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Knowledge is power Educator discusses the

Politics of war Congress should not authorize

Return of the funk Funk ‘n Waffles band

Supplanted Hunt goes from

Serious about Syria SU’s chapter of ANSWER discusses

problems with public schools. Page 3

a strike on Syria over use of chemical weaponry. Page 5

Sophistafunk returns home after U.K. tour. Page 9

frontrunner to secondstringer quarterback. Page 16

why the group stands against the United States’ involvement in Syria.

SU student in Arts and Sciences dies at NJ family home By Annie Palmer ASST. NEWS EDITOR

A Syracuse University student in the College of Arts and Sciences died Monday.

Emma Wozny, a junior psychology and neuroscience major, died at her family’s home in New Jersey, Chancellor Nancy Cantor said in an email to SU students, faculty

and staff. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Wozny was a Verona, N.J., native who was a staff writer for The Daily

Orange. In Fall 2012, she spent the semester studying abroad in Spain with the SU Madrid program, according to Cantor’s email. Said Cantor in the email: “During

Mind on the money

With rising student debt rates, more students receive financial aid 71% OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS RECEIVE SOME FORM OF FINANCIAL AID, RECEIVING AN AVERAGE OF


a year.

71% of undergraduate students receive aid through grants from Syracuse University, receiving an average of

26% of undergraduate students receive aid through grants from the federal government, receiving an average

25% of undergraduate students receive aid from Pell Grants, receiving an average of

22% of undergraduate students receive aid from the state/local government, receiving an average of

a year.

a year.

a year.

$21,412 $5,108 $4,319 $2,950 a year.

This information is from the 2011-2012 academic school year, which is the most up-to-date information from the office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs.

relations and anthropology

around a campus this big, you

their adult lives, even with


major at Syracuse University.

feel like there aren’t people

assistance from their schools

hen Imani Howard

“Both of my parents are still

going through the same thing.”

to manage tuition costs.

began applying to

paying loans.”

By Nicki Gorny


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President Barack Obama

colleges as a high

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education rising more than

highlighted these concerns

school student in Orlando, Fla.,

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250 percent in the past three

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decades, according to White

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attached to her four choices.

applied to, turn out to be the

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proposals such as a plan to link

cheapest. Her two on-campus

alone. Like the rest of the

federal aid to universities’ per-

jobs also ease the cost.

country, loans taken out by


She knew the numbers – and the student loan debt they represented – would send her into a panic.

“If I didn’t have aid and

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scholarships, I would not be

thousands annually. The sub-

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“I was terrified,” said How-

going to school,” she said, add-

sequent debt can make college

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graduates struggle to start


this very difficult time, our hearts go out to Emma’s family, friends, colleagues, and the faculty and staff who knew her.”

SU alumnus remembered for kindness By Alfred Ng ASST. NEWS EDITOR

For months, Jeff Russ had been planning to go to Electric Zoo, the electronic dance music festival in New York City. Russ, 2012 Syracuse University graduate, had gone to almost all the major EDM festivals, his sister Melissa Russ said. His most recent road trip for electronic music was on Labor Day weekend, when Russ had travelled to Randall’s Island in New York City. “He and his friends had been counting down for months,” said Melissa Russ. “He was very excited.” Russ died Aug. 31 after attending the Electric Zoo music festival, leading to the cancellation of the last day of the festival. He had attended the event with several of his fraternity brothers from Sigma Chi and friends from Rochester, the New York Times reported. “We’re very saddened by what transpired. It’s obviously a tragic loss and we’re sorry for that,” said Hank Suominen, president and treasurer of the Metropolitan Syracuse Sigma Chi Alumni Association. “Everybody referred to him as a gentle spirit with a big heart, and a friend that was always available. I understood him to be a very well-regarded guy in the fraternity. We extend our condolences to his family for their loss.” Russ’s death has devastated the Sigma Chi chapter at SU, said Michael Dunn, executive director of the Sigma Chi International



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CORRECTION In a Sept. 3 quote that accompanied an article titled “2012 SU graduate dies at Electric Zoo EDM festival,” Melissa Russ’ name was misstated. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

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21 Pilots to perform at SU Oct.3 By Natsumi Ajisaka ASST. NEWS EDITOR

drew osumi | staff photographer JERRY WEAST speaks at the School of Education’s “The Landscape of Urban Education” series on his past experience as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. He spoke about fixing achievement gaps between different income and racial groups.

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Former educator discusses issues with public schools By Ellen Meyers CONTRIBUTING WRITER

What Jerry Weast saw during his time in Montgomery County, Md., suggested that something was wrong. Certain groups of students weren’t doing as well as others. Further, the

gap in achievement seemed to fall along racial and economic lines. So for 12 years, he worked to correct it. Weast was the first lecturer of this year’s Landscape of Urban Education Lecture series in the School of Education.

He discussed his 35-year experience as a school superintendent, speaking specifically about his time with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland Tuesday night. During his career, he saw a gap in academic performance between poor

or minority students and wealthier, white students. The 12 years he spent working to close this gap was the focus of his talk. “In this locality, what I found is that some of the wealthiest people in


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Assembly passes bill to fund new organizations By Brett Samuels STAFF WRITER

One new cabinet member was elected and three others were confirmed at the Student Association’s second meeting of the year. “A common thread I’ve seen among these new appointees is that they’re all very dedicated and enthusiastic,” SA President Allie Curtis told the assembly. “They have an immense amount of enthusiasm and positive energy.” The meeting took place in the Life Sciences Complex. Though it was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., the meeting was delayed half an hour to allow the assembly to reach a quorum, or the number of people required to have a vote.

The four cabinet members filling new positions mentioned initiatives they had in mind, which included diversity issues, creating a Health Services Advisory Board, and improving the relationship between SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The assembly also passed a bill allowing startup money for new student organizations. The cabinet proceedings began with the assembly electing Dan Hernandez as Chair of the Board of Elections and Membership. Hernandez, a junior English education major, said he wanted to focus on retaining members, and making sure members know what is expected


morgan edgecomb | contributing photographer ALLIE CURTIS presides over a Student Association meeting, as the assembly confirmed and elected candidates to fill the cabinet.

Alternative pop duo Twenty One Pilots will perform at Syracuse University’s homecoming show this year. Twenty One Pilots will perform in Goldstein Auditorium on Oct. 3. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. University Union plans to announce an opening act at a later date, according to a Sept. 3 UU news release. Tickets will go on sale at the Schine Box Office on Sept. 4. Tickets will cost $10 for SU and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students. Alumni and faculty can buy tickets for $12. The homecoming show is part of Orange Central 2013, which is hosted by UU and the Traditions Commission. Twenty One Pilots features Tyler Joseph as lead singer and Josh Dun as drummer. The duo


Davis, Lang appeal suit dismissal By Dylan Segelbaum ASST. COPY EDITOR

A reasonable person could conclude Jim Boeheim was asserting facts when he said the two former ball boys who claimed Bernie Fine sexually abused them were liars and trying to get money — that’s part of what the lawyer for Mike Lang and his stepbrother, Bobby Davis, argued in a court brief about appealing the dismissal of their defamation suit against Boeheim and Syracuse University. The appeal was argued on Tuesday in an intermediate state appellate court. But a decision will be made at a later date. The next proposed decision release date is Sept. 27, according to the court’s website.


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Dogs should be leashed, controlled in Thornden Park to avoid potential attacks Thornden Park is a beautiful city park that is used and enjoyed by the whole community. Earlier this week, I was walking my dog with two of my grandchildren. As we were passing the athletic field, I noticed a young lady letting her dog out of a parked Audi and I told her to put her dog on a leash. No response from her, but the young male driver of the car told me to mind my own business.


My response was that dogs are supposed to be leashed and that is the law. He again rudely told me to mind my own business. The couple were SU students. We proceeded to walk to the pond and the rose garden passing other people who were

walking dogs with a leash protecting both their dogs and other dogs and children.   I have personally experienced several attacks on my dog by unleashed canines. It is a very frightening and dangerous experience that I don’t wish on anyone.  You may think you know your dog, but they are reactive animals that need to be guided by thinking owners.  The bottom line

is that you, the owner, are responsible for what your dog does. The leash law is in force in Syracuse. Please respect the community, the people and parks so that we all can enjoy the experience without worrying about uncontrolled dogs and unthinking owners.

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ANSWER Coalition lacks awareness; on-campus efforts prove disrespectful To my dismay, I came across the post by Derek Ford, representing the ANSWER Coalition, in which he made an unlettered argument against the United States involvement in Syria. It misleadingly began with the claim that the U.S. had been “openly seeking to overthrow” the despotic regime in Syria. Anyone with even a mild understanding of the developments in Syria knows that the U.S. government has consistently delayed arming the rebels in any serious manner, only recently determining to offer some military aid. Of course, the already prevalent Russian and Iranian intervention for Assad, both militarily and diplomatically, goes unmentioned. As does the Hezbollah militia, which openly admit they are fighting on the ground with Assad’s forces.  Derek goes on to discuss a chemical attack in May, again neglecting the more recent one in which 1,400 people were killed by Assad, saying the United Nations found evidence of rebels

LETTER TO THE EDITOR using chemical weapons. False. Carla Del Ponte, a lady who, coincidentally, has been investigated for tampering with evidence and bribing witnesses, made the claim. The U.N. immediately issued a statement following Del Ponte’s remarks to clarify that they had no conclusive evidence as to who was at fault.  I don’t know how many members of the ANSWER Coalition speak Arabic, have been to the Middle East, or know of its vastly intricate political landscape. But it would appear from their vulgar posturing that, at the least, they are deeply uninformed. I recently returned from Beirut, where I spent time with Syrian refugees. Some indicated they wanted the U.S. to get involved and some indicated that they didn’t. What was clear, however, was that most of them had faced profound suffering, either

directly or indirectly, at the hands of Assad’s brutal campaign.  It should be noted how disrespectful it is when ANWER drapes a banner on the Syracuse campus in “solidarity with the Syrian Arab Republic,” in essence asking that Syracuse students defend a tyrant in his battle to remain in power. For these groups, the struggle of a people for freedom is reduced to nothing more than a “U.S. conspiracy” as I’ve recently

written about. I only urge that when you come across these groups on campus, with their impassioned choruses and catchy slogans, that you take a leaf let from them, return home and research their f limsy claims. The f limsiest of which being that they “stand with the Syrian people.”

Talal Alyan,



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Congress should not authorize strike on Syria; positive results not guaranteed It is hypocritical to fight bloodshed with bloodshed. On Tuesday, top lawmakers, including Republicans John Boehner and John McCain, met with President Barack Obama and confirmed their support for military action in Syria following the country’s use of chemical weapons. This means the United States is one step closer to striking the regime of President Bashar alAssad. All that stands between Obama and military action is congressional approval. The majority of The Daily Orange Editorial Board agreed that Congress should not authorize a strike on Syria because of the country’s use of chemical weapons. Striking Syria does not guarantee positive results. The situation is reminiscent of past overseas military debacles, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan,

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board which have left Americans with a bad taste on their tongues. The government should carefully consider the fact that this strike could lead to another war for the country. There are too many uncertainties surrounding Syria for Americans to support a strike. Rumors remain about who actually used chemical weapons in Syria. Some reports say it was not Assad who issued the chemical weaponry, but outside sources, like Saudi Arabia. How can Obama strive for support for a strike when there remains uncertainty about the source of the chemical weapons? It is crucial to consider immediate alternative solutions to end

the killings in Syria. Several weeks ago, more than 1,400 Syrian citizens were murdered by chemical warfare, more than 400 of them children. It is morally irresponsible not to step in and help the country’s people. However, a more peaceful approach is necessary. Until Americans know all of the details about Syria and the government provides greater transparency about its plan to strike, Obama should refrain from striking Syria. Before more blood is shed, Obama should consider a wellrounded lineup of options to end the slaughter in Syria. The situation in Syria must come to an end, but using violence to curb violence is not the correct immediate solution to the problem.


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University setting demands movement for inclusion, tolerance among students


eptember marks three years since a particularly dark time for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the United States. We need to reflect on the past so we can move forward and prevent future tragedies. In September 2010, Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate exposed his sexual encounters with another man using a hidden webcam, making a mockery of Clementi and his sexual orientation. The same month Clementi died, at least four more gay teenagers committed suicide after being harassed by their peers, both in person and online. These stories went viral, leading to support campaigns such as the It Gets Better Project, aimed to create and inspire changes to make life easier for LGBT teens. It’s important to lend support News Editor Editorial Editor Sports Editor Feature Editor Presentation Director Photo Editor Art Director Copy Chief Social Media Producer Video Editor Web Developer Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. Feature Editor

to LGBT individuals, but also we need to tackle the root of the problem: the bullies. College is the first time many people are exposed to others different than themselves. Therefore, it’s extremely important for universities to encourage students to accept all sexualities and gender identities, as well as maintain a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying. It’s not easy to enact anti-bullying rules on a college campus, which is populated by young adults, rather than children. But name-calling and intolerance doesn’t stop after middle school. It can get worse as time goes on, especially with an increasing amount of social media platforms that allow for verbal bullying. If students are expected to be sensitive and understanding, however, these types of tragedies should never happen. Thankfully, Syracuse University

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head over heels has resources and programs that echo this mindset. The university’s STOP Bias campaign encourages students to open their minds to create a safe and inclusive environment on campus. The latest incarnation of the movement was created a little more than two years ago. It provided the SU community with resources to help those who have been affected by bias incidents on and around campus. The LGBT Resource Center, a partner with the campaign, also embodies awareness, community and social justice on campus. It offers services for those with marginalized genders and

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sexualities with programs, dialogue and education. The Princeton Review, a college admissions consulting company, released its list of the 20 most LGBTfriendly colleges and universities in the United States in August. SU didn’t make the list, so there is room for improvement – and we can all do our part to contribute. Certain celebrities have proven themselves as allies, and are using their platforms as a way to enlighten fans. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, for example, just won an MTV Video Music Award for the Best Video with a Social Message for their hit song “Same Love,” which featured openly lesbian singer Mary Lambert. The lyrics point out how LGBT people are treated unfairly by individuals, the hip-hop genre and our legal systems, and calls for overall acceptance and equality.

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The duo will perform in the Carrier Dome in November. This activism through music and arts is certainly welcome on our campus. The fight against LGBT bullying cannot be one-sided. It is not only up to the targeted individuals to combat bias – everyone can be an ally. We need to remember the tragic suicides that have resulted from homophobia, and always keep in mind how harmful intolerant words and actions can be. With the beginning of a new school year, it’s crucial for SU students to embrace all forms of diversity. It’s necessary to respect our friends, roommates, professors and anyone else we meet. We, as students, have the power to control the attitude of our campus – we can’t let it be one fueled by hate. Laura Cohen is a junior magazine journalism and women’s and gender studies major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at General Manager Peter Waack IT Director Mike Escalante Advertising Manager William Leonard Advertising Representative Carolina Garcia Advertising Representative Paula Vallina Advertising Design Manager Abby Legge Advertising Designer Olivia Accardo Advertising Designer Andi Burger Advertising Intern Mike Friedman Advertising Intern Gonzalo Garcia Advertising Intern Emily Myers Advertising Intern Elaina Powless Business Intern Tim Bennett Circulation Alexander Bush Street Team Captain Michael Hu

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Local crime lab receives money to improve investigations By Alex Ptachick



he Onondaga County crime lab was recently awarded more than $300,000 to help clear the DNA backlog and expedite the forensic analysis process for pending cases with a grant secured by a Syracuse congressman. A $239,273 grant was given to the Onondaga County crime lab from the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the DNA Backlog Reduction Program, according to a press release by the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY). An additional grant of $75,000 was also given to the county through the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants. The Paul Coverdell grant is awarded by the Office of Justice Programs. The extra funds are intended to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science for the lab’s research. The grant can also be used to train and hire forensic laboratory employees to help expedite forensic evidence analysis, according to the National Institute of Justice’s website. “Our local law enforcement agencies utilize DNA technology and forensic science to keep our communities safe,” Maffei said in the release. “I’m proud to partner with Onondaga County Executive Mahoney to ensure that we keep our communities safe.”



of them. “I want to make sure everyone is educated and let people know what they can and can’t do,” Hernandez said. “I want to set the proper expectations about rules so candidates have all the info they need, and so we can avoid as much confusion as possible.” Curtis told the assembly she believed Hernandez would be able to improve on membership, but also foster a community among assembly members. Taylor Bold, a senior policy studies and economics major, was confirmed as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Bold’s goals for the position included the creation of a minor in Arabic by the University, as well as smaller initiatives such as creating a study space for first-year students. Curtis said Bold has passion and enthusiasm, which she said are important for pursuing long and daunting initiatives.

luke rafferty | video editor The Wallie Howard, Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences was awarded several grants. With more than $300,000 provided, the grant helped remove DNA backlog in forensic evidence analysis and improved the quality. The grant was secured by Rep. Dan Maffei. DNA and forensic evidence backlog can slow down the process of crime management for law enforcement agencies, Maffei said. By eliminating forensic evidence backlogs, he said, the grant should allow forensic science services to improve efficiency when analyzing forensic evidence. The Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences, which is overseen by the Onondaga County Health Department, handles the forensic analysis for city and county cases.

After Bold, the assembly confirmed Nia Boles as Chair of the Student Engagement Committee. Boles is a junior psychology and neurosci-

“SU and ESF share a campus and sometimes [ESF students] don’t feel as at home as they should. ” Nia Boles


ence major. One of her main goals, she said, is to focus on diversity issues on campus, including the relationship between SU and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “SU and ESF share a campus and sometimes [ESF students] don’t feel as at home as they should,” Boles said. “They need to feel just as welcome and just as at home as an SU student.”

“This funding will be used to reduce the DNA backlog and improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science services in Onondaga County,” Maffei said. The Syracuse Police Department accused the lab of the improperly treating evidence, with at least eight homicide investigations botched as a result of their mishandling during the last seven years, according to an Aug. 27 article from The Post-Standard. The state inspector general offered a

The assembly confirmed Patricia D’Amore, a senior international relations major, as Chair of the Student Life Committee. In addition to continuing the advisory board with the Department of Public Safety and the Food Advisory Board, D’Amore said she hopes to implement a Health Services Advisory Board this semester. After voting on each of the four appointees, the committee voted on a bill that established seed funding, or startup money, for newly created student organizations. The bill, which originally allocated $250 in seed funding, was amended to give $500 in seed funds to new organizations. The assembly then passed the bill. Curtis gave her president’s report at the end of the meeting, which included details from the ACC Presidents Conference. Curtis said the conference focused on national student issues, something SA hasn’t had as much emphasis on. Said Curtis: “I think that’s the missing component of what truly makes us defenders of the students.”

rebuttal to SPD’s claims, saying Syracuse police did not fully understand crime lab procedures, according to the article. Sgt. Tom Connellan said that the Onondaga County’s evidence lab was a “completely separate entity” outside of the Syracuse police’s jurisdiction, adding that the forensics lab’s financial boost was unrelated to the city police’s investigations.



Fraternity. “There’s that feeling of invincibility when you’re young. The stark reality of someone passing away is shocking,” he said. “[Sigma Chi] is going through a very tough time, and on behalf of all the fraternity, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to those friends and relatives that he’s touched in his short lifetime.” Popular EDM artists had also sent their condolences to Russ’ family on Twitter, such as Tiesto, Krewella and Dada Life, the same musicians Jeff Russ had looked forward to seeing at the music festival. Russ’ sister, Melissa Russ, said SU was very important to him. “He loved SU,” she said. “All the friends and the times he had there were very important to him. It was the best years of his life.”

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student loans, according to the most recent 20112012 school year statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics. According to SU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, this number is 60 percent at SU. For each student, these loans average $7,885 a year at SU and $7,100 each year nationally, according to the same organizations. In New York, college graduates shouldered an average $27,310 debt as they began their professional careers in 2012, said Nicole St. James, project coordinator of the SU/SUNY ESF chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York supplied the statistic. Alarmingly high rates of student debt in recent years have thrown the issue into a national light, she said, noting the cost of outstanding student loan debt in the United States has surpassed credit card debt. Graduating with massive loan debt can take a toll on students’ future plans, added Michelle Polizzi, a senior writing and rhetoric major who has led financial aid workshops on campus as a higher education intern through NYPIRG. “It can really create a hold on what you want to do with your life,” she said. “It’s unfortunate but


Bobby Davis and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, originally filed the suit in December 2011. They claimed Boeheim’s statements that the two were lying and seeking a payday was false, defamatory and “epitomize(d) the epic, years-long failure by Boeheim and the university” to take steps to make sure a man in power wouldn’t abuse boys and teens who assisted the basketball team, according to the lawsuit. Davis and Lang’s suit was dismissed in May 2012 after a judge ruled


America and some of the poorest and most diverse people in America, and they were living right next to each other in the same county,” he said. The scores of poor and minority children were averaged with that of high achievers,

“You can’t disconnect race and ethnicity and student outcomes without talking about why they’re at different beliefs about the ways students learn and where those come from.” Reba Hodge


Weast said, causing the higher scores to mask other students’ poor performance. The truth, he said, was there was a “huge gap” related to where a student lived, as well as wealth. He added that the United States in general has dealt inadequately with race.

your financial situation does kind of define you, especially when you’re starting out on your own.” “College is supposed to be about fulfilling your dreams and getting the job you want,” Polizzi, who is also a staff writer for the Daily Orange, continued. College itself becomes an obstacle, she said, by putting students in so much debt. SU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs is working to prevent situations like Polizzi described, said Carlos Adrian, associate director of financial aid compliance. The most prominent form of financial aid at SU is grants that do not need to be paid back, he said, with 71 percent of SU’s undergraduate students using some sort of grant to pay their tuition for the 2011-2012 school year. The average amount in grant money per student was $23,966 a year, he said. Institutions similar to SU — four-year, private, non-profit schools that grant doctorate degrees — had a national average of 74.7 percent students with grants in 2011-2012, with an average $16,100 per student, according to The National Center for Education Statistics. The discrepancy in grant aid between the SU average and the national average can be attributed to a variety of factors, Adrian said. For example, not all states offer grant aid like New York does, he said, likely boosting SU’s average. Additionally, SU’s lofty price tag leaves room – and necessity – for more aid.

Boeheim’s statements were opinions protected under free speech. Boeheim apologized after making the comments. A defamation lawsuit is a type of civil lawsuit where a party tries to recover damages for harm to their reputation. The party bringing the suit has the burden of proof. In New York state, statements that are clearly opinion are privileged, meaning they don’t come with any liability. Davis and Lang’s lawyer, Mariann Meier Wang, said in an email last week she was likely not going to give interviews. She did not respond to an

“I learned how to deal with race and how we really haven’t done a good job dealing with that in America,” he said. “And I learned there that it was hard to actually consolidate school systems, because race and class were bigger issues than most of us think or will ever want to admit.” Some students assessed the lecture as interesting and informative, while others thought Weast didn’t clearly answer questions at the end about race and what parents could do about the Syracuse City School District’s dismal academic performance. Reba Hodge, a teaching and curriculum graduate student in the School of Education, said she liked the idea of having Weast come to Syracuse to speak about leading for equity, but that the lecture lacked in regards in what it means to lead. She said she felt that while he talked about race, he did not address racism. “You can’t disconnect race and ethnicity and student outcomes without talking about why they’re at different beliefs about the ways students learn and where those come from,” she said. “There’s a root cause to the things we think and I don’t think that he addressed them in the way that was beneficial for me and the audience.” Yet Dagmo Yusuf, a freshman inclusive elementary and special education major, said she found the lecture to be interesting, specifically regarding Weast’s discussion of race. Said Yusuf: “I didn’t really know what it was going to be focusing on, and especially because of my race, it’s interesting to hear

Financial aid of any sort at SU chips away at a tuition that is higher than the average fouryear, private institution. SU charges $38,970 per semester, according to its website, in comparison to $29,056 that CollegeBoard estimates to be an average private school tuition. While stressing every family and situation is different, Adrian said the financial aid office would never discourage a student from taking out a loan. Rather, he said, the office works to inform students about their options. One such option - the Pay As You Earn plan, which caps student loan repayments at 10 percent of a students’ discretionary income – was among the initiatives Obama mentioned at Henninger High School on Aug. 22. A second proposal from Obama, which would link the amount of federal financial aid available to a university’s students to the university’s rated performance, would be welcomed by SU, said Adrian. “We’ve been doing many of the things that the president has asked,” he said, noting SU already strives for a high graduation rate, and that students typically do well after graduation. “We’re not going to have to reinvent the wheel.” On the White House’s College Scorecard, a website designed to make transparent college costs in terms of tuition, graduation rates and students’ ability to repay loans, SU has an 80.2

percent graduation rate and a 3.9 federal student loan default rate. The latter compares to a national average of 13.4 percent, according to the site. Christopher Faricy, an assistant professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, said Obama is the first president to propose linking a rating system to federal grant money. If enacted, Faricy said, the move would be “humongous.” “As colleges have gotten more expensive, more students are taking out federal loans,” he said. “The federal government can be a bigger player in higher ‘ed’ through the money they control through Perkins and Pell grants and things like that.” The first part of the proposal, creating a ranking system by compiling information already publicly available, could be done without any congressional support, he said, making its manifestation highly likely in the coming years. Actually linking the rating to federal aid would require the approval of a Congress currently politically divided, Faricy said. But even as Republican leaders deal with radical party members who oppose any Democratic proposals, he said, an effort to make colleges more affordable may not be too bold. Said Faricy: “It would be hard to argue against.”


email inquiry Tuesday requesting an interview. SU’s lawyer, Helen Cantwell, and Boeheim’s lawyer, Timothy Murphy, both did not respond to three phone calls and two emails seeking an interview. Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, said the university is declining to comment. Fine, former associate head men’s basketball coach, was fired from SU on Nov. 27, 2011. He has denied all allegations and wasn’t charged after an almost yearlong federal investigation.

released its album “Vessels” earlier this year, helping to spark the band’s popularity. Twenty One Pilots was also highlighted through an MTV Video Music Award for the band’s song “Holding on to You,” which reached No. 10 on Billboard magazine’s alternative chart, according to the release.



more information about it and know that people are still concerned about this, and

hopefully it’s progress.”

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chase gaewski | photo editor (FROM LEFT) JACK BROWN, ADAM GOLD AND EMANUEL WASHINGTON , members of local band Sophistafunk, return home after a weeklong tour in the United Kingdom.



By Erik van Rheenen STAFF WRITER

he quirks of traveling in the United Kingdom — driving on the left side of the road, the archaic architecture — are old news for solo artist Joe Driscoll. The Syracuse native and hip-hop wordsmith adopted Bristol, England, as his home when he moved there in 2005. But Driscoll got a chance to relive his U.K. adventures when Funk ‘n Waffles owner Adam Gold and his Syracuse-based funk band, Sophistafunk, recently stepped foot on British soil. Sophistafunk joined Driscoll at the end of August for a weeklong U.K. tour, an event two or three years in the making. “It was great to watch the boys go through all the

things I went through when I first came over,” Driscoll said. “Everyone here in the U.K. knows my excess civic pride in Syracuse.” The tour, which consisted of four gigs in as many nights, was surprisingly devoid of culture shock, said Sophistafunk emcee Jack Brown. Although he admitted there is a tremendous list of differences between playing shows in the United Kingdom and touring stateside, he said the music scene doesn’t change much from country to country. “Once the lights are dim and the music starts, it’s just like being at home,” he said. Four keyboards in tow, Sophistafunk landed in London jetlagged, but the band mates stayed up for two days straight when they arrived to fight off the time difference. Gold, keyboardist for the band,

Local band featuring Funk ‘n Waffles owner returns to US, ready to tour again said their first planned gig was cancelled due to a gas leak, which allowed the trio time to catch up on much-needed sleep. From Bristol, the band snaked through the United Kingdom, from a swanky bar in Newcastle, which Gold compared to the inside of a fancy yacht, to a street festival in Cardiff, Wales. Sophistafunk capped off its European trip with an appearance at the Shambala Festival in Northamptonshire, England. “It was like a carnival meets a festival,” Brown said. “To actually play a gigantic festival in Europe, it really felt like we belonged there. We got really dialed into that music scene.” Even though the band shed its short-lived Three One Live name early into its career — a play on the 3-1-5 Syracuse area code — Driscoll said U.K. concertgoers still used Sophistafunk’s hometown to dub its genre. “They loved ‘em,” he said. “Some even said they noticed some similarities between us, and were referring to the ‘Syracuse sound.’ That made my week.” Sophistafunk didn’t turn a profit during its stint abroad, but Gold said making money wasn’t exactly a part of the game plan for the tour. Brown explained


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Q&A with women’s self-esteem advocate, SU alumna By Kristin Ross FEATURE EDITOR

Historically, the high-fashion world has been reserved for tall, skinny female models. One plus-sized model aims to change that stereotype by targeting the root of the issue — fashion design schools. Emme is a supermodel, television personality, author, nationally recognized advocate for promoting women’s self-esteem and a Syracuse University alumna. From July 23-Aug. 23, Emme attempted to raise donations through Kickstarter to fund a program at SU’s fashion design program. The project was called “Changing the face of fashion, one design school at a time,” and hoped to raise $58,000 by the end of the onemonth period. However, the venture raised only $1,938. If fully funded, the project would “revolutionize how classic design schools teach fashion design by addressing the exclusivity of fashion to be more inclusive” and teaching students to design clothes for full-figured women, according to the Kick-


starter page. The Daily Orange spoke with Emme about her idea to recreate SU’s fashion design program, and where she sees the idea going in the future.

The Daily Orange: Where did you get the idea? Emme: I got the idea to do this after I sat back and thought, in order to change the way fashion is created, I may need to go right to the source, to design schools, starting with my alma mater, Syracuse. I’m in the process of creating my next fashion project and wanted to glean outgoing talent from VPA but knew that there were no designers for women with a figure graduating. I inquired at other design schools, and very few — if none — had curriculum that included women with a figure, thus the idea was born. Start ‘em young!

The D.O.: Is SU the only school at which you wanted to implement it? Emme: I wanted to start at SU, but, without a question, this idea can be implemented at every

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This weekend, teen heartthrob dominated, a White House butler remained strong, a Spanish family greatly exceeded expectations and the duo of Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez bombed. That’s the best way to summarize this past Labor Day weekend at the box office, which did solid business on a busier-than-expected holiday weekend. The 3D concert film “One Direction: This Is Us” claimed the top spot with an estimated $15.8 million. Compared to other concert films, the opening gross of the One Direction movie is lower than 2008’s “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” ($31 million), 2009’s “Michael Jackson’s This is It” ($23 million) and 2011’s “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” ($29.5 million). But it is higher than the opening weekends of 2009’s “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience” ($12.5 million) and last year’s “Katy Perry: Part of Me” ($7 million). Considering the film only cost $10 million

to make, “One Direction: This Is Us” should be profitable for TriStar Pictures, a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, which is owned by Sony. What’s especially noteworthy is that the film is already director Morgan Spurlock’s most profitable film ever, having surpassed the combined grosses of films including “Super Size Me,” “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?” “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” and “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.” “One Direction: This Is Us” should maintain profit in the coming weeks given the film’s built-in audience — who have responded favorably to the film — and will continue to build its success through word-of-mouth, since the film received an “A” rating on CinemaScore. The Weinstein Company’s “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — the box office leader for the last two weekends — collected an estimated $14.8 million, bringing its total gross to just under $75 million. Not bad for a film that was made for only $30 million. The second new release in the top 10 was Lions Gate Entertainment’s foreign film,

design school in the U.S. and abroad — and in my opinion, should be — for the sake of the young designers looking for work after graduation and for the millions of women looking for awesome designs that can actually fit and flatter their figures.

The D.O.: Why are you passionate about this program? Emme: I am not only a vocal woman’s advocate and social reformer for body diversity in media and personal acceptance, but will be a client, as well. I will gain by my actions. I want beautifully styled and well-made clothing in gorgeous fabrics that make my figure look fantastic, just like any other woman who likes clothes.

The D.O.: Why do you think it’s so important to give fashion design students this opportunity? Emme: A better, more inclusive design education when designing for women with or without a figure, more jobs at graduation, more sales for stores, more women made happy. It’s simple. @kriskross22

“Instructions Not Included,” which drastically outperformed expectations and claimed the fourth spot, bringing in $7.8 million. That figure may not seem impressive, but it is, considering the film was only released in 348 theaters. Compared to the 2,735 theaters that screened this weekend’s top film, “One Direction: This is Us,” the average gross per theater of “Instructions Not Included” is more than the average per theater for the One Direction flick. Given the film’s strong word-of-mouth — “A+” on CinemaScore — and impressive pertheater average, Lions Gate will be expanding the Spanish-language family comedy to 500 theaters this weekend. The final new release in this weekend’s top 10 was Warner Bros. Entertainment’s “Getaway,” which bombed with only $4.5 million in sales. Even with leads Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, star power alone is not enough. If the film is not well made, audiences simply will not pay money to see it. This film might have a very short run in theaters, as it has terrible reviews and an awful “C+” rating on CinemaScore, which might deter audiences from paying to see it.


that touring pays dividends by opening doors in markets that the band might not otherwise break into. Embarking overseas for a tour is a long way from Sophistafunk’s early days, when Gold booked most of the band’s shows solo. Being on the road, though, is nothing new for Gold, Brown and drummer Emanuel Washington — Gold guesses the band plays more than 180 gigs in a given year. Getting burned out happens, Gold said, though in the least drastic definition of the phrase. He said that just sitting in the band’s converted van driving 6,000 miles to the West Coast takes a physical toll. “Out of 52 weeks of the year, we probably tour 48 of them,” he said. “When you do a five- or sixweek tour like we’re starting to do nationally, it’s more stress on the body.” Brown, who tackles the lion’s share of lyricwriting duties, chronicled Sophistafunk’s time on the road in a yet-to-be released extended play album titled “Freedom Is,” which he said the band hopes to release in November or December. He described it as a road EP that is “a snapshot in time of our recent travels out west.” Especially for Gold, the founder and sole owner of Funk ‘n Waffles on Marshall Street, constantly touring demands striking a balance between keeping his head above water with both ventures. He said when he’s in Syracuse, he’s usually working on Funk ‘n Waffles – and juggling between the two is never easy. “I’d love to put 100 percent into either one of them,” he said. “But I’d also hate to leave either one of them.” Quick on the heels of a local gig at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair on Sept. 15, Sophistafunk will hit the highway for a tour that winds its way through Colorado, California and the Northwest before returning back east. Brown said the band also plans to play at Food Network personality Guy Fieri’s birthday party for the second time in January — he met the band while filming an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” at Funk ‘n Waffles last August — and hopes to make it back to England soon. If the band does make it back to the United Kingdom, Driscoll said he is sure the country will welcome Sophistafunk back with open ears. Said Driscoll: “They loved the U.K, the U.K. loved them. Mission accomplished.” @TheRealVandyMan

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Star-studded film tackles civil rights, portrays AfricanAmerican legacy in White House



ee Daniels’ The Butler” certainly wins five out of five stars. It has an immense amount of momentum due to an impressive cast, including Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams and Oprah Winfrey in her first big-screen role in 15 years. In this incredibly influential and ambitious film, audiences watch as a man serves in the White House during the civil rights movement, witnessing tremendous change in America. “The Butler” was inspired by Eugene Allen, a White House employee who worked for several U.S. presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Allen’s story about serving presidents is not the main theme, though — the film focuses more on social rights. The film portrays a poor African-American man named Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who is based on Allen. In the movie, Gaines works on a cotton farm as a young man. In 1952, he moves his way up by getting a job as a butler in the White House to support his family. Gaines now has a front-row seat to watch the country transform through the civil rights movement. In the past, Hollywood has taken a different approach to addressing racism in America, typically using a solemn tone and suppressing any real issues into a matter of good versus bad. Daniels, however, puts an amazing twist on this by showing the heroism in those who were strong enough to stand up for what they believed in. At the same time, he shows the horror they faced while on their journey to freedom. “The Butler” is a particularly heavy film that certainly hits home emotionally for everyone watching. With many scenes showing how poorly African-Americans were treated during the civil rights movement, viewers should be prepared to shed a tear or two. By bringing the issues of repression and reform into family life, the film is easier to relate to. It also helps people further understand the struggle and suffering African-Americans had to overcome at this time in history. A bulk of the film’s drama stems from the relationship between Gaines and his son, Louis (David Oyelowo), who resents his father’s gracious acceptance of the African-American status in the United States. Louis has the opposite views of his father, and becomes a Freedom Rider and frequent protester, which causes many issues between the father-son duo. This is primarily where we see Winfrey’s character come into play as both mother and wife. Though a serious story, there is some comedic contrast in the movie. The cast of presidential personalities adds a level of comic relief to be found inside the White House: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Robin Williams) contemplates sending troops to enforce integration in schools while he paints; vice-president Richard Nixon (John Cusack) is found in the kitchen searching for snacks; Lyndon B. Johnson (Liev Schreiber) yells instructions at his cabinet members while sitting on the toilet; and Ronald Reagan’s (Alan Rickman) kind yet controlling wife Nancy is played by former activist Jane Fonda. With all of these actors bringing different elements to their presidential characters, there never seems to be a dull moment in the White House. The movie also shows the two roles that African-American servants had to play. When on the job, Gaines is expected to act as if the room is empty, specifically instructed to see and hear nothing. This poses a struggle because he has to hear — and ignore —civil rights issues from the inside, while still facing them so deeply on the outside. While there is a clear difference between appropriate and inappropriate interactions between him and the White House staff, Gaines demonstrates how gracefully his character walks the line between dignity and servitude. It’s clear that “The Butler” deals with issues surrounding the civil rights era, but it lacks background information about the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, which would have been helpful to know since it is featured at length throughout the film. Despite this, viewers are still able to piece together that the issue Director: Lee Daniels deals with integration in schools. With that said, who goes to the Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusak, Robin Williams, David Banner movies for a history lesson anyway? It’s something this movie is Release date: Aug. 16, 2013 not to be confused with.


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Even as freshman, Handley becomes leader By Eric Riter


Erica Handley has been in this situation before. Handley played on her high school varsity volleyball team in eighth grade. Surrounded by older players, she worked her way into the starting rotation. Now in a similar situation with Syracuse, Handley has again earned the trust of her coaching staff as the team’s youngest player. Head coach Leonid Yelin called her the “quarterback” of the team, and she is in charge of calling the plays with hand signals, ensuring everything goes as planned. All as a freshman. “I’ve been the ‘youngin’ for a while,” Handley said. “I never really think I’m the youngest person, I just try to stay at the same level as them.” The Lakeville, Minn., native continued her success from eighth grade all the way through high school. All of her hard work

culminated senior year, as she led Lakeville North High School to an AAA state championship and a No. 4 national ranking. But the much-anticipated transition from high school to college is one of the toughest times for any person. As an athlete, it’s that much harder. “It’s a huge adjustment coming out of high school,” Yelin said. “Can you imagine what is on her shoulders? She’s a kid just like everyone else.” Luckily for Handley, she has had a full semester without volleyball matches to get acclimated. She graduated high school early to come to Syracuse. In that time, she was able to bond with her teammates, develop relationships and transition into college life.  “It helped so much. That’s the reason I don’t feel like I’m a freshman,” Handley said. “This summer could have been the only time I have met the girls before the season. It made it easier to get along and connect on the court.” But as the “quarterback” of the squad,

Handley is expected to do a lot for the team. Being young and trusted with such a role comes with quite a bit of responsibility. Despite the accountability, Handley said she’s not nervous about the role she is expected to play. In fact, Yelin calls her the “conductor,” as well. Yelin isn’t the only one mentoring Handley — junior setter Bailey Humes is playing a large role in guiding her, too. Yelin said Humes and Handley are learning from each other. Handley also appreciates Bailey’s help. “Her defense is amazing,” Handley said. “She makes me have to pick up my defense that much more. We help each other out, yet we know we are competing for the same role.” Sophomore teammate Gosia Wlaszczuk feels Handley is handling the pressure well. “She’s still growing up,” Wlaszczuk said. “Her being setter, you have to be really mature. You basically have the game on your hands.”


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Stephanie Skilton was in a league of her own. Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, Skilton caught her first glimpse of soccer at the age of 4 when she watched her 8-year-old sister Erica play from the sidelines. Soon Skilton began playing in the more competitive boys’ league, where she was the only girl on the field. “I was a bit of a tomboy myself, so I was playing with the boys, roughing it,” Skilton said. “Boys can play a lot faster, and they’re a little more physical, so I tried to play with them as long as I could. That experience definitely helped me.” Skilton, a freshman, has made a resounding first impression at the college level as a starting forward for Syracuse (3-1). She isn’t the most vocal player, but her international soccer experience in New Zealand allowed her to lead by example. With her combination of size, strength and skill, Skilton possesses all the attributes to become a standout player for the Orange this season. Skilton wasted little time bursting onto the college scene and quickly proved her potential as a goal scorer. In SU’s first four games, the freshman forward tallied seven points and scored two game-winning goals against Hofstra and Colgate. Standing at 5 feet, 9 inches, Skilton is the second tallest player on the Orange roster. While playing at Papakura High School in Auckland, she was heavily recruited by the SU coaching staff because of her strong physique, which stood out on film. International experience also played a vital role in the recruiting process. Throughout high school, Skilton was a member of the New Zealand national teams, and played in the U-17 and U-20 world cups. There, she crafted her skills as a reliable striker. Head coach Phil Wheddon, who also coached U.S. players on the national stage, said that Skilton’s transition to American soccer was made easier because of her time spent playing at such a high level in New Zealand. “When you bring an international player

in, there are differences – adjusting to culture is one of them,” Wheddon said. “Stephanie sees the game one step ahead, and that’s a tribute to her coaching in New Zealand.” Although preseason didn’t start until early August, Skilton arrived at Syracuse on June 29 for the Summer Start program. In her free time, she trained with the strength and conditioning coaches to prepare for the upcoming season. In Wheddon’s eyes, Skilton has adjusted well to the American game, which features a faster, more physical style of play. She developed this skill by playing in the boys’ league at a young age, relying on her physicality to hold off defenders on the attack. Now, Skilton will use that experience to focus on adjusting to the rigors of college soccer. “The American game is far more athletic compared to other countries,” Wheddon said. “(Skilton) has made great strides in a short amount of time. She’s proving she’s a goal scorer.”

Skilton is a dangerous player around the net because of her ability to finish scoring chances. On Friday against Albany, she showed that ability by recognizing a lob pass, soaring through the air and drilling a header past the left side of the goalie. “We know when the ball is at her feet or at her head, something dangerous is going to happen,” said assistant coach Neel Bhattacharjee, who is also the recruiting coordinator for SU. “She adds a terrific dimension to our attack.” As Skilton continues to develop her agility and quickness at the college level, she will become an invaluable part of the SU attack. Although she is quiet on the field, her physical play resonates much louder. “She’s not the most vocal, but as time has gone on, she’s become more comfortable and more confident,” Bhattacharjee said. “More of her voice is coming out, which is cool, because we love her accent.”

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there. I’ve just got to keep waiting.” For now Hunt is the backup. Allen, who transferred from Oklahoma April 12, started for SU in its season-opening 23-17 loss to Penn State on Saturday, completing just 16-of-37 passes for 189 yards and two interceptions. Hunt observed from the sidelines, hat and headset on for all four quarters as he watched a stagnant Orange offense stumble. A fitting culmination for likely the roughest stretch of Hunt’s on-field career — which started when Shafer told him the coaches picked Allen and dragged on as Hunt had to keep up the façade that the battle was ongoing. “I don’t like being fake, but for coach I told

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“He’s the fastest player I’ve ever seen in pads, and I’ve coached for 15 years.” Jason Kimball


relatively quiet until NU took possession with 10:23 left in the third quarter. After three straight completions by quarterback Kain Colter, the Wildcats centered their drive around their biggest weapon. Mark’s personal conquest started at the Syracuse 47-yard line and ended at the one. In four consecutive plays he rushed for 46 total yards, including a 32-yard gain through the teeth of

him I’d keep it on the hush,” Hunt said. “It was tough because you kept having to say you’re in the race when you already know that you’re not.” And tougher yet may have been warming up at MetLife Stadium, 30 miles from his hometown of Rosedale, N.Y. The small contingent of friends and family that came to watch him play were limited to those pre-game drills. “Terrel is a tough kid. He’s a really tough kid,” center Macky MacPherson said. “I know a lot of people who would break in a situation like he’s in. He worked his butt off in the spring, and he’s still working his butt off. “He’s going to get his chance someday, and I can’t tell you when because I don’t even know, but when that day comes I know he’ll do great for himself.” Just four months ago, Hunt was the front-

the Orange’s defense. On the next play, Colter snuck into the end zone to give the Wildcats a 35-13 lead. His play-making ability makes moonlighting with the special teams unit seem like an unnecessary risk. But any possibility of injuries is smothered by the opportunity to put the ball in Mark’s hands. “Venric dabbles in special teams because he is a home run threat every time he gets the ball,” Kimball said. “The main objection is, and should be, to get him the ball in space.” But now that he has sustained a leg injury, Northwestern is acting cautiously. In the Wildcats 44-30 win over California last Saturday, Mark wasn’t used on special teams and played sparingly at running back in the fourth quarter.  He finished the game with 29 yards on 11 rushes, giving way to Green to shine in his absence. Green rushed for 129 yards on 16

carries and two touchdowns. With Mark dayto-day, as well as Colter uncertain with a concussion, NU’s offense won’t know its identity until kickoff Saturday evening. “We both have a little something to bring to the table, and I think we really complement each other,” Green said. “But right now we are rotating everyone in and are going in with a good game plan.” Even if Green and the rest of the revolving components of the Wildcats offense are comfortable with the unknown, they would all like to see Mark in his usual, versatile role.  After all, it was his timely speed that led the Wildcats over the Orange a season ago. “We’re going to see where he is throughout the course of the week,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s a dynamic playmaker, and not to have him at full speed definitely hurts.”

runner for the Orange’s starting quarterback job. He dominated the first-team reps, earning the support of MacPherson and running back Jerome Smith, who lived across from Hunt at

camp marked the start of the open competition as the two battled back and forth. One day Hunt would be better, the next Allen. On Days 8 and 9, though, Allen separated himself during scrimmages in Fort Drum, N.Y. And soon after, Shafer announced SU had a “direction” it was going. That would prove to be Allen. “It wasn’t so much that Terrel wasn’t emerging,” Shafer said, “it was just I felt like Drew had a little bit better handle on things at that point in time.” Hunt said it felt like the competition was neck-and-neck when the decision was made. When Shafer told him the choice was based on experience more than anything else, initially, he was frustrated. But sitting down with Shafer, Lester, Allen and senior quarterback Charley Loeb helped settle the situation, Lester said. Allen and Loeb were career backups until this season, with far more game time spent on the sidelines than Hunt. While advancing as the second-string quarterback was tough for Hunt, Shafer was impressed with the way he regrouped. Speaking at the last week of training camp, Shafer said he saw shades of himself in Hunt. Two and a half decades ago, he was in the same position. Now he looks back on his garbage-speckled outburst fondly. It was a learning experience. Maybe Hunt will experience the same emotional growth someday, too. “He’s never hung his head, he’s never pouted,” Shafer said, “and all I’ve told him is that he’s one play away from getting on that field.”

“I don’t like being fake, but for coach I told him I’d keep it on the hush. It was tough because you kept having to say you’re in the race when you already know that you’re not.” Terrel Hunt


University Village. Hunt would walk across the hall every night with questions, always wanting to learn more, Smith said. Even when the rumors Hunt had heard about Allen became reality, he was still certain it was his job to lose. “After I started getting the first-team reps and I started working with the first team every day, that’s when I realized this was my team,” Hunt said. “Jerome and some other guys would tell me, ‘This is your team, take over now. This is when you separate yourself.’” But once Allen showed up to training camp, it quickly became apparent that this was not Hunt’s team. He and Allen would be in even competition for the spot. Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said Day 5 of


can be solved simply with repetitions. “We just have to keep continuing to work on our operation mode,” Shafer said. “At times we got into a good flow, but other times it wasn’t as clean as we need it to be, so that will be an emphasis as we move forward.” Syracuse healthy coming out of loss to Penn State Shafer had no new injuries to report in his @dougherty_ jesse @Stephen_Bailey1

weekly teleconference on Tuesday. Shafer said offensive lineman Kyle Knapp is improving from an injury. He was one of 31 Orange players not on the travel roster for SU’s 23-17 loss to Penn State on Saturday. In training camp, Knapp was sidelined for at least two weeks with a head injury. The only player who appeared to get dinged up against the Nittany Lions was linebacker Dyshawn Davis, but he did return to the game almost immediately after the play., @dbwilson2, @stephen_bailey1


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Freshman Halis brings flash to youthful Syracuse roster By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER

Take even a slight glance at the Syracuse roster and one thing is immediately noticeable: no seniors. Instead, SU has relied on, and will rely on, a bevy of underclassmen in its first year in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference. Four freshmen have started in each of No. 17 Syracuse’s (2-0-0) two games this season, including Alex Halis, a shifty forward from Brampton, Ontario. The freshman has not only made an impression by scoring goals and dishing out assists, but he’s also brought excitement with an array of nifty moves and creative touches. “He’s a quality player,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He’s an exciting player. He’s a player that can make things happen and he can get people off their seats.” During Monday night’s home opener against Hartwick, Halis promptly introduced himself to the Colvin Street Elite, the group of student fans that sits near the net on East Colvin Street. The forward sped by defenders, put on the breaks and scanned the field. He also mixed in a few backward heel passes. Halis even made Hartwick senior midfielder Tim Crawford fall. The freshman Halis had pos-

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The Orange keeps on rolling. After a 3-0 preseason and a 2-0 start to the regular season, the Orange travels to Blacksburg, Va., for its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference game. With stellar play from the defense, goalkeeper Alex Bono has picked up two shutouts. Five different players have scored goals for the Orange.



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session just feet from the near sideline. His head and eyes went left, and so did Crawford. Halis’ body and the ball went right. The crowd “oohed” and “aahed.” As Halis goes, McIntyre said, so does Syracuse. “That’s a good feeling,” Halis said. “It gives you confidence. But to me I feel like if everyone plays good, then it’s better for us. I don’t think it should be one player.” In both of SU’s games, Halis played a role in the team’s first goal. In SU’s season opener against Colgate – Halis’ collegiate debut – he headed in a ball from Jordan Murrell to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. Against Hartwick, Halis picked up an assist on Grant Chong’s goal early in the second half. McIntyre called Halis “cutting edge,” comparing him to Nick Perea, Stefanos Stamoulacatos and Emil Ekblom. McIntyre recruits the best players he can, but also the ones that fit his possession style that focuses on precision passing, ball control and creativity. Halis fits the mold. At 5 feet 9 inches tall, Halis can use his size to elude bigger defenders and his speed to get around them.  In Canada, Halis led the St. Edmund Campion Bears to two straight OFSAA championships and an undefeated 33-0-1 season in 2012. He is also a member of the Canadian Youth National Program and represented Canada at the 2011 U-17 World Cup. “We’ve been playing together since we were just little kids,” said Chris Nanco, who played with Halis with St. Edmund Campion and FC Sigma. “We’ve always been together. We’ve created a bond since a young age and it’s a good thing to continue our careers together.”  The connection between the two starters is one reason why the Orange has collected favorable results so far this season. In order to keep his personal success rolling, Halis said he has to stay positive and work hard.  “He has that little bit of something different,” McIntyre said. “And it won’t always come off. That’s the nature of when you express yourself and when you try some things. But when it does come off, he’s an exciting player to watch.”







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Mark’s injury leaves NU’s offense uncertain By Jesse Dougherty ASST. COPY EDITOR

ziniu chen | staff photographer TERREL HUNT lost out on the starting quarterback job to Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen. Hunt, who manned the first team for part of training camp, will have two seasons of eligibility left after this season.

Out of the Hunt Sophomore QB regroups after losing starting job By Stephen Bailey



cott Shafer brought Terrel Hunt into his office and sat him down. Decision day had come and Hunt wasn’t picked as Syracuse’s starting quarterback. Hunt and Shafer talked through tears, Hunt said, as they discussed the role he would inherit as a backup.

Twenty-six years earlier Shafer was on the other side of that table. The balding, fiery first-year head coach was then an even fierier sophomore quarterback for Division-III BaldwinWallace (Ohio) University. When his head coach Bob Packard told Shafer he wouldn’t start, Shafer hurled a trash can across the room. That’s the story Shafer told Hunt,

the redshirt sophomore, before informing him that he lost out to senior transfer Drew Allen for the Orange’s starting job. “It was a real emotional thing,” Hunt said. “I worked really hard to come up short, but coach told me he’s got my back and as long as I keep doing what I’ve got to do, I’ll get out

It’s a game that Northwestern smiles upon, but doesn’t necessarily like to remember. The Wildcats opened their 201213 season with a visit to the Carrier Dome to face the Orange. After 60 minutes of slapdash, back-and-forth football, NU edged Syracuse 42-41 thanks in large part to running back Venric Mark. Mark finished the game with 84 yards on 14 carries, but made his biggest contributions in the return game. He returned two punts for a total of 134 yards, including an 82-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter and a 52-yard return in the second that led to another Northwestern touchdown. “We got lucky last year,” NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “I don’t know how we won, but we found a way. We’re going to have to play better if we want to win again.” Yet Mark, a key factor in last season’s dramatic act, could watch the next installment from the sidelines.  When Syracuse (0-1) visits No. 19 Northwestern (1-0) at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday at 6 p.m.,

the matchup could have a different complexion from that of last September. Last season, SU’s inability to limit big plays was accentuated by Mark’s earth-shattering speed. But with the running back day-to-day with a leg injury, there is no certainty that he’ll have an opportunity to thrash the Orange again. “He’s really fast,” said sophomore running back Treyvon Green. “But he’s not all about speed. He has great vision as well.” Five feet, 8 inches, 175 pounds. For a football player, at any position, it’s not an ideal size. Yet Mark has turned his seemingly disadvantaging size into one of his greatest strengths. His small frame permits a rare shiftiness that helps him hit holes and bounce to the outside with noticeable ease. Last season as a junior, Mark rushed for 12 touchdowns and 1,366 yards, an average of 105.1 yards per game. He became just the 15th player in Northwestern history to record a 1,000-yard season, and the first since Tyrell Sutton did so in 2006. He was also wildly successful



SU tries to clean up communication issues By Stephen Bailey and David Wilson THE DAILY ORANGE

With 61,202 fans packed into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, the majority rooting for Penn State, it caused some communication breakdowns in Scott Shafer’s first game as Syracuse’s head coach. The start to his tenure ended with a 23-17 loss in New York’s College Classic, a contest that was considered

a home game for the Orange, but had a road feel with a sea of blue and white in the bleachers. “It’s one of those deals where we have to continue to work crowd noise,” Shafer said on his Tuesday teleconference. “I’m sure Northwestern’s fans will be excited and loud, so we’re preparing for that.” SU travels to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Shafer said he wasn’t nervous at all before his first game as a head

“It kind of felt like we were just experimenting out there.” Ashton Broyld SYRACUSE H-BACK ON HIS TEAM’S USE OF THE PISTOL OFFENSE

coach, but there were still the usual hiccups to be expected from a firstyear head coach. There was a boneheaded penalty or two and chaos on the field — Shafer worked exclusively up in the box as a coordinator in past seasons — was a bit of a shock for the new head coach. These, though, are the kinks that can be fixed in the coming weeks. Syracuse is inexperienced all over the field, so these are the things that

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sam maller | asst. photo editor (LEFT) VENRIC MARK was too much for Syracuse to handle last season, but his status for Saturday remains uncertain due to a leg injury.

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Smith played less than a quarter of Syracuse’s total offensive snaps in the second half.

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