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With persuasion, NY created what would become SUNY-ESF F By Liz Sawyer | Asst. News Editor

ew people know more about the history of SUNY-ESF than Hugh Canham. Canham knows how the college came to be on Syracuse University’s property and why the name changed three times. He knows when every building was erected, the school’s long-standing traditions and exactly how many female undergraduate students were enrolled before 1950. But most of all, Canham knows how the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry has evolved during the last 100 years. He knows all of this because his familiarity of the college goes back to 1955, when he visited the campus with his high school physics teacher. Half a century after his graduation and nine years after his retirement, the emeritus professor remains knowledgeable about the school’s current climate and plays a major role in informing students about its history. “I think we can only understand the present by looking at history,” he said. “You can only understand why this college is what it is by understanding the history.”

How it all began

During the late 1800s there was a rise in forestry degree programs in Europe, which led to calls for similar programs in the United States, Canham said. Several programs popped up around the country, including those at Yale University and Cornell University in 1898. The man heading the Cornell program, Bernhard Fernow,

INSIDE is a series of articles to commemorate SUNY-ESF’s 100 years at Syracuse University. Page 8: Past chancellors and presidents at the school Page 8: A timeline of interesting points in ESF’s history Page 9: ESF’s connection with its higher-ups at SUNY Pages 12 and 13: Traditions, mascots and campus buildings Page 24: ESF’s first intercollegiate athletics teams Above photo: Bill Aloisi sits with his fiancee on the ESF Quad in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of SU Archives.

started some radical silvicultural practices in the Adirondack Mountains, which upset wealthy landowners enough to call for an end to the program just five years after it began, Canham said. SU’s chancellor, James Day, always wanted a state supported agriculture and forestry school and added William Bray to the SU faculty to teach a few forestry courses in 1907, Canham said. Louis Marshall, an influential Syracuse lawyer who knew the legislatures in Albany, convinced them to move the forestry college to SU, effectively stealing the program from rival Cornell, Canham said. Both Bray and Marshall received recognition for their contributions to the school when buildings on the ESF campus were named in their honor. In 1911, the New York State College of Forestry at SU officially opened with 52 students, two faculty members and a dean. Students met in the basement of Lyman Hall on SU’s campus until Bray Hall was opened in 1916, Canham said. Canham said the origins of SU caused quite a controversy and nearly prevented the school from getting the forestry program.






Not in our house Housing Authority bans alcohol

Moving on David Stolz admits nostalgia about leaving

Reunited SU alumni will return to campus

Flip-fl op? With Syracuse and Pittsburgh jetting to the Atlantic Coast

from three parking lots used for sporting events. Page 3

the Big East, but recognizes the potential excitement the ACC brings to SU. Page 4

for a cultural gathering. Page 16

Conference, East Carolina takes a chance at applying to the Big East. Page 24

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Stepping back

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september 22, 2011



the daily orange

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SU begins campaign on Friday By Matthew Kovac CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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Housing authority bans alcohol in 3 SU sporting event parking lots By Kathleen Ronayne



ill Simmons does not think banning alcohol in his parking lots before Syracuse games will affect the number of people parking there. He’ll find out for sure on Saturday. “I can’t imagine that if the tailgaters that want to drink [go] somewhere else, that I’m not going to be able to fill up those spots of people that just want to park and go to the games,” said Simmons, executive director of the Syracuse Housing Authority. The housing authority

announced last week that it will no longer allow alcohol in its parking lots, affecting people who tailgate in the lots before Syracuse sporting events in the Carrier Dome. The housing authority owns three lots, which have a total of 60 parking spaces, Simmons said. Two lots are located on Almond Street and one is located on the corner of McBride and Burt streets. Saturday’s game against Toledo is the fi rst home football game since the announcement, meaning Simmons has yet to see what effect the ban will have in his parking lot. But the 60 spots available in the hous-

ing authority parking lots, which are not owned by Syracuse University, is a tiny fraction of the parking spaces available for Syracuse fans, most of which do allow tailgating. SU opens 24 lots for parking during games, for a total of 10,600 parking spaces, said Al Sauer, director of parking and transit services, in an email. All 24 parking lots allow alcohol, although tailgaters in the parking garages may not have open flames. Since 24 of these lots do allow alcohol, regular tailgaters in the housing authority parking lots might not have a hard time finding a new space.

The alcohol ban at the housing authority also comes with an increase in the price of parking in the lots from $10 to $15, and fans may not park in the lots until two hours before the game. The lots at the housing authority have been open to tailgaters for many years, said Simmons, who has been the executive director for six years. He stressed that the ban is on alcohol, not tailgating as an activity. “We didn’t say they couldn’t tailgate, they just can’t use alcohol,” he said. “For those who don’t use alcohol, you can still cookout and SEE HOUSING AUTHORITY PAGE 11

Study finds students feel unprepared for math, science courses By Andrew Feldman CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In an age where math and science are becoming increasingly more important fields, students are becoming less prepared for the world that lies ahead, according to an article published in The Puget Sound Business Journal earlier this month. “Only 20 percent of college students said they felt their high-school math and science courses prepared them well enough for their college courses,” according to the Sept. 7 article. The study, which was conducted by

Harris Interactive, was researched on behalf of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and Microsoft, where 1,074 parents and 500 college students were interviewed in May, according to a Harris Interactive news release. The survey also found that while more than 90 percent of parents believe science, technology, engineering and math education should be a top priority, only 49 percent actually said they believe STEM education is a school’s top priority. Twenty-four percent are willing to pay extra money to help their

children succeed in these courses, according to the article. Regardless of their parents’ priorities, students are becoming less prepared for collegiate math and science courses, according to the article. While many parents recognize this to be a problem, there does not appear to be an evident solution. But with America’s economy changing to utilize more STEM majors, students need to become more prepared to handle the rigor of STEM courses, according to the article. The Harris Interactive study

showed that only one-fi fth of students enrolled in a math course feel prepared. Rebecca Reed, an undecided sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, said she felt “slightly, not completely” prepared for her first college math course, MAT 121: “Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts I,” even though she took an AP class, she said. Thomas John, an assistant professor of mathematics at SU, said he has seen students in some of his classes SEE UNPREPARED PAGE 6

The United Way Foundation is gearing a reprise to its annual campaign in Syracuse beginning Friday. This year’s campaign is the 90th year United Way has been in service in Central New York. United Way is a nonprofit support organization dedicated to rectifying social problems within a community through various organizational partnerships, according to its website. The point of United Way is to give people help who need it, said Suzanne Thorin, dean of libraries and university librarian at Syracuse University. Thorin said she spurs student and staff involvement through Carrier Dome activities, newsletters, emails and auctions. United Way reciprocates to donors, making them “become a better person by giving to someone else,” Thorin said.


Freshmen question AlcoholEdu By Meredith Newman CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Freshmen will be required to finish Part II of AlcoholEdu by Friday, yet many Syracuse University students question the value of the program. AlcoholEdu is a two-part online education program that teaches students the dangers of drinking and “how alcohol can impact [one’s] mind, body and college career,” according to SU’s orientation website. SU has received numerous awards for its alcohol prevention education from the Department of Education and Outside the Classroom, the creators of AlcoholEdu, according to an April 6, 2006, article published in The Daily Orange. But students said they are finding the AlcoholEdu program useless, unorganized and unpersuasive. “The program isn’t effective. It’s stupid,” said Teresa Sabga, a freshman photography major. “It’s really


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Despite initial shock, move to ACC looks optimistic for student fans

his past weekend Syracuse University decided to make a surprising yet expected move from the Big East conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Starting in 2014, Syracuse along with Pittsburgh and other potential programs will officially jettison the Big East for what is promised to be the future of college athletics. In this new wave of “mega” sports conferences, there is guaranteed to be more money and more exposure, but what exactly does that mean for us students? I really want to write a sentimental piece about how Syracuse and the Big East confer-


no more mr. nice guy ence should have never parted ways. I want to write about how emotionally charged our rivalries were. I want to write about how mad I am that we will no longer be playing in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. I

want to write about how our athletics will never be the same. But for some reason my usual pessimism has been replaced by optimism — I am ecstatic by SU’s decision to join the ACC. SU has effectively kicked off what will likely be known as the downfall of the Big East. Due to uncertainty about restructuring conferences around college athletics, Syracuse took what some will call a pre-emptive strike by joining the ACC. Without Syracuse, the Big East does not have a chance to exist. For more than 30 years, SU has been the Big East’s premiere program, and picturing the Big East without SU is like picturing spaghetti without meatballs. Unfortunately, most relationships come to an end, and Syracuse has been the one who decided to drop the, “It’s not you, it’s me” routine on the Big East. Leaving the Big East does mean that we are also leaving all of our rivals. No more Georgetown, no more Villanova and no more University of Connecticut (for now). Sure we will be losing our old rivalries, but there are plenty of new rivalries to make. I still cannot get over the fact that Syracuse will now play University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University, two basketball powerhouses, every year. If you thought the Carrier Dome

was packed for Villanova, just wait until Duke and North Carolina roll in. We will need to put extra seats in the Quad to house everyone who wants to watch those games. Not only will this make our basketball program more exciting, we will also finally be exposed to decent football teams that could hopefully spell the resurgence for our own program. With the increased exposure and better competition, Syracuse’s coach Doug Marrone will have an easier time landing top prospects, which our program has struggled with in recent history. It is hoped the ACC will improve our football program enough that we will no longer have to look forward to just the basketball season. Sure there are plenty of reasons for me to be upset about this move to the ACC, but as of now the positives overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives. Syracuse has provided the program with certainty in an uncertain college athletic landscape. Instead of standing idle while the rest of colleges jumped from conference to conference, SU found greener pastures and made the best possible decision for its athletic programs and university as a whole. David Stolz is a junior political science major. His column appears biweekly. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Davestolz.



september 22, 2011


the daily orange


SU students should value ESF resources EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board


ripes resound from Syracuse University students who feel SUNY-ESF unfairly takes advantage of SU’s resources. These students should take a moment to consider the vast resources their green neighbor offers them in return. SU makes a very minor effort to promote elective classes and lecture opportunities at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry to the students outside relevant science majors. Issues relating to our environment — from peak oil to changes in global weather patterns — directly relate to most fields of study. Almost all professions — advertising, politics, education or entrepreneurship — require a basic knowledge of contemporary environmental issues and why they have risen to the forefront of media attention. Beyond professional relevance, environmental issues underpin major political legislation and controversy. Understanding the complexity of these issues empowers students as citizens regardless of political affiliation. ESF offers dozens of classes taught by leading experts in these fields. It’s clear that as oil prices rise, alternative energy will come to shape U.S. policy more and more. ESF equips its students with sustainable education — SU students should know how to take advantage of that, too. SU students need only to sign into their MySlice accounts to see the wealth of courses ESF offers — no need for complicated paperwork. Beyond classes, an exploration of ESF’s hallways reveal cork boards littered with volunteer opportunities, from local parks to rural areas in Africa. Tranquil green houses top many of ESF’s rooftops. And a menagerie of Teddy Roosevelt’s taxidermy provides art students a perfect drawing lesson in animal anatomy. After 100 years sitting side by side, the relationship between SU and ESF students should move from tolerance to reciprocal appreciation.

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Local farming gets tech-savvy with social media

mall-scale agriculture brings to mind idyllic images of cornfields, cows and manure, all of which still thrive in Central New York, but the 21st century is seeping in slowly. For some local farms, agricultural practices have remained unchanged. Carrot beds must be painstakingly weeded by hand and real people handle every potato that comes out of the ground. What has changed is the way farmers communicate, particularly young farmers. They are on Facebook, Twitter and blogging up a storm. By using media that their customers are already familiar with, farmers create more opportunities to market themselves and build relationships. In a seasonal industry that is subject to innumerable variables like rainfall, temperature and disease, customer loyalty is crucial. Strawberry season lasts only for

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green and read all over the month of June, and you need to make sure you keep them hooked until the first apples drop in late August. Technology supplements personal interactions that happen at farmers’ markets or through CSAs — or Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA, members buy a farm share at the beginning of the season and receive goods for a set number of weeks. It is a great way for farmers to get the capital they need at the beginning of the season, and it ends up being a great deal on local food for the members.

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Local food purveyors find themselves playing the role of educator by telling people how to best store, prepare and consume their products. Farms successfully build communities through social media paired with hosting events like canning workshops and harvest parties on site. A new resource for accessing the local food scene is the smartphone app Farmshed 2.0, brought to you by Farmshed Central New York in New Woodstock, N.Y., outside of Syracuse. The app allows you to search by either the name of the establishment or by categories like dairies and creameries, orchards or wineries with a special focus placed on farmers’ markets, including a daily calendar delineating which ones are nearby. Users can view the app results in alphabetical order or by distance from their current location. Each farm or business has a profile that


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explains what it does and lists pertinent information like phone numbers, hours and email addresses, along with a link to Google maps and directions. This app can be used on any device with Internet access. You can set the radius of your search between one and 50 miles of your current location, making your food exceedingly local. Less fossil fuel was burned to get that food into your belly and many of the establishments are organic, so there are fewer yucky chemicals in the soil. Farmshed 2.0 can be found at You never know what you might find. I had no clue that Little River Farm was raising egg-laying hens within the Syracuse city limits. Get going. Leanna Mulvihill is a senior forest engineering major and environmental writing and rhetoric minor. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at

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unable to do simple “common sense” math problems. But for the most part, John said he believes that his students have been prepared. “Probably three-fourths to 90 percent of students are somewhat, or for the most part, prepared for the class,” he said. “They do give them a placement test.” Using placement testing to give students the best chance to succeed is part of the solution to preparing students for collegiate math. John said he believes that for some of the common sense problems it is up to the high schools to better prepare their students.

easy for kids to cheat throughout it. What kids really need is experience.” Sabga, originally from Trinidad — where the drinking laws are less strict — said she is in disbelief about how much people drink in the United States, specifically at SU. She said kids will only learn about drinking and alcohol from getting “really drunk” once and learning how awful it feels. Then it is hoped they’ll realize not to ever do it again, Sabga said. In August, Outside the Classroom published a government regulated study showing that AlcoholEdu has been “proven effective in reducing dangerous alcohol use by college students and reducing alcohol-related harms, such as blackouts, drunk driving and sexual assaults,” according to its 2010 summary of research. The study, conducted by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, randomly assigned 15 colleges, including Villanova University and Cornell University, to have their first-year students use the AlcoholEdu program, according to the summary. Students reported having fewer total drinks and demonstrated more alcohol-related knowledge compared to those who had not been exposed to the program. Andrew Wall, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester, also created a study testing the effect of AlcoholEdu. He found that college students who completed the program “experienced about 50 percent fewer negative health, social and academic consequences than students who had not taken AlcoholEdu,” according to the study’s summary. Yet despite this, the number of liquor law violations — 1,084 — given to SU students in the past year has reached a record high, according to a Sept. 12 article published in The Daily Orange. “I have seen a lot of people throwing up and


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“Probably three-fourths to 90 percent of students are somewhat, or for the most part, prepared for the class. They do give them a placement test.” Thomas John


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The U.S. Department of Education expects 1.2 million job openings in the next seven years that will require a STEM degree, but there will not be enough qualified graduates to fill those positions, according to the article published in The Pudget Sound Business Journal. Reed said she feels unprepared for her MAT 194: “Precalculus” course this year. Reed said: “I haven’t done this stuff since eighth grade, so it’s challenging.”


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Before coming to SU, Thorin had been a part of United Way for nine years at Indiana University. The campaign in Syracuse is meant to provide program funding and service to those who are in need of caring in the community, said Tony Callisto, chair of the United Way campaign and chief of the Department of Public Safety. Callisto, who said that he has been a contributor to United Way for decades, added that more than $200,000 was donated on behalf of SU last year. He attributed the large amount to faculty, staff and student involvement and contributions. This year’s goal is to exceed last

being taken away in ambulances on Comstock,” said Max Doblin, a freshman advertising and entrepreneurship major. Doblin said AlcoholEdu provides information that students probably don’t know. The program gives students hard facts rather than making assumptions, but it was redundant and time consuming, he said. But Doblin said he thinks having a lecture during the first week of school for freshmen would be both interactive and fun. This would be a better way for the university to inform students about alcohol prevention, he said. Nancy Taylor, a freshman television, radio and fi lm major, said she found AlcoholEdu lacked organization and that it presented too many facts at once. Taylor said that it didn’t change her opinion about drinking, which made it even more useless to complete. “I failed it three times,” she said. “My mom ended up doing it for me so I could be done with it. It was a total waste of time.” Taylor said she is unenthusiastic about taking Part II of AlcoholEdu. Said Taylor: “I’ll do it at the last minute because I have to, not because I want to.”


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year’s amount, Callisto said. Jennifer Horvath, the United Way campaign coordinator and public information officer at DPS, said that there are four areas of focus when it comes to the campaign this year: safety net, health, income and education. There are 95 programs operated by 35 agencies in the campaign in Central New York, Horvath said. There are a variety of ways to donate to one of the United Way programs — other than via Internet — including bake sales, cook-offs and Jeans Day, she said. At SU, some of the contributions funding the programs come from involved students, Horvath said, and the biggest event is Dollar Day at the Dome. She said there are also incentives for those who contribute, such as being entered into drawings with prizes as varied as gift certificates to out-of-town trips. People are recognized for their donations, Callisto said. When looking to get people to donate, he said, think about friends, families and people within the community who have been touched by the organization. Taking a general interest in the welfare of the community and making a difference is the objective of United Way, he said. One of the incentives he gets out of supporting United Way is seeing his mother getting a nice, hot meal from the Meals on Wheels program, he said. Callisto said giving a part of his paycheck to United Way was an easy choice to make, as he has been touched by the resourceful organization. Callisto said that even in this economy, millions of dollars are donated to United Way. There has been an increase in the level of contributions and community involvement during the past few years, he said. Callisto said: “The community has been very supportive of United Way.”

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suspects University of Akron officials draw criticism after circulating racially biased email By Alexandra Hitzler



ontroversy arose at the University of Akron after an email sent to black male students was considered racially biased. In response to a recent series of robberies that occurred near the Akron campus, university officials sent an email to students instructing them on how to conduct themselves appropriately if approached by the police, according to Sept. 15 article published in The Buchtelite, Akron’s student newspaper. Critics of the email claim the message portrays racial bias because the email was only sent to black male students. The email, sent by Fedearia Nicholson, director of the Office of Multicultural Development, instructed students to cooperate with questions, to carry identification with them at all times and to avoid using profanity if angered. The email stated that the message has been aimed toward black male students because: “Although, most of these crimes have not been committed by University of Akron students, the primary suspects have been AfricanAmerican males between the ages of 18-23.” Fedearia Nicholson’s office declined to comment. In a NPR interview, Lee Gill, chief diversity officer at Akron, said the idea to provide African-American male students with tips of conduct was a suggestion in a student forum held two years ago that took place to create ways to deal with campus crime. “Many of our students live in the neighborhoods and live off campus, so once again, we wanted to employ the same strategy that we had in the past, to inform them on what they need to do in order to maintain their safety, in order not to get into any kind of trouble,” Gill said. Gill said that while the email was sent in an effort to help stu-

dents, the university plans to handle future issues similar to this one more carefully. “Hindsight is always 20-20, and after discussions and really some reflection in early morning hours once this had become a story, we made that determination that this letter, this email, could have very easily been sent to all of our students. And in the future, it will be sent to all of our students,” Gill said. Gill’s office declined to comment. Laura Massie, director of media relations at the Akron, declined to answer any questions when contacted by The Daily Orange, but instead provided a statement that said, “The University of Akron’s attention today is more focused on how we can continue to provide our students with a safe, inclusive, vibrant place to live and learn.” Massie said that university officials were instructed not to talk to anybody about the incident right now. Jake Tobin, a junior computer science major at Akron, said the email sparked both local and national controversy. Tobin said he has seen the story coverage by local newspapers and television stations, various articles on the Internet and student publications on campus. “The student body has generally responded to this with outrage,” Tobin said. “Most of my friends that I have talked to about it couldn’t believe that had happened at our school.” While the controversial email left many in shock, Tobin said he personally wasn’t very upset by the issue. “I think that the way that the university handled the issue is one of the most effective ways to deal with crime,” Tobin said. “The university defi nitely could have handled the situation better, but I think they were really just trying to do the best they could to eliminate crime on campus.”

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Cornell disbands its forestry school, which was the first in the nation. The school was created in 1898 by the New York Legislature to provide “education and instruction related to the principles and practices of scientific forestry,” according to New York state archives. In 1903, funding from the state — which totaled $10,000 — was withheld because landowners were upset with how the land was being used.

Leaders mold campus with initiatives By Meghin Delaney | News Editor Twelve presidents and deans came in and out of SUNY-ESF during its past 100 years on campus. Each one brought a new aspect to the college and helped shape it into its present state, said Hugh Canham, professor emeritus at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. • William Bray was the first acting dean in 1911. Bray was also the head of the botany department at Syracuse University while acting as dean. He served as dean for four months and was heavily involved in searching for a replacement. • Hugh Baker followed Bray and served as dean from 1912-20, then again from 1930-33. In his two different terms, he enlarged the faculty from two members to nine, established the Ranger School in the Adirondacks and helped the college acquire more than 3,000 acres of land for experiments and instructions. Both Marshall Hall and the pulp and paper lab were completed during his tenure. “Baker certainly set the tone of the college,” Canham said. “Not only the physical plant, but he set the philosophy of the college by some of his earlier statements.” • F. Franklin Moon continued working on the structure Baker laid down while he served as dean. Moon served the school from 1920-26 and again from 1927-29. The faculty and student body increased in size, and the first permanent structure was constructed at the Ranger School. Moon went along with the changes of the times and kept moving ESF in the direction it was already headed, Canham said. • Nelson Brown secured funding for Marshall Hall and acquired the acorn that grew into Robin Hood Oak, the tree behind Bray Hall. The acorn came from the oak that sheltered Robin Hood and his men in Sherwood Forest. Brown acted as the dean between 1926-27 and 1929-30. The tree is now 10 feet in diameter and 1000 years old, according to a sign posted on the tree. “Some people wanted to cut it down at one point, it was decided to save it — a lot of physiological things done to make sure the tree thrives since it’s not in a good spot for an oak tree,” Canham said. • Samuel Spring then took over the dean position and served from 1933-44. Under Spring’s service, Marshall Hall — complete with a 500-seat auditorium and the F. Franklin Moon library — opened. Spring also recommended SEE NEXT PAGE


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A bulletin announces the creation of a forestry course, to be taught by William Bray, a botany professor. James Day is SU’s chancellor at the time.


Chancellor Day becomes more serious about creating a forestry school. Louis Marshall, who became a trustee of SU in 1910, advocated on SU’s behalf in Albany to create the school.


July 28, 1911

New York Gov. John Dix signed a bill that created the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University.


October 1911

Bray is appointed as acting dean of the College of Forestry. The first classes are held in the basement of Lyman Hall. There are 52 enrolled students, two faculty members and a dean.


After 63 years, school remains ‘a gem’ in SUNY system By Micki Fahner | Staff Writer


hat started 100 years ago in two classrooms in a basement is now a complete college, with 17 acres, 127 full-time faculty members, 22 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs. The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, founded in 1911, has been a state-supported school since its inception. ESF became recognized as a specialized college within the system when SUNY was formed in 1948, according to the website. In 1972, the college name was officially changed to the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Today, SUNY is the largest system of higher education in the country. The system currently has 467,845 students enrolled, according to SUNY’s website. More than 2,000 of those students attend ESF. Ninety-two percent of students attending SUNY schools are from New York state, according to a study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and SUNYBuffalo’s Regional Institute. While ESF is one of the smaller campuses within the SUNY system, it has been nationally recognized. ESF was among U.S. News and World Report’s “Top 50 Public National Universities” this year. ESF was also ranked No. 25 in U.S News’ “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. This is the 11th year in a row ESF has earned a spot as one of the top universities in the nation on U.S. News and World Report’s list, according to ESF’s website. ESF was the highest-ranking SUNY school on the list. In 2010, Forbes named ESF No. 23 on its “America’s Best College Buys” list. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said ESF is “truly a gem” within the SUNY system. “There is no other campus within SUNY that

offers the breadth of leading-edge environmental programs that ESF offers, helping to establish SUNY as a leader in academics, service and research around the world,” Zimpher said. Zimpher said the college’s anniversary will allow an opportunity for the campus to commemorate the campus’ accomplishments. “We are immensely proud to count ESF among our campuses,” she said. Robert French, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at ESF, said one of SUNY’s big focuses is providing New York state residents with access to high quality and affordable education. Forty percent of the state’s high school graduates are enrolled in the SUNY system, and 99 percent of state residents live within 30 miles of a SUNY campus, French said. French said the SUNY campuses offer “just about any field of study you can imagine.” He also said SUNY is one of the Northeast’s lowestpriced public university systems.

ESF’s strong graduate programs also help ESF stand out within the SUNY system, French said. ESF is only one of ten doctoral degreegranting campuses within the SUNY system, French said. French said ESF is able to offer students smaller class sizes and more personal attention than other SUNY schools. He said the specific environmental programs draw many of the students that come to ESF. “We are the only campus specifically charged with offering environmental programs as part of our mission,” French said. “The SUNY system administration has actually discouraged the development of new environmental science programs at other SUNY campuses and has decided instead to invest system resources at ESF to meet that need.” One out of four incoming students in ESF’s 2011 fall class are from out-of-state, which is double the percentage for SUNY’s other campuses, French said.

FROM PREVIOUS PAGE that the structure referred to as “the forestry building” be named Bray Hall. Similar to Moon, Spring continued to advance ESF with the times of the world, Canham said. • Then the dean’s position was turned over to Joseph Illick from 1944-51. Illick negotiated the increased enrollment during the return of World War II veterans. The college became part of the State University of New York system while Illick was in charge. “He was important because he recognized the changes taking place in the world as a whole, and Dean Illick really expanded the horizons of forestry and the breadth of forestry,” Canham said. • Hardy Shirley revised the standards and procedures for graduate work at ESF and oversaw the formation of the Cellulose Research Institute, a molecular biology institute, and the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation in his term as dean

from 1952-67. Canham said Shirley was an effective administrator for the school at that time. • Edwin Jahn was the first ESF alumnus to hold the dean position, having graduated in 1925. Jahn was the dean from 1967-69. He is credited for raising the profile of the college’s research program. While Jahn was only dean for a short period of time, Canham said he stepped in at a necessary time for ESF. • Edward Palmer was ESF’s first president, as the chief administrative officer was formerly the dean. Palmer was president from 1969-83. During his time, he strengthened the public service commitments with industries and public agencies. While Palmer was president, ESF was renamed again, which remains today. It was the first time SU was not included in the college’s official title. Palmer was not from a forestry background, but rather a political science background. “He brought change to the College of Envi-

ronmental Science and Forestry,” Canham said. “The school had been doing the things but had not gotten the recognition for it — he foresaw that change and made it happen.” • Murray Block served as the acting president from 1983-84. Block came from the central SUNY administration, Canham said, after Palmer retired quickly. Block served as a tool so candidates who wanted to be considered for presidency of the school didn’t have to serve as the acting president, which would eliminate them from the running, Canham said. • Ross Whaley was the ESF president for 15 years, from 1984-99. The Edwin C. Jahn laboratory was completed during his tenure, and there were significant renovations made to the Ranger School in Wanakena and the Hugh P. Baker Laboratory. Whaley expanded the academic programs to include writing, computing, biotechnology, renewable resources and science education. Sponsored research expenditures

courtesy of su archives A student walks across the ESF Quad after a snowstorm in the 1970s. In 1972, the name of the school changed to SUNY-ESF.

French feels this indicates ESF is well known in the environmental science education community. “Anyone familiar with environmental issues and research, or anyone seeking an environmental college education, will very likely know about ESF,” he said. ESF’s strong environmental program is what led sophomore biotechnology major Michael Norman to enroll at the school. Norman said he knew he wanted to go to a school with different biology options. While Norman loves ESF, he said he doesn’t like that it continues to fall into the shadows of other, larger SUNY schools. “I think it is seen as the underdog in the system,” Norman said. “SUNY-ESF has such a small amount of students when compared to other campuses, such as SUNY-Buffalo or SUNY-Albany.” Junior Ian Barin, an environmental studies major, agreed. “I have many friends who go to SUNY-Binghamton and SUNY-Albany, and whenever they talk about SUNY rankings or standing they always forget that ESF is on that list somewhere,” Barin said. “It gets frustrating because ESF is always overlooked just because it’s a college and not a university. While Barin dislikes that ESF is overlooked, he said he believes ESF’s relationship with SU is hard to ignore. He said ESF’s unique relationship with SU drew him to the school. “I loved the concept that ESF could be a small, environmentally like-minded community within a huge diverse SU community,” Barin said. “I feel like I am welcomed into two worlds, both separate and connected all at the same time.”

doubled to $6.2 million for the 1997-98 fiscal year. Other than the current president, Whaley is the only living ESF president. “One of the longest running presidents, (he) shepherded the college through a time of great change in the last 30 years; there’s been all kinds of changes in the world, socially, biophysically and whatnot, and Whaley saw those things,” Canham said. • ESF’s first residence Hall — Centennial Hall — was erected under the leadership of Cornelius Murphy, the school’s president since 1999. Murphy also put the school on track toward carbon neutrality by 2015. Murphy has helped increase enrollment and expanded the academic programs. Canham said: “He’s been important. Although he’s had a short tenure so far, he’s done some very important things as far as the 21st century goes.”

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all those things.” In recent years, the number of rowdy and intoxicated tailgaters has seemed to increase, he said. The housing authority has never had to ask police to get involved, but Simmons does receive a number of complaints from tenants. “We’ve never had to arrest anyone, no, but the use of alcohol is getting a little rowdy and out of hand,” he said. Sgt. Gary Bulinski of the Syracuse Police Department said the police do not track the number of received complaints related to tailgaters. “You might have a disturbance complaint


The Syracuse Housing Authority doesn’t just regulate parking lots. It also owns and manages 15 housing developments with more than 2,500 apartments. More than half of the apartments are designated for the elderly or disabled. The remainder are set aside for families. The housing authority also provides services to help improve residents’ lives. Self-sufficiency programs help youth and adults with education, life skills and job training. The elderly and disabled can also take advantage of life skills, social programming and education from our available resources.

“We didn’t say they couldn’t tailgate, they just can’t use alcohol. For those who don’t use alcohol you can still cookout and all those things.” Bill Simmons


or an intoxicated party, but I would not be able to associate that with tailgating,” he said. Sauer said SU has not had a major issue with overly intoxicated tailgaters, and the Department of Public Safety would handle any such issues on a case-by-case basis. Tara Baron, a senior graphic design major, has been tailgating with her family for Syracuse home games since she was a child. The family tailgates in an SU parking spot, not at the housing authority. Baron’s father is an SU alumnus and her parents have had season tickets for years. For each game, Baron’s parents travel from Binghamton and set up a big tent where family and friends gather before the games. “There’s a lot of food, drinks, (it’s) a great time to bond with family and friends all supporting one similar cause, which is the Syracuse football team,” Baron said. For Baron, and many other fans, tailgating is a part of the football tradition. Said Baron: “Some people, I think, appreciate tailgating even more than the game.”


Jan. 16, 1912

Chancellor Day gives a presentation to the SU Board of Trustees. During the presentation, he notes a “curious incident:” Cornell has created its own State College of Forestry, nine years after it disbanded the school. Day says if Cornell gets funds for a forestry school, then he will ask for funds for an agriculture school because “if they propose to run two State Colleges of Forestry, there can be no objection to runninf (sic) two State Colleges of Agriculture.” He ends his presentation by explaining Dix wanted SU to run the best forestry school in the country, and “that the New York State College of Forestry should be the best in the country, for this is the greatest State in the country.”

Hugh Baker is named the first dean. In a letter to Day dated April 8, Baker writes he is “very optimistic as to the future of the College because I know that there is distinct need for a strong School of Forestry here in the East and I believe thoroughly that Syracuse University is the proper place for the State institution in Forestry.” Land south of Archbold Stadium is set aside for the creation of buildings for the forestry school.

May 18, 1912

Rich Lumber Co., based in Wanakena, N.Y., donates land in Wanakena to the State College of Forestry. The land is turned into the Wanakena Ranger School.


A forestry bill passes at the state level, granting money for the creation of a forestry building in Syracuse. That building will become Bray Hall. Eleven men graduate with degrees — the first class to graduate from the college.





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April 29, 1916

Syracuse competes in its first lacrosse game. Nine players and the coach of the team hail from the forestry school. The team lost to Hobart, 8-1. According to a Daily Orange article published April 20, 1916, “The chief weakness of the Foresters was a lack of close covering when the attack neared the foresters’ goal. The rapid and complicated passing of the Hobart men served to confuse their less experienced opponents.”

Summer 1932

A Pulp and Paper Lab is built on the forestry campus. The money for the campus was available during the Great Depression because building costs for Marshall Hall were less than expected.


Marshall Hall is built and named after Louis Marshall.


The first women — Mildred Kocic, Ruth Worret and Barbara Hennessey — graduate from the forestry school, one with a degree in landscape engineering and the other two with degrees in pulp and paper. Women had been able to attend the school since 1915, but no one had graduated until the 40s.


New York is the 48th state (out of 48 states at the time) to create a public university system. The SUNY system is created, and the school’s name changes to the State University of New York College of Forestry at SU. Students are dually enrolled at SU and the College of Forestry.



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SUNY-ESF: Cultivating culture Here’s a short list of additional traditions popular at ESF:

December Soiree The December Soiree is a chance for December graduates to join together one final time during the evening of December Convocation. Traditionally held at a venue in the city of Syracuse, this semi-formal event features fine food, dancing, speeches and awards. The Maple Leaf Awards and the Distinguished Advisor Awards are distributed at the soiree. Additionally, the Robin Hood Oak Awards are given to ESF leaders active in the school and in the community. ESF’s yearbook, the Empire Forester, is dedicated to a campus leader who has contributed to the school significantly in the past year. Sponsored by the undergraduate student government and a committee of student managers, this year’s event will be held Dec. 11. Alex Bishop, a senior in the environmental resources engineering program, said he’s excited for the soiree to commemorate his four years at ESF. “It’s probably going to be my last event that I go to as a student,” Bishop said. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up all nice and ready to charge out into the world.”

two students compete in the cross-cut saw competition in the 1970 s . photo courtesy of su archives

Fall BBQ welcomes community to enjoy enduring tradition By Dara McBride | Editor in Chief


he December Soiree, Spring Awards Banquet, preservation of the Quad — all are traditions Justin Culkowski has experienced at SUNY-ESF. But there is one tradition that remains his favorite. “It’s our Fall Barbeque,” said Culkowski, a 1973 graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the college’s director of alumni relations for the past 33 years. Seven organizations, including the offices of Alumni Relations and Student Activities, will host the barbeque this Saturday as part of the college’s the Alumni and Family Fall BBQ, Culkowski said. This year’s barbeque will feature hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and, of course, barbeque chicken. The barbeque tradition began in 1913, originally held annually on a weekday afternoon at Green Lakes State Park. The campus would shut down so faculty, staff and students could participate in sporting events and enjoy a chicken barbeque, Culkowski said. Arthur Eschner, who graduated in 1950, recalled attending the barbeque as an under-

graduate and when he returned to campus in the 1960s as an adjunct faculty member. Members of the various classes would form teams and compete against each other in tugo-war and horseshoe competitions, as well as timbersport events such as the pulp toss, in which participants throw pulpwood logs to each other, and the cross-cut sawing event. The atmosphere of ESF was “neighborly,” said Eschner, who came to ESF as a student after he served in World War II like many of his classmates. He described his coursework, which focused on science and mathematics, as rigorous and structured. But Eschner also describes his time at ESF as enjoyable and filled with experiences that brought the ESF community together. “It was a friendly place,” Eschner said. “Everybody seemed to know everybody else.” In 1980, when changes to the academic calendar meant the administration could no longer dismiss classes for an entire afternoon, the barbeque became part of Parents Weekend, Culkowski said. Then, in 2004, the tradition changed once again when the barbeque was incorporated into a weekendlong reunion and campus celebration for alumni, current students, friends and family members, he said.

“It still exists but not in the same form it used to be,” Culkowski said. Last year, ESF’s Green Campus Initiative added an environmentally friendly aspect to the barbeque by distributing compostable plates, silverware and napkins. The group also set up garbage cans that collected and separated what people disposed, said Meagan Pepper, a senior environmental studies major. She said the green efforts will be continuing at this year’s barbeque. Alex Bishop, a senior environmental resources engineering major and head orientation leader for ESF this year, will be helping out at this year’s barbeque. He said it is an opportunity to celebrate the new additions and improvements to campus with alumni and family members. For Bishop, ESF is a place with unique culture and its own close-knit community. “I love everything about ESF,” Bishop said. “It’s a school where I’ve met probably some of the smartest people I’ve ever encountered. Everyone I’ve encountered has some unusual fact. It’s a very unique type of culture.”

ESF Coffee Haus Hosted by the Alpha Xi Sigma Honors Society, the Coffee Haus brings ESF students, faculty and staff together for a night of relaxation and artistic expression. Members of the ESF community typically gather in Nifkin Lounge, and participants showcase their talents through song, dance, poetry reading and more. Kristin Doherty, vice president of AXS, said the event is held once a month and always has a nice diversity of performances. “Because it’s open to everyone, there are really eclectic music styles,” said Doherty, a senior environmental biology major. “That’s the best part. Someone gets onstage and you think, ‘What are they doing? That sounds awesome, but I have no idea what is happening.’” Bishop, who said he performed a couple of times his sophomore and junior years, appreciates the chance to take a break and be creative. “It’s a nice event to go see live music by people that you see on campus everywhere,” he said.

Walking across the Quad The ESF Quad serves as a centralized grassy area, surrounded by four major buildings at ESF: Bray Hall, Marshall Hall, Moon Library and Illick Hall. Using the Quad as a pathway is frowned upon, as it breaks a longstanding tradition. Students are allowed to walk to a specific spot on the Quad to sit, read, sleep or throw around a Frisbee — doing so isn’t off limits, but rather encouraged. The reasoning behind protecting the Quad is to prevent the open, green space from the potential formation of worn paths created by sneakers and bikes. The idea stems from the concrete pathways created on SU’s Quad because of wear and tear caused by pedestrians, said Meagan Pepper, a senior environmental science major. One plaque on an edge of the Quad requests bystanders to avoid breaking the traditions, and students definitely abide by it, Bishop said. Some students were so passionate about the subject that in April 2009, a few gathered together to create a Facebook group titled “DON’T WALK ACROSS THE QUAD!!!!!” Pepper admitted she’s even seen a few students, both from SU and ESF, tackled by protectors of the Quad.

—Managing Editor Amrita Mainthia contributed reporting to this article.

—Compiled by Amrita Mainthia, managing editor,

the forestry campus after the construction of marshall hall, circa 1930s. photo courtesy of su archives

ESF campus constructs its own identity, one addition at a time By Karin Dolinsek | Asst. Copy Editor


uildings symbolize permanence and timeless stability. But they can also transform, adapting to their constantly changing environment. No school illustrates this better than the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The story of its campus is one of practical, organic growth. “When I was a student and all these buildings weren’t here, you could look from the third floor of Bray Hall and see all across Syracuse skyline,” said Hugh Canham, professor of forest and resource economics, as he strolled across the ESF campus. “When I was a student that building looked like a brick penitentiary,” he said, pointing to Baker Laboratory. “Now it’s a state of the art lab.” During its 100 years of existence, the ESF campus continuously developed to accommodate its growing community. ESF got its first home in 1917 with the construction of Bray Hall, built to accommodate its growing student body and faculty. Canham said that at the time, all SU buildings faced north, but Hugh Baker, the first dean of the college, wanted the first ESF building to face west and enable the organization of future buildings to circle the Quad. “It was all fields back then,” Canham said. “But Dean Baker envisioned the campus as it is now, the buildings encircling an area in the middle.”

Because state funds to pay for the college’s relocation to Bray Hall were unavailable, almost 200 students and faculty members volunteered their help and completed the move of the college’s books, laboratory equipment and furniture in only two days, Canham said. In 1933, Marshall Hall’s addition to the campus provided necessary, additional teaching space. Named after Louis Marshall, a renowned constitutional lawyer who helped found ESF in 1911, Marshall Hall housed Marshall Auditorium, Canham said. “If it weren’t for Louis Marshall, we wouldn’t be sitting here,” Canham said inside a classroom in Marshall Hall. “He had a great love for the outdoors and convinced the governor to have the college in Syracuse.” And as time went on, the college kept evolving. Students used Bray Hall’s space as a lab where they produced paper. The entire building would smell like hydrogen sulfide, Canham recalled. In 1957, Baker Laboratory was dedicated in honor of Dean Baker. It currently accommodates three high-tech lecture halls, six new computer labs and even an updated wood engineering test lab, according to the ESF Campus Tour website. The ESF campus went through a period of exponential growth in the 1960s with the construction of Moon Library, Illick Hall and Walters Hall. Called “the academic living room” of the campus because of its comfortable reclining chairs, Moon Library is one of the nation’s best collections of books and learning materials dedicated to the

environment and natural resources fields. Together with Illick Hall, it created the ESF Quadrangle. The college’s greenhouses are located on Illick Hall’s roof. With its trimmed grass, the Quad offers a gathering place for the ESF community. “The Quad is the centerpiece of our campus, it ties everything together,” said Johannes Helgren, a sophomore environmental sciences major. “People go there to study or just hang out.” Reaching a milestone with the completion of Centennial Hall in 2011, ESF has come full circle in building a self-sufficient campus that continues to satisfy the needs of a growing community. Its most recent investment was a $30 million student housing project. Centennial Hall houses 452 ESF students who previously had to live in Skyhalls on SU’s South Campus or other off-campus housing. “We didn’t mind living with SU students, it was a very broadening experience,” Canham said. “But a dorm does build more community spirit and also solves the space issue.” With the addition of Jahn Laboratory in 1997 and the Gateway Building that is scheduled for completion in 2012, the campus continues to evolve. The Gateway Building will provide even more space for student gatherings, a cafeteria and a fitness center. But it will also pay tribute to ESF’s commitment to sustainability, producing energy for itself and other buildings on the ESF campus and reflecting the vision of an environmentally conscious institution.

“... the New York State College of Forestry should be the best in the country, for this is the greatest State in the country.”

james day, su chancellor (1894-1922)

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The university was formed by Methodists and, up until 1962, SU always had an ordained Methodist minister as chancellor, Canham said. This led to debates within the New York Legislature as to whether or not a state-supported school should even be allowed at a religiously dominated university, Canham said. Other questions arose about acquiring funding for a forestry building. To put the Legislatures’ minds at ease, SU officials agreed to transfer the appointment power of ESF’s Board of Trustees from the SU chancellor to the New York state governor, Canham said. This way they could ensure that religion would not be a factor in the school’s curriculum. To this day, ESF is the only unit of SUNY that has its own board of trustees. Had Louis Marshall not had friends in the Legislature, the forestry program at ESF would never have moved to SU, Canham said.

The school expands By 1940, enrollment had jumped to 515 students, all of which were men. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that women began earning bachelor’s degrees, Canham said. Post-World War II, the GI Bill attracted a different type of student to ESF, Canham said. The college saw a spike in graduate enrollment from older war veterans who came back to school for little to no cost. Canham said these students didn’t care to take part in some of the more silly ESF traditions, such as wearing freshmen beanies.

“The relationship between the college and SU is a very unique part of the students’ experience here — I think it should be.” Hugh Canham


“We didn’t like to, but we put them on,” he said. As enrollment began to pick up, a number of ESF clubs were created. The forestry club was the first student organization, created in 1912, and others followed, including the glee club, called Saegerbund. The forestry students were responsible for bringing the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity to SU, Canham said. In 1948, the school became a unit of the State University of New York. Twenty-four years later, the name changed once again to State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as it is known today. The “at Syracuse University” ending was dropped this time, partly because the name was getting too long, Canham said. During the late 1950’s the school introduced sizable changes to the curriculum. ESF began to move away from teaching forestry as a professional discipline and toward programs that have more of an academic discipline, such as math and English, Canham said. This marked a major turning point for the college, he said. The college went through further changes

STILL GROWING in 1978 when officials decided to shift toward upper enrollment, only accepting juniors and seniors, Canham said. ESF hoped the change would foster better relationships with other SUNY units, but acknowledged the error when enrollment plummeted and became a four-year undergraduate program again in 1990, Canham said.

Modern day ESF Throughout the years, ESF and SU developed a close relationship. Students took basic courses together, had joint commencement ceremonies and, until this year, lived in SU housing together. Both the ESF and SU administrations are making a real effort to keep students integrated with one another, but during the past few years it has been increasingly difficult, Canham said. Now ESF teaches its own foundation courses, so ESF students, for the most part, no longer sit next to SU students during their general chemistry and math classes. Unlike in the past, ESF students have their own clubs and sports teams. And the completion of ESF’s first dormitory, Centennial Hall, creates a greater separation between students, Canham said. While Canham said the new dorm builds spirit within the ESF community, as well as creates additional space for incoming freshman — SU was running out of room for them — he liked that students from both schools were forced to get to know each other in the past. Canham said he didn’t mind living in SU housing when he attended ESF in the late 1950s and distinctly recalls the conversations he had

with his roommate, who was a pre-theology major at SU. “It was a very broadening experience for both of us, and I somehow feel that you don’t get that when everybody you’re living with is a similar major,” he said. “You tend to get upset when you see things change from what they were,” he continued. “The relationship between the college and SU is a very unique part of the students’ experience here — I think it should be. I think that being a part of a large university is a very enriching experience, but at the same time, going to a small college is very nice.” Claire Dunn, director of communications at ESF, said ESF is the oldest and the largest college in the country that focuses exclusively on environmental science and is striving to become a more permanent player internationally. Dunn said ESF is extremely proud of its research, international scope and its commitment to continuing to make the college greener than it was in the past. The school will continue to strive for these things during the next 100 years, she said. Tivona Renoni, a senior conservation biology major at ESF, said the faculty is what sets the school apart from other environmental colleges. “I feel like I’ve learned from some of the best. I think they do a really good job — I love the school.” But Canham said it was the students that kept him teaching at ESF for 31 years, and it is the students who keep him coming back now. Said Canham: “The students always seemed interested.”


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fell in love with Mimi’s Bakery and Café the moment my dining partners and I sauntered in at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Saturday and our server exclaimed, “Well, aren’t you guys up early?” This was the first of many indications that Mimi’s is the perfect place to treat yourself after a long night. When you’re craving a hearty breakfast food that exceeds Ernie Davis Dining Center grub, a cup of strong coffee and maybe something sweet to top it all off from Mimi’s is worth rolling sluggishly out of bed for. Right across from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at 260 W. Genesee St., the café looks very unassuming by comparison. However, flashiness has never boded well for scrambled eggs, so the simple arrangement of the plain tables and the unremarkable front counter encouraged me. Also, the minimal décor allowed my eyes to focus instantly on the one part of Mimi’s that did stand out: the glowing case of baked goods. But more on that later, I promise. After squishing around the small table, we snatched a menu and the hungry perusal began. We hemmed, hawed and each changed our minds about half a dozen times. “I think I’m going to get French toast! Oh wait, those breakfast wraps sound good.” It didn’t help that Mimi’s menu has everything that you would ever expect or desire: omelets, bacon, ham, toast, home fries, muffins, pancakes and more. A breakfast lover’s paradise. And all priced perfectly for a broke college kid’s budget. Finally, I settled on a spinach and feta omelet with rye bread toast ($4.70) and a side of home fries ($1.50). I split this with one of my dining partners, who selected a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on a soft roll ($3.95) to satisfy our meat craving. While we waited for our food, our server, Kathy Babgley, amicably chatted with us as she refilled our cups of coffee and tea. We learned that Mimi’s has another location — in the AXA Towers at 100 Madison St. — that offers a similar menu, but with an order-at-the-counter café environment that includes a wider selection of coffees. She mentioned chocolate raspberry, and we promptly “oohed.” When our steaming plates arrived from the kitchen, my eyes widened at the massive quantity of food placed before me. I could feel my hangover diminishing even before the first bite. The omelet was thick, fluffy and jam-packed with spinach and feta, when too many other places throw in only meager amounts. The hot sauce and ketchup on our table complimented the home fries perfectly — just soft

brandon weight | photo editor MIMI’S BAKERY AND CAFÉ, located at 260 W. Genesee St., bakes its own bread and stocks its display case with pastries. The eatery serves standard breakfast fare, including omelets with toast and a side of homefries. enough and excellently browned. However, the crowning jewel was the toast. Mimi’s bakes its own bread, and those two fresh, delicious slices of rye had me vowing to learn the art of bread-making at some point in my life. The breakfast sandwich was average. A secret ingredient or special sauce could have jazzed it up, but it was exactly what you expect from a breakfast sandwich. The big sausage patty provided a satisfying saltiness and the melted cheese was plentiful. We gobbled up our food with the case of baked goods gleaming enticingly from the side. Of course, we managed to save room for dessert. I had to ask Babgley for a recommendation because the rows of cookies, cake, cupcakes, brownies and Danish pastries overwhelmed me. “Those are my downfall,” she confessed, pointing to a line of what looked like miniature, chocolate volcanoes. Called “peaks,” these cream-filled chocolate cakes are dipped in dark chocolate. Having been introduced to such a tasty concept, I think that they could become my downfall, too. My friend ordered the turtle cheesecake, which was smooth, creamy and also excellent. After such filling meals, neither one of us could finish our baked good, but it was OK because Mimi’s offers convenient to-go boxes — meaning we would get to enjoy the ultimate late afternoon snack. Mimi’s Bakery and Café’s extensive breakfast menu, relaxed atmosphere, cheap prices and freshly baked treats promise a Saturday morning ritual you won’t regret.

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Smartphones, Internet take personality out of relationships in digital age


e are the smartphone generation. Everything is just a short click away no matter where in the world you might find yourself. But it seems to me that technology is replacing actual human contact. “Our generation’s expectations have been lowered because we expect texting over a phone call or anything else,” said Montana Pierri, a senior psychology major. With the convenience of a cellphone or the Internet, it’s easy to let your fingers do the talking. Gone are the days of love notes and cheesy one-liners. Who wants that? This is the age of sexting. When you don’t have to look someone in the face, there’s an added layer of confidence. Want that guy to know you’re interested but afraid of what he’ll say when you hit on him in person? Send him a raunchy text message. But sexting doesn’t even begin to cover it. With your phone and computer, you can take pictures and videos to send to your lover. And

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classy, not trashy even though it’s a very real possibility that that picture or video will be shown to more people than you intended, people are still sending these revealing messages. But people have thrown their inhibitions out the window in exchange for the thrill of these provocative texts. We’ve become so dependent on technology that there are even college dating websites. Take, for example, No more going out and meeting someone new. You can just log on, create a profile and find singles from your school. But it seems that these days most people are looking to just have fun for the night. Sites like

these help those who are looking for a more serious relationship find someone else with similar interests. All right, so I guess that does make some sense. But what about apps like Grindr, an application for gay men that uses GPS to pinpoint other gay men around their area. You make a quick profile, upload a photo, and no matter where you are, you can find someone. Grindr’s website describes itself as “the go-to app for socializing in seconds with the guys right around you.” But isn’t this a little intrusive? Is it OK for people to be able to find you no matter where you are and chat you? But it can be argued that no one is being forced to sign up for apps like Grindr. It is done completely voluntarily, and people know what they are getting themselves into. Maybe for them, the benefits of having a tool like this outweigh the possible repercussions. But can technology truly replace face-to-face

interaction? “I dated this guy who actually calls, and it was the most miraculous thing in the world,” said Emma Krupnick, a senior public policy major. “Instead of texting me to ask me on a date, he called and asked me to dinner. It’s the gentlemanly thing to do.” I can totally see the convenience in all of this technology. I couldn’t live without my iPhone, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it. A text is great and does let someone know you’re thinking about them (whether sexually or not). It’s important to keep in mind, however, that there’s really nothing that can replace face-toface interactions, whatever kind of interactions it might be that you’re looking for. A text, message or email can be deleted in an instant, but the feeling you get when you see that special someone in person can last a lifetime. Rita Kokshanian is a senior magazine journalism major. Her column appears every Thursday. She can be reached at

Cross-cultural alumni, student event celebrates 10th anniversary By Safa Browne Contributing Writer

For the last 14 years, Marcus Solis has been a reporter at WABC Eyewitness News in New York City. Solis graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 and will be returning to campus to attend the Coming Back Together reunion for the third time. “Being on campus gives us a first-hand look at

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A four-day weekend of workshops and social events When: Thursday, Sept. 22 - Friday, Sept. 25 How much: Free how SU is serving its current minority students and allows those students a chance to interact and learn from those who have gone before

them,” Solis said. “A strong turnout also shows the administration that the African-American and Latino population is an important, involved part of the SU community even after graduation.” SU’s African-American and Latino alumni will be returning to campus Thursday to attend the 10th anniversary CBT Reunion. The reunion, themed “Celebrating the Past and Shaping the Future,” will take place from Thursday, Sept. 22, to Sunday, Sept. 25, and will include a variety of scheduled events, workshops and seminars. Coming Back Together has occurred every three years since 1983. This event provides an opportunity for African-American and Latino alumni to witness the transformations their alma mater has gone through, share their knowledge and experience with current students and reminisce on old times. The Program Development Office has been working hard to provide a structured and enjoyable weekend. Larry Martin, the associate vice president of program development at SU, has been working around the clock to help make this event just as special as previous years. Martin strives to carry on the good works of his predecessor Robert Hill, who started the CBT reunion as a way to help the African-American and Latino alumni feel appreciated and more comfortable returning to campus. Hill’s plan is a proven success, as more than 300 alumni are returning this weekend to enjoy the 10th CBT reunion. “This reunion is special since it’s the 10th, but all of the reunions have been special and unique,” Martin said. “They are full of energy, they are full of excitement, there is a real connection, and it’s a very powerful experience when you see so many talented African-American and Latino alumni return to this campus.”

“Syracuse did so much for me while I was a student, and I think it’s only the right thing to do to give back to the students that are currently enrolled in the university.”

Shanti Das

co-chair for the CBT reunion

The four-day weekend is packed with exciting activities as varied as seminars and cultural exhibits to an SU football game and a gala dinner. There will also be a variety of seminars and panel discussions covering questions on the effects of the economy, the new world of entertainment, social media and issues personally affecting the African-American and Latino communities. The panelists will include Dave Bing, mayor of Detroit; Angela Robinson, broadcast journalist for ARC Media; Shanti Das, co-chair for the CBT reunion; and Solis. Das graduated in 1993 from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and majored in television, radio and film. Das was a former executive vice president of marketing at Universal Motown Records but left in 2009 to start her company Being an entrepreneur has also given Das time to write two books, “The Hip-Hop Professional: A Woman’s Guide to Climbing the Ladder of Success in the Entertainment Business” and “The 1-2-3’s of Networking,” which was released Tuesday. Das attributes her success to connections and previous mentors, and she hopes to give back to the students this weekend. “For me, personally, I always enjoy coming back to support the university,” Das said. “Syracuse did so much for me while I was a student, and I think it’s only the right thing to do to give back to the students that are currently enrolled in the university.” One of those students is Kalila Nelson, a senior sociology major. She is no stranger to the CBT reunion, as she attended her freshman year. However, returning as a senior, Nelson hopes to walk away with just as good an experience as her first time around. “I hope to continue building connections,” Nelson said. “As a freshman attending the chancellor’s reception, I met an attorney who I’m still close to today, so I hope to meet more people and just build relationships.” The CBT reunion is a time for alumni, students and faculty to come together and take advantage of this wonderful experience. Although this reunion focuses on the African-American and Latino Alumni, Martin makes it very clear that this opportunity is for everyone to enjoy. “The reunion is open to all,” Martin said. “Anybody can come to the workshops, anybody can come to the Fiesta Latina, anybody can come to the different events that we have and all can benefit.”

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Community figure Rockets playmaker Page remains close to home, becomes icon of Toledo team By David Propper


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ave Connelly could only turn around and laugh in disbelief of what Eric Page could do on the football field. Page did things Connelly said he had never seen in his life. During his career playing for Connelly at Springfield (Ohio) High School, Page played quarterback and running back on offense, safety on defense, and returned kicks and punts. He was a natural who could do it all. “He could kick extra points with either foot,” Connelly said. “He could catch with one hand better than anyone on the team. He was just a phenomenal athlete when it came to football.” That natural ability attracted interest from top-tier football programs Ohio State and Michigan. Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel even met with Page at his high school. But Page wasn’t interested in going to a big-time program. Everything he was looking for was already in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Page committed to play at Toledo as soon as possible — at the start of his junior year. Page has thrived as a wide receiver for the Rockets using that same athleticism he displayed in high school. Last season, he had 99 catches for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns, and he earned All-American honors as a kick returner, scoring three touchdowns and averaging about 30 yards per return. That success on the field and his popularity in the community has turned Page into a hometown hero. The junior is featured on billboards around the city, and many people who have seen him play since his Pop Warner days still go to watch him on Saturdays. For Page, that support was a big part of his decision to stay home. “I just wanted to stay in Toledo just because friends and family are close by,” Page said. “If I need some support I can run home quick. I only live 10 minutes away from campus, so it’s not too far. Just being able to play in front of my friends and family is a big thing for me.” Amy Weemes, Page’s mother who works at Springfield High School, has noticed the community has embraced her son. Weemes said Page’s success has inspired the students at the high school and in the community. “He is an inspiration,” Weemes said. “The kids in the area even, little brothers, little sisters, cousins, nephews, friends, whatever. It gives them hope, I guess, is the best way to explain it because they see that somebody that is just a normal, everyday kid can do it.” From those who remember him playing flag football as a small child at the YMCA to his high school coaches, Weemes said the close-knit Toledo community is behind Page. For Page, it’s still surreal that he has the support of an entire city. “It’s still crazy to me just having people come up to me,” Page said. “It’s not really hit me yet. It kind of good just to know the things I’ve done have been recognized and that there are little

kids that look up to me as a player and a person.” UT head coach Tim Beckman said when he first arrived at Toledo, he made it a priority to recruit players in the area. “We said when we got here that we were going to recruit this city first and branch out from there,” Beckman said. “We were lucky to get an All-American that’s 10 miles away, so he can definitely relate to the people around and people who know Eric Page for twenty years.” Rockets wide receivers coach Jason Candle said that Page’s attitude and style on the field symbolized the heart of Toledo. “He kind of embraces that role,” Candle said, “He’s kind of what Toledo is about. It’s a bluecollar city with blue-collar people. This is how he plays on Saturday.” While his grit can be seen on the field, his talent and natural ability is what makes him special as a player. It’s an ability he has developed in his hometown since playing Pop Warner football. The one word that comes to mind when Page’s Pop Warner coach Rick Wisbon thinks of him: vision. Wisbon said when Page played for him, he had a unique ability to see the field. “Kid had vision,” Wisbon said. “He touches the ball and he just makes plays happen.” Page’s vision has served him well at the collegiate level. When Desmond Marrow takes the practice field every day, he knows taking even one play off against Page can lead to humiliation. “Sometimes he gets me and sometimes I get him,” the senior cornerback said. “Eric’s so quick, it’s tough to guard Eric at times.” Marrow has to bring his “A” game every practice. There’s no room for error when matching up with Page. One misstep and Page is five steps ahead of his defender. Marrow said Page is the total package. He has soft hands, is short but very quick, and most importantly, Page uses football knowledge to enhance his play. The combination that makes Page so hard to cover in practice also makes him a tough matchup for opponents. This season, Page has 25 receptions for 274 yards and three scores. And he burned Ohio State, a team that expressed interest in him, catching 12 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Candle compares his heady play to that of NFL pros Candle has coached in the past, like the Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon. Teams might scheme just to stop Page, but that makes little difference. “He’s so smart,” Marrow said. “He knows that the defensive game plan is to stop him, but yet he still finds holes in the defense.” Weemes knew all along her son Eric was destined for gridiron greatness. She told Connelly her son “would be playing in the NFL someday” when he was just four years old. Connelly laughed at the idea, saying, “Amy, you know, you’re crazy.”

courtesy of toledo media relations eric page chose to play college football at Toledo, just 10 miles from his home, rather than move away from friends and family to play for another university. Page will lead the Rockets into the Carrier Dome on Saturday to take on the Orange at noon. Now, it doesn’t seem so crazy. “I kind of ate my words fifteen years later,” Connelly said. Connelly wouldn’t be shocked at how far Page can go in his football career. After watching Page up close in high school, Connelly

knows better than to be surprised by what he does at Toledo. He thinks Page is one of the best players in the country. “Nothing he does on the college level surprises me,” Connelly said.

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SU looks to find comfort zone at home after 3 weeks on road By Nick Toney Staff Writer

It didn’t take then-freshman middle blocker Lindsay McCabe long to realize why South Florida calls its home court “The Corral.” “They (USF) had a wild and crazy crowd,” McCabe said. “(They had) cheerleaders, the Bull mascot and everything else when we played in Tampa last year. It was a big home-court advantage for them, no doubt.” Syracuse (9-4) lost that away game in five sets last season. But in 2011, the team hopes for its own home-court advantage in a game against the Bulls (4-8) that kicks off conference play in the Big East. And it is hoped it will be enough of an energy boost to snap the team out of its funk of inconsistent, early-season play. The Orange and South Florida face off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Building. SU assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe said the Orange could use a shot in the arm after experiencing the ups and downs of nonconference play, especially since the team is one year removed from a 17-0 start to the season. “A home match (against USF) couldn’t have

come at a better time,” Morrisroe said. “After three weekends of traveling to tournaments, we needed to get back in our comfort zone.” SU has yet to find that on-court comfort zone despite winning two nonconference tournaments — the Big Orange Tournament and the Blackbird Invitational. The team hangs its hat on defense, leading the nation in blocks per match. But at times, the Orange offense has sputtered, and that’s why the team is unable to keep pace in certain games. Opponents with similar or better size at the net and comparable defensive skills also gave SU trouble. Last weekend, SU lost to two such teams. Dayton, a team that would go on to win last weekend’s tournament and now sits just outside the NCAA Top 25, swept the Orange in three sets. The nationally ranked SU defense registered only one block against the vaunted Flyers attack, and it couldn’t stop a streak of four straight service aces by Atlantic-10 Player of the Week Rachel Krabacher. An upset loss to tournament host Buffalo in five sets provided another case study for

SU’s inconsistency in nonconference play. The Orange had to fight off two match points by the Bisons to force a fifth and deciding set. When SU seemed to seize the match’s momentum, Buffalo surged ahead with a 7-2 run to open the last set and ultimately take the game. “Dayton was a good test because they were so good, but we never really played our game the way we could all tournament,” said freshman outside hitter Andrea Fisher. “I don’t know what happened with Buffalo. I wasn’t expecting a loss there,” Morrisroe added. For that reason, and many others, Morrisroe said USF shouldn’t be overlooked. Despite their 4-8 record, the Bulls have four players at or taller than 6 feet on the roster —kryptonite for the SU team this year. The Bulls also ended SU’s winning streak last season at 17 with a five-set victory in front of the raucous home crowd in Tampa. Before that loss, McCabe said, SU couldn’t fix its on-court issues. They were winning and everything seemed to be working. “The difference this year is that we know

“After three weekends of traveling to tournaments, we needed to get back in our comfort zone.” Kelly Morrisroe SU assistant coach

what we have to work on,” said McCabe. “I couldn’t be more excited to play teams from the Big East and prove last year wasn’t a fluke.” Syracuse squandered its school record 17-1 start last season, failing to reach the NCAA tournament by season’s end. But Fisher wasn’t a part of that team last season. And she says she can’t wait to play with this year’s battle-tested team. “We’ve played better opponents earlier in our schedule, so we think we know where we stand,” Fisher said. “Getting the first Big East win over would be great.”

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Memory of Tillman motivates Sun Devils 10 years after 9/11 attacks By Andrew Tredinnick Asst. Copy Editor

A plaque over the doorway reads, “Tillman Tunnel.” A painting on the window of the door entering the tunnel bears the team’s mantra, “Give ‘Em Hell Devils.” A colorful mural in the hallway leading to the tunnel displays the biggest member of the football team’s legacy donning the Sun Devils’ maroon and gold. The Pat Tillman tributes are endless. “When they go through that tunnel it’s special because of what he did and how he sacrificed for our country, and he was a great Sun Devil,” Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson said. “When our guys go through that tunnel it means a heck of a lot to them.” Tillman was a starting linebacker for Arizona State, leading the Sun Devils in tackles as a senior and receiving Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Tillman would go on to be drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. But after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tillman decided there were more important things to do than playing football. A year later, he and his brother Kevin enlisted in the Army and went on a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003. In 2004, Tillman was killed in a firefight during an ambush when his platoon had a miscommunication and Tillman was mistaken for the enemy. Since then, just more than 10 years since he decided to enlist, Tillman has been memorialized and idolized by the university where he made his mark on the field. And now he leaves an even bigger impression on Arizona State, one that extends far beyond football games. “It’s hard not to think about how he played and what he means to this school and the United States, really,” Colin Parker, an ASU linebacker

said. “It’s always there in the back of your mind that there’s a standard at this position that we need to live up to. We need to do everything that we can to be the best linebacker unit that we can be.” The Sun Devils are reminded of Tillman’s sacrifice as they touch the letters of the plaque that bear his name before each game. By the time the Sun Devils make their way out onto the field, they are equipped with the appropriate level of preparation and motivation to take on their opponent. Erickson recognizes the inspiration that his players feel each time they walk through the Tillman Tunnel. It provides a deeper sense of home-field advantage for his players. Tillman’s image personifies the courage, strength and determination that the Sun Devils hope to harness on the football field. Lyn Music, Arizona State’s associate athletic director of operations and facilities, had the chance to meet Tillman when she attended ASU. After working at the university for 18 years, she says people are still overcome by how incredible Tillman’s dedication to the United States was when he decided to forgo a professional football career and enter the military. The same sacrifice is honored each time she takes people through the tunnel. Oftentimes, the trips end in tears. “There was an element to him — that strength of character, I guess you would say — in everything that he did and everything that he conveyed,” Music said. “He was one of those people that when you were around him you enjoyed it, and he made you feel good, and you wanted to be around him more.” Parker, ASU’s leading tackler this season, happens to play the same position as Tillman did while he played at Arizona State. The fact that Tillman donned the same colors and played on the same surface provides unique motivation for Parker to play his heart out each game.

courtesy of arizona state athletic communications The Sun Devils run out the “Tillman Tunnel” before every home game thinking of former linebacker Pat Tillman, who was shot and killed in Iraq in 2004 in friendly fire. The Sun Devils will need that motivation as they prepare to enter a matchup against No. 23 Southern California on Saturday. ASU has not defeated the Trojans in the last decade, meaning home-field advantage is crucial. Erickson recognizes the stiff competition his team will face this weekend following a loss to Illinois. But he hopes that an energetic crowd — fueled by motivation from Tillman — will help the Sun Devils. “We haven’t had a lot of success against (USC) in the last 11 years,” Erickson said. “We had a great crowd when we played against Missouri here (earlier in the season), and I expect a great crowd here.” Although many of the current players never had the chance to meet Tillman before they chose to attend Arizona State, the players still gain strength from what the Tunnel represents. Tillman was a Sun Devil. Tillman was a hero. And every ASU player tries to match that on the field. “It reminds you of our past and how you need to play to live up to our standards,” Parker said. “It’s something that’s very unique to our school,

having someone like Pat Tillman play here.”

Big man on campus QB Tajh Boyd Clemson Last week: 30-of-42, 386 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs

Tajh Boyd played a huge role in ending thenNo. 21 Auburn’s 17-game winning streak last Saturday. Boyd linked up with receiver Sammy Watkins on a 65-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, which proved to be the deciding points in a 38-24 Clemson victory. Boyd completed 30-of-42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns in the week’s marquee upset. After Auburn jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Boyd responded by throwing two touchdowns in both the second and third quarters. Boyd led Clemson to 624 yards of total offense against its Southeastern Conference opponent. No. 21 Clemson faces another difficult test when it hosts No. 11 Florida State this weekend.


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Officials agree to a policy in which forestry students can take classes in the forestry school, but still use the services and facilities provided by SU, so long as the state pays for the use of the services and facilities.

Spring 1970

Illick Hall on the campus is dedicated.

Forestry students join the movement on campus and participate in strikes against the Vietnam War. Signs on the Quad read: “Wake up: Regardless of the goals and objectives of the SU strike committee and its leaders, we the students of the College of Forestry have an obligation as brothers and sisters of the national academic community to be aware of ourselves and what is going around us,” followed by information about meeting on the Quad.




Moon Library is built.

Oct. 11, 1968

The school changes its name for the final time, to the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Walters Hall is built.



at ESF, and his friend, Jacob Milea, went into the meeting with Murphy and outlined the cost of equipment and uniforms. They gave Murphy an estimate of how much it would cost to get the team on its feet. So how did Murphy respond to something new to an institution that for the most part had only intramural sports and woodsmen competitions throughout the school’s history? “He basically said, ‘No problem,’” Kolwaite said. “They gave me a little money around here to play with.” From there, Kolwaite fielded a team of guys he had played soccer with on the ESF’s grassy Quad and guys who were on Kolwaite’s floor. “I knew that there was an interest, it was just a matter of getting things organized and written and starting that process,” said Kolwaite. For Kolwaite, the goal was just being able to play the game competitively, regardless of the circumstances. And the circumstances weren’t great. The team didn’t have a solid practice field to use on a day-to-day basis. Some days they would play on ESF’s Quad, which hardly resembles a real soccer field. Other days the team would play at Barry Park, a half-mile from campus, or even up at fields on Skytop. Eventually, all that roaming around led to time on Lower Hookway Field, where the Syra-

cuse soccer teams also practice. Interest has only grown since the humble beginnings eight years ago. Kolwaite credits that to having a professional staff just for athletics, with Ramin at the top. He’s in charge of various responsibilities like recruiting and organizing all games and practices. Before Ramin, it was all up to Kolwaite and Milea to handle those duties, which he said wasn’t easy for the students considering they also had to worry about classes. Now, with personnel fully dedicated to just athletics, the program has grown to heights Kolwaite never thought he would see in such a short time. “It’s gone a lot farther than I ever thought it would,” Kolwaite said. “I’m interested to see where it goes in the future.” ••• What Kolwaite found impossible less than a decade ago has become a reality. And it isn’t just men’s soccer anymore either. Sports like women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s golf have also begun to blossom at ESF. “I’ve seen it grow where I’ve seen students really, really enjoy it,” Ramin said. Athletics at ESF have become another attraction to a tiny school that specializes in a specific curriculum and is oftentimes overshadowed by the much larger, higher-profile school with which it shares a campus. John View, head coach of the men’s cross country team, said when looking to recruit


out high school.”

Head coach John Turbeville called them the Mighty Oaks’ version of the Bad News Bears, Thaddeus Holland recalls. Holland, through his three years on the golf team, has seen a transformation from a men’s golf team competing at the recreational club level to a highly competitive unit competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes. “The golf team was still searching for its identity when I joined,” said Holland, a senior. “… The team worked hard and fed off each other’s energy and, as a result, surprised a lot of people.” Although the team now has 23 players, the team begvan in 2007 with eight players trying to learn the ropes. The sport is growing, but Turbeville would not go as far to say that athletics has a huge role in the student body. Said Turbeville: “I think it has afforded a lot of students the opportunity to come to a specialized science school and not have to forego what is likely an experience with a sport that they have been playing all through-

Women’s cross country coach Jim Goulet has seen the transformation of sports at ESF. During his time as an undergraduate, ESF students could play on SU teams. When Goulet came back to his alma mater, that was no longer an option. The NCAA deemed ESF’s participation in SU Division-I athletics illegal due to ESF students paying tuition to their own school and not SU. To gain numbers, they didn’t go to the more conventional route. “What was unusual was no one came there with the intention of running cross country. … We had to make up our team from the students already on campus,” he said. In its third year, enrollment numbers for the women’s cross country team have gone up, but that’s partially because very few of the original numbers have graduated. However, the Mighty Oaks have been successful. Last year, ESF surprised everyone when it placed second in the USAA National and almost beat rival William and Smith last weekend.

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Women’s cross country

September 1998

A derecho — a serious windstorm with thunderstorms intermittent — ripped through the ESF campus, shattering windows and causing roof damage on nearly every building. Roughly 24 trees were lost on campus.


Sept. 27, 2009

ESF is invited to join the NAIA at the Division III level. The school began competing in intercollegiate sports (include sports here!)

September 2010

Officials moved the singular television in Bray Hall into the building’s rotunda, and students, faculty and staff watched the events of 9/11 unfold.

The school announces plans to build its first residence hall next to the ESF campus on Oakland Street. Eighteen homes had to be razed to make space for the hall. Prior to Centennial, ESF had an agreement with SU to house ESF students.

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SU announces it will now place ESF students in Skyhalls with transfer students. Before, ESF students lived in learning communities in Lawrinson and Sadler halls.

ESF holds a Green Tie Dinner to celebrate the institution’s 100-year anniversary.

August 2011

The first students to live in Centennial Hall move into their new living quarters.

STILL GROWING quality students to come to the environmentally focused school, athletics is just another thing he can dangle at prospective students. “One of the logical questions for a student would be, ‘Do you have a sports program?’” View said. “Used to be, ‘No, you can play intramurals.’ Now the answer’s, ‘Yes, this is what we have to offer.’” Robert French, vice president for enrollment management and marketing said when he talked with prospective students, they were intrigued by the academics ESF had to offer, but they still wanted to participate in athletics as well. That’s one of the reasons French believes competitive sports are a critical part of any university. For now, sports are funded at the college by an implemented intercollegiate fee students pay to help support the teams on campus. The Mighty Oaks also have support from their neighbors to the northeast, the Syracuse Orange. Although the gate to Upper Hookway Field states, “For SU athletic dept use only,” ESF’s soccer programs are welcome to use it when it’s available. Ramin commends the use of that field as one of the reasons the team has had success in recent years. Also, in conjunction with the SU cross country team, the ESF team now runs on a brand-new trail on Skytop that provided a more concrete place for runners to train. That support is something Ramin is more than grateful for.

Men’s cross country

When John View arrived at ESF in 1979, the only two teams were the Woodsmen’s team and a men’s basketball program. He credits the unique relationship between ESF and SU for the expansion of the athletic programs due to both the support and facilities SU has given to ESF. “Some students started to get interested,” View said. “We don’t have a basketball team, so, of course, our students are going to appreciate that.” When Mike Miles joined the men’s cross country team his sophomore year, he was one of just eight or nine men to be part of the first class of runners. Now, as a senior and captain of the team three seasons later, the team has doubled in size to more than 20 athletes. He said he thinks ESF can have the best of both worlds when it comes to sports. Students can participate without dealing with the pressure that comes with competing at the Division-I level. Besides being a men’s cross country coach, the “highlight” of Miles’ years has

“They’ve supported us tremendously. Absolutely tremendously,” Ramin said. “I can’t thank (SU Athletic Director) Dr. (Daryl) Gross enough.” And Gross has been happy to help. “We’re neighbors, why wouldn’t we?” he said ••• In his four years with ESF, Ramin has seen a program grow from infant stages to something he’s proud to be a part of. And as the years go on, he looks forward to more support and interest to spring up from every corner of the campus — even if it takes some time. To get the word out, fliers are posted around campus for upcoming athletic events. The program has its own website and Facebook page, updating fans on how the teams are doing. The athletes for each sport act as walking advertisements, making sure to wear warm-up gear around campus when they have a game coming up. For Nick Hlat, a sophomore midfielder on the men’s soccer team, as long as the teams keep churning out successful seasons, everyone will know the name Mighty Oaks goes beyond a standstill nickname. It represents a school that has intercollegiate athletics, with players who are proud to wear the ESF green. “I feel like we’re not as well known as we should be, but I feel like that’s going to change,” Hlat said. “The more and more our soccer program becomes legitimate, the more awareness and the more people will know about it.”

been being a competitive road runner, cross country runner for the Syracuse Chargers and running in the end of the season meets against the SU men’s team.

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Junior midfielder and defender Amy Chianucci said last year — the women’s soccer team’s inaugural season — was a struggle, but this year things are looking up. “This year we came into the season a little more seasoned with tougher training session and a heftier game schedule,” Chianucci said. Head coach Daniel Ramin, who also coaches the men’s soccer team, likes the direction the team is heading. The highlight of the season so far has been a major victory over NCAA program Wells College. The match was a high scoring affair, with ESF coming out on top 7-4. On the season, the Mighty Oaks are 3-2. And what Ramin likes most about this team is the young talent on the roster. “This has been a great recruiting year,” Ramin said. — Compiled by Colleen Bidwill, asst. feature editor,, and David Propper, staff writer,

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Ange Bradley called Syracuse University’s impending move to the Atlantic Coast Conference a distraction. The SU head coach is focused on leading her team to a Big East championship this season. And Bradley said she wants her players focused on the 2011 competition rather than worrying about a change that won’t take place until the majority of the team has graduated. “It’s a distraction,” Bradley said. “It’s the future. And in sport, if you think of anything beyond the moment, you’re not going to get where you need to be.” But once the 27-month waiting period does roll around, Bradley and No. 5 Syracuse will face a much tougher in-conference schedule. The Orange (5-2, 1-0 Big East) has competed against many ACC schools in recent years, including matches this season against No. 1 North Carolina and Wake Forest. However, competing with these teams every year and facing them in the postseason conference tournament will be a new challenge. For now, Bradley is locked in on this weekend’s slate of games. The Orange has a conference game at Louisville (6-2, 1-0 Big East) on Friday before returning home Sunday to play host

to Boston University (4-3, 0-0 America East). Bradley’s reaction did not pertain to what the move will do on the field for the Orange in the future. Rather, she said she was glad SU was making one of the initial moves in the re-landscaping of college sports. That’s better than waiting and possibly being forced into a situation in which the university does not have full control. “It’s something that is clearly great for our university academically, athletically and I applaud the visionary method of (Athletic Director) Dr. (Daryl) Gross and (Chancellor) Nancy Cantor for being proactive and not reactive,” Bradley said. Earlier this season, Syracuse lost to the then-No. 2 Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C., a location and team the Orange will become increasingly familiar with in the future. SU assistant coach Steve Simpson was already accustomed to facing UNC, as he coached at Maryland from 1995-2003. Coming from the ACC, Simpson said he isn’t worried about the increased competition and sees the Orange as a threat to the Tar Heels, just as much as the Tar Heels are a threat to SU “It’s no different than this year. We played them this year,” Simpson said. “… They’re looking at us as being a quality opponent as well. It’s

“It’s a distraction. It’s the future. And in sport, if you think of anything beyond the moment, you’re not going to get where you need to be.” Ange Bradley

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not like we’re just looking up, they’re looking up as well when they look at us.” But in the Big East, every other team — excluding No. 4 Connecticut — is undoubtedly looking up at the Orange. Shifting conferences will mean more than playing UNC. It will mean playing the likes of No. 6 Boston College and No. 9 Duke every year, among other stronger, faster teams. It will also end the dominance Syracuse has pressed on the Big East under Bradley. SU is 21-4 in the Big East in the four-plus years under its head coach, so it’s easy to see why moving to the ACC will harshly toughen up SU’s schedule. The Orange has certainly held its own against ACC competition, defeating then-No.

1 Maryland in 2008 and Boston College in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA tournament. Overall, Syracuse is 4-4 against ACC opponents under Bradley. “It will be very interesting because there are a lot of very good teams there, and we’re a good team,” Simpson said. “So it’s more sharks in the ocean.” Freshman goalkeeper Sophia Openshaw is one of the four rookies on the team that will be at SU when the transfer occurs, assuming the 27-month wait is not shortened. Openshaw grew up in Annapolis, Md., just 30 miles east of the Maryland’s campus in College Park. She understands the challenges presented by competing in the ACC and said she is ready to dive in headfirst. “In playing them every year, I’m pretty confident that we have what it takes to play in that conference,” Openshaw said. But 27 months is still a long ways away. Bradley said she has not even spoken to her team about the conference change. She is more concerned with winning the Big East this season than competing in the ACC in the future. “I don’t really think about it right now,” Bradley said. “I’m trying to win a Big East championship.”


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Weaknesses: Field hockey, men’s

tennis Boston College became the 12th team to officially join the ACC in 2005. The Eagles accepted their invitation in 2003, deciding to leave the Big East. The men’s ice hockey program is arguably the most accomplished team at the university. The Eagles were national champions in 2010 and have won four NCAA titles overall. The team has reached the Frozen Four nine times since 1998. Since 2000, the football team has appeared in a bowl game every year and won eight of them. Overall, the Eagles have won one conference title, a Big East championship in 2004. Notable football alumni include Matt Ryan and Doug Flutie, who took home the Heisman Trophy in 1984. The men’s basketball team was most successful during the 1980s, when it reached the Sweet 16 two times and the Elite Eight once. Former head coach Jim O’Brien is credited with rebuilding the team into a national power. The team then struggled in the 1990s but returned to the Sweet 16 in 1996 for the first time in 11 years. The Eagles have won two Big East championships in their history but have never reached the Final Four. Men’s soccer has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past four seasons, while the women’s team has gone in each of the past eight seasons. The women have reached two Elite Eights and seven Sweet 16s.

Men’s tennis is arguably the weakest sport for the Eagles. The team went winless in conference play last year at 0-11.

MARYLAND Joined ACC: May 8, 1953 Strengths: Basketball, men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse

Weaknesses: Women’s soccer

The Terrapins were one of the seven charter members of the Atlantic Coast Conference when it was founded in 1953. Since the 1980s, Maryland has been one of the basketball powerhouses of the ACC, constantly in battles with Duke and North Carolina for the conference championship. The team reached the NCAA Tournament seven times in the 1980s, six times in the 1990s and eight times in the 2000s. The Terrapins won the national championship in 2002 under head coach Gary Williams. During his tenure from 1989 to 2011, Maryland reached the Final Four twice and had eight AllAmericans. The men’s soccer team is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and has a rich tradition in the ACC. The Terps were national co-champions in 1968 and won the NCAA tournament outright in 2005 and 2008. Men’s lacrosse has won two national championships, in 1973 and 1975. The team has made the NCAA tournament in each of the past nine seasons. Women’s basketball also won a national title in 2006, the field hockey team has captured six NCAA titles and the women’s lacrosse team has 10.

VIRGINIA Joined ACC: Dec. 4, 1953 Strengths: Men’s lacrosse, wom-

en’s lacrosse, men’s swimming and diving Weaknesses: Men’s basketball, football Virginia joined the ACC seven months after the conference formed to become the league’s eighth team. Like Syracuse, the Cavaliers have one of the best men’s lacrosse programs in the country. The team has won five national championships, including the 2011 title. Head coach Dom Starsia took over in 1993, and he has guided the Cavaliers to four of those NCAA titles. Since 1978, Virginia men’s lacrosse has missed the NCAA tournament only four times. But in the two major sports, the Cavaliers struggle. Since 2006, the football team has had just one winning season and one bowl appearance. Virginia is 7-10 all-time in bowl games. Men’s basketball has made two Final Four appearances, but not since 1984. The program has almost as many National Invitational Tournament appearances (13) as NCAA Tournament appearances (16). The men’s soccer team has made the NCAA tournament 31 years running and has six national championships. Women’s lacrosse has made the tournament every year since 1996. The program has captured three national titles since 1991. The men’s swimming and diving team won eight consecutive ACC championships from 1999 to 2006.

VIRGINIA TECH Joined ACC: July 1, 2004 Strengths: Football, men’s soccer, baseball

Weaknesses: Basketball, women’s

soccer Virginia Tech joined the ACC in July 2004 after leaving the Big East. It joined on the same day as Miami, as the conference expanded to 11 teams. The Hokies’ most notable contribution to the conference is without a doubt on the football field. Under head coach Frank Beamer, who is in his 25th year at the helm, Virginia Tech has won four ACC championships since its arrival. The team also won three Big East titles under Beamer. Throughout the years, Virginia Tech has produced NFL players Michael Vick, Brandon Flowers, DeAngelo Hall and Eddie Royal. Men’s soccer has also been a strength for the Hokies since the arrival of former head coach Oliver Weiss in 2002. He’s guided Virginia Tech to its only four NCAA tournament appearances in school history, including a trip to the College Cup in 2007. Under Seth Greenberg, the men’s basketball team has been an NCAA bubble team almost every year. The Hokies have narrowly missed the big dance every year since 2007. Legendary baseball head coach Chuck Hartman retired in 2006 after 28 seasons with Virginia Tech. He won more than 950 games at Virginia Tech and surpassed 1,400 career wins overall. — Compiled by Michael Cohen, sports editor,

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SU’s Wheddon excited for move to ACC, players keep quiet By David Propper STAFF WRITER

Although Phil Wheddon didn’t let his players talk about Syracuse University’s impending move to the Atlantic Coast Conference, he said if he was a player, it’s a move he’d look forward to. “Players would be excited about it,” the fourth-year head coach said Tuesday. “I know if I were a player I’d be.” Syracuse, along with the University of Pittsburgh, announced Sunday it would be joining the ACC after the conference’s presidents voted unanimously to accept the two schools. And while most of the talk is about what the move means for the SU football and men’s basketball programs, women’s soccer will also be moving to the ACC. But for now, the Orange’s focus rests on this season and making it to the Big East tournament. That goal continues this weekend when SU (2-3-3. 1-1-0 Big East) faces Georgetown (7-3-0, 1-1-0 Big East) on Friday and Villanova (4-4-2, 0-2-0 Big East) on Sunday. That’s why Wheddon wants his players to stay mum on the issue of switching conferences


other possible targets. With Syracuse and Pittsburgh’s departure from the conference imminent, the Big East has been exploring its options for the future of the conference. Other bits and pieces of news regarding teams’ applications for conference expansion during the past couple days include: • Villanova applied for membership in the

until after the season is over. Wheddon, who found out about the move before the formal announcement was made Sunday, said the switch from the Big East to the ACC will pose difficult tasks for the women’s soccer team ahead. “The ACC is the No. 1 conference in the country as far as women’s soccer goes,” he said. “So it’s going to be a challenge for sure.” The ACC has seven teams currently in the Top 25 for women’s soccer, according to the latest NSCAA Coaches ranking. No. 4 Duke is the highest-ranked team in the conference, with North Carolina one spot behind. Syracuse has faced just one team from the ACC in the past four seasons, but that game took place this year. The Orange tied then-No. 12 Boston College on Sept. 1. Wheddon said after the game that it was the best performance he’s seen his team play. Wheddon points to that game against the Eagles as evidence SU can survive in the ACC. “We’re building in the Big East,” Wheddon said. “But we’re quickly becoming a much

stronger program. I think the fact that we can play with BC shows that we can compete in the ACC. I think that our players, by the time we move into the ACC, I’m sure our program will be very competitive.” When comparing the two conferences, Wheddon said that the ACC is more tactical in the way teams play the game and the speed of play is a little bit quicker. Wheddon ultimately said both conferences have their own strengths, noting multiple teams made the NCAA tournament from the Big East last year. Notre Dame won the national championship. Student assistant and senior Megan Bellingham, out for the season because of injury, remembers every game in the Big East has been filled with intensity during the last four years. But she also said the increased quality of the ACC will be another step in growth for the Orange. “The Big East is awesome,” Bellingham said. “I definitely have a lot of pride in it, and we’ve really had some great competition.

“It’s been really awesome playing that competition. I think the bar’s definitely going to be raised going into the ACC.” An aspect where Syracuse could gain an advantage in the next couple of years is from a recruiting standpoint. With the Orange doing more travel by plane, rather than taking buses, Wheddon thinks the exposure could attract more talented players to Syracuse. “Every athlete aspires to play in the ACC, really, if they’re looking to be in the strongest conference,” Wheddon said. “So I think that we might start to attract a different, another level of player.” When Casey Ramirez, the lone senior on the team excluding Bellingham, was asked if anything off the field has been a distraction, she said her focus is just on the next game. And that’s what Wheddon wants to hear. “I don’t think it’s been a distraction at all,” Wheddon said. “We’re very much focused on what we have to do this year. We’re focused on fixing the problems that we have right now. We can’t worry about what could be in the future.”

ACC, the Orlando Sentinel reported. More than 10 teams applied to the ACC, said ACC Commissioner John Swofford during a teleconference Sunday. The Wildcats’ football program is currently in the Football Championship Subdivision. • West Virginia was denied acceptance into the ACC and Southeastern Conference, according to a report from CBS Sports on Tuesday. • Connecticut and Rutgers have been reported to be interested in the ACC. UConn President Susan Herbst released a statement Wednesday stating that she and the UConn administration

will do what is in the university’s best interest with regard to expansion. So far, ECU is the only school that has “formalized” its interest in the Big East by applying for membership. “While we have formalized our interest in Big East conference membership as a viable option, ECU will remain focused on competing at the highest level through the efforts of Conference USA,” Ballard and Holland said in the statement. East Carolina football saw resurgence in recent years, winning C-USA in 2008 and 2009

under current South Florida head coach Skip Holtz. ECU has produced marquee wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina State in the past three years and advanced to five straight bowl games, although the Pirates have won just one. ECU also puts fans in the seats. The school was 44th among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in attendance last season, averaging 49,665 fans a game. That mark led the C-USA and filled 99.33 percent of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium’s 50,000-seat capacity.

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Wednesday. “East Carolina University will always maintain a proactive approach in regards to positioning itself for future success, and the fluidity of current conference realignment possibilities is no exception,” Ballard and Holland said in the statement. Reports from multiple media outlets on Wednesday said the Big East is looking into the service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — as potential additions to the conference for football. ECU, along with fellow C-USA member Central Florida, could be


East Carolina University has applied to join the Big East conference, the university announced Wednesday. ECU is the first school to formally announce its official application to the Big East since Syracuse and Pittsburgh accepted bids to join the Atlantic Coast Conference this past weekend. East Carolina, located in Greenville, N.C., is currently a member of the 12-team Conference USA. East Carolina Chancellor Steve Ballard and Athletics Director Terry Holland released a joint statement


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hen Dan Arseneau told his professor he would be missing class for an away game for the SUNY-ESF men’s soccer team, the professor wasn’t buying it. The reason had nothing to do with whether or not she believed Arseneau was on the State University of New York of Environmental Science and Forestry team. And it wasn’t a question of whether or not the Mighty Oaks actually had an away game that would force him to skip the class. This professor simply had no idea athletics existed at ESF. “She didn’t even know that there

was a soccer team,” Arseneau, a senior forward said. But in fact, there is a men’s soccer team, along with a women’s soccer team, men’s and women’s cross country teams and a men’s golf team that all have reached the varsity level. All five teams ascended to the DivisionIII level just a year ago in 2010. And even though five teams have reached the varsity level, athletics at ESF remains a relatively unknown commodity around campus in the school’s 100th year of existence. Especially since it’s only been a few years that athletic programs have been around at either the club or varsity level.

“If you think about it, for a school that is that old and most of the faculty and most of the professional staff have been there a long time, it’s a new thing. It’s a very new thing,” said Daniel Ramin, coordinator of college athletics for ESF and head men’s and women’s soccer coach. “It’s going to take time to get the word out to everybody.” ••• Kyle Kolwaite walked into ESF President Neil Murphy’s office with a proposal and left with about $2,500. With the school providing the money, club soccer was born at ESF in 2003. Kolwaite, then an undergraduate SEE ESF PAGE 19

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Toledo wide receiver Eric Page is one of the nation’s best playmakers. Attending Toledo allowed him to remain close to his community. PAGE 17.

The Daily Orange’s In The Huddle previews Syracuse’s upcoming game against Toledo Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

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