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Business columnist DeArbea Walker breaks down the importance of initiatives geared toward helping women succeed in the business world. Page 5

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Two individuals with a passion for theater cross paths at the Syracuse Stage: the managing director and associate artistic director share their new careers. Page 9

Syracuse men’s soccer took down Hartford, 2-0, on the road on Tuesday night. SU’s offense leaned on two unusual goalscorers in the victory. Page 16


SU lacks concrete timeline for Campus Framework housing

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A swimming incident involving a Syracuse University student was reported in the Women’s Building on Tuesday night. The incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. during the first night of a scuba diving class. The female student was taking in the swim test during the class, but soon she was unable to breathe and started to drown, witnesses said. Other people in the class had to drag the student out of the pool. The student was taken away in an ambulance with an oxygen mask on her face, but she appeared to be conscious with her eyes open and moving. Witnesses said the woman seems fine. A Department of Public Safety officer confirmed the student is in stable condition.


The Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center is among the student housing options that will no longer be offered through university housing, SU has announced. The Campus West apartments and the University Village Apartments on Colvin will also not be offered through SU’s 2017 housing lottery, the Office of Housing, Meal Plan and I.D. Card Services announced in an email sent Tuesday to SU students. The Sheraton hotel housed more than 60 students during the 2015-16 academic year. The Campus Framework draft, released in June, states that SU has plans to convert the hotel into student housing. But Pete Sala, SU’s vice president and chief campus facilities officer, said in a recent email there are currently no plans to turn the hotel into student housing.


Faculty members at Syracuse University and other universities discuss the different sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict and how it relates to academic freedom. Page 3


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he Campus Framework draft features proposed changes to undergraduate student housing, but as of now, no timeline is set and there are no concrete plans regarding the changes. Proposed changes include relocating South Campus housing — which accounts for about one-third of all on-campus student housing — to Main Campus and constructing room for an additional 900 beds on campus. That means the addition of about 3,600 beds to Main Campus,

according to the June 2016 Campus Framework Draft Overview. The draft also includes plans to add on to Haven and Booth halls, to make changes to West Campus housing and to build housing on Ostrom Avenue. There is no timeline set for changes in housing and no building locations have been determined, said Pete Sala, vice president and chief campus facilities officer, in an email. The Campus Framework is in draft form as a “living, breathing document” and feedback is being gathered in regards to the next steps of the process, Sala said. “The Campus Framework does not pre-

scribe how many buildings should be constructed,” Sala said. “It instead guides what locations are best suited to student housing areas should the University move forward with adding housing on Main campus.” The motivation behind the proposed housing changes stems from student feedback. In 2014, thousands of students took the MyCampus survey and their responses indicated that their experience at SU could be enhanced by increasing the amount of student housing on and around Main Campus, Sala said. The framework draft states that students see housing page 4

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WORK wednesday | kelsey davis

Sophomore creates own media agency By Saniya More staff writer

College can be overwhelming with classes and extracurricular activities, but Kelsey Davis believes managing her own business is as important as pursuing her college degree. Davis, a sophomore television, radio and film major, runs CLLCTVE, a media agency that creates content for brands nationwide. “I didn’t think I should be jeopardizing my monetary gain in order to benefit my academic one,” said Davis. “I felt like there was a way to do both — I just couldn’t do it by myself. That was when CLLCTVE came into play.” The Atlanta native first came up with the idea of creating the agency in the spring of her freshman year with two friends, Kenny Buckner and Cole Smith. Davis had started off creating content independently, but eventually had to form a team when her academic schedule got too hectic. With increasing demand for her work, Davis decided to increase the price of her work, and now rarely ever works for free. The CLLCTVE team consists of five college students. “Our goal as an agency is to pro-

duce premiere, professional and quality content without brands having to pay premier prices,” Davis said. “Though our team consists of college students, what makes our agency different is that we strategize as well as produce all of our content.” CLLCTVE has worked with CocaCola, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, the YMCA and several other brands. Many of the agency’s clients come largely from the team’s former internships, jobs and connections in general. CLLCTVE’s services include branding and strategy, photography and videography, and graphic design and animation. Davis credited her strong support system for helping her manage work and school. Davis’s favorite project so far was covering Raurfest, a show put on by Atlanta singer/rapper Raury and sponsored by Coca-Cola. His team needed someone to shoot the show and when Davis received the call, she couldn’t say yes fast enough. “This whole process has humbled me so much and has given me so much appreciation for my team, mentors and professors,” Davis said. “As cliche as it sounds, the sky really is the limit.”


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Lecture time Lynsey Addario, a New York Times photojournalist, gave a lecture about her experiences in Hendricks Chapel Tuesday. See @dailyorange oct. 19, 2016 • PAG E 3


Apartments proposed near SU By Satoshi Sugiyama asst. news editor

Different lens LYNSEY ADDARIO is an American photojournalist who traveled to Afghanistan documenting life under the Taliban. In 2009 Addario, along with other New York Times photographers, won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. She was named one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years in 2015. See for full story colin davy staff photographer

Faculty members share their views on BDS By Satoshi Sugiyama asst. news editor

Tula Goenka does not buy Sabra Hummus or SodaStream — not because she does not like them, but rather to support a pro-Palestinian movement called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. “It seems like ridiculous but I mean, you, at some level, you’ve ... got to put your money where your mouth is,” said Goenka, an associate professor of television, radio and film in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The BDS movement gained

attention on SU’s campus last month, when The Atlantic pub-

what is bds? The movement was founded in 2005 to urge boycotts, divestment and sanctions to impose non-violent pressure on Israel, according to its website. The BDS movement expresses support for Palestine in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict that contests the holy city of Jerusalem and Israeli settlement on the West Bank and the Gaza settlements.

lished a story reporting that M. Gail Hamner, an SU religion pro-

fessor, sent an email to Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan disinviting him from screening his film about the Israeli settlement movement because she had not seen it and was afraid BDS supporters on campus would “make matters very unpleasant” for Dotan and her. The university acted quickly to extinguish the controversy, but the incident had caused a ripple: not only did it expose a rift between community members supporting and opposing the BDS movement, but it also raised questions over whether pro-BDS SU community members stand by the university policy that bans the boycott of

Israeli academic institutions. The BDS movement was founded in 2005 to urge boycotts, divestment and sanctions to impose non-violent pressure on Israel, according to its website. The movement stems from solidarity to express support for Palestine in the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict that contests the holy city of Jerusalem and Israeli settlement on the West Bank and Gaza settlements. The day after the publication of the article, Hamner made a public apology and SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly circulated see bds page 4


SPD chief discusses gun violence during panel By Michael Burke asst. news editor

Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler read off statistic after statistic, each one displaying that the city of Syracuse is safer now than it has been in recent years, he said. Incidents in Syracuse of burglaries, aggravated assaults, robberies, rape and more are down this year compared to last year, Fowler said. But the police chief

added that it’s difficult for him to talk at length about that, given gun-related violence is up this year compared to recent years. “It’s really challenging for me to be able to talk about the fact that the burglaries are down, the fact that larcenies are down,” he said. “It’s challenging for me because when I do, the counter to that is, ‘Well, chief, what about the shots? What about the murders?’” Gun violence was one of Fowler’s main talking points on the

Tuesday night panel, “Improving Perception Between Police & The Community,” inside the Prince Hall Masonic Temple on Syracuse’s South Side. During the panel, he also discussed vehicular traffic stops made by police. The panel came just over a week after a Syracuse police officer shot and killed an armed man near Walnut Park. The man, Deric Brown, 41, first fired at the officer, police have said. Fowler said Tuesday that reduc-

ing gun violence in Syracuse is “hands down” his top priority as he nears his final year as police chief. “We’re talking about murders, people are dying,” he said. “We’re talking about shots fired where people are being injured and they’re ending up in the hospital. And we’re talking about bullets flying in our neighborhoods and making our neighborhoods unsafe.” He added that he believes open dialogue between the police and

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A 244-unit apartment complex has been proposed to be constructed near Syracuse University. Atlanta-based Blue Vista Student Housing Acquisitions LLC is seeking to build the apartment on the corner of East Genesee Street and South Crouse Avenue, according to a document from the city of Syracuse’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The company has submitted an appeal to the board and is expected to appear in a hearing on Thursday. The seven-floor apartment would house residential units on the upper floors, and more units, a parking garage and retail space on the ground level. The building would hold 604 beds composed of studio, one-, two-, three- and fourbedroom units and parking that accommodates up to 274 spaces. A luxury apartment is scheduled to open at East Brighton Avenue and Thurber Street, east of Interstate 81 in fall 2017.

election news Here’s a round-up of the biggest election news happening in United States politics right now: NO MORE WHINING President Barack Obama reprimanded Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for repeatedly accusing the election is rigged. Obama described Trump’s accusation as “unprecedented” and “happens to be based on no facts.” source: politico

NO COMMENT Fifty-four Republican senators have not given their clear opinion about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s allegation that the election is rigged. In an inquiry by a congressional newspaper The Hill, 14 senators said they do not think the election is being or will be rigged while 35 did not reply and three declined to comment. source: the hill

PICK YOUR FAVORITE? In the process of narrowing down a running mate for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her top campaign official categorized potential candidates as “rough food groups” — such as women, blacks, Hispanics and business leaders. The revelation came as WikiLeaks continued to release emails circulated among Clinton’s campaign. source: bloomberg politics

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housing who live in on-campus housing are typically more engaged in campus social life, do better academically and are more satisfied with their overall university experience. Other issues with the current housing situation that concern students are transportation and space, said Terra Peckskamp, director of the Office of Residence Life. Peckskamp said space is cramped for the first-year students, particularly in exclusively first-year residence halls, such as the Brewster/Boland/Brockway Complex. “We have some of our students living in lounges,” she said. “It’s been going on for several years. Basically, the lounges are converted to rooms.” Peckskamp is not currently involved with the decision-making process regarding housing since The Arch and the National Veterans Resource Complex are Campus Framework projects currently in focus. She said she anticipates she will be involved in the future. Over time, SU will relocate South Campus student housing to Main Campus, according to the Campus Framework. But Sala said South Campus will continue to play a major role in the university’s housing strategy. “There is no plan to move all housing to main campus,” Sala said. “We hope to add housing to main campus but we will continue to house students on South Campus too.” Existing operations on South Campus, including athletics, recreation and administration services and academic research will remain, along with housing options, Sala said. The Campus Framework draft mentions plans to build consolidated athletics and recreation complexes on South Campus. Currently, housing on South Campus is apartment-style and Main Campus housing features residence hall-style rooms. Sala said it is too early to determine what style the proposed housing will be. Peckskamp said she thinks there will be a variety of housing options.

“I do know one of the things that, institutionally, we are committed to is providing a variety of housing options for students that meet their needs,” she said. “And, so, I would certainly say that apartment-style housing is an interest for students and would meet a need.” As part of additional plans to enrich student life, the Campus Framework draft lists renovations to the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center for student housing. SU announced on Tuesday that the Sheraton will no longer be offered through Syracuse University Housing. Sala, though, said there are currently no plans to convert the Sheraton to student housing. “Before any decisions are made, Syracuse University will first ensure that extensive hotel capacity on the SU Hill is available to the serve the thousands of outof-town visitors to campus, our city and the Dome each year,” he said. Sala said the addition of undergraduate housing to Main Campus supports three goals of the Campus Framework: academic excellence, enriching all aspects of student life and creating a vibrant campus setting. He said it will re-center students and residential life around the “academic heart of the University.” The Campus Framework draft states that mixed neighborhoods will be established on Main Campus to include a combination of residential and student life amenities. “Individual neighborhoods will exhibit unique identities, but will all be connected to the campus core,” according to the draft. Sala said the Campus Framework will continue to work in coordination with the Academic Strategic plan to “shape, guide, and manage the campus environment and its physical form in support of the University’s mission.” Disclaimer: The Daily Orange leases a house on Ostrom Avenue owned by Syracuse University. As part of the long-term Campus Framework implementation, the university has proposed building student housing on Ostrom Avenue where The Daily Orange currently operates.

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panel community, including events such as Tuesday’s panel, can help lead to a reduction in violence. “We need communication,” he said. “We work for you all. This is your police department.” Later, Fowler addressed encounters between police and community members during traffic stops. He urged those pulled over by police to “live to tell your story,” repeating himself several times. He also cautioned against taking an “argumentative stance” with police during traffic stops.

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a memorandum assuring the community that SU embraces academic freedom and does not tolerate the boycott of Israel. About 45 SU community members who support BDS came forward to support academic freedom. Robin Riley, director of LGBT studies, said the disinvitation controversy presented BDS supporters as bullies. “It was fantasy of what the pro-BDS movement is on campus, you know, that we are bunch of bullies and we are opposed to free speech and so on,” Riley said. “I think we already are sort of disposed to feeling like we are being disrespected in a lot of ways.” Another BDS-related controversy came a few weeks later when 37 SU community members, with sympathy to BDS, submitted a letter to The Daily Orange urging the boycott of an academic conference on conflict resolution organized by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Signatories of the letter claim the conference’s partnership with Tel Aviv University in Israel is in violation of the Palestinian call for boycott. They cited “the Palestinian campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel,” a document supported by BDS supporters, as reference to justify the boycotting. The document states that even though it supports universal academic freedom, all Israeli academic institutions are “subject to boycott because of their decades-old, deep and conscious complicity in maintaining the Israeli occupation and denial of basic Palestinian rights.” Several conference organizers rebuked in a response letter, saying the conference was neither devoted to the study of Israel nor to the Israel-Palestine conflict. None of the faculty members who signed the original letter had reached out to conference organizers and participated in the conference, said Miriam Elman, a political science professor in the Maxwell School who is among the authors of the response letter. “They chose not to attend, not to inquire what it was all about and then published the letter, which was a complete misrepresentation and made them look like quite foolish,” Elman said. “… It was disappointing to see colleagues do that.” Even though Elman said she embraces academic criticism, the problem she felt was the faculty members who signed the letter used the conference as “a stepping stone” to make a BDS pitch calling for abandoning a joint institutional partnership with Israeli universities. “That, we felt, was a step too far,” Elman said. “We didn’t want our conference to be a vehicle for that kind of infringement of free speech and academic freedom.” Riley said organizers of the conference are faculty members who “routinely” defend Israeli actions and associate terrorism to Islam. “You can’t have it both ways,” she said. “You can be the advocate for these positions routinely, typically, over and over and over again, and then expect people to want to look for a nuance in whom you have invited to your conference.” Riley added the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is described only from the point of view of Israel

“You may think you have all the answers,” he said. “... That’s never, never a good idea.” Fowler also said getting body-worn cameras for Syracuse police officers is among his top priorities, and he added that police sometimes don’t act properly during traffic stops. He encouraged anyone who feels they have been mistreated by the police to file a complaint either through the police department or Syracuse’s Citizen Review Board. Said Fowler: “If there’s something that you think is outside of the norm, live to complain about it the next day.” | @michaelburke47

and anyone who tries to mention Palestinian perspectives are seen as radical, anti-Semitism. Elman said not all BDS supporters harbor a hatred toward Jewish people. She said many supporters who are drawn to the movement are well-meaning and think a boycott would be a way to pressure Israel and eventually bring peace. Nonetheless, Elman said she is concerned BDS-supporting faculty members may not be providing “viewpoint diversity” in their classrooms. “Our university policy says that an individual faculty can hold whatever views they want about BDS and they can be advocates for BDS,” Elman said. “But they can’t in their instructional practice.”


The number of SU community members who came forward in support of both BDS and academic freedom. This was after SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly circulated a memorandum assuring the community SU embraces academic freedom and does not tolerate the boycott of Israel.

In response, Riley brought up what she called a hypocrisy in which BDS-supporting faculty members are seen as too biased to educate, while anti-BDS faculty members who take the opportunity to promote Israel and erase the history of oppression against Palestine people think they are fair in the classroom. “The same worry could be articulated on both sides,” Riley said. “But they use it only against those of us who are advocates for the Palestinian people.” Dov Waxman, professor of political science, international affairs and Israel studies at Northeastern University, said the BDS movement has created a lot of “noise” but yielded little success in disrupting Israeli economy. Corri Zoli, director of research and research assistant professor at SU’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and one of the conference participants, said not supporting any cross-cultural discussion about longstanding conflict abandons the scholarly approach to find solutions. Zoli said she was surprised to see many of her colleagues and friends signing their names. “They are good colleagues and friends and their research is very good, so I think that maybe BDS is doing a pretty good job at convincing smart, ethical people that boycotting others on the basis of national origin is a feasible practice,” Zoli said. “And I think that is just way beyond the pale.” Brian Small, executive director of Hillel at SU, said in a statement that it recognizes some individuals and groups on campus have “legitimate criticism of Israeli policies.” “My major concern, as the Executive Director of Hillel at Syracuse University, is that students are safe on campus,” Small wrote.  “I hope that dialogue remains civil.  No student should ever feel threatened or physically unsafe because of their religion, national origin, or political beliefs.” | @SatoshiJournal


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Give women entrepreneurs a chance


he business field is often presented as a man’s world. But Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is trying to change this misrepresentation with the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship initiative. Running through Oct. 29, WISE is hosting a conference in downtown Syracuse to support, empower and inform women who hope to make their mark in entrepreneurship. Initiatives like the WISE conference and Syracuse’s Minority Business Economic Empowerment Summit last month are critical in making women competitive in a field dominated by their more privileged counterparts. While business seminars can’t solve institutional discrimination overnight, they can, with support and solidarity, ensure that their applications are not buried in the pile.


The percentage of private sector executives that are Latina or black women, according to the American Association of University Women

Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod, who is the CEO of leadership and development company Gwen INC. and also a chair of WISE’s advisory board, said the best women entrepreneurs are those well-connected within their specific industry. This illustrates the importance of solidarity, and extending help and opportunities all to business people of all backgrounds. “Every successful entrepreneur is successful because of the relationships she has. As women, we leverage collaboration,” said Webber-McLeod. Speaking to her own goals of


GROWS ON TREES interconnectedness, WebberMcLeod said, “I seek out the best and brightest. I don’t care what their packaging is.” Whether they head a tiny start-up or a large corporate firm, all employers and hiring officers should adopt Webber-McLeod’s attitude. Women, particularly women of color, don’t always have the financial resources or network to get ahead in this cutthroat field. And because of social positioning and employment discrimination, they often don’t get a second look. With upcoming seminars on how to generate revenue, financial planning, building businesses and changing careers, WISE programing is an informative and engaging way to give women entrepreneurs a competitive edge when seeking jobs and connections. Even more importantly, the concept of giving women a chance should extend to mobility for employees within the companies themselves. When women or other people with marginalized identities are hired, checking a box for “diversity” can unfortunately be a corporation’s sole concern. Staggering statistics show that only 2.8 percent of top executives in the private sector are either Hispanic or black women, according to a 2016 study by the American Association of University Women. Considering these women of color make up just 13.8 percent of private sector employees, this lack of representation is concerning. There’s no reason that any woman should not get the opportunity to rise up and actually sit in the executive chair when they have

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the qualifications. While moves to increase the number of women at the table can be seen as advancing an agenda, companies should also see the value in being more open minded. Women should be seen as assets instead of liabilities. Expanding perspectives in a boardroom can only benefit a company and will give invaluable experiences to both parties: ones that will carry over far into the future.

Every successful entrepreneur is successful because of the relationships she has. As women, we leverage collaboration. Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod wise advisory board chair

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Plan’s housing details will rightfully take time A housing project as big as relocating thousands of students can be daunting, but the community should be understanding that Syracuse University has time to iron out the details. SU’s Campus Framework draft proposes shifting the majority of South Campus housing to Main Campus. There are also plans to add 900 more beds to Main Campus and renovate SU-owned property in the Sheraton. At this time, there are no timelines or building locations set for this plan. In regard to the vagueness of the proposed housing changes, Vice President and Chief Campus Facilities Officer Pete Sala referred to the draft as a “living, breathing document.” It’s reasonable that it will take time for the university to figure the nuances of the draft’s proposal out, especially given that the school must ultimately coordinate with the city of Syracuse when it comes to building more properties on and around campus. When the Campus Framework revision is released in January, the university community will have a better idea of how the plan will affect life at SU. Be that as it may, the university should proceed with two ideas in mind: prioritization of current housing structures and the ramifications of building out into the university neighborhood. Just as Shaw Hall and the Mount have seen renovations over the past few years, the falling-apart residence halls that already exist should also be repaired. Haven Hall, Booth Hall and West Campus are

all set for a facelift under the current version of the Campus Framework plan. In this vein, construction efforts should be put first toward improving current Main Campus housing — before the new townhouses or apartments on Ostrom. There are students living in lounges as makeshift rooms and freshmen-centered dorms are cramped. Considering that this housing project intends to bring more students closer to campus to enrich their experiences, both of the former scenarios degrade the quality of student life the initiative is trying to protect. Looking outward to the university neighborhood, this plan has the potential to have a reverb effect there. As more SU student housing trickles into the surrounding neighborhood, there is a danger of gentrifying the area and pushing landlords out. There is no easy answer to a topic as colossal as housing. For better or for worse, too, it’s one of the most important parts of student life. Still, in light of the problems that may arise from this plan’s final form, the honesty of university administrators is refreshing and should continue throughout the framework process. Disclaimer: The Daily Orange leases a house on Ostrom Avenue owned by Syracuse University. As part of the long-term Campus Framework implementation, the university has proposed building student housing on Ostrom Avenue where The Daily Orange currently operates.

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very day, Karen Schroeder receives calls from mothers trying to get their children into Syracuse neighborhoods with better schools. But Schroeder, the assistant director of CNY Fair Housing — a nonprofit that helps people find affordable housing — said there is almost nothing she can do about relocating students as their mothers use the Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly known as Section 8. “They’ve got 90 days and they can’t find a place to live because landlords can advertise they don’t take Section 8 vouchers,” Schroeder said. “Kids are being pulled from school and living in substandard housing and that places a hardship on the family.” In order to give people more opportunities to find quality housing by using public assistance and housing voucher programs, Common Councilor Jean Kessner has proposed an amendment to local Syracuse law that would

ban landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on source of income. Kessner said the amendment has been on the agenda for about three months, but she believes next Monday, there will finally be a vote. In the city of Syracuse, it is currently legal for landlords to advertise they do not accept Section 8 vouchers or public assistance money. In a 2014 survey conducted over a one-week period, CNY Fair Housing found out of 712 advertisements for housing, only 25 ads said they would accept Section 8 or public assistance. Ninety-four ads specifically said they would not accept either source of income. Syracuse Housing Authority is the local entity that grants Section 8 vouchers. David Paccone, the organization’s assistant executive director, said the voucher program is meant to give people with low incomes increased mobility and opportunity. “Much like there are scholarship programs which give various students the ability to go to schools which they otherwise couldn’t afford,” Paccone said. “Section 8 grants people oppor-

tunity. That’s what it should be about.” But a study by CNY Fair Housing found 66 percent of households receiving housing vouchers in Syracuse live in low opportunity neighborhoods and 68 percent live in neighborhoods with low educational outcomes. Social service providers identified discrimination against Section 8 and public assistance recipients as the No. 1 barrier to finding housing for their clients. Kessner said her goal in passing the amendment is to give low income families greater opportunity in the city of Syracuse. “We have sections of this city that are the most concentrated in poverty in the country,” Kessner said. “This law is necessary because there’s a grievous wrong being done. I’m trying to do the right thing to get people into housing.” Schroeder said lack of opportunity and upward mobility in Syracuse are issues that could be helped by passing this non-discrimination law. She recommends the city put forward something in the legislation to protect against discrimination based on source of income.

There is opposition to the law from both some city landlords and her fellow councilors, Kessner notes. “I have had very angry landlords screaming at me,” Kessner said. “But I don’t think they really get it.” Landlords have complained to her that they have dealt with Section 8 holders who were very bad tenants, but she clarified that this law does not mean landlords would be forced to accept bad tenants. Rather, landlords would be asked to be very thorough with their background checks and make logical decisions. And as far as other councilors are concerned, Councilor Chad Ryan made the argument that in order for the law to be effective, it needs to be statewide. “I think some of my fellow councilors have a good point, this legislation should be statewide,” Kessner said. “But it has to start with the city because that’s where everything starts. Actually, I’ve got one year left on the council and I hope to be able to get it through the state by then.”

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NY faces shortage in organ donor registration By Chieh Yuan Chen staff writer

New York state currently has the second lowest number of registered organ donors in the country, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a release. Schneiderman said only 26 percent of New Yorkers are registered organ donors, compared with the national average of about 50 percent. Nancy Ryan, director of marketing and community relations at Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, said the state has historically ranked among the lowest in the country in terms of the number of registered organ donors. Ryan said one of the reasons that led to New York lagging behind the national registration rate of 52 percent is the process to enroll in the state’s donor registry. Before 2015, enrolling in the NYS Donate Life Registry was optional on the section on the forms at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where Ryan said most people register to be an organ donor. Ryan said donors who want to join the registry by any means other than through the DMV are required to fill out a paper enrollment form and mail it to the NYS Department of Health, the organization that oversees the state’s donor registry. “The process is cumbersome, compared to many other states that provide a fully electronic format for registering as an organ donor,” Ryan said. The license renewal cycle in the state is every eight years, she said. It’s very possible

that for someone who intended to join the donor registry while at the DMV passed away before getting the chance to do so, Ryan added. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University, said he isn’t sure why New York in particular is in great demand for organ donors. He said the state or foundations should increase the awareness of organ donation. “New York has a huge demand for organs, longer than average waiting lists,” he said. “Too many die here while waiting for an organ.” Schneiderman said the number of New Yorkers on an organ and tissue transplant waitlist is the third-highest in the country. About 10,000 New Yorkers are currently on the waiting list managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing, a private and non-profit organization that administers the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government — and these numbers continue to grow, Schneiderman said. “It’s important to know that there are no restrictions to signing-up to be an organ donor, other than the enrollee must be at least 18 years of age,” Ryan said. However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed legislation in August that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to become organ donors in the state. Ryan said one of the benefits for people documenting their wishes to organ donation is that it relieves their family of having to make that decision on their behalf. “Making your decision ahead of time is a gift to your family,” she said.


Free speech

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Music columnist Emera Riley argues that musicians should be able to speak freely about their political opinion without retaliation. See


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Having eight Supreme Court Justices has led to unexpected friendships, writes election humor columnist Josh Feinblatt. See

Get ready to see Syracuse Stage’s “Great Expectations” by reading about the history of the stage and the new artistic director, Bob Hupp. See Thursday’s paper @dailyorange oct. 19, 2016



KYLE BASS finds inspiration everywhere he goes, but one of his favorite places to find new ideas is in the grocery store. frankie prijatel senior staff photographer

JILL ANDERSON worked for a number of stages all over the country before getting her new role at the Syracuse Stage. frankie prijatel senior staff photographer

Playwright gears up for premiere season as associate artistic director

Managing director brings diverse, storied experiences to Syracuse Stage

By Alison Boghosian

By Madeleine Buckley

asst. copy editor

staff writer



ears before he’d ever considered writing plays for a living, a young itting at the desk in her bright, windowed office, Jill Anderson laughed Kyle Bass wrote stories and read them into a cassette recorder, then when describing her original career plan: a Spanish teacher at a listened to his own voice telling the story. Lutheran high school in the American Southwest. Even without realizing his interest in plays, Bass had created a theater for That plan, Anderson said, went “wonderfully wrong.” himself, right in his own house. Despite a post-high school stint as the bass player for a Lutheran rock Now that Bass is an accomplished playwright and teacher, theband, Anderson eventually found her true passion in the ater is at the center of everything he does. Even a conversation theater. The Wisconsin native was named managing director overheard in the grocery store might inspire a line in one of his plays. of the Syracuse Stage in July, the most recent move in a career “If you just listen, people say amazing things in the grocery that has taken her from the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minstore,” Bass said with a gleam in his eye. “I’m a terrible eavesdrop.” neapolis to the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and, most if you go With Syracuse Stage’s show “Great Expectations” opening recently, to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, “Great Expectations” Wednesday, Bass is beginning his first season as associate artistic Connecticut. Now, Anderson is preparing for “Great ExpectaWhere: Syracuse Stage director for the Syracuse Stage. He’s worked in various roles at the tions,” her first show at the Syracuse Stage and the theater’s 820 E. Genesee St Stage for years. He helps develop productions for the Stage and profirst of the season, which opens Wednesday. When: Oct. 19 - Nov. 6 (opening night vides artistic guidance, but first and foremost, Bass is a writer, drawWith the exception of an appearance as Tessie in an elementaOct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.) How much: $20 ing his inspiration from the beauty of language and the human voice. ry school production of “Annie” and a few shows her sophomore Bass said his fascination with words stems all the way back to year of high school, Anderson rejected the idea of being an actress For tickets call or visit the Syracuse his early childhood. or performer. Yet she loved the theater, and found herself getting Stage Box Office, 315-443-3275, “It dawned on me when I was about 4 or 5 that there’s a involved in her college’s small theater department. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, or word for everything,” Bass said with a laugh. “And in some She remembers the exact moment she realized how to make buy online at cases, there are all kinds of words for the same thing.” a career in the theater world. The revelation came as she ran From a young age, Bass spent as much time listening to people talk as he the light board at an orchestra show. did poring over books in his house. “I remember whining to the department head, saying, ‘Oh, I want to be part “I was aware of language and how it could be nuanced and played with,” he of this but I’m not a performer. What should I do with my life?’” she recalled. said. “I knew what language could do.” “He said, ‘You should be a stage manager.’ It was crystal clear to him.” Bass would lie between his older twin sisters’ beds at night as they After a quick library search, Anderson knew the job was meant for her. swapped stories about their days and about high school, which at the time “You’re not onstage, but you’re getting to make lists and charts and keep see bass page 12

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1. MELISSA GARDINER is a trombone professor at SU and the founder of the Jazz Jam night at Funk ‘n Waffles downtown. nalae white staff photographer 2. The Jazz Jam downtown provides a house band to accompany and back up visiting performers that jump on stage and perform. nalae white staff photographer


JAZZ BACK Liverpool native brings slice of New York jazz scene to Syracuse with Jazz Jam By Leah Meyers staff writer


alk into Funk ‘n Waffles downtown on a Sunday, and the vibe instantly feels jazzy, even though no music is playing. Jazz musicians of all ages, from all over the city of Syracuse, gather at the venue every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. for an open mic night that revolves around jazz music. Jazz Jam has been occurring consistently since May of 2015. One Sunday, the stage is lit up in purple and blue, and three tie-dyed backdrops hang from the ceiling behind the double bass, drum set and keyboard that belongs to the house band. Musicians sign in as they walk in and then begin warming up with scales as they mingle with other musicians. Audience members find a seat at one of the many tables that scatter the room, with either a glass of wine or a waffle in hand. The house band gets onstage and begins playing without introduction, led by a woman playing the trombone. Like almost all jazz tunes, the song is long and consists of solos from each of the musicians on stage. When the song ends and the crowd cheers and whistles,

the woman introduces herself as Melissa Gardiner, the creator and coordinator of Jazz Jam. Gardiner then plays her last song with the band, Joe Henderson’s “Recorda-Me,” before opening up the floor to the other musicians. Gardiner decided to create Jazz Jam when she returned to Syracuse after completing her master’s program at The Juilliard School in New York City. She recalled attending a local jazz jam as a high schooler living in Liverpool, NY, a jam hosted by peers at The Coffee Pavilion, a venue now called ProntoFresh. Although she studied classical music in college, her experience at that jazz jam encouraged her to switch genres. Living in New York City, she said she loved having an abundant number of jazz jams to choose from every week. When she moved back to Syracuse, she was sad to see that nothing like those jams still existed, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. “It’s just really important for a community to have a regular, weekly jazz jam because the best way to learn jazz is with other people,” Gardiner said, explaining that practicing by yourself only gets you so far. Jazz music is all about interaction because musicians hop onstage with people they don’t

necessarily know. There is no sheet music, and musicians either work from memory or improvise, while making sure it sounds good with the other instruments who are doing the same thing. Performers often ask Gardiner for other musician’s numbers, so they can put on gigs together, or form bands and collaborations. Jazz Jam is not like a regular open mic night, because a house band is provided, and musicians can sign a list so everyone gets to take to the stage. Gardiner hopes this list encourages not only people of all ages to play, but also more women to perform, since it is a male-dominated genre. She makes sure she is present and visible at each Jazz Jam in hopes that it will encourage more women to come out and play. “I have people taking people taking out their horns after 20 years without playing,” Gardiner said, including people who have not played since high school but are trying to get back into the music. As a trombone instructor, Gardiner has had high school students, past and present, come routinely to Jazz Jam. One of these students is 18-year-old trombonist Jake Lawless, who comes to the Jazz Jam every Sunday. Although he has been playing since sixth

grade, Lawless enjoys jazz more than concert band and Gardiner has seen a drastic improvement in his playing since he has been performing at Jazz Jam. “It just lets me express myself more than concert band,” said Lawless. “In concert band, you’re reading and you have to play what’s written but with jazz you can do your own thing.” Guitarist Drew Serafini goes to the jazz jam each week for a different reason. At 28 years old, Serafini has always focused on rock. But one day, he decided that he wanted to try something different and more challenging. “What’s more challenging than jazz?” said Serafini, who also is attracted to the interaction aspect of a jazz jam. At Jazz Jam, one will hear a variety of performances with an even wider variety of instruments: piano, bongo drums, cowbells and more. Gardiner hopes Jazz Jam will continue on for many years to come, even if she is no longer the coordinator. Said Gardiner: “The greatest gift to me would be for the Jazz Jam to be happening, if I had to travel somewhere, to come back a year later and have the Jazz Jam still going on.”

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seemed like another world to him. He would listen to their voices go back and forth, back and forth across the room. “Something about dialogue and the human voice began to seep into me there,” Bass said. He loved words so much that he had a box of vocabulary flashcards he committed to memory. He kept a “book of ideas” where he would jot down thoughts as they crossed his mind. Instead of playing outdoors, Bass spent his time writing stories, reading and creating poems and playing the piano. One day when his mom brought home a typewriter, he started typing up his poems, watching in amazement as his words appeared on the page. But his transition into playwriting didn’t occur until he was in graduate school, when a teacher asked him if he’d ever considered it, since his stories tended to be so dramatic. Since then, Bass has produced many successful works, including two Syracuse Stage projects in collaboration with established playwright Ping Chong, one of which went on to be produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City. Bass also teaches creative writing and playwriting at several schools, including

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anderson order. This is perfect,” she said. “And it was.” While she enjoyed stage managing, she soon began climbing the ranks in the theater world. Since stage managers work showto-show and are not guaranteed consistent employment, Anderson said the “stability of a 52-week-a-year job was appealing.” So she worked as a company manager — a so-called “concierge to the stars” — at the Arena Stage in D.C. This job brought her interesting experiences, like paying cash to get a new mattress delivered for a small-time television celebrity at 10 p.m. on a Tuesday.

Syracuse University’s Department of Drama. When Bass is in the classroom, his advice to students is simple: write about what scares you. Ryan Travis was in graduate school at SU, working on his master’s thesis and writing a one-man show based on interviews with absent fathers, when he took an independent study course with Bass. He said Bass has a way of asking questions that cause students to look within themselves and then take their work to a new level. Travis said that during the creative process, Bass would ask him why exactly he was doing what he was doing, which caused Travis to realize he was writing the one-man play because of his own father. “He’s able to help other artists — no matter their medium — help them elevate their storytelling in a really eloquent way,” Travis said. Similar to Travis, Bass said that in the past he has woven the theme of father-son relationships into his writing. He said his father was always mysterious to him, physically present but at the same time “unknowable.” Bass also writes a lot about death. “I’m happily pessimistic,” he said with a smile. “It’s gonna end badly for us all, it’s gonna end. That’s kind of funny — it’s terribly sad and kind of scary — but it’s also kind of funny.” Inspired by the words of writer James

Baldwin, Bass said he believes it is because life is so tragic that it is also so beautiful. When he’s not writing or teaching, Bass helps other playwrights’ creations come to life at the Syracuse Stage. Bass first came to the Stage in the early ‘90s and moved through several roles before becoming the resident dramaturg in 2009. Bass defined his role as dramaturg broadly: assisting with projects as well as acting as an interpreter of each play’s script. He also worked closely with Tim Bond, the Stage’s former artistic director, in selecting shows for each season. Bond said that while he had to consider plays from the angle of what the Stage could accommodate and produce, he looked to Bass for a more artistic perspective, leading to many lively discussions between the two. “My job was to figure out how to produce these plays, and Kyle’s job was to say, ‘This is a play that excites me or is a well-written script,’” Bond said. In his new position, Bass is still helping with show selection, but now with an emphasis on a development program for new plays. He said he is excited by the Stage’s goals for producing new work, and wants to plan for a brand new play every season. While helping on productions, Bass gets to witness the creation of a story from the

first day of rehearsal to closing night. He said he loves to watch a play grow from just a text, to the first read-through, to the first “stumble-through” to all the runs and previews and then, finally, the performances. Bass added that he finds it remarkable that while the original text of a play remains unchanged throughout the process, everything else is always evolving. “You could perform the show a thousand times — it will never ever be the same,” he said. “Not one minute of it will ever be the same. And I find that so exciting. So every time an audience sees a performance, they are witnessing something only they will have ever witnessed.” Bass also said there is a lot that can come from watching an audience react to a play. He watches them laugh in unison at one exact moment. He watches the house fall silent during a dramatic scene. He watches them inch forward in their seat, each person riveted by what’s happening onstage. And he especially loves when he can be the writer who orchestrates these moments. “It’s miraculous that we go from these black marks on the page to that thing onstage under the lights,” he said animatedly. “And it’s glorious and it’s beautiful, and when it’s done well — there’s nothing like it.”

Her efforts at the Arena Stage caught the attention of Wendy Goldberg, a coworker, when hired as the artistic director at the O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, invited Anderson to join her as a production manager. Anderson intended to stay at the O’Neill for a year and a half. But then she was promoted to general manager and ended up staying for 10 years. “Jill is this incredible mix of pragmatism, artistry, humor and Midwest realness,” Goldberg said in an email. “She knows how to deal with both high brow and low brow issues with humor and grace.” Goldberg remembered a time this past winter when a blizzard hit Connecticut during a new program for emerging direc-

tors at the O’Neill. “There was Jill on her phone with Amtrak for hours dealing with travel delays, bundled up and delivering wine to all the people who were shoveling,” Goldberg said. “Jill is the soldier you want next to you in the field.” Guy Bergquist, Anderson’s mentor from the Arena Stage, was able to join her for a time in this position, working as a van driver for the O’Neill one summer. He joked that Anderson is following in his footsteps 40 years behind, as he worked at the O’Neill in the 1970s. “It was fun being there, just being a proud papa and seeing her growing and having grown,” he said. “The sanctity was fabulous.” Anderson also learned finance in the position at the O’Neill. Despite having “an affinity for numbers, and a certain facility with them,” she likened it to learning a new language when compared to stage management. This knowledge, however, helped her secure the managing director position at Syracuse Stage. Fran Nichols, the chair of the Syracuse Stage board of trustees, headed the search committee for the managing director. The committee looked for skills including knowledge of theater management, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to fundraise and strong financial knowledge. Anderson had all of these skills, Nichols said, and was “overwhelmingly and unanimously” the committee’s first choice. Now three months into her time at the Stage, Anderson is exceeding expectations, Nichols said. Her days are still filled with learning the ropes, as she and the new artistic director, Robert Hupp, are often out of the building meeting local politicians and Syracuse Stage donors. Yet even when she is in the Syracuse Stage building, she is rarely in her office. While every day is different, a recent one included a production meeting, a planning meeting for an upcoming gala, and individual meetings with the development director,

the county executive and the head of the Syracuse University drama department. “It’s everything from the grand and long term to what we’re doing tomorrow,” Anderson said. “There’s no time for food.” Her lunch? A large cup of hot coffee with some milk in it. When she does have free time, Anderson tries to roam the hallways and get to know everyone at the Stage in order to be “visible and available.” “Nobody’s going to tell you anything if they’re not used to seeing you around,” she said. “It would be pretty foolish for Bob (Hupp) and Jill to be up here with their heads in the sand.’” The end of her days, though, are set aside for family. She usually takes her 2-year-old daughter, Eva, to the library in the evenings. Eva, who Anderson describes as “perfectly 2 — slightly destructive and greatly amusing,” spends days at home with Anderson’s husband, Dave, a professional bass player who Anderson said is in “full-time dad mode.” The couple decided to live in downtown Syracuse, and have been navigating and exploring the city with Eva since they arrived. While Anderson never visited the city until her job interview, she was not worried about liking the area. “I have the ability to fall in love with anywhere I am,” she said. “I’m an enthusiast generally. I can get excited about being just about anywhere.” Right now, Anderson’s days as a mother and new job have her falling asleep at night before getting even five minutes into an episode of her favorite hour-long dramas. But she is thinking toward the future, and has hopes to one day teach a class at the Stage. What the class will be about, Anderson’s not sure. Certainly not on acting, but possibly on her career. She’s not sure her unusual career path — which included dropping out of college to join a union for stage managers and actors is one to emulate. But she’s realized it worked out for the best. “The more I listen to my peers, I learn that hardly anybody follows an A-to-B path to these jobs,” she said. “There’s something there about being open. Everything that has made itself available to me has exceeded anything I may have laid out for myself.”


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Yale’s Peggs settles in after impoverished upbringing By Matthew Gutierrez asst. copy editor

As Marquise Peggs reached for the door handle to take out the trash, he heard four or five loud gunshots. Some was killed just yards from the trash bin Peggs was headed to, in an alley behind an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. Peggs’ mother screamed his name. “She thought it was him getting shot,” said Peggs’ younger brother, Marquell. His mother, Vanessa Marrissette, ran to the back of the family’s second floor apartment. She found out Peggs was fine. The body lay there for hours that Saturday morning in March 2014. Over the next couple of years, Peggs heard several gunshots per week in what he described as a violent neighborhood. A gang territory lay two blocks from his apartment. Peggs’s mother refused to let him walk anywhere. When he had to walk to school a few blocks away, she made him drive. Two and a half years later, Peggs plays at Yale (1-4, 1-1 Ivy), where the 5-foot-11, 176pound sophomore defensive back has settled in. He’s overcome the crime-ridden, dangerous streets near Chicago’s Chappel Avenue. Marrissette lost her job shortly after Peggs started ninth grade at Mount Carmel (Illinois) High School, a state power whose graduates include former Syracuse quarterback and NFL star Donovan McNabb. As a senior, Peggs dominated for one of the state’s top defenses and captained Mount Carmel to the 2014 state title. But after Marrissette lost her job, there were questions. How Peggs could attend Mount Carmel, a private school, boost his SAT score and if

MAQUISE PEGGS has overcome growing up in a violent neighberhood in Chicago and has become a productive defensive back for Yale. courtesy of yale athletics

he could even go to college were in doubt. Marrissette didn’t know how she would pay for Peggs’ high school tuition, let alone college. Even with his 50 percent scholarship, she needed to cough up $5,000 per year. So she took a leap of faith. She worked toward her bachelor’s degree in 2012 and master’s degree a year later. She ended 18 months of unemployment by starting her own financial advisory and attended night weekend classes at Robert Morris (Illinois) University. Every day, Marrissette cooked breakfast for her three children, worked from home, cooked dinner, volunteered at a school and church and took classes. A single parent, Marrissette earned only about $30,000 a year and was indebted $80,000 in student loans.

“How am I going to make it? What are we going to do?” Marrissette remembers thinking. “I was nervous, petrified to get through this. Me trying to go to school … I was paranoid.” After a game in which he hadn’t played well during his junior year, Peggs broke down in tears at the kitchen table at 1 a.m. For the first time, he told his mother his goal of earning a full scholarship. “I got to get to college, I got to get to college,” he told her. “I was trying to reassure him he was going to college,” Marrissette said. “It hurt me because I didn’t want him to concern.” You shouldn’t be stressed about a football game, Marrissette told him. You can’t get this time back, she said.


CMU’s Benger balances football, diabetes By Matt Feldman staff writer

Sam Benger was 5 years old when a flurry of health anomalies began to worry his parents. After one particularly late night, his father, Stu, began looking up his symptoms. “You start doing the research online, and realize a lot of terrible things could be the cause,” Stu said. Eventually, Stu and Sam’s mother, Beth, decided to drive Sam to to the Boston Children’s Hospital to run tests. Within hours, doctors diagnosed Sam with Type 1 diabetes. “It was kind of scary,” Stu said. “I mean he was 5 (years old).” Sam spent three days in the hospital, where the doctors ran more tests and began getting the family acclimated to what the rest of Sam’s life would entail. Daily blood sugar tests. Daily insulin shots. And if they failed to carefully monitor the condition, a very real possibility of death. Doctors were quick to tell the family the negatives of the rest of Sam’s life, but nobody told them the positives. Nobody told the family that Sam would become one of the most legendary football players in Hingham High School (Massachusetts) history. Nobody told them that he would eventually be one of the most decorated running backs in all of Division III football, running for over 3,600 career yards and setting multiple program records at Carnegie Mellon University. “Diabetes shouldn’t be a limiting factor in any way,” Sam said. “You grow to love challenges, because you know they’re events that will strengthen your character and who

you are as a person.” It took a while for the daily routine to catch on when Sam was first diagnosed. Since Sam’s pancreas doesn’t create its own insulin, when his blood sugar gets too low, he has to inject himself with insulin to raise his levels back to normal amounts. A few years after the initial diagnosis, doctors transitioned Sam to an insulin pump. The pump automatically injected Sam with insulin, and although he still had to constantly monitor his blood sugar, it made the routine a little easier. Sam began playing football around the same time in second grade, with Stu as one of the assistant coaches. Stu said that he was initially worried about Sam getting injured, but his fears subsided when he saw the potential Sam had. “One of the other coaches came up as he was timing sprints, and he was like, ‘look at these times. He’s a whole second faster than anyone else,’” Stu said. “He was a legend here in youth football, and from day one you could just tell that he’s got it.” Hingham is a hockey town, according to Stu, but everybody knew Sam the football player. By the time he was a junior in high school, he had received offers from multiple colleges, including a letter of interest from the staff at now-No. 3 Michigan, which he posted on his Twitter account. “It shows you can do whatever you want to do with diabetes,” Stu said. “It’s one of the things he emphasizes to tell kids that are diagnosed — it doesn’t have to hold you back.” Around the same time, Sam told his family that he had made the decision to be a college student, not a college athlete.

He began looking at Ivy League programs and small D-III programs with strong academics, and eventually got an offer from CMU. With the new environment at CMU came new challenges with his diabetes. For the first time in his life, Sam was away from home and his family, the group of people that had supported him throughout his childhood. Sam’s schedule also got tighter. Between classes, homework, practices and games, he said it sometimes was a struggle to find time to monitor his diabetes. Regardless, he has learned to be responsible over the years, and has adapted to life as a college athlete. “It’s like, alright practice is over, I’ve got two or three hours of homework, what can I get in my system?” Sam said. “I’ve grown to really have good control over the diabetes, and it’s something that I think has definitely made me a better person.” He said that careful nutrition is something that most players don’t have to take as seriously as he does, but also something that gives him an advantage over his competitors. Sam has developed the pedigree of a ballhungry, hardworking player, Lackner said, and he refuses to let anything slow him down, even a life-threatening disease that doctors once told him would overshadow him for the rest of his life. “Sam would never use his diabetic condition as a crutch, an excuse or anything of that nature,” Lackner said. “If you came here and didn’t know he was a diabetic, you would never know he was. He knows he has it, he deals with it, and he doesn’t let it hurt his performance at all.”

Peggs’ mother continued to fund his education. But soon he evolved into a better player. Joe Kubik, an assistant coach at Mount Carmel High School, saw Peggs’ quick feet and long arms in ninth grade. Peggs was very raw, Kubik said, but potential was there. High-aggressiveness spurted his growth as a player, and as a recruit. Against some of Illinois’s top high school wide receivers, Peggs pressed at the line of scrimmage. He wouldn’t let receivers get free. In the months that followed, Peggs received offers from Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, Yale, most Mid-American Conference schools and a handful of Mountain West programs. Yale doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, but the school’s generous financial aid programs provide students from middle- and lower-income households with little or no cost tuition. Peggs chose Yale over powerhouses behind the promise of Ivy League academics. The culture shock of adjusting to life at Yale hit Peggs hard. There was not nearly as much noise or violence on campus. “My first night, I couldn’t sleep because it was so quiet,” Peggs said. “I was used to hearing ambulances and commotion. The first night, it was silent. I just couldn’t process it.” He’s now settled in. Peggs wears a necklace he “literally doesn’t take off,” that he believes keeps him safe from injury. A friend from home gave it to him. It reminds him of his roots — the violence, his mother’s grit and his jump to college, something that seemed unattainable just three years ago. | @Matthewgut21

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hartford very soon,” Adams said with a smile. “You can’t go the whole season without scoring. Some of the boys were saying tonight might be the night. Thankfully, it was.” One of the Hawks’ only threats came early in the first half on a give-and-go near the 18-yard box. Back-to-back nifty passes created an open space for Kelechi Akujobi to the right of the goal. But Louis Cross came chasing down from 15 yards away to stop the Hartford defender and clear it out to midfield.


SU has won two consecutive games since its four-game winless streak

Hartford mustered only one shot all night against Syracuse’s stifling defense. “Before the game coach was saying we’re a brick wall,” Ricks said. “That’s exactly what we were trying to be. And we did that.” Syracuse has two games left — at No. 8 Clemson for a rematch of last year’s national semifinal and home against No. 2 Wake Forest — to try to fully repair the damage that was its midseason slide. Minutes after the game, Syracuse players joked with Adams about his first career goal. They waved shirts in the air, giggling partly at the dominating performance they had just put on, and partly at their freshman defender’s breakthough. “Finally Mo scores a goal,” a player called out. The quip was followed by more laughs, a few hugs and assurance that Syracuse is back on track. | @Matthewgut21

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ellison had put on. Instead of missing a few sessions, he played through the sickness. Now, he’s settled at 177 pounds. Ellison says his speed and strength both feel good with the added weight, which has made him more solid on tackles. In the last five weeks, he’s racked up 47 of his 48 tackles on the season. In addition to packing on nine pounds, he reigned in his tackles. “Every tackle isn’t meant for taking a shot,” Ellison said. “It’s OK to just secure the tackle.” Syracuse’s matchup with South Florida started the stretch for Ellison and was the first full game Cordy and Whitner sat out. In the first quarter USF ran a sweep. Receiver Rodney Adams was held up by a Zaire Franklin. Ellison, measured his approach until Franklin stopped Adams. The safety accelerated and wrapped Adams up, punched the ball loose while he closed on Adams. Changing his approach has been key to get-

ting playing time. SU players have had to rid themselves of Shafer’s defensive mindset. The Tampa 2 is typically meant to bend and not break. Players biting on play fakes and making aggressive plays has cost SU this season, especially against Louisville and Notre Dame, when the defense gave up 10 total touchdowns of 30 or more yards. Tackling is one slice of that adjustment and wrapping up is the physical tweak that can help SU players. In SU’s matchup against Wake Forest, running back Cade Carney rumbled for 14 yards with Ellison as the last line of defense. The two sized each other up, Carney dropped his shoulder and Ellison dipped low. Carney’s 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame looked as if it would steamroll Ellison, but the SU safety wrapped up and prevented the WFU running back from advancing any further. On Tuesday, after the safety had thought out which tackle stood out to him, he smiled, chuckled and said, “I’m not even sure.” Maybe that’s a good thing. | @ChrisLibonati

DAIVON ELLISON (RIGHT) wraps up a Virginia Tech player. He was a key player for SU against the VT. Ellison has improved his tackling. jacob greenfeld editor




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back in rhythm John-Austin Ricks and Mo Adams each scored their first goal in Syracuse’s win. After a program record 8-0 start followed by a four-game winless streak, SU has gotten itself back on track with two straight wins. sam ogozalek staff writer

Syracuse dominates host Hartford in 2-0 win for 2nd straight victory By Matthew Gutierrez asst. copy editor


EST HARTFORD, Conn. — The solution to Syracuse’s dull offense lay in a trio of newcomers that, as of last Friday, had not contributed more than a couple of assists to the Orange’s scoring. Sergio Camargo, who hadn’t scored all year until Friday’s game-winner, struck first. Then, Tuesday night, two freshmen jumpstarted a recently struggling offense. Sharp passes and a new look revived Syracuse. First-career goals by John-Austin Ricks and Mo Adams provided the spark in No. 6 Syracuse’s (10-3-2, 3-2-1 Atlantic Coast) 2-0 victory over Hartford (5-7-3, 1-1-2) on Yousuf Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. It was an offensive resurgence for Syracuse, which scored

multiple goals for the first time since Sept. 20. “We had a very disappointed locker room a couple weeks ago in Albany,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said, referencing SU’s upset loss 14 days ago. “They’ve kept that one bottled away and it was important it didn’t happen again.” `Before the game, McIntyre asked players to shoot early. He asked them to attack spaces. And he asked them to penetrate the defense via short passes. The Orange listened, tallying 10 corner kicks in the first half alone. Syracuse’s incessant attack resulted from a variety of methods, many of which came centered around speed and precision. Oyvind Alseth mapped out his options all night. Jonathan Hagman and Chris Nanco pushed the tempo early. Players opted for short deliveries, two-tothree at a time, rather than long balls in the air. Finally, in the 42nd minute, an unassisted

Ricks header fluttered into the left side of the net. The goal, off of SU’s 10th and last corner of the night, gave the Orange a 1-0 halftime lead. “It’s what we needed,” Ricks said. “It gave us that front foot going into the second half.” In games the Orange has notches two or more goals, it’s 8-0. In games the Orange has scored in the first half, it’s 7-1. Both happened on the heels of a much-needed victory over then-No. 15 Virginia Tech last Friday, when SU snapped a four-game winless streak. Minutes out of the break, Adams uncorked a liner from more than 30 yards out. The score, as did so many other SU quality shots, came as a result of diagonal passes form the wing. Adams’ first-ever Syracuse goal was a bullet into the top left corner, muting a packed Alumni Stadium. “The boys were telling me it’s got to come

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Daivon Ellison improves tackling, earns starting role By Chris Libonati asst. sports editor

Daivon Ellison pointed his chin toward the ground, stared at his feet and wracked his brain. For about 10 seconds, he flipped through his rolodex of tackles this season. At the time, there were 37 to go through, the third most for a Syracuse player. He tried finding one that stood out. Last season, this would have been easy. Former head coach Scott Shafer freed up his players to light up opponents. With with Shafer’s departure, Syracuse’s high-risk, high-reward system departed, too.

Dino Babers introduced the Tampa 2, which was supposed to reign in players’ aggression to limit big plays. Ellison wraps up tackles more now instead of launching. “Honestly, last year, I was a ‘take a shot’ type of guy, but with the new system our coaches put in, it’s like a lot safer,” Ellison said. “We hit with our shoulders now. It’s a lot more accurate.” Ellison has always been a big hitter. Mixed in with his high school highlight tapes is a 36-second YouTube video titled “Don Bosco DB Daivon Ellison lays a huge hit to cause fumble.” In limited action on

special teams last season, he finished tied for second in special teams tackles with four and forced one fumble. After starting safety Antwan Cordy went down during Syracuse’s


The number of tackles Daivon Ellison has wrapped up in the last five weeks

matchup with Louisville, the Orange has needed Ellison to step up along with Rodney Williams. Safety Kielan Whitner also missed two weeks,

forcing Ellison into increased action against South Florida and Connecticut. Since, Ellison has rotated in with Williams and Whitner. He led Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) in tackles, with 11, in the Orange’s upset over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech. “Daivon was our defensive player of the game (against VT),” Babers said. “… You see the way he throws his body around on the football field absolutely unselfishly with no regard toward his own well-being.” The 5-foot-8 safety showcased his hitting against Pittsburgh last season. After Syracuse grabbed a 10-3, SU kicked off to Pitt wide

receiver Tyler Boyd. Ellison drifted from the left side of the kickoff formation to the right hash. As Boyd cut back to the middle of the field, Ellison sped up and bore down on Boyd. Ellison launched head first. Boyd’s body twirled a few yards above the ground and the ball popped in the air. It took two seconds to tumble down. Despite his hitting ability, Ellison came in as a 168-pound freshman. This offseason, Ellison wanted to up his weight to 180 pounds. He reached that number by the time summer practices started, but he got bronchitis and lost some of the weight he

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Oct. 19, 2016  
Oct. 19, 2016