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In agreement A common counselor and business manager welcome SU’s move from the Big East to ACC. Page 3

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Beer-ly a problem The Daily Orange Editorial Board says banning beer in the Dome wouldn’t limit underage drinking. Page 5

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Big decision The service academies are weighing all of their options before making the jump to the Big East. Page 16

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Athlete progress at SU on par with future members By Dara McBride EDITOR IN CHIEF

Academically, Syracuse University will transition from the Big East conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference smoothly, but likely not as a top academic athletic program. “Yes, Syracuse fits right into the ACC’s sweet spot academically,” Walter Harrison, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance and also president of the University of Hartford, said in an email. In regards to academics, Harrison said he expects SU to fall somewhere in the middle in among ACC teams and “maybe a little closer to the top than the bottom.” “The ACC has a wide range of universities academically, ranging from two of the finest in the country — Duke and UNC — to others who are good but not on many people’s lists of truly outstanding American universities — Florida State and North Carolina State, as examples,” Harrison said. SU’s Academic Progress Rate for its two main sports, football and men’s basketball, are in the same range as schools in the ACC. APR is used to track academic performance of university athletic teams. A rate of 900 out of 1,000 is roughly equivalent to a 45 percent NCAA graduation success rate. But the NCAA is also in the process of strengthening APR guidelines. In August, university presidents and chancellors met in Indianapolis for a two-day discussion on academics, integrity and financial sustainability on Division-I athletics. SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor attended. The SU administration did not respond to requests for comment. The NCAA Division-I Board of Directors approved moving the APR cut score from 900 to 930 at its August meeting, Harrison said. In October, Harrison’s committee will discuss how to implement the changes, including the rule that teams scoring below an APR of 930 will be ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. SU men’s basketball has scored below a 930 for the past two years. In the 2008-09 academic year, the team earned an APR of 912— leaving the team with a penalty of two scholarship reductions. When asked whether working toward a higher APR for the men’s basketball team was a goal for SU, Pete Moore, spokesman for the team, said both he and head coach Jim Boeheim did not have official comments. Jake Crouthamel, athletic director at SU when APR was first introduced in the 2004-05 academic year, said because of SEE APR PAGE 7

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en Domingo is a man who vows to improve Health Services’ customer service, clinical care and community presence, as the program worked without a formal director for nearly two years. “We have to increase our reputation — or build it back — one patient at a time,” Domingo said. The search for a new director began in September 2009, when the former director took a job as the director of health services at Ohio State University. Domingo, a family nurse practitioner, said he applied for the job at Syracuse University in December 2010 and began working June 1. Domingo served as the director of Morrisville State College’s Health Cen-

ter for 10 years and has experience on multiple college campuses, including the University of Albany and Colgate University. After a decade at Morrisville, where he educated staff and students on health and wellness topics and expanded services, Domingo said SU was the logical next step in the college health provider profession. “I felt like I left [Morrisville] in a better place, and that’s what I hope to do at Syracuse,” he said. At Morrisville, Domingo said he spent the majority of his time doing clinical visits with students and much less time working on the administrative side of things. At SU, those roles have reversed, he said, and now only about 25 percent of his schedule is SEE DOMINGO PAGE 4

Renowned in the field of journalism for various projects involving female and Latino rights, NPR journalist Maria Hinojosa spoke Tuesday night on the lack of rights given to Latino immigrants. “How do you complain if — for all intents and purposes — you are invisible?” Hinojosa said. Hinojosa spoke on the discrimination and loss of rights experienced by the Latino community in the United States. She gave the fi rst of this year’s University Lectures in Hendricks Chapel. The lecture, “Making the Invisible Visible,” was presented in conjunction with the Wednesday opening of the La Casita Cultural Center, an art exhibition featuring the work of six Latin American artists. Hinojosa was the fi rst Latina journalist for NPR. She has also worked for CNN and as a senior correspondent for PBS. Much of her discussion was focused on her upcoming HBO documentary, “The Latino List,” which profi les various Latinos across the country and the effects they have had on their community. “For every three steps forward, we take two steps back,” Hinojosa said. Throughout her lecture, Hinojosa discussed the mistreatment Hispanic immigrants face across the United States; a mistreatment that often makes Latinos seem invisible. While this problem directly involves immigrants, Hinojosa discussed the need for every American to stand up for immigrant rights. “There are two sets of laws in our country, one that applies to you if you are a citizen, and one if you are an immigrant,” Hinojosa said. She told several anecdotes that epitomized her experience with the lack of rights given to Hispanic immigrants. Hinojosa introduced the lecture with the story of her mother having to argue with an airport immigration officer to bring a young Hinojosa into the country. Hinojosa also spoke of her visit to Arizona last year, soon after the state’s immigration laws were passed. She talked of the broad concern felt by many longtime Arizona residents, who could be asked to provide identification of their citizenship whenever they left their homes. Immigrants who cannot present valid paperwork are arrested and sent to detainment centers. Hinojosa described SEE HINOJOSA PAGE 7


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Author to speak on latest book By Casey Fabris CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Dana Spiotta, an award-winning author and professor at Syracuse University, will participate in the Raymond Carver Reading Series on Wednesday. Spiotta will give a read-

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SU professor and author in Raymond Carver Reading Series Where: Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse When: Today, 5:30 p.m. How much: Free ing from her third and most recent novel, “Stone Arabia.” The novel is centered on familial relationships and the life of an aspiring artist who is consumed by his work and music, according to Spiotta’s website. The reading will take place in Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall at 5:30 p.m. Before the reading, a Q-and-A session, which will be guided by students enrolled in ETS 107: “Living Writers,” will be held from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all. “There are approximately 200 students enrolled in ETS 107: ‘Living Writers’ who will be in the audience,” said Carroll Beauvais, interim associate director of creative writing, in an email. “Additionally, many creative writing MFA faculty and students will be in attendance, as well as other members of the community.” The Raymond Carver Reading Series gives students the opportunity to speak directly with the author. “There is this famous bit in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ where Holden talks about reading a book and then wishing he could call up the author and talk to him,” said Spiotta, author and assistant professor of English, in an email. “In Living Writers and the Raymond Carver Reading Series, you can do just that — you can really give the writer hell if you want to. Or you can ask a polite question.” Spiotta is a professor of both undergraduate and graduate writing courses at SU, which some believe will make the lecture more relatable and relevant to SU students. Chanelle Benz, a graduate creative writing student and teaching assistant for ETS 107 who has worked with Spiotta as a professor, said she felt Spiotta’s connection to the university would make students more receptive

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Growing friends MICHAEL WEISS, president of Hillel at Syracuse University, gets ready to pick an apple from a Gala Apple Tree at Beak & Skiff apple farm in Lafayette on Sunday. Hillel held a FreshFest Reunion and Apple Picking event from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, when participants were able to pick apples and catch up with all their FreshFest friends. FreshFest is a pre-orientation program for all incoming students offered by Hillel and coordinated by facilitators, who are hand-picked upperclassmen who staff activities and guide the students as mentors.

Reported Blackboard Learn security problem fails to hit university By Dylan Segelbaum CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Blackboard system engrained into academic life at Syracuse University may contain dangerous security holes, which threatens the integrity of users’ information, according to an article published recently by SC Magazine. But SU has yet to experience any problems from the reported vulnerability. These security vulnerabilities may “allow students to change grades and download unpublished exams, while allowing criminals to steal personal information,” according to the Sept. 16 article. An undisclosed Australian university enlisted the services of computer security company Securus Global, which uncovered these glaring holes, in addition to others which allow for the access of students’ personal information, the article stated. The problem originates from the default configuration set-up of the site; this is present in all current versions of Blackboard Learn, which is used by

SU and hundreds of other universities across the nation, the article stated. The latest version of Blackboard tightened security measures, but did not

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completely revise them, according to the article. Annie Duke, senior manager of public relations for Blackboard Inc., said no schools using Blackboard have reported incidents of security holes being exploited. SU uses versions of the Blackboard Learn and ANGEL

software which have been unaffected by the issue, she said. A Tuesday news release from Blackboard referenced the report by SC Magazine, saying “while the article correctly identified a basis for concern, it also delivered information that was both factually incorrect and thematically misaligned with our security practice at Blackboard.” “While the exploits could enable access to another user’s account, a successful attack is not highly probable, requires significant user intervention, and even then exposure would be limited to only functions which may be performed by the impacted user,” the release stated. The company also said in the release that it closed the most serious security issue for Blackboard 9.1 — the version SU uses. Michael Morrison, manger of Blackboard for SU, said that he received a bulletin from the company last Thursday detailing a new update that had been released. This update included a few security fixes that rectified some of these known issues.

Morrison said he had not heard about any reported breaches related to these vulnerabilities here at SU. “In a conversation that I had with the security team before, you have to be weary about posts like this on the Internet blowing things out of proportion,” he said. Mikaela Kearns, a freshman public relations and information technology management major, expressed concern toward the possibility of other students exploiting the system. “I would be worried personally about other people changing their grades, diminishing the work that I put in my classes,” she said. But Erin Dalo, a junior sociology major, was more understanding of the situation, as she knows many other students who have had similar issues with Blackboard. “I haven’t heard about that specific issue, but over the years that I’ve been a student here I’ve had all sorts of problems, so it really doesn’t surprise me,” she said. dmsegelb@syr.edu


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dedicated to primary care. Domingo said he enjoys his new position because he is able to take on other administrative challenges as well as continue seeing students on a regular basis. As director, Domingo is able to write policy, join the alcohol and drug committee and work with student outreach, which he was unable to do at Morrisville. “There’s a lot that goes into this position. You’re part politician, part business person and part medical provider,” he said. “There’s all these different hats that you have to wear.” The transition to SU was smooth, Domingo said, albeit a big change from Morrisville, which has approximately 3,500 undergraduates. Domingo said he supervised a staff of seven before, but now he leads a staff of 44 at SU. In some ways, Domingo said Morrisville better prepared him for the promotion than a big university would have because he was forced to

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to her reading. Benz also said SU professors have a better understanding of the student population. “She’s been to these readings before and knows what to expect. People who teach here are more tapped into the student body,” Benz said. Benz is eager to hear Spiotta speak about her

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play many roles — interacting with local EMS and the county health department, much like he does now. Rebecca Dayton, associate vice president of student affairs for health and wellness, said Domingo “went into this transition with his eyes open.” Dayton, who hired Domingo and now acts as his supervisor, said one quality that stood out about him was that he was extremely passionate. He was also personable and relatable to staff and students, she said. “I wanted to find the right person with the right fit. I didn’t want to settle, and he is exactly what we were looking for,” Dayton said. Domingo said he hopes to make a positive change at SU by starting with the basics: providing medical care, improving customer service and making sure the clinic runs smoothly. One way to improve customer service, Domingo said, is for the staff to become more sympathetic to students, even if they didn’t do everything they were supposed to. Domingo said that before his arrival the rules were very rigid and not as accommodating to students as he would have liked. Domingo

urges his staff to pretend they are treating their own children — meaning they won’t turn students away if they come in five minutes before closing and need to see someone. “We want to function more like a family restaurant than an Applebee’s,” he said. Dayton said Domingo has been energetic so far and has already put in proposals about what he wants to change and improve. “His thinking cap is already on; he’s already got some very great ideas and an incredible amount of energy to want to move them forward,” she said. Another goal of Domingo’s is to lower student costs while still expanding services. The department shouldn’t have to choose one or the other, he said. Health Services is a better option than the hospital for a nonemergency, in terms of wait times, cost and efficiency, Domingo said. The student health fee covers these services, and he isn’t sure students realize that, he said. Domingo has worked to increase student awareness through promotion. Health Services has formed a marketing committee, redesigned its website and updated its Twitter and Face-

book pages, he said. Chris Jennison, a senior public relations and policy studies major and a field supervisor for SU Ambulance, said he and other students were brought in on several occasions to provide student feedback during the director search. Jennison said Domingo values student input tremendously. “We gave him recommendations based on our call data in terms of how to rework the MTS system, and he asks us for regular input on other matters as well,” he said. Domingo said employees should be rewarded based on merit, which should motivate people to become more active at work. He also tries to act as a role model by being a part of the weekend and night work rotations, just like the rest of the staff, Domingo said. But Domingo said all these changes won’t happen right away. It may take seven years to regain the trust of the students, staff and faculty, but he said he’s willing to put in the time. “You feel alive when you’re challenged,” Domingo said. “I think it’s nice to have a healthy fear that you need to prove yourself.”

personal experiences as a writer. “Usually, when she’s teaching, she’s talking about our work or another writer’s. I’m really fascinated to hear her talk about her own work and her creative process,” Benz said. “I think when a lot of people start teaching they stop being artists, but that doesn’t happen here. I think it’s so exciting that she’s still alive as an artist.” Chloe Beaudoin, a freshman public relations major, who is enrolled in ETS 107, said

she felt that having a professor from the university participate in the lecture series was inspiring because it demonstrates the real-world experience that SU faculty has in its fields. The faculty in the graduate program for creative writing is responsible for selecting and inviting authors to participate in the Raymond Carver Reading Series, Beauvais said. Mildred Barya, a graduate student in the

creative writing program, said in an email that she feels it’s a good thing that the university is using some of its own professors as part of the series. “You’ve heard the proverb that charity begins at home. That’s what the university demonstrates by having professors as part of the lecture series,” Barya said. “How rewarding would the practice be without homegrown fruit?”

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our years ago, a group of disgruntled monks in Myanmar, a small dictatorship in South Asia, decided that enough was enough. Ordinarily, Buddhist monks completely separate themselves from politics, especially within a repressive society run by a military leader’s iron fist. But every once in a while that separation from politics becomes untenable, and so began Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution, named for the color of robe traditionally worn by Burmese monks. But a revolution it did not become. The monks went on strike, carrying their alms can upsidedown so as to defy any opportunity for the ruling military junta to buy off their discontent. They were joined by nuns, lay people, all those discontented by the closed society around them. Thousands marched in a sea of saffron robes in Yangon and Mandalay, with simultaneous protests reported in more than 20 other Myanmar cities. The climax of this quiet, dignified and defiant challenge to the rulers of Myanmar was a march to the gates of the home that held hostage Aung San Suu Kyi, an imprisoned democracy activist. Her political party, the National League for Democracy, had run in the 1990 elections, handily beating the ruling junta’s party. Dictators, being what they are, rarely concede defeat, and so they had put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for

let ter to the editor 15 of the last 20 years. This week memorializes a somber anniversary. On Sept. 26, 2007, the Saffron Revolution was crushed. Monasteries were raided, monks beaten, hundreds taken away to unknown locations. Within days, dead, bloated bodies clad in saffron robes floated down rivers near major cities. Stories of torture were traded for rumors of disappearances. The defiant, brave monks who marched for democracy in Myanmar had been put down. So what can you do about all this? If you’ve read this entire editorial, then that’s step one: informing yourself. Step two is about getting active. Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) does just this. We’re a group open to all students that plans events, fundraisers, petitions local political leaders, advocates for the marginalized, works locally with refugees and tries to break through the collegiate bubble of iPhones and “Jersey Shore” to talk about the state of human rights in the world today. Thursday at 7 p.m. in Kittredge Auditorium, we’ll be discussing Myanmar as well as planning future advocacy efforts and events. Will you STAND with us?

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Underage drinking would persist despite beer ban in Dome Syracuse University will be among few members of the Atlantic Coast Conference to serve beer when SU leaves the Big East conference in 2014. The sale of beer in the Carrier Dome is part of the culture of attending an SU sporting event, more so for older fans than for students. Banning

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from buying from the Dome. Instead, many of them drink heavily before the game, and they would continue to do this regardless. Banning alcohol certainly would have encouraged even upperclassmen and legal drinkers to drink heavily or unsafely before games. And as most undergraduates are underage anyway,

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n 2014, the city of Syracuse should expect to see the same number of fans attending sporting events — some will just be wearing different colors. When Syracuse University makes the move from the Big East conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference, it will be the end of an era for the city and the school. SU was one of the founding members of the Big East, which came into existence more than 32 years ago. Back in 1979, there were only seven teams in the Big East. Now it is a 16-team conference with deep-seeded rivalries between SU and Villanova University, the University of Connecticut and Georgetown University, among others. But the face of the conference is about to change. Ryan McMahon, a Syracuse common councilor and a member of the Economic Development, Downtown and Metropolitan Planning Committee, said he has lived in Syracuse since he was one year old and has been watching Big East sports for almost as long. When he first heard about the news, he was very upset, but then put it in perspective. “If you look at where the mega-conferences are

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SU’s reputation as an academic institution overall, students and student-athletes are expected to be strong academically. He said both coaches and administration members should keep track of how the school was doing academically. “We are called institutions of higher education,” Crouthamel said. “We are not called institutions of football or basketball.” SU’s APRs fall at the bottom of Big East rates. Football and men’s basketball teams received the lowest APRs of all SU teams for the 2009-10 academic year. SU’s football APR was six out of eight in the Big East and men’s basketball was 14 out of 16. Based on the average multiyear APR and the most recent rates, SU will likely place similarly

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going as far as the people they’re talking about recruiting to the Big East now, like East Carolina and Navy, they’re really subpar Division-I schools,” McMahon said. “So if that’s the future of the Big East, then Syracuse made the right move in getting out.” From an economic standpoint, McMahon said they expect to see the same amount of visiting team fans coming to the city for games. “These teams travel well, so I think you’ll see the same type of economic development,” he said. But McMahon said he hopes that the ACC has the conference tournaments on a “rotating basis” so Syracuse and New York City have a chance to host. As for the Big East traditional rivalries, McMahon said he hopes they will continue to add Georgetown, Villanova and St. John’s into the SU basketball schedule. That way, McMahon said, SU will have both new rivals and traditional rivals to combine for a great schedule. Bill Nester, store manager for Manny’s on Marshall Street, said that he also thinks it was the right move for SU, but it might be hard to let go of the Big East. “I think it was probably the right move to

in the ACC, although it will also be among universities who traditionally earn higher APRs than those in the Big East. The ACC average multiyear rate would have remained at about 959 if the men’s basketball teams at University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which scored a multiyear APR of 985 and 928, respectively, had been in the ACC for the 2009-10 season. Duke University made the top of the list at 990 and Georgia Institute of Technology, which received a penalty for a low score, filled out the bottom at 915. In football, Syracuse earned a ranking of 946 for the 2009-10 academic year. The highest APR in the Big East for football was Rutgers University, with a rate of 968, and the lowest was University of Louisville at 908. In the ACC, Duke University earned the highest score at 986, and the University of Maryland scored the lowest at 922. dkmcbrid@syr.edu

make,” Nester said. “On the other hand, I love the Big East. I’m a big fan, but all things considered, they probably made the right move.” Nester said that no matter what conference SU is in, they will not be changing anything. He said they still plan to sell their apparel for SU and visiting team fans. However, he said that the move to the ACC is still more than two years away, so official plans haven’t been put in place yet. “Things aren’t going to change,” he said. “We’re still going to do our game day shirts, they’ll just look a little different. It’s exciting, but it’s still a ways off, so you can’t get too excited just yet.” As for local restaurants and bars, Diana Hester, manager of Varsity Pizza, said she expects it to be business as usual regardless of what conference SU is in. “They always find out about us somehow,” Hester said with a laugh. She also said the business doesn’t expect to do anything differently as far as advertising or marketing for new visiting teams and fans to the area. “I think we will be just as busy come 2014,” Hester said. “It’s a tradition for people to come here.”

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these centers as having extremely poor conditions. She also described situations in which people lose their rights, both of which she contributed to their loss of voice and visibility. “They are housed in the equivalent of prisons, with prison uniforms, but with none of the same rights,” she said. Hinojosa said these were major concerns of immigrants. She also argued that they are the concerns of the entire country. “To understand true diversity and multiculturalism means to see yourself in the person most unlike you,” Hinojosa said. Hinojosa ended her lecture talking about the effect the Latino invisibility would have on the future generation. “The little boy who once dreamed of becom-

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ing a police officer now looks at police officers with hate and distrust,” she said. The crowded chapel seemed to agree with her opinion, oftentimes breaking out into applause. Senior public relations major Brittnee Anderson said, “She had some valid points, she really opened my eyes to a lot of new things. The United States violates so many human rights ... We don’t practice what we preach.” amfeld01@syr.edu


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kristen parker | staff photographer PHOTOVOICE, currently on display in Syracuse University’s Hoople Special Education Building, is a traveling exhibition showcasing works by students with disabilities.

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students with disabilities began at the University of South Carolina and Eastern Michigan University. Since then, more than a dozen other colleges and universities have participated in the project. At each school, students worked together to create an exhibit of photography and poems to express their feelings about living with disabilities. PhotoVoice puts disability on the radar for anyone who happens to see it, whether or not they know or are connected to anyone with a disability, Harbour said. Art can be a valuable tool for discussing

disability, Harbour said. And while the photographs now on display are not by SU students, the Taishoff Center is working to have its students contribute to PhotoVoice. A PhotoVoice book is also a potential project, Harbour said. “It’s exciting to think that SU could have a part in expanding PhotoVoice.” One gallery viewer, Rachel Romer, saw PhotoVoice while visiting the Hoople building. As president of Self-Advocacy for Change, an organization that brings people with disabilities together to initiate change, she has seen a number of PhotoVoice exhibits at other schools and events. “It brings people to realize that people with disabilities have voices,” Romer said. insimonc@syr.edu


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Exhibition gives voice to students By Ian Simon-Curry CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Displayed on the first floor hallway walls of Syracuse University’s Hoople Special Education Building are photographs and poems that reveal the thoughts and experiences of college students with disabilities. Showcasing Braille cards with explanatory notes and photographs, PhotoVoice: Changing the Image of Disabilities — Reflections and Resolutions portrays a perspective that often goes unnoticed. “Most people don’t think about college students with disabilities,” said Wendy Harbour, Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor for Inclusive Education in the School of Education. Through PhotoVoice, people are given the opportunity to think about disability in a way that’s interactive and engaging, she said. Harbour, also the executive director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, first saw PhotoVoice while at an Association on Higher Education and Disability conference in Seattle in July 2011. She was intrigued by the exhibit and arranged for it to be displayed at the Disabled and Proud conference, held in August 2011 at SU. The conference was planned by and for college students with disabilities, and it brought together student leaders to discuss disability in higher education, according to the Disabled and Proud website. Displaying PhotoVoice at the conference allowed its participants to see art by other college students, Harbour said. The exhibit was so well received that Harbour asked to keep the display at SU through the fall 2011 semester. The images on display in the Hoople building reflect a variety of different disabilities and viewpoints of students from Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. One photograph by a student with vision impairment portrays an out-of-focus coffee shop menu. The note accompanying this photograph describes how the student often tells his friends he is not hungry when they are ordering food because it is difficult to read the menu. One set of photos captures how a handicapped parking spot was removed to make room for dumpsters. Another shows a sign that reads, “Elevator is out of order, but the stairs work just fine.” “It’s fun — and interesting — to see how college students choose to talk about their disabilities,” Harbour said. “Some focus on the law, others talk about identity.” The PhotoVoice project for college

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By Danielle Odiamar ASST. FEATURE EDITOR

n a bleak, cinderblock-walled dorm room, dreams of living in a fancy hotel or spacious apartment are sure to cross your mind. But for a handful of lucky students, that dream has become a reality. For the first time this fall semester, options for student housing have been extended beyond the normal dormitory buildings and Syracuse University South Campus apartments. With the influx of incoming students in the past two years, SU has created a total of 326 new spots in hotels and luxury apartments to accommodate these students, according to a Jan. 31 article in The Daily Orange. After one month of living in these unique housing situations, students share the pros and cons of their new housing lifestyle.

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Knowing that she wanted to go abroad this spring semester, junior public relations and marketing management major, Megan Corbet, considered all her options. “I didn’t want to live in a dorm or on South again, and I didn’t want to deal with subletting, but I wanted an apartment-style setup,” Corbet said. “It’s so nice to have lots of space

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After 1 month in unique housing options, students share pros, cons of lifestyle

... and also be right on campus if I ever need to run back quickly.” Each tenant has his or her own individual room and a bathroom shared between two roommates. The apartment also comes fully furnished with a washer, a dryer and kitchen appliances. Outside the room, Park Point offers a variety of amenities, including lounge areas equipped with TVs, a gym with brand-new equipment and a courtyard in the back of the building. Corbet said a Park Point con is the inconvenient package pickup hours — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corbet also constantly has security in the back of her mind because, unlike dorms, security guards do not check IDs or require guests to sign in. Despite these issues, Corbet is still very happy with her housing for this semester. “It’s my favorite place that I’ve lived so far in my three years here.”

the opportunity to live somewhere unique. The standard amenities that come with each room — air conditioning, full-sized beds, a flat-screen TV and a personal bathroom — are hard to beat, said Rosanio. The Sheraton also allows students to use its pool, gym and computer facilities. The only thing unavailable to students is the continental breakfast and restaurant, which students have to pay for. Rosanio said the location’s only issue arises when he does laundry. “They only give us one washer and dryer, and usually it’s being used, so you either have to get lucky or you have to go all the way up to Watson.” Otherwise, Rosanio couldn’t think of another problem he has with the Sheraton. “Everything about it is as good as, if not better than, living in the dorms last year.”

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When you and your roommate luck out with a great housing lottery number, why wouldn’t you choose to live in a hotel room? Sophomore aerospace engineering major Matthew Rosanio was excited for

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Mary Callegari, a senior family studies and psychology major, has lived on South Campus all four years of her college career. Though some students may find this unthinkable, Callegari has become accustomed to life on South. She now lives in a University Village

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Grandma Fersh: Funniest woman you’ve never met

bout one year ago, my Great Aunt Bev called my grandmother, Blanche Fersh, to pay her final respects. At 91, Blanche’s health had sharply declined and she had trouble staying attentive for an entire conversation. During one moment of silence, Aunt Bev became particularly concerned. “Blanche?” she asked. “Are you there?” Grandma re-engaged in the conversation just in time to fire one last joke at her sister-inlaw: “Well, where else would I be?” she replied, earning chuckles from the other end of the line. During the final years of her life, Grandma’s mind and body had begun to betray her. She relied heavily on a walker to move her brittle bones and needed regular attention for her diabetes and other ailments. Yet even on her deathbed in 2010, one thing about her was just as healthy as it was throughout her lifetime: her sense of humor. Life was sometimes difficult for Blanche, but laughter always seemed to come easy to her. As she watched her eleven grandchildren grow into adolescence and beyond, she was always a ready audience for shenanigans that may have rubbed our parents the wrong way. Every time she came over for dinner, we would mess with her. I’ll never forget the first time she arrived at our house wearing hearing aids. After pointing out the short battery lifespan of such devices, my brother Ben and I started silently mouthing our words to Grandma instead of saying them out loud. Confused, she turned to our father and gestured to her hearing aids. “Robbie, I can’t hear them.” When my father told Blanche why she heard no sound, she burst out laughing. The same Blanche who had sharp wit into her early 90s had been the clown amongst her friends as a teenager. She carried that spirit into her career as a dental hygienist, often dressing up as the tooth fairy as she taught public schoolchildren the virtues of brushing their teeth. Such workplace hijinks never took away from raising her three children, including my father, in a loving Jewish household. Her devo-

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f*ck it, we’ll do it live tion to her family never faltered, including the time she crocheted a jock strap for my Great Uncle Manny to wear at a costume party. To this day, I have never met such a willing accomplice to so many tall tales. If you believed everything her grandchildren ever said about her, you would be amazed at Blanche’s athletic accomplishments after the age of 85. Generously listed at 4-feet-10-inches, Grandma could bench press 350 pounds and push her walker up to 30 mph. She once wrestled a grizzly bear into submission, stopped a bank heist using only her pinky finger and made a game-saving tackle while playing defensive line for the Washington Redskins — according to us, that is. Many people would wallow in self-pity at the loss of basic physical capacities. With our help, Grandma laughed about it. Though, to be fair, this came as no surprise to anyone who had known her for a long time. I suppose this week’s column has very little to do with life at Syracuse University. However, I believe you, my devoted readers, have the right to know where my humor comes from. Blanche Fersh was the matriarch of a large, proud family when she died at the age of 91, almost exactly a year ago today. She left with us a lifetime’s worth of love, memories and hilarious jokes. That’s why when I think of her today, my tears are more from hearty laughter than profound sadness. That’s how Grandma would have wanted it. Danny Fersh is a senior broadcast journalism major and his columns appear every Wednesday. He would like to dedicate this week’s article to Dad, Aunt Judy and Aunt Lainy. Email him at dafersh@syr.edu and follow him on Twitter via @fershprince #FershDays.

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apartment. “I like South much better because there’s more space than in a dorm, and you’re only sharing it with one other person,” Callegari said. “UV is just an upgraded version of South.” UV provides each resident with a room, a double bed, a desk dresser and a personal bathroom. Tenants have their own washers and dryers and all apartments come with cable television. UV provides a variety of recreational facilities for tenants, such as a state-ofthe-art gym, tanning beds, game rooms, study rooms and a television lounge. Though UV, like South Campus housing, does not have resident advisers or residential security aides, Callegari said that having a swipe card system that only UV residents have access to is reassuring. Callegari said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time living in UV and struggled to think of any disadvantages. “My mom came to visit me and was like, ‘Don’t get too used to this, it’s not what you get when you graduate,’” Callegari said. “It’s pretty awesome to live here as a college student.”

For Taylor Chaskey, a sophomore acting major, getting to his classes at Syracuse Stage from Lyons Hall last year was a major inconvenience. Now only a five-minute walk away from the building, Chaskey is happy with his choice to live in the Parkview Hotel. “I would highly recommend living here to people who have classes at The Warehouse or Syracuse Stage because they’re so close.” This hotel-turned-dorm comes equipped with double beds, private bathrooms, a TV and a microwave. The lobby is spacious with a variety of comfortable couches to do work on, and there’s a small café that accepts Off Campus Meal Plans. The Parkview Hotel has six floors and limited facilities. The basement offers a lounge exclusively for students and a small gym. Students have access to the hotel’s printing and laundry services, but the amount of printers, washers and dryers is limited. However, Chaskey does not see these things as disadvantages. “It’s a very old building, but I kind of like that about it,” Chaskey said. “On the inside, though, pretty much everything, like the bathrooms, is all up to date.”

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By Sam Littman STAFF WRITER

eavy on statistics and severely lacking a human interest storyline, “Moneyball” didn’t seem worth Columbia Pictures’ $50 million investment. Published in 2003 to rave reviews, Michael Lewis’s novel “Moneyball” upended centuriesold notions of player evaluation, favoring more obscure statistics over traditional scouting. Especially focused on player performance, on-base percentage and the economics of Major League Baseball, the book didn’t seem like movie material. Despite the book’s sparse storyline, “Moneyball” attracted more talent than any film released so far in 2011: co-writers Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) and Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”), cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception”) and director Bennett Miller, whose only feature film, “Capote” (2005), earned him an Oscar nomination. The producers got Brad Pitt to play Billy Beane, but without sufficient dramatic material, “Moneyball” relies heavily on the talent, nearly striking out. Finally fed up with playing in the shadow of big-time powerhouses in New York and Boston with their $125 million payrolls, Beane realizes that if his $41 million Athletics are to continue to contend, he will have to assemble the team in an entirely new way. Coming off a successful 2001 season with the second-most wins in the American League, the Athletics realize they can’t afford to keep the free agents that led them to 102 wins. Inspired by the young baseball-savvy scout Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane sets out to revamp the Athletics. Instead of seeking flashy home run hitters, he targets guys who can simply get on the base, and who come at a much lower price. The Athletics open the 2002 campaign poorly, leading many, including manager Art Howe (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), to openly criticize Beane and his new tactic. When the odd assortment of new pieces begins to jell, the Athletics’ success suggests that Beane might have truly changed the game. However, until he wins a World Series he will

Despite talented production staff, ‘Moneyball’ fails to hit home run

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remain unsatisfied. While the conflict is not always engrossing, dramas as entertaining as “Moneyball” are rare. Sorkin and Zaillian’s script is expectedly strong, peppered with the type of quotable dialogue that only Sorkin can write. Pfister’s cinematography is exquisite, providing the most beautifully shot baseball scenes of all time. The problem of adapting a story with hardly any relatable drama persists throughout the film — a flaw that causes a ripple effect through the story and characterization. Beane is positioned as the only character in the story that the audience is meant to latch onto, yet he’s not remotely dynamic enough to lead a 133-minute drama. His fear of failure lasts only for the first quarter of the Athletics’ 2002 season before they quickly turn it around. Save for woefully underused first baseman Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), the Athletics players are all so dull and robotic that their presence can become annoying. The producers were surely tempted by the challenges of designing a grand Hollywood drama based on a book that wasn’t meant for the screen. But with “Moneyball,” the big wigs were in just a bit over their heads. It is one thing to earnestly adapt the book for the screen, and it is another thing altogether to make it into a 133-minute epic. Lewis’ book might generously contain 75 minutes of adaptable material, qualifying Miller’s film as an obnoxiously drawn-out drama. The way Billy Beane changed baseball analysis is fascinating, though it works far better on the page than in moving pictures. The audience wants to love Beane, but when you compare his money-driven character to Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky” or Denzel Washington in “He Got Game,” the film’s dramatic scope comes into focus. This is a sports movie about sports and not people.

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Three veteran quarterbacks lead high-scoring offenses By Ryne Gery

Asst. Sports Editor

courtesy of south florida athletic communications B.J. Daniels has led South Florida to a 4-0 start and an average of 45.5 points per game. Thus far in 2011, he has already thrown for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns.

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When Skip Holtz watches last year’s film of B.J. Daniels, he sees a completely different player than the one on the field this season. With a year of experience in Holtz’s offensive system, the South Florida quarterback knows exactly what he’s doing in the pocket in 2011. “It really is a night-and-day difference from where he is mentally,” Holtz said in the Big East coaches teleconference on Monday. “I think it all goes back to his comfort level. … It’s really starting to show.” Daniels is just one of the standout quarterbacks in the Big East this season and is a big part of the team’s 4-0 start. He’s led the Bulls offense to 45.5 points per game so far. Joining him at the top of the Big East is West Virginia’s Geno Smith, who is having a breakout year in his first season in the spread offense. And Zach Collaros has directed Cincinnati to a conference-leading 49.5 points per game so far. For the coaches of these teams, the offensive success comes down to taking care of the football and getting it in the hands of their playmakers. Daniels had to learn a new system when Holtz replaced Jim Leavitt at USF last season. Under Leavitt, Daniels burst onto the college football scene after replacing an injured Matt Grothe at quarterback in 2009. He led USF to an upset 17-7 victory at then-No. 18 Florida State, passing for 215 yards and rushing for another 126. But after finishing that season with 23 total touchdowns and leading the team in rushing with 772 yards, Daniels took a step back last year. Holtz wanted Daniels to play within the system in the pocket and to take off and use his athleticism only when a play broke down. “That’s a fine line to draw because you don’t want him to be so robotical that he loses his ability to freelance when things do break down,” Holtz said. “But you don’t just want him out there running around with his eyes all over the field.” Daniels struggled to find that balance and only rushed for 259 yards in 2010. He threw two more interceptions than touchdowns on the season. Now, though, he is making better decisions and has found his comfort zone in the pocket. He has thrown eight touchdowns and just one interception to lead the Bulls to an undefeated start. “He’s making good decisions,” Holtz said. “He’s been in the pocket throwing the ball more than he has in the past, and I’ve really been proud of the way he’s handled that.” Smith is making a transition to a new offense this season and hasn’t missed a beat for the Mountaineers either. Head coach Dana Holgorsen said Smith is “what makes us go offensively.” The head coach has been impressed with his presence and body language in the pocket. Smith has already recorded career highs in completions, attempts and yards multiple times this season. He has completed 65.6 percent of his passes, while throwing nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Against Louisiana State on Saturday, Smith set program records in all three passing categories against the No. 2 Tigers, completing 38-of-65 attempts for 463 yards.

Though Smith has been productive in leading West Virginia to 36.8 points per game, Holgorsen said he is still picking up the offense and learning which matchups to exploit on each play. “It’s a constant and never-ending improvement situation,” Holgorsen said in the teleconference. “He’s got to continue to get on the same page with me and understand exactly where we want to go with the ball.” Cincinnati’s Collaros came into the season as an accomplished pocket passer. Like Daniels, he first gained notoriety two years ago when he filled in for the injured starter Tony Pike. The sophomore led Cincinnati to a 4-0 record, throwing for eight touchdowns and one interception. He continued his success last season, leading the Big East in passing yards and ranking third in pass efficiency. But the Bearcats stumbled to a 4-8 record. This season, behind Collaros’ arm, Cincinnati is off to a 3-1 start. Head coach Butch Jones said he has managed the game well and avoided costly turnovers. Collaros was the top quarterback in the Big East last year, but he also threw 14 interceptions. Jones said the team’s success early on this season has been a product of taking care of the ball. And that starts with Collaros. “Zach’s doing a great job, too, of getting rid of the football and throwing in rhythm,” Jones said.

Cincinnati leads nation in forced turnovers Cincinnati is tops in the country with 16 turnovers forced after intercepting North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon twice and recovering a fumble in its 44-14 win over the Wolfpack last week. The Bearcats defense — which entered the season as the team’s biggest question mark — has been an opportunistic bunch after finishing 119th with a minus-15 turnover margin last season. The 16 turnovers already surpasses last season’s total of 14 in 12 games.

Big man on campus Mohamed Sanu Rutgers Wide receiver Last week: 16 catches, 176 yards, two touchdowns

Sanu set a Big East record with 16 receptions against Ohio on Saturday. His 16 catches are the second-most in the nation in 2011 to USC wide receiver Robert Woods’ 17 against Minnesota. The junior has been the Scarlet Knights’ go-to receiver this season after taking snaps in the Wildcat formation last season. His 176 receiving yards and two touchdowns were also career highs. rjgery@syr.edu

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“I think it’s all being done in the interest of the almighty dollar,” DeBerry said. “And it certainly takes a lot of money today to run a major college program. “But then yet at the same time, big is not always better.” DeBerry knows firsthand the pitfalls that come with superconferences. While at Air Force, he was involved in the formation of the first superconference, when the Western Athletic Conference expanded from 10 teams to 16 teams in 1994 and began play in 1996. DeBerry said the WAC wanted to create a conference championship to generate more revenue through television and to gain national exposure through the various media markets of the conference members. But the excitement surrounding the addition of a conference championship game and the potential for increased revenue was quickly replaced with conflict between different teams with different interests. After three years of play, the 16-team conference fell apart when Air Force, Brigham Young, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado State decided to break away and form the Mountain West Conference with New Mexico, San Diego State and Nevada-Las Vegas for the 1999 season. DeBerry said revenue sharing was the biggest reason for the conference split. The WAC wasn’t bringing in the revenue that administrators had anticipated. DeBerry said he thinks both the coaches and the school presidents struggled to compromise. “I think probably the presidents were finding the same thing true the coaches were finding — that was when you had a meeting, it was all about me,” DeBerry said. That culture of “me” can be seen at work as universities and their athletic programs try to figure out the best plan of action as conferences realign. It’s why Gladchuk and Navy are waiting to see how things play out before jumping into the Big East or any other conference. Uncertainty still surrounds the conference as Rutgers and Connecticut are reportedly interested in following Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC. The Star-Ledger has also reported that Rutgers has been in contact with the Big Ten. “Today, as we speak, there is a lack of clarity of how the dust will settle,” Gladchuk said to GoMids.com. “The most important thing

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is that the conferences stabilize their current membership and once they do, then they can talk about the next step.” Air Force is also keeping its best interest in mind before addressing the possibility of leaving the Mountain West for a BCS conference. “The academy will continue to work towards what is best for our cadet-athletes in every area on and off the field as we continue working to produce officers of character for our Air Force and the nation,” Mueh, the director of athletics, said in the statement. DeBerry said it is easy to forget the real purpose of college athletics is for the studentathletes to get an education. With education in mind, DeBerry believes a move to the Big East would be “very, very difficult” for Air Force. He said he thinks Air Force and Navy could be extremely competitive on the field, but for Air Force, the travel would be too much for the students. “I think in addition to the wear and tear that academics and the routine and the regimen of the academy that it has on the athlete, it would tend with a lot of additional travel to really wear on the academy,” DeBerry said. But DeBerry also said Air Force is like every other athletic program in the country. It must survive on its own revenue stream. He said the only way Air Force could justify all the travel would be to make a sizable difference in revenue sharing. And though money is the biggest factor in any decision Air Force and Navy will make, it is not the only one. The service academies have competed for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy each year since 1972. The series is a rich tradition in college football and often the highlight of the season for the service academies. The service academy rivalries take precedence over any other scheduled games. Gladchuk said those games and traditions would be kept intact if Navy were to join a conference. So while college football continues to change and conference rivalries come to an end, the tradition of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy will remain a constant. “There’s no question in my mind if they went into the Big 12 or the Pac-10 or the Big East or where, they’re going to keep the rivalry with Army and Navy,” DeBerry said. “That’s just a given. That’s the most important rivalry that there is between the service academies. “Those are sacred. Everything is built around those games.”

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stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor grant chong (left) battles a Binghamton player for a jump ball. Chong and the Orange couldn’t match the Bearcats’ intensity and were outplayed in a 2-1 home loss.

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The Orange also had a would-be goal by Grant Chong disallowed after a pushing foul. But other than those few chances, SU never really got going on offense. The team appeared lethargic, save for brief spurts of enthusiasm. SU forward Dan Summers said the whole team wasn’t quite there — a very accurate description of the subpar play on Tuesday. True, the Orange played a game on Saturday and had a quick turnaround for the game, but Binghamton played Saturday as well. “We were poor tonight,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It is a case of perhaps I take responsibility for this one tonight. Tonight I think we were outfought. We were second best tonight.” If SU can take any positives from this match, it needs to look no further than the final two minutes. It was in desperate times that a bleak SU offense suddenly came to life in the form of one goal and one near-goal, both on shots by Summers.

In the 89th minute, the SU offense came streaking downfield. Nick Perea sent a pass to Lars Muller who sent it on to Summers. He took a strike toward the left side of the goal that found its way in to cut the Binghamton lead to 2-1. “We need to be doing that in the first two minutes of the game, not the last two,” McIntyre said. Nearly a minute later, with the clock winding down and the fans counting down the final 10 seconds, Summers had a chance to send the game to overtime. He sent another shot to the left side of the goal, but this time it narrowly missed wide. SU’s sudden burst of offense came too little, too late. Lacking liveliness for the first 88 minutes of play didn’t result in a win, and it most likely won’t result in a win in the future either. It’s a game the players must put behind them. “We all knew that we weren’t good enough,” Cribley said. “We all know that we can do better, and we need to do better. So it’s now on our shoulders to improve and get down to business.” rnmarcus@syr.edu


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SPORTS

WEDNESDAY

september 28, 2011

PAGE 16

the daily orange

m e n ’s s o c c e r

SU lacks energy in home loss By Rachel Marcus STAFF WRITER

Keeping structure

courtesy of navy sports information NAVY AND AIR FORCE have been identified as the Big East’s top choices to replace Pittsburgh and Syracuse as football-only schools. Both schools are patiently waiting to see what the remaining Big East members will do before considering an offer from the conference.

Service academies consider Big East, but traditions remain priority By Ryne Gery

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ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

isher DeBerry has mixed feelings about the changing landscape of college football. The former Air Force head coach sees the change as both exciting and sad as he watches conferences realign across the country. “Nothing stays the same in college football from year to year,” DeBerry said. “But the sad part about it is that some realignments are forcing teams to lose some natural rivalries that they’ve had for years and years.” The Big East conference is the latest to feel the effects of change in college athletics after Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced Sept. 18 that

they will leave to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Big East is now searching for replacements to solidify its future in the Bowl Championship Series. And Navy and Air Force are the Big East’s top choices to join as football-only members, according to The Associated Press. Army is another target for the conference, but the school would be “reluctant” to join, according to The Star-Ledger. A Navy spokesman said Thursday that the school is not talking about conference expansion, but focusing on the football team’s “biggest game of the year” against Air Force this Saturday. The spokesman referred to comments made by Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk to GoMids.

SEPARATE LOYALTIES

All three service academies have been independents in college football at some point. Air Force was independent until it joined the Western Athletic Conference in 1980. Army spent seven seasons in Conference USA before going back to its previous independent status. Navy has been an independent since it began playing football in 1879. Here’s a look at their current conference affiliations: TEAM

Air Force Army Navy

CONFERENCE

Mountain West Independent Independent

YEARS

1999-Present 2005-Present 1879-Present

com about conference realignment on Sept. 20. Gladchuk confi rmed receiving interest from BCS conferences, including the Big East. In an email to The Daily Orange, an Air Force spokesman said the academy is “not discussing rumors or speculation about conference realignment as an institution.” The spokesman provided a statement from Hans Mueh, director of athletics, saying Air Force is a proud member of the Mountain West Conference. The Big East is aggressively looking at all its options, but will not discuss specific schools until an official agreement has been reached, a Big East spokesman said. After officials from the remaining football schools met in New York on Sept. 20, the Big East released a statement on the future of the conference after the departures. “Our membership met this evening and we are committed as a conference to recruit top-level BCS caliber institutions with strong athletic and academic histories and traditions,” the Big East said in the statement. “We have been approached by a number of such institutions and will pursue all of our options to make the Big East Conference stronger than it has ever been in both basketball and football.”

Gladchuk, Navy’s athletic director, said to GoMids.com that he has been proactive in the conference realignment discussion. Though Navy is currently stable as an independent with television contracts and schedules already in place, the apparent move toward “superconferences” leaves the future filled with uncertainty. To remain relevant in major college football moving forward, Gladchuk knows Navy may be forced to join a conference. Gladchuk said the superconferences are “basically going to be creating a monopoly” that will control television rights, bowl games and scheduling. “That’s why we have to be thinking about the future and not about where we are today,” Gladchuk said to GoMids.com. “Today it works. Tomorrow, the way I see it, it probably doesn’t and therefore we have to be thinking of some type of conference affiliation very seriously, and we are doing just that.” For Gladchuk, it all comes back to the money. DeBerry, who was the head coach at Air Force from 1986-2004, also sees money as the driving force behind the change in college football. SEE SERVICE ACADEMIES PAGE 13

Luke Halberg’s goal thrust the fi nal dagger into the Orange. As the Binghamton forward headed the ball into the upper right portion of the net and past Syracuse goalkeeper Phil BINGHAMTON 2 Boerger in the SYRACUSE 1 74th minute, the rest of the Orange subsequently fell fl at with the ball. “When their second goal went in our heads went down, and you can’t really let that happen,” SU midfielder Ted Cribley said. “You’ve got to bite the bullet and just get on with it.” While Halberg’s goal ended any chance Syracuse (2-6, 0-1 Big East) had of coming back against the Bearcats, that defensive lapse wasn’t the team’s only ineptitude during the course of the game. Syracuse lacked energy and couldn’t get anything to click for nearly the whole 90 minutes of play in a disappointing 2-1 loss to Binghamton (4-5) on Tuesday in front of 678 at the SU Soccer Stadium. Against Marquette on Saturday, the Syracuse offense played arguably its best game of the season in a 3-2 loss. The team created 25 shots in the loss compared to just four in the first half against Binghamton. SU could not match the energy it displayed against the Golden Eagles in its game against the Bearcats. Instead, it was Binghamton that came out with much of the energy, getting to more second balls than the Orange and often appearing a step ahead of SU. The Orange was outshot 18-13 overall. “It just seemed like they were more up for it,” SU defender Ryan Tessler said. “We weren’t really hustling at the end.” To Cribley, SU simply wasn’t good enough. It couldn’t create many chances and when it did have opportunities, the team couldn’t capitalize. There was a Nick Roydhouse free kick that hit the crossbar. There was an injury to a Binghamton player that put the Bearcats down one man on the defensive end. But even with that advantage, SU still couldn’t get a shot off. SEE BINGHAMTON PAGE 13

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