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GRAD GUIDE 2010

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in time Graduation weekend marks the end of a meaningful four years at Syracuse University for the Class of 2010

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Hitting the books SU employee Kelly Bogart takes part-time classes

Shake it up With the Big Ten conference looking to add teams,

their individual schools and colleges Saturday. Page 3

discontent with commencement speaker Jamie Dimon. Page 5

while supporting her family. Page 13

five major conferences could be completely overhauled. A closer look at how things could play out inside. Page 32


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Seniors to de-robe in protest By Kathleen Ronayne Asst. News Editor

Mariel Fiedler will attend commencement. She will wear her cap and gown. She will walk across the stage. She will revel in the fact that four years of hard work has paid off. And when JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon gets on stage to give his commencement address, she won’t say a word in protest. Instead, she’ll protest his presence in a silent way — by taking off her robe. “I’ll sit there and listen to him, but I won’t be wearing my robe when that happens,” Fiedler said. Fiedler is one of the students leading the Take Back Commencement movement, which has protested the choice of Dimon as the 2010 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement speaker. The students originally wanted the university to remove Dimon and choose

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Student robbed on Ackerman By Beckie Strum Asst. News Editor

A Syracuse University student was robbed Wednesday around 2:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Ackerman Avenue, said Chief Tony Callisto of the Department of Public Safety. Two men in dark, hooded sweatshirts approached the student from behind and pushed him to the ground, and one of the men took his wallet, Callisto said. It was a strong-arm robbery — no weapons involved — and the victim was not hurt, Callisto said. Both DPS and the Syracuse Police Department are investigating the incident. Currently, the police have little information from which to investigate, Callisto said. The student was unable to provide a description of the men because he was approached from behind. He was only able to get a look at them when they were running away, Callisto said. “We’re hoping that anyone that was in the area and saw people running would be able to contact us,” Callisto said. rastrum@syr.edu

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Dress the part

Seniors pick up their caps and gowns at the Syracuse University Bookstore in the Schine Student Center on Wednesday. There were also tables for the Alumni Association and the School of Education’s graduate program. Additionally, free ice cream was being served. Seniors will receive their diplomas Saturday at their individual college convocation ceremonies, preceding the SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement on Sunday and marking SU’s 156th and ESF’s 113th ceremonies.

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Sunday ceremony expected to stay peaceful By Lorne Fultonberg Staff Writer

More than 5,000 degrees will be issued Sunday during the 2010 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement on Sunday. It will mark SU’s 156th and ESF’s

113th commencement. Commencement will be held in the Carrier Dome beginning at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to last until noon. SU is planning on an attendance of anywhere between 14,000 and 18,000 people. Admission is free and open to the public, in large part because of the Dome’s large capacity, said Susan

Germain, director of the Office of Special Events. “We’re one of the few schools that doesn’t have tickets,” she said. “So you can seat as many people as you’d like, which is wonderful for SU students.” The ceremony will feature speeches from Lawrence Bashe, president of the alumni associa-

tion; SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor; ESF President Cornelius Murphy Jr.; Sarah DiGiulio, a Syracuse University Scholar; and Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Cantor selected Dimon from a list of more than 40 candidates for commencement speaker presented

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Students remember magazine professor as caring mentor By Laurence Leveille Staff Writer

Like Albus Dumbledore — one of the “Harry Potter” characters he loved — William Glavin is remembered by students as more than someone who sat behind a desk. “He’s almost like a father figure to his students — he’s more than just a professor,” said Leah Goldman, a senior magazine journalism major.

Glavin, a magazine journalism professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for nearly 40 years, died Friday morning after suffering from lung cancer. Students, colleagues and friends remember Glavin for his dedication to his students and his love of “Harry Potter” and fly-fishing. “He was considered the heart and soul of the magazine department,

the conscience of Newhouse,” said Melissa Chessher, chair of the magazine journalism department and a close friend of Glavin’s. Before coming to Newhouse, Glavin worked for The Boston Globe and the CBS news affiliate Channel 5 WHTH in Boston. He was also an associate editor at Good Housekeeping, where he was offered the position of managing editor but began

his teaching career at Newhouse instead. Glavin was the first professor awarded the Syracuse University Meredith Award for Teaching Excellence. He is also the co-author of “The Art of Writing Nonfiction,” published in March 1991. In 2008, the William Glavin Magazine Lab opened in Newhouse I after see glavin page 9


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ndividual schools and colleges will present undergraduate students with their degrees Saturday during separate convocation ceremonies. The individual ceremonies come a day before the university-wide and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement ceremony Sunday. Some colleges and schools have brought in their own speakers, but the main presenter at each ceremony will be the dean of that college or school. —Compiled by Michael Boren, staff writer, mcboren@syr.edu

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Convocation 2010 speakers S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Donny Deutsch, chairman of the advertising agency Deutsch Inc.

School of Education

Lori Ploutz-Snyder, the former chair of the school’s exercise science department and a current research scientist at NASA, Meghan Cosier, graduate student Carly Fox, undergraduate student

School of Architecture

Dean Mark Robbins Mark Linder, the graduate programs chair Jonathan Massey, the undergraduate programs chair.

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College of Arts & Sciences (bachelor’s degree)

Chad Brooker, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences Lawrence J. Lewandowski, a professor in the Department of Psychology

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College of Arts & Sciences (master’s degree)

George Langford, dean Susan Wadley, associate dean Christine Kitano, a master’s candidate in creative writing

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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

S. Richard Fedrizzi, the president, Chief Executive Officer and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council Kallistia Giermek, undergraduate student

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L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (bachelor’s degree) Troy Johnson, president of AALBC.com, the African American Literature Book Club website Reid Berdanier, undergraduate student

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What: S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications convocation Where: Carrier Dome, enter through gates A, B and E When: 2 p.m.

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What: College of Arts and Sciences bachelor’s degree convocation Where: The Carrier Dome, enter through gates A, B and E When: 9 a.m.

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What: College of Visual and Performing Arts convocation Where: The Carrier Dome, enter through gates A, B and E When: 3 p.m.

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What: School of Education convocation Where: Manley Field House When: 12 p.m.

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What: College of Human Ecology convocation Where: Manley Field House When: 3 p.m.

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What: Martin J. Whitman School of Management bachelor’s degree convocation Where: Manley Field House When: 9 a.m.

L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (masters and doctoral degree) Salman Amin, the executive vice president of sales and marketing for PepsiCo. Mohammed Raji Koni, graduate student

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

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Michael J. Wasylenko, Gerald Cramer, a member of the Maxwell School Advisory Board

What: School of Architecture convocation Where: Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College When: 10 a.m.

College of Human Ecology

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What: College of Arts and Sciences master’s degree convocation Where: Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College When: 12:30 p.m.

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Claire Fagin, an honorary degree candidate for SU and accomplished academic and practitioner in nursing

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What: New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry convocation Where: Civic Center, 800 S. State St. When: 1 p.m.

What: L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science master’s and doctoral degree convocation Where: Hendricks Chapel When: 9:30 a.m.

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What: L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science bachelor’s degree convocation Where: Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center

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What: School of Information Studies convocation Where: Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center When: 10 a.m.

What: Martin J. Whitman School of Management master’s and doctoral degree convocation Where: Hendricks Chapel When: 1:30 p.m.

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What: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs convocation Where: Gifford Auditorium of Huntington Beard Crouse Hall When: 2 p.m.

School of Information Studies

Elizabeth D. Liddy, dean Art Thomas, professor Shay Colson, Graduate Leadership Award recipient Katlyn Bennett, Undergraduate Leadership Award recipient

Martin J. Whitman School of Management (bachelor’s degree) Joyce A. Zadzilka, Professor of the Year

College of Visual and Performing Arts Paul Roy, a VPA scholar and student SU Brass Choir to perform


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Syracuse University should uphold ideals of education, not corporate sector

t was easier to say “f*** the war” in 1969. Unfortunately, the financial behemoth that is JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a complicated machine that makes its money through convoluted tactics and can make addressing its myriad problems a convoluted affair. In reality, all you need to know is that this doesn’t smell right. You know the reasons Jamie Dimon shouldn’t be here. He represents an overreaching corporate influence in our higher education, his circumstances coming here reek of a raw deal and having students listen to a guy they owe money sucks. It seems that the other side of this commencement debate focuses solely on Dimon as a great business man. They laud his godlike powers of salvation during the financial crisis. I don’t agree that he or the financial

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sector is in any sort of respectable state right now. One just needs to look at his incessant push to smother any real regulation of the financial sector, an undeniably broken part of our economy. Regardless, even if I concede that Dimon is an all right dude, that says nothing about everything else that is filthy about this entire situation. At Syracuse the sentiment is familiar. “I don’t feel like anything will change” or “Chancy’s too stubborn to listen to us.” And that’s the problem. For an investment that’s a meager 1 percent of Chase’s quarterly profit, the university has been bought and paid for. The inescapable push by the university to fundraise has compromised its ability to represent its primary stakeholder, the students. I understand that bringing money to the university is necessary,

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let ter to the editor but usually there is a semblance of neutrality and respect for the sanctity of higher education. If you can’t see this, then you’ve been bought. The solution for the future is simple: A module on MySlice that allows for a one-step voting process similar to Student Association elections (with hopefully better turnout). The marshals compile the short list, and then students pick their top three nominees. A commencement speaker is then chosen by majority from that list. Nancy, you are a hypocrite for what SU stands for. You talk of sustainability but bring Chase’s polluting self here. Your insightful change of corporatizing education further devastates the tenuous relationship

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the university has with the local community. You champion student rights and our diverse voices, but deny a truly democratic selection process for commencement speaker. Mr. Dimon, know that you’ve tainted your relationship with the university. I will be disrobing when you take the stage because I will not celebrate the university’s business deal. I am happy to say that after being a loyal Chase account holder for four years, I will be closing my three accounts and transferring my business to a community bank. I will also urge my family and friends to do the same. In 1969, more than a thousand students turned their back to the war general and sang peace songs. Now, I may sing songs about financial corruption of our higher education, but I probably couldn’t get the rhymes catchy enough. Besides, I

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think that I’ll still listen to the man. Columbia had Iranian President Ahmadinejad last semester, which must’ve been a hell of a talk. There is something off about the speaker selection process this year, and this situation is only exacerbated by the industry Dimon represents. And out of utmost devotion to this university, I want to express that I do not respect your actions. My hope is that Jamie Dimon would have the humble foresight to reject this invitation, to show that he and the corporation he embodies actually mean what is said about being a good corporate citizen. At what point does this school start promoting ideas instead of just teaching them?

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SU names 35 rising seniors to honor Pan Am 103 victims By Hanna Dubansky Staff Writer

Jessica Santana was 13 years old and living in Manhattan when the Twin Towers were attacked on Sept. 11. Covered in ash and forced to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in a massive, pushing and shoving crowd, she experienced a turning point in her life. “I was one of the people directly affected by that day,” she said. “Being there and seeing it — instead of watching it on TV — changed my whole way of thinking. Terrorism doesn’t just occur, and we move on. There are people who remain affected for the rest of their lives.” As a newly named Remembrance Scholar, Santana’s experience on Sept. 11 will help her educate others about the effects of terrorism at home and abroad. Syracuse University named 35 juniors, including Santana, as the 2010-11 recipients of the Remembrance Scholarship on May 5. The scholars were selected from a pool of 200 candidates to pay tribute to the 35 SU students killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The SU students were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, and were among 270 people who died in the attack. A selection committee of 12 faculty and staff members and 12 current Remembrance Scholars review all of the applications and complete the interviews in a highly competitive process, said Judith O’Rourke, the director of undergraduate studies at SU and a member of the Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee.

Outstanding scholarship and community service are the main selection criteria, she said. Remembrance Scholars choose and represent one of the students killed in the Lockerbie bombing, as well as plan, host and implement Remembrance Week, O’Rourke said. They are also awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their senior year. “The Remembrance Scholars select for themselves the student they choose to represent,” she said. “People tend to represent those who are similar to them. Either it’s the same major, same family background or where they’re from — anything that strikes them as similar and relatable.” Although commemorating the lives of the Lockerbie victims is a significant part of the scholarship, the overarching goal is to use Lockerbie as a lens to educate the Syracuse community about the devastating effects of terrorism in all parts of the world, O’Rourke said. Throughout the next year, the scholars will explore and exchange ideas to educate themselves and the campus about tragedies like Pan Am and Sept. 11, as well as brainstorm ideas on how to promote peace on a global scale. Sarah Wendell, a junior biology major, said she feels a special connection to the victims of Pan Am 103 as a resident of Washington, D.C. “After 9/11, I’ve become aware of how easily a terrorist attack could happen right in my hometown,” she said. “If something were to happen in D.C., my whole life would be turned upside down.” hddubans@ syr.edu

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Nicole Loring Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

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Marlei-Krizelle Martinez Newhouse

Ryan Balton Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

Carolyn McChesney Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

Alonna Berry Arts and Sciences

Gregory Miller Newhouse

Timothy Biba Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

Jennifer Monti Arts and Sciences

Kelsie Bouchard Arts and Science and Whitman

Kimberly Ndombe Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

Jonathan Chan Whitman and Newhouse

Lyuba Polinkovsky Arts and Sciences

Amanda Cohen Whitman and Newhouse

Ashley Robbins Newhouse and Human Ecology

Caitlin Cronin Arts and Sciences

Jessica Santana Whitman

Janae DeRusso Newhouse

Teresa Soldner Arts and Sciences

Joseph Galea Arts and Sciences and L.C. Smith

Paul Stanley Whitman and Newhouse

John Giammatteo Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

Arkie Tassew Arts and Sciences

Teffera Girma Arts and Sciences

Julia Terruso Arts and Sciences and Newhouse

Maggie Gleason Arts and Sciences, Whitman and Newhouse

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Senior gift campaign raises more than $10,000, exceeds goal By Katrina Koerting Staff Writer

Syracuse University’s Class of 2010 has raised about $10,138 so far for its senior class giving campaign, breaking the initial goal of $10,000. “It’s a way for the senior class to get involved and give back to the community that gave us so much,” said Carlye Eder, a senior supply chain management and accounting major and one of the co-chairs for the senior class giving campaign. The Class of 2010 is collecting money from seniors, family members and friends. This year’s giving campaign, called “Class Act 2010,” lets people give any desired amount, but students were encouraged to give $20.10 because of the year they are graduating, Eder said. Donors can dedicate their contribution to any area of the university they want, instead of supporting one centralized gift. The campaign began in January and will run past commencement weekend. There were no set start or end times. So far, the campaign has received 112 donations. Ninety-three of these donations are from seniors, and 19 came from family members and friends of seniors. The donations ranged from $5 to $500, said Mussadiq Akram, a senior chemical engineering and international relations major and a co-chair for the campaign. As of May 10, most of the campaign’s donations, 24 gifts, went to the College of Human Ecology. The next highest recipient was the Annual Fund for Syracuse with 16 donations. The third-highest recipient was the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science with 12 donations. SU Abroad, E.S. Bird Library, other individual colleges, SU Athletics and WAER also received donations, Akram said. “I think it’s a good way to give back to a community that has given me so much over four

years,” Akram said. “And I can give in a way that I want, which is cool. I can leave an impact long after I’ve gone.” He said he gave his gift to the chemical engineering department because some of his best memories of college are of the “countless” hours he spent with his friends doing work in Link Hall.

“I think it’s a good way to give back to a community that has given me so much over four years. And I can give in a way that I want, which is cool. I can leave an impact long after I’ve gone.”

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Eder gave a donation to her program and SU Abroad because she wanted to let future students have the same opportunities she did, she said. “It’s more beneficial to give a gift that is most meaningful to them,” Eder said. “You can give to something that you took a lot out of. I think the most beneficial way to give back is to give a gift.” “Going abroad was one of the best experiences I had in college,” she said. “It was eyeopening. It’s something I want to keep going and give the opportunity in the future.” She said she gave to her majors in the Martin

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J. Whitman School of Management because they aren’t well known and she learned so much from them. “It’s really important when some of these majors aren’t as popular as others,” she said. The 2010 Class Council was inspired by the Class of 2009, which was the first to bring the senior gift back since the Class of 1995. Unlike this year’s class, the Class of 2009 had a specific scholarship set up, although people could give to other areas in the university. The Class of 2009 had 40 seniors that gave and 38 family members and friends that donated on a senior’s behalf. They raised a total of $2,400, $1,100 of which went to the scholarship, said Tammy Schlafer, the executive director for annual giving programs. Kara Minutoli, a senior secondary education and biology major, said she gave to The Dean’s Scholarship Fund in the School of Education. She said she donated to that fund because she wanted to give future students the chance to study education. She thinks SU could have done a better job advertising the campaign because only some of the senior class participated, she said. “A lot more kids would donate if they knew what they were donating to,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea.” Some of the challenges the campaign faced were starting later than the organizers wanted, students not wanting to give because they didn’t have money, getting the word out and students understanding what the campaign was about, said Eder, Akram and Abby Paulson, a senior communications and rhetorical studies major

and a committee member. “It was hard getting students to understand that even though they pay tuition, tuition only covers about 85 percent of the year’s costs,” Paulson said. She said she gave to help protect the value of her degree. “I look at it as the U.S. News and World Report does a ranking,” she said. “One thing they rank on is the amount of alumni that give. I want to protect my degree and I don’t want to see our ranking slip more than it has already.” The committee members said they hope giving a senior gift stays an annual tradition and part of being a senior. They said they hope someday the donation begins freshman year. The biggest thing the committee said they hoped for is that future classes don’t forget about the senior gift. krkoerti@syr.edu

The biggest beneficiaries College of Human Ecology: 24 gifts The Fund for Syracuse: 16 gifts L.C. Smith School of Engineering and Computer Science: 12 gifts SU Abroad: 11 gifts Martin J. Whitman School of Management: 9 gifts School of Education: 8 gifts Source: campaign.syr.edu


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Professors express mixed feelings toward choice of Dimon By Dara McBride Staff Writer

Syracuse University professor Donald Dutkowsky considers the selection of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon as commencement speaker as another interesting choice by SU. “Over the years we’ve had a wide variety of (commencement speakers), everyone from Bill Clinton to Billy Joel,” said Dutkowsky, an economics professor. “Successful, provocative people.” Dutkowsky considered the selection of Dimon to be “in the ballpark” of what a graduation speaker should be — successful, forthright — but he said he was a little surprised at the selection in light of the banking controversy. Still, Dutkowsky said he would like to hear what Dimon has to say because Dimon, like many other SU commencement speakers, would provoke thought. “Speakers should be people who have made strides in this world and are people who provoke thinking, and these types of people tend to be open and forceful and have good, strong opinions,” Dutkowsky said. But not all professors are this open to Dimon speaking at commencement. A group of students has been actively protesting the choice of Dimon as commencement speaker, and the selection has also left SU faculty and staff divided.

David Rubin, former dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said he would be attending the Newhouse commencement on Saturday but not Sunday’s ceremony. Rubin said he was unhappy with the selection of Dimon but is not attending because he no longer has an official role to play at the main graduation and would prefer to watch

Global Enterprise Technology Programs in the School of Information Studies, a program that partners with JPMorgan. Thomas said he was not surprised by the selection because JPMorgan and Dimon have been associated with SU since 2007. “They’ve been a close partner with the university for that period of time and provided a lot of opportunities, so it didn’t seem like an

“I had bigger things on my mind, and that was graduation. Looking back at all the courses you’ve taken and all the things that you’ve done, and it’s quite an achievement.”

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the address on television. “I am not happy with the selection of Dimon — that is true,” Rubin said. “The behavior of his bank and the other four or five large banks on Wall Street was reckless and damaging to the national security of the country, and JPMorgan is now lobbying hard against a consumer protection agency and against tighter regulation of derivatives trading. Morgan should be in favor of both. But I am curious to hear what he has to say.” Arthur Thomas is the director of the

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unusual thing to me,” Thomas said. He said he imagines Dimon will speak about the goals JPMorgan had for the collaboration with the school and the benefits the partnership has brought to students. Thomas said he expected those not involved in the program would also benefit from Dimon’s address. But Thomas said he thinks the fact that Dimon’s visit coincides with economic trouble is the main reason people have raised issues. “Every graduation speaker is viewed in

the context of the current events. I think that’s what everybody is concerned with — the current events and the things that are tied to the financial institutions and what affect the financial crisis has had with everyday Americans and people around the world,” Thomas said. “If he had come to speak in 2007 this would not have happened — there would be very little controversy. He would just be a guest speaker from a large company with ties to the university.” Thomas is looking forward to the advice Dimon will give, as it will provide a removed perspective of the university, he said. “It helps us understand what a lot of the rest of the world thinks about students graduating and the types of goals that are ahead of them and different kinds of opportunities that they are able to take advantage of,” Thomas said. For Dutkowsky, he said as a senior sitting at his own graduation years ago, he was more interested in thinking about his personal experiences and does not remember his own college graduation speaker. “I had bigger things on my mind, and that was graduation,” he said. “Looking back at all the courses you’ve taken and all the things that you’ve done, and it’s quite an achievement.” dkmcbrid@ syr.edu


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it was funded and named in Glavin’s honor by Stacy Mindich, an SU alumna. David Remnick, the editor in chief of The New Yorker, dedicated the new room.  Glavin’s students were his top priority both in and out of the classroom. If either the faculty or university proposed changes, he was always the first to ask how it could affect students, Chessher said. He always made himself available and dedicated much of his time to students in case they needed help or just wanted to talk, she said.

students, Glavin was known for his love of the “Harry Potter” series. “It doesn’t surprise me that he attached himself to the whole ‘Harry Potter’ phenomenon because there was something magical about him in the classroom and how he treated students as equals,” Chessher said. There were times when he would incorporate “Harry Potter” in his lessons. Goldman recalled a time when the students had to review one of the series’ books. Glavin thought Harry Potter would die at the end of the series, she said. Shelcusky has similar memories of Glavin. “He would tell me Harry Potter is going to die, and I would argue with him about it,” she said. He was sure the book could not end any

“The one thing I never heard him say or do was complain about a student. Never. He loved his students so much. You could tell the world in Bill’s mind was divided between his students on the one hand and everything else on the other.”

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“The one thing I never heard him say or do was complain about a student. Never. He loved his students so much,” said Mark Obbie, a magazine journalism professor whose office was next to Glavin’s. “You could tell the world in Bill’s mind was divided between his students on the one hand and everything else on the other.” Glavin was as proud of his students’ accomplishments as if they were his own children, Chessher said. “He really had support for all of us,” said Jessica Shelcusky, a magazine journalism and history major who graduated in 2006. “He just wanted us all to succeed in all that we did.” When Shelcusky was a senior, she realized she would be focusing on history rather than writing for magazines and felt Newhouse had been a waste of her time, she said. Glavin reassured her it had not been a waste when he told his students that even if they did not become journalists, they would know how to write and communicate clearly.  In addition to his passion and dedication to

other way and she would argue children read the book too, so he would not, she said.  When he was not in the office with students or discussing Harry Potter, Glavin spent time pursuing his fly-fishing hobby. He would spend his Saturdays at Troutfitter, a fly-fishing shop in Syracuse, Chessher said. Glavin made 14 trips to Montana to fish and referred to fly-fishing as the only sport you can win without having to kill something, Chessher said. “He loved the Delaware River,” she said. “A couple of his fly-fishing friends this past weekend took two or three of his favorite trees — red buds — and took them down to the Delaware River and planted them.” Glavin will be remembered for his dedication to students, the inspiration he has provided them and his passion for writing, Harry Potter and fly-fishing, among other things. Chesser said, ‘Nobody gave as much or was as passionate about the profession of teaching.”

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Job market improves for college graduates in 2010 By Kelly Peters Staff Writer

Prospects for employment remain moderately higher for the Class of 2010 than those of the previous year.  “The job market is starting to improve for everybody, but probably especially for college graduates,” said Michel Cahill, the director of the Center for Career Services. A noticeable downturn in employment for college graduates began in fall 2008 as the recession hit, affecting the graduates in the Class of 2009. Employers plan to hire 5.3 percent more new college graduates in 2009-10 than they did in 2008-09, according to  statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. “Last year was a tank,” said Karen McGee, assistant dean for student affairs at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. While all areas of the market are starting to see improvement, some remain more profitable than others. Engineering, technology and health care have remained appealing fields, based on salary and employment rates, Cahill said.  Nonetheless, even with the 5.3 percent improvement, the Class of 2010 is still expected to face obstacles, Cahill said. Many students are being forced to expand their options and take jobs they normally would not have considered in the past, Cahill said.   “What we are seeing right now is that students are expanding their options. In past years they may be able to select from one, two or three options, but now it’s different,” Cahill said.   Many students, particularly those in Newhouse, have been forced to take both paid and

unpaid internships but are encouraged to do so in order to gain experience, McGee said.  While the priority for most students remains in the private sector, some have been forced to consider public, in state or federal jobs, McGee said. While the job market is difficult, McGee said some students may not be searching hard enough for a job.  “Most students’ problem is they give up too easily,” McGee said.  Students of this year’s graduating class expressed optimism about the prospect of employment.  Justin Gurevitch, a senior film major in

“The job market is starting to improve for everybody, but probably especially for college graduates.” Michel Cahill

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the College of Visual and Performing Arts, said finding employment in the arts is generally tougher than other fields, but the university has provided many viable opportunities for advancement, such as The LA Semester.  Networking, however, appears to remain the most valuable resource.  “For the most part,” Gurevitch said, “the people who I see getting jobs have gotten them off of connections.”  kapete01@syr.edu


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another speaker. Realizing that wouldn’t happen, they decided the best way to protest Dimon was by taking off their robes during his speech. The main grievances against Dimon include the process by which he was chosen, dissatisfaction with the banking industry he represents throughout the financial crisis and what some students see as the corporatization of the university. Dimon would be a great choice for a guest speaker during the academic year, Fiedler said, but the commencement speaker is supposed to bring something special. A commencement address is in a different context than a regular lecture because that speaker is ushering the graduates into the world and inspiring them for the future, she said. By taking off their robes, the students are showing their dissatisfaction with Dimon being the one to usher them into the world, she said. “We don’t want anything to do with that part,” said Ashley Owen, another student leading the movement. The students held their largest demonstration against Dimon with a Take Back Commencement rally on the steps of Hendricks Chapel on April 16. Since then, they attempted to get Simon Johnson, the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, to give an alternate speech on campus in the days leading up to commencement. They have also been working with the administration to reform the process by which the commencement speaker is chosen. Despite student protests, Dimon said in a conference call with reporters April 14 that he still plans to deliver the commencement address. Dimon contacted Fiedler to discuss the student discontent with him as commencement speaker, Fiedler said. “He said to me, ‘I hope you don’t disagree with my right to speak,’ and I just said, ‘I support 100 percent that you have a First Amendment right to speak, but that’s not the issue here. But there is something essentially different about giving a speech at commencement,’” Feidler said. The administration told the students it would book Hendricks Chapel and help pay for an alternate speaker after the ceremony on graduation day, Owen said. But due to a strict no-speaker policy during finals week, the university said it would not book Hendricks Chapel or help pay for a speaker on any other day, Owen said. “I feel like the university would have wanted (Johnson) to speak not on graduation day because that would have detracted from Dimon and made them look bad,” Owen said. Johnson was the students’ choice as an alternate speaker because he could offer an alternate perspective on why the financial crisis happened, Fiedler said. Johnson also authored a book enti-

jenna ketchmark | asst. photo editor Students shout and dance in protest of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon as the 2010 commencement speaker on the steps of Hendricks Chapel on April 16. Students of the Take Back Commencement movement began the protest. tled “Jamie Dimon Is the Most Dangerous Man in America.” In addition to attempting to bring an alternate speaker, the students have also been working with Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Thomas Wolfe to reform the process by which the speaker is chosen. Owen said they have offered a variety of changes but seem to be facing many dead ends with the administration. Their idea was for senior class marshals to continue generating a list of choices. But under the reforms, that list would then be placed on MySlice for every member of the senior class to pick their top two choices. From there, the administration would go right down the list and find the most plausible speaker closest to the top, Owen said. “It just gives students more of a sense of control of their college career and their own graduation day,” she said. “The top five people maybe wouldn’t be available, but it would still be a step in the right direction to having a more participatory kind of system.” Wolfe told the students he couldn’t promise any changes, Fiedler said. He said he would look into forming a faculty committee in the fall to

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revise the process, she said. “The administration has been very unresponsive to our pleas to change the process,” said Audra Coloumbe, another senior involved in the protests. “I think what Jamie Dimon represents

But from now until May 16, what the students are really focused on is getting the word out about their plan to de-robe during Dimon’s speech. To them, it’s a quiet yet powerful way to show their discontent.

“The administration has been very unresponsive to our pleas to change the process. I think what Jamie Dimon represents is a corrupt Wall Street, but he also represents a college administration that really might be out of touch with the feelings of the students, and we’re trying to put them back in touch. They’ve listened, but they haven’t really done much.”

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is a corrupt Wall Street, but he also represents a college administration that really might be out of touch with the feelings of the students, and we’re trying to put them back in touch. They’ve listened, but they haven’t really done much.”

Of their chosen action, Coloumbe said, “I just want people to realize we’re not disrespectful, but we’re fighting for what we believe in. How else would they expect us to do it?” kronayne@syr.edu


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to her by the senior selection committee. Since Dimon was first announced as the speaker, students have continuously protested against him, saying that allowing a corporate banker to speak in a time of economic crisis is wrong. Others have said JPMorgan’s recent partnership with the university is off-putting. Though the threat of a protest continues to hang overhead, Germain said the university isn’t taking any measures to combat such actions. “Every year, no matter who we have (speaking), we have some people who are unhappy,” said Germain, who has been at SU for 14 years. “If you’re a Republican, you don’t like a Democrat. If you’re a New York City person, you don’t want this. If you’re in broadcast journalism, you don’t want someone who’s (favorable for the College of Visual and Performing Arts). So every year there is some dissension in the ranks. We’re not planning on any difficulty.” Kate Pettitt Callahan, a senior class marshal and double major in nutrition and policy studies, said she thinks a protest is likely to happen, but she hopes such a measure would be done in a respectful and silent manner, keeping the senior class and audience in mind. “I think that people have the right to voice their opinion about who was selected for whatever reason that is,” Callahan said. “But it is a big day where I know that my 80-year-old grandmother is taking the fivehour drive with my parents to come up, and

I wouldn’t want a special ceremony like that to be ruined just because people want to get their point across when they clearly already have.” As class marshals, Callahan and Timeka Williams will lead the seniors to the ceremony, carrying the university’s banner. Callahan will be recognized onstage during commencement for her role as a marshal, as well as for being one of 12 University Scholars, the highest undergraduate academic honor bestowed at the university. DiGiulio will speak on behalf of the 12 scholars. Her speech will address the mark the Class of 2010 made on Syracuse, as well as offer words of encouragement to the class in the time of economic crisis, Callahan said. The only degrees presented on Sunday will be master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as honorary degrees to “individuals of exceptional achievement,” according to the commencement website. Recipients include Dimon and George Allen Weiss, creator of the Say Yes to Education program, which covers the cost of tuition for students hoping to attend college. Only one of the six honorary degree recipients attended SU for their undergraduate degree. The individual colleges will present undergraduate degrees at separate convocations Saturday at different times and in different locations across campus. The dean of each college is the chief participant in the convocation, and some colleges bring in their own speakers. Each graduating student’s name is read at the individual convocation rather than at the larger commencement ceremony. lefulton@ syr.edu


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elly Bogart is only graduating because of her children. She never wanted to be a student. When Bogart first started her job as an administrative assistant at Syracuse University nine years ago, she was not interested in pursuing a degree. She only wanted to work at SU as an administrative secretary so she could receive free tuition for her three children.  But as an SU employee, Bogart is given 12 free credit hours a year. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in fine arts next week at commencement as she completes nine years of schoolwork at SU’s school for part-time students,

“I often wonder how she does it all. I know she’s got strong family support, support from us. Kelly’s the type of person that gets something in her head and she just pushes until it gets done.”

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University College. She and 70 other part-time students will graduate together. Bogart said she wants to give her children the opportunities she never had growing up. “One of the first questions asked while I was getting settled my first couple of weeks was, ‘Are you going to take any classes?’ and I said, ‘No, I’m here for my kids.’”  Born in Syracuse and raised in Baldwinsville, N.Y., with two siblings and a single mother, Bogart said SU

was never an option for her. Instead, she went to Onondaga Community College for a brief while, but eventually left. To her, receiving a paycheck was better than receiving an education she didn’t even enjoy. “They put me in a computer science program and I hated it. Hated it,” Bogart said. Pictures of Bogart’s children decorate every wall of her office — some are collages, some are portraits. Each photo serves as a reminder of why she works at SU. Even as she began to take classes, her children’s future was still the priority. If anything, being a part-time student has only helped Bogart’s children. When they have homework, Bogart sits down at the dining room table to do her homework with them. It is with her personal pursuit for knowledge that Bogart pushes her children to grow academically. “She’s always encouraged them to find out what they want to do, and go do it,” said Bogart’s husband, Chris. “She’s never been one to say ‘you can’t do it.’” Even with the family study halls, the past nine years have not been easy between juggling classes, work and family, Kelly said. “It’s been tough. I’m not saying there hasn’t been a lot of stress,” her husband said. For Bogart, most class projects can’t start until the kids are picked up from practice. Not until dinner’s done. Not until the kids are put to bed. Chris remembers plenty of times when Kelly was up past 2 a.m. writing papers. In fact, she has not even taken a lunch break in nine years. There’s no time to go to a dining center or Marshall Street. Instead, she’s been eating in lecture halls while taking notes in art history. When her class, or rather, “lunch break,” is over, she’s racing back to Eggers Hall for work. “For the past nine years my lunch is taken in a classroom somewhere,” Bogart said. “When I go to class, I’m there strictly for class. I don’t hang out afterward.”

carly piersol | photo editor Kelly bogart will be graduating from University College, SU’s school for part-time students, with a major in history and a minor in fine arts. As an SU employee, she is granted credit hours for free, though she took the job to give her children free tuition. Bogart will be graduating with 70 other part-time students this year. “I often wonder how she does it all. I know she’s got strong family support, support from us,” said Karen Cimilluca, who has been Bogart’s co-worker for the past nine years. “Kelly’s the type of person that gets something in her head and she just pushes until it gets done.” Hailing from a different generation, Bogart takes classes with young adults, a difficult experience. She has different points of reference in life, and different memories. During one

of her geography classes, her professor was talking about the eruption of Mount Saint Helen in 1980. The professor prefaced that people in the class were not around for the incident. But Bogart was. “I’m sitting in the front row going, ‘Yeah, I remember that,’” Bogart said. “It happens quite a bit.” Bogart can’t talk with other students about that party last weekend or comment on this year’s Juice Jam. “Generally, I feel more like an out-

sider because I don’t have time to connect with these people and there’s really nothing that they need or want to connect with me for,” Bogart said. “We’re just two different groups.” But it’s been worth it. Being a part-time student at SU has provided Bogart with opportunities she was never able to experience as a young adult. As an undergraduate, Bogart traveled to Italy, London and France — an experience she believes changed see part-time page 16


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“I think I’m much more open to do things that I typically wouldn’t have done. I’m a lot friendlier, I’ve learned about human interactions, about life and about school, too. But it’s really opened my world to a lot more that may not have been possible at a different institution.�

“I had my last show on Citrus(TV) last Friday and it was the most real feeling to be leaving there. I really developed a family there, and every aspect of my life has been enhanced by being at Citrus.�

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products of their environment. They have forged families, learned life lessons and even changed their names, all within four years. — Compiled by Rebecca Toback, assistant feature editor, rltoback@syr.edu

“It’s kind of crazy. When I came into college I was a leader, but now I feel I understand people better and help empower others to make things happen. I’ve learned a lot about crisis management and how to manage situations and get people excited about what they’re doing. If you told me four years ago I would be working for an advertising agency I wouldn’t be shocked, but a little surprised. You plan for things and then plans change. It’s not what I had in mind when I came to Syracuse, but it should be fun and very exciting.�

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classes. While she’s aware that this will open more doors for her, all Bogart wants to do is keep learning. She wants to keep discovering. To

her entire worldview. But to study something she has an actual interest in, that’s been her biggest reward. “I have that accomplishment to say ‘this is what I’m capable of,’” Bogart said. “I always knew I was going to go to college, and I always told myself that I was going to graduate.” This is not just a victory for Bogart, it’s a victory for her entire family. The payback for every missed trip to the movies, for every time Chris has taken care of the kids when she was studying. “It’s not just me up there, it’s everybody who has sacrificed along the way,” Bogart said. “When I get to say I’m done, they all get to say they’re done, too.” Just because she will be receiving her degree doesn’t mean Bogart will be leaving SU anytime soon. Sure, the road to graduation hasn’t been easy, but that doesn’t mean she will stop taking

“It’s not just me up there, it’s everybody who has sacrificed along the way. When I get to say I’m done, they all get to say they’re done, too.”

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lot of controversy has been made of Syracuse University’s selection of Jamie Dimon as this year’s commencement speaker. To be honest, I don’t see what all the fuss is about — we all know what he’s going to say. Graduation speeches don’t vary much from person to person. For all the time, energy and consideration spent deciding who delivers them, speeches inevitably end up being a similar mix of personal anecdotes, life lessons and cliché jokes. You can almost mouth the words as speakers say them: “Bla bla bla and I learned that day that there’s no substitute for hard work, dedication and proper fiber intake.” Or something like that. That’s why we need to mix things up. Enough with the CEOs, politicians and celebrities. Let’s hear from some convicts, addicts and bums. Let’s graduate to the words of a commencement speaker who’s a little messed up in the head. Then, and only then, will we hear a unique speech and original message. And heck, we might actually learn something, too. Luckily, our society is packed with celebrities who fit that description. All you have to do is raid the supermarket tabloids to find them. Their big names will assuage the traditionalists who demand an important speaker, but their

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f*** it, we’ll do it live epic failures separate them from the righteous path that usually leads to a spot at the commencement podium. Their speeches would be epic, to say the least. Here are some examples of what great commencement speakers would say: Eliot Spitzer: Appreciate the time you spent at college. You’ll never be surrounded by so many vibrant, youthful and loving people again. Unless you’re willing to pay extra. Michael Vick: In life, it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight; it’s about the size of the fight in the dog. Except with dog fighting, then it’s the exact opposite. Tiger Woods: Every time I visit a college campus, it’s a unique experience. This is my first trip to Syracuse University, and only the second or third time I’ve met most of its female students. Paris Hilton: It takes years of hard work and enormous talent to become a successful

performer like myself. If you think that sex tape was done in one take, you’re crazy. Snoop Dogg: Where am I? The possibilities are endless. Once we open our doors to random celebrities, they’ll give us the type of wisdom and advice that can only come from years of rehab, prison or public scorn. Then, we can apply their words to our everyday experiences and come out better people for it. Then again, maybe their tales could lead us down similarly dangerous paths. For all we know, the wrong words from the right person could turn us all into sex fiends, drug addicts or, worse yet, Paris Hilton. The only way to know for sure is to stray from the beaten path and start looking for more colorful personalities to speak at commencement. They’ll be tough to find, but they must be out there somewhere. In the meantime, let’s try to avoid controversial speakers like Wall Street CEOs until the economy recovers. Or at least until Dimon comes out with a sex tape. Danny Fersh is a sophomore broadcast journalism major and he does not want to graduate anytime soon. He wants to congratulate the Class of 2010 and wish each and every one of them a pleasant stay on the unemployed list. Just kidding. Sort of. He can be reached at dafersh@syr.edu.

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Jensen points to scheduling strife as hindrance for growth By Allison Guggenheimer Staff Writer

After the most successful season in program history, Syracuse tennis head coach Luke Jensen looks at his schedule and sees a school-record 20 victories. But looking at that schedule, there’s at least one thing Jensen doesn’t see, something that troubles him. “No matter how hard you try to schedule, the best teams in our own conference won’t play us,” Jensen said. One of the teams Jensen doesn’t see is Notre Dame, a team in his own conference. Yet, in

“If you look at the schedules, we play more Big East opponents than anyone else in the conference. We have every year. We have the best record in the conference. Every year. So we’ll play anyone, anywhere. What’s tough is the other side, basically, in my opinion, is threatened.” Luke Jensen SU head coach

Jensen’s four years as head coach, he has faced Notre Dame only twice — and one of those matches was three weeks ago in the Big East tournament. The Fighting Irish is not alone. Teams that consistently rank at the top of the conference have consistently turned down the opportunity to schedule the Orange. This year South Florida (No. 2 Big East) turned down SU’s challenge to a rematch after beating Syracuse 6-1 last year. DePaul, ranked third in the conference this year, declined offers to play the past two seasons. Without the opportunity to face the more competitive names in the Big East and in other conferences, the Orange finished off the most successful season in history with a disappointing loss in the Big East tournament. “If you look at the schedules, we play more Big East opponents than anyone else in the conference,” Jensen said. We have every year. We have the best record in the conference. Every year. So we’ll play anyone, anywhere. What’s tough is the other side, basically, in my opinion, is threatened.” On top of the 19 wins, SU was undefeated at home and ranked fourth in the Big East heading into the tournament after earning the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds, respectively, in 2008 and 2009. Yet the Orange faced only two nationally ranked teams, Michigan (then No. 16) and Princeton (then No. 63), during the season. Despite the losses, the matches against these teams improved SU’s play and confidence. “We really played against Princeton and Michigan,” junior Christina Tan said. “I mean,

we lost those matches, but we got exposed to a couple of the higher-ranked teams in the country and we realized that we can hang with those girls. So I think that helped us get motivated a little more.” Though the confidence was there, SU may have suffered in the Big East because it was not able to face any of the top three seeds until the tournament. The team was forced to go blind into a tournament in which all three of those teams were in the Top 25 in the national rankings. When the Orange faced top-seeded Notre Dame in the semifinals of the conference tournament, only two singles players had competed against the school before. Tan was one of them. Instead of having a tailored game plan, SU had to focus on simply attempting to put forth a good effort. In preparation for the tournament, SU’s No. 1 seed CC Sardinha anticipated working on the things the team stressed all year. But she knew that there was no specific plan to bring down the three Big East giants. “We’ll just work on certain things, certain key points like doubles points and serve and volleying,” Sardinha said. “And being more aggressive from the baseline during singles.” The lack of experience against these teams

proved to be a deciding factor, as Notre Dame won the semifinal match 4-0. Jensen is an optimistic man, as he predicted his team would win the national title this year and has done the same for next year. But he gets frustrated with the situation. In the loss to Notre Dame, he finds fault not in his players but in the system. “I think the biggest thing isn’t anything the girls did wrong, anything I did wrong,” he said. “If you only get three looks at those guys all year, it’s tough because you want to see that kind of competition and you want to beat that.” Jensen hopes that his team’s record-breaking season has not gone unnoticed in the college tennis community. No longer does he want to face only two nationally ranked teams a season. Jensen called DePaul, Notre Dame and South Florida but has not yet been able to schedule matches against them for next year, so he was forced to look elsewhere to validate his confidence. “Next year we’ve got USC (Southern California), which is a Top 10 team,” Jensen said. “I want to say we have four or five nationally ranked teams, so it’s game on. We’ve got to get better.” alguggen@syr.edu


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SU freshman attack Marasco ‘doubtful’ for NCAA 1st round By Brett LoGiurato Asst. Copy Editor

Syracuse freshman midfielder JoJo Marasco is progressing in his rehabilitation from a lower left leg injury but is still doubtful to play in the team’s first-round NCAA tournament game against Army this weekend, SU head coach John Desko said Wednesday. “We’ll see how this week goes,” Desko said. “But right now, it’s doubtful.” Marasco has missed the Orange’s past four

“(JoJo Marasco’s) a great player. He’s got great vision. He’s one of the quickest players on our team. Having him back would be awesome because he’s just another threat out there.” Stephen Keogh

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games with the lower leg injury he suffered in SU’s April 13 contest at Cornell. He injured the leg in the first quarter and was seen being helped to the locker room by trainers during the second quarter. He later returned to the Syracuse bench on crutches. Marasco is currently rehabbing daily with Syracuse trainers, including a regular regimen of exercise on the underwater treadmill in the Carmelo Anthony Center. “It’s been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Marasco said of the underwater running. “… It’s a great workout and really helps me with my lungs and getting back for conditioning.” Marasco said the injury is the first he’s had in his life that has forced him to stay on the sidelines, something that has been especially difficult for him. “I mean, I’ve played sports all my life — since I was a little kid — and I’ve literally never been injured or hurt or ever missed practice,” Marasco said. “So it’s a different experience — a new experience. … It’s tough. I’m just working my butt off every day to get back out there and try to get back on the field.” Marasco had begun to emerge as a force

on SU’s offensive attack prior to suffering the injury. He had nine goals and eight assists at the time of the injury. And Marasco developed into a creator on the attack for the sixth-ranked Orange scoring offense. Dodging from behind the goal, Marasco would create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. Junior attack Stephen Keogh has noticed the difference in the offense without Marasco. “He’s a great player,” Keogh said. “He’s got great vision. He’s one of the quickest players on our team. Having him back would be awesome because he’s just another threat out there.”

Orange gets Tewaaraton finalist Syracuse junior longstick midfielder Joel White has been named one of five finalists for the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy, the award given annually to the nation’s most outstanding college lacrosse player. White is accompanied on the final list by Virginia defender Ken Clausen, Delaware attack Curtis Dickson, Duke attack Ned Crotty and Stony Brook midfielder Kevin Crowley. “It’s a great honor,” White said Wednesday. “It’s a long list of guys and I think anyone could

have been picked.” The midfielder has six goals on the season, but it is White’s defense that earned him a spot on the final list. White has scooped up a teamleading 71 ground balls on the season and has shadowed the opposing team’s best offensive midfielder each game. White will look to add another name from Syracuse to the list of Tewaaraton recipients. Since the award was first given out in 2001, two other members of the Orange have received the honor. Attack Mike Powell won in both 2002 and 2004, and midfielder Mike Leveille was the program’s most recent recipient of the award in 2008. The news made quick rounds to White’s teammates and Desko, who all reacted to the news with excitement. “We all knew it,” junior goaltender John Galloway said. “We all knew Joel was going to get that. We’re all excited for him. … He’s so deserving of it. He’s the best player in the country right now.” bplogiur@syr.edu

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Renewed preparation propels Orange sprinter Clark to late season surge By Rachel Marcus Staff Writer

Before a race, it is not an uncommon sight to see Antoine Clark running at a slow pace around the track, hidden beneath his hood.

That scene is just a part of Clark’s preparation before meets. So far this season, that preparation has worked. Clark, a graduate student, played a key role in his relay team’s first-place finish in the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the Big East Outdoor Championships in Cincinnati on May 2. Part of his success comes from his distinctive approach. It’s an approach he hopes will continue into the summer portion of Syracuse’s schedule, which kicks off this weekend at the ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Championships in Princeton, N.J. “I’m focused,” Clark said. “I black (everything else) out. Once I get to that track meet it’s all about track. It’s not about anything else. I visualize my race and everything that I need to do right in my race.” Although Clark has his own, different methods in preparing for sprints, those exact methods seem to be working. On April 25, at the Cornell Big Red Invitational in Ithaca, Clark qualified for the prestigious IC4A Championships in the 100-meter dash. “Antoine has his own unique style,” SU head coach Chris Fox said. Clark’s style allowed him to qualify for the Big East championships in his first meet of the season. Since that meet, he has refused to let up. After starting off the season in what Clark considered disappointing fashion, he has caught fire as of late. In addition to qualifying for the IC4As at Cornell, Clark again qualified for the Big East, with top performances in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

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Orange assistant coach Dave Hegland sees greatness in Clark and is one of his biggest supporters. Hegland has become somewhat of a father figure for Clark. He helps him not just with track but also in life. Hegland embraces Clark’s laid-back demeanor. And, just as importantly, he understands Clark’s talent and potential. “He has had all kinds of ups and downs and has persevered tremendously in everything,” Hegland said. “I can’t say enough about Antoine. He’s put in a lot of work and it’s really gratifying for me to see him in the place where he is, and I look forward to seeing his racing in the next month.” With the IC4A Championships less than two weeks away, Clark continues to train at full speed. Feeling confident with his recent success, Clark plans to continue doing what he’s been doing all season, whether that means jogging around the track in his sweatshirt or sprinting at top speeds. “He’s done an outstanding job and he’s been awesome,” Hegland said. “That race at Cornell was just the tip of the iceberg for him. Antoine has worked hard to position himself in a place where he can have the best running of his career ahead of him in the next month or so.” For Clark, every race is about improving and doing better than before. The status quo isn’t good enough. “My long-term goal is to make it to nationals and do something good,” Clark said. “I have to

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take it step by step. It’s all about getting better.” Clark has continued to improve since he joined the team out of a community college in Kansas a few years back. And if he keeps getting better, there are possibilities that go beyond Syracuse track and field. But for now, the next task at hand is the IC4As, and possibly nationals. Both of those meets could go a long way in determining Clark’s future. But they are equally important for his place in Syracuse track and field history. “The sky is the limit,” Clark said. “It can go good, it can go bad or it can go great. It can go either way for me. It just depends on me. I’m trying to do great.” rnmarcus@syr.edu

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will halsey | asst. photo editor chris daniello (14) will lead Syracuse into its first-round NCAA tournament game against Army this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Daniello has piloted an Orange offensive attack that ranks sixth in the nation this season, registering 52 points on 28 goals and 24 assists. He had a career-high four goals against the Black Knights in a 12-7 SU win on Feb. 28.

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But Syracuse finally solved Palesky and went on a four-goal run of its own. The Black Knights would never get closer than three goals after the Orange rally, as SU pulled away for a 12-7 win. “They’re a good team,” junior attack Stephen Keogh said. “They’ve got a good defense. From what I remember, their goalie stood on his head. We always seem to play a lot of good goaltenders. We just have to shoot smart.” Desko believes that because the two teams have played once already this season, it gives a slight advantage to the Black Knights if the Orange overlooks a team it has already beaten. “I think it gives a little bit of an advantage to the team that lost the game the first time,” he said. “On the other hand, our guys know we can beat them, but we’ve got to get into (our players’) heads and make sure we’re not going to take a team that we’ve beaten lightly.” In addition to the history and the rematch factor, the Black Knights also take away something that usually benefits the Orange, something Desko refers to as “the Dome bug.” Some of the Black Knights’ core players are from the Syracuse area. Boltus, the team’s leading scorer, went to Baldwinsville High School.

Starting defender Bill Henderson, a Tully, N.Y., native, is second on the team in ground balls. His brother Tim leads the team in ground balls and has seen action in every game for the Black Knights this year. In addition to those key contributors, Army has four more Central New York natives on its roster. “They have a lot of fans, they travel very well and there’s a lot of Central New York guys on their team,” White said. “Those guys get hyped up to come to the Dome and play us, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great game.” In Syracuse’s last two tournament runs — which ended in back-to-back national championships — the Orange dominated its first-round games in the Dome. It crushed Canisius 20-3 in 2008 and dominated Siena 11-4 last season. But this year, it may not be a waltz into the second round for the Orange. “I think that playing Army, it’s not going to be easy,” Desko said. “They’re a team that comes to the Carrier Dome every year. We’ve already played them once this year. … We’ve got to be ready for them this time around. We can’t take them lightly.” zjbrown@syr.edu


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Ladouceur shines for SU in junior year By Brad Kallet Staff Writer

Prior to the Syracuse women’s lacrosse season, Tee Ladouceur hadn’t yet left her mark on the program. Much of the preseason hype focused mainly on the excellence of All-American Christina Dove and her fellow attack Halley Quillinan. The 5-foot-4 junior attack from Slingerlands, N.Y., fell under the radar. But with the regular season now in the rearview mirror, Ladouceur has certainly dispelled that notion. Her first season as a starter, Ladouceur was third on the team in goals with 41, first in assists with 41 and second in points with 82, surpassing standout freshman attack Michelle Tumolo and Quillinan. For her success she was voted to the All-Big East Second Team. Head coach Gary Gait is hoping that Ladouceur will continue to build upon her storybook season on Saturday when No. 9 Syracuse (13-6, 6-2 Big East) takes on No. 8 Georgetown (13-5, 8-0) in Washington, D.C., in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “Quite honestly, I’m not surprised at all,” Quillinan, a teammate of Ladouceur’s in high school as well, said. “(Volunteer coach) Katie Rowan and I have been playing with her for years, and we’ve always said that she has the best stick we’ve ever seen. Aside from Christina Dove I think Tee is definitely our biggest scoring threat, and teams really can’t take her for granted anymore.” Ladouceur had a solid sophomore season, her first after transferring from Albany. Despite playing fairly limited time behind starter Megan Mosenson, Ladouceur found her way into 18 games and still managed to score 34 points on 19 goals and 15 assists. Although she achieved moderate success, she was by no means a household name. Though she was recruited by Syracuse upon graduating from Bethlehem Central High School, Ladouceur ultimately made the decision to stay close to home, choosing Albany over SU. That same season her 13-year-old sister, Meghan, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lym-

jamie de pould | staff photographer tee ladouceur (left) has emerged as an offensive force for the Orange heading into the team’s first-round NCAA tournament contest with Georgetown on Saturday. In her junior season, Ladouceur has amassed 82 points on the season, good for third on SU. phoma, a type of cancer. Ladouceur didn’t enjoy her time spent at Albany, and if that wasn’t difficult enough to deal with, she also took on the responsibility of taking care of her sister. As Meghan suffered through chemotherapy, Ladouceur shaved her head in support of her sister. It was an eye-opening experience for the lacrosse star, and one that made her stronger. “Before she got sick, my sister and I weren’t the best of friends,” Ladouceur said. “Actually we didn’t get along at all. And when that happened it sort of changed my mindset on things. You only get one shot in life at things sometimes, and you might as well make the most of it.” Meghan’s cancer went into remission later that year. With her sister healthy and no longer in need of her assistance, Ladouceur came to the realization that it was time to make a move — she was going to transfer to Syracuse. Dawn Austin, Ladouceur’s coach at Bethle-

“She has vision way beyond many players. And what makes her this good against such excellent competition is the talent of her teammates around her. Tee loves to play with those that raise the level of her game. She is a great individual player, but she is outstanding when she can pass to teammates.” Dawn Austin

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hem Central High School, knew that playing against more skilled players would only make Ladouceur better. “She has vision way beyond many players,” Austin said. “And what makes her this good against such excellent competition is the talent of her teammates around her. Tee loves to play with those that raise the level

of her game. She is a great individual player, but she is outstanding when she can pass to teammates.” Much like Quillinan, Gait was not surprised to see Ladouceur shine in her new role within the offense. He was impressed with what she showed him in the fall, and he knew that she had the ability to be a legitimate weapon on the attack. But as stellar as Ladouceur has been with the lacrosse stick this season, Gait has looked beyond the statistical figures that his star attack has accumulated. Her perseverance, work ethic and overall goodness of heart have shown him that Ladouceur is as quality of a person as she is a lacrosse player. “She’s an exceptional young lady,” Gait said. “She works hard in the classroom, on the field and she cares about her teammates. She’s the type of person that any coach would love to have on his team.” bckallet@syr.edu

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mitchell franz | staff photographer the syracuse track and field team had four athletes qualify for the Big East Championships on April 25.

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will halsey | asst photo editor the carrier dome hosted an NCAA record crowd of 34,616 when Syracuse defeated Villanova, 95-77, on Feb. 27, 2010. The giant sea of Orange stretched from one endzone to the opposite corners of the Dome,

luke mccomb | staff photographer Greg Paulus participated in the NFL’s New Orleans Saints’ mini-camp last week. The former Syracuse quarterback wasn’t offered a contract by the Saints after camp.

dan mennuto | contributing photographer lindsey conrad and the Syracuse field hockey team failed to return to the final four this fall after qualifying in 2008. Conrad led SU with 17 goals and 43 points.

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current Big Ten schools to let them know that no new schools have been offered a spot in the conference. The Big Ten first announced it was going to examine the possibility of expansion in December. When it was announced, the conference said it would take 12 to 18 months to come up with a decision about the future of the conference. That changed when Big Ten officials met on April 18 in Washington, D.C., to discuss expansion possibilities again. It is now believed that a move could be made as early as next month. Delany has stated that commissioners of other conferences would be notified before the Big Ten contacts a specific school about joining the conference. This would mean that if the Big Ten were to offer Syracuse a spot in the conference, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto would be the first to find out. — Compiled by Mark Cooper, staff writer

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Shuffling the deck The expansion of the Big Ten could be just the first move in reconstructing the country’s major conferences. As other conferences angle themselves for similar additions, here’s a quick glance at what the major conferences could look like when it’s all said and done:

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Boston College Wake Forest NC State Maryland North Carolina Duke Virginia Virginia Tech Cincinnati Connecticut West Virginia South Florida Memphis Temple Central Florida Louisville Villanova* Notre Dame* Georgetown St. John’s*

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Illinois Indiana Iowa Michigan Michigan State Minnesota Northwestern Nebraska Ohio State Penn State Purdue Wisconsin Rutgers Syracuse Missouri PIttsburgh

The College of Human Ecology’s Department of Hospitality Management Congratulates Students Recognized for Outstanding Performance 2010 Business Plan Competition Winner TEAM CITRUS for its business idea WRAPID DEPARTURE, with team members Sarah Brain, John Gilligan, Danielle Markowitz, Anthony Perkins, Ed Telling III While the competition allows for only one project to be selected, faculty, staff and judges, including local entrepreneurs, of the Hospitality Management Program congratulate the commitment and dedication students showed in their semester-long projects.

2010 Student Excellence Awards Culinary Excellence Award Marielle Heredia and Dana Jeannine Clark Academic Excellence in Hospitality Management Award Matthew A. Legault Excellence in Hospitality Management Service and Guest Relations Award Danielle J. Markowitz Excellence in Hospitality Management Lodging Award Karina Soares Ferrage Hospitality Management All-Industries Award Shalaine Sumpter Ruth Tolley Award Jennifer Lambert

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

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Florida Tennessee Georgia South Carolina Kentucky Vanderbilt Clemson Florida State Alabama LSU Ole Miss Arkansas Auburn Mississippi State Georgia Tech Miami

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Oregon Arizona Oregon State Stanford Southern California Boise State Fresno State Nevada California Washington UCLA Arizona Washington State Colorado UNLV San Diego State

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Kansas State Iowa State Kansas Texas Oklahoma State Texas Tech Oklahoma Texas A&M Baylor TCU Tulsa BYU Utah New Mexico Houston Colorado State *Basketball only Source: The Star-Ledger


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lus had visited the Saints prior to enrolling at Syracuse last summer. He declined to comment on whether or not he actually worked out for the Saints coaching staff as he had for the Green Bay Packers. In his lone season at SU, Paulus set a program record for completion rate (67.7 percent) and completions with 193. But rookie mistakes and underwhelming arm strength marred his only season with SU. “Coming back to Syracuse and having the chance to play football and advance my education has been such a special experience,” Paulus said. “It will be one that I will always remember and cherish. I am very thankful for all those who have helped make this possible and such a memorable experience.” On March 4, Paulus participated in a Pro Day workout in front of more than a dozen NFL scouts and executives at the Carrier Dome. Paulus worked out again on April 6 in front of 20 representatives. Saints representatives were seen at both workouts. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Paulus’ younger brother Mike said the former Syracuse quarterback is now focused on finishing school and weighing his options. In addition to continuing his pursuit of a pro football career, several collegiate basketball programs have contacted Paulus about potential assistant coaching positions, Mike said. “He really kept a level head through the entire process,” Mike said. “He has several

“It was a great experience, I will continue to prepare for the next opportunity by following the workout plan that I have been doing since the season ended with the help of (strength and conditioning) coach (William) Hicks and the Syracuse coaching staff.”

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options in front of him, and he hasn’t ruled out football as one of them.” Regardless of how his pro football career turns out, Paulus’ journey from the hardcourt to the gridiron may finally be over. But still, five months after his lone season at SU came to an end, Paulus finds himself looking for that opportunity to keep his NFL dreams alive. And though the latest chapter in Paulus’ journey may be on hold for now, his lone season at SU speaks to his resiliency. Said Mike Paulus: “He’ll be successful in whatever path he chooses.” aljohn@syr.edu mjcohen01@syr.edu

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ike most father and sons, my dad and I like to talk about sports. A lot. Almost every night for the past four years, my Pops — as I call him — and I have a chat about the sports world. Tuesday night around 10 p.m., it was a quick conversation about how LeBron James’ teammates are quite the group of dogs. Monday night around 12:30 a.m., it was about Randy Winn’s eighth-inning at-bat in the Yankees’ 5-4 loss earlier that night. A good amount of the time, though, we talk about something involving sports that has nothing to do with whether Antawn Jamison will ever make a meaningful basket this postseason. Instead, it’s about ledes and nut grafs. About how to craft a story and to use better verbs. What a writer should look for in trying to explain the flow of a basketball game (look for the runs). The reason for all this talk about writing? I’ve been lucky enough to be the son of a sports writer. Most kids grow up wanting to be like their fathers, and I was no different. I’ll admit, though, given a chance to be a professional athlete, I would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. I wasn’t exactly blessed with athletic abilities, so

I had to devise a Plan B. What seemed cooler as an 8-year-old than my dad’s job of being able to go to sports games for a living? Though my Pops told me to get a real job and to make some money (like my brother Tim, the engineer), I still followed him into the trenches. And it’s been the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I’ve found something that I truly love to do that involves my first true love in sports. Want to see a kid at a candy store? You should’ve seen my smile the first time I sat in the Yankee Stadium press box around 8:30 a.m. on July 2, 2009. And I don’t think I would be half the writer I am today without my dad. From my first high school story for my school paper to the last story I wrote for The Daily Orange, my father was there for any questions I had. Does this lede work? What’s a better way to word what I’m trying to say? How does the story flow? When I’m stuck in that writer’s purgatory deciding how to move forward with a story, one simple call can help me get past any bump there might be. My dad is not one to ask, but he’s always willing to listen. The beauty of this relationship between writer and writer, though, is that there has never

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evacuate the dancefloor been any pressure imposed on me by Dad. It could be easy for him to pressure me into being a better writer then he was. To push me nonstop every day. To insist on editing all my pieces. But this isn’t the case. He lets me be my own writer, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He still challenges me, but I’ve learned many times through trial by fire on my own. In my earliest stories, he would never change the ordering of the paragraphs or the meaning of the story. How else would I learn? I’ve failed many times in the process, and learned through each one of the failures. I saw my mistakes and learned what I did wrong and what I needed to improve on. My many D.O. editors — each of whom has also played a huge role in my development as a writer and I thank for all their hard work — can attest to this.

Having my father in the industry has also pushed me. I know people expect more out of me because I am the son of a writer. It’s like having a professional athlete as your father. People expect you to follow in the footsteps and have a leg up on the competition. So that’s always been the little extra motivation I need to spend extra time on a story, to do that one extra interview. Yes, I place lots of pressure on myself to write good stories just so I can be a great writer, but I also know the outside expectations of being the son of a writer that I want to meet. I’m a competitive person at heart, and I love a good challenge. It’s no different with writing. It’s been a long ride to this point, filled with many journalistic highs and lows. After all, not many journalists can say they’ve received an e-mail saying they wrote the worst article in the history of journalism. That’s right, folks, in the history of journalism. But I’ve always had my dad there for me, and I wouldn’t change that for anything. Being the son of a sports writer ain’t too shabby. Matt Ehalt was a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can now be reached at matthew.ehalt@gmail.com.

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Syracuse earns No. 5 seed in upcoming Big East tournament The Syracuse softball team will take on the No. 4 seed Villanova in the first round of the Big East tournament Thursday at 10 a.m. The Orange enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed after finishing the regular season with a 10-10 record in conference play. SU finished with an overall record of 29-24. This marks the second straight season in which the Orange has finished above .500 under head coach Leigh Ross. The Orange will look to rebound after a disappointing end to its regular season against DePaul on May 8. The Orange dropped both games to the Blue Demons and failed to score a single run. SU dropped game one, 1-0, in eight innings and fell 4-0 in game two. Jenna Caira continued her dominant streak despite the two losses, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in game one. She finished the

regular season tied for third in the Big East with 17 wins and was second in the league with 241 strikeouts. Veronica Grant and Lisaira Daniels finished the season as two of the best hitters in the Big East. Daniels’ .367 batting average landed her seventh in the conference, and she was tied for third in hits with 61. As a freshman, Grant tallied the second-most doubles in the Big East with 18 and finished fourth in runs scored with 45. The winner of Thursday’s game takes on the winner of the matchup between No. 1 seed DePaul and No. 8 Rutgers on Friday.

Women’s lacrosse The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team split two close games in the Big East tournament last week. The Orange received big efforts from its

seniors during the tournament. No. 9 Syracuse (13-6, 6-2 Big East) outlasted No. 16 Notre Dame (11-6, 6-2) in four overtimes 12-11 Thursday to win its Big East semi-final matchup. SU would stumble down the stretch against No. 8 Georgetown (13-5, 8-0) Saturday in the Big East final and lose 13-11. Senior Halley Quillinan would tie the score 11-11 against the Fighting Irish with 12 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime. Quillinan’s fourth goal of the game in the second half was the 200th goal of her career. Senior Christina Dove would net the gamewinning goal at the 2:02 mark of the fourth overtime. Dove had three goals and an assist in the victory. SU used a shot advantage (32-18) to advance to the Big East tournament final.

The Orange would hold only one lead during the game against the Hoyas. Junior Tee Ladouceur would score at the 24:35 mark of the second half to give SU a 9-8 lead. Ladouceur , Dove and freshman Tegan Brown all contributed four points in the loss. Junior goalie Liz Hogan broke the school record for career saves during the game. Hogan has saved 484 shots during her three-year tenure at SU, moving her into first place over Carla Gigon (475). The game was tied at eight during the game before Georgetown went on a three-goal run late in the second half to lead 11-9. The Hoyas outscored the Orange 5-4 in the second half en route to the 13-11 victory. — Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff


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Pieces of the East Big Ten expansion could cause ripple effect by breaking apart Big East, other conferences

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he Big Ten conference is currently discussing the possibility of expanding its football membership. The league currently has 11 teams, but rumors have circulated that it could expand to as many as 14 to 16 teams. Syracuse — among other Big East schools — has been mentioned as one of the schools that the Big Ten considered offering a spot in the conference. On Monday, a radio station in Kansas City reported that the Big Ten extended offers to join the conference to four schools: Rutgers, Notre Dame, Missouri and Nebraska. However, the report was quickly squashed. Rutgers, Missouri and Nebraska released statements denying that they received such an offer. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany sent out an e-mail to the athletic directors of the

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In first round of tournament, SU not taking Army lightly By Zach Brown ASST. COPY EDITOR

Syracuse has seen Army before. Once this year and 56 times before that. The team knows the Carrier Dome well. Orange head coach John Desko has said that some teams come to the Dome and are in so much awe of the atmospher e that they Who: Army struggle Where: Carrier Dome When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. to focus on the field.

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But as evidenced by the Black Knights’ first trip to the Dome this year, it’s evident that won’t be a problem for Army come Sunday night. The matchup between the No. 2 seed Syracuse (13-1) and Army (10-5) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament is just the latest game in a long line of familiarity for the two programs. The Black Knights are one of the few teams to hold an edge in their all-time series with the Orange, taking 38 of the 57 matchups. With the strong Cen-

tral New York presence on the Black Knight roster, SU is anticipating that Army won’t feel out of place when it comes to Syracuse. “I think that they’re comfortable with coming to the Dome,” junior longstick midfielder Joel White said. “I think they have a lot of Central New York guys on their team. They’re going to get excited to play Syracuse.” When the two teams squared off on Feb. 28, Army hung with SU for most of the game. Poor Syracuse

shooting and a strong performance by Army goalie Tom Palesky kept the Black Knights within striking distance in the first half. Then came the Black Knights’ run. After being down 5-2 at halftime, Army stormed out of the break. Palesky repeatedly turned away the Orange attack, and junior attack Jeremy Boltus sparked a three-goal run with a goal and two assists to tie the score. SEE ARMY PAGE 21

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Paulus has tryout with NFL champs By Andrew L. John and Michael Cohen THE DAILY ORANGE

Former Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus participated in the New Orleans Saints’ mini camp at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., from May 6 to 9. The workout included 45 players who were either draft picks or undrafted free agents, said Dave Lawrence, a Saints media relations spokesman. After playing PAULUS four years of college basketball at Duke, the Syracuse native transferred to SU with one year of eligibility. Just five months after starting all 12 games for the Orange and serving as a team co-captain, Paulus finds himself looking to extend his playing career. “It was a great experience,” Paulus said. “I will continue to prepare for the next opportunity by following the workout plan that I have been doing since the season ended with the help of (strength and conditioning) coach (William) Hicks and the Syracuse coaching staff.” Among those players participating were the team’s six draft picks, five members of the Saints’ 2009 practice squad, undrafted rookies and NFL veterans. Of the group, only two ended up being added to the training camp roster. Paulus, 23, was not one of them. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone served as the Saints offensive coordinator before coming to SU in 2009, and Lawrence didn’t mind speculating whether or not it was Marrone’s influence that helped Paulus receive the mini camp invite. “I’m sure that might have had a hand in it,” Lawrence said. But Lawrence also stated that PauSEE PAULUS PAGE 27

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starting up this weekend, No. 2 seeded Syracuse still doesn’t know if standout freshman attack JoJo Marasco will be able to play. Page 20


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