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SU’s football wins have been underwhelming. Page 5
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Falling out In 2003, Syracuse’s potential move to the Atlantic Coast Conference was halted by Virginia politics. Page 16
Former athlete to serve 1 to 3 years in state prison By Meghin Delaney NEWS EDITOR
Former Syracuse linebacker Malcolm Cater was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Monday after pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary, defense lawyer James McGraw confirmed. McGraw said Cater got a break from Onondaga County Judge William Walsh and would probCATER
keegan barber | staff photographer KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL , editor of The Nation magazine, speaks to the Syracuse University community Tuesday in Hendricks Chapel. Heuvel spoke about the state of democracy in the United States.
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Editor discusses social movements By Matthew Kovac CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Katrina vanden Heuvel, an awardwinning editor and publisher for the The Nation magazine, discussed the United States’ political agenda Tuesday. The event took place at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel at 7:30 p.m. and engaged both SU students and the general public. The presentation, “On the Nation and Our Political Movement,” was marked by Heuvel discussing the
important role social movements, independent journalism and current politics have on the United States. Heuvel’s goal in addressing the public about her political thoughts and analyses was to bring minority ideas into mainstream media, she said. The event was co-sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council, an organization aimed at organizing peace and social injustice. Heuvel elaborated on three main points while relating her political ideas to the audience: the Republican
Party, the corrupting influence of corporate capital and President Barack Obama. The Republican Party and the Tea Party are indistinguishable, she said. The “new” Republican Party turned from a “party of the far right to a party of reactionary extremists,” she said. “We are at a turning point where we have a party committed to repealing the 20th century,” Heuvel said, talking about the Republican Party. SEE HEUVEL PAGE 8
ably not serve an entire year in prison. Cater will probably serve about 90 days, starting immediately, McGraw said. “He got a break, it’s his fi rst offense,” McGraw said. “He’s got potential to be a lot more than a burglar, and the judge wanted to give him an opportunity.” McGraw said Cater will enter a special program in which he will only be in prison for a short period of time, and it is hoped he will never want to return. Cater will head straight to a special facility,
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Students evacuated from Life Sciences Complex on Tuesday By Debbie Truong ASST. NEWS EDITOR
The Life Sciences Complex ventilation system shut off unexpectedly around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, causing a building-wide evacuation. The Energy Systems and Sustainability Management department, which oversees the ventilation system, alerted the Department of Public Safety of the issue, said DPS Chief Tony Callisto. The Syracuse Fire Department was noti-
fied of the shutoff shortly after it occurred. Callisto said it appeared no dangerous chemicals leaked into the air. Students in professor Nancy Totah’s “Chemistry 276: Organic Chemistry Laboratory” class were conducting a “relatively standard experiment” when the emergency alarms sounded and the class was told by a volunteer fi refighter to evacuate, said Patrick Beebe, a
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Institute receives $6.2 million grant for leadership By Liz Sawyer ASST. NEWS EDITOR
The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University received a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, according to a Tuesday BBI news release. The grant will be used to continue BBI’s leadership of the Atlanta-based Southeast ADA Center.
Peter Blanck, a professor in the SU College of Law and BBI chairman, said the grant, which will be dispersed over five years, will enable BBI to advance its work to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Southeast. These activities act as a continuation of BBI’s longstanding mission, Blanck said. “In a nutshell, it’s to make people with disabilities, employers and everybody more aware of their rights and
responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Blanck said. The ADA Center is one of 10 regional centers dealing with the ADA and accessible information technology, according to the release. It serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The center was established in 1991 and BBI has operated it since 2006, according to
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lauren murphy | asst. photo editor Students and staff wait outside the Life Sciences Complex after a ventilation system malfunctioned at about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
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With the creation of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University are joining together in the fight against preventable diseases. The center will become part of Maxwell on behalf of the efforts of Sid Lerner, a graduate of Newhouse, and his wife, Helaine. Lerner, who has extensive experience in marketing and advertising, has recently been using his experience in these fields to fight preventable chronic illnesses, and now, with the Lerner Center, SU will do the same. Thomas Dennison, a professor of practice in public administration, said he is honored to serve as the first director of the Lerner Center. “It is a wonderful opportunity to work with creative people on and off campus to improve the health of the community,” Dennison said in an email. “It is a rare opportunity to work
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Influential social media ranking drops 5 spots By Dylan Segelbaum Contributing Writer
Syracuse University, once ranked second on the list of most influential social media colleges, has dropped to seventh, according to Klout rankings. Klout is a social media company that measures online influence. In January, SU’s Klout score of 64 trailed only Stanford University, which had a score of 70. Professors at SU are predominantly unalarmed by this downgrade, but they possess contrasting views on the direction that SU’s social media is heading. Megan Berry, marketing manager for Klout, said in an email that the ranking system is out of 100. The rank is measured by an algorithm that measures three variables: true reach, how many people are influenced; amplification, how much they are influenced; and network score, how influential they are. Berry said despite the fact that
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Scott Mcgrody set up camp in Perseverance Park on South Salina Street on Sunday to protest Wall Street spending as part of the ongoing protests, Occupy Wall Street, happening in New York City. The location of the Syracuse protest is situated between Merryl Lynch and Chase bank. Protests are also happening in areas including Las Vegas, Columbus, Ohio, and Madison, Wis.
Organizations to set up shacks on Quad By Casey Fabris Contributing Writer
Twelve different organizations will take over the Quad, day and night, this week in self-constructed huts to promote the issue of affordable housing. The Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Shack-A-Thon event on the Quad. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will end at approximately 1 p.m. Friday. The event aims to raise awareness about the issue of affordable
housing that is prevalent within the city of Syracuse and around the world. “I hope that Shack-A-Thon will shine a new light on our campus. On a daily basis as we attend classes and club meetings, going back and forth from one beautiful building to the next, many of us don’t realize that we are living in a struggling city,” said Christina Fieni, coordinator of the event and a sophomore graphic design and English and textual studies major, in an email. While the event is put on by Habitat for Humanity, various campus organizations are involved. With a contribution of $500, any campus
organization can participate in the event by building their own shack and housing members of their organization in it. On Wednesday, the groups will begin construction and decoration of their shacks. At the end of the event, the shacks will be donated to area families to use as playhouses. The shacks must be inhabited by at least two students at all times during the three-day period, including overnight. The money that these organizations contribute and all other money raised from the event will go toward funding for the home that Habitat see shack-a-thon page 6
Setnor to receive orchestra sheet music library By Debbie Truong Asst. News Editor
A collection of sheet music spanning half a century will be donated to Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. The sheet music, previously owned by the now defunct Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, was redistributed to Setnor by M&T Bank. The orchestra filed for chapter seven bankruptcy in the spring after failing to raise enough funds to keep operations afloat. M&T took possession of the
orchestra’s remaining assets shortly after the organization’s closing in April. The sheet music was the “most valuable, most fragile part of what the orchestra owned,” said Patrick Jones, director of Setnor. The sheets of music are scrawled with individualized notes and markings from the various conductors that directed the orchestra during the organization’s 50-year history, Jones said. “It ultimately becomes priceless,” he said. A location has not yet been iden-
tified to best house the material, though Jones said he anticipates the collection will occupy a space equal to the size of multiple storage rooms. The space must be, among other things, climate-controlled. The School of Information Studies will partner with Setnor to preserve the sheet music. Jones said he was notified Setnor would receive the redistributed sheet music on Tuesday, following discussions wi th M&T bank during the summer. Allen Naples, regional presisee Setnor page 6
Car-sharing service Zipcar teamed up with Ford Motor Company to expand its services and reach out to college students. Zipcar added an additional Ford vehicle on its list of cars available for rent and has begun offering a $300,000 grant program to student organizations. Zipcar is a national service that allows people to rent a car for an annual membership fee of $35. Members also pay an hourly or daily rental fee of $8 an hour or $66 per day, according to the Zipcar website. The service, offered to students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University since 2007, provides insurance and gas money for users as well, said Al Sauer, director of parking and transit services at SU. To use Zipcar, students must register their information and license on the website, Sauer said. Students must also enter the date and time they want to register the car. The Office of Parking and Transit Services confirms students’ identification, and students are then given a card to access the vehicle, Sauer said. Although Zipcar offers many cars across the United States, the cars at SU are more limited, Sauer said. Students can rent Mazda 3s, Ford Fiestas, and cars that are fuel-efficient, small and high on gas mileage. There are seven Zipcars on campus for students to use, Sauer said. Recently, Zipcar added the Ford Focus compact car to its list of available cars for people to rent, according to an Aug. 31 USA Today article. The addition, according to the article, is an attempt for Zipcar to reach out to more tech-savvy college students. Zipcar officials could not be reached for comment. Ford and Zipcar started the “Students with Drive” grant program, which gives $300,000 in Zipcar memberships and driving hours to college students who are “going to make a difference in their world — whether on campus or within the greater community,” according to an Oct. 4 press release.} Student organizations can apply for the grant program through a Facebook page. Each month through April, five organizations will receive $5,500 in Zipcar credits for memberships and driving, and 10 runner-ups will each get $1,000 in Zipcar credits, according to the press release. Each of the winners also has a see zipcar page 6
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Despite wins, SU football continues to be underwelming
n a recent article in The Daily Orange football section, Sports Editor Michael Cohen criticized Syracuse fans for not showing support, as evidenced by thin attendance in the Carrier Dome against Toledo. He questions fans for not supporting a team “on the rise,” citing the team’s winning record and high-scoring overtime thrillers. Lastly, he described the first three home games as “scintillating.” The simple truth is that this season Syracuse football has been a disappointment to many of its fans. There is nothing scintillating about
your team struggling for three quarters, at home, to scratch out fourth-quarter and overtime victories over below-average to average opponents you are favored to beat. Coming off a controversial bowl game win last year; struggling at home to beat Wake Forest University, University of Rhode Island and University of Toledo, who have a combined record of 27-44 the last two years; getting beat down against the only major Bowl Championship Series contender in University of Southern California; and winning games with extra points that shouldn’t even count are nothing to be excited
about. I won’t even mention the double-overtime debacle that occurred Saturday against Rutgers University, picked by most to finish last in the Big East. Sure, the games are exciting for the players. I played football all four years in high school, and there is no better feeling than your team having a comeback win in overtime. However, speaking as a fan now, the simple truth is we Syracuse football fans have a short attention span for a program that has just recently had any type of success. It is no easy task, but if Syracuse wants to get
its fans and especially students back in the Dome, the program needs to start scheduling bigger name opponents at home and at least competing with them. In the future, the move to the ACC should help with this. In the meantime, if there are to be any more “swarms” of students in the Dome, the university should expand on its most recent gift to its students and make the rest of the home games free. Go Orange.
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College Democrats endorse Bey for Common Council
yracuse University emphasizes the importance of students stepping off campus and becoming involved within the Syracuse community. The upcoming November election for the Syracuse Common Council’s District 4 seat, which encompasses the SU campus, presents a great opportunity for students to do so. Our organization wants to stay involved within Syracuse beyond November. In this
light, and after careful consideration of both candidates for the District 4 race, we feel the best person for the job is Khalid Bey. We believe in Khalid Bey’s determination to bolster the downtown business area and empower the traditionally underserved neighborhoods bordering our campus. His vision for Syracuse’s District 4 is dedicated to making the city a better place to live and work in. Khalid wants to expand employment opportunities for
students after graduation, and his platform also promises to fight hard for our neighbors who have lived here for years. The College Democrats at SU plan to step off campus and into the Syracuse community, helping Khalid move our city forward. You can lend a hand by registering to vote prior to Oct.14 and getting to the polls Nov. 8.
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Christian faith means more than list of do’s, don’ts
n Saturday, Sept. 24, Campus Crusade, a nondenominational Christian ministry on campus, had a party at 719 Euclid Ave. The party seemed just like every other campus party — good music, lots of people and drinks. The only difference was the drinks were nonalcoholic. So you can imagine the surprise of party hoppers when they came into the house and found no signs of drunks or alcoholic beverages. Let me mention that alcohol was not forbidden and there certainly was alcohol at the party, though nobody involved in Cru provided nor consumed it. At some point during the night, a girl who had been coming back from further up Euclid and was disappointed with our lack of alcohol gave me the idea for this letter. “They don’t believe in beer!” she yelled
to her friends, trying to arrogantly imply that we were freaks. At that moment, I used all the grace that God has given me to restrain from addressing her. I don’t believe in beer? Is that what people truly think my faith is about? The fact that I don’t believe in beer? Really? Let me just for a second implore you to consider that my faith is the furthest thing from a list of do’s and don’ts. Those of you thinking that I consider myself a Christian because I go to church, don’t drink and don’t have sex, think again. These things aren’t the cause of my faith; rather, they are the result of my faith I wasn’t always a Christian, and I have done some things that I am very ashamed of. But I’ve become a new person, not because I wanted to, but because when I let Christ take control of my life he changed me. And he showed me that only he could provide me with a complete satisfaction I could never have imagined before. He’ll never let me down. Your parents will let you down, so will your
friends and your boyfriends or girlfriends — so will booze. But He’ll never let you down. Besides, how pathetic is it that we don’t know how to have a fun time without booze? If you truly don’t know how to have fun without booze, then I’m tempted to think you might be enslaved to booze, though I’ll let you figure that one out on your own. So I’m going to finish my little ramble by saying this: I love Jesus. He’s not a part of my life; he is my life. He doesn’t define a part of me; he defines all of me. I can’t even think straight without relying on him. The fact that I don’t drink beer — did I mention I have Celiac disease — doesn’t define me. And I hope that you wouldn’t make the assumption, like the girl who inspired this rant, that my faith has no substance to it but is just a bunch of moral standards. My faith is all about an unfailing relationship between a chump, myself and Jesus, the God of all things.
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SA assembly member raises important issues, offers new approach Jonathan Reyes, an assembly member of Student Association who was voted in on Monday, raised an important debate at Monday’s meeting. He called for more Latino involvement in university leadership and for better integration among Syracuse University’s different ethnic groups. SA, SU’s student governing body, is structured so every assembly member represents the needs of News Editor Editorial Editor Feature Editor Sports Editor Presentation Director Photo Editor Copy Chief Art Director Development Editor Special Projects Editor Asst. Presentation Director Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor
his or her school. Several members expressed concern that Reyes highlighted issues related to ethnicity and not issues specifically related to the College of Arts and Sciences. Fortunately, SA voted Reyes into the assembly, as his passion and different approach are refreshing. SA representation is neatly divided by school affiliation. But often students identify more closely with a different aspect of their
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dent for M&T Bank’s Central region, said Setnor, through Jeff Comanici, assistant dean for advancement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, reached out and expressed interest in receiving the sheet music. Comanici said Setnor was willing to “receive the assets and store them for the community.” The bank received inquiries from organizations and orchestras outside the immediate area vying for the sheet music and other assets previously owned by the SSO, but wanted to keep the items within the community. Naples also said the bank, which had a long history with the orchestra, chose to donate the items to the community rather than liquidating the assets to offset the organization’s loans. In addition to the sheet music, Setnor will also receive instruments used for the Syracuse Youth Orchestra and Syracuse Youth String Orchestra. The SYO and SYSO, which previously operated under the SSO,
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with people like Sid and Helaine Lerner who have given so much of their time and talent to improving the community we live in.” The two schools will work to reduce the number of people suffering from preventable diseases by uniting public health policy and communications. The center aims to combine the expertise of these two schools to reduce the number of people suffering from preventable illnesses such as high
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now function from the university. The Onondaga Historical Association received items such as vinyls, CDs and the orchestra’s archives, Naples said. The historical association works to share an understanding of the city’s history with current residents, according to the association’s website. Equipment including a Steinway piano, two other pianos and percussion instruments were redistributed to the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Naples said. The council focuses on the vitality of Syracuse’s arts community, according to the council’s website. Should another professional orchestra establish a presence in the city, the council will then lease the instruments to the organization, Naples said. The bank has not attempted to quantify the amount of sheet music or place a dollar amount on the worth of the SSO’s assets, which now sit in a vault controlled by the bank. Naples said he anticipates the transfer of sheet music to Setnor will take place within the next 30 to 45 days. email@example.com
cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. “The Lerner Center will apply the best practices of marketing and science to create public health programs that are motivating and sustainable,” Dennison said. “The Center is a laboratory for the development strategies that can be replicated in community and national prevention programs.” Lerner has exhibited the ability to unite these disciplines with the Meatless Monday campaign that he initiated. The campaign encourages people to cut meat out of their diet on Mondays, as meat is responsible for much of the excess
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for Humanity will be building this year on the Near Westside, said Mo Finn, co-executive director of Habitat for Humanity and a junior television, radio and film major. She also said that this year they hope to bring in $6,000 or more. Habitat for Humanity tries to put on the event with minimal cost to organizations so funds earned can go to their annual project, Finn said. “We get funding for the materials for the shacks through SA, which is awesome because it means that all the money we make can go straight to the house,” she said. “We also try to get food donated for the students who live in the shacks.” Fieni said 12 organizations will participate in this year’s event. These organizations include Alpha Phi Omega, which will have two shacks; Alpha Gamma Delta; Syracuse University Ambulance and Health Services, which will share a shack; Lambda Upsilon Lambda; First Year Players; Orange Seeds; the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs; Jerk magazine; the Interfraternity Council; the Whitman Management and Service Learning Community; the Muslim Stu-
dents’ Association and Hillel, which will share a shack, she said. “I hope students will leave the event with a better understanding of the severity of the issues,” said Azhar Ali, president of MSA, in an email. “Within our shack, I hope students will learn more about the individuals from the other co-sponsoring organizations and see that they can make a bigger and better difference in today’s world if they work together and look beyond any perceived differences they might have or believe in.” The event will also include a Thursday night performance of the Mandarins, an a cappella group, and Raices Dance Troupe, which will host a dance workshop after its performance. These events will be held in Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall at 9 p.m. “As a student at Syracuse University, it’s very easy to get stuck ‘on the hill’ and not explore the surrounding city,” Finn said. “Because of this, a lot of students don’t realize that there are issues in the surrounding area that we can have an effect on during our time here. Habitat for Humanity is one organization that can help students connect to the city in a constructive way.” firstname.lastname@example.org
saturated fats that many Americans have in their diet, according to a NPR article published Aug. 9, 2010. Rebecca Bostwick, program director for the Lerner Center, said a study done by Johns Hopkins University shows that people are more inclined to make changes to their lifestyles on Mondays. “Respondents chose Monday as the day they would start diets, exercising, quit smoking, and make doctor appointments,” Bostwick said in an email. “Monday represents a special unit of time in our culture, and is viewed as the start of a brand new week.” The Monday Campaigns have developed from this philosophy and have become a part of life on many college campuses, including SU. The Healthy Monday campaign at SU includes initiatives like Meatless Monday, Move it Monday, Meditation Monday, Mindful Monday and
Restock Monday, Bostwick said. The Lerner Center will continue to focus on the efforts of the Monday Campaign, but it will also extend its goals to decrease the prominence of preventable chronic illnesses beyond the first day of the week. Bostwick said some programs that the Lerner Center hopes to initiate are public forums on community health needs and a Meatless Monday campaign with area restaurants. A nutrition literacy program for Syracuse refugees is also a goal of the center, Dennison said. “The Maxwell School is about citizenship and improving the world around us. People come to Maxwell to make a difference — contributing something positive to communities large and small, global and local,” Dennison said. “The Lerner Center couldn’t fit better.”
ness and referrals, according to the release. Blanck said managing the Southeast ADA Center from the city of Syracuse during the past five years hasn’t been an issue because, as a partnership, they each have different roles. BBI provides certain expertise and the states work collaboratively to help have a real-world effect so everyone benefits, he said. “We can be very efficient using acceptable web-based technology, and at the same time, we have people in each of the states, so it’s proved to be very effective, actually,” he said. “We try to make it as helpful as possible.”
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the release. It offers training and technical assistance to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA. Twenty-one years after the ADA legislation was enacted, people with disabilities still need clarification about their rights under the ADA, according to the release. The Southeast ADA Center provides guidance by offering core services such as technical assistance, publications and materials dissemination, training, public aware-
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chance to win the grand prize — an additional $5,000 in Zipcar credits, $10,000 for the student organization and $10,000 for their school, according to the release. Sauer said 1,100 students and 35 staff and faculty members rent from Zipcar. He said the Office of Parking and Transit Services has yet to receive any complaints about the service. Kaycie Miltenberger, a junior political science and public relations major, said she felt stuck on campus until she discovered Zipcar her freshman year. “You come to college and you’re used to having this freedom to drive, and then I came here and I felt trapped,” she said.
Miltenberger said she feels she has benefited greatly from the service. “It allows me to get off campus when I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to,” she said. Chris Nemetz, a sophomore sociology major, said overall, he is happy with the service but wishes the campus had more cars to offer. Nemetz said because members have to sign up to rent a vehicle ahead of time, it is hard for him to find a vehicle for last-minute errands. “You don’t really plan to go to the grocery store a week in advance,” he said. Still, Nemetz said the service is especially beneficial for students. “It’s really cheap, and it pays for gas and your insurance,” he said. “I just wish there were more cars to be used so that you can use them whenever you want.” email@example.com
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Asking price Onondaga County comptroller, clerk request salary raises be added to 2012 budget
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ost county officials know that when budget time comes around, so do requests for salary increases. This year, Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller, and Ann Ciarpelli, the county clerk, asked for salary raises to be added into the 2012 proposed budget. Antonacci, who currently makes less money than all but one county official, requested a $12,640 salary raise, which would increase his salary from $87,160 to $99,800. Ciarpelli asked for a $6,000 raise, which would increase her salary from $72,654 to $78,654. County Legislator Marty Masterpole (D-17th District) said it is normal for elected officials to ask for raises during budget season. Jim Maturo, one of Antonacci’s deputy accounting comptrollers, said people usually ask for raises in the year their seat is up for election. He said sometimes it is hard for raises to be approved midterm. But Masterpole said Antonacci’s situation is tricky because he is a notably underpaid official. At the same time, the position has been underpaid for years. It will be hard to convince taxpayers of this kind of salary increase with the current state of the economy, he said. “Nobody likes a $12,000 raise,” Masterpole said. “The taxpayers certainly see that as a big
raise for one year, but the position has been underpaid for decades. Prior elected comptrollers didn’t ask for raises because the position didn’t receive raises.” Maturo said Antonacci requested a $20,000 pay raise in last year’s budget, which was reduced during the budget process. It was passed by the Legislature with a 15-2 vote, but then County Executive Joanie Mahoney vetoed the vote. Right now, the requested amount of $12,640 has not been reduced, which Maturo said is a good sign. Masterpole said it is a little unrealistic that the county’s chief fiscal officer, James Rowley, makes $30,000 more than Antonacci, but the gap has widened throughout the years due to the comptroller position’s neglect. If the raise is denied this year, it will only be a bigger number next year, he said. “He’s in the end of his term, so we decided to ask for the raise this year,” Maturo said. County Clerk Ciarpelli said she hasn’t heard anything negative about her salary increase request, which is a good thing, especially since the Ways and Means Committee has already passed the budget as is. “I didn’t get a raise last year. I was turned down, as was everyone else, I believe,” Ciarpelli said. “I won’t know until it goes to session, it’s kind of up in the air. There are pros and cons on both sides.” As far as county residents being concerned
about tax increases in addition to the salary raises, she said she hopes they are taking everything into consideration. “In light of everything we do, my office runs very efficiently,” Ciarpelli said. “It’s something that should be looked at. We strive to save as much money as possible, and my hope is that they will take all of those things into consideration.” The Ways and Means Committee approved the budget last Friday, and the next step is the public hearing, which is at 7 p.m. Thursday. Ciarpelli said during the public hearing, which she will be attending, people can bring various pieces of the budget to attention if they have concerns. If the legislature chooses to amend the budget after that point, they can. The final vote on the amended budget is Oct. 11. The Legislature can come up with any dollar figure it finds reasonable, Masterpole said. But, like last year, the county executive has the final say, and the only way her decision can be overruled is with a two-thirds vote by the Legislature. Masterpole said he is pretty neutral about passing the salary increases. He said if the raises are in the amended budget, it won’t be a deal breaker, and if not, he won’t amend it. Masterpole said: “If you can justify (the raise) with comparables, I believe that qualified people need to be paid a fair wage.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Because the courts did away with limits on corporations, it undermined the basic needs of Americans, she said. “The Chamber of Commerce has become a third party in this country,” she said. “Due to courts having done away with limits on corporations and context being on money, the debate in Washington is out of touch with the realities of peoples’ lives.” In a time of corporate hierarchy and political instability, Heuvel asked Americans to ask themselves: “How do we redefine security?” Heuvel advocated the need for Americans to stand up for themselves in the democracy they live in, she said. Nurses, teachers and citizens should stand up and be willing to have their voices heard, she said.
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A potential solution to this would be the need to relax regulations and not respond to corporate power and money, she said. Corporations are not people and do not have the right to buy elections, she said, invoking
the Constitution. She said Americans need a president who is willing to stand up and who is fused with the movement of individuals, getting to her last point. Because Obama has become provincial on seeking common ground, he has left little room for the views of Americans, she said. “It’s not only about the president, it’s about the movements,” she said. For example, Heuvel said Obama should have responded differently to the banks that received bailouts last year. “We shouldn’t have been resuscitating those banks, we should have been restructuring them,” she said. The Enlightenment, the progressive movement, the labor movement and even the socialist and communist movements all pushed societies forward, she said. To force change, Americans need to participate in social, cultural and political activism, she said. An example to reinforce this idea was the protests currently happening on Wall Street in New York, she said. “We need all the tools of humor, satire, graphics and comic books to bring a message to us and our younger generation,” she said. “If there’s no media, there is a democracy deficit.” Heuvel also said that the youth is instrumental to the future. “I see more promise than peril,” Heuvel said. “One thing I find a lot of inspiration in and a lot of hope in is the younger generation. I believe there is no limit to what we can accomplish.” David Rubin, a professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications who has known Heuvel for at least 29 years, said he appreciated her critical commentary. He said: “Her attack on the mainstream media is right on. The media in this country are in favor of the status quo.” email@example.com
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serve his time and then be released on parole, McGraw said. Cater was sentenced for three separate breakins on Syracuse University’s South Campus in December. Two of the burglaries occurred in apartments on Farm Acre Road and one was in an apartment on Small Road. Head coach Doug Marrone dismissed Cater from the football team immediately following the arrest and was removed from SU shortly after, McGraw said. McGraw confirmed Monday that one of
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SU regressed in ranking, the Klout score of the university’s Twitter account increased from the last time it was released. “Syracuse’s score has actually gone up since we last did the list (64 to 66) but it looks like the other schools have stepped up their social media influence and the competition has become fierce,” she said. Anthony Rotolo, assistant professor of practice at the School of Information Studies, was not surprised by this decline and said that he has noticed a change to SU’s social media in the last few months that may have factored into this. Rotolo led a team of students in launching SU’s various social media accounts in early 2010, he said. His team’s approach was focused on active community management, in which one or two individuals had the task to engage and offer assistance to the community through these platforms. Unable to reach a new agreement with the university, Rotolo’s team stopped running SU’s social media in June. A full-time director of digital and social media now heads these platforms, he said. Since this change in control, Rotolo noticed that SU’s posts are growing increasingly disjointed and are sometimes unrelated to the university. Accounts like the university’s Facebook and Foursquare page have also remained stagnant in terms of involvement and content, he said. Rotolo said a group of 13 students now help attend to SU’s accounts, which is something that he has mixed feelings about. “Students are an important part of the recipe,” he said. “But we used students for ideas and they were only online occasionally after they received training.” He also has observed some questionable tweets that have been posted by the university’s Twitter account, he said. On Thursday, the SU Twitter account addressed a tweet from a Twitter user that read, “IF YOU DON’T GO TO @SyracuseU, your life sucks,” and responded with, “We could see this tweet on a t-shirt (caps included).” Rotolo said posts like this could be alienating to individuals who were rejected from SU or could not attend for financial reasons. The post was later removed. Kate Brodock, executive director of digital and social media, de-emphasized the implica-
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sophomore biochemistry and nutrition major. Amanda Vo, a sophomore also in organic chemistry at the time, said the class was working with substances including hydrochloric acid and chloroform. The substances were dissolved in water and used in small quantities. The ventilation systems were reset and
the victims of Cater’s spree was SU starting quarterback Ryan Nassib. Cater played in all 12 of SU’s regular-season games last season as a freshman. He totaled 13 tackles and one sack and primarily played on special teams. He was dropped from the team prior to the Pinstripe Bowl. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone would not provide comment, as it is his policy not to discuss anyone who is no longer on the team, said Sue Edson, SU’s assistant director of athletics for communications. firstname.lastname@example.org -- A previous version of this article appeared on dailyorange.com on Oct. 4.
Syracuse dropped from second to the seventh in Klout’s top rankings of colleges and universities from the Sept. 30 list. Here are the top most influential social media colleges: • • • • • • • • • •
Texas A&M University University of Wisconsin at Madison Harvard University University of Oklahoma Stanford University Indiana University at Bloomington Syracuse University University of California at Berkeley Louisiana State University Marquette University
tions of the Klout score. “I would often use Klout in the measurement toolkit of clients, as one of the data points to analyze for insight, to see how a few indicators are working or not, etc, but combine that data with usually more-important benchmarks,” she said in an email. Brodock also discussed how SU’s social media underwent two major shifts between the times these lists were released. A team was assembled to maintain SU’s accounts during the summer until she could assume her position, she said. SU’s student social team, made of 13 students who work three-hour shifts, was put into place last week, she said. The strategy revolves around adding organization to SU’s communities as well as filling the needs of alumni and students who may not be living on campus, she said. William Ward, professor of practice in social media at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, is pleased with the direction that SU’s social media is taking. Ward downplayed the significance of the Klout ranking and said it is mostly based on the level of replies that an account is receiving, not the context and quality of the replies. “I think that the numbers are in good shape and the quality of the engagement is on track,” he said. Ward said he has seen an increased use of Twitter and other social media platforms in a professional manner, which is critical in both getting and keeping a job. Said Ward: “I’ve had students hired out of my classes with the professional way that they use social media.” email@example.com
working by 10 p.m., though it is unclear why the system shut off in the first place, Callisto said. Everything worked as it should, as ESSM was alerted of the shutoff and responded accordingly, he said. Yellow caution tape blocked off the front entrance of Life Sciences, while officials from DPS guarded the remaining entrances to the sides and behind the building. Students huddled across the street as the building aired out and were let back in at 10:19 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Expert tips on nuts and bolts for nailing your dream job Job hunting season is in full swing. Increase your chances of landing the position you’ve had your heart set on by standing out from the pack. Pulp presents the basic guidelines to impressing employers and securing that job. —Compiled by The Daily Orange Feature staff
When it comes to dressing for a recruiter, not only should students dress professionally, they should also keep their look simple, said Dara Silverglate, manager of college relations for Macy’s Inc. and lead recruiter for Syracuse University. “It’s definitely important to make a good first impression,” she said. “And it’s best to — it might sound cheesy — but dress for success. We call it attire for successful hire.” Silverglate gives some tips on how to dress to impress. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Guys — “When it comes to guys, it’s important to have clean shoes, socks that are matching your suit and a nice fitted suit that fits you well.”
Less is more — “When it comes to accessories, less is more. You can be very distracting when you have your jewelry banging around. You don’t want your perfume to be overpowering, and guys, same with cologne.”
Girls — “When it comes to girls, it’s better to dress more professional in a suit jacket over a dress, a suit jacket over a skirt or a three piece suit.”
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Establish Hierarchy — “You want your most relevant and most impressive experience to be at the top. So if you think your education is the most relevant and most impressive thing, then you might definitely list it at the top..”
Show action — “For each bullet point that you have in a resume, there should be an action verb.
Font — “Make sure it’s something that’s legible, something the reader can easily understand.”
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Be smart — “It’s important not to dress as a fashionista because it’s a business at the end of the day.”
Show personality — “Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color. You don’t have to be all black and white.”
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Rothberg: It differs on industry and position. It just depends, but you definitely look for the basics. You want to see a name, address, phone number and email address. I actually see a lot of resumes without emails or phone numbers.
When students attend a career fair, should they bring a cover letter?
The key to a good resume is always keeping your prospective employer in mind. The structure, look and customization of your resume depends on the field you’re entering and where you’re planning to apply, said Dan Klamm, marketing and outreach coordinator at Syracuse University Career Services. “Think of your resume as a marketing document for you,” he said. “However you want to portray yourself, you have to make strategic decisions.” Remember, your resume should be personalized for every opportunity. But let’s cover the basics first. Klamm lays out essentials to crafting a resume.
Omit “Objective” — “What’s covered in an objective is very generic, or it has already been covered in a cover letter itself, so there’s not really a need to do this.”
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Length — “You want your entire resume to be no more than one page.”
Career advice on impressing employers
Establish years and dates — “This helps to give the employer your sense of commitment. So if there is something you’ve been a part of for four years, they know you’re invested in it.” Activities — “Include campus involvements, fraternities and sororities or any student organizations on campus or off campus.” Skills — “What I would avoid: very generic skills, like ‘I work very well with people.’ I wouldn’t say that in your skills section. Your goal should be to illustrate that through the rest of your resume.”
Send it in — “Look at the job description and see if it says, “Apply on our website.” You would upload it to the career portal. Some employers still say they want a physical hard copy. In that case, you would mail that in.”
It can be a little bit of a Catch-22 because you don’t want to receive a cover letter that’s written out to another company or employer, which happens. People can get those kinds of things confused, so I’d much rather not have one.
How should students approach a recruiter and what should they talk to them about? I think it’s important for a student to come up and introduce themselves and tell me a little more about themselves and what they have to offer versus saying: “This is my name, what do you have to offer me?” Well, what do you have to offer me as an employee? It has to be a win-win for everybody. As much as we’re here interviewing you, it’s your opportunity to interview us and find out if the company is a great fit.
What should students do after they talk to a recruiter? Following up is so important. I can’t tell you how many students can drop the ball. Not following up is really losing out on an opportunity. I think that it’s always great to thank someone in an email or a handwritten note, though I know that can be a little less popular. Definitely attach a resume electronically because recruiters are meeting a lot of people, you’re meeting a lot of recruiters. Maybe also mentioning something personal that you spoke about to remind them. You can always follow up with a phone call, too. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Looking for a job but don’t know where to start? Check out some of this fall’s career exploring opportunities!
CAREER FAIR AT THE CARRIER DOME Carrier Dome Wednesday, Oct. 5 1-5 p.m.
This event is the largest career fair that Syracuse University has to offer. Students have the opportunity to meet representatives from more than 100 businesses to discuss internship and job opportunities.
Hinds Hall lobby area Thursday, Oct. 6 9-11:30 a.m.
The School of Information Studies is hosting iCareer Fair, specifically for employers targeting undergraduate and graduate students majoring in information management and technology.
WHITMAN SEVENTH ANNUAL SUPPLY CHAIN CAREER FAIR Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Flaum Grand Hall Thursday, Oct. 6 9-11:30 a.m.
In this last exhibition of Whitman’s weeklong career fairs, business students will get the chance to check out careers in the supply chain field.
ALUMNI SPEAKER SERIES: GABRIELLE BERNSTEIN HBC Gifford Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 19 7:30 p.m.
Syracuse University Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations will host guest speaker Gabrielle Bernstein, a 2001 graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, as part of the Alumni Speaker Series. The No. 1 bestselling author for “Add More ~ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness” will also sign copies of her newest book at the event. —Compiled by Erik van Rheenen, asst. copy editor, email@example.com
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One week’s worth of apologies for one whole year’s worth of sins
his Saturday, millions of my fellow Jews will spend the day fasting in solemn reflection of the past year. They will delve into painful memories, deny themselves food and water and take difficult steps toward spiritual healing. The holiday, called Yom Kippur, is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It’s a sad, somber and emotionally draining affair. It’s also freakin’ awesome. You see, by Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur is the day in which all observers repent for the sins they committed in the last year. Thus, they wipe their slate clean for the coming year. In other words: It’s a “get out of jail free” card — signed, sealed and delivered by the Lord himself. All you gotta do to cash in on the divine forgiveness is dole out a few simple apologies. Don’t get me wrong, I strive to be a good Jew all year round, but we all make mistakes. Luckily for me, each sin is just one simple “sorry” away from getting stricken from my permanent record. So, without further ado, here are my apologies for the past year: 1. To my editors: Sorry for turning this column in late. I had important things to do. At Chuck’s. Pitchers don’t drink themselves. 2. To Jerk magazine: Sorry for all those times I made fun of you in the past. 3. To Jerk magazine: Sorry, I’m not gonna stop. 4. To outer space: Sorry I never visited. 5. To the Boston Red Sox and their fans: Sorry, I’m not sorry. Suck on failure, chumps. 6. To the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry student body: Sorry for perpetuating the stereotype that your student body is more in touch with nature than the natives from “Avatar.” 7. To the ESF student body: Sorry, it’s true. Oops, I did it again. 8. To my liver: Sorry about this semester. I
f*ck it, we’ll do it live know things haven’t been the same between us since I turned 21, but I really wish we could be friends again. I totally said nice things about you to my kidneys the other day, so could you please stop ignoring my texts? 9. To my neighbors: You know who you are, and you know why I’m apologizing. Believe me, I had no idea that puppies were allergic to my Italian-herb-and-Four-Loko chicken marinade. 10. To my parents: Sorry that basketball scholarship didn’t pan out. Two hundred grand in tuition probably cuts into your vacation time. 11. To my roommates: Sorry I had Chipotle last night for dinner. 12. To the Wings delivery guy: Sorry I didn’t call last night. I promise, I wasn’t ordering from somewhere else. You know I’d never do that to you, baby. 13. To my readers: Sorry this week’s column was lame. I promise more penis jokes next week. Well, now that I’ve repented for all of my sins, I can start the Jewish New Year clean as my backside after my weekly shower. I hope that you too can find a way to absolve your sins through self-atonement. I hope you’ll earn forgiveness from the Lord. Or your liver. Same difference. Danny Fersh is a senior broadcast journalism major and his column appears every Wednesday. This piece was a group effort from Danny’s BDJ 465 news team. If you feel he owes you an apology, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If not, you probably don’t go to SU. Follow him on Twitter via @fershprince #FershDays.
More helpful tips on making good first impressions, nabbing that interview Dara Silverglate, manager of college relations for Macy’s Inc. and lead recruiter for Syracuse University, took a moment to speak to The Daily Orange about how students should appropriately pitch themselves to recruiters and the necessity of LinkedIn.
Daily Orange: What’s one thing you look for in a resume? Silverglate: It’s always good to put in your interests; it’s adding some personality. Also with regards to an “objective,” I think sometimes it hinders you more than it helps you. Have it be more broad than specific.
Do you see value in cover letters? To be honest, I don’t look at cover letters. We get thousands of resumes a year, and I don’t have the time to read them. I know some companies require them, but if you do have a cover letter, you really want to outline what your skill set is and what you can bring to the company.
How should a student talk about himself or herself to a recruiter? I think what’s best is really to sell yourself and deliver your pitch. It’s really selling yourself in those sixty seconds that you have of that recruiter’s attention. Introduce yourself, what you’re majoring in, if you have a minor — it’s
important to include that — what year you are, why you’re interested in this specific role and what skill set do you have that you can bring to that employer. If you come in already knowledgeable about that position and that company, the recruiter will be very impressed with what you know.
What should students do if they’re interested in being hired? I think it’s important to ask for a business card and ask for the next steps in the application process. Many companies host info sessions and it’s good to attend. One, you’re learning more about the company. Two, you’re learning more about the jobs that they’re recruiting for. And three, you understand the company culture with the more people that you meet. The more face time you have with a recruiter, the better. Ask when the application is due. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the recruiter via LinkedIn. I know it is now the professional Facebook, and it’s a great way to network with employers. Don’t be afraid to use LinkedIn with a recruiter or with other alumni to get a better understanding of the position and the company culture. email@example.com
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himself, he rightfully doesn’t pull a sympathy card with Adam. He is, he famous cliché goes: like the other characters in the film, “Laughter is the best selfish and small-minded at times. medicine.” Humor has Reiser’s unabashed honesty toward always been a way to cope with his own actions is reflected in the inexplicable things that life Adam’s character and contributes to throws our way. So in their first film the sincerity of the movie. together, director Jonathan Levine As Adam, whose success as and writer Will Reiser did the right a radio producer comes to a halt thing and made their cancer dramfollowing his cancer diagnosis, edy one about living rather than one Gordon-Levitt does a pitch-perfect about dying. job of delivering some great deadpan In “50/50,” Adam’s (Joseph humor and acting both self-assured Gordon-Levitt) life comes to a standand scared out of his mind. The still after finding out he has a rare scene in which he shaves his head, form of neural cancer. The needy the film’s poster image, shows him and slightly neurotic Adam is the bravely taking this act as a joke. kind of person who avoids risk; he’s In a later scene, he breaks down. too afraid to even get his driver’s The emotional outburst is more license. His fear of death paralyzes frightening than anything you’d see him, and his dependence on the in a modern horror movie, perhaps people closest to him escalates. His because it feels absolutely right at go-to person is his best friend Kyle that point in the movie. (Seth Rogen), who is not opposed In the supporting cast, Rogen to using Adam’s cancer as a pickup shows how much he has matured line. There are also the three women as an actor. As the habitually loyal in his life: his overbearing mother Kyle, who cares deeply despite his (Angelica Huston); his girlfriend cynical outlook on life, he is the (Bryce Dallas Howard), who stays kind of friend we all wish we could with Adam only because she feels have. Kendrick is another example obligated; and his young therapist of a cast member who is getting bet(Anna Kendrick), who probably ter and better by the film; no longer needs to sort out her own life before just the girl who had that really she can help others. annoying crying scene in “Up in “50/50” isn’t exactly a cancer the Air.” Her character gives off an comedy, or even a comedy about can- innocently funny vibe and radiates cer. Rather, it is a comedy about how a warm presence. people deal with something so dire Writing and acting tend to drive in their lives. It makes no attempts this kind of comedy, with the direconlinemovieshut.com at a cheery tone and doesn’t tor usually taking the backseat. settle for artificial characters or However, Jonathan Levine makes a soundtrack consisting of Top 40 his presence known, and adds hits. It is also a romantic comedy of something to “50/50” that few other sorts with its storyline of a successcomedy directors ever could. While ful twentysomething vying for an someone like Judd Apatow might unlikely love interest; he even has keep the camera totally still during a goofy sidekick and a burdensome a long conversation between a group mother. But what distinguishes of friends, Levine moves the camera “50/50” from the norm is that these around. The blurred vision of many characters feel drawn from real life shots makes these parts of the movie and not from the typical Hollywood seem more like meditative talks as playbook. They function as actual, opposed to witty banter between affecting parts of Adam’s life rather friends. Reiser writes it like a than caricatures put in simply for comedy while Levine directs it like laughs. a drama. The reason that “50/50” feels so In an interview with Movieline. personal is because, through the com, Reiser remarked that when film, Will Reiser has documented he found out that he had cancer, he his real-life battle against cancer. and real-life good friend Rogen dealt Diagnosed six years ago, he has with it through humor. He said it been in remission since then. Reiser might have just stemmed from the bases his humor off of everyday immaturity of his age at the time. awkward situations and pop culture But making the absolute best out Director: Jonathan Levine references such as: “You smell like of a bad situation is a strength that Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen the cast of ‘The View.’” The jokes few have. So in that sense, “50/50” and observations laced in his script does what movies have the rare Release date: Sept. 30 could only come from someone who power to do: turn mortality into came out of a situation this bad. The something both life-changing and Rating: film doesn’t downplay the reality life-affirming. If you didn’t think an of such a grave situation, and the F-bomb laden R-rated comedy could underlying current of fear and pack an emotional effect, then you unpredictability feel all too real. just haven’t seen “50/50” yet. firstname.lastname@example.org Because Reiser is writing about
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Walk-on DeCarlo playing vital role for SU in sophomore year By David Propper Staff Writer
Lauren DeCarlo was just “stopping by” Syracuse when looking at potential colleges where she could play soccer. She didn’t really have the intention or desire to play soccer at Syracuse. She thought a Division-III program would suit her better. But on a trip to Colgate to check out its women’s soccer program, she decided to make a pit stop at Syracuse. Once she stepped on SU’s campus, her plans changed. “I always thought I wanted to play soccer at a small D-III school,” DeCarlo said. “But then I came here and I realized that I wanted something with bigger sports, more people, a bigger campus. So then once I visited, I kind of stepped in, and I’m glad I did.” From that moment, DeCarlo wanted to be a part of the Orange, even if it meant she had to walk on to the team. Although it was risky going out for a team she didn’t have a reserved spot on, the walkon has transcended into a regular contributor in her second season. She scored a game-winning goal for Syracuse — the first of her career — in SU’s Big East opener against Providence on Sept. 18 and has played solid minutes off the bench for the Orange. DeCarlo emailed SU head coach Phil Wheddon after her visit to let him know she was interested in playing for the Division-I program and wanted to know what she could do to earn a spot on the team. He invited DeCarlo, a Wilton, Conn., native, to a prospective student-athlete summer camp
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football player,” said Randall Mackey, Trent’s cousin and a quarterback for the University of Mississippi. “That’s all we did, was play football,” Randall Mackey said. “The one thing you do to keep you out of trouble was play football. And that’s what we did.” In high school, Mackey was a linebacker and running back for Carencro (La.) High School. During Mackey’s senior season, he had multiple games in which he rushed for nearly 200 yards, Tulane recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger said. And that efficiency running the ball years ago has given the Tulane coaching staff other
at Syracuse. DeCarlo was jumbled along with younger players at the camp, but impressed enough to catch the eye of Wheddon. “That was my tryout, and I didn’t realize that until it was actually done,” DeCarlo said. DeCarlo said she knew during the camp she’d have to outperform the other players to prove she belonged. She did just that and made the team. “He invited me to be on the team,” DeCarlo said. “He said I really surprised him, I did really well. I was really shocked. I wasn’t expecting an invite. I thought I would have to try out or something.” Wheddon said that once she was invited to participate in the preseason, she continued to show her skills were D-I worthy. But DeCarlo’s experience at SU didn’t start off the way she had hoped last year. DeCarlo suffered an ankle injury before her freshman season got underway and was also sick for what she estimates was half the season. After the thrill of the making the team, DeCarlo said she struggled and went through an adjustment period. She also didn’t have the same connection with the team she has this year. Sophomore defender Jackie Moriarty said last year DeCarlo didn’t have that chemistry with her teammates because she wasn’t taking the field with them. But this year is different. She’s become a part of the team. “She’s not injured and kind of separated
from the team,” Moriarty said. “She’s with the team now. And she’s not just like a random player on the side. She’s part of us.” And she’s a regular contributor. DeCarlo made sure she was ready for this season. Unlike her freshman campaign when she didn’t know what to expect, DeCarlo came in healthy and improved. Wheddon was surprised at what she brought to the table when she unknowingly tried out for the squad. That hasn’t changed. She has surpassed his expectations again this season. “This year she’s been very steady,” Wheddon said. “We know what we’re going to get from Lauren. She’s worked exceptionally hard. She can play multiple positions. She’s a coach’s luxury.” Wheddon said that she is one of the best walk-ons the fourth-year head coach has had at Syracuse. Her ability to play any position on the field has been a crucial asset. In her seven games and one start, DeCarlo has played defense, midfield and forward, Wheddon said. “The only thing she hasn’t been is the goalkeeper, and I’m not sure she’s going to be doing that,” Wheddon said. And that solid play from every spot on the field, including the game-winning goal against Providence, has earned DeCarlo the respect of her teammates. They don’t even think of her as a walk-on. “No one even, to be honest with you, considers her a walk-on at all,” SU forward Jenna Rickan said after that Providence
win. “She’s just such a great member of our team, and she is absolutely so vital to every aspect of it.” The feeling is mutual for DeCarlo. “I feel just like everyone else now, and they’ve really been helpful with that, and it’s just been great,” DeCarlo said. “I feel part of the team. I don’t feel like a walk-on.”
ways they think they can use him. Mackey has occasionally lined up at fullback in goal-line situations. He caught a 3-yard touchdown pass on offense in the team’s season opener, a 47-33 win against Southeastern Louisiana. It was Mackey’s first college reception. “When he had that interception at UAB that got returned for a touchdown,” Lichtenberger said, “you kind of just start thinking about it, and you laugh to yourself thinking that he scored a touchdown on both sides of the ball. And I think that tells a lot about what type of player he is.” But Tulane didn’t always have Mackey to turn to. Although the Green Wave recruited the middle linebacker coming out of high school, he ultimately chose to go to Duke. But one year later, Mackey decided to return home and go to Tulane. “Obviously, we were very disappointed when we didn’t get him the first time around,” Lichtenberger said. “He’s just a guy. The first thing you look at his height and maybe you think he doesn’t fit as far as height is concerned. But he morphed and maybe doubled and tripled just how hard he plays.” Mackey is working to improve the Tulane
defense from a year ago, a unit that ranked 74th in total defense. He said the team went away from its technique and played “yardball,” just running around instead of focusing on making the plays the team practiced. “After a while, we’re down, everybody just wants to be the man to make the plays to help the team win, and somehow that hurt the team a lot more times than it helped,” Mackey said. “So we just need to stay focused.” Perhaps the most focused the Tulane defense has been was in that game against UAB, when it held the Blazers to 10 points. It was a step in the right direction, but one defensively stout game over an otherwise inconsistent season won’t bring wins. But with experienced seniors on the defensive line and another junior linebacker in Darryl Farley, the Tulane defense is attempting to take its struggles from last year and turn them into learning tools for this year. And Stanard can see a difference in Mackey from last year — when he was looking for bigtime plays — to this year’s more consistent approach. “He’s really kind of settled into being a consistent, team defense guy,” Stanard said. “And he’s actually probably making more big plays and more impact plays like the interception he ran back for a touchdown.” Damien Jackson spoke to Mackey earlier this season, and the Ole Miss safety, who is also Mackey’s cousin, couldn’t believe it when Mackey told him his stats from Tulane’s season opener. Sixteen tackles in a win over Southeastern Louisiana. “Some crazy, crazy number,” Jackson said. Jackson mentions Mackey’s instinct, and so does Farley, second on the team in tackles among linebackers behind Mackey. Farley knows the Tulane defense must finish
games. That didn’t always happen last season. This season, he’s working with Mackey to improve upon the team’s defensive fundamentals. And even though the results haven’t been as good as the team has hoped, Farley thinks it will come. And Mackey is a big reason for that. “Every game the plays that he makes are outstanding,” Farley said. “He has a knack for the ball.” Lichtenberger agrees. Happy to have Mackey on the team after getting a second shot at recruiting him, the coach knows that Tulane has a unique talent. When he makes mistakes, he makes sure never to repeat them. Since the spring, Mackey has added another personal gym workout in addition to the team’s workouts. Because as good as he may have been last year, he isn’t content with the status quo, especially with the struggles of the overall defense. “You don’t settle for just equal to less than what you did the previous season,” Mackey said. “You only look for the things you like and try to improve on those things and get better as a player.” Mackey, now completely healthy, is on his way to putting up big-time numbers that rival last season’s. He’s a constant for the Tulane defense the next two years, whether the rest of the defense improves or continues to get torched. The way Lichtenberger sees it, Mackey is in a good place now at Tulane. Mackey learned from his experience at Duke and now he’s wreaking havoc for a Tulane defense that needed a star. “He can see things before they happen,” Lichtenberger said. “And he just has a way of wherever that ball is, he’s going to find a way to get to it.”
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Syracuse surged above .500 on the season with three consecutive wins in a span of eight days. The Orange knocked off Villanova, Seton Hall and Rutgers — all conference opponents — to ascend to a tie for third in the American Division of the Big East. SU has scored six goals in its last two games, which is its highest total for any two-game stretch this season. Up next, Syracuse heads to Pittsburgh on Friday and West Virginia on Sunday for a difficult road stretch.
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SU looks to continue success against New York opponents By David Wilson Staff Writer
Dominating New York opponents is a point of emphasis for Jing Pu and his Syracuse team. And with Colgate coming to Syracuse, the Orange head coach will lead his team in another chapter in the quest to be the best team in the state. “Jing has this thing where we Who: Colgate need to beat all Where: Women’s Building the New York state When: Today, 7 p.m. teams, so he sort of pushes us to make sure we beat them,” middle blocker Sam Hinz said. After settling into conference play with a pair of road wins over St. John’s and Connecticut, Syracuse bounces right back out of conference play for a matchup with Colgate. SU (11-6, 2-1 Big East) takes on the Raiders (6-10, 3-1 Patriot League) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Building. The Orange defeated its lone in-state Big East opponent in the Red Storm this past weekend. But for the most part, despite the push to control New York, SU tries not to treat games against in-state foes any differently than the rest. “I don’t think we focus too much on the instate, but it’s definitely always in the back of our girls’ minds,” assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe said. “They know what we try to prove as a college team here in New York and it is important. We’re definitely not overlooking Colgate, but we’ve got some real big important conference matches this weekend, too.”
Unfortunately for Syracuse, the team hasn’t played as well as it would have hoped since its good start against the New York teams. Syracuse’s goal for statewide dominance began this season with a home victory over Siena in the season-opening Big Orange Tournament. SU then played in the Long Island Tournament two weeks later and beat the host team, Long Island University. But since then, the Orange has traded victories with its New York rivals. SU dropped its next match on the road to Buffalo at the Buffalo Tournament before beating Cornell later that weekend as part of the same tournament. The Orange also lost to Niagara for the first time in school history, but bounced back last weekend with wins over in-state opponent St. John’s and UConn. Now, SU can win back-to-back games against New York state teams for the first time since Sept. 9. But the biggest worry for Morrisroe is that this game comes in the middle of a busy schedule of Big East games. “We can’t overlook Colgate,” Morrisroe said. “We can’t ignore them, but at the same time were really anxious, and we want to make sure we’re really prepared for Georgetown and Villanova, too.” This second-to-last nonconference test won’t necessarily be easy for Syracuse. Though Colgate is just 6-10 this season, the Raiders have won three of their last four games since conference play began and have a setter in Kaylee Fifer that is one of the best Syracuse will face all season. “This is probably the most active setter we’ve
bobby yarbrough | staff photographer jing pu (center) has preached the importance of defeating New York opponents. SU will look to improve upon its 4-2 mark against in-state foes Wednesday against Colgate. seen this year, so this will be a good chance to work on setter tips, working on other tips and running transition plays off of that,” defensive specialist Ashley Williams said. And while SU now cannot match its undefeated in-state slate from a year ago, it can still finish its season on a high note. The Orange can start this weekend by beating Colgate for the 20th straight year, moving the team to 5-2 in games against New York teams this season, with just a matchup against Binghamton left to play later in the month. Syracuse also gets the benefit of returning
home. The Orange has played well in its two most recent games on the road. But SU has been even better at home, especially in nonconference play. “I definitely think we’ve gotten a lot more fans this year and a lot more vocal fans,” Williams said. “It pumps me up. I’m pretty sure the team gets pumped up. It’s very exciting for us to play at home. “If we can win on the road and we can win with hecklers and we can win in a different environment that’s not our place, then home should get us even more excited to win.” email@example.com
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High school teammates Smith, Bailey shine at West Virginia By Ryne Gery
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When Damon Cogdell tunes in to watch his alma mater, West Virginia, every Saturday, memories of the glory days come rushing back. Rather than remembering his time playing linebacker for the Mountaineers, though, the Miramar (Fla.) High School head coach has visions of Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey lighting up the scoreboard for the MHS Patriots from 2007-08. “It’s always like déjà vu to watch them kids out there playing with each other again,” Cogdell said. “It’s almost like living up the high school days. The only thing about it now is they’ve got national notoriety right now, and everybody knows about them.” The nation already knew about Smith — who had established himself as a top quarterback in the Big East and a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy — coming into 2011. But Bailey, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver with just 24 career catches, was still an unknown in college football. Five games into the season for the Mountaineers (4-1, 0-0 Big East), Bailey has made a name for himself catching passes from his old high school quarterback. Bailey has already surpassed his production from last season, hauling in 27 balls for 456 yards and three touchdowns. He is currently second on the team and in the Big East in receiving yards behind Tavon Austin, and he has
had three straight games of more than 100 yards receiving. Bailey has become a consistent pass-catching threat in his second season as a starter and his first in new head coach Dana Holgorsen’s spread offense. The foundation for Bailey’s success in making big plays at West Virginia began to form at Miami (Fla.) Carol City High School under head coach Walt Frazier. Midway through his freshman year, Bailey moved from the junior varsity squad to varsity after a number of players suffered injuries. He had shown Frazier enough on JV and had the talent to handle the sudden jump. “He did a good job stepping up for the first time, and he played quite a bit,” Frazier said. “It was just a matter of him adjusting to playing with bigger and older and more talented kids. He made the adjustment well.” Having already made the adjustment to the varsity level as a freshman, Bailey came back as a sophomore and led the team in receiving, Frazier said. The head coach was particularly impressed by Bailey’s ability to pick up yards after the catch even though he hadn’t fully developed physically. Frazier said Bailey kept to himself and wasn’t flashy. He was a “silent killer” who did his job and let his play on the field do the talking. So when the quiet sophomore made a grab on a crossing route and reversed direction in the same motion — leaving his defender standing
flat-footed — the entire coaching staff and Carol City fan base realized he was a special player, as Bailey scampered 50 yards for a touchdown. “For him to make that kind of maneuver and move that he made in that particular play kind of opened a lot of people’s eyes about this kid, especially with him being a 10th grader,” Frazier said. But before the school year ended, Bailey transferred from Carol City to Miramar, where he would quickly form a bond with Smith. Cogdell, the Miramar head coach, said the two were best friends on and off the field. They would go down to the field to run routes together on their own and were always together in school. “Where you saw Eugene (Geno Smith), you saw Stedman,” Cogdell said. “So those two always stood together on and off the field, so they have a real good bond and communication with one another.” The head coach still remembers the first game the pair played together at Miramar. Bailey and Smith connected for multiple touchdowns in a 48-20 rout of Monsignor Pace. It was the first batch of many touchdowns they would hook up during the course of two seasons with the Patriots. It’s something Bailey said they have continued at West Virginia. Bailey said Smith is confident enough to throw a ball up for him to make a play and that the quarterback trusts him in key situations. Even when Smith isn’t looking for Bailey, he still often finds him.
When plays break down, Smith knows where Bailey is on the field and uses that connection to escape trouble. Bailey said those situations have unfolded in almost every game this season. “Somehow, something where wherever the ball’s supposed to go isn’t open,” Bailey said, “and he’ll somehow turn and get his head back around to where I am and hook up for a pass.” Cogdell said it has been exciting for the Miramar community to follow Bailey and Smith as they make headlines at West Virginia. With each touchdown catch, they bring back memories of the 2007-08 seasons for the Patriots. “Touchdown after touchdown, catch after catch, like a lot of teachers next to me, we’re all laughing about saying, ‘Here we go again Miramar against XYZ,’” Cogdell said.
Big East identifies targets for expansion The presidents of the remaining Big East schools met on Sunday in Washington, D.C., and gave conference commissioner John Marinatto permission to “aggressively pursue” new members to replace Syracuse and Pittsburgh. According to The Boston Globe, the conference wants to expand to 10 football teams. The leading candidates for football are Southern Methodist, Central Florida, Navy and Temple, according to the report. Air Force, which was previously thought to be a top choice, is now only a “remote” possibility. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jones cleared for limited practice; SU tries to regroup By Zach Brown STAFF WRITER
Chandler Jones was cleared for limited practice starting Tuesday, according to an SU Athletics release. The senior defensive end has missed four straight games after suffering a lower body injury in the season opener against Wake Forest. Jones will not play at Tulane this Saturday. He will return to full practice Oct. 10. After a bye week, Syracuse will take on West Virginia in the Carrier Dome on Friday, Oct. 21. Jones is planning to return to game action against the Mountaineers. In even better news for SU, strong safety Shamarko Thomas said on Tuesday that he would be ready to go for Saturday’s game at Tulane. Thomas has missed the last two games with an injury.
Syracuse looking to bounce back Syracuse’s two losses this year may carry the same weight in the loss column, but they left the Orange with two very different postgame feelings. Against Southern California on Sept. 17, SU was overmatched in a 38-17 setback. But after five turnovers by the Orange offense resulted in a 19-16 loss in double overtime to Rutgers, Syracuse left with the feeling that it lost a game it should have won. And in cornerback Kevyn Scott’s mind, that
made the loss to Rutgers sting that much more. “When you feel like you have a game in your hands and you let it go, it’s tough,” Scott said. “But we have to move on because we have to go down to Tulane and play a football game. We can’t let one loss turn into two losses.” The Orange (3-2, 0-1 Big East) will try to avoid a hangover after the crushing loss to the Scarlet Knights when it takes on Tulane (2-3) on Saturday. While the defense dominated Saturday, the offense sputtered with turnovers and mistakes. This week, Syracuse’s goal is to not let that loss affect the team as it preps for a very winnable matchup with the Green Wave. “The way to overcome things is to work hard, and the message that I told the players is that you can’t let one loss lead to another,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “That’s the one thing that’s difficult.” SU’s defense turned in its best performance of the season against Rutgers, but the offense struggled mightily. The turnovers stalled drives, and the Orange also had to settle for three field goal attempts. The emphasis for the offense this week is on punching the ball into the end zone. Against a Tulane team that gives up more than 33 points per game, Syracuse should have the opportunities to do so. “We need to put the ball in the end zone and seal wins when they’re close,” center Macky MacPherson said. “I think we learned the hard way (against Rutgers), and hopefully, we won’t ever have to learn that lesson again.” While the offense accepted most of the blame for the loss Saturday, the whole team felt the residual effects of a loss that very easily could have been a win. But this week, rather than dwell on the mistakes that cost the Orange the game, SU is looking to learn from them and move on. “If you watch that game, we definitely should have won that game,” Scott said. “But it’s over now. We can’t let that last game affect this next game coming up.”
Youth being served It’s not often used to describe young, inexperienced football players, but it was the first word out of junior Shamarko Thomas’ mouth when asked about the Orange’s youth. “Maturity,” Thomas said. “From the summer until now, I see a lot of maturity and growth.”
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season. “Defensively, we played well enough to win that game,” Marrone said. “And I think we’re getting better and better defensively as we go. … I’m very excited about the progression of the younger players and how they’re coming along in the system.” The infusion of youth is focused in Syracuse’s secondary and linebacking corps. Freshman Dyshawn Davis and sophomore Marquis Spruill have been starting linebackers for the entire season. In the defensive backfield, sophomore cornerback Keon Lyn has seen time opposite Scott while sophomore safety Jeremi Wilkes finished second on the team with nine tackles against Rutgers. “It’s a work in progress with all of them,” Scott said. “If you see them from week one to where they were on Saturday, (the difference) is huge. As these guys continue to mature and get better, we’re going to be a much better defense.” email@example.com
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Billadeau displays growth, maturity entering sophomore year By Austin Mirmina Contributing Writer
Kallie Billadeau glanced up at the scoreboard as the final buzzer ended the game between Syracuse and then-No. 1 Cornell. In her freshman season, the Orange goaltender had just broken the SU single-game saves record with 57 in a losing effort. But despite receiving congratulations after the game, Billadeau was still discontent with the loss. It was a moment that marked her emergence as an important piece of this Syracuse program. “She didn’t care about the saves. She didn’t want to make anything of it,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “And really, that’s important because it could have been easy for Kallie to think that the game was all about her. But that night she took some ownership and quietly became a real good leader.” Now a sophomore, Billadeau enters this season eager to continue right where she left off. Her improved level of play has become a staple of the Syracuse defense, constantly communicating and working together with fellow
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candidacy and why Swofford rescinded the offer. That Boston College and Virginia Tech would ultimately enter the league over the Orange lay more in unknown politics hundreds of miles away. Simply, why didn’t Syracuse end up in the ACC when it wanted to, eight years prior to 2011? When it had not only one, but arguably two chances? ••• Bill Leighty will be happy to tell you. He was, after all, the man who screwed a Virginia Tech-ACC license plate onto the governor of Virginia’s car mere days after Virginia Tech and Miami joined the ACC in late June 2003 — days after Swofford called Crouthamel — with a smile on his face. Leighty, the former chief of staff to Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia, knows the reason why Syracuse’s invitation was revoked: Warner. The governor spearheaded a resilient lobbying and politicking plan in June of 2003 with the goal of the ACC and its presidents extending membership to Virginia Tech, Leighty said. “I think a lot of people worked on it,” Leighty said. “But the bottom line is it would not have happened without Mark Warner’s involvement. Period.” Warner’s expansive efforts targeted not only Virginia administrators and its Board of Visitors, but also Division-I presidents from the ACC and across the country. What Leighty meant was that the ACC ultimately inviting Virginia Tech over Syracuse in 2003 was contingent upon Warner’s efforts. His eleventh-hour lobbying ultimately persuaded seven of nine ACC presidents to vote for Virginia
teammates. The leadership she displays on the ice provides reassurance for Flanagan and her teammates as Syracuse (1-1) looks to improve upon a disappointing 14-16-6 record last season. Billadeau returned to Syracuse as a better player after working hard during the offseason. The goaltender spent much of the summer conditioning with SU forward Cara Johnson in their home state of Minnesota. The pair worked out at Hopkins High School, where they also played together, every morning and volunteered with the Hopkins girls hockey program three days a week. “I handled the forwards and Kallie handled the goalies, so she had about six goalies she was running special drills for,” Johnson said. “It looked like they were throwing tennis balls and other drills like that.” Weightlifting also became a very important part of Billadeau’s workout regimen during the offseason. She said that the increased intensity has not only allowed her to get stronger, but also to gain endurance, which is crucial for a player who started 21 games last year in the net. “She’s a more fit athlete,” Flanagan said.
“Her overall conditioning is better, so when a team has us pinned in our zone, she is a lot better at recovering. You need that leg strength.” Nowhere has Billadeau’s offseason dedication been more apparent than in last weekend’s game against No. 4 Minnesota. The Gophers offense mercilessly fired away shot after shot, tallying a 50-10 shot advantage against SU. But Billadeau remained composed and recorded an impressive 46 saves despite taking the loss. “Those girls on the Gophers are very fast, plus they know the system well and have been playing with each other for a while,” Billadeau said. “But you can’t get frustrated. You need to focus on the bigger picture, keep going until the final buzzer.” Although Minnesota dominated Syracuse in essentially every sense of the word, the Orange players never gave up, inspired by the positive attitude of players like Billadeau. “They continually pull for one another,” Flanagan said. “Even when it wasn’t going well, particularly after the first period on Saturday night, I looked around and they were all sup-
porting one another. There wasn’t any whining or any of that, it was all positive.” With a year of experience under her belt, Billadeau has become noticeably more comfortable in Syracuse’s system. She said the mental ability of knowing what to expect takes some weight off her shoulders and has encouraged her to step up as a leader on the team. She has also recently become more vocal. She is an engaging presence during team meetings, actively speaking out when the sports psychologist visits the team twice a week. “She doesn’t talk a whole lot, but when she does talk, people listen,” Syracuse defender Taylor Metcalfe said. Billadeau’s presence on the ice will have a huge effect on her teammates. And Flanagan said he is confident with Billadeau anchoring the Orange defense this season. “You’ll find that by the time she is a senior she will hopefully have all the angles, not only physically, but also mentally she will be much smarter,” Flanagan said.
Tech. And it helped that then-University of Virginia President John Casteen was on Warner’s side from the beginning. “What I can tell you is that John Casteen was supportive all along,” Leighty said. “They did it very quietly, but I think that John Casteen recognized that it was a boost for the rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech, and I would actually say that Casteen and Warner were co-conspirators in this thing.” Crouthamel said he later found out Casteen was going as far as threatening to pull Virginia out of the conference if membership wasn’t extended to Virginia Tech — whether or not that was just a scare tactic was never tested. None of it was simple. And none of it was apparent to Syracuse’s administrators at the time. Crouthamel found out about Warner’s politicking efforts later, when an ACC athletic director, who he declined to name, informed him of the events. “Yes, it was the governor of Virginia exerting a certain influence on the ACC on behalf of Virginia Tech, saying again they would pull Virginia out of the ACC if Virginia Tech wasn’t invited,” Crouthamel said. ••• Richard Blumenthal effectively gave Warner the time he needed. The Connecticut attorney general filed a lawsuit in a Connecticut court on June 6, 2003, just two days after ACC officials left the Syracuse campus with what seemed like concrete mutual interest. In the suit, Virginia Tech and four other Big East institutions accused the ACC of conspiring to destroy the Big East, seeking millions of dollars in monetary compensation. Virginia Tech vowed to preserve the Big East in the suit, but the school continued working privately toward ACC inclusion with the extra time.
All the while, Warner had the administrative backing of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors, and with that, Casteen had all the power he needed to put forth his second expansion vote only for Virginia Tech. According to ACC bylaws, seven of nine schools needed to vote yes to admit another school. Duke and North Carolina were traditionally opposed to any expansion. Virginia and Casteen, in essence, were that seventh swing vote. But one thing is clear: The suit had some effect. It gave Warner time. “I do remember that we thought we were out (of luck) a number of times,” Leighty said. “But there was additional time, and I guess the lawsuit was why that happened.” Eight times, Leighty recalls, he and Warner thought it was over. Eight times, the prospects of Syracuse joining the ACC would have been better had they given up. But finally on June 24, when the presidents voted on each expansion plan separately, Virginia Tech and Miami were approved as the 10th and 11th teams. Warner and Casteen had won. Crouthamel and Shaw had lost. ••• Syracuse history professor David Bennett thought it was obvious SU could still join the ACC even after June 24. This was an obvious second chance as, to Bennett, it was clear the ACC would go to 12 teams to have a lucrative conference championship game. Bennett, the former chairman of the Athletic Policy Board and the NCAA Faculty Representative from 1975-95, went to Shaw. “The question I had for (Shaw), it wasn’t a question, it was a strong feeling, and it was that this could not stand,” Bennett said. “ … They were clearly going to add either Boston College or Syra-
cuse. And I thought we should make a full-court press to be that school.” Shaw and Crouthamel chose not to. Instead, the two, along with University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and then-University of West Virginia President David Hardesty Jr., worked to rebuild the Big East into the unbalanced yet formidable 16-team basketball superconference it became, Shaw said. Boston College, though, secretly pursued the path Bennett suggested for Syracuse and ultimately joined the ACC in October 2003. “At the time we had no intent of leaving, at the time we were obsessed with putting the conference back together,” Shaw said. Eight years later, though, Syracuse is in the ACC. The move was an “axiomatic” one to Bennett. It was expected by Crouthamel, too. Still, it hurts the former athletic director. Crouthamel is the 73-year-old who birthed the Big East conference with his two Beta Theta Phi fraternity brothers at Dartmouth — the late Dave Gavitt and Frank Rienzo. Gavitt became the first commissioner of the Big East, and Rienzo is a former Georgetown athletic director. Gavitt passed on the same day — Sept. 16 — the world found out Syracuse was in talks with the ACC again. And even with the sudden news, both personally with the death of Gavitt and professionally with his former employer, Crouthamel doesn’t mind talking about what fell apart eight years ago. What once seemed inevitable then finally came to fruition now. “I was not surprised at the recent news,” Crouthamel said. “ … My question is why they didn’t do it before in 2003.”
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ryan Ellis practically handed the ball to Trent Mackey. As the University of Alabama-Birmingham quarterback threw a shovel pass right into the waiting hands of Mackey in the backfield, all the Tulane middle linebacker had to do was run as fast as he could toward the end zone. For one play, Mackey’s sure tackling skills were not needed. The 39-yard interception return for a touchdown was an even simpler play to make than his usual defensive stop. “I didn’t think the guy was going to throw the ball,” Mackey said. “It was just too easy. I was standing right in front of the running back when it happened, so I didn’t expect him to try and deliver that ball. When he did it, I just grabbed it and ran for a touchdown.” Mackey’s nose for the ball — highlighted on that play — has made him a standout player on a mediocre Green Wave defense. In a unit that allows opposing offenses to score 33.4 points per game — ranking eighth in the 12-team Conference USA — Mackey gives the defense a strong presence at middle linebacker. Mackey spent a year at Duke before transferring to Tulane. And in his first year with the Green Wave after sitting out a season, he led Tulane with 124 tackles last year while playing with multiple injuries — knee, elbow and ankle ailments plagued him for parts of the season. Tulane defensive coordinator Steve Stanard joked Mackey wore more braces than he had appendages. So for Stanard to say he’s better and healthier this year could be a scary thought for Tulane’s opponents. “He’s tough,” Stanard said. “He plays with injuries, he can really run, he has a good nose for the football. He’s made good strides from last year to this year.” His 55 tackles through five games are by far the most on the team and put him in a tie for 11th among all Football Bowl Subdivision players. Thirty-one of those 55 tackles are solo tackles. These are eye-popping statistics for a player on an up-and-down Tulane (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) team heading into a game against Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Big East) on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. Aside from the UAB game, when the Green Wave defense held the Blazers to 10 points, Tulane has allowed at least 31 points to its other four opponents in 2011. But Mackey provides the Green Wave with a glimmer of hope its defense can improve. His toughness is perhaps the most important attribute on the Tulane defense. That toughness all started only an hour away from Tulane. Growing up in Port Sulphur, La., Mackey was just a “straight SEE MACKEY PAGE 14
Cut off Lobbying by Va. ofﬁcials caused SU to lose its ACC bid in 2003 By Tony Olivero
t home in the dead of the night, the craving for that next Winston cigarette must have been insatiable. How bitter that next cup of half-black coffee must have tasted. Jake Crouthamel piped down on 30 cigarettes and drank 10 cups of halfblack coffee a day during his 27 years as director of athletics for Syracuse University. But in June 2003, this Winston, the first after Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford told Crouthamel the ACC had revoked Syracuse’s invitation to the ACC — one the Orange had accepted, Crouthamel said — must have provided the most requisite release of all. “As far as I was concerned, a formal invitation is a formal invitation,” Crouthamel said. “I had assumed — and this was not a one-person decision, this was a conference decision — that it had been through and through and verified. The decision was made to invite Syracuse. The call was made extending the invitation, and Syracuse agreed.” In 2003, eight years before Syracuse accepted an invitation three weeks ago on Sept. 18 to join the ACC along with Pittsburgh, SU accepted an invitation to join the very same league. Was it well known? No. But had Crouthamel and Swofford, together, come to some kind of terms on the direction of the ACC and Syracuse? Yes. “In my mind the process has been thoroughly completed and it’s over,” Crouthamel said. “So all of this stuff that was going on behind the scenes was unbeknown to me at the time.” “A friend was calling a friend and telling me that the original phone call that I had received before was no longer valid,” Crouthamel added. “And I thought it was a betrayal.” But why was it a betrayal? On June 4, 2003, three ACC officials visited the SU campus and the ACC was set on inviting Syracuse, along with the league’s top target, Miami, and Boston College. Yet two weeks later, Swofford made that phone call to his friend, rescinding the original offer and effectively ending their relationship. The two haven’t spoken since. Crouthamel and then-SU Chancellor Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw weren’t aware of exactly what and who were truly affecting Syracuse’s ACC
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