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As first class to attend college through Say Yes to Education scholarships graduates, program enters time of transition


hen they first heard about Say Yes to Education, members of the Syracuse City School District’s class of 2009 didn’t buy it. “It was one of those things you kind of overlook at first — just another piece of paper you get, just another program you hear about,” said Paola Benevento of the Say Yes pamphlet she received in her senior year English class at Henninger High School. “Coming from the inner city, sometimes they start all of these programs, but they’re never really followed through.” For David Minney, then a senior at Fowler High School, the deal — full tuition at any listed college for students who lived in the school district for a designated number of years — seemed too good to be true. “I thought it was a lie, to be honest,” he said. “I was in disbelief for a while.” Four years later, Benevento, Minney and many more SCSD alumni

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people who represent the Syracuse University community for the “Who is Syracuse?” series, running April 22-25. Carter Oakley and Nancy Vaught are featured today. Page 10-11

are preparing for Syracuse University’s commencement as the first class to attend college on Say Yes scholarships. The organization has expanded to offer programming in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as networking opportunities for collegiate Say Yes scholars since it came Syracuse in 2008. But the program is now in the middle of a transition — the recent loss of a grant to support high school tutoring and SAT preparation programs is forcing Say Yes to re-evaluate and address the community’s needs. “We’re exploring all of our resources right now,” said Kristi Eck, education program director for Say Yes, noting that grants are continually up for renewal and that the loss of this one is no “great tragedy.” As Say Yes officials look into other funding possibilities to continue high school tutoring and SAT and Regents exam preparation, Eck said, they are also determining if similar services offered by partner


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Sit-in protest addresses issues of diversity at SU By Natsumi Ajisaka STAFF WRITER

There was nothing out of place about the students sitting on the circular bench in the center of the Schine Student Center. Talking and laughing, they sat nearly shoulder to shoulder all the way around, completely at ease. Ronald Taylor, however, was not relaxed. Dressed in a suit and ivory tie, he paced around the atrium with his hands in his pockets as he gazed intently at the students milling around. The sophomore policy studies and political science major was the organizer of the sit-in protest scheduled to begin minutes later, in which the students on the bench were participants.

The instructions were to wear white and gather in the atrium in silence at 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday. “The goal today is to bring issues regarding tolerance and ethnicity to the forefront,” Taylor said, addressing the crowd from a podium. “I feel as though students of color are marginalized into being quiet.” The sit-in was a follow-up to the “Healing the Scars” forum held in February, which enabled students to air concerns about diversity issues, including self-segregation, professors tokenizing minority students and general feelings of discomfort among students regarding race and other diversity-related issues at Syracuse University.

zixi wu | staff photographer Participants at the sit-in in the Schine Student Center raise their arms and identify themselves by request of organizer Ronald Taylor. The goal of the sit-in was to bring back concerns about the visibility of minority students on campus and to educate administration and other students on how to approach conversations about race

and ethnicity, he said. There are other issues, as well, Taylor said. One example, he said, was Latino-themed parties that emphasize immigrant stereotypes.


CJ Fair to stay at SU for senior season By David Wilson ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

C.J. Fair will return to Syracuse for his senior season, SU Athletics announced Wednesday. The forward was named secondteam All-Big East last season in the Orange’s final season in the conference. Fair will now help guide Syracuse into the Atlantic Coast Conference. “After talking it FAIR over with my family and my coaches, I decided another year at Syracuse was best for me,” Fair said in a press release. Fair led Syracuse in scoring and rebounding during his junior season, averaging 14.5 points and seven rebounds per game. The forward was projected as a borderline first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. It has been reported Fair would only leave if he had a first-round guarantee. Former Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams declared for the draft earlier this month, and former SU forward James Southerland is also expected to be drafted. CarterWilliams is considered a borderline lottery pick, while Southerland will likely be selected in the second round. The Orange ranked highly in several early preseason 2013-14 college basketball rankings, including No. 11 in CBS Sports’ rankings, banking on Fair’s return and the continued development of younger players like small forward Jerami Grant. Said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim in the release: “This is great news for our basketball program and for C.J.” @DBWilson2


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In an April 24 graphic accompanying an article titled “Cash flow: As university continues to expand facilities, officials call increased debt manageable,” the distribution of numbers for the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, Dineen Hall, Newhouse III and Life Sciences Complex was unclear. The basketball center cost $19 million to construct and $3 million of that cost was covered through gifts. Dineen Hall cost $95 million to construct and $15 million of that cost was covered through gifts. Newhouse III cost $31.6 million to construct and $15 million of that cost was covered through gifts. Life Sciences cost $114.24 million to construct and $11 million of that cost was covered through gifts.


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SPD, DPS to increase presence By Alfred Ng STAFF WRITER

This year’s MayFest will have a slightly heightened level of security due to a new entrance into its Walnut Park location and the recent attacks in Boston. Last year’s MayFest saw a decrease in attendance because of the day’s cold temperature and snow. But even with a 55-degree forecast and sunny skies predicted for this Friday, the Department of Public Safety and Syracuse Police Department will maintain a level of law enforcement relatively similar to last year’s MayFest. Security at Walnut will increase slightly for MayFest this year because of a new entrance point, which was added to increase accessibility, said John Sardino, DPS associate chief. There will be six entrances for


DJ duo to open concert in Walnut By Avery Hartmans

luke rafferty | asst. photo editor ANN COULTER , conservative political commentator, speaks in Gifford Auditorium as a guest of the College Republicans. In her talk, Coulter criticized Democratic Party policies and declared that the Republican Party was not dead, despite President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Coulter speaks on Republican Party, Obama’s re-election By Sam Blum STAFF WRITER

Syracuse University changed its mascot to a fruit to be more politically correct. Or at least that’s what political commentator Ann Coulter said when she began her talk at Syracuse University on Wednesday night. The extremely right-wing conservative spoke about “How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America” in front of a sold-out Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse


DJ duo The Chainsmokers has been added to the list of opening acts at Friday’s MayFest in Walnut Park. Syracuse University alumnus Drew Taggart and Alex Pall make up the New York City-based group, who will open alongside electronic artist Sound Remedy and DJ Aylen for headliner Earl Sweatshirt. The Chainsmokers have played alongside electronic heavyweights Avicii, Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris, all of whom have performed in Syracuse in the past two years. The pair is known for blending rock, hip-hop, soul and dubstep into its house sets. The duo signed to DJ company 4AM in 2012, and since then, has performed at events for Christian Dior,


Hall on Wednesday. The crowd was mostly supportive of the controversial political figure, though several people in the crowd expressed negativity toward Coulter. Wednesday marked the third time Coulter has come to SU. The first was in 2003, then she revisited in 2006. “Liberals have been riding high since the election, writing the obituary of the Republican Party,” Coulter said. But President Barack Obama only won because he’s an incumbent


SHE SAID IT “When is it going to be OK for this country to admit that we elected a man because of his skin color? I’m speaking of course of John Boehner. Orange is in, baby.”

“Americans just like Obama personally. Most Americans think that Obama’s great at everything and would make a great next-door neighbor. Unless you’re Chinese, in which case he’d always be over borrowing something.”

“I don’t want Obama to stop golfing. At least when he’s doing that he’s not socializing another part of the American economy.”

Assembly committee approves medical marijuana bill By Annie Palmer STAFF WRITER

The New York State Assembly Health Committee has passed a bill authorizing the legalization of medical marijuana. If the bill passes in the assembly and Senate, New York would join 19 other states that have approved the use of medical marijuana. The bill would approve the use of medical marijuana as a treatment for chronically debilitating conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and others, accord-

ing to an April 16 article by The Post-Standard. The committee has passed three bills of similar nature since 2008, but the most recent bill, which passed April 16, is distinct due to its bipartisan support. In the 21-4 vote within the committee, three votes were cast by Republicans, according to the article. “Many of the elected officials have prevented this issue from being resolved,” said Gabriel Sayegh, director of New York’s Drug Policy Alliance. “I think it would be easy to say that this is the fault of one party

over the other, but this is a fault within both parties.” One of the reasons why the bill was contested in the committee, Sayegh said, was that many of its members could not disassociate the idea of medical marijuana from recreational marijuana. Some committee members believe recreational marijuana lacks merit, and so criminalize the idea of adopting medical marijuana, he said. This misconception extends far beyond New York and into public opinion, Sayegh said. He said he

believes anxiety centered on the war on drugs has stalled an open dialogue about legalizing medical marijuana. This anxiety has surfaced in the federal government’s choice to make medical marijuana-related research illegal, he added. “I think it is becoming increasingly clear that with respect to medical marijuana, New York is really behind the times,” Sayegh said. “We continue to heavily criminalize it, yet we are surrounded by states that are allowing medical marijuana.”


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Mindless summer TV shows provide motivation for students to finish semester strong


inals week is, unfortunately, right around the corner. That means writing papers last minute, cramming psychology notes into your head at E.S. Bird Library and far too many sleepless nights. College students usually want to do the exact opposite of their necessary work. We will scroll through Facebook until there’s nothing left to absorb about each other’s social lives. Then, maybe it’ll be time for a Tumblr spree followed by a trip to Netflix. But keep working. Don’t start binge-watching “Lost” in the upcoming weeks. Instead, wait for the summer television season. Let hours of mindless fun right around the corner motivate you through finals. Whether you’re an ABC Family fan or an MTV lover, the next few weeks are about to be fantastic. Plus, watching your favorite series on a weekly basis — as opposed to marathonviewing 60 episodes of “Breaking Bad” — is going to save a lot of time. This past Sunday, the greatest of the great


the one that got away mind-numbing summer series debuted. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte opened up his life to cameras in the E! Network’s “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” Essentially, “WWRLD” is a nature documentary, the subject just happens to be human. Last week, we were introduced to ridiculous things like the “Lochtourage” — the people who hang out with Lochte — and his dating habits. The 26-year-old takes his dates to the same sushi restaurant every time. Hey, “it might be the same place, it might be the same table, but it’s a different

Student requests Chancellor Cantor conducts session to answer questions An open letter to Chancellor Nancy Cantor: First and foremost, I want to thank you for speaking to the Student Association Monday. You gave some really important insights into the university and its direction. However, I, along with many fellow students, were unhappy that you did not stay to field questions. As soon as you finished, you and Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina abruptly left without giving the student body ample time to ask questions. Many of us were under the impression that you came to speak to us to get input from the student body. You even had a bullet in your PowerPoint presentation on how important student input is. I cannot stress the importance of Q-and-A sessions with the student body. When you gave your seminal speech on Scholarship in Action at the 50th anniversary of the Center for the Study of High and Postsecondary Education, you yourself said that, “it may take leaving the

LETTER TO THE EDITOR ivory tower to rekindle the collective public will and quiet the noise of individualism.” I would like to ask you to embody your own words and “come down from your ivory tower” and hold a Q-and-A session with the entire student body before the end of this semester. I realize that is a tough request, but I think that connecting with your student body should be one of your priorities. After all, part of the vision of Syracuse University is to “inform and encourage public opinion and debate” and to “provide access to opportunity.” Sincerely,

Ross Lazerowitz



girl,” Lochte explains. In the future, viewers will enjoy watching Lochte go to Washington, D.C., hit on more girls and go golfing. He might even fit some swimming into his busy schedule. Fellow mindless E! reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” returns in June. Without it, the ridiculous romp that is “WWRLD” wouldn’t be possible. I never thought I would say this, but thank God for the Kardashians. This week, MTV debuts two playful new shows. One stars tomorrow’s MayFest headliner, Ke$ha. Her docu-soap “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” premiered Tuesday, and features a no-holds-barred look at the pop star in the last two years. Her brother is the filmmaker behind the project, so prepare yourself for some raw emotions. With a number of bro-y shows from channels like Spike, it’s good to have series around that are just for the girls. “Girl Code,” the other MTV series that com-

menced this week, should be hilarious if it lives up to its trailers. Meanwhile, “Pretty Little Liars” will be back in just a few weeks in early June. The first photos of the newest season were released Monday, showing the fab four main cast members reunited. “PLL” creator Marlene King also announced via Twitter that the fourth-season opener, scheduled to air June 10, is her favorite premiere yet. Of course, it would be difficult to call any of these shows intellectual or envelope-pushing, which are both signs of a good series. But it’s been a long year, hasn’t it? After more than eight months of classes, projects, papers and PowerPoints, we all deserve to give our brains a rest. It’s really the least we can do, and these shows are simple enough to accomplish it. Ariana Romero is a junior magazine journalism and political science major. Her column appears every week. She can be reached at akromero@syr. edu or followed on Twitter at @ArianaRomero17.

Anti-war activists bring awareness of government drones to Syracuse Did you know that predator drones (weaponized, unmanned aircrafts) kill suspected militants across the Middle East and Northern Africa from Hancock Air Base, only three miles from Syracuse University’s campus? After months of intensified criticism of this policy, activists across Central New York will gather this weekend in Syracuse for a series of panels and a protest, beginning with a panel Thursday evening, April 25, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Huntington Beard Crouse, Room 209. The extrajudicial killing of suspects, including those who merely appear to associate with alleged militants, is a stark violation of international law, increasing anti-American sentiment and distrust. Never mind the fact that casualties who are “military-aged” males are posthumously classified as militants, but it sets a dangerous precedent for other countries now developing their own drone programs, who perhaps now feel empowered to declare a global war on a concept and begin summarily killing suspects in ever-shifting kill zones. Most importantly, keeping the drone program and its “kill list” entirely at the Obama administration’s discretion enables it to rain down bombs on countries against which we

LETTER TO THE EDITOR have not declared war. This, in effect, denies Congress its war powers, making a mockery of our system of checks and balances. Even if we have faith in the current executive branch, will we grant this tremendous power to whatever leader the future has in store? But there is some good news: A massive coalition of activists is working hard to protect life and mend the fabric of international cooperation. The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprising 15.7 million African Americans, recently stated that President Barack Obama’s drone policy “constitutes evil in the Christian tradition.” According to a Gallup poll taken in March, most Americans oppose the use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists who are Americans, here or abroad, yet we still overwhelmingly back strikes against suspected terrorists abroad who are not American. I believe that we Americans have it in us to extend our circle of sympathy, and we must, for the global war on terror makes us global citizens. This weekend, Syracuse will host hundreds of anti-war activists from all across New York and the United States for a weekend of workshops, music, networking and action, ending with a convergence at the Hancock Air National Guard Base, where predator drones are operated. Join us April 26-28 in and around the SouthWest Community Center and at Hancock Air Base. See for the complete schedule.

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Next chancellor should restrict growing debt Though Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s successor has yet to be determined, the financial ideology that Syracuse University’s next leader must follow is unequivocally conservative. When Cantor became chancellor in 2004, she inherited $150.5 million in debt from the former leadership. Today, SU’s debt has risen to $396.9 million. This substantial increase is due to the university’s construction of seven additional buildings during Cantor’s tenure. Adding buildings like the Life Sciences Complex and Dineen Hall, which is now under construction, is necessary for the university. These complexes allow the university to be more competitive with peer institutions. Although these additions help improve SU’s standings, the rate of

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board expansion is concerning. The university’s top financial officials have confidence that the rising debt is manageable. Though outside bond rating agencies agree, Moody’s Investors Service has said SU is nearing its additional debt capacity. This is mainly due to the university’s debt being held in balloon payments. When Cantor resigns in June 2014, her successor will be well advised to be fiscally conservative. The chancellor’s search committee recently released the requirements SU officials are seeking in the next chancellor. Among those stipulations is “an engaged and energetic fundraiser

able to further develop sources of financial support,” which is an imperative quality given the university’s fiscal state. The next chancellor must be analytical when he or she implements new plans, as any further construction must be deemed absolutely necessary for the university to successfully advance without more harmful debt. The next chancellor will still be challenged with the need to be continually innovative. A balance should be struck in expanding without excess and spacing out the start of new projects. Cultivating SU’s growth both academically and through physical construction should still be the next chancellor’s goal. But the growth of debt must be restricted to ensure the university’s overall success in the future.



Hacking scams can be combated if journalism professionals become more tech-savvy


t seems that self-made biases and blunders are not the only issues getting in the way of accurate reporting today, as the modern journalist now has to deal with politically charged hackers meddling with communication platforms. It has been a rough couple of weeks for U.S.-based reporters trying to navigate the rocky social media landscape. Students looking to break into the journalism industry will need to acquire a different set of skills than their predecessors if they’re going to have any hope of survival. Extra precautions must be made to protect sources and ourselves in the digital age. S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Chair of Digital Journalism and Innovation Dan Pacheco has been working to organize several different events in the last several months as part of an ever-evolving program that merges information technology and communications.

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One event is the Cryptoparty that will be held Thursday at The Taste restaurant in downtown Syracuse. Attendees will learn necessary skills for the trade, including password security and various forms of encryption for digital communication, which will become vital if the journalism industry is going to be able to withstand attacks against its structural integrity. One such attack occurred Tuesday when the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-Syrian government hackers who support President Bashar Assad, gained access to the Associated Press’ Twitter handles @APMobile and @AP to tweet, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” which was then re-tweeted hundreds of times. The AP quickly cited the information as “bogus” and worked with Twitter to take their feeds offline until the incident was resolved. The

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virtually real erroneous tweet caused a brief panic that sent the Dow Jones Industrial average into a 143-point free fall, demonstrating the real consequences false information can have on our society. The Syrian Electronic army also attacked the Twitter accounts for CBS News programs “60 minutes” and “48 hours,” as well as a local CBS affiliate @CBSDenver. The hackers sent out a series of tweets Sunday about the U.S. government arming al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria, according to The group has also attacked several other news organizations in the past, including BBC, NPR, Al-

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Jazeera and Reuters. Twitter officials have announced plans to introduce a two-factor authentication service, which would make it more difficult for hacks to be carried out, but it has yet to be implemented. Last week’s coverage of the Boston bombings further demonstrated the desperate shape the communications industry is in, as knee-jerk reporters and citizens alike circulated scores of inaccurate information related to the event, inciting a lot of needless panic and eroding the public’s trust in the press. Almost every fact in this case was distorted by media representatives who scrambled to piece the story together to the point where audiences were left with more questions than answers. Even reputable organizations like CNN caught fire online for misreporting that a suspect had been arrested in the case. Amateur sleuths on Reddit also circulated

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inaccuracies related to the case, for which they have offered a collective apology. We didn’t learn anything that we didn’t already know about journalism. But perhaps these events will help open the public’s eyes to the necessary service that news organizations provide by employing people who rigorously factcheck information before releasing it for public consumption. Democracy functions best under a reasonable, well-informed electorate. By publishing misinformation, we assist in the creation of chaos. While hackers have many different motivations, some appear to have recognized that by discrediting our press, they have the ability to manipulate us into disorder. And thus, the info-wars have begun. Kat Smith is a senior creative advertising major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at, on Twitter at @ WhateverKat or by telepathy, if possible.

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Department of Public Safety emails at the beginning of last semester frequently identified crime suspects as black males in hoodies, he said. Professors have also asked certain African American, Latino American and other students of color to speak on behalf of their racial and ethnic groups, Taylor said. “I know you want to be educated, but that’s not the way to go about it,” he said.

“I’m not doing this for myself. I was perfectly fine being the kid who just went to class and student orgs, but I want the class of 2017, 2018 to come to a campus where their blackness won’t be an issue.”

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Medical marijuana is a non-addictive substance that has anti-pain, anti-nausea and antispasm properties, said Abigail Charbonneau, a sophomore anthropology major. The decriminalization of medical marijuana would allow for more research on tailoring marijuana’s specific cannabinoid levels to aid those with chronic

The sit-in was promoted primarily through word of mouth, Twitter and Student Association announcements, Taylor said. He and an informal board of students are meeting with Chancellor Nancy Cantor on April 29 to evaluate the university’s current resources for students of color. Taylor delayed the sit-in by a few minutes to allow more students to show up. He estimated that 40-50 students participated, falling short of his goal. The attendance wasn’t as diverse as he hoped for. “But at the end of the day, the ones who are affected will react the strongest,” Taylor said. He reminded those present that the sit-in would be peaceful. Taylor encouraged them to continue tweeting and texting to spread the word about the sit-in. As the protesters settled into silence, the daily traffic in Schine continued to buzz around them. Tables for various organizations continued to recruit, though in whispers. Students passing by glanced at the protesters before continuing on to the bookstore or dining hall. Alexander Trinh, a freshman English education major, said he participated in the sit-in because he still sees conflicts involving diversity, “especially on this campus.” “I wanted to be here, be proud of my brown

skin and to let people know that I’m here,” he said. Doug Wonders, a photo lab director at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, was one of the few faculty members at the sit-in. His daughter is a Mayan Indian, he said, and his son is Ethiopian. His children have had normal experiences at school so far, but Wonders said he is concerned about what they might face in the future. “When my kids are going to college and into the adult world, I have to prepare myself for the problems they might face,” he said. Taylor himself did not sit. He continued to pace, periodically checking his iPhone. At 1:15 p.m., he called the protesters to form rows in front of him. “I’m not doing this for myself,” he told the protesters. “I was perfectly fine being the kid who just went to class and student orgs, but I want the class of 2017, 2018 to come to a campus where their blackness won’t be an issue. “Don’t let this die,” he told them before giving instructions about the end of the protest in twominute intervals. He asked protesters to extend their right arm forward. As they held the pose, he added that they could switch arms if they got tired, smiling for the first time during the sit-in. “How do you define yourself?” he asked the crowd. They yelled their names, chasing

them with phrases like “African American” to describe themselves. They stood in silence for two minutes before his final instruction: Repeat “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” three times. Students hugged each other at the end of the sit-in before dispersing. Taylor stood off to the side, shaking hands and talking to some students who stayed behind. Recently elected as president of the campus chapter of the NAACP, Taylor said he plans to reach out to other organizations and turn the “Healing the Scars” forum into an annual event. Though the forum and sit-in have recently brought attention to the university’s issues with student diversity, Wonders, the photo lab director, said the problems are not new. “Things are very compartmentalized in social situations,” he said. The campus has multiple student organizations, and social boundaries tend to fall in line with those organizations, Wonders said. Yet, he said, there are signs of a resolution. “I feel that people are aware of their differences and standing for themselves and wanting to be seen,” Wonders said. “I think that’s fine as long as in the final analysis, we realize we’re human.”

diseases, she said. If marijuana was legalized, the government would have greater regulation of the growth and distribution of it, she said. Federal and state governments would also be able to gain considerable amounts of revenue from medical marijuana through taxes, Charbonneau said. Sayegh said he believes New York is increasingly becoming an outlier compared to surrounding states. Other states, such as New Mexico, are examples of successful systems

where medical marijuana is legal, he said. Still, he said the conversation within committees remains generally dysfunctional. The committee bill includes tighter restrictions on who can grow, sell and buy marijuana. The restrictions will hopefully help draw more support from committee members and the New York State Senate, according to The Post-Standard. Currently, the committee has received the most opposition from the conservative party,

Sayegh said. He said he believes continued criminalization is “inhumane and bizarre” because those who legally obtain medical marijuana must obtain a license and prove they have a medical condition that warrants its use. “I think the bill’s continued opposition suggests that establishing more adult and sophisticated conversations about drug policies is going to be hard,” Sayegh said. “But just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean we should stop trying.”

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s controversy surrounds an unorthodox class offered at Pasadena City College, the professor stands behind his decision to invite actors starring in pornographic films as guest lecturers. Professor Hugo Schwyzer describes himself as an author, speaker and professor who shatters gender myths, according to his website. However, in light of recent events, he has become a source of controversy at PCC, the college at which he has taught for 20 years. The purpose of his class, “Navigating Pornography,” is to provide a safe, yet intellectually serious forum for discussing pornography, which has become a significant aspect of society, Schwyzer said. Schwyzer said he believes porn has become an ever-increasing influence in society and the development of young people.

“Young people today grow up in a pornsaturated culture, but they get very few opportunities to actually talk about the porn they are seeing, without being lectured at, humiliated or mocked,” Schwyzer said. The course is designed to observe the history of pornography and its effect on one’s life. No pornography is watched in the classroom, but instead is assigned as homework, according to a March 29 The College Fix article. The class became increasingly controversial when Schwyzer invited James Deen, a pornographic actor and PCC graduate, to talk to both students and the public. The event was scheduled for Feb. 27, but was then canceled. A statement released by PCC on Feb 26 cited Schwyzer’s failure to obtain the correct facility use permits as the reason for the cancellation. Schwyzer, who has taught the class before, said that in the past he has brought in members

Pasadena City College professor comes under fire for inviting porn actors to speak

of the pornography industry as guest lecturers. Schwyzer also said on his blog that he has invited similarly controversial figures such as Irv Rubin, founder of the Jewish Defense League, who plotted to murder of a congressman, without requiring special permits. “Bringing in controversial speakers, bringing up uncomfortable subjects, is what we’re supposed to do,” Schwyzer said. “If we are not doing that, especially in subjects like history and gender studies, then we’re not doing our job.” Instead of holding a public event, Schwyzer said he was forced to limit the audience of Deen’s talk to his students only, which he described as a break in protocol. “What most of us are convinced was going on is that they were embarrassed to have a PCC alumnus like James Deen speaking on campus, and they wanted to make it as quiet as possible,” Schwyzer said. As a result of the cancellation, the event drew

even more media attention, and was covered by media outlets such as the New York Daily News, the Pasadena Sun and BuzzFeed. The administration warned that the event was too risky and that dangerous or even violent protestors could disrupt the event, Schwyzer said. Mike Finkenbinder, division dean of social sciences at PCC, declined to comment. After the event, Schwyzer wrote on his blog that he considered the visit to be a huge success, and that he felt lucky to have tenure. Said Schwyzer: “I brought in the bestknown straight male porn star in the world right now who also happens to be an alumnus of Pasadena City College; something of which the administration is apparently ashamed, and something of which I think our college should be duly proud.” @Brendan_Krisel

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organizations are — or can be — fully utilized. “We don’t want to duplicate things,” she said. “We would want to bring added value, if that’s appropriate, or identify a grant that would allow us to bring something new to the table that’s going to be helpful.” During this transitional time, Patrick Douglas is one of more than an estimated 150 SU tutors without a definitive assignment for the fall semester. Douglas, a sophomore accounting and finance major, works at local high schools as an academic success coach, or “unofficial guidance counselor.” Douglas said a color-coded chart detailing high school students’ academic standings, which he saw his first year with the program, clearly demonstrated the program’s importance. Names of students with relatively high grades were highlighted green, with intermediate students in yellow and struggling students in red. “Red was very, very dominant,” he said. “It was bad because the kids were freshmen and sophomores, so they’re just going into high school with a bad jump-start.” Programming and support throughout high school is important, said Minney, now a senior social work major. He will continue his graduate education at SU in the fall. Say Yes was not active in the district when Minney was in high school, he said, as it only arrived in the district to provide scholarships his senior year. He guessed that those in his class who took advantage of the scholarship were those who would have attended college regardless. The presence of Say Yes in the district will likely have a stronger effect on younger stu-

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dents who participate in programming at an earlier age, he said. Already, the number of students taking advantage of Say Yes scholarships has increased in the past four years, Eck said. In addition, the retention rate of Say Yes scholars between freshman and sophomore years is higher than the national average. In part, this might be attributed to increased programming, a goal that was pursued simultaneously with college scholarship programs when Say Yes first came to Syracuse, Eck said. After-school programming for kindergarten through third grade began on the Southside during the 2008-09 school year, and expanded so that by 2011, students in kindergarten through fifth grade citywide had access to free afterschool programming and summer camps.

“We want to cultivate our own talent and keep our people here. The future of Say Yes could come full circle.” Susan Dutch


Developing programming in younger grades was a more pressing initial goal, Eck said, so collegiate services are a more recent expansion. This officially started last January with a networking event for Say Yes scholars and the organization’s corporate sponsors, she said. Now, networking events are held three times each year, connecting Say Yes scholars to each other and to companies in Syracuse and Say Yes-affiliated cities, Eck said. A LinkedIn page also allows networking among Say Yes alumni.

A webinar is also in the works. Internship opportunities for Say Yes scholars have also developed. Locally owned furniture chain Raymour and Flanigan, for example, will take on four Say Yes scholars as interns for the first time this summer, said Holly HeinzeCoolican, director of people development at the company. CEO Neil Goldbert attended Henninger High School, she said, so a personal connection to the cause motivated this, as well as a $500,000 donation to the program. Local internship opportunities also support another aim of Say Yes: to keep scholars in Syracuse. The organization wants its scholars to find the best jobs possible in or outside of Syracuse, said Susan Dutch, Say Yes director of marketing and communication. Dutch noted that the ideal situation would be to have Say Yes alumni working in Syracuse and giving back to the program. “We want to cultivate our own talent and keep our people here,” she said. “The future of Say Yes could come full circle.” Benevento shares this goal. The Say Yes scholar and senior anthropology and writing and rhetoric major said she plans to work in Syracuse after attending graduate school at Columbia University. As a member of Say Yes’ first graduating class, Benevento said she feels she’s been active in shaping and branding the program in Syracuse by giving feedback through surveys and speaking with corporate sponsors and at Say Yes events. “We’re the tester group,” she said, which makes the class’ grades and graduation rates important in evaluating the program. “I guess there’s a lot of attention focused on us.” But Benevento said she didn’t think of this as any additional pressure. Rather, she expressed gratitude for the generous financial aid that

enabled her to attend SU, and for her luck in being at the right place at the right time. This gratitude is just a part of what will bring her back to Syracuse, she said. “You always have a certain debt you owe to your hometown,” she said. “It’s brought me to where I am. I owe it a lot.” @Nicki_Gorny


Say Yes comes to Syracuse, implementing free after-school programming for kindergarten through the third grade on the Southside.


The organization expands to offer free K-3 programming on the Westside, and adds programming for the fourth grade on the Southside.


Free K-3 programming comes to the Northside of the district, and Say Yes adds programming for one additional grade level on the Southside and Westside.


Programming expands to the Eastside so that free after-school programming is available at all elementary schools citywide.

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underage students and three entrances for students older than 21 to prevent any students from underage drinking, according to the MayFest website. Underage drinking is the most common violation DPS and SPD officers have fined students for during the event, Sardino said. But there haven’t been many serious issues during the last six years since MayFest has been a university-sponsored event. “We’ve been doing this for a few years now and there hasn’t been a lot of issues related to MayFest in the park,” Sardino said. “There are generally more tickets for noise and open containers along Euclid Avenue.” DPS’ biggest focus at MayFest is preventing students from leaving any unattended backpacks near Walnut, said DPS Chief Tony Callisto. Although backpacks have never been allowed at MayFest in Walnut, DPS has put a special emphasis on the rule


and the least successful candidate to win a reelection in the last century, she added. Coulter began her lecture by dissecting the liberal views on gun control. Using the crisis in Boston last week as an example, she said police used 200 rounds of ammunition, but were unable to take out both terrorists. Given that logic, she reasoned, why would liberals say it makes sense to limit ammunition purchases to seven rounds? “I’m thinking maybe we shouldn’t be listening

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this year in light of the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon. Backpacks will not be allowed unattended anywhere on campus, Callisto said, so students will be able to enjoy the day’s festivities without worrying about potential attacks. “Our goal is maintaining a safe environment, that’s what we’re really there for, that’s what we’ve always been there for,” Callisto said. Along with the prohibition of backpacks, DPS is limiting Walnut’s maximum attendance to 13,000 people, and watching for excessive noise and open containers, Sardino said. There is a less likelihood of injuries in Walnut compared to Euclid, Callisto said. He urged students to attend MayFest activities in Walnut instead of the parties on Euclid. Callisto said he anticipates a significant police presence on Euclid during MayFest compared to the amount of police officers who will be present in Walnut. While Callisto said he believes weather plays a large role in MayFest attendance, he

to liberals on guns, because they know nothing about them,” Coulter said. Speaking on immigration, Coulter said she doesn’t understand why the United States isn’t more selective in terms of whom they allow to be citizens. “If I call another country’s embassy and say, ‘Hello India, I’d like to come to your country. I don’t have any money or marketable skills, but I love the food and it never gets really cold there. Oh and by the way, if I can’t make it in your economy, would you mind cutting me a check once a month?’ Not so fast, zippy,” Coulter said. The entire lecture ran largely without a hitch,

does not expect this Friday’s sunny forecast to create an uncontrollable environment, as DPS has been able to handle sunnier MayFests before. “Two years ago, it was 70 degrees and it was a huge turnout with about 7,000 people that day,” Callisto said. “This year, with 55 degrees, there probably won’t be as many. It’s going to be sunny. I still think it’s going to be a good turnout.” Sgt. Tom Connellan of SPD said the weather does not affect the amount of police presence at MayFest, and the amount of police officers this year on Euclid and in Walnut will be the same as last year. SPD made no arrests and didn’t distribute tickets during last year’s MayFest, said Sardino, who is expecting the same for this year’s events. “We’ve had a sufficient and appropriate amount of people attending MayFest through the years,” he said. “There’s no higher risk of crime today than there has been during previous MayFests.”

until the last audience member to step forward during the Q-and-A session wondered if Coulter wanted to have him screened first. That verbal attack sent an uproar through the audience, with one person yelling at him to go back to the Middle East. The man was finally able to ask Coulter if she thought the negative perception of the United States might stem from radical personalities such as herself trivializing the toll of drone strikes. Coulter responded emphatically, “These people around the world that hate us just shouldn’t come here as immigrants.” For some conservative students at SU, it’s



Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Art Basel-Miami Beach and the Sundance Film Festival. The Chainsmokers have also played alongside Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Busta Rhymes, Usher, Ne-Yo and Drake, among others. Entry to MayFest is free for SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students with a valid ID. Graduate students can purchase tickets at the Schine Box Office for $21.50, and a limited number of guest tickets are available for the same price. MayFest will offer free food for all students, as well as complimentary beer for those ages 21 and up. There will also be free samples from RedBull available during opening act DJ Aylen and in between set changes. For more information, contact Sarah Fleisher, director of public relations for University Union, at @averyhartmans

refreshing to hear a different voice like Coulter’s. Israel Irrobali, a junior in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said he feels that politically conservative students on campus are often demonized for their opinions. “In the classrooms, when we voice our opinions, teachers shoot them down or usually tell us that we are wrong,” Irrobali said. “And not that I necessarily believe with what Ann Coulter believes in, but to have someone be able to voice their opinion and not be interrupted or kicked out of class or be told they’re wrong by the liberal professor is very encouraging to me.”

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“Who is Syracuse?” is a series running in The Daily Orange that highlights individuals who embody the spirit of the Syracuse University community. Readers were encouraged to nominate people they thought fit this profile. This series explores their stories.


By Casey Fabris NEWS EDITOR

his season, scoring goals meant more than ever for men’s club lacrosse captain Carter Oakley. It wasn’t just about winning. These goals meant something — more than a check mark in the win column, more than a chance at the playoffs, more than a great season. These goals meant helping a friend and a teammate in his battle with cancer. “It’s made this seem a lot more real. I’ve never seen the amount of devotion for a club sport as I’ve seen (from) these players,” said Oakley, a junior broadcast and digital journalism major. “The amount of time and commitment that they’re putting in is unparalleled. Every kid is willing to come to practice and bust their ass.” The day before, the team practiced in the rain for two and a half hours. It’s more than lacrosse now, he said.

“He’s always doing the right thing, but he’s always doing stuff for other people, as well.” Joe Borda


When Oakley heard that one of his teammates, freshman Jason Handler, had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and would be at home undergoing treatment for the spring semester, he wanted to do something to help. Oakley and his teammates weren’t sure what they could do, but they bounced ideas off of one another at the end of practice, trying to find the best way to help Handler. The idea for Outscoring Lymphoma came from these conversations. Outscoring Lymphoma is a drive that asks its participants to pledge to donate a certain amount of money for every goal scored by the team during the season. “We’re just trying to be scoring as much as possible for the kid,” Oakley said. “At every timeout, at every game, we’re just repeating, ‘This is for Jason. Don’t let up, don’t go easy.’” As of Monday, the team had scored 83 goals, which is 18 better than last season, Oakley said. Handler and Oakley weren’t close friends. As a freshman, Handler hadn’t had much time to get to know the other players on the team. But that didn’t matter to Oakley, co-captain Joe Borda said. “He’s always doing the right thing, but he’s always doing stuff for other people, as well,” he said. For Oakley, Handler was the defender he just couldn’t beat. Oakley plays on offense and

Handler on defense. Handler frustrated him. Despite being two years his senior, Oakley couldn’t get past Handler. “I still think now, even if I went one-on-one against him, going through chemotherapy, he’d beat me,” Oakley said, laughing. When the team first came up with the idea for the fundraiser, Oakley reached out to Handler’s mother, Anne. Anne Handler wasn’t expecting Oakley to reach out to her, she didn’t even know him. The two still haven’t met in person, though they now communicate at least once a week, discussing her son’s progress so Oakley can share it with the team. “I’ve never met Carter. Even if I never meet him, there is an incredible bond there,” she said. “It’s kind of like the movie ‘Crash’ — in 20 years, I’m going to be sitting on an airplane and he’s going to be my seat mate. It’s just that kind of crazy connection.” Anne Handler was touched by Oakley’s words about Handler, especially given that the two of them didn’t know each other well. Handler was a freshman, and had only been with the team for one semester. Oakley checks in with Handler’s family as much as he can — usually at least once or twice a week. The effect Handler’s diagnosis has on the entire family is something Oakley understands. His mother is a cancer survivor. “To be on the other side of it, to have a family member go through it, it’s unbelievably difficult,” Oakley said. Oakley’s mother has even reached out to Anne Handler, sending her emails with pictures of herself during and after cancer, showing what Handler can achieve, Anne Handler said. It didn’t matter to Oakley that Handler wasn’t a close friend, said Borda, Oakley’s cocaptain. He was a part of the team, and it’s in Oakley’s nature to help anyone. Still, Oakley didn’t quite realize what he had gotten himself into. Oakley got a call from the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization that uses lacrosse to fundraise and support victims of blood cancers, offering help. Outscoring Lymphoma linked with HEADstrong and the club sports office. Then, the project was in full swing, with players reaching out to families and friends to ask for their participation in the pledge drive. As one of the main organizers of the fundraiser — though he gives credit to the team as a whole — Oakley admits it’s a big time commitment. Balancing classes, practices and keeping on top of the fundraiser can be difficult, Oakley said. But helping Handler comes first. “I have four years of class,” Oakley said. “This is a small and important part of Jason’s life, his family’s life and the team itself. I’ve devoted a lot of time and effort into this, and I want to see it all the way through.” @caseyfabris

Club lacrosse captain leads fundraising effort to help teammate in battle against cancer

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itting at her desk in the Office of Admissions, Nancy Vaught was interrupted when a student peeked his head in and said, “You’re the reason I came here!” He closed the door behind him and ran to catch the awaiting open elevator doors. That was a couple of years ago, and Vaught said she still doesn’t know who the student was. For all she knows, he might have graduated and moved away by now, but she still remembers the day clearly. Vaught has been working as the receptionist at the Office of Admissions since July 2003. She is often the first person prospective students meet when visiting Syracuse University. Some people, she said, have even labeled her the “face of the university.” Others, such as the tour guides that she works closely with, consider her their second mom. “Some students will come in and, if they don’t feel well, they’ll ask me what I think, they’ll ask me how to wash certain kinds of clothes sometimes, they’ll ask me how long certain foods are good for,” Vaught said. She does it because she cares, and if her children were at another university away from their home and family, she hopes someone would do the same for them. The older of her two children is Zach Vaught, a senior psychology major and manager of the men’s basketball team. He said his mom has always been supportive of him, and being accepted to SU was no different. Attending SU was an obvious decision for Zach Vaught. And even though he knew his mom was going to be working at the same place he was spending his four years of college, he said it didn’t matter. He didn’t plan on visiting his mom more than the average college student who wanted to get away from home life. Regardless of the close proximity to each other, moving her son out of the house wasn’t easy. After dropping him off in Haven Hall the fall of his freshman year, Zach Vaught said his mom began to cry. “I was like ‘Mom, relax. I’m 15 minutes away from your house, and I’m a two-minute walk away from your office. You’re going to see me again,’” he said. Since becoming a university tour guide himself after accepting the idea of his mom being his boss, Zach Vaught does irregularly see her, even if it is only for work-related business. He sees how easy it is for her work to go underappreciated since she handles little things

that no one else really wants to do. “She makes their lives easier,” Zach Vaught said. “Everything people do goes through her, admissions-wise, which is why I think so many people know her, and she’s good at what she does. That’s why so many people like her.” Former tour guide Forrest Ball graduated from SU last year and now works as Vaught’s colleague in the Office of Admissions. He had a close relationship with Vaught during his time as a student, and when deciding to come back to the university as an employee, he knew he would work closely with Vaught again. But he decided to surprise her. He never told her his plans for after graduation, and after accepting the position, he visited Vaught in her office a few days before the start of this school year. She was excited to see him, but when she heard he was going to work in the Office of Admissions with her, she was so excited that she did a little dance that had been their inside joke during his time as a student. Ball was reunited with his “tour guide mom.” Graduating in 2008, Nick Huertas was also a tour guide during his time on campus. That was when he first met Nancy Vaught, his “mom away from home.” “She has the biggest heart out of anyone I’ve ever met at Syracuse University,” Huertas said. “It’s amazing to see how many tour guides a year come through the office, and every single one of them has built some kind of relationship with Nancy.” And she remembers them all, often sharing favorite memories of past tour guides with new ones, further extending the tour guide family history. Huertas said the last time he introduced himself to current tour guides, they knew exactly who he was because of Vaught’s stories and were excited to finally meet the person Vaught had dubbed “tuna salad guy.” Jonathan Hoster, who works as an undergraduate recruitment specialist in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, said he often calls Vaught simply to chat if he has a break in his day. And no matter what she’s doing, she always makes time. That’s just the type of person she is. Said Hoster: “There are several Nancys who work in Crouse-Hinds Hall, and everyone knows all the things that Nancy Cantor does for the university, and I kind of see Nancy Vaught as sort of the unsung hero in terms of what she means to this place.” @kriskross22

Office of Admissions receptionist acts as friendly face of SU, loving, motherly figure to campus community

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Will you pace your MayFest partying well enough to make it to Block Party? Test it out with this board game

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ollectively, MayFest and Block Party last an intense nine hours or so. And those planning to go big or go home are going to need determination and strategy to last the entire day. Drink too quickly and risk slipping back to where you started: your bed. Move too slowly and Ke$ha’s performance might end before you get there. Make it a game and use these Chutes and Ladders-style checkpoints to gauge your success. In this survival of the fittest game, the rules are simple: Make it to the end of the day — safely, of course. — Compiled by The Daily Orange Feature staff,

19 Leaving an unfinished beer. Finish your drinks, folks. And slide back some spaces.



Congratulations! You’ve made it to the Carrier Dome, and that’s saying something considering half of your friends are in drunken dreamland by now. Think of this as the final stretch of your party-hard marathon, the make-or-break moment of your college drinking career. But don’t get too excited. Even the best trained drinker can fall from his keg stand of glory and find himself puking at the corner of Gate Q with nobody but security to drag his drunk ass home. So at this point, play it safe because you’re almost there. Ke$ha is waiting for you at the finish line, and we’re willing to bet she’ll have a bottle of Jack.

Falling down in public leads to a trip down the slide.

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Though Walnut is often criticized as being the fake MayFest, there’s no denying its many perks, particularly for the under-21 crowd. After all, college students are in no position to pass up free food, and Walnut offers a cornucopia of super unhealthy, usually deep-fried options. Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs — what’s not to love? And while you’re chowing down, don’t forget about the free entertainment: Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future fame and electronic artist Sound Remedy will be on hand to get the audience excited for Ke$ha. And for those who show up early, RedBull is sponsoring a show by DJ Aylen and giving away free samples. It’s going to be a long day, so you might need the energy boost.

Drinking on Walnut


For the real Euclid loyals, there is another approach to partying on the east neighborhood streets: rollin’ with the randos. Euclid is bound to be packed Friday, and virtually every house will be hosting some kind of rager. Theoretically, you could just walk down the street, pick up a red Solo cup and have the time of your life without ever knowing who is hosting the party. Now there is a definite risk factor here — you don’t know what the people who are having these parties are into, and you could end up on the business end of a shady situation real quick. The return on investment is high, though. There’s no better forum for letting loose your inhibitions than with a bunch of strangers who have no idea who you are.



Beating your friends in a shotgun race earns you a ladder climb.



Sure, you might be able to wander down Euclid and snag beers from a random house party, but you never know when that’s going to backfire. To avoid a possible MayFest melee, hit up Walnut Park and get your school-sanctioned beers, free of charge. Tuition costs more than $50,000 a year, so we might as well get something back, and what better way to be repaid than with beer? Students 21 and up will receive a tabbed bracelet by showing their SU IDs, valid driver’s licenses or government-issued ID. Only those older than 21 will be permitted in the beer section closest to E.S. Bird Library on Waverly Avenue. From 1-3 p.m., the bracelet entitles students to four complimentary beers, but from 3-6 p.m., students will only be permitted two beers each. Better get there early and drink up on SU’s dime.



Underclassmen, beware: Walnut Park is a sham. The old-timers, the MayFest veterans, will be getting weird on Euclid Avenue. Don’t think of the fact that the university doesn’t sponsor this particular part of the party as a hindrance, think of it as a benefit. The foolproof way of handling this is to approach all of your friends who have apartments on or bordering Euclid ahead of time and peer pressure them into doing their civic duty and hosting you on MayFest. You’ll get the benefit of being on the best party street in Syracuse, as well as hanging out with your closest comrades as you test the limits of just how reckless a human can get before 2 p.m.

The mid-day vomit will inevitably set you back a bit. Take a slide.



Drinking on Euclid


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Successfully keg standing for more than 10 seconds lets you climb the ladder.

It’s always tempting to stay in your apartment, in the comfort of your own home. Believe it or not, the risk, though, can be higher than the reward. It’s hard enough to have the energy to make it through Block Party, but throw in a few couches and a bed and you’re as good as asleep. Keep the momentum going with flip cup or pong, or consider leaving altogether. It’s MayFest after all, and day-drinking is totally acceptable. If you insist on staying home, play it safe and stay vertical.



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Play ‘Good People’ to open at Syracuse Stage By Chelsea DeBaise FEATURE EDITOR

While the country has been affected by a tragic event, Syracuse Stage is taking the opportunity to do something good. Syracuse Stage is co-producing its upcoming show, “Good People,” with the Cleveland Play H o u s e f r o m April 26 Where: Syracuse Stage When: April 26 - May 12 through How much: $18-$51 May 12. Audience members are encouraged to donate money to One Fund Boston, an organization founded by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino. The money will help support the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. The inspiration for this act of philanthropy was drawn from the play itself. “Good People” is a comedy with a Tony-nominated story based in the city of Boston. The humor-filled play revolves around Margie Walsh, a woman from South “Southie” Boston who loses her job as a cashier after arriving late to work.

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In an attempt to find new employment, she reconnects with her high school boyfriend Mike, and the show progresses with the two confronting one another about the very different directions their lives have gone in since Mike left South Boston. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, the play opened on Feb. 8, 2011, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater on Broadway. It was nominated for two Tonys — in the Best Play and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Francis McDormand) categories. Laura Kepley, associate artistic director at the Cleveland Playhouse, will direct Syracuse Stage’s production of “Good People,” although it is not her first time directing the play. Kate Hodge, whose credits include episodes of “Boston Legal” and “Blue Bloods,” will be starring in the show as Margie Walsh. David Andrew Macdonald, an actor with multiple Broadway show attributes to his name, plays ex-boyfriend Mike. “Good People” will be running in the Archbold Theater at Syracuse Stage, and tickets are available at the Syracuse Stage box office. @CDeBaise124


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Summer welcomes epic movie selection with some familiar faces



’ve always loved writing about movies. There’s a creative freedom in losing yourself for two hours in a story onscreen, then sitting down and gathering your thoughts on a page. Whether it’s a drama, comedy, fantasy adventure or historical biopic, movie reviewing is the liberty to write about everything and anything. As a timid freshman stepping into The Daily Orange house for the first time, I imagined writing the Splice page one day. Now four years later, typing my last one, it seems only fitting to end with a summer movie preview — sifting through all the wildly different stories lighting the big screen from May to August.

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June is all about the apocalypse, little Monsters and Superman. June 7: “Buffy” and ”Firefly” creator Joss Whedon follows up “The Avengers” with a black-and-white adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” filmed at his house. In “The Internship,” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson pretend it’s 2005, and people still think they’re funny. June 14: Director Zack Snyder (“300”) and producer Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”

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May 3: Terrorist mastermind The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) blows up Tony Stark’s cool mansion in “Iron Man 3.” Revenge ensues. May 10: Leo DiCaprio stars in Baz Luhrmann’s (“Moulin Rouge!”) glitzy 3-D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” with a bizarre pop soundtrack featuring Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Jack White and Gotye. May 17: The hip, young USS Enterprise crew returns to stop a mass terrorist (with actor Benedict Cumberbatch rumored to play Khan) as they “Star Trek Into Darkness.” May 24: We promise, “The Hangover Part III” is totally different this time, and “Fast & Furious 6” is definitely not another extravagant 90-minute car chase. May 31: Vegas magicians Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson pull clever bank heists in “Now You See Me.” Space rangers Will and Jaden Smith are stranded on a perilous planet in “After Earth,” another thinly veiled climate change sermon from M. Night Shyamalan.

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Johnny Depp and giant sea monsters invade July. July 3: Johnny Depp is the offbeat Tonto to Armie Hammer’s “The Lone Ranger.” July 12: Michael Cera goes on a psychedelic drug trip in “Crystal Fairy.” Giant MechWarriors fighting giant sea monsters in director Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.” July 19: “Only God Forgives” gangster Ryan Gosling in this Bangkok-set thriller from the director of “Drive.” July 26: Sundance favorite “Fruitvale” chronicles a tragic accidental shooting. Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett are Woody Allen’s latest muses in “Blue Jasmine.” Hugh Jackman takes his claws and sideburns to Japan in “The Wolverine.”

August is going to kick ass, for more reasons than one. Aug. 2: A quirky romance steals everyone’s hearts again in Sundance hit “The Spectacular Now.” Buckets of blood, rippling abs and slow-motion sword fights galore in “300: Rise of An Empire.” Aug. 9: Matt Damon leads “District 9” director Neil Blomkamp’s high-concept dystopian sci-fi thriller “Elysium.” Aug. 16: New DIY heroes like Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) join Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl in “Kick-Ass 2.” Aug. 23: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright cap off their Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) with apocalypse comedy “The World’s End.” Writing the Splice column has been an absolute pleasure, so for those who’ve stuck with me to the end, thank you for reading.

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SU prepares for Ke$ha, Trey Songz at Block Party By Erik van Rheenen ASST. COPY EDITOR

With pop starlet Ke$ha landing the top spot on University Union’s Block Party survey and Trey Songz placing third , UU was thrilled to book two of the three acts students most wanted to see for this year’s show. “It’s one of the biggest shows we’ve brought to Syracuse,” said Kelly Benini, UU’s concert director. After a few years of concerts saturated with hip-hop and electronic dance music acts, Ke$ha’s headlining set brings a fresh burst of Top 40 pop to the Carrier Dome stage. The songstress’ song “C’Mon” has spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, hot on the heels of “Die Young,” which peaked at the second spot on the chart. Ke$ha’s performance will most likely be jammed to capacity with her radio hits — safe bets include “TiK ToK,” “Blow” and “Take it Off.”

Benini said the show’s production will be much different than the EDM setup for last year’s headliner Kaskade. This year will feature confetti and, of course, glitter. Tickets for the show are still available, but Benini predicts it will be close to selling out by the day of the show. Tickets cost $15 for Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students with a valid ID, and are $40 for the general public. Only second- and third-level reserved seating tickets are left, Benini said. Benini said the announcement of Trey Songz as direct support caused a spike in ticket sales, and that the crooner brings rhythm and blues and crossover appeal for fans. “We’re really excited about bringing him,” she said. Songz released his latest album, titled “Chapter V,” in August of last year. He climbed the

charts in 2010 with both “Say Aah” and “Bottoms Up,” featuring guest verses from Fabolous and Nicki Minaj, respectively, and both reaching the Billboard Top 10. He’s also collaborated with Drake, J. Cole and Lupe Fiasco. Benini said the opening slot of Block Party’s lineup is typically reserved for upcoming young talent, and San Francisco hip-hop trio Drop City Yacht Club are filling that void for this year’s concert. The group debuted with an EP in February, with tour dates with rapper Kendrick Lamar and a first fulllength album on the horizon for the rest of the year. “We think they’ll really blow up,” Benini said. UU took to social media to help promote the show, plus the organization wanted to get more interactivity and feedback, Benini said. Some contests UU launched on Twitter included trivia contests, iPhone cover giveaways and a meme-making contest for Trey Songz. One of UU’s biggest hits is the organiza-

tion’s three-day Block Party tank top giveaway. Benini said that on the first day, they were gone in 20 minutes. The second day? Gone in an hour. “We all love them,” she said with a laugh. Benini said she’s proud of the diverse lineup UU curated between MayFest and Block Party this year: between Trey Songz’ R&B leanings, Ke$ha’s pop sensibilities, Drop City Yacht Club and Earl Sweatshirt’s hip-hop shows and an EDM performance from Sound Remedy, UU covered its genre bases. Hopeful that the weather doesn’t dampen a second straight MayFest, Benini thinks nice weather will get fans excited for both shows. “There’s bound to be an act that you’re going to be interested in,” Benini said. “And if the weather is anything like today for MayFest, we’ll be in good shape.” @TheRealVandyMan


Summer internship, job search leads to disappointment, last-resort options SAR AH SCHUSTER


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ecently, I’ve been frantically advertising myself in hopes of getting an internship this summer. Packed with optimism and a freshly designed GRA 217: “Introduction to Graphic Design” resume, I was ready for magazine editors and internship coordinators alike to grovel at my feet, wondering why I hadn’t entered their lives sooner. Ideally, this is what would happen: First, they would smirk at my cover letter’s cleverness, unaware words could be arranged in such an impeccable order. Their eyes would light up as they turned to my resume, glancing in awe at my qualifications. I would follow up, my timing impeccable, letting them know I was anxiously – but not too anxiously – awaiting their reply, with undertones of “I might be willing to perform sexual favors.” Very faint undertones. Finally, they would call and the interview would go smashingly. The internship coordinator would end up confiding in me about boy

trouble and saying that this conversation was the highlight of her day. I would email back later, thanking her for the interview. And then — nothing. With some variation, this is the story of how I didn’t get my dream internship. And I thought, “Makes sense.” Up until now, things have been going much too well for me. Suspiciously well, even. But now, without an internship, I finally have a shot of super stardom success. With a whole summer in Boston of nothing to do, a whole world of options have opened up to me. For example, there’s modeling. I was on Craigslist looking for freelance writing work. I navigated to the “talent” section, looking at paid modeling opportunities. “Hey, I could do that,” thought 2 a.m. Sarah. So I sent a reply to a seemingly safe offer: “College female...demonstrates the various shapes...of the female form...conservative look...$1,500.” I received a response the next morning. After some email banter of me trying to figure out if the project was sketchy, and the person on the other end trying to figure out if I wasn’t horrible looking without blatantly asking, it finally came out: “Now we do wish to be honest and tell you that nudity will be required as part of these shoots.” I did not follow up on this opportunity.

As of now, I have one last shot at an internship, but it’s probably best if I don’t get it. All you people with your fancy Upworthy or Nylon internships might feel like you’re on the right track now, but we’ll see who wins in the end.

Assuming I don’t get kidnapped via Craigslist first. Sarah Schuster is a sophomore magazine journalism major. Her column appears weekly in Pulp. She can be reached at

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Thomas, Pugh and the other 11 players who made up the Big East’s worst recruiting class climbed atop the conference. Syracuse went 21-17 in the past three years and won six of its last seven games. At least four players are headed to the NFL. They brought home two Pinstripe Bowl trophies in three years and a share of the Big East title in SU’s last year in the conference. Syracuse’s seniors and former head coach Doug Marrone went from nobodies to hot commodities. Marrone became the Buffalo Bills’ head coach in early January. On Thursday night, the draft will begin and Nassib, Lemon, Thomas and Pugh will follow Marrone to the NFL. “It all just sort of showed up one day,” Nassib said.

The quarterback Jon Gruden knows quarterbacks. The ESPN analyst and former Super Bowlwinning head coach hosts a “QB Camp” segment on the network in the weeks leading up to the draft. Nassib was one of nine quarterbacks Gruden invited onto the show. They chatted for about four and a half hours, but to Nassib, it felt like 10 minutes. “He’s a football guy, just like me,” Nassib said. “He’s a football junkie and I love talking to guys like that.” Gruden has since declared Nassib his favorite quarterback. Todd McShay projects him as the No. 8 overall pick to the Bills. In a down year at the position, no quarterback was mentioned more during NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s and Gruden’s pre-draft teleconferences. “I love his intelligence,” Mayock raved. “I love his passion for the game of football.” “He’s an athletic kid, he’s functioned in a bunch of different offenses,” Gruden gushed. Nassib likes to avoid the speculation, but he can’t avoid it. Anytime he turns on “SportsCenter,” there it is. Nassib isn’t a part of that Class of 2009, but he was just as unheralded as the rest. An under-the-radar recruit coming out of high school, Nassib, like much of the Syracuse roster, felt slighted. It’s been a driving factor in his career, that constant desire to prove himself. When he arrived at SU, he had two goals: First, start by his sophomore year. Second, get drafted. “I always had my team goals first,” Nassib said. “In the back of my mind, I always had the goal of getting drafted driving me.”

New perceptions The program once known for Jim Brown and Ernie Davis, for national titles and Heisman Trophies, for the No. 44 and Ben Schwartzwalder, became known for mediocrity — for the embarrassment of the Greg Robinson era and empty Carrier Dome bleachers.

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The Class of 2009 fit in with that new perception. “When people would ask where we were going and we would say ‘Syracuse,’ they would kind of laugh,” Lemon said. “Was that your worst offer?” people would respond. For many, it was their best. “They figured, ‘If Syracuse is their best offer, they must not be that good,’” Lemon said. Lemon was one of just two three-star recruits that year, but that class helped guide the Orange to its first bowl win since 2001. The perception is new again. “People know what we’re all about now,” Lemon said, “and they know that we’re winners.” If Nassib and Pugh both go in the first round, that will make it three first-round picks in two years for the Orange. In four years, SU transformed from a program without direction, stuck in mediocrity, into one on the rise. During his sophomore year, Pugh made a pledge with Chandler Jones. The close friends promised they both would get drafted in the first round. Jones upheld his end of the bargain — the defensive end was a first-round pick by the New England Patriots a year ago. Now, it’s Pugh’s turn. If he does, it will mark the first time since 2002 that Syracuse has had a first-round pick in back-to-back NFL Drafts. “It’s just kind of a whole other step in our goal to turn the perspective of Syracuse football around,” Nassib said.

A tight-knit group Scouts come to Syracuse for private workouts with Pugh all the time — he missed the beginning of SU’s Spring Game because of one. But the visits aren’t just for him. Zack Chibane is also working for the NFL Draft. He took part in SU’s Pro Day, and when scouts come to watch Pugh, he makes sure they check out Chibane, too. “Every team that would call me and would come in, I would make sure I was like, ‘Hey, look, my buddy’s also an offensive lineman,’” Pugh said. Chibane’s draft hopes and NFL dreams are more of a long shot than Pugh’s, Nassib’s, Thomas’ or Lemon’s, but as another member of that Class of 2009, he helped change Syracuse football. Fifteen players worked out at Syracuse’s Pro Day in early March. Most won’t get drafted and might not even get signed as undrafted free agents. But all played at least some role in Syracuse’s incredible turnaround. Sixteen members of the Orange’s senior class were back in Syracuse last Friday to be honored at SU’s senior banquet. It was a final hurrah for a class that watched Syracuse at its lowest, that carried it to its new high. They chatted about all getting drafted by the same team, getting another chance to play together. They know it won’t happen. The good-

byes were emotional — between each other and to the era that helped restore Syracuse to respectability. “It’s something that makes you proud,” Pugh said. “It’s something that me and the guys will be able to remember down the road when we come back for games and are washed-up alumnus.”

The bright lights A week before the draft, Nassib still wasn’t sure where he was watching it. Lemon, Thomas and Pugh are all at home. None landed an invite. Like they spent most of their careers, Syracuse’s stars will be out of the national eye, in the shadows and away from the bright lights when their names are called this weekend. Nassib and Pugh finally talk about the draft now. After four years of driving four hours back and forth between Syracuse and Philadelphia, it’s no longer just a pipe dream, but an inevitability. This weekend, that shared but unspoken dream will become a reality. “We’ve been together here working out, hanging out,” Nassib said, “and it’s really been a fun time with all those guys. “It’s an exciting time. It’s been a long process and it’s fun to see a little light at the end of the tunnel.” @DBWilson2

TOP PROSPECTS NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has a few former Syracuse players ranked highly in his prospect rankings. Here’s a look at where they stand going into this weekend’s draft, according to Mayock: QUARTERBACK 1. Geno Smith, West Virginia 2. EJ Manuel, Florida State 3. Matt Barkley, Southern California 4. Mike Glennon, N.C. State T-5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse T-5. Tyler Bray, Tennessee OFFENSIVE TACKLE 1. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan 2. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M 3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma 4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama T-5. Menelik Watson, Florida State T-5. Justin Pugh, Syracuse SAFETY 1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas 2. Matt Elam, Florida 3. Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International 4. Eric Reid, Louisiana State 5. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

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Hehir resting up ahead of final Big East Championship By Bryan Rubin STAFF WRITER

Ryan Urie feels that teammate Martin Hehir has a chip on his shoulder heading What: Big Red Invitational into the final week Where: Ithaca, N.Y. of the outdoor When: Sunday regular season. Hehir — who placed fourth in the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships last year before winning the 2012 Big East Cross Country Championships in November — is now facing more pressure and higher expectations in his sophomore season. When the Syracuse track and field team travels to the Big Red Invitational at Cornell this weekend, Hehir will not be competing. He is sitting out because, aside from needed rest, he has his eyes set on something else — a Big East Championship. “I’ve done a lot more training and miles this year, and I definitely think I can do better than fourth,” Hehir said. “I’m running a lot faster timewise, too, than I was last year, so hopefully I can come out with a win.” This past weekend, Hehir was a part of a select group of SU runners who competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The annual race, founded in 1959, is known for its global prominence “where the world’s best athletes compete.” U.S. track and field icon Carl Lewis still holds the meet’s long jump record, set in 1987.


Hehir finished 12th in the 5K at the meet, treating the competition-driven race as his final tuneup before the Big East Championships on May 3. “Mt. SAC is a big race with a lot more competition, and you get used to getting beat or learning to hang on,” Hehir said. “I used the race as just another step before Big

“Championship-style racing is totally different. You are not trying to run your best time, you are trying to win.” Martin Hehir


East, where I know I’ll be able to run with everyone.” The race was Hehir’s second 5K race since the Stanford Invitational on March 30, and warrants a break this weekend. Head coach Chris Fox said his team uses the Big Red Invitational to get a little sharper for the Big East Championships. While it’s important from an emotional standpoint for his runners to be running well going into the Big East, Fox is more concerned with his stars, like Hehir, resting rather than competing after an exhausting final month.

“The people that aren’t running are usually veterans who are prepared for the Big East,” Fox said. “Or there is someone like (Hehir) who is sitting because he has run two big races this season and needs to take a bit of a break. Plus, he has a lot of work to do next week.” In Hehir’s two outdoor 5Ks this season, he has finished on average in 13:54.18. When he finished fourth in last year’s Big East Championships, he finished in 14:27.17. The time discrepancy is due to “championship-style racing,” as Hehir describes. “Championship-style racing is totally different,” Hehir said. “You are not trying to run your best time, you are trying to win.” The first half of last year’s men’s Big East 10K race went out slower than the first half of the women’s race. In a race all about place, not time, the men’s competitors usually hold back and wait until the last 5K or mile to kick it into gear. From there, it’s an all-out sprint, a unique spectacle in the season’s seemingly monotonous nature. Last year, Syracuse took second, third and fourth place in the 5K. Finishing ahead of Hehir for SU was Tito Medrano and Pat Dupont. While Hehir was a contributor on the 5K squad last year, this year, he will be relied on to lead the group through the tactical race and win gold. Said Fox: “This year, he is our lead man, so to tell you the truth — and I think he would agree — anything short of a win would be disappointing.”


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ALYSSA MURRAY has taken on a bigger role for Syracuse now that star Michelle Tumolo is sidelined with a torn ACL. Murray leads the team with 70 points.

Murray takes on even larger scoring load with Tumolo out By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER

Instead of the instructions coming from somewhere in front of her, usually from her right side, the advice Alyssa Murray received came from the sideline. With Michelle Tumolo out for Who: Loyola (Md.) the remainder of Where: Baltimore the season with When: Friday, 7 p.m. a torn left ACL, Tumolo has gone from a leader on the field to assuming a de facto assistant coaching role. Her bond with Murray remains the same — but different.


“I think that all over the field we’re not trying to replace what Michelle brought to the field because that’s a difficult thing to do.” Alyssa Murray SU AT TACK

On Friday against Notre Dame, Tumolo and Murray talked on the sideline. It was the first game since Tumolo tore her ACL. In her first game out of the lineup, Tumolo told Murray a specific cutting lane and shot angle she could exploit. Murray scored three of the team’s first four goals and assisted on the other. “Coming into the game, I was really focused and just really wanted to come out and get a good start,” Murray said. “I didn’t necessarily know I was going to get all those shots.” Murray and the Orange (12-3, 6-0 Big East) will face Loyola (Md.) (9-6, 5-1) and Georgetown (11-3, 5-1) this weekend. SU plays Loyola at 7 p.m. on Friday and the Hoyas at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Murray must continue being the scoring

threat she has been her entire career, with defenses now focused on her even more. In the three games without Tumolo in the lineup this year, Murray has eight goals and seven assists. “She’s definitely taken over as the leader and director of the offense,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She’ll direct it and make sure we’re all on the same page and make sure there’s focus and execution out there.” No player in the country had more points or goals last season than Murray. Her 105 points bested Maryland’s Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann by 11, and her 74 goals eclipsed Schwarzmann’s total by two. This season, Murray’s 70 points lead the team. “She has a way about herself on the field,” said Colleen Kilgus, who coached Murray at West Babylon (N.Y.) High School. “My first time seeing her play, I knew that she was going to go far with lacrosse as she is an extremely talented player. Alyssa really knew how to work the crease from the left side.” Murray now has the chance to prove she can lead without Tumolo on the field. “I think Alyssa Murray has one of the best analytical minds and visions of the field,” SU attack Bridget Daley said. “I literally trust her with my life when it comes to the offense.” Murray said she doesn’t see her role changing that much. All of SU’s players must step their games up and reach their potentials. “I think that all over the field, we’re not trying to replace what Michelle brought to the field because that’s a difficult thing to do,” Murray said. “ … But I think everyone else is just trying to pick up their own leadership and pick up what they think the team needs.” Daley said now is when the real test comes and the team finds out where it is come tournament time. It’ll be the player she said she’s trusted with her life who leads the way. Said Gait: “She’s a very focused individual that’s driven, and she’ll do a great job.”

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weren’t very demanding, though. Desko knew Schoonmaker wouldn’t break the habit. “There’s really no reason to jump and shoot,” Desko said. “I think you leave yourself susceptible to physical contact and injury anytime you leave your feet, just like a basketball player.” But that’s why Schoonmaker started jumping in the first place. He was a basketball player as a kid, and said he regrets not trying out for his high school team. Jumping was something he did all the time.

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It works for Schoonmaker, so Desko isn’t worried. “Even though you’re working on things in practice, when you’re in a game and you’re making a split decision, a lot of times, you revert back to your old habits,” Desko said, “but I’m not sweating it too much.” Schoonmaker’s heard the advice before. He heard it in high school and he hears it

at Syracuse. He heard it during the summer when his friends back in Portland, Ore., suggested he make the switch for good. Schoonmaker tried, but felt uncomfortable and returned to the jump shot after just three weeks. It was all he knew. It’s a shot he’s perfected during the years and one that’s befuddled goaltenders throughout the season. Schoonmaker sprints downfield and looks ready to take a standard shot. Then, he stops and jumps. The shot comes milliseconds later. “I’ll do a move or whatever, and I’ll know I should probably plant or just shoot it, but I just naturally jump and I’m like, ‘Ooh, I probably shouldn’t have done that,’” Schoonmaker said. “And sometimes, it’ll end up going in.” He said people often look at him quizzically, wondering what he’s doing. Sometimes, he doesn’t even know. But it works. Schoonmaker is shooting 34.9 percent this season, which puts him at a higher mark than SU’s three leading scorers: JoJo Marasco, Kevin Rice and Luke Cometti. Syracuse goalie Dominic Lamolinara said he’s never faced someone who uses the jump shot as often as Schoonmaker. He said goalies know it’s coming, but it’s not something for which they can prepare. That extra split second is what stupefies them, Lamolinara said. Lamolinara said goalies think the ball is going one way and then, all of a sudden, it’s coming at a completely different angle. He said Schoonmaker’s unique delivery often throws him off in practice. “I don’t know if he just gets more power on it or if he feels he’s more accurate,” Lamolinara said, “but until a goalie can consistently stop him in a game, I feel like he shouldn’t change it up.”

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This year’s NFL Draft is wide open when it comes to the quarterback position. Several teams are looking, but the number of outstanding quarterbacks is slim. While Ryan Nassib could be a first-round pick, he still has competition. Here’s a look at the stats for some of the better quarterbacks on the board: -Compiled by Chris Iseman, sports editor,



















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SU middie YEAR IN SPORTS excels with jump shot m e n ’s l a c r o s s e



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Henry Schoonmaker’s bad habit surfaced in sixth grade. A basketball player first and forem o s t , Schoonmaker Who: Notre Dame Where: East Rutherford, j u m p e d e v e r y N.J When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m t i m e he took a long-range shot. When he started playing lacrosse, he took the same approach. “I didn’t know exactly how you were supposed to shoot,” Schoonmaker said, “so I just did the jumper.” He’s been tearing up defenses with that jumper ever since. Though coaches and friends have encouraged Schoonmaker to remove the jump shot from his game, he’s made it his staple, his go-to shot. Schoonmaker is fourth on No. 7 Syracuse (10-3, 4-1 Big East) in goals, and his jump shot will once again be a factor against No. 1 Notre Dame (10-2, 4-1) on Saturday at MetLife Stadium. “I know a lot of guys do the jump shot,” Schoonmaker said. “It’s just the difference with me is that I do it every time.” Schoonmaker said he jumps on his shot 80-90 percent of the time, and will usually jump if he’s more than seven yards away from net. In high school, Schoonmaker said close to 60 percent of his goals were fast-break jumpers off of faceoffs. It works for him, but he’s thought about getting rid of the shot altogether many times. After redshirting his freshman season, Schoonmaker knew he had to make a change. Syracuse head coach John Desko often casually told him to get rid of the jumper. “You’re probably taking some speed off of that,” Desko would tell him in practice, or, “You should try not to do that.” The suggestions



NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacy sam maller | asst. photo editor RYAN NASSIB helped turn Syracuse football around, leading the team to two Pinstripe Bowl wins in three years. Nassib, Justin Pugh, Alec Lemon and Shamarko Thomas are hoping to hear their names called during the NFL Draft that spans from Thursday to Saturday.

By David Wilson



he drive from Syracuse to Philadelphia is easy, but long. It takes about four hours — four hours Ryan Nassib and Justin Pugh spent together in a car driving home in the four summers of their Syracuse careers. Four hours down, four hours back. Among the trees and open highway, there’s not much to do. They could listen to music, but most of the time, they just talk.


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A lot comes up on those car rides — school, football — but rarely the NFL Draft. Even as recently as last summer, that seemed almost a pipe dream. Pugh was injured, Nassib off the radar. First round? Maybe second, if at all. “I was more thinking about trying to get back, maybe come back for my fifth year,” Pugh said. “And going into the season, nobody gave Ryan any respect.”

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‘It all just sort of showed up’ Nassib, Pugh, Alec Lemon and Shamarko Thomas shouldn’t be in this position, ready to be drafted. The Class of 2009 — which consisted of Lemon, Thomas, Pugh and Andrew Tiller, who was drafted a year ago — ranked No. 102 out of 120 recruiting classes, right behind Ball State and just ahead of Utah State. Nassib came in the year before, but he wouldn’t have helped. He was just a two-star himself. Yet, here they are. Nassib


C.J. Fair was the best player on Syracuse last year. Next year’s draft class is stacked but I think he’ll still be a 1st round pick.


and Pugh, the quarterback and his left tackle, could be firstrounders. The safety Thomas and Lemon, a wide receiver, will likely get chosen some time during the weekend. Not bad for No. 102. “I remember people saying when I committed to Syracuse that they were giving Division-I scholarships to kids who didn’t have Division-I talent,” Pugh said. In their final season, Lemon,


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