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Back home again SU alumni and students

Home... what? Marina Charny notes

ARyannew“Gumby” homeHenry in thechannels Dome

Triple play at home Former SU stars Jonny Flynn, Wes

celebrate Orange Central 2010 this weekend. Page 3

Homecoming isn’t what it used to be by a long shot. Page 5

his passion for SU sports into cheerleading after four years of being in the stands. Page 13

Johnson and Jason Hart return to the Carrier Dome on Friday as members of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. Page 24

Graffiti on Westcott persists By Michael Boren Asst. News Editor

The white graffiti still tarnishes the red metal door on the Westcott Community Center on Euclid Avenue. The graffiti has marked the door since at least three months ago, when the building was last sprayed. And it’s not the first time. The building has been sprayed with graffiti nearly six times in 10 years. “It’s like a billboard for the disrespect some kids have for the public program’s buildings,” said Steve Susman, executive director of the Westcott Community Center.

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st uden t a ssoci at ion mo coyle | contributing photographer Martha Hanson , a member of the Athletic Policy committee, describes the power of a video of mens basketball, lacrosse and football players talking about the mistakes they’ve made and how to be a social role model at Wednesday afternoon’s University Senate meeting.

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Committee on Athletic Policy puts forward report By Shayna Meliker Staff writer

A report from the Committee on Athletic Policy fueled most of Wednesday afternoon’s University Senate session. During the 40-minute session, fac-

ulty posed questions about studentathlete academic performance and the financial relationship between the athletic department and the Carrier Dome. The committee also discussed a video about athletes having to be campus role models.

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Syracuse University students were reminded to be respectful in their attire this Halloween through an e-mail sent out Monday by Thomas Wolfe, senior vice president and dean of student affairs.

The e-mail asked students to be thoughtful and sensitive when choosing a costume and to consider how their portrayal of ethnicity and race, gender, class, religion, culture, sexual orientation or disability might affect others. The Department of Public Safety will be patrolling on

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for inclusion, community and citizenship. “This message is all about thinking before you act. It’s really about becoming a more inclusive community.” This year’s e-mail was sent in coalition with the STOP Bias pro-

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Halloween to make sure costumes are in good taste. “The rule of thumb for costumes is: If you’re putting it on and something feels a little funny, that’s an intuition you should listen to,” said Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, the associate vice president of student affairs

By Laurence Leveille Jeff Rickert will run for a second term as Student Association comptroller this November, with plans of improving the budget process for student organizations. “I see a lot of great programs come through as requests that never actually make it to actually be put on because of minor technicalities,” he said. Rickert has three goals to improve the budget process next year: allow funding for organizations to roll over from the spring to fall semester, provide funding for travel and create a committee of fiscal agents. He became a member of the Finance Board in February 2009 and served on the board for the remainder

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Big East showdown The 4-1 Syracuse Orange take on the 2-3 Pittsburgh Panthers at 12 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Will Syracuse remain unbeaten in Big East play or will Pittsburgh and running back Ray Graham finally play to their potential?

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All 33 miners are rescued; Chile rejoices

By Wednesday night in Puerto Rico, all 33 of the trapped miners in the San José Mine had been rescued, according to the Los Angeles Times. The miners were removed from the mine by a rescue capsule, with some men rising to safety within 30 minutes of one another. The miners had been trapped since Aug. 5, when an underground collapse at the mine blocked off the exits. The 29th miner to leave the rescue capsule was greeted with applause and hugs Wednesday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. The pace of the rescues quickened throughout the day as all the miners were rescued after a 69-day hold underground. Many of the miners had stories to tell following their rescue. The 18th miner rescued asked his wife of 25 years to renew their vows, and the 19th man out was working in the mine to finance his medical school education. Chilean President Sebastian PIñera said: “We have lived a magical night, a night we will remember throughout our lives, a night in which life defeated death,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

US urges lenders to look at foreclosures Federal regulators on Wednesday urged the nation’s

lenders to make sure paperwork filed as part of the foreclosure process was reviewed properly, according to The Washington Post. The lenders were also told to file new documents if problems are found. Regulators said lenders should work as fast as possible with foreclosures when no problems are present. Regulators’ comments, which were in close consultation with the Obama administration, show how federal officials and the White House are in direct contrast with democratic leaders as Democrats favor a national freeze on foreclosures. The framework outlined by the Federal Housing Finance Agency is the most extensive response so far to the foreclosure debacle plaguing the housing and financial markets, according to The Washington Post.

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Architect urges use of nature in designs By Sean Cotter Staff Writer

Adriaan Geuze, the co-founder of major Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd Wednesday night about how city design can mirror nature. He was the keynote speaker for “Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures.” The Oct. 13 to Oct. 14 conference hosted by Syracuse University’s School of Architecture focuses on the future of shrinking cities in America’s Rust Belt. Geuze said city design should be “second nature,” in the most literal interpretation of the expression. The abilities of landscape and architectural design can have profound effects on everyone’s lives, he said. “It should make people rethink reality, in a way,” he said. “Who they are, where they are, how they are.” He spoke of his endeavors in several European cities, such as Amsterdam and Madrid, where he built in poorer areas. In Amsterdam, Geuze built a tree-lined plaza in the city’s Red Light District. In Madrid, he connected the sides of a river that had divided Madrid literally and culturally with a large Y-shaped bridge. He talked about his and the Madrid mayor’s dream of having a meeting place in the middle of the “Y,” where people from both sides would be able to share common ground.

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Activist to define Campus readies for Homecoming events LGBT injustices By Alexandra Hitzler S ta ff W ri t er

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Look beyond the news headlines about the gay and lesbian community. That’s what Kenyon Farrow will encourage as he addresses the question of “Is Gay the New Black?” on Thursday as the keynote speaker for Coming Out Month. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium. It is organized by the Syracuse University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center. Farrow, the Who: Kenyon Farrow executive director of Queers for Where: Gifford Economic Justice, will address Auditorium some of the national issues that When: Today, 7:30 impact LGBT communities. p.m. How much: Free “Selecting a speaker who could talk to a wide range of audience was really important,” said Amit Taneja, associate director of the LGBT Resource Center. “I think his message will resonate with many different communities.” Farrow was elected as this year’s keynote speaker by students who had attended the Creating Change Conference on LGBT equality, where Farrow was a speaker. He also spoke at an event held at SU about five years ago to promote the book “Letters from Young Activists,” which he co-edited. There has been a lot of excitement and conversation surrounding the choice, Taneja said. “For me, it’s a sign that we’ve picked a topic that is

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A comedy show, football game and many anniversaries will bring alumni and current students together during this weekend’s Orange Central homecoming. The weekend will not disappoint, said Jaime Alvarez, Syracuse University’s news manager. More than 1,000 alumni have already registered for

this year’s events, Alvarez said, a similar number to last year’s homecoming weekend. She speculated the number of registered alumni would reach 1,500 by Sunday. But the registration tally does not nearly account for the total alumni that show up on campus, Alvarez said. “Many alumni do not formally register,” she said. “A good portion of those folks just come out for the football

game, and those numbers are in the thousands.” This year’s homecoming football game will start at noon on Saturday, against the University of Pittsburgh. Weekend activities also include a dance showcase by DanceWorks and a comedy show, said Pauline Saraceni, program coordinator of Alumni Relations. Saturday’s comedy show will include a few student

comedians and a performance by comedian Damon Wayans. Wayans is best known for his roles in award-winning shows like “In Living Color,” “Major Payne” and his most recent show, “My Wife and Kids.” SU will also mark the weekend with several anniversaries, including honoring the veterans and active duty military in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the see homecoming page 8

Carousel marks 20th year with free rides By Katrina Koerting Staff Writer

For one week, visitors to the Carousel Center are able to ride the carousel for free. The Carousel Center, opened Oct. 15, 1990, celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. Special events include handing out 150 mall gift certificates of $20 and free carousel rides, which are usually $1, said Rose Hapanowich, the marketing director for the Carousel Center, in an e-mail. Since it’s opening as part

of the project to revitalize the Syracuse lakefront, changes have been made at the mall. The mall now has about 1.5 million square feet of space that businesses can lease from and about 176 tenants. The two newest stores are Sephora and Papaya, which are opening before the end of October, she said. Hapanowich credits the 20 years of business to the developers watching the national retail scene and getting tenants that will attract customers. Keeping a variety of stores and creating

a competitive edge have also helped the center evolve, she said. The biggest changes Hapanowich has seen are the smoke free policy, the green parking and the parent-supervision plan. Green parking allows energy efficient cars to park in reserved areas close to the building, she said. There are also facets of the mall that have stayed the same. There are 32 stores in the mall that have been there since the opening. These include J.C.

Penney, Banana Republic and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. There are also several employees that have stayed, Hapanowich said. During the anniversary celebration, some stores will be giving one-week specials. Other events include free cupcakes and balloons on Friday and a performance from Soda Ash Six, a Dixieland-style jazz band, Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Niki Leung, an undeclared freshman in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, see carousel page 9


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Partisan politics delay repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ limiting social progress

he repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has become a political hot topic in recent months. In his first State of the Union address last January, President Barack Obama vowed to “work with Congress and the military to finally repeal the law that bars gay men and lesbians from revealing their sexual orientation and prevents the military from asking about it.” Virginia Phillips, a judge in California ruled Tuesday that “don’t ask, don’t tell” was unconstitutional and instituted an immediate and permanent ban on the policy. On Sept. 21, Congress was given the opportunity to vote on a defense bill that included the conditional repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” However, the bill failed to receive the 60 Senate votes required for its advancement. Such a defeat in Congress indicates that America still has a long way to go in the battle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in this country. The bill did not receive a single vote from Republican senators, representing the all too familiar trend of partisan politics that

has coincided with Obama’s presidency. Such an attitude has stagnated our government and limited the ability for social progress. Carl Paladino, New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate said last Sunday he doesn’t want children “to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option.” Such ignorant and offensive remarks are some of the main reasons the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been stalled in the repeal process. On Sept. 29, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after being filmed having a sexual encounter with another male student. The story was both shocking and tragic. Outspoken politicians, such as Paladino, do more than simply halt the repeal of social policies like “don’t ask, don’t’ tell;” they breed an attitude of hatred. They ensure social progress will be delayed and people of the LGBT community will continue to struggle to live their lives free of judgment. The controversy surrounding the repeal of

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rhetoric meets reality “don’t ask, don’t tell” is just another example of America’s inability to adopt liberal social policies protecting the LGBT community. Even if politicians feel that progress is essential, the partisan attitude of our government all but ensures progress will not be made. Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins voted last May to put the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” into the defense bill. In a statement to the Senate floor, Collins said, “Society has changed so much since 1993, and we need to change this policy as well.” Yet she inexplicably voted against the passing of the defense bill, consistent with the rest of the Republican Party. Opponents of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t

tell” say it will be a disruption to cohesion in the military. Forcing LGBT people who serve in the military to hide their sexual orientation seems like a far more significant barrier to achieving cohesiveness than the repeal of an outdated, repressive policy. Judge Phillips’ ruling Tuesday is the most significant step toward eliminating “don’t ask, don’t tell” to date. The Justice Department has the opportunity to appeal the verdict, but at this time, it is unknown if it will. Obama will likely wait until after midterm elections before deciding if the Justice Department will in fact appeal the ruling. If the ruling is upheld, LGBT soldiers will finally be able to serve openly in the military, a huge step toward social progress. American soldiers risk their lives every day to protect America and our way of life. As a society, would it be so hard to say, “Thank you. Live your life as you please, since you have enabled me to live my life as I please.” Benjamin Klein is a junior political science and magazine journalism major. His column appears every Wednesday, and he can be reached at btklein@syr.edu.

Betty White’s ‘I’m so old’ routine getting old

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’ll be the first to admit my love for all things pop culture and cheesy. Slap the word “musical” at the end of any Disney show, and I’ll watch it. Involve a person dancing in an animal suit, and I’ll probably buy the related merchandise. Incorporate a Betty White cameo into an ad, promo, film or show, however, and I’ll be pissed. Betty White Fever has got Americans hot for the 88-year-old, and I’m simply not feeling it. Most recognized for her roles as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” and Sue Ann Niven on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” White has been a notable gemstone in American television for decades — far before her first Super Bowl ad and far before the first Super Bowl, for that matter. Not until recently, White’s name and career only resonated with loyal fans who grew up with her on TV or who watched “The Golden Girls” reruns on Lifetime (OK, guilty). But due to White’s cameos in seemingly every ad, promo and prime-time show, even my millenniumborn cousin knows the name “Betty White.” Kick-starting 2010, Snickers gave Super Bowl XLIV viewers a commercial featuring White getting decked during a game of backyard football. Frustrated, one of her teammates tells White, “You’re playing like Betty White out there,” to which she replies, “That’s not what your girlfriend says.” The commercial went over like wildfire, earning Snickers the best Super Bowl ad of the year and White a new spot in America’s heart. At first, I was receptive to White’s newfound place in Hollywood. It was funny to see her act out of character for her age by throwing back a saucy remark to a younger guy. And it was kind of funny when she pronounced Jay-Z as “Jaze” during a promo for “Saturday Night Live.” But by the time White’s opening “SNL” monologue rolled around, it was clear her comedic niche rested on the “I’m so old” routine. Apparently, the driving reason behind White’s stint as “SNL” host was due to a Facebook campaign begging producers to put her on

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heart racin’ in my skin tight jeans the show. White responded to the campaign’s efforts by thanking the creators in her monologue, saying she “didn’t know what Facebook was and, now that I do know what it is, I have to say it sounds like a huge waste of time.” Although White’s ignorance of 21st century social media sites launched the audience into a 30-second span of laughter, the “joke” left me confused. Don’t we all know Facebook is a time suck? “SNL” continued by delivering a predictable White plus 21st century technology plus sexual innuendo combination, leading to its highest ratings since May 8, 2008. I’m sorry, but this combination is funny once, maybe even twice, but not for an hour and definitely not in every White cameo thereafter. Even in the trailer of “You Again,” White is shown mentioning Twitter. This typical routine suggests White’s second wave of popularity solely depends on her out-of-placeness within 21st century technology and loosened morals. She knows this, and she jokes about it over and over again. In July, White launched a clothing line with her face plastered on pink zip-ups. Priced at $48 each. In addition, a calendar featuring White posing with various animals and men is set to hit stores in 2011. Really, I’m not kidding. For the sake of my own sanity, I can only hope 2011 remains the year of the rabbit and not the year of Betty White: Round 2. Amanda Abbott is a junior geography and IST major. She is the assistant opinion editor at The Daily Orange, where her column appears occasionally. She can be reached at aeabbott@syr.edu.


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omecoming. A time to look back, a time to look ahead, and a time to look to the left and look to the right and do the Cha Cha Slide. No, seriously. Homecoming weekend is supposed to be one of the biggest weekends of the year. It certainly is at other schools. And it’s such a good idea in theory: current students bonding with alumni over grades and schoolwork and career opportunities. In addition to beer, sex and an unhealthy amount of stuffed Otto toys. But this year, SU has decided to cut back on most of the activities that actually made Homecoming fun and created spaces for all the aforementioned networking. There won’t be a bonfire or an announcement of the Homecoming Court on the Quad, or even a performance by the band. Actually, wait — no, there will be a performance by the band. At 9 a.m. On Saturday. Because at what better time of day could you truly appreciate the sound of drums? But all that is beside the point. The real problem is the fact that it feels like SU may have thrown in the towel when it comes to Homecoming. Alumni outreach is clearly not effective enough to make Homecoming the stereotypically awesome event it’s supposed to be, with parades, pep rallies and barn dances.   I can’t totally blame all the alumni for not wanting to attend. After all, I wouldn’t RSVP to a barbecue in Schine Student Center’s Panasci Lounge either. An indoor barbecue? What is that? And at the same time, I understand SU can save money by cutting back on activities that were sparsely attended in the first place. But instead of cutting back, we should be thinking of ways to resell a new and improved Homecoming to the SU community. And to that end, I have a few suggestions: 1.     Increase publicity: Posting hordes of fliers all over the trees around campus is both effective and ironic.

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blondes know better 2.     Appeal to freshmen: They have nothing better to do. 3.     Provide free food: Not a single other activity will matter. Most importantly, the announcement of the Homecoming Court should definitely be reinstated. After all, how can I care about my vote for king and queen if I don’t get to watch the others lose? Alum Zac Gorman, who graduated last May, suggests there even be two separate alumni weekends. “There should be one for recent grads, five years or less, and one for all grads. Most recent college grads want to come back and party, while the older group just wants to reminisce about the campus.” Gorman adds, “I always enjoyed Homecoming as an undergrad, but I was in a house, so I just saw the brothers who had graduated earlier. For those not in a house, I can see why Homecoming might suck.”  We shouldn’t give up on Homecoming. College is supposed to be the best four years of our lives, and we’re supposed to be spending all our following years still living in denial over the fact that it’s over. The importance of this weekend should not be underrated. If we let it go now, we’ll have nothing to look forward to in the future. We’ll have nothing to live for. Personally, I plan on still getting my kicks while I can. If you want to join, come with me to the cocktail party for the Class of 1955 this weekend. I bet it’s going to get pretty wild. Marina Charny is a senior English and textual studies and writing major. Her column appears every Thursday, and she can be reached at mcharny@syr.edu. 

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Madrid experience missing one thing: American football

ADRID–Adjusting to life in Madrid can be difficult. The language is foreign, the traffic laws are confusing and the culture moves at a different pace. Here, the men all love soccer, wear product in their hair and smell like cigarettes. The women, on the other hand, go everywhere in high heels, drink coffee like it’s their job and smell like cigarettes. The living situation is different, too. Instead of a dorm room with friends or an off-campus apartment, students live with hosts. Some, like me, live alone with a host mother, while others live with entire families. That means we get home-cooked meals instead of cafeteria-manufactured crap, air-dried clothes instead of machine-dampened rags and lunches with grandkids instead of videogames with friends. However, the biggest difference for me between life here and life in Syracuse happens every Sunday as I attempt to follow my favorite football team, the Washington Redskins. Instead of trekking to ZJ’s Pizza every week to find a crowd of Redskins fans gathered around a large television set, I now have to search through the Internet to find a live stream on my laptop so that I can

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doing it live from madrid watch the game with the Redskins’ newest and most enthusiastic fan: my 65-year-old host mom, Carmen. Usually when we’re together, Carmen and I pass the time talking about food, Spanish culture or her favorite topic: her four grandchildren. Last Sunday, however, we spent our time talking about football. I told her all about the National Football League and the Redskins before we both sat down to watch the game. Granted she had never seen an American football game before and doesn’t speak a word of English, she had no idea what was happening at any point during the contest. Still, what she lacked in football knowledge, she more than made up for with passion. As the Redskins mounted an improbable comeback during a fourth quarter with ever-mounting tension and excitement, I reacted

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demonstrably to every consequential play. When something good happened, I would pump my fist in the air and yell, “Yes!” When something bad happened, I’d bang my fist on the desk and say the R-rated versions of words like “darn” and “shucks.” After every outburst, Carmen, who sitting beside me and staring intently at the screen, would tap me urgently on the shoulder and ask, “Qué pasó, chico? Qué pasó?!” — “What happened? What happened?!” I would then explain to her what happened on the last play and what it meant for the Redskins, and sure enough, she would react in the exact same way I did. Only louder. And in Spanish. Right before my very eyes, I saw a mild-mannered retiree — a woman described as “sweet” and “adorable” by everyone I know who has met her — transform into the type of loud and rambunctious fan you usually only find at the Carrier Dome. It was the most fun I’d ever had watching football. I was very impressed with her colorful vocabulary. Luckily, Carmen’s grandkids weren’t there to hear any of it. Danny Fersh is junior broadcast journalism major. His column appears occasionally, and he can be reached at dafersh@syr.edu.

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gram, which was launched last month. STOP Bias was created to provide the SU community with resources to help those who have been impacted by bias incidents on and around campus. “This e-mail is not specific to Halloween costumes. This is a much broader issue,” Kantrowitz said. “It’s not the case that every year at Halloween we see a lot of policy violations. But time and time again, we hear from students and faculty that they were really hurt or surprised by costumes and that there were costumes in poor taste.” The website has already received reports of bias on campus, such as racial slurs, Kantrowitz said. Students can also use the website to report biased costumes during themed parties over the weekends, though there have not been any yet, she said. The e-mails reminding students to be sensitive about their costumes started coming out after an incident years ago, because there is the potential for physical violence, Kantrowitz said. An investigation about a report of a racially insensitive Halloween costume occurred five or six years ago, said DPS Chief Tony Callisto. And though there have been reports of biased costumes since then, none have been serious enough to prompt an investigation, he said. If DPS patrol officers see a biased costume during Halloween weekend, they will act on it, Callisto said. “If we detect that there’s a person with an offensive costume, we’d likely require them to remove it, and we would file a judicial complaint,” Callisto said. “There are costumes that could be very offensive to members of protected

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class communities.” Students can also report bias to DPS. It will investigate the incident to see if there was actually bias, which would be a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, and would then file a judicial complaint. Halloween this year falls on a Sunday, and DPS will send the same number of patrol officers to cover the community as it normally does on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to ensure students stay safe, Callisto said. “Bias is not the only thing that we’re looking for. We are also looking to keep Syracuse students and the community safe by doing everything we can to make sure people aren’t the victims of a crime or in trouble,” Callisto said. When it comes to Halloween and the potential for biased costumes, Kantrowitz said students need to think about their reasoning behind their choices in costume. “As people are dressing up trying to emulate another person, you have to ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’” Kantrowitz said. “Most of the time, it is not likely that the costume is trying to represent the person as beautiful or respectful.” Some students said they believe the message conveyed in the e-mail will not reach all students. “Sometimes, people are just uninformed; they don’t read the e-mails,” said Ira Huff, a sophomore history major. “Worst-case scenario, people don’t care that their costume is offensive, and those are the people you have to watch out for.” Jess Martin, a sophomore history and education major, and Rachel Benedict, a freshman biology major and pre-med student, said they agreed with Huff. “I don’t think the e-mail stopped anyone. Some people are still going to do it,” Martin

“The rule of thumb for costumes is: If you’re putting it on and something feels a little funny, that’s an intuition you should listen to. This message is all about thinking before you act. It’s really about becoming a more inclusive community.” Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz

the associate vice president of student affairs for inclusion, communit y and citizenship

said. “Some popular costumes are reinforced stereotypes, so the costumes seem like they are OK when they aren’t.” The topic was brought up at Benedict’s residence hall floor meeting, and she said it may have caused some students to think about their costume choices, but there are also always the ignorant ones who are not going to listen. “Students need to remember that what you see on Comedy Central or on other cable comedy stations doesn’t make it right here at Syracuse University,” Callisto said. “What’s difficult for people to remember, sometimes, is what might be appropriate for a cable television outlet is not going to be appropriate in a place like Syracuse University, a place that really celebrates diversity.” medelane@syr.edu

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There have been three incidents of graffiti in the past three weeks in and near the Westcott area, said Sgt. Gary Bulinski of the Syracuse Police Department. It’s unknown if the crimes are connected, and police are searching for suspects, he said. The graffiti sprayings this year follow a rash of incidents in June 2009 and September 2009, though overall graffiti numbers on Syracuse University campus are down this year. Graffiti was sprayed on Westcott, Bassett and South Beech streets in the latest incidents. An 8-ball, similar to the design of that on a pool table, was sprayed in one of the incidents, Bulinski said. One of the buildings sprayed last week was a church, but members did not return several calls from The Daily Orange. In September 2009, Syracuse police arrested three men for spraying graffiti on two buildings in the Westcott area, one of which included Mom’s Diner on Westcott, according to a Sept. 12, 2009, article in The Post-Standard. Several months before that, in June 2009, a 19-year-old man, who had been arrested 21 times in the past three years, was sentenced to five years probation for spraying graffiti on several Westcott businesses, according to a June 15, 2009, article on WSYR’s website. For workers in the Westcott neighborhood, like Susman, the issue is perennial. “It’s always been an on-and-off problem in the neighborhood,” he said. The Westcott Community Center is city property, so the city is responsible for cleaning up any graffiti on the building, Susman said. But it usually takes several months for the city to remove the graffiti, and Susman said it would be better if it was taken away sooner, so the graffiti suspects wouldn’t be able to show their friends what they sprayed. “I don’t know what their motivation is,” he said. The graffiti incidents usually occur in the warmer months, Susman said. “Just think about being out here in a typical Syracuse winter,” he said. “Nobody wants to stand out there with spray paint.” Some of the graffiti may be related to some of the rock bands that perform in the area, Susman said. During one band’s concert at the Westcott Community Center, someone sprayed the band’s symbol on a bathroom mirror, so Susman and the center made the promoter of the concert come back and clean it up. Outside the Westcott area on SU campus, graffiti incidents are down in 2010 from what they were last year, according to statistics from the Department of Public Safety. There were 16 graffiti sprayings last year between January and October, compared to 10 so far this year. The incidents have occurred anywhere from parking lots to Day Hall and Winding Ridge on South Campus. “We find more inside than outside, so like in bathroom walls and things like that,” DPS Chief Tony Callisto said. Though there aren’t many graffiti sprayings on the outside of buildings, they have occurred before, Callisto said. Nearly three years ago, somebody sprayed the number of deaths in the Iraq War on an outside wall, Callisto said. There was also graffiti behind Flanagan Gymnasium a year and a half ago. Students typically spray the indoor graffiti, but the outdoor incidents could be caused by anyone ranging from city youths to students, Callisto said. “Some of them might look at it as artistry,” he said. “Some of them might look at it as criminal mischief.” mcboren@syr.edu


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not everyone got the memo, as dozens of faculty wandered in late. Martha Hanson, who presented the athletic policy report, spoke of a new video for student athletes about social responsibility on campus. The report describes the film as having commentary by former and current SU football, basketball and lacrosse players. “This was one of the most heartening, compelling, poignant videos I’ve ever seen,” Hanson said. “In terms of bringing across the mistakes, or the opportunities that our student athletes have to make mistakes, what they can learn from those mistakes, thinking and contemplating about how to prevent making those mistakes.” Hanson said she wished the entire Senate could watch the video. University spokesman Kevin Quinn said he would look into it because the video was originally produced exclusively for student athletes. “I know there were some student athletes, former student athletes, who really spoke candidly about mistakes they had made,” he said. Hanson also reported SU lost two athletic scholarships last year due to three student athletes — Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris — dropping out to pursue professional careers before graduation. Quinn said he anticipates SU’s NCAA Academic Progress Rate will bounce back and the athletic department won’t lose more scholarships. Robert Van Gulick, a philosophy professor, asked about a line in the report that states, “The athletic department’s vision demands that all SU teams should be nationally competitive.” Van Gulick asked why athletics is expected to be nationally competitive across the board and if

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that would be an unrealistic goal for academics. “The counterpoint from the academic side might be, in general, we don’t feel we can be nationally competitive in all of our academic programs,” Van Gulick said. “We try to provide quality programs, wherever we have a student program, that will benefit the students and allow them to have a good education here. But we can’t be nationally competitive in every academic field.” Chancellor Nancy Cantor disagreed. She said SU mounts fewer competitive athletic teams than other schools, as a way to focus resources on those teams it does mount. The university considers which sports it can excel in and which ones shouldn’t be started, Cantor said. She then turned to address academic standards. “I would assume that everyone at SU — every dean, every chair, every department — wants to strive to focus intellectually on things that we have a chance at being nationally competitive in,” Cantor said. “So the idea is not so much that, writ large, you’re going to mount everything you can mount and get them all up to being excellent. It’s that you’re going to make the right choices about what you have a chance to be excellent in.” Barbara Kwasnik, chair of the Committee on Curricula, offered her committee’s report for approval. The packet mentions a new environment and society undergraduate minor and a master’s in collaborative design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Kwasnik noted the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of new proposed courses. She also said individual schools and colleges will soon focus on better enforcement of class prerequisites. Other business included: • Approval of last month’s USen minutes • Approval of committee chairs who are not elected USen members

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He has made use of trees and other plants in his efforts to brighten up communities. Nature is also a place of inspiration for Geuze. He said bringing in the softness of nature in the city would help the eye to not be overwhelmed by the starkness of the buildings. He joked with the crowd how greenery could add to a space. “If things don’t look pretty, buy some cheap planting material and bombard it with greens,” he said. Geuze has found inspiration in nature and other architecture projects inspired by nature. He told the story of a Spanish monastery that built a courtyard filled with pinecones. “Strange natural phenomena — after you see it, you’re a different person,” he said. Nature is very powerful, he said, which is why he includes so much of it in his projects. He said he wants his projects to have deep impacts on people’s lives. Geuze’s ideas of nature rang true to many in the audience.

What is the Rust Belt? The Rust Belt refers to areas in the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest that were once heavily industrialized, but are now full of aging, marginally used factories.

Dear students: Like you, I enjoy the excitement and spirit of Halloween. I hope your celebrations with friends are fun and memorable. But please remember, just as any other day of the year, you are a member of the SU community. And that means respecting yourself and your relationships with others. So, as you’re preparing your Halloween weekend plans, be thoughtful and sensitive when choosing your costume. Before you go out, please consider how your portrayal of ethnicity and race, gender, class, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or disability might affect others. In the past, even well-intentioned (but un-thoughtful) costume choices created significant bias-related tensions in our community. To avoid this, consider a thoughtful conversation with others about how Halloween celebrations can build a spirit of community, in which no one is mocked, stereotyped, or inappropriately represented. Take this opportunity to protect yourself and your peers by choosing not to engage in behaviors that threaten your safety or that of others. Syracuse University values all forms of diversity, and everyone is welcome here. By making intelligent choices this Halloween, you can help create the positive environment that enables everyone to have a good time. Thanks in advance for supporting our efforts to protect our sense of community. For more information on bias-related incidents and what you can do to prevent them, visit http://stopbias.syr.edu.

Thomas V. Wolfe Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

“It should make people rethink reality in a way. Who they are, where they are, how they are.” Adriaan Geuze

Co-founder of architecture firm west 8

“The way he conceived design aims more at the spiritual level,” said Andres Jaime, an architecture graduate student. “In Syracuse, a lot of the places between the buildings could have been thought of better.” Jaime said adding trees could improve those areas. He was not the only one who had an idea of how Geuze’s ideas could have applications in Syracuse. “There’s a duality between the environment of downtown and the economy picking up,” said Lindsay Farrell, a third-year architecture student. “People need a visual incentive to go downtown.” At the end of his speech, Geuze had time for a few questions. One student asked Geuze about how projects like these would be possible in poorer areas and with the current economy. “Maybe landscape artists should be more like music makers,” he said. “If we were having a conference like this about music, we would be talking about the enjoyment of the music. Life is hard. Why think only about the hard parts?” spcotter@ syr.edu

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Staying safe and respectful this halloween

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of the calendar year. Last November, he ran unopposed for comptroller and has served in the position since January. The comptroller serves at the head of the Finance Board, which votes on how to allocate the student activity fee. The comptroller works with organizations to get their funding requests

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in on time and explains the process. The comptroller only advises the Finance Board and does not get a vote in funding decisions unless there is a tie. Once decisions on funding have been made, the comptroller must make sure the money is sent to where it is supposed to go, he said. As part of tuition, undergraduate students must pay an activity fee of $185, which totals to about $2 million all together. The money goes to SA and is used to fund any of the 300-plus orga-

Jeff Rickert’s history with Student Association Major: Accounting Class: 2012 • Feb. 2009: Member of Finance Board • Jan. 2010: Comptroller Campaign goals: Improve the budget process by allowing funding for organizations to roll over from spring to fall semester, provide funding for travel and create a committee of fiscal agents

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relevant to the issues that are important to students, faculty, staff and community members,” he said. A handful of students have expressed interest in attending the event. Lorenz Chiu, a senior hospitality management major, said he will attend the event in support of his gay friends. “I am also trying to understand the crisis that has drawn much attention in relation to the bullying and death of a young gay man at

Rutgers, which will certainly be discussed,” he said. Both Taneja and Farrow said one of the biggest challenges faced by LGBT communities today is reshaping the image of gays portrayed in the media. Traditionally, the role of gays in the media was, and still is, narrowly defined, Farrow said. Gays on television are, for the most part, white, upper-middle class males with no children, which is often not the case in LGBT communities, he said. “The mainstream media really politicizes LGBT rights as a marriage-only issue,” Taneja said. “But we know that there are many other concerns that are faced by LGBT communities.”

nizations that apply for funding during budget season, Rickert said. Last year, the Finance Board received requests totaling almost double the amount available. Money for student organizations cannot roll over from the spring to the fall. Any money left must either be used up or given back to SA for funding for the current semester, Rickert said. “I want to change that so that you can roll it back over because I think that would be helpful for a lot of groups,” he said. Rickert also hopes to change SA’s codes so groups can receive funding for travel. His last goal is to create a committee of students from various organizations to work on reforming the budget process. “I have my ideas of what’s wrong with it, but I’m not the one filling out the form and trying to get funding,” Rickert said. During his first year as comptroller, Rickert revised the form used by organizations to request funding. He added questions to give the Finance Board a better idea of what organizations intend to do with the funding they receive

What is a comptroller?

A comptroller works with student organizations and the finance board during budget season. The comptroller helps organizations with their funding requests by making sure they get them in on time and have everything they need. He or she must also work with the finance board, which decides how funding will be allocated.

if requests are accepted. Groups often miss out on funding because of minor technicalities, such as not filling out the forms correctly, Rickert said. As comptroller, he has worked to make sure the Finance Board follows the codes when making funding decisions, he said. Students can vote for SA president and comptroller via MySlice from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11. Ten percent of the student body must vote for elections to be valid. Any student who wishes to run must confirm his or her candidacy by Oct. 15. lgleveil@syr.edu

The concerns that are often overlooked include issues like poverty, racial justice, health care, immigration, labor and the criminal justice system, Taneja said. Some of these issues will be covered at Wednesday night’s event, Taneja said. Taneja himself is a minority who experienced racial discrimination within an LGBT community while he was in college, he said. Farrow’s organization, Queers for Economic Justice, looks into solutions for these issues, working alongside similar organizations across the nation. His organization also started the Beyond Marriage Project, which aims to broaden the dialogue around same-sex marriage. It challenges the idea that marriage is the dominant LGBT issue today. Farrow called this “the other movement,” referring to organizations focused on issues other than same-sex marriage, hate crimes and the much publicized “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Farrow said he feels the subject for the keynote is relevant because the issues of race and gender identity are integral parts of conversa-

tions in United States politics, he said. He cited New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s recent comment that he does not want children “to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option,” as an example. There has also not been much outcry to the Obama administration regarding issues like poverty and unemployment in LGBT communities, which have disproportionately high homeless rates, Farrow said. “Given these issues, this is a great time to be engaged in conversation even if you’re not black or gay,” he said. Farrow said he hopes the audience will take home a valuable lesson. “We need to learn to look a little behind the headlines, and see how certain political organizations and social movements get developed,” he said. “I sincerely hope that this conversation will generate more dialogue about race, class, gender and politics.”

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studies major, said she is particularly excited for the comedy show. “Besides the comedy show, I’m just looking forward to all of the excitement around campus,” Herb said. “I always like to see all the alumni come back, and everyone is always decked out in orange.”

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Orange Central 2010

Activities for this year’s homecoming festivities include athletic events, alumni gatherings and lectures.

Friday, Oct. 15

• Orange Central Headquarters, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center • All Academic Offices and Buildings Open, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Class of 1960 Photo, 11:00 a.m. Steps of Hendricks Chapel • Pan Am 103 Remembrance Quilt, 12-10 p.m., Hendricks Chapel • Spanning the Decades of Jewish Life at Syracuse University, 2-4 p.m., Winnick Hillel Center • Cold Case Justice Initiative Panel, 2:30 p.m. Hergenhan Auditorium • Syracuse Biomaterials Institute Sneak Preview Tour, 3-4 p.m. 318 Bowne Hall • Orange Central Bash, 4-6 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium Schine Student Center • Homecoming Barbecue, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Schine Student Center, Panasci Lounge • NBA Preseason Game Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m., Carrier Dome

Saturday, Oct. 16

• Stay Forever Orange, 10-10:45 a.m., Hinds Hall, Room 111 • Football Fun Zone, 9 a.m., the Quad • SU vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Football, 12 p.m., Carrier Dome • Damon Wayans in Concert and Comedy Show, 7 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium Schine Student Center


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Trendy secondhand clothing store to open on Erie Boulevard By Hilary Levin Contributing Writer

Plato’s Closet, a new clothing store on Erie Boulevard, is opening for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and some local residents are already making plans to ensure they are among the first to get their hands on the store’s merchandise. “People are coming into our store now and telling us they are camping out the night before the opening,” said Diane Joseph, the store owner. “It happened to us when we opened the franchise in Rochester. We know that is going to happen again.” Plato’s Closet buys and sells gently used clothing for teens and young adults. Joseph said the store carries the latest trends and styles from popular designers for 70 percent off mall prices. Plato’s Closet has been open for seven weeks to people interested in selling articles of clothing. The grand opening on Saturday marks the

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said she had already planned on going to the mall this weekend to shop, but she said she now wants to go because of the festivities. She did not know how long the mall had been around for. “I actually thought it was older,” Leung said. “I didn’t think it was that young. I’m not sure what age, but way older than 20.” Nick O’Hara, a freshman chemistry major, has lived about five minutes from the mall and said he has not noticed a change in the mall over

first day the public can purchase the store’s merchandise. Along with city residents, some Syracuse University students have expressed excitement for the opening. Jill Gonyea, a freshman health and exercise major, said she is excited to browse through the merchandise. “I would like to see the new store,” Gonyea said. “I hate spending money that I don’t have. It would be great to save a little, but still have the clothes that I want.” Joseph first decided to open the store after she watched her friend open up a successful Plato’s Closet franchise in Buffalo. “I thought it was a great concept, selling recycled clothing and giving cash for clothes people are not wearing,” Joseph said. “The store gives children and parents a chance to wear brand name clothing that they could not

the past 20 years. “I don’t think 20 is a stepping stone for the mall,” he said. “It’s not going to progress anymore. It’s trying to go green, but it can’t do anything without the construction. It’s turning 20, yeah, but nothing major is going to happen.” The Destiny USA building project proposed extensive additions to the mall, but construction on the expansion stalled in June 2009 after a dispute with Citigroup Inc., according to a June 16, 2009, article in The Post-Standard. Citigroup said it had lent more than $85 million to the project and was unhappy because of delays and additional costs.

afford.” Joseph pays customers 30 percent to 40 percent of the price she plans to resell the garment for. She said most customers are happy with the amount of cash given, but some decide to try other means to sell their clothing. “They tried to sell it on eBay, and then would come back to us and say it was not worth the aggravation,” she said. Joseph said although the clothing in Plato’s Closet is used, she checks before it is sold to make sure it isn’t damaged. “People come in and can’t believe these clothes are used,” Joseph said. “We do not even look at clothing that is stained, ripped or if it smells like basement or smoke. It is just really important that we don’t appear as a thrift store.” Joseph said she hopes the new store location will bring in people from all parts of Syracuse.

She purchased the franchise two years ago and spent a long time studying the city’s demographics to decide where to locate the store. She settled on Erie Boulevard because it is easily accessible from every area in Syracuse. Chris Shepherd, a sophomore in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, has shopped at a Plato’s Closet in his hometown, but does not necessarily plan on visiting the location in Syracuse. He said he sees potential problems for students without transportation getting to the store. “I think its target audience is teens, so I don’t know if I would find anything in the store,” Shepherd said. “Around here, it works if you have a car. There might be students at SU who wish to go there, but have no means of getting there.” hklevin@syr.edu

“The mall is a good place, and they’re trying to make it better. Trying to be the biggest mall is a great feat, but turning 20 isn’t going to do anything for them, especially not a free carousel ride.” Nick O’ Hara

Freshman chemistry major

“The mall is a good place and they’re trying to make it better,” O’Hara said. “Trying to be the biggest mall is a great feat, but turning 20

isn’t going to do anything for them, especially not a free carousel ride.” krkoerti@syr.edu


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By Julia Terruso STAFF WRITER

budget vote marked by partisan conf lict and confusion ended with substantial cuts to arts and cultural funding Tuesday. The Onondaga County Ways and Means Committee approved a $1.15 billion budget, which lawmakers say will prevent a major spike in county property taxes in 2011. Legislators approved the budget 15-3 at 10 p.m. on Tuesday after nearly six hours of deliberation and caucusing. County Executive Joanie Mahoney, who has publicly spoken out against the committee’s budget changes, can veto any portion of the budget, but 13 votes from the legislature can override her veto. Among the budget changes, the legislature agreed not to sell Air 1, the sheriff department’s helicopter, and reinstated funding to restore the Landmark Theatre and two employee positions at Pratt’s Falls County Park. The arts did not fair as well in county funding, though a private trust may fill the void. The legislature voted 12-6 to strike down a resolution to increase funding for 16 arts and cultural organizations and restore funding to nine, which were eliminated. The cuts total $387,000 and made up one-tenth of 1 percent of the budget. The vote followed a heated exchange across the aisle as democratic legislatures touted the economic and intangible benefits of the arts, and Republicans stressed the sky-high property tax increases and subsequent need for cuts. “We are cutting and slashing not only the heart and soul of our community, but one of the most important economic development tools we have,” said county legislator Tom Buckel (D-7th District) in support of the arts. But the legislature is not leaving the arts out to dry. The aim is to shift funding from the county to the Cultural Resources Trust, a fund created by the county in fall 2009, which operates independently. The trust was not initially developed to fund dayto-day operations, but to assist cultural, educational and historical institutions with special projects. That would change next year. “The fact is we’re looking at a 100 percent tax increase, and we have to start looking at things with new eyes and being a little bit more creative than we have in the past,” said legislator Kathleen Rapp (R-5th District). “Is this a conventional solution? Probably not, but the money’s there.” The Cultural Resources Trust has helped the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Jazz Festival and Syracuse City Ballet in the past. But democratic legislators were less concerned with the trust’s track record and more about the legality of the trust and the assurance that it would cover the nearly $400,000 in cuts. “We’re on awful thin ice here saying, ‘Yeah, go ahead and fund these places,’ when in fact we don’t have the right or the law behind us to tell them to do so,” said Sam Laguzza (D-6th District). The Cultural Resources Trust bylaws do not mandate the trust appropriate funds based on the legislature’s suggestions, but County Executive Mahoney sent a letter to the chairman of the fund Tuesday. “It’s dangerous. There’s no certainty they’ll be funded. We’re told in conversations with the chairman that the money’s

illustration by becca mcgovern | presentation director there, but how much which organizations would get, we don’t know,” said Martin Masterpole (D-17th District). Reaction from local arts organizations was somber. “The larger concern to us is the message that this sends,” said Jeff Woodward, managing director of Syracuse Stage, which lost $25,000 in county funding. ���The fact that the county feels that arts and culture, and particularly Syracuse Stage, is not worthy of any public funding at all, that greatly troubles us.” Last year, the county cut about 20 percent of Syracuse Stage’s budget. The concern, Woodward said, is that it becomes a “slippery slope” and keeps falling. Gregg Tripoli is the executive director of the Onondaga Historical Association, which lost $11,000 in funding this year, 10 percent of its budget. “We’re proving a real service to the county,” he said. “And the county is paying a smaller and smaller cost.” The nature of the museum’s function — collecting, preserving and archiving the county’s history — makes cutbacks particularly difficult, he said. “We cannot be that discretionary because we have no control over the history made or brought to us every day,” Tripoli said. “We can’t reduce our sets or book fewer performances. We don’t have the luxury of saying no to a historically significant painting. Something is always coming in a manila envelope or a box-load from grandma’s attic,” he said. The Cultural Resources Council lost $60,000, all of its originally appropriated funds. The burgeoning art community brought the council’s Executive Director Stephen Butler back to Syracuse. Collectively the arts employ more than 1,000 people, making them the 17th largest employer in Central New York and a generator of about $70 million in revenue, Butler said. “During tough economic times, people need their art more than ever,” Butler said. “Art is cathartic, and we’re really wired to engage in art — color, rhythm and movement. It’s just part of our humanity.” jmterrus@syr.edu

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Alumni return to Syracuse for two downtown concerts By Eunji Kim STAFF WRITER

Planet Rump could have been a regular band — the type of act that practices music in a stuffy garage before finally making it big on a full-blown stage. But thanks to certain band members’ time at Syracuse University, Planet Rump is also the heart of the party scene. And they’ll be bringing the party back to Syracuse when they perform at the Trexx Nightclub Friday at 10 p.m. and Funk ‘n Waff les Saturday night. When Dave “DJ Tantric” Moore was a student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry four years ago, a drag queen ripped off his shirt at a drag show in Schine Underground in front of hundreds of students. “The drag queen took off my shirt and threw it to the crowd,” Moore said, “Probably the best musical moment to this day.” Moore will be looking for that same excitement when he and his band, Planet Rump, come this weekend. Tayisha Busay, Great Tiger and local group Mouth’s Cradle are other electronic dance bands that will join the party. With electronic techno music, nobody knows what to expect — not even the band members. The bands choreograph and make new mixes live on stage. It’s just as unexpected as the fraternity parties Leyla Heckrotte said she used to attend at SU. Heckrotte, known as Planet Rump’s “Miss Strawberry,” graduated from the university eight years ago. Coming back to Central New York after living and performing in New York City, Heckrotte said visiting the campus will bring a feeling of nostalgia. During those years at SU, she developed a kind of liberation as she went to dorm and off-campus parties to “get down.” “It was a party time,” Heckrotte said. “I could rock out being a student.” Grier Dill and Stephen Minasvand, band members of Great Tiger, are “super-stoked” to rock out their music this week. Minasvand is known to frequently go in to the crowd in the middle of a performance and dance with random audience members.

Dance breaks aren’t the only twists of Great Tiger’s concerts. By using Ableton software on his computer, Dill chops music and mashes jams on his computer live on stage. “People always say, ‘Oh wait a second, he’s bashing on this arcade box, wow,’” Dill said. Tayisha Busay and Great Tiger are bands from New York City. It will be the first time they leave their home nest to perform at a different city. The performance away from home doesn’t deter the band’s partying attitude, however.

“We’re doing something out of the box We can take you to outer space.” Vanessa Miller

MEMBER OF PLANET RUMP

“Kids know how to party,” Tessa Greenberg, a member of Tayisha Busay said. “Syracuse kids are going to kick a** — they know what’s up.” Greenberg feels like she’ll be attending “Partying 101” when she visits Syracuse. She said she’s pumped to bring her music to a live college audience. Moore agrees. With parents nowhere to be seen, he said he achieved a feeling of “breaking through” while he was at ESF. They hope to bring a similar liberating experience to the SU crowd with their music. Vanessa “Nasty Ness” Miller, a member of Planet Rump, heard great things about the city she’s never been to from Heckrotte and Moore. She hopes to bring a “voice you’ll never forget” to this “cool town.” “I heard everyone’s super awesome,” Miller said. “That’s enough for me to know it’s a great place to cultivate minds.” It is a type of unique music people don’t usually hear of, Miller said, and that’s exactly what the bands wanted. “We’re doing something out of the box,” she said. “We can take you to outer space.” ekim13 @ syr.edu

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robert storm | staff photographer RYAN Henry, A fifth year landscape architecture major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, devoted four years to cheering on SU and ESF athletes. He is now taking his commitment further as an SU cheerleader.

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or Ryan “Gumby” Henry, the routine has always been the same. It starts with walking through the left door of Gate E. Pay homage to Ernie Davis’ Heisman Trophy and Mikey Powell’s photo. Touch the ceiling beams while Jason Gruenauer grabs a drink from the fountain. Tap the “No Smoking” sign, but don’t rush the entrance. Section 103, Row J, fourth seat in. Greet the band and don’t leave out the security guards. Listen to the 44-song playlist — actually, make it 45; can’t forget the national anthem. Just like any other game, the clock ticks down. Try finding a louder, more animated Syracuse fan than Gumby in the past five years. In his signature white Syracuse basketball jersey, orange shorts and assorted sweatbands, Gumby considered the student section his own team, bringing animation and energy to the Carrier Dome’s student section. But these days, he finds himself in a different outfit, stepping out from the stands onto the field as a cheerleader, bolting across the end zone, flag in hand, and tossing cheerleaders in the air.

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Whether in the stands or on the field, Gumby has never stopped believing in the fans — fans that could change the game, for better or worse. For Gumby, it was never about the “so-called fame” and recognition he has achieved as the face of fandom for Syracuse University athletics. Lead with optimism and enthusiasm, and others follow, he said. Finding that optimism is rarely a problem for Gumby, said his close friend Gruenauer. “There were some games where, specifically in basketball, that they’d be down a little bit or turning the ball over,” said Gruenauer, a member of Gumby’s gameday crew. “He would rise up, and it was contagious. Everyone around him would push harder and cheer louder, and all of a sudden, there was a point swing.” With every Syracuse win, Gumby knew he had something to do with it. A loss, well, that too was partially his fault. “(Gumby) put every ounce of himself into cheering for a game,” Gruenauer said. “If Syracuse played a great game, he really felt that he had an impact on that, and I agree. I really think that he did.”

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Showing up hours before game time, Gumby was always ready for another competition and another chance to will the team to victory. He expects the campus passersby to only know him as Gumby or “that dude at the game.” “Gumby,” a nickname given to him by his father, only grazes the surface of the leader, the student and the friend beneath. His nickname bears no connection with the green stretchy cartoon character, but since he can remember, it is what he almost always answers to. “I ended up with half my high school not knowing my real name,” Henry said. “It’s sort of became an alter ego. Everyone knows the spirit and life of Gumby, but no one really knows Ryan Henry.” Henry, a fifth-year landscape architecture major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, has spent most of his college career supporting athletics. He spent his fourth year as a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, using his passion for sports to help launch ESF’s athletics program. “(Sports) can give you goosebumps. It’s the see gumby page 14

he idea of the study group is not one based around faith. It’s based on the assumption that some (or most) of us are slacking off instead of studying for the majority of the semester. In a perfect world (at least the one your profs imagine), everyone would show up to class, pay attention and do all the outside reading. Also in a perfect world, bacon would cure cancer. We don’t reside in a utopia, so we study in groups in an attempt to cram in all the information we didn’t retain. Because let’s face it: We were too busy texting about the party on Friday night or daydreaming about who would win in a fight between Optimus Prime and Godzilla. If you do find yourself in a study group, it’s important to be familiar with your surroundings — specifically the others in the room. While most study sessions are filled with students just trying to brush up before the big test, other inhabitants feel a little out of place.

The teaching assistant If your class has a TA, he or she will probably be in charge of an official study group. These people are hard to read because they can run the gamut of knowledge. Some TAs engulf themselves in the professor’s work and are sharp enough to teach the class. Others are nothing more than paper-passing mules. The problem with any TA is that it’s hard to view someone essentially your age (or sometimes even younger than you, if you’re a grad student) as an authority figure. What to do: Shut up and listen. They know how the test will be structured and what kind of information will be on there. Don’t say anything if you don’t have to. The silence will make them feel awkward and perhaps divulge more information. As for the authority issue, just grit your teeth and bear it for the hour or so of studying. It’ll be worth the grade boost.

The overachiever This kind of person has diligently read and re-read the readings, went to every class and is always trying to expand upon the professor’s point in class. They know more about the

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stuff that stories are made out of,” Henry said. “It’s the best feeling in the world when you’re part of a team that appreciates you for who you are and what you can do.” It was those goosebumps that, when life outside the Dome got tough, always remained the same. Henry’s time at ESF wasn’t always easy. Finding a niche in his class didn’t come automatically, leaving him wondering if ESF was the right fit. Leah Flynn, director of student activities at ESF and Henry’s friend since his first year, still tells her family stories about him. One time, after receiving a concerned call from Henry’s mom, Flynn had to walk to Henry’s dorm and remind him to keep in touch with her. Flynn’s nieces and nephews, though they have never met Henry, still ask how he’s doing.

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topic than the TA, yet they still feel the need to show up and essentially run the study session. Oddly enough, they seem the most nervous about the material than anybody else. What to do: Listen to their big points, but not the little details they are fretting about. This person clearly has a grasp on all you’ll need to know on the test. They just tend to freak out about things, such as if they’ll have to know what day and time events occurred and if they should be categorized chronologically or alphabetically.

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“It’s not like he stumbled into anything bad, but he questioned if this was the right place for him and if he was being accepted,” Flynn said. “He had two choices: He could either up and leave and say, ‘Maybe I should find something else,’ or stay and stick it out.” Henry chose the latter. Once he had decided to stay, the Dome wasn’t just woven into his routine: It became it. Henry sat above the players’ entrance gate at his first football game, and the atmosphere quickly became addicting, he said. “I walk into that Dome and everything — all the worries, all the homework, all the stress that I have — just melts away,” Henry said. “I don’t think about anything else, I just think about wanting to win the game and wanting to do everything in my power to make that happen.” So when his standard student section crew graduated in May 2010, it meant an end to the normal ritual. He still had one year left on campus, but had already said his goodbyes.

“He was worried about not being able to have as much fun this year because his crew was gone,” Henry’s father, Alan, said. “When you’re with the same eight people for four years, he had to find a different way to share his enthusiasm.” Approached by the SU cheerleading coach after his appearance at last year’s College GameDay, Ryan decided to spend his last year on the field, rather than in the stands he had come to know so well. This new role is challenging, but he said he’s getting the hang of it, just in time for this week’s game against Pittsburgh. “I know what I need to do now to get the student section excited for the Pitt game,” Ryan said. “I want to make the Dome the hardest place to play for this game.” Ryan’s devotion to both SU and ESF goes deeper than any basketball game, said Rebecca Daniels, the communications director for the Office of Residence Life who helped Ryan during his time as a resident adviser, in an

e-mail interview. “Whenever you go anywhere with him, it’s always ‘Hey, Gumby! What’s up?!’ And he knows everyone’s name and what their story is … and I’m talking about hundreds of people,” Daniels said. “He loves his fellow students, and I am pretty sure that his experience with both schools can be summed up by his friendships and the people whose lives he has touched, and vice versa.” With graduation looming, Ryan said he isn’t sure what his fandom will translate to in later years. Though his routine will have to change, he promises his passion for life and athletics never will. The love for his schools and his peers will always run deep. “(Bleeding orange) is something that a lot of people casually throw around, but is only really true for a few people,” Gruenauer said. “I know for a fact that Gumby bleeds orange.”

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or her incessant need for attention, just long enough for you to learn about the process of mitosis as dealt with in Chapter 28.

what they’re talking about, so if they ask the TA something that makes you go, “What? I don’t remember that at all,” it’s because you shouldn’t remember it — they fabricated the question as something that would suggest they’d actually read the material. If anything, take confidence from them, because as lost as their ramblings make you, you’re on better footing than the slackers. It’s the minor self-esteem boosts that keep us going.

This person goes not to brush up for the exam, but to hang out. They base their entire schedules around taking classes with their friends and are damned if they aren’t going to take absolute advantage of that — heaven forbid they break out of their circle of friends. Expect loud chatter that doesn’t deal with anything class-related. What to do: In large part, this group can be ignored. They’re probably going to be more of a distraction than anything. If he or she happens to be a friend of yours and is talking your ear off, bargain to hang out for a while after the study session. It might soothe his

The non-readers These people haven’t even thought about working this semester. If they purchased the book at all, they surely haven’t opened it yet. If there’s not a mandatory attendance policy, they’ve probably missed more classes than they’ve shown up for. Now their ability to pass the class hinges on how much they can gain from this study group. These are the Jeff Spicolis of the real world. What to do: They usually have no idea

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Seth Sommerfeld is graduate student in the Goldring Arts Journalism program and is the humor columnist. He’s going away for a while, but thanks for reading. He can be reached at srsommer@ syr.edu.


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Choosing distracting aesthetics instead of dramatic detail, directors can’t get through ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ By Sam Littman STAFF WRITER

n keeping with its title, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is kind of an odd production. Married directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck adopt an uninteresting premise and infuse it with just enough humor to keep it engaging. The characters are walking clichés, but they’re soulful enough to merit the audience’s attention. The subject matter is banal, to say the least. However, Boden and Fleck are skilled-enough filmmakers who enrapture their audience in stretches that any other director would have turned into bumbling messes. While the picture cannot be written off as a failure, it certainly constitutes a step back for the talented young filmmakers. Boden and Fleck directed Ryan Gosling to an Oscar nomination in “Half Nelson” (2006) and eloquently portrayed the manipulation of immigrants in American sport in their acclaimed drama, “Sugar” (2009). While gripping in stretches, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is not nearly as incisive or mature as their prior works, lacking the gritty grace that made them so compelling in their previous film adventures. Recognizing the depth of his inexplicable depression, 16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist) independently checks himself into a psychiatric ward at the hospital. Craig finds the psychiatric hospital actually provides a unique solace from his home life, where he is overwhelmed with depressing current events and an important summer school application. He immediately befriends Bobby (Zack Galifianakis), one of the longest-tenured and wisest patients, and takes a liking to the unstable Noelle (Emma Roberts), whose boldness he finds irresistible.

In becoming comfortable as a somewhat stable mental patient, Craig becomes the Randle McMurphy (from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) of the ward. He interacts with his peers in an exceptionally mature, if passive, manner and gains their respect as he gets back in touch with reality. For a film in which nearly every character is deeply disturbed, the picture has very little drama to speak of. Even though the film might position itself as a comedy, there is hardly any conflict churning the action, with lighthearted moments following one another in a seemingly endless procession. The filmmakers, who are usually so eager to subject their antiheroes to great gobs of torment, do not care to dig deep to reveal some degree of depth in each character in this movie. Gilchrist is decent in his first major screen role, but it’s Galifianakis who owns the picture. In a slightly less comedic turn, Galifianakis is alternately sweet, distressed and upsettingly angry. Few actors are more watchable than Galifianakis, whose serious nature allows him to ease comfortably into heart-wrenching drama. Unfortunately, the filmmakers offer just one heart-wrenching scene, and it occurs in the middle of the picture. A slew of diverting animation sequences and an eclectic musical number are enjoyable and unpretentious, though they’re not indicative of the filmmakers’ talents. In past works, Boden and Fleck did not need to rely on any sorts of glitzy cinematic flourishes. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is not a film one would expect from Boden and Fleck. The situations the principal characters are embroiled in are not sufficiently engrossing, and they have nothing meaningful to communicate. Boden and Fleck may have regressed as filmmakers,

but the film is not lacking in entertainment value. The writing is rather sharp, and the characters, despite being underdeveloped, are highly likable. Had Boden and Fleck cared to amplify the drama in many of their interesting, secondary storylines, rather than bother with unneeded indulgences, they could have avoided being chastised for betraying their own style. smlittma@syr.edu

IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts Rating:

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Four stars could miss weekend due to ‘internal team matter’ Ryan Marfurt Staff Writer

The Syracuse field hockey team could be without four of its starters this weekend, after the Orange played without the four this past weekend against Albany, SU head coach Ange Bradley said Wednesday. The group includes SU’s top two all-time leading scorers in senior back Maggie Befort and senior forward Lindsey Conrad, as well as two starters who have appeared in every game this season: senior forward Shelby Schraden and sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver. Bradley said the situation is one that will be handled internally and declined to comment further. When asked why the four players didn’t play in last Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win at Albany, the coach responded, “Each week, we have a different travel squad — that’s been a standard since the start of the season. And this week, they weren’t on the travel squad. That’s an internal team manner, and that’s where we’ll leave it.” The team was noticeably lighter with three of the four players not at practice on Wednesday. Befort was the only player present, and Bradley said the status of the four players remains up in the air for this weekend. Bradley confirmed the issue with the players is not related to injury or suspensions and said the team has already moved on. “We have to have you guys stop asking us questions, that’s a big thing,” Bradley said. “In our mind, we have moved forward. This has happened, and we have moved forward. We’re

done with it. It gets brought back up when I’m being asked questions about it. “For us to move forward — we moved forward last week. We went out, we represented Syracuse with pride, passion and we played Syracuse (field) hockey. And we won.” The decision to not play the players this past week was made on “either Wednesday or Thursday” of last week, Bradley said. Only Bradley was made available last Friday at the team’s weekly media opportunity. At the time, Bradley did not talk about the fact that four regular starters would not be traveling with the team, but said on Wednesday that the reasoning behind not making players available to the media had nothing to do with the benching of the four regular starters. “We had a couple off days in the week, and we just needed to be able to fix that up,” Bradley said. To compensate for the loss of the players, the Orange (8-4) started the game off with only two forwards for the first time all year. Freshman Ashtin Klingler made her first start of her career at forward, and sophomore back Erika Wachter and junior midfielder Shannon Connolly got starts in place of the absent players. Freshman back Anna Crumb got her first taste of collegiate hockey in the game as well, burning her redshirt in the process, Bradley said. Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Sayer had only been a part of two practices since injuring her knee in August, but started in place of Stiver. Bradley said Sayer got the start over Stiver because she earned it.

“She is in there because she had the opportunity, and she earned the starting job,” Bradley said. “We have three goalkeepers, and that starting job is evaluated each day, each week at practice. Last week at practice, Rachel won out the starting job.” When asked if the three seniors who didn’t travel with the team last week had lost their positions in a similar fashion, Bradley said, “Absolutely.” Junior midfielder Martina Loncarica, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime Sunday and leads the team in goals, said playing without the four usual starters was definitely a change, but she tried to focus on who was on the field rather than who was off it. “We just move forward,” Loncarica said. “We try to do the best with the people who are here and who want to play. We just move forward.” Sayer had a similar stance on the issue as Loncarica and thought the game was a tribute to the squad’s depth. “We, as a team, can play with anyone on the field, and I think that’s great for us,” Sayer said. “It’s something that we had to just grow from. Our team stepped up. We had freshmen starting that had never played on the field before, and they did great.” It may not be evident which players will be traveling with the team this weekend, but Bradley has made it clear her team has moved past the “internal manners” that plagued the starting lineup last week. Bradley is adamant the issue is already a thing of the past, even if the four starters

aren’t back this week. Said Bradley: “As far as we’re considered with it, we’ve moved on.” rwmarf@ syr.edu

Quick hits Last 3

Oct. 2 Oct. 3 Oct. 12

@ Providence W, 3-0 @ Massachusetts L, 0-2 @ Albany W, 2-1 (OT)

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Outlook

So far this year, the Syracuse field hockey team has gone on the road to play two away games in one weekend four times. With each weekend they have come away with a win and a loss. This weekend the team heads to Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C., in hopes of getting its first backto-back road victories of the year. In the first game, No. 8 Syracuse will meet up with No. 20 Stanford, followed by an everimportant Big East matchup with Georgetown. The squad is currently undefeated in Big East play and is focused on continuing the trend before its match up with Big East rival Connecticut in two weeks.

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SPORTS BLOG

Revisiting preseason football predictions

Editor’s note: This season, The Daily Orange football beat writers are providing an occasional D.O. Sports Blog rebuttal in the print edition of the newspaper. Two beat writers will provide their thoughts on a hot topic. One beat writer will provide the rebuttal to a previous online-only blog post. Be sure to check back for this feature and check The D.O. Sports Blog daily at blogs.dailyorange.com/sports/ for all of your news and updates regarding the SU football team and everything Syracuse sports.

REBUTTAL

despite notching impressive win at south florida, syracuse’s postseason outlook remains relatively wide open

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espite Syracuse entering the weekend at 4-1, that preseason prediction of mine hasn’t changed much. That initial prognostication had Syracuse finishing the season at a respectable 6-6. Hey, that’s not bad. I also went on record that SU would start the season 3-1 before doing so. The only thing that has happen so far that I didn’t correctly project was the win at South Florida. So the question has to be posed: Did that win alone make me want to change my initial prediction? Though the win was undoubtedly

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goin’ hog wild impressive, my answer would be “not really.” Look, Doug Marrone himself said earlier

this week the Orange will have to “fight and scratch” every week to win in the Big East. While some teams may appear to be down, others are looking up. SU isn’t the only Big East bottom dweller to impress this season. Look at what Louisville and Rutgers have done. No win is guaranteed. Though the Big East is wide open and the Orange looks better, through five games, than many had anticipated, that one impressive win is still just one win. A convincing victory over Pittsburgh this weekend, however, would

definitely change that. But looking at SU’s situation as is, I can’t definitively say the Orange will be 7-5 or better. I certainly think it can happen, but need more evidence before going on record that it will happen. That may be why this weekend’s matchup is so intriguing. For now, I’ll stick to my guns and add just one win. “For now” being the key phrase. Post-USF prediction: (7-5, 3-4 Big East) aljohn@ syr.edu

‘capable’ orange team has proven itself against adversities, should cruise to program’s 1st bowl since 2004

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ell, prior to the season, I pegged SU to be 4-1 at this point in the season. Picked ‘em to beat Akron, Maine and Colgate. Picked ‘em to lose to Washington. Picked ‘em to upset South Florida. Spot on, eh? Well, that’s where it will end. 100 percent over the first four games; but from here on out, my preseason predictions will unravel. SU won’t go 1-6 the rest of the way. For one simple reason. SU has done the one thing thus far that I expected would keep them from getting to a bowl game: Sure up the inseason problems that would arise. But more importantly, sure them up before

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purify the colors the upcoming three-game stretch. The word that stuck out with this team in summer camp was “capable.” The Orange was bowl-capable. SU had the first string to get to

seven wins. But it was all with the first team. With the first injury to a weak unit (wide receivers), the capable offense would unravel. But with the win over USF last weekend, SU proved that won’t be the case. With the touchdown catch from Marcus Sales, the Orange actually slapped that thought in the face. Jarrod West, Aaron Weaver and Steve Rene were out for the year. But the second string stepped up when needed to. It turned from capable to proven, just like that. But before that instance, it was proven with the 15 freshmen who have played thus far this year. They — most especially one of

the favorites for Big East Rookie of the Year, Marquis Spruill — are here to stay. But, more importantly, they are here for this year. This team will be bowl-bound. The Orange won’t finish 5-7. Now it is about a different kind of capable. A different kind of better. All because SU went from capable to proven before these three games. Post-USF prediction: (8-4, 4-3 Big East) aolivero@ syr.edu

unexpected win at south florida changes everything, puts marrone’s team in prime position for bowl berth

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id I pick Syracuse to go 5-7 this season? Yes. Could it still go 5-7 this season? Absolutely. Will it still go 5-7 this season? Absolutely not. The win at South Florida changes a lot.

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outrageous fun Doug Marrone shed a tear, and that’s how you know something big is going on here. Most did not expect Syracuse to win in Tampa, Fla., last weekend. Now the Orange is currently a onepoint favorite against the preseason Big East favorite, Pittsburgh, at home Saturday. To quote Michael Scott, “Oh, how the turn tables.” One week ago, the Orange was a team surrounded with questions after a 3-1 start against a still-winless Akron team and two FCS squads in Maine and Colgate. Now, SU has moved into Big East contender position. One week ago, Marrone does not show emotion. Now, he’s wiping tears from his face. With all that being taken into account, the outlook on the season has to change. That being said, a bowl berth is still very much in question. USF was one step. Now, the Orange will face the best of the Big East over the next three weeks, starting with Pittsburgh. Next will be trips to Morgantown, W. Va., and Cincinnati. I could see the Orange steal-

ing one of those three. So, in three weeks, SU will be 5-3, staring in the face of a bowl. Then, it’ll be a four-game make-or-break situation for said bowl. The Orange will beat

Louisville. And I think SU can win one of three against Rutgers, Connecticut and Boston College at home. The key is winning one of the next three, and then beating Louisville.

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Powell, Todman lead way for conference’s running backs By Mark Cooper Asst. Copy Editor

At the start of the season, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong declared his running back, Bilal Powell, to be the “face of the program.” What Strong didn’t say was Powell would be one of the faces of the conference, as well. And that’s what the senior is quickly becoming five games into the 2010 season — arguably the best running back in the Big East. His big games and highlight reel runs have turned the former backup into a star. After rushing for just 392 yards on 108 carries last season, he already has 689 yards on 91 carries. That’s good for second in the conference, behind only Connecticut’s Jordan Todman. “(Powell’s) a back that can get behind his pads, and he’s fast enough where he can outrun people,” Strong said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. “If he needs to, he can drop a hit and run over people.” Powell, along with Todman and Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham, is at the top of the Big East in rushing halfway through the season. Two months ago, no one could have seen that coming. Entering the season, Todman and Powell certainly weren’t the consensus picks to be No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big East in rushing. Instead, Pittsburgh’s Dion Lewis and West Virginia’s Noel Devine were. That pair was expected to contend for the Heisman Trophy. Todman, along with UConn (3-3, 0-1 Big East) as a team, came into the year with high expectations. Unlike the rest of his team, he’s exceeded those expectations en route to a season that has

him among NCAA leaders. The junior is third among FBS players with 152.2 rushing yards per game. He’s racked up 761 yards on the season already, despite missing one game due to injury. Last season, he split carries with Andre Dixon, and both backs ran over 1,000 yards; but this season, he’s shouldered the load pretty much on his own. “That running back, Todman, he’s something,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said leading up to the UConn-Rutgers game last week. “I see a lot of Ray (Rice) in him when he is running the football. “There is a reason he’s as productive as he is.” When it comes to Graham and Powell, neither back came into the season as heralded as their partners in the backfield. Graham played backup to Lewis as he ran for 1,799 yards and a Big East Offensive Player of the Year award as a freshman in 2009. This year, it’s Graham who has run for 100-plus yards in three of the four games he’s played this season, while Lewis has struggled. Graham’s 277 rushing yards against Florida International were the second-most in a single game in Panthers history. It’s a history that includes all-time greats, such as Tony Dorsett and Curtis Martin. “Ray Graham is playing really well; he always has,” Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt said. “He’s probably made a few more plays than Dion. (But) we’re going to need them both.” Louisville’s out to a 3-2 start, and much of the credit is due to Powell, who, for casual fans, came

out of nowhere this season. Under former head coach Steve Kragthorpe, Powell never really got a chance to be the star back, as teammate Victor Anderson won the Big East Rookie of the Year award in 2008. But when Strong came in, he gave favor to Powell. And he never looked back. Powell started his season off with a bang, an 80-yard rushing touchdown in Week 1 against Kentucky. He has seven touchdowns to go, with his nearly 700 yards on the ground, and has scored in every game this season. He’s come into his own more than ever the past two weeks. Rushing totals of 157 and 204 yards (on just 18 carries) show that. He broke off a 47-yard run and had a 57-yard reception for a touchdown at Arkansas State, and in a 56-0 win against Memphis Saturday, Powell took a carry 74 yards to pay dirt. “He’s a player that works very hard, doesn’t say anything,” Strong said. “I told him ‘We’re only going to be as good as Bilal Powell is.’ And he’s responded very well.” Strong, in his first year as head coach, has invested plenty in the 25-year-old senior running back. So far, it’s paid off, as Louisville has a winning record as it enters Big East play. High risk, high reward. And Powell is reaping the benefits so far this year. “He’s just not only an outstanding football player, he’s an outstanding person,” Strong said. “That’s why I feel it’s important for him to be the face of our program. A young man who responds to everything, does everything you ask him to do.”

Big man on campus QB Chas Dodd Freshman Rutgers

Last week: 18-of-29, 322 yards, 2 TD’s

Rutgers had plenty of faith in sophomore quarterback Tom Savage entering the season. And it was well warranted, after he threw 14 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in his freshman season. Oh, how things have changed since the beginning of September, though. After throwing just one touchdown in three games, and then injuring his throwing hand and ribs, Savage was replaced by true freshman Chas Dodd. And Dodd might not give the job back, even when Savage is healthy. After playing a near-full game against Tulane two weeks ago, Dodd stepped in for his first career start Friday night. In prime time. Against conference foe and rival Connecticut. The freshman threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, throwing a game-tying touchdown pass with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and led the Scarlet Knights 45 yards down the field for a game-winning field goal with 13 seconds remaining. Rutgers (3-2, 1-0 Big East) defeated UConn (3-3, 0-1) 27-24. “I think he’s done a nice job all through training camp and is certainly a little bit ahead of the curve as far as a football standpoint,” Schiano said Monday. “When he got his opportunity, he really took advantage of it and played well.” mcooperj@syr.edu

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Johnson. And it was just hard for me to leave Syracuse.” Of the three returning players, Flynn’s path was the most set in stone. He was the golden boy. Boeheim made a trip to Niagara Falls High School when Flynn was a sophomore there. Boeheim doesn’t make recruiting trips for any sophomore. And upon his entry into the SU starting lineup as a freshman in 2007, Flynn quickly became the golden boy with Orange fans as well. He scored 28 points in his debut against Siena, a record for a freshman debut. For an encore in SU’s next game against St. Joseph’s, he only made one field goal the entire night. But that was the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds remaining in a 72-69 win, a clutch shot that would soon grow to become a trend in his two seasons with the Orange. “We just liked his attitude, his effort and what he could do on the court,” Boeheim said of that recruiting trip. “We thought he could get better. At that time, he wasn’t a highly rated player because he was so young. He became a tremendous player.” And then, of course, there was the six-overtime game. In the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big East tournament against Connecticut, Flynn willed the Orange to an upset victory. He was on the court for 67 of the contest’s 70 minutes. For tired free throw after tired free throw, all 16 of which he made necessary to push SU into the next overtime. “He just made a number of big plays to help us win that game,” Boeheim said. “It seemed like he always had to make two to get us to the next overtime. And it seemed like he always made two. He did. He just was unbelievable under pressure. He just kept making them, one after the other.” But that game also pushed him away from his home. He was thrust into the national spotlight, and so he entered his name into the NBA draft pot after saying before the NCAA Tournament he would stick around for his junior season. No regrets. His path continued. “Either way you go with a decision like that,” Flynn said, “you’re going to be thinking about what would have happened if you went the other way. I think I made the right decision. I have no regrets.” ••• Boeheim doesn’t go after transfers. Johnson himself knows this. “He doesn’t take transfers,” Johnson said. “The fact that he took me, that meant a whole lot to me. It was him going out on a limb and really putting all his trust in me. I was just very appreciative. I can’t thank Coach Boeheim enough for giving me a chance to come to (Syracuse).” And so Johnson’s path took an unexpected turn toward the home that would establish him. From relative obscurity at Iowa State to a year of waiting and unknown at SU. Then came “the game,” as Boeheim calls it. Against reigning national champion North Carolina, at Madison Square Garden like Flynn, Johnson burst onto the national scene with a 25-point game. And Syracuse burst onto the national scene, never leaving the Top 10 the rest of the year. “His consistency throughout the year was tremendous,” Boeheim said. “But that game, he certainly kind of introduced himself to everybody in the nation, on ESPN and national television, and went on from there.” Johnson kept establishing himself at a school he called his second home. The memories are what make him want to come back. The memories of Boeheim’s 800th win last

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year, something only he and his teammates will forever be a part of. The memories of SU’s much-hyped bout with Villanova that set an on-campus attendance record. The memories that couldn’t happen anywhere else. Johnson, too, chose to leave after establishing himself in Syracuse, continuing on his path toward a top five pick with the same team that had drafted Flynn a year earlier. But the memories of “home” will always linger. “It was very tough,” Johnson said. “It was my dream to go to the NBA, but I love Syracuse. I was torn between the decision. But I couldn’t lose either way I picked.” ••• For Hart, the excitement of return is different from Flynn’s and Johnson’s. It is more subdued — 10 years removed from SU will do that. But it is also a relief. A reminder of the most stable time in his basketball career. “I can’t compare Syracuse to me getting paid millions of dollars. It’s different,” Hart said. “I think now, it’s more of a job than it ever was. … I think now, playing with different teams, your motive is really different.” In Hart’s nine-year NBA career, he has played for nine different teams, mixing an international season in there as well. That makes his four-season stint with the Orange by far the most constant stop. For Hart, Syracuse has been, literally, the most permanent home he has had in his playing career. “Syracuse definitely was one of the places I felt at home,” Hart said, “because I was there for some time. But in the professional ranks, unless you’re a Top 10 or top five pick, you’re going to move around a little bit.” That’s why, more than anything, he’s anxious to come back home. He waited eight years to make the first trip back to Syracuse. This time, it comes only about two years later. He’ll go catch up with SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins, a person with whom Hart said he’s extremely close. And come game time, he’ll run out of the tunnel, sure to get goosebumps like he did each and every game he played with the Orange. “Running out of the tunnel, every single time, it’s a thrill,” Hart said. “There’s so much honor and thrill to run out of the tunnel for four years.” ••• Flynn took the path of the golden boy. Johnson took the path of the unexpected legacyleaver on a storied program. Hart took the path of the player who always knew his role on the larger team, something Boeheim said has kept him in the NBA this long. Starting this summer, in the 2010 NBA Draft, all of their paths finally came together on the same NBA team. The Wolves took Johnson with

the fourth pick. Later, in September, Hart was added to the preseason roster. And now their paths lead back to where they all started. Back home. “We’re excited that we’re coming back

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together, especially being on the same team and coming back to our home school,” Johnson said. “You can’t put it in words how excited we are about coming back.” bplogiur@syr.edu

CATCHING UP How’s Jonny been?

The 6-0 185-pound point guard will not be playing in Friday’s game as he is out with a hip injury. He didn’t play in the Timberwolves Summer League games, and has not yet played in the preseason. The Timberwolves expect the former Orange star to return by November. When he returns, he will be bringing his 2009-10 All-Rookie second team game with him after averaging 13.5 points in 81 games played.

Career at Syracuse Year

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GP

35 38

FG%

.459 .460

FT%

.775 .786

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.348 .317

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How’s Wes been?

Unlike Flynn, Johnson has been able to play with the Timberwolves throughout the duration of the team’s offseason schedule. In the T-Wolves’ first four preseason games, Johnson has averaged 10 points per game in just 20.5 minutes played per game. Johnson has come off the bench in three of the T-Wolves’ four preseason games, but expect him to start in the Dome Friday night. Kurt Rambis probably doesn’t want that kind of a chorus of boos to rain down on him from the Dome faithful.

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GP

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FG%

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FT%

.772

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SPG

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BPG

1.8

PPG

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Who is Jason Hart?

For most students currently on campus, the name “Jason Hart” doesn’t quite ring a bell. But Hart was a standout during his four years at SU and currently ranks first in career steals (329), second in career assists (709) and 20th on Syracuse’s career scoring list (1,503). Here are his career numbers:

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.379 .366 .410 .411

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341

FG%

.417

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.690 .684 .740 .734 FT%

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.329 .260 .366 .330

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1.7

2.3

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0.7

PPG

9.6 10.2 13.9 11.9 PPG

4.8

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Change in philosophy helps Bulldogs end losing streak By Katie McInerney Editor in chief

The 0-10 Texas Lutheran football team needed a community. And it was going to take some prodding. That is how bad the situation got in Seguin, Texas. Danny Padron is the solution to the problem. Padron, a man who was already the head of a different community: the O’Connor High School (Texas) Panthers. Texas Lutheran went back to school, back to the roots and back to the community for the Texas football connections it needed. And through five games, it has worked. The community is there. And it is because the leader is there. “Coach Padron and his coaches did the right things across campus — they’re vocal about a student athlete’s success academically,” TLU Athletic Director Bill Miller said. “They made themselves visible across campus. “They’ve become part of the community.” And in the process of becoming part of that community, he has brought Division III Texas Lutheran back to its long forgotten traditional Texas football roots. Currently, Texas Lutheran sits at 3-2 on the season. On Sept. 18, TLU snapped a 14-game los-

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ing streak with a win in the second game of the season against East Texas Baptist. But for the school, it is less about the record and more about the change in philosophy. “What we were doing before wasn’t working,” Miller said. “As a result, this new coach has come in and increased the level of discipline in the program.” At different points in TLU’s football history, that sense of community wasn’t there. After it was a powerhouse in the mid 1970s in the NAIA, the football team sunk into submission. The Bulldogs weren’t in a conference at the time, making scheduling in-state opponents nearly impossible. So the sport was dropped after the 1987 season. In 1998, after a change in dynamic for small colleges in Texas, the team joined the American Southwest Conference and started to rebuild what was once a strong program. Naturally, it had problems along the way. But that 2009 season was the tipping point for the school. A change was needed. Enter Padron. Padron, a long-time high school football coach, had all the connections, including perhaps the most important one in Miller. Miller and Padron coached together at Judson High School in Converse, Texas, for six years in the 1980s, and Miller had followed Padron’s progress as head coach, even after he left to work at Texas Lutheran.

courtesy of tim clark | texas lutheran athletic communications danny padron (center) took over as coach of Texas Lutheran’s football team prior to the 2010 season. After a 0-10 year last season, the Bulldogs are 3-2 this year. In a state as big as Texas, and with a sport as popular as football, Miller knew the talent was out there. And he knew Padron could reach it. But Miller also knew Padron wasn’t going to be an easy recruit himself. Texas high school football is a big deal, and Miller knew Padron was happy at O’Connor High School. And TLU does not even have a football stadium. “Our facilities,” Miller said, “probably aren’t as good as where he was at.” Padron himself wasn’t sure if he wanted to make the switch, either. The team was playing well, and he had the opportunity to coach with his son, a math teacher at the school. He was next in line for athletic director at the high school and kept turning down offers from schools to coach elsewhere. But his old friend Miller came to him with a strong appeal. Padron met with the then-Texas Lutheran president Ann Svennungsen and was impressed with the pitch she had. “She had a great vision,” Padron said. “I said, ‘Well, I could at least go through the process.’” What sold Padron was that he could surround himself with the coaching staff he wanted. When he began to think harder about the decision, he started phoning in some friends and getting their take on the situation. One by one, those friends were sold, and his would-be coaching staff came together. However, one thing was holding Padron back. His son, Andy, had just joined the O’Connor staff. And Padron didn’t want to lose the opportunity to coach with him. But he didn’t want to force his son to coach at the college level if he wasn’t ready. After all, Andy had just graduated in 2007 from the University of Mary HardinBaylor, where he started at quarterback for championship teams. “He was one of the reasons I didn’t want to leave. I told him, ‘I’m not going to go because of you,’” Padron said. “He said, ‘Dad, I want to coach in college.’” So the Padrons took up coaching over in Seguin. When he arrived in January, the team was decimated. After the fall 2009 semester, only 50 players remained. Miller said this turnover wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Some of the players we had in the program were not good fits for the university, both on and off the field,” Miller said. “He had to completely change the mindset of some of the players that were already here; he had to develop an expectation of winning.” So the coaches took to recruiting. These coaches were so accustomed to the recruiting aspect from the other direction that they had to make adjustments now that they were the ones trying to get players to come to them.

“We didn’t get our feet back on the ground until the summer,” Padron said. “We were learning on the run. We worked our heads off. We were working six, seven days a week and did a great job all over the state of Texas. “We relied on a lot of our friendships. We know a lot of high school coaches. They were able to trust us, and we got good boys. Not the best ones, but it’s a start.” The coaches were able to recruit about 90 freshmen, and of the top 44 out on the field, 36 of them are fresh out of high school. The coaches and administrators are excited about the quick start to the season, but they recognize the rest of the road won’t be smooth. Upcoming games include conference matchups against No. 10 Hardin-Simmons on Oct. 23 and No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor on Nov. 13 to end the regular season. Regardless of how the season ends, Padron is satisfied with the change he’s already seen in his short time in Seguin. The community is getting there. From one person to the next. Padron was the start. “It’s about teaching them how to be a good person — that’s the reason why I coach,” Padron said. “It’s not just about winning football games, it’s about making the people we work with better.” knmciner@syr.edu

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ave Wannstedt knows about the Cignetti family. He knows how close they are, and he knows about the western Pennsylvania roots that tie them together. But most importantly for Wannstedt’s program, he knows Pennsylvania football is a bond that may run deeper than those the family shares. When Frank Cignetti Jr. arrived in 2009 to accept the offensive coordinator position and join Wannstedt’s staff at Pittsburgh, he wasn’t just turning a new leaf in his career. He wasn’t just fulfilling a lifelong goal. He was continuing the family tradition at the place where it all began. “Frank Cignetti is, quite simply, a great football coach from a great football family,”

“You could just tell how much he wanted to come back home. You could definitely tell he was very excited to get the job and to be in the Pittsburgh area, and also to come back to where he was coaching before.” Bill Stull

Former Pit t quarterback

Wannstedt said when Cignetti was introduced to the media on Feb. 18, 2009. “Not only is he coming back to Pitt, but he is also coming back home.” For Cignetti, a return to Pitt was a return home. Almost literally. The western Pennsylvania native began his coaching career as a Pitt graduate assistant, following in the footsteps of the older generation of the Cignetti family. The family football legacy begins with Frank Sr., who was an assistant at Pittsburgh before moving on to the head coach position at West Virginia and then at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Cignetti played safety for his father at IUP. That was 20 years ago. Since that first job with Pitt, Cignetti has had stints as an assistant with IUP, Fresno State, North Carolina and California, as well as the Chiefs, Saints and 49ers of the NFL. He’s led an offense to a Top 10 finish in the nation in points per game (Fresno State, 2005). But in the mind of those who know him best, all roads led back to Pittsburgh. “You could just tell how much he wanted to come back home,” said former Pitt quarterback Bill Stull, who started every game for the

Panthers last season. “You could definitely tell he was very excited to get the job and to be in the Pittsburgh area, and also to come back to where he was coaching before.” Initially, Stull was somewhat concerned with Cignetti’s arrival. Despite Cignetti’s enthusiasm, family history and pedigree, Stull had spent four years learning an offensive system and preparing to excel within it. With Cignetti joining Pitt’s staff, Stull worried he would have to learn a new system during the spring and summer workouts before his final collegiate season. But Cignetti’s ability to help Stull overcome that challenge in the most productive way possible is what Stull says makes him such a special coach. Pitt’s offense torched the competition in 2009 with the detail-oriented Cignetti at the helm, finishing with 32.1 points per game and showcasing breakout seasons for Stull and teammates Dion Lewis, Dorin Dickerson and Jonathan Baldwin. “There was detail in every little thing that we did,” Stull said. “Once you get our whole offense on the same page and understand why we’re doing things, it puts more meaning into every play. Once everyone knows what they’re supposed to do, you get a little more out of each player.” Dickerson earned First Team All-American honors, and Lewis was the Big East’s Offensive Player of the Year in just his freshman season. Baldwin, who caught 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore last season, said Cignetti’s unique approach to a new offense was a major factor in the extraordinary season. It is an approach that is manufactured in part from bouncing around with eight different teams in 20 years and learning to maximize talent on the fly. Baldwin said Cignetti has a tendency to build an offense around his players, rather than force his players to adapt to his offense. With the success of players, such as Aaron Brooks while with the Saints and Jahvid Best at California in his offensive systems, as well as Pitt’s four-headed monster of last season, his strategy has a history of unexpectedly producing the best seasons of his players’ careers. “We didn’t really know what to expect because it was a totally different game,” Baldwin said. “He looks at each player and says, ‘Where would he be the most successful in this offense? What plays would he be most successful running?’ It’s not just a case where he says, ‘You’re in my offense, so run this.’ He does a great job of moving people around.” Though he is known for coming into offenses and making quick stars, Cignetti’s connection with his players runs deeper than a one-way tutoring relationship. His western Pennsylvania roots wouldn’t allow that. The Panthers have 70 players from Pennsylvania on the roster, including Baldwin, who come from Aliquippa. Baldwin said the western Pennsylvania attitude was one of the first things he noticed about Cignetti, and that

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Returning to his roots at Pittsburgh, offensive coordinator Cignetti builds offense to fit strengths of players

established an immediate connection on a team full of local players. “When he first came here, he told me that he played against Aliquippa in high school, and he mentioned some people from Aliquippa that I know of,” Baldwin said. “When I first met him, I was thinking, ‘How did he know this person?’ It definitely made us closer just from that.” Despite the growing connections with his offense, the current season is not humming along as it did last year. Cignetti is working with a new quarterback in sophomore Tino Sunseri and a reshaped offensive line, and the offense has not gelled the way it did with Stull. The Panthers are 2-3 to this point, with a big 31-3 loss at home to ACC powerhouse Miami. But some Cignetti trademarks have remained consistent, even in what seems to be a down year as Pitt gets ready to face Syracuse (4-1) on Saturday. He is still moving people around effectively, as four players have

already caught at least 10 passes. The team is averaging more than 25 points per game, despite the paltry point total against Miami. And sophomore running back Ray Graham has exploded on the scene with 536 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the latest of Cignetti’s stars to have a breakout season. Cignetti has come full circle in his career, making the rounds from Pitt to the West Coast and back, and has earned the unwavering support of his players, regardless of how the season plays out. The only thing left on the agenda is to follow completely in his father’s footsteps by becoming a head coach, which Stull believes is on the horizon. “Coach Cignetti is a great quarterback guy, a better coordinator and, maybe more importantly, a great friend as well,” Stull said. “I think he can do whatever he wants to do, and I absolutely think that he has all the qualities to be a great head football coach.” jakrakow@ syr.edu


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Paul Flanagan doesn’t know who to start at goalie for the Syracuse ice hockey team. The head coach jokes he’ll just have to leave it up to chance. “Get the Ouija board out on Thursday,” he said. Lacking a clear-cut starter at goalie — a position many coaches build their teams around — could be seen as an ominous situation. But Flanagan views it in a more positive light. Freshmen Jenesica Drinkwater and Kallie Billadeau have brought out the best in each other in competing for the starting spot early in the season, Flanagan said. And even if the battle for the starting spot at goalie may not be the optimal situation for Flanagan’s team moving forward, he professes he is fine with that. With the two, there is no solidity there. But he is fine with that little element of chance. For now. “I think they work well together, it’s a healthy competition,” Flanagan said. “I don’t see it as anything that’s negative about it. I think it’s all positive, especially when you’re two freshmen and everything’s new to them.” Drinkwater had 15 saves in a 4-4 tie with Northeastern in the season opener. Billadeau recorded 26 saves in an upset win over then-No. 8 New Hampshire and kept the Orange in the game with 34 saves in a losing effort against No. 7 Boston College over the weekend.

Drinkwater wants to earn more starting opportunities. At the same time, she said she puts team goals above her own and wants to see her teammates in goal succeed, too. “I think all the goalies are really close,” she said. “We all definitely push each other in practice. It’s only going to make us better.” Billadeau has enjoyed the competition for the starting spot, but she said she doesn’t get caught up in comparisons with the other goalies. “I just try to stick to my game and focus on what I’m doing, not really worrying about what anybody else is doing out there,” she said. “I just try to focus on me and doing my part.” Through three games, Flanagan has noticed differences in their styles and skills in the net. He said Drinkwater relies on her athleticism to make plays. She has played in big games in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League and as a member of Team Ontario in the National Women’s U-18 Championship. She likes the challenge that comes with that big stage. Billadeau, the top goalie out of Minnesota, has a more technical style and uses good positioning to block the puck. Flanagan said he has been impressed by her calm demeanor on the ice. Both have displayed their talents so far. Their play will go a long way in the team’s success this season. It remains to be seen who Flanagan will ultimately choose, if he does decide to make that decision and veer from his complacency with chance.

With the two freshmen taking over in goal, it’s a different situation for Flanagan and the Orange. Lucy Schoedel graduated after starting every game for the Orange in the program’s first two seasons. Now Flanagan is searching for strong play in net from whoever the next goalie will be. Building on that foundation is even more important with a young defense that is still finding its way. “It is such a key position,” he said. “We also have a young defensive core, and it’s important for our ‘D’ to have confidence in their goaltender. We realize any decisions we make in terms of who’s in there has a pretty big bearing on how our team’s going to perform that night.” Flanagan believes the situation will work itself out in a long season with 31 regular season games remaining. He swears he has time to wait. He’s taking it game by game. And though he doesn’t have a formula he will follow with the decision, he does have an end result in mind when making the call. Whatever is best for the rest of the team. And for now, he thinks leaving it up to chance is best for SU. “There’s not necessarily any rhyme or reason or pattern here,” Flanagan said. “We’re just trying to look at different things and trying to figure out what’s best for our team heading into Friday night.” rjgery@syr.edu

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SPORTS

THURSDAY

october 14, 2010

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TIMBERWOLVES VS. PISTONS FRIDAY, 7:30 P.M., CARRIER DOME

A day for

the decade For former SU stars, 3 separate paths all lead back to Syracuse By Brett LoGiurato ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

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onny Flynn poignantly remembers the moment. Because it made even Jim Boeheim crack a smile. It was Feb. 6, 2008, in the middle of Flynn’s freshman season on the Syracuse basketball team. Flynn and the rest of his teammates were in a huddle while Boeheim instructed them during a first-half media timeout in a game against Connecticut. That was when the Carrier Dome broke out in song. It started with the student section, and the rest of the crowd soon caught on. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Jonny! Happy birthday to you! “That was cool,” Flynn said. “I was in a timeout, and I started laughing. Everybody started laughing. Coach Boeheim even started laughing. He was chuckling a little bit. That was definitely a memorable moment for me in the Dome. Being a freshman and having everybody sing ‘Happy Birthday’ is pretty cool.” That was when Syracuse became special to Flynn. On Friday, Flynn will return to Syracuse and the Dome as one of three former SU stars currently with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves — with Jason Hart, Flynn and the newly drafted Wes Johnson on their roster — will square off with the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 p.m. in the Dome Friday. A Timberwolves spokesman confirmed Wednesday that Flynn will not play in the game as he recovers from a hip injury that could sideline him until November. But for these three former SU players, a return trip to Syracuse is good enough. From three very different paths, these three come back to where it all started. Back to the Dome. Back home. “Go to South Campus and chill with my old teammates,” Flynn said of the first thing he’ll do when he gets back to campus. “Chill with my old boys, my old teammates and catch up. “It’ll be good to be home.” ••• Flynn doesn’t regret his decision to leave the Orange after his sophomore season in 2009. Not even after suffering through a disastrous 15-67 campaign last season with the Timberwolves. Not even after seeing his former squad make a run to the Sweet 16. “It was the toughest decision, to that point, of my life,” Flynn said. “The toughest decision. I knew how good the team was going to be the next year. I knew how good they were going to be. I always wanted to play with Wesley SEE NBA PAGE 19

courtesy of david sherman | minnesota timberwolves WES JOHNSON (TOP), JASON HART (LEFT) AND JONNY FLYNN (RIGHT) all return to the Carrier Dome Friday for an NBA preseason game. Johnson and Hart should play, while Flynn is sidelined with an injury.

STAT TO KNOW FREE THROWS The Minnesota Timberwolves’ average draft selection of Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson each of the past two seasons was fifth overall. In 2009, the Wolves drafted Flynn at No. 6 overall, and this June, the team took Johnson fourth.

In the last matchup between NBA teams at the Carrier Dome on Oct. 17, 2008, former SU great Carmelo Anthony had 14 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 94-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Wes Johnson and Anthony squared off for the first time Tuesday, as the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets, 122-108. Johnson had 16 points in the game, while Anthony had 19.

BIG NUMBER

9

The number of former Big East players slated to play in the exhibition game between the Timberwolves and Pistons

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October 14, 2010