors and 16 authentic sea shanties in the timeless tale of Captain Ahab’s chase of the great white whale.

“White Christmas”

Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, 2012 ‘Tis the season: Syracuse Stage will bring Irving Berlin’s holiday classic to life in a story about two successful showmen banding together to help their old army commander. The musical score showcases Berlin’s musical chops.

courtesy of t. charles erickson JOSHUA ELIJAH REESE plays the role of Ogun Size, an ex-prisoner released back into society, in Syracuse Stage’s production of “The Brothers Size.”

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Not yet a woman

HBO’s ‘Girls’ shines light on drama, trials of college graduates in real world

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arning: “Girls” is a terrifying show. There are no monsters, murderers, spiders or bigger spiders, but a recent college graduate cut off financially by her parents? Cringe-worthy. Well, at least to me. The show’s generic title sets viewers up for what to expect. There are four girls, all connected to one another as they try to get by in New York City. Lena Dunham has the most screen time playing Hannah, a self-proclaimed writer and the “voice of the generation.” After getting cut off by her parents, Hannah spends time hooking up with her comically aloof carpenter “boyfriend” Adam, played by Adam Driver, though she can never get in contact with him. Hannah’s friend Marnie, played by Allison Williams, is a career-oriented assistant at a public relations firm. She’s bored of her long-term boyfriend, but she can’t break up with him because he pays half the rent. Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet play cousins and roommates Jessa and Shoshanna. They round out the cast, but nothing major is devoted to them in the first episode.

There are no gripping cliffhangers or questions to be answered. Rather, these well-developed characters find themselves in situations that warrant both humor and insight. One of the pilot’s funnier exchanges is between Hannah and her internship boss. Now financially independent, Hannah asks if the internship can turn into a job and inadvertently ends up without the job or the internship. “Girls” has an overarching story for sure, but its focus is more thematic. It is about figuring out life under the gun. After 20 years of privilege and expectations, how does one manage on his or her own when the safety nets are cut? All comedic moments and insightful commentary stem from Dunham, the show’s creator. But they also come from the rest of the show’s staff, like writer Dunham, producer Dunham and starlet Dunham. Her almost totalitarian control over the show gives it a distinct feel of flawed people living in a flawed environment. TV doesn’t have a lot of auteurs, but “Girls” is a step in the right direction. The creative control allows Dunham to execute her vision instead of writing stereotypical sitcom weeklies

that have no crossover from episode to episode. As an HBO show set in New York City, it draws inspiration from “Sex and the City” and gives its precursor a nod early on when Jessa moves in with Shoshanna. Shoshanna points out her “Sex and the City” poster and goes off on a tangent trying to define herself as either a Carrie or Miranda, but also maybe a Samantha. It’s a cute way of setting the expectations of the romanticized NYC experience. “Sex and the City” is the pinnacle of a privileged Manhattan existence with almost no real-world concerns. In the world of “Girls,” Dunham and company are bogged down by financial burdens and consequences. But in the end, they’re all still girls, not women. They live in the city and seek independent life, but not one of them is prepared for the problems of adulthood. It’s an experience most people can relate to. For a student, however, it’s an inevitable disappointment. At least “Girls” makes me laugh pretty hard. It makes up for brutally predicting my future as a man. Well, boy.


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SU fails to solve Winter in goal; postseason future cloudy By Ryne Gery and Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITORS

Matt Winter turned in his best performance of the year Saturday. From start to finish, the Georgetown goaltender was sharp in net. Winter made a slew of spectacular saves to keep the Hoyas within striking defense in the first half and added a few more in the second half to preserve a crucial victory for his team.

“Some of it’s shot selection, but I got to give credit to him. He’s the one who stood in there and made those saves. Some shots when you throw at his stick, he’ll move his stick and dip, and he didn’t. He made those.”

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“He’s a young man that’s been a backup goalie for us for four years and has earned the opportunity to be the guy this year, and he’s responded big time,” GU head coach Dave Urick said. “And I think this was probably one of his finest, if not his best, effort throughout the

whole game.” Winter finished with 12 saves to lead the Hoyas to a 10-8 upset of the Orange in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The senior goaltender was tested early as SU controlled possession and fired 15 shots in the first half. Winter proved up to the challenge, turning away six shots to help the Hoyas go into the break down just 3-2. Early in the first quarter, Winter made a brilliant kick save on a wide open opportunity for Henry Schoonmaker. With the game tied 1-1, Schoonmaker took a pass from SU attack Tim Desko only to see his shot attempt bounce off Winter’s leg and back onto the field. Midfielders Bobby Eilers and Ryan Barber fired shots right into his stick for easy saves. Syracuse head coach John Desko said he thought his players rushed a few shots, but Winter played an impressive game for the Hoyas. “Some of it’s shot selection, but I got to give credit to him. He’s the one who stood in there and made those saves,” Desko said. “Some shots when you throw at his stick, he’ll move his stick and dip, and he didn’t. He made those.” Winter was tested twice in the final 30 seconds as Syracuse No. 14 (7-6, 3-2 Big East) made its final desperate attempts at a comeback. Tim Desko had a chance in close, but was turned away with 26 seconds left. Tommy Palasek’s shot with three seconds left was also blocked by the goaltender. The complete performance earned him praise from both Desko and Urick after the game.

“He played the best four quarters I think he’s played,” Urick said. “He’s had great halves before, but I think this is the best complete game.”

Loss creates uncertain postseason chances With Syracuse’s 10-8 loss to Georgetown, its postseason hopes became considerably murkier. The Orange does not have a quality win on its schedule that would likely impress the NCAA tournament selection committee. A win over Notre Dame next week would certainly improve SU’s chances of earning an at-large bid, but that is far from a guarantee. That means No. 3 seeded SU will need to, in all likelihood, win the Big East tournament to earn an automatic bid. That’s no small task, considering it would probably have to beat Villanova, which beat SU earlier this season, or take down the Irish, who are currently undefeated in conference play. “I think we have to go out and win a game and play well so that we can get another good win and get into the Big East tournament to play a couple of games there,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “We just have to take care of business ourselves, right now.” If Syracuse doesn’t win the conference tournament, it will have to rely on the selection committee to earn an at-large bid, and there are not too many available. Nine teams will be given bids, but four of them will likely go to teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which boasts some of the best programs in the country.

That leaves five open spots, and SU has plenty of competition against teams with solid wins on their schedules. After his team’s loss to the Hoyas, Desko said he expects the Orange to come to practice focused and ready to work on its game plan of beating ND to wrap up its regular season. The effort and intensity of his players have never been a problem this season, he said, and both of those will need to be at a premium throughout this week. “I think we’re going to educate them on Notre Dame, and there’s no way we can downplay the importance of it,” Desko said. “… I think when you focus on the mental parts, the X’s and O’s, it helps take away the thought of the pressure and what the games mean. I think we’ll be fine with it.”


Georgetown goaltender Matt Winter was a force between the pipes throughout the Hoyas’ 10-8 win over Syracuse on Saturday. He made four critical saves in the fourth quarter to hold off an Orange comeback and finished the day with a total of 12 saves. Here’s a look at his saves by quarter: QUARTER






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that featured two missed field goals and 15 total first downs. “Obviously we were disappointed that we didn’t score,” said quarterback Ryan Nassib, who played for Team Anselmo. “But at the end of the day we scored enough.” Anselmo acknowledged that his team got the better of the draw with Bromley and Sharpe, two likely starters once the regular season starts, on his defensive line. The 6-foot-3, 280pound Bromley broke through the offensive line to sack Loeb, who is Nassib’s backup, to open the scoring in the first quarter. He shed his blocker again in the second quarter to chase down Kinder and stripped the ball. Sharpe, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end, scooped it up and ran 17 yards for the game’s only touchdown. “I was watching the ball as it rolled and I was like, ‘Please let somebody from my team pick it up,’” Bromley said.

“I just saw the ball rolling and I was like, ‘Thank you, Bromley,’” Sharpe added. That was all the scoring the sparse crowd inside the Carrier Dome would see. Early on, the offense resembled last season’s limited play calling. Nassib’s first pass of the game was an out route to tight end Beckett Wales, whose role looked to be a mirror image of the one played by Nick Provo last year. His second pass, a slant to Marcus Sales, was a staple of the 2011 playbook as well. The series ended as a three-and-out. “I just thought it was a good overall effort by the defense,” Bromley said. “We tried to play the best we could. Defense, we really had a lot going for us.” The flashiness promised by Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett at the end of last season is clearly a work in progress. Nassib threw a quick pass out to PrinceTyson Gulley in the flat on the right side, and the play was a designed throw back to Nassib. The defense pounced on Gulley, though, blowing up the play. Later, the second-team offense ran the same



Bromley, a junior defensive tackle, stole the show Saturday. He had a hand in all nine points scored in the Spring Game. He burst through the offensive line early in the game and got his hands on Charley Loeb in the end zone for a safety. Later, he produced a strip sack of John Kinder, and Brandon Sharpe picked up the fumble and returned it for a score.

Zero offense. It was reflected in the final stats, as Team Anselmo’s nine points came from its defense and Team Moore was shut out. Outside of a few flashy plays — completions of 30 and 34 yards to Marcus Sales, 48 yards to Jeremiah Kobena and a catch-and-run for 44 yards to Ashton Broyld — there was not much offense or explosiveness to be found.

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play with more success as freshman Ashton Broyld threw back to Loeb for a moderate gain. “After last year we realized we need just a little more offensive performance,” Nassib said. “We added a little wrinkle with the quarterback running and having the option of the quarterback run.” The other bright spot from Saturday was the renewed connection from Nassib to Sales. After missing the 2011 season following an arrest for drug possession over the summer, Sales impressed in his first game-like action. He led all of SU’s receivers with 68 yards on two receptions. Nassib finished the game 11-of-18 for 163 yards. He took several shots deep to Sales, who caught passes of 30 and 38 yards on the same drive in the third quarter. But the offense stalled and Ryan Lichtenstein missed a 31-yard field goal that clanged off the right upright and drew a smattering of laughs from the crowd. “Getting back to the speed of the game was the thing I wanted to focus on during spring



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ball,” Sales said. “I think I was able to accomplish that, so I think it was a great spring.” Marrone was questioned about whether he was pleased with his team’s play in what was a largely an unimpressive game. He said that after 13 great practices, Saturday was more about letting the players have fun than evaluating the team. Said Marrone: “When I look at spring football, I don’t put it all in on one day. I look at it as far as the body of work.”

This and that Justin Pugh and MaCauley Hill were two players who participated in the scrimmage at Rochester two weeks ago but didn’t play Saturday. … Lichtenstein missed both his field goal attempts from 31 and 28 yards. … Broyld broke a short pass for a 44-yard catch-and-run after lining up at the wide receiver position. … Steve Rene led all running backs with 22 yards rushing. … Jonathan Fisher and Riley Dixon combined to average 43.8 yards per punt.


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The amount of points scored by both offenses. Neither team could reach the end zone, as quarterbacks Ryan Nassib, Charley Loeb and John Kinder struggled to string together drives. On the three times an offense came closest to scoring, the drives ended with nothing after two missed field goals by Ryan Lichtenstein and an interception in the end zone by Charley Loeb.

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Caira’s no-hitter, Saco’s heroics earn Orange victory By David Propper STAFF WRITER

Jenna Caira threw a no-hitter, but Kelly Saco was the center of attention by the end of the game. In the bottom of the seventh of a scoreless game, Saco, a senior first baseman, belted an RUTGERS 3 offering from Rutgers pitchSYRACUSE 1 er Alyssa Landrith over the right-center field wall for a SYRACUSE 5 walk-off home run to clinch RUTGERS 3 a dramatic Syracuse win. As the ball narrowly cleared SYRACUSE 1 the fence, the SU players RUTGERS 0 erupted into euphoria. Instead of being the center of the celebratory mob, Caira was just one of the players crowding around Saco. But to Caira, it didn’t make a difference. “I didn’t care about the no-hitter,” Caira said. “The fact that we got that run and I was extremely proud of Kelly because she had been working so hard and she finally got the big hit for us.” With Caira’s no-hitter and Saco’s clutch long ball, Syracuse escaped with a 1-0 win over Rutgers at Skytop Softball Stadium in front of 137 fans Sunday. The win clinched the threegame series for the Orange after splitting the doubleheader Saturday. Caira dominated throughout the contest, frustrating Scarlet Knight hitters every inning. While the offense was missing, the senior emerged as the hero to

take the rubber game in the Big East conference showdown. Caira was in command from the start. She struck out the first six batters, keeping them off-balance with a baff ling changeup. Caira saw her changeup was effective and heavily relied on the off-speed pitch against an aggressive Rutgers offense. “I think I threw 70 percent changeup, and that doesn’t ever really happen,” Caira said. “They weren’t really adjusting to it, so I just kept throwing it and making sure that they were staying off-balance.” Caira struggled with her control at times, allowing two walks and hitting three batters. Caira nearly allowed a hit on two different occasions that would’ve broken up her quest for the third no-hitter of her career. In the fifth inning, RU’s Jackie Bates hit a hard grounder to the right side, where Stephanie Watts showed her range and threw Bates out by a couple of steps. An inning later, Loren Williams grounded a ball deep into the hole to Morgan Nandin, who quickly fielded and fired to a fully extended Saco at first base, getting Williams by half a stride. The SU offense couldn’t get anything going either, though. In the first inning, SU loaded the bases without getting a hit, but couldn’t push across an early run. In the sixth inning, pinch runner Emily Thompson was stranded on third after freshman Carey-Leigh Thomas struck

yuki mizuma | staff photographer MORGAN NANDIN attempts to tag out a Rutgers baserunner. The Orange defeated the Scarlet Knights 1-0 on Sunday behind a no-hitter from Jenna Caira. out looking. “I think a couple kids had opportunities earlier in the game and were pretty mad that they couldn’t get it done,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “But that’s part of the game sometimes. You got to keep with the right attitude.” Keeping a positive attitude was crucial for Saco. The senior first baseman entered the game with a .139 batting average. But Caira said regardless of what the stat sheet reads, whenever there’s a big moment in a game, Syracuse can rely on Saco to break through under pressure. Earlier in the season, Saco delivered a game-winning hit against Canisius during the Duel in the Dome. This time, Saco was just happy she contributed to the

final outcome. “It was just a sigh of relief, like about time,” Saco said. “About time I got a decent hit.” That big hit stole the thunder from Caira’s impressive no-hitter. Though the celebration took place around home plate rather than in the circle, Caira was content the Orange picked up another victory. “It’s a wonderful feeling being able to get a no-hitter,” Caira said. “The whole team worked really hard staying focused the entire game, so I’m very thankful for what happened today, and I think this no-hitter wasn’t just about what I just did. It’s about what the whole team did.”

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Facing three consecutive top-15 teams last week, Syracuse cruised to three victories by a combined margin of 36 goals. This week, SU had a bit of a breather against two mediocre teams in Louisville and CincinSYRACUSE 16 nati. But the Orange didn’t take its foot off the pedal LOUISVILLE 9 and did exactly what head Gary Gait wanted. SYRACUSE 22 coach “More just continue to CINCINNATI 5 play for yourself and for your teammates,” Gait said. “Don’t play down to the opponent’s level. … For the most part, we did a very good job staying focused.” Syracuse (13-0, 6-0 Big East) rode yet another


of the 2012 season, according to an SU Athletics press release. Marrone said his players are looking forward to the finished renovations, which are aimed to enhance the experience for the team.

“It’s going to help us with recruiting, it’s going to help us with our former lettermen, it’s going to help us with the community, so it’s going to help us in a lot of different ways.” Doug Marrone


Included in the renovations are the locker rooms, a student-athlete lounge, a cafeteria and a team auditorium. To modernize the facility, the planned design and construction


The second-half dominance clinched the Hoyas’ first win in the Carrier Dome since 2006 and meant, at least for now, Georgetown remained in the postseason hunt. “We got the result that obviously we came here for and that’s we got a glimmer of hope,” Georgetown head coach Dave Urick said. “We’ll just keep playing and see what happens as the season evolves.” But Georgetown was eliminated after St. John’s defeated Providence 8-4 on Saturday. Syracuse held the advantage in goal differential to clinch the No. 3 seed in the four-team conference tournament, and St. John’s earned the No. 4 spot over the Hoyas because it won the head-tohead matchup between the teams. Syracuse must take the same approach with just one game left in the regular season. The Orange’s at-large hopes are slimmer heading into its final game against Notre Dame next Saturday.

offensive explosion Sunday to cap off a weekend sweep of the Cardinals (3-11, 1-6) and the Bearcats (3-11, 0-7) with a 22-5 victory over the Bearcats in front of 311 in Ohio. The win stretched the Orange’s winning streak to 12 games, equaling the longest in program history. Two days earlier, SU cruised past Louisville 16-9 in front of 303 in Kentucky. With the wins, Syracuse locked up a spot in the Big East tournament and put itself in position to clinch the Big East regular-season title Friday at 7 p.m. against No. 15 Loyola (Md.) at SU Soccer Stadium. Alyssa Murray continued her incredible season with 13 points in the two games, including a seven-goal performance Sunday. The attack now has 80 points this season, tying Christina Dove’s 80-point 2009 season for seventh on the

Syracuse single-season scoring list. “She’s got a killer instinct and always ready to go to net when the opportunity opens up,” Gait said. “She took advantage of every shot she had today.” Despite the dominance, the Orange actually trailed early in both games this weekend. On Friday, Louisville attack Faye Brust opened the scoring with an unassisted goal about four minutes in. But from there, Alyssa Costantino was unbeatable. The SU goaltender played the entire first half against the Cardinals and held Louisville scoreless in the final 26:18 of the opening frame. The game was virtually over at halftime with Syracuse up 8-1. Her dominant play earned the sophomore the right to play the entire game against the Bearcats.

“We just wanted to give her an opportunity to play a full game today,” Gait said. “… No particular reason (for the decision), she was just comfortable in there.” Like she was in the game against Lousiville, Costantino was beaten early. Cincinnati got on the board just 46 seconds into the game with a goal from Kylie Ramsland. But after trading goals for the next three minutes, Costantino settled in. She allowed just two goals in the game’s final 35:49, including just one-second half goal as SU cruised to its fifth straight victory by at least seven goals this season. “They love the challenge,” Gait said. “… It’s a chance to clinch the Big East regular season, and they’re extremely motivated to try and go out and win the Big East conference.”

is expected to have new interactive monitors, furniture, lockers and carpeting. There will also be the addition of skylights and a new ventilation system. The improvements will be particularly crucial for Marrone during the recruitment process. Syracuse’s recruiting class this year ranked 54th in the nation, according to The facility is also going to feature a look into Syracuse history. It will be similar to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, with interactive exhibits that feature former Orange stars and Hall of Famers Jim Brown, John Mackey, Floyd Little, Dwight Freeney, Marvin Harrison and Donovan McNabb. Ernie Davis’ Heisman Trophy will also be on display, along with other Syracuse bowl game trophies. The process of moving into the new facilities has already begun, as the showcases inside the main lobby of the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing were all empty. Jim Brown’s bust near the door was the lone piece of remaining Syracuse history. The renovations come after the athletic department upgraded Manley Field House in time for the 2010 athletic season. Marrone said his former head coach, Dick MacPherson, used to tell his players they have an obligation to win games to bring the program to higher levels for future generations of players. The most recent renovations, Marrone

said, reflect that exact message. “We have a responsibility to win football games so the players that come after us have a better facility or a better experience,” Marrone said. “… It’s going to help us with recruiting, it’s going to help us with our former lettermen, it’s going to help us with the community, so it’s going to help us in a lot of different ways.”

For Athletic Director Daryl Gross, this latest project is another important step in raising SU football to new heights. “It is vital that we give coach Marrone the resources that he needs to field a consistent national contender,” Gross said in the release. “This new complex is surely a great start.”

For the Orange, the defeat came down to the same problem that has haunted the team all season. After going 5-of-7 on faceoffs in the first half, the Orange’s success in the X vanished, and Georgetown won 10-of-14 faceoffs in the final 30 minutes. Time and time again, the Orange lost the battles for loose balls off draws, leading to extended offensive opportunities for the Hoyas. “I thought they played a very good second half, really adjusted well on the faceoffs,” Desko said. “Their guys really came alive there and got some possessions that they didn’t get in the first half.” As Georgetown controlled possession after possession, the SU defense started to wear down. The Hoyas scored four unanswered goals to turn a one-goal deficit midway through the third quarter into a three-goal lead 49 seconds into the fourth quarter. Syracuse responded with two goals from Bobby Eilers and Pete Coleman to cut the deficit to 7-6 with 11:23 remaining. But Georgetown, which won 7-of-8 faceoffs in the fourth quarter, buried the Orange with three goals in less than three minutes to take a commanding 10-6 lead with under eight

minutes to play. GU attack Brian Casey scored the final two goals to put a dagger in SU’s chances of a fourth-quarter comeback. The second came just 15 seconds after the first as Casey streaked past the defense with ease, forcing SU defender Brian Megill to dive by the crease as he fired past goaltender Bobby Wardwell. Megill could only punch the turf from his spot on the ground and then stand hunched over his stick for a moment, knowing the Hoyas were on their way to victory. “I think they kind of started to find our weaknesses a little bit, and they got a couple inverts and had a guy on the backside open and stuff like that,” Wardwell said. “So I think that it was a little difficult to settle down, and we got a little antsy maybe towards the end.” The freshman Wardwell was left to explain the upset, sitting to the right of Desko after the game. Desko isn’t worried about winning tiebreakers to make the conference tournament. He said his players can only turn their focus to Notre Dame now, knowing they still control their own fate with a win over the Fighting Irish.

“We just have to take care of business ourselves right now,” Desko said. “There’s no other way around it.”

photo courtesy of su athletics The student-athlete lounge is one area included in the state-of-the-art renovations of the Syracuse football facility. The total project will cost SU an estimated $5 million.


Syracuse earned the No. 3 seed in the first-ever Big East tournament this season. The Orange will take on host No. 2 seed Villanova in the semifinals May 3. The Wildcats defeated SU 11-10 at the Carrier Dome in March. Top-seeded Notre Dame will face No. 4 seed St. John’s in the other semifinal. The tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Here’s a look at the four teams and their records this season: TEAM

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Turnovers plague Orange offense in loss By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

They walked around the field near their sideline slowly and solemnly. Heads down, hands on hips, sticks slamming into the turf, Syracuse’s players appeared pained and dejected. The loss carried a heavy burden, tossing the Orange’s future into doubt and casting a cloud over its GEORGETOWN 10 final week of the regular SYRACUSE 8 season. Syracuse wore the look of a solidly defeated team after a sloppy performance in its 10-8 loss to Georgetown. Toward the end of the day, Syracuse looked fatigued and out of energy. “I don’t know if it’s the number of games we had in a short period of time, if that came into play,” SU head coach John Desko said. “I don’t know. It’s definitely not the time of year when you want to see the number of turnovers that we had in the game, especially when it’s so important for us today.” A rushed offensive effort led to 22 turnovers. The No. 14 Orange (7-6, 3-2 Big East) couldn’t take care of the ball, and throughout the twogoal loss, SU’s offense simply looked off. It couldn’t create opportunities, failed to find the holes in Georgetown’s zone defense and when the final buzzer signaled the end of the defeat to the Hoyas (6-6, 2-3 Big East) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, more questions pertaining to Syracuse’s postseason hopes were raised than answers. Despite the loss, Syracuse will be the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament. The Orange will take on No. 2 seed Villanova in the semifinals in Villanova, Pa., May 3. The 22 turnovers were the most SU committed since its second game of the season Feb. 26, when it had 25 in a 10-9 win over Army. SU’s second turnover came less than four minutes into the game when Hoyas attack Travis Comeau disrupted a Syracuse clear attempt and scooped up the ground ball as Brian Megill lost it. Comeau took the ball up field and scored to tie the game 1-1. Late in the second quarter, the officials


THE GOOD Man-up goals

A struggling man-up team all season, Syracuse has finally come alive in recent games. Against Georgetown, the Orange took advantage of 2-of-4 extra man opportunities, one in the first quarter and one in the fourth. SU failed to convert on two chances in the second quarter. Still, scoring two man-up goals has been a considerable challenge for Syracuse for most of the season.

ilana goldmeier | staff photographer Georgetown celebrates on the Carrier Dome turf after defeating No. 14 Syracuse 10-8 on Saturday. The Hoyas benefited from 22 SU turnovers en route to their upset victory. Syracuse’s excess turnovers limited its scoring chances. called Syracuse for stalling, and midfielder Henry Schoonmaker stepped out of the box to give GU possession, removing SU’s chances of building on its 3-2 halftime lead. When Georgetown switched into a zone defense, it only grew worse. Aside from the turnovers, the Orange often rushed shots without solid placement. “We played a lot more zone defense than we have all year, and that wasn’t a bad thing for us to do,” Georgetown head coach Dave Urick said. “It made them work a little bit harder to get the shot that they wanted and take a little bit more time off the clock.” The Hoyas were not efficient with the ball either, finishing the game with 23 turnovers. But as the game progressed, especially late in the third quarter into the fourth — when Georgetown scored four unanswered goals —

the Hoyas limited their mistakes. Desko could not pinpoint the reason for his team’s lack of control. The Orange looked fatigued. And Georgetown’s zone defense was also especially effective. For a Syracuse team that averaged 16 goals in its last two contests, this wasn’t one to be proud of. “I don’t know,” Desko said. “It’s definitely not the time of year when you want to see the number of turnovers that we had in the game, especially when it’s so important for us today.” The Orange only had three turnovers in the fourth quarter, but it hardly ever had the ball. Syracuse won 1-of-8 faceoffs in the final period. Despite that, SU capitalized on its limited opportunities to match Georgetown with four goals. It was the 19 turnovers in the

first three quarters that spelled disaster for the Orange. Syracuse has one week to prepare for Notre Dame in what might be the most important game of the season. The Fighting Irish boasts one of the best defenses in the nation. Excess turnovers by SU will likely strip its chances of a win. There’s a cloud of uncertainty hovering over Syracuse and its chances to reach the NCAA tournament, and the Orange has one week to clear it away. “It’s kind of solemn, it seems like,” goaltender Bobby Wardwell said. “I think we’re going to come out ready to work tomorrow, fight all week and look to get the win against Notre Dame next weekend.”


THE BAD 22 turnovers

That’s the most amount of turnovers Syracuse had since its second game of the season, when it committed 22 turnovers in a 10-9 win over Army. The Orange’s offense was often sloppy for reasons head coach John Desko couldn’t pinpoint, and it cost SU scoring chances. The miscues were especially costly since the Orange again struggled in faceoffs and failed to make the most of its limited opportunities.


Syracuse’s postseason hopes

The Orange made the Big East tournament as the No. 3 seed. It’s quite possible SU could need to win the entire conference tournament and earn an automatic bid to make the NCAA tournament. Syracuse hasn’t helped its chances of getting an atlarge bid, currently boasting a resume with losses to mediocre teams and without a marquee win. The Orange’s NCAA tournament future is extremely cloudy.


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yuki mizuma | staff photographer STEPHANIE WATTS prepares to swing. Watts was robbed of a home run by Rutgers center fielder Lindsey Curran in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Watts, Watson homer to avenge earlier bad breaks By Nick Toney STAFF WRITER

Stephanie Watts and Jasmine Watson made a pact in center field. In the second game of a doubleheader against Rutgers on Saturday, they swore they wouldn’t give Scarlet Knights center fielder Lindsey Curran the chance to track down their fly balls. Curran robbed two potentially game-tying home runs to help Rutgers upset the Orange in the first game, so Watts and Watson promised they’d clear the wall this time. “In between games, I went up to Watson and I challenged her to hit more home runs than me,” Watts said. “It was a friendly thing, but we wanted to make sure we got those home runs back.” Both players smashed home runs that sailed over Curran, earning them redemption in a 5-3 win over the Scarlet Knights at Skytop Softball Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse (34-11, 11-3 Big East) defeated Rutgers (22-24, 9-10) 1-0 in the series finale Sunday to take the weekend series. “It was great to see them bounce back like that after catching those bad breaks in game one,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “That’s just the way the game is sometimes, but obviously they were disappointed about it.” Watts and Watson both hit long f ly balls that would have cleared the fence and tied the game 3-3 to give SU pitcher Jenna Caira a shot to win a game in which she set a career high with 18 strikeouts, but Curran took them away. Curran’s most spectacular catch came when she took away Watts’ homer. In the fifth inning, Rutgers starting pitcher Alyssa Landrith threw the second baseman a changeup that she said she could “put some power into.” When she launched the ball to deep left center, Watts assumed she had tied the game. But Curran had other plans. She leapt at the last second and extended her glove over the outfield fence to prevent a home run. “I thought I had it for sure,” Watts said. “I actually started into my home run trot to first because I thought I had it. She made a great play, but it was a bummer to see.” Curran’s glove robbed Watson in the next

inning, too. The center fielder snatched another potential game-tying blast at the fence. “It was frustrating,” Watson said. “You had two big chances to tie the game, and it just didn’t happen.” Watts and Watson decided to turn their frustrations into a friendly home run competition to start the second game. Watson said it was the perfect way to break the tension of losing a game both players felt they could’ve won for their team. In the second inning, Watson drilled her ninth home run of the year to put SU ahead 1-0, buckling the knees of Curran when she real-

“I was a little happier to hit that one than I would’ve been otherwise. I’ve been struggling lately, and with what happened in the first game, it just felt good to hit one there.” Jasmine Watson


ized she couldn’t track down the deep shot to straightaway center field. When she realized she hit the home run that evaded her in the previous game, Watson threw her hands up in elation on the jog to first base. “I was a little happier to hit that one than I would’ve been otherwise,” Watson said. “I’ve been struggling lately, and with what happened in the first game, it just felt good to hit one there.” Watts chased starter Abbey Houston out of the game an inning later with a two-run shot of her own, pushing the Orange lead to 3-0. From there, SU was in control, and in Ross’ eyes, Watts’ homer meant she was even with Curran for the two runs she denied them in the first game. “You control what you can control, but it was a little bit of poetic justice,” Ross said.



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TROUBLE BREWING Georgetown offense explodes late to upset Syracuse

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Defense dominates scrimmage By Michael Cohen STAFF WRITER

Weeks of anticipation ended in a letdown. After Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone opted to close spring practice to “further the development of the SaturTEAM ANSELMO 9 program,” day’s final prodTEAM MOORE 0 uct offensively in the annual Spring Game was disappointing at best and painful to watch at worst. Promises of a more exciting offense with new features created a sense of anticipation that was stifled by a 9-0 game void of offensive touchdowns. John Anselmo’s team defeated the team coached by Rob Moore thanks to two outstanding defensive plays by Jay Bromley. His safety on Charley Loeb and strip sack of John Kinder, which teammate Brandon Sharpe returned for a touchdown, provided the only scoring in a game

ive games in two weeks finally took their toll. In the final 30 minutes of a grueling stretch, a tired Syracuse team broke down and suffered another disappointing defeat in a tough regular season. The Orange was slow to loose balls and a step behind the Georgetown attack on defense in the second half. And ultimately — with a chance for Syracuse to clinch a spot in the Big East tournament and, more importantly, to keep its hopes of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament alive — the Hoyas wanted it a little bit more in SU’s final home game of the season. “It looked that way to me. Now whether that, I couldn’t tell you if that had to do with the number of games we had,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Their sense of urgency was a little more than ours with all that was on the line for this game.” The Hoyas’ entire season was on the line, as a loss would eliminate them from contention for the Big East tournament, and it showed in their 10-8 victory over No. 14 Syracuse in front of 4,806 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Though the Orange (7-6, 3-2 Big East) didn’t enter the game with the same desperation, it needed the win on Senior Day to boost its own shaky postseason resume. Instead, SU left with a loss after watching Georgetown (6-6, 2-3 Big East) dominate in the second half on faceoffs and break through offensively for eight goals.


Facilities to undergo renovations By Chris Iseman and David Propper THE DAILY ORANGE



The number of goals Syracuse allowed in the second half of its loss to Georgetown. After holding the Hoyas to two scores in the first 30 minutes, the Orange defense fell apart as its opponent dominated the possession battle.


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ilana goldmeier | contributing photographer Syracuse continued its disappointing season Saturday, losing 10-8 to the unranked Hoyas. To reach the NCAA tournament, the No. 3 seed Orange will likely have to win the Big East tournament.

In hopes of climbing back into national relevancy in college football, Syracuse has initiated major renovations to its facilities at Manley Field House. Head coach Doug Marrone said last Thursday the upgrades will benefit the program in various areas. He would not speak about what the facilities had been lacking, but did say they have needed improvement for a long time. “It’s going to help us tremendously in recruiting. I think it’s going to help us with our football team, our program,” Marrone said. “I think it’s been a long time coming that we did upgrade those areas that we’re specifically upgrading.” The upgrades are expected to cost $5 million and should be completed by Syracuse-based construction company Hueber-Breuer before the start


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