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Fracked up An activist group on campus
Insuring the future Students should consider
Double take Two SU undergraduates
Kicking back Class of 2014 recruit
Run for your life Participants dressed up in
raises awareness about hydrofracking’s harmful consequences. Page 3
have their artwork shown in the Shaffer Art Building. Page 9
health insurance plans now, rather than later. Page 5
Rodney Williams is rehabbing a broken fibula. Page 16
A look at Obamacare’s effect on SU students
PRESCRIPTION MARK YOUR CALENDAR March 23, 2010
The day the Affordable Care Act was signed into law
Oct. 1, 2013
The day open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace began
When the next open enrollment period will begin
Seven percent of undergraduates at SU are uninsured, according to an SU survey sent to parents
About 300 students on SU’s domestic health care plan
March 31, 2014
bout a month after the website to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act went live, there are still many questions about what this means for students. email@example.com
WHY PEOPLE ARE AGAINST IT
The day open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace will temporarily close
HOW IS THIS AFFECTING YOU?
Jan. 1, 2014
The soonest coverage can begin
By Ellen Meyers
“Because of the mandate, which increases costs an average about $3,000 per individual, it has just become unsustainable,” said Dimitri Skambas, the vice chairman of Syracuse University’s College Republicans. “As college students, we’re disappointing ourselves for getting less quality insurance for a much higher price.”
700-800 students on SU’s international health care plan
27.2 percent of the 19-25 age group in the United States in 2012 were uninsured.
TERMS TO KNOW Deductible – How much you
owe for health care services before your health insurance or plan begins to pay
Health Insurance Marketplace – A place to
compare, choose and enroll in coverage
Affordable Care Act mandate – A mandate that states all
citizens need to be insured Healthcare.gov – The website Americans can use to apply for health care Obamacare – Another term for the Affordable Care Act
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Some oppose Obamacare on the ideological grounds that the government should not mandate the purchase of health care, and some believe Obamacare may make insurance more expensive.
THREE THINGS TO KNOW 1. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2014 is a fine of $95 or 1 percent of your household income, whichever is greater. No one making less than $10,000 will pay the penalty.
2. You can apply for health care coverage by phone, online, by mail or in person.
3. Some of the cheaper plans have deduct-
ibles between $3,000 and $5,000, which is almost the same as being uninsured, said Ben Domingo, director of Syracuse University Health Services.
Skambas said he dislikes the Obamacare program because it requires employers to provide employees health care, which he said they often could not afford.
Colleges dropping coverage
Skambas said there are many instances of colleges across the country dropping their health
insurance coverage for students because Obamacare requires plans to provide more coverage. According to a June 4, 2012 Wall Street Journal article, schools like Bethany College in Kansas, Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, University of Puget Sound in Washington and Cornell College in Iowa have all dropped their schoolsponsored health insurance plans. “The demise of low-cost, low-benefit health plans for students is a consequence of the 2010 health-care overhaul,” according to the article.
Currently, the website to apply for health care under Obamacare also has its faults. Applicants have gotten error messages and have been timed out on the website while trying to apply. President Barack Obama said the government is currently doing “everything we can possibly do to get the websites working better, faster, sooner.”
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE Ben Domingo, the director of SU Health Services, said the economic consequences of the Affordable Care Act are still uncertain because it’s still too early to predict. He said there needs to be usage history to predict where the program will go, and a lot of it will depend on young people signing up for health care.
“The exchanges are likely to get more competitive, which means the prices are going to be reduced. If we were not able to get enough participation in our plan because people are going off to the exchanges, then we wouldn’t be able to offer one.”
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Say Yes receives $50k grant By Alfred Ng ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Say Yes to Education received a $50,000 donation on Monday, which will add to the program’s scholarship fund for participating students. The added funding is coming from First Niagara Foundation and will be used for Say Yes’ scholarship program, said Pat Driscoll, director of operations at Say Yes in Syracuse. Say Yes celebrated the event at a middle school in Syracuse, Driscoll said, with an appearance by SU head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim. In the last two years, Boeheim has donated $20,000 to Say Yes’ summer camp program through the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. “(They) have been very supportive of the summer camp program for young people in grades K through the fifth grade,” Driscoll said. The nationwide nonprofit program came to Syracuse in 2007 and provides financial and academic support for inner-city students. Syracuse was the first citywide implementation of Say Yes. The nonprofit provides students with a college education by helping to pay for their tuition. Schools such as Cornell University, Dartmouth College and Rice University offer full ride scholarships for students involved in the Say Yes to Education program. It’s partnered with 130 schools across the country, including Syracuse University. The $50,000 donation is part of the First Niagara Foundation’s Mentoring Matters, a $1 million donation that will also provide funding to mentoring programs in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to a First Niagara news release on Monday. Since 2007, the foundation has provided more than $5.25 million in financial support for mentoring programs. “Mentoring matters because it can change a young person’s life for the
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SU Abroad announces that a Poland program will open next fall.
Cutting edge A Newhouse event will feature demos of new technology, from drones to Google Glass.
The moose The “Where are they now?” series continues with broadcaster Daryl Johnston.
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october 29, 2013
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Marijuana approval increases By Anna Merod STAFF WRITER
The results are in for the approval of the legalization of marijuana, and it’s much higher. A recent Gallup poll showed that 58 percent of Americans approve the legalization of marijuana, which is a 10 percent increase since last November. The recent legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington as of last year might be a reason for the noticeable jump in support, Gallup reported. The poll shows that a majority of Democrats and Independents support legalization. Specifically, 65 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of Independents said they were in favor. “We are creeping toward legalization,” said Susan Scholl, internship coordinator for the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, about the possibility of legalization in New York. “The first step would be decriminalization and then I believe the second wave will be the approval of medical marijuana.” Richard Ellison, a professor of law at the Syracuse University College of Law, said New York state politicians have failed to address the needs of constituents who require medical marijuana. Ellison said he believes politicians have not legalized medical marijuana because they fear political backlash. “It’s a matter of political courage,” he said. But he added, “Polls such as the ones recently released by Gallup can help give politicians leeway.” Gabriel Sayegh, director of New York’s Drug Policy Alliance, said the state assembly has passed a bill to approve medical marijuana several times, but the state Senate has not voted on it. “New York doesn’t have the compassion to even release medical marijuana restrictions to alleviate pain for those who are suffering,” Sayegh said. But, Sayegh said, state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) will introduce a bill next year to fully legalize marijuana. “We don’t need to come to an immediate agreement with the bill next year, but we should not delay on a medical marijuana bill,” Sayegh said. Sayegh added that people are already purchasing and selling marijuana illegally, and the state does not profit from any of it. If New York were
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The L.L. Bean Bootmobile visits SU’s campus on Monday by parking on the Quad outside of Hendricks Chapel from 3-7 p.m. This was part of the company’s second annual “Wintervention College Tour.” The event also featured giveaways and gift cards. The Bootmobile will visit 15 colleges in total on its tour. Such schools include Ithaca College, University of Rochester, Rutgers University and SUNY-Buffalo.
Campus group raises awareness on fracking By Anna Giles STAFF WRITER
The fight to keep hydrofracking out of New York state has remained an ongoing effort by grassroots activist groups, in which they educate the public about the hazards of fracking. “The fact that (fracking) in New York state has been delayed for five years is proof that we are winning,” said Nicole St. James, a representative of the New York Public
Interest Research Group assigned to Syracuse University. Global Frackdown is a series of events meant to spread public awareness of hydrofracking, St. James said. Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry chapter of NYPIRG participated by setting up various demonstrations against
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margaret lin | staff photographer The New York Public Interest Research Group chapter at SU and SUNY-ESF placed multiple mock tombstones on campus to spread awareness on hydrofracking’s dangers and environmental risks.
Bird Library exterior construction to finish this winter By Maggie Cregan ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Construction on the exterior of E.S. Bird Library is nearly complete and is scheduled to be finished before the winter weather sets in. The purpose of the construction is to repair Bird’s soffits, which are
the undersides of the eaves running from the roof to the exterior wall. The soffits originally deteriorated due to exposure to the weather, Eric Beattie, director of campus planning, design and construction, said in an email. “Maintenance work like this is necessary, and students have been
very tolerant of the equipment and work schedule,” Beattie said. Construction work began in July and is scheduled to be completed before the end of November, said Terriruth Carrier, Syracuse University Libraries’ assistant dean for programs, analytics and facilities
management. Beattie said the construction is very likely wrapping up on the side of Bird facing Schine Student Center. “The project is nearly complete,” he said. “The goal is to be done by the time winter weather hits.”
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City officials should encourage input on future of I-81
s part of our everyday modern life, roads keep us connected between work and home, school and family, friends and loved ones. Stretching high above the center of Syracuse, some roads divide neighbors, friends and loved ones. To combat division, plans surrounding the future of Interstate 81 must take local neighborhoods into consideration and provide ample time to voice opinions to deliberate the solutions. The collaboration of city officials with the public is essential for the future of Syracuse. The current system is negative and caustic on the communities it divides. The interstate affects the ones who live and work in the neighborhoods that the interstate runs through, not just commuters, travelers and the local universities. The I-81 project addresses the elevated highway in Syracuse, including sections intertwining with Interstate 690 that date back to the 1960s. The task is daunting, as the interstate includes 183 bridges spanning across 18 roads. Reconstruction and refurbishment of the interstate are necessary in the next four years to maintain the safety of the structure. The current viaduct system, stretching around 3.5 miles through the heart of Syracuse, is in need of repair, but may be completely reconstructed in the creation of tunneling, rerouting or, if demolished, a boulevard. When the interstate was built in the 1960s, old immigrant and minority neighborhoods were taken over, pushed out and
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21st-century tree hugger sectioned off from other neighborhoods, including the university. Today, people in the area deal with increased pollution, air, noise and light on a daily basis. Cutting off the communities from other neighborhoods in the city of Syracuse has helped to speed the economic degradation of the area, including the classification as a food desert, or an area that lacks access to fresh and healthy foods, or any supermarkets at all. This section of Syracuse, our fantastic orange in a sea of snow, is an area sectioned off in the name of the automobile. It also has the lowest numbers of automobile ownership in the city. Environmental justice is the â€œfair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies,â€? according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. While these Syracuse communities have dealt with environmental injustice in the past, Interstate 81 is the chance to bring environmental justice to the South Side and
other surrounding sections of Syracuse. One of such injustices has taken place right in the same neighborhoods on Midland Avenue. With an amended consent judgment by Federal courts in 1998, a lawsuit against Onondaga County forced the county to increase gray infrastructure to combat water and pollution runoff into Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. The city decided to build a new treatment center, the Metro, on Midland Ave. They first forced nearly 50 minority families with low socioeconomic standing out of their homes. In our country, this is not uncommon. But it does not have to be common. Due to the public unrest targeting the Midland Avenue neighborhood, changes were made, new politicians took reign and, in the last five years, Syracuse has made strides to uphold environmental justice tenants. The creation of Save the Rain, a nonprofit organization, helps to reduce runoff through green infrastructure and without the need to build more Metro plants. The reconstruction and refurbishment of I-81 is a continuation. The city and its public need to work off what has come before to make better changes for the communities across the interstate to the west. Voices must be heard to make the city a better place for all. Meg Callaghan is a senior environmental studies major at SUNY-ESF. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
october 29, 2013
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Young people should become more aware of Obamacare, insurance options now It’s crucial that college students start thinking about Obamacare — maintaining our own health insurance plans is a closer reality than many college students might think. Eighty percent of students are not well enough aware of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange, according to a Sept. 26 USA Today article. The site, which launched on Oct. 1, compares insurance plans through an online market place model, and then allows users to choose a plan based on income and age. This exchange can be found on healthcare.gov. College students often push the thought of insurance plans to the back of their minds because for many, it is not an immediate necessity. Those under the age of 26 are covered by their parents’ insurance plans, unless they receive insurance from an employer. But 26 isn’t that far off, and some
EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board college students will be responsible for their own health insurance before they reach this age. Students need to become more educated on Obamacare now to avoid purchasing an insufficient plan at the last minute. A lack of knowledge on the subject could cause college students, when they do become responsible for their own plans, to make poor choices. Obamacare will benefit college students, especially those not fortunate enough to rely on their parents’ health coverage. After all, not everyone has a secure health insurance plan. It will also allow students to choose plans without the fear of
being denied coverage because of a pre-existing health condition, according to USA Today. Obamacare will one day be an option for health coverage for today’s college students. It is important that they take an interest now to ensure they make the best decisions in the future. They should also understand its value in American politics. Obamacare has caused massive contention and even a government shutdown as Republicans attempted to upend the law’s passage — its importance in the changing landscape of American politics cannot be denied. Voters, specifically those of college age, need to understand the issue. In politics, nothing can be accomplished without a strong understanding of the issue. The same can be said for students entering the world of health care.
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Millennials have power to shift culture of gun violence, school shootings
hile leaving Schine Student Center last Monday, I glanced up at the TV in the atrium to discover the breaking news story: a school shooting at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada. One teacher killed, two students wounded. Stopping in my tracks for a moment, I tried to understand the current situation. And as I found out more details later, I was even more shaken by the fact that a 12-year-old boy stood at the center of such a tragedy. It is completely disheartening and troubling to know that mass shootings — especially in a school setting — are now happening at a much more frequent rate. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the number of mass shootings in the United States has tripled in recent years, with the year 2013 alone accounting for at least 12 of such occurrences. As a society, we now stand at a point in time where we can no longer view such tragedies as separate isolated incidents. We now face an urgent social problem in the form of mass shootings that requires immediate attention. Preventing these disastrous moments
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a chain reaction requires immediate action not just in legislation or legal practices, but a complete shift in the American culture surrounding violence and bullying. Millennials play a unique role in being the driving force behind such changes. As the next generation of educators, law enforcers and policy makers, we will serve as the catalysts to putting such changes into action. But even without these titles, there are millennials already playing a part in the prevention of mass shootings. Consider Sarah Clements of Newtown, Conn. After tragedy struck the town on Dec. 14, she began working with other young people in her area as a leader of the student action alliance. Directing 100 percent of her efforts toward
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the youth, Clements understands that preventing mass shootings requires much more than just raising awareness. “Cultural and legislative change intertwine,” Clements said. She describes how the branch of her alliance — the first student-run gun violence prevention program of its kind — creates action from young people. “We teach students ways to lobby, talk to and write letters to government officials, and focus on mental health and education,” she said. This type of direct action in the prevention of gun violence and mass shootings is sometimes overlooked. And unfortunately, shootings persist. Unlike Newtown, the most recent shooting in Nevada could have been influenced by bullying. Eighth grader Amaya Newton described how an anti-bullying video shown to the middle school students may have prompted last Monday’s attack. The video depicted a girl’s retaliation to school bullies by bringing a gun onto her school bus. Newton suggested that the movie “may have gotten into his head.” When it comes to bullying, Clements believes
that it is “clearly an overwhelming cause” of the number of gun violence incidents seen in schools. Dosomething.org reports “harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.” By leading workshops, participating in conferences and having schools in different areas collaborate on different initiatives, Clements is a prime example of how millennials are working to create effective change in the prevention of mass shootings and gun violence. Clements specifically spoke about a program implemented in schools in Norwalk, Conn. She said this program emphasizes the importance of “getting students to empathize and showing that you can have understanding.” The program serves as the type of initiative millennials should be implementing across the country. “It’s not just showing a video and saying don’t bully,” she says in regards to anti-bullying efforts. “We have to step it up.”
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margaret lin | staff photographer ALICIA COLLINS, a senior political science major, is one of the two newly confirmed public relations co-chairs. Collins will be a voting member of the cabinet, and said her strongest skills are in graphics and social media work. Brittany Legasey was also confirmed.
Members approve budgets, elect positions By Brett Samuels STAFF WRITER
The Student Association revealed how much student organizations will be budgeted for the spring semester and filled several leadership positions at its meeting on Monday night. The meeting took place in Maxwell Auditorium and began with the assembly passing budget recommendations made by the Finance Board. The Finance Board had deliberated and recommended how much funding to give student organizations that had requested funding from SA beforehand. Representatives from various organizations that had applied for funding were in attendance to hear the assembly’s decision. The funding bills were grouped in three categories based on the Finance Board’s recommendation: requests that were fully funded, requests that were partially funded and requests that were not funded. The assembly approved all three categories, with no complaints from the audience. Comptroller Stephen DeSalvo told those in attendance that if they wanted to appeal the funding decision for their group, they could do so until Thursday afternoon.
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Though the project has sometimes required walkways on the side of the library to be blocked when construction is going on, not many students have complained, Carrier said. This construction comes after a series of
The assembly also confirmed the two public relations co-chairs who President Allie Curtis had appointed: Alicia Collins and Brittany Legasey. Curtis said Collins would be a voting member of cabinet, and chose her because Legasey had a scheduling conflict with cabinet meetings. “They both have strong sets of skills in public relations, but with different strengths,” Curtis said. Collins, a senior political science major, said her strongest skills are in graphics and social media work. Legasey, a senior history, political science and international relations major, said she has worked with media outlets as well as former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s political campaign. She said she had a lot of experience in what makes a good press release, and said it’s important for SA to have a strong social media presence. The Public Relations Committee had been without a chair since previous director Cara Johnson stepped down earlier this semester. The assembly also elected Paulina Colon, a freshman representative for the College of Arts and Sciences, to be a representative of the University Senate and to the Board of Elections
and Membership. Colon spoke about why she wanted to be a part of the senate and which committees she’d like to work with. Colon, a political science major, also told the assembly she would work to recruit more representatives, specifically targeting underrepresented colleges. “VPA and ESF barely have any representatives on assembly, and I think that’s an issue,” Colon said. Other business discussed: SA’s second Impact Week kicked off on Monday with an event where students could donate money toward a local charity for the chance to pie Curtis and other SA members. There was also an event at the Samaritan Center, where volunteers served dinner to more than 200 people. “They really appreciated having us there since it’s one of their busiest times of the year,” said Nia Boles, chair of the Student Engagement Committee. Boles said people interested in signing up for other Impact Week events could still contact her.
recent construction projects at Bird. Beattie said the most recent renovations include a major elevator upgrade, which was completed two years ago, the entrance steps and walk-off grate being rebuilt two years ago and heating coils in the building getting replaced last year. After construction on Bird’s roof wraps up, the next building project planned for the library is the construction of new classrooms in the
lower level, which Beattie said will likely take place in 2014. Carrier said no workers have been injured during the current construction work and no workers’ compensation claims have been filed in connection to the project. Beattie agreed and said he wasn’t aware of any issues involving worker injuries taking place.
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fracking on campus, including fake tombstones with written messages such as “RIP Public Health” on the lawn located between Schine Student Center and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “We like to have demonstrations and visuals,” St. James said. “It really shows the students what we are all about and may spark their interest so that they go research it or want to get involved.” Parts of Central New York sit atop the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale has sparked heated debate about whether the monetary benefits of fracking would outweigh the environmental damages caused by fracking, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
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better. Proven results include better grades and behavior — and improved school attendance, all of which lead to a brighter future,” said Gary Crosby, interim president and CEO of First Niagara, in the release. Driscoll, Say Yes’ director of operations, said First Niagara Foundation has donated to the scholarship program before, and the $50,000 amount is consistent with the previous donations the foundation has made in the past. “This highlights the continued collective work that’s going to support young people in our community,” Driscoll said. “We’re grateful to our partners and charitable foundations, and to our corporate leaders.”
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As part of Global Frackdown, NYPIRG organized a panel on Saturday afternoon that addressed the effects of fracking on local communities. The panel consisted of both antifracking activists and members of the Haudenosaunee, who St. James claims started the grassroots movements against fracking in Syracuse. For some, hydrofracking is a cash cow that has the potential to generate billions of dollars in revenue, said Matt Lemke, NYPIRG’s anti-hydrofracking coordinator. In the panel, Lemke said hydrofracking takes a toll on the environment that far outweighs the monetary benefits, which has prompted action from activist groups like NYPIRG. “The oil and gas companies aren’t going to give up their cash cow, we fracktivists have to make it happen,” Lemke said. Hydrofracking has taken center stage among NYPIRG’s campaign efforts at SU this semester, St. James said. Campaigning at SU and within
In fall 2012, the foundation donated $100,000 to the scholarship program after they were introduced to each other, said David Kavney, First Niagara’s market executive for Central New York. He said the Mentoring Matters grant donates to organizations that First Niagara considers “highly valued, highly effective mentoring programs.” He said the foundation has been able to directly see the positive effects of its donation by interacting with the students that benefit from the program. “We’ve observed the results and discovered that it was a highly effective program here in the Syracuse area and decided we wanted to support it again,” he said. “It’s been a great partnership and we think it’s a fantastic program.” firstname.lastname@example.org @alfredwkng
the Central New York community takes a threepronged approach, Lemke said. The organization focuses on campus education, community outreach and training activists to lobby in Albany, N.Y., all in an effort to promote education about the effects of hydrofracking. The Haudenosaunee have been instrumental in this process, St. James said, by focusing on local land preservation. “We have a responsibility to act as caretakers of the natural world. When oil and gas companies consider contaminating ground water we question their logic of collateral damage as an accepted risk,” said Curtis Waterman, a member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and a panelist at Saturday’s event. Hydrofracking supporters argue that fracking has allowed for tapping of reserves of gas and oil that were previously hard to reach, resulting in “gold rush level” increases in economic activity in some parts of the
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to eventually legalize marijuana, he said, the state could tax and regulate the drug, potentially benefiting schools and other state and social programs. The poll said it was clear there is popular support for legalization among people in the survey ages 18-64, but especially among younger people. Sixty-seven percent of 18- to 29-year-olds affirmed their support while 62 percent of people ages 30-49 approve of the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana should at least be decriminalized so there would be fewer arrests for marijuana, said Annie D’Elia, a sophomore public relations major.
country, according to the American Enterprise Institute website. “If hydrofracking were allowed, it would affect everyone,” St. James said. “Here in New York we have some of the cleanest drinking water in the country. If fracking were allowed this place would never be the same.” NYPIRG activists plan to continue antihydrofracking efforts on campus and want to find more ways to attract students. So far this year, NYPIRG has received a lot of outreach from students, St. James said. As a NYPIRG campus representative, she said she plans to focus more of her attention on educating SU students, as opposed to ESF students, who usually are already up to date on fracking issues. “I’m glad that students realize that there is a group here that works on fracking,” St. James said. “We are working to as many things as we can to make the issue visible on campus.” email@example.com
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support from 18-29 year olds
support from 30-49 year olds Source: Gallup Poll
“It’s excessive, and it’s too much for too small of a problem, and the punishment doesn’t really fit,” she said. Kyle Kimball, a senior advertising major, said if marijuana were legalized in New York, more students would smoke it. Said Kimball: “I think Marshall Street would be more popular, and Insomnia Cookies would get more business.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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the sweet stuff in the middle
Students display abstract, vibrant art through on-campus exhibit By Vanessa Salman
rawing inspiration from the subconscious, two students have created an emotional and thought-provoking
exhibit that brings life to the tranquil atmosphere of the fourth floor of the Shaffer Art Building. Artwork by Samantha Glevick, a senior painting major, and Paul Weiner, a junior painting and politi-
renee zhou | staff photographer Samantha Glevick’s paintings of subconscious memories and Paul Weiner’s abstract works are on display in “Double Vision” in the Shaffer Art Building. Both artists are current SU undergraduates. cal science major, is on display in the Michael Sickler Gallery in an exhibit titled “Double Vision.” The show opened Sunday and is on display until Nov. 9, available for daily public viewing from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be a reception and a chance to meet the artists from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 2. This is not the first time Glevick has had her work showcased around the Syracuse area. In this year alone, her art has been displayed in Syracuse at XL Projects, Syracuse Stage and the SU Coyne Gallery. She said her knack for art began in her childhood, but it wasn’t until the beginning of high school that she realized art was her true calling. “[Art] takes me on a journey,” Glevick said. She said her art digs deep into
her subconscious, to the point where she does not know where the sensations come from. She just paints what comes to her, drawing inspiration from past experiences and using painting as a coping mechanism. Those who see the “Double Vision” exhibition may think they are actually seeing double, but Glevick said she did this purposely. Her paintings, titled “Options,” are called diptychs — two works of art created with the intention of being shown next to each other. Glevick said her goal in one piece was to make the subject’s shadowy face more prominent. “By doing this, I’ve allowed the viewer to align themselves with not only the perspective of the hallway, but also the perspective of the figure in the space,” Glevick said.
She said her art stands out because she gives her viewers a taste of a different perspective: her own. She also uses attention-grabbing red lighting in her works to draw viewers in. The second artist featured in the exhibit is Paul Weiner, who discovered his niche in art about four or five years ago by creating comic bookstyle art. Since then, he has begun working on more abstract pieces. Weiner said utilizing repetition and connecting on a personal level inspire his artwork. His works are full of color, contrasted by dark canvases with repetitive linear patterns. “It shows different perspectives and a different way of viewing art,” Weiner said. Just like some of Glevick’s
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Foreign friendships develop through experiences, not dwelling on future
all break has started, and all the frantic traveling has taken me far away from Florence to a homey hostel in Budapest. I’m almost completely cut off from other students and my host family. Being so far from the connections I’ve made in Italy is definitely a challenge. But it also makes me think about how badly travelers, including myself, have wanted to forge new friendships with those who are native to the places we continue to visit. It’s not surprising why making these strong connections is so tough. We don’t share a common culture or language, but also many natives try to not get too attached to foreigners because, whether it’s in one week or three months, they’ll eventually leave. When looking for places to hang
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lost and found in florence out, our top priority is often to find a place with the fewest tourists. And that’s hard to find in local nightclubs, restaurants and bars. The school offers several programs to work with this, such as a weekly meet-up to talk with native students — but that’s typically not enough. I’ve certainly experienced this. Early on, I met a girl from the University of Florence, with whom I actually shared a few interests. These included a love for talking politics and enthusiastically comparing the
flaws of American and Italian government while practicing our Italian and English. After talking, she gave me her phone number and email so we could talk more. She never responded. A few weeks later, I set up a time to meet with two Italian high school girls, Bianca and Alessandra, through one of my school’s programs. When we met, they talked about some of the politics of the education system in Italy and a student protest I’d seen earlier. That time, I thought things would be different, since they were much more enthusiastic. We managed to keep in contact for a while, but their schedules never seemed to allow for a second meeting. Being unable to establish a longlasting friendship with a local has been a regular frustration for my
classmates and me. As the possibility for this type of relationship kept looking more bleak, I began to wonder why it was so important to me. Like all the other students, I’m trying really hard to hold onto my experience while abroad. I feel my time here is brief, and being able to make these friendships will keep the experience alive when I leave. It’d be a string connecting me back to the country, keeping a part of me immersed in the culture. I’m starting to realize that the trick is to not feel too attached to Florence while we’re here, but rather to hold onto the memories we’ll bring back. If someone puts too much focus on trying to connect with the people, they may forget to actually enjoy their experience. They’ll go home feeling regretful about not
staying in touch instead of remembering all the great times they had together. It’s tough to not get too attached to Florence, but since we all need to return home at some point, it’s risky if we do. The locals seem to understand this much more than we do, and they’re trying to keep us from making the mistake of getting attached. So I’d advise focusing less on how you’ll stay connected to the place you are in, and more on just making the most of your time there. That’s something I feel I did when I talked with those local students, even if we were just swapping ideas and opinions on our countries’ politics. Max Antonucci is a junior newspaper and online journalism major. His column appears every Tuesday in Pulp. Visit his website at www.MaxwellAntonucci.com, find him on Twitter at @DigitalMaxToday or email him at email@example.com.
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TATTOO TUESDAY By Naomi Falk STAFF WRITER
Those choosing a first tattoo tend to start with something small, wanting to test the waters before committing to a larger piece. But Harry Winick, a junior aerospace engineering major, jumped right into his first ink, getting a large duplication of the seal of New York City on the left side of his chest the summer before coming to Syracuse University. “I’m from NYC,” Winick said. “I’ve always had a really strong connection with the city in general. All of my family is there. I still have a big group of friends from the area.” A guest artist from South Korea visiting Red Rocket — a parlor located in Manhattan — completed Winick’s first piece. His second piece, a vivid astronaut with a reflection of Earth in the helmet, is located on his thigh. It has a much more mysterious background. Its story is “kind of weird,” Winick said. Though the idea was conceived at about the same time as the first piece, he waited an additional two summers before getting it done. “I had a super lucid dream,” Winick said. “It was a really strange experience, and it kind of
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artwork, Weiner has had art displayed at XL Projects in Syracuse, but has also been in exhibits around the world. Some of his art was featured in a group show entitled “Common Language” at Leeds College of Art Gallery in
left the impression in my mind that everything is OK in life and that you have to just take a step back to appreciate that.” Though the image of the astronaut didn’t actually appear in his dream, Winick said that when he awoke, the image was deeply seared into his mind, even though the rest of the specific details of the dream were fleeting. “It just reminds me that there is always a bigger picture,” Winick said. It is easy to assume that the piece has some sort of relationship to his aerospace engineering major, but the two are completely unrelated. Winick said he came up with the idea for the tattoo before he decided what he wanted to do with his life. Winick’s friend and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brother Ty, who does a lot of work with computer art, sketched out the original idea for the piece. “After he sketched out a draft for me, I had a good idea from the drawing of what I wanted it to look like,” Winick said. He brought it to Derek Martinez at Red Rocket, and from there he left everything open to the artist’s interpretation. Winick
Leeds, United Kingdom, and were shown in “New York to London” at HOUSE Gallery in London. The two artists have many individual pieces in the exhibit, but they also created a combined sculpture piece. With Weiner’s linear design infused with Glevick’s red flare, she said the two were able to remain true to their own artistic styles while still collaborating. The student artists decided to showcase their
shira stoll | staff photographer HARRY WINICK , a junior aerospace engineering major, got his second tattoo, an astronaut with Earth’s reflection on the helmet, on his thigh after a lucid dream experience. said he was worried that the image of Earth’s ref lection in the astronaut’s helmet wouldn’t come across in ink, but it turned out better than he expected. Because both pieces are so concealed, Winick said people are often surprised to learn that he
has such massive and extensive tattoos. However, he still enjoys having them. Said Winick: “I like them now even more than when I got them. I think that they’ve grown on me.”
work together because they use a similar color palette, but their works share a deeper connection. The meanings of their works are both created on a psychological level and deal with the subconscious. “Our collaboration seemed effortless in the sense that we both work in the same studio, and together we agreed that our sculptures would create an aesthetically pleasing installation
that would replicate our styles of working,” Glevick said in an email. The two said there are many opportunities for SU artists to have their work displayed for the public, and Glevick encourages everyone who aspires to one day be showcased in a gallery. Said Glevick: “Do what you’re passionate about, and follow your gut.”
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SCARRED for life Jason Derulo fails to grow musical style with release of unoriginal EP, ‘Tattoos’ By Elaina Crockett
Release date: Sept. 24 Top track:
“The Other Side”
1. “What You’ve Done to Me” by Samantha Jade 2. “Now or Never” by Outasight
If you like this album, check out these tracks:
3. “International Love” by Pitbull ft. Chris Brown 4. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake 5. “Tattoo” by Jordan Sparks
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ason Derulo’s new EP “Tattoos” sounds like it was written in a high school boy’s locker room. Every song is essentially about the same thing: convincing a girl to get into bed with him. The only song on the EP with any real depth is “Marry Me,” which would stand out even more if it didn’t sound so much like Train’s 2010 hit with the same title. Most of the songs on the EP are filled with simple beats and mediocre lyrics. The opening track, “The Other Side,” is one of the few saving graces. It peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and his vocal range in it is impressive. But while it might be one of the strongest songs on the EP, the parts that kill me every time are his cringe-worthy rhymes. For example, he sings: “But we got closer, soon you were eating off my spoon, you’re coming over, and we would talk all afternoon.” Sadly, this isn’t the only time Derulo forces rhymes. Similar lyrics can be heard throughout the EP. In “Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz),” Derulo actually says “Uno, met a friend in Rio, Dos, she was all on me-o.” The whole song is just poorly written, and the addition of 2 Chainz’s unnecessarily vulgar verse doesn’t help. Plus, this song sounds almost identical to Pitbull’s “International Love (feat. Chris Brown).” We’ve already heard about foreign women from different countries and how exotic and wonderful they are, courtesy of Mr. Brown. We really don’t need another song regurgitating this idea. “Tattoos” was originally going to be a full-length album before Derulo’s label changed its strategy and decided on releasing the EP in the United States and the full-
length album internationally. One track on the full-length album worth talking about is “Stupid Love.” Derulo’s falsetto seems surprisingly effortless, but the song itself sounds like a B-side to Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” The resemblance is uncanny. I’m expecting a lot of future mash-ups of the two songs. But the unoriginality is not really Derulo’s fault. He’s just giving us what he thinks we want to hear. We really can’t fault him for that. To his credit, there are a few endearing moments during the EP. It’s pretty subtle and therefore hard to catch, but the EP’s title is referring to a song performed by his fiancé, Jordin Sparks. She also makes a cameo in his song “Vertigo,” and she appears in his music video for “Marry Me.” In an interview with radio.com, Derulo explained that making the EP was very emotional for him. “My first album was written when I was 19 years old. I wanted to be sure this album was far different from that one, to make sure that the growth was present. I’m 23 now. I really wanted this album to be a direct representation of who I am. I didn’t want to hide anything…I wanted to tell a story.” He didn’t achieve that goal. It’s hard to see any real growth or difference from his other work. But that’s not to say he isn’t talented. It’s just not exactly any different from his earlier singles, including the Imogen Heap-sampled “Whatcha Say” and the 2011 hit “It Girl.” Derulo doesn’t do much experimenting here. It’s relatively simple with guest appearances by Jordin Sparks and 2 Chainz. Perhaps on his next album, he should step out of the safety zone of his typical pop music. firstname.lastname@example.org
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SU, Terps to start on Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. By Stephen Bailey ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Syracuse and Maryland will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced in a release Monday. The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks. The Orange, coming off its second bye week of the season, first hosts Wake Forest on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. They will then travel to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., to face the Terrapins for the first and last time as conference opponents. Last week, SU announced that it will host UMD on Sept. 20, 2014, after the Terps depart for the Big Ten. Maryland now enters a bye week after back-to-back losses to then-No. 9 Clemson and Wake Forest. The Terrapins have slipped to 5-3 after a 4-0 start that saw them peak at No. 25. email@example.com
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was trying to make, and the bone snapped. “At the time, I thought I just got kicked in the leg pretty bad,” Williams said. “But when I saw it on film, it was pretty disgusting.” When he went to the hospital, the medical staff told him it was still a bone bruise and “nothing major” — until the X-rays indicated otherwise. The initial response from the team doctor, Wright said, was that Williams would be sidelined 2-4 weeks, with a four-week time period being more likely. Until then, Cherry Hill West is missing its starting quarterback, safety, kicker, kick and punt returner — the list of Williams’ duties goes on. The Lions escaped with a one-point win over Woodrow Wilson, but lost by four touchdowns without him on Friday. “Offensively, we’ve lost three touchdowns a game,” Cherry Hill West defensive backs coach Tyree Jackson said. “We’re losing a leader on offense, defense, special teams.” Currently, Williams is letting the swelling ease up. He recently began putting weight on his swollen foot, and his calf is even bigger now than it was before. Once the swelling is relieved, Wright said, Williams will take a more aggressive approach to his rehab. He’s scheduled to visit a doctor next week for re-evaluation. It took Williams almost a week to accept the possibility that his high school football career may be over, but Syracuse defensive line coach Tim Daoust reassured Williams that his career wasn’t over. There’s even a chance Williams’ fibula will grow back stronger, Wright said, when the bone regenerates. Combined with the solace he finds as a rejuvenated leader for Cherry Hill West, Williams has plenty of reason to stay upbeat. “Even Syracuse fans now, my friends at school, family — They’ve done a great job supporting me since this has happened,” he said. “I mean, it could be a lot worse. I’m still thankful for the position I’m in.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Syracuse rests before competing in 1st ACC championships By Matt Schneidman CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Rest, recover, rejuvenate. That seems to be the motto for Syracuse as it heads into the last few days before its first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, which will be hosted by Wake Forest in Kernersville, N.C., this coming Friday. With runners racing individually and no team score registered at the John Reif Memorial Race in Ithaca, N.Y., last Friday, it gave members of the Orange a chance to showcase their individual talents as they vie for the last two spots on the postseason roster. The team’s top runners, such as Martin Hehir, Griff Graves and Reed Kamyszek, had the week off
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it had the best balance between education and a football program,” he said. Altman was a student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and majored in speech communications. Altman was the kicker from 1997-99 and was on the same team as Donovan McNabb. His team won the Big East Championship two years in a row, and played in both the Orange and Fiesta Bowls. When he graduated in 2001, Josh set his sights on making it in the entertainment industry in California. He started working in the mailroom for a talent agency, where his older brother Matthew worked. But this wasn’t enough for either brother,
in order to rest and allow some younger runners to have the spotlight. “There are some guys that are trying to get some rust off to get ready for the championship season,” assistant coach Adam Smith said. Redshirt freshman Kevyn Hoyos won the race and redshirt sophomores Andrew Bennison and Juris Silenieks placed second and fourth, respectively. Heading into the postseason races, the structured, rigorous training that the Orange has done all season will carry SU through a week of lighter work. “Let the training you’ve done absorb and just rest,” redshirt junior Andrew Palmer said. This method will help rejuvenate the Orange before it travels to Winston Salem as the top-
ranked team in the ACC and No. 14 nationally. Silenieks also referenced the importance of resting and pacing in practice in prepara-
and they were eventually inspired by one of their roommates who was flipping houses as a side job. “Our other roommate was making so much money even though we were working so much harder,” Matthew Altman said. “So Josh and I decided to get into (flipping houses). It was in 2006, when anyone could do it. And it was a great way to make money.” When the brothers realized they were making more money flipping homes than at the talent agency, Matthew Altman said, they made the decision to get into real estate fully. About eight years later, the brothers now run one of the most successful agencies in the country. The brothers have done everything in the real estate industry from mortgages to flipping houses. Now, the agency also represents clients, who range from entertainers to professional athletes and high net worth individuals, Josh Altman said. In the last year, The Altman Brothers saw a 330 percent increase in sales, and in total, have sold $200 million in residential real estate. On average, they produce about $40 million of sales per year. The best part about his job, Altman said, is that every day is a new experience. “You never know what your schedule is going to be. It’s not an office job, it’s not a cubicle job,” he said. “I do showings sometimes at 10:30 at night and I make deals in Saudi Arabia at 4 in the morning.”
For the past three years, Altman has been a part of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing.” The reality show follows the lives of three Los Angeles real estate agents, as they sell multimillion dollar properties in exclusive areas such as Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills. Matthew Altman said his connections in the entertainment industry led to his brother being featured on the show. Kim Kardashian, who was one of his clients, helped his brother get into the reality show business. “She kind of led the way and she’s been really instrumental,” Matthew Altman said. “It was very surprising, but definitely fun.” His brother said the show has helped business, but added that there are also downsides to being viewed by millions on TV. “It’s been great for the business, as most people tell you that any type of marketing in real estate or advertising is good,” Josh Altman said. “You take the good with the bad. It’s not the greatest thing in the world that they follow me around in their personal life but they show me closing deals in over 85 countries around the world.” But many fans of the show, Matthew Altman said, think his brother’s success happens overnight. “It’s not,” Altman said. “It’s every single night and every single day of work.” Nathan Trout, the former starting kicker for the Orange from 1996-99 and teammate of Josh Altman, said he wasn’t surprised by Altman’s success in the real estate industry.
“Let the training you’ve done absorb and just rest.” Andrew Palmer
tion for a meet, one that will be the biggest race of the season so far. Throughout the year, many runners have emphasized the importance of structuring workouts based on how many days are left until a race in order to better rest the body.
Last year at the 2012 Big East championships, Hehir finished first overall as a freshman in 24:37.20, less than one second ahead of runner-up Shane Quinn of Providence. Other top-10 finishers for Syracuse at the event are all current runners, including redshirt senior Joe Whelan, junior Ryan Urie and redshirt junior Reed Kamyszek. Until Friday, it will be an easygoing week for the Orange before its ACC tournament debut. “We’re looking forward to ACCs,” Smith said, “and then regionals and nationals are in a few weeks.” Clearly, the Orange is primed and ready for the postseason to begin as it embarks on its quest for a second consecutive conference title. email@example.com
In practice, Trout said, Altman was always a hard worker. He showed up every day, and was “just a fun guy to be around.” Altman always had refined people skills, which Trout said he thinks contributed to his success. “He got along with everyone on the team, and all different types of people,” he said. “And in sales and in real estate, that’s just really important.” Altman said the lessons he learned at Syracuse and on the football team have helped him in real estate and helped grow his company. “On the football field, and like anything in life, if you want to be successful, you’ve got to work hard at it. Nothing is going to fall in your lap,” Altman said. “You’ve got to go out and be aggressive. And you’ve got to go take. And that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t wait for anyone to hand it to me.” The competition while he was on the football team, Altman said, also taught him how to make it in the competitive world of business. In the next 10 years, Altman said he hopes to grow his company and eventually get into development, whether it be building properties or apartments. But with all of his success, Altman is still waiting for the day he sells property to an old college friend. “No, I’ve never sold property to Donovan,” laughs Altman. “But, hey — if he ever moves out to L.A., he knows who to call.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Freshman Evans brings raw physicality from Australia to SU By Tyler Piccotti STAFF WRITER
Freshman midfielder Tayler Evans isn’t flashy in the way she plays. In fact, she’s quite the opposite. In her native Australia, Evans learned how to win games with raw physicality. Because substitutions are anomalies in the land down under, she had no choice but to build up her endurance as well. “If you’re one of those soft people and you go off, then you probably shouldn’t be on the field,” Evans said. “The culture in Australia is you got to take it. You can’t just run off the field and go, ‘Oh, I’ve had enough. I’m tired and I’m sore.’” Even now, she isn’t allowed to take many breaks. Evans has started all 16 games this season for the No. 3 Orange (14-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) and played every single minute in six of them. Although she hasn’t scored since registering her first career goal against Kent State on Sept. 8, she has logged valuable minutes for a team that heavily relies on younger players in pressure situations. “We prepare really hard and we trust them,” head coach Ange Bradley said of Evans and the other freshmen on the squad. “We train under pressure and train with a clock. I try to be really intense so that when they get into these moments, they’re prepared.” The latest of these pressure-cookers came Sunday in the form of a 3-2 overtime victory against Cornell.
With the game tied at two in the closing minutes of regulation, Evans made a play that nearly propelled the Orange to victory. As a Cornell back began to carry the ball toward the Big Red 25-yard line, Evans reached in with her stick and knocked it away. An obstruction violation on the ensuing rush drew a penalty corner for Syracuse. The Orange couldn’t convert on the opportunity, but generated momentum for the extra period that followed. “You’ve just got to take your moments,” Evans said. “They were very condensed and playing 11-man defense, and it’s just really hard to get the spaces open and get through a defense like that.” She said it all comes back to the forceful style of play she developed during the earlier stages of her field hockey career. At Brisbane State High School, Evans was able to throw her weight around on the field against more physical opponents. But playing at the NCAA level has provided its own set of challenges. “It was a little more contact, a little more aggressive, so we would get a lot harder tackles,” Evans said. “But I’ve found the umpires here are a lot more harsh on that, so I’ve toned it down a lot so I don’t get sent off.” Still, her ability to make adjustments and contribute to the team’s overall balance allowed her to immediately fit into Syracuse’s system. “It’s great because we don’t have that one solo star,” forward Serra Degnan said. “It’s
jessica sheldon | staff photographer TAYLER EVANS has undertaken a significant role with Syracuse. She has brought her physicality and toughness that she grew up with in Australia as a forward for Syracuse. teamwork that makes us who we are, not one solo player.” Now that her first season with the Orange is winding down, Evans said she definitely made the right decision by joining the Orange. Although there were a few bumps at the start, she feels the team atmosphere is currently among the best she has ever experienced.
More importantly, her ability to balance strength and finesse has helped Syracuse become a legitimate contender. “I wasn’t really expecting to be a top team at all,” Evans said. “We weren’t gelling so well in the preseason, and now I feel like we’re a great team and we can definitely win it.” email@example.com
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TO THE HOUSE
Former kicker Altman tackles real estate, stars in Bravo TV reality show
By Meredith Newman
n the gated community of Beverly Park, Calif., lies a luxurious 10,000-square-foot onebedroom house, the likes of which are only seen in movies. It has a tennis court and swimming pool, guesthouses and a gym designed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. And thanks to former Syracuse
kicker Josh Altman, it sold for $20.1 million. The most expensive one-bedroom to be sold in the world, he said. But for the SU alumnus, his successful career in real estate happened by mistake. Altman, who is one of the stars of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing” and runs The Altman Brothers real estate agency with his brother, credits
where are they
courtesy of the altman brothers agency JOSH ALTMAN took the skills he learned from the football field into his real estate career.
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his success to the hardworking mentality he learned on the football field.
Raised in Newton, Mass., Altman grew up as a soccer player. He eventually made the switch to football when realizing it would be more beneficial to get into college as a kicker. He looked at schools including Miami (Fla.), Arizona and Virginia before settling on Syracuse. “I ended up at Syracuse because
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Williams rehabs from broken fibula By Phil D’Abbraccio ASST. COPY EDITOR
It’s 6:30 a.m., and Brian Wright arrives at Cherry Hill (N.J.) West High School for another day of school. He walks past the weight room and takes a glance inside. Rodney Williams, boot on his left foot, is already half an hour into a workout session with the team’s new starting quarterback. “He’s doing everything he can, and he’s very anxious to get back out there with his teammates,” Wright said. “He’s in the training room every day, working with our athletic trainer, doing whatever he needs to do to get himself ready.”
Williams, a three-star recruit by Scout.com, is one of Syracuse’s 14 verbal commits in its incoming Class of 2014. An extremely versatile player for Cherry Hill West, he’s expected to join the Orange’s secondary next year. But before the Lions complete their ongoing season, Williams hopes his broken left fibula makes a recovery in time to re-join the team for its likely playoff appearance. The odds are against Williams, but he’s making his best effort. “There’s not a good chance,” he said, “but I’m really trying. Definitely trying.” In Cherry Hill West’s game at
THEY SAID IT
“He feels like I need to be kicked out of the league. I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too.”
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Seneca on Oct. 11, Williams felt pain in his left calf after a late hit out of bounds. He fought through the pain to finish the game, but had to see a doctor the following week, who told him he had bone bruising. Relegated to crutches during the first half of the week, he finally jogged around that Thursday and practiced leading up to the Lions’ Oct. 19 matchup against Woodrow Wilson High School. The second quarter had just begun, and Williams was 5 yards away from his third touchdown of the game. But his fibula couldn’t handle the pressure of the cut he
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AT A GLANCE
Australian midfielder Tayler Evans brings a physical approach to Syracuse field hockey. see page 15
photo courtesy of cherry hill west high school RODNEY WILLIAMS, a Syracuse defensive back recruit, broke his fibula on Oct. 19, but he maintains an upbeat and optimistic outlook.
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David Ortiz’s World Series batting average.
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