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Who you gonna call? Experienced ghost hunter John Zaffis exposed the paranormal to SU and ESF students Thursday night. Page 7
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Board sees great potential in SU’s expansion in California. Page 5
Lifelong partnership A retired SU professor and his
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partner of 52 years legally wed. Page 9
performance at the midway point of the season. Page 16
SU to increase disability culture awareness with opening of center By Casey Fabris
t Syracuse University, there are curb cuts, brick paths, construction zones and, more than anything else, stairs. For wheelchair users like Stephanie Woodward, the SU campus leaves much to be desired in terms of accessibility. “I came here because I really thought that if there were all these great disability programs there would be great accessibility, and I was completely wrong,” said Woodward, president of the Disability Law Society and a second-year law student specializing in disability studies. “It’s really frustrating to see that we
have all these great ideas, but our architecture doesn’t match it.” This year, the university will aim to address some of these issues with the new Disability Cultural Center. The Chancellor’s Task Force on Disability proposed the idea for the DCC in 2007. Four years later, the task force’s goal will be realized. The center’s first director, Diane Wiener, a longtime admirer of SU’s leadership in the field of disability, will begin her work with the DCC on Monday. Wiener previously taught classes in social work and human behavior at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
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brandon weight | photo editor STEPHANIE WOODWARD, president of the Disability Law Society and second-year law student, finds the Hall of Languages one of Syracuse University’s least handicap-accessible buildings.
DeSalvo announces run for comptroller By Rachael Barillari STAFF WRITER
Stephen DeSalvo, a member of the Student Association Finance Board and general assembly, will run for comptroller of SA’s 56th session with the goal of bringing greater transparency and equality to the student fee. DeSalvo, a sophomore chemical engineering and math major, said DESALVO he has already begun working on this goal by working on the website Your Student Fee (yourstudentfee.syr.edu), which allows students to see where their money is being allocated. By expanding the existing site and creating more effective communication between the Finance Board and organizations, DeSalvo said he hopes to
make fi nancial information more accessible. Another goal is to continue to improve SA’s existing roll-over policy, he said. Currently, the money organizations can roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester in their miscellaneous accounts, but the funds do not roll over from the spring to the fall. Because of this, the organizations lose their remaining balance as it goes back into the SA general fund to be dispersed the next year, DeSalvo said. By changing this policy so that funds do roll over from spring to fall, the organizations could put their money to better use, and it would decrease the number of funding
requests SA receives, DeSalvo said. DeSalvo said he also wants to make distributing funds to the campus’ print media a fairer process by creating standards for grants. He said it is currently hard to judge the success of publications and which ones deserve more funding. If elected, one amendment DeSalvo would like to make is a mandate that requires all SA members to undergo some form of fi scal training. Students frequently come into the SA office looking for information on special programming, budgets and contingency requests, but the office is not always staffed with a Finance Board members who can direct students on their fi nancial inquiries. “It would be good for organizations to be able to come into the office and know they can speak with anyone because, as of right now, SA members are generally not knowledgeable,” SEE DESALVO PAGE 6
Carousel Center commemorates 21st anniversary with free rides By Breanne Van Nostrand ASST. COPY EDITOR
Employees and customers at the Carousel Center celebrated 21 years of operation Saturday with a sparkling cider toast and complimentary cupcakes near the namesake carousel. Rose Hapanowich, director of marketing for the Carousel Center, kicked off the celebration at noon by popping open a bottle of champagne and initiating the toast. “Turning 21 is an important rite of passage into adulthood and a milestone celebrated by everyone,” Hapanowich said in an email before the event. The Carousel Center first opened its doors Oct. 15, 1990, with 137 tenants and currently has 164 tenants, according to an Oct. 14 Carousel Center news release. The mall has been under construction
for the Destiny USA expansion, an 850,000-square-foot addition expected to open in spring 2012. Saturday’s celebration was the last under the Carousel Center name, as the expansion is expected for completion next year, Hapanowich said. The two will be rebranded as a single destination titled Destiny USA, she said. Carousel Center employee Ruth Hall attended the event and said she has seen the expansion coming along well. Construction originally began in March 2007, was postponed for two years due to funding issues in 2009 and resumed in April. The project received an extension of tax exemptions for six months in June. Slightly before noon, Hapanowich and Josh Amidon, assistant marketing director, set up tables near the carousel with cupcakes SEE CAROUSEL PAGE 6
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Trying for transparency Student Association has launched a website that will allow students to see how the student activity fee is allocated.
CORRECTIONS >> In an Oct. 13 article titled “Gross profit: Led by athletic director, Syracuse joins financially stable situation in ACC,” the University of Virginia’s revenue share was misstated. Virginia earned $10,985,898. In that same article, North Carolina State University’s revenue share was misstated. NC State earned $10,928,311. The Daily Orange regrets these errors.
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Let’s get it started Syracuse men’s basketball kicked off a 2011 season ripe with expectations at its annual media day last week.
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From left, Damian Allis, Mark Bell and Mike Grossman, members of the band Grove Havener perform at Limp Lizard Bar and Grill on First Street in Liverpool, N.Y., on Saturday. They were photographed during the Fall Workshop, Newhouse’s weekendlong photography and media workshop. Check out more media from the workshop at thefallworkshop.tumblr.com and on Twitter at @thefallworkshop.
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october 17, 2011
Donations increase at CROP walk
CRIME BRIEFS • A case of criminal mischief was reported Thursday night at the Westcott Theater, according to a Syracuse police report. A 28-year-old man had the front driver’s side window broken off his 1997 Mercury Villager. He told police that a co-worker at Westcott Theater notified him of the damage. The victim said the car was parked in a lot behind Westcott Theater since 7:30 p.m. Thursday and that he was missing a portable CD player from his vehicle. Total damage was estimated at $150. • Ten people were issued city ordinance violations on Friday and Saturday in the East neighborhood. Two teenagers were issued open container violations on the 700 block of Euclid Avenue and another was issued on the 400 block of Euclid Avenue on Friday. Another open container violation was issued to a Le Moyne College student on Friday on the 100 block of Clarendon Street. Another violation was issued Saturday on the 700 block of Euclid Avenue. A sound reproduction violation was issued on the 900 block of Euclid Avenue at 12:10 a.m. Saturday. One person was issued an underage drinking violation Friday on the 300 block of Euclid Avenue. Another two people were issued underage drinking violations, including one to a Nottingham High School student, on Saturday on the 600 block of Euclid Avenue and 700 block of Ostrom Avenue. One person was issued a littering and dumping violation at 10:05 p.m. Friday at Graby’s Mini Mart on Westcott Street. A Liverpool resident was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana at 1:20 a.m. Saturday on the 700 block of Lancaster Avenue. Five of those who were issued the violations are scheduled to appear in Syracuse Community Court at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Another five people are scheduled to appear in either Syracuse City Court or Community Court at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17. —Compiled by Jon Harris, asst. news editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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JAMES SOUTHERLAND (TOP) hangs on the rim above teammate Rakeem Christmas during the annual Midnight Madness event to open the 2011-12 basketball season. The players split into two teams, Orange and White, and scrimmaged one another. The event also featured a dunk contest, 3-point shootout and Legends Game, which brought back many former SU stars. SEE PAGE 13.
Despite a significantly smaller turnout at the Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Hunger Walk on Sunday at Hendricks Chapel, participants raised five times as much money as last year in overall donations. Last year approximately 100 participants helped raise about $50, said Erica Monnin, a graduate assistant in the Hendricks Chapel Office of Engagement Programs. This year’s goal was to increase both the number of participants and the amount of donations. The Office of Engagement Programs decided to charge a $5 registration fee at this year’s event. Overall, the event raised $250, a large increase from last year, Monnin said. Twenty-five percent of the money raised will be used locally and 75 percent will be donated to the Church World Service organization. The Hendricks Chapel Office of Engagement Programs, the Interfaith Student Council and the Better Together campaign hosted the event, said Syeisha Byrd, the director of the Office of Engagement Programs at Hendricks. Church World Service is an organization that distributes money to smaller organizations such as local food banks and soup kitchens, Monnin said. Using infrastructure programs to grow sustainable food and provide access to clean water, the organization focuses on outreach in the Horn of Africa. The walk, a total of three and a half miles, is designed to raise awareness and money for local and global organizations, Byrd said. “Walking is good, but money goes a long way,” she said. Overcast skies didn’t stop the 30 student participants from organizing outside of Hendricks, Byrd said. The SEE CROP WALK PAGE 6
Long-anticipated Facebook iPad app hits market after 18-month delay By Dylan Segelbaum CONTRIBUTING WRITER
More than a year and a half after the launch of Apple’s original iPad, the official Facebook application explicitly designed for the device was released, according to an Oct. 10 CNN article. Students at Syracuse University have expressed positive thoughts about the app.
In a Facebook blog post published Oct. 10, Leon Dubinsky, Facebook software engineer, touted some of the features of the app, including improved navigation and larger photo display. “The app comes with a bunch of other new features: You can chat with friends right from your iPad, for example, or play games and use apps in full-screen mode,” Dubinsky said
in the post. “You can also watch highres videos online, record HD video and stream to Airplay devices.” The reason for the delay is unclear, but it was speculateded that it was due to conflicts between Apple and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to the CNN article. Jeff Verkoeyen, former Facebook engineer, said development for the app was finished as far back as May, in
a blog post that has been removed, according to the article. In July, technology website TechCrunch discovered the code for the iPad app was embedded inside the iPhone. The app could be executed with a jailbroken iPad, according to the article. Andrew Benerofe, a freshman information technology major, was pleased with the app’s release. He
noted the app contained a native messaging client and said it was easy to navigate.. “I think it’s much faster than using it in the browser,” he said. Ashley Nieves, a sophomore biology major, said she felt as though the app was very similar to the one on her iPhone. Nieves noticed several differences SEE FACEBOOK APP PAGE 6
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Alumnus criticizes administration’s unilateral decision to join ACC
hancellor Nancy Cantor and the Syracuse University Board of Trustees’ decision to leave the Big East conference smells of hypocrisy of the worst kind and convinces me the time has come for our university to look for a new chancellor and a fresh slate of trustees. Let me explain: Under the tab “About Chancellor Cantor” on the SU website, one learns that Cantor’s vision for SU is “Scholarship in Action,” defined as “a view of the university not as a traditional ‘ivory tower,’ but as a public good, an anchor institution that collaborates with partners from all sectors of the economy to more effectively serve the needs of society.” The chancellor’s lofty words now ring hollow to thousands of us. The decision to withdraw from the Big East conference was made by Cantor and select others in the very ivory tower she once disdained, notwithstanding the solid opposition of alumni, students, employees, faculty, other conference members and, most importantly, the Syracuse community at large. One searched in vain to find open debate and an honest exchange of ideas; instead, an ill-conceived and poorly deliberated decision to toss aside a 30-year legacy for cash on the barrel was presented as a fait accompli. The statement by the Public Affairs Office, which touted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s “excellent national research universities with very strong academic quality,” did little to answer the underlying issues of trust and accountability precipitated by the chancellor’s actions. Moreover, a comparison of Big East to ACC schools is unavailing. Give me a Duke University, and I will show you a Georgetown. I’ll see your University
let ter to the editor of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and will raise you University of Notre Dame or Villanova University. No less a light than Jim Boeheim said the decision was based on money and football — or in real spiritual terms, greed. The departure of SU and the University of Pittsburgh shows a lack of institutional trust among its members. As explained just last week by Penn State journalism professor Malcolm Moran, “It’s not that everybody is getting along and holding hands all the time, but there’s a foundation of decades-long relationships between institutions. There is a way to work it out without turning your back on your peers and walking away in a huff.” As Syracuse is a founding member of the Big East conference, why did Cantor allow a lack of trust among members to fester? Didn’t her vision of what SU should be compel her to work toward promoting a greater understanding of each other and a commitment to the greater community? Why was this decision made by a few and not circulated in the marketplace of our collective community, given that we all must bear the consequences of such a decision? The answer seems obvious. Our leader’s deeds do not match her words. The time has come for the chancellor and the trustees to move on. Let us find a new chancellor whose preachments about the dangers of ivory towers are not spoken while she still lives in one.
James “Jay” R. McKee
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october 17, 2011
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Obama overstretches power in drone assassinations
ourts must try all American citizens who commit crimes — with the exception of justifiable homicide by police — before being put to death. But this is no longer so clear. Several weeks ago, the United States killed Samir Kahn and Anwar alAwlaki in a drone strike in Yemen. Both are U.S. citizens. Awlaki is claimed to have inspired terrorists, including Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the failed Christmas Day “underwear bomber.” Kahn produced a magazine for al-Qaida. President Barack Obama called the death of al-Awlaki “a major blow to alQaeda’s most active operational affiliate.” While the death may have strategic significance, the government failed to give Awlaki a fair trial. Instead, constitutional rights were waived in the name of security. The killing raises questions about how much power the executive has to issue capital punishment against its own civilians. Many have voiced their support for Obama’s decisions. Some have tried to selectively interpret the Constitution in an attempt to prove that the killing was legal. Others have argued that because al-Awlaki was acting against the United States he had effectively relinquished his citizenship. Another argument is that a trial would have been impractical. Al-Awlaki had evaded authorities in the past and escaped capture before. A secret memo from the government outlined the case of potentially killing al-Awlaki. The order to kill him, according to The New York Times, “did not establish a broad new legal doctrine to permit the targeted killing of any Americans believed to pose a terrorist threat.” The document claims al-Awlaki was part of a war between al-Qaeda and the United States and that he posed a “significant threat” to Americans. His threat lay in his inspirational role to terrorists, not anything tangible. There was no evidence to suggest that he was directly responsible for an imminent attack. In other words, his killing could not be classified under justifiable homicide police use in imme-
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to the left, to the left diate self-defense or defense of victims. These arguments try to dodge the standards established in the Constitution. It is a right of all U.S. citizens to be tried in court, regardless of suspected terrorist affiliations. The nature of our enemies does not excuse the killing. Indeed, the essence of what al-Awlaki is accused of is inspiring others, not directly carrying out an attack. Without any court ruling, the executive-led military ordered to kill him. Ironically, al-Qaeda questioned the government’s hypocrisy. SITE Intelligence Goup translated a violent-Islamist website, on which a post read, “Where are what they keep talking about regarding freedom, justice, human rights and respect of freedoms?!” Our enemies are even pointing out the inconsistencies in the United States’approach to dealing with suspected terrorists. In a statement, Samir Kahn’s family said Kahn was a “law-abiding citizen of the United States” and “was never implicated of any crime.” Granting a suspected terrorist the rights to a fair trial is naturally uncomfortable. But the executive cannot selectively apply rights. By definition, every citizen is entitled to them. Even traitors are allowed a trial. The government may claim that this decision was in the best interest of the nation. But upholding the standards for trying those accused of committing crimes should be the executive’s priority. By making exceptions to our laws, there is a tremendous possibility for the government to abuse its power in the future. Harmen Rockler is a junior political science and newspaper journalism major. His column appears every Monday. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Ties to LA offer model for future expansion Since 2001, Syracuse University has increased its ties with and presence in Los Angeles by fostering a more active alumni community and, more recently, beginning a semesterlong program for a few dozen SU students. SU’s expansion in LA underscores a promising example of how the university can increase its competitiveness by providing strong niche programs in other parts of the country. Though the administration promotes academic and professional growth by interacting and working in the Syracuse community, the area’s professional opportunities have limits. An aspiring movie producer would build far stronger connections and relevant experience in an entertainment hub like LA
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editorial by the daily orange editorial board than in Central New York; just as a future leader in the music industry could build significant connections in Nashville, Tenn., or New York City; or a student hoping to enter politics would find a semester in the capital very practical. Such expansion into these professional-geographic niches around the United States —where students can get experience unmatched or completely unattainable in Syracuse — is the most exciting arm of Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s call for Scholarship in Action. Even Emerson College, which houses one of the nation’s leading film programs, recognizes
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LA offers more vital opportunities for its students than its base in Boston — though a thriving city in its own right — and houses a program similar to SU’s in LA. This Rust Belt city, though fighting hard to regain economic viability, does not present the most attractive option for prospective students wishing to jump-start their education in the same metropolis where they’ll work one day. But immersion programs throughout the United States would allow SU to compete for these driven students. Such niche, semester-away programs in LA and Washington, D.C., provide a model for future expansion into other U.S. regions, where resources for professional and academic development abound.
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and cups of sparkling cider, garnering interest from passers-by unaware of the anniversary. Margy Hiltz of Cazenovia wasn’t aware of the celebration before heading to the mall Saturday, but said she went near the carousel to see what was going on. Hiltz, who has lived in the area for 40 years, said the cause for celebration was “wonderful.” Though Hiltz said she did not know much about the Destiny USA project, she is looking forward to the expanded retail options. Hal Kiah and Sam Fedele have worked at the Carousel Center for 20 and 17 years, respectively, almost as long as the mall has been open. They operate the carousel located next to the food court, where free rides were offered Monday through Saturday to commemorate the anniversary. Both Kiah and Fedele said the best part of their job is seeing children happy and parents and others reliving memories. “It’s good seeing the kids come in, being happy about free rides,” Fedele said. “They get overjoyed.” Along with the free carousel rides, Hapanowich said mall guests had the oppor-
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tunity to register to win one of 21 gift cards. At Saturday’s celebration, a face painter, balloon artist and clowns were also near the carousel to entertain the kids. For Susan Stalker of Mattydale, the mall’s birthday was a celebration of her own. In the early 1990s, Stalker suffered from panic attacks in public situations such as entering a mall or traveling. Though she never had that kind of problem before that time, she attributed the anxiety to the stress of having a sick child and starting a new job at Upstate Medical University Hospital. “I never saw this mall for like four or five years,” Stalker said. “And everyone would say, ‘It’s so great,’ but I never could come.” Around 1994 and 1995, Stalker said, she started easing herself into the Carousel Center for short amounts of time until she became more and more comfortable. She said that though she is not 100 percent fine with being in a crowded public situation, it is getting better. She participated in the toast and enjoyed a cupcake afterward in personal celebration, too. Said Stalker: “I like that they’re doing this for the community, and because for me it was a significant thing to get here, it’s pretty neat to be a part of it.” brvannos@ syr.edu
the current comptroller, Jeff Rickert, who has made him familiar with the position he hopes to fill. “I am a good candidate because of the communication I have with Rickert and that I know exactly what he does,” DeSalvo said. “Not a lot of people know that, not people even on the Finance Board.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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event’s hosts worked to unite students from different ethnicities and religious groups, she said. As a result, several greek and religious organizations were represented, as well as members from the American Red Cross. The walk started at Hendricks at 1 p.m. and continued down University Avenue into downtown Syracuse. Once downtown, the students merged with the Syracuse community CROP Walk to walk a one-mile stretch around Columbus Circle before they turned around and completed the walk back to campus. Marissa Levy, junior communication sciences and disorders major and a member of the coed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, said she was eager to participate in the walk again.
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“I would like very much to join ongoing conversations that link education with social and cultural issues with the politics of disability rights, with people having a place to feel comfortable to communicate their ideas,” Wiener said. “I’m looking forward to participating in those conversations that have been going on for decades on this campus.” The DCC serves to unite students with disabilities and those without to create an environment of inclusion. Unlike other organizations on campus, such as the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the DCC will not be an activist group, but rather a group focused on the social and cultural aspects of disability. “The BCCC is going to be connected with the DCC, but they’re two distinct groups,” said Kiel Moses, president of the BCCC and second-year doctoral candidate. While SU has long been a leader in the field of disability studies and accommodations, the cultural center provides something new that the university was lacking. “The biggest thing is really creating a space where students with disabilities can go and engage with disability — and with the idea that disability can be a part of your identity just like race or sexual orientation,” said Alex Umstead, who has been actively involved with the planning of the DCC and a graduate student studying cultural foundations of education with a focus in disability studies. The center will not be a home to activism, but rather a home to the university’s disability community, fostering inclusion within the campus community as a whole. The center will have a lounge in the Hoople Special Education Building in Room 105, where students can come together to relax, discuss disability concepts or do homework, Umstead said. Eddie Zaremba, a junior entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major who is involved with the undergraduate disability initiative within the BCCC, said the center would give students with disabilities a physical place to convene. “The cultural center will give us a place to meet, it will give us a place to be organized, a
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after looking at the two side by side. She also said that its performance was superior to that of the unofficial application, MyPad. “When you go to the newsfeed, you have your chat, so that’s cool,” she said. Other students were not aware that an official client had been released, such as Lawrence
“I feel really good, I know I’m making a difference,” Levy said. “I walked last year and this year to raise awareness about how many people go hungry. It’s amazing to see how many people come out.” Azhar Ali, a junior health and exercise science major, said he wasn’t able to walk, but was hopeful his efforts as a member of the Interfaith Student Council could help make the walk a success. “If you walk a block in either direction it’s drastically different from what you see on campus, and many students don’t leave campus enough to see that,” Ali said. While the walk may be over, Ali hopes that those who participated will not stop working. Said Ali: “You can raise all the awareness in the world, but if you can’t act upon the awareness, then you’re not reaching the full potential of the impact it could have.” email@example.com
home base and a place that we can refer people to ask questions,” Zaremba said. The DCC allows those students with disabilities to be represented in a new way, as the DCC will be under the umbrella of the Division of Student Affairs rather than the Office of Disability Services. SU’s cultural center was modeled after one at the University of Minnesota, which had the first disability cultural center. However, SU will be the first university to have a center of this kind that is associated with Student Affairs rather than Disability Services, Umstead said. The fact that the DCC will fall under the realm of Student Affairs rather than ODS shows that the goal of the center is truly to increase awareness of disability culture, like any other cultural organization might, Woodward said. Wiener compared the program to those of the LGBT Resource Center or the Slutzker Center for International Services. The university has been considered a leader in the field of disability studies as a result of various programs, like the Burton Blatt Institute, the disability studies minor and the various organizations dedicated to disability life on campus. Although SU continues to be a leader in the field of disability studies, there are still changes that must be made to accommodate for disabled students. “A new law school is being built and the Disability Law Society has tried to work with the architects and designers to explain to them universal design and how it’s good for everyone, not just people with disabilities, and they’ve not taken that concept very seriously,” Woodward said. Wiener said that updating the accessibility of various buildings on campus is one of her goals. Woodward said she hoped the center would increase awareness of disability culture and language because people view disability as something that must be overcome when this is not the case. “I’m hoping that the cultural center will help spread the ideas of disability culture and that it’s not a negative thing, and it’s not something that people must overcome,” Woodward said. “It’s just a difference, like any other minority group.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Tsui, a junior finance and accounting major. “I didn’t know they even had that,” he said. “I’m glad they finally made it, though.” Tsui had been using Friendly, a third-party applications, to access Facebook. This solution was satisfactory at first, but after a major update to the Facebook interface, he was not able to log in for more than half a month, he said. Said Tsui: “It responds quicker, and it looks much nicer.” email@example.com
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n the middle of Oakwood cemetery, John Zaffis stood surrounded by a group of more than 40 students from Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF. Zaffis, a nationally recognized ghost hunter, was trying to communicate with spirits that inhabited the cemetery. The ghost hunter used an AM/FM radio, otherwise known as a ghost box, to scan over white noise static, which ghosts can communicate through, Zaffis said. “Can you tell me how many spirits are here with us?” Zaffis called into the darkness. The students waited in complete silence, listening for a response through the ghost box. “Seven,” a voice through the radio said. Zaffis and students continued to ask questions such as “Can you tell us your name?” and “Are you buried here?” For a little more than an hour, students were able to “communicate” with a spirit who said his name was Tom and that he had died in an on-campus fire back in the 1950s. Zaffis, who has more than 37 years of experience in the paranormal field, started off Thursday night with a presentation in Marshall Auditorium on the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus. The hourlong presentation was fi lled with pictures, videos and sound clips from hauntings that Zaffis has personally worked on, including the case the movie “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” was based on. He explained that he began working in the paranormal field when he was 16 years old, after he encountered an apparition of his grandfather’s ghost in his bedroom. Immediately after, Zaffis made it his mission to educate himself and others about life beyond the grave. “We are taught anything we can’t see, we can’t touch, we shouldn’t believe in,” Zaffis said. Zaffis took students through multiple famous paranormal cases, most notably the case the movie “The Haunting in Connecticut” is based on. A family in Connecticut moved into a home that was previously a funeral parlor and soon began experiencing paranormal activity. After moving into the home, the family’s son began exhibiting symptoms of demonic possession.
Zaffis worked for nine and a half months on the case, he said. One day, while doing some research on his own in the house, Zaffis saw what he believes was a demon coming down the stairs toward him. The experience nearly made him quit working in the paranormal field. “What I experienced, what I saw that night, I don’t think I’ll ever forget,” he said. Currently, Zaffis runs his own museum, the John Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal, which is fi lled with haunted objects. “I stopped counting at probably 1,000,” Zaffis said. In his presentation, he showed pictures of some of the objects from the museum, including dolls, statues, artwork and military clothing, and talked about how he came into possession of the objects. “Everybody tells me I’m nuts for it,” he said. Even after handling exorcisms, demons and poltergeists, Zaffis said, “there are situations even the ‘old man’ leaves alone.” Zaffis said he prefers not to handle cases that involve voodoo. After the presentation, Zaffis entertained a Q-and-A session followed by the ghost hunt in the cemetery. Nicole Vona, a freshman environmental science major at ESF, said she decided to attend the event because it sounded interesting. Although she liked Zaffis’ presentation, she was still unsure about whether she believes in ghosts because she had never personally experienced the paranormal. “I’ve heard stories of friends and family members who have had stuff happen to them, but I’ve never had anything happen to me,” she said. During his presentation, Zaffis said he understood why some people don’t believe in the paranormal. “It does go beyond anything you can comprehend or anything you can understand,” he said. Originally, the event limited the number of students who could go on the ghost hunt to 40 people, who were given tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, after a number of students showed up during Zaffis’ presentation, he opened the event to anyone who wished to go. Laura Crandall, director of the Office of Student Activities at ESF, said she was very pleased with the turnout. She said she was also intrigued by Zaffis’ presenta-
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photos by stacie fanelli | asst. photo editor Attendees of Thursday’s tour of haunted spots on the ESF campus were treated to the knowledge of John Zaffis (bottom center), a ghost hunter. He spoke to seven spirits through an AM/FM radio. One of the spirits died in an on-campus fire in the 1950s.
tion. Although she doesn’t necessarily believe in ghosts, she said, she doesn’t disbelieve, either. Zaffis, who is also visiting other colleges and universities across the United States, said he was also very happy with the turnout. “When you speak about the paranormal on campuses now, people come out of the
woodwork,” he said. David Bloom, a junior wildlife science major at ESF, said he attended the event because he is very interested in the paranormal field. “Hopefully they’ll come to see it next year,” Bloom said of students who didn’t attend the event. “They missed out on a lot.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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courtesy of alejandro garcia | professor in the david b. falk college of sport and human dynamics (From left) Ernst Schuh, stephanie miner and Frederick Marvin stand outside Syracuse City Hall. Miner, the Syracuse mayor, married Schuh and Marvin, a former professor. The wedding ceremony was a testimony to their 52 years of partnership.
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he opening of the door marked “Mayor’s Quarters” reveals a glimpse of a smiling couple. From the room, the pair waves brightly at the beloved wedding guests who peer in from the dimly lit hallway. They coo with affection. The door quickly snaps tight. A rustle of movement sweeps through the group of about 20, and they move outside to the stone steps of Syracuse City Hall for the ceremony. On Friday afternoon, former Syracuse University professor Frederick Marvin, 91, and his partner Ernst Schuh, 89, celebrated 52 years together with a wedding. The patches of gray and white overhead look ominous as beads of rain start to form a dotted pattern on the concrete. At the base of the steps, various media outlets set up to shoot. The clicking of tripods accompanies the guests’ growing concerns as they
After 52 years with many memories made, retired SU professor weds partner at Syracuse City Hall
look warily up at the sky. The couple slips out from the heavy wooden doors to a chorus of awe as the steady drip of rain suddenly comes to a halt. At that moment, a distant set of chimes rings, as if their wedding would be incomplete without some kind of music. ••• “We met through music, our whole
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lives have been filled with music,” Schuh said of his relationship with Marvin, a former SU professor and artist-in-residence for 22 years until his retirement in 1990. The harmonious relationship began in Austria, where Schuh is originally from. The pair met at the Abbey of St. Florian, an Austrian monastery where the grave of famous composer, Anton Bruckner, is located. Their shared passion for music ignited their deep friendship. They spent the next 15 years building their personal and professional partnership as Marvin toured through Europe and the United States as a concert pianist with Schuh as his manager. In 1968, Marvin accepted a position teaching piano at SU and the couple changed bases from Vienna to Syracuse, where they have lived for the past 43 years. The couple takes regular, extended trips back to their second home in Vienna. “We’ve taken care of each other
every day since,” said Marvin with a smile. ••• In June, the couple obtained a certificate from Austria that legally grants them the same equal rights as a document of marriage. The pair then decided to make their marriage official in the United States as well, now that gay marriage is legal in New York state. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said she was touched by a letter she received from the couple and agreed to conduct the ceremony. “If I can, when I’m asked by couples, particularly gay couples who have been denied the right for so long, I’m privileged to do it,” Miner said. “It’s a great honor to be asked to officiate over a couple who has been together for 52 years. It gives everyone hope in the power of love.” Both said that through the years, they did not experience much prejudice. Marvin and Schuh’s families are no longer alive, but they both said see wedding page 10
Years ago, Elizabeth Harper strummed acoustic fare in parks and coffeehouses. But this time, she didn’t come with a guitar. Silhouetted against a blood red background and armed with a synthesizer, Harper stepped onstage amid a display of frantic disco lights as the frontwoman for Class Actress. Along with opening acts Mouth’s Cradle and Guards, headlining act Class Actress took the stage in Schine Underground on Thursday night at WERW’s first fall concert as an official student organization. Jeanette Wall, WERW general manager, and Kyle Kuchta, WERW’s assistant general manager and a junior film major, said they tried to be mindful of the entire student body’s interests while incorporating a new element to the campus’ musical scene — both of which they want to accomplish through future concerts, at least one per semester. “We wanted to find artists that were up-and-coming and who we believe would really offer something to the student body that maybe not any other organization is offering,” said Wall, a junior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries. “It’s something that a lot of people are ready for.” Class Actress transported the Schine Underground to an earlier era of electronic pop, where Harper’s breathy vocals against a sea of twinkling synths felt appropriate for twentysomethings seeking a night out in the city. One concertgoer proclaimed at the start of the set: “This is just like the ‘80s!” Although it took a few songs, heavy on chiming beats, and dizzying lights to energize the crowd the audience finally shrugged off its indifference once Class Actress broke into “Weekend.” The song, with lyrics like “so bring it on / bring on the weekend,” seemed appropriate for a room of college students beginning their weekends. The set proceeded with moderate head bumping and shoulder swaying that synchronized to the sound of electronic riffs. Some within the crowd clapped in coordination with syncopated snares in an attempt to invigorate others around them. And though the audience clumped around the stage fluctuated in size throughout the night, the size felt suitably intimate for music with lyrics as see werw page 10
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equally personal. “It got too quiet sometimes,” said Brandy Gu, a sophomore marketing major. “But a couple of people danced like crazy, which was good because they were having a good time.” Opening acts Mouth’s Cradle and Guards, with their respective hip-hop and garage band sounds, offered alternative fare juxtaposed against Class Actress’s vintage, synthheavy set. Skillfully navigating the line between spontaneity and deliberate execution, Mouth’s Cradle frontman and Syracuse University senior Kevin Hegedus kept the crowd entertained with his charismatic stage presence. Guards performed with the intention of energizing the audience before the headlining act. “We take pride in the fact that we’re opening for Class Actress,” said Richie Follin, the lead vocalist for the five-piece band. Follin encouraged applause, whistling and dancing throughout the set, reminding the crowd to exercise its right to have fun and let loose. The presence of such a varied set list at WERW’s concert represented the radio station’s recognition of different musical genres — genres typically obscured by the student body’s
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they were always very supportive of the couple’s partnership and how it has grown through the years. “His mother called me her American son,”
kristen parker | asst. photo editor class actress, a Brooklyn-based electronic pop group, headlined WERW’s first fall concert as an official student group. The show featured music spanning many genres. penchant for dubstep and club music. “That’s what the radio station is there for: to expose people to new music that they may not have heard,” Kuchta said. “We want to be at the forefront of that movement.”
And as Class Actress ended the evening with “Let Me Take You Out,” the jumping concertgoers proved their willingness to take a chance on something new.
Marvin said. “But in those times we didn’t think about marriage because we knew that it was an impossibility until now. Now that we can — why not!” ••• After 52 years, the day has finally come. Marvin, in a midnight-blue jacket, and Schuh, in an emerald green suit and crimson vest, bestow each guest with a kiss on both cheeks. The pair climbs back to the top of the stairs. They stand, framed in the stone archway. Miner clears her throat. With their matching hearing aids, the couple leans in regularly throughout the ceremony to hear the mayor. They peer down at the sheet she’s holding to perfectly recite their commitment to each other. Finally Miner announces, “I, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the state of New York, reaffirm and publicly pronounce you married.” As the applause rings, Schuh and Marvin wave, their smiles wide. Though this is a momentous day for the couple and their friends, their wedding is also a show of support for others wishing to do the same. “We want to be a role model for others,” Schuh said. Miner, who has received several positive
emails in response to the couple’s wedding, agrees their union is also a celebration for the Syracuse community. “People are just happy to be part of this, happy that New York state finally did this and that we could all share in their relationship and their love, and now the government can recognize that as well.” As the applause dies down, the tripods click again as the reporters race to the top, surround-
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ing the newlyweds. “We can’t even see them, or embrace them,” said Rosa Benavides, the couple’s neighbor and friend of 50 years. Though she was anxious to congratulate the couple, she notes that Schuh and Marvin’s relationship has made her realize that some things are worth waiting for. “They showed us that some love is so profound and so deep that it is worth waiting for to have the beautiful ending that they had today.” email@example.com
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ravo is a channel that capitalizes on guilty pleasures. What else can really be said about a network that has developed seven installments — and apparently has four international installments in the works — of the “Real Housewives” franchise? Granted, there are specialty shows on Bravo, such as the wonderful “Top Chef” and the amusing “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” However, the network still majors in drama, with a minor in food and art, respectively. At the end of the day, it’s just more fun to see two people have at each other than to see a delicious five-course meal that can’t be tasted. And then there’s “Millionaire Matchmaker.” It’s tough to call a show the “best” guilty pleasure, but “Millionaire Matchmaker” is certainly most consistent in providing some intelligent, light entertainment. For those unaware of the show’s format, matchmaker Patti Stanger takes two single rich people, with a net worth more than one million, of course, and attempts to find them love. Whereas “Real Housewives” can grow stale over time, “Matchmaker” remedies this problem by bringing in fresh meat every show. And the variety of potential “contestants,” if you can call them that, is astounding. There are men and women, straight, gay, awkward, forward, stupid, creepy and even desperate. There is no shortage of hilarity. One of the show’s highlights involved a date in which the millionaire acted like such a pretentious jerk that he got a drink thrown in his face. Here lies the first caveat of enjoying this show: the moral high ground. Believe it or not, rich people can be egomaniacs. And when it comes to dating, that doesn’t change. Part of the pleasure in watching these hastily assembled dates and odd conversations comes from the fact that a majority of these millionaires are awful people. As viewers, we can think, “Wow, I am nowhere near as dumb as that.” For example, in the show’s most recent episode, one of the millionaires spent a three-year stint in prison for being, to be blunt, a drug mule. No, that was not how he made his millions, and he expressed a desire to change his ways. However, attempting to end a first date by taking the girl into a hot tub doesn’t exactly help. And we, the viewers, look on enjoyably, patting ourselves on the back for not acting like scumbags and trying to get a girl out of her bathing suit. Now, aside from the sense of superiority the show seems so set on serving us, there also exists classic TV escapism. The show’s subjects are incredibly wealthy people who can afford to spend on particularly lavish dates. The most recent episode wasn’t real proof of this trope, but in five seasons of matchmaking, there have defi nitely been enough helicopter dates to
‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ proves guilty pleasures make good, bankable television make even Donald Trump jealous. Millionaires also love using their boundless resources to rent out entire locations, such as restaurants, museums, yachts and more helicopters. Seriously, a lot of helicopters. But this show of drama infused first dates would be nothing without the titular “Millionaire Matchmaker,” Patti Stanger, who seems inclined to say whatever she wants. After all, it is her job to be brutally honest. She is essentially a casting agent for the role of soul mate. And her best moments are either candid while still throwing in bitingly mean one-liners, or confrontations with clients. In short, she’s a true character who adds an extra sense of amusement to an already laughably silly show. “Millionaire Matchmaker” is crass, and pointless, but that’s why it can be a joy to watch. There is a place for mindless, somewhat unintentionally ironic programming. And sometimes after a long day, that’s all an overworked brain can handle. Viewers shouldn’t feel guilty, they should just sit back and enjoy. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Running backs The success of Syracuse’s running game in the first half of the season has flown under the radar a bit. Antwon Bailey has taken the reins of the starting role from Delone Carter and is on pace to rush for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns halfway through the season. He’s been on a hot streak too, rushing for more than 110 yards in his last three games — although his 124yard performance against Rutgers was soured by two fumbles. Prince-Tyson Gulley was set to break out as the chance-of-pace back, but broke his collarbone in an off-field incident and is out for the season. The next three running backs — Jerome Smith, Adonis Ameen-Moore and Steve Rene — have all only seen limited action so far.
Wide receivers In the middle of the summer, wide receiver was a strength for Syracuse. But it’s a glaring weakness now. Whether it is the wide receivers’ inability to get open or play calling that features other players on the Orange offense, starters Van Chew and Alec Lemon haven’t been utilized as much as expected. After catching eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against Rhode Island, Chew has just eight catches for 105 yards in the following four games. Dorian Graham is a name to watch for the second half of the season, though. The speedy senior finally got his hands on the ball against Tulane, hauling in two scores.
Tight ends Starter Nick Provo couldn’t get open through the first two games, but he’s come alive in the last month to give Nassib a reliable target downfield. An eight-catch, 85-yard outburst at Southern California began a stretch of three games with at least 50 yards for Provo. The senior has demonstrated an ability to be dangerous after the catch as well, with both of his touchdowns coming on plays where he’s broken a tackle. David Stevens, a backup, has chipped in with 10 catches for 61 yards on the season as well.
Offensive Line This unit has been up and down since the first game of the season. Ryan Nassib has been sacked 12 times, and costly penalties have been drive killers for the offense. That said, when offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has set his mind on running the football, Antwon Bailey hasn’t had any trouble doing so behind this line. The back has four 100-yard games already this season, including three straight before the bye week. If the line can give Nassib a little bit more time in pass protection, the offense could really open up in the second half of the season.
This game certainly made the droves of Carrier Dome fans that left in the third quarter regret that decision. Syracuse came out flat against the Demon Deacons both offensively and defensively, falling behind 20-7 at the half and 26-14 with a quarter to go. But then something clicked. Syracuse scored 15 points in a span of 1:19 to tie the game at 29. And Ryan Nassib found Van Chew for a 4-yard touchdown in overtime that turned out to be the gamewinning score in a 36-29 victory.
Worst Game Rutgers
This category wasn’t even a contest. The Orange blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, committed five turnovers in the game and had an extra point and a field goal blocked. Antwon Bailey fumbled twice, including on the final play of the game in double overtime. Ryan Nassib completed less than half of his passes. There was a lot of ugliness, and it resulted in SU’s second loss of the year.
Biggest Surprise Dan Vaughan, LB
The senior had a total of 10 tackles in his first three years at Syracuse but has already piled up 41 as the starting strongside linebacker this year. That ranks second on the team behind only Phillip Thomas. Considering that freshman Cameron Lynch has started to split playing time with Vaughan, those numbers are that much more impressive. The linebackers have been the best part of the Orange defense this year, and Vaughan has shined mostly under the radar.
Prince-Tyson Gulley, RB
The loss of Gulley really hurts Syracuse. He is out for the season with a broken collarbone, and that injury came after the best game in the sophomore’s career. Against Toledo, Gulley broke out for 66 yards rushing on 10 carries. He was a dynamic change of pace for the Orange, spelling starting tailback Antwon Bailey. Gulley was likely the Orange’s quickest back, and his burst of speed through the line of scrimmage will certainly be missed.
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Dyshawn Davis, LB
The freshman has been a terror on the blitz all season long and has been SU’s biggest playmaker on defense through the first half of the season. He might have had the play of the year for his hit and forced fumble on Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison if Syracuse had won that game. Davis ranks first on the team with four sacks and seven tackles for loss, and opposing offenses have to recognize where he is on the field before every snap.
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Syracuse’s defensive ends have played below expectations and its defensive tackles have exceeded them. The loss of Chandler Jones for the past five games hurt the SU pass rush, but Mikhail Marinovich, who seemed poised for a big year, has just two sacks on the other side. Jones returns this week, although his replacement, Torrey Ball, filled in adequately. On the interior, Deon Goggins has been a revelation. The play of Goggins and Jay Bromley on the middle of SU’s line is a big reason why Syracuse’s rush defense is ranked No. 23 in the nation.
All throughout camp, West looked great and received praise from everyone on the offense. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound receiver figured to bring size and strength to a receiving corps without its best player in the suspended Marcus Sales. But three games into the season, West still hadn’t caught a pass. He did have two huge catches for Syracuse against Toledo, both on third down, but since then he’s faded away again. Against Rutgers and Tulane, West managed three total receptions for only 10 yards.
Special teams If only it were possible to give separate grades here for the Orange. Freshman kick returner Jeremiah Kobena was stellar in the first half of the season. His speed and elusiveness are gamechangers for Syracuse. See: Tulane. Kicker Ross Krautman is a different story. Dominant last year, mediocre this year. He’s already missed three times as many kicks in 2011 as he did all last season. He’s also had a kick and an extra point blocked. The punters, Shane Raupers and Jonathan Fisher, haven’t been great. But they haven’t cost Syracuse anything, either.
Jarrod West, WR
The number of wins Syracuse needs to become bowl eligible after its 4-2 start. The Orange could conceivably lose four of its final six games and still reach a bowl.
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Appearance by Anthony highlights Midnight Madness event By Mark Cooper Asst. Sports Editor
The crowd knew exactly what was next. With the tease for the introduction of one more Syracuse legend — and for him to be called out personally by men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim — everyone in the building knew it was the star who helped lead SU to its only national championship. Out came Carmelo Anthony, and the Carrier Dome was buzzing. Anthony, now with the New York Knicks, arrived at Syracuse’s Midnight Madness on Friday to support a Syracuse team with more expectations to repeat the feat of his 2003 national championship team than there has been in years. SU returns all but one player from a 27-win team last season, and prognosticators have the Orange in the top 10 — if not the top five — entering Boeheim’s 36th season as head coach. “Coming off of a successful year and you have a lot of guys back, your ranking’s going to be pretty good,” Boeheim said earlier Friday at Syracuse’s media day. “As it should be.” For the first time, Syracuse’s Midnight Madness was broadcast on ESPN3.com, and parts of it were aired on ESPNU. Anthony sat courtside for all the festivities Friday, as the current Syracuse team held an
intrasquad scrimmage, a dunk contest and a “battle of the sexes” three-point shootout with the SU women’s team. There was also a scrimmage between two teams made of some famous former SU players. The 2011-12 Orange is a collection of experience and expectation. Syracuse brings back four starters. This includes fifth-year senior point guard Scoop Jardine, junior shooting guard Brandon Triche — entering his third year as a starter — and small forward Kris Joseph. Jardine and Joseph were named to the 50-player Wooden Award preseason watch list. That experience spoke for itself right away in the Orange-White scrimmage, as Triche finished an alley-oop from Jardine on the first possession of the game. Jardine, Triche, Joseph, Mookie Jones and Fab Melo started for the White team, while the Orange team was led by Dion Waiters, James Southerland, C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita and freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams is part of the high expectations. He is one-third of a highly touted freshman class for SU, alongside forward Rakeem Christmas and guard Trevor Cooney. All three used the scrimmage to unofficially introduce themselves to the Carrier Dome crowd. Carter-Williams showed an innate abil-
ity to drive to the hoop and knocked down a 3-pointer as well. Cooney — known for his long-range shooting — hit his first 3 soon after entering, and Christmas scored his first bucket on a tip-in.
“I think this year we probably have the opportunity to have the most depth that we’ve ever had.”
tious dunk attempts. Waiters finally put the crowd on its feet, successfully completing a between-the-legs slam. He then brought a young fan out from the stands and dunked over him, giving him a high five after the dunk. Waiters advanced to the finals against Southerland, who completed a between-the-legs dunk after throwing the ball off the backboard, causing Anthony — a judge — to stand up and hold two “10” signs. But in the finals, Southerland couldn’t cash in any of his attempts for a behind-the-back dunk, and Waiters won with a two-handed slam on a lob to himself.
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This and that Those three, along with the nine returning players who could factor into the playing rotation, give Syracuse an extremely deep and talented squad. “I think this year we probably have the opportunity to have the most depth that we’ve ever had,” Boeheim said at media day. After the scrimmage, there was a dunk contest that was high on anticipation but low on execution. Christmas, Cooney and Fair failed to ignite the crowd, missing their most ambi-
Midnight Madness began with a performance from the Russian Bar Trio, whose acrobatic stunts created a strong tone with the crowd to start the night. … Rapper Meek Mill performed twice, once for five minutes early in the night and again to close out the night. The supporter Meek Mill had with him for his first performance was wearing a Waiters jersey. … There was also a Legends scrimmage played, in which John Wallace drained the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds to go. email@example.com
Wallace hits game-winning shot in Legends Game full of former SU stars By Michael Cohen Sports Editor
John Wallace stared down Jonny Flynn from the left wing as the clock ticked down under 10 seconds. With his team trailing by one in the Syracuse Legends Game, Wallace wanted to be the hero. “It felt good to be out there, man,” said Wallace, a former star forward for the Orange. “ … I love the Dome. There’s no better place to play, and I definitely wanted the ball with a chance to win the game.” And with help from an eight-inch height advantage, Wallace drilled a 3-pointer over the top of Flynn with less than five seconds left to give the White team a 44-42 win. Wallace’s final
basket capped off an exciting scrimmage with some of Syracuse’s most famous men’s basketball alumni. Wallace and Flynn were joined by Hakim Warrick, Wes Johnson, Lazarus Sims, Gerry McNamara, among others, to take part in an all-star-like game as part of SU’s annual Midnight Madness. The remarkable collection of former Orange greats was well received by the audience, as recent alumni such as Andy Rautins crossed paths with stars of years gone by, like Lawrence Moten. “This is the most incredible Midnight Madness ever, like in history,” Wallace said. “ … We got all the old alumni here, all the greatest players, all the legends, all the current players, coach. It’s just an amazing, amazing — it’s like
an epic event right here.” Though SU’s most famous basketball alumnus was in attendance — Carmelo Anthony — the current New York Knicks star didn’t suit up despite multiple appeals from the crowd. Twice the audience chanted “We want Melo!” to no avail. But the rest of the Orange stars didn’t disappoint. In a game that featured minimal defensive effort and countless dunks, the crowd was brought to its feet on several occasions. Warrick and Donte Greene, both members of the winning White team, took turns putting home impressive alley-oops. Warrick threw a lob from half court to Greene, who threw it down to make the score 26-23 in favor of
the White team. Then Greene returned the favor, floating a pass to Warrick on a fast break that the current Suns power forward slammed emphatically with his right hand, prompting SU women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman to leap out of his chair and yell “Oh, no!” The Blue team was led by Rautins, Johnson and Eric Devendorf. Johnson did his best to counter the dunks by Warrick and Greene, but in the end it wasn’t enough. It came down to Wallace nailing one last 3-pointer over his upstate counterpart, Flynn. “Jonny Flynn is from upstate, so I had to do it to him,” Wallace said. “It’s an upstate thing. … I always played good in the Dome.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mountain West Conference, Conference USA to merge into 22-team football conference By Ryne Gery
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The Mountain West Conference and Conference USA have agreed to merge into one football league. The conferences hope the alliance will provide stability as the Big East has targeted five of their current members for admission to the Big East. The Big East plans to formally invite Air Force and Boise State of the Mountain West and Houston, Southern Methodist and Central Florida of Conference USA to join the conference. Air Force and Boise State would join for football only. Right now, though, the 12-member Conference USA and 10 football-playing members of the Mountain West will combine in an unprecedented move in college football. “The potential of this association is very exciting,” Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said in a statement. “By taking an innovative approach, we feel we can offer tremen-
dous opportunities for exposure and stability without breaking up the regional rivalries that truly make up the college football tradition.” The merger of the conferences was announced Friday. Later in the day, ESPN reported the Big East sent conditional invitations to Air Force, Boise State, Houston and SMU. The Big East sent a separate invitation to UCF. If all the schools stay in the new conference, it will have 22 members located in 16 different states, spanning five time zones. The winner of each conference will then meet in a conference championship. The conferences will merge into a football-only conference without affecting their NCAA status. Banowsky said in the conference call about the merger that he knew UCF was in discussions with the Big East, but was unaware the Big East contacted Houston and SMU. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said on the
conference call he was aware that Air Force and Boise State were in contact with the Big East. A Big East spokesman said on Saturday the conference was focused on its own plan to stabilize for the future. After Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Texas Christian left for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference, the Big East has just six football-playing schools. The conference needs eight to maintain its Bowl Championship Series status and wants to expand to 12 football-playing schools overall. The spokesman confirmed the reports of the programs targeted by the Big East, but said he was unaware of any formal invitations being sent out. He said he wouldn’t expect anything formal to happen until Monday at the earliest. Before formal invitations can be sent to the schools, the Big East presidents must decide what exactly the right course of action is for the conference, the spokesman said. The Big East also plans to increase the exit fee, according to the spokesman. Reports
indicate the exit fee will double from $5 million to $10 million for each time a team leaves the league. As the Big East finalizes its plans, the Mountain West and Conference USA can only wait and hope the merger is enough to keep their top programs on board. They are hoping the new league also improves their chances to obtain a BCS automatic qualifying bid. Though the newly created conference expects more national exposure, the move was made to solidify its future as conferences continue to realign. “The role of a conference is to provide its members with the best possible environment in which to conduct their intercollegiate athletics programs,” Thompson said in a statement. “Rather than await changes in membership due to realignment, it became clear the best way to serve our institutions was to pursue an original concept.” email@example.com
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SU blows 2-goal lead, loses in OT to No. 11 South Florida By Chris Iseman STAFF WRITER
Syracuse was 1:43 away from an elusive signature win. But with one critical mistake, it all slipped away. SU held a lead with just under two minutes SOUTH FLORIDA 3 remaining in the game, SYRACUSE 2 OT when South Florida freshman midfielder Roberto Alterio took advantage of a missed clearing attempt by Orange defender Skylar Thomas. Alterio put the ball past SU goalkeeper Phil Boerger and sent the game into overtime. Thomas tried to kick the ball away from the goal but missed, and the ball stayed loose in the box. Alterio ran in from right in front of the cage and sent the ball into the lower right corner of the net, out of the reach of Boerger. The Bulls celebrated as if they had just won the game, not tied it. “The surface was terrible. It was just unlucky,” Boerger said. “Skylar played a good game, you can’t fault him there. Just unlucky.” In the fourth minute of overtime, South Florida’s leading scorer, Dom Dwyer, headed in the game-winning goal to give USF a comeback 3-2 victory over the Orange. And Syracuse (2-91, 0-4-1 Big East) was dealt another crushing defeat in front of 397 at the SU Soccer Stadium on Saturday. The fact that the Orange was in complete command of the game for the entire first half only made the loss worse. Syracuse controlled possession against the No. 11 ranked Bulls (9-22, 4-0-1), but it all fell apart in the second half. The intensity the Orange played with in the first half didn’t carry over into the second stanza, and the Bulls started to attack more directly. After the game-tying goal, some of the Syracuse players stood around the box with
their hands on their heads in shock, while others stared straight down at the ground with hands on hips. For one of the rare times this season, SU had a two-goal lead on an opponent. Both goals came from junior forward Louis Clark. But as the second half progressed, it all slipped away. “Today, we got the start we wanted,” senior midfielder Nick Roydhouse said. “We got the 2-0 lead. It was great. Everything was going the way we wanted.” SU also managed to limit Dwyer’s scoring opportunities by having both midfielder Nick Bibbs and Thomas mark him, while getting help when they needed it. Orange head coach Ian McIntyre said he didn’t want to just have one player try to stop the Bulls’ leading scorer. And it worked for a while, but not for long enough. In the 78th minute, Dwyer drew a foul in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. The junior found an opening at the left side of the net and Boerger couldn’t get to it, giving the Bulls their first goal of the game. After the game, McIntyre questioned the call and said he’d like to see the foul again on tape. Bibbs said the call was incorrect, considering he felt he had already been fouled and wasn’t given the call in SU’s favor. Either way, late-game defensive breakdowns plagued SU once gain. “Breakdowns that shouldn’t have happened. Just simple mistakes,” Bibbs said. “First of all, there never should’ve been a PK. I did foul the guy in the box, but it shouldn’t have gone to that point because the striker had fouled me before he even got me the ball to dribble at me.” Once the Bulls scored off that penalty kick, the momentum of the game clearly shifted in their direction. The Orange only had to keep
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Midterm report After 4-2 start, Orange receives grades on performance through 1st half of 2011 season
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OFFENSIVE MVP Ryan Nassib, QB
It’s hard to argue against choosing Nassib as the MVP thus far. He carried the offense early in the season before tailback Antwon Bailey got going, almost single-handedly winning games against Wake Forest and Rhode Island. Since then, he’s been an efficient orchestrator of the offense and a proven leader. His quarterback rating has exceeded 120 in all but one of SU’s games. And he’s shown that he can be clutch, leading the Orange on a game-winning drive against Tulane. Without Nassib, the Syracuse offense would be poor at best.
Kevyn Scott, CB
Scott’s been the closer for the Syracuse defense. In the season opener, after a poor performance throughout the game for SU’s defense, Scott picked off a pass in the fourth quarter and then blanketed Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens on a fourth-down play in overtime, sealing the victory. He closed out Toledo, too, intercepting an Austin Dantin pass in the end zone in overtime to set up a game-winning field goal for Syracuse. He’s the bright spot in an otherwise deplorable Orange pass defense.
Through the first half of the season, Ryan Nassib has been outstanding for the Syracuse offense. One bad game against Rutgers doesn’t discredit what he’s done for the team in 2011. By throwing 11 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions, Nassib demonstrated a crucial ability to protect the ball. He’s upped his completion percentage to a very respectable 64.6 percent, and he’s spread the ball around so that six receivers have at least 10 catches. His poise in the pocket and accuracy throwing the ball are two big reasons why SU is 4-2.
Deon Goggins, DT
LINEBACKERS With the loss of Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith, there was a very good chance this unit would have some growing pains this year. But the linebackers have stepped up and have been the best group on the Orange defense in 2011. Sophomore Marquis Spruill has had no trouble making the move to the middle. And the two new starters, senior Dan Vaughan and freshman Dyshawn Davis, have been brilliant. Vaughan ranks second on the team with 41 tackles, and Davis has wreaked havoc on the blitz all season. He leads the Orange with four sacks.
SECONDARY There are eight teams in the country that give up more passing yards per game than Syracuse does. Yes, there have been multiple injuries in the secondary, and yes, a lack of pass rush does make it harder on the defensive backs. But only so much of the blame can fall outside of the secondary. Four of the six teams SU has played have reached the 300-yard passing mark. Rutgers just missed with 297. Receivers have been running free against the Orange all year, and opposing quarterbacks have had no trouble finding them.
COACHING There are two ways to look at the job the SU coaching staff has done this season. First, it should be commended for the way it has prepared Syracuse to stay tough in close games. Take away the Rutgers game that SU blundered away and third-year head coach Doug Marrone and staff have a 5-1 team on their hands. But the other side says an Orange defense that was so good last year is being shredded on a weekly basis through the air, ranking 112th of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in pass defense. And the offense that entered the season expecting big plays has been rather conservative.
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Interior defensive linemen don’t normally make a lot of tackles, but Goggins ranks fourth on the team with 30 takedowns this year. That means not only is he taking on blockers and stuffing the middle of the field, he’s also getting off those blocks to bring down ball carriers. The senior transferred to SU from Cerritos Community College last year but didn’t play in any games. This season, he’s played a major role on a defense that has allowed less than three yards per carry.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT Van Chew, WR
Syracuse’s deep threat has disappeared. Chew’s speed and big-play ability were supposed to stretch opposing defenses and give Nassib a downfield weapon. That lasted two games. Chew proved he was clutch by hauling in a crucial touchdown and two-point conversion against Wake Forest, then followed that up with an eight-catch, 134-yard game against Rhode Island. Since then, though, he’s had eight catches in four games with only one touchdown. Against Rutgers and Tulane he didn’t even eclipse 15 receiving yards in each game.
BEST SINGLE PLAY
Antwon Bailey’s 53-yard touchdown run vs. Wake Forest
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Bailey’s run erased an awful first three quarters to the season for Syracuse. Less than two minutes after SU scored to cut Wake Forest’s lead to eight points in the middle of the fourth quarter, Bailey took a carry, got to the outside and scampered down the left sideline for the Orange’s longest offensive touchdown of the season to date. Syracuse tied the Demon Deacons one play later on a two-point conversion and won the game in overtime.
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