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FAIT ACCOMPLI “Something already done or in effect, making opposition or argument useless” During the past six months, The Daily Orange interviewed dozens of faculty, staff and administrators across campus regarding Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s leadership style and academic missions. These stories are a result of that exploration.

Cantor squashes dissent in pursuance of goals, creates chilly atmosphere, critics say By Kathleen Ronayne



utility. Fear. Distrust. These are three common themes used by critics of Chancellor Nancy Cantor to describe the atmosphere on campus in her eightyear tenure at Syracuse University. Cantor has earned a reputation for marginalizing student free speech, vilifying critics and stifling open dialogue. Some faculty, staff and administrators say they have experienced public humiliation

and perceive a culture of retaliation. Many others recount stories they’ve heard and say those stories alone make them fearful of crossing the chancellor. “The model here is the university will speak when it wants to, you will listen and you won’t disagree,” said Brenda Wrigley, chair of the public relations department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Cantor and her supporters portray a picture of a dynamic leader with strong convictions who


Sense of fear, futility marginalizes faculty voice, influence in academic affairs, governance By Beckie Strum



reezing out vocal critics, conducting angry rants, dismissing unfavorable media and limiting access to information have one victim in common: shared governance. “Universities are very complicated organizations, but the main function is academic,” said Ellen Schrecker, an expert in academic freedom

in higher education. Areas like “curriculum, like the hiring of faculty, like admissions standards — anything that has to do with the academic mission of the university — should primarily be under the control of the faculty.” The recognition that faculty members are the long-term stakeholders in research, teaching, promotion and enrollment sits at the heart of shared


English, arts professor dies after battling cancer By Casey Fabris and Jess Iannetta STAFF WRITERS

Professor Bill West, part-time faculty member in the English department at Syracuse University, died of complications from cancer Tuesday night at Upstate University Hospital. Until last week, West was teaching classes in the Renée Crown Univer-

sity Honors Program. He taught HNR 240: Arts Without Borders and HNR 210: Theatre in Syracuse. He also taught classes in the English department, such as ETS 152: Interpretation of Drama. Eric Holzwarth, deputy director of the honors program, sent an email to students and faculty in the honors


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Fine hired to consult Israeli team By Marwa Eltagouri ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Former associate menís basketball coach Bernie Fine has been hired by an Israeli basketball club ó his first job since being fired by Syracuse University in November. Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League will announce Thursday that Fine


will work as a basketball consultant to the team, owned by F lorida-based businessman Jeffrey Rosen, according to an April 26 article on ESPN.

com. Fine will contribute to player personnel decisions as well as the teamís coaching search next season. Fine will work from the United States, according to the article. Fine was fired from the university Nov. 27 after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike


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Party rockers Outasight, Timeflies, 5 & A Dime and Aer are the performers at this year’s MayFest in Walnut Park.


New kids on the block Find out if SU’s annual Block Party, featuring Kaskade and Cold War Kids, was the party of the year.


Amateurs? The issue of whether college athletes should receive stipends is an intense debate, but could soon become reality.

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One Vote. One Cause. Sponsored by Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. 7 pm, Hall of Languages 500 This is the final event to bring our National Founders’ Week to a close. Since we are on the cusp of an election year, we just want to emphasize the importance of voting. Event is free!

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CAMPUS BRIEFS VPA faculty art featured in Bird A new art gallery is opening on the sixth floor of E.S. Bird Library, according to an April 24 press release from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Robert G. Ortwine Gallery was donated by Bruce Ortwine, a 1975 alumnus, in memory of his brother Robert Ortwine, a member of the Class of 1972. The gallery will feature works by VPA faculty members. Kevin Larmon, assistant professor of painting, will display his artwork. Jude Lewis, associate professor of dimensional arts, will display her highly crafted wood pieces. The gallery will be viewable to the public throughout the summer.

SU professor wins poetry award Bruce Smith, English professor at Syracuse University, was awarded the William Carlos Williams Award by the Poetry Society of America, according to an April 25 SU News release. Smith was nominated for his book titled “Devotions.” Smith is also the author of five other collections of poetry, including “The Other Lover,” which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. “Devotions” was named one of the top books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly and was dubbed Smith’s best work to date. Smith was also named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. —Compiled by Casey Fabris, staff writer, and Alexandra Hitzler, staff writer,

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(BACK) SAMANTHA DAVIS AND KATRINA SOTIROPOULOS work on sophomore model Rachel Samples’ hair and makeup before the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ senior fashion show rehearsal. The show takes place Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. Tickets for the matinee are $6. Tickets for the evening show are $30 for reserved seating, $20 for balcony seating and $15 for balcony seating for senior citizens and students with valid ID.

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Remembrance Scholars for 2012-13 year selected By Casey Fabris and Dylan Segelbaum STAFF WRITERS

A plaque at Syracuse University’s Faraday House in London ensured there was not a single day Perry Russom would not think of the tragic bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. “I walked by it every day. And it kind of clicked,” said Russom, a broadcast and digital journalism and political science major who is one of the 2012-13 Remembrance Scholars. “If you look at it, all of those kids were right around 20 years old, and that could have been anyone in our class, anyone that was abroad with me.” The names of the 35 students selected as Remembrance Scholars for the 2012-13 academic school year were released Wednesday afternoon.

Each year, 35 juniors are awarded $5,000 scholarships for their senior year in honor of the SU students that were killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. These individuals serve as Remembrance Scholars during their senior year. “The Remembrance Scholars this year, as in other years, are tremendously talented students who have great potential, and I’m looking forward to discovering how they’re going to use that to mark their scholarship in Remembrance Week,” said Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies. Amanda Balch, a biology major


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Pfeifer remembered for kindness By Stephanie Bouvia ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Friends and family will remember Jessica Pfeifer as a selfless, adventurous young woman whose passion was in helping others. Pfeifer was an avid member of the Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s national co-educational service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega for two years. “Jess was always involved, always there, always participating in projects, always willing to lend a hand,” said Lynne Mowers, one of two advisers for APO. The senior forest and natural resources management major at ESF died April 19 at Crouse Hospital. Friends and family say they will remember her as an exorbitantly happy and vivacious woman. Pfeifer’s selfless nature and giving attitude is just one small part of the young woman that Mowers

will remember. “She never, ever turned somebody away if they needed something,” Mowers said. “Jess was one of those people that if something was bothering you, she sort of tuned into it. And without you even realizing it, she would make you feel better.” Pfeifer’s caring attitude was reflected this semester when she was willing to take on two “littles” within her fraternity because of the large size of this year’s pledge class, Mowers said. One of Pfeifer’s “littles” was Christos Koutsourades, a sophomore psychology major. After transferring to SU at the beginning of this semester, Koutsourades said Pfeifer was the first person he got to know at the university. “She took me under her wing with pretty much anything she did,” he said. “She introduced me to her friends. She was always there for me.” Pfeifer always brought out the

best in people and had a way of making everyone around her feel at ease, Koutsourades said. “She was always herself. She was always spontaneous, creative, the center of attention, loud, beautiful and fun,” he said. Pfeifer’s mother, Joann Pfeifer, said in an email that Pfeifer was bold, vivacious, spunky and creative. “If she felt there was an injustice, she was relentless in fighting for the cause. Jess was sentimental and loving,” she said. Pfeifer loved the outdoors, Joann Pfeifer said. She was certified in fighting forest fires and scuba diving. Her mother said Pfeifer also loved taking pictures and reading. Upon graduating, Pfeifer planned to either move to Boston and work until she got a job in her field, or move to Colorado where she hoped to get a position at a national park, Joann Pfeifer said. “Jessie believed that everyone


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ast spring, after visiting a rather unabashed and dogmatic conservativeleaning policy center in Washington, D.C., a fellow student turned to the me and the other conservative in the class and asked, “I’m so angry after that. Is that how you guys feel all the time?” Yes, would have been the answer if she had asked me in fall 2008. I was a freshman at Syracuse University when I first hit the brick wall that is liberal academia. If asked two years later, when sitting through a supposed debate about the president’s health care legislation between two liberal professors — one giving an impassioned case in favor, the other trying to somehow find something bad to say about it — I would have said no. By that point I was already used to it. The sad thing is conservative students are not the only ones used to liberal academic, leftleaning students and professors are, too. This results in occurrences like last fall when Katrina vanden Heuvel gave a lecture as part of the University Lecture series. In her lecture, she said even the communist movement, which is responsible for the death and suffering of hundreds of millions around the world, helped push societies forward. This ridiculous statement went unchallenged. Conservative students don’t want the ridicule that comes with sticking their necks out, and most others simply see it as part of the status quo. Right-leaning professors are also weary of coming out and sharing their opinions, lest they be derided by their peers. The first time a professor told me there were more right-leaning professors on campus than people knew about, I shrugged it off. It seemed like hyperbole until I received an email from a professor with a column


the right direction idea. At the end, the professor quite explicitly forbid me from using his or her name in any context. It’s a shame at a center of learning and supposed free expression students and professors would feel as though they couldn’t express ideas that a good part of the country accepts and believes in. The academic atmosphere is supposed to encourage greater learning and intellectual growth. It is severely diminished by this occurrence. Students, as well as professors, aren’t challenged intellectually by being in an echo chamber of ideas. As a result, I’ve come to see some of the least open-minded people are those who claim to be the most; those who say they are the most intellectu-

ally adept are often the least; and way too many people seem to have never had the good fortune of hearing the counterargument to their own beliefs. I don’t mean to disparage the university as a whole, all professors or all students. Some of the best professors I’ve had and people I’ve met have been liberal or simply nonpolitical, and Syracuse has given me invaluable experiences and knowledge. But it’s important to point out this ideological bend causes the university to fall short of its own vision of Scholarship in Action. This is not a shortcoming exclusive to SU, but rather one that has become the norm for academia generally. After four years at a liberal institution, I wouldn’t want the inverse — a conservative occupied campus — because the outcome would be very much the same. But it would have been nice for my liberal peers to get a bit more familiar with the anger generated from hearing unapologetic views from an opposing ideology. Patrick Mocete is a senior political science and policy studies major. This is the last Thursday his column will appear in The Daily Orange. He can be reached at or


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t’s that time of year again. It’s painful. There’s almost always a surprise or two. And you’ve known it was coming all year. I’m not talking about finals week — although that’s a good guess. I’m talking about May sweeps. Sweeps is the deliciously difficult point in the season when television networks cart out all their best content, and it starts Thursday. With all that fun, there’s definitely a catch. Once you’ve seen mind-blowing television, the great TV gods take it away until September, when the new lineup starts. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. During sweeps, some of the questions viewers have lost sleep over are finally answered. They might witness the telltale signs of a sparking romance or feel the fallout of a mysterious accident. Sadly, all of the important questions won’t be answered for another four months. While you’re on your couch trying to figure out what the heck Emily Thorne is planning for her next season on “Revenge,” there is a group of writers out there cackling over the mental trip they’ve sent you on. I’ll never forget the first battle wound I suffered during May sweeps. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve been a fan of The CW’s “Supernatural” since day one. It’s still running and in its seventh season. But back in 2006, its first season finale rocked me to the core in a way I’d never experienced. Everything was going well until the last few seconds. I was so distracted by an intense father-son conversation that when a truck crashed into the side of the Winchesters’ Impala, I had no idea how to react, other than falling onto my bed with a loud whine. All three members of the family were unconscious with nastylooking head wounds and I wouldn’t find out their fate until September. Everyone’s so excited to know what happens in milestone episodes that they forget the emotional emptiness

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the one that got away suffered once the episodes are over. It’s like Christmas morning after all the presents are opened. You don’t have to wonder what’s inside all the nicely wrapped boxes. The excitement is over and, regrettably, it’s your favorite character’s untimely demise waiting for you at the end of the episode. Luckily, there are a few ways to get over a post-sweeps funk. The best option is to immediately jump into a new show. It’s like a rebound relationship but better because it involves fewer poor decisions and more of Alexander Skarsgard from “True Blood.” Summer is the time for trashy television and crazy blockbusters. By getting sucked into whatever incarnation of “The Real Housewives” is currently being peddled by Bravo, who can worry about the next season of “Glee”? Surprisingly, there are some summer shows with substance for people who are into that kind of thing. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” starts its final season in July and promises its usual sharp storytelling. Critic favorite “Louie,” helmed by stand-up comedian Louie C.K., returns to FX on June 28. Hopefully, no one is going to feel the sting of May sweeps for too long. A new TV obsession might be a good quick fix, but summer offers so many better distractions. With any luck, we’ll all be too busy enjoying the beach, summer flings and doing absolutely nothing far too much to worry about our favorite television shows.

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Raising student-athlete expectations necessary Raising the athletic performance rate and increasing the sanctions against teams that do not meet academic requirements sets a higher standard for colleges and universities. The primary purpose of going to a higher education institution is to receive an education, not to participate in athletics. Athletics must be secondary; “student” comes first in the student-athlete title. But the trend of student-athletes at multiple universities, particularly basketball players, leaving campus early or becoming academically ineligible presents a

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EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board problem that must be addressed. The new rate would require a team to graduate about half of its players. This should not be an unrealistic expectation. The University of Connecticut has already been excluded from the 2013 NCAA Tournament because of its poor ratings. Syracuse University has lost basketball scholarships from the NCAA in the past because of poor APR scores. Practice and game schedules may

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make it difficult for student-athletes, but they must be able to succeed in academics as well. Athletes must take advantage of the academic resources available on campus. By raising APR expectations, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors created a new incentive for schools to focus on academics. Universities do not want to have to take scholarships away from players or to miss tournaments, so the higher APR standards force universities to do better. Universities run the risk of putting “athlete” ahead of student by failing to meet academic standards.

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ATMOSPHERE | Cantor squashes dissent in pursuit of goals works tirelessly to improve the university. They attribute discontent to a handful of vocal faculty members whose views do not represent the entire campus. “I think she’s a visionary,” said Diane Murphy, dean of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “I think these issues on campus are stressful for anybody. But she’s a leader, and I think she sees Syracuse bigger than it sees itself.” A vivid result of the chancellor’s leadership style is a sharp divide of vocal critics on either side. In the middle is a group of faculty, staff and administrators who don’t publicly voice their opinions. Some pay little attention to how university politics play out as long as it does not affect their personal scholarship. Others say the divide leads to the perception of the administration as an overwhelming force that squashes dissent. Some faculty members refer to the administration building as the “Death Star.” At least 18 people contacted by The Daily Orange for this story did not respond or denied requests for interviews regarding the chancellor’s leadership style and missions. Of the people who did speak with The Daily Orange, 12 requested full or partial anonymity for fear of negative consequences. The following topics were repeatedly brought up as actions taken by the administration that have led to feelings of fear and distrust: STUDENT FREE SPEECH Cantor’s first brush with student free speech came in 2005, when she shut down HillTV, the precursor to CitrusTV. The station’s sketch comedy show “Over the Hill” included several offensive and racist jokes, and also poked fun at Cantor. When the sketches became public knowledge, the campus erupted in frenzy. Students and faculty organized town hall meetings to voice their outrage about the show’s content. Cantor sided with the aggrieved groups, levied her own sharp criticism and took swift action against the students at HillTV, said faculty familiar with the situation. The sketches were parodies meant to be offensive and were fully protected by the First Amendment, said Joel Kaplan, associate dean of professional graduate studies and communications law professor at Newhouse. Cantor and others outraged by the show rejected First Amendment and free speech arguments. Cantor met with several Newhouse professors and administrators and told them she wanted to shut down the station. Kaplan was among those who disagreed, and told her a chancellor should encourage good speech, not suppress bad speech. Cantor did not want to hear any opposing opinions, said Kaplan and others familiar with the HillTV controversy. Later that afternoon, Cantor called in some of the students to discuss the show. When they returned to the HillTV offices after the meeting, they found padlocks on the doors, Kaplan said. The entire station, not just the show that set off the furor, was shut down. Robert McClure, a retired political science professor, remembers the debate surrounding HillTV as the “early crystallizing moment” that demonstrated the divisive nature of Cantor’s leadership. Rather than evaluating a number of opinions and considering students’ free speech rights, Cantor immediately stepped in and became the defender of the offended groups, fueling a greater divide. “She was so overcome by moral outrage, but unable to control and contain it,” McClure said of Cantor’s abrupt decision to shut down the station.

jenna ketchmark | design editor Other examples involving free speech include the shutdown of a student-run satirical blog in the College of Law, and the expulsion of an education student for comments on his personal Facebook page. Like HillTV, both situations drew national scrutiny and criticism of SU’s free speech atmosphere. Cantor said although she wishes the situation did not play out exactly as it did, she would still make the same decisions today under the same circumstances. HillTV was student-run but not an independent organization, she said. She described her actions as trying to find a balance between student speech and protecting upset students. “It’s very, very important to weigh, in an institution, how you create inclusion and a sense that the campus is for everybody and how you balance that with what individuals can write or say,” Cantor said. INABILITY TO ACCEPT CRITICISM From public University Senate meetings to private conversations with administrators, critics say Cantor has a habit of reacting in an icy and rude manner to criticisms, small and large alike. It has led to a sense of resigna-

tion among some faculty members who want debate and has eroded the university governance process. “There’s a sense of ‘why bother?’” said Pat Cihon, member of USen and president of SU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which advocates for academic freedom and shared governance. “If you say something critical, Nancy’s minions come after you.” During USen meetings, Cantor’s disapproval is often accompanied by eye-rolling and interrupting faculty members who raise questions. She’s been known to act more harshly in private settings by pointing and even screaming when questions are raised, according to those who say they’ve witnessed or experienced the chancellor’s displeasure. Three former administrators and some faculty members all independently described scenes in which Cantor raised her voice to the level of yelling and pointed in people’s faces in reaction to unfavorable situations. These situations range from personal conversations, to meetings with a group of administrators, to a public outburst in a press box when Syracuse

lost in the Champs Sports Bowl in 2004. Kal Alston, whose professional relationship with Cantor predates coming to SU where she serves as senior vice president for human capital development, downplayed Cantor’s reactions to criticism. “I think she’s incredibly tough-minded. Do I think she’s sensitive? Yes, and part of that is a reaction to the passions which she holds, the commitments,” Alston said. “I don’t think she’s overly emotional to the point that it makes her unthoughtful or irrational.” Cantor said she is unsure what people mean when they say she does not take criticism well. She often responds to criticisms immediately when she does not believe they are accurate, especially at USen, she said. Accepting criticism does not always mean changing your mind or telling the critics they are right, she said. Multiple faculty, staff and administrators also said they are unwilling to express concerns for fear of negative consequences. Cantor denied this, saying she has heard it but does not understand what retaliation people are referring to. “We have had endless numbers of really important issues debated either on the senate floor or in various media or in conversation, and it’s still going on and these same people are still in the same positions,” she said. QUESTIONABLE HANDLING OF PERSONNEL MATTERS In 2008, several top officials in the Division of Student Affairs and an administrator in the College of Arts and Sciences were let go of or resigned from their positions. Cantor said the administrators were let go due to a restructuring in student affairs based on complaints and the guidance of an external consultant. The change in management is still much talked about across campus and some believe the restructuring was rooted in a controversial judicial affairs case. The episode started in fall 2007, when a female student in Arts and Sciences filed a complaint with the Department of Public Safety, alleging that Rick Jackson, Jonny Flynn and Antonio “Scoop” Jardine sexually assaulted her. The student declined to press criminal charges against the players but sought a resolution through SU’s Office of Judicial Affairs. David Potter, then-associate dean of student services in Arts and Sciences, championed her cause in the SU judicial affairs system, arguing the student did not get a hearing after several miscommunications with the students’ lawyers and involvement from the district attorney’s office. In a letter obtained by The Daily Orange, Anastasia Urtz, then-associate vice president and dean of students, wrote to Potter that a judicial proceeding could begin if Potter or the student could produce new information. Potter was able to produce adequate information and filed on behalf of Arts and Sciences because the student had transferred to another institution. The hearing panel found the players not guilty of sexual assault but guilty of causing the student mental anguish, and all three players were put on probation. By August 2008, three administrators involved in the case had lost their jobs: Urtz; Barry Wells, senior vice president and dean of student affairs; and Juanita Perez-Williams, associate dean of students. None have spoken to the media since, but Potter and other administrators believe their release was in relation to facilitating the new hearing. When George Langford began as dean of

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lauren murphy | asst. photo editor Arts and Sciences the next year, Potter was working part-time. He had chosen to step down from his position of associate dean of student services when Cathryn Newton stepped down as dean. In what Potter suspects was in reaction to his involvement in the judicial case, Langford told Potter he would have to retire sooner than planned and told him he would need to leave his office space. Potter said he believes Langford was working under orders from the chancellor. Potter refused to sign a gag agreement that would prevent him from speaking about university matters, including the hearing against the basketball players. It cost him six months worth of salary, offered by SU contingent on his silence. Since he left SU, Potter has been a vocal critic of the way the university handled the case and other matters relating to athletics. Langford was not part of the specific negotiations of the retirement, including the confidentiality clause, he and Potter said. Although the incident occurred more than three years ago, it sent shockwaves through the university that still reverberate. “After there has been one of these public events, the message goes out to others that if you speak out you may find yourself cleaning out your office,” said a senior administrator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of negative consequences. Cantor vehemently denied the firings have any relation to the hearing against the basketball players. The administration received complaints regarding the Division of Student Affairs unrelated to the incident, Cantor said, and hired an outside consultant to evaluate the office. The consultant produced a report that was hundreds of pages long that demonstrated a need for restructuring in the department. The report has not been made public. “It was not an individual decision on my part, nor was it begun by me,” she said. She does not understand why the issue is still in discussion, she said. Another widely-circulated story of sudden termination is the story of Stan More, former budget director of Arts and Sciences. He was terminated in 2009 after 13 years at the university. More held his position as budget director for seven years and reported directly to the dean of Arts and Sciences for most of his career. A few weeks after Langford took over as dean, he stopped communicating directly with More and used others to request budget information, More said. Soon, More was told the administration was creating a new position of assistant

dean for finance that would oversee More’s position. More applied for the higher position but was not granted an interview, he said. After the yearly budget was completed, More was called into Langford’s office for what he thought was a routine budget meeting. Neil Strodel, then head of human resources, was also present. The two told More they were eliminating his position because he was performing most of the duties the new assistant dean for finance would handle. They were also creating the position of director of budget and financial analysis, which had a lower grade level than More’s position. More thought this meant he was being demoted. It wasn’t until Strodel mentioned a severance package that he realized he was being let go, he said. More said he was then told to leave immediately and to schedule a time the following week for a supervised visit to clean out his office. He lost access to his SU email account within three hours. More said he asked multiple times whether there were issues with his performance but was never given any feedback. “It was a brutal ending. I was told I had to leave then, right after the meeting,” More said. He added, “The only thing missing was the handcuffs.” Langford said this was a personnel decision involving a leadership change and did not comment further. Strodel did not respond to requests for an interview. More applied for 17 other jobs at SU he believed he was qualified for. He received only one interview. More does not blame the chancellor for costing him his job. But, he and others said, his treatment made a splash into the pool of rumored injustices that have created a culture of fear. “The feedback that I got,” More said, “was that if this could happen to me this could happen to anyone.” Stories like those of Potter and More hit home for Jaklin Kornfilt, linguistics professor and member of USen who has been at SU for 28 years. Kornfilt said she has never been subjected to any personal intimidation by the chancellor or other members of SU’s central administration. But she and several other faculty say the stories have created a sense of fear. “Assuming the stories that have been circulating about More and Potter are true, I thought that even if somebody is fired in the university that things shouldn’t be handled quite in this way,” Kornfilt said. “It simply


Interviews with faculty from at least 16 different departments revealed that Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s mission, Scholarship in Action, remains ambiguous. Eric Spina, provost and vice chancellor, defined this catch phrase as a three-part focus:

1. Access and support for enterprising students; 2. Excellence and distinction for faculty; 3. Engagement locally, nationally and globally.

didn’t fit the image that I had, perhaps naively, about what a university should be, what the atmosphere should be.” The chancellor and her supporters argue it’s unfair to blame her for all the fear-inspiring episodes and deny that fear is widespread. “I think you have to separate - I always do - personnel decisions that come from many complex sources,” Cantor said. On the notion of retaliation, she said, “the word itself makes it sound like it’s a personal vendetta.” A PERCEPTION OF FEAR But even rumors can lead to the perception of a chilly climate where criticism is suppressed. In departments and programs across campus, many faculty and staff are outright unwilling to talk or share their opinions about Cantor’s leadership style. Staff members cite fear of losing their jobs and faculty members cite fear they or others in their departments would be marginalized. “Whether it’s real or not, if enough people feel it, it becomes real,” said Paul Gandel, former chief information officer under Cantor from 2004-08 and a professor in the School of Information Studies. Two sources independently told The Daily Orange they were informed that other members in the university had access to their email accounts. Both sources spoke only on the condition of anonymity. In one situation, the university’s lawyer told the source some of his or her emails might be read in relation to legal proceedings. In the other situation, the source was told by the information technology department that after the source’s departure from the university, his or her former boss was given

access to the still-active email account. Courts have ruled employers can sometimes monitor employees’ emails, but both sources saw the outside access as troubling and invasive. Tom Evans, senior vice president and general counsel, said the university does not “monitor” email accounts, but reserves the right to look at records in the case of legal proceedings or when the university has a fiduciary responsibility. Cantor said she has never ordered someone’s email to be monitored. Lorraine Branham, dean of Newhouse, said she never experienced any vindictive behavior by the chancellor against her critics. Branham has been outspoken in dean’s meetings and feels the chancellor listens to criticism if the case is compelling, she said. She, as well as other deans and some faculty members, characterizes the overall campus atmosphere as calmer than critics suggest. “I think there is a small group of people who pay a lot of attention to this because they are critical of her,” Branham said. “I think most people are going about their business and doing the things that they enjoy doing.” Cantor knows she cannot please everybody and accepts there will be critics of her initiatives and goals. “I’m not trying to run a popularity contest. We’re trying to really push an institution forward,” she said. But others who express concern about the campus atmosphere call for more efforts by the chancellor to welcome dissent and to consider other points of view. Concerned SU members said it would go a long way toward warming the chilly atmosphere. “This administration doesn’t seem to grasp that you can have honest disagreement between well-meaning people,” said David Rubin, dean emeritus and communications law professor at Newhouse. Rubin and others in leadership positions said dissent can sometimes create improvements in policy if an administration is openminded. In his 18-year tenure as an administrator, Rubin said he learned that stories about ill treatment and closed dialogue create a negative atmosphere. Said Rubin: “This would be a happier place if the administration didn’t think it was so right all the time.” — Staff writer Beckie Strum contributed reporting to this article.


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GOVERNANCE | Faculty voices marginalized by fear of Cantor faculty governance. But in Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s eightyear tenure, heavy-handed leadership has cultivated fear or resignation among pockets of faculty and support staff, effectively muting their criticism of university affairs and weakening participation in decision-making. Cantor is no stranger to the importance of free and open dialogue. In February, Cantor gave a speech in North Carolina discussing her academic mission at Syracuse University. Her goals, she said, hinge on fostering trust and communication. “True dialogue must be deep, sustained and systemic,” Cantor said in her Feb. 15 speech. While Cantor may talk the talk, many faculty and staff say she does not walk the walk. The central administration’s hostility toward criticism concerning basic operations to Cantor’s major initiatives has chilled conversation about campus politics, making faculty governance a more frustrating and futile endeavor. Cantor’s academic missions have enabled many departments to do innovative research, but a sizable minority said Cantor has poorly articulated Scholarship in Action to such an extent that whole academic fields feel marginalized. There are distinct sections of campus where faculty and administrators have benefited greatly from the chancellor’s mission and have a cordial relationship with her that supporters call criticisms found elsewhere contrived. In contrast, other pockets of campus said they have experienced vindictiveness and hostility to such an extent they see Cantor’s supporters as naïve or disingenuous. Professors from at least 16 different departments plus staff from the library said they and the majority of their peers fall somewhere in between: supporters of Cantor’s values, but critical, if not livid, at the lack of two-way dialogue and inclusion in decision-making. Cantor characterizes her critics as a handful of outspoken male faculty members. “There are a set of people who probably feel, if we really had that kind of conversation, that they used to have more voice and more impact,” Cantor said. “Maybe some of these guys that you’re talking to just don’t feel quite as much like they’re running the place.” But dissatisfaction with “business as usual” permeates throughout campus, though most discuss it behind closed doors and over secure email accounts. Almost every interview for this article began with an earnest conversation about confidentiality and protection. Most academic chairs feared backlash against their departments if their criticisms were publicly displayed. Last October, a reporter from The Chronicle of Higher Education ran into similar anxiety among faculty and staff before the publication published a multipage feature titled “Syracuse’s Slide.” The article high-

lighted Cantor’s missions in the context of SU’s falling national rankings and exclusion from prestigious organizations. Hundreds of campus members commented on the Chronicle article or offered commentary in The Post-Standard and The Daily Orange. The comments revealed how viscerally some faculty, staff and alumni feel in their support for or opposition against Cantor. The author of the article, Robin Wilson, told The Daily Orange it was the largest response she’d ever seen from one of her articles. Wilson also told The Daily Orange she has had an easier time getting members of other universities to talk about illegal activities than getting SU’s faculty and staff to comment on campus politics. Deborah Pellow, anthropology professor, said she was dismayed by the administration’s reaction to questions about SU’s slip in national rankings, which faculty first raised at a February 2011 University Senate meeting.

National and local media have even called into question Cantor’s openness with the Board of Trustees — to whom she answers — and law enforcement, regarding her decision not to inform them about SU’s 2005 investigation of former associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine. Faculty levied several major critiques against the administration’s leadership style. None criticized the chancellor’s values, namely supporting diversity and engagement in the community. All had to do with the means to those ends. Three major criticisms of Cantor’s style of leadership shared by dozens of faculty, staff and former administrators are: A FAIT ACCOMPLI No foreign phrase was used with more regularity than this French idiom meaning “a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible,” according to Merriam-Webster Online. Plans to change university practices and

As a feminist, Pellow said, she supported the university hiring Cantor as the first female chancellor, as well as Cantor’s goals to better SU’s long-sour relations with the city. But she was upset when Cantor dismissed concerns about SU’s declining national reputation and cast critics, like history professor David Bennett, as opponents of diversity, Pellow said. A university “is a place where debate is welcome,” she said. “It’s about talking. It’s about discussing things.” A perennial complaint on the part of USen committees and individual professors is the administration’s failure to engage faculty in meaningful decision-making. For example, the ad hoc committee exploring the effects of SU’s rapidly expanding student body — up 22 percent since Cantor’s arrival — reported: “More than two-thirds of both groups, faculty and chairs/ program directors, agreed with the statement that the SU administration was only marginally or not including the campus community in discussions on enrollment planning.” Several deans said they were fully involved in conversations on enrollment.

policy are often presented to the faculty on short notice and with little latitude for revision, said Mary Lovely, economics professor and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment. Lovely counts herself among Cantor’s supporters. She believes a bigger university can be a positive thing and supports Cantor’s emphasis on diversity and engagement, she said. But in regards to rising enrollment, Lovely said the central administration left faculty out of the planning. “What I’m concerned about is the lack of dialogue because it means that the faculty can’t get engaged in thinking about how to deliver the services in the best possible way,” Lovely said. “We know what happens in the classroom, they don’t.” Lovely also blamed some faculty for the deterioration of intra-university dialogue, saying aggressive attacks on the chancellor are unconstructive. Other initiatives under Cantor that faculty and staff characterized as a fait accompli include the reorganization of employee benefits; changes to SU’s promotion and tenure policies; moving SU’s child care services to

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Cantor on campus Nancy Cantor’s tenure has been marked with both campus outrage and praised accomplishments

2004 Nancy Cantor is inaugurated as the 11th chancellor of Syracuse University.


October: HillTV is disbanded.

Spring: Cantor introduces Scholarship in Action and seeks university and community input on the concept.

the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; shutting down HillTV; and major reorganizations in SU Abroad, among others. Several top administrators, including Cantor, said they’re completely open to giving faculty information about ongoing processes when they ask for it. Eric Spina, vice chancellor and provost, cited several of these examples as cases in which faculty had a great deal of involvement. At least three dozen faculty members said they feel it’s the administration’s role to go to faculty to gather opinion and feedback, if not consensus, on initiatives before they’re crafted. Having faculty weigh in on SU’s endeavors last minute or after they’ve been implemented is meaningless, many said. A lack of faculty input on various initiatives often has to do with how time consuming opinion gathering can be for professors already loaded with classes and research, said Kal Alston, senior vice president for human capital development and longtime colleague of Cantor. Although some professors ask for more decision-making power, the reality is most don’t have the time, she said. She recognized what she explained positively was Cantor’s “organic leadership style,” which has turned off people who want more regimented planning. “She doesn’t like to say, ‘We’re going to get to x,’ where x is a very specific item, by x amount of dates, and then everybody makes a plan and follows a plan,” Alston said. “That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have goals, but I think they’re more broad.” “It’s not to everyone’s taste,” she added. THE APPLICATION OF SCHOLARSHIP IN ACTION Many programs have bloomed under the support of the chancellor’s mission, Scholarship in Action: the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Syracuse Community Geography, The Stand newspaper, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, Say Yes to Education, the Syracuse Center of Excellence, to name but a snippet. The idea, focusing research and the fruits of academia on the city and outside world, has ample support across campus, particularly in the professional schools like Falk, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, or the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications — where community involvement is essential to the profession. Every source critical of Cantor’s management style said they shared, or at least respected, the core values behind Scholarship in Action. But there are groups of Cantor’s constituents who say they feel alienated by the implementation of Scholarship in Action and have no forum for recourse. Conversations with the majority of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, SU’s oldest college and the pillar of gen-

A white paper is released on the findings from input and panels on Scholarship in Action.




The Board of Trustees extends Cantor’s contract through 2014, bypassing University Senate rules requiring a review every five years. The senate still conducted the review in fall 2008, and the early renewal was seen as the result of a lack of knowledge of senate bylaws.

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eral education, revealed that after eight years under Cantor, whole departments still do not understand exactly what Scholarship in Action means or how they can apply it to their work. For example, the natural sciences depend extensively on fundamental research, lab-centered projects subjected to a time-consuming peer review process. Some faculty expressed concern that this solitary type of work — which their peers at other schools consider the cornerstone of scholarship — does not fit easily into the obvious definition of Scholarship in Action. Vice Chancellor and Provost Spina said many who talk about Scholarship in Action incorrectly boil it down to public engagement. Even a fundamental physicist can fit into Scholarship in Action, he said. If they’re acquiring grants and research funds, those professors fit. “From my perspective, they are practicing Scholarship in Action because they are out there improving scholarly distinction and faculty excellence.” “Frankly, I think some people don’t want to understand it in that broader sense,” he added. A majority of professors in the liberal arts continue to pursue the same research they did before Cantor’s arrival. But there is a sense among faculty that the university only plays up and provides resources for work that fits under the obvious definition of Scholarship in Action. The university cannot dictate whether engaged scholarship is as good as or more valuable than meeting the standards and expectations set by the profession, said Jaklin Kornfilt, professor of linguistics. “There are some who are likely to misapply this notion of engaged scholarship to any kind of scholarship, viewing it as professional and/ or civic service, and without having such scholarship undergo the usual quality checks in the profession, such as peer review,” Kornfilt said. “Such work would not have made the cut under the usual norms of the academic profession. I don’t know if this is what the chancellor intended.” One department chair in Arts in Sciences said faculty or program directors who want support for a particular project feel they need to pay lip service to Scholarship in Action in their proposals. The need for such disingenuousness is not in the spirit of academic honesty, the chair said. Paul Gandel, a professor in the School of Information Studies and former chief information officer at SU, believes there’s also a lot to be said for purely theoretical work. Students should have the “sheer joy to learn and explore all ideas,” he said. “The real significance of a university is to provide the freedom to explore what others may see as irrelevant. Tomorrow’s great ideas may be what others see as irrelevant today.” In contrast, Cantor has thoroughly explained how departments like African American Studies, and other minority studies, fit into her missions, said Renate Simson, chair and professor in the African American Studies department. “The chancellor has sought to make a

2009 A restructuring of employee benefits is completed.


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The chancellor’s biggest supporters say she’s responsible for driving an upsurge in energy and intra-university collaboration. Administrators compiled this list as a mix of new initiatives Cantor was involved in upon creation, along with projects that existed and expanded with her support.

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Biomaterials Institute Mellon Humanities Corridor Syracuse Student Sandbox Tolley Humanities Center SU Showcase Coalition of Museum and Art Centers Falk Sports Management Program Burton Blatt Institute Neuroscience Initiative Toner Program in Political Reporting La Casita Cultural Center Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute Global Enterprise Technology program Community Geography Program Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) 601 Tully Intergroup Dialogue Near Westside Initiative South Side Innovation Center Community Folk Art Center President’s Climate Commitment Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media

broader intellectual community,” Simson said, “and have the programs at this university represent the diversity of the American population.” “She’s been very, very accessible to us and very supportive, and this is not just my personal opinion,” she added. Simson also said SU’s special emphasis on community involvement hasn’t altered the standards for research or professional work in her department. Engagement is “in addition to, not in place of,” she said. Some professors have even used their public engagement as qualitative research, making Scholarship in Action a means to advance their intellectual work. Mike Haynie, Barnes professor of entrepreneurship, works with veteran entrepreneurs. His observations from working with veterans and small businesses have provided the basis for his recent publications in such outlets as the Journal of Applied Psychology, he said. In pondering why others may be dissatisfied with Scholarship in Action, Haynie said, one solution could be communication, offering clearer channels for these groups of faculty to participate. SAVING FACE AT THE COST OF TRANSPARENCY The public relations handling of the Fine scandal, in which two men accused former associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual molestation, highlights this particular grievance against Cantor’s style of leadership. Cantor and her top advisers prefer not to engage the community in important conversations in which dialogue would open the university and Cantor to public scorn, critics say. In February, Newhouse officials held a symposium, “When Games Turn Grim: Can Media Cover Sports Scandals Responsibly?”


• Goldring Arts Journalism Program • ULSAMP • Institute for Veterans and Military Families • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans • Veterans Technology Program • Connective Corridor • Cold Case Justice Initiative • Lerner Center for Public Health • Colab • UPSTATE Design Institute • Kauffman Student/Faculty Entrepreneurship “Enitiative” • Say Yes to Education • The South Side Stand • The Taishoff Center on Inclusive Higher Education • Center of Excellence/NYE-RIC • Bandier Program for the Music and the Entertainment Industries • South Side Initiative • Imagining America • LA Campus • Janklow Arts Leadership Program • Aging Studies Institute • Green Data Center using the Fine scandal as a teaching moment for journalism and public relations students. A panel of public relations experts criticized the administration’s response to the scandal, saying it was too controlled and insincere. Effective public relations requires building relationships and a two-way conversation with the community, said Brenda Wrigley, chair of the public relations department at Newhouse. The leaders of the university had, and still have, a responsibility to keep their constituents informed about what happened and what is happening with regard to the scandal, she said. “We have a whole university full of thinking people,” she said. “They have a right to information.” If SU leaves its constituents in the dark about important issues, rumors and resentment begin to churn, said Wrigley and two other professors. “The story gets shaped by everyone else but the main player,” she said. “If you want to lead people to great things, there needs to be trust.” The lack of transparency has angered her so much that she stopped donating to the university. The Daily Orange found other examples, even one very high-profile example, of angered donors threatening to pull funding from the university. Many who counter criticism of the chancellor focus on its sexist nature. Focusing the conversation on Cantor’s sensitivity to criticism is a gendered construction, said Cantor and several of her top administrators. Harsh critics and the media would not put a male chancellor through the same degree of character scrutiny, said several deans. In the fall, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney referenced Cantor when discussing the difficulties and sexism female

February: A question in University Senate regarding increasing enrollment and diversity sparks debate.

October: The Chronicle of Higher Education releases an article titled, “Syracuse’s Slide?” that looks critically at SU’s community involvement and slip in the national rankings.

leaders face from their opposition, according to an article published in The Post-Standard on Nov. 13. Wrigley, who studies gender in communications, said it’s important to consider such a possibility, but it doesn’t explain her grievances. “I’m not an old, white man,” she said. The administration’s reaction to the slip in national ranking presents another example of dismissing thorough investigation and conversation about a campus-wide concern. Any direct connection between Cantor’s mission and SU’s slip in national rankings remains unsubstantiated. But their responses at open meetings like USen make clear the chancellor and her top administrators have very little patience for publicly exploring what caused the drop. Many faculty, staff and even some deans who spoke to The Daily Orange find it difficult to defy SU’s peer institutions and ignore slips in the rankings. One such concerned dean includes one of Cantor’s supporters, Melvin Stith of Whitman. This spring, Whitman dropped from 47 to 61 in best business school rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek. Stith shares Cantor’s concern that the rankings fail to accurately capture the students’ academic experience. But that hasn’t stopped him from asking difficult questions. Stith has contacted Bloomberg to get more information about the drop. He’s also particularly concerned about the teaching category, which dropped from an A rating to a B rating, he said. To get answers, Stith expanded the satisfaction survey usually reserved for graduating seniors to include juniors, too. He’s also in conversations throughout the school to find out what may have led to the decreased teaching grade. Vice Chancellor and Provost Spina said he and fellow top administrators expect the rankings will catch up to the energy and growth on campus in the long run, and that the drop reflects short-term influences on national rankings. “Short-term, am I concerned?” he said. “No.” Conversations about academic reputation, academic missions or enrollment should not simply include conversations with faculty; the faculty body should have near “total power” in deciding them, said Schrecker, the expert in higher education. Universities nationwide are dealing with a decline in shared faculty governance, Schrecker said. It’s been very hard for faculties to regain lost inclusion in academic planning. “It’s very important for professors to be able to feel that they have a say, that they get listened to, even if legally they don’t have the final say,” she said. “It’s hard for faculty to regain their voice … and get the kind of sustained faculty activism that may be necessary.” —Development Editor Kathleen Ronayne contributed reporting to this article.


Cantor will be up for review by students and faculty.




April: USen’s adhoc committee on enrollment presents a report, which finds SU doesn’t have adequate systems in place to monitor how changes in enrollment affect faculty and students.

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Of the 15 set positions in rugby — each dis-


had the right to be who they were. She celebrated differences in others,” Joann Pfeifer said. Pfeifer played rugby for four years at Unionville High School in Unionville, Pa., close to her hometown of Kennett Square. She was one of the founding members of the girls’ varsity rugby program at the high school, former head coach Kim Daly said in an email. Pfeifer was a valuable asset, both on and off team, Daly said. “In any sport, most athletes specialize in mastering one position, maybe two. Not Jessie.


and one of the individuals chosen to be a Remembrance Scholar, applied for the award because she attended the same New York high school as Theo Cohen, one of the victims of the attack. Balch once lived on the same floor as the Lockerbie Scholars, and she said she wants to increase student participation in the event. “I participated in Remembrance Week event freshman year through present, and so it just means a lot to be one of the scholars I’ve been supporting since freshman year.” The scholars come from numerous colleges on campus. Selected students demonstrate scholarship, citizenship and service to the community, according to the Remembrance Scholars website. It is considered to be one of the greatest honors an SU student can receive. Said O’Rourke: “These are people who are not only accomplished academically, but who really care about their community and making a difference in the world, and that is what sets them apart from others.”

“She was always herself. She was always spontaneous, creative, the center of attention, loud, beautiful and fun.” Christos Koutsourades SOPHOMORE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

tinctly different, with its own specific skill set — we would regularly call on Jessie to play any one of a half dozen of those positions, often with

very little advance notice. We knew we could count on Jess to unflinchingly and reliably step in wherever we needed her.” It was this kind of versatility and willing attitude that helped lead Pfeifer’s high school rugby team finish its season as one of the top four teams in the state in 2008, Pfeifer’s senior year, Daly said. Daly said she’s coached many players throughout the years, and there are always a few students who stand out as being exceptionally talented. Pfeifer was one of those students, she said. Maureen Finn, a junior television, radio and film major and member of APO, said she approached anything Pfeifer did with a radiant amount of energy and joy. “In all of my memories of her, she was such a

welcoming person,” Finn said. “She was always willing to help, always willing to step up.” Pfeifer’s infectious attitude was one that moved everyone around her, Finn said. “I just picture her smile,” she said. “It was just contagious.” There is a box located at 110 Bray Hall on the ESF campus for anyone who would like to put a card or a letter in it for Pfeifer’s family. All cards must be deposited into the box by May 3. ESF officials who are attending Pfeifer’s services will be taking the box down to her family. Pfeifer’s services will be held May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pa.


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UC San Diego researcher gets out of ticket by writing physics paper

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aying off traffic tickets is a nuisance for Dmitri Krioukov, who recently went above and beyond the typical methods of flirtation or flattery to get out of paying his. Krioukov, a University of California San Diego physicist, wrote a four-page paper titled “The Proof of Innocence,” using mathematical and scientific evidence to get out of paying a $400 ticket for not stopping at a stop sign. His paper worked. After 10 minutes in front of a judge, Krioukov was ruled no longer responsible for the ticket, according to an April 18 article in the Los Angeles Times. The paper is now posted online in hopes that other drivers will be able to use his work to get out of paying their own tickets for rolling stops, according to the article. Police issued Krioukov a ticket for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, otherwise known as a “California Stop.” Krioukov claimed in court that a car moving at a constant speed looks the same as a car that moves quickly, briefly

stops and then accelerates again, according to an April 20 article on Krioukov said the police officer who issued him the ticket was about 100 feet away from the incident, facing Krioukov’s car perpendicularly, which distorted his sense of Krioukov’s speed before he stopped the vehicle. Krioukov said he had actually stopped at the stop sign, but a passing car briefly blocked the officer’s view, according to an April 14 article. By the time the officer saw Krioukov’s vehicle again, it had started moving, but the officer’s sense of the car’s speed made it seem like Krioukov had never stopped at all, according to the article. In his paper, Krioukov used an example of a train coming toward a platform to justify his case. From afar, Krioukov said, it looks as if the train is not moving at all. However, as it comes closer, it moves rather fast. Krioukov examined many details of the incident in his paper, including the fact that he sneezed as he approached the stop sign, causing

him to press harder on the brake pedal than he normally would have. In addition, Krioukov said a UCSD academic building obstructed the officer’s vision of the incident, according to the LA Times article. “As a result of this unfortunate coincidence, the (police officer’s) perception of reality did not properly reflect reality,” Krioukov wrote in his paper. Krioukov’s success at beating the ticket is rare. A spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said a ticket given to someone who doesn’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign is usually difficult to beat in court, according to the April 20 article. Krioukov claimed the math and science used in the paper are fairly elementary and only took about five to 10 minutes to calculate. “(This is) particular physics and math that you can study in high school,” Krioukov said in the LA Times article. “All you need to know is classical mechanics and a little bit of geometry.”

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program regarding West’s death. “Bill was a loyal and dedicated teacher in the Honors Program for many decades,” Holzwarth said in the email. “We will miss him very much.” West taught in the honors program for more than three decades, Holzwarth said. He said West also taught at Onondaga Community College and OASIS, an adult education program. “He taught all over the city and was remarkable for the breadth of knowledge he had about the arts in particular,” Holzwarth said. West had extensive knowledge of music, theatre and opera, he said. West also used to write art reviews for The Post-Standard. “It’s what kept him — he was struggling with cancer for most of this year — coming to work every day, and kept him getting up every morning, was his love of teaching and his students,” Holzwarth said. West had a master’s degree in geography, a master’s of philosophy in humanities and a doctorate in humanities, all of which he received from SU. While reading student evaluations of West’s classes, Holzwarth said he found students had nothing but kind and positive things to say about the professor. Ben Glidden, sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major, said he knew on the first

not been charged. The club is scheduled to play two exhibition games against NBA teams in October. It is known for employing Golden State Warriors center Jeremy Tyler two seasons ago, when

he turned pro before graduating high school, according to the article. The club previously traveled to the United States in 2010 for an exhibition game against the New Jersey Nets.

day of his Interpretation of Drama class that West would be a dedicated professor. “He came into class on the first day and told us, ‘If you don’t love theatre and drama, then you should leave,’” Glidden said. “Right then I knew that it was a guy who loves what he teaches.” When West sat in his chair to give a lecture to the class, Glidden said it was as if the man whom he previously considered to be soft-spoken was on stage, giving a performance. “He told us he was having some trouble with the chemotherapy, but I just never thought he would lose that fight. He always seemed so optimistic and so positive about it,” Glidden said. Brigid Demko, freshman advertising major in West’s Interpretation of Drama class, said West was one of the most intelligent professors she has ever had. She said she loved the way West used personal anecdotes from his own life to keep his lectures from being too stiff. Demko said one of her favorite memories of West, who was British, was when he talked about sending love letters on Valentine’s Day. She said West told the class that in England, valentines aren’t signed. He would sign his with a compass marked with north, south and east, but leave a question mark where the West should have been. Early in the course, Demko said West told students he might not have as much energy as he used to, but was still dedicated to teaching the class he loved. “I just think it’s amazing how, up until a

“He came into class on the first day and told us, ‘If you don’t love theater and drama, then you should leave.’ Right then I knew that it was a guy who loves what he teaches.”

Ben Glidden


week ago, he was in the classroom, still teaching,” Demko said. Although class won’t be the same without West, Demko said the students will complete the remainder of the work for the semester. Demko said: “We have one play left we’re currently reading in class and the play we’re reading out of class, and I definitely know those kids are going to appreciate those works as best they can to honor Professor West.” A funeral mass will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 310 Montgomery St. in Syracuse. — Staff writer Meredith Newman contributed reporting to this article



april 26, 2012

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the sweet stuff in the middle



daily orange file photos MayFest was founded in 2007 when a student suggested to have a “block party” where students could have parties on their lawns. At its peak, about 3,500 students trekked around Euclid Avenue. In 2009, SU stepped in due to complaints and changed its location to Walnut Park.

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By Meredith Newman STAFF WRITER

alking down jam-packed streets while waving hello to basketball players like Jonny Flynn and Kris Joseph. Students competitively playing beer pong on their porches. These are some of Erich Berckman’s fondest memories of MayFest. To many seniors like Berckman, a broadcast journalism major, memories of last year’s MayFest at Walnut Park will never replace memories made on Euclid Avenue as freshmen. As MayFest approaches this Friday, the senior

“Walnut creates a safer environment for students to celebrate. They don’t have to be concerned with violations or getting in trouble.” Rob Dekker


Students reminisce about how MayFest was once celebrated

class will be the last class of Syracuse University students to experience the original MayFest. Before becoming an SU staple, MayFest originated as a day off from classes for a campus-wide event to showcase students’ academic work. Then, in 2007, an SU student sparked the idea of a “block party” through Facebook. He encouraged students to have parties on the lawns of their off-campus houses and apartment buildings off Euclid. “At Euclid, MayFest had a sense of a community,” said Aaron Calder, a senior economics major. “Now, it’s kind of weird because the campus is split between Walnut and Euclid.

You don’t really have that feeling like you did before.” Calder’s favorite memory on Euclid was climbing the roof of a house with friends and looking out on four blocks of students partying wildly. In April 2007, at the height of MayFest, there were more than 3,500 students lining the sidewalks, according to a 2010 Daily Orange article. Senior Matt Novak prefers having MayFest on Euclid because the streets are filled with students. He added that he will always remember the beautiful weather and the crowds of people.


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Block Party shifts to electronic show By Erik van Rheenen ASST. FEATURE EDITOR

This Friday’s Block Party will be one of many firsts. The annual concert will be the first to feature an electronic dance music artist as a headliner. It will be the first to feature an innovative seating format for a University Union sponPhantogram, Cold War sored concert in the Kids, DJ Kaskade to Carrier Dome. It will perform also be the first to feaWhere: Carrier Dome ture a more advanced When: Friday, 6:30 lighting system than p.m. that of past concerts. How much: Tickets For freshman Baiare available at the Schine box office for ley Pfohl, it will be her first Block Party ever. $16 “Everyone told me I absolutely had to go see Block Party,” said Pfohl, an art history major. DJ Kaskade, opening rockers Cold War Kids and indie-pop band Phantogram will

Block Party

“We’ve been working all year to make changes on the production. This is a good one.”

Ken Consor


take the stage at Block Party on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and For-

estry students with valid student IDs at the Schine Box Office for $16. UU aimed to make the concert more of an electronic concert experience, said Ken Consor, director of University Union Concerts and junior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries. The organization rigged a lights show for Kaskade’s set and will have more standing room available in the Dome. “We’ve been working all year to make changes on the production,” he said. Initial reactions to the announcement of the concert’s lineup were mixed. Disappointed students started a Twitter hashtag, #ThingsIdRatherDoThanGoToBlockParty, and UU hosted an open forum for students to voice complaints. Pfohl bought her ticket for the show blindly, but after researching the artists she decided this was an overdramatic response. “I think the reaction was just a bunch of overdemanding students being ungrateful,” she said. “I really like Cold War Kids now. People are just rude.” But despite buying tickets for the concert, students like freshman Sarah Bogden still aren’t thrilled by the performers. “My friends back home are Kaskade fans, so that’s why I heard of him,” said Bogden, who is undecided in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I was disappointed, though, since I thought a bigger name would come.” Consor said that UU booked three diverse acts to reach different student audiences. Cold War Kids bring an indie-rock aspect that recent UU concerts have lacked, and Phantogram is an up-and-coming indie-pop group. “Cold War Kids are known for putting on great live performances,” Consor said. “And we’re excited to expose Phantogram to concertgoers.”

Block Party’s lineup is one of the concert’s most diverse set of acts in the show’s history. With three varied performers set to take the stage, here’s a quick look at what songs to expect from Block Party’s two biggest acts.

Cold War Kids

“Hang Me Out to Dry”- The group will be sure to save its jangly breakthrough single for later in their set. “Audience”- One of Cold War Kids’ most mainstream-friendly songs, this falsettosoaked tune will get students’ toes tapping and hands clapping.


“Room For Happiness”- Don’t expect Skylar Grey to come out and sing the hook like she does on the album version, but the DJ should still spin his anti-depression anthem. “I Remember”- Electronic artists borrow from each others’ works often, so it’s not unlikely that Kaskade will play this collaboration with Deadmau5.

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Winner receives


Walnut Park


After his performance, Kaskade will launch his “Freaks of Nature” tour. His last album, “Fire and Ice,” peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard charts. The DJ will headline two basketball arenas in the span of a few months. After playing at the Dome, he will be the first EDM artist to headline the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “He’s playing the same place that hosts the Grammys,” Consor said. “Students who like to dance and hear live electronic music can see him at a low price.”

Wyatt LeBeau, SUNY ESF Qualifier Winner, Spring 2012


Mike Schwemmer 2nd place Qualifier, Spring 2012

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Robert John Murphy, Theta Chi & triathlon 3rd Place Qualifier, Spring 2012

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Beatles fanatics come together for screening By Claire Dunderman STAFF WRITER

The Beatles garner recognition from music listeners around the world. Through University Union Cinemas, Beatles fans can see the band on the big screen with the remastered animated film “Yellow Submarine.” It will play Thursday at 7 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium. University Union “Yellow Submarine” Cinemas will screen was an out-of-print the animated film Where: Gifford audi- film recently restored torium with work done on each When: Today at 7 individual frame of anip.m. mation. The film, first How much: Free released in 1968. The first 100 students in attendance will receive prizes, including Beatles lithograph posters. SU teamed up with EMI/Capitol Records Promotions in Syracuse for the screening. Campus promotions for EMISyracuse are the main reason for the movie hitting SU’s theater. Junior political science major Mika Posecion is the EMI campus representative and program director for WERW, the SU student-run radio station. Posecion said that WERW collaborated with UU before. The two organizations worked together on producing David Guetta’s “Nothing But the Beat” documentary.

“Yellow Submarine”

One student from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Sam Kogon, is particularly excited for the event. “I’m possibly the biggest Beatles fan in all of Syracuse. I’ve seen Paul three times and caught Ringo’s show a few summers back,” said Kogan, the junior environmental policy major. Kogon hosts a WERW radio show called “Swing & Sway with Sammy K,” a Beatlesthemed show. He stressed that while he is looking forward to seeing the screening, the movie features very little of the band members. “In my opinion, the best part of ‘Yellow Submarine’ is the score written by Beatles producer George Martin,” Kogan said. “His score is the closest thing you get to having a real Beatle in the movie.” The film takes its title from the track in the band’s album “Revolver” and was the secondto-last film the Beatles worked on. Unlike that film, actors voiced the Fab Four’s characters during “Yellow Submarine.” Regardless of how involved the Beatles were during its production, Posecion predicts the psychedelic movie will be a stimulating experience for fans. Said Posecion: “It’s the first time a newly remastered Beatles movie will hit campus, and SU has the opportunity to be the first to screen the movie to the general public.”


The Red Carpet will go down on Montgomery Street on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 as Syracuse prepares for the World Premier of Crooked Arrows, the first mainstream film featuring the sport of Lacrosse. Neal Powless, a former All American Lacrosse player and Onondaga Nation Citizen, is a co-producer of the film. “This is an important project and moment for the Onondaga Nation and all Lacrosse players around the world of Lacrosse. This film truly depicts the traditions of our game of Lacrosse and the challenges that many native people experience in daily life,” Powless said recently. Crooked Arrows tells the story of a Native American high school team on their unlikely journey to the state lacrosse championship game against their prep school rivals. Along the way, the team rediscovers their connection to the spiritual tradition of the ancient sport. Tickets for the World Premier event are available through Ticketmaster and the OnCenter Box Office. The box office opens at 6:30pm; the film premiers at 8pm. Cast members, Onondaga Nation leaders, and a notable group of dignitaries are expected to attend this special world premier event that will also be simulcast to locations across the United States. For more information:,


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Annual MayFest event puts four varied acts into spotlight By Allie Caren STAFF WRITER

Four artists on the rise, plus free alcohol and food, will be in store for students who attend MayFest in Walnut Park. On F r id ay, though the weather Four artists and free alcohol and food will be doesn’t look promising, the Student provided to welcome the end of the semester Association and Where: Walnut Park University Union When: Friday. 1 p.m. will host their annuHow much: Free for al MayFest concert. undergraduates, graduAs part of Syraates must present ticket cuse University tradition, the outdoor show will welcome the end



“Euclid is so much better because it feels like the entire world is there,” said Novak, a psychology major. In 2009, the university announced that students weren’t going to have the day off for MayFest. This angered a lot of students, University Union President Rob Dekker said. The intensity of student partying upset the local community and the city of Syracuse, prompting the event’s cancellation. The university then named the day SU Showcase to diminish the connotation of it being a day for the students to party. In 2010, Student Association and UU came together with the hopes to act as a voice for students and address their anger toward the

of another school year. And even with low temperatures expected, it will also be a celebration of spring. The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. in Walnut Park, located by Marshall Street and East Adams Street in front of E.S. Bird Library. Despite forecasts calling for rain, UU President Rob Dekker said the event will only be canceled if the weather presents any threat to attendees. “It will be rain or shine,” he said. Though the event is free for all undergraduate students with a valid Syracuse University or State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ID, all graduate students from both schools and College of Law students must present a pre-

purchased ticket. Aer will be the first act to take the stage at 1:45 p.m. The group is an up-and-coming hip-hop/rap act with a Slightly Stoopid kind of vibe, according to the duo’s website. David von Mering and Carter Schultz’s first album hit iTunes in May 2011. The next performer will be Philadelphia native 5 & A Dime at 2:20 p.m. A disc jockey, mash-up artist and producer triple-threat, he is known for high-energy performances coupled with a light show, according to his website. Up third is YouTube phenomenon Timef lies, set to perform at 3:05 p.m. Timef lies puts out a new mix on the site every Tuesday. Cal Shapiro, a 23-year-old New York City native and his 22-year-old producer, Rob

“Rez” Resnick, dropped their first album in late September. Since then, they have toured colleges and local venues, performing their music compilations, which include pop, dubstep and Disney. The show will end with solo performer Outasight, creator of “Tonight Is the Night,” which peaked at the 20th spot on the Billboard charts. Perhaps the most experienced of the lineup, pop singer Richard Andrew has been performing since 2007 and signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2009 when he made his mainstream debut. With four up-and-coming acts on the bill, this year’s MayFest concert will wind down the semester with a bang.

cancellation, Dekker said. “We wanted to keep the tradition alive but have it be beneficial for the SU community and avoid any violations that could possibly occur,” Dekker said. He added the occurrence of violations during the intense partying, such as noise complaints, on Euclid didn’t reflect well on the university. What resulted was MayFest taking place at Walnut, Dekker said. This move created a perfect marriage of the students’ and the university’s desires. “Walnut creates a safer environment for students to celebrate. They don’t have to be concerned with violations or getting in trouble,” Dekker said. To Berckman, MayFest on Euclid is a completely different experience than on Walnut due to the larger presence of the Department of Public Safety officers. On Euclid, the police were less strict about drinking and partying. Berckman recalled that underage students had the ability

to get into the parties on Euclid and said Walnut is an easier area to control underage drinking. Calder said he believes that safety should be a No. 1 priority at MayFest. “I know sometimes freshmen have the tendency to go overboard,” Calder said. “There are a lot of nice guys in DPS. They just want to make

sure that everyone is safe.” Although his experiences on Euclid were superior to those at Walnut, Calder said there is one major benefit to having MayFest at Walnut. He said: “The fact that at Walnut the university will buy you a free beer is pretty awesome.”


MayFest concerts have been an integral part of the spring celebration. Here’s a look at artists who have and will grace the stage at Walnut Park.


Aer- Group combining reggae, acoustic pop and indie rock 5 & a Dime- DJ, mash-up artist and producer Timeflies- Hip-hop producing duo

Outasight- Pop singer behind “Tonight is the Night”


The Cataracs- Hip-hop duo featured on “Like a G6” Hoodie Allen- Up-and-coming rapper, released “All American” EP Guy Harrison- Student rapper hailing from Jersey


Delirium- Student performer XV- Old-school rapper from Kansas RJD2- Producer for hip-hop artists


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Spark s Lackluster duo fails to reinvent overused romance formula


By Daniel Taroy STAFF WRITER

udiences often grow tired of the same tricks — Michael Bay’s movies have too many explosions and Tim Burton’s movies have too much Johnny Depp — but they’re inexplicably hoodwinked by Nicholas Sparks’ unsurprising stories of romance and destiny. For anyone fortunate enough to have eluded the sickly-sweet allure of a Sparks movie, trailers for “The Lucky One” are enough to spoil the movie and its predecessors. Sure, moviegoers could deduce that its star players Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling would indulge in some opposites-attract tension before eventually falling in love, like sharing a kiss in the rain or in the shower before setting sail together on an old white boat. But some element of surprise would have been nice. Efron plays Logan, a Marine officer who served in Iraq. He credits his survival to a photo he found of a mysterious woman, whom he calls his “guardian angel.” After suffering a few episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder following his return home, he walks from Colorado to Louisiana to find the blonde in the snapshot. Apparently traveling 1000 miles on foot is a stronger test of love than

surviving a war. And because no one in a Sparks story works in a cubicle or at any normal job, Logan finds Beth (Schilling) working at a dog kennel within her massive estate. He pensively looks at her like she’s heaven-sent, but she’s just your average single mother. You know, the one wearing denim shorts and a loose button-down shirt like a model straight out of a Lucky Brand catalog. Once viewers notice just how good-looking and unfairly straightforward their lives are, they see “The Lucky One” for what it really is: a series of doe-eyed glances between beautiful people and not so much of a returning-veteran drama. Without having to try too hard, Schilling fits comfortably into her slight role. Even though she’s better than her on-screen partner at expressing her conflicting emotions — a longing sigh here, a cathartic sob there — the movie sells her performance short. Even her subplot involving a hotheaded ex-husband gets overlooked for moments of pensive eye contact with Efron’s emotionally vulnerable character. Just like her photo counterpart, she’s more an object of the movie’s desire than a three-dimensional woman. While Schilling might be a wallflower in this run-of-the-mill love story, Efron is glaringly out of place. Although three high-

energy installments of “High School Musical” might be responsible for the permanent image of a dancing Efron, he doesn’t seem like the right fit for a brooding, tatted-up Marine. By restraining his natural charisma to play stoic Logan, he becomes so blank and expressionless that he looks uncomfortable for most of the movie’s 101-minute runtime — one which could have benefited from a generous shave. Efron’s limited range and Schilling’s character constraints make it impossible to gauge the couple’s chemistry, resulting in a love story that isn’t as emotionally compelling as it should be. Granted, no on-screen couple is as charming, convincing or memorable as Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in “The Notebook.” But that doesn’t keep studios from attempting to recreate that same dynamic. As a result, the movie’s real star is its gorgeous Southern backdrop. The small Louisianan town is almost mythical in its beauty and simplicity, like something out of a sweeping 1950s romantic melodrama of sunsets and swans. Unfortunately, “The Lucky One” falls short of sweeping, let alone romantic. Instead, its nauseating melodrama smothers even the slightest desire for another Sparks confection.

graphic illustration by elizabeth hart | design editor

“THE LUCKY ONE” Director: Scott Hicks

Cast: Zac Efron, Taylor Schillings and Blythe Danner Release date: April 20, 2012 Rating:

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Orange ready for late-season showdown with Greyhounds By Stephen Bailey ASST. COPY EDITOR

In the semifinals of last season’s Big East tournament, Syracuse trailed Loyola by three goals with less than 1:30 left. The Orange cut the deficit to one but fell short. SU was eliminated from the conference tournament and failed to make the NCAA tournament. Who: Loyola This Friday, Syracuse Where: SU Soccer has its first opportunity Stadium When: Friday, 7 p.m. for revenge. “It’s like a playoff game for us,” senior defender Jill Cammett said. “It’s for the Big East regular season championship, and I think we’re taking it like it’s pretty much the national tournament.” Though this weekend isn’t the postseason, it does boast SU’s last two regular-season games. No. 2 Syracuse (13-2, 6-0 Big East) hosts the No. 14 Greyhounds (10-4, 6-0) Friday at 7 p.m. at the SU Soccer Stadium because the Carrier Dome is hosting Block Party. The Orange then closes its regular-season slate against Villanova (4-10, 2-4 Big East) Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. A pair of victories would net Syracuse the conference crown and send it into postseason play on a program-best, 14-game winning streak. And a win over Loyola would give the Orange a mental edge over the Greyhounds


should they meet again in this year’s Big East tournament. Loyola is second in the nation with 11.6 caused turnovers per game and has won six of its last seven games starting with a marquee victory over No. 6 Notre Dame on April 1. But Cammett said the Orange — ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense — isn’t intimidated. “We’re not going to change anything and react to their defense at all,” Cammett said. “From here, we’re just going to run our plays, do what we need to do and get it done like we have in the past games.” And 12 straight wins, coming by an average of nearly nine goals per game, certainly qualifies as getting it done. Six Orange players enter the weekend with more than 20 goals, led by sophomore Alyssa Murray (54) and junior Michelle Tumolo (33). Both were named finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy. “They’re really good at getting caused turnovers, so we need to make sure that we’re protecting our sticks and just focusing on all the fundamentals,” Tumolo said. Loyola defenders Kellye Gallagher and Ana Heneberry have forced a combined 69 turnovers, but the duo has committed 74 of the Greyhound’s 302 fouls this season. Loyola has also been charged with 23 yellow cards, tied for seventh-most in the nation.

ankur patankar | presentation director JILL CAMMETT and Syracuse can secure the Big East regular-season title with a win over Loyola Friday. Loyola ended SU’s season in the conference tournament last season. “They have a couple really aggressive defenders,” SU head coach Gary Gait said, “but with caused turnovers come fouls. So we’re also working on executing eight meters, executing fouls and free positions.” If the Orange can execute and earn a sweep this weekend, it would go into the Big East tournament as the No. 1 seed and give it a chance to get the No. 1 overall ranking in the NCAA tournament. Perennial powerhouse No. 1 Northwestern fell to No. 3 Florida 8-7 on Saturday, its first loss since last season, leaving that top spot up for grabs. But Cammett and the Orange aren’t con-

cerned about rankings. “I don’t think rankings mean much to us right now,” Cammett said. “We’ve just got to play our game.” On Friday, the Orange looks to continue its game-by-game approach. SU hopes the same approach that’s carried it this far — to the highest ranking in program history — will put the team in position to land its first-ever national championship. But it all starts with Loyola on Friday. “They knocked us out of everything last year, and I think we’re excited to have that opportunity to play them for the regular-season title,” Gait said.

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Hursey develops into elite distance runner in career at SU By Phil D’Abbraccio STAFF WRITER

Katie Hursey only started competing in track and field at North Carroll High School (Md.) to stay in shape for soccer. When she started having success, her allegiances switched. But that was only the start. “I really fell in love with it once I What: Penn Relays came to college, Where: Philadelphia, Pa. being around everyWhen: Friday to Saturday one on our team who loves it,” she said. Now a record-holding, fifth-year senior at Syracuse, Hursey has enjoyed a historically successful career with the Orange. At last weekend’s Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., Hursey finished first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:16.57. The distance runner holds the school record in the event, running it in 10:08.44 at the preliminary round of the 2011 NCAA outdoor championships. Hursey said she wants to break the record again this year. When the Orange travels to Philadelphia this week for the Penn Relays, Hursey will stay in Syracuse to prepare for her next chance to break the record at the Big East championships from May 4-6. “It’s pretty neat,” she said of having a Syracuse school record. “I hope to get it again this year. They’re always getting improved on, so it’s nice to have one.” Hursey said winning the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational has boosted her confidence. In preparation for the conference championships, Hursey said she needs to continue working hard


in practice and maintaining the right mindset. In last year’s Big East championship, Hursey finished second and senior Heather Stephens placed third, both just under five seconds behind Connecticut’s Meghan Cunningham. “I think we have the motivation from last year because both of us know we can be the best,” Stephens said. If Hursey proves herself as the top steeplechase runner in the conference, the victory will serve as reassurance that she pursued the right

“I’ve improved so much. I’ve accomplished things I never would’ve thought possible coming in.”

Katie Hursey


sport out of high school. Despite her lack of track experience, Hursey excelled as a runner immediately. Hursey showed she was a raw talent and won Maryland state championships in a multiple events. She also caught the eye of Syracuse head coach Chris Fox. “She didn’t know anything about the sport,” Fox said. “There was something about her being so inexperienced, but being so good, that was appealing.” The support of the Syracuse coaching staff and her teammates made the transition in college much easier, Hursey said. Under their

direction, Hursey has made incredible strides in her time with the Orange. “Oh, my gosh, I’ve improved so much,” Hursey said. “I’ve accomplished things I never would’ve thought possible coming in.” Fox said the distance runner has enhanced her skills each year, from handling the rigors of practice to taking better care of her body. But he knows she has plenty of room for improvement. Fox said if Hursey runs like she did at Princeton, she is capable of winning the Big East championship and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Fox said she needs to stay out in front, be patient for the first five laps and then use her strength and hurdling ability to take over the last half-mile of the steeplechase. Aside from earning another shot at a national title, Hursey has her eyes set on something she has wanted her entire college career. Last

year, she was named second team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but she isn’t going to settle for that. “Hopefully I can be a real All-American this year,” Hursey said.


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1 Hursey Syracuse 10:16.57 2 Petrina Saucony 10:16.81 3 Newbery Unattached 10:18.10 4 Stephens Syracuse 10:20.01 5 Busby Syracuse 10:20.65 6 Nerud Unattached 10:27.61 7 Hamric West Virginia 10:28.71 8 Anderson Columbia 10:31.40 9 Ellerbrock Syracuse Chargers 10:33.19 10 MacKay Syracuse 10:34.66


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After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against DePaul 3-2, the Orange won the second game 5-3 in extra innings. In the first game in Chicago, DePaul (28-18, 9-7 Big East) got off to a fast start against the Orange DEPAUL 3 (35-12, 12-4). SU startSYRACUSE 2 ing pitcher Jenna Caira allowed two runs in the SYRACUSE 5 second inning, putting DEPAUL 3 the Orange in a 2-0 hole. And the Blue Demons didn’t stop there. Caira’s counterpart, DePaul pitcher Kirsten Verdun, doubled down the line to drive in a run to help her own cause and put DePaul up 3-0. Meanwhile, Verdun baffled the SU hitters throughout the game. The Syracuse lineup finally woke up when it rallied in the fifth. Emily Thompson scored on a misplayed f ly ball to right field off the bat of Carey-Leigh Thomas. Julie



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Wambold then scored on a base hit from Leah Porter, but the offense stalled from there and SU couldn’t find a way to tie the game in its last two innings. DePaul jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the second game, but Veronica Grant’s tworun home run in the seventh inning gave the Orange the lead. DePaul tied it in the bottom half, leading to extra innings. In the ninth inning, senior second baseman Stephanie Watts launched a two-run shot to give SU the lead again. And this time, SU held off the Blue Demons in the bottom half of the inning. Caira picked up the win, going five innings in relief after pitching a complete game in the front end of the doubleheader. The Orange takes on Connecticut in a threegame set this weekend in Storrs, Conn.




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Maltz finished with four goals and Palasek had three. Maltz followed up with a six-goal

“As long as we execute, play better and do the things we’re supposed to do, it’ll take care of itself.”

Tommy Palasek


performance in a 13-12 win over Hobart, with Palasek adding one. In the Orange’s upset loss to Georgetown, neither scored. The Hoyas’ defense took them out of the game completely, and the Syracuse offense struggled. Averaging the second-most goals per game in the Big East with two per game, Maltz’s role in SU’s offense is critical. He also has a target on his back. Opposing defenses focus on him, but he has to make adjustments to make plays to counter that attention. “I see it every game,” Maltz said. “I just try to do the best I can to get open or set picks for my teammates, or move as much as I can to create as much havoc for the defense as possible.” Overall, Syracuse’s offense was ugly against Georgetown. Desko said 22 turnovers this late in the season is never something he wants to see. Against the Irish, the Orange will need to make the most out of every opportunity it has to score. If that means holding onto the ball longer than it normally would without stalling, then the Orange will execute that game plan. But to do that, SU needs to hold on to the ball.

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“You turn the ball over more than 20 times, you can be prepared that the team’s probably going to beat up on you pretty good,” Palasek said, “especially if they’ve got an offense that can create off those turnovers.” If Syracuse manages to take down Notre Dame, it’ll have a top-10 win on its schedule that could be enough to impress the NCAA selection committee when it gives out at-large bids. The Orange will need one if it doesn’t win the Big East tournament next week. Against the country’s best defense, a clean, complete performance from Syracuse’s offense is needed more than ever. What SU has done in previous games is irrelevant. All that matters now is its performance Saturday. “As long as we execute, play better and do the things we’re supposed to do,” Palasek said, “it’ll take care of itself.”


Syracuse has yet to earn a marquee victory this season. The Orange has gone 1-5 against ranked teams, with its lone win coming over then-No. 10 Princeton in the Carrier Dome April 7. SU has one final chance to defeat an elite opponent in the regular season when it takes on No. 4 Notre Dame this Saturday in South Bend, Ind. Here’s a look at the team’s performance against ranked opponents thus far: DATE


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FOOTBA LL McShay slotted Jones to go 16th to the New York Jets in his scenario-based mock draft back on April 11, while fellow ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has also penciled Jones in at No. 12 for the Seahawks in his most recent mock published Wednesday. Another potential landing spot for Jones could be with the Baltimore Ravens at 29th overall. His oldest brother, Art, a Ravens defensive tackle, played with Chandler at Union-Endicott High School before they played together for two years at Syracuse. He said a third opportunity to put his fist in the dirt next to his brother’s would be a “dream come true.” But Art said that regardless of where Chandler goes — even if that ends up being an AFC rival — the bond of brotherhood won’t be broken. “No matter what, we’re a family,” Art said. “Whoever drafts him, they’re going to get a great player. They’re going to get a guy that’s

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going to come and work every day. “... If he gets drafted to the Steelers, I’ll be

happy for him. I don’t know if I’m going to wear that hat on draft day, but I’m definitely going to be in his corner.” Art guided Chandler throughout their time as teammates, and the older brother is proud to see how far he has come. But now Chandler has a chance to carve out his own legacy at the professional level. “If (Chandler) wants to outdo me and be in the NFL too, then he just has to really start believing in his gifts and his abilities, and the rest is history,” Art said. On Thursday, Chandler will stay in his hometown of Endicott. He’ll relax with friends and family at Bones’ house, receiving the same comfort he provided Bones before UFC 145 last weekend. But neither relaxation nor his rapidly rising stock can ease the tension that’s consumed him since he boarded the plane with Bones in Atlanta. Only a call from his first NFL employer Thursday night will turn Jones’ anxiousness to relief. After that, he’ll book his next flight. “I can go anywhere,” Jones said. “In three days, I could be living in California or Texas. You never know.”


Phillip Thomas spent three seasons at Syracuse until he was suspended for one year last November for violating athletic department policy. Thomas then declared for the NFL Draft, where he is projected to go in the fourth or fifth round. Thomas established himself as the Orange’s top playmaker last season, leading the team in tackles and interceptions through 10 games. Here’s a look at his career statistics throughout his three seasons at SU: YEAR



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Here’s a look at where experts slate Thomas in their latest mock drafts: SOURCE



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The stretch of games where Syracuse’s offense came alive to score at will is in the past. The last time SU played, its offense was sloppy, scorers took ill-advised shots and the unit as a whole looked off. Heading into Who: Notre Dame arguably Where: South Bend, Ind. its bigWhen: Saturday, 5 p.m. gest game Channel: ESPNU of the season, the Syracuse attack needs to find its rhythm again. “Obviously, when you lose a game, no one really cares about those games anymore because it becomes: ‘What have you done lately?’” SU attack Tommy Palasek said. “We’ve just got to go back to what we were doing before and have a short memory.” The Orange’s offense has been inconsistent all year, clicking on all cylinders at times while revealing its inexperience at others. It has made goaltenders look elite and clueless. When No. 17 Syracuse (7-6, 3-2 Big East) plays No. 4 Notre Dame (10-1, 5-0) on Saturday at 5 p.m. in South Bend, Ind., it will need to limit its turnovers and take the high-percentage shots to break through against the top defense in the nation. Notre Dame’s defense allows only 5.73 goals per game, good for first in college lacrosse. Fighting Irish goaltender John Kemp has a goals-against average of 5.67. As a team, Notre Dame hasn’t allowed double-digit goals to any opponent this season and hasn’t allowed more than seven since March 25. It could be a recipe for disaster for an SU team in desperate need of a win to boost its NCAA tournament resume. The Orange’s tendency to take long shots from the outside straight into the goalie’s stick will only make the game easier for Kemp. “They do play such good defense, and they have such a great goaltender that you really want to try to work for high-percentage shots,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Especially early in the game, the last thing you want is for that goalie to get comfortable, and they do play very good team defense and force a lot of shots from the outside.” Syracuse’s offense comes alive when Palasek and fellow attack Derek Maltz are finding the back of the net. In SU’s 19-6 rout of Rutgers,



daily orange file photo CHANDLER JONES is projected to be selected in the middle-to-late first round of the 2012 NFL Draft Thursday. Jones moved up in mock drafts after a strong performance at the NFL combine.

HOT COMMODITIES Chandler Jones has been steadily rising up in mock NFL drafts in recent weeks and is now considered one of the top players overall. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock ranks Jones as the ninthbest prospect available. Here’s a look at Mayock’s list of the top 10 players in the draft:

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Trent Richardson, RB Alabama

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Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor

Morris Claiborne, CB Louisiana State

Luke Kuechly, ILB Boston College

Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina

Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State

Jones anxiously awaits NFL Draft fate after impressive offseason By Stephen Bailey



handler Jones and his brother, Jon, boarded the same plane Sunday afternoon, a 3 p.m. f light from Atlanta to Syracuse. Emotionally, though, they were headed in opposite directions. One was relieved, the other tense with anxiety. Jon “Bones” Jones was one day removed from defending his UFC light heavyweight belt against Rashad Evans at UFC 145. But Chandler, who had gone to support his brother in the fight, was still more than 96 hours from his decisive day — the 2012 NFL Draft. “I’m more anxious than nervous,” Chandler said. “People ask me how many teams are interested, and I don’t have a number. All 32 teams showed interest so that’s what makes

TODAY, 8 ESPN P.M. it so much fun.” Jones declared for the draft early after finishing his junior season at Syracuse this fall. He totaled 38 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, despite missing five games with a torn ligament in his right knee. The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end received a top-three round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. But impressive performances at the NFL combine and Syracuse Pro Day, coupled with his diverse on-field skill set has helped him sky up the draft boards since deciding to leave SU. He is now projected to go in the mid-tolate first round in many mock drafts. Exactly where he’ll fall, though, won’t be determined until after the


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