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More for the money SU recieves $3 million grant

Ante up The Daily Orange Editorial Board

Kingdom come A childhood classic is brought to life

The right fit Jerami Grant committed to Syracuse, where he

raises importance of financial strength in faculty as well as athletics. Page 5

to fund research in the soft material field. Page 3

on stage and stirs nostalgia. Page 11

hopes to be SU’s next great forward. Page 24

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One of Student Association President Neal Casey’s goals is to have full representation of each school or college at Syracuse University. No school has full representation yet, but the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science is the closest and there are still three schools with no representation at all. SA members are participating in an unofficial contest, spearheaded by Casey and Amy Snider, SA chief of staff, to recruit more members.

Students, faculty react to 7-spot slide in rank By Rebecca Kheel STAFF WRITER


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 23 seats, 16 filled





The following schools have no representatives in Student Association, although there are three seats available for each:

With last week’s release of U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings, some students and faculty are wary about the meaning of Syracuse University’s progressive slip in the regarded list, while university officials hold that the downgraded ranking does not accurately reflect the quality and initiatives of the university. “If a school is falling a lot over time, then should that mean something to the students?” said Robert Morse, the director of data research for U.S. News. “Yes, but I’m not sure the typical student looks at the data at the level to be able to determine what was behind that drop and if it’s a meaningful drop.” U.S. News ranked SU No. 62 in its annual list of the best undergraduate schools in the country, a seven-spot

slip from 2011’s No. 55 ranking. U.S. News analysts do not consider that a major move, but SU has dropped 13 spots since 1996, when it was ranked No. 49. Sometimes a change in ranking is caused by other universities improving, but SU’s drop this year was caused by a number of small decreases in some of the categories U.S. News assesses, Morse said. In U.S. News’ terminology, SU was “relatively weaker” in reputation, which is calculated from reviews by peer college presidents, provosts and admissions deans. SU was also “slightly weaker” in four categories: retention and graduation rates; admissions, which looks at admissions rates and how many students in the incoming freshman class were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes; SEE RANKINGS PAGE 4

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Filling up

Student Association holds unofficial contest to reach full capacity By Rachael Barillari



tudent Association President Neal Casey is working with fellow SA members to fulfill one of his major presidency goals: to fill every open representative seat in the assembly. SA is operating at about 50 percent capacity, with 71 total seats and only 38 filled. SA has not been able to fill all of its available student representative seats for the past six years.

Amy Snider, the SA chief of staff, said full representation is the current goal because SA is an organization that is supposed to represent the entire student body. She said SA is lacking the voices of several schools and, therefore, certain colleges are having more input on initiatives than others. As a democratic institution, “that’s not how it is supposed to work,” Snider said. SA has been internally running an unofficial com-


Syracuse, Pittsburgh move allows for TV renegotiation By Jon Harris ASST. NEWS EDITOR

After accepting offers to join the Atlantic Coast Conference during the weekend, Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh will become the 13th and 14th members of a conference that just one year ago negotiated a TV contract worth nearly $2 billion. Last July, ESPN and the ACC


Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said SU will abide by the regulations set by the Big East for departure to the Atlantic Coast Conference. As of now, Syracuse must wait 27 months before it can join the ACC. Page 24

reached a 12-year agreement for exclusive rights to every conferencecontrolled football and men’s basketball game, plus Olympic sports matchups, women’s basketball and conference championships. The agreement is set to begin this season and run through 2022-23, and is worth $1.86 billion over 12 years, or $155 million per year. Syracuse and Pittsburgh can’t begin play in the ACC until the 2014 season because of a 27-month notice required before leaving the Big East conference. The two longtime Big East members also have to pay a $5 million exit fee to the conference to make the move to the ACC. The ACC is now able to reopen



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CORRECTION >> In a Sept. 20 fashion spread titled “Turning over a new leaf: Reinvent yourself this fall by playing up boring basics with funky patterns, rich textures, bursts of color,” the brand of Dean Engberg’s jeans in the photo labeled “three” was misstated. Dean was wearing Mischka jeans. The Daily Orange regrets this error.


The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s celebrates its 100 year anniversary.


Change of scenery In its 100 years, ESF has expanded to satisfy the needs of its growing community.

How do you feel about Syracuse joining the Atlantic Coast Conference?

“ ” “ ” “ ” I’m not a big fan. Because, in basketball, it’s basically only going to be Duke and North Carolina, and everyone else is a joke. Marcus Williams



Homegrown Eric Page turned down offers from Big East and Big 10 schools to stay at home in Toledo.

Personally, it doesn’t affect me, but I think it’ll be interesting in terms of how it’ll impact the university.

John Marino

VOTE >> What are your thoughts on Syracuse leaving the Big East Conference?

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I don’t like it at all. I’m happy with the change. It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t know what’s going on.

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LAST WEEK What do you think of the buses to South Campus?


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Just like Jim Boeheim said. It’s about football and money. I’m not a big fan of it, especially for basketball.

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There aren’t enough buses. I don’t live on South. There’s nothing wrong with them. No opinion.



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Virtual Q&A AMY SNIDER (CENTER) , president of College Democrats, records on her Blackberry during a videoconference with Jim Messina (on screen), President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, Tuesday night in the Hall of Languages. Kaycie Miltenberger (left), a fall fellow with Obama and College Democrats member, organized the event in celebration of the repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell”. Audience members asked Messina how Obama was working to ensure Peace Corps would be available to all American youth in the future.

SU awarded $3 million Supreme Court writer criticizes activism grant for cell research By Marwa Eltagouri STAFF WRITER

By Debbie Truong ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Twelve Syracuse University graduate students will use a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research soft and biological materials. The grant was given to advance the development of an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program in Soft Interfaces, according to a Thursday SU news release. The program is used to educate doctorate-level scientists and engineers to reach across traditional fields of study, according to the release. The program has granted 215 awards to more than 100 universities in 41 states since 1998. College campuses nationwide applied for the $3 million grant, said Patrick Mather, Milton and Ann Stevenson professor of biomedical and chemical engineering and co-principal investigator on the IGERT grant. SU was denied the grant a year ago, but reapplied after receiving feedback from foundation and revamping the project proposal that was required for

"I think science today is going more and more in that way." Cristina Marchetti


the application process. After drafting a pre-proposal, SU was invited by NSF to submit a more in-depth proposal, said Cristina Marchetti, the William R. Kenan Jr. professor of physics and principal investigator on the IGERT grant. She said her and her colleagues were “very excited” after receiving news about the award a few weeks ago. Marchetti said the research will examine the way in which cell membranes retain their shape and communicate with the environment. Research will focus specifically on how membranes generate and respond to forces.


Lyle Denniston, Syracuse University’s Constitution Day speaker, asked the audience a question that introduced a new perspective of today’s judicial system: Is the Supreme Court too active? Denniston, a writer for the Supreme Court’s SCOTUSblog, spoke at Maxwell Hall on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics

and the Media’s celebration of Constitution Day. Denniston criticized Chief Justice John Roberts’ court for overstepping judicial boundaries during his lecture, titled “The Dynamism and Activism of the Roberts Court.” Constitution Day is an American federal observance recognizing the ratification of the U.S constitution and is celebrated Sept. 17. As part of the commemoration, the government mandates that all publicly

funded educational institutions offer Constitution-related educational programs to students, Denniston said. Denniston has been a Supreme Court journalist for 49 years and, in addition to his work for SCOTUSblog, he reports on the Supreme Court for WBUR in Boston and for NPR, according to an SU news release. Also a member of the hall of fame for the Society of Professional


Study shows students use Google ineffectively By Kirkley Luttman CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A two-year research study performed by the Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries Project revealed that Google is often used inefficiently. Andrew Asher, an ERIAL lead project anthropologist, said the goal of the study was to learn how students performed research and to understand how students interacted with libraries, librarians and professors. ERIAL utilized nine qualitative research techniques throughout

five Illinois universities to attain its data, according to ERIAL’s website. Sixty students took part in research process interviews, which allowed anthropologists to follow students around the library while they conducted research. Through this method, Asher observed students had difficulty with not just limiting their searches, but also with assessing the results, according to the website. “The bigger issues that students had were evaluating the results, understanding what kind of research they were looking at or evaluating how reliable the infor-

mation was,” Asher said. “Many students were only looking at what first popped up, which isn’t always reliable.” Asher said he believes the solution to poor research habits lies in the hands of the student. “Students need to educate themselves on how search engines organize information to know what pitfalls they can fall into and to know how to use search refinements,” he said. Asher said he was not surprised with the results, as researchers had


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faculty resources, which refers to anything from salaries to class sizes to proportion of full-time faculty; and graduation rate performance, which is how a university’s actual graduation rate compares to U.S. News’ projected graduation rate. Kevin Quinn, SU’s senior vice president for public affairs, said university officials do not believe SU’s ranking and the categories the list focuses on accurately reflect the areas which SU considers of greatest importance, a sentiment reflected in a letter Chancellor Nancy Cantor posted to SU’s website the day the rankings were released. SU is focusing on catering to the “new normal,” a term defined differently in different situations. But SU defines the term as the need to invest in and focus on meeting the financial needs of potential and current students in light of the sluggish economy, Quinn said. The phrase also encompasses the need to focus on recruiting students from areas where the college-aged population is growing, such as the South and the West, he said. “As we expand our geographic reach, when you do that, by necessity, you’re going to admit more students,” Quinn said. “And one of the things U.S. News prioritizes, really, is the amount of students you admit versus the number you reject.” The university stays aware of and considers the rankings over time, but Quinn said the university mainly recognizes that other institutions place value on the list. He also said he does not believe the rankings have negatively affected outside perceptions of SU.

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Quinn pointed to SU’s billion-dollar campaign, which has raised 90 percent of its fundraising goal, as a sign of the success of the university’s policy. Morse, U.S. News’ director of data research, acknowledged U.S. News’ rankings are not a comprehensive measure of a university’s quality and are sometimes volatile. There was an anomalous year, 1998, when SU was ranked No. 40, but then it dropped down to 47 the next year. And just because SU was ranked No. 40 in 1998, does not mean current students are getting a worse education, he said. It does mean the university has changed in some way, though, he added. “I think college presidents don’t like to admit their school has changed a little bit,” Morse said. “On one hand, they say, ‘We’re improving the school,’ but on another hand, they say, ‘Our schools don’t change.’” Jeff Stonecash, a professor of political science and former member of the University Senate Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, said he believes it is irresponsible for Cantor to disregard the rankings. No matter how much people do not want to admit it, the university is a business that needs to focus on making money by attracting students and faculty, Stonecash said. One way to do that is to balance the number of students who receive full financial aid with those who pay the full tuition. A long-term decline in rankings could deter those who can afford to pay the full tuition, Stonecash said. “I find it astonishing that somebody could just blandly state that, ‘Don’t worry, we can live by other rules. We judge ourselves differently,’” he said. “And what really troubles me about this is that there’s no plan, there’s no logic, there’s no analysis, there’s no reassurance by factual persuasion.”

“As we expand our geographic reach, when you do that, by necessity, you’re going to admit more students. And one of the things U.S. News prioritizes, really, is the amount of students you admit versus the number you reject.” Kevin Quinn

Senior vice president for public affairs

Stacking Up

Here are the top 20 national universities from the 2012 ranking:

1. Harvard University 1.Princeton University 3. Yale University 4. Columbia University 5. California Institute of Technology 5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5. Stanford University 5. University of Chicago 5. University of Pennsylvania 10. Duke University 11. Dartmouth College 12. Northwestern University

Quineese Works, a junior political science major, said the lower rankings throughout the years bother her, but she feels rankings are not affecting her education in the long run. Works said she would prefer it if SU were ranked higher, but that she still feels she is getting a quality education. She also said she hopes the lower rankings do not dissuade potential students. “I feel like prospective students should take the rankings with a grain of salt,” she said. And in the long run, Works said she does not think anyone will care that she attended a No. 62 school as opposed to a No. 40 school. “I don’t think potential employers are going to pull out old copies of U.S. News rankings during an interview,” she said. “I think the SU name still has weight.”

13. Johns Hopkins University 14. Washington University in St. Louis

15. Brown University 15. Cornell University 17. Rice University 17. Vanderbilt University 19. University of Notre Dame 20. Emory University 21. University of California-Berkeley 22. Georgetown University 23. Carnegie Mellon University 23. University of Southern California 25. University of California-Los Angeles




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Academic coaches need financial sustainability, too


he Orange’s move from the Big East conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference sparked massive excitement about its financial effect on Syracuse University Athletics. But such hype should remind the campus of its similar financial responsibility to academics. In an article published Sunday in The Post-Standard, Darryl Gross, SU’s athletic director, said, “Now we have the resources to be competitive and make sure our coaches are at market and we don’t ever have to be considered a stepping stone.” Gross said the increased revenue will allow SU to hire more assistants and bolster programs outside of basketball and football. Such an investment in the teams’ futures has garnered widespread excitement, from students on campus to the most distant fans. But does a rallying cheer resound so fervently for our efforts to increase professor competitiveness, expand our graduate assists or revitalize our less competitive programs? The

editorial by the daily orange editorial board apparent answer is no. In fact, efforts to financially strengthen our academics have fallen behind of almost all other capital goals. The Campaign for Syracuse has been raising money for “Faculty Excellence” since 2005. “A large number of faculty retirements in the next decade means that the demand for candidates will exceed the supply, making competition for the most promising faculty members more intense and costlier than ever … they require specialized equipment, sophisticated computer systems, travel support and additional graduate assistants to be part of their research or performance teams,” according to the campaign’s website. The university set a faculty excellence campaign goal of $200 million. The total raised capital since 2005 stands at $55.7 million, according to the

scribble 2010-11 Campaign Impact Report. SU has about 70 percent of its remaining goal to reach in 15 months. The chancellor and her administration have felt the heat from declining college rankings and decried them as outdated and inappropriate measures of institutional strength. But the

strength of SU’s faculty provides an unwavering measure of its education. And though most of us enjoy the thrill of attending a game in a packed Carrier Dome full of screaming fans, students’ investment and future depend far more directly on competitive faculty than a competitive football team.

A decision to change conferences was a much easier process than arduous fundraising. But such wonderful strides in the financial sustainability of SU athletics must underscore the importance of the financial sustainability in SU academics. After all, SU’s mission is to create scholars, not fans.

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White House fights sexual abuse on campuses with ‘1 is 2 Many’ campaign

ice President Joe Biden released a new video last week calling attention to the staggering statistics around dating violence and for an end to sexual assault on college campuses nationwide. The video announced the launch of the White House sponsored “1 is 2 Many” campaign — an effort to address sexual violence in schools. Students are encouraged to submit their own ideas about how to make campuses safer by Tuesday. Biden has been known to take on a significant role in the advocacy for women’s rights, specifically when he authored the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law 17 years ago. After a visit to the University of New Hampshire on April 4, along with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Biden initiated a conversation about college and universities’ jobs to “better

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not a barbie girl understand their obligations under federal civil rights laws to prevent and respond to campus sexual assault.” His most recent “1 is 2 Many” campaign takes the cake. The White House reports that 22 percent of college women have been victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse or threats of physical violence; one in five women have been sexually assaulted while in college. Clearly, violence against women in general is a serious issue in the United States. But Biden is now focusing his

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attention on the violence and assault that takes place against young women — women like you and me. The “1 is 2 Many” website offers a number of resources and tools for people to use in an effort to combat sexual assault. The site is divided by the following categories: teens, young adults, parents, schools and community. This actively engages the entire nation in the awareness of violence against women and specifically addresses individuals within their own roles as Americans. Biden and the White House are sending the message that young people aren’t solely responsible for battling the rape culture on college campuses — a collective effort is necessary to achieve progress. There is even an ‘Apps Against Abuse’ technology challenge on the website that is described as a “competition to develop an innovative software

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application that provides young adults with tools to help prevent sexual assault and dating violence.” A significant male presence is essential to this movement. Instead of focusing on the victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape, society needs to start focusing its energy on the perpetrators responsible for rape in the first place. This is the exact kind of approach that needs to be utilized in battling the rape culture on college campuses. Focusing on female victims, what they need to do to avoid assault and how they should be careful perpetuates victim blaming. Instead, Biden addresses the issue of the perpetrator and raises key questions about how to come up with authentic solutions to the matter at hand. Of all the critical points to take away from the “1 is 2 Many” website

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and video launch, Biden emphasizes a quote that he originally said at the University of New Hampshire in April. The vice president addresses a male, college-aged audience when saying, “No means no. No means no if she’s drunk or sober. No means no if she’s in the dorm room or the street. No means no even if she said yes first and changed her mind. No means no, no matter what.” It’s encouraging to know that our government is dedicated to end assaults on campuses, but it’s equally important that students cooperate. Submit your own ideas by using the Twitter #1is2Many or by visiting Krystie Yandoli is a senior women and gender studies and English and textual studies major. Her column appears every Wednesday. She can be reached at or followed on Twitter at @KrystieLYandoli.

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Dacheng Ren, another co-principle investigator and biological medical and chemical engineering professor, said six graduate fellows will begin research in fall 2012. Six more graduate students will be awarded the fellowship the following year, making for 12 total graduate students. Students interested in applying for the program will have an option to do so during the general admissions process, Marchetti said. An area on the admissions application will be designated for applicants to express interest in the program.

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Two years of the fellows’ five-year graduate experience will be spent researching areas specific to the IGERT grant, Marchetti said. The remaining three years will be spent working on a related research project. Three newly developed courses will also be added to SU’s curriculum as a result of the grant. The classes will eventually be opened to other students, Marchetti said. SU’s program in Soft Interfaces is an effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, according to the release. The program draws on knowledge from professors in S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, according to

the release. Marchetti said the project IGERT grant differs from most research projects in that a more interdisciplinary approach will be used, as expertise will span from four academic departments. Recipients of fellowships can be drawn from the physics, chemistry, biology or the biological medical and chemical engineering programs, Marchetti said. Traditionally, Marchetti said collaboration among various academic departments occurs at the faculty level but less at the graduate level. Marchetti said research in science is beginning to cross multiple disciplines nowadays. Said Marchetti: “I think science today is going more and more in that way.”


In the ACC, equal revenue sharing is “sacred,” Swofford said. At the end of each year, there’s a distribution of shares to members. The ACC recently raised its exit fee to around $20 million, Swofford said. The Big East is under a six-year contract with ESPN worth a total of $200 million. The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences all have deals worth at least $1.1 billion, according to a May 5 ESPN article. In the Big East, the revenue from the TV contract goes into the conference’s general pool. Each member receives one dispersal from the Big East for football and another for basketball, said Chuck Sullivan, director of communications for the Big East. In terms of football, Sullivan said, TV money is put in the revenue pool along with money from bowl partners before being distributed to Big East members. Some adjustments are made to the amounts to each member based on the number of national television appearances a school makes, the distance a school has to travel for a bowl game and the prominence of the bowl a school attends, Sullivan said. “It’s close to an equal disbursement, but it’s not exact,” he said. In the 2009-10 fiscal year — which runs from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010 — Syracuse received $ 3.3 million for football and $4.2 million for basketball, Sullivan said. The football team went 4-8 in head coach Doug Marrone’s first season, and the men’s basketball team won the Big East regularseason title before being bounced in the Sweet Sixteen by Butler. Pittsburgh received $3.9 million for basket-


negotiations with ESPN, although the TV contract negotiated in July 2010 was more than twice the annual amount in the previous contract. For Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the ACC contract is more lucrative than the current Big East TV contract with ESPN, which runs through 2013. The Big East voted to turn down a new contract offer with ESPN in May, leading to criticism that Pittsburgh led efforts to decline the offer. “By expanding by two schools, contractually we do have the opportunity to reopen those discussions with our current rightsholder, which, of course, is ESPN,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford in a teleconference held Sunday. “It does not allow us to go to the street with an open bid, but it does allow us to reopen our negotiations with ESPN.”


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ball and $4.8 million for football from the Big East in the 2009-10 fiscal year, Sullivan said. The Pittsburgh men’s basketball team made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament that season, while the football team went 10-3 with a bowl win over North Carolina. The 2009-10 fiscal year data is the most recent available. The Big East voted to turn down a contract offer with ESPN in May, which would have paid up to $11 million per team, according to an article in The Boston Globe. Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and Athletic Director Steve Pederson then received criticism claiming they had led efforts to decline the offer, a charge that Nordenberg denies. “In the end when the conference did decide not to accept the ESPN offer, it was an unanimous vote of all 16 members not led by us or by anyone else,” Nordenberg said. Sullivan said that the Big East can negotiate with ESPN at any time. “As a partner with ESPN, we’re free to negotiate with them right through November of 2012,” he said. “And after that, if a deal isn’t reached with ESPN by then, we’re kind of on the market where we’d be able to negotiate with other interested parties.” But the ACC, with its current contract of nearly $2 billion over 12 years, was still able to attract the likes of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, causing them to leave the Big East with its TV contract. “We didn’t make this move for one reason; we made this move for a lot of reasons,” Pederson said in the teleconference. “But certainly there will be financial benefits that come along with that.”

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petition, started between Casey and Snider, to see which member has the highest number of returned petitions from students, Snider said. Bonnie Kong, a senior and Academic Affairs Committee chair, has been a representative since her freshman year and said this has never been SA’s goal before. Kong emphasized the informality of the competition and said not all assembly members are partaking. Kong said she is not personally keeping track of the petitions she gives out. Snider said although the recruitment push has been SA’s focus, there is not anything SA has sacrificed or stopped giving enough attention to. The latest SA initiative to connect with stu-


The latest SA initiative to connect with students is by tabling in the main buildings of the different home colleges and informing students of what SA has done in the past. Students can also give suggestions at the tables which will allow SA to learn about what needs to be done on campus. SA members are also working on getting students who are aware of the association to run for office. Elections will continue at Monday’s SA meeting at 7:30 P.M. in Maxwell Auditorium.

september 21, 2011 dents is tabling in the main buildings of the different home colleges and informing students. Students will also be able to give suggestions at the tables, which will allow SA to learn about what needs to be done on campus. SA members will continue their recruitment focus throughout election season, Casey said. Elections will continue at next Monday’s SA meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium. Casey has been exercising his own one-onone recruitment approach by targeting specific student leaders, especially upperclassmen because SA is currently “lowerclassmenheavy,” he said. Casey assigned each member to recruit at least one individual to the association. But not all members are recruiting equally because of fluctuations of interest and dedication within the association, Snider said. “Some members are just not as attracted to recruiting as other representatives are,” she said. The emphasis on gaining specific numbers has caused much debate within the assembly on the idea of quality versus quantity, said PJ Alampi, the Board of Elections and Membership chair. Although it would be ideal to fill all the seats, the new members should be quality, he said. Snider said she believes not all representative seats have been filled, in part, because of a shortcoming on SA’s end. “It might be that we failed on the recruitment end. We just haven’t been as prominent on cam-

“It might be that we failed on the recruitment end. We just haven’t been as prominent on campus, and we haven’t been as good as promoting ourselves as we could be.” Amy Snider


pus, and we haven’t been as good as promoting ourselves as we could be,” Snider said. Besides students’ lack of knowledge about SA, there is also a lack of balance in the students that actually do join SA. The School of Architecture, School of Education and School of Information Studies have zero representatives. The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics only has two. While the College of Arts and Sciences, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Martin J. Whitman School of Management are not full either, more members represent these schools and are closer to filling their school’s quota of seats. The L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science is the closest to full capacity with six of seven positions filled.


Kong, Academic Affairs Committee chair, attributed the imbalance to differences in the amount of student availability. She said SA has always had trouble recruiting students from the School of Architecture, specifically because heavier course loads make it difficult for them to take part in extracurricular activities. She also said students may be more focused on student governments within their home colleges and not on the entire campus community. Casey said that certain colleges, especially Arts and Sciences, have majors that link more to SA, which could be a reason for their heavier involvement. “But SA is more than just an interest in politics,” Casey said. Alampi, the Board of Elections and Membership chair, said that Casey wants to see increased representation for the functionality of SA and that filling every position would allow Casey to “leave his footprint” on the organization’s history. Alampi said he does not know the last time SA was operating at full capacity and doubted if it was ever full, but Casey’s recruitment push has increased numbers from last year. Alampi attributed the push for filling 100 percent of the seats strictly to Casey. “It is Neal’s idea, he spearheaded it. It is strictly him designing what his hopes and dreams are for the future of the assembly,” Alampi said.

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Journalists, he has previously worked for The Boston Globe, Washington Star and Wall Street Journal, according to the release. “He’s the most senior Supreme Court journalist in the country,” said Keith Bybee, professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and director of the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media. “He’s seen it all and has been reporting long enough to cover eleven justices.” Denniston said he firmly believes that Roberts’ court is too active, but not in the traditional form. He said an activist judiciary is usually characterized as bold and innovative, as was the

“He’s seen it all and has been reporting long enough to cover eleven justices.” Keith Bybee


case in the court’s ruling in Snyder v. Phelps, which dealt with a peaceful anti-gay protest at a funeral. Justices were straightforward and said that the protest was a means of freedom of speech, Denniston said. In using the term ‘active,’ however, Denniston means that the current court puts more thought and time in its decisions than necessary. He used the example of Justice Sonia Sotomayor pushing police emergency theory by allowing criminal prosecutors to use a witness dying from gunshot wounds.

“It could be the result of supreme self-confidence,” Denniston said. “Judicial power is to be used sparingly, and apparently not using it sparingly takes it to a greater importance than it perhaps has. Or justices could simply have more time on their hands, and let their legal imagination roam.” Denniston then referred to the Ashwander doctrine, an opinion of Justice Louis Brandeis which stated that the Supreme Court should never decide on a constitutional issue unless it is absolutely necessary. Denniston said he believes it will be interesting to see how the court will react to newly arising controversial topics, such as health care, Arizona immigration laws and same-sex marriage. He said the court can anticipate heavy controversy and believes the court will deal with it in a truly activist and dynamic way. He still respects the court in other aspects, saying it is still held in very high esteem by the American people, with a more than 60 percent approval rate (— which is higher than Congress. Though justices overuse their judicial power, Denniston said they still operate within legitimate parameters. “It’s a conservative court acting in an energetic, muscular, creating way,” he said. “But they all make an effort to be public servants. This is a court whose work comes in the front door and out the front door and must justify itself on the public record. It does a handsome job with that.” Elizabeth Cahill, a sophomore international relations major, said she thought Denniston posed an interesting opinion. “You never really perceive judicial review as a bad thing until you see how much it can be overused,” she said. “Denniston made that very clear and explained how it’s not always a good thing.”


a prior suspicion from past studies that students were using Google extensively. However, researchers were surprised to discover the lack of student initiative to seek help from librarians, Asher said. Howard Turtle, director of the Center for Natural Language Processing in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, cited the 1985 Blair and Maron study, which found that when trained searchers believed they were finding at least 75 percent of the relevant documents, they were actually finding fewer than 20 percent. Pamela Thomas, an associate librarian in the Learning Commons department of E.S. Bird Library, agrees that students aren’t proficient at research. “I’m not surprised at all. It’s funny it’s getting a huge reaction because any librarian who works with students can tell you that there’s a gap between what professors think students know how to do and what they actually can do,” Thomas said. Thomas specifically attributes students’ inability to properly assess and evaluate what they find as the biggest problem with Google. “Students don’t know how to focus in on what they find and if it’s appropriate for academic results,” she said. “Many do not know that Google Scholar exists. Instead, they are throwing in key words and relying on first page results. Often these first pages are only paid information sites with very superficial treatment of the topic.” Despite Thomas’ observations of students’ poor research skills, she said she does not often find students asking for advice. In fact,

she said she believes students do not realize that resources — such as the Learning Commons staff — are available to help them. Megan Raker, a senior history and policy studies major at SU, said she didn’t realize there was an improper way to use the search engine. “When I use Google, I just go by what’s at the top,” Raker said. “If I want to find general information, I go straight to Wikipedia. I know that’s not academically appropriate.” On the other hand, Yuhan Xu, a magazine, newspaper and online journalism graduate student, said Google is not only a helpful web-

“Many students were only looking at what first popped up, which isn’t always reliable.”

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site, but also an efficient one. “I think Google is great because it ranges from having the latest news to offering things that are harder to reach,” Xu said. “I don’t have a problem using it. I find the more keywords you put in, the more likely you will be able to find information that is reliable.” John Emm, a sophomore information management and technologies major, said he thinks the problem is not that students are unable to use Google efficiently, but that they are just lazy. Said Emm: “I bet most of the students that have a problem with Google are just mad because their search isn’t satisfied by the first link on the page.”

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Grounded Sherriff’s Office helicopter funding cut in proposed county budget By Heather Wentz



he Sheriff’s Office seemed to get the short end of the stick last week when County Executive Joanie Mahoney proposed the 2012 budget for Onondaga County. In the proposed budget, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office isn’t currently allocated any local tax dollars for its Air-1 helicopter. The Air-1, which is a single-engine Bell 407 helicopter that was purchased in 1999, is mostly used to transport injured accident victims to hospitals around the area. The strategy for this year’s budget was two-tiered, said James Rowley, Onondaga County’s chief fiscal officer. On one hand, the county created a “bare bones” budget due to the tax cap that the county is currently under, he said. The bare bones budget includes pension, health care expenditures and other state mandates, Rowley said. Rowley said the county didn’t want to cut the levy too much because it’s hard to get that money back once it’s gone. On the other hand, a rainy day fund has been created for

nonrecurring expenditures. “The rainy day fund for one-shot expenses is favorable because you’re not creating a structural gap in the operating budget,” Rowley said. Rowley said the sheriff’s office knew it would be cutting back on funding allocated to the helicopter’s use, and other options such as Mercy Flight and a state helicopter are available for use. “The sheriff has said he can raise money through the nonprofit corporation that he set up,” Rowley said. “We are challenging him to go out and raise the money to keep Air-1 afloat. With the fiscal climate that we’re in, it’s not a good expenditure (for the county).” Marty Masterpole (D–Syracuse), a member of the Onondaga County Legislature, said the Sheriff’s Office knew the helicopter funding was on the chopping block, so they started fundraising last year to try and delay the decision. But Masterpole said Mahoney was doing what she had to do. “Four years in a row we’ve been talking about it, so if it’s a surprise to anybody then

that’s sad,” he said. Masterpole said he understands it is an important asset for the Sheriff’s Office, but he also understands the money currently being allocated to it could be used in other places. However, he said he and his constituents will continue to support the decision. “There’s no question that it’s a great tool for the sheriff’s department; however, it’s an expensive tool,” Masterpole said. “Do I think it should be on the list of priorities? Yes, the city police as well as the firefighters all get use out of it.” In the proposed budget, Mahoney has allocated $347,000 for the pilots’ salaries and $200,000 for the helicopter costs, but no tax dollars to cover those costs, according to a Sept. 14 article published by The Post-Standard. The reason why there are the pilots’ salaries in the budget but not the tax dollars for the helicopter is because this has been a recurring issue, Masterpole said. To make ends meet, the Sheriff’s Office will have to raise money in the form of donations, but Sheriff Kevin Walsh said in the article that it wouldn't be nearly enough. So

far, Walsh has raised $4,000. The Sheriff’s Office could not be reached to comment. If the Air-1 is not able to be used next year, other departments are going to have to pick up the slack, like the state police helping the Syracuse city police when they have armed suspects, Masterpole said. “The sheriff says it will cost people their lives,” Masterpole said. “I’m not 100 percent certain that's a quantitative statement, but if they can’t use it, it will be Mercy Flight taking all of the ambulance transfers to hospitals.” The county legislators were unhappy in October 2010, according to an Oct. 7 article published by The Post-Standard, because the Air-1 was not only being used in Onondaga County, but also going and transporting accident victims from other counties. The article stated that out of the 24 times the helicopter went out on a mission in 2009, it went outside Onondaga County 17 times, without any reimbursement from other counties.

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stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor JACK O’SHEA, who plays lead guitar and provides backing vocals for punk rock band Bayside, performs close to fans in the intimate space of The Lost Horizon. Openers included Of Fortune and Fame.

Bayside feeds off high energy at show By Darren Bleckner STAFF WRITER

The sweat was dripping from the brows of die-hard Bayside fans last night after the band’s 18-song set at Syracuse’s intimate rock club, The Lost Horizon. Despite the small venue, the hardcore fans released their high energy by moshing and crowd surfi ng throughout the entire show. Bayside conquered The Lost Horizon with a discography-spanning set as they gear up for their massive United States Tour with Saves the Day.

The night began when Syracuse’s own Of Fortune and Fame warmed up the crowd with simple distorted power chords and rolling drumbeats. The band’s short six-song set featured songs from their new extended play (EP), free on their website. The crowd, made of mostly high school and tattooed adolescents sporting black T-shirts, began to gather in front of the stage as State Champs began a heavily screamoinfluenced set. State Champs got the crowd swaying and bouncing

around in preparation for Boston’s indie punk rockers, Transit. The typical concert aromas of sweat and beer filled the air as Transit’s fi rst cymbal crash took place. Playing songs off their upcoming album, “Listen and Forgive,” the rockers worked the audience as they sported songs that showed their musical variety of punk, pop, indie and screamo genres. The casually dressed group received a great response from the crowd as they sang the lyrics back to singer Joe SEE BAYSIDE PAGE 14

stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor KEITH SEIDLINGER, an undecided sophomore in The Martin J. Whitman School of Management, was one of the crowd surfers at Bayside’s show at The Lost Horizon. The venue teemed with high energy.

the King Riveting musical production of “The Lion King” proves enduring charm of Disney film


By Noah Silverstein STAFF WRITER

hen elephants, hyenas, giraffes and exotic birds poured in the crowded Crouse Hinds Theater, there was a collective reaction from the audience: “Wow!” It’s not every day that one sees such awe-inspiring creatures, especially not in Syracuse. But when the musical “The Lion King” stops in town on a national, multicity tour, audiences get an entire jungle of characters that we’ve all been in love with since childhood. With a talented cast and gorgeous scenery and costumes, “The Lion King” is sure to delight audience members of any age. The touring company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show is performing at the Oncenter Complex through Oct. 2. Based on the 1994 Disney animation film, the musical opened Oct. 15, 1997, on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Like its film precursor, the play features music and lyrics by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice, winners of the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song for their musical work. Broadway and film director Julie Taymor won two 1998 Tony Awards for her direction and costume design of the stage version of this multimillion-dollar Disney franchise. The musical numbers, all directly taken from the fi lm, get a breath of fresh air in the theatrical version. The live orchestrations pack a strong emotional punch when coupled with the stage acting, especially in songs such as “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Live music can give the listener such a dramatically different experience than in a fi lm or on a soundtrack, a transition that John and Rice perfected in “The Lion King.” The stage production mirrors the film, using unforgettable scenes, memorable lines and the same characters. Taymor cleverly distinguishes her version from the Disney film by making each scene flow seamlessly, despite the incredibly difficult mechanics of changing entire sets. There are many shared themes between both “The Lion King”



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Joining ACC will put Maryland roots and love of crayons to the test


hen Syracuse University joined the ACC, a part of me died. Sure, it’ll be great to watch our boys whoop Duke University and the University of North Carolina with our special combination of Big East swag, 2-3 zone defense and poor academics — but that’s not the point. You see, I’m from Maryland. I’m a Marylander. I love crab cakes and football. I make fun of Southerners, Northerners and West Virginians like it’s my job. Since I’m a huge sports fan, my Maryland roots also mean that I love the ACC’s University of Maryland Terrapins. I came close to attending UMD after high school, and ultimately chose to come to SU in part because it wasn’t in the ACC. I could root for both schools without ever having to worry about them playing each other. Not anymore. Soon they’ll be fierce rivals, vying for conference supremacy as they dominate the league’s other 13 teams in football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, badminton, Quidditch and sex appeal. That means that I must turn against my home state and root for it to lose. Look, I get it. In the grand scheme of things, this is no big deal. You’re probably thinking: “Waah, waah, waah, stop being a crybaby and start telling dirty jokes.” I wish I could do that, but to me, this is a big deal. Think back to your childhood. Remember when you found out that Santa Claus is really a bearded homeless guy who’s way too fat to ever fit down your chimney? Or just a skinny homeless guy who used your chimney to steal all your cookies? This is like that. My innocence? Gone. My childhood? Over. My virginity? Well, that’s none of your business. But you get the point. The Maryland Terrapins represent a simpler time, when life was about winning the dodge ball game at recess and then snacking on crayons during math class. Rooting for UMD was the one positive sports experience of my childhood. Growing



f**k it, we’ll do it live up, all my favorite pro teams were so bad watching them on TV made me wish I read more books. My own athletic career wasn’t so great either. The only position I ever played well was “fetal.” But every year, I could count on Maryland to have a successful season and add some special wins to my scarred memory. Granted, I knew when I came to SU that it was only a matter of time before Otto the Orange stole my heart from the Terrapins. But as long as the two schools stayed in separate conferences, I could still preserve my inner child. I don’t know what to believe anymore. My childlike idealism is now directly at odds with the thing that taught me nearly all of my real-world lessons: SU. Since arriving here as a wide-eyed freshman, I’ve learned the ins and outs of Big East sports, spotter-free keg stands and personal hygiene substitutes. That trifecta immediately drew me to the Carrier Dome and all of its athletic glory. Watching the likes of Ryan Nassib and Kris Joseph score touchdowns and dunk on suckers gave me newfound satisfaction and made me proud to be a part of Otto’s Army. Unfortunately, that very army will now be marching against the team I grew up watching and loving. As much as it pains me to say it, a few years from now, I’ll likely turn on my Maryland roots and outright dislike the Terrapins that I once loved. That’ll be one tough crayon to swallow. Danny Fersh is a senior broadcast journalism major and his column appears every Wednesday. His favorite flavor is tickle me pink. Contact Danny via email at and follow him on Twitter at @fershprince #FershDays


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Boynton throughout their 35-minute set. After a short break, the lights fi nally dimmed and the people lingering in the back of the venue rushed into the thick of the crowd as singer and guitarist Anthony Raneri walked onto the slightly elevated stage. As the first notes of new single “Already Gone” rang out, the mob of black exploded into a unison jump that shook the tiny venue. The temperature of The Lost Horizon rose as the band started “They’re Not Horses, They’re Unicorns.” Fans close to the stage suffocated Raneri with the endless barrage of crowd surfing. They screamed lyrics of heartbreak and angst. Blue and purple flood lights backlit the foursome as they began playing songs from their newest album, “Killing Time,” including “The Wrong Way” and “The New Flesh.” While well received, the crowd was itching for a song from debut album “Sirens and Condolences.” Bayside recognized this, launching into “Just Enough to Love You.” It threw the mob into a frenzy of moshing, jumping and screaming, with dozens of fans jumping off the stage. Bayside fed off this energy and kept the crowd in a riot by playing “The Walking Wounded,” “Carry On” and “I And I” off the 2007 album “The Walking Wounded.” The venue’s acoustics were excellent, typical of smaller rock club. All of Raneri’s lyrics were audible as well as all the guitar solos, rolling bass riffs and pounding snare beats provided by the rest of the band. After a rousing set closer of “Sick, Sick, Sick,” the band departed the stage only to return moments later. The band thanked the Syracuse fans for their support and energy before launch-

ing into “Devotion and Desire.” Raneri walked away from the microphone and allowed the fans to sing the whole thing as they mobbed the stage. A full back flip by an audience member into the crowd finished off the show. There was not a dry person in the club. A lone shoe was left behind as the crowd dispersed. Even in small clubs in Syracuse, fans of Bayside know how to pack the house while the band brings it down. Some even have the scars to attest to it.


Bayside is a punk rock band composed of four members: Nick Ghanbarian on bass, Chris Guglielmo on drums, lead singer Anthony Raneri on rhythm guitar and Jack O’Shea on lead guitar. The band is gearing to go on a U.S. tour with Saves the Day. Their current album, “Killing Time,” is the band’s debut for Wind-up Records after four previous releases from Chicago-based indie Victory Records. The band’s recent album was recorded at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, N.Y., and Water Music in Hoboken, N.J., with Gil Norton, who has produced for bands such as Foo Fighters, Counting Crows and Jimmy Eat World.

Bayside’s complete discography 2001: “Long Stories Short” 2003: “Bayside/Name Taken Split” 2004: “Sirens and Condolences” 2005: “Bayside” 2007: “The Walking Wounded” Summer 2007: “Bayside/I Am The Avalanche Split” 2008: “Shudder” 2011: “Killing Time”

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Stress relief class helps make college life more manageable By Carley Weinstein Contributing Writer

Everyone encounters stress throughout their day, whether it comes from class, work, relationships or sports. Freshman Liz Larimore, who is enrolled in the pre-law program, feels the weight of the stress as she transitions into the life of a college student. “A lot of students don’t know how to deal with stress, and this is one of the most stressful times in one’s life because of all the changes,” Larimore said. Stress follows students everywhere, and the Syracuse University Counseling Center offers an eight-week course called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Beginning Wednesday, the class is designed to help students manage and reduce life’s everyday stresses while receiving credit. It will let students improve their daily performance in areas such as academia, relationships and balancing emotions, said Susan Pasco, associate director of the Counseling Center. Offered every semester for the past five years, students learn a variety of mindfulness meditation practices that they can then incorporate into their daily lives outside of the class. The class is not limited to students who just need counseling. It’s open to all students. Students enrolled in this class learn to manage and alleviate their stress through breathing meditations, yoga, a variety of stretches, sitting and walking meditations, and a body scan, Pasco said.

stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor Nick Ghanbarian, the bassist of punk band Bayside, rocked out at The Lost Horizon on Tuesday. The band members are preparing for their upcoming Saves the Day tour.

Q&A with Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian By Darren Bleckner Staff Writer

Bassist Nick Ghanbarian of punk rock band Bayside took a moment to speak with The Daily Orange about the band’s performance at The Lost Horizon, playing in college towns and the band’s future plans.

The Daily Orange: What did you think of tonight’s Syracuse crowd? Nick Ghanbarian: It was exactly what we want in a crowd. We’re a very energetic band. It might not be the most recognizable thing when you hear our albums, but when we play, we like to put all of our energy into it and jump around. When the crowd is going nuts, singing and dancing, that’s the perfect show for us.

What does an intimate venue like The Lost Horizon bring to a show? It’s exactly that word: intimate. You can see and hear people right in front of you and give them a high five. Being able to connect to people is something that gets lost. When we played the Syracuse K-Rockathon in the summer, someone asked me today what we like better: the big festival things

or the small things. We like them both. They are both different and bring different things to a show. Nights like these are fun because of the energy of the show. You can’t beat that.

Bayside is a frequent visitor of Syracuse. What does that tell you about the Central New York fan base? It’s cool. I’ve been in the band for seven years, and we’ve come here a bunch. The vibe is cool in a college town like this one. For a couple hours between Rochester and Buffalo, we play here and the people are super stoked. It’s why we decide to keep coming back.

You guys are about to go on a big co-headlining tour with Saves the Day, what’s next for Bayside as a band when that tour wraps up? I’m really not sure. We have a couple holidaytype shows that we’ll be announcing soon. Our Saves the Day tour is our big venture for the rest of the year. We have plans for next year — international stuff. And we’ll start writing for a new album. I don’t know if we’ll do another big headlining tour, but we’ll be around for sure.

Pasco said that this course has left students with less psychological and physical symptoms of stress than when they first enrolled, and many have learned to cope better with their stress. Some students even noticed an improvement in their academic performance, personal relationships and sleep schedules.

“A lot of students don’t know how to deal with stress, and this is one of the most stressful times in one’s life because of all the changes.”

Liz Larimore

freshman enrolled in the pre-law program

Students have come out of the class noticing a decrease in their stress levels and an improved ability to concentrate. After taking the course, most students noticed improvements in their ability to cope with stress, as well as decreases in psychological and physical symptoms. “The course is a good opportunity for students to escape their classes and everyday stresses,” said David Marino, an undeclared freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, “Why wouldn’t I want more time to relax?”

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versions. The storyline remains true to that of the film, including the grandiose opening, where the entire kingdom gathers around Pride Rock to honor the birth of the future king of the Pride Lands, Simba. Rather than being fully encased in a suit identical to the animated version, the performers wore translucent, neutral-colored costumes with detachable head and body pieces. The skintight suits acted as exoskeletons, showing off the performers’ bodies. An interpretive decision, the costumes translate

the musical to the stage well, avoiding an aesthetic that one would see in the parades at one of the Disney parks. Created by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson, the set pieces are bright and colorful. The attention to detail in each prop and landscape immediately transports viewers to the African heartland setting of “The Lion King.” The most impressive piece is Pride Rock, crafted and painted to look like a realistic rock formation from the film. The stampede scene, in which a crowd of animals runs through a canyon, putting Simba in danger, was well devised for the stage. The use of crafted antelopes and other jungle animals made the stampede realistic.

The entire cast of professionals majestically and convincingly portrayed the animals of the African jungle. Their elongated strides across the stage and ferocious, animalistic fight stances created a raw atmosphere absent in the fi lm. Syndee Winters’ animal-like embodiment of Nala, a lioness who falls in love with Simba, sets her apart from the rest of the lioness pack. In a scene where Nala and Simba reunite as older lions, her ferocious side is revealed when they engage in an all-out brawl. When placed in more somber scenes, Winters expressed her emotions through her slow and gentle body movements. Winters’ acting was on point, never

giving too little or too much emotion. Simba’s hilarious yet overprotective adviser, Zazu, was played with perfect comedic timing by Syracuse alum Mark David Kaplan. He executed Zazu’s quick, witty lines with expertise. Although Kaplan had to hold the puppet bird, his dedication to the character made his physical presence fade and the audience’s focus was on the puppet bird. With visually sweeping scenery and a cast of familiar characters, “The Lion King” proves to be a great time at the theater. With a nostalgic storyline and loveable characters, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Lurie’s “Straw Dogs” remake improves on original with added complexity



n an era of filmmaking defined by remakes, reinventing a classic is a no-brainer. It’s a certified box office knockout. But when it came to remaking “Straw Dogs,” writer, director and producer Rod Lurie was motivated by more than just the promise of money. He had a different goal: Make it better. Most remakes are strict genre films, with comedy, horror and action as the reigning kings. Thrillers are remade somewhat frequently, but only if they can be marketed and sold like a horror or action film, which have large built-in audiences. “Straw Dogs” is a thriller, but it’s closer to drama than action or horror, and it’s by no means an easy sell. Nobody asked Lurie to make this movie. Every bit as unsettling as Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 original, Lurie’s pure thriller is a sly, chilling commentary on masculinity that’s as smart as it is brutal. The violence and general barbarism that made the original “Straw Dogs” a classic is not lost on Lurie’s remake, but wielded as a storytelling device that makes this version even more complex. Hollywood screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife, Amy (Kate Bosworth), drive from glitzy Los Angeles to Blackwater, Miss., Amy’s ruthlessly redneck hometown, so that he can finish a script while they work on repairing the roof of Amy’s father’s old barn. The alpha male locals greet Amy with great enthusiasm, but whisper to one another about David, who dresses and talks like someone that surely doesn’t belong. To fi x the roof, David procures the services of Charlie Venner (Alexander Skarsgård), a local football hero who happened to date Amy back in high school. Charlie and his fellow workers, who shamelessly regard him as their leader, immediately get to work — both on the roof and getting under David’s skin. David regards Charlie as his foe and tensions sizzle as David waits for Charlie to make the inevitable first move.

With former football coach Tom Heddon (James Woods), a volatile drunk, on Charlie’s side, finding an excuse to explode isn’t all that difficult. When the time finally comes for David to man up and fight back, he has to summon every measure of willpower to overcome an onslaught of crazed Blackwater bullies. Lurie cultivates the tension in such a way that one cannot help but feel breathless for long stretches that might have felt forgettable or plain under a different filmmaker’s guise. It is hard to fashion a thriller with slow-burning tension that still manages to shock. But Lurie accomplishes that rare feat with perfectly placed sequences of sly terror, including a graphic rape scene. While the controversial rape scene in Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” had strong misogynist undertones, Lurie strips away those implications and still manages to make the scene equally devastating. Lurie is too intelligent and ambitious a filmmaker to simply retrace Peckinpah’s steps. In transposing the setting to the Deep South, Lurie expertly illuminates the sociocultural rift that instigates the bloodletting. Using high school football as the embodiment of a small city’s hopes and dreams, Lurie adds more weight to the meaning of the term “straw dogs,” injecting it with greater importance than it did in the original. Lurie doesn’t merely use the theme of territorial impulse as a crutch like Peckinpah. He boldly highlights man’s need to defend his property, no matter what the circumstance. Marsden and Bosworth are terrific in the meatiest roles of their respective careers, but Alexander Skarsgård thoroughly steals the show as Charlie, the golden boy turned sour by dashed dreams. Of all the elements in “Straw Dogs,” Skarsgård’s Charlie is the clearest improvement. He boasts a more interesting backstory and is, at times, hard to root against. Take any other element of the film, and these two “Dogs” would be locked in a pretty fair fight.

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titles and reached 11 Final Fours. The Blue Devils are very successful in an array of other sports as well. Duke’s men’s lacrosse team captured the 2010 NCAA title with a win over Notre Dame. The school’s tennis program for both men and women is among the best in the country, with 28 ACC titles combined in school history. The women’s golf team is also one of the most successful Duke programs. The Blue Devils captured every ACC championship from 1996-2008. Duke’s women’s basketball team has won the conference in each of the past two seasons, its best run since taking fi ve in a row from 2000-04. Football has been the Blue Devils’ drawback sport. The team hasn’t been to a bowl game since 1995 and has not won a bowl game since 1961.

Weaknesses: None Just like its rival, Duke, North Carolina is an original member of the ACC. And in an overarching look at all of the conference’s collegiate sports, the Tar Heels come out as the most successful. In all sports combined, UNC’s 37 NCAA championships and 248 ACC titles trump every other team in the conference. It starts with men’s basketball, the most iconic sport at UNC. North Carolina has produced future NBA stars Michael Jordan and Vince Carter. The Tar Heels have won 28 ACC regular-season championships and fi ve national titles, most recently in 2009. But the most successful sport at UNC is women’s soccer, with an incredible 21 national championships. UNC is the alma mater for Mia Hamm. The Tar Heels have won 20 of 29 total NCAA titles. The Tar Heels have also had success in men’s lacrosse, baseball, field hockey and women’s basketball. The baseball team has reached the College World Series in five of the past six seasons.

Weaknesses: Men’s basketball Like the other three ACC schools from North Carolina, the Wolfpack is an original member of the conference. NC State is most famous for the 1983 men’s basketball season, when Jim Valvano’s Wolfpack upset Houston in the 1983 NCAA championship game. It’s one of two national titles all-time for the men’s basketball program. The Wolfpack’s swimming and diving program is very impressive. It has produced seven men’s individual national champions and 75 All-Americans. NC State’s wrestling team has won 14 ACC titles as well. The volleyball team has won 12 straight games this season, setting a school record. The football program experienced a recent run of success behind quarterback Russell Wilson, but his transfer to Wisconsin has set this year’s team back. The Wolfpack hasn’t won the ACC title in football since 1979.



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trying to put together a plan for the Big East and there may come a time where he really needs us to go. So, we don’t want to be in their way either.” Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said Sunday in the ACC teleconference that his school would comply with the Big East’s guidelines during the transition period. The purpose of the exit requirement is to allow the rest of the conference to restructure

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itself before multiple teams leave, said Chuck Sullivan, Big East director of communications. These requirements were put in place after Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College all left the Big East and joined the ACC in 2004 and 2005. Syracuse’s then-Chancellor Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw was chair of the committee that helped rewrite the exit rules for Big East member schools. During that time, Syracuse had been in talks with the ACC about potentially joining the conference. But ultimately an offer was not extended to SU. Shaw, along with the presidents of West Vir-


ginia and Pittsburgh, worked together to rebuild the conference and hopefully prevent future departures from happening as quickly, he said. “The purpose was to make it difficult but not impossible to leave,” Shaw said. “ … We weren’t thinking about when we would leave or when we would not leave, but how we would attract people and retain them.” Shaw also said that while 27 months is part of the contract, restructuring does not necessarily need to take that long. “And what the 27 months does is it gives you some time to do that, but it may be when

member of the ACC and have had success in the conference’s history, their number of championships is trumped by the totals of two out of the three North Carolina schools. Sometimes that overshadows what Wake Forest’s sports programs have accomplished. The Demon Deacons’ football and men’s basketball programs have been down in recent years, but both were strong programs prior to the current slump. The football team is five years removed from its second ACC title. The men’s basketball team had a stretch of 16 straight postseason appearances, concluding with a National Invitation Tournament berth in 2006. On a national stage, the Demon Deacons’ field hockey team has been its best performer. Wake Forest won the national title in field hockey three straight years from 200204. The only other national championship for Wake Forest athletics in the 21st century is a men’s soccer title in 2007. Most of Wake Forest’s programs have struggled in recent seasons. The baseball team went just 25-31 last season, and the men’s soccer team is right around .500 so far this season. — Compiled by Mark Cooper, asst. sports editor,

you’re leaving a conference they won’t want you around that long, and so that’s something you work out,” he said. If Syracuse or Pittsburgh were to attempt to leave the Big East in violation of the contract before 27 months had passed, the schools would likely face legal action, said Sullivan, Big East spokesman. Said Sullivan: “I would have to speculate on what would happen other than it would be a breach of the legal contract to which they had agreed to and were part of formulating.”

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Bellingham helps Syracuse as student assistant after injury By David Propper Staff Writer

Casey Ramirez can’t imagine how Megan Bellingham has fought through four turbulent years on the Syracuse women’s soccer team. Ramirez, a senior defender, has seen Bellingham, the team’s only other senior, suffer three knee injuries during her career with the Orange — each more debilitating than the others.

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Syracuse is coming off its first win in nearly a month after knocking off Providence 1-0 at home Sunday. While the victory was nice, the Orange still struggles to score goals. The team has netted only four goals during the course of its last six games. This weekend, Syracuse finishes off the final two games of a three-game home stand against Big East opponents. SU hosts Georgetown on Friday and Villanova on Sunday before four consecutive conference road games. But Bellingham has found a way to turn each heartbreaking setback into something worthwhile. And although Bellingham can’t take the playing field for her senior year in 2011, she’s still positioned herself to be a contributor for SU (2-3-3, 1-1 Big East) this season. She’s remained on the team as a student assistant coach, never questioning whether or not she wanted to stick around. “Soccer is something I’ve done my whole life, and I really love the game,” Bellingham said. “I love this program, I really believe in where it’s going, so I was just fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come and help anyway I could.” It wasn’t long ago that Bellingham was helping SU on the pitch with her stellar play. The forward was having one of the best statistical seasons on the team. Through 13 games, Bellingham had three goals and three assists. But that 13th game proved to be her last as a


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is constantly asking his coaches how he can improve. Stevens describes Grant as a versatile player who can create and exploit mismatches because of his size and quickness. He said Grant can also finish in transition and also get to the rim to draw fouls. Opponents often struggle to find a matchup for him because of his unique skill set. “He’s a kid that gets on the post and draws mismatches,” Stevens said. “You can’t put a big on him because he’s too quick, but you can’t put a guy that’s small on him because of his length. And then he can really make plays around the basket.” But Grant wasn’t always taking advantage of mismatches or making plays around the basket.

player for SU. Still, she was tied for the team lead with nine points at the end of the season despite playing seven fewer games than the rest of the team. After that knee injury, Bellingham underwent surgery. She was working her way back to playing her senior year for an Orange team that remained in desperate need of her scoring. “There’s always a great opportunity to learn, even in a difficult situation,” Bellingham said. “That’s probably when you learn the most. But Bellingham was snakebitten again. During the summer, Bellingham reinjured that same left knee. Although it didn’t require surgery, it keeps her out of the 2011 season. Being injured for three of her five seasons hasn’t been an easy pill to swallow. “Last season it was my senior year,” Bellingham said. “I was really looking forward to playing. I had worked hard to come back. I think once that one happened, it was pretty frustrating.” Bellingham’s teammates have learned the importance of being resilient through watching her struggle. Ramirez said Bellingham has always had a great commitment to the program, and while she can’t play, it’s still great seeing her stick around as a coach. Even Megan Hunsberger, a freshman that never shared the playing field with Bellingham, looks at her as a leader. As for SU head coach Phil Wheddon, he has a great amount of respect for her. “She’s been dedicated to the program since she’s been here,” Wheddon said. “She’s faced a lot of adversity, and this just shows the quality of her character that she still wants to come out and be involved even though she can’t play.” Wheddon said her role as a student assistant is crucial to the team’s success. Sometimes a player won’t understand a coaching decision, but when a player hears from a peer it might make more sense. Bellingham will usually aid coaches on day-today operations like studying video and working with players on an individual level. As someone closer to the player’s age, her message can be even more effective than the coaches’ message. And as much as Bellingham has helped Wheddon and assistant coaches Abby Crumpton and Adam Reekie with prepping the team, she has also learned a lot. She wants to become a coach of her own team one day, and Bellingham has been a sponge

to everything the coaches have said and done throughout the season. “They’ve all been just really awesome in trying to be really intentional in letting me know what they’re doing and what their motives behind it are,” Bellingham said. So while she won’t be able to play with her teammates as they attempt to reach the Big East

tournament this year, Bellingham isn’t one to sulk. She has turned the situation into a positive by continuing to contribute to the team — just in a different form. Said Bellingham: “This is your new role, and you can either dwell on what could have been or you can just move forward to the future.”

He was too passive at first. Alan Stein, DeMatha’s head strength and conditioning coach for the basketball program, said Grant had to develop an assertive attitude on the court, which didn’t come easy because of his laidback personality. Early last season, when a shot went up, Grant would just stand still and watch. But with his size, his coaches needed him to become more aggressive on the offensive glass. Stein said he focused specifically on Grant during games. Every time DeMatha took a shot, Stein shouted from the bench for Grant to attack the glass. “It took some, almost like Pavlov’s dog, it took some conditioning over and over,” Stein said. “And then it would get to the point where as soon as I’d yell, ‘Crash the glass,’ he would go right to the basket.” By the end of the season, Stein didn’t have

to say anything anymore. Grant was already attacking the rim on shots and developing into a dominant offensive rebounder. And his newfound aggression made a difference in multiple close games as his perennial favorite, DeMatha, captured a third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and third straight Washington, D.C. City Title. “There were several times, a couple of key points in games, where a shot would come off the rim and he would attack the glass with such aggression that he’d catch it off the miss and dunk it through,” Stein said. “Those kind of plays, especially at the high school level, are absolute game-changers. “If it’s a close game and Jerami makes a big play like that, all the momentum shifts in our favor, and we end up rolling.” And next year, Grant will bring that gamechanging ability to the Carrier Dome.

Though Grant was intrigued by the venue during his visit, it was the coaching staff and playing style that ultimately attracted him to Syracuse. Grant felt comfortable with SU head coach Jim Boeheim and his staff. They showed him how much they wanted him to join their program starting in the spring. Boeheim and first-year assistant coach Adrian Autry, who had been recruiting Grant while he was at Virginia Tech before coming to SU, attended DeMatha’s first spring workout to see Grant. Soon after the workout, SU offered him a scholarship. And in the summer, Grant said, Boeheim and his staff went to additional workouts and five of his games. All that effort made an impression on Grant when it came time to choose a school. “It felt like they wouldn’t let me go (somewhere else) if I wanted to, so it’s always good to feel wanted and needed,” Grant said.

bobby yarbrough | staff photographer megan hunsberger has never had the chance to play with Megan Bellingham, but still views her as a leader in her current role as a student assistant coach for SU.

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West Virginia prepares for primetime matchup with LSU By Ryne Gery

Asst. Sports Editor

Dana Holgorsen knows the speed and talent of Louisiana State presents a daunting challenge for his West Virginia team. Yet the Mountaineers’ head coach isn’t worrying about that right now. WVU will have to adjust to that on Saturday. For now, Holgorsen can only worry about his offensive schemes and preparing a strategy to make that adjustment a little easier on his players. “When you play a team like this that has talented individuals at every position and they got backups that are talented as well,” Holgorsen said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference

“When you play a team like this that has talented individuals at every position and they got backups that are talented as well, then you don’t worry too much about matchups.”

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Monday, “then you don’t worry too much about matchups.” Holgorsen’s spread offense will be tested by No. 2 LSU’s speed when the Tigers travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for a showdown with the No. 16 Mountaineers. ESPN College GameDay will make the trip to Morgantown for the first time, adding to the anticipation for a matchup set to be nationally televised during primetime at 8 p.m. Saturday. West Virginia (3-0, 0-0 Big East) has been prolific on offense through three games, running Holgorsen’s new scheme and averaging 42 points per game. But LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will provide a stiffer test with its supreme speed and depth across the field. The Mountaineers have put up points against Marshall, Norfolk State and Maryland, but a Southeastern Conference opponent like LSU is on another level of competition. Still, Holgorsen doesn’t want to make the game bigger than any other. He doesn’t want his players to become preoccupied with the primetime stage or GameDay atmosphere. His team can only control its play on the field Saturday. And to perform at the highest level, West Virginia must be prepared to execute its game plan. It doesn’t matter how fast and strong the opponent is if the Mountaineers can’t make plays. “It’s every bit as big as the last game was, and it’s every bit as big as the next game will be,”

courtesy of steve prunty | west virginia sports communications geno smith leads West Virginia against LSU in a marquee matchup on Saturday. Smith was 36-of-49 for 398 yards in a 37-31 victory over Maryland last weekend. Holgorsen said. “That’s one thing that we’ve tried to preach with our guys is it’s more about us than who we play.” For Holgorsen, that means focusing on the scheme. It’s a scheme he learned as an assistant under Hal Mumme at Valdosta State from 1993-95 and continued to study under Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-07. Holgorsen moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Houston and Oklahoma State before coming to West Virginia to replace Bill Stewart. At Houston and Oklahoma State, his offenses ranked among the best in the nation. The Cougars finished third in total offense in 2008 and first in 2009, and the Cowboys boasted the top offense in the country in 2010. He has used the philosophy he learned under Mumme and Leach to succeed at every stop. “Spreading the ball around to specific people has always been one of our goals,” Holgorsen said. “You can put five skill guys out there, and our goal is to spread the ball around to all five of them and make five guys as productive as we possibly can.” That strategy worked in West Virginia’s 37-31 win over Maryland on Saturday. Quarterback Geno Smith completed 36 passes out of 49 attempts for 388 yards — all career-highs. In the process, three Mountaineers wide receivers finished with at least 100 yards receiving for the first time in program history. LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has noticed Smith’s improvement from last season when the Tigers and Mountaineers met in Baton Rouge, La. Then-No. 15 LSU beat then-No. 22 West Virginia 20-14, and Mathieu intercepted Smith to set up a field goal in the second quarter. Mathieu said Smith has spread the ball to different receivers well this year. He said Smith looks like a “general” on the field leading the offense this season. To counter his production, Mathieu said the defense will send different blitz packages at Smith to throw off his timing and decisionmaking. “The quarterback is making smart decisions, so we’ll just worry about us gelling together as a defense,” Mathieu said, “and pretty much just keeping him contained and keeping him rattled.” Even though West Virginia will have to adjust to LSU’s speed, Mathieu said the Mountaineers have athletes that could match up in

the SEC on an individual level if not in terms of overall team speed. “I do think it’s a difference, you know, with SEC speed and Big East speed,” Mathieu said. “Those guys have a couple guys who could probably outrun a lot of guys in the SEC.” And as the Mountaineers make changes on the fly to keep up with the Tigers’ athletes, LSU head coach Les Miles will have his hands full trying to figure out Holgorsen’s scheme, as it provides a unique challenge for his team. Though Miles will aim to generate pressure on Smith with blitzes as Mathieu said, he’ll have to figure out how Holgorsen’s offense attacks those defensive looks throughout the game. So as the Mountaineers must try to contain speed, the Tigers must counter by playing solid defense against WVU’s scheme. “Rushing the passer is generally the same, but the combinations in how they get it off and put their passing game together is much different,” Miles said in his Monday press conference. “It requires some adjustment.”

Pittsburgh blows 17-point lead After Pittsburgh kicker Kevin Harper made a 24-yard field goal with 12:09 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday, the Panthers took a 27-10 lead. Pittsburgh appeared to be ready to cruise to its third victory of the season. But Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg found his groove after that, throwing for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the final period. Kevonte Martin-Manley caught the final two touchdowns, the game-winner coming with 2:51 left. The 22-yard strike to MartinManley capped the biggest comeback in Hawkeyes history. Pittsburgh will try to bounce back this weekend against a dangerous Notre Dame team coming off an impressive 31-13 win over then-No. 15 Michigan State.

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Syracuse to follow Big East exit guidelines By Kathleen Ronayne DEVELOPMENT EDITOR

Syracuse will comply with the bylaws of the Big East regarding the timetable for leaving the conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, said Tuesday. Contracts with the Big East require 27 months’ notice before exiting and a $5 million exit fee. Big East Commissioner John Marinatto told The New York Times on

Monday night that both Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be held to that 27-month waiting period. Quinn further referred to comments made by Athletic Director Daryl Gross to The Post-Standard on Monday. Gross said Syracuse will abide by what laws the Big East sets. “We are going to abide by whatever the Big East thinks is best because we were partners,” Gross said. “ … I think Commissioner Marinatto is




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courtesy of greg dohler | the gazette JERAMI GRANT (RIGHT) committed to Syracuse on Friday. The 6-foot-7 forward from DeMatha Catholic High School is SU’s first recruit from the Class of 2012. He averaged 8.4 points per game last season.

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Fitting the mold By Ryne Gery

Editor’s note: With Syracuse’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, many of the Orange’s traditional rivalries will cease to exist. Games against Georgetown and Villanova will become very rare, if they take place at all. From Tuesday to Thursday, The Daily Orange Sports staff will be publishing summaries of each of the 12 ACC schools prior to the addition of SU and Pittsburgh. Today, we cover Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina and North Carolina State. Thursday we finish off with Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College.


Joined ACC: May 8, 1953 Strengths: Men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s golf Weaknesses: Football Duke is a founding member of the ACC, joining at the creation of the conference in 1953. In the 58 years since, the Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the cornerstone athletic programs in the conference, specifically in men’s basketball. In the last 31 seasons under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke has won four NCAA Tournament championships, 12 ACC regular-season titles, 13 ACC conference tournament SEE TEAMS PAGE 18



hen Jerami Grant walked into the Carrier Dome in August during his visit to Syracuse, there was no game going on. And there were no fans in the bleachers. But Grant could still imagine what it would be like on game day. “When I walked in it was just huge, it was crazy,” Grant said. “I could picture everybody in there watching the games, things like that. All the fans, I could picture them cheering, and it was something that I wanted to be a part of.” On Friday, Grant officially decided he wanted to be a part of that scene in the Carrier Dome, becoming Syracuse’s first commit for the Class

SU commit Grant matches prototype of an Orange forward

of 2012. Grant, a senior at DeMatha Catholic (Md.) High School who averaged 8.4 points per game last season, said Syracuse was the best fit for him. The 6-foot-7 forward could see himself excelling in SU’s style of play, and he developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff throughout the recruiting process. Those factors and the draw to play at a top college basketball program led Grant to choose SU rather than other finalists Rutgers and Notre Dame. Grant, a four-star power forward, according to, was also being recruited by Maryland, Georgetown, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. For Grant, Syracuse’s up-tempo style of play and success developing for-

wards combined to form the perfect fit. Not only could Grant imagine playing in the Carrier Dome, but he could also imagine himself thriving out on the floor. The long and athletic forward said he can run the floor on offense and shrink it on defense as part of Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 zone. The possibilities have Grant excited for the future. “They do well with long, athletic, lanky wings like me,” Grant said. “And I feel like if I’m going to go there, I’m just going to be successful no matter what I do.” Keith Stevens, who coaches Grant’s AAU program, Team Takeover, said Grant is a competitive player who SEE GRANT PAGE 19

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