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N • Celebrating MLK

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Sunday evening in the Carrier Dome. J.R. Martinez was the event’s keynote speaker. Page 3

O • Budget crunch

Business columnist Alex Straus gives his take on why New York state should invest in renovations for Syracuse’s War Memorial Arena. Page 5

P • Take care


David’s Refuge has become a hub for travelers in central New York. For six years, it has offered a restful place for local families with children with functional needs. Page 9

S • Now she’s here

Gabriela Knutson, a Czech Republic native, grew up with limited funds and had to travel long distances just to play tennis. She’s since grown into a star for Syracuse. Page 16

Hundreds protest immigration ban

Howard pleads guilty The ex-SU football player’s assault case has unfolded over months By Matthew Gutierrez asst. sports editor

At around 6 p.m. one Saturday last April, former Syracuse football player Naesean Howard pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed two of his former teammates at a South Campus party. Assault charges, a suspension from Syracuse University, a trespassing arrest and a series of court appearances ensued. Friday, Howard pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault, one count of seconddegree assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. Next month, the 21-year-old West Genesee High School graduate will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison with a five-year postrelease supervision. Here’s a breakdown of how the case has unfolded. Protesters gathered Sunday night at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. seth coulter contributing photographer By Chris Libonati

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he chants from the crowd of protesters started drowning out Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. As she talked to a television station, Miner took a slight step forward and elevated her voice. “No hate. No fear. Refugees are welcome here,” the protesters repeated. Hundreds of people showed up to Terminal A at Syracuse Hancock International Airport to protest Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Similar to the Women’s March before it and the various other protests throughout President Donald Trump’s first week in office, the protesters sent a clear message: Regardless of the views of the their representatives,

everyone would hear their voices. The crowd peaked in size and might as Miner spoke to the television station. Around the country, at least 41 other protests occurred, according to an image circulated on Twitter. It did not include the Syracuse protest. “Marches and voices and making sure people know what your values are, are incredibly important,” Miner said while she gripped a megaphone and spoke to the crowd encircling her. “Because this is going to be a time when people look back and say, ‘Where were you?’” Trump’s order blocked citizens of Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Libya from entering the United States for 90 days and all refugee admissions for 120 to allow for what Trump called more “extreme vetting.” Trump released a state-

ment Sunday claiming that the executive order was not a Muslim ban, even though affected countries are all majority Muslim. On Saturday, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union arrived at airports where President Trump’s executive order forced U.S. Customs and Border Protection to detain travelers. In some cases, those traveling to the U.S. from the seven countries were reportedly removed from flights to the U.S. or put on flights out of the country, effectively deporting them. The ban initially included those with certain visas and even green card holders. At his inauguration on Jan. 20, Trump claimed that under his leadership the country would eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism.” The order also prioritized admitting Christian refugees. see protest page 7

student association

Evangelista to appear for investigation hearing By Jordan Muller staff writer

Student Association President Eric Evangelista will appear in front of SA’s Judicial Review Board on Monday for a JRB investigation stemming from Evangelista’s appointment of an SA cabinet member. At SA’s assembly meeting on Jan. 23, arguments shut down

Evangelista’s plan to confirm a nominee to the position of public relations co-chair without opening application to the student body. Evangelista’s attempt to bypass the application process has put him under investigation by SA’s Judicial Review Board for an alleged violation of SA’s constitution. He will appear in front of the JRB at 1 p.m. on Monday, hours before SA’s next assembly meeting.

Obi Afriyie, SA’s parliamentarian who opposed the confirmation at the Jan. 23 meeting, said the point of the JRB review is “not to punish” Evangelista. “It’s to hold each member of SA accountable and make sure we’re all following the SA constitution,” he said. According to a violation notice obtained by The Daily Orange, Evangelista allegedly violated

the SA constitution by failing to act on the assembly’s request to send a campus-wide email calling for PR co-chair and community engagement co-chair applicants. SA has since opened applications for those two cabinet positions, as Evangelista sent an email to the student body on Thursday calling for applications. At the SA meeting on Jan. 23, see evangelista page 4

April 16, 2016

A year and a half after getting kicked off the Syracuse football team, Howard stabs former SU safety Chauncey Scissum and cornerback Corey Winfield at a party at 321 Slocum Drive. Howard is charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

April 18, 2016

Court documents show Howard stabbed Winfield with a pocket knife in the right lower back, upper right chest, left abdomen and left wrist. Howard then stabbed Scissum on the right side of his neck, right upper chest, left shoulder and bottom lip. On April 18, the Monday after the stabbing, Howard is arraigned.

April 19, 2016

A witness at the party describes Howard as having “tunnel vision” and being “very determined” when carrying out the stabbing. About 100 people dispersed the party after seeing Howard with a knife chasing a blood-mouthed man, the witness said.

April 20, 2016

Four days after the stabbing, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers speaks publicly for the first time. He said Howard had approached him outside of Manley Field House about joining the team. Babers also said Winfield was released from a hospital the Monday after the stabbing while Scissum remained in a hospital. “It’s a blessing both of these young men are still with us,” Babers said.

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MEET monday | sam hirsch

Sophomore makes use of Whitman resources By Caroline Schagrin


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As an active student in Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, sophomore Sam Hirsch is capitalizing on the opportunities thrown his way. Hirsch is a double major in finance and accounting and is looking to declare a minor in either economics or global political economy. He serves as a Whitman peer mentor. He is from Long Island, and explained how last year as a first-year student, his mentor was not very helpful and that he wanted to be different than that. “I want to actually help the freshmen and show them around Whitman, answer their questions and help them with their transition into their freshman year,” he said. Additionally, Hirsch is a member of SU’s Investment Club, which invests in both debt and equity instruments and holds weekly meetings to discuss how financial markets work and how to effectively invest and speculate. He recently went on the “Whitman on Wall Street” trip where he had a networking opportunity to visit several investment banks in New York City. Hirsch, who is also a brother in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, said he plans on running for the chapter’s treasurer position. He explained that this position is in charge of the fraternity’s dues and budgeting for all activities: philanthropy, social, formal and brotherhood events. He is also exploring community service

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SAM HIRSCH, originally from Long Island, decided to become a peer mentor in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management after a poor experience with his own mentor. prince dudley staff photographer

opportunities at the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living where he wants to volunteer with administrative and accounting tasks. Because Hirsh is involved and interested in banking, finance and investments, he is looking forward to how Donald Trump’s presidency will strengthen the U.S. economy, referring to how the Dow hit 20,000 recently. “It is really good that he is pro-

American and that he is trying to bring jobs back into this country. Although there might be a lot of social issues, I think overall while Trump is president, the general well-being of the average American citizen will increase because there will be more jobs available,” he said. Hirsch is thankful SU’s business school has provided him the resources and opportunities he needs in order to

excel with his career later in life. “All the professors here have prior experience with the classes they’re teaching, which is really helpful because they can bring relevant industry experience to the table and not just read off a textbook, and also share their experience on what went on when they were in the business world,” he said. caschagrin@syr.edu

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Split opinions A recent study found that college graduates are divided in their opinions on career services. See page 4


Bid day

Follow the money

New members of Syracuse University sororities were awarded bids on Sunday. See dailyorange.com

A grant SU’s Whitman School recently received has stirred controversy among experts. See Tuesday’s paper

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DeVos nomination questioned By Kennedy Rose staff writer

J.R. MARTINEZ, the speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, addressed issues of racial inequality during his speech Sunday evening in the Carrier Dome in front of about 1,600 people. isabelle marmur contributing photographer

MLK speaker calls for continued activism By Sam Ogozalek asst. news editor

J.R. Martinez said that while he has seen progress with racial equality in the United States, he believes there is still a long way to go. Martinez, the keynote speaker for this year’s Syracuse University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, addressed issues of racial inequality as he spoke in front of about 1,600 people crowded around tables set up inside the Carrier Dome on Sunday night for the university’s 32nd annual King celebration. SU Chancellor Kent Syverud, who spoke Sunday in a video shown in the Dome before delivering a short speech in person, said the event remains the largest

university-sponsored celebration honoring King in the U.S.


Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, held at the Carrier Dome, was Syracuse University’s 32nd annual King celebration

Martinez focused on his life story throughout his speech, recalling his childhood growing up in Hope, Arkansas and how he joined the U.S. Army after high school and was deployed to Iraq. In Iraq, a month into his tour, a Humvee he was driving struck a

roadside bomb. He was immediately transported back to the U.S., seriously injured. Throughout his speech, Martinez linked his own personal struggles mentally and physically following the bombing — and his eventual recovery — to issues he said people in the U.S. continue to face. He also spoke about the different examples of how he believes equality has improved in the country, pointing to the protests that happened Saturday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. “That is an example to me that makes me feel like we’re making progress,” Martinez said. Because we saw on the news the different

races and different cultures and different religions all there together.” But Martinez also said that people need to continue peacefully demonstrating to enact change. Syverud, during his prerecorded message at the event, asked that the university remain engaged on national issues, as he said SU did during 1965, when King gave a speech at the university. At that time, the country was embroiled in a civil rights movement led by King. “Our challenge today is how we build upon what Dr. King called Syracuse University’s ‘great and noble heritage’ at a challenging moment in our nation’s history,” he said. Syverud also asked the university community to make an

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college of law

Clinic secures pardon for client from Obama By Thomas Beckley-Forest staff writer

Syracuse University College of Law recently secured a presidential pardon for a client of its Criminal Defense Clinic from former United States President Barack Obama, more than a decade after the client’s conviction. Lisa Jandro, the client, received the presidential pardon on Jan. 17 along with 63 other applicants nationwide from thenPresident Obama. Jandro was convicted in Hawaii on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in 2000, and served 33 months in federal prison. Since then, she has been lawabiding and hardworking, giving her time to her community and various charitable causes, said

Todd Berger, the clinic’s director. “The case we presented was one of someone who had taken responsibility for her actions,” Berger said. “She had turned her life around.” The Criminal Defense Clinic operates as a functioning defense office largely manned by SU law students under the supervision of Berger and Practitioner-in-Residence Jason Hoge, both former defense attorneys. The clinic first learned of Jandro’s case from the Catholic Law School in Washington, D.C., something that might never have happened if not for the case of Tim Tyler. Tyler, a man arrested in 1992 for selling LSD through the mail and at Grateful Dead concerts, spent more than 20 years in prison despite a record of mental illness and a lack of violent conduct. His case became a rallying point for opponents of

federal drug laws, spurring a petition for Obama to grant him clemency that racked up more than 420,000 signatures on Change.org. SU’s clinic approached Tyler in 2013 to inquire about securing him a pardon or commutation, but he had just signed with Catholic Law School. Tyler had mentioned to his attorneys at Catholic Law School that SU was interested in taking his pardon case. When Jandro reached out to Catholic in 2013, Catholic referred her to Syracuse. “I told (Berger) it was a great case,” Hoge, who had previously done re-entry work as a civil rights attorney, said. “It’s a half-court shot, but we’re the only ones who can throw that ball. Because the clinic isn’t a private law office and doesn’t have a financial stake, we have every incentive to do this.”

After the clinic took Jandro’s case, Jaclyn Campbell and Rachel Morgese — both in the law class of 2014 — worked with Jandro to draw up the pardon application during their last semester of law school and submitted it in late spring 2014. Much of the extracurricular work for the clinic involved compiling character witnesses from various people in her life, Morgese said. The pardon lifts automatic bars for various professional licenses and can be included on job applications along with former convictions. “What makes re-entry work worth doing is that you encounter people who embody the word ‘redemption,’” Hoge said. “They rise from the ash like phoenixes. She was someone who had destroyed her life, and spent years clawing her way back.” tjbeckle@syr.edu

Educators have expressed skepticism with President Donald Trump’s recent nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos, who has advocated for school choice and voucher programs, was nominated by Trump in November and had her confirmation hearing in front of the United States Senate on Jan. 17. The hearing intensified what was already a controversial nomination, with Democratic senators and DeVos engaging in debate. Tatiana Melguizo, an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California, said she doesn’t think DeVos is qualified for the position. “I think she’s going to be appointed and that we’ll have to work with her,” Melguizo said. “We need to learn to work with her and just focus on what is better for the students in both lower and higher education.” Phone calls have overwhelmed see devos page 4

crime briefs Here is a round-up of criminal activity that happened near campus this week, according to police bulletins: DWAI A Syracuse woman, 27, was arrested on the charges of driving while ability impaired, aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and an unsafe lane change. when: Thursday at 6:08 p.m. where: 700 block of East Adams Street PARTY NUISANCE A Syracuse man, 20, was arrested on the charge of party nuisance. when: Monday at 3:15 a.m. where: 100 block of Redfield Place A Syracuse man, 22, was arrested on the charge of party nuisance. when: When: Monday at 3:15 a.m. where: 100 block of Redfield Place SOUND REPRODUCTION A Syracuse woman, 21, was arrested on the charge of sound reproduction. when: Monday at 2:30 p.m. where: 500 block of Euclid Avenue PROSTITUTION A Syracuse woman, 29, was arrested on the charge of prostitution. when: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. where: 1200 block of Carbon Street See dailyorange.com for our interactive crime map.

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Study: College graduates give mixed reviews of career services By Jishnu Nair

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A recently study suggests that college graduates are divided on whether career services offices at universities are helpful. The answers “very helpful” and “not at all helpful” each received 16 percent of votes in a Gallup poll. The poll — published in December 2016 — was part of the Gallup-Purdue Index, a three-year program that has interviewed over 70,000 college graduates. The poll showed that 52 percent of college graduates were likely to have used their college’s career services department at least once during their college career. The study also found that 61 percent of graduates who received their degree after 2009 had visited their career services office, up from the 55 percent of graduates who utilized the department from from page 1

evangelista Evangelista urged the assembly to confirm Nicole Sherwood, a senior public relations major who has previously held the PR cochair position. Evangelista said the president typically fills vacant cabinet positions and the process of reviewing applications and interviewing potential candidates would take time away from SA’s other initiatives. After assembly and cabinet members voiced their disapproval of the nomination,

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martinez increased devotion to the values King promoted and implement the short- and long-

2000 through 2009. Christopher Perrello, director of career services at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, said in an email he believes one reason the poll might have returned low numbers with graduates being satisfied with their career services is the changing job market. “Some employers are searching for more experienced candidates with more than just an undergraduate degree and a semester-long internship,” Perrello said. “(They want) job candidates who have the performance reviews and employment portfolio to back up their resume.” Kelly Barnett, director of the career development center at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, said in an email that career services programs don’t advertise enough, which could have potentially impacted the study. “Getting students’ attention and doing

it in such a way that effectively communicates why career services should be made a priority is challenging,” Barnett said. “It can be difficult to stand out among the many other offices, programs, and individuals who are trying to get their attention.” Syracuse’s career services departments also face a difficult challenge in trying to service a large number of students in a limited timeframe, she said. Barnett said the career development center at Newhouse is small, so sometimes the office has prerequisites for students, such as having resumes finished early, so that one-on-one time with students is more productive. There is still room for improvement in college career service departments, Perrello said. “I truly believe that career services offices need to improve on equipping students with the tools for improving profes-

sional communication skills,” he said. “If career services offices collaborate with their campus communication and business departments, there can be a more holistic approach to improving career services,” he said. The Gallup survey also indicated college graduates who rated their career services department as “very helpful” were nearly three times more likely to agree that their college education was worth the cost. Perrello said that students need to commit to utilizing career services programs for all four years in college. “When students wait until their junior, or even worse, their senior year to show up to career services, it is often already too late,” Perrello said. “Students should start immediately utilizing the services from day one on campus.”

they unanimously voted to table the confirmation until a campus-wide call for applicants could be sent to the student body. Afriyie said he was aware of Evangelista’s busy schedule and understood why Evangelista nominated Sherwood for the PR cochair position. Still, he said it was irresponsible for Evangelista to “try to cut corners” and that he welcomed the judicial review. He added that the review would help SA work within its constitutional boundaries. Ashley Summers, SA’s other PR co-chair, said the co-chair position was tradition-

ally opened to student applications when the position was vacant over the summer and in the spring. Cabinet positions have also been left unfilled when cabinet members graduated or left to study abroad. Evangelista said in a statement to The Daily Orange on Friday that he was looking forward to meeting with the board and serving the SU community in the future. Evangelista said he hoped the assembly will confirm the new cabinet members at the SA meeting on Feb. 6 after applications can be reviewed. He said the temporary PR co-chair vacancy would not have an effect on

current PR work because Summers is already in office. Evangelista added that he had already received interest from the student body and would work within parliamentary procedures to review applications in the coming weeks. Joyce LaLonde, SA vice president, said the application reviews and cabinet confirmations would not delay SA’s other initiatives, like the sanctuary campus bill. SA is expected to vote on the sanctuary campus bill at Monday’s meeting after repeatedly tabling the vote since December.

term recommendations from the university’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion, among other things. Nedda Sarshar, a senior SU student majoring in writing and rhetoric, citizenship and civic engagement and policy stud-

ies, thanked Martinez in a short speech at the event while presenting him with a commemorative plate. Sarshar said Martinez’s speech gave her hope and strength, especially now because she has Iranian refugee parents. She subtly referenced Trump’s immigration ban, which affects Iranians. Taysha Cerisier, a sophomore psychology major, said she was inspired by Martinez

because she does not agree with Trump’s actions regarding immigration and his proposal to build a border wall along the U.S.Mexico border. “At the moment where our country is, (Martinez’s speech) felt resonating and it felt like it applied a lot,” she said. “It makes you want to stand up and actually act.”

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because available evidence on vouchers suggests that they may not be the best option for bridging the gap between lowerincome students and students of color, and higher-income and white students, he said. Vouchers have increased those gaps, Melguizo added. She referenced a voucher program used in Chile, aided by economist and vouchercreator Milton Friedman. The Chilean program is similar to voucher programs DeVos has lobbied for in the past. According to The Washington Post, only 10 percent of lower-income students in Chile use vouchers to go to private school and 90 percent of private school students come from the nation’s wealthiest 60 percent of the population. In addition, budget cuts in Chilean public schools caused a decline in educational quality in public schools. “You end up giving a subsidy to uppermiddle class and wealthy families to contribute to the payment of a private school’s tuition,” Melguizo said. “That is somewhat concerning if you want to think about an efficient use of public funds.” Stephen Macedo, professor of public policy and political theory at Princeton University, however, said he thinks providing vouchers for low-income students isn’t necessarily a bad idea if the system is structured to make sure students get into good schools and that the schools the students leave still offer quality education. Melguizo said she is not sure whether DeVos will follow Trump’s support in simplifying student loans. Processes such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Pell Grants need to be simplified, she added, so that lower-income families could take advantage of money that could send their children to college. Andersen said she believes DeVos will be confirmed because she has not heard of any Republican senator opposing DeVos’ nomination. It would take every Democrat plus three Republicans to block DeVos from getting a spot in Trump’s cabinet.

devos senators’ phone lines, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), urging them to vote “no” in DeVos’ Senate confirmation hearing, according to Politico. Kaine’s office said it has received more than 25,000 emails and letters regarding DeVos’ nomination. Kristi Andersen, professor emeritus of political science at Syracuse University, called DeVos’ appointment a “terrible choice.” “She has no expertise or experience in the educational world,” Andersen said. “She has not been a teacher, she has not been an administrator, she has not been a policymaker, she has not worked for an educational think tank and she has not written about education.” Andersen criticized DeVos’ lack of experience in education, adding that she thought it was evident from DeVos’ nomination hearings that she did not understand a number of issues relating to K-12 education over the last decade. “They could have found somebody who was conservative but competent,” Andersen said. DeVos, a billionaire lobbyist from Michigan, has been a vocal advocate of school choice, charter schools and voucher programs for years. Vouchers are public funds given to families of students to subsidize payment for a school of their choice whether it be a different public school, a charter school, a private school or even homeschooling. They are designed to give students a choice in where they are educated and a chance to leave a public school that may not push them to fulfill their potential. The voucher program caused some political controversy in the past, notably during the 2012 presidential election, when Republican nominee Mitt Romney supported the use of vouchers. Melguizo said there is concern among the education community about vouchers







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NY should fund necessary Crunch arena renovations


uilt in 1951, the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse is largely regarded as one of the most outdated arenas in the American Hockey League. The owner of the Syracuse Crunch announced last week that he requested significant funds from New York state for improvements to the Oncenter’s War Memorial, where the Crunch play. These funds would fix broken video screens and add more bathrooms and several new amenities, including a scoreboard and a restaurant, according to Syracuse.com. While upgrades to the War Memorial are certainly necessary, the question remains: Should New York state contribute? During the funding request announcement, Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon stressed that the upgrades are not just for the Crunch, but for the building and the city, according to Syracuse.com. New York state’s decision to fund the improvements to the War Memorial really only comes down to its return on investment. But at the core of the plan, an upgraded War Memorial would definitely attract more fans to Crunch games and ultimately drive more consumers to downtown Syracuse.


The year the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse was built. The Syracuse Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is the primary tenant of the War Memorial.

“The vast majority of sporting complexes in the United States are owned by states, cities, government municipalities, and it’s not unusual for there to be considerations between the team and the facility,” said Patrick Ryan, a sport management instructor at Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Ryan added that the Crunch is a good hockey team with a responsible owner, and said the improvements to the War Memorial would only benefit the city in the long term. The proposed upgrades to the War Memorial are also focused on improving the marketability of the arena. The Crunch is currently the primary tenant of the arena,

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LET’S GET DOWN TO IT but the proposed upgrades could attract other tenants. “If there’s new seating, new locker rooms, new amenities — let’s say a musical act wouldn’t have played there before, but maybe they would now,” said Patrick Walsh, an assistant professor of sport management at Falk College.

The state of the arena reflects on the team. Patrick Walsh assistant professor of sport management at david b. falk college of sport and human dynamics

If the War Memorial could attract a musical act, for instance, that would draw people from all over the area to see the act and then spend money downtown. Those people would be paying for parking, going to bars and restaurants and generating tax revenue for the city. “As opposed to driving, parking, coming in and leaving, maybe now you come a little earlier, or you stay a little later,” Walsh said. “And that reflects on the team obviously. The state of the arena reflects on the team.” The Crunch are a good team. They currently sit in first place in the North Division of the AHL. An improved arena would increase overall fan attendance, but also fan enjoyment. Instead of showing up just in time for the game and leaving shortly after, fans would be more inclined to make an entire evening out of a Crunch game. After a big win, those fans would hopefully celebrate the victory with drinks downtown. While it’s certainly difficult to measure the exact economic impact of an improved War Memorial, the proposed upgrades would certainly drive more economic activity to the already rejuvenating downtown Syracuse area. New York, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Alex Straus is a sophomore public relations major and finance minor. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at astraus@syr.edu.

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Housing shouldn’t replace Chuck’s I am shocked to hear that Hungry Chuck’s is in jeopardy of being torn down. What’s equally shocking is in its place, a new residence facility would be constructed by BLVD Equities, owned by a Syracuse alumnus, Jared Hutter. One would think that as a Syracuse alumnus, Mr. Hutter would understand the cultural significance Chuck’s has to the student body. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, as Mr. Hutter has proposed replacing the bar with an 8-story “mixed use building” of mostly residential apartments. This is concerning because for most students, living in this proposed space would be too expensive. The previous property Mr. Hutter developed on campus, U-Point, is priced at $1,019.00 per monthly installment, before utilities and parking. This, for the average student, is out of reach. They are knocking down an iconic bar for a luxury housing

project that only a small section of the student body could afford. Moreover, by knocking Chuck’s down, the remaining bars on campus would likely become more overcrowded. This would cause more students to look off campus for drinking options. This is not something that SU should condone, as students would likely look to Armory Square bars as an alternative, something that is out of walking distance. This could increase the amount of DUI incidents on campus for students driving to and from the bars, making the campus less safe. Additionally, by limiting the amount of on-campus bar options, students would have fewer places to drink legally, causing more students to drink in unregulated areas. At bars, students can be cut off by the bartender if they are too inebriated and be escorted out if

they are disruptive. Off campus, this wouldn’t be the case. There would be less oversight and less safety. Finally, the construction of this facility would violate zoning laws as The Daily Orange stated in its Jan. 17 article. The project under zoning laws would require 227 parking spots. The developers want to lower this to zero. This would create more problems for a campus that already lacks sufficient parking for students. The argument put forth that many “SU students don’t bring cars to campus” is backed up by no research and should be ignored by Syracuse City Planning Commission. SU doesn’t need more luxury apartments. What it needs are safe, regulated spaces like Chuck’s for students on the cusp of young adulthood to come together.

Charles Mastoloni ’17 Renée Crown Honors Program Political Science Major, History Minor

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SUNY-ESF students can no longer use Syracuse University Health Services or the SU Counseling Center. Instead, they can now receive medical treatment from the Crouse Medical Practice and can get counseling and support from the new SUNY-ESF Counseling Services. colin davy asst. photo editor

Students voice concerns about counseling services at SUNY-ESF By Kyle Smith

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tudents at SUNY-ESF are still uncertain about the adequacy of counseling services at the school, after SUNY-ESF transitioned away from using Syracuse University’s Health Services at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students can no longer use Syracuse University Health Services or the SU Counseling Center. SUNY-ESF President Quentin Wheeler said in February that the switch was made because there was an increase demand for health services from students. At the time of the transition, SU was seeing approximately 8 percent of the SUNY-ESF student population for counseling, said Ruth Larson, the director of SUNY-ESF Counseling Services. While students at SUNY-ESF can receive medical treatment and health care from the Crouse Medical Practice during the 2016-17 academic year, the college also created the SUNY-ESF Counseling Services, which now employs two full-time therapists to offer counseling to students. The new counseling center, however, is still having difficulty keeping up with the demands of the student body, multiple SUNY-ESF students said. Sophomore biotechnology major Hayley Sussman, a SUNY-ESF student who is a member of the SU student mental health advocacy group Active Minds, expressed concern that there are not enough on-campus therapists to see students. “It’s a lot harder for students to continue getting health care, especially living on campus,” she said. Jimmy Harlin, a junior environmental studies major

at SUNY-ESF, said when he visited the counseling center in late October, one therapist couldn’t see him on a regular basis. After that, Harlin said he was referred to health services in the community. He said he has had a hard time finding a therapist who will see him in Syracuse. Erica Van Althuis, one of several students on the SUNYESF Student Health Advisory Committee, which a part of the SUNY-ESF Undergraduate Student Association, said the transition away from SU’s Health Services is affecting counseling at the college. “Accessibility to the health care providers is an issue currently — we are hoping to get students transportation to health care providers off campus,” she said. Anne Lombard, SUNY-ESF’s dean for student affairs, said in a statement that the health services transition has come “with many challenges.” “We anticipated many of those challenges and were able to address them before the fall semester began,” Lombard said. “If any of our students have concerns about the transition in services, I hope they will come to us and talk with us about it.” Lombard also said the new counseling services have served 140 students so far. Health care accessibility on college campuses is a common issue, as college health services have had difficulty keeping up with the large number of mental health disorders students have, according to a report by the Journal of College Counseling. Twenty-four percent of college students have clinically significant levels of anger, anxiety and depression, per the report. “They are great therapists — we just need more,” said Karley O’Connor, a sophomore environmental studies major at ESF. kasmi102@syr.edu

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Weekend news round-up: What you might have missed By The Daily Orange News Staff

Here’s a roundup of SU-related news that occurred this weekend:

Evangelista under investigation

An investigation was opened into Student Association President Eric Evangelista for violating the SA constitution by not acting on the assembly’s request to send a campuswide email calling for applications for the vacant cabinet position of public relations co-chair. He will appear in front of the Judicial Review Board for a hearing on Monday.

New interim dean

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protest Miner has called Syracuse a sanctuary city in the past, which means it doesn’t arrest and hold immigrants long enough to be deported by federal authorities. People started arriving at the rally, organized by the CNY Solidarity Coalition, around 6 p.m. “We kept hearing from the liberal left, ‘It’s not going to be that bad. He’s not going to go that far. And he’s not going to build the wall. He’s just pandering to his base,’” said Herve Comeau, a graduate student at SU.. “And the further he goes, the more we need to react. “And although I was terrified this morning, being here I’m heartened and I’m less afraid because it seems like there are people ... who are willing to stand up for me.” A federal judge in Brooklyn granted an emergency stay against the executive order late Saturday night. The ruling from the federal court in Brooklyn allows those with legal visas to stay in the country temporarily and protects those who were traveling when the executive order was signed on Friday afternoon. The ACLU filed the case on behalf of two men detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens. Whether the stay

dean of University College, according to an SU News release, vacating his current position as director of online learning at the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Frasciello was first hired at SU in 2000 and has since held various positions, including many related to online learning.

Travel ban

Fifty Syracuse University students have been advised not to travel outside of the United States because they will be barred from reentering the country under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. Pat Burak, director of the Slutzker Center for International Services, recommended to students in becomes permanent will be determined in court at a later date. At the protest in Syracuse, chants of “Where is Katko?” broke out, calling out Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who had yet to release a statement about the executive order. Katko provided a statement to News Channel 9 about 10 minutes after the chant broke out, calling on the U.S. to accept refugees, but adding that “appropriate screening procedures need to be in place.” “I am confident that we can work in Congress to produce a more streamlined vetting process for refugees entering our country,” Katko said in the statement. Many took the megaphone and spoke to the crowd at Sunday’s rally. Comeau, a member of Black Lives Matter in Syracuse and a graduate student at SU’s MFA program, said undocumented immigrants organized with BLM this summer and that Syrians and Iraqis telecasted live to show support from those countries despite “living in fear in their own country.” “What we wanted to show them today was that we stand with them in solidarity now as they stood in solidarity with us then,” Comeau said. Some protesters brought their kids. One protester, Abdulaziz Shifa, an economics professor at SU, said he is Muslim and has only lived in the U.S. for four years. He brought his daughter and said he had always felt at home in the U.S. Shifa,

an email that they not travel for the next 90 days. The executive order, signed by Trump on Friday, suspends the U.S. intake of refugees and prohibits travel from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for the next 90 days. Suspect indicted Cameron Isaac, one of the two men charged with murdering a Syracuse University college student in October, has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge, according to Syracuse.com. Isaac, 24, of North Syracuse, was previously charged with second-degree murder. According to Syracuse.com, the charge was changed to first-degree murder because Isaac is accused

of murdering Xiaopeng “Pippen” Yuan during a robbery. With the new charge, Isaac could face life in prison without chance for parole.

Campus facilities board announced

Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly announced the members of SU’s Campus Facilities Advisory Board. The board, first announced at the University Senate meeting in January, will assess all academic and non-academic investments in the Campus Framework. Wheatly will chair the board along with Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala. The 19-member board includes faculty, staff, administrators and one student.

STEPHANIE MINER, the mayor of Syracuse, spoke at Sunday night’s protest at the airport, where hundreds gathered. aline martins staff writer

who is from Ethiopia, added he is now worried that his parents won’t be able to visit him. There is only one road into the airport and, as the crowd grew, one protester said traffic backed up, letting people only trickle in. As Miner finished her speech, she invoked Martin Luther King Jr. as people clapped. “The real heroes of the civil rights movement

are the people you don’t know,” Miner said of a story King once told. “They are represented in a 72-year-old African American woman, who was marching, and he said to her, ‘Sister, aren’t you tired?’ “She said, ‘My feet are tired, but my soul is rested.’” cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati

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Home away from home them and letting them know that their journey mattered and that they were loved. It was a weekend of respite and relief for the guests, many of Illustration by Casey Russell whom hadn’t had a vacation in several years. feature editor In 2011, the year that David’s Refuge opened, 43 couples came through the doors of the Pfohl home. t the age of 8, David Pfohl lost his vision. At David’s Refuge formed a board of directors, attained the age of 10, he was diagnosed with Batlegal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and began advertising. ten disease, a rare progressive disease that Soon, the Pfohls realized opening their home renders cells incapable of breaking down built-up every weekend was a task too exhausting for waste. In 2009, just short of his 21st birthday, just the two of them to take on. They decided to David died, having battled the disease for 13 years. expand and partner with existing B&Bs, hotels In those 13 years, he received the unwavering and inns in the area to serve more couples. love and support from his community and family in Warren and Brenda wanted to replicate the Manlius, where his father Warren Pfohl was a pasextravagant love they had received for all the tor. For more than a decade, families they were now Warren and his wife Brenda receiving. They pulled out traveled the journey of havall the stops to make couing a child with special needs, ples’ stays a truly memorawatching as his body slowly ble one. Dinner reservations shut down. It was a journey for two would be booked as they knew would have loss soon as the couple set foot in and heartbreak at its end. the B&B. A bottle of a wine After David passed, the of their choice would greet Pfohls realized they had to them in their room with a make a decision. welcome note tucked next “We had a choice to either to it. A host couple would become bitter or better,” welcome them and be there Warren said. “We chose not all weekend to answer any to be bitter and to believe questions and provide any that God could take even the help needed — be it an activbrokenness of your child’s ity or just a conversation. loss of vision and loss of all “The B&B is the canvas physical ability, and to turn of what we are going to crethat around to be something ate for this couple,” Warren good and beautiful.” said. “We begin to paint on The choice to be better, that canvas a specific weekto press on and to turn their end for each of the parents journey into something good Local families can stay at David’s Refuge, where they receive dinner reservations and that is designed to meet and beautiful took the form a welcome note when they first check in. courtesy of david’s refuge see david’s refuge page 10 Text by Divya Murthy asst. web editor


of David’s Refuge. The Pfohls had built a special wing in their home to care for David. After his death, they converted the wing into a bed-andbreakfast to service parents who had gone through or were going through the process of caring for a child with functional needs or a terminal disease. “All around us, we saw parents who had very little, whose marriages were falling apart, whose physical, emotional and spiritual health were crumbling,” Warren said. David’s Refuge was built to soften that blow and ease that pain — to care for the caregiver, as its mission states. Every weekend, the Pfohls would host couples at their home, talking to them, connecting with




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DAVID PFOHL was diagnosed with Batten disease at age 10. After he died, his parents created a nonprofit in his honor. courtesy of david’s refuge from page 9

david’s refuge their needs.” Rory Lawrence faces this canvas every weekend. As guest relations manager at David’s Refuge and a mother of a functional needs child herself, Lawrence understands the vision the Pfohls had and carefully makes it come to life. Her office is bordered with shelves holding baskets of snacks labeled sweet and savory, information packets and welcome cards. On her pin-up board, a photo of her family and twin children smiles down at her desk. “We want this weekend to be something that revives and rejuvenates them,” Lawrence said. “That’s why we pay such attention to detail.” Attention to detail accompanies the breathtaking location of some of the B&Bs. Fernwood Farm in Cazenovia is one such place: the sprawling English cottage — currently blanketed with a clean sheet of snow — houses four large suites with antique furniture cradling beds and dotted with intricate cushions and pillows. The owners, Ginny and Howard Krumsiek, make breakfast in the morning for the couples and keep the drawing room warm with stuffed armchairs and board games.

She said David’s Refuge didn’t make their problems go away. What it did was it actually made her shoulders broader. It gave her the ability to put more on her shoulders so that she could keep going, so less would continually knock her down. Kate Houck executive director of david’s refuge

The Krumsieks were one of the first donors to David’s Refuge. Their B&Bs display photos of the previous owners and even one of David as a child. The generous donations to David’s Refuge, like the one the Krumsieks made, keep it going and allow the weekend getaway to be free for all the guests. Donations come in many forms, including businesswoman Denise Goodwin who renders her services free of charge to David’s Refuge. Goodwin, a florist based in the Oneida area, heard David’s story at church, and at once knew that she wanted to be a part of the venture the Pfohls had embarked on. “It was so remarkable to see how God worked through them,” Goodwin said. “It spoke volumes to their love of family and

each other.” Goodwin has been preparing bouquets and flower arrangements for the B&Bs, saying that “it has been an honor.” The sense of honor at being able to serve these parents finds a place in everything David’s Refuge does, said Kate Houck, the organization’s executive director. “There’s no corners being cut from the way families are being served to the way the culture is here,” Houck said. “The culture lends itself to having people who are content and proud and honored to be a part of this mission.” Houck has been at the helm of David’s Refuge for two years now. With the help of staff like Lawrence and a growing group of volunteers, she makes sure the mission and the vision stay strongly connected. “David lived a very beautiful life,” Houck said. “The Pfohls gave him every ability to do what he could do.” Houck has a framed quote on her desk that reads: “I keep doing things I can’t; that’s how I get to do them.” The quote, said by David, is set against a photo of him holding his father’s arm. The courage and strength the quote displays are reminiscent of an encounter Houck had with a mother who had stayed at David’s Refuge, which gave her a surprising perspective. “She said David’s Refuge didn’t make their problems go away,” Houck said. “What it did was it actually made her shoulders broader. It gave her the ability to put more on her shoulders so that she could keep going, so less would continually knock her down.” The rewards at David’s Refuge give do not end with the weekend — Houck said that six months after a stay, the couples would receive a gift card for dinner called “Parent Night Out.” David’s Refuge would pay for the childcare for the night, if needed, and the parents could enjoy themselves. Aside from these gestures, David’s Refuge also hosts fundraisers and picnics throughout the year for the parents and children. They will organize a Valentine’s Night in early February at Eastern Hill Bible Church, where Warren was a pastor, and their summer picnic is packed with a carnival, barbecue, bouncy house and a range of activities. The same parents come every year, enjoying the love and attention David’s Refuge shows them — Houck said around 150 people had attended the picnic last year. Houck also said the goal this year was to serve 250 couples, develop a model that would serve them year-round and expand toward Rochester and Binghamton. Praise floods the David’s Refuge office and Facebook page — the office is decorated with paper cut-outs of palms with “Thank You” notes scribbled on them, sometimes by the children. Turning their loss and their son’s legacy into humanitarian service resonated with the efforts the Pfohls made to let David live on. “David was a very loving person and his faith in a loving God was very strong. I just think of his incredible faith and love…his story gets to go on right now with David’s Refuge,” Warren said. “As a parent, to see your child’s faith and life live on to impact and serve and love other people— it doesn’t get better than that.” dmurthy@syr.edu

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Popular campus delivery app Tapingo adds Walgreens to menu By Joe Bloss

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ne of the hottest menus on the Syracuse University campus just expanded its options. Tapingo, the popular app that allows students to order food from on-campus dining options and off-campus restaurants that usually don’t deliver, has partnered with a company that doesn’t fit either of those two categories — Walgreens. The San Francisco-based app last week teamed up with the drug store chain to enable users to order anything found on the shelves of the Walgreens at 2329 James St. That’s a lot of choices. The idea for linking up with Walgreens started sometime late last year or early this year, said Vivek Wagle, the head of brand marketing at Tapingo. The two parties came together via “mutual business acquaintances,” and the rest moved quickly from there. Maybe an unexpected move from Tapingo, a brand that since being brought to the SU campus last semester has been a go-to for strictly food items. But now, instead of bypassing the lines at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Schine Student Center, customers can now skip the trip when they need a new toothbrush or a bag of ice. “Throughout our history we’ve definitely been open to providing sort of all the stuff students might need, and we started with food since that’s something you need every day,” Wagle said. “But the vision for Tapingo is absolutely to be something that’s there for college students wherever they need it, whenever they need it.” Apparently students have needed Walgreens quite a bit. Wagle said Tapingo is able to keep track of what students are ordering — not on an individ-

ual level, but just what is in an order and where it’s headed. And there’s certainly a trend in the data. Wagle said some of the most popular items have come as a surprise. Ice cream, for example, has been a top seller despite it being the middle of winter. Non-perishable grocery items that go beyond the ready-to-eat meals offered by other establishments available on Tapingo, like McDonald’s, Chipotle or Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, have also been common in orders. But the real winners have been the medical and general health and wellness items. In fact, they’ve been so popular that Tapingo rolled out a new feature Thursday called “Popular Packages” — pre-bundled orders containing items that go well with each other. When the Tapingo app is opened, a promotional effort to put the bundles into your virtual cart immediately appear. One features a stick figure named Ted. “Ted got sick. Ted ordered cough medicine and chicken soup on Tapingo and didn’t spread his germs. And he got 10 percent off. Be like Ted. Get 10 percent off Walgreens delivery,” the app instructs. It’s all a plea to have customers pull the trigger on the Care Package option, which includes Tylenol, Walgreens brand cough drops, Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, Kleenex tissues and Zicam Cold Remedy RapidMelts. The cost: $24.26. “If you’re feeling sick and you have a cold and are stuck in bed, the last thing you want is to have to get up and have to schlep over to Walgreens in the freezing cold weather,” Wagle said. Two other bundles exist as well. The Recovery Pack seems to offer a hangover cure with ibuprofen, water, Emergen-C, Tylenol, Zantac acid reducer and Walgreens brand digestive support. The Party Box — red party cups and four liters of both Coke and Sprite — can get students pre-

pared for a night out. Lastly, the Good Roommate Essentials option provides toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and Swiffer cloths. Tapingo deliveries are handled by a third party, and often that can mean an SU student is the one doing the job. A customer orders on the Tapingo app with only a few swipes of the finger, and then employees can claim orders and take care of the rest, keeping the customer up to speed with delivery notices via text messages. Think of it like Uber, but for food — and now, just about everything else. SU is one of 20 campuses where Tapingo has launched the new Walgreens partnership. Other schools include the University of Arizona, Texas Tech University, University of Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech University. Across the country, several students have tweeted their pleasure and amazement at the idea of getting Walgreens via delivery. Sarah Henry, a freshman nursing student from the University of Arkansas, tweeted that her purchasing a gallon of milk from Walgreens was “ultimate laziness.” Another sentiment echoed by users was the fact that even some contraceptive products are available. “Tapingo offering Plan B delivery from Walgreens is capitalism at its finest,” tweeted SU student Drew Perdue, a senior studying political science. The Daily Orange attempted to contact the Walgreens on James Street, but a staff member could not be reached for comment. But with Walgreens in their corner, Wagle said Tapingo is more than happy with how demand has been so far. They’re offering a 10 percent discount for a user’s first Walgreens purchase, and believes after it’s a strong enough combination that the future bodes well. Said Wagle: “It’s just a way to make buying better on campus, no matter what it is you need to buy.” jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss


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knutson Knutson was working out twice a day for two to three hours at a time. The first session included stretching, running and various tennis drills. The second workout in the afternoon was playing in a practice match. At the age of 10, the National Tennis Centre in Prostějov, Czech Republic recruited her away from home. Ilona drove Knutson three hours to the academy every Monday, where her daughter stayed until Friday and Ilona returned to bring her home for the weekend. They did this for two weeks and, every third week, Knutson stayed at home. “I played tennis for about three to four hours, and then an hour to fitness, and then say a physiotherapist session or a masseuse,” Knutson said. “That was basically my day.” By her mid-teens, Ilona trusted Knutson to travel back and forth by train on her own. But after Knutson spent the fall and winter training, Ilona spent the summer and spring in the Passat driving her to tournaments. The more Knutson traveled, the more she learned about the game and its top players. She began admiring the play of Maria Sharapova, the former women’s world No. 1. Knutson emulated Sharapova’s signature grunts and shouts while practicing with her mom. “Everybody was looking at our court,” Ilona said. “We had a great practice, but I had to stop her.” But Knutson did not stop. Years later, at Drumlins Country Club for Syracuse home matches, Knutson’s grunts echo through the building. She animatedly roots for her teammates and yells the occasional “Go Orange!” Former SU head coach Luke Jensen actually discovered her at the Orange Bowl International Championship in 2013, a tennis tournament near Miami. That tournament, Knutson said, is important because there are a lot of college recruiters in attendance. About a month later, Jensen began recruiting her on Facebook. He messaged her that her game stood out despite seeing her lose in the qualifying draw, and the two

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occasionally Skyped. She had never heard of Syracuse before, but decided to take a visit. “Every time I watched her compete, she fought to the last swing,” Jensen said in a text to The Daily Orange. “I saw her finish matches that went her way and against her, but she was always the best competitor in the tournament. Her American fight was always evident with the firepower talent to win Grand Slams. She is a perfect fit for the tough-as-nails, blue-collar ‘Cuse mindset.” Before she made it, however, Jensen resigned after members of his team raised concerns in December 2014 about his behavior. That didn’t faze Knutson. She still planned to visit and continued talking with Younes Limam, SU’s new head coach. Knutson liked the campus and, like many players who spend childhoods traveling alone — including teammate Nicole Mitchell — finally joined a team appealed to her. She’s quickly made the best of the new team approach by developing a rapport with Salazar, her doubles partner. “We just have similar game styles when it comes to doubles,” Salazar said on why the two have found success. “We are both pretty aggressive and help each other out up there. It just flows.” Knutson plays a power-hitting game from the back-center of the court. Her aggressive approach enables a mixture of strong backhands and quick forehands to throw off her opponent. When that happens, she usually helps wrest control of the volley. “Somehow she was more relaxed and her thinking, anticipating was better (in doubles) than in singles,” Ilona said. “She always wanted to win, but she was getting quite uptight and stressed which was causing mistakes. Sometimes she was losing her temper so much.” Statistically, she’s better in singles matches than doubles — 77.3 to 70.6-win percentage in 2016 — but her doubles play remains among the best in the nation. The Jan. 4 Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll ranked the Knutson-Salazar doubles pairing as the nation’s 10th best. Since Knutson is a sophomore, she and Salazar are entering just their second season

KNUTSON had to travel long distances to attend matches while growing up in Europe, but has since developed into a tennis star at Syracuse. codie yan staff photographer

together. But simply having that consistent partner in some ways symbolizes the shift in Knutson’s life from when she competed alone as a young teenager. It used to be just her and her mom traveling across Europe. Now, a

team bus has replaced the family Passat. “After so many years of playing alone,” Knutson said, “I love being on a team. You need that push. That extra push.” csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedist

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3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 1st scrimmages of season By Charlie DiSturco, Sam Fortier and Matthew Gutierrez the daily orange

Syracuse held its first scrimmages of the 2017 season on Sunday afternoon in the Ensley Athletic Center. The Orange took a 7-6 victory over Hofstra in the opening game and beat Le Moyne 8-3 in the only half of play open to media members. With the departure of SU’s points leader Dylan Donahue, the Orange is still looking for its “quarterback.” Head coach John Desko thinks Jordan Evans could be the team’s new leader on attack. Here are three takeaways from Syracuse’s opening games in 2017.

With Thorpe out, Voigt steps into man-up role alongside starters

With redshirt sophomore attack Gale Thorpe out for the season, a hole has opened in Syracuse’s offense for a man-up specialist. That role apparently will be filled by sophomore attack Brad Voigt, who took most of the reps on Sunday afternoon. Voigt said he will replace starting attack Nate Solomon after flags to play with senior Jordan Evans and junior transfer Brendan Bomberry, as well as the starting midfield of Nick Mariano, Sergio Salcido and Matt Lane.

“(Voigt) is understanding the offense more and more as he gets more playing time so it was good to see him produce,” Desko said. “He shoots well. That was probably his best attribute, being able to finish the ball.”

We played pretty well considering it’s our first contest against another team. John Desko syracuse head coach

Voigt scored four goals on Sunday, two each against Hofstra and Le Moyne. His final goal of the afternoon came on the man-up. “You’re only out there for 30 seconds to a minute at a time,” Voigt said. “It’s really valuable time. … As a guy who doesn’t start or anything, you hop in there and you don’t want to force it or do too much.”

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Syracuse defeats No. 19 Virginia Tech on road, 82-72 By Matthew Gutierrez asst. sports editor

Brittney Sykes matched a career-high 31 points, Alexis Peterson added 22 and Briana Day became the first-ever SU player to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds Sunday afternoon in Syracuse’s 82-72 victory at No. 19 Virginia Tech. SU has now won six of its last eight games and two straight against Top 20 teams. Sunday’s win also marks SU’s fourth against a nationally ranked opponent this season, setting a program regular-season record. “They just really played gutsy,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “When you win games on the road, that’s about grinding and playing hard.” The Orange entered Sunday having lost four of its last five away from the Carrier Dome. It had struggled against conference opponents, getting outscored to Florida State, Louisville and Georgia Tech by a combined 43 points. Sunday in Blacksburg, Virginia, SU scored 82 points a week after routing then-No. 14 Miami, 81-48 at home. Peterson and Sykes, the nation’s top-scoring backcourt, combined for 33 of SU’s 49 points in the first half. Sykes finished with 31

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schwedelson ranked since 2001. Boeheim has had his team ranked at least once in all 41 seasons except one. Fans waited all summer and fall for their re-tooled basketball team to follow up its dramatic postseason run. They wanted more reasons to cheer. But the mixture of anticipation, disappointment and lowered expectation created a mindset that led to a basketball school storming the floor after winning by 10 against a football school. For the bottled-up fans, the cork popped. “I don’t know if they should have (court-stormed) or not,” redshirt forward Matthew Moyer tweeted, “but all I know is it was lit.” Oliver didn’t storm the court himself, but recognized that whatever energizes fans is a good thing. But the consequence is that it shows your diminished standards. “If I magically controlled every

points on three 3-pointers and 12-of-17 shooting from the field. She chipped in three steals. “She was just aggressive in attacking,” Hillsman said. “She played downhill, she played at the rim.” Peterson shot only 6-of-18 and committed seven turnovers, but dished out 11 assists and scored 22 points. Day, Syracuse’s senior center, scored 21 points, blocked four shots and grabbed 11 rebounds to become the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,005 career boards. For the third time this year Sykes, Peterson and Day each had at least 20 points. “If she stays in and plays her game, we’re going to be OK,” Hillsman said. “That was the biggest thing in the game: keeping her on the floor.” The Orange shot 7-for-16 from 3-point range, a 43.8 percent clip, and hit 15-of-17 free-throw attempts. The Hokies trailed by 16 at the half and pulled within six at the 2:46 mark before Syracuse finished the game on an 11-2 run to seal the victory. Syracuse looks to continue its 16-game home winning streak when it returns home Thursday for a matchup with Pittsburgh (12-9, 3-5) at 7 p.m. mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21

student,” Oliver said, “we wouldn’t have stormed. Because I do subscribe a little bit to the thought that we are supposed to be a top-tier program, not only in the ACC but across the nation.” Syracuse has beaten a top-10 team every season dating back to 2006-07. It’s a program that, despite only winning one national title, has reached more Final Fours than all but 12 schools. One rough stretch this season has soured all of that. Now, fans revel in what used to be expected. And there’s nothing wrong that. I’m not saying don’t storm the court. If you want to, fine. It’s nice that students are excited, sure. You only get four years in college. “If you had told me before the season started,” Oliver said, “that we’d beat Florida State by 10 at home and we would storm the court, I probably would have thought you were an insane person.”

Paul Schwedelson is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at pmschwed@syr.edu or @pschweds.

Mellen has not practiced since the fall, but Desko said he could soon return. As soon as this week the sophomore defenseman will start running. While it won’t involve contact, Mellen will start with stick drills before doctors take a look and re-evaluate him at the end of the week. “We hope so,” Desko said when asked if Mellen will be ready for the opener. Mellen is the only returning starter on defense for SU and will be vital down the stretch of the season. The then-freshman started in 16 of 17 games and picked up 38 ground balls in 2016. He also forced 14 turnovers, second most on the team. “He’s hungry to get out there,” redshirt junior Matt Lane said. “I’ve seen him working out a bunch, playing wall ball. I think he’s pretty close to go.”

Syracuse’s up-beat offense flowed against quality goaltenders, even though the scoreboard didn’t indicate it

Early in SU’s 7-6 win over Hofstra, Pride junior goalie Jack Concannon made a handful of point-blank saves. He racked up 14 saves to keep his team in the game despite SU’s diversified attack and a strong start from Lane, who scored two of Syracuse’s first three goals. Lane’s first goal came on

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howard Howard is also bonded out of jail. His bond is set at $40,000.

April 22, 2016

At Howard’s second court appearance less than a week after the stabbing, Howard changes his representation and is ordered to have a health exam.

May 6, 2016

Howard is indicted on a first-degree assault charge, which is punishable of up to 25 years in prison. The mental health exam results remain unknown, and he remains free on bail.

May 10, 2016

At a felony arraignment, Howard pleads not guilty to stabbing Winfield and Scissum. “There’s a lot more to this case than going up to them and doing what he allegedly did,” said Irene Aurora Flores, Howard’s attorney at the time.

June 27, 2016

At a motions hearing, Flores said she plans to have Howard undergo an MRI on his brain to determine whether concussions impacted his decision-making. Results are unknown.

Sept. 21, 2016

Howard, who did not play for SU before his removal from the team in 2014, is charged with trespassing on the SU campus. He entered Sims Hall and remained there unlawfully before he was arrested by the SU Department of Public Safety.

the run off a dodge, kickstarting the SU offense in its first game against an opponent since last year’s NCAA tournament loss to Maryland. “He shoots the ball really, really hard,” Desko said. “So to see him stick and place it well against that hot goaltender is good.” Nine Syracuse players combined for 15 goals. The attack surrounding senior attackman Jordan Evans, who tallied three assists, included Voigt (four goals), Solomon and Tyler Ford (two each) and one goal each from Sergio Salcido, Nick Mariano, Stephen Rehfuss, Ryan Simmons and Brad McKinney. Ford scored the game-winner in the first game. Though SU narrowly beat Division-II Le Moyne in the second contest, the Orange’s offense flowed, especially since SU has held practices for only three weeks. Desko said his attackmen looked comfortable and should clean up its open-shot misses from close range. “Unfortunately we didn’t get as many goals as we wanted to on the scoreboard,” Desko said. “But like I said, I think we’re going to look back when we watch (film) and think we played pretty well considering it’s our first contest against another team.” Syracuse’s final tune-up scrimmage is against Harvard on Saturday morning. cal tests to discover if he had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head. Cognetti said during the pretrial that if there’s a link between his concussion history and decision-making, the intent element of his alleged-crime could be negated. “Then we’ve got a tool to use either at trial or in negotiations that will perhaps get a lesser charge,” Cognetti said. Later in the day, Scissum, one of the stabbing victims, announces via Instagram that he had been granted his release and will transfer for his fifth year of eligibility. As a redshirt junior in 2016, Scissum played in six games, recording one assisted tackle. He announced his intent to transfer on Nov. 29.

If we go to trial and the jury doesn’t agree with my proposition, then my client faces the possibility of getting a lot more than five years. I’ve got to make a decision. Ralph Cognetti naesean howard’s attorney on jan. 17

Sept. 23, 2016

Howard is arraigned following his trespassing charge and ordered to avoid the SU campus. Judge Anthony Aloi orders him to be held at the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail.

Sept. 29, 2016

A person who answered the phone at Flores’ office says Flores was no longer Howard’s lawyer.

Nov. 18, 2016

The trial date for his stabbing incident is set for Feb. 21, 2017, and a pretrial hearing set for Dec. 16. Plea negotiations are ongoing. Assistant District Attorney Michael Manfredi said based on the severity of the injuries, he’s leaning toward the punishment being “on the higher end of the scale.”

Nov. 19, 2016

Winfield, one of the stabbing victims, announces via Instagram that he will transfer and use his fifth year of eligibility elsewhere. He was Syracuse’s No. 1 cornerback in 2016, during which he recorded one interception and four pass breakups. He had 41 tackles during SU’s 4-8 season.

Dec. 16, 2016

Ralph Cognetti, Howard’s attorney, says Howard will undergo a series of medi-

Jan. 17, 2017

Judge Robert L. Bauer honors a 10-year plea deal set by Aloi, who retired at the end of 2016. The plea offer gives Howard one week to accept the offer or proceed with trial. The offer is a 10-year sentence and five-year post-release supervision. “If we go to trial and the jury doesn’t agree with my proposition, then my client faces the possibility of getting a lot more than five years,” Cognetti said. “I’ve got to make a decision.”

Jan. 27, 2017

More than nine months after his first court appearance, Howard pleads guilty to one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon linked to the April 2016 stabbing. He will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison with a five-year post-release supervision.

Feb. 17, 2017

The date of Howard’s sentencing is set for Feb. 17, 2017. Cognetti said Howard will likely be granted early release after eight years in prison.

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SU men’s lacrosse beat Hofstra and Le Moyne in a pair of scrimmages Sunday afternoon. See page 14


Syracuse redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes scored 31 points in Syracuse’s 82-72 win. See page 14


S/O to my boy @DaiEllison_2 on giving me a memorable weekend! Loving Syracuse more and more every time I go! #cuse #cuse17

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REALITY CZECH Despite limited finances, Gabriela Knutson grew into a tennis star for SU to the tennis clubs. Despite uncomfortable sleeping arrangements for six days, the Czech abriela Knutson and her mom, Republic native powered through Ilona, set out in their gray Volk- the tournament. Knutson won douswagen Passat without an exact bles and lost in the semi-finals of destination in mind. They needed to singles play. drive more than 200 miles to Poland “It’s a hard mentality to get over,” from the Czech Republic in June 2012 she said. “You go into the match and because Knutson would soon play in are like ‘OK, my family put in so the Gdynia Cup tennis tournament. much effort,’ and I kind of felt that But, because of limited finances, the pressure on the court.” two did not Knutson has book a hotel. always been So, as they usuforced to find her ally did, the way in an unconmother and I played tennis for about ventional manher 15-year-old ner. The strugthree to four hours, daughter tried gles extended to to find a secludrecruiting, but and then an hour to ed place to park she’s found her fitness, and then say a the car and way to Syracuse set up camp in (1-2) and develphysiotherapist session the woods. oped into one of “It was tricky its most domior a masseuse. That where to park,” nant players in was basically my day. Ilona said. “We both singles and used to hide doubles. She finGabriela Knutson somewhere that ished her freshsyracuse tennis player nobody knows, man year 12-5 but (this time) it with her doubles did not work.” partner, Valeria They eventually found a suitable Salazar, and the pair now rank in the spot to camp, which is where the Top 10 nationally. That success led to father of Knutson’s friend found the SU’s first-ever NCAA tournament bid 15-year-old and her mother while in 2016. taking a walk through the woods. He “She was following the right way, and his daughter had flown into the imitating all my moves,” Ilona said. tournament and were staying at a “I was taking care of the right technice hotel. The father returned to the nique from the very start.” hotel and “was telling everybody” Ilona became her daughter’s about their situation, Ilona said. primary coach at the age of 2. She Later that summer, because every- trained her hard, and eventually one already knew, the two slept close see knutson page 12 By Charlie DiSturco asst. copy editor


GABRIELA KNUTSON grew up driving across Europe with her mom, Ilona, sleeping in their Volkswagen Passat to play in tournaments. courtesy of michael okoniewski

men’s basketball

Court storming after FSU game shows that Syracuse fans expect less


inning is better than losing. Having fun is better than not. But when fans rushed the Carrier Dome floor on Saturday afternoon, it didn’t reflect a program that has reached two Final Fours in the past four seasons. The Orange had just beaten No. 6 Florida State by 10 points. SU hadn’t beaten a Top 25 team all season. It finally checked off a marquee win from its season-long to-do list. Students among the crowd of 24,798 led a rush onto the court named after the coach who built this program. After the game, Jim Boeheim himself said he had no problems with fans storming the court. It’s college basketball. It’s 18- to

PAUL SCHWEDELSON BETTER CALL PAUL 22-year-olds. It’s supposed to be fun, and perhaps it was. But respectable teams expect to win home games. “It’s better than when we get beat and they all go home at halftime,” Boeheim said, “So yeah, I like that better.” But it’s also better to be good enough to inspire just a little hope for a fan base that has little else to do in wintertime than fawn over its squad. But it hasn’t done that this season. With a record five noncon-

ference losses leading to SU’s worst 20-game start under Boeheim, Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) had fallen to a new low.

If I magically controlled every student, we wouldn’t have stormed. Johnny Oliver otto’s army president

The Orange opened the season ranked No. 19, reloaded with

two graduate transfers and wellregarded freshmen. Boeheim told ESPN it would be the best team he’s had in years. Yet at SU’s media day on Oct. 18, he tempered expectations (“When you start talking, ‘You got to go to the Final Four,’ it’s really foolish”) and fans have eventually followed suit. Losses to South Carolina and Wisconsin dropped Syracuse out of the Top 25. A two-point loss to Connecticut and a seven-point loss to Georgetown played the role of gravity for sky-high expectations. And it even got worse. The Orange suffered its worst home loss under Boeheim to St. John’s and then, two games later, allowed 96 points

to Boston College for the Eagles first ACC win in almost two years. Rock bottom. So, against Florida State on Saturday, with about 10 minutes remaining, a fan approached Otto’s Army president Johnny Oliver asking if fans would storm the court for a team that was in the Final Four nine months prior. That catastrophic fall of SU’s season had lowered fan expectations below what a program like Syracuse basketball normally commands. This isn’t the football team, which upset No. 17 Virginia Tech and spurred fans to rush the field. That team hasn’t been nationally

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