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Last impression Allie Curtis reflects on SA leadership, personal growth Text by Annie Palmer Asst. News Editor

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h e Student Association has become a part of Allie Curtis’ identity. “It’s something I’ll carry into the rest of my life,”

said Curtis, SA’s president, speaking about the experience she has gained throughout the three years she spent in the organization. Before being elected as president for the 57th Session, Curtis served as vice president in the 56th Session. As vice president, she established a mentorship program between new and existing assembly members to “inspire people and give them someone to look up to,” Curtis said. She ran for president on a platform pledging to increase SA’s engagement with students and community involvement. When Boris Gresely, who was elected as president of the 58th Session, takes office starting this January, the Elect Her initiative — a training program that encourages college see curtis page 8

Debate Society loses funding due to issues with finances, regulations By Kate Capodanno Staff Writer

The Syracuse University Debate Society has lost the remainder of its funding for the year from the Renée Crown University Honors Program and the College of Arts and Sciences. Its members were warned multiple times of the consequences of not following procedures. Last year, the debate soci-

ety struggled both to handle its finances and to work in compliance with various procedures, Kandice Salomone, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Eric Holzwarth, the deputy director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program, said in an email. Since the society was under new leadership this year, the two gave the group a second chance at the begin-

ning of this semester to follow procedures “efficiently and effectively,” but indicated that this would be a “trial year” for them, they said. The budget for the debate society is traditionally $12,000, but this year the club was only funded $10,000, said Anthony Rini, treasurer of the Debate Society. The club had spent about $5,000 of its funding already this year when debate society president Kwang

Lee Gan received a Nov. 12 email that officially revoked the remaining $5,000 of the club’s funding. The society was held responsible for the estimated deficit from last year, said Rini, a junior international relations major. He added that $10,000 was the minimum amount of funding the club could receive and still fully function with its registration fees and travel costs.

Issues the club encountered last year included parking tickets issued to the honors van when the club traveled. Salomone and Holzwarth said the problems that arose last year with the debate society “involved thousands of dollars and many, many hours of staff time.” The email gave three reasons as to why the club was being punished


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Chancellor forbids playing of ‘Hey Song’ during football, basketball games because of profanity Syracuse University students who have

disdain in a very graphic manner,”

The “Hey Song” that many students learned to love during football and basketball games will no longer be chanted in the Dome, or at least with the marching band or Sour Sitrus Society behind it.

Last year, NCAA officials complained to Director of Athletics Jake Crouthamel about the lyrics during the NCAA basketball tournament. Shaw said that if he had remembered the NCAA’s complaint earlier, the song would have never been played this year.

The song prompts students to uniformly wave their arms in the air and chant with the song. It has become a ritual during games, but vulgar lyrics have led to a ban of the song because of administrative disapproval.

Crouthamel understands the students’ enthusiasm but doesn’t support the song. He feels the song is embarrassing for the university and that students should not be saying offensive language during a game.

SU students’ controversial chantings include the phrases “f*ck ‘em up” and “we’re gonna kick the sh*t outta you” during Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part Two.”

“It is disrespectful and has no place in sportsmanship,” Crouthamel said.

become accustomed to yelling obscenity-laced tirades in unison during sporting events in the Carrier Dome are likely to find their band accompaniment missing this year.

Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw made the decision to ban the chant because he believes the fans are using the song to “diss” opposing teams. “I have asked for the song not to be played anymore,” he said. “We [the administration] are in the position to allow this to go or stop. We will not put people in a position where they can show

Shaw admits he cannot control the student’s words, but he does have the power to control the band.

During several football games this year, a version with alternative words to the song was played over the student’s lyrics on the public address system in the Dome. This version replaced vulgar phrases with “bust ‘em up, rough ‘em up, go SU/ you can’t deny the orange and blue.” SU, however, is not the only college campus where students curse during sports chants. —Compiled by Dylan Segelbaum, asst. copy editor,



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Alumnus to speak at graduation By Caroline Strange Staff Writer

Philip Kaplan, an Internet entrepreneur who founded AdBrite and several other start-up companies, will give the convocation speech for the School of Information Studies in May. Kaplan, a 1997 alumnus of the iSchool, is an entrepreneur in San Francisco. He founded AdBrite, the largest privately-held Internet ad network, according to the iSchool’s website. His other startups include sites for people interested in a range of subjects on music and entertainment. In addition to his many projects, Kaplan is always willing to give time to students, said J.D. Ross, director of communications at the iSchool. For example, iSchool students who took an immersive Spring Break in Silicon Valley may recognize Kaplan since he often meets with students while they are there

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crime briefs • A female senior majoring in communication and rhetorical studies was arrested on charges of passing a red signal, unlicensed operator, driving while intoxicated and DWI with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent. The incident took place on North State Street at 2:14 a.m. on Friday. She was taken to the public safety building for further processing and was released with uniform traffic tickets. She is set to appear in traffic court on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. • A 45-year-old man was arrested on charges of loitering and false impersonation on the 700 block of South Crouse Avenue on Friday. •A 55-year-old man was ticketed for loitering on the 100 block of Marshall Street on Sunday at 9:50 p.m. According to the police report, he was soliciting passing pedestrians for money within 50 feet of Acropolis Pizza House. The report also stated that the same officer has cited him for this offense seven times. The man is set to appear in court Thursday at 9:30 a.m. • A 21-year-old man was arrested on a third-degree assault charge on the 1000 block of Lancaster Avenue. The incident took place at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday. —Compiled by Alex Ptachick, staff writer,

margaret lin | staff photographer Judy Smith , who inspired the character of Olivia Pope on ABC’s television show “Scandal,” discusses social media, selecting clients and her personal experiences on Monday in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium. Some of Smith’s clients include Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick.

Judy Smith discusses crisis management, TV persona By Tom Sharkey Staff Writer

While Judy Smith’s life might not be as dramatic as Olivia Pope portrays it on the television show “Scandal,” an eager crowd still packed the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium on Monday to hear about her work as a crisis manager. Syracuse University’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists welcomed Smith to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on Monday night. Smith works in crisis management and public relations and has had high-profile clients including Michael Vick, Paula Deen and Monica Lewinsky. She served as special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush while he was in the White House. She inspired the character of Olivia Pope on the ABC television series “Scandal,” of which she is a co-executive producer. “I think Judy is very inspirational and she has done so much in her career. She’s an excellent role model for these students,” said Lorraine Branham, dean of Newhouse. “You see her portrayed as Olivia

Pope on television, but it’s nice to see the real Judy and everything she has accomplished.” By the time Smith’s speech began at 6:30 p.m., a line extended from the door, and some students had resorted to sitting in the aisle of the auditorium. NABJ-SU’s President Kelvin Sherman and Vice President Troy James introduced her. Smith took the stage shortly afterward and sat down across from senior public relations major Ola Idowu to discuss issues she has faced in her career and what advice she can offer communications students. When Idowu asked how she chooses her clients, Smith replied that while she believes in second chances, she doesn’t agree to work with everyone who approaches her. “There are some things that just can’t be fixed,” Smith said. “I think everybody remembers Casey Anthony and her highly publicized trial. When I see situations like that, I really don’t think there’s anything that I could do to help out.” The next topic of discussion was Smith’s involvement with the show “Scandal.” Smith immediately

addressed the question she thought was on everyone’s minds. “OK, OK. I know what you’re going to ask me before you even begin, and I’ll save you some time.

“You see her portrayed as Olivia Pope on television, but it’s nice to see the real Judy and everything she has accomplished” Lorraine Branham

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No, I did not sleep with the president in real life,” Smith joked. Smith addressed how realistic the scenarios on “Scandal” are. She said that while certain issues on “Scandal,” like election rigging and extramarital affairs, are also played out in the real world, the television show is dramatized to hold the viewers’ interest.

The show often trends on social media sites like Twitter, and Smith said she has also had to deal with the rise of social media in her professional work as a crisis manager. “Social media has totally changed the landscape of what I do,” Smith said. “How I tell my clients to handle their social media accounts varies case by case, but overall it has made what I do a little harder.” Smith fielded questions from both audience members and from Twitter users. One Twitter user asked Smith what advice she would give to Chris Brown, who was arrested and charged with assault a few weeks ago. “That would take too much time. I don’t want to keep people here all night with that, so we should probably move on,” Smith said. Demi Douglas, a sophomore public relations major, said she was extremely pleased with the event. “She was really inspirational, and especially as a PR major, I learned a lot from what she said tonight,” Douglas said. “I also really love ‘Scandal,’ so it was cool to get some inside information on the show.”

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Young people should question greater meaning of Internet memes


emes have become a staple and popular part of today’s social media world, often included in the many tweets and wall posts millions of users share daily. The comical images and words often flood our timelines and newsfeeds, and could even be considered an integral part of the interactions young people have online. However, the humor of Internet memes now frequently crosses the line into a territory that can be offensive and disturbing. Generation Y should begin to question the inf luence and role these highly popular images play in our lives as young people, and whether the racist and sexist undertones they contain are worth the laugh. Memes have been attached to recent news stories such as the NFL controversy concerning Miami Dolphins’ linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Both players are currently not with the team amid a racist bullying scandal — Incognito reportedly sent racist and threatening text messages to Martin. A Nov. 13 column in The Washington Post


a chain reaction reports that among the 1,000 plus texts Martin and Incognito exchanged, one particular message sent from Martin was a meme. The photo, “a laughing, seemingly harmless woman, holding what appears to be a laughing dog, with the message ‘I will murder your whole [expletive] family.’” As suggested by The Washington Post column, the meme Martin exchanged with Incognito is not necessarily considered by most to be a serious threat and is “not as serious as some of the things Incognito texted Martin, which were definitely not in the form of memes.” Rather, the message is symbolic of the warped messages today’s society — and especially Generation Y — find humorous.

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Consider Twitter pages such as @ CreepySloth. With more than 66,000 followers, this source has become infamous among millennials for its signature memes that depict a sloth “whispering” into the ear of a young woman. The page is full of disconcerting tweets such as “Did you fall from heaven? Cause you were unconscious when I raped you,” “It’s not rape if I scream ‘surprise’ first,” and “I got 99 problems and I raped all of them.” Through the use of memes, words and images that objectify women and blatantly suggest violence against them have become a joke. A subject as sensitive and serious as rape has become the object of amusement. Certain memes have also created racist images and promoted negative stereotypes of some cultures. This trend is seen as far back to the 2008 presidential elections, where memed images of President Obama circulated depicting him on an “Obama buck” and surrounded by pictures of fried chicken, Kool Aid, ribs and watermelon.

And more recently, the Chisago County, Minn. Republican Party posted a meme on its Facebook page (that would subsequently be removed) comparing slavery to abortion. With a picture of a slave auction in the background, a caption at the bottom read “ProChoice…Against slavery? Don’t buy one.” As millennials are the main users and creators of certain Internet memes, we should begin to question the greater messages these images send, and whether or not we should further circulate such negativity. Memes should rightfully serve as a source of humor in Internet and social media culture, but never at the expense of promoting racist, sexist, homophobic and degrading images and words. Generation Y in particular should be cautious of the content shared in memes. By reposting and retweeting objectifying images, we further promote and condone digital forms of racism, sexism and social injustice. Nina Rodgers is a sophomore sociology major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at


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Curtis leaves behind legacy marred by impeachment scandal, internal issues Allie Curtis leaves behind a presidential legacy of tension that reflects a larger problem of internal issues that the Student Association has faced for several sessions. When Curtis was elected president of SA’s 57th Session, she won with more than 1,200 votes in a fourcandidate race. She beat her closest competitor by 284 votes. Her presidency began to spiral downward when her first semester became primarily internally focused. Because of this, other initiatives Curtis prioritized during her campaign were overlooked. Her image has since suffered as a result. In March, SA cabinet members attempted to impeach Curtis. They claimed she misled them when she allowed a nonstudent to bypass university regulations without their knowledge. Curtis knowingly allowed this individual to hold the position of public relations director, giving him the right to vote. After a six-hour, closed executive

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board session, the general assembly voted against impeaching Curtis. However, the damage had been done. Curtis was stripped of her power to preside in assembly meetings, therefore influencing her ability to effectively lead the organization. Following Summer Break, Curtis looked for a fresh start for SA, something she would struggle to obtain. In late August, when the session reconvened, four members of Curtis’ already crippled cabinet had left. But Curtis is not the first SA president to encounter internal problems. Similar controversy faced Dylan Lustig, the president of the 56th Session, after an SA formal in spring 2012 violated the organization’s codes. Curtis has led initiatives that prove her leadership skills. This semester, Curtis brought the

Elect Her initiative to campus to promote female involvement in politics. She has also worked to increase female involvement within SA, something she has said was lacking when she first got involved with the organization. She also helped add vice presidential candidates to the SA election ballot. This shift allows voting students to choose a predetermined presidential and vice presidential combination. By choosing vice presidential candidates, students are able to have more input in determining who their representative figures will be. This type of focus on SA’s constituency is important. Fifty-eighth Session President-elect Boris Gresely should continue to focus on the students to help SA regain a positive reputation on campus. Curtis’ legacy is synonymous with impeachment and scandal. The organization as a whole should not carry on the same image.



Misconceptions about climate change show need for clarification by experts


n Nov. 7, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Eastern Samar, Philippines and raged a course throughout the archipelago and surrounding areas that left devastation and despair as it went. In the Philippines alone, current counts have nearly 4,000 dead, according to the Filipino government. Typhoon Haiyan, and more specifically the discourse surrounding the storm, highlights an issue in climate change communications, as many wrongfully assume the storm is the result of climate change. This reflects the larger issue of misconceptions regarding climate change. Therefore, both those in the scientific realm should readily educate the public on the reality of climate change, while the public needs to reach out for this true information. Many point to global climate

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change as the reason for this natural disaster — which is partially true. Haiyan was not caused by climate change. Typhoons, along with hurricanes like Katrina or Superstorm Sandy, are naturally occurring. Instead, climate change affects the frequency and intensity of storms. Typhoon Haiyan, Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy are most probably products of this increased intensity, but there is no way to prove causation. This might seem like technicalities, but there must be an effort to get the right information out there — in this case, information that is accurate and true. Only then can we possibly come to direct climate policy, including recognition by our Congress. There are myriad misrepresentations of climate change, but one of the most common is even held by con-

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21st-century tree hugger gressional representatives. Climate change is not real, they say. The thing is that this is just plain false. Climate change is scientifically proven. It is happening. What some climatologists and other scientists do not agree on is the exact source of climate change. Therefore, when climate change is debated, it is not for it’s existence, but whether it is anthropogenic or human caused. While these debates still occur, an overwhelming amount of climate change scientists, climatologists and those in the field agree that climate

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change is anthropogenic, according to recent studies. Those that do not believe in anthropogenic climate change are normally not in the field or do not have background knowledge on the subject. If we were to more properly disseminate climate change education, that large percentage that agrees can really make a difference. It doesn’t help when more coverage in the media goes to people like Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, who was quoted in April as saying he does not believe in global warming because it “snows in my district,” according to The Huffington Post. Maybe the issue and policy work would be different if coverage was pushed toward actual scientists rather than those simply pushing their own political agendas. This assumption that global warming will make every town, city

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and country hotter is also a quite frequent misconception. It became so confusing for so many people that the science community made a decision and effort to instead refer to it as “climate change.” The climate is being disrupted. Some places will be warmer and some will be colder. Some will be rainier and some will be drier. Overall, the world’s average temperature will be higher, but that does not mean that we will never again have winter. Scientists and professionals of the environmental field have tried to properly communicate climate change, but what has happened is a confusing mishmash of ideas. It is time for those professionals to up the ante, while the public makes more of an effort to educate itself on the topic. Meg Callaghan is a senior environmental studies major at SUNY-ESF. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at

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Referendum to constitution becomes official By Brett Samuels Staff Writer

shea kastriner | contributing photographer taylor bold, the Academic Affairs Committee chair, talks to the assembly about several initiatives during Monday night’s meeting. The initiatives include creating an Arabic minor, as well as including grammar components in introductory writing courses.

Members propose resolution for university to change child abuse policy directions By Brett Samuels Staff Writer

A resolution was introduced during Monday’s Student Association meeting that would urge Syracuse University employees to change the policy directions for reporting suspected child abuse. SA Recorder Nick Bonafilia and Nedda Sarshar, a freshman English and textual studies major, presented the resolution to the assembly. The resolution would suggest that SU employees face disciplinary action, including termination, if they didn’t report signs of child abuse. Bonafilia added that several universities re-examined their policies on reporting child abuse after the Pennsylvania State University sexual abuse scandal. Assembly members discussed the possibility of changing the proposal to include those 17 and older because it would include the majority of SU students. But Bonafilia said there are privacy issues that come along with raising the age because it is the age of consent in New York state. The assembly will vote on the resolution at the next meeting. In addition, the Academic Affairs Committee discussed several of its current initiatives with the assembly. Taylor Bold, the committee chair, told the assembly that his proposal to create an Arabic

minor was rejected but he said he was planning on getting students who are in favor of the minor together to show the committee how much support there is for the idea. Sarshar informed the assembly on the progress of the Information Technology and Services Advisory Board, and said university representatives had been very receptive to SA’s ideas. She added they currently meet once a month, but are looking to meet more frequently. She also talked about the possibility of implementing grammar components into WRT 105: “Practices of Academic Writing” and WRT 205: “Critical Research and Writing.” One final concern brought up was the fact that there is no undergraduate student representation on the University Senate Academic Affairs Committee. Bold said Parliamentarian Ben Jones applied to be on the committee, but was rejected because undergraduate students aren’t allowed on the committee. “It’s a clear violation of student voice on campus,” Bold said. “Ben is absolutely qualified and I think it’s ridiculous.” Finally, SA will be providing buses at the end of the week from campus to the regional transportation center and airport, as well as to several major cities including Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.

Hitting the polls Here’s a breakdown of the number of votes in the SA election by class standing:


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The proposed constitution became the official constitution after Thursday’s Student Association election. Just less than 90 percent of students who voted in the election voted in favor of passing it. The constitution will implement changes such as adding a speaker of the assembly, who will preside in assembly meetings, and aligning SA sessions with the academic year instead of the calendar year. That means President-elect Boris Gresely will serve for three semesters, instead of the usual two. Parliamentarian Ben Jones oversaw much of the process in reworking the constitution, and said it felt great that students approved of the changes in the new constitution. “I was worried putting a whole new constitution on the ballot would be overwhelming and kind of turn people off, but I was very surprised and glad with the turnout,” he said. Jones said it would take time for the changes outlined in the new constitution to take full effect, but he said he hopes those differences will help SA function more efficiently. He added that next semester, the assembly will review the SA codes, which are more specific rules that govern the way the organization functions. The Administrative Operations Committee, Jones said, has been looking at the codes and how they can be improved. But the assembly won’t view them until next semester. Jones said it will be a long process, but he’s hoping to have it all finished by the end of the spring semester. “It’s another thing that’s really necessary,” he said. “It’s definitely been a long time coming and I’m looking forward to it.” Turnout this year broke previous records, with about 31 percent of the student body voting. Dan Hernandez, chair of the Board of Elections and Membership, said he didn’t set specific goals for voter turnout, but he was very pleased with the end result. “I wanted to strive for making it an informed population, not just a big voter population,” Hernandez said. “I think we ended up having an informed and a big population. It surpassed all my expectations.” Hernandez said sophomores cast the most votes, followed by juniors, seniors and freshmen. He said typically sophomores cast the most votes with upperclassmen casting the least. Hernandez said he believed the public relations campaigns were successful, and the final turnout was a ref lection of the hard work of all those involved in the process.

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women to run for student government — will be held for the first time at SU. The training program was one of Curtis’ most ambitious goals. “After you’ve been in SA to the extent that I have, you take on that image as someone who is a very active member in the community,” Curtis said. “Being able to make a difference and change things…I will always have that experience.” Though Curtis’ presidency is ending soon, she said she has decided to remain an active member of SA when she becomes the representative for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications next semester. “You don’t have to be president to make a difference,” she added. Curtis said her experience in SA has made her understand the organization’s policies and procedures “inside and out.” Because of that, she wants to remain in the assembly so she can serve as a mentor for other members and ease the transition into Gresely’s administration. For a brief time in the summer Curtis said she didn’t want to run for SA president. She said she saw how rough people could be and began to question what might happen if she “put herself out there” as a woman — little did she know that she would face a challenging road ahead as president, which she said included sexism, doubts about her qualifications and an attempted impeachment. The SA cabinet charged Curtis with vio-

lating university regulations by allowing Colin Crowley, former director of public relations, to serve on the cabinet without being enrolled as a student. After a six-hour executive session, the assembly voted against charging her with impeachment. “I don’t think I could have dealt with everything she’s dealt with — the personal attacks, all the horrible things she had to hear, people trying to diminish everything she’s worked so hard for,” said Duane Ford, SA’s vice president. “She pushed through all that and became stronger.” Through witnessing the impeachment process, Ford said both he and Curtis learned the importance of trust. He said he saw that the SA president position was “tough, thankless and vicious,” where people are often “out to get you and bring you down.” Still, during his own presidential campaign, Ford said he looked to Curtis’ ability to handle conf lict when he experienced personal attacks. Despite the setbacks Curtis has experienced, Ford said he’s seen her grow as a president and as a person, adding that she “took hold” of the organization. Grading her final term as a B-plus, Ford said he feels both the assembly and the student body have grown to see her more as a person. “I’m not sure if she changed, or if people just realized,” Ford said. Being one of Curtis’ best friends, Ford said a lot of people judge Curtis off her looks, pageant career or the impeachment. When she was elected, he said it proved that women are capable of holding presidential office in SA. Ford said the little progress that’s been

made is demonstrated by the fact that Curtis still faced stereotypes after reaching the position. Ford described a situation where Curtis spoke to a student on the Quad about the SA presidential elections after she was named president. He said the student told Curtis he thought it was “stupid” that the candidate who won was a woman — not knowing to whom he was actually speaking. “Even when she won, people tried to take it away from her, saying it was just because of her looks, which is something that she can’t control,” Ford said. “That was just sad to see, because it really takes that accomplishment away from you.” PJ Alampi, who ran for SA president against Curtis, said he believes she is one of several female leaders on campus that younger female leaders can look up to. He said Curtis is leaving SA in a position where they can create more change on campus than it could before, as evidenced by an increase in student participation. He said he credits Curtis for dedicating time and effort to further developing SA as an organization that is fully representative of the student body. Alampi, who also served as chief of staff on Curtis’ cabinet, eventually resigned from his position after the assembly voted to keep Curtis in office. Alampi said he didn’t decide to leave because of the assembly’s decision, but because he didn’t align with the direction SA was going. He said he feels Curtis handled the impeachment process well by reaching out to SA members individually

and asking them how she could improve. “I think that was one of the best ways to handle it and I commend her for that,” Alampi said. “The members are the ones who make those calls and Allie spoke directly to them. She really came full circle in dealing with the hearing and coming out of it.” In dealing with the attempted impeachment, Nia Boles, chair of the Student Engagement Committee, said she feels Curtis has set precedence for future leaders in being able to stand their ground. Boles said she would describe Curtis’ presidency in a single word: resiliency. Boles said she has always had a close relationship with Curtis. Curtis served as Boles’ mentor when she first joined SA. When Boles announced her decision to run for vice president alongside Ford, she said Curtis was the first person she told. “She taught me everything I know about SA,” Boles said. “I wouldn’t say ‘when she was my mentor’ because Allie will always be a mentor and sister to me, long after SA.” Ref lecting on her time as president, Curtis said it was a “powerful growing experience.” She said she recognized her faults — sometimes being too passive and letting what others say distract her — but realized that her compassion for others will always be a part of who she is. “I know that I’m always going to be an active voice and stick up for what I think is right,” Curtis said. “I will always be there for other people and that’s what being a president is about.”

time trial Here’s a brief look at Allie Curtis’ time in the Student Association.

January 2012

Allie Curtis was appointed vice president of SA by thenPresident Dylan Lustig.

January 2013

Curtis was confirmed president of SA’s 57th s=session.

December 2012

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Curtis beat three challengers to be elected SA president by more than 200 votes. She ran on a platform of increasing student engagement within SA, promoting civic engagement and redefining SA regulations.

October 2013

After cabinet members criticized Curtis for her lack of transparency and accountability, the general assembly voted not to impeach her in a six-hour, closed-door session.

Curtis endorsed Vice President Duane Ford for president of SA’s 58th Session on her private social media. Ford later lost to Boris Gresely by 196 votes.

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to study startups, said Elizabeth Liddy, the iSchool’s dean. Kaplan was also a mentor and judge for IDEA’s emerging enterprise competition — where student entrepreneurs compete for startup funding — in 2012, Ross said. He added that Kaplan often returns to visit campus and served on the iSchool’s board of advisers from 2006-2012. In addition to AdBrite, Kaplan founded Blippy, a website that allows users to “explore, create and send animated GIF messages,” according to its website. Kaplan founded the website Fandalism, a social network for musicians. The site went live in January 2012 and grew to more than 350,000 members in a few months, according to an April 6, 2012 article. He also founded DistroKid, which appeals to independent musicians and smaller bands by allowing them to distribute music on websites including Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, Ross said. Liddy said senior administrators, alumni and

a group of students were all responsible for selecting Kaplan as the 2014 convocation speaker. Students were very involved in the selection process, Ross said, with a group of 2014 graduates coming up with a list of candidates to speak at its convocation. Lauren Peters and Kevin Kettell, class marshals for the iSchool, headed the group and made a video pitching Kaplan as the convocation speaker. Ross said there is no typical schedule when it comes to selecting the iSchool’s convocation speaker, adding that the iSchool’s speaker had not been chosen until January for last year’s convocation. “It happens when you find the right person; there’s no set time,” Ross said. He added that they chose Kaplan because he is an entrepreneur who has started up several websites. Ross said Liddy, the iSchool’s dean, met with Kaplan and showed him the students’ video. Kaplan then happily accepted the invitation. Liddy said Kaplan has been successful in his own right and has stayed in touch with the school. “I can’t imagine anyone who would be more appropriate,” she said.

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monetarily, Rini said. The reasons were that the society received parking tickets while using the honors van; that the van was taken by the society a day before it was registered to use; and that there were no honors students participating in the society. Rini denied the last reason. “Many Honors student groups have used the van over the years and there have never been these kinds of problems – not even a parking ticket,” Salomone and Holzwarth wrote in the email. “Far from the exemplary behavior the Debate Society was told they had to demonstrate, this was sloppy and cavalier in the extreme.” At this point the debate society is going to have to make do with limited resources, said Gan, a junior political science and English and textual studies major. He added that the club is planning on traveling to various competitions with its own personal funds. The American Parliamen-

tary Debate Association is giving the society cheaper registration fees, but the club will feel the consequences of the lost funding as fewer people will be able to travel to the debates on their own personal funds, he said. “I’m not angry at all, I understand the administration has their reasons for this,” Gan said. “I am disappointed with my own failures as a president and I just hope that moving forward our team can recuperate from this loss and that we will be able to be as competitive as we always have.” Salomone and Holzwarth said they would consider the return of the society’s funding for next year if the group reorganizes itself, but that at this time it needs to be recognized that actions have consequences.

Why Debate Society lost funding 1. They received parking tickets while using the honors van.

2. They took the van a day before it was registered to the club. 3. There were no honors students in the society.


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ESPN to air SU arm wrestling By Ian Romaker Contributing Writer

the funeral was hard — his grandfather’s memory lives on. The recent re-release of The Beatles’ BBC recordings is a testament to this. In the few days the album has been on the shelves, record stores like the Sound Garden in Armory Square have noticed the album’s popularity. “We only have two copies left,” said Casey Keefe, an associate at the Sound Garden. “So it’s pretty nuts, especially considering the price. One CD alone is $19.99, and one comes with both (discs), and that’s $40. So that’s pretty awesome.” Keefe said this comes as no surprise to the Sound Garden’s employees, as The Beatles are one of the most popular bands of all time. And while “Clarabella” may not be the most well-known Beatles song, Frank Pingatore II is remembered for other contributions to the music industry. After working with the band Bill Haley & His Comets, Frank Pingatore II left when

Arm wrestling is taken a lot more seriously than many people might expect. There is even a collegiate tournament dedicated to the sport. “I do it to gain experience, compete, to maintain my physical regime and to be healthy and fit,” said Nicholas Leonardis, a senior art history major. “At the same time, I wish to experience personal development as a man by using the dedication and discipline that goes into every aspect of my life here on the arm wrestling mat.” On Nov. 17, Leonardis, along with five teammates, competed in the inaugural CAWL to Arms Tournament in Asbury Park, N.J. The event was hosted by the College Arm Wrestling League, an organization that gathers college students from around the Northeast area to arm wrestle competitively. The tournament will air on ESPN2 and ESPNU in April, May and July of 2014. The winning team gets a $10,000 grand prize. Four schools were invited to the event: Rutgers University, the University of Connecticut, Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University. Each team consisted of six members (three men, three women) and Syracuse faced UConn on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. Because the tournament doesn’t air until 2014, results are not yet publicly available. “It’s been an experience of a lifetime to be able to represent Syracuse on ESPN,” Michelle Carazas, a junior entrepreneurship and marketing major, said in an email. “I learned it’s not about your size when you arm wrestle, but rather your technique.” Technique, along with training, plays a vital role in the sport, Leonardis said. As an aspiring Olympic weightlifter, Leonardis already had the strength — he said he hopes to be considered among bodybuilding greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger when “it’s all said and done.” But since arm wrestling is more than a simple duel between two people, he said, there was a lot he had to learn. He first picked up the hobby when a representative from CAWL contacted him, gauging his interest in the sport. He then acquired the appropriate gear — regulation tables, pads, handles and a set of rules — and formed a practice regimen. He soon learned that the

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Rockin’ roots Newly re-mastered Beatles album features song by SU student’s late grandfather


By Katie Richards Asst. Feature Editor

n track 19 of the re-mastered Beatles compilation album, “Live at the BBC,” John Lennon’s unmistakable Liverpool accent chirps, “Dig this, for here’s Paul whistling ‘Clarabella,’” as he introduces the song. But what many might not know is that Lennon is referencing the popular Jodimars song “Well Now Dig This,” written in 1955 by songwriter Frank Pingatore II — one Syracuse University student’s grandfather. Frank Pingatore IV, a sophomore finance and entrepreneurship major at SU, has spent his entire life looking up to his grandfather. However, it wasn’t until about the second grade when he finally began to realize the significance of his grandfather’s work in the ’50s and ’60s. “I would bring him in for show-and-tell, and everyone would go crazy,” Frank Pingatore IV said.

photos courtesy of frank pingatore iii (TOP) Frank Pingatore II displays a Beatles album, featuring his song, “Clarabella.” (BOTTOM) His grandson, Frank Pingatore IV, remembers him for his talent and humility.

On Nov. 11, a two-disc, re-mastered version of The Beatles’ “Live at the BBC” album was re-released. The original recordings were completed between 1963-1965, and the first version of the live performance album came out in 1994. It features 56 Beatles songs, including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Love Me Do” and the cover of “Clarabella.” The grandson said some of his fondest memories of his grandfather are the times when the two would play golf together and when his grandfather would sing to him. But topics like The Beatles were seldom discussed, as he was a very modest man. When his grandfather passed last winter, Frank Pingatore IV had just returned home for his first winter break as an SU student. He had not seen his grandfather, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, in two years because the idea of seeing him in such as state was scary, he said. Although the passing of his grandfather has been difficult — he said just attending

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the band split. He formed the Jodimars and helped nab their first recording contract — the first rock ‘n’ roll band represented by Capitol Records, said the songwriter’s son Frank Pingatore III. From there, Frank Pingatore III said his father began representing and writing music for the Jodimars, including popular tracks like “Two Hound Dogs,” “Well Now Dig This” and of course “Clarabella.” “The Jodimars really didn’t make it that big in the United States for whatever reason,” Frank Pingatore III said. “So in 1957, they went to Europe to tour. They went over there with a double bass drum and a unique sound, and England was going crazy for them, and in the

audience was a young John and a young Paul.” That’s when the collaboration between Frank Pingatore II and the boy band began, when The Beatles were just starting out. Still looking for a record deal, they would regularly sing Frank Pingatore II’s song “Clarabella” at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, one of the group’s regular performance locations in their early days, the songwriter’s son said. “Paul was a big fan of my father’s work,” Frank Pingatore III said. “He actually mentioned my father in a book he wrote in the ’70s.” And even though the famous songwriter is now deceased, SU student Frank Pingatore IV said that his grandfather’s effect on rock ‘n’ roll still lives on, even beyond the music industry. As a songwriter and musician himself, Frank Pingatore IV said he looks to his grandfather for inspiration.

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sport, in addition to attaining his own physical goals, takes up a lot of his time. Eventually he developed a technique that catered to his upper body strength. He uses the shoulder roll, which involves flexing the shoulder and leaning sideways to decrease the surface area between the shoulder and the table. Aside from training, he also focused on his diet to prepare for the competition. Leonardis said he uses three main supplements after he works out: creatine, multivitamins and fish oil. He said fish oil is the most important because it’s helpful for the recovery of joints. Leonardis said he took his preparation so seriously because the Syracuse team is relatively new to competition. “We wanted to get a sense of what our team needs to do to compete and do our best against other schools,” he said. “These kids

are active, have a lot of technique, and we feel our team was least experienced coming into this tournament.” Even with little experience as a team, members were excited to be invited to the first-ever CAWL tournament. Eileen Bell, a senior finance and entrepreneurship major, said she made some great connections at the tournament with her teammates, and also with the opposing athletes. “I never imagined I would be representing Syracuse University in an arm wrestling competition, but I have learned so much and have met some remarkable people that truly made this experience one to remember,” Bell said in an email. Other Syracuse team members include: Steve Zavilensky, a junior health and exercise science major; Kelly Sheptock, a freshman communication and rhetorical studies major; and Kevin Mata, a senior health and exercise science major.

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Getting an entire sleeve permanently tattooed on your arm is a major decision to make, but Ashley Adler dreams bigger: She wants two. The sophomore biotechnology major at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry took a step toward that goal with her third and most recent piece. It marked the beginning of a full arm of aquatic-themed artwork. It is a clipper ship, reaching far toward a sky of rolling clouds. Seven birds glide about the image as a sign of good luck. “The planning took a little while, but it all stemmed from an image I created in my mind while reading Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’” Adler said. She said she often has a plethora of ideas in her head regarding what tattoo she wants next. But after letting this image sink into her mind, she decided to move forward with it. After drawing out several images of clipper ships on her own, Adler collaborated with her tattoo artist at Da Vinci Tattoo in Wantagh, N.Y., to come up with the image that now graces the length of her left bicep. She said the tattoo session surprisingly took only about two hours, a sign of an experienced artist. Below the image is the quote “Don’t let these waves wash away your hopes,” written in a light, feathered font, taken from the song “Wooden

Heart” by Listener. Adler said she often reflects on the hardships her family has gone through and the deep emotional attachment she feels to this particular song and its lyrics. “There have been many times where I’ve completely lost sight of the positives, and felt that life in general is pretty bleak,” she said. But even through rough patches in life, Adler said she keeps a very level head. She explained the tattoo as a whole is a reminder that the truth is revealed in even the toughest of times. As time goes on, she will continue to work on her left arm and eventually begin a sleeve on her right arm. That side of her body, however, will represent the terrestrial, rather than the aquatic realm of life. She said she has experienced a variety of reactions from having such a large, visible tattoo. “So far, I think overall I’ve been a shock factor,” Adler said. “Mostly from older generations, I guess. My mom was a little iffy when I told her my idea, but she loved it in the end, and I think she’s a little proud, even.” The creative aspect of tattoo culture is what really appeals to Adler, she said. Since she has been so involved in her pieces of artwork, it has become a big part of her life. And she is excited to continue. Said Adler: “Letting an artist elaborate on your ideas is just like waiting to unwrap a present on Christmas morning.”

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ejoice, little monsters, for the Mother is back. After taking a short hiatus while recovering from hip surgery and canceling part of her Born This Way Ball tour, Lady Gaga’s newest album “Artpop” is quickly heading toward the No. 1 spot. “Artpop,” the third studio album from the self-proclaimed Fame Monster, is a culmination of electronic, synth and techno with bits of rhythm and blues and acoustic. She bridges the gap between fine art and music, creating a special experience for fans. The album cover, created by pop artist Jeff Koons, shows a naked Gaga giving birth to a blue sphere, perhaps signifying Earth. In the background is a half-hidden collage of classic artwork, including Sandro Botticelli’s famous piece, “The Birth of Venus.” Her fist single off the album, “Applause,” received mixed reviews. As the album’s closing song, it is among the strongest. Gaga is noticeably having fun in the song, including witty lyrics like “pop culture was in art, now art’s in pop culture in me.” The song is about Gaga’s relationship with her fans and the adoration she receives from them. The music video is equally artistic,

switching between shots of Gaga with a painted face and her in an elaborate dance sequence filmed in black and white. Earlier in the album, she includes an unexpected collaboration with R. Kelly in “Do What U Want.” It is a nice change from the predominantly electronic album. Gaga goes in a more R&B direction while still maintaining her eccentric charm. She recently received criticism for her suggestive performance on Saturday Night Live, where she danced with R. Kelly to the song. Although it was a nice effort, it’s still pretty strange to see Gaga trying to cross over into different genres. A more puzzling track on the album, “Mary Jane Holland,” is a riddle I can’t quite solve. Well, I know what it’s about — Rick James wasn’t the only singer to personify narcotics in his 1978 hit “Mary Jane.” But what is so fantastic about this song is its rhythm. It’s seemingly just as addictive as a drug, and maybe that’s the point. Is Gaga talking about using drugs in Holland? She does reference Amsterdam quite a few times. Actually, “Dope,” another song on her album, references drug use, too. This year, the singer opened up about her drug addiction, saying she used to smoke 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day, “without tobacco.” Whatever the true meaning is behind the

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song, it’s still good. “Aura” makes the listener uncomfortable, but in the most appealing way. She sings, “I killed my former and left her in the trunk in Highway 10, put the knife under the hood, if you find it, send it straight to Hollywood.” The song then goes into a Southwestern guitar beat with Gaga maniacally laughing over the track. But once you get past the creepy first minute, the song itself is very good. This is the best her voice has ever sounded. And even with the obvious manipulation of her voice for this particular song, her raw talent shines through. Released on iTunes in October as the first promotional single from the album, “Venus” deserves radio play. The song is outer worldly. In it, Gaga harmonizes vocals with herself with precision, and the song is on par with her other greatest hits, including “Born this Way” and “Bad Romance.” The album itself is very fun. It’s the word I keep coming back to because it is so obvious Gaga is truly enjoying what she does. For the most part, the album doesn’t venture too far from its genre, which usually is a pet peeve of mine, as it’s always nice to have some variety in albums. But every song is intentional. “Artpop” successfully takes the listener on a visual, as well as a musical, journey. On Twitter, Gaga exclaimed this album will

be deemed “the album of the millennium.” She might be right.

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If you like this album, check out these tracks: 1. “Sexodus” by M.I.A. 2. “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn 3. “4 Minutes” by Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake 4. “Desnudate” by Christina Aguilera 5. “The State of Dreaming” by Marina and the Diamonds

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Fair, Ennis struggle during narrow win over St. Francis By Stephen Bailey and David Wilson THE DAILY ORANGE

It was one of those days for C.J. Fair. The jump shots that normally go down didn’t fall. His drives to the rim were out of control. St. Francis decided to faceguard the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason Player of the Year and neutralize Syracuse’s most potent threat. “They basically guarded me 94 feet,” the forward said. “It was tough because I couldn’t really find a rhythm, so once I didn’t have a rhythm and then they’re playing that kind of defense I couldn’t get going.” Fair scored just seven points of 2-of-13 shooting in the No. 9 Orange’s (4-0) 56-50 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) in front of 23,117 in the Carrier Dome on Monday. The Terriers (2-2) rotated a handful of defenders on Fair, mixing up smaller guards and lengthier forwards, but the common thread was the style in which they marked the star. They stayed in his face and tried to deny him the ball — something Fair hadn’t seen since SU traveled to face Carleton University in Canada this summer. “They faceguarded C.J.,” Boeheim said. “They made it hard for him to get anything but tough shots the whole night.” He turned the ball over on Syracuse’s second and third possessions and missed a typically automatic mid-range jumper on the fifth. He grabbed boards, six in all, but the Orange’s most reliable scoring threat struggled to enter the points column. But even without the forward’s usual contributions SU was able to escape with a win. And when the game was close at the end, Fair was still there to remedy one of Syracuse’s greatest concerns: free throws. His freebie with 2:39 remaining pulled the Orange within two. The pair he sunk just more than two minutes later iced SU’s 56-50 victory.




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“I’m not going to have my best game every night,” Fair said, “so this is one of those games where I can improve a lot and since we won I’m glad I had this type of game early where I can improve on because I can expect other teams to play me the same way.” Jim Boeheim saw a new Tyler Ennis on Monday. One he hadn’t seen before in Syracuse’s first three games or two preseason exhibitions this season, its four-game Canada tour in August or even in practice at all since he arrived this summer. Boeheim saw Ennis make bad decisions. “I think Tyler really struggled tonight,” Boeheim said. “Before he was just playing and making the play. Now he’s thinking that I’m going to go and shoot, and it wasn’t there.” Ennis made just 1-of-8 shots in No. 9 Syracuse’s narrow 56-50 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday. He missed his only 3-pointer as well as two crucial free throws with the game tied and 7:40 left on the clock. The same point guard who was widely described as the anti-freshman showed he still has some growing to do. “He has not made those plays, at all, in practice or this summer,” Boeheim said. “Now he’s doing things that you would expect a freshman to do.” Still, despite his struggles through the majority of the game, Ennis delivered one of SU’s bigger baskets with a layup that tied the game at 40-40 1:49 prior to his missed foul shots. And C.J. Fair, who shot just 2-of-13 himself, said Ennis’ shot selection wasn’t bad. He just missed a lot of shots he usually made. “He was attacking the rim,” Fair said. “He’s missing some shots he’d normally finished, but that goes with just getting your feet under you and just connecting the plays.”


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provides the offense. Christmas brings athleticism. Keita is a quality defender. But individually, they’re stand-alone parts that leave Syracuse with rotational issues. Coleman was the active presence on the boards who helped a struggling offense get out to an early lead. He tipped in a Trevor Cooney miss for the first bucket of the game and put the ball on the floor to lay in the Orange’s second. He grabbed an offensive board on SU’s next possession and got fouled before sinking both at

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Jerami Grant

The lengthy sophomore grabbed an offensive rebound off a C.J. Fair miss and laid it in to knot the score at 50 with 1:29 left. After coming up with a steal, he dished ahead to Michael Gbinije for a layup and a two-point lead. Grant later tacked on two free throws to essentially seal the win.

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Jerami Grant sinks two free throws to push Syracuse’s lead to 54-50. After trailing St. Francis for most of the half, the Orange would escape with a win.


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The senior forward shot a measly 2-for-13 from the floor and turned the ball over three times. Fair finished with just seven points, snapping his streak of nine straight double-digit scoring performances dating back to last season.

the line. Less than a minute later, he tipped in a Tyler Ennis miss to put Syracuse up 8-5. Coleman had all eight. “My main focus was just getting the rebounds,” Coleman said. “Whenever somebody on the team shoots, just getting in the right spot to get the offensive rebound, and that’s what I did.”  But it meant defense dropped from his list of priorities. When Syracuse fell behind in the second half, Coleman was limited to just five minutes of action. The 6-foot-6 Wayne Martin handled Coleman with ease. The forward finished with 13 points — nine in the first half — as he put his back against Coleman, dropped the ball to the floor and turned to the rim for a layup. Coleman couldn’t keep up with the quicker, shiftier frontcourt player.

“We weren’t getting the stops we needed inside,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “We’re all about defense first. DaJuan did a great job on the offensive end, but just was a little step slow on the defensive end.” Coleman hit a pair of free throws to open the frame for the Orange after a 12-point first, but that would be all. This time, it was Keita’s turn. But for most of the frame, he struggled just as much. The center fouled out in just 12 minutes of action, but when Syracuse needed stops, Keita was the most reliable option. He stripped Martin in the post with 5:34 remaining. Then he grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end, drew a foul and knocked down the pair. Less than two minutes later, though, he was done. “We want Coleman” chants surfaced from a pocket of the student section.

Instead it was Christmas, who played the most of any of the three centers. The junior didn’t get on the stat sheet during his last run until the game was decided — a block with 15 seconds remaining — but he was the man on the floor when SU closed it out. Coleman could be optimistic about the way he looked on offense, but he knows his defense has a long way to go. He admired the way Keita fronted his low post combatants. It was something he couldn’t do effectively and can learn from. Until then, though, SU has its question mark. Teams haven’t gone inside against Syracuse until Monday, and St. Francis nearly spurred a stunning November upset. “When a team decides to go inside, which now I’m sure people are going to,” Boeheim said, “we have to be better.”


that you’ve got to just come back out and deliver another punch. And that’s what we did.” But for Syracuse, if a punch from a middleof-the-pack Northeast Conference opponent results in a near knockout, it’ll be on the ropes quickly come Atlantic Coast Conference play. The upset scare served as a wake-up call for the Orange players. “It allowed us to see anybody can beat us if we come out lackadaisical,” Grant said. Three times Syracuse pushed its lead as wide as eight in the first half, and three times St. Francis battled back. Trailing just 30-26 at halftime, the St. Francis players bounced raucously as they exited the locker room tunnel. “ACC” chants flooded out into the Dome as the Terriers jogged out and immediately reeled off a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game. The Terriers weren’t going down easy — and it wasn’t going to be Fair that beat them. When the Orange turned to its ACC preseason Player of the Year midway through the second stanza, St. Francis turned to Lowell Ulmer. He stuck with Fair on a spin in one possession. Tied him up on the next. Then drew a charge with 12:03 left. “It’s always frustrating when you expect to play a certain way and you don’t,” Fair said. After Ben Mockford swished a 3-pointer to push St. Francis’ lead to 43-40 with 7:12 to play, he turned toward the SU student section and

pounded his chest. The minutes dragged on as Baye Moussa Keita fumbled an offensive rebound and Trevor Cooney bricked a 3. Tyler Ennis and Cooney missed jumpers. Then Keita fouled out with 2:43 to play. Jalen Cannon said the Terriers felt confident in that environment “for some point of time.” “But then ‘boom,’ it just hit us,” Cannon said, “and we didn’t know what to do.” Wayne Martin side-rimmed two free throws with 2:43 to play that would have given St. Francis a five-point lead, and Fair ripped the rebound away from Cannon. Cannon bobbled a pass out of bounds on the Terriers’ next possession, and Grant cleaned up a Fair air ball layup to tie the game at 50. Thirty seconds later, Grant jumped into Martin’s passing lane and lofted a pass ahead to Gbinije. An early Christmas gift, Gbinije called it. One that gave Syracuse its first lead in 16:18. After Anthony White threw a pass off a teammate’s leg, Gbinije scooped the loose ball to Grant and SU hit its last four free throws to seal the win. A Christmas block with 15 seconds left sent the crowd into an uproar. The Syracuse fans could cheer for that moment, but plenty of worrying lies ahead. “I think we can learn some things from this that will help us going forward,” Boeheim said, “but we’ve certainly got a lot of work to do and that’s not a surprise.”


seconds left. “They punched us in the mouth,” Gbinije said. “And sometimes when you get punched in the mouth, you’ve got to make sure your teeth are straight and your tongue is in there. After

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SU rides early run to blowout against Cornell By Phil D’Abbraccio ASST. COPY EDITOR

Quentin Hillsman stresses the importance of clean basketball. But through the first four minutes of Monday’s game, his Syracuse team did not show him SYRACUSE 89 clean basketball. “I just told them to clean CORNELL 48 it up,” the SU head coach said, “and for the shooters to get some floor space, get some balance, and get our lanes wide in transition and spread the floor and make some plays.” The opening minutes of SU and Cornell’s matchup at the Carrier Dome on Monday afternoon featured sloppiness at its finest. A 35-second span in the early going saw seven turnovers. Travels, awry passes that bounced out of bounds and turnovers galore led to an ugly first few minutes. But the Orange straightened up its act. Seven and a half minutes into the game, Syracuse (3-0) tightened up its defense, which translated to fruitful opportunities on the offensive end. The end result was an 18-0 Syracuse run, which at its conclusion positioned the Orange at a 32-10 advantage with 7:42 remaining in the first half. The rest was merely a formality in SU’s 89-48 victory over the Big Red (2-1) before a Carrier Dome crowd of 199 fans. “We definitely picked up our defensive inten-

“We definitely picked up our defensive intensity. I think that we were able to pressure the ball, force turnovers, get Cornell to play out of their element, and with them doing that, we were able to push the ball and get open baskets in transition.” Brianna Butler


sity,” SU guard Brianna Butler said. “I think that we were able to pressure the ball, force turnovers, get Cornell to play out of their element and with them doing that, we were able to push the ball and get open baskets in transition.” But before the Orange’s perimeter defense clamped down on Cornell’s shooters, Hillsman was not pleased on the SU bench. Center Shakeya Leary was whistled for three seconds in the paint on the Orange’s fifth possession. Guard Brittney Sykes flew from coast to coast for a layup at the rim, but missed from point-blank range. Guard Rachel Coffey came up with a steal, but threw it right back to Cornell. Amid the early turnover madness, Hillsman watched the Big Red connect on two 3s and a pair of long two-pointers in the matchup’s first four minutes. “It’s just about knowing who’s in your area,” he said. “I think that at times we didn’t do a very good job at getting our defense set.” As his team, down 7-6, walked back to the bench for a media timeout, he looked at his play-

sterling boin | staff photographer SHAKEYA LEARY puts up a shot during SU’s blowout win over Cornell on Monday. The Orange embarked on an 18-0 run midway through the first half after a sloppy opening. ers with his palms facing up, wondering when they would snap out of it. He received his answer pretty soon. Out of the timeout, the Orange exploded. The 6-foot-3 Leary stepped way out of the paint to block a shot at the perimeter. On the other end, a nifty feed from Taylor Ford to Leary put Syracuse ahead 8-7, and the onslaught was on. Four points from Sykes extended the lead to five points. Then Butler hit a turnaround jumper and a spot-up 3. In the blink of an eye, the Orange had built a 25-10 lead by the 9:39 mark. By the end of the 18-0 run, SU led by 22 with less than eight minutes left. Meanwhile, the Big Red continued to stumble against Syracuse’s lock-down defense. Instead of turning on the aggressive fullcourt press that smothered Dartmouth on Thursday, Syracuse had a different defensive game plan prepared for Cornell — a team that shot 41.9 percent from downtown going into

Monday’s game. “Different teams have different pressure points,” Sykes said. “They pass the ball really well. We wanted to get them across half court and then invite them for the trap.” The Orange’s defensive effort centralized on the half-court set more than a full-court press, and Cornell still had its problems deciphering both. To counter the Big Red’s ability to pass its way through a full-court press, Syracuse planted half-court traps — which led to steals and opportunities in transition, where SU scored 27 fast-break points. When it was all said and done, Cornell turned the ball over 29 times and lost by 41. The cleaner brand of basketball prevailed. “Easy baskets. Getting out in transition,” Hillsman said. “We got some points off turnovers and were able to play at the rim. I thought that was the most important thing for us today.”



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Defensive deficiencies limit Coleman

Syracuse barely avoids stunner with late surge By Stephen Bailey



ichael Gbinije and Jim Boeheim froze in the exact same position on opposite sides of the court — Gbinije lying outside the right block on one end of the court, Boeheim standing by the bench on the other. Hands on heads, eyes closed in amazement. The previously silenced student section erupted. “Bullsh*t, bullsh*t, bullsh*t.” Gbinije was called for a block. With 6:22 left and Syracuse already trailing St. Francis (N.Y.) by three, nothing could go right for SU at that moment. C.J. Fair was 2-for-12. Rakeem Christmas looked lost in the paint. The Terriers were shooting about 45 percent and matching the Orange on the glass. With four minutes left, the St. Francis lead was four. With three, it was three. “We had to make plays. We had to make stops,” Boeheim said. And the Orange did. Thirty-nine minutes of heart-wrenching, November-upset scare later, St. Francis finally unraveled. Syracuse forced two turnovers in the final 1:04 as Jerami Grant carried the No. 9 Orange (4-0) to a 56-50 win down the stretch, and out of the Carrier Dome on Monday having narrowly avoided arguably its most embarrassing loss in five years. The Terriers (2-2) led or tied SU from the 17:16 mark in the second half all the way until Grant found Gbinije for a breakaway layup with 59



sterling boin | staff photographer JERAMI GRANT draws a foul as he drives to the basket during SU’s matchup with St. Francis on Monday night. The Orange trailed for most of the second half, but made the necessary plays to escape with a

On one half of the floor, DaJuan Coleman looked like the five-star recruit Syracuse signed up for when the big man arrived from nearby JamesvilleDewitt High School. He muscled his way through defensive rebounds, stretched his 6-foot9 frame into the air for tip-ins and even put the ball on the floor to knife through the St. Francis defense. For half of his 18 minutes, it made him the most valuable player on the floor. But there are two parts of the game. On defense, he was always a step slow. The Terriers’ littler big men darted around the heavy-footed Syracuse center for basket after basket.  “He scored four points in a row, they scored four points,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We can’t have that. He’s got to be better down there.” It’s why, despite leading the Orange (4-0) with 14 points, Coleman played just 18 minutes and Baye Moussa Keita played in crunch time during No. 9 SU’s 56-50 win over St. Francis (2-2) in front of 23,117 in the Carrier Dome on Monday. Even Rakeem Christmas, who had just three rebounds and only attempted one shot, played 22 minutes. As a whole, the trio forms a quality all-around big man. Coleman



Whigham returns to Syracuse after spending Saturday night in hospital By Trevor Hass ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham is back in Syracuse where

SU team physicians will continue to monitor his health, SU Athletics announced in a release Monday night. The release said Whigham suf-


“Vocal stepping up is vastly overrated. It’s worth about zero. What’s worth something is making a good play.” Jim Boeheim SYRACUSE HEAD COACH

fered a lung contusion and possible tearing of scar tissue from a prior surgical history for achalasia. Whigham collided with Florida


Brittney Sykes finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Syracuse’s 89-48 win over Cornell on Monday. see

State wide receiver Rashad Greene and teammate Jeremi Wilkes in the end zone near the end of the first quarter of Syracuse’s 59-3 loss to


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No. 2 FSU on Saturday. Medical officials helped him off the field on a stretcher.



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