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OFF-CAMPUS GUIDE 2010 Table of Contents




Something for everyone The Westcott Community Center — just down the street, on the corner of Westcott and Euclid — is more than it appears to be.


Peace treaty The Syracuse Peace Council advocates for local and national justice, right from Central New York.

Full Recovery Nurse that hangover the right way — with the perfect food from a local diner.


Beer fest Syracuse Beer week is approaching. Size up the local selections before you hit the bars.

Editor’s note cover photo illustration by kirsten celo | asst. photo editor

Finding the right fit Look beyond Marshall Street and choose an off-campus boutique for the outfit you’re searching for.


Up, Up and away Mike Sagert, a local comic book expert, tries to maintain a tradition in Syracuse.

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Doggy bag Erie Boulevard can be an intimidating place to find food — here are the best places to stop and eat.

Mark it down Check out Pulp’s event calendar, which highlights activities from now till winter break.

Hey everyone, Thanks for taking time to read The Daily Orange’s first off-campus guide. While there are plenty of interesting activities to do on the Hill, there are just as many, if not more, that lie beyond it. With so much to do, we took the time to highlight some of those different off-campus features. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat or an off-campus group to join, we’ve got you covered as we explore what the 315-area has to offer. If you’re familiar with the local scene, fantastic — consider this a refresher. If you’re still discovering Syracuse, this is just the tool you are looking for. Enjoy. Best, Flash Steinbeiser Feature Editor

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mo coyle | staff photographer (left to right) Jessica Maxwell, Andy Mager, Carol Baum and aly wane make up part of the Syracuse Peace Council. SPC, whose offices are located on East Genesee Street, dedicate themselves to educating, agitating, and organizing others. Their acts of civil disobedience have led to jail time, but members believe it is for a noble cause.

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Standing up for what they believe in, Syracuse Peace Council pushes limits with civil activism

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By Flash Steinbeiser Feature Editor

itting in his Birmingham, Ala., jail cell, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a response to a group of clergymen who insisted King should seek political activism of off the streets and within the courthouse. “I must confess that I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth,” King wrote in 1963. For Andy Mager, a member of the Syracuse Peace Council, King’s message on sparking social change is simple enough. If you believe in something, you cannot let anything hold you

back. Those limits, those hesitations — ignore them. This is a message Mager and the council live by. “He very articulately said that sometimes you need to go beyond those means,” Mager said. “We are very much in line with that approach.” The SPC, founded in 1936, is one of the nation’s oldest local grassroots peace organizations. Dispersed throughout Syracuse, the SPC is dedicated to spreading peace and social justice throughout the community. It operates with three distinct goals in mind: “To educate, to agitate and to organize.” Sometimes this is done with a simple classroom discussion in a local high school. Other

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bridget streeter | photo editor Mike Sagert, a Syracuse resident, is the former owner of Syracuse’s first comic book shop, Dream Days. Though Sagert sold the shop 20 years ago, he is once again looking to foster a community between comic fans, retailers and creators. His first attempt at fostering that community was on Saturday, with an comic convention at Syracuse University.

The GOLDEN age

As Syracuse’s first comic book shop owner, Mike Sagert looks to restore faded community By Flash Steinbeiser


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here was a time when people believed Mike Sagert sold porn. It was in the early 1970s, when Sagert was looking for a storefront to set up his new comic book shop. But at the time, the idea of a store that specialized in comics was strange. It didn’t matter how passionate Sagert was about comics, everyone else still viewed illustrated adventures as mutated reading material. They were uncanny. So when Sagert looked for spaces to rent, landlords misunderstood what he was trying to sell. In their minds, there was little difference between superheroes and strippers. “Everybody thought it was going to be a porno shop,” Sagert said. Sagert eventually found a hole in the wall: a small wedge-shaped space on Montgomery Street across from City Hall. It was no Fortress of Solitude, but it would do. Transforming the storefront into Dream Days - named after an illustrated novel painted by Maxfield Parrish - Sagert opened Syracuse’s first comic book shop. And in effect, Sagert took the identity of Syracuse’s first “comic book

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guy.” It’s been 20 years since he sold Dream Days, but Sagert has once again taken the mission to spread his love for comic books. His first attempt occurred on Saturday in the Schine Student Center with Syracuse University’s first comic book convention. When Sagert first opened Dream Days, he fought an uphill battle. The shop’s initial kryptonite was public perception. People still thought comics were just funny books for ruffians. Kid stuff. As the ambassador of capes and spandex, Sagert remembers countless debates with mothers who wouldn’t allow their daughters to buy comic books. “No, they’re for everyone,” Sagert said to the mothers. “It was an amazing time, nobody knew if the comic book store would work,” said Tom Peyer, a Syracuse resident and professional comic book writer who has worked for DC and Marvel comics. “Mike made the comic scene possible here.” Sagert is an old-school comic shop owner. Never afraid to roll up a tattered comic and stuff it into his back pocket, he represents a small community of comic fans who collect for pleasure, not profit. To him, there’s no sense in stuffing comics into plastic bags and preserving them for all eternity. His love for the art form extended to his shop. Dream Days’ walls were lined with superhero posters and art from Steve Ditko, the original artist of “The Amazing Spiderman.” When Sagert wasn’t discussing the ideological differences between Aquaman and the Sub-Mariner, he was recounting the history of Superman to a naive customer. He wasn’t Professor X, but he knew his clienteles’ tastes better than they did. By the time they reached the small rack filled with the week’s new comics, Sagert would already be there, offering different titles to explore and fresh creators to try out. “I remember (Sagert) would come from the back room and say, ‘Oh I just got some back issues of mostly late-60s Marvel’,” said Kurt Busiek, an SU alumnus and highprofile comic book scribe who has written for “The Avengers” and “Superman.” “It wasn’t an impersonal buying experience.” When he was an undergraduate student at SU, Busiek had a Thursday ritual. As soon as classes were finished, he and his friends would walk a mile from campus down to Dream Days. And every Thursday, there was Sagert, always smiling as they entered the door. “The store was a welcoming environment for comic book fans,” Busiek said. “If you had a tough week at school, it was an oasis.” Sagert’s great power has come with great responsibility. If he can get a comic book into someone’s hands for the first time, he’s done his day’s work. He likes to start new readers out with something basic, a superhero story that fits all interests. Then he boosts the material up, giving readers more complex and challenging graphic novels, expanding their horizons as far as they see fit. He hopes that one day people will not make literary distinction between the content in a comic book shop and a bookstore. “He’s not doing it to make money, he’s doing it to share the experience with people,” Peyer said.

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“I want to unite everybody in the field, from the writers to artists to the comic store owners to the fans. I want to bring a little more community to it.”

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With his old-school approach, the communities that comic books create are half the fun. But evil forces have taken over the comic community, and it’s quickly dwindling. Instead of landing on the shelves of caring comic shops, Sagert sees an increasing amount ending up in chain bookstores and supermarkets. There’s no one around to point out the new artists. No one to recommend an interesting title. Even the comics themselves have lost their personal touch. With comics now sporting slick paper and with high price tags of $2.99 or $3.99 for a 22-page comic book, Sagert thinks comic

bridget streeter | photo editor companies have become too motivated by profit. He may not have a cape or spandex, but Sagert wants to be the superhero that assembles that local comic society. “I want to unite everybody in the field, from the writers to artists to the comic store owners to the fans,” Sagert said. “I want to bring a little more community to it.” SU students are a part of that community. With Schine’s convention connecting students with local comic creators, the team-ups can happen right on campus. Sarah Hudkins, a member of SU’s Illustrated Narrative Nights comic club, said a campus convention is a rare opportunity for students to discover comic books and make relationships with members of the industry. “That’s the whole idea,” said Hudkins, a senior illustration major. “It fosters the community.” Saturday’s comic convention at Schine was the start of Sagert’s fight for comic book truth and justice. He wants to make the old school the new school and wants to fill comic shops back with the passion that Dream Days once had. Even if he has to start putting pornography on the shelves to do it, he’ll make sure comic shops are able to leap all competition in a single bound. “That’s my role for things now as opposed to being behind the counter. I know enough now, seeing how the industry started and where it’s evolved to, that I can do a few things,” Sager said. “This is just my starting point.”


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Westcott Community Center strengthens foundations through services

By Elora Tocci Asst. Copy Editor

rban communities do not always have a place for their residents to come together. The city of Syracuse does not have that problem. Offering internships, an art gallery, tutoring, free legal advice and more, the Westcott Community Center, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Westcott Street, serves as a resource and activity hub for Syracuse. Because the center is in a socially diverse neighborhood, it can cater to Syracuse’s spectrum of citizens, said Steve Susman, executive director of the center. Everyone, from toddlers to college students to the elderly, can find a reason to head down to Westcott Street. That wide range of interests has created off-campus opportunities for students interested in not-for-profit business or art. Syracuse University and Le Moyne College students participate in internships with the nonprofit center every semester, Susman ashli truchon | staff photographer Jeff John (right), a freshman ecology major at Syracuse University, tutors Nazler Reed (center) and Madsen Yerdon (left), a secsaid. Students work in database ond-grade student at McKinely-Brighton Elementary School and a third-grade student at Van Duyn Elementary School, respectively. design, in the art gallery and on lecture committees. “A lot of students come to the center for lectures and concerts, and they get more out of the experience if they are the amount of activities has been added since it first opened. “I’m actually getting overloaded with student volunones choosing who we bring in,” he said. Susman said when he started working at the center teers for our after-school programs,” said Shauna Cooper, Lecturers speak as part of the University Neighbors almost 11 years ago, the yearly budget was $80,000. The the after-school program coordinator for the center. Lecture Series, which often showcases SU professors. center gradually added to its programming through a Cooper said student groups from SU come to the center This year, some of the speakers include Goodwin Cooke, variety of public and private sources, such as community to interact with the younger children. First Year Players, a professor emeritus in the Maxwell School of Citizen- members’ tax-deductible donations and grants. The bud- SU’s amateur theater group for freshmen and transfer ship and Public Affairs and former U.S. ambassador to get is now about $700,000. He said close to 50,000 people students, came to the center to play theater-based games countries in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and will take advantage of the programs funded by the budget in early October, she said. George Saunders, an English professor whose work has this year. She said the program’s funding does not cover teachbeen published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar and “When we first started, we did very little. We had a cou- ers who sit down with students and help them with their GQ magazines. ple of after-school programs and some lunch programs,” homework, so student volunteers are especially helpful The center also hosts the Second Saturday Concert he said. “Now we have been able to put a lot of the plans we in the area. Cooper said students from the SU Literacy Series, which has featured SU student band Northbound wanted to execute but couldn’t pay for into action.” Corps program, a tutoring service for inner-city children Traveling Minstrel Jug Band, and will include acts like The center also offers a range of employment services, offered by the university, are some people who regularly guitarist and singer Loren Barrigar and Larry Hoyt & the helping high school dropouts attain GED certificates volunteer. Good Acoustics in January. and jobs, as well as employing college students through “The volunteers usually get along really well with the “We try to mix it up and appeal to everyone’s inter- Federal Work-Study programs. kids. The kids will see the volunteers coming up and go ests,” Susman said. Susman said the center offers specialized classes running up to them,” she said. The Westcott Community Center further distinguish- catered to students’ interests, especially because they do Volunteers also help supervise children in karate es itself by offering services unavailable anywhere else in not have to travel far to get to them. classes, in the computer lab and on field trips. Cooper the community. Susman said the most popular program “Our classes aren’t at the formal university, so they’re said any student who wants to help Syracuse children is the free legal advice, in which a lawyer comes into the more relaxed,” he said. Students who may want to take and work with them academically and socially is welcenter to provide legal guidance to members of the com- a figure-drawing or karate class for fun can do so at the come to volunteer. munity on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Westcott Community Center, he said. “A lot of these kids don’t have role models at home,” “Where else are you going to get a free attorney?” SusCollege students can contribute to the community she said, “and the student volunteers really help fill man said. center through their involvement with local children in that void.” With the center’s expanding budget, an increasing the after-school programs.


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morning after

Any hangover is curable with these local breakfast diners



t’s Saturday morning, and you are faced with a decision that may make or break the day. Down glasses of water or orange juice; to get greasy food or to just remain motionless in bed; that is the dilemma. Sadly, you ate your last bowl of Easy Mac last night. Walking to the dining halls is way too much work, ramen noodles just aren’t going to cut it anymore and Marshall Street breakfast foods are almost nonexistent. Fear not, because as long as a friend (or anyone who passed out in the immediate area) owns a car, Syracuse’s diner scene offers a variety of choices and environments to fit any hungover craving. Sure, you could microwave leftover Taco Bell, but a 10 minute drive to a number of local breakfast joints will make all the difference.

Name it: Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry Find it: 3709 James St. in Syracuse, about 10 minutes from campus Bring along: Your closest friends Eat it: Frittata, pancakes At first glance, you may wonder why so many cars are parked outside a little red shack off the side of the road. The smell of pancakes, grease and home fries pours out of the small diner and hits you as the car door opens. Ah yes, that’s why. Without the long lines, hectic environment or bright lighting of an IHOP-style breakfast locale, Mother’s Cupboard Fish Fry is easy on the wallet and the senses. What Mother’s Cupboard lacks in space and seating capacity, it makes up for in portion size. Bring your appetite because this diner will put any hangover to the test. “It’s unique. You get big portions, its relaxing, its small,” said Vince Berry, a senior sociology major and regular patron for the past two years. “It kind of makes you feel like you’re at home.” After its construction as a residence in the late 1800s, Mother’s Cupboard opened as a restaurant in 1921 and now offers both breakfast and lunch. It shuts down at 1:30 p.m., so if you want to make it over there, you’ll have to stop wallowing in your stomach pains pretty quickly. Business has sped up since its feature as the food challenge on Travel Channel’s popular


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Pit stop


Erie Boulevard offers perfect solutions for any appetite


By Kelly Outram STAFF WRITER

eyond Marshall Street, Erie Boulevard is filled with a ton of great places to eat. But in uncharted territory, it can be tricky to know which restaurant is best for a date and which one you’d rather bring a study group to. We’ve got you covered. Read on for a complete guide to the best of Erie’s eateries.


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2841 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, N.Y. 315-445-5686

3687 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, N.Y. 315-446-1771

Nothing gets people in a social mood like watching men twirl knives while making a volcano erupt out of onions and oil. With creative cooking techniques and large tables that accommodate up to eight people, Koto Japanese Steakhouse is a great option when eating out with a group of friends. The menu offers all kinds of specials, from sushi to chicken teriyaki. The open atmosphere allows you to see how everything is prepared, which adds an extra entertainment factor. A definite highlight is when the cook goes around the table trying to toss bits of zucchini in everyone’s mouth. Points if you can catch it, but it’s always funnier to watch someone get pegged in the face with a vegetable. The food comes out in shifts so that once the cook has begun, you’re eating at a steady pace instead of waiting for food to arrive. Watch out though: The servings are huge, so bring an appetite, or that friend who cleans everyone else’s plate. Koto fosters a great atmosphere that keeps everyone talking and any awkward silences to a minimum.

From the outside, this restaurant doesn’t look like a place to make a first-date impression, but walk inside. This place is classy. With waiters dressed in white coats, playing the role of small-town butchers, a vast salad bar and a romantic, rustic look, Scotch and Sirloin makes an impression on itself. It’s a little pricey, so there’s no way anyone would come off as cheap. For those of age, the wine list is extensive. If you’re not a steak person, don’t worry: The menu offers everything from fish to chicken to hamburgers. The options are a defining trait: Diners can choose between three kinds of butter and steak glazes to go with their meal. The end of the dinner is just as filling as the main courses. Ten different types of desserts and just as many after-dinner coffees, sherries and ports help round out the meal. The best way to someone’s heart is through his or her stomach, so start paving the way with a Scotch and Sirloin first-date dinner.

CULTURAL PALETTE SECRET GARDEN RESTAURANT 2731 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, N.Y. 315-449-3333 Tucked away in a corner, the Korean cuisine is great. WIth friendly staffers, this is a quiet place to come alone and just enjoy a meal.





2943 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, N.Y. 13224-1456 315-449-9339

3496 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, N.Y. 315-446-3530

This New York state chain restaurant is more like a huge sports bar. With televisions everywhere, close seating and a menu fit for mindless eating, Tully’s is the perfect place to watch a good game. Every table gets a free bowl of popcorn, so even if you come for drinks, sustenance is still provided. Tully’s screens most of the major games of the day on one of the approximately 70 TV screens. For the nonsports fan dragged into the restaurant on game day, the game room (which even features the infamous Claw game-tricking everyone into thinking he or she can win a stuffed animal) is a good way to stay occupied when not chowing down.

Syracuse finally has a Chipotle. Hooray. For every ‘Cuse student who has complained about missing this Mexican chain, one finally opened up to give students a taste of what they left behind at home. For those who have never experienced a Chipotle, it’s a grab-and-go Mexican restaurant where you can order either a burrito, fajita, taco (in a bowl or a shell) or salad and then add whatever trimmings you feel fit. Think Moe’s minus the free chips; a friendly greeting with less menu options. Most people swear by Chipotle’s burritos and sauce blends. Beware: Due to the high demand and long wait for its brand-new Syracuse arrival, this place will probably be packed for the first few weeks.

EAT YOUR FEELINGS FRIENDLY’S 3275 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, N.Y. 315-446-8332 Feeling down or stressed? Have the late-night munchies after a movie? Then get closer with the friendliest place in town. The ice cream and sundae options are great for a bad mood pick-me-up, and the classic diner food is perfect for when you’re feeling more grease than sweets. Either way, when you need something to smooth out an evening or classic comfort food to shake yourself out of a funk, Friendly’s is the kind of place to lean on. Where else can you have an ice cream sundae that is dubbed “Happy Ending?” Friendly’s is the perfect hug or exclamation point to someone’s night on a dime.

Short drive for highest quality


STUDY PARTY DENNY’S 3414 Erie Blvd. East DeWitt, N.Y. 315-445-2780 You have a final tomorrow. Right now, you’re falling in and out of sleep in E.S. Bird Library while trying to focus on flash cards. Why not get a change of scenery, grab some cheap food and still do your work? Denny’s is about 10 minutes away from campus. Open 24 hours, serving breakfast and nonbreakfast food at all times of the day and with free Wi-Fi, Denny’s is perfect for a late-night study session. The coffee is bottomless, and in the dead of night, the restaurant is pretty quiet. If you end up becoming a Denny’s regular, the wait staff tends to remember your orders and, more importantly, your shenanigans, so try to lay low. Besides, no one likes to study on an empty stomach.

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4:30 to 9PM Fri and Sat: 4:30 to 10PM


11:30 to 2:30PM

Lunch Buffet-$7.95 (Tues - Sun)

4467 E. Genesee St. Dewitt, NY 13214 (315)445-5555


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The players... By Lucas Sacks



rom Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, every major bar and restaurant in and around Syracuse will be overrun with everyone’s favorite beverage — beer. Dozens of brewers from around the world will host tastings, dinners and lectures about beer from about 11 a.m. until the wee hours of the morning all week. Presented by, “the primary goal of Syracuse Beer Week is to enhance beer knowledge and appreciation through a series of events in the great city of Syracuse, New York,” accord-

ing the their website. Some specific highlights include Uber Beer Fest at the New York State Fairgrounds, featuring 9 brewers from Ireland, Belgium, Germany and the United States. Aside from outside brewers, beer week will also highlight local Syracuse and Central New York offerings. Empire Brewing Company in Armory Square will be having a Farmstead Beer Dinner Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Other highlights include a homebrewing contest and extreme beer sampling. Check out for a full schedule of thirst-quenching events.

Why it matters

Founded 15 years ago in Syracuse, Middle Ages offers more than 20 kinds of British-style ales from low-alcohol pale ales to robust barley wines. The company has also started creating several Anglo-Belgian hybrid beers. The Wailing Wench, an American strong ale, is one of Middle Ages’ best-selling beers. Due to the British influence with an American touch, many of Middle Ages’ beers tend to have higher alcohol content. Essentially, Middle Ages follows the extreme brewing movement becoming very popular in the United States. Extreme brewing takes the concept of higher alcohol beers and increased flavor profiles and accentuates them. Each style of popular beer becomes a super-version with more spices, extra hops or malt creating higher alcohol, increased bitterness or more malty characteristics.

Best brew

Syracuse Pale Ale: On tap at various convenience and grocery stores in the area, this pale ale is inexpensive, highly drinkable and has just the right amount of orange flavor.

Where to find it

Nov. 8 to Nov. 12: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Middle Ages, 120 Wilkinson St., Syracuse Nov. 10: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Riley’s Bar, 312 Park St., Syracuse


Why it matters

As a smaller brewery, Harpoon has managed to chisel out a name for itself in many bars across the Northeast. While not located in the state, it has certainly established a presence in nearly every bar in the Central New York area. Harpoon does not feature a wide selection of micro-brewed beer because of high-price pints. Harpoon was the first company allowed to produce and sell alcohol in Massachusetts, and it bought out a small Vermont-based brewery in 2000. Between the two plants, about 50 different beers have been produced. Currently in production are seasonal ales and two limited-production series, including the 100 Barrel and Leviathan series.

Best brew

Harpoon IPA: With a combination of mildly bitter and citrusy hops, easy drinkability and a low price tag, the IPA is the mainstay in the Harpoon lineup.

Where to find it

Nov. 9: 4 – 6 p.m.: Wegmans at Fairmount, Syracuse Nov. 9: 6 – 9 p.m.: Kitty Hoynes Pub, 301 W. Fayette St., Syracuse Nov. 11: 5 – 7 p.m.: Old Spinning Wheel, Syracuse


During the expansion process, a new brew house was built in Germany. It was then transported overseas to Boston, where it currently sits and produces out Harpoon’s ales.


Brewery Ommegang is located in Cooperstown, N.Y., next to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is owned by Duvel, a world-famous Belgian beer company, and produces award-winning Belgian-style ales. Aside from traditional Dubbels and Amber Ales, it also makes beers like Three Philosophers, a Belgian Quadrupel brewed with a mix of Cherry-Lambic. By combining tradition with innovation, Brewery Ommegang created some outstanding beers.

Best brew

Hennepin, a Farmhouse Ale, is very funky and tart. Farmhouse Ales earn their name for their barnyard-like flavor, which any beer enthusiast would go for. The flavor comes from fermenting containers that used to have open tops in Belgium, where wild yeast would alter the flavors of the beer.

Where to find it

8: 5 – 9 p.m.: Kitty Hoynes, 310 W. Fayette St., Syracuse 10: 4 – 6 p.m.: Party Source, 2646 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse 11: 4 – 7 p.m.: Wegmans at Dewitt 12: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Blue Tusk, 165 Walton St., Syracuse


Why it matters

Located in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse, Empire Brewing Company has a vast menu of food and beer selections designed to complement one another. Every staff member knows the proper food and beer pairings and can describe any of their awardwinning beers in fine detail. They also have a great selection of seasonal beers that rotates throughout the year.

Best brew

This really depends on what you are eating. Pick your meal and ask what the best beer pairing is. Chances are Empire will not steer you wrong.

Where to find it

Nov. 8: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Empire Brewing Company, 120 Walton St., Syracuse Nov. 11: 4 – 6 p.m.: Empire Brewing Company, 120 Walton St., Syracuse Nov. 13: 12– 6 p.m.: Empire Brewing Company, 120 Walton St., Syracuse


The entrees offered at this brewpub are not your typical bar food. Empire also prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients, including vegetables from its garden in Cazenovia, N.Y., hops grown by the brewer and locally raised meat.


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Ommegang hosts several large events on its Cooperstown grounds each year, including a weekend-long festival and several concerts to celebrate its beer and the local music scene.


Opened in 1991, the Syracuse Suds Factory brought brewing back to Syracuse when there were no other breweries or brewpubs in the area. Located downtown within walking distance of most of the major bars in the area, Syracuse Suds Factory offers inexpensive but filling foods, paired with in-house brews. The wings are a standout dish, and it is a great place to watch your favorite sports team play.

Best brew

Brickhouse Brews, the brewery at Syracuse Suds Factory, makes several fine examples of various styles of beer. The fun part is seeing the brewing equipment from the street and in the restaurant itself. They currently have a Cherry Lambic, Pale Ale, Honey Light Ale and Sweet Stout.

Where to find it

Nov. 8: 4 – 7 p.m.: Syracuse Suds Factory, 320 S. Clinton St., Syracuse


Live music is a great way to complement a nice meal and a cold pint of beer. The Suds Factory has Jazz Happy Hour, which features a different local jazz or fusion band every Wednesday night and includes drink specials.


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Tailor-made Local clothing boutiques offer outfits for any occasion By Sara Tracey


Asst. Feature Editor

hen you live on the Hill, things can look a bit monotonous when some of the closest closet options are orange apparel shops and J Michael Shoes. Life calls for more than “Go Orange” T-Shirts and designer jeans. There’s the business casual outfit for the meeting with a potential employer, the attractive-but-fun outfit for a first date, or a dress for the next greek life formal. But if students push their scopes outside of the box, they might find their next favorite ensemble.

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Jet Black, 129 Walton St. Upon opening the double doors of Jet Black, one feels the sophistication come off the shiny hardwood floors and minimalist decorations. More casual wear is on the lower level, along with the sales racks. The upper level includes jackets and dresses. Jet Black’s simple black dresses are finely made and perfect for a wedding, but the high prices can be a huge turn-off. Jet Black carries a lot of designer names, such as Elizabeth and James and Diane von Furstenberg. Though the clothes are striking and beautifully made, they also carry huge price tags. The prices don’t seem realistic for college students who live off Chinese food and cereal. It might just be better to go to a department store instead of splurging hard for a $490 multi-colored Furstenberg cocktail dress. Even a basic black T-shirt costs $50 (It’s designer, of course, but still).

One-stop shop

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Boom Babies, 489 Westcott St. With fliers running up and down Euclid Avenue, Boom Babies is a shop widely advertised to Syracuse University students. It’s a dress-up kind of store: During the Halloween season, customers could be greeted by an employee dressed as a 1940s gangster, a flapper or even a 1970s go-go dancer. This kind of fun, casual atmosphere is embodied by the store itself. With a definitive divide separating the store, one side devotes itself to women’s formal wear and prom dresses (glamorous ones, at that, and relatively well-priced). The other has more casual clothes with a vintage flair. Since starting Boom Babies almost 25 years ago, Lorraine Koury has come to know her customers and knows what to look for. “We travel all over for our merchandise,” Koury said. “And a lot of our customers come from out of state because they know we can get great stuff for a great price.” Boom Babies often has pieces priced cheaper than its more mainstream competitors. A purse almost identical to one at Frankie & Faye was about $20 cheaper at Boom Babies. “Stuff doesn’t need to be expensive anymore,” Koury said. “I’m amazed at what some people charge their customers when they can come here and get it cheaper.”

Tips to keep in mind on your next shopping excursion Use the fitting rooms

We’re all guilty of this. You think you have your sizes down flat, but when you try a new brand and assume the size six will do the trick, it might not always work out that way. Ask around for the fitting rooms to try things on. You’ll be thankful you didn’t spend the $60 on a pair of pants that were two sizes too big.

Buy versatile pieces

Let’s face it: That floor-length yellow dress with peacock feathers trailing down the back won’t mesh very well at your friend’s birthday party (unless it’s at a zoo). There are some standard pieces that should be found in every girl’s wardrobe. Take the little black dress for example. It can fit at a small gathering of friends or a black-tie event (pending it’s not too short). Invest in pieces that you can wear several times, and you’ll get your money’s worth. — Compiled by Sara Tracey, asst. feature editor,

Vintage with a modern twist

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The Edge, 325 S. Clinton St. For a place that started out as a menswear boutique, The Edge has seen its share of changes. The store has been a staple in Syracuse for about 20 years but has changed locations several times. Just a few months ago, the boutique moved to make room for the new Urban Outfitters at its old location on 221 Walton St. Before that, it was closer to the Landmark Theatre on South Salina Street. Greeted with a plate of cinnamon candies and mints, one walks into a room completely wallpapered (literally) with pages of The Post-Standard. The racks are full of modernized vintage looks, complete with 1950s A-line skirts and “Jackie O styles,” said Leslie Kalil, a sales associate at the store. There is no particular client the store is trying to pin down, Kalil said. They serve people of all ages, from teenagers to college students to women in their 60s. She said this is because owner James Horan doesn’t look at what is necessarily the trend of the time but at what will appeal to his customers. “Sometimes he’ll sit in Times Square and see what people will be wearing to work,” Kalil said. But the best part of this store stems from its downfall: The Edge will be moving again to an undecided location, which means employees are trying to get rid of their stock. Everything in the store is $20, Kalil said. Italian designer skirts originally priced at $60 come down to a cool $21.50. This will not last, however. The store will close down between December and January, so jump on the opportunity to get high-end, good-quality clothing for a good price.

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The internship interview ensemble Frankie & Faye, 317 Franklin St. Frankie & Faye is a small boutique on the outskirts of Armory Square. With its bright pink insignia on the window, it’s almost impossible to miss. It’s a very clean, if not slightly cramped, store with hardwood floors and pop music pumping through the speakers. The store offers styles that one would find at a department store’s business casual section, but there is one glaring difference: quality. With chain retailers, quality can sometimes be lost for quantity and demand. Betty Jacobs, the store’s manager and buyer, travels to New York City during Fashion Week to check out pieces from her favorite designers, which include Last Tango and Ya. She then has pieces shipped to the store and determines a reasonable price for customers. The store carries business casual clothing and going-out items, mostly in neutral colors. Jacobs said the most popular items are the purses and handbags (usually priced around $50 and made with actual leather) and Last Tango’s wide-leg pants. With prices of most pieces averaging $50 to $60, Jacobs said a shopper can find anything he or she needs in her store. “They’ll spend two hours at the mall and not find anything,” she said. “But then they’ll come here and find something in 15 minutes. We try to have a fun atmosphere that people will enjoy being in.” kirsten celo | asst. photo editor

Costume party shopping at a place closer than Sal Val Cluttered Closet Consignment Shop, 742 South Beech St. Consignment shops conjure images of gently used secondhand clothing at very reasonable prices. With Cluttered Closet, just a stone’s throw from Westcott Street, the name says it all: cluttered. Flouncy swing skirts in rainbow colors hang from the ceiling, and shoes hang on walls — it is organized chaos. With a consignment shop, it’s easy to expect a lot of vintage treasures. However, this store gives more of an outdated-Halloween-costume vibe, placing cowboy ensembles and old cheerleading outfits on mannequins. Kathy O’Toole, the owner, said she has a large range of styles because she buys out large estates and gets clothing from some of her customers. “It’s kind of like modern-day treasure hunting,” she said. The prices were very reasonable, especially for students on a college budget. It would be hard to find a cashmere sweater for cheaper than $10 in good condition unless it was stolen. There was also a Louis Vuitton change purse for $6, but it takes a bit of searching to find it (and it could have been fake, but if it was, the logos were pretty spot-on). Surprisingly, the consignment shop isn’t strictly clothing: It has a small but diverse collection of old vinyl records, with artists ranging from ol’ Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra to those who don’t know) to KISS to Stevie Wonder. “Well, it’s kind of a win-win-win situation because the consigner wins, the shopper wins, the shop owner wins,” O’Toole said.

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Stay busy for the rest of the semester with these events around the area

Lights on the Lake Stroll 11/21


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Art gone wild!

When the circus came to town 11/14

Onondaga Historical Association Museum, starting at 2 p.m.

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This two-act play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” will not be the only thing on the menu for theater-goers. The golf course will house the play, performed by the Onondaga Hillplayers, in the form of a dinner/theater show. The show, plus tax and gratuity, is $36 per person. Though the title may say the contrary, the Link’s golf club would prefer playgoers to dress up.



The Links at Sunset Ridge, Marcellus, 6 p.m.

Central New York’s Salt City will celebrate the history of the circus while connecting it with an internationally-acclaimed novel. The event will include readings from Sara Gruen’s “Water For Elephants,” a story of a man recounting his days in the circus. The historical association will be recounting the city’s own history with the circus, starting from the first one that occurred in 1825 to the modern-day big top. There will be an admission fee of $10 for non-members.

“What if? Third Ward TX”


The ArtRage gallery is a venue that believes art can be more than something pretty to look at. Showing expressive pieces of art conveying critiques and thoughts on society, the gallery uses art to bring cultural change within a community. The gallery’s latest exhibit “Tonto Revisited: Native American Stereotypes,” will be the latest exhibit to question cultural practices through sculptures and paintings. The exhibit’s curator, Tom Huff, will occasionally show at the gallery to talk about the artwork, today being one of them. For exclusive insight to what the exhibit means and what each piece of art says about our society as a whole, be sure to check it out.

12/3 - 12-5

“The Syracuse International Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival”

“Alice in Wonderland” Spaghetti Warehouse, 12:30 p.m. Located on North Clinton Street, the Spaghetti Warehouse is hosting a production of “Alice in Wonderland.” Spend an afternoon in Alice’s upside-down world and enjoy an Italian meal at the restaurant.

Spend an evening looking at some cool photos and learning a bit about the city of Syracuse. This exhibit will display 40 gingerbread creations from amateur bakers.

“The Polar Express” in IMAX

The Nutcracker John H. Mulroy Civic Center, matinee at 2 p.m., evening shows at 7:30 p.m. Together with the BalletMet Columbus of Columbus, Ohio and local dancers, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra will put on this winter classic. Featuring a score from Tchaikovsky and choreography by Gerard Charles, the groups will perform three evening shows over the weekend, and one matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $40, and are based on availability.

Red House Arts Center, 8 p.m. Red House Live Improv returns to the Red House Arts Center. Hosted by radio personality Glen Gomez, the show will feature Second City members Tim Mahar and Laura Austin, the founder and artistic director of Red House Arts Center, respectively. This is the first show of the Red House Live 2010-11 season. Tickets are available online and at the Red House box office for $10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Gingerbread House Contest New York State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building The Syracuse Habitat for Humanity Youth United is holding its second Gingerbread Houses for Habitat Homes Contest. The deadline to enter the event is Nov. 20. Any individual or group may enter, so grab your architecture friends to create a candy masterpiece. The three groups with the best gingerbread home will win awards at the Dec. 5 ceremony.

Kenny Rogers concert

Doubletree Hotel, Carrier Circle


11/20 - 11/21


The Westcott Theater, 7 p.m.

Time to bust out the Stormtrooper costume. Formerly known as the “B Movie Festival,” Syracuse’s festival of the strange, perverse and downright awesome is back. The festival will feature classic cult pictures as well as other independent productions. For fans of obscure films that only 20 people have ever heard of, this is perfect place to let the inner geek out.

Stuck in Syracuse for Thanksgiving? Get off campus for a couple of hours and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the Lutheran church in Liverpool. It’s free and open to the public.

Red House Live

“Hot Day at the Zoo” concert If that Taylor Swift album is starting to sound a little repetitive, it might be time to check out some new country music (that is, if Swift is even “country”). “Hot Day at the Zoo,” a funky bluegrass band from New England, might just be that necessary change of pace. A mix of folk, country and jazz, the band describes their sound as “zoograss.” At the very least, it’s better than hearing “Love Story” for the thousandth time.

King of Kings Lutheran Church, 12 p.m.

Thanksgiving is officially over, meaning it’s time for the holiday special media blitz to begin. Surround yourself — literally — in this classic Christmas story at the MOST’s IMAX theater.

12/3 - 12/5

The ArtRage Gallery, 7 to 9 p.m.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology



Meet Artist Tom Huff

Though it’s a little out of the way, head over to the Marcellus library to pick up some fresh baked holiday goods to get a true taste of home. If one finds themselves heading home for the holidays, swing by the library to buy some bread to surprise the family — they definitely won’t be expecting to be on the receiving end of a baked goods gift.

Erie Canal Museum, 5 to 9 p.m

The Red House Arts Center, 7 to 9 p.m. A little different from standard Hollywood fare, the films presented at the Red House Arts Center can be just as insightful as they are entertaining. One such movie, “What if? Third Ward TX,” is an interesting look at life in the Third Ward. This unique film documents the transformation of the Project Row houses into a unique, cutting-edge art exhibit. Watch how artists painted over condemned buildings to craft an entirely different environment, while gaining valuable insight from the people involved in the art project.

Marcellus Free Library, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

25 th Annual Gingerbread Gallery 11/26


Don’t dress for dinner

Every year, the Wegmans Lights on the Lake Show transforms Onondaga Lake Park into a winter wonderland. It’s normally open only to vehicles, but this night features a special walking preview of the twinkling park. Refreshments will be served and holiday characters will be on hand.

Thanksgiving Quick Bread Sale

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Between Oct. 20 and Nov. 20, one can expect to see more than just animals when visiting the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. This art gallery is open to the public at no charge. The artwork was created by the animals living in the zoo, using hooves, tails, skin and paintbrushes. On Nov. 20, the zoo will auction off the collected art, and the money will go towards the 2012 American Association of Zoo Keepers annual conference, which will be held at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Onondaga Lake Park, 5 to 9 p.m.

Turning Stone Resort and Casino, 8 p.m. The American country singer-songwriter star, producer and actor will perform at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino as part of his 2010 global tour. Rogers is the creator of 21 No. 1 U.S. singles, including hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream.” Singing lyrics like “you gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, ” Rogers is known as one of the most influential artists in country music.

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times it’s done with a few nights in jail.

Educate “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” King, 1963 The SPC believes everything is connected. From the war in Afghanistan to the surveillance cameras on Syracuse’s Westside, the group aims to show others that all of the world’s dots are connected. The war out there affects the war at home, said Carol Baum, a staff member of the SPC. One of those dots connects to the Syracuse high schools. With their “Youth in Militarism” program, the SPC visits several high schools, including Nottingham, Henninger and Fowler high schools, to dissuade students from joining the military. “You’d be amazed at the number of military recruiters that come to high schools, especially in the cities,” Baum said. “Especially where they perceive that students don’t have a lot of good choices after high school.” Though reverse-recruitment rarely causes problems with the individual high schools, two SPC members tabling at Fowler High School were told to leave the building a few weeks ago for handing out fliers that read, “You can’t be all you can be when you’re dead.” Syracuse City School District Communications Director Michael Henesey said the flier

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show “Man vs. Food,” said grill cook Peter Greene. Greene grew up in Syracuse, attending Jamesville-Dewitt High School. He has been manning the grill for the past 12 years, cooking mountains of home fries and Frisbee-sized pancakes just a few feet from the bar. Though chefs at bigger breakfast joints may remain anonymous, Mother’s Cupboard patrons know him simply as Pete. “I like the community, I like the fact that

“I think a lot of people don’t venture off campus, most people probably don’t even know about it. I like it a lot more than going to Denny’s or something.” Sophia Reale

senior surface pattern design major on All Night Egg Plant

we’re tied to Syracuse,” Greene said. “It’s that whole Orange pride thing.” Waitress Bonnie Celi has seen plenty of students come and go and come back again. “We see a lot of students and alumni come in, bring their families and friends,” she said. Mother’s Cupboard is small and cramped at times, but the wait staff is personable and responsive, delivering service with a smile to combat that last gulp of Four Loko. The key to success at Mother’s Cupboard: Don’t bring the whole gang. “I think they do all right, but the more people there are, it’d be a mess,” Berry said. “There’d be a wait, and it’d kind of take away from it. It’d become more like Stella’s (Diner).”

displayed content that had not been agreed on between the SPC and Fowler High School officials. He said the high school would meet with members of the SPC this week to discuss the matter. The SPC will not be allowed to table in Fowler High School again until after the meeting, Henesey said. But Mager said the SPC’s main goal is to put the information people have into context. He, too, believes the SPC must connect the dots among the world’s issues. Every issue, even recruitment, is connected to a deeper institutional problem, he said.

Agitate “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.” King, 1963 All four staff members of the SPC have been in prison, Baum said. It’s not that their jail time defines them, but the SPC firmly believes in the power of nonviolent civil disobedience. The members draw their inspiration from the civil rights era, but they aren’t looking to change the law. The SPC’s protests and sit-ins are merely ways to draw attention to issues that would otherwise be forgotten or ignored. The SPC thinks activism has to occur on the streets, where it will gain the most attention. “In my mind it’s a basic piece of who we are as an organization,” Mager said. One of these issues takes place in Fort Benning, Ga., where members of the SPC travel every November to protest. The SPC joins other

With limited seating, size the group to four or less people. The wait will be shorter, and fewer elbows will be bumping as you tear through a mound of breakfast goodness. Plus, word will spread slower if you bring people you trust not to dish the secret that is Mother’s Cupboard.

Name it: All Night Egg Plant Find it: 5781 Bridge St., East Syracuse, about 10 minutes from campus Bring along: The family or a date Eat it: Pancakes Nick Massa has been eating at the All Night Egg Plant for as long as he can remember. A junior conservation biology major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Massa has remained loyal to the Egg Plant since he was first introduced to it years ago. “You get a lot of food for what you pay,” Massa said. “My mom came here in high school, and I’ve been coming here since I was a kid.” For the adventurous eater, the Egg Plant offers eight different kinds of cheeses and numerous, albeit slightly ridiculous, additives to its omelets. Fruit, chocolate chips or even peanut butter can open hungover horizons. For a relaxed breakfast with medium portion sizes and friendly service, the Egg Plant is perfect. “I think a lot of people don’t venture off campus, most people probably don’t even know about it,” said senior surface pattern design major Sophia Reale. “I like it a lot more than going to Denny’s or something.”

Name it: Stella’s Diner Find it: 110 Wolf St. in Syracuse, about 10 minutes from campus Bring along: The crowd from last night Eat it: Breakfast combo, omelets Just another hungry face in the line of customers outside Stella’s Diner, one student drew looks. Dressed in jeans and a fleece jacket, on any other day he would have blended in. Too bad a slightly faded black mustache, stretching from ear to ear, remained on his face. “We just had a girl come in and she asked,

“When people hear you’re going to prison for what you believe, they’re much more likely to pay attention.”

Ed Kinane

Syracuse resident

protesters around the country to speak against the military training that occurs at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, which is at the fort. Several graduates of the training program have committed human rights violations in Latin America, drawing questions about the actual training that occurs at the institute. Several SPC members have been arrested for protesting the training, but some members, like Ed Kinane, believe they’re going to prison for a good cause. “Spending a few months in prison is nothing, really, compared to what people in Latin America suffer as a result of graduates of the schools of America,” said Kinane, a Syracuse resident. “When people hear you’re going to prison for what you believe, they’re much more likely to pay attention.”

Organize “Injustice must be rooted out by strong, persistent and determined action.” King, 1963 The SPC requires no formal membership. Mager said if anyone feels like an SPC member,

‘I’m in line, could I please have some water,” said Stella’s waitress Jennifer Roland. “One table this morning still looked half dressed in their (Halloween) costumes.” At Stella’s, last night’s clothing, partially destroyed theme party outfits and that “I haven’t showered since Thursday” look should never be deterrents. Just be ready to have many people stare. Stella’s, located near Carousel Mall, has been feeding locals and hungover students for years. Food choices at Stella’s range from corn beef hash to jambalaya. If you can’t stomach fried clams quite yet, Stella’s is known for its breakfast and anything else that a pounding headache could want, all day long (5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends). “It’s the best. We were hooked once we came here one time,” said senior finance and political science major Sarah Turney, who was with a small group of friends. Running into a friend, classmate or that girl who bought you a cheeseburger last night is likely, considering the large seating area at Stella’s. Beware of waiting, as the restaurant’s popularity is its biggest weakness. The staff is


then he or she is one. Beyond having four parttime staff members, people can be as involved as they wish to be. As a local grassroots organization, group involvement tends to fluctuate, Kinane said. Participation ranges from protesting on the streets every week with Kinane to writing editorial pieces in the SPC’s monthly Peace Newsletter. The group aims to effectively engage the public and showcase injustice. Mager said meaningful social change does not happen through individual action, it happens through collective action. The SPC works with other organizations to help call attention to issues. In April, the SPC worked closely with the Syracuse University students who protested against having Jamie Dimon as the 2010 commencement speaker. “We really enjoy working with students and want the Peace Council to be a resource to students who want to make the world a better place,” Mager said. Amelia Ramsey, a former State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry student, said college students rarely have time to be politically active because they are busy finding their place in the world. They get so wrapped up worrying about the future and what job they are going to get that important issues around them are swept to the side. Since becoming politically active, she said, she feels like she has sparked social change, bringing that necessary growth in society. “We are the next wave of peace activists,” Ramsey said. “So we might as well be effective.”

friendly, but call ahead to make sure you don’t end up annoyed before you even sit down. “I just think that the people are really nice even though this place is crazy,” said Alex Rauluk, a senior finance major. “They’re still in a good mood.”

Cheap eats Looking for the best eats around $5? Try these tasty, inexpensive options:

Mother’s Cupboard

• One egg omelet • One egg, home fries, meat

All Night Egg Plant

• Grilled cheese with bacon • Fried egg sandwich • Hot fudge sundae


• Two eggs, toast, meat • “The Stella,” a sandwich with two eggs, sausage, cheese

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