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Thrifty finds One week after its launch,

Peaceful program Planners and officials must be organized while

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Sitting, waiting, wishing Northwestern hasn’t won a bowl game in 64 years,

3fifteen has been hugely successful. Page 3

Lustig and cabinet work to tie up last semester’s loose ends

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planning for the Dalai Lama’s visit. Page 5

New York State Fair. Page 9

despite making the postseason in each of the last four years. Page 16

The road ahead

By Dylan Segelbaum ASST. COPY EDITOR

n the warm summer air of Croydon, N.H., Dylan Lustig relaxed and reflected on the first half of his term as Student Association president while working as a counselor-intraining director. The experience not only provided him the chance to recharge after a draining semester — one that saw the deaths of three close relatives and the departure of his chief of staff — it gave Lustig a new outlook on the world around him. “It taught me what was important in life,” he said frankly, reminiscing about his summer job training staff members at YMCA Camp Coniston. “And that is just helping other people, and that’s what I want to do with my life — help other people.” This summer experience helped Lustig rekindle his enthusiasm for leadership, and he’s ready to bring the same energy back to SA in fall 2012. Unlike last semester, which some claim was marred by a tendency to leave projects incomplete, this semester, Lustig has clearer goals: help students give back to Syracuse University, avoid fixating on internal proceedings and execute his ambitious campaign promise of a campus-wide

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mitchell franz | staff photographer DYLAN LUSTIG, Student Association president, hopes to improve his record to complete intiatives after some complained projects were planned but not executed last semester. Lustig enters the school year with clearer goals, including a campus-wide day of service initiative.

Syracutie comes to campus after conflict Post-Standard to restructure, By Debbie Truong STAFF WRITER

For one Syracuse University alumnus, the start of the academic year marked the end of a three-year effort to bring her Syracuse-themed shirts and merchandise to campus. Alyson Shontell, founder of Syracutie, reached an agreement with SU that allows Syracutie apparel to be sold in the Schine Student Bookstore, the Carrier Dome and on the bookstore’s website. The agreement arrives 16 months

after Shontell published a first-person account in Business Insider detailing her frustrations with the university for contesting her trademark on the word “Syracutie” and claiming the university was stifling her start-up. “It’s been such a long time coming,” said the triumphant Syracutie founder, whose negotiations with the university first became public in April 2011, two years after she first contacted the university about selling Syracutie shirts on campus.

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Alyson Shontell, Syracutie founder, and her boyfriend, fellow Syracuse University graduate Matt Lombardi, helped each other achieve their dreams. Lombardi encouraged Shontell to expand her clothing line to include Americutie, and she helped him start College Spun, a website where students write about their college sports teams, according to the Americutie website.

reduce print delivery schedule By Chelsea DeBaise and Jessica Iannetta THE DAILY ORANGE

The Post-Standard announced Tuesday that it would reduce its daily print delivery schedule to three days a week and join with Syracuse. com to form Syracuse Media Group beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The newspaper will publish and deliver full editions Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A smaller version

of The Post-Standard will be available the other four days on newsstands across Onondaga County, according to an article published Tuesday by The Post-Standard. The Post-Standard is owned by Advance Publications, Inc., a media company run by Donald Newhouse and S.I. Newhouse Jr. The Syracuse Media Group will control all publishing and make

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CRIME BRIEFS • A 28-year-old male Comstock Avenue resident was ticketed for disorderly conduct on the 100 block of Walton Street at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday. The resident provided appropriate identification and was released on an appearance ticket, according to a police report. • A 21-year-old female Syracuse University student and resident of the 600 block of Euclid Avenue reported a stolen bicycle to police at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 15, according to a police report. The pale green Diamondback mountain bike belongs to the student’s roommate. The theft of the $350-$400 bike occurred sometime between Aug. 10 and 11. No arrest has been made in this case. • A 21-year-old male SU student was issued a violation of nuisance party ordinance Aug. 26 at 1:30 a.m. The ticket was issued for unlawful deposit of litter, unlawful pedestrian and vehicular traffic that obstructed the free flow of traffic on public streets and sidewalks, and unlawfully loud noise across property lines, according to a police report. The student is expected to appear in court on Sept. 13. —Compiled by Alex Ptachick, staff writer, acptachi@syr.edu

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Students embrace local thrift store, sales soar By Casey Fabris ASST. NEWS EDITOR

sam maller | staff photographer VIVIENNE LI talks to friends Xudong Lu, Liwen Lu and Liyuan Yu (left to right) over coffee and cold drinks after class Tuesday afternoon at Cafe Kubal, which operates in conjunction with 3fifteen.

When shoppers come in to 3fifteen, they have to act fast. Falling in love with an item and deciding to come back to it later isn’t an option. The merchandise moves too quickly. “It’s one of those things where they know that if they see something, they have to buy it then because it’s not going to be there tomorrow,” said Camellia Loojune, president of Syracuse University’s Students in Free Enterprise. 3fifteen, a thrift store that operates in conjunction with coffee shop Cafe Kubal, has seen significant traffic since it officially opened Friday. The store is currently in its soft opening phase and will have its grand opening Sept. 19. The store is run by SIFE and local organization the Rescue Mission, which works to end homelessness and hunger. 3fifteen sells both men and women’s clothing, furniture, accessories and home decor. So far, the store has experienced great success. 3fifteen is an entirely

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Insomnia relocation satisfies customers Repeated late nights can lead to By Casey Fabris ASST. NEWS EDITOR

When Insomnia Cookies, a staple among Syracuse University students, closed its doors at 123 Marshall St., panic set in the SU community. But when patrons realized it had only relocated, they breathed a collective sigh of relief. “It did cause a panic,” said Renee Sarnecky, marketing manager for Insomnia Cookies. “Everybody thought we weren’t there anymore, but we just moved a couple storefronts down.” Insomnia Cookies relocated to the former location of Pita El Saha at 137 Marshall St. on Aug 16. During the summer, the store operated from a food truck parked at the intersection of Marshall Street and South Crouse Avenue. The store, which moved to a new location for additional space,

has already become more efficient, Sarnecky said. The move created more space for employees and also for patrons to form a line inside, she said. “With the store being so much bigger, and there’s more space for the staff to move around, we can definitely get those cookies out even faster to your door,” she said. During Insomnia’s first week in its new location, the store has seen great success. The store has been visited frequently, Sarnecky said, and customers are enjoying the new space. “This is the first relocation that we’ve ever done with an Insomnia Cookies and it has been a complete home run,” she said. Susan Nash, director of administration for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, was drawn to the new location. Although she works in the vicinity of Marshall

MOVING AROUND During its relocation process, Insomnia Cookies moved from 121 Marshall Street to its short-term home in a cookie truck. The truck was located at the intersection of Marshall Street and South Crouse Avenue. Although the cookie truck was new to the Syracuse University campus, the food truck business is not a new concept for the brand. Insomnia Cookies launched its first cookie truck in 2008. Insomnia Cookies currently has two other food trucks located in Philadelphia. The trucks can be found on the Temple University and Drexel University campuses, according to the Insomnia Cookies’ Facebook fan page. Source: www.facebook.com/insomniacookies

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Street, she had never visited the old Insomnia Cookies location. Nash noticed a difference in the store and felt inclined to visit. “It caught my eye, so I came in,” she said. Sarnecky said the company has been closely monitoring discussion among customers on social media such as Twitter, and said it has only seen positive feedback. The relocation has already surpassed expectations, she said, pleasing both the company and its patrons. Robert Sutton, a senior computer engineering major, said he preferred the new location next to Cosmos Pizza and Grill, as it was more convenient for him to stop by after eating there. He said he was also pleased with the size of the store. “It’s more spacious, so it will be good for longer lines,” he said. Said Sarnecky: “We’re really excited about our new home and for everyone to come visit us at our new home.” cffabris@syr.edu

strokes, other health problems By Taylor Baker CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Midnight rolls around and students glance longingly at their clocks, but know that sleep is several hours away. When it comes down to it, students must make a choice between sleep and letting their sleep fall to the wayside in pursuit of good grades. The number of people who obtain the recommended eight hours or more of sleep a night has dropped from 38 percent in 2001 to 28 percent, according to a June 11 USA Today article. The National Sleep Foundation recently found that lack of sleep is directly linked to an increased chance of stroke and several other negative health effects, according to the article. Exercise and a healthy diet is not enough to avoid an elevated chance of stroke; sleep is also an essential factor to good health, according to the article. Adults are not aware of the true importance sleep directly has on the body. Insufficient sleep is linked to high risk factors, even to those individuals who are in good general health, according to the article. Despite the fact that lack of sleep is directly linked to dangerous health issues, many students at both graduate and undergraduate levels neglect

these needs. “My mind feels most definitely slowed down after a long night,” said Devin Hill, a junior sport management major. “The morning after always seems like the longest day of my life.” Tibor Palfai, a professor of psychology at Syracuse University who has worked in the field for more than 40 years, said in an email that lack of sleep makes people more prone to infections and colds because deep sleep is essential for the body’s immune response. Simply put, he said, lack of deep sleep prevents memory formation, ultimately decreasing one’s productivity. He said his students pull all-nighters, and when they do, their performance in his classroom noticeably suffers. Palfai said he was aware that lack of sleep leads to an unhealthy lifestyle, but he was not aware that it could result in strokes or other serious health problems. Kendall Winston, a junior music education major in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, said she regularly stays up until 3 a.m. getting schoolwork done because there is simply not enough time during the day. Although she is aware of the severe

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all decisions affecting The Post-Standard and Syracuse.com. The new company will focus on producing 24-hour digital news content, according to the article. “If we simply maintain the status quo, if we continue to do just what we have been doing — no matter how well we do it — The Post-Standard would face extinction in a matter of years,” Stephen Rogers, editor and publisher of The Post-Standard and the new chairman of Syracuse Media Group, told employees in prepared remarks. The Syracuse Media Group will move from The Post-Standard building at Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse to a new location. Advance Central Services Syracuse will remain in The Post-Standard building and oversee the publishing, accounting and human resource end of Syracuse Media Group, according to the article. David Rubin, professor and dean emeritus at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said he wasn’t surprised by the move to a reduced print schedule, given changes made to other Newhouse publications. “It’s clear this was the direction [the Newhouse family] was going,” he said. “But given the Newhouse family’s long-standing emotional ties to the city, I thought it might not happen.” Whether the newspaper is able to continue to adequately cover the city depends entirely on the quality of what remains and whether The Post-Standard will be able to rebuild its business model. The reduced print schedule will result in a loss of print ads and, since Syracuse. com has no paywall, online ads will need to increase, Rubin said. “The question is whether there will still be enough good journalists and enough revenue to

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support them,” he said. Rubin said the effect of the Internet on the communication industry is something he has been discussing in his communication classes. The move will not really affect students though, he said, because most students already get their news online. “Instead, they might be asking, ‘What took them so long?’” he said. “Anyone who has taken my class in the last five years would know this was coming.” Roy Gutterman, an associate professor of communications law and journalism at Newhouse, said he will miss getting his copy of The Post-Standard every morning. “I’m so accustomed to going to my front porch and picking up a paper,” he said. “I still have a copy delivered everyday. I’ll really miss having that hard copy.” Gutterman said the changes at The PostStandard are an important reminder for students that journalism is still a business. Even though journalists talk about the need to cover the community, foster democracy and inform the public, these publications still need to generate revenue, he said. Other daily newspapers operating under Advance Publications, including The TimesPicayune in New Orleans, announced a switch to a three-day print schedule on May 24. The Patriot News, in Harrisburg, Pa., also announced on Tuesday it will move to a threeday delivery schedule. Before entering law school and then coming to Newhouse, Gutterman worked at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, another Newhouse family publication. “My experience with the Newhouse company was a positive one,” he said. “But it was a very different world then.” cedebais@syr.edu jliannet@syr.edu

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Shontell, an editor at Business Insider, hoped to sell Syracutie apparel in the campus bookstore, but said discussions with the university were “not budging.” SU initially opposed Shontell’s trademark, saying “Syracutie” resembled the university’s name too closely and recommended she grant SU the trademark. The university eventually offered an agreement that would name Shontell sole licensor of “Syracutie,” but would have required her to hand the trademark to the university without compensation. Dubious of both options, Shontell sounded off on her initial dealings with the university on the April 2011 Business Insider website post titled “The Aggravating Story Of How My Alma Mater Is Killing My Startup.” Negotiations resumed shortly after Shontell’s article was published. Nearly a year and a half later, an agreement allowing Syracutie to be sold on the SU campus was finalized between SU and Shontell’s camp. A Syracutie crew neck and V-neck debuted in the campus bookstore last week, the once-contested trademark printed on each, she said. Shontell said she believes support from the university community combined with local media attention and expertise from Syracuse-

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health risks from lack of sleep, Winston said she would not change her sleep habits. She is willing to put her academics first at the expense of her own health. Nolan Hart, a junior sport management

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rebranded idea of the Rescue Mission’s Thrifty Shopper stores. When the store opened on Friday, Loojune said, it came in as the top seller. “There’s another 10 Thrifty Shopper stores, two of them are a little bit larger-scale and usually top the sales, but on Friday with opening, we doubled their sales,” she said. “I like it. I think it’s brilliant. I’ve shopped here twice already,” said Lucia Procaccaio, who graduated from SU with a degree in art history last spring. Sylwia Dziedzic, a graduate student in the School of Information Studies who was shopping with Procaccaio, said the store was a mixture of the Salvation Army and Plato’s Closet, two second-hand stores. “We already came here before,” Dziedzic said. “We’re probably going to return because they always have new stuff. I’m just surprised this hasn’t been thought of before yet.” Currently, 3fifteen and Cafe Kubal are offering a promotion in which shoppers can fill a brown paper bag with donations and receive a free beverage from Cafe Kubal in return, said Nicole Fountain, project manager for 3fifteen and a junior retail management and marketing major. The goal of the promotion is to bring in more donations from people who might be similar to potential shoppers, she said. “Obviously, students are going to respond more to what other students are offering because we have similar tastes,” Fountain said. Furniture, purses and SU apparel have been some of the most popular items among shoppers, Loojune said.

“There’s so much to like about this store because everything is unique and everything is one of a kind.”

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“There’s so much to like about this store because everything is unique and everything is one of a kind,” she said. “Every time you come in, you kind of fall in love with something new.” Students who qualify for Federal WorkStudy may apply to work at 3fifteen, Fountain said. She encouraged students to come into the store to inquire about opportunities. Students may also volunteer at the store. Although the store is still in its soft launch, Loojune said the store will not operate differently after the grand opening. She said they simply plan to iron out any issues experienced thus far. “We’re really into this full swing and are fully stocked and replenishing daily, the store is physically complete and staff is doing very well,” said Liz Poda, director of marketing for the Rescue Mission, in an email. “We’ll find some areas to improve upon, but we are open for business.” Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina will be present at the grand opening Sept. 19, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Loojune said. cffabris@syr.edu @caseyfabris

based attorney Matt Van Rynn helped soften SU’s initial stance on the trademark and resulted in negotiations that satisfied both Shontell and the university. SU was concerned with protecting the university’s brand, while Shontell’s foremost focus was safeguarding her company, she said. “It really was just finding that middle ground,” Shontell said. Marc Donabella, director of marketing and trademark licensing at SU, said in an email the agreement works in both parties’ favor. “We believe that it would be beneficial to both the university and Alyson if we combined efforts on marketing a University-based trademark,” he said, adding that the university enjoys that the clothing appeals to women and children. As a licensed vendor with SU, Shontell is authorized to print images trademarked by the university as well as to utilize the university’s signature blue and orange colors, which she previously shied away from. “I can kind of go crazy and get them in as many places as possible,” she said. Bookstore manager Gale Youmell said she gladly chose two designs to be sold in the bookstore once an agreement was reached. A navy blue Syracutie V-neck with text reading “Syracutie” wrapped around the shirt’s side is available, as well as a white “Love SU” crew neck.

“I think it will be very popular,” Youmell said. “It’s very cute.” Van Rynn, Shontell’s lawyer, attributed the success of reaching a satisfying agreement to the company’s “dogged persistence.” When he initially took up Shontell’s cause, he said he was met with the same “indifference Alyson encountered.” While Van Rynn, who works with start-ups in Syracuse, lauds the university for supporting entrepreneurship, he said he believes his early encounters with SU’s lawyers did not reflect the same culture of entrepreneurship stressed by the school. “The law firm seemed to be out of step with an important mission of the university, which is entrepreneurship,” he said. “I think while they’re doing their job — protecting trademarks for the university, they need to be more broadminded in the way they interact with their constituencies.” Shontell, who has since broadened her entrepreneurial endeavors to include “Americutie,” is looking to expand Syracutie further and is seeking a student fashion designer to help design and produce merchandise appealing to SU students. Said Shontell: “There’s really nothing cooler than seeing your friends wear a shirt you came up with — or seeing it in the SU bookstore, for that matter.”

major, said he regularly stays up past 3 a.m. as a result of procrastination and schoolwork. “I get a high from having my back against the wall, knowing that I have an assignment due in a few hours,” he said. “I like the pressure that the late nights bring.” But, Hart said the day after a long night is always “struggle city.” He said he experiences constant exhaustion and his performance in both

athletics and academics are noticeably worsened. Hart was shocked to learn that lack of sleep is linked to risk of stroke and other health habits. Unlike Winston, he said he would change his sleep habits. These changes in habits entail getting work done earlier in the day, as well as going to sleep at a reasonable and consistent hour in hopes to better his health.

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t Syracuse University, one can become the center of debates simply by saying, “I’m voting for Mitt Romney,” and for anyone who’s brave enough to make this statement — this is a plug — the first step is joining College Republicans at Syracuse University on Facebook. Republican or not, this Facebook group is for anyone who believes, in the words of Milton Friedman, “that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.” When Richard Nixon was president, causing mischief was protesting the Vietnam War. Now, dissent is making a statement like Friedman’s, and mischief is turning televisions in dorm lounges to channel 39 when no one is around. That channel is Fox News. In the scope of a college campus, to be a true rebel is to be a Republican. Many young voters choose liberal candidates and increasingly identify as Democrats, according to a study by Rock the Vote and The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement. In short, being Republican is a mark of notoriety — exposing others to Fox’s alternative take is considered mischievous, and there exists an illustration to show real rebels are on the right.  Back in February, Karl Rove spoke at SU. He is a Republican strategist. George W. Bush dubbed Rove “the Architect,” because Rove managed Bush’s presidential campaigns. More recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke on campus. The reason that Republicans are the rebels becomes clear when contrasting the enthusiasm of those who came to see Rove with those who came to see Clinton, and the messages of Rove’s protestors with the messages of Clinton’s. When Rove came to campus, few knew about it. There was little hype. On the other hand, with Clinton’s appearance in Hendricks Chapel, there was an eight-person-wide

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vast right wing conspiracy column of people waiting in line to see her, wrapping around the Quad and stretching all the way to College Place.  So, seeing Rove was like going to an “underground” event, and seeing Clinton could be called “mainstream.” In terms of protesters, Rove brought out the typical left-wing groups. Protesters included our own College Democrats, the Syracuse Peace Council and local labor unions. At one point, the crowd of protesters chanted “Karl Rove, you can’t hide, we’re charging you with genocide,” according to The NewsHouse.  Clinton drew protesters as well. Amazingly, she brought out left-wing protesters. They went after Clinton for not being left-wing enough. One student said “Hillary Clinton is essentially a war hawk and a war criminal,” according to The Daily Orange. Accusing every SU guest speaker of war crimes must get boring, following the crowds to the mainstream speakers must get tiring, and holding left-wing protests against left-wing speakers must get tedious.   To escape boredom, tiredness and tediousness, people do not need to turn Republican — it suffices to ask Republicans why they believe what they believe. But, to be rebels, becoming Republican is the only way.  Michael Stikkel is a junior computer engineering major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at mcstikke@syr.edu.

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arge investments from public institutions and private-sector companies have resulted in $1.4 billion worth of construction projects in downtown Syracuse last year. Out of the invested money, $264 million is being used for renovations downtown, including the building of a new Marriot Hotel and the recent relocation and upgrade of a Centro bus hub, according to Lisa Romeo, communications director for the Downtown Syracuse Committee. This huge investment in the city of Syracuse includes support from Syracuse University, The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Crouse Hospital and the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, said Linda Hartsock, director of community engagement and economic development at SU and director of the Connective Corridor. Private companies are involved in downtown construction as well. A 180-room Marriott Hotel will be completed next year in Armory Square, Romeo said. This will be a perfect place for visitors to stay and experience downtown Syracuse, she said. “When students’ parents stay there for a visit, they’ll be steps away from Armory Square,” she said. An important project that was completed this summer was the relocation of the Centro Transfer Hub to the south end of downtown Syracuse, replacing the Centro Common Center at the intersection of South Salina and Fayette streets, Romeo said. This heated and air-conditioned building will provide a more comfortable waiting area for passengers, while clearing up the once-congested South Salina Street, opening up new spaces for retail and residence areas, she said. “Salina Street has been a real eyesore for years,” said Bob Dougherty, a Syracuse Common Council for District 3 and member of the Economic Development, Downtown and Metropolitan Planning Committee. “It’s not a coincidence the relocation of the bus station and the construction are happening at the same time.”

illustration by micah benson | art director The next major project on South Salina Street will be the Pike Block, Romeo said. This $25 million redevelopment will take four vacant historical buildings and turn them into one residential area, she said. The 130,000-square-foot building will have 78 apartments and a ground floor with 23,000 square feet of retail space. It should be completed in early 2013, she said. Dougherty said another priority is getting bicycles off the sidewalks. This proposal is already part of a citywide project that has been launched as part of the Connective Corridor, he said. Bike lanes have been installed on University Avenue, which will lead all the way to Forman Park. The goal is to connect the whole city by bike. Hartsock said investors are willing to take risks in developments in Syracuse because they see the commitment from SU and the real need of a more accessible and lively downtown. “This is a true collaborative of all these institutions and what’s unusual is this is unprecedented,” she said. “Syracuse has not seen this kind of investment in a long time.” Downtown is the safest neighborhood in the city, and getting more people down there will help support all services in the city, Dougherty said. “It all kind of works together,” he said. “A city needs to have a tax base. We’ve got to continue to develop things. We have to do whatever we can with what we’ve got.” seschust@syr.edu

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day of community service. In terms of philanthropy, one project he’s looking to complete by the end of his term is an initiative previously introduced to the general assembly as “Keep The Change Syracuse.” Students who opt into the program would have their SUpercard purchases at SU cafes such as Eggers Cafe and Food.com rounded to the nearest dollar, with the extra funds going toward improving specific schools within SU, he said. Lustig, who’s also a member of the Student Philanthropy Council, has advocated for students to provide long-lasting contributions to the university in the past, as well. But in order to achieve tangible results, he recognizes SA’s discussion process needs to be changed.

“If they don’t know who we are and they don’t know how to contact us, how can they give us recommendations on what we can do to better the university as a whole?” PJ Alampi

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Student government exists to help and defend the student population, not to follow its sometimes-rigid codes verbatim, he said, and so there needs to be less of a preoccupation on procedural matters. “I respect the fact that maybe you have a passion for following the codes, or passion for reading the codes and updating them and making sure they’re grammatically correct,” Lustig said. “But I hope you have an equal passion for helping the students.” His campaign promise of a signature day of community service, something that did not occur during the spring like many anticipated, is now closer to becoming a reality. Tentatively set for November, the ambitious event appears as though it will be one of, if not the defining moment of his presidency. More details will be available in the coming weeks when a formal announcement is made, he said. Similar to Lustig, high-ranking members of SA’s cabinet have a multitude of initiatives and events planned for fall 2012. The cabinet conducted conference calls on a near-daily basis during the summer, Vice President Allie Curtis said. With a new chief of staff, Janine Savage, in place, Curtis is focused on being more visible on campus interacting with students. “When I came to Syracuse I met the vice president the first day I came, and after that, never saw him again,” she said. “Literally never saw him again.”

Communication between the president, vice president and chief of staff will improve this semester, Curtis said. Meetings will be held weekly and evaluation sheets will be utilized to document the progress of initiatives. For Savage, who was appointed during SA’s final spring meeting on April 30, the transition into her role was a quick one. She has taken the lead on the administration’s signature day of service initiative and has contracted several Syracuse-area nonprofits to find the best way SA can give back. Savage said she also finished her initiatives from the previous semester, including one that will provide free binders for loose-leaf textbooks sold at the University Bookstore. The program is launching this semester for one book in a trial run, she said. This desire to rebound from the shortcomings of last semester is also illustrated by the Finance Board. In order to make student government more cost-effective and efficient, Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo created an online budget application process that will save time and money for SA and student organizations alike. He said SA is looking to move on from the incident regarding March’s “SA Formal,” where approximately $4,000 from the organization’s operating budget was incorrectly utilized. DeSalvo called it a “learning lesson” for the organization. Lustig said SA is discussing requesting $4,000 less for its operating budget next year to make up for the miscue. The Board of Elections and Membership is looking to fill more seats in the general assembly, which is currently at 67 percent, chair of board Jen Bacolores announced at SA’s Monday meeting. The board will be recruiting at several campus events during the next few weeks, she said. Bacolores said the board will play a significant role in promoting the upcoming SA election and Colin Brown, director of public relations, said he spent part of the summer creating advertisements to promote this event. The Student Life committee, headed by PJ Alampi, is looking to make SU’s campus more accessible by fixing the “little ticks” that exist around campus. For example, he said, no elevators exist on the first floor of Flint Hall, making it difficult for students to move into their rooms. Alampi said the bike-share initiative he discussed last semester is still in the works, but will likely involve contracting a bike shop on campus in order to provide students who already own bikes a place to have them serviced for now. He said SA is also going to update its website so representatives are more accessible, as its current site is not very user-friendly for students. “If they don’t know who we are and they don’t know how to contact us, how can they give us recommendations on what we can do to better the university as a whole?” Alampi said. Lustig expressed the same opinion and echoed a desire to bring SA back to its essence. Said Lustig: “As long as the students are benefiting from what we’re doing, or they know about what we’re doing, that’s all I care about.” dmsegelb@syr.edu

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Great New York State Fair offers eclectic opportunities for food, music, entertainment

sam maller | staff photographer (FROM TOP LEFT) Lady Galaxy exhibits her unorthodox spray paint methods at the Great New York State Fair on Thursday. Branden Campbell, the bassist for Neon Trees, reflects on his favorite parts of the Fair. Flash Pups, a start-up company from Minneapolis consisting of flashing hats, ties and t-shirts, makes its debut at the Fair.

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yracuse is buzzing at the end of every August. That’s thanks to the Great New York State Fair being held here every year. Bringing in tens of thousands of visitors from near and far, it’s a 12-day experience that anyone can grab a taste of in just a few short hours. From petting zoos, quirky men dressed as too-tall leprechauns and fried Oreo stands, the

fair can be made an end-of-the-summer tradition, or beginning-of-the-semester ritual. This year it ends on Sept. 3. Here’s a look at just a few of the amusing things the fair has had to offer.

Musical Guests

The fair lined up a list of musical and celebrity guests for each of its 12 days. From acts like Mike Posner, who sang hit single “Cooler Than Me,” to the Food Network’s Guy Fieri from “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” there have been acts for fans

of just about everything. Branden Campbell, who plays bass guitar for Neon Trees, weighed in on some of his favorite fair memories before the set. Campbell is the father of a 9-yearold daughter and 5- year-old son, and said he enjoys bringing them to the fair in their town of Provo, Utah, and seeing how much things like a Ferris wheel ride excite them. He and the band, which played the opening night of the fair on Aug. 23, tried a Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger.

“We had to try it,” he said. “It was interesting. The taste didn’t melt together for this refined signature. It felt like I was eating a doughnut and a hamburger at the same time, and wasn’t something I planned to repeat.” Instead, Campbell said he prefers more traditional fair food. “Give me a classic corndog and some funnel cake and we’ll call it good,” Campbell said.

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hether you’re a freshman just beginning the college experience or an upperclassman Durex shareholder, ask yourself the question: Is a c*ck blocker ruining your sex life? C*ck blocking popped onto my sex agenda while watching the infamous “Mean Girls” Monday. A young Rachel McAdams disses The Lohan to her high school crush at the Halloween party and then steals the guy for herself. Whether you want to call it c*ck blocking or boob blocking, McAdams’

behavior was unacceptable. Riled by her actions, I decided to undertake some very scientific research to understand the true extent of c*ck blocking in the student population. And, with the help of Urban Dictionary, I can report that c*ck blocks come in all shapes, sizes and species.  1) The C*ck Blockade: It’s a unisex phenomenon. In female form, the blockade is a large group of girls attempting to “protect” their friend from that total jerk at the bar. They swarm the area, ruin the moment and then drag the friend to the bathroom

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just do it for no reason. In the male form, an army of guys takes it upon itself to target one of their friends and make him as sexually unsuccessful as possible by telling all the girls at the bar that he’s

impotent. 2) C*ck Blocked by Association: This is when you’re c*ck blocked because the person you like is friends with or related to someone you know. Chet Davis, a senior broadcast journalism major, was c*ck blocked by his cousin after she asked him to show her friend around Cape Cod because he knew the area. “The girl happened to be pretty cute,” Davis said. “After a few parties, she admitted she wanted to hook up, but couldn’t because of my cousin. Buzzkill.”

Association blockades may also arise if a best friend has dated someone who now wants to undress you. You are forced to subscribe to “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” rather than fulfill your dirty desires. 3) The Social Media C*ck Block: It’s a form of c*ck blocking carried out by social media savvy individuals, primarily female. Individuals post status updates, Instagrams and tweets that heavily feature a guy they want, even though they aren’t in a relationship. They’re

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Despite minor setbacks, local sushi restaurant proves superior to competition OCEAN SUSHI Address: 7567 Oswego Road Liverpool, NY Hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: (315)-622-6052 Rating: 3.5

lauren murphy | asst. photo editor AUDRA FUNICELLO, a waitress at Ocean Sushi, prepares the Playboy Roll over an open flame. The preparation process helps enhance the natural flavors of the roll and adds texture to the tempura inside, Funicello said.

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ach semester at Syracuse University, my taste buds suffer from being deprived of quality sushi. Between Oishi Sushi’s less-than-fresh options and Bleu Monkey Cafe’s over-the-top rolls, it’s enough to put my sushi cravings on hold. To my relief, one of my roommates sent me to Ocean Sushi, where the rolls are simple, fresh and, sometimes, set on fire. When stacked up against more campus-central eateries, Ocean Sushi’s unique rolls and high-quality sushi is a refreshing and superior choice. With past years of deprivation in mind, both my eyes and my stomach were craving some edible art. My dining partner and I decided to be all about sushi. We ordered two rolls each and all the food arrived at once. The Playboy Roll ($12.99), however, had its own special plate. The whole roll was wrapped in tinfoil for reasons that were unclear until our waitress, Audra Funicello, set the oil-covered plate on fire, and bright, blue-tipped flames danced around the tinfoilcovered roll. This process helps enhance the natural flavors of the roll, packed with spicy tuna, tempura chips and asparagus, and adds a nice, crisp texture to the shrimp tempura inside and

the shrimp on top, Funicello said. The first bite of this roll was a true testament to the fire technique — intensified flavors and an enjoyable blend of hot and cold. But after 10 minutes, this roll was chewy and the warmed rice was stuck to the tinfoil, which was difficult to peel off. I quickly turned to some of my favorite sashimi options: salmon, fatty tuna and super white tuna to cool off my pallet. The sashimi arrived almost unnoticeably on the edge of the plate, but that didn’t hide the great quality of these perfectly sliced pieces. Each fish’s natural flavor was notably strong, and each bite was buttery smooth and rich with natural oils — a good mark of great freshness. But not all of Ocean Sushi’s a la carte items can be enjoyed any time. The menu is seasonal, and the restaurant likes it to reflect the season’s best selections. “People will order sea urchin, and I hate to tell them, ‘We don’t have that,’” Funicello said. “But it’s a good way of keeping things fresh and new.” Picking up my next roll, I was curious to see what the gold was in the Golden California Roll ($6.50). It turns out it’s the perfectly crisp, golden tempura crust deliciously surrounding every bite-sized roll. The inside of this roll is all-around simple — crab stick, avocado and a little too much cream cheese. But the tempura

crust, which wasn’t heavy or greasy, acted as a nice contrast of textures with the softer components inside. Next, I dug into the Salmon Lover’s Roll ($11.99). As a salmon enthusiast, I was disappointed that this roll wasn’t packed with salmon. Instead, it was a simple California Roll with slices of salmon sashimi dressed on top. Though the flavors were clean, this salmon lover wasn’t in love and was equally unhappy with the hefty price tag. The Flyers Roll ($11.99) was by far the shining star of our choices. With spicy tuna, masago and cucumber inside, and fresh white tuna on top, each bite was bursting with bold flavors. The amount of mayonnaise sauce drizzled delicately on top enhanced the white tuna’s flavor, and the sprinkle of green onions on top added a crisp crunch that made it clear this roll’s perfection is in the details. Beyond all the bells and whistles, an authentic sushi place requires key components to make it truly great: attentive service, a tranquil environment and unique, refreshing flavor combinations. Though Ocean Sushi had some stumbling points in construction and higher prices, it still is a strong contender in all of these categories and an answer to my sushi prayers. dmodiama@syr.edu

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Start-up limits confusion, increases dining convenience By Jarrad Saffren Nick Mancini remembers when he realized it was time for popular restaurants to change how they managed their lengthy waitlists. On a Friday night last November at Blue Water Grille in Skaneateles, N.Y., Mancini and his girlfriend faced a tedious 45-minute wait for a table. “The host took down my phone number so I figured she would either buzz us or call us when our table was ready,” said Mancini, a senior information technology major and selfproclaimed full-time entrepreneur. “But she never ended up doing either.” Just two weeks after his Blue Water Grille fiasco, Mancini, a 20-year-old who’s no stranger to start-ups and has done everything from developing Web pages and mobile apps to selling audio and lighting equipment, pitched an idea for an app called UpFront at Syracuse Startup Weekend in November 2011. Mancini assembled a team of six tech heads to create UpFront, a nonprofit iOS application that allows the hosts of restaurants to enter the name and phone number of each dining party into an iPad interface. The phone number then receives two text messages from the host (via the app) during the

waiting process. The first welcomes the patron to the restaurant and tells the party how long its wait will be, and the second informs the group when its table is ready. The group also received $10,000 from the Raymond von Dran IDEA Awards Competition for winning Syracuse University’s Emerging Idea Competition in April. The winnings have covered all of UpFront’s expenses up to this point. Since it launched in February at Pastabilities, UpFront has seated more than 15,000 patrons and added 11 additional Central-NewYork-based restaurants to its test-driving clientele. None of the restaurants pay for the service yet, but research has found that the app makes life easier for both hosts and patrons, saving time and frustration. “We have saved $400 in the last few months from not having to replace the notification devices,” said Adam Eagan, Empire Brewing Company managing partner, in a written testimonial. Like so many tech products, UpFront faces scrutiny from traditionalists who feel the app takes away from social interaction and the ambiance of a night out. Among these dining traditionalists is UpFront’s very first client, Pastabilities. “We are hoping to create a more personable

atmosphere and don’t want to get away from the reputation that has kept us going for so many years. We also don’t want to sacrifice the bar business that we feel will be lost by guests that decide to leave and wait for a text,” said Gabe Angelone, Pastabilities managing partner, in a letter to Mancini explaining why the Italian restaurant decided to stop using UpFront. Most businesses have no issue bucking tradition in favor of innovation. The hardest task for Mancini and his team will be convincing restaurant officials that UpFront is a service worth its $200-per-month asking price. “While the expense is not prohibitive, it is an additional expense that we did not have and operated for many years without,” said Angelone in the letter. For the UpFront team, the lack of profit isn’t burning a hole in their expenses, but it did force the CEO to cut weight. After Startup Weekend, Mancini cut out three members of his original team of six. But the group received $2,500 on Startup Weekend because the idea was impressive. The money was divvied up among the original six members before Mancini realized he had to downsize. Moving forward, the goal for UpFront is for consumers to seize an even greater sense of control through their mobile phones.

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A start-up company from Minneapolis, these battery-powered, light-up hats, ties and tees would be a conversation starter at any party, or any place with sound, for that matter. The lights react to any sound, so they will f lash

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Lady Galaxy

A traveling artist since 2000, Lady Galaxy and her Live Art Experience are truly intriguing, entertaining and awe-inspiring. To say she spray paints is an understatement. At the fair, Lady Galaxy layered levels of colors in spray paint and, using a palette knife, recycled outdated newspapers, round circular objects and “hopefully a little bit of imagination,” she said. She created works of art in minutes by scraping away at just the right spots. Self-taught, she has been able to support herself solely by the sale of her work. Intimidating at first glance and shielded by a double-sided gas mask, the tappedin microphone showed a different side of Lady Galaxy. It showed spectators that beneath the blonde- and rose-colored hair and tattoo sleeves on nearly every limb, she was down to earth and

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like lions peeing around their territory, except they cyber urinate on Facebook. 4) C*ck Block Your Own C*ck: This is probably the worst kind of c*ck block because it’s entirely self-inflicted. Davis’ roommate, Andrew Kanell, a senior broadcast journalism major, fell afoul of the worst kind of cock block: his own c*ck. Close to sealing the deal with a girl from work, Kanell decide to tell her everything she sucked at in her job. “I kind of felt like Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Kanell said. “He talked his way out of sex on one episode of the show because he disagreed with a woman’s political views.” 5) The Pet C*ck Block: The questionable practice of bringing pets to college means the animal c*ck block is out to play. Take my roommate from over the summer. He adopted a tiny half-pug, half-terrier called Milo, who

The Land of Milk and Dairy

The Dairy Products building has a lot to offer for any lactose-loving lunatic. With the spirit of both the Olympics and New York in mind, the main spectacle in the center of the room was a butter and Greek yogurt sculpture on a spinning stage in a glass case. The main eye-catcher was a Statue of Liberty with a cow’s head, complemented by a running athlete torchbearer. The sweltering heat outside made the popcorn topper’s ability to stay solid impressive. A crowd — and wallet — favorite at the building was the Rainbow Dairy Bar, where both plain and chocolate milk can be purchased for 25 cents per cup, each of which is labeled with “I Heart Milk.” Dozens of fairgoers could be found waiting in line at any given time.

Flash Pups has a preference for his owner’s bed at night. Pet c*ck blocking, when a creature hinders the sexual conquests of his or her owner, gets even weirder when the owner starts preferring dogs. Period. 6) The C*ckblocalypse: This is the c*ck block equivalent of being kicked in the balls with a steel-capped boot. You get so badly c*ck blocked by friend/foe/pet/yourself that the fallout is a complete loss of confidence in sexual prowess. The impact can last for weeks, if not months. The moral of the c*ck-block story is to ignore any notions of keeping your friends close and your c*ck blocks closer. If you’re tired of cherry-ade, or actually want to use the condoms your mom bought you, identify potential blockades in advance and avoid them at all costs. Iona Holloway is a senior magazine journalism and psychology major. Her column appears every Wednesday. She likes to think she’s a victim of c*ck blocking, but the reality is no one’s interested. She can be reached at ijhollow@syr.edu

TAP THESE APPS

UpFront isn’t the only app students should keep handy on their smartphones. Here are three more essentials.

Pandora- Music on the go is always a good thing to have, especially when you can fit a slew of self-tailored radio stations in your pocket. Flashlight- You never know when you’ll be stuck in the dark. The Flashlight app will keep you from bumping into whatever goes bump in the night. For drunken walks home down a Euclid side street, this is an absolute necessity. Skype- Smartphones have smaller screens than laptops, but using this app is a cinch to get a hold of someone in a hurry.

Said Mancini: “We want to control the consumer restaurant ecosystem. There isn’t a company that owns successful products from both endpoints. Yelp is for users. Open Table is for restaurants. By owning both sides, we can foster a much better experience.” jdsaffre@syr.edu

to the beat of the newest house music tune next Friday night, or shutter with every clap of your applause. All of the designs are hand-drawn. ajcaren@syr.edu

With the start to the semester being such a hot one, here are some refreshing brews. Troubadour has been serving up from Belgium since opening in 2000. All three of the beers are refermented in the bottle. This means that the beer was not filtered when it was bottled, or if the beer was filtered, a second batch of yeast has been added. This allows for additional fermentation and a higher alcohol level. Troubadour is available at Wegmans. The lightest beer of the three was the Blond at 6.5 percent alcohol by volume. The first sip was enjoyable, but overall, the palette was a little bland. However, it sits well in your mouth and goes down smoothly. This is a drinkable beer and is a well suited for the hot end of summer evenings. Since this is an imported beer it is a little expensive, about $9, and therefore is not recommended for binge drinking. Troubadour also brews a Belgian take on a mild stout called Obscura. Obscura is dark with a beautiful jet-black color and a caramel aroma. The body of the beer is thick and malty and balances chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The season is not quite right for this beer. The first sip reminded me of waiting until my parents wouldn’t judge me for having a beer for Christmas lunch, or even brunch. At 8.2 percent alcohol by volume, the beer is drinkable, but because it is on the heavy side, I wouldnít recommend drinking more than two or three. A third Troubadour beer is Magma. Magma is an amber ale that has the bitterness of an India Pale Ale with a Belgian Triple style fruitiness to balance it. Magma had the most carbon dioxide, and this gave it the largest head of the three beers. The color was in between Obscura and the Blond. At 9 percent alcohol by volume, this beer is nothing to sneeze at, but is perfect for day drinking before you start getting homework (thank Otto for syllabus week). Magma was the most refreshing of the three, and I felt like my day was slowing down. The flavor runs through your mouth and hits every part of your tongue if you let it sit there. - Compiled by Dylan Sorensen, contributing writer, djsorens@syr.edu


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Alfred quarterback Sopak overcomes challenges of diabetes By Jacob Klinger ASST. COPY EDITOR

While playing basketball at the local gym with his dad, an 8-year-old Zach Sopak became fatigued. His mouth dried up. He stopped playing and went to see a doctor. There, Sopak found out his blood sugar level was about 500 milligrams per deciliter. It should have been between 60 and 120. Doctors sent Sopak to Buffalo Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “It’s real tough at times because there’s so many factors that go into it, and it’s really hard to control,” said Sopak, now the starting quarterback at Alfred University in New York. “It’s like having a job 24 hours a day.” Ten years after his hospital visit, Sopak took a phone call from Alfred assistant football coach Robert Rankl. Ten minutes later, Washington and Jefferson College head coach Mike Sirianni called. Both asked him to play quarterback for their respective teams. Each coach got the same answer: “It was fifty-fifty.” Sopak chose Washington and Jefferson that spring, citing his familiarity with Sirianni. Sopak played for Sirianni’s brother, Jay, at Southwestern High School. Together, they won the New York State Class C state championship in 2008 and 2009. Sopak also earned Class

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45,265 was in attendance for a monumental SU upset. But three weeks and two losses later, 4,000 fewer fans watched Syracuse’s next home game. The fans are fickle and they want to see a winning team inside the Dome. Each of this year’s five home games is exponentially more valuable because the team has one fewer chance to win over those spectators teetering on the fence of disdain.

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C Player of the Year honors in both of those seasons. He earned the No. 3 quarterback position in his freshman year at Washington and Jefferson. His outlook was good. But while struggling to combat his diabetes, he lost the sophomore quarterback competition to Matt Bliss. In his first two years of college, Sopak was living on his own for the first time in his life. He became lazy about managing his disease and it damaged his pursuit of playing time. Alfred came back in the picture. And, on Sept. 8, the Saxons begin their season against RPI with Sopak under center. “I’d have to sit out a lot of segments of practice, and now, with this training staff, they’re really on top of it and they’re really helping me, and I haven’t really sat out as much as I usually would,” Sopak said. Sopak misses about 10 minutes of each two-and-a-half-hour practice at Alfred. Every 15-20 minutes on the practice field, he pricks a finger on his left hand to check his blood sugar. The training staff monitors fluctuations in his blood sugar. When it gets too low, he takes a sugar tablet or drinks Gatorade. When too high, he uses an insulin pump. In Saturday’s scrimmage against Susquehanna University, he checked his sugar every time he came off the field. But Sopak doesn’t let the diabetes hold him back anymore. At the beginning of this year’s spring practice, he was listed dead last on the depth

chart behind eight other quarterbacks. Six practices later – within a week and a half – Sopak was the starter. “He did everything we asked him to, and we’ll always play our best guys,” assistant coach Richard Puccio said. During the spring semester, Sopak lived with

longest pass of the season outside of that game came against South Florida when he found Alec Lemon for a 58-yard touchdown with less than four minutes remaining and the Orange trailing by 20 points. The quarterback often settled for short passes to Nick Provo, who owns the career record for receptions by an SU tight end. We’ll see if the Orange unveils a more aggressive game plan Saturday that allows Nassib to take shots down the field. SU will need to score points to win its season-opener over Northwestern, which has a dynamic quarterback in Kain Colter. The Wildcats ranked fifth out of 12 teams in the Big Ten last year in scoring offense with nearly 29 points per game. Its defense was among the worst and finished last in the league in sacks with 17. The Wildcats surrendered an average of 38.6 points per game in their first five Big Ten games in 2011, includ-

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Tom Secky, a four-year starting quarterback for Alfred who just finished his career the previous fall. Secky gave Sopak tips ranging from the depths of the team’s playbook to what opposing defenses know about the Saxons’ attack. Sopak also credits his roommate in keeping him on track with managing his diabetes.

The play of Syracuse’s offensive line Syracuse’s offensive line has three starters who have never appeared in a single game at SU. Two of those players — Ivan Foy and Lou Alexander — never convinced head coach Doug Marrone and his staff that they truly deserved the spot. The Orange’s goal of executing more “big plays” starts against Northwestern, and the performance up front will be key to making that happen. Northwestern has one of the worst defenses in the country, let alone the Big Ten. The Wildcats gave up 6.1 yards per play, had a 50-percent thirddown conversion rate and had only 17 sacks.

On top of his studying under Secky, Sopak spent an extra hour each day of spring practice with his coaches at the McLane Center studying film and reviewing the playbook. The results showed on the practice field. He won his teammates over quickly. “The team, they like him a lot. You know, he’s a good quarterback,” sophomore guard Kyle Woodard said. “He can make the throws, and the wide receivers like that.” Puccio pointed toward Sopak’s humble demeanor as a key to earning the trust of his teammates. Sopak is expected to lead an Alfred team that went 8-3 last year. The Saxons were picked No. 3 in the Empire 8 preseason coaches’ poll and are the defending ECAC NorthEast Bowl champions. There are holes to be filled all around the roster, none bigger than that left by the graduation of All-American linebacker Nick Clark. Sopak knows he can only control so much. But he’s tackling the challenge head on, just months after joining the team and being thrust into a leadership position. It’s a philosophy that’s helped him in getting on the field for the Saxons and in staying there while fighting his disease. “It just comes down to how bad do you really want to be good,” Sopak said. “If you want to really succeed in what you do, you’re going to do everything in your power to get better and know what you’re supposed to be doing, helping other people and that just makes a team. “All of a sudden, everybody’s on the same page.” jmklinge@syr.edu, @MrJacobK

Even if Northwestern’s defense is improved in 2012, it still will not be a formidable unit. If the Orange is going to lose, it cannot be because the O-line failed to give quarterback Ryan Nassib time in the pocket. If the offensive line can’t figure out a way to hold off the Wildcats’ defense, how do you think it would do against Southern California? Or any other team, for that matter? The line has a chance to prove itself this weekend. Alexander, Foy and left tackle Sean Hickey have the chance to prove they deserve to be starters. Syracuse wants a better, less conservative offense. Building the foundation for that starts Saturday. But if the offensive line plays poorly and foils those plans, then there would be little for SU fans to feel good about going forward. —Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff, sports@dailyorange.com

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serve as liaisons to the coaching staff. Players would take their issues and concerns to the council, which would in turn meet with the coaching staff to express the concerns. “It’s about keeping everyone accountable, starting with the head coach,” Ebert said. “With so many players, you want everyone’s voice heard. It’s an easy way to give everyone a chance to send a message and take a role.” Ebert graduated in May and moved on to the New England Patriots, but he and his teammates left a foundation of success for future Wildcats to follow. Northwestern made a bowl game in all four of Ebert’s seasons since the inception of the council, including Outback and Alamo Bowl appearances. The Wildcats hadn’t earned a bowl bid in the previous two campaigns. The Wildcats lost all four, some in disappointing fashion. Northwestern fell to Missouri and Auburn in overtime in 2008 and 2009, along with seven- and 11-point defeats the next two years. Alumni took notice. Eyes follow the program in the Chicago area and across the country. Former players like Ebert live away from the Midwest. But, he still finds time to communicate with his Northwestern brethren. Ebert calls the Northwestern environment a family atmosphere and his actions back up the attitude. New England’s seventh-

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round draft choice talks to his Wildcats position coach Dennis Springer every week and frequently talks to Fitzgerald on the phone or via text message. “They’re like a family,” Ebert said. “No matter where I go, I know I’ll have their support. I take pride in my school. (A bowl win) would mean everything.” But before the team can win a bowl game, it must make it back to a bowl game. A bowl invitation must be earned, and it starts by playing

“We’re trying to win in everything that we do. One play at a time, winning our one-on-one battles. If we do that, then we’ll win a bowl game.” Davion Fleming

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well in the regular season. The Wildcats adopted a “one-day-at-atime” approach throughout training camp. The players feel that success is a byproduct of hard work and repetition, and have taken that perspective to heart. “One day at a time,” backup quarterback Trevor Sieman said. “Whether it’s a workout, practice or film session, we’re just trying to do it one step at a time, and then we’ll see where we

are in November or so.” Fitzgerald’s approach keeps the team focused each week. The former Wildcats linebacker helped lead the team to a Rose Bowl berth in 1996 and carried the intense football personality into his way of coaching. Through systems such as the leadership council, he shows his team that he values the family attitude that Ebert appreciates, and his current players have taken notice, too. “He loves his team and he loves his guys,” Sieman said. “He’s awesome to play for. We’re all motivated to work for a guy like that. Every time you talk to him one-on-one, or when he talks to us as a team, he’s just real passionate.” Regardless of enthusiasm, areas for improvement exist on the field. The Northwestern pass defense ranked last in the Big Ten in 2011, when the defense as a whole allowed 31 or more points on seven separate occasions, including five consecutive games against Big Ten foes. So Fleming and the rest of the Wildcats secondary worked hard in training camp, trying to make sure those disappointing defensive statistics don’t carry into this season. “We’ve been getting in the playbook, seeing what went wrong last year,” Fleming said. “(We had) a lot of breakdowns here and there, and we’re looking to eliminate that. We’re also challenging receivers a lot more.” While the season itself hasn’t started, the Wildcats know the work they put in now will play dividends in later months. Any given

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matchup can produce the difference between winning and losing. Four months from now, that could be the difference in breaking that 64-year, bow-win drought. The Wildcats won’t know if their work will be enough for a while, but they recognize what they need to do. They know how much a bowl win would mean — to themselves, coaches, fans and alumni — and don’t want to leave anything on the field. “We’re trying to win in everything that we do,” Fleming said. “One play at a time, winning our one-on-one battles. If we do that, then we’ll win a bowl game.” kmprisei@syr.edu

BOWLED OVER

It’s been 64 years since Northwestern last won a bowl game. During that span, the Wildcats have lost nine bowl games to keep the run of postseason futility going. Here’s a look at Northwestern’s bowl history since its last victory: YEAR

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1949 Rose Bowl W, 20-14 1996 Rose Bowl L, 41-32 1997 Citrus Bowl L, 48-28 2000 Alamo Bowl L, 66-17 2003 Motor City Bowl L, 28-24 2005 Sun Bowl L, 50-38 2008 Alamo Bowl L, 30-23 2010 Outback Bowl L, 38-35 2011 Ticket City Bowl L, 45-38 2011 Meineke Car Care L, 33-22 Bowl of Texas


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Fullback Davis to miss season due to injury By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

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courtesy of stephen j. carrera | northwestern athletic communications PAT FITZGERALD has led Northwestern to four consecutive postseason berths, but no bowl wins in his six-year tenure as head coach. Coming off another loss in the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Fitzgerald and the Wildcats want to reverse that trend in 2012.

Fitzgerald, Northwestern aspire to win bowl game for 1st time in 64 years By Kevin Prise

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avion Fleming’s knowledge of his Northwestern football history goes back decades. The piece of history that stands out the most to the junior defensive back is one the Wildcats would rather not have. It’s been 64 years since the Wildcats’ last bowl win. Fleming was quick to say that he has never received a negative comment. “We have a lot of fans that have

been waiting to win a bowl game for a long time,” Fleming said. “Every year in the community, there’s encouragement on getting that bowl win.” The Wildcats open their quest to end that drought this Saturday when they take on Syracuse in the Carrier Dome at noon. Northwestern has made bowl games in four consecutive seasons under head coach Pat Fitzgerald, but the team has lost each time — part of a ninegame, bowl-losing streak since its

3-point stance A look at what Syracuse needs to do to defeat the Wildcats in the opener

last postseason victory in 1948. But Fitzgerald knows that each season is a new entity of its own. The head coach said it’s too early to start talking about bowl wins — the team needs to earn a bowl berth first. “It’s one of those situations where there are a lot of things you can’t control,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve played four darned good bowl games, so that’s disappointing. It’s one of the big picture things, macro things. We’ll focus on going 1-0 each week,

Winning at home By scheduling a pseudo home game against Southern California in Metlife Stadium on Sept. 8, Syracuse sacrificed its sixth game of the year in the Carrier Dome. That means the Orange has just five chances to impress a fan base that is already apathetic toward a team that failed to win a game after Oct. 21 last season. Put simply, a bad home loss cannot happen. It would only invite the bas-

and see where that takes us.” Fitzgerald’s approach has been a successful one despite the postseason shortcomings. The passionate coach is 40-36 in seven seasons at the helm. When Jeremy Ebert began practice at Northwestern his freshman year, Fitzgerald introduced a simple yet powerful system of communication: the leadership council. Under the system, players were elected by their fellow teammates to

Syracuse fullback Myles Davis is out for the 2012 season after undergoing surgery on a lower-body injury, Syracuse athletics announced in a press release Tuesday. Davis, a freshman, didn’t participate in drills for most of training camp, working off to the side with Will Hicks, assistant athletics director DAVIS for athletic performance. He was listed second on the preseason depth chart behind starter Clay Cleveland. When coach Doug Marrone released his two-deep depth chart Saturday, he said Davis was “banged up” and probably wouldn’t be available. Now, Davis will officially miss a second-straight season because of injury. Davis was a linebacker in high school but moved to fullback when he arrived at Syracuse. He sat out the 2011 season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his left knee while playing for Milford Academy the previous fall. In his limited time at Milford, Davis recorded 10.5 tackles. Davis was a highly regarded linebacker out of Penn Hills High School in Verona, Pa. Rivals.com rated Davis as No. 14 in the Prep School Top 50 after his senior season, in which he made 91 tackles and three sacks. Carl Cutler will move from tight end to become Cleveland’s backup. Marrone said Saturday that Cutler provides a solid option at fullback with Davis out of the picture. cjiseman@syr.edu; @chris_iseman

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ketball fans to begin their countdown several weeks earlier. It makes the season opener against Northwestern, a team traditionally in the bottom half or middle of the Big 10 pack, a bit of a must-win game. Earlier this week, USA Today ranked the eight Big East football venues from best to worst, with the Dome finishing fourth. When full, the Dome is one of the more unique venues in college football with a domed roof that captures sound and truly makes for a

“Loud House.” The problem is that the Dome hasn’t been full in years. Three seasons ago, against the same Northwestern team that comes to Syracuse on Saturday, a raucous and passionate crowd was treated to a three-point thriller. Unfortunately, that scene is a rarity for modern-day SU football. When No. 11 West Virginia set foot in the Dome last season, a decent crowd of

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