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depicts Depression-era struggles in comic book format at Bird Library. Page 11

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Dropouts cost government, SU millions By Jillian Anthony Contributing Writer

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State and federal governments spent about $9 million on grants for students who dropped out after their freshman year between 2003 and 2008, according to statistics recently published by the American Institutes for Research. “The reason why this data is so important is this tells us that we really need to spend some time and effort understanding why students don’t come back and, more importantly, understanding what colleges and universities can do to help improve those retention numbers,” said Patrick Riccards, executive director of the American Institutes for Research. At Syracuse University, 8 percent to

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Emmy winner to mix humor with ethics in speech By Diana Pearl Contributing Writer

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moking in the food court. Dancing at a club until 4 a.m. Crashing walls in the bookstore. Welcome to Schine Student Center in the 1980s. Twenty-five years ago from Monday, on Oct. 18, 1985, Schine officially opened its doors as the large student center students first called for in 1911. The center transformed over time as social mores and laws changed, prompting previously allowed behaviors, such as drinking and smoking, to be banned or restricted.

bridget streeter | photo editor Today, some university officials also question if the center really meets students’ needs as developers work toward moving the bookstore out of Schine.

The first communal space Before Schine opened, Syracuse University’s student centers were squeezed into school basements or people’s homes. “Without the student center, there was just small pockets of space where you could go,” said Peter Baigent, SU’s assistant vice president of student programs from 1981 to 1993. Though Schine didn’t officially

open until October 1985, students could start using the bookstore and dining area in August as construction continued on the upper and lower floors. A summer strike by a group of Schine construction workers over a pay raise delayed the overall center’s completion, postponing the transfer of some student organizations’ offices that had already moved out of their old locations and had planned to move into Schine at the beginning of the school year. “There was still some rough edges and transitions,” Baigent said. “All in all, it moved relatively rapidly.” The bookstore already existed as

a separate building before Schine, meaning walls had to be knocked down to connect the bookstore with the center. That left bookstore officials scrambling to move books into already cramped spaces, said William Connor, director of the bookstore at the time, in a 1985 article from the university archives. “We often didn’t know until five minutes before it was about to happen that walls were going to be torn down,” Connor said. The main floor of the SU bookstore that displays clothing and sweatshirts today was originally an see Schine page 6

The New York Times Magazine columnist Randy Cohen attributes his position on ethics to his childhood. “My sense of these things was shaped by my family,” Cohen said. “That’s true for many peoWho: Randy Cohen ple. My beliefs Where: Hendricks have more in Chapel When: Today, 7:30 common with my parents p.m. than with How much: Free anything else. The tiny community of people with whom you spent your most formative years really shapes your beliefs.” Cohen, writer of The Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine, will speak Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel as part of the

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Four men convicted in bombing plot

Four men accused of planting bombs outside Bronx synagogues and planning to fire missiles at military planes were convicted on Monday, according to The New York Times. The case, which was deliberated on for eight days by a jury of six women and five men, was considered an important test of the entrapment defense. The four men convicted – Onta Williams, Laguerre Payen, James Cromitie and David Williams IV – face up to life in prison. The four men all lived in Newburgh, N.Y., and prosecutors said the men cooperated with an FBI informer who posed as a terrorist and supplied the men with Stinger missile tubes and inert bombs. On May 20, 2009, the four men were arrested in the Bronx after they planted car bombs outside two synagogues. Authorities added the men also plotted to travel to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh and fire missiles at military transport planes, according to The New York Times.

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Never forgotten The Remembrance Scholars gather Tuesday

A U.S. & World News brief on Oct. 14 titled “All 33 miners are rescued; Chile rejoices,” incorrectly stated the location of the trapped miners. The miners were trapped in the San José Mine in Chile. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

night on the Quad to honor and remember the 35 SU students who died aboard Pan Am Flight 103.

In an Oct. 14 articled titled “Trendy secondhand clothing store to open on Erie Boulevard,” Chris Shepherd’s status as a Syracuse University student was incorrectly stated. Shepherd is a recent graduate of SU. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

Alternative rock band Two Door Cinema Club looks to capture the same energy and excitement of DJ Steve Aoki in the second installment of the Bandersnatch Music Series.

In an Oct. 18 article titled “President, comptroller unopposed,” election rules were misstated. If 10 percent of the student body does not vote by Nov. 11, the polls remain open until Nov. 12. If 10 percent of the student body has not voted by midnight on Nov. 12, the election results become valid. The Daily Orange regrets this error.

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SPORTS The Syracuse basketball team lost two deadly 3-point shooters in the departed Andy Rautins and Wes Johnson. Who will step up to replace them this year?

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Job search site targets campuses By Amanda L. Quick Contributing Writer

A new job search website is aiming to speed up and simplify the job hunt process by combining students’ LinkedIns and Facebooks on one site for employers to see. “Our generation is accustomed to social networking,” said David Chodak, a senior political science major at Syracuse University who is a representative of the website, called Identified. “This incorporates the easy-to-use aspects of Facebook and the sophisticated aspects of LinkedIn.” Identified was nationally launched Sept. 20, with support from individual entrepreneurs and more than 200 companies, including nonprofits and companies like AOL, The Walt Disney Co. and Intel Corp. The site was founded at Stanford University. The founding was followed by a college tour, during which the website was promoted at the Ivy League schools, in addition to University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, University of Virginia and Duke University. “I hope that they will include us in the upcoming college tour. I want to be a part of this initial surge so that we can be their experienced users,” Chodak said. Each company participating in the site has its own page, with either a general application or a list of divisions of specialty occupations in departments like information technology or leadership development. Identified is free for both its corporations and 4,000 users, but as the site becomes more popular, Chodak said he expects businesses will have to pay fees to be members of the site. “This will really save money that companies spend on job fairs, and they can gather information fast about a candidate,” Chodak said. Identified automatically integrates with Facebook, so users can use their Facebook usernames and passwords to sign in and will be linked to their Facebook friends. Friend lists on Identified can be see identified page 10

What is Identified?

A networking website aimed at college students that combines aspects of Facebook and LinkedIn that launched nationally Sept. 20

brandon weight | staff photographer neal casey (right) and jessica cunnington , chair of the Student Life Committee and a S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications representative, respectively, guide the debate over a potential smoking policy at Monday’s Student Association meeting.

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Members dispute how to enforce possible smoking ban By Michael Boren Asst. News Editor

Student Association members debated how a possible revised smoking policy would be enforced at Monday night’s meeting. A committee of several groups, including the Department of Public Safety, the Onondaga County Health Department and Syracuse University, has been looking into the smoking issue since April 2010. SA will report the opinions from its meeting

to the committee. A new smoking policy would involve a phasing out of smoking on campus over three years, and the first part of the plan would move smoking away from building entrances, said Neal Casey, the Student Life Committee chair. “We don’t know who’s going to enforce it,” Casey said. DPS was mentioned as one of the possible enforcers, but several SA members questioned how realisti-

cally DPS could enforce a revised policy because DPS would be busy dealing with campus safety. “I don’t think that they could enforce it completely,” said David Woody, the Student Engagement Committee chair. “They’re not everywhere all the time.” Woody spoke to a mix of smokers and non-smokers prior to the SA meeting and discovered they didn’t think DPS would be able to legitimately enforce the proposed revised

smoking policy, he said. One SA member suggested that instead of becoming a smoke-free campus, SU should try to educate smokers about not dumping their cigarettes on the ground. Another SA member questioned how the policy would affect international students who may be used to smoking in their cultures. “We need to look at international students and how we’re dealing with see sa page 7

Gas price increase of 19 cents per gallon concerns student drivers By Kevin Prise

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Average Syracuse-area gas prices have risen 19 cents per gallon in the last month, making students with cars question whether it is always worth it to drive. “Having a pickup truck was always my dream as a little girl,” said Sara Curtin, a sophomore exercise science and health major. “Spending $50 every time to fill it, not so much.” The price increase is a result

of multiple factors, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, a website that helps users find low gas prices and manages local sites like SyracuseGasPrices.com. A weakening dollar, a positive outlook on Wall Street and Department of Energy reports of large drops in petroleum inventories have all contributed to the surge, DeHaan said. Although average prices have gone up on a national level during

the last month, New York is being affected more significantly than other states. The national average price has risen from $2.74 per gallon to $2.84 per gallon in the last month, but the Syracuse average has risen from $2.76 to $2.95, according to SyracuseGasPrices.com. Despite the increased cost of driving for Syracuse students who choose to bring a car to school, the price surge has not had a significant impact on the purchase of parking

permits. This year, 3,743 permits have been sold, and these numbers have remained fairly constant over the last few years, said Scot Vanderpool, Syracuse University’s Parking and Transit Services manager. “The numbers indicate that students like the convenience of having a vehicle on campus, despite the gas prices,” Vanderpool said. High gas prices in New York can be attributed to state taxes, see gas prices page 10


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Campaign funding from foreign corporations hinders democracy

f you haven’t already heard, a major issue during the midterm elections has been the question of where exactly the money for campaign ads is coming from. CNN contributor and democratic strategist Donna Brazile hit the nail straight in the head when she commented on the mysterious funding as being a reform catalyst for future amendments. I typically disagree with CNN opinion writers because I feel their opinion is an “Inception”-type mind game from a bad conspiracy movie, but Brazile has definitely changed that and stole my heart in the process. This issue isn’t simply a Republican or Democratic issue — it’s the whole process. A multitude of political runners are receiving enormous amounts of money from undisclosed donors, in which many are not even American citizens. This process is allowing foreign corporations to funnel money toward campaign ads that are in their favor. In her Oct. 7 article for CNN.com, “Mystery Funds Undermine Democracy,” Brazile wrote,

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i think i’m hungry again “For the first time in decades, that money may be coming from foreign corporations, including some controlled by foreign governments. The Chamber of Commerce will spend $75 million this year to defeat Democrats.” I can only speak for myself, but the notion that foreign corporations have the ability to fund campaigns that benefit them is horrifying. I looked further into the matter to understand how the Chamber of Commerce, something so “American,” could be involved in something so blatantly wrong. Turns out, the truth was right in front of my face. Trade associations like

the Chamber of Commerce are organized as a 501(c)(6) institution, which means they “can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors.” OK, so the connections could still draw question marks, but let me present the entire money web. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has offices in other countries and even assisted in the founding of foreign chapters known as the Business Councils. Keep in mind some of these chapters and councils are controlled by foreign governments. Since the midterm elections began, the Chamber of Commerce has been fundraising from these overseas entities to beat out democratic candidates who, on average, fight outsourcing jobs and support free trade. This backdoor funding helps groups like Americans for Prosperity. The group is total BS, but no one really knows that until he or she starts doing some research. Now if what I just said isn’t a soggy bowl of cornflakes, I don’t know what is. The liberal blog that did the report on the Chamber of Commerce, Think Progress, pointed out that the

actions of the U.S. institution could cause the creation of campaign finance bans that illegalize the use of foreign corporations in endorsement positions. I have to side with Brazile. If we are to allow foreign corporations or any type of institution to fund campaigns that advance their interest, we are allowing the destruction of democracy. The only individuals who should decide the winner of an election in America are U.S. citizens. There is always a need for campaigns to be funded, but there is no need to reach out past those whose votes matter the most. Brazile said it best: “For the sake of the American people, I hope that our next Congress takes up these measures with their constituents’ best interests — and not the interests of mystery group ‘Americans for _________’ — at heart.” John Sumpter is a senior political science major. His column usually appears every Monday, and he can be reached at jfsumpte@syr.edu.

Determination on what constitutes bias subjective to personal views I have long been a supporter of equal rights for minorities, women and the LGBT community, and I think the mission of the STOP Bias program is a noble one. However, the fact that the university will actively be on the lookout for what is perceived as “bias” and will take action on such incidents is quite alarming. Who decides what is inappropriate? As an atheist, my existence alone is offensive to many people, and I have been told that “my kind”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR should just “go away” or that I will “burn in hell.” Does this mean I am not allowed to go out on Halloween, or any other time, as myself? Will I be forbidden to criticize religion or politics because people may feel I am being “biased” or “offensive?” The subjective nature of the

enforcement of this regulation means it should be thrown out. We also have the issue of free speech. As a private organization, the university is well within its legal means to regulate speech, but does this mean it always should? College campuses have always been known as centers for debate. What message does it send to the students when the administration decides which ideas are allowed and which are not? Syracuse

University claims to be a place that “celebrates diversity,” but it leaves out the caveat that this only applies to the type of diversity it approves of. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, the First Amendment is not to protect the speech on which we agree, but the speech we hate.

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‘Clicker’ should review, not spoil I love reading the systematic reviews your writers publish because it is interesting to see what my fellow students think of the music/movies/ television shows I follow keenly. But it is one thing to review efficiently and another to give away the plot. Within the first few lines of the “Mad Men” Season 4 finale review in The Daily Orange on Oct. 18, the writer proceeded to succinctly give away what is probably the most important plot twist in “Mad Men” history. It is unfortunate a vigorous school schedule keeps some of us from watching shows on the original date of broadcast. After this experience, I’m going to have to think twice, or at least peep through my fingers, before I glance back at The D.O.’s Clicker section.

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Lingering disbelief in climate change hinders environmental progress

ne of the biggest problems with the theory of climate change is the perceived incongruity between long-term climatic shifts and short-term weather. The idea of a heating planet might even come as a welcome relief to anyone who ever woke up at Syracuse University to minus 16 degree weather and still had to head to his or her classes all day. Where do the fields of climatology and meteorology join? Well, there’s actually quite a bit of disagreement between the fields. Meteorologists are much more likely to be skeptical about the theory of climate change, based on the natural weather fluctuations that are all too common in their field. Furthermore, the “Climategate” faux-scandal at the University of East Anglia in 2009 was based on leaked e-mails between scientists who were complaining about the incongruity between their long-term climate data from things like ice cores and shorter-term weather anomalies. I say “faux-scandal” because,

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while it was certainly a little embarrassing, the scientists in question were completely cleared of any scientific wrongdoing, even though more than a few Fox News hosts used it as evidence for why former Vice President Al Gore is trying to take over the world — or something like that. I never was able to follow the twisted logic of how climatologists are somehow defrauding the planet. It just sounds too much like the Catholic Church condemning Galileo. Also, there is the indefatigable Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who famously proclaimed after a snowstorm in Washington, D.C., that global warming is clearly a hoax … because of all the snow. I wish I was kidding, but hey, that’s our Senate. The biggest problem is that it is nearly impossible to prove direct causation from a warming climate to the more immediate effects of weather disturbances. I sure as heck wouldn’t mind if we skipped a Syracuse winter, but regardless of climate

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give green a chance change, that won’t happen anytime soon. This is a big problem because people are much less willing to accept theories about a warming planet, and thus there is little political pressure to do anything to solve our collective climate problems. One of the demonstrable effects of climate change is a destabilized climate. What do I mean by that? Quite simply, our current climate is based on an incredible amount of factors, and if we continue to push up the global average temperature — an aggregate of every temperature on earth — we run the risk of drastically shifting climate patterns. 2010 probably doesn’t seem

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terribly memorable in terms of heat, but globally, it is shaping up to be the hottest year ever recorded. Warmer climates have big geographical implications because warmer temperatures and shifting weather patterns were possibly behind the heat wave in Russia this year, the terrible floods in Pakistan and the diminishing crop yields all over the world. The problem with a destabilized climate is we don’t actually know how much is humaninduced, and thus it becomes difficult to muster collective outrage. We have yet to actually demand our politicians ensure the long-term climate security of the planet so that our children and their children won’t have to deal with the consequences of our collective failure to address this issue. The fact is there is no national or international scientific body that officially disputes the validity of human-induced climate change. Weathermen, in general, may be more skeptical, but theirs is a prob-

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lem with immediacy, not science. I can’t definitively say certain weather anomalies are consequences of climate change, as Gore famously does with Hurricane Katrina in “An Inconvenient Truth,” but we still have a climate crisis, regardless of whether or not our political leaders or the mindless talking heads on television perpetuate skepticism in the name of their popularity. Science didn’t care when official doctrine held that the Earth was flat or that the Earth was the center of the universe. Delusions are comforting, and reality is hard to accept when it runs counter to your ideological leanings, but climate change is still affecting our natural environment and will drastically change the way humans live on this planet. The only question is this: Do you prefer safe illusions or hard truths? Luke Lanciano is a junior political science major. His column appears every Tuesday, and he can be reached at lllancia@syr.edu.

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art gallery, which is why the lower floor holds all the books. “We can’t put heavy books on there because the weight of it would not support the books,” said Kathleen Bradley, the book division manager at the bookstore. Bradley was a part-time student at SU in the late 1970s and used to park in a parking lot off of Waverly Avenue, where Schine now sits. Bradley started working at the bookstore the same month it and the dining center in Schine opened in 1985.

“We often didn’t know until five minutes before it was about to happen that walls were going to be torn down.”

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“I was quite amazed when I came back to apply for the job here,” she said. “I saw how different the building was.”

Once a party place When Schine opened, students were originally allowed to smoke in areas that had enough circulation to dispense the smoke, such as the east area of the dining hall and parts of the Schine Underground music venue. But SU banned smoking in the entire student center in 1990, determining the areas were too small to accommodate smokers and because the smoke

was affecting non-smokers, according to an article published in The Daily Orange on Sept. 4, 1990. The opening of the student center in 1985 also coincided with the state drinking age, which increased from 19 to 21 in December that year. Schine had to modify its original plans and include dry activities because of the law, said Toby Peters, the director of Schine from 1985 to 1992. “A good student center is going to be ready to change and knows how to change with demand,” Peters said. A club called the Milky Way in the lower level of Schine was supposed to replace the Jabberwocky, a club known for its alcohol-filled happy hours and musical performances. The Jabberwocky, which was located in what is now the computer lab beneath Kimmel Food Court, hosted the likes of James Taylor, who sang “Fire and Rain,” and Cyndi Lauper, remembered for her hit “Time After Time.” “It was legendary in that there were people who performed there early in their careers and went on to great success,” Peters said. But the 270-capacity student-run club constantly faced financial difficulties, and the manager chose to move it into a larger, 400seat venue at Schine, where he renamed it the Milky Way. Unlike the old club, this one would not serve alcohol, and it was difficult to anticipate how many students would want to come to the club without the option of drinking, Peters said. The original designs for the Milky Way called for disco balls, built-in fish tanks and flashing lights, but the club ended up running $30,000 over its $100,000 budget, according to an article published in The Daily Orange on Jan. 25, 1989. The club still opened in February 1986, staying open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and

daily orange file photo max weinberg, drummer for the E Street Band, performs at the Milky Way, the former student-run night club in the Schine Student Center, on Feb. 28, 1986. 2 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. But trying to replace the Jabberwocky with the Milky Way didn’t work out well, said Mary O’Brien, reference archivist at E.S. Bird Library. On the Milky Way’s opening night, there were 25 people on the dance floor at most, including Peters, according to an article published in The Daily Orange on Feb. 10, 1986. “The Jabberwocky was the Jabberwocky,” O’Brien said. “It can’t really be recreated.” In summer 1988, the Milky Way was renovated and renamed to what it is known as today: the Underground. A rewired sound system and revamped lighting were added to the room, which alternated between a snack bar during the day and concert hall at night. Though Schine includes a space called the Jabberwocky, that part is used as a study space and for small musical performances by students.

Schine’s future Although Schine was an important step forward in the 1980s, officials are still trying to make the center easy to navigate for students, said Bridget Yule, director of Student Centers and Programming Services. When students walk in the front of Schine, they see a brick wall and a spiral staircase, not the bookstore, dining area or offices in the back, she said. “We work with a very poor design,” Yule said. “The minute you walk in, there’s a door facing you to walk out. “There is no place really for students to gather, other than every day around the atrium tables that they do, so you have that to work with.” Some students said they agree a central hangout spot in Schine is missing. “There really isn’t one,” said Claire Pacey, a senior history and art history major who studies in Schine’s Panasci Lounge between classes. “There are places to hang out, but there’s not really a hangout spot, like a central one.” Maddy Jones said students seem to hang out in the lobby, which is usually crowded. “I feel like we’re running out of space, like

space for studying, for socializing, for whatever reason to do,” said Jones, a sophomore photojournalism and international relations major. “Everything’s always crowded.” The key to opening more space in Schine may fall with the University Bookstore, university officials said. The move could allow officials to bring student organizations’ offices up to the main floor, Yule said. SU submitted a proposal in 2009 to move the bookstore into a new building with retail stores and a fitness center on the side of the University Avenue Parking Garage, a few blocks down from

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the current bookstore. The building’s developer, the Cameron Group, is targeting to start construction in spring 2011, with 16 months of work, said Eric Beattie, director for the Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction. The new bookstore would be 14,000 square feet larger than the current one, but the developer still has to finalize approvals with the city before the proposed construction can begin. “We’ve sensed, for a while, that student organizations and student services could use some more space in the building to do their activities,” Beattie said. His office performed a feasibility study more than a year ago to reorganize Schine, but put the study on hold in spring 2009 after the possibility of moving the bookstore came up. Said Beattie: “That’s really going to become the lynchpin to free up space.” mcboren@syr.edu

Schine Student Center Timeline • 1911: Syracuse University students call for a student center. • August 1985: Students begin to use the Schine bookstore and dining area. • Oct. 18, 1985: Schine officially opens. • February 1986: Student-run club the Milky Way opens in Schine’s lower level. • Summer 1988: The Milky Way is renovated and re-named the Underground. • 1990: Smoking is banned in the entire student center. • 2009: SU submits proposal to move the bookstore into a new building. • Spring 2011: Target start of construction


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University Lectures series. He will discuss his views on character in the lecture, “How to Be Good,” which will also deal with ethics in a humorous way. The lecture is free, open to both students and the public, and sponsored by the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. “‘How to Be Good’ makes the argument that it is not character, but circumstances that determine the content of people’s lives,” Cohen said. “I argue that character may not even exist, and that when people have the opportunity to behave well, they oftentimes do.” Cohen was raised in Reading, Pa. He received his bachelor of arts in music from the State University of New York at Albany and attended the California Institute of the Arts to study music composition. He began his career writing humor pieces, essays and stories for several newspapers and magazines. Cohen then made his way into television, becoming a writer for “Late Night with David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy Awards. He won an additional Emmy for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He has also written for Slate magazine and answered questions on ethics for National Public Radio.

“The tiny community of people with whom you spent your most formative years really shapes your beliefs.”

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Esther Gray, special assistant for academic affairs, said she has high hopes for the lecture. “I’m sure Randy will speak about the same sort of things he writes about in his column, but he will do it with humor, which is always a good thing.” Gray said. Cohen was invited to campus due to the popularity of his column, terrific sense of humor and interesting background, Gray said. The lecture topic of ethics adds an additional draw. “The subject of ethics is always a serious and important subject, whether on a college campus or in the business world,” Gray said. Maya Kosoff, a freshman magazine journalism major, follows Cohen’s column and plans to attend the lecture. Kosoff said: “I’m intrigued to hear what he says about ethics based off of what I’ve read in his New York Times Magazine column.” dspearl@syr.edu

been known to do so in the hope of eventually landing a well-paying job.”

ETHICAL ADVICE FROM RANDY COHEN

Published by The New York Times on Aug. 27

Author of the ‘Ethicist’ column for The New York Times Magazine, Randy Cohen, will speak to Syracuse University and the community Tuesday evening. Here are some of the snappy bits of advice Cohen had for those who wrote to him wondering if their actions were ethical. “Delivering prescription drugs without a doctor’s supervision could imperil the health of the client and put you and your organization in legal jeopardy... But if you do so (after consulting a doctor) and the cops are on your trail and you need a place to take it on the lam, you can hide out in my basement.” Published by The New York Times on Sept. 10

“Many students attend college for impure motives, if by that we mean other than a true love of knowledge. Some have even

“If you witness a crime in progress, it is the police who have the training, experience and responsibility to respond. No knock on your city’s many excellent chefs, but sophistication with a saucepan does not equip a person to confront a burglar. By acquiescing in the restaurant staff’s willingness to ‘investigate,’ you may have put them in jeopardy.”

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them,” Casey said. “The purpose of this committee is not to condemn smokers, it’s not to say they’re evil people,” he said. Casey said his primary concern about smoking on campus was secondhand smoke. Jessica Cunnington, the S.I. Newhouse

to Princeton Review’s question, “Do different types of students (black/white, rich/poor) interact frequently and easily at your school?” according to Princeton Review’s website. Barnhart said some people are not looking into the methods used to take the survey. “A lot of people bring up this survey,” Barnhart said. “And they spout it like it’s common knowledge.” Other news at SA: * SA plans to submit a proposal to DVD

“We’re different. Every school’s different. There’s a million different ways we can go.” Jessica Cunnington

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School of Public Communications representative for SA, said SA is looking into how other universities are enforcing their non-smoking policies. “We’re different. Every school’s different,” Cunnington said. “There’s a million different ways we can go.” At the meeting, SA President Jon Barnhart also discussed a Princeton Review survey done several months ago that ranked SU 20th under the “Little Race/Class Interaction” category. Barnhart said he talked to the person in charge of gathering data information at Princeton Review through e-mail. Barnhart looked at the options of getting SU surveyed again or having a Princeton Review official come to the school to further evaluate the results, though Barnhart said he wasn’t leaning toward pursuing one action or the other as of now. The ranking was based on student answers

rental company Redbox to try and get one of the self-serving boxes on campus, Casey said. But he did not know where the box would be placed on campus, he said. mcboren@syr.edu

POTENTIAL SA PLANS • A new smoking policy would involve phasing out smoking on campus over three years. The first part of the plan would move smoking away from building entrances. • An attempt to get a self-serving DVD box from rental company Redbox. It is unknown where the box would be placed on campus.

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ove is more than just a feeling. A recent study published in the online Public Library of Science One journal found love works similarly to a painkiller and lessens physical pain. The study tested 15 Stanford University students in the first nine months of their relationships by making them bring in six photos: three of their partner and three of an attractive friend. The researchers heated the subjects’ palms to give them a moderate or high degree of pain and showed them either the picture of their partner or their friend while an MRI observed brain patterns. Arthur Aron, a psychology professor at the State University of New York Stony Brook, and Sean Mackey, an associate professor of anesthesia at the Stanford University Medical Center, conducted the study. In the second part of the study, the research-

“When you love someone, you feel a sense of comfort.” Evan Brudney

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ers noted the effect of mental distraction on the subjects, which previous studies have revealed reduces pain. While the subjects’ palms were heated again, the researchers forced them to do tasks, such as name all the sports that do not require a ball. The results revealed the photo of the partner and the distraction tasks seemed to reduce pain evenly: 36 percent to 45 percent for moderate pain and 12 percent to 13 percent for high pain. The photo of the friend was found to have no effect. Both helped to distract the subjects, but an MRI scan showed different sections of the brain

were used, depending on the distraction. When the subjects were distracted, higher thinking parts of the brain were used. When looking at the picture of their partner, more primitive parts of their brain related to urges and cravings were used. Evan Brudney, a freshman education major, said he is not surprised with the results of the study. “When you love someone, you feel a sense of comfort,” he said. “When you see that person, that’s all you focus on. Love has that effect on people.” Andrew Gorczynski, an undecided freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, said he believes being in love is hard to describe, but thinks it is powerful enough to reduce physical pain. He said he thinks the modern view of love is different from how it has been viewed in the past. He said it seemed more often today people casually say “I love you” without having the

strong feelings shown in the study. “Love has been desensitized,” he said. “People say ‘I love you’ early on the relationship, and people say ‘I love you’ jokingly.” Despite the casual idea of love today, it is still something young people are serious about. Alexis Lam, a freshman math major, said it is not impossible to find love on a college campus. “I do not think it is harder to find love in college,” he said. “People have been telling me most students just want to fool around in order to get the most out of college, but I know when you meet the right one, then you will settle down.” Love is more than what is talked about in pop songs or movies, Lam said. “There is not a single descriptive word you can use for love,” he said. “It’s definitely the best time you will ever experience, even if it ends up terribly. Don’t trust what the pop songs, movies or literature tell you about love, but experience it yourself.” cabidwel@syr.edu


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DeHaan said. “New York state has the third highest gas tax rate in the 50 states,” DeHaan said. “Other states that have among the lowest gas taxes, such as South Carolina and New Jersey, have lower averages.” Average Syracuse prices have not been below $2 per gallon since February 2009, according to SyracuseGasPrices.com. But that does not mean people have gotten used to paying high prices for gas, DeHaan said. “While some drivers have accepted higher gas prices, many don’t like it and fight it as much as possible,” DeHaan said. For some students who do not have the convenience of a car, the already difficult process of getting from place to place is made even more difficult as gas prices rise. “It can be a pain paying a friend for gas, especially when he has a gas-guzzling car,” said Nick Dauch, a junior entrepreneurship major.  “Every time I need a ride to the store, there’s another few dollars.” Other students said they are unconcerned with the rising price of gas. “My parents pay for my gas, so it hasn’t really affected me,” said Lucie Kittel, a sophomore advertising major. Despite the current high gas rates, prices

“Having a pickup truck was always my dream as a little girl. Spending $50 every time to fill it, not so much.”

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tend to level off during the winter, and they dropped to under $2 a gallon in winter 2008. Even if they do not level off, some students said the benefits of having a car outweigh the expenses. “Having a car allows me to do things when I need to,” said Luis Cadavid, a sophomore classical civilizations major. “Not just when my friend can drive me.”  kmprisei@syr.edu

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9 percent of freshmen drop out, said Donald Saleh, vice president of enrollment. Just a 1 percent increase in graduation rate could bring in $2 million more in university tuition revenue, he said. The government spent an overall cost of $45 billion to $50 billion of taxpayer money on education between 2003 and 2008, $9 million of which was spent found 78 percent of freshmen who do not return for their sophomore year, according to the national study. “We’re talking about kids, they’re being told you need to go to college in order to be a success, in order to get a good job. Yet in many of these institutions across the country, you’re sending them on to a campus where, if they look to their right and look to their left, only one of them is going to graduate,” Riccards said. “That’s a frightening statistic.” The study was conducted based mostly on graduation numbers provided by colleges and universities nationwide to the government, which schools are required to submit annually, Riccards said. The study also found just three in five freshmen will hold a degree six years from now, Riccards said. Keeping a student past the expected four years of college can be financially beneficial for an institution, Riccards said “At the end of the day, colleges aren’t in business to graduate our students,” Riccards said. “There’s no incentive for colleges to graduate a student. It’s great for them to have someone there five, six, seven years because they continue paying tuition.” Seventy-three percent of the original freshman class of 2003 at SU graduated within four years, 82 percent within five years and 83 percent within six years, according to universitygathered information. “The transition from high school to college is a very big deal,” Saleh said. “Some students just find that they’re not ready for it, or they’re not ready for it at the institution they chose.” Lauren Marfo, a fifth-year education major, said she is not surprised by the four-year graduation rate. “When I came back here, I saw so many students that were supposed to graduate in May 2010 and didn’t,” Marfo said of when she came back for her fifth year in the fall. “I know a lot of people who changed their major multiple times, so it’s kind of become the norm now.”

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multi-tiered, Chodak said. “The site integrated my 1,400 friends on Facebook. These are my first degree of friends,” Chodak said. “However, I also have a group of second-degree friends who I can add on Facebook or get referred to by a mutual friend to create a friendship, even though there is a screening process involved.” Users can also filter their connections with other users through a variety of aspects, such as major, school, industry or grade point average, Chodak said. Other features include discussion boards and inviting friends to the site through Gmail or school e-mail databases. Users can also view a company’s hiring history, such as the ratio of men to women, specific majors or universities from which it hires. Anyone, even underclassmen, can benefit from this website because there are options for both summer internships and job placement, Chodak said. Some students said they can see this website being embraced on campus. “I think we would be foolish not to use it.

By the numbers • $9 million in federal and state grants was spent on students who dropped out after freshman year of college between 2003 and 2008. • 8 percent to 9 percent of freshmen at Syracuse University drop out. • $45 billion to $50 billion of taxpayer money was spent on education between 2003 and 2008. • 78 percent of freshmen nationally drop out of college. • 3 in 5 freshmen graduate within six years. • 73 percent of the original freshman class of 2003 at SU graduated within four years

The university does not conduct an exit survey of students dropping out, so no official data on why students leave is available. Students have emotional, academic, financial and personal issues that may cause them to drop out, Saleh said. Greg Victory, director of the Office of FirstYear and Transfer Programs, said there are several retention initiatives in place to help new students feel connected to the university and find the resources and community they need. “Retention is a really key interest for Syracuse,” Victory said. “One of the things we’re looking to do in first-year and transfer programs is actually try to be that one-stop shop for students, so if they don’t know where to go, they come to us to keep them connected. We are always looking at ways that we can help navigate the system.” Some programs in place include WellsLink, a program to engage unsponsored minority students, and The Story Project, which attempts to connect SU’s community of first-generation college students. “It’s really about rallying all of us who have anything to do with supporting these students and looking for students who seem to be having difficulty, and that could be people in the residence halls who see that or academic advisers or faculty members,” Saleh said. “We get mid-semester grade reports for freshmen, and they’re reviewed by academic advisors and the associate deans.” jianthon@syr.edu

“I think we would be foolish not to use it. When there is any opportunity to market and brand yourself, you should utilize it.” Jon Gregalis

freshman public relations major

When there is any opportunity to market and brand yourself, you should utilize it,” said Jon Gregalis, a freshman public relations major. Although Chodak said employers only have access to general information on Facebook and a user’s profile picture, some students said they are wary of releasing their information. “It’s a great tool, but there are drawbacks,” said Andrew Bissett, a junior political science and economics major. “There may be things that you do not want employers to see.” alquick@syr.edu


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lack and white depictions of decapitation, strangulation, police brutality and fiery demons from the bowels of hell currently fi ll the walls of the sixth floor at E.S. Bird Library. The two-toned images are from the novel “Wild PilgrimWhere: E.S. Bird Library, age,” one of the many 6th floor graphic novels being When: Now until Jan. displayed as part of 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “The Silent Scream: Monday to Friday Confl icts in Novels How much: Free Without Words” exhibit, which is being shown until Jan. 3. The display features graphic novels from the 1930s and 1940s pertaining to this semester’s Syracuse Symposium theme of “Confl ict: Peace and War.” The library has been collecting the graphic novels for years. The annual symposium explores human nature through different mediums at the university. Each symposium has a unique theme. “It’s interesting to see how the themes of confl ict in industrial society relate to modernday civilization,” said Alyssa Echanique, an undeclared sophomore at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

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Students unenthusiastic about second Bandersnatch headliner By Erik Van Rheenen CONTRIBUTING WRITER

North Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club is looking to repeat the success of DJ Steve Aoki’s sold-out concert in the Bandersnatch Music Series’ second show Tuesday night. Two Door Cinema Club will play at Schine Underground Tuesday night. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., with the fi rst opening act taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at Schine Box Office, priced at

$5 with a valid Syracuse University or State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry ID. Tickets for others are $7. Tickets Where: Schine for Tuesday’s Underground When: Today, 8 concert have p.m. yet to sell How much: $5 with out, unlike valid SU/ESF ID, $7 the previous otherwise B a nder s -

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natch concert. Still, Trevor Elwell, co-president of the Bandersnatch Music Series, said he has large expectations for a high-energy show in Schine Underground for those who purchased tickets. “They’re getting a lot of radio airplay and have been getting a lot of hype here in America,” said Elwell, a senior in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries. “The response has been good. People are interested in

seeing a band that’s on the rise.” Student reception for the concert has been lukewarm, however. “I don’t think I’ve heard about the concert,” said Amber Rehberg, a freshman information management and technology major. “I think I’d have heard of it already if it was a more popular band playing. I might check them out to see if I want to go, though. I’d appreciate some good band music. “ Even Alex Brewer, general

manager of WJPZ-FM’s “Z89,” a university-based radio station, is unfamiliar with the band selection. “I honestly haven’t heard of the band or the concert,” he said. “I think University Union should use more social networking to promote the Bandersnatch shows.” But Elwell said an artist’s lack of notoriety is part of Bandersnatch’s selection process. Today’s headliner is tomorrow’s Billboard leader. SEE BANDERSNATCH PAGE 12


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Among the “Silent Scream” display is “White Collar: A novel in linocuts,” a Depression-era narrative illustrating how everyone, from white-collar workers and corporate bigwigs, can be affected by economic turmoil. The novel by Giacomo Patri sits alongside the liberal political pamphlets he also made. “(The artist’s) work had a very politicized point of view,” said William La Moy, an associate librarian for the Special Collections Research Center at Bird. “The main thrust of their work was illustrating political journals.” Another display, “Phobia,” by John Vassos, outlines different common fears, such as claustrophobia and monophobia. These fears are illustrated through harsh, dark visuals and descriptive texts written by Vassos’ wife, Ruth. The display also includes four enlarged paintings of actual illustrations from the novel.

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Smaller concerts like Bandersnatch help the now-fledging artist gain popularity. “Before Juice Jam, people might not have heard of Lupe Fiasco or Passion Pit either,” he said. “It’s a matter of musical taste. We’re trying to get Two Door Cinema Club some hype in the United States, because they’re already big in Europe.”

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“(The artist’s) work had a very politicized point of view. The main thrust of their work was illustrating political journals.” William La Moy

associate librarian for the Special Collections Research Center at E.S. Bird Library

Set aside in its own separate section lies the main attraction, “Wild Pilgrimage.” This novel displays its own prestige by having the largest number of showcased graphic novel pages in the exhibition. Most of the displays feature the book itself opened to a single page, followed by a few complementary panels narrating a story. “It challenges viewers to figure out the narrative themselves,” La Moy said. “In this context, we have to show you just a snippet.” La Moy said the original “Wild Pilgrimage” was approximately 100 pages long. He was tasked with the responsibility of abbreviating the novel’s main storyline to just 42 pages.

Because several pieces come from the postDepression era, many of them feature individual struggles against forces like industrialization and authority. Others evaluate a specific part of society, such as “Southern Cross: A novel of the South Seas,” by Laurence Hyde. Critiquing nuclear testing and its negative environmental effects, the novel shows an island strangely resembling Eden, with doves and island natives. In the next panel, a large ship bombs the island, leaving in its wake a mushroom cloud for the final panel. “I think they have such a strong graphic appeal. Each of these images is an individual piece of art. Students find that compelling,” La Moy said.

Elwell said he was surprised to hear students hadn’t heard of the headliner. “We had a table playing music all week at the student center and put up fliers around dorms and all over campus,” he said. “I don’t know how people didn’t see the advertisements.” Two Door Cinema Club released its critically acclaimed debut “Tourist History” in March and has toured extensively in support of the album. Known for singles “Something Good Can Work” and “I Can Talk,” the band has a danceable electro-pop sound with punk

rhythms and has been remixed by highprofile artists like Grammy Award-winning French rockers Phoenix and Passion Pit, who appeared earlier this semester at Juice Jam. Unsigned Los Angeles rock outfit GROUPLOVE and New York City-based Penguin Prison will open for Two Door Cinema Club. Both groups were invited to perform by Two Door Cinema Club, and they were more than enthusiastic about the opportunity, said Chris Glover, the lead singer from Penguin Prison, in an e-mail interview.

The Special Collections Research Center chose this exhibit because of the theme for this semester’s Syracuse Symposium. The notion of conflict, both individual and societal, is present in each one of these texts. La Moy said the artists set out to not only create art, but to also right wrongs. While some of the novels are painted, most are done with woodcuts. There are two unique styles of woodcutting. Some artists, like Lyn Ward, choose to use the end grain, which allows for denser, more detailed drawings, while others choose to use the side grain, which complements broader strokes. Combining art and literature, these pieces function as analytical historical texts, as well as fabulous works of art that serve to be admired. “It’s not your traditional form of literature,” said Lara Goldstein, an undeclared sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I like the blend of art with storytelling.” aedibias@ syr.edu

Penguin Prison’s sound has been influenced by Prince, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads and Hot Chip, among others, Glover said. GROUPLOVE has opened for acts like Florence + The Machine, and its single, “Don’t Say Oh Well,” has appeared on the HBO show, “Entourage.” “We have not played at Syracuse before,” Glover said. “I am expecting the audience to go pretty nuts. It’s college. If you don’t go wild now, then when are you going to?” ervanrhe@ syr.edu


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he Preview” is a fresh and fun extended play album that will attract listeners from all spheres. With electronic and alternative musical influences that draw samples from modern artists, Chiddy Bang’s sound is appealing and relevant. Yet the group’s style is a bit more defined: Clever lyrics and sharp deliveries give this album a consistent hip-hop feel. Although short, this EP is a solid preview of what to expect of Chiddy Bang when it releases its full-length album next year. For those who don’t know, Chiddy Bang is a Philadelphia-based duo comprised of emcee Chiddy and DJ and producer Xaphoon Jones. The

pair of 20-year-olds, if nothing else, proves that breaking conventions is a successful formula nowadays. By borrowing samples from artists like MGMT and Passion Pit, the duo taps into a fan base of younger listeners — college kids and teenagers — and appeals to their tastes. Likewise, the music is fun, upbeat and catchy. Chiddy raps about standard topics for a 20-year-old: college, relationships, success and feeling invincible. Album opener “The Good Life” captures this sentiment, with Chiddy desiring a life of luxury and relaxation, as well as one free of problems. Over a catchy beat produced by N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell Williams, Chiddy demonstrates an attractive flow that features straightforward rhyme schemes and varying rhythmic deliveries. “Truth” is a bouncier song, complete with a high-pitched sample from Passion Pit’s “Better Things” and a cheerful dance beat. Synthesizers are a defining trait of Chiddy Bang, upon which the recent electronic-indie movement has clearly not been lost. Chiddy matches the upbeat vibe with a rapid fire of concise metaphors that are clever without going over the heads of listeners. Perhaps no track captures the Chiddy Bang style better than “Opposite of Adults,” a witty reworking of MGMT hit, “Kids.” Borrowing that song’s celebrated melody, this electro/ hip-hop fusion is unbelievably catchy. Chiddy’s controlled flow and dense wordplay compensate for a lyrically weak hook, and the overall energy prevails. This could be the track for which people remember Chiddy Bang 10 years down the road. Chiddy Bang’s style of bending genres encourages innovation, even from guest collaborators. “Here We Go” features iconic rapper Q-Tip, who steps outside his comfort zone and sings — quite well, at that. Despite being twice as old as his Chiddy Bang counterparts, Q-Tip sounds young and rejuvenated over a wild beat that manages to incorporate dubstep into the mix. Similarly, “All Things Go” is a marvelous effort, working in a sample from indie hero Sufjan Stevens as Chiddy raps about coming up and dealing with his newfound fame. Despite a wholly unique musical sound, Chiddy Bang’s lyrical

themes and subject matter are lacking. “Nothing On We” might as well be Kanye West’s “We Don’t Care,” with obligatory themes about chasing dreams, getting money and dealing with haters. If it was done tongue-in-cheek, the track would be acceptable, but follower “Bad Day” confirms Chiddy still has a lot of work to do as a lyricist. The song about breakup bitterness and wishing the worst upon an ex is a bit juvenile and contradicts the mature attitude he established earlier in the album. Album closer “Neighborhood” is a track about how things used to be at home, with personal lyrics that recount Chiddy’s adolescence. However, he doesn’t communicate much of a struggle. His braggadocio lyrics sound immature in comparison to guest Killer Mike’s meditative verse on teenage pregnancy in his neighborhood. Although undeniably talented, the truth is Chiddy is probably too young to tell emotional stories right now. All in all, “The Preview” is a cool and cutting edge release that should remain popular until a full-length release drops. Despite Chiddy’s age, his rapping is refined and polished throughout “The Preview.” Chiddy Bang makes cool, carefree music that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Hence, the young duo shouldn’t be overly criticized for lacking the maturity of some of hip-hop’s older acts. But take Chiddy Bang as this: a talented emcee and a talented producer, making music they enjoy. Can’t hate on that. ajhaeder@syr.edu

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Doug Marrone likes the talent he has at the tight end position, and so far the Syracuse head coach has used them without hesitation. Nick Provo (15 catches, 174 yards) has the speed and agility to cause headaches for opposing linebackers who try to cover him. He’s used that to his advantage, serving as one of Nassib’s safety valves around the first-down marker. Jose Cruz has given the Orange a blocking tight end who can also catch balls near the goal line and in short-yardage situations. And even freshman Beckett Wales has played a role this season, making the position one of the more productive on the team early.

Defensive line

The defensive line has meshed well at most times this season with the secondary and linebackers in forming defensive coordinator Scott Shafer’s trademark attacking defense. The line has played well with a core front four of Mikhail Marinovich, Andrew Lewis, Bud Tribbey and Chandler Jones keeping SU’s opponents to just 124 yards on the ground per game. SU’s opposition is also being held to just 16 first downs per game, good enough for 19th in the nation. But against the two teams with high-caliber athletes this season, the line gave up 175 rushing yards on just 33 carries to Washington. And against Pittsburgh, the Orange rush failed to put any element of pressure on quarterback Tino Sunseri.

Special teams

Here is where the Orange has been rock solid all season in all elements of special teams. Case in point: Freshman kicker Ross Krautman has gone 6-for-7 with a long of 47. He also hasn’t missed a field goal from less than 40 yards. Rob Long has been, well, Rob Long, helping the Orange with punts averaging 43.6 yards. As for the return game, Mike Holmes has shown flashes of brilliance, as he has run with the ball and read blockers with vision not normally seen from a cornerback. Whenever he has touched it, it has felt like the play may break through. But still he hasn’t. Prince-Tyson Gulley has been just OK.

Biggest gain Marquis Spruill

Spruill has easily been the top newcomer to the defense, leading the team in tackles for loss (5.0). He is tied for second in sacks (2.0) and fifth in tackles (29) through SU’s first five games. In the second half of SU’s season, a challenge for Spruill will be to improve his pass-coverage abilities. Despite his capabilities, he’s still far from a finished product.

Biggest loss Aaron Weaver

The Orange has lost several players due to injury, but Weaver was the most important of the bunch. Slated to play a big role in the passing game after transferring from Hofstra when the football program was disbanded, Weaver was lost for the season with a torn ACL less than three weeks into the season. Now the Orange has been forced to use Nick Provo, Antwon Bailey and the inconsistent Marcus Sales to fill the void. The trio has played a role in the passing game, but the loss of Weaver has not gone unnoticed.

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Marcus Sales touchdown catch to beat USF

Down by three, Syracuse had driven 95 yards and needed an opportunity to punch it in the end zone. Enter Marcus Sales. The scarcely used receiver hadn’t caught a pass all season, and he was the last person expected to make a game-winning catch that would send the Orange home with a victory — its first ever against the Bulls. But his first catch of the season was the most important one of the season for Syracuse.

Biggest surprise Van Chew

Yes, there was all the talk in the spring and the summer about Chew. He was all the rage in spring ball, thanks to his newfound peanut butter and jelly-fortified limbs and his sudden Velcro hands. Chew didn’t drop passes and was making plays. That was supposed to be only for the preseason, but it has dragged into the regular season — and then some. Chew has become the Orange’s No. 1 option

Easily one of the most unpredictable units on the entire team, the secondary has been on quite a roller coaster ride this season. In the four SU wins, the secondary has allowed just 510 yards and one touchdown through the air. But in its two losses, it has been absolutely torched, allowing 558 yards and eight touchdowns. The difference is astounding and shows the importance of the play of the secondary. Against Pitt, the secondary missed tackles and was continually burned for big plays. If the Orange reverts back to where it was heading into last weekend, it will certainly pay dividends down the road.

Offensive line

A former lineman himself, Doug Marrone knew how important the unit would be to his team’s overall success. And right now, the offensive line stands about where the Orange stands as a whole. The line has gone through the expected ups and downs. As of now, the unit is right in the middle of the pack, tied for 66th in sacks allowed. And it has paved the way for the 65th-ranked rushing attack in the nation.

Wide receiver

This unit has been an overall surprise. Van Chew has developed into a legitimate No. 1 big-play threat. Alec Lemon is a solid No. 2 possession receiver. And even as the group has suffered through a significant amount of season-ending injuries, more people keep stepping up. Marcus Sales had four catches against Pittsburgh, as well as the gamewinning touchdown catch at USF.

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From SU’s head coach, there have been tears of joy. There have been apologies for poor play. The season has already been quite an emotional one. And there have been ups and downs on the coaching side as well. The win at USF was the high point, when, at least for a quarter, offense and defense were completely in sync. The not-even-close loss to Pittsburgh was the low point, when SU safety Max Suter said the Orange wasn’t ready to play. But overall, Doug Marrone’s plan is on the right track. in the receiving game, as Ryan Nassib has relied on Chew as consistent deep threat. Unlike receivers of recent SU past, Chew hasn’t dropped what he has even had the opportunity to get his hands on. On the year, he is averaging 75.3 yards per game, and he has caught three touchdowns.

Biggest disappointment Alec Lemon

Lemon is the de facto winner here, as his numbers haven’t measured up to those of the No. 1 receiver everyone expected him to be this year. Everyone knew Lemon wouldn’t be the deep-threat receiver Ryan Nassib needed and Van Chew has become. But what wasn’t expected was almost half the number of receiving yards after three games than Chew. And with that, the main reason why Lemon has been the biggest disappointment is because of his lack of ability to make a big play. Sure, Lemon is tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions with three, but on most big plays, Lemon hasn’t come through. Against Pitt, the nail in the coffin was his fumble in the red zone.

Best game

Syracuse 13, USF 9

In a brash defensive game that, at points, was difficult to watch, the final 10 riveting minutes in this game led SU to the biggest win of its season. The culmination was a 14-play, 98-yard drive that ended with Marcus Sales holding the ball in the end zone, giving the Orange the four-point lead it would never relinquish. And it quickly turned into the most important win under Marrone.

Worst game

Pittsburgh 45, Syracuse 14

It’s a pretty easy choice here. The Pitt game was the worst-case scenario for this team and this program. Doug Marrone knew going into the game the kind of opportunity it presented. For one weekend, all eyes were on the SU football program. Win and all eyes would continue to be on you. All of Syracuse and the nation would consider you contenders. The Orange lost, but in its worst-case scenario, SU was trampled. The second half didn’t matter.

Offensive MVP Ryan Nassib

One year after it was originally supposed to happen, Ryan Nassib stepped onto the field in SU’s opener as the starting quarterback. And aside from a few struggles in SU’s past two games, Nassib has answered most of the questions that surrounded him coming into the year. From the beginning, he displayed his dynamic arm strength and surprising mobility in scrambling. And he showed what he was capable of during an elegant 14-play, 98-yard drive to beat USF.

Defensive MVP Derrell Smith

As the Orange’s senior captain on defense, Smith has steadied the 18th-ranked total defense in the nation. Smith continues to be a tackling machine game in and game out, leading SU by far with 51 total tackles on the season. Perhaps his most memorable play of the season came when he forced a momentous fumble to lead the Orange to victory in its home opener against Maine.


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Orange preps to face speedy WVU squad By Tony Olivero and Andrew L. John The Daily Orange

Come Saturday, it will be a new level for the Syracuse defense to overcome. With SU’s game against Big East frontrunner West Virginia, the Orange will be facing perhaps the most vaunted defense in the Big East. But at his weekly press conference on Monday, SU head coach Doug Marrone saved perhaps the kindest words for the Mountaineer offense. That is where he knows his Syracuse team will be facing a challenge it hasn’t encountered all year. It all starts with how athletic each Mountaineer is at certain offensive positions, especially the skill positions. “We haven’t seen those types of (offensive) players that we will see on Saturday,” Marrone said. Added Marrone: “West Virginia has at least three players who I feel … if they get the ball in their hands in space, that those players can score anywhere on the field, no matter how they touch the football.” Marrone didn’t elaborate on the names of those three players Monday. Apart from quarterback Geno Smith, the Mountaineers have three offensive players in running back Noel Devine and receivers Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin who anchor the offensive attack. Those three, along with Smith, account for the “types of (offensive) players” Marrone spoke of in his press conference. But the one player at whom Marrone pinpointed the term “dangerous” on Monday was Devine. The running back has had somewhat of a down year numerically, as he sits at sixth in the Big East with 84 rushing yards per game. But this is still the same Devine who has amassed 3,885 rushing yards in his career, just 38 yards shy of No. 4 on the all-time Big East list. However, Marrone is as worried about Smith and WVU’s wide receivers as he is about Devine, and rightfully so, based on the stats. Whereas Devine resides in the middle of the Big East pack in rushing yards, Smith is excelling in his first year as a starter. Smith has thrown just two interceptions to 14 touchdowns and is No. 2 in the Big East in passing efficiency (156.7) and passing yards per game (226.3). Smith’s production, though, may have more to do with Sanders and Austin, who together make up perhaps the No. 1 receiving tandem in the conference. Sanders, on his own, is No.1 in the Big East in receptions per game with six. Austin is tied for second with 5.3. “You can’t over-commit to stopping one or the other,” Marrone said. “They have guys who can hurt you.” But stats didn’t surface with Marrone when the head coach spoke of the WVU offensive attack Monday. Numbers weren’t occurring to him so early in the week. What mattered at the beginning of the week was getting across to the team the core element of how the Mountaineers will attack: with speed. A lot of it. It’s going to be coming, and will be utilized, from four different angles. “They have a lot of speed,” Marrone said. “And not to discount the teams we have played or the teams we will play in the future, but this is one of the fastest teams that we will play.”

kirsten celo | asst. photo editor doug marrone and the Orange prepare to take on No. 20 West Virginia in what will be the team’s toughest challenge so far this season. The Mountaineers have dominated their opponents with a stout defense and an offense capable of exploding for big pays.

SU begins preparation for ‘extremely talented’ WVU defense The names Smith, Devine, Sanders and Austin catch all the headlines. They are the four ‘dangerous’ playmakers Marrone refers to when he talks about the Mountaineers offense. But West Virginia has ridden its defense, not its group of offensive playmakers, to a 5-1 record through six games this season. After struggling mightily against Pittsburgh’s blitzing defense Saturday, the Syracuse offense should have its work cut out for it this weekend in Morgantown, W. Va. The Mountaineers not only enter the game ranked No. 1 in the Big East in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense, but also hold a top-five national ranking in all three categories. “They have more starts on their defense than any defense we will play,” Marrone said Monday. “They are extremely fast and extremely talented.” The Mountaineers have accumulated 18 sacks, eight interceptions and allowed just 74 points in its first six games of the season. After having a difficult time finding the end zone in each of its first two Big East games, the Orange will need to find a way to break through the WVU defense if it has a shot at beating the Mountaineers for the first time since 2000. And after the Orange scored just 27 points in its last two games combined, it is heading into the eye of the storm at a difficult time. In what should be the toughest test of the season, SU will have to perfect its game plan come Saturday. Against a stout, disciplined defense like West Virginia, SU will have to hope that is enough. “They know exactly what they’re doing,” Marrone said. “They have fine coaches on the defensive staff. And we are going to have to execute our game plan. That will be a great challenge for us.” aolivero@syr.edu aljohn@syr.edu


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There are two sides to the coin. Two different ways of looking at the Syracuse men’s soccer team’s season. One side — heads — shows that through its first five Big East games, the team hasn’t scored a goal. “That’s kind of an alarming statistic,” SU defender Justin Arena said. But when the coin comes up tails, it shows a team in fifth place in the conference’s Red Division. This side shows a team that is on pace to qualify for the Big East tournament for the first time since 2005. “Not having scored a goal, we’re not doing too bad for ourselves,” midfielder Geoff Lytle said. So when that coin is flipped in each of the Orange’s final four games, SU is hoping tails never fails. Despite being the only team in the league without a goal in conference play, Syracuse (2-6-5, 0-2-3 Big East) would qualify for the Big East tournament if the regular season ended today. Its three ties, and subsequent three points, leave the Orange in fifth place of the eight teams in the conference’s Red Division. With the top six teams

dave trotman-wilkins | staff photographer Geoff Lytle (right) and the Syracuse men’s soccer team finds itself in a unique situation with four games remaining in the regular season. The Orange hasn’t scored a goal in Big East play, yet it is currently in position to qualify for the Big East tournament. in each division advancing to postseason play, SU only has to stay afloat for four more games. The team thinks nine points is the amount

needed to feel safe about moving forward, meaning the Orange needs to double its win total in the next two weeks. Syracuse’s five-game goalless streak to start the conference season is the longest drought since the program joined the Big East in 1985. Prior to this season, an Orange team had never gone more than three Big East games to start the season without finding the back of the net. “If you told us we were going to go five games without a goal, I’d be worried,” midfielder Nick Roydhouse said. “This final stretch is huge. It’s like booking your place in the playoffs. You need to realistically get around nine points, and at the moment, we’re sitting on three.” Winning at least two of the next four games will be anything but easy for the Orange. Beginning on Wednesday, Syracuse takes on Villanova, Rutgers, No. 2 Louisville and Cincinnati. With the exception of Rutgers, all of those teams are currently above Syracuse in the Red Division standings. But that doesn’t mean the Orange can’t pull off an upset. In a season in which perennial power and preseason No. 17 St. John’s is still winless in the conference, anything is possible. In a season in which Georgetown, a team that finished one game above .500 in 2009, is leading the Blue Division, anything is possible. Parity abound. “You never know,” Lytle said. “We had more trouble with Marquette than we did St. John’s, and on paper St. John’s is supposedly a better team. So you can’t go into any game thinking that it’s an easy three points. Every game you play, the stakes get higher and higher.” Arena made it perfectly clear he and his teammates know what they have to do. Two wins is the minimum. Four wins would be ideal. Arena and the other returning Syracuse players have never gotten a taste of postseason play. Not the Big East tournament. Not the NCAA Tournament. Nothing. The hunger and the desire are there. The only question is whether or not the goals are. This team has scored fewer total goals than any team in the Big East and has been shut out seven times.

“We need to get the first goal (in these games),” Lytle said. “We need to get any goal actually, forget the first goal. That’s going to be our main mindset.” It seems simple: score goals and win games. Yet the Orange has managed just eight goals and won just two games. Nonetheless, the team controls its own destiny. If it can get to nine points, it will likely make the Big East tournament. It’s up to the team. The coin will be flipped, that is for sure. The question that remains is which Syracuse team — the one that is goalless or the one that is on pace to make the Big East tournament — will be there to catch it. “The coaching cliché of one game at a time right now is probably more important than ever,” McIntyre said. “This is the fun part. This is the exciting time of the year.” mjcohe02@syr.edu

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The risk of having to deal with the innocent jokes of her teammates was enough to keep Noemie Lefebvre from saying too much. She just didn’t feel her English was good enough. At least not yet. “A few girls that were with me my freshman year, they were making some funny jokes about me,” Lefebvre said. “They thought I was a mute or something, I didn’t talk a lot.” What a difference two years can make. The junior outside hitter from Quebec has found a way to be a quiet leader, and in the process she has become more than just a key component of Syracuse’s winning season — she leads the

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team in kills (275) and digs (224). Lefebvre no longer has to worry about listening to the jokes about her English, but instead provides the worry to opposing defenses every time she goes up to make a kill. First coming to Syracuse, everything was new to Lefebvre. The country. The people. The language. Everything. The French-speaking freshman was in a new environment. There wasn’t much time to adapt to her new life, having to learn how to balance classes with volleyball all at once. The language barrier remained her biggest challenge. In Quebec, she took English classes that served as her only exposure to the language. Not exactly enough to feel confident about moving to a new country. “It was just not my first language,” Lefebvre said. “I didn’t start at the bottom, I had a good base. I had English classes just as much as (American students) take French classes. But how much do you remember from that?” It wasn’t that she didn’t know the words or how to put together a clear sentence. It was that she thought in French, and often when she said something in English, it just didn’t come out the way she wanted it. That led to the comments by her teammates. But all that’s changed now. No more comments, no more having to worry about saying something wrong. The culture isn’t new anymore, and her role as a leader is defined. Lefebvre has gone from the quiet freshman to a go-to hitter on the court. “She can be your go-to hitter,” Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. “We can rely on a few people to get a point, but you know Noemie is going to keep the ball in play and get a kill most of the time.” For the first time, Lefebvre said she came to Syracuse completely focused, knowing what

robert storm | staff photographer NOEMIE LEFEBVRE (6) has overcame a new country, a new language and a new school and has emerged into one of the Orange’s most consistent players in the 2010 season. her role would be in Syracuse’s offense. She’s got the language down and knows what Big East volleyball is all about. “After last year, the big difference was that I just felt more comfortable with the team,” Lefebvre said. “I was really coming to Syracuse comfortable in the environment, ready to step up and contribute to the team.” When Lefebvre makes a kill, it’s impossible to miss. Her jump and devastating smash have become synonymous with the Orange’s dominating season. Defenses on the other side usually can only watch the ball come to a hard landing on their side of the court. Lefebvre has the ability to instill fear in other teams. They aren’t expecting the 5-foot-9inch hitter to have that much power, that much accuracy behind her shot. And she does it lefthanded, playing on the left side of the court. “They’re not used to seeing that,” Hayley Todd, an outside hitter, said. “Usually, lefties play on the right side. Even though they may

Syracuse looks to rebound from recent loss By Chris Iseman STAFF WRITER

Saturday’s match against Marquette was one Syracuse wanted. It was a win that would have improved its Big East record and its position in the conference standings. It would have been a win on Homecoming, with alumni filling the stands. And a win that would further Who: Cornell solidify its position Where: Ithaca, NY as a contender. When: 7 p.m. But no matter how much it wanted it, the Orange wasn’t able to come through. “It concerns me that we’re 3-3 now in the Big East, with the toughest teams still to come,” Orange assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. “We’ve still got a long road ahead of us. We’re not out of it by any means, but it’s not going to be easy.” Syracuse’s 0-3 loss to Marquette broke the momentum the Orange had going into the match. With a non-conference game at Cornell Tuesday, the Orange will get an opportunity to get back on track against what should be an easier opponent. From early on, the Golden Eagles kept the Orange out of the match, almost single-handedly trying to put a stop to SU’s surge up the standings. When it was over, Syracuse was put

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back into a position of having to fight harder to remain in the top eight in the Big East. And with those top of the conference teams still looming, SU could be in for a tough road. That’s why tonight’s match against the Big Red wasn’t lost on the Orange. It’ll be an opportunity to fix whatever went wrong against Marquette and figure out which lineups work best. If all goes well, that road ahead could get a little smoother. “We’re just going to come out strong in the next game, pick up our record,” defensive specialist Sarah Hayes said. “I think it’ll bring us back up, get ready for our next (Big East) game. It’ll be more of, like, a practice game.” SU sought answers to Marquette’s dominating offense. That included removing outside hitter Hayley Todd from the lineup in the third set and sending in freshman Samantha Clarey, who hadn’t played since the Orange’s Sept. 17 match against Louisiana-Monroe. Nothing stopped the Golden Eagles. “We were just trying to figure out something that would work,” LaMarche said. “Sam Clarey got in there and got a strong hit. Our subs did their job today, just unfortunately, as a team, we couldn’t get it done.” Despite the loss, Syracuse maintained that the mentality of the team hadn’t been shaken up. There wasn’t any new worry that the loss

would send the Orange spiraling to the bottom of the Big East. There’s still confidence left, if only because there has to be if SU wants to have any chance at beating its conference foes down the line. “It doesn’t change how we’re going to prepare, it doesn’t change how we feel,” Todd said. “We know we’re a better team, and we’re going to do great for the rest of the Big East.” But before it gets back to the Big East, the Orange will get that opportunity to briefly return to an easier part of its schedule in its match against Cornell. Sure, the Orange is remaining positive, but trying to find a way to beat even better conference opponents is going to be crucial. Marquette was just the first of many quality Big East teams Syracuse will play until the end of its season. And those quality teams are going to be just as strong, just as powerful. That’s why SU will look to get its lineups straightened out and find the best way to get back among the conference elite. “We can’t look past Cornell at all,” LaMarche said. “But you have to use your out-of-conference games to try different stuff. That’s what we’re going to do against Cornell and, hopefully, pull off a win while we do it.” cjiseman@syr.edu

watch film on it or something like that, it’s completely different when you’re playing.” The joking about her English, the adjustment to a new environment and having to balance her new life are all in the past for Lefebvre. There’s nothing else to figure out. This season, all she had to do was come in and be the player she knew she had the ability to be. That’s what she’s done. “It was a set of mind I had this year coming in,” Lefebvre said. “This year, I felt it was my role to step in a little more and contribute a little more than I have been in the past.” cjiseman@syr.edu

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Marjory Elwell has been through it all. The Syracuse women’s soccer defender has been through the injuries. She’s been through losing. She’s been through a coaching change. “I think as a player, I’ve definitely grown,” Elwell said. “Because especially in my class, I’ve had to overcome a lot.” And now Elwell is finally going through a competitive season. One of only two seniors on the Orange, Elwell has seen the team transform this year from a mediocre program into a competitive member of the Big East. “It’s definitely been frustrating,” Elwell said. “Because every year, I feel like our team has the ability to do so much more than it does, and it always just ends up being really frustrating.” In each of the previous two seasons, the Orange had recorded only five victories. Head coach Phil Wheddon’s team has already won six games this season and has a chance to finish the season with a winning record, a feat the program has not accomplished since 2003. Prior to coming to Syracuse, all Elwell knew was winning. She won back-to-back state championships at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, N.J., while making the all-state team three times. Graduating with a 65-14-3 career record, winning was something Elwell was accustomed to, to say the least. But coming to SU in 2007, the outside back joined a struggling squad that had won a combined eight games in the past two seasons.

Elwell started four matches her freshman year as the Orange won seven games. It seemed like the program was on the rise. But then Elwell went through her first big change. The plug was pulled on then-coach Pat Farmer. In came Wheddon. And there was an immediate change in the atmosphere of the program. Elwell noticed how Wheddon, unlike Farmer, demanded intensity from his players in both games and practices. “Phil really encourages competitions at practice, so each practice is like a tryout,” Elwell said. “You have to constantly be on your toes and know that there’s someone else fighting for your position all the time. I think that’s a positive thing, because no one really feels comfortable at their position.” Although Syracuse only won five games in each of Wheddon’s first two seasons, the team showed renewed inspiration and a passion to improve. The third coach in program history knew it would take time to rebuild the roster and implement his defense-first approach. In 2008, the Orange defense kept opponents scoreless for four consecutive contests, spanning 301:40. Elwell strongly contributed to that impressive accomplishment, starting seven games over the course of the season. She started another five games last season. “She’s someone,” Wheddon said of Elwell, “you can turn to in every situation.” But even though SU was improving and Elwell was contributing, she couldn’t stay healthy. The only other senior on roster, Megan

Bellingham, who called Elwell “one of the best teammates (she’s) ever had,” has seen her battle injuries for the better part of four years. “She’s definitely had ups and downs with injuries,” Bellingham said. “She’s known what it’s like to come back from nothing, right after surgeries. She’s always positive and always works hard, even when things aren’t going her way.” This season, Elwell has nursed a sprained right ankle that has helped keep her out of all but five games. But she returned Sunday against Seton Hall in a 0-0 tie, starting on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium. Elwell wants to get back to winning. After all, this is her last chance. “I only have a few more weeks left of soccer in my career,” Elwell said. “Ever.” The Orange faces Marquette, which is undefeated in Big East play, on the road before heading to Tampa, Fla., to close its season out against USF in what could be the most important game of Elwell’s career. Whether the team makes the tournament or not, Elwell has put in four years of sweat and tears into the program. She has overcome the injuries (for now). She has overcome the change. She has overcome the losing. “I feel really positive about this season right now,” Elwell said. “I’m hoping that this year will finally be the year we make the Big East tournament. I definitely feel like we have all the components it takes to do that.”

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