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From humble beginnings, University Union has persevered for 50 years to
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orget what you know about University Union. Forget the Block Parties. The Juice Jam shows. The Rock the Dome concert. Forget Kanye West and Ludacris and the rest of the constellation of stars UU has staged at Syracuse University. In 1962, UU was just looking for a home. “We used to meet at the Chapel House, which was between Shaw and DellPlain,” said Steve Deckard, who served as UU chairman in 1966. “Or we’d meet in the Noble Room in the chapel. We did a number of concerts, which was fun, but our goal was to get a student center.” So when Deckard visited the Schine Student Center after it was built in 1985, he didn’t just see the building he helped plan from the ground level. He saw years of
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Boston hip-hop group The Dean’s List will open for Calvin Harris and Childish Gambino at Sunday’s ninthannual Juice Jam concert.
Calvin Harris, Childish Gambino, The Dean’s List in concert Where: Skytop Field, South Campus When: Sunday, Sept. 9 Doors open at noon, music starts at 1 p.m. How much: $10 The group consists of rapper Sonny Shotz, producer DJ Mendoza and production engineer Mik Beats. The group’s latest album, “Generation X,” was released in April and debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes hip-hop chart. “The Dean’s List fits perfectly into this lineup as an opener,” said Ken Consor, director of concerts for University Union. “The group brings a high-energy performance that combines hip-hop and pop elements.” As of Tuesday evening, only 325 tickets were still available for the concert. Students, faculty and staff can still purchase tickets either at the Schine Student Center Box Office or online for $10 with a valid ID. “At this point, it is likely that the show will sell out,” Consor said. The concert has sold more than 7,000 tickets, making it the largest Juice Jam concert to date. The Dean’s List will take the stage at Skytop Field at 1 p.m., and doors open at noon on Sunday. The Dean’s List last played in Syracuse last October at the Westcott Theater. Said Consor: “They have been touring around several colleges recently and we are glad they will be making a stop in Syracuse.”
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“It wasn’t long after that show that (Drake) just blew up. It was such a cool feeling to have him come to SU before that happened.” disappointment, financial struggles, nomadic group meetings and sheer patience of will finally paying off. “I’ve been in there a few times, and it’s everything I wanted it to be and more,” Deckard said. This year celebrates UU’s halfcentury mark on campus, and pride is running high with the organization’s current members.
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CRIME BRIEFS • A woman was robbed on the 600 block of University Avenue on Saturday afternoon, according to a Department of Public Safety notice sent to all Syracuse University students. The victim, who is not affiliated with SU, was approached by an unknown male at about 12:20 p.m. The man grabbed her purse off her left arm and then fled north on University Avenue. The victim was not injured, according to the Department of Public Safety notice. DPS is asking for help identifying the suspect who is described as a white male in his early 30s, bald and of medium build. At the time of the attack, he was wearing an orange shirt with either white lettering or a white stripe on it. • A 21-year-old senior in the College of Arts and Sciences was issued an appearance ticket for an unlawfully loud noise on the 900 block of Lancaster Avenue at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a police report. He is set to appear in the Syracuse Community Court on Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m., according to the report. • A Lenovo laptop valued at $1,200 was stolen from a back room on the first floor of a residence on the 800 block of Ostrom Avenue between 4 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to a police report. When police arrived at 12:55 p.m., they found a rear window in the back room open, a chair under the window outside and a dirty footwear print on a cushion inside, between where the laptop was last seen and the open window, according to the report. There was no sign of forced entry, and none of the five roommates recalled hearing anything out of the ordinary. • A 21-year-old senior in the School of Information Studies was issued an appearance ticket for a sound reproduction on the 800 block of Lancaster Avenue on Saturday, according to a police report. He is set to appear in the Syracuse Community Court on Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m., according to the report. —Compiled by Alex Ptachick, staff writer, acptachi@syr. edu, and Jessica Iannetta, asst. news editor, email@example.com
andrew renneisen | photo editor IAN MERRITT, a senior history major and member of ROTC, shakes hands with Ben Kuebrich, a graduate composition and cultural rhetoric major, during a peaceful protest against militarization on campus. The protest was arranged by students and members of the SU community on Tuesday afternoon at the ROTC office in Archbold Gymnasium. The two groups respectfully discussed the military’s role on campus.
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A group of Syracuse University students and community members gathered in the ROTC lounge on Tuesday afternoon to protest the encroachment of the military on campus spaces. “SU should be an educational space and a lot of the university’s goals and missions conflict with this military presence,” said Ben Kuebrich, a graduate composition
and cultural rhetoric student who participated in the protest. The group of about seven protesters met outside Archbold Gymnasium, which houses the ROTC offices, at noon before heading upstairs to stage a “work-in” in the lounge. The group was not specifically protesting the ROTC, but war and the militarization of campus in general. The protest was partly in response to the upcoming 11th anni-
versary of the invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, Kuebrich said. Many of the protesters were graduate students who have to work in cramped rooms and offices with poor access to materials, and the group wanted to “take back” the space for educational purposes, said Derek Ford, one of the protesters and a graduate student in the School of Education. “We want to transform the space
into something accessible to all students,” he said. “We’re reclaiming it as an academic space.” Upon entering the ROTC offices, the group of protesters was greeted by ROTC staff and a group of about five ROTC members who happened to be studying in the lounge. The protesters took seats in the lounge and began to do schoolwork alongside the ROTC members. While
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Yogurtland thrives after first week Centro Transit Hub speeds By Nick Cardona STAFF WRITER
Yogurtland, the newest addition to Marshall Street, has seen its business continue to thrive during the week since it opened its doors. “Everybody is in love with it,” said Heather Laubach, the manager of the Syracuse location at 147 Marshall St. Students have been waiting for this type of yogurt shop, “and now they have it,” she said. Sales have been relatively consistent since the opening last
Wednesday, Laubach said, and she expects the sales to continue at their current pace. There are certain times of day when the store is not crowded with customers, Laubach said, but that is true of any business. This is Laubach’s first stint in the yogurt business. “The owners are great, the staff is so friendly; it’s a lot of fun,” Laubach said. “I love it.” Syracuse winters are the one thing that could hurt Yogurtland,
but Laubach said she does not believe that will be a major concern for the shop. Laubach pointed to a Yogurtland in New Jersey that is thriving, despite being in a hotspot for some brutal winters. The Marshall Street location does have a place downstairs for people to go to escape from the cold, Laubach said. “People can go downstairs and not even look at the snow,” she said.
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up bus transfers downtown By Dylan Segelbaum ASST. COPY EDITOR
The 5,000 to 8,000 bus transfers each weekday in Syracuse will now occur at the new Centro Transit Hub, a facility located at the intersection of South Salina and East Adams streets. The $18.8 million hub is covered with an indoor building that’s heated and air-conditioned, ensuring commuters will no longer have
to stay outside in the heat or snow while waiting to transfer buses, according to a Sept. 4 article in The Post-Standard. The old hub was located at the intersection of South Salina and East Fayette streets, where the city’s main transportation center has been located for more than a century, according to the article.
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New Orleans needs SU, ESF students’ help after familiar hurricane destruction
ategory one Hurricane Isaac made landfall Tuesday evening outside of New Orleans, pounding a people who have not yet reached the point at which they are rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thankfully, this climatic event scored significantly lower in force, letting New Orleans take a break. And by break, only 170,000 people lost power, and 7,000 homes were flooded in LaPlace, La. alone, The New York Times reported. Will New Orleans ever be able to take a break? While I’m not clairvoyant, I think I can hear a resounding “no” to that question. New Orleans is in a prime place for environmental catastrophes. Below sea level, surrounded by bayous and marshes, the whole place is made of water. We built this city in an extremely unfortunate location. While it may be beautiful and full of life, it’s environmental issues also lead to loss of human life. It’s been seven years since Katrina. Last March, I drove down to New Orleans — 22 hours from Syracuse — with Operation Southern Comfort and the State University of New York College
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21st-century tree hugger of Environmental Science and Forestry to help restore the city. It was a group of 30 people, a mix of ESF and Syracuse University students. We all had little to no idea how poorly huge sections of the city were doing, even seven years later. Parts of the city were beautifully restored, while other sections were missing whole blocks of houses or had decrepit, dilapidated houses in a wasteland. The parts of the city that had been restored were on higher ground, where not as much restoration was needed. The restored parts were in more affluent sections. I worked in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. In early spring — seven years after the devastating storm, tidal surges and levees
breaking — these parts of the city still needed massive amounts of help. The 2000 census notes that 98.3 percent of the lower ninth ward’s population is black or African-American. Environmental combines environmental and civil rights issues. This section of environmental studies took its roots 30 years ago, but has examples as recently as Majora Carter’s work with the South Bronx in the early 2000s. Carter has led her group, Sustainable South Bronx, to spearhead the creation of Hunts Point Riverside Park, as well as create sustainable green spaces and infrastructure in the Bronx. Back in New Orleans, efforts are moving toward acknowledging environmental justice, but it may be many years before anything takes hold in the city. Before I had my experience in the Big Easy, it was easy for me to say, “Why don’t the people of New Orleans smarten up and move out of that environmental catastrophe?” And then, after going down to work and live with these people, I came to realize they couldn’t move away. I had heard from person after person that they had nowhere else they could go. The
lower ninth ward was all they had. One woman I spoke to was still living in her home, which had flood damage and overflow from the nearby oil refinery. Harsh chemicals, toxins and mold took over her house. She could not leave because the only job opportunity available to her was her shift at the dump. New Orleans is a beautiful city, full to the brim with culture. It’s a city that is hit time after time with environmental catastrophes. Whether or not a storm is the size of Katrina or Isaac, the Big Easy has people that deserve the dignity that comes with a clean, safe environment, and justice for the less fortunate. With groups like Operation Southern Comfort, or Habitat for Humanity, students at SU and ESF can make positive changes for those in these situations. Groups go back multiple times a year, and you getting involved with these organizations can make the difference we need to see in the world. Meg Callaghan is a junior environmental studies major and writing minor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community must remember laws can have good intentions but unseen consequences Most people only see what they want to see, especially in politics. Many advocates of big government like to show their smiling faces next to some project the government financed. The side of the story that people don’t see or hear about is where did the money come from? Where could the money have been spent if it wasn’t spent on this project?
LET TER TO THE EDITOR Many laws have good intentions but unseen consequences that can hurt a lot of people. An example is President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One of the seen affects of the health care law is that
dependents get to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26. What is unseen though, is the Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost of continuing coverage for ages 18 to 26 is $3,400 per child. That cost is put to insurance companies and the employers who usually pay for insurance. Another consequence is that employers and insurance companies are dropping dependent care. Among them is one of the largest unionadministered health insurance funds in New York, SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which is now dropping dependent coverage for 30,000 workers. Ironically, the fund had previously covered nearly 6,000 workers’ children, some up to age 23. Those students, along with other spouses and children, are out of luck. Now they have to buy private insurance or get subsidized insurance, which makes people dependent on government health care and increases costs for the government. Another example is the ban on denying insurance for pre-existing conditions for adults
and children. Obviously, all the parents with sick children rushed their kids to get insurance. This increase in services costs more money, which is fine. The problem is that all the parents of healthy children did not want to get insurance because it costs more. This forced the price up, and more healthy kids dropped out. Insurers in 20 states have already dropped “child-only” plans. These parents will have to buy more expensive family plans or forgo insurance altogether. This argument goes well beyond Obamacare. It has to do with the idea that things like higher taxes only affect rich people or corporations when, in reality, they affect everyone. There are costs to every action and it is usually a lot easier to just see the government “goodies,” but that doesn’t mean they came without consequences. All statistics are from Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute.
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Time frame for distribution of bus tickets for USC game left student disappointed I thought students usually have class around noon on a Tuesday afternoon? Maybe they don’t, because I, with many others, I assume, saw the line around noon at Gate E of the Carrier Dome for bus vouchers for Saturday’s football game against USC. But, I had to go to class first and come back around 2 p.m., only to be told that all the bus vouchers had already been distributed, that the alumni association paid for these buses and that the university could only get five of them. First, a different time to distribute these vouchers would have been nice, not right smack in the middle of a school day. You know, maybe later on in the day, when people are less
LET TER TO THE EDITOR likely to have classes. Also, how about thinking outside the box? It’s nice to see tickets were still available to those with cars, but what about the people who could buy the game ticket but have no way of getting to the Meadowlands? I’m no cost expert on buses, but maybe $5 per person on those additional buses would cover it? It’s just a thought.
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epublicans were able to dodge Hurricane Isaac last week, but could not dodge the moot criticisms of Syracuse’s own, Mayor Stephanie Miner. Namely, as the Republicans were wrapping up in Florida, Miner and hundreds of other Democrats gathered at the Palace Theater in the Syracuse neighborhood of Eastwood. There, Miner called the Republican Party “a party of hatred that wraps up their hatred in clever 30-second sound bites,” according to The Post-Standard. The only 30-second sound bite of hatred last week was the one produced by Miner — that is to say, demonization is a form of hatred, and Miner was clearly demonizing the Republican Party. Miner also complained about Republicans’ stance on gender equity. The Post-Standard did not have a specific quote from her on this. Nevertheless, regardless of what Miner specifically said about Republicans and women, it is safe to say she is wrong because Republicans are not against women. Had Miner actually viewed the Republican National Convention, preferably via Fox News, she would have seen how she is wrong. Specifically, Miner would have seen women speakers at the convention, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. At face value, having a large number of female speakers discredits left-wing claims that Republicans seek to bar women from status, but that is not what is important about the convention. The main point is these women spoke at the RNC because they are people with abilities. This is what most Democrats do not understand. It is a Republican ideal not to hold gender as a virtue or a detriment.
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vast right-wing conspiracy This ideal extends to any other group designation that can be used to divide. Regardless of race, religion or gender, Republicans choose to view people not as members of groups but as individuals. The Republican ideal is to weigh people by their abilities alone. In terms of race, this ideal runs parallel to the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Namely, Republicans also seek a world where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” So, it is not the case, as Syracuse’s mayor might say, that the Democratic Party is the party of women and the GOP is the party against women. Rather, it is the case that the Democrats are the party of group identity and the Republicans are the party of individual merit. For example, regarding the birth control mandate, Republicans see women as capable individuals, not as a group in need of government help. So instead of saying that the Democrats are the party of women because they want the government to force companies to give women something for free, it is more accurate to say the Democrats are the “womenneed-government-help” party, and the Republicans are the “women-cando-this-independently” party. Despite what Miner and others on the left might say, belief in individual ability is not opposition, and empowerment is not a detriment.
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Policy information must be widespread Syracuse University released directions on how to report abuse or violence against children through an SU Today email on Friday. Because the release contained valuable information about how campus community members should report sexual abuse and violence, it should have been released in a different manner. Although it was the lead story in the email, many campus members may have missed it. Chancellor Nancy Cantor and other SU officials have the power to send a blast to different emailing lists on campus. Cantor used this power when she announced information about former associate
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Though the focus on securing a student union is now left to black-and-white press clippings and fond, fleeting memories, UU remains an integral part of SU’s campus. “We’re working with Alumni Affairs on a few things,” said Lindsey Colegrove, current UU president. “We want the first part of our celebration to be an open house during Orange Central so students can come in and see everything we do.” Times have changed since Deckard was a student. He remembers having to go on stage in the spring of 1967 to tell students that The Four Tops, whom UU had booked for a show, were nowhere to be found. “I probably feared for my life a little bit,” he said and laughed. It wouldn’t be the only time A-list acts would refuse to play at SU. In 1971, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band objected to a gig at Manley Field House since it still had dirt floors, according to the SU Archives. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Neil Young turned down concerts in 1979 because the Field House wouldn’t let them “fly” the sound, a process that would have involved rigging the sound system through the ceiling, according to the archives. But eventually, UU’s concert programming became one of the organization’s calling cards. The first Block Party concert, now a MayFest staple, took place in 1989 and was headlined by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, according to the archives. Bonfires and riots at 1998’s Block Party caused the concert to be cancelled until it was reinstated in 2000, according to the archives. Since then, Block Party has had more hits than misses. Rob Dekker, UU’s president during
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fall 2011 and spring 2012, said one of his proudest achievements was helping to bring rapper Drake to the Carrier Dome in 2010. It was the hip-hop artist’s biggest concert at that point in his career. “It wasn’t long after that show that he just blew up,” Dekker said. “It was such a cool feeling to have him come to SU before that happened.” Dekker is quick to defer credit, but the former president also played a pivotal role in adding a brand-new concert to SU’s arsenal: Rock the Dome, which featured Ludacris and Rick Ross for its maiden performance. “As much as I’m proud of it, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without help from the previous presidents,” he said. “We all put a few years of planning into motion with it.” Rock the Dome continued the tradition of UU, polling students on artists they’d like to see perform on campus. Deckard said that printing and handing out surveys during his time at UU was a big deal, although the polls have gone digital in more recent years. UU’s concerts have grown bigger in scale since its inception, largely in part to establishing an annual budget at the tail end of 2010. Andrew Beyda, president of UU during fall 2010 and spring 2011, said that was an important part of programming bigger shows. “It really allowed us to get talent before other schools could,” Beyda said. “It’s something we tried to do for a long time, and it was something we needed.” It’s a far cry from the earlier days of what are now blockbuster concerts on campus. Adam Gorode, chairman of the first annual Juice Jam concert in 2004, recalls when the concert was a free affair hosted in the parking lot near Lawrinson Hall. Method Man, De La Soul and Phantom Planet drew a crowd of 3,000 students. The show isn’t free anymore, but sells more tickets than ever. This year’s Juice Jam broke the concert’s ticket sales record with more than 7,000 students purchasing tickets to see disk jockey Calvin Harris and rapper Childish Gambino. “It’s pretty cool that it’s been going on this
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some of the ROTC members and protesters chose to quietly go about their work, others chose to engage in conversation. The discussion that followed would not have been out of place in a political science or international relations discussion section. Each participant made polite but impassioned statements of their views, and voices rarely rose above normal speaking level. Topics of discussion ranged from the allocation of space on campus to the invasion of Iraq, to reasons for joining ROTC. Tyler Cowan, a senior Middle Eastern studies and political science major and ROTC member, said he had no problem with the protesters utilizing the space and the two groups had a good discussion. “They asked some pretty tough questions
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Every two months, the company comes out with new flavors that will be available in all Yogurtland locations across the country, she said. The Marshall Street location will change its flavor lineup every week. Next week, white chocolate macadamia nut and blackberry passion fruit tart will make their debut, Laubach said. “It allows us to switch it up and keep people coming back,” she said. Rhiannon Leto, a sophomore biology major on a pre-med track, is one of those people.
courtesy of su archives long,” Gorode said. “It’s really been nine years? Man, I feel old.” Gorode said being chairman of 2004’s Juice Jam was like having a full-time job. They modeled the show after an older campus tradition, what used to be a big outdoor festival on Lancaster Avenue. “We’d spend weekends and nights in the office,” Gorode said. “People think it’s all the glory of meeting celebrities, but that’s not it at all.” Even the concert’s name was borrowed. A 2003 concert called Juice Jam took place in Goldstein Auditorium, but Gorode and UU wanted to bring the music outside. However, Gorode still considered himself a bigger fan of the Bandersnatch Music Series, which showcases smaller musical acts. He was thrilled when the event moved to a bigger space than the confines of a parking lot. The concerted moved to Skytop Field on South Campus for fear of the Quad being torn up by concertgoers. “We have a tiny, tiny window of good weather
and we tried to answer them,” he said. “But most of us are under 21 and we’re being asked these very difficult policy questions.” One of the protesters’ main criticisms of ROTC was that it takes advantage of the economic crisis by offering free tuition and health benefits in exchange for military service. That money should instead be used to enable all students to attend college, said Ursula Rozum, a Syracuse resident and the Green Party candidate for the 24th Congressional District. Lt. Col. Michael Kubala, a professor of military science, said this is the first protest inside the ROTC facilities since he’s been at SU. He said he was fine with the protesters using the space and that the Constitution gives them the right to do that. But he said he disagrees with the protesters’ view of ROTC. “We teach leadership. Same thing as the business and public affairs guys do,” he said, noting that ROTC members are also students. Ian Merritt, a senior American history and
“In Queens, we don’t have a Yogurtland,” she said. “I’m a big fan of frozen yogurt so I’m very excited about this being here.” Leto said the selection is what is going to keep her coming back. “I love all the toppings,” she said. “My favorite is the cookie dough bites.” The environment is stress free, Leto said. She said the staff is very friendly, which makes the place very relaxed. The cold Syracuse winters will not stop Leto from making the journey to Marshall Street. Said Leto: “I would come, even in the cold Syracuse winter.” firstname.lastname@example.org
in Syracuse,” Gorode said. “We decided to take advantage of it.” But for alumni like Darren Goldberg, UU president during fall 2009 and spring 2010, the best part of putting on the concerts wasn’t meeting the acts he helped book or setting up behind the scenes. “I’d love just walking around and getting to talk to students,” Goldberg said. “It was great to just hear how excited they were.” Fifty years. Such a span of time holds many memories, but UU won’t spend too long waiting around on memory lane. Colegrove’s crystal ball for the organization’s future is still murky, but the broad strokes are starting to take shape. She hopes to get the ball rolling on adding larger-scale concerts and advance cinema screenings, among other goals. Said Colegrove: “We’re looking for new ways to enhance programming, but we don’t know what it will be yet. It might not be this year or next one, but students will definitely see change.”
ROTC HISTORY The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp. first began when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Civilian colleges and universities had students participating in military training by 1819. However, training was not organized under one governmental body until the act was signed in 1916. There are 273 Army ROTC programs at colleges and universities in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 35,000 students are enrolled in ROTC programs at their colleges. Source: rotc.usaac.army.mil/history
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Syracuse school board to open professional development center to train educators
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By Sarah Schuster
he Syracuse City School District is leasing space in the Rockwest Center on West Fayette Street in order to create a professional development center to be opened Jan. 1, 2013. The school district’s Board of Education approved the five-year lease Monday. The 12,500-square-foot space will cost $110,400 a year and is considered part of the board’s five-year strategic plan to improve the school system, said Tom Ferrara, director of facilities and operations for the school district. The second goal of this plan is to develop, support and retain effective teachers and school leaders, he said. An increase in teacher development caused the district to build a new professional development center. The old Syracuse Teacher Center, which used to handle most of the teacher training, will be housed in the new Syracuse Professional Development Center, he said. The teacher center had unusable rooms and terrible parking, making it a less-than-ideal space for a district on a mission to improve. The leased space will include the teacher center, with additional space just for teacher development, Ferrara said.
While searching for a new space for the Syracuse Teacher Center, Ferrara realized finding a replacement for the center wasn’t good enough. “The more we looked, the more we realized we needed something more,” he said. “You look to other places, and most large, successful districts have teacher development centers.” Margaret Wilson was the principal of Elmwood Elementary School before it closed in June. Now, she is the newly selected director of teacher development. She said each teacher will now have 50 hours per year of teacher development, so a new space with multiple meeting rooms and wireless connectivity is exactly what the district needed. “We can train more people, have classrooms filled with teachers with iPads or laptops, and have everyone streaming video,” she said. “That gives us much more flexibility.” Now with a fully accommodating space, Wilson said there are three big aspects that will be emphasized during teacher development: common core curriculum, data-driven instruction and preparation for APPR, which stands for Annual Professional Performance Review. Developing a common core curriculum
addresses what students will be learning. This involves developing units and making sure students are ready for state assessment tests, which will change in 2014, Wilson said. Data-driven instruction involves teaching instructors how to assess and use student data to adjust their lesson plans, making sure students’ individual needs are being met. APPR assesses how teachers plan, teach, create a learning environment and problem solve. Only 20 percent of this assessment is based on test scores, Wilson said. Having a consistent, comfortable space with plenty of parking, Wilson said, will make this process not only more efficient, but easier on the teachers. Although the Rockwest Center houses many other businesses, the professional development center will have its own entrance. Wilson said she is happy that the center will be centrally located and connected to the community, Syracuse University’s Warehouse and the soon-to-becompleted WCNY-TV/FM building, a broadcast and education center estimated to be completed this October. Said Wilson: “This connectivity is really exciting for education and for growth.” email@example.com
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the growth of the business to the increasing popularity of biking in the area. “I think it’s a great shop,” Ellison said. “I’ve gone there ever since they’ve opened and I still go there today.” Ellison said he especially likes the community bike rides that the storeowners organize every Thursday at 8 p.m. Attending the rides that are usually around 13 miles long is a great way to meet people, Ellison said. The Thursday bike rides that begin at Morris’s repair shop and travel throughout the city of Syracuse have been growing: A record 77 people attended last week. Participants range
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from the homeless to professional racers, Morris said. “I feel like we are helping to build a community,” Morris said. Seeing people connect as a result of their shared interest in biking is one of Morris’s favorite aspects of her job. But she said the increase in the popularity of biking can have some negative effects, one of the most common being theft. It is not uncommon, Morris said, for a customer’s bike to be stolen off the street as he or she purchases supplies at the repair shop or gets a coffee at the cafe. Ellison said he is, unfortunately, all too familiar with this risk. A bike that cost him around $1,000 was stolen right off a friend’s front porch in Manlius, N.Y. back in 2006, and
“The world really opens up when you actually have transportation like that.” Leslie Walters
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more recently, somebody almost rode off with his bike at Graby’s Mini Mart. “I’d left my bike outside at a certain spot that I can see through a window in the store,” he said. “Somebody grabbed it and I had to chase after them.” Luckily, Ellison said, the criminal flipped
the bike after realizing he’d been caught. Locking up bikes with steel U-Bolt locks when they are not in use is one of the best ways to prevent bike robbery, said Department of Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto, because U-Bolt locks require tools and take a significant amount of time to break. “The chances of a bike getting stolen with a U-Bolt are almost zero,” he said. Cable locks, however, are far less secure, Callisto said. “A bike thief often looks for bikes that are unattended or are locked with cable locks,” Callisto said. “Many cable locks are easily defeated by even small bolt cutters.” However, Caitlin Klotz found having a U-Bolt lock is not guaranteed protection from bike theft — the bike must also be properly secured. During the summer, her bike, which was secured with both a chain and U-Bolt lock, was stolen when she improperly locked the bike. “I did it backwards,” said Klotz, a junior environmental resource and engineering major. The U-Bolt was around the tire of the bike and the chain was around the bike’s frame, she said. Whoever stole her bike cut the chain and stole a tire off another bike. DPS Officer John Sardino said students should register their bikes with DPS to increase the chance of recovery if they are stolen. Aside from robbery, accidents are another hazard of biking with the heavy traffic of motorists and pedestrians in the area. Students on campus should know, Callisto said, that cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as drivers, especially since it is technically not legal for cyclists to ride on sidewalks. Officer Sardino said it is also important that cyclists know the appropriate hand signals to let drivers know where they intend to move. Wearing a helmet and always being attentive while biking, especially avoiding the use of headphones, are other safety tips both officers stressed to avoid accidents. Walters said she hopes students will continue to take advantage of the bike lanes and that more will be built to make the city more accessible to students. Said Walters: “The world really opens up when you actually have transportation like that.” firstname.lastname@example.org
With the addition of the new bike lane cutting through campus, it is more important than ever to keep your bike in tip-top cycling shape for cruising around the ’Cuse. Here are a few bike shops that can help you do just that.
No matter what the problem seems to be with your bike, Advance Cyclery can likely fix it. Located on Seeley Road in Syracuse, N.Y., this shop handles brake repairs, chain placements and child seat adjustments.
Visiting Bike Loft requires a bit of a trek to North Syracuse, but it might just be worth it for the networking. Along with doing repairs and selling new bikes, this shop offers recommendations for trails and routes for bikers unfamiliar with the area, and its website even includes a forum for biking fanatics.
Right around the corner from campus on Westcott Street, Mello Velo is more than your average bike shop: It’s a cafe, as well. Enjoy a latte while your spokes are getting a tune-up, and feel free to browse around this creative mixture of business models.
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sam maller | staff photographer (FROM RIGHT) STEVE MORRIS, co-owner of Mello Velo, repairs a bicycle at the store on Westcott Street, alongside his wife Sara. “We’ve been really busy, not necessarily because of the bike lanes, but they’re definitely making people feel more comfortable,” Morris said.
Switching lanes New bike lane serves as catalyst for thriving bike culture on campus
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ust with a helmet in hand, Leslie Walters sparks conversations. Walters has had her bike on campus since late July. While she visited various locations on Marshall Street, she found people often inquired about her bike. “It’s good to locate people with bikes on campus because then you can ride together,” said Walters, a sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major. Cyclists will find Syracuse University’s campus friendlier due to the bike lanes recently constructed along University Avenue from Genesee Street to Waverly Avenue. The bright green, reflective pathway, along with the two-way traffic road conversion are features that planners hope will make the Connective Corridor more accommodating to
the SU community. The bike lane extension’s work will continue along East Genesee Street to Almond Street, and will be completed by the middle of October, continuing across the city and eventually reaching The Warehouse. The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services building received a bike installation just two or three weeks after requesting one from the Physical Plant, said Elin Riggs, the director of the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. While taking classes during the summer, Walters said she discovered bike-friendly places in the area with friends who also like biking. Like many students on campus, Walters is still discovering how biking can be a beneficial transportation choice, despite some risks. Not having to worry about park-
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ing or slow buses, getting more exercise and feeling less vulnerable when traveling around campus alone are advantages of being a cyclist on campus, Walters said. Teddy Ellison, an SU alumnus, said a benefit is that he saves around $40 to $50 on gas per month by riding his bike most places instead of driving. Sara Morris, a 2009 alumnus, runs a bike shop and cafe with her husband in the Westcott area called Mello Velo. Biking is not as scary as many people think and can be a great way to explore the city. With more safety features like bike lanes, she said, people feel even more comfortable taking advantage of what the city has to offer. Mello Velo began in the couple’s garage and has been steadily growing over the years. Morris attributed
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The relationship between Tony Frateschi and being a commuter is one of both love and hate. Loving home cooking, family and familiarity with the area are key reasons why staying home isn’t a bad thing. Avoiding the room and board fees by commuting is logical for some commuter students, even if it means missing out on some late-night shenanigans or making friendships. The hate comes from having a potentially long ride back home from school. That separation can possibly distance relationships. While Frateschi, a sophomore undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences, realizes the negative sides of commuting, he has come to accept the situation and make the best of it. “It is what you make it as a commuter,” Frateschi said. “You just have to enjoy your time up here. I’ve learned that I take just as much credits as these kids, I’m just as smart as these kids and I’m just as much of a student as these kids.” And so it goes for the life of a commuter student. Vincent Wisehoon, another commuter student and an electrical engineering major, is trying to integrate himself into the social lifestyle of Syracuse University. “The immediate con of being a commuter student is not having an automatic start with direct contact with neighbors,” Wisehoon said. Wisehoon has had his fair share of people inquire about his situation. “Usually, you meet someone on the first day and they’ll ask, ‘Where’s your residence hall?’ I respond with ‘The Northside.’ They’ll say, ‘What’s the Northside? Is that a new one?’ ‘Nope, it means the north side of the city,’” said Wisehoon, a freshman. Some commuter students find the initial icebreaking of socializing with classmates difficult without much common ground. Without that, they’re left with only having classes with other students and the possibility of joining extracurricular activities. Stephen DeSalvo has taken note of this difficulty. “Commuter students literally have to go out of their way to get involved and meet other people,” said DeSalvo, a junior chemical engineering major and commuter student. DeSalvo has found ways to stay involved, including being part of the American Chemical Society and as a member of the American Institute of
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Style: I’m extremely preppy but with a touch of chic. I shop at J.Crew mostly, but also LF, Madewell and CUSP, a boutique off Neiman Marcus. I love my fall collection of clothes. I dress to be comfortable, but enjoy looking put-together. I love color, and if I’m wearing black or brown, I’ll always have a pop of color with my shoes or jewelry — it’ll make an outfit. Compiled by Zach Weiss, contributing writer, email@example.com
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Chemical Engineers. He is also the Comptroller for the Student Association. “The one reason I am involved is because I like being involved,” DeSalvo said. “I’ve been like that ever since I was in high school and I think it’s helped me tremendously in socializing at school.” What happens when students don’t have time to get actively involved often depends on the student. But, the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services offers programs to help commuter students feel more welcomed on campus. “We open up the doors to the commuter students,” said Elin Riggs, director of the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. “We’re
here so that they don’t feel that they have to leave class and be uncomfortable sitting in the Schine Student Center.” The office provides a lounge for the students to sit in without it feeling like a babysitting club, Riggs said. They host several programs to help bring the students together such as the annual Taste of Westcott event and bi-weekly luncheons. “A lot of students don’t really know we exist until they go online to find us,” Riggs said. “We want to make our program more proactive instead of reactionary.” But not every upperclassman feels they need the help. Relying on independence can cause some overwhelming problems for a freshman, Frateschi said. Having grown up since his freshman year, he’s learned to take advantage of some of the smaller opportunities that SU offers. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Frozen fantasy taylor barker | contributing photographer Yogurtland, the new frozen yogurt shop on Marshall Street, offers many different froyo flavor options along with a large variety of toppings for customers to choose from.
Wide flavor variety, reasonable prices add to Yogurtland’s charm
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tepping into Yogurtland is like stepping into what I imagine a real-life land of yogurt would be like. The shop is like a breath of fresh air from the heat and noise of Marshall Street, with crisp, shiny white walls and a bright touch of modern decor. Employees are clad in vibrant green shirts and friendly smiles, and they greet you instantly with sampling cups and a gracious, “thank you for coming in.” Once passing the welcome round, however, level two of wiggling through the froyoenthused crowd is a little more difficult. But discovering the rest of Yogurtland’s many flavors, affordable prices and tranquil seating areas is well worth the effort. Yogurtland, like many frozen yogurt shops that have popped up in the wake of trendy chains such as Red Mango and Pinkberry, emphasizes all-natural ingredients and boasts inventive flavors like Blue Lychee Bliss and Red Velvet Cupcake Batter. But if you don’t like any flavors you see, don’t worry. Yogurtland plans to change up its flavors regularly. It’s a healthy snack that can be personalized and piled high with as many sugary, crumbly, chewy or fruity toppings as you please.
Unlike its better-known counterparts, however, at 42 cents per ounce, Yogurtland’s frozen yogurt won’t burn a hole through your pocket every time you set your hefty cup on the scale. Thanks to the convenient self-serve feature, people were having fun pumping out samples of the thick, creamy yogurt until they found the perfect one, or two, and sometimes three to fill their cups to the desired amount before heading to the vast display of toppings — probably the most extensive and fresh I’ve ever seen. As I began my sampling spree, it became clear that Yogurtland’s slogan, “You rule,” doesn’t apply to having any rule over the hungry hoards crowding the shop. I finally ducked and weaved through the crowd to get a generous drop into a sampling cup. I was impressed that I could taste the authentic flavors of the rich ingredients. Many of the flavors lining the sleek white walls at Yogurtland were typical flavors you’d find at any yogurt shop. But each flavor’s label boldly read ‘REAL’ at the bottom, emphasizing the shop’s fresh ingredients. The speckles of black vanilla beans punched up the taste in the Madagascar Vanilla Bean, and the Dutch Chocolate was like biting into a decadent piece of chocolate cake made with high-quality cocoa. Personally, I prefer fruity flavors when it comes to froyo and was immediately drawn
to Yogurtland’s dairy-free sorbet option, Strawberry Lemonade. The natural flavors of each fruit were perfectly balanced, and the sweet and sour combination was my instant favorite. Not too far down the line, Blue Lychee Bliss was another standout flavor combination that blended together in the creamy tang of the yogurt in a way that highlighted the lychee zest and the signature sweetness of blueberry. Though Yogurtland mastered the art of enhancing the natural essence of each ingredient in its combination flavors, the sweeter, pastry-flavored options did not stand out. The New York Cheesecake and the Red Velvet Cupcake Batter tasted exactly the same, decadent to the point of saccharine, the only difference being that one was red and one was creamy white. However, my dining partners, who both have a sweet tooth, cleared their cups of these cloying flavors. So, if you’re into super-sweet, these flavors are for you — just keep in mind sugar is the only flavor you’ll taste. Though I enjoyed the majority of Yogurtland’s selection, there was one flavor that I was shocked I didn’t like more: the Plain Tart. The clean, simple base to every other flavor was lacking in sharp yet smooth tartness and instead tasted tangy, and more like a custard than yogurt. Though the flavors are polarizing in terms
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YOGURTLAND Address: 147 Marshall St. Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight Phone: (315)-422-6819 Rating: 3.5/5
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In addition to tasting great, the Great Lakes Brewing Co. is working toward a more sustainable way of doing business by printing their labels with soy-based ink. Their delivery truck runs on vegetable oil. The Great Lakes Brewing Co. is based in Cleveland and names all its beers after an important figure or event in Cleveland’s history. I’m usually an advocate of drinking out of a glass, but for this brewery, I made an exception because there are some dramatic pieces of artwork on the labels in this family of beers. Available at Wegmans for $15.99 for a 12 pack, here are three great year-round brews the GLBS serves up: Burning River Pale Ale: My initial reaction to the Burning River was that the flavor was a lot bolder than other pale ales I’ve tried. There is an aggression and power in the citrusy bouquet that pervaded the entire beer. This beer wants you to taste it, and you should oblige. The Burning River is 6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and has a smooth, cool finish. Pale ales are great any time of year in my book, and this specific brew was a perfect complement to sitting on the porch and watching the sunset at the end of a day. Dortmunder Gold Lager: This beer had a nice complement of malt to go with the hops. At 5.8 percent ABV, this lager does a nice job of balancing sweet and dry flavors. It is significantly less bitter than the Burning River and more drinkable. I would recommend grabbing a bunch of these if you are going to an outdoor party like a barbecue, but refrain from playing any games that require chugging it, because it is on the full-flavored side and should be enjoyed that way. Eliot Ness Amber Lager: The Eliot Ness is best characterized by its use of noble hops, which are the four varieties of hops low in bitterness and high in aroma. If you could get alcohol in your system by smelling a beverage, this would be my drink of choice. The bouquet is full of malty goodness that is highlighted by the hops throughout. The finish is exceptionally sweet and the trip getting there is equally smooth. The amber lager style was the most enjoyable and drinkable beer of the three and is ideally suited to this season, so drink up. - Compiled by Dylan Sorensen, contributing writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frozen yogurt can be perfect treat when consumed in moderation
f any of you have followed the green ecofriendly bike lane down to Marshall Street, you’ve probably bumped into Dorothy, the Tin Man and anyone who’s anyone at the newlyopened Yogurtland. But just how sweet and innocent an addition is a tub of frozen yogurt to a Marshall Street jaunt? On first glance at Yogurtland’s official nutrition guide, it’s pretty angelic: All Yogurtland yogurt is gluten free, kosher friendly and meets National Yogurt Association criteria for Live and Active Culture Frozen Yogurt. “So, my yogurt’s alive?” I asked myself as I peered into the bottom of my tub. Well, sort of. Organisms that aid the fermentation process, such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus, are present in all Yogurtland yogurts. And they may have a beneficial effect on the immune system, lower cholesterol and help combat certain types of carcinogens, according to the AboutYogurt website. Shannon Morehouse, an integrative nutritionist who works in the Syracuse area, said half a cup to two thirds of a cup is a good yogurt portion. That translates to roughly 130 grams in a half-cup serving. But judging by the gigantic Hello Kittythemed tubs Dorothy and the Tin Man are toting around like the newest It Bag, I think portion sizes on campus might be out of control. I felt judged by a freshman on my sports team when she pointed out just how full my tub of salted caramel was to the whole shop on my Labor Day weekend voyage. But rest assured, I’m not alone. Robert Molke, a senior marketing and public relations dual major and cross country runner, thought the size of the tubs were very big, but didn’t feel bad about it because it was yogurt, not ice cream. “I didn’t feel full because I run so many miles, but I can definitely see people taking too much and overeating due to the bowl size,” he said. Froyo is endlessly compared to ice cream in terms of health, so what’s the actual nutritional comparison? According to my calculations using Yogurtland and Haagen Dazs’ official nutrition guides, 100 grams of Madagascar Vanilla Bean yogurt contains 133 calories, compared to the 255
just do it calories in 100 grams of Vanilla Bean Haagen Dazs. Red Velvet Cake Batter yogurt isn’t much worse at 145 calories per 100 grams. So far, so healthy-ish. But beware of the Wicked Witch of the Waistline if you turn going to Yogurtland into a daily habit. “Yogurt is lower in fat and calories; however, higher in sugar, which can eventually store as fat, so in short, no, it is not healthier,” Morehouse said. And the self-dispensing yogurt pumps are the least of your worries. It takes a courageous Lion to pay attention to calories when you reach the toppings section. One ounce of almonds adds 160 calories to your snack, closely followed by frosted animal cookies, adding 130, according to Yogurtland’s nutrition guide. From what I witnessed on Sunday night, students are throwing the candy version of the kitchen sink on top of their yogurt. But I’m an advocate for everything in moderation. So after you’ve cashed out and chosen the color of your biodegradable spoon, consider zooming up and down the green bike lane to burn off the gummy bears. “If you are the type who could eat ice cream every day, and you are active, then the frozen yogurt would be a good choice for you,” Morehouse said. “The sugar concern is primarily for those who are not active.” Health debates aside, Yogurtland is a colorful and delicious addition to Marshall Street, so go dip your spoons into a true frozen yogurt experience, and get Toto to pay. Iona Holloway is a senior magazine journalism and psychology dual major. Her column appears every Wednesday. She can be reached at email@example.com. She’s just landed in the tweeting tree, so follow her @ionaholloway.
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Rickan develops into leader following standout prep career By Josh Hyber STAFF WRITER
Jenna Rickan finished her classes at Kenmore West Senior High School and went straight to the Blue Devils’ soccer practice. Her father then picked her up to go to her travel soccer team’s practice 45 minutes away. Depending on the season, basketball and softball practices intervened as well. Not to mention schoolwork. The busy schedule made Rickan into a focused athlete and student heading into college. “I don’t think that a lot of people understand how much sacrifice it is to play sports in high school and in college,” Rickan said. “You have to choose to go to sports or go to bed early or going out with your friends. It’s hard sometimes making a mature decision when you’re young.” Rickan was not only gifted on the pitch, but also on the hardwood and softball diamond. As a point guard and first baseman/outfielder, she set Kenmore West school records and was part of several league champions, all while being a
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high-profile competition. The venue is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. The stadium cost $1.6 billion to construct and is one of the largest in the NFL, seating nearly 33,000 more fans than the Dome. It opened April 10, 2010, featuring the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, a men’s college lacrosse tripleheader in which Syracuse defeated Princeton 13-4 in one of the games. MetLife Stadium will also host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
“I realize that people want games in the Dome. I am aware of that and we understand that. We will work our darndest to make sure that happens as well. We will have a balance.” Herman Frazier
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Frazier, who handles Syracuse’s football scheduling, has been preparing for the USC game for more than one year. His operation manual, a white binder overflowing with papers and bearing Syracuse and USC logos on the outside, has been growing since he arrived at the university last summer. That’s when Daryl Gross, Syracuse’s athletic director, turned the deal with MetLife Stadium over to Frazier. Since then, Frazier has visited MetLife Stadium twice and talks to stadium officials on a weekly basis. He also had several meetings this spring and summer with Syracuse athletic staff to go over MetLife Stadium details. Frazier and SU athletics, including representatives from the ticket office, football operations
member of the National Honor Society. Three years into her career at Syracuse, Rickan has become a key contributor. As a junior last season, she started 17 of 18 games
“She’s one of those players who’s motivating and encouraging and does a lot of things off the field for the team. She forms the team chemistry just with her personality.” Phil Wheddon
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and stood out as one of the team’s vocal leaders on and off the field. While she may not show up on the score sheet often, SU head coach Phil Wheddon said her ball control and leadership are crucial to the team’s offense.
and university administration, had a conference call with MetLife officials on Aug. 30 to go over the agenda for Saturday’s game. “As soon as the conference call was over, boom, we rushed in there and had another meeting with the rest of the staff,” Frazier said. All those conference calls and meetings will come to fruition Saturday. Afterward, Frazier expects his phone to ring even more. “I can also tell you I have calls — and I can’t go into who they are — but there are teams who want to get on that schedule in MetLife,” he said. “Big-time schools that are calling me right now. And I suspect after we play on Saturday — and that game obviously is going to be on national TV — once that happens, there will be other institutions that will see that and they’ll be calling us.” But the USC game will have no bearing on next year’s Penn State game or the matchups against Notre Dame in 2014 or 2016, Frazier said. “All those contracts are clear and those games are solid and they’re there,” he said.
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As Frazier was being recruited to join SU athletics, he knew the contract with USC promised a game in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — a Sept. 17, 2011, contest that USC won 38-17 — and one in MetLife Stadium. But no game against USC in the Carrier Dome. Frazier said just getting USC to come nearly 3,000 miles across the country for a game is a victory. “I’ve been around S.C. a long time and S.C. can pick and choose what they want to do,” he said. Saturday’s game is considered a home game for Syracuse, although MetLife Stadium is about 250 miles from the Carrier Dome. Five buses will transport students to and from MetLife Stadium for free on Saturday — something the university has done in the past for away games. Five of Syracuse’s 12 games this season are in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse had a home game scheduled against TCU this season, but the Horned Frogs changed course last October and joined the Big 12 Conference. Syracuse would have had six games in the Dome this season if TCU remained in the Big East. “We tried and tried to get a team to come to the Dome,” said Sue Edson, assistant director of athletics for communications.
“She’s one of those players who’s motivating and encouraging and does a lot of things off the field for the team,” Wheddon said. “She forms the team chemistry just with her personality.” The SU captain developed those characteristics during her career at Kenmore. Rickan remembers when years of hard work paid off and Kenmore’s soccer team won the sectional championship. She also played on the softball team starting in the middle of the eighth grade and was part of that season’s state championship team. And on the court, the point guard set the Blue Devils female record for most points in a career with over 1,000 points. In her senior year, she was a captain and one of the best players on all three teams. Many of her classmates believed she should play Division-II or -III college basketball, but her heart was set on soccer. And during her recruiting process, the Syracuse program felt like home. “I went and watched Syracuse play at Niagara University and, seeing them play, I knew I wanted to come here,” she said. “It was just the
right fit for me.” A year later, Rickan was out on the field with the Orange. She remembers the Saturday afternoon in St. Bonaventure when she put her SU jersey on for the first time. Her family was in the stands. It felt right. The bond she now shares with her teammates is evident. She and fellow senior Alyscha Mottershead are so close that they can communicate on the field without words. “I think we kind of just look at each other and know that we have to start encouraging our other players or using our vocals as much as possible to try to bring the game back into our direction,” Mottershead said. Rickan is now focused on her career at SU and the team’s pursuit to rise in the Big East rankings, but she’ll never forget the memories she made in her hometown. “It’s really cool to be a part of the history of your high school,” said Rickan. “To go back and see your name on a plaque, it’s just really cool. I look back and I don’t know how I did it.”
But Syracuse wasn’t able to schedule another home game. So the Orange added a matchup in Columbus, Mo., on Nov. 17 against Southeast Conference-newcomer Missouri. The contract with Missouri is only for one year, Edson said, as the Tigers couldn’t commit to play in the Dome because of the number of conference games on their schedule. “I realize that people want games in the Dome,” Frazier said. “I am aware of that and we understand that. We will work our darndest to make sure that happens as well. We will have a balance. “While five home games wasn’t ideal, you got to remember part of that happened because of TCU. But I think it’s in our best interest to always look at somewhere between six and seven games at home if we can do it.” While other teams may shy away from playing in the Dome, Penn State will play in Syracuse as part of a three-game series with the Orange. The two teams will play at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31, 2013, in the first game of the series. The second game will be played in State College in 2020, and the third game will take place in Syracuse in 2021. Syracuse called Notre Dame several years ago about “playing some football games,” said John Heisler, senior associate athletic director for media and broadcast relations at Notre Dame. Heisler said Notre Dame proposed playing at MetLife Stadium, which at that time was under construction as New Meadowlands Stadium. The stadium’s seating capacity and Notre Dame’s long history in the Meadowlands
were the main reasons why the Fighting Irish wanted to play in what is now MetLife Stadium, he said. Gross, Heisler and Rob Edson, Syracuse’s former senior associate director of athletics and chief financial officer, worked out the tentative dates in 2008. And, the games were confirmed that summer, Heisler said. “It’s brand new at this point,” Heisler said of MetLife Stadium. “And from a spectator’s perspective, that’s attractive.”
After Saturday, Syracuse will have games at MetLife Stadium in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Then 10 additional football games against “big-time schools” will be scheduled at the stadium between 2019 and 2038. For all these pseudo home games, Syracuse will have to transport athletic staff, coaches and players. That can be costly for a football program that only made $2.4 million in a 2010 season where it went 8-5 and won the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl. That’s especially true when considering the program must remain profitable to help cover the expenses of other Syracuse sports that can’t generate sufficient revenue. As Syracuse is a private institution, Frazier declined to give financial details of the MetLife Stadium deal. “I will tell you it’s worth it,” he said. “It’s good exposure. It’s good for recruiting. And financially, we will not be hurt.” email@example.com
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To Herman Frazier, Syracuse deputy athletics director, playing against No. 2 USC in MetLife Stadium is something to be excited about — not something to fear. “I double guarantee you that our student athletes are thrilled about it because that’s the big stage,” Frazier said. “When they leave here with their degrees or whatever, or if they’re fortunate enough to go play pro football, they’re going to say they’ve been in a stadium of that nature, and those types of things are what helps you.” Playing teams like USC also helps prepare Syracuse for the competition it will face in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, he said. “We’re trying to be one of the top teams in that conference,” Frazier said. And Frazier, who has 35 years of experience in athletics with programs such as Hawaii, Arizona State and Temple, doesn’t think the Trojans will blow out the Orange on Saturday. “Oh, we’ll be competitive,” he said. “I’ve been around Doug (Marrone) and his team. I’ve seen practices. We’ll be ready to go.” —Compiled by Jon Harris, asst. sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pitt faces quick turnaround after shocking defeat to YSU By Kevin Prise STAFF WRITER
Ray Graham doesn’t want to dwell on Pittsburgh’s season-opening loss to Youngstown State. The Panthers were the heavy favorite against the Football Championship Subdivision team after they outscored YSU 79-3 in two prior matchups in 2005 and 2008. Pittsburgh’s loss was shocking and even embarrassing. But Graham knows it’s a long season and wants to ensure that things don’t spiral out of control before conference play even begins. “Give credit to Youngstown State,” Graham said after the loss. “It shows that you can’t look past any opponent. But we’re going to watch the film, see the mistakes that we made and get better from it.” On Saturday, the Penguins marched into Heinz Field and outperformed Pittsburgh. They jumped out to a 28-10 advantage early in the fourth quarter and held on for a 31-17 victory. It
“You don’t have to sit there and wonder what happened; the answer’s on the tape. We can all take ownership in what happened.”
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was Paul Chryst’s first game as the team’s head coach, and it wasn’t the ideal start. Pittsburgh doesn’t have much time to sit around and wonder about what went wrong on Saturday. The Panthers have a short week and will open their Big East schedule at Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Panthers got beat, and they accept it. “The bottom line is, we lost,” Chryst said Monday. “You don’t have to sit there and wonder what happened; the answer’s on the tape. We can all take ownership in what happened.” Pittsburgh had a similar scare against an FCS opponent last year, narrowly escaping Maine by a 35-29 margin. From there, the Panthers continued to struggle, losing four of their next five contests. But it’s a new regime this year, with Chryst
replacing Todd Graham at the helm. Key veterans such as the senior running back Graham and quarterback Tino Sunseri have returned, and have the opportunity to learn from last season’s pitfalls. Graham embraces a leadership role, knowing that it’s his job to set an example for younger players to follow. “They’re going to follow after what we do,” Graham said. “From here on out, that’s what they’re going to do. This is our team.” Graham comes into this season with plenty to prove and is not ready to let one loss define his senior season, especially after what transpired last year. Through seven games in 2011, Graham ranked as the No. 2 rusher in college football, averaging more than 134 yards per game. But the dream season came to a crushing end in the team’s eighth game against Connecticut. Graham suffered a serious knee injury on his second play of the game. Just like that, he was out for the season. Graham worked hard to rehab his knee during the offseason and returned to action Saturday, when he rushed for 71 yards on 14 carries. With the example set by Graham, Pittsburgh’s younger players have the perfect example of how to respond to adversity. For Graham, the opportunity to return to the field on Saturday meant a lot. “It felt good,” Graham said. “It felt great to get back out there, running around with a different opponent, actually live.” Graham’s highlight Saturday was a 27-yard scamper from the Pittsburgh 25 yard line early in the second quarter, but he also fumbled in the Panthers red zone on the first drive of the game. Sunseri is another player who has the opportunity to make sure the team stays on the right track after Saturday’s setback. A redshirt senior, Sunseri started all 13 games for the Panthers in both 2010 and 2011, and has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in his career. Sunseri had a decent performance Saturday, going 19-for-30 for 239 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. “I thought Tino did some good things,” Chryst said. “I liked his demeanor throughout the game, as you would expect and hope, as this guy’s played a lot of football. I like how he handled the whole day, actually.”
courtesy of pittsburgh media relations RAY GRAHAM (LEFT) couldn’t help Pittsburgh avoid a surprising upset against Youngstown State. Graham anticipates a better result against Cincinnatti on Thursday. Besides Syracuse, Pittsburgh was the only Big East team to fall short this weekend. In the conference standings, though, Saturday’s setback is irrelevant. The Big East champion receives a Bowl Championship Series automatic berth, and non conference games have no bearing on the final conference record. Regardless of the nature of Saturday’s loss, Pittsburgh still controls its destiny in the Big East race, just like every other Big East team. That’s plenty of motivation for Panther players to keep working in the team’s final Big East season. “Everyone’s got tangible, controllable things that you can improve upon,” Chryst said. “We’ll get them back to work, and all you can ask for is that people come back to work and have the attention to get better. I’m looking forward to going back out there.” Game of the Week: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Thursday, 8 p.m., ESPN After suffering the surprising setback to Youngstown State, Pittsburgh looks to rebound quickly and get its Big East slate off to a good start at Cincinnati. The Bearcats did not play
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Vale emerges as playmaker for Syracuse in rookie season By Trevor Hass STAFF WRITER
Jordan Vale has had little trouble keeping up with a new pace. The game is a lot faster in America than it is in New Zealand, and Vale said the players are more athletic. The freshman midfielder has notched three goals in his first four games at Syracuse (3-1) and is tied with Tony Asante for the team lead. Vale scored the game-winner against Bing-
“He’s a talented young player. I think he’s a player that’s going to continue to develop being in this training environment, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
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hamton and tallied two more goals in Syracuse’s 6-0 romp of Colgate on Monday night. “He’s a soccer junkie,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He’s a talented young player. I think he’s a player that’s going to continue to develop being in this training environment, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.” While Vale’s future is promising, his play thus far has been exciting for Syracuse soccer fans. He’s adjusted to the college game successfully after honing his skills on the international stage. Vale played against top competition as a member of the New Zealand U-17 national team. He scored a goal against Uzbekistan in World Cup play, a goal he considers his most memorable of all time. “It was a great feeling to score in the World Cup,” Vale said. “I was hysteric when I scored.
I didn’t know what to do with the celebration. I just ran off screaming.” Vale headed in a goal against Binghamton for his first collegiate score. Two games later, he converted off a free kick against Colgate. Later in the same game, he delivered a bullet from more than 30 yards out that whizzed past the goalkeeper. Teammate Lars Muller said he’s impressed by Vale’s composure and knack for scoring to start the season. “I think he does really well on the field and off the field,” Muller said. “He’s feisty, he’s aggressive and he knows how to play soccer, so I really enjoy playing with him.” Vale said there aren’t many opportunities in New Zealand to play soccer internationally at a young age, but he was excited about the chance to take his game to the next level and play in college. “When I was about 13, a few lads older than me had gone to America on scholarships,” Vale said. “So that’s always been an option I’d thought of and wanted to do.” After receiving interest from North Carolina, Northwestern and Syracuse, Vale said he was enticed by the coaching staff at SU. He made up his mind and committed to the Orange in late January. Then all he needed to do was get from New Zealand to New York. He traveled more than 13 hours from New Zealand to San Francisco. After spending three days in San Francisco, Vale flew another five hours to New York City. Three days later, Vale finished up the trip with a four-hour bus ride to Syracuse. It was a weeklong journey — 22 hours of traveling — but Vale insists it was worth the commute. “I’ve loved it here since preseason,” he said. “Maybe not the first two days of fitness, but it’s been great. The lads here are really good to be with.” Vale said he hopes to keep starting, but his ultimate goal is to help the team win as many games as possible. While his career at SU is just beginning, Vale aspires to play professional soccer following his four years in college. He said he has Major League Soccer and European leagues in his future plans. If he keeps up his offensive output, pro
sam maller | staff photographer JORDAN VALE (2) has adapted to the collegiate game in his first season at SU. Vale, a New Zealand native, has scored three goals in four games for the Orange. teams will take notice. Vale has already logged 281 minutes in four regular-season games, attempting eight shots on goal and connecting on three. “I think he’s got goals in him,” McIntyre said. “He makes good runs from midfield and links well with the front guys. “He’s a player that has an eye for the goal and, if he can continue to make those late runs in the box, I think there’s more goals there.” email@example.com
INSTANT OFFENSE Jordan Vale has stepped in and excelled immediately in his freshman campaign at Syracuse. The New Zealand native is tied with Tony Asante for the team lead in goals with three, providing a spark on an Orange (3-1) team that has already equaled its 2011 win total through four games.
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writer Pete Thamel said. “But I worry that depth may catch up to them this year a little bit and I’m not sold on their defense.” Overall, though, the general consensus seems to be that the hype is justified for USC. Even Thamel said he believes they are in the national championship conversation. The sanctions could have crippled USC, but the Trojans have already bounced back to become a national threat once again. In 2009, USC started a true freshman quarterback for the first time in program history. Matt Barkley joined the Trojans with lofty expectations as Rivals.com’s No. 5 overall prospect and ESPN’s top prospect. That season, Barkley led Southern California to a 9-4 record and an Emerald Bowl victory over Boston College. But Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks
“I never questioned my loyalty to this school, never thought I was going to leave. It never crossed my mind once.” Matt Barkley
during the ensuing offseason. Lane Kiffin left the University of Tennessee and returned to his alma mater to take over as head coach. The NCAA handed down its sanctions and allowed all USC players to transfer without penalty. Barkley could have been one of them. But what he would do was never in doubt. “I never questioned my loyalty to this school, never thought I was going to leave,” Barkley said in a teleconference Tuesday. “It never crossed my mind once.” Instead, the Trojans used the two sanction-ridden seasons as growing experiences. Everyone who stuck around at USC did so knowing that, for two seasons, there would be no postseason glory. What that fostered was a tight-knit group that puts individual goals in the backseat. “We have a very close team,” Kiffin said in the teleconference. “I think they’re very unselfish. I think we have so many nationally star players, nationally recognized players that it creates pressure for stats on kids, but our kids aren’t like that.” Southern California showed that last Saturday. In USC’s season-opening 49-10 victory over Hawaii, starting running back Curtis McNeal carried the ball just five times, and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate wide receiver Robert Woods had just six catches. For a team hoping to take full advantage of its bowl eligibility, the win was all that mattered. Still, Barkley continued to grow into his role as one of the nation’s best college quarterbacks. After guiding the Trojans to a solid 8-5 record in 2010, Barkley led Southern California back onto the national stage in 2011. Despite spending nearly half the season unranked, USC finished the season No. 6 in its final season of bowl ineligibility. That could have been the end of the Barkley era in Los Angeles. The quarterback likely would have been a Top-10, if not Top-five, pick had he left for the NFL following his junior season. When
his left tackle, Matt Kalil, declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 16, 2011, many expected Barkley to follow. Six days later, Barkley held a press conference to announce his decision. The quarterback presented his head coach with a Christmas ornament featuring a picture of the two of them with the words “One more year” written on the back. “The fact that we couldn’t play the last couple years in the postseason had a lot more to do with it,” Barkley said of his decision to return for his senior season. “Just knowing the team we have this year and how special these guys are, and the talent level and really the character of these guys and how bad they want it, how hard they were willing to work, I saw that at the end of last year and I didn’t want to miss out on it.” While Barkley’s had the chance to play in a bowl game, most of his teammates are still waiting for their opportunity. For players like tight end Randall Telfer, this is the moment they’ve been waiting for since they set foot on USC’s campus. A redshirt sophomore, Telfer arrived at Southern California knowing that he would be unable to play in a bowl game during his first two seasons. But after two seasons of watching games from home in December and January, the Trojans are expected to be playing at the end of the season. “It’s definitely a big deal,” Telfer said. “This is what I came to USC for.” And for roughly half of the Southern California student body, 2012 is the first chance they have to see the Trojans play in the postseason. Telfer says the feeling around campus is noticeably different this season from a year ago because of the expectations and anticipation for the postseason. “We’ve got a lot of support coming from students, staff, faculty,” Tefler said. “So it just starts with family, community, and there’s lots of excitement in the community.” But right now, the focus for USC isn’t the past two seasons, nor is it the national championship, which isn’t until Jan. 7, 2013. For now, the Trojans are taking an approach of one game at a time. There’s still a long way to go until the postseason, and Barkley doesn’t want to let his final chance at a bowl game slip away. “Nothing’s set in stone, you’ve got to work for it,” Barkley said. “That’s a long way away, January’s a long way away. We know that it’s really going to take one game at a time. “We knew that it’s going to be a long haul.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The NCAA issued heavy sanctions against Southern California after running back Reggie Bush was accused of accepting gifts from an agent. The Trojans men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs were also sanctioned, but the football program took the biggest hit. Here’s a look at some of the most significant sanctions issued against the USC football team in 2010: • Public reprimand and censure • Four years of probation from June 10, 2010 to June 9, 2014 • Postseason ban for 2010 and 2011 • Loss of all football wins in 2004 and 2005 • Loss of 10 scholarships for three academic years
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t starts Saturday. Syracuse (0-1) takes on No. 2 USC (1-0) in New York’s College Classic at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The matchup with the Trojans marks the beginning of a long-running series of Syracuse football games at the most expensive stadium in the world.
The deal between Syracuse University and MetLife Stadium, including the game against USC on Saturday and matchups with Notre Dame on Sept. 27, 2014, and Sept. 3, 2016, was announced in August 2009. Since then, Penn State has signed on to play Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in August 2013. And in March 2011, it was announced that the 82,566-capac-
ity stadium will include 10 additional Syracuse football games to be scheduled between 2019 and 2038. “A lot of preparation goes into that,” said Herman Frazier, Syracuse deputy athletics director. “It’s not easy pulling up your operation from one campus and moving it a few miles away. From that part, it can be a challenge. But I think we’ve dotted our Is and crossed our
Recovery act By David Wilson
O nate shron | staff photographer MATT BARKLEY spurned the NFL for another year at USC and his first shot at a national championship since the 2009 season.
n Jan. 10, 2009, Pete Carroll stepped down as USC head coach. The resignation started a period of turmoil for the Trojans. Rumors had been swirling of potential NCAA sanctions for USC. On June 10, they became official. Both Southern California and the NCAA found that 2005 Heisman Trophywinning running back Reggie Bush received gifts from an agent, thereby forfeiting his amateur status.
Ts to make it less of a challenge.” While Syracuse will gain exposure against the No. 2 team in the country on ABC this Saturday, the game takes away a true home game, and many feel as if it’s a guaranteed loss. In most cases, games against teams like USC wouldn’t happen in the Carrier Dome, so MetLife Stadium serves as the bait to attract
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After 2-year postseason ban, USC back in national title hunt
Bush was forced to return his Heisman, but he was already in the NFL. The bigger issue was for USC. The storied program vacated its final two games of the 2004 season, including its national championship, and all of its wins in 2005. The Trojans were also banned from postseason play in both 2010 and 2011, and were docked scholarships for three seasons. On Saturday, No. 2 USC (1-0) will meet Syracuse (0-1) inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. But
the past penalties continue to swirl around USC, as it will play with 75 scholarship players instead of the typically allotted 85 this season. It hasn’t mattered for USC as of yet. The Trojans entered the season ranked No. 1 in the country and are among the favorites to win their first national championship since — technically — 2003. But not everyone is buying the hype. “They’re certainly talented,” Sports Illustrated college sports
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