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Safety first SU Abroad closes

More measures The university must take

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Middle Eastern programs due to safety concerns. Page 3

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Hosts revealed for Midnight Madness event By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

andrew renneisen | photo editor Bagels and lox are served at the Winnick Hillel Center on Wednesday night, as students gather to break fast after a day of fasting for Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish faith. After a new policy was made last year, SU no longer cancels class for the holiday.

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acob Levy would have to miss two classes to get home in time to eat, and then promptly drive back to school that night after a full day of Yom Kippur fasting in order to prevent missing any more classes. Levy, a senior entrepreneurship and emerging enterprise and marketing major, said he would not be traveling home for Yom Kippur this year because of this. “It’s kind of like saying you can’t spend Christmas with your family,” he said. “I mean it’s not bad that you have to spend it with your friends, but it’s a family thing.”

One year ago, Syracuse University changed its religious observance policy, allowing students to indicate their religion and which holidays they planned to celebrate on MySlice. In the past, the university had one non-instructional day for each of the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. But Good Friday, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr are no longer university-wide holidays, said Tiffany Steinwert, dean of Hendricks Chapel. Last year, several of the Jewish holidays overlapped with weekends and thus did not conflict with classes. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, both of which took place this week,

One year later, students are still adjusting to revised religious observance policy

therefore mark the first time many Jewish students used the system, said Brian Small, director of programming and student engagement and interim acting director for the Winnick Hillel Center. Steinwert said she considers the year-old policy a success. The policy has created better communication between students and professors, encouraged students to take off for an increased variety of holidays and established an official protocol for students seeking to take days off to observe religious traditions, she said. Since the policy has been implemented, requests have increased each year. In fall 2011, the university

The 2012 AmericCU Credit Union Orange Madness presented by TK99 will take place Oct. 12, the Syracuse athletics department announced Wednesday. Former Orange point guard Scoop Jardine will co-host the event with Jasmine Jordan, an SU student and daughter of former NBA star Michael Jordan. Rapper Wale will be the event’s featured entertainment. Orange Madness begins in the Carrier Dome at 8 p.m., and tickets are free to the public. The event, which kicks off the 2012-13 men’s and women’s basketball seasons, will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3. SU will be one of seven men’s basketball programs to have its full Midnight Madness with commentary featured on the network. Coming off a 34-3 season and an Elite Eight loss, Syracuse will be without Jardine, as well as small forward Kris Joseph, center Fab Melo and guard Dion Waiters. The men’s basketball team will play a scrimmage and participate in a dunk contest, while the women’s team will run through drills among other activities. @chris_iseman

received 2,504 religious observance requests from 660 students. In fall 2012, 745 students submitted 3,505 religious observance, said Andria Staniec, associate provost for academic affairs, in an email. University officials had discussed changing the policy for a long time, Steinwert said, and finally decided to change its policy to be similar to that of other universities. “Most universities today do not have non-instructional holidays for religious traditions for the simple fact that universities are trying to be as inclusive as possible,” she said. In the most recent student census



Syracuse is one of seven men’s basketball programs to have its Midnight Madness televised on ESPNU and ESPN3. Last year, Carmelo Anthony made an appearance. In 2010, Arinze Onuaku, an SU forward who had his career cut short in the Big East tournament the season before, helped introduce the term, “unfinished business.” In 2009, each member of the basketball team rode in on choppers driven by Syracuse police officers.

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Gas prices fail to deter use of cars

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The national gasoline price average is $ 3.81 a gallon, but in Syracuse, gas is an average of $4.06 a gallon. Considering the change in gas prices in Syracuse this past week, prices are currently 37.7 cents per gallon higher than they were exactly one year ago, and 16.8 cents higher than they were one month ago, according to gasoline price website SyracuseGasPrices. com. The national average is 29 cents per gallon higher than it was last year. But despite rising gas prices and the expense of on-campus parking passes, students are still driving and bringing their cars to school. The number of parking permits issued to students, faculty and staff has actually decreased in the last year. This year 7,448 permits were issued, said Al Sauer, director of Syracuse University parking and transit services. “This number is up from 2010; however, it is down about 12,000 total permits from 2011,” Sauer said. Sauer said he believes the drop in issued permits is due to the increased availability and convenience of on- and off-campus transportation, and has little to do with high gas prices.


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Salesforce to present itself to the public and build trust, so new customers can rely on it and use its service, he said. Students and faculty members are working together to apply cloudcomputing technology to business endeavors in the iSchool, according to the press release. Molta said in an email that he hoped Lazerowitz would inspire other students to pursue opportunities outside the classroom. Said Molta: “When Ross wants to learn about something, he doesn’t wait to take a class on that subject; he jumps in and does whatever he needs to do to make it happen.”

Syracuse University decided to suspend its study abroad programs in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt in response to State Department travel warnings and the increasingly volatile situation in the Middle East. Currently, there are no students studying in any of these locations, said SU Abroad Director Sue Shane. The programs are suspended following travel warnings for Tunisia and Lebanon issued by the U.S. Department of State. Although a travel warning has not yet been issued for Egypt, SU Abroad decided to suspend the program until the violence calms down, Shane said. SU Abroad is still offering Jordan as an alternate location for students who wished to study in these countries, Shane said. “There’s no answers to what will happen next,” she said. “It’s a volatile region and right now Jordan is a quieter, less volatile location.” For students who have put in their applications to study abroad in Tunisia, Lebanon or Egypt during the spring semester, their future there “doesn’t look good,” Shane said. “It’s a day-by-day thing. We’re doing what we can for students who want to travel to these places in the spring,” she said. “The students who apply now understand that they need to be versatile and flexible, and open to going somewhere else if necessary.” In the spring, SU Abroad will reevaluate whether to send students to these countries for the fall 2013 semester, said Kristine Clay, coordinator of World Partner and short-term programs for SU Abroad, in an email. These countries do not have SU-operated study abroad centers, Clay said. Instead, SU Abroad works with World Partner organizations to arrange study abroad opportunities for students. Given that SU has no staff or administrators on the ground in these countries, the university relies on its partner organizations to stay updated on the situations in these countries, she said. Similar to the Tunisia


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Student travels to tech convention By David Lauterbach CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When Ross Lazerowitz attended the Dreamforce convention in San Francisco, he finally got a chance to meet other people who shared his interest in cloud computing. “The networking side was really cool,” said Lazerowitz, a sophomore information management and technology major. Lazerowitz was the recipient of the Cloud University Dreamforce Scholarship, which earned him a spot at the convention. “I’ve done a lot with cloud-based software,” Lazerowitz said. “I have a start-up company called Blu Arc Media; we do a lot of stuff with the cloud.” Cloud computing is an integral part of the company, which is an advertising agency. Lazerowitz founded the company with Scott Friedberg, a junior in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, according to a Sept. 10 School of Information Studies press release. The idea of cloud computing is to have the consumer focus on the application and let the cloud service providers worry about the nature of the cloud-computing environment, said David Dischiave, associate professor of practice. Dischiave said he was very impressed with Lazerowitz’s work in the technology field.

“I am not surprised with Ross’ success at all,” Dischiave said. “He reminds me of that yellow cartoon character, Sponge Dave. He just absorbs everything.” The Dreamforce convention — run by Salesforce, a company that deals with cloud-based software — is an internationally recognized convention where technological entrepreneurs learn about the cloudcomputing industry, according to the press release. Professor David Molta, an associate professor, said in an email that is a company that enjoys economies of scale. This means more users leads to more income, which allows for a better service. The conference was a way for


The Dreamforce convention took place from Sept. 18-21 in San Francisco. Speakers at the convention included Sir Richard Branson, General Colin Powell and Gen. Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt. The convention was put on by, an enterprise cloud computing company. The company creates cloud platforms and apps. The convention featured more than 750 different sessions, according to the Salesforce website.

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Minimum wage laws end up hurting those whom laws should be trying to help most When I started working in one of the restaurants on Marshall Street, I was excited to hear that I was going to be paid $8 per hour. Many people today argue that there needs to be a “living wage,” which is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs. These laws create many effects that many people do not take into account. The basic principle against minimum wage laws is the tradeoff between more employment and higher wages. If the owner makes $10 per hour off my work and pays me $8 per hour, then the owner makes $2 profit. If the minimum wage increases to $11 per hour, the owner loses $1 per hour by keeping me employed and will lay me off. The most productive employees will probably keep their jobs, but there will be far fewer employees to do the same amount of work. Many people say that “owners will pay their workers $2 per hour if there isn’t a minimum wage.” This is a ridiculous statement if logic is applied. You have to ask yourself, would you work for $2 per hour? Probably not. Do you know anyone that wants to work for $2

per hour? Probably not. Since the owner needs workers to run the store, the owner will offer a higher wage to attract workers. On top of that, the owner must also compete with the many other stores on Marshall Street that might pay their workers a higher wage. Also, no one will work for an owner if he or she pays $2 or $3 less than what other stores are offering to pay. During times of high unemployment, some workers will end up working for lower wages. But as more workers become employed, store owners will not be able to find anyone to work for low wages, which in turn will lead them to increase wages to attract more workers. The low earning workers will gain skills as well and then demand higher wages or will take their recently acquired knowledge somewhere else. Though well intentioned, minimum wage laws hurt the very people they are meant to help, specifically the less skilled and disadvantaged.

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‘Peace concert’ proves to be more exciting than Dalai Lama Has it not occurred to the organizers of this event that not everyone on campus is excit-

ed to see the Dali Lama come to Syracuse? Already several letters have been written by those more familiar with the history of China and Tibet, which point to the fact that he is not a man who embraces peace, but aligns himself with violent men and regimes. His coming to Syracuse may not be welcomed by those of Asian descent for obvious reasons, and the title, “His Holiness,” is an offense to the religious groups represented on campus who firmly believe that only the One who is the creator of everything visible and invisible is, in fact, holy. Judging by ticket sales, it appears that the highly advertised “peace concert” is more of a draw than the man himself.  

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The Daily Orange coverage of congressional race leaves out Green Party candidate I am disappointed The Daily Orange neglected to mention Green Party Congressional Candidate Ursula Rozum in Monday’s cover story about Syracuse University students’ efforts to get the vote out. This journalistic error is all the more tragic considering one of my colleagues, Ethan Bodnaruk, penned a letter to the editor about six days ago calling out The D.O.’s lack of coverage of the College Greens and other means of “rebelling” other than voting Republican.   According to the graphic included in the article, 8 percent of city residents polled would vote for Rozum, yet The D.O. neglected to mention her affiliation and include her in the 8 percent slice!   This is quite surprising considering her potential to be a spoiler, which is probably the “hottest” issue for most of the local media when it comes to this campaign. The closeness of this race and the attention Rozum is generating are making this one of the most watched races in the country!   It saddens me that The D.O. is perpetuating the exclusionary logic that limits public debate to the two parties — never mind that most voting-aged Americans aren’t even registered with one of the major parties. If anyone is concerned that Rozum will spoil the race for Maffei,

he or she should call for instant runoff elections, which are the way the majority of the world conducts its elections. Such an approach would be far more democratic, but sadly the rigid, corporate two-party system would not allow alternative parties to get their foot in the door. Additionally, it seems like the students involved in the College Republicans and College Democrats clubs just seem interested in career advancement and blindly following the party leadership, rather than thinking critically about how the leadership of these parties act and the positions they take.   This is not exactly a reflection of the kind of critical thinking a campus should be promoting. As Bodnaruk stated in his letter, “The Green Party has a clear platform and explicit values: grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom, social justice, decentralization and a focus on both economic and environmental sustainability.”  I urge The D.O. and greater campus community to familiarize themselves with the Rozum campaign and “never stop questioning,” as Albert Einstein once said. 

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Department of Public Safety, The Daily Orange show discrimination, racism Monday night the student body received an email warning of the dangers of associating with “non-students.” This follows articles in The Daily Orange that “teenagers and gang members” are encroaching on the East neighborhood. These events are contiguous with a long history of email alerts about criminals who are often described stereotypically as 6 feet tall, black males. These efforts by the paper and the school are at least discriminatory and perhaps implicitly racist. Heeding the advice of The D.O. and the Department of Public Safety, students may put two and two together and avoid contact with black males and any “non-students.” I thought Syracuse University was attempting to bridge the gap between Syracusans and students, not extend it. Locals depend on the great wealth generated by SU in a number of ways. This school is the No. 1 employer in the city. It is a hub of social, cultural and intellectual activities for all youth in the area. Unfortunately, the criminal elements of the city rely on the university, too. Student and university wealth make the area profitable for petty thieves. We need to reflect on some of the phenomena that make us targets for criminals. This “spike in crime” is happening just as the university finished a $1-billion fundraising campaign. A majority of these so-called

“philanthropic efforts” was reinvested directly into the university. While commendable, this is another instance of the huge disparity of wealth in Syracuse that perpetuates these crimes. We must remember, it is not the supposed “teenagers and gang members” who invade the “East neighborhood,” but the students who invade the city. We must also remember that most poor, inner-city youth work hard to improve their situation; many become students. Other frustrated individuals strike back at the university, which symbolizes the systems that perpetuate their poverty. Every weekend on the Hill is a display of students’ abundant leisure time and second-generation wealth. For those Syracusans who get done with a shift at Ernie Davis dining hall but still can’t find enough money to pay their bills, the fat wallet of an inebriated student may just help ends meet. The crimes against students will continue as long as there is widespread poverty across I-81 and an annual shipment of Land Rovers and arrogance to the Hill. For an astute observer of the situation, it is difficult to know where to place the blame.

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University needs to take more steps to ensure safety The university needs to take better steps to inform and protect students regarding crime near campus. In an email sent Monday by Department of Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto and Student Association President Dylan Lustig, students were told to avoid Acropolis Pizza House late at night, because that’s where crime seems to be occurring. But simply avoiding one restaurant on Marshall Street will not solve the problem. If crime happens at one establishment on the street, all students and residents on Marshall Street could be in danger. If a suspect flees down Marshall Street, people in that area will not be safe. Avoiding Marshall Street may keep us safer in the short term, but it will not deter crime in the area. It is a passive solution that students will not likely adhere to, and it will hurt business in the area. In addition, the Syracuse Police Department and DPS are sending mixed messages to students. SPD officers have told The Daily Orange that

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board the uptick in crime is related to gang activity. But the DPS email said the crime against students is not related to gang initiation activities. The line is blurry and feeds into student distress and worry. DPS and SPD need to clarify the message. It is also disappointing that Nancy Cantor and university administration officials have not spoken up about this yet. Yes, the DPS chief is a university employee and the SA president represents the students, but the chancellor’s voice carries more weight and gravity. More students will open an email from the chancellor than a message from the DPS chief and SA president. When contacted by The Daily Orange, university officials have deferred comments back to DPS. The university needs to protect its students and needs to take an active role in this situation, which continues to be an issue each weekend.


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rom “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” to “The Virgin Diaries,” The Learning Channel seems to have perfected the balance between education and pure zany entertainment. On Sept. 9, TLC debuted the latest reality show from its peculiar wheelhouse: “Breaking Amish.” The new show follows five people who grew up Amish or Mennonite on their shellshocking move to New York City. The premiere episode was the mostwatched TLC premiere in years, pulling in 3.1 million viewers. It’s supposed to be everyone’s first time generally outside his or her community and in a large city. Only a few weeks later, rumors spread that the “Amish” wasn’t only controversial, but fake. Most individuals on the show haven’t been a part of their conservative culture for

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years, according to several reports from court systems and the Internet. Instead, the stars have been married, divorced and had children. That’s definitely not what’s portrayed in the show. The cast members waited until the latest episode to purchase clothing from this century. Rebecca and Abe, two stars with a seemingly innocent crush, went on their first date. Jeremiah tried to drive a car in Queens. They’re all amazed by indoor plumbing. But, according to the rumors, this all had to have been staged. Is this really everyone’s first time out of his or her comfort zone? Probably not. Should we care? Probably not. Although it’s disappointing that TLC may be slinging half-truths, we just shouldn’t be fazed by it. Considering

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the one that got away actual Amish culture, it’s pretty unbelievable anyone would be up for a starring role in reality TV without already living a less conservative lifestyle. Rebecca and Abe might have a child together. A Facebook photo unearthed from 2011 shows the two cast members in plain clothes happily holding a baby. The cast member Jeremiah may have left Amish life up to 14 years ago. The 32-year-old has been divorced,

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according to Ohio public records. His ex-wife, Naomi Stutzman, told Pennsylvania news station CBS 21 that “the show is fake.” Jeremiah even has three children, according to divorce records. Kate admits to her dream of modeling and a DUI arrest prior to the filming of “Amish.” So far, it seems like she’s the most honest one in the bunch other than the often-neglected Sabrina. With all this nonsense, I still watched the show last weekend. With this new information in mind, I noticed the surprising ease with which some cast members held chopsticks while trying sushi for the “first” time. Half of them were better at it than I am. But, the point of reality television is not to learn something about the human condition. You’re not going to leave an hour of “The Real Housewives

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Decaffeinated The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows drinking of soda, but BYU upholds ban By Andrew Muckell



he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ recent blog post contradicted what was formerly considered a rule when it said it is not necessary to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages. Despite the change, Brigham Young University Provo’s policy of not selling caffeinated drinks on campus is still in effect, The Universe, BYU’s student newspaper, reported on Sept. 11. Members of university administration claim the absence of soda vendors is partly due to a lack of popular demand, The Universe reported. “I have met with students who would like to see a change in our soda policy and with those who support our current position,” said Dean Wright, the director of Dining Services at BYU, in an email. More than a thousand individuals signed a petition to get Coca-Cola and Pepsi products on campus, and hundreds liked the accompanying Facebook page, “BYU for Caffeine,” within days of the church’s blog post, according to the article. Currently, the petition still needs 476 signatures before it can be presented to the university, according to Change. org, which hosts the petition. BYU students staged a protest at Brigham Square, handing out about 50 cans of free soda in three minutes before cops appeared on the scene and asked them to move off campus property. The demonstration was meant to disprove the notion that there was no demand for caffeinated drinks on campus, The Universe reported on Sept. 14. A banner on the Facebook page reads, “We are the demand.”

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“This has not been an issue to this point,” said Carri Jenkins, assistant to the president and spokeswoman on matters of university policy. Jenkins said while BYU tries to assess the current needs and desires of its students, they are welcome to bring soda from local stores onto campus. “Students can decide for himself or herself whether to drink soda or not,” Jenkins said. “It is always an individual choice.” In regard to the current issue of allowing BYU Dining Services to provide caffeinated drinks, Jenkins said “there is no time frame” for making a decision. Both Jenkins and Wright said they are more concerned with feeding 30,000 mouths a day and preparing for upcoming events, such as homecoming and football games, than polling students to gauge public opinion at this time. “Because we are in a very busy time right now, our focus is on providing quality service,” Wright said. “As we have done in the past, we will continue to assess the needs of our guests.” Dining Services has accommodated students’ desires for soda in light of proper Mormon health practices since it was established in 1952. When sodas first became popular, the university made concessions by providing noncaffeinated sodas, Wright said. Regardless of what steps the university takes, Wright said, it will continue to “nourish the campus community in a spirit of hospitality” and educate students on the dietary value of provided meals. “Our vision is culinary excellence based on wellness, service and sustainability,” Wright said. “As a department we have made great strides in helping our guests understand the nutritional values of the foods we offer.”


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program, the Jordan program will be an intensive Arabic language study program in which students are required to speak Arabic at all times and use English as little as possible, Clay said. “We are excited to have this alternative location for students that may have become interested in Tunisia,” Clay said. “I expect to see a few intrepid students that will take up the invitation to study in Jordan this next spring 2013 semester.”

The convenience of having a car at school is more of a concern to students than the price of gas or availability of public transportation. Olivia Farnham, a junior public relations major, said the price of gas does not stop her from driving her car and that having a car on campus makes it easier for her to get around. “I do think having my car is necessary because it is inconvenient to have to wait to take the bus wherever I need to go,” she said. Mike Thal, a senior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, also said the price of gas didn’t

play a role in his decision to bring his car to campus. “To be fair, the price of gas here is less expensive than it is at home, so it doesn’t really affect me,” said Thal. But some students only drive their cars a few times a week to off-campus destinations, where the buses may not go or where it may be more convenient to take their car. “I don’t really have too much time to go places, but I use my car when I need to go places off campus,” said Max Doblin, a sophomore advertising and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major. Sauer said he believes transportation run by the school is available and convenient at any time of day. “We provide an extensive shuttle service

here on our campus and, unless a student has needs to be off of the campus and outside of the mass-transit route, we really feel that our campus is very friendly when it comes to opportunity to transport students,” Sauer said. But Andrew Filkoff, an architecture major, said he almost never uses these masstransit systems. “If I ever have to go somewhere where public transportation is needed, I would just rather take my car,” he said. In general, Doblin said he’s more concerned with personal access to transportation as opposed to cost of gas or availability to masstransit routes. Said Doblin: “It isn’t necessary to have a car on campus, but it is a nice thing to have.”

ware program to detect that a holiday with two different spellings was the same holiday. New software has been put in use to fix this issue, Steinwert said. Both Staniec and Steinwert said the change in policy has received positive feedback. The change has been particularly well received by students whose religions have several holidays, such as Jewish students who celebrate several holidays during the fall semester, Steinwert said. But some students are hesitant to take time off for religious celebrations because they fear they will fall too far behind in classes. Jon Zarem, a junior psychology and religion major, said he preferred the university’s old system, where students were given the day off for their holidays. Twenty minutes into his biology class on Rosh Hashanah last week, he was already glad he hadn’t skipped class. He elected not to skip class for observance because he didn’t

want to miss instructional time, and in those twenty minutes two important topics had already been covered. Though students are not penalized academically for missing class, Zarem said he feels students are at a disadvantage because classes go on without them and content is missed. “The university doesn’t stop and they don’t care,” he said. In Zarem’s opinion, the new system is very flawed. He said he thinks the university needs to look at the issue from a different perspective, but that he doubts they will any time soon. But Staniec said there is a way around this problem. “There is an option within the policy for students to complete work prior to the absence for their faith tradition observance,” she said. Levy, the senior entrepreneurship and emerging enterprise and marketing major, additionally said he disliked that registration on Myslice closes after two weeks,

because he feels many students are unaware of the policy and likely miss the deadline. Since he was abroad during the change in policy last year, Levy was unaware of how to register and just happened to stumble upon it on MySlice. Students are informed of how to register for religious observances through various channels, including MySlice notifications, freshman registration information, chaplaincies and religious groups, orientations held by Steinwert at Hendricks Chapel and in course syllabi. The university tries to get this information out to students in at least seven different ways, Steinwert said. Hillel president Hannah Miller feels the pros of the new policy outweigh any cons. “The fall, we always joke, is just a really crazy busy Jewish time because we have six or seven days of Jewish holidays,” said Miller, a junior advertising major. “Instead of just granting us one, we can take off as many days as we want to.” Miller said Hillel works to publicize the policy through social media outlets and by making verbal announcements to increase student awareness of the policy. This year, Small said, more students are making use of the religious observance policy and are also better understanding the policy. He said he has received fewer phone calls asking how the policy works. Students were divided when it came to missing class to observe holidays, Small said. Some students take off classes and worry about the consequences later, but others, he said, are concerned about falling behind. Said Small: “I think that eventually they’ll all figure out that the more of them that take the holiday off, the more likely that classes will be cancelled because the Jewish student community is so significant here at Syracuse University.”


FROM PAGE 3 ­­—Asst. Copy Editor Meredith Newman contributed reporting to this article.


regarding religious affiliation, officials discovered that 35 different religions are represented at SU, Steinwert said. Though students of any faith have always been able to request time off for religious observance, only three religions were automatically given days off, she said. “By prioritizing three holidays and three traditions, we were marginalizing students who were not part of that,” she said. “In order to be most inclusive, you want to create a policy that will give all students equal standing.” This year, the policy has not changed in any way, though the university has begun using new software to identify the religions and holidays students have registered for. During the first year, the university discovered that students spelled holiday names differently. This made it difficult for the soft-


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Syracuse festival offers opportunities for experienced, first-time runners alike



n Sunday, the starting gun will go off to begin the Syracuse Festival of Races, a day filled with competition, fun and, of course, racing.


A series of races in the Westcott neighborhood Where: Starting line is at East Colvin Street near J.S. Coyne Stadium When: First race starts at 8:50 a.m. Saturday How much: Registration starting at $5 This is the 20th year for the Festival of Races, which takes place in Syracuse University’s backyard near Westcott Street. The races, which begin at 8:50 a.m. with the Men’s 5K, attract local students as well as experienced, competitive runners from across the country. ••• World-class runners may come to Syracuse for the Festival of Races, but even more impressive than that is Nancy Auster, 86, who runs the race

each year. Auster got into running when she was 51, a later age than most, but that hasn’t kept her from competing. She has run in almost 400 races since then, and has competed in the Festival of Races every year since it began. “I like to run some of the same races every year so I can try to beat my time from the year before, although that gets harder, particularly now that I’m 86,” Auster said. Even though Auster has run hundreds of other 5K and 10K races, as well as duathlons, triathlons, a halfmarathon and a marathon when she was younger, the Festival of Races is more meaningful. The runners and spectators are a part of what make this race so special. Auster said that the crowds have given her “amazing support and encouragement,” especially once they hear how old she is. Auster’s biggest fans, however, are her family members. Her husband, who is now 89, and her daughter will be there to support her this year. “Having my husband there, who for years ran the men’s race, and more

It’s a fun day. Families come out and bring their kids. My kids have run it, and it’s just a lot of fun.

Neal Coffey


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(Top) The SU Running Club practices on the Manley track on Wednesday night. Last year eight runners entered last year, but through rising enrollment numbers, 25 will participate this year. (Left) Nancy Auster, 86, runs in a previous Festival of Races.


ESF students react to low Playboy Magazine party rating By Boomer Dangel ASST. COPY EDITOR

Playboy Magazine’s announcement of the SUNY ESF as the “worst overall party school” in its annual rankings didn’t surprise Emily Artruc. “I think it’s funny but accurate. I can’t really see ESF as a party school,” Artruc, a freshman aquatics and fisheries science major, said. “We don’t party at all.” Monday’s rankings, which will

appear in Playboy Magazine’s next edition, based the list off three criteria: sex, sports and nightlife. Along with the ranking was a box crediting the school for its standout scholarship and poking fun at its poor party scene. The box read, “Excellent science program? Of course. Anything else? Not really.” For Artruc, the social life at ESF did not factor into the college decision process at all. The students are much

less inclined to party, but if they feel like going out they are going to “mooch” off of Syracuse University. But, that “mooching” is necessary since there are no fraternities or good places to party on ESF’s campus, Artruc said. Emily Baum, a senior conservation biology major, transferred from Morrisville State College to ESF. “I don’t factor social things into changing schools,” she said. “But I

don’t really party anyway.” Baum has seen very little partying from any ESF students, despite the fact that most upperclassmen live off campus. Like Artruc, she noted that if students want to party, they will go to house parties thrown by SU students. “I don’t think you’d find a party that was just ESF students,” Baum said. SU did not crack the top tier in Playboy’s overall party schools,

despite the Princeton Review ranking it at No. 10 for the 2012-13 academic year. The University of Virginia took the title as No. 1 party school, replacing last year’s winner, University of Colorado Boulder. According to the post, SU ranks at No. 6 in “Sex Life.” Freshman environmental biology major Cody Langer, who said he does


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ll those hazy memories and drunk walks home have finally paid off. This past August, the Princeton Review named Syracuse University the 10th best party school in the nation. All is not well, however. For everything that the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry shares with — read as “takes from” — SU, those hippies don’t know how to party. According to Playboy — hey, it has great articles — ESF is the worst party school in the nation. That is probably the only time ESF and Playboy will ever be used in the same sentence. I don’t blame the Oakies for not knowing how to party. I would just like to invite them to a real Syracuse party. Just not one that I’m at. But a recent trend is threatening Syracuse’s beloved notoriety among the habitually intoxicated: stupidity. Stupidity is nothing new to the human race. After all, we adore the likes of Kim Kardashian, Snooki and the expressionless Kristen Stewart. No, stupid is not new, but stupid better not impede my



not party, said the opposing party lives at both schools had no influence on his decision to enroll at ESF. He, too, has seen very little nightlife on ESF’s campus, and if he knows about people going out, it’s usually very relaxed and not with partying in mind. He noted that students


no lies, just bull**** ability to party. Over the past few weeks I have run into a wide variety of idiots, some drunk and some stone-cold sober, but all of them incredibly stupid. They created more party fouls than a coked-up Lindsay Lohan and, quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I was enjoying the last party I was at when, all of a sudden, a Mariah Carey song came through the speakers. Normally I wouldn’t complain, but this wasn’t “Triumphant (Get ’Em)” or even “Get Your Number.” It was “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” I know what you’re thinking: No one can possibly be stupid enough to play Christmas music

“I don't think you'd find a party that was just ESF students.” Emily Baum


would rather just relax than go to a big house or fraternity party.

in September. Unfortunately, such a person exists. There are some pretty bad disc jockeys out there, which is rather surprising given how simple it is to not suck. But some people will constantly switch tracks mid-song, play music that no one else particularly enjoys and then pull out Christmas music way too early. If you’re wondering what offender I am referring to, he could probably be found on campus wearing a bright red suit, singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to himself. Sometimes it’s best to just throw on the typical frat house music. Freshmen, I have some sage advice for the rest of your partying days: Act like you’ve been there before. I understand where you’re coming from. It’s your first time away from mommy and daddy and you want to run wild. I have a message for you guys: Chanting “Sadler One” in an attic doesn’t make you look cool. It makes you look like a freshman. Also, don’t chuck the pong ball after you lose. Just because we make fun of you for being a freshman doesn’t mean you should throw a tem-

Artruc agrees with sophomore biotechnology major Ian Macks’ description on that said, “ESF is perfect if you want to be around people who have the same type of focus.” She is happy with her decision to attend ESF and said the focused mindset of the campus is one of her favorite aspects of the school. Said Artruc: “I’m pretty sure the graveyard has a higher party rating than ESF.”

per tantrum like you’re still in kindergarten. The Department of Public Safety has been flooding my inbox about robberies, muggings and reminders to party with your friends instead of strangers. I can’t agree more. No one else is going to hold your hair back as you toss your jungle juice. If you don’t like partying with your friends, go find the nearest guy with a “frat daddy ’fro” and introduce yourself. The locals will beat you up, your TA won’t buy you a drink at the bar and your family won’t find drunk you amusing. I don’t consider myself a professional partier or even Van Wilder, I don’t have emotional breakdowns over actresses who can’t act, but I do like to have fun. Please, don’t be stupid. That’s how we wind up on double secret probation, and nobody wants that. Unless it ends with everyone wearing togas. Brett Fortnam is a senior newspaper journalism and political philosophy major who will be unemployed in nine months. His column appears every Thursday until there are enough complaints to make him stop. He can be reached at, but he will not respond.

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Festival of Races] with me has made this race very special,” Auster said. ••• Look for Zoe Johnson at the head of the pack at the Women’s 5K. The competitive and experienced runner, who plans to run the Boston Marathon next year, is looking to win first place in the women’s race. “I always like to try to win,” Johnson, who will be running in the Festival of Races for the first time this year, said with a laugh. “I am quite competitive in the races.” She won’t be running alone. Her roommate, Erin Berry, a graduate student in library science, will join her for the race. Johnson said she helped get Berry into running. Berry, like Johnson, runs most days now and is quickly improving with time and effort. “Running is something anyone can do, if you really dedicate yourself,” Johnson said. “If you dedicate yourself to training, you can accomplish anything you want.” Johnson, who is studying for her master’s degree in voice, got into running her freshman year of college at Columbia University to deal with the stress of being away from home. Since then, she has run two marathons and countless other races.


The Syracuse Festival of Races is in its 20th year. Here’s a calendar of events if you’re planning on dusting off the old running shoes and sprinting to Westcott for a race or two.

Men’s 5K: 8:50 a.m.

Women’s 5K: 9:50 a.m.


3K Fun & Fitness Run: 10:45 a.m.

Community Walk:

10:45 a.m. Feeling fast? The Syracuse Festival of Races offers a $1,000 prize for any male or female runner who breaks the course records.

Even though Johnson’s goal is to win, she won’t be too upset if she doesn’t come in first. Said Johnson: “It doesn’t always happen, but I at least try to win my age group. I’m just very dedicated to the sport. I don’t take any days off.” ••• Not even a torrential downpour can keep Neal Coffey from running in the Syracuse Festival of Races Men’s 5K. Last year, despite the rain and mud, Coffey ran the race, which he’s been running on and off for almost 20 years. “I remember being miserable waiting for the race to start, but as soon as the gun goes off, you forget all about that,” said Coffey, the manager of SU’s video production department and an adjunct S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications instructor. For Coffey, the race is all about the competition. The race is a championship race for Masters runners, a group sponsored by USA Track and Field that tracks the race times of men and women 40 and older and attracts competitors from all over. “It’s really neat to compete at that level with my peers,” Coffey said. “You see some of the best runners from around the country, which makes it really exciting.” Masters runners register through USA Track and Field, but run the same race as all of the other Men’s 5K runners. Coffey described it as “two races going on at once.” Even though Coffey has run every day for about 38 years, he said the race is for anyone who wants to run, novices and pros alike. Said Coffey: “It’s a fun day. Families come out and bring their kids. My kids have run it, and it’s just a lot of fun.” ••• For some, the Festival of Races is about the high level of competition. For others, like members of the SU Running Club and their president, Stephen Rathbun, it’s all about the fun after and before the race. “They do a really good job with the post-race part, which is a really big deal for our club,” said Rathbun, a junior accounting and sport management dual major. The Running Club seeks to provide a community of friends through running by training together, having parties and group outings, and by running races like the Festival of Races. He described the club as a “close-knit group of friends, as opposed to people to just run with.” Rathbun said that although the Running Club has done other races in the Central New York area, the location of the Festival of Races makes it the perfect race for the club. “The proximity to campus is unparalleled,” Rathbun said. “It allows a lot of people to get involved.” The Running Club ran the race last year, and although only eight members entered, they swept the men’s 14-19 category. This year, with the club growing to about 95 members, they have about 25 members entering. The group, which plans to have a team dinner the night before, is looking forward to the fun and excitement of race day. Said Rathbun: “There’s always a great, great collection of runners that come to the race.”

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Cult classic S


imultaneously bewildering and transfixing, “The Master” looks and feels like a modern American classic. And thanks to out-of-this-world performances from the leads, it almost gets there. Writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest conceptual journey delves into the meaning of cult, explored through the relationship between Philip Seymour Hoffman’s so-called master and Joaquin Phoenix’s unhinged disciple. The slowly paced drama weaves one richly textured scene after another, and Anderson’s rare usage of 70-milimeter film gives each shot the deep, vivid feeling of an oil painting. Phenomenal acting carries the film, with both stars truly at the top of their game. Phoenix channels his inner animal as tormented, impulsive World War II veteran Freddie Quell. Hoffman embodies dynamic cult leader Lancaster Dodd with layered charisma and a classical Hollywood drawl — an eloquent and seemingly enlightened mentor who cracks into seething bursts of rage when his ideology is questioned. The cinematography is dazzling, the script is brilliant, the acting beyond sensational, but Anderson’s mystifying character study isn’t for everyone. The film is more about an abstract perception of cult than the story itself, and the characters are such extreme personalities that they’re difficult to identify with. The message is maddeningly ambiguous and, after a wistfully anticlimactic ending, “The Master” leaves a feeling of uneasy confusion as viewers try to process exactly what they just saw. The plot follows Quell, a disturbed, sexaddled ex-soldier roaming from job to job. He shoots family portraits in a department store until picking a fight with a client. He works farmland with immigrants until his toxic

moonshine poisons an old man and he’s literally chased away. Quell floats from one place to the next, brewing moonshine from whatever ingredients are lying around — missile fluid, photo chemicals or paint thinner — until stumbling drunk onto a yacht in 1950 and happening across The Cause. Based loosely on L. Ron Hubbard and the origins of scientology — though they can’t say that for legal reasons — The Cause is Dodd’s brainchild, dedicated to returning humans to their “inherent state of perfect.” It relies on “processing,” a hypnotic psychoanalysis of sorts, designed to unlock repressed trauma. It supposedly allows members to access past lives and time travel, and Dodd alleges it can also cure cancer and bring about world peace. It’s cult logic at its finest. Dodd proclaims Quell his “guinea pig and protege,” resolving to help him “walk the proper path.” The core is revealed in the intense scenes between Quell and Dodd — the master’s struggle to tame his wayward apprentice who is so deeply broken that he doesn’t know how to live with himself. Hoffman’s “master” is a self-proclaimed writer, doctor, nuclear physicist and theoretical philosopher, but above all, he’s just “a hopelessly inquisitive man.” Hoffman exudes Dodd’s thinlyveiled confidence with a wise, calming demeanor and wispy mustache, while underneath he’s really

Shot with vintage look, ‘The Master’ explores obsession, trauma through haunting lens

just “making it up as he goes along.” Amy Adams gives a quietly riveting performance as Dodd’s wife, Peggy, all quiet intensity and tactful comments as she discreetly pulls Dodd’s strings. Phoenix’s performance is a haunting portrayal of selfdestructive impulsivity. He wanders in and out of The Cause with a slight hunch and half grin, drunkenly searching for another girl, another fight or whatever might capture his attention. Phoenix’s mumbled speech, delirious laugh and penchant for lashing out personify a troubled soul. The film’s only fault is a disappointing final act. After two hours of meticulous storytelling and painstaking character development, there’s one scene where the film takes a turn. Quell and Dodd are in the middle of a dusty, wide-open plain — the cinematography giving the moment an epic feel — yet where it should take the next step to greatness, the scene is simply puzzling. The last half hour veers off in a perplexing direction, taking all the wind out of the building narrative. “The Master” stays in your mind for hours, even days after watching. Its exploration of obsession and cult is brought to life by a master filmmaker, and Phoenix and Hoffman give performances of a lifetime. Absorbing, perplexing and impossible to fully understand, it’s a film destined to be debated forever.

THE MASTER Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams Rating:

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Q&A with Chad Butler, drummer for Switchfoot By Erik van Rheenen ASST. FEATURE EDITOR

It’s only fitting that a band as sun-soaked as San Diego’s Switchfoot is filming a surfing documentary. While working on the project, the band is on tour with a stop at the Westcott Theater on Friday at 8 p.m. On Sept. 14, The Daily Orange spoke with drummer Chad Butler about working on new music, the band’s current tour and its filmmaking aspirations.

The Daily Orange: How has your documentary “Fading West” been going? Chad Butler: It’s been going great. We’ve been working on it for nine months, and the inspiration really came from watching U2’s “Rattle and Hum” and “Dumb and Dumber.” We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we think this is our latest and greatest project. We’ve always wanted to soundtrack a movie, so this way we have control over audio and visual.

The D.O.: Will the soundtrack feature a more surf-related sound? CB: Probably not that ’60s jangly guitar people think of when they think about surfing. Our music has really been influenced and inspired by different places we’ve been to on tour. Surfing is a way of life for us and something we like to do while on tour and at home. We have a shared love for the ocean and staring out at the infinite horizon. But, we’re in Pennsylvania right now, and the waves aren’t too good out here.

that benefits homeless kids, and during something great like that seems like a natural fit to get it out there.

The D.O.: Do you ever get tired of playing “Meant to Live” or “Dare You To Move” on tour? CB: No, I love those songs. It’s not the case for a lot of bands, but some of our well-known songs are my favorites. We asked a lot of questions when we wrote those songs, and soul searching never goes out of style. Every night we play these, we sing them to our own souls. We’re changing our set list a lot, but we keep those in there.

The D.O.: How has it been releasing music independently? CB: It’s an evolving thing. The goal is always to find people who will get the music out there. We’ve always had artistic freedom, but right now we have freedom from deadlines and pressure. We’ve been dreaming of doing a movie for a while, and we finally got the chance to. “Vice Verses” has been amazing to play live, too. Our goal was to make stuff that would sound great live, and we’re proud of the album.

The D.O.: What was the process of your remix album, “Vice Re-Verses,” like? CB: As a drummer, I really appreciate different

The D.O.: When do you think fans will get to see the project? CB: Next summer is the goal. There’s an annual

rhythms and feelings, so I love collaborating. It’s like giving someone the keys to your car and watching them drive as fast as they can go. J.T. (Daly) of Paper Route, who’s actually on tour with us, remixed a song for it, and he’s been pushing our live show. It’s great to bring one of our favorite bands on tour with us.

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Brothers look to lead Cal to bowl game for 2nd straight year By David Wilson STAFF WRITER

Growing up, Keenan Allen and Zach Maynard were just like any other pair of brothers. The two loved to compete with one another. Whether they were playing against each other or just comparing stats, the half brothers embodied a sibling rivalry. But they also loved playing together. “We had a lot of fun growing up together,” Allen said. “Just throwing each other the ball, seeing each other going to the end zone. It was definitely fun to be on the same team.” Three years after Maynard’s high school career came to an end, Allen and Maynard were reunited on the football field for California in the 2011 season and led the Golden Gophers to a bowl game. Now in their second season together, the duo has thrived thus far and both have established potentially NFLworthy resumes. After playing together for two seasons at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C., Maynard graduated and the lightly recruited dual-threat quarterback headed to Buffalo. Two years later, after transferring to Northern Guilford High School, also in Greensboro, Allen experienced a much different type of recruitment than his brother’s, though one inextricably tied to it. The top-ranked safety and No. 5 overall recruit according to, Allen originally committed to play for eventual national champion Alabama in November of his senior

year. But three months later, after the Crimson Tide had already rolled to its 14th national championship, Allen’s recruitment was once again up in the air. On Dec. 13, 2009, former Bulls head coach Turner Gill was announced as the new head coach at Kansas. Rather than wait out the new regime in Buffalo, Maynard decided to transfer. With the possibility of playing with his brother now a real possibility, Allen reopened his recruitment to make the brothers a package deal. “I didn’t think it was possible for him to transfer from Buffalo,” Allen said. “But the opportunity came around and we just took it.” Alabama made Maynard a scholarship offer. But on Feb. 3, 2010, Maynard and Allen simultaneously committed to California, bringing an end to Allen’s long, complex recruitment. Maynard was forced to sit out a year, while Allen had a modest 490-yard season as he transitioned to being a full-time wide receiver and the Golden Bears stumbled to a 5-7 record. The next season was like high school all over again. Maynard was named the starting quarterback before the season and he, Allen and California all reaped the benefits. Maynard threw for 2,990 yards and 17 touchdowns, while Allen hauled in 98 catches for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns as the Golden Bears went 7-6 and reached the Holiday Bowl. “Having that brotherly connection, that bloodline connection, we know when we look at each other how to make adjustments,” Maynard

said during a conference call on Wednesday. “We just look at each other and know exactly what we want to do.” The duo’s tight-knit relationship gives them an inherent benefit on the football field and in the locker room. As much as their familiarity helps, having one another to lean on and push the other is the real benefit. “They’re around each other a lot and have thrown the ball to each other quite a bit, and I think Zach definitely has a lot of confidence in Keenan,” California head coach Jeff Tedford said during a conference call on Tuesday. “And I think they rely on each other to push one another, to motivate one another from their relationship as being brothers.” Most of the time their connection on offense comes more from a long history of playing football together, rather than their relationship as brothers, but sometimes instincts take over. Quarterbacks and wide receivers all throughout college football share the familiarity that Maynard and Allen have with each other, but the relationship between the Golden Bears quarterback and wide receiver transcends the football field. “Sometimes he’ll roll out, and before he rolls out, I already know he’s about to roll out and I’ll roll out with him,” Allen said. “Just break off my route and go the same way he goes, and we’ll connect downfield somewhere.” But just as much fun as they have out there on the football field together, brothers still get mad at each other. Allen and Maynard are no exception.

“We get mad, you know, every day,” Maynard said with a laugh. “You only get mad at players individually because your expectation is so high for them, you expect them to do great things.” But more often than not, they’re helping each other out. When one makes mistakes, the other is there to talk him through things. And when things go right, they’re there to encourage each other. Having a talented sibling to either receive the ball from, in Allen’s case, or throw the ball to, in Maynard’s case, also helps them. And that’s something Maynard appreciates. He knows his brother’s a star, and it’s definitely something he’s grateful for on the field. “He helps me a lot. He’s one of the best wide receivers in the country, if not the best. “Of course,” Maynard added, “I am biased.”

Game of the Week NO. 20 MICHIGAN STATE VS. NO. 14 OHIO STATE Ohio State’s offense has been inconsistent this season, but Braxton Miller has lifted the Buckeyes late in games and still they sit at 4-0. Ultimately, though, this game means more to Michigan State. Ohio State isn’t bowl eligible this season, but a Spartans victory would give them a marquee win over a conference foe. With Michigan and Nebraska both struggling early this season and the Leaders division down overall, Michigan State would become the overwhelming favorite to represent the Big Ten in a Bowl Championship Series bowl with a victory.

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a week later. The loss was a heartbreaker for the players, who took little or no solace in knowing the best team in the country defeated them. Millman described it as “a game where you didn’t think you deserved to lose.” Holloway said two months passed by before she felt like herself again. Bradley said she hasn’t mentally recovered from her team’s loss to Maryland, where she was an assistant coach from 1997-2000. The Terrapins’ victory over North Carolina for the title provided her no consolation. “No. Never makes it better. You never get over losses like that,” she said. “I hate to lose.” But the Orange’s returning players headed into the offseason focused on finishing this time around. “I think that the mental change within all of us is going to be the pushing effort that gets us to the national championship,” Stiver said. Holloway and Millman both intensified their summer workouts. When the season was set to begin, Syracuse had a more physically fit leader on each side of the ball. The No. 2 Tar Heels came to then-No. 7 Syracuse on Sept. 1, threatening to challenge the Orange’s 29-game winning streak at J.S. Coyne Stadium. Last year, the Orange traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., and blew a 2-0 halftime lead to the Tar Heels. The rematch a year later featured intensity comparable to a playoff atmosphere. Both offenses had opportunities, but neither team scored in regulation to send the game to overtime. Freshman Emma Russell scored the game-winner, and the Orange players formed a celebratory dog pile in front of UNC’s cage. “That win really did prove to us who we are as a team and how successful we can be,” Millman said, reflecting on the game three weeks later. “I think that was a really big confidence booster.” If Syracuse’s triumph over UNC wasn’t enough to establish itself as a national contender, the shutout of No. 3 Princeton over the weekend confirmed it. “Ange has done an incredible job elevating Syracuse hockey to NCAA national prominence,” said longtime Maryland head coach Missy Meharg in a statement via Maryland Athletics. “I am not surprised how well they are doing.” For a team to win its first nine games and jump to the top of the national rankings, all the players have to work harmoniously. “I couldn’t pick out our best player on the team,” McInerney said. “We just work so well together.” Bradley credited her senior class as the catalysts of such healthy team chemistry. “The thing that a senior brings is more experience and more leadership,” she said. “That is a big factor with our team, that we have a very good group of seniors that help us in many ways on and off the field.” Syracuse has plenty of games to play before the NCAA tournament. But nothing is stopping the team from envisioning itself in the championship game in Norfolk, Va. “I know that my teammates and I are doing everything we can to make sure we win a national championship this year,” Holloway said. “I’m really excited for this team and what we’re going to do.”


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Pierce-Brewster said. “I could be at the beach right now.” Until then, Pierce-Brewster said he didn’t understand the value of hard work. And as much as he hated the workouts, he credits them with shaping his work ethic. By PierceBrewster’s senior year, he owned the school record in the 400 at 48 seconds, and track had become a passion for him. He considered pursuing the sport in college, but after talking with Latham and his brother, Ernest Pierce, he decided his future was in football. Pierce-Brewster enrolled at Grossmont College (Calif.) near his hometown of National City. Though his athletic performance wasn’t an issue, he said he wasn’t ready for the transition mentally in his first year of college in 2009. His brother said Pierce-Brewster needed to get away from home to take that next step. PierceBrewster took a year off, staying with his brother and his family in the San Francisco area. He watched his niece and trained with his brother as he weighed his options for the 2011 season. “I just tried to give him more responsibility for certain things, making him understand what college football’s going to demand and ask of you,” Pierce said. Pierce-Brewster got back on the field at CCSF that spring. It had been nearly nine months since Pierce-Brewster had played at Grossmont, and he said he felt sluggish at the first workouts.

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But the first time Rush saw Pierce-Brewster, he saw a special player. “You don’t see guys that are as big and as fast as he is with the work ethic, the whole package,” Rush said. “You don’t see it very often. I’ve never had anybody really quite like him, and we’ve had good guys here.” Those unique abilities were on display on Pierce-Brewster’s touchdown-saving tackle against San Mateo. It was late in the second quarter and City College of San Francisco held a 10-0 lead. The Bulldogs needed to go 94 yards to cut into the lead and set up in their option formation on first-and-10. The quarterback, Freeman, kept the ball and turned upfield. A safety overran the play and Freeman was on his way to a sure touchdown. Until Pierce-Brewster took off. “I didn’t think I was going to get him and then something inside of me got angry,” PierceBrewster said. “I literally took that personally, like, ‘No, you’re not going to outrun me,’ so I just really turned on the burners. “And I remember as soon as I tackled him, it felt like I had just finished a 400, which is probably the worst pain you’ll ever feel because your legs are on fire.” San Mateo scored a touchdown to cap the drive, but CCSF left College Heights Stadium with its perfect record intact. PierceBrewster and his team remained unbeaten

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the rest of the way and won the 2011 national championship. After his All-American campaign, PierceBrewster chose to attend Syracuse, saying he was sold on the team’s plans for him within the scheme. Pierce-Brewster could see himself lined up on the edge using his speed to disrupt opposing offenses in the backfield. Pierce-Brewster did just that in the opener against Northwestern, making seven tackles and recovering a fumble. But he said he felt he took a step back against Southern California. “He is his harshest critic,” SU defensive line coach Tim Daoust said. “I might tell him good job, but he’ll tell me, ‘Well I did this, Coach.’ He’s a perfectionist, so that keeps him up at night, and he’s always constantly working to get better.” Daoust compared him to former SU defensive end Chandler Jones. Rush, who has coached his share of NFL players at CCSF, said he’d be shocked if Pierce-Brewster didn’t play professionally. But Pierce-Brewster knows he’s far from achieving his potential. “This is just the beginning,” Pierce-Brewster said. “Where I’m at right now won’t compare to where I’m at when the season ends and where I’m at next season. “I’ll be on a completely different level.”


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An hour or so before the real practice is scheduled to begin, Alex Bono gets the texts from Phil Boerger about setting up their own training sessions. “Let’s do some handling drills,” the messages read. “Let’s get in some tape before practice.” Who: Cincinnati Bono is always Where: Cincinnati, Ohio ready for the extra When: Saturday, 7 p.m. work. Each prepractice meeting with Boerger lets the freshman work with someone who knows exactly what head coach Ian McIntyre expects from a Syracuse goalkeeper. In 2011, Boerger started every game in goal for McIntyre in his lone season with the Orange. But now, it’s his job as undergraduate assistant coach to help his successors — Bono and the other young Syracuse goalkeepers — develop into better players. His advice has helped the team so far. SU (8-2) has wrapped up the nonconference portion of its schedule and will play in Cincinnati (5-4-2) on Saturday night with eight shutouts on the season. Bono is responsible for seven of those shutouts. Boerger’s advice has helped the goalkeepers maintain a high level of play during practice and games this season, Bono said. “He’s helped tremendously,” Bono said. “We can look at film together and he’ll be able to tell me what mistakes he’s made in the past that I can try to avoid.” Boerger said his mistake-prone 2011 season put him in a great position to advise the Syracuse goalkeepers this season. When Boerger let an easy goal in, he said he would get “worked up” and let one error multiply. More often than not, Syracuse dropped the games he lost his composure in. With a group of three freshman goalkeepers, Boerger and assistant coach Mike Miller work in tandem to help avoid those situations. One year removed from being a player himself, Boerger said he’s become the staff liaison between players and coaches. “There’s a fine line that some guys don’t want to cross when it comes to coaches and


players,” said Boerger. “I guess you could say I’m in between.” Boerger is just as split when it comes to his eventual profession. The North Dakota native graduated from SU last fall and took online classes as he tried out for professional teams. He landed brief stints with two lower-level teams before visiting Syracuse and contacting McIntyre about a coaching job. “It all worked out,” Boerger said. “I still want to play and I get to stay in shape while helping this team win.” Behind gritty play in goal, Syracuse has won enough games to make Boerger rethink his career path. And as this season progresses, Miller said McIntyre has expanded Boerger’s coaching roles. He started by assembling clips for game film, but now Boerger assumes Miller’s responsibilities when the assistant leaves on recruiting trips during the week. He’s assisted Bono in curbing his aggressive tendencies in goal. In SU’s first loss of the season against Niagara, Bono left the goal open as he tried to dribble past an opposing player. Boerger, who said he rarely left his line last season, helped Bono find a happy medium in the next game — a shutout of Colgate four days later. “That’s something we’ve worked on,” Bono said. “I’m an aggressive keeper, but he’s helped me decide when to be aggressive and when to let my defense bail me out.” Boerger has been just as influential with the players behind Bono. He said he worked with backup Andrew Coughlin more when Bono received a red card that kept him out of last weekend’s Big East opener against Seton Hall. Coughlin was more than ready to handle the duties. He recorded six saves and earned his first career shutout against the Pirates. Then, when the game was over, he joked about his performance with Boerger. “He came over to me and said that he had the same number of shutouts this year as I did last year,” Boerger said. “But I was happy for him. And if I can help all these guys see that their hard work gets results, then I’ll be happy with my coaching job when the day is over.” @nicktoneytweets


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Pierce-Brewster’s track experience brings quickness to defensive line By Ryne Gery


every down and that he’s the hardestworking player to pass through his proud junior college program. That combination of speed and work ethic fueled a breakout 2011 season at CCSF, where Pierce-Brewster racked up 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks en route to earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in California. It translated to a starting spot on the Syracuse defensive line this season. And though he has yet to burst onto the scene as he did in junior college, the 6-foot-3, 248-pound defensive end has impressed the SU coaching staff with his speed and all-out style — traits he developed as a standout track athlete at Sweetwater High School in California. “Track has really instilled in me a certain amount of pride in speed, and I’ll never let that go,” PierceBrewster said. “I don’t care if I’m on the field with Usain Bolt, I’m always going to believe I’m the fastest person on the field.” Pierce-Brewster started running track as a freshman to pass the time. His track coach, Tim Latham, witnessed Pierce-Brewster run opponents down 100 yards to secure victories in relays, leaving them and their teammates demoralized along the sideline. He blew others away as they heckled him when he took the baton. “I think it’s little things like that, little moments like that where Markus started realizing his potential with hard work,” Latham said. The summer before his junior year started the transformation. Standing on the Manley Field House track, Pierce-Brewster shook his head and covered his eyes with both hands. Then, a slight smile formed as he thought back to the


arkus Pierce-Brewster did his job perfectly. The City College of San Francisco defensive end stayed in his lane against the spread option and took out the fullback at the 5 yard line. He turned his head and watched the developing play, waiting for his teammates to bring down College of San Mateo quarterback Miles Freeman. But no one did.

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“The guy’s got nothing but space to the goal line,” CCSF head coach George Rush said. “He turns around, runs him down and tackles him on the other 5; runs 90 yards for a tackle and makes it — 90 yards.” Rush calls Pierce-Brewster the fastest player he’s ever coached, but he points to that play last October as an example of his relentless motor. Rush says he played “full blast” on



andrew renneisen | photo editor MARKUS PIERCE-BREWSTER dominated at the City College of San Francisco, often chasing down opponents from the defensive end position. He has not stood out as much with the Orange in the Division-I game, but his track-and-field-conditioned athleticism makes him an NFL-level prospect.


Road to redemption SU seniors look to avenge 2011 postseason loss with national title By Phil D’Abbraccio



yracuse hasn’t forgotten last season’s abrupt end. The painful memory from Nov. 13, 2011, when the Orange fell to Maryland in

overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament, still lingers in the team’s mind. “It’s the last time this team has lost, so we remember it. We remember overtime,” said forward Kelsey Millman.

“I can still see the goal, actually.” While that memory still stings, the loss simultaneously motivates Syracuse and intensifies the team’s focus toward winning a national championship. As of Tuesday’s poll, Syracuse (9-0) is ranked No. 1. But it’s a distinction the team would much rather hold in November. For the senior class — one of head coach Ange Bradley’s strongest — it is the last chance to make its mark on Syracuse’s field hockey history and lead the program to its first title. Regardless of how it plays out, it

won’t be easy for the seniors when their college athletic careers come to an end. “I get kind of emotional about it, actually,” said graduate midfielder Liz McInerney. “If I could be a student-athlete forever, I would.” Back Iona Holloway said she is not looking forward to the time two months from now when she is no longer a college athlete. Goaltender Leann Stiver finds the idea of her final NCAA championship run nerve-wracking, but exciting at the same time.

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