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ENCORE Obama beats out Romney, wins re-election

By Evan Bianchi and Chelsea DeBaise



resident Barack Obama took the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago on Tuesday night to the deafening chant of “four more years” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” blasting over speakers. The thousands in the crowd got what they asked for. Obama won the

election and will serve a second term. The incumbent Democratic president surpassed Republican candidate and former Gov. Mitt Romney in battleground states Ohio and Virginia. These states were crucial in giving Obama more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to secure the presidency. As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, Obama had 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 206, with Florida and its 29 votes as the only state that had not been won.

Obama took the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago at 1:40 a.m. with his wife and two children by his side. His family left moments before he began to speak so that he could silently bask in the chants of the crowd. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way

back,” Obama said. “We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.” Obama was first named the projected winner by NBC at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. Other news sources followed suit after Obama’s projected win in the swing state of Ohio. While Romney was leading in Ohio until 9:39 p.m., Obama had a 4.7 per-

cent lead by 9:56 p.m. He maintained a lead in Ohio for the rest of the night. Romney gave a speech at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at 12:55 a.m., conceding the presidency to Obama. “I ran for office because I’m concerned about America,” Romney said. He acknowledged his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, emphatically discussing the dedication both he and Ryan


Maffei ahead of Buerkle Editor’s note: This story originally ran on Democracywise, an SU-based website with stories from political reporting students.


In a tight race, Democrat Dan Maffei was predicting he will reclaim a seat in the House in his rematch against U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill. “Central New York now has its own Comeback Kid,” Maffei announced to supporters at Pensabene’s Casa Grande on State Fair Boulevard, the Democratic Party headquarters on Election Night. He was echoing a description made famous by Bill Clinton in his campaign for the presidency. As of 12:15 a.m., with 91 percent of the vote counted, Maffei led Buerkle 50 percent to 42 percent, according to unofficial results from across the 24th Congressional District. The 24th Congressional District includes Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, and Western Oswego County. The Maffei-Buerkle race had gained national attention because the Democrats were fighting to regain control

of the House. Before Election Day, the Republicans held the majority with 240 seats to the Democrats’ 190. Five seats were open with no incumbent. To gain control of the House, the Democrats needed 28 additional seats. In 2010, Maffei was the incumbent in the then-25th Congressional District. He lost to Buerkle by 648 votes. This year’s race for the redistricted and renamed 24th Congressional District was considered one of the closest races in the United States. As of Nov. 3, Buerkle and Maffei were tied at 44 percent each of voters saying they would cast their ballot for either one, according to a Siena Research Institute poll. The poll’s margin of error is 3.8 percent. At Pensabene’s Casa Grande, where the Democratic Party gathered for vote-watching on Election Night, Maffei was absent for most of the night. But when he arrived shortly after midnight, he was all smiles. “We do still have some votes to count, but at this point, I am confident that when all the votes are counted, I will be your next congressman,” Maffei


lauren murphy | asst. photo editor DAN AND ABBY MAFFEI, Democratic candidate for the 24th Congressional District race and his wife, celebrate what many are already calling a win for Maffei in a 2010 rematch against Ann Marie Buerkle.

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chase gaewski | photo editor Students and faculty from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs gather in Stasser Commons in Eggers Hall, anxiously awaiting the results for the elections on Tuesday night. Guest speakers offered insight regarding the different candidates. The goal of the event was to engage the Maxwell community and spark student interest.

SU community gathers to await results, discuss campaigns By Natsumi Ajisaka CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Graduate students clutched crayons, frantically scribbling, not paying any attention to staying in the lines. This wasn’t about a pretty picture — it was about the presidential election. On Tuesday night, students from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs gathered in Strasser Commons in Eggers Hall for the Maxwell 2012 Presidential Election

Night Watch Party. Catering staff hung campaign signs around Eggers Hall. Signs for President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney hung on two different columns, separated by a doorway. A TV was tuned to CNN, with the volume turned low. Ines Mergel, an assistant professor of public administration, planned to spend Election Night following coverage on TV and eating pizza with her

IST 500: “Social Media and the 2012 Election” class. But when Matt Gress, a graduate student studying public administration, suggested throwing a viewing party instead, she decided to change her plans. More than 100 Facebook RSVPs later, a group of graduate students and Maxwell professors gathered in Eggers on Tuesday night. The students watched the election live on CNN and monitored the Twitter hashtags

#ElectionSU and #Election2012. Guest speakers from Maxwell offered commentary on LGBT issues, personality sketches of the candidates and analysis of poll numbers. The event, which took four weeks to plan, was an entirely faculty-based initiative, said Mergel. The effort engaged the Maxwell community, piquing fresh interest in the final stretch of the election among students, something that Mergel finds

thrilling. “With social media they are so engaged and have been allowed to participate and be a part of the conversation,” she said, pointing to the Twitter feed on the projector at the front of the room. Emily Ruddock and Andrew McQuaide, both Maxwell graduate students, emceed the evening, introducing the speakers and handling audience


College Democrats rejoice Obama’s win College Republicans support By Dylan Segelbaum ASST. COPY EDITOR

When President Barack Obama was declared the winner of the 57th U.S. presidential election on Tuesday night, it didn’t take long for the jubilant chant of “Yes We Can” to take hold at a Democratic Party gathering in Syracuse. Some Democratic supporters started to cheer and jump up and down uncontrollably when hearing the news in the Pensabene’s Casa Grande’s main room; others embraced one another and started to cry of joy. “We’re so proud of our presi-

dent,” said Mark English, chairman of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee, moments before the chant overwhelmed all other activity in the room. What had started out as a relaxed party atmosphere instantaneously changed after NBC projected Obama to be the winner at 11:15 p.m. The same palpable excitement spread throughout the room in anticipation for the arrival of Dan Maffei shortly after midnight. At 3:45 a.m., with 99 percent of the vote tallied, Maffei unofficially won in the 24th Congressional District with 48 percent, or 130,508 votes, The

Associated Press reported. “In fact, we do still have some votes to count,” Maffei said. “But at this point, I am confident that when all the votes are counted, I will be your next congressman.” Members of Syracuse University’s College Democrats also came out to support the party throughout the night. Colin Crowley, president of College Democrats, said though he was anxious during the day, he woke up with a good feeling and was thrilled with the outcomes of the races.


Romney during election viewing By Sam Blum


While a few hundred Syracuse University students watched CNN’s coverage of the presidential election in the Schine Student Center on Tuesday night, about a dozen College Republicans isolated themselves in the right-hand corner of the dining center. There, they watched results coming in from Fox News on a separate television. College Republicans President James Ward feverishly checked the results from his laptop as they came in. Ward, a native of Fairfield, Conn., grew up with a Republican family, despite

hailing from a very Democratic area. “I became more politically aware in high school,” Ward said. “It just so happened that my family had the same beliefs as me.” He scoffed sarcastically when he heard the county had sided with President Barack Obama, rather than former Gov. Mitt Romney. Zach Weiss, executive director of College Republicans, wore a pair of American flag cargo shorts to celebrate the occasion. Weiss said the group spent the majority of election season getting people to register to vote, while also


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Student says CIA recruiters lied to SU about fundamental ethical concerns Attendees of the CIA recruitment event on Thursday will remember my statement that the CIA is synonymous with torture. They should also remember the CIA recruiter’s response: “The CIA does not torture.” If you have been paying attention to waterboarding and extraordinary rendition in the so-called “war on terror,” you know the recruiter’s statement is a flat-out lie. Former CIA director Leon Panetta, the recruiter’s former boss, stated very clearly in a series of interviews with CBS and NBC in May 2011 that the CIA used waterboarding to gather information from terror suspects. Panetta has also said “waterboarding is torture and it’s wrong.” President Barack Obama has been just as clear about acknowledging CIA torture. So we have to ask: Why does the CIA need to lie in order to recruit Syracuse University students? Of course, the history of CIA abuse does not start or stop with waterboarding. Protesters at the recruitment event handed out flyers detailing 70 years of torture, assassination, human rights violations and attempts to overthrow democratically elected governments around the world. Information about this history is in the public record. More recently, in a 2005 report, Amnesty International described the CIA’s “new gulag of prisons around the world beyond the reach of law and decency.” In 2009, an Italian court convicted 22 CIA employees of torture and kidnapping. Finally, a 2012 report from Stanford University and New York University, “Living Under Drones,” describes the CIA-led drone strikes in Pakistan as illegal and dangerous for the United States’ long-term safety.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR For those who don’t know, drones are remotely operated, armed aircrafts that have been used increasingly by the CIA under the Obama administration. The Stanford/NYU report shows only one in 50 people killed by drones in Pakistan are known, high-level targets. The report also shows at least three children are killed for every suspected militant, and the percentage is likely much higher since the United States categorizes any male of “military age” a “militant.” The choice is up to SU students: Do you want to work for the CIA and help extend this history of abuse? Do you want to risk working for an organization whose programs are illegal? Is it worth applying for a job when the recruiter has to lie to you about fundamental ethical concerns? How can SU continue its relationship with the CIA considering the organization’s disregard for democracy and human rights?

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SU relief efforts come too slowly after Sandy Syracuse University’s initiatives toward Superstorm Sandy relief efforts should have come sooner and do too little to involve students. SU officials were prepared to cancel classes before the storm hit, but an announcement about relief efforts did not come until a week after the storm. If officials were prepared to deal with potential destruction here, those efforts could have been immediately routed to the affected areas instead. SU has a history of helping other colleges after natural disasters. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, SU was one of many colleges that welcomed displaced students from Tulane University, free of charge. Though Superstorm Sandy hit more than halfway through the semester and classes are reinstated at most New York City universities, SU could have done more in the immediate aftermath to help out a city and area that it often connects with. SU markets itself as New York’s

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board College Team. About 64 percent of this year’s freshman class came from the Northeast. SU also has direct ties to New York City, such as the Lubin House. With such ties, SU must do more and react more quickly when these places are in need. But SU students do not need to wait for the university to take action to make a difference themselves. Superstorm Sandy presents a huge community service opportunity for students and groups on campus. Whether it’s texting to donate money, giving blood specifically for Sandy victims or going with a group down to pick up the wreckage, students can individually make a difference. NYC and the affected areas will be picking up from this destruction for a long time. Students and the university have ample opportunity to make a difference.




New group formed after Bill McKibben’s speech opposes fossil fuel funding

o divest is to remove investments of property, authority or title from a person or group. Unfamiliar vocabulary is one of the first hurdles of Syracuse University’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, but this new group is making strides. The FFDC formed a month ago, following Bill McKibben’s Oct. 10 speech, to tackle the university’s hand in climate change. At the event, McKibben endorsed the goals of his organization, stressing the pinnacle point of university divestment from fossil fuel corporations. For SU and a string of other colleges across our nation, these investments come from an endowment — money donated, most commonly from alumni, to be managed by a financial committee. McKibben argued though

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our colleges are making changes toward a sustainable future, having investments in fossil fuels only bolsters corporations that increase climate change. This is where the FFDC comes in. The group, comprised of Eco-Reps at Syracuse University, United States Green Building Council at Syracuse University and ESF’s Green Campus Initiative (which I am a part of), has drafted three points: to make our endowment transparent, halt any new investments and complete divestment. Unless you’re in the financial world, “divestment” and “endowment” may sound a little foreign. Even as climate change is a highly publicized issue, there are still people out there who are not familiar with what the process actually

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21st-century tree hugger means. For the FFDC, education will be paramount in mobilizing the student body. At the same time, the group needs to work with administration — the key phrase being “work with.” FFDC is in it for the long haul, compromising immediate action for a transition to viable solutions. Working with the administration, investments can be taken out of fossil fuels and put into alter-

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native investments, such as green jobs or local businesses. The two prongs of the campaign, the gathering of student involvement and working with the administration, can lead to change on our campus. Work is even being done to assess the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s investments. The reality is that there is truth on both sides of the fence. We need stable finances, but we also need a world to live in. If we can work to address climate change, let’s work in every sector: Stop investments, create green infrastructure, use alternative energies and renew our relationship with the earth. In all seriousness, there is little point to getting our degrees if we

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questions. By the end of the night, the crowd was condensed into a tightly knit group of about 40 in the center of the room. Nearly silent except for the soft hum of conversation along the fringes, all faces were turned up staring intently at the poll results.


assisting in Ann Marie Buerkle’s campaign for U.S. representative of New York’s 24th congressional district.

“I feel like it’s really great for the College Republicans to get their message out there on a primarily liberal campus. It just shows that we want to get things done.”

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When asked if he was only interested in registering Republican voters, Weiss was taken aback. “No,” he said. “We help everyone register to vote.” Even though the organization helped the SU community register, it was clear on Tuesday night that the College Republicans were very focused on seeing Romney become the

country’s 45th President. When results trickled in, conversation stopped and eyes were immediately glued to the screen. When Obama was projected to win Michigan, despite only holding a six-point lead, Ward said the state was still a lot closer than he had expected. When swing state Pennsylvania was officially declared to Obama, member Dimitri Skambas wasn’t so sure. “Hmmm,” he said. “I think that’s a little early to call PA.” Joseph Ghio, a member of College Republicans, acts as treasurer of SU’s Traditions Commission, which helped to plan the viewing for the SU community. His involvement sparked the group’s interest in attending. At the beginning of the semester, Ghio, a sophomore finance and marketing major, was asked to plan an event for Homecoming Weekend and, given that the election was during that week, he decided to put together the gathering at Schine. The College Republicans partnered with Phi Beta Sigma, Lambda Sigma Epsilon, Student Traditions and Student Association to help get a larger crowd. Many of the College Republicans members left the viewing around 9:15 p.m. “I feel like it’s really great for the College Republicans to get their message out there on a primarily liberal campus,” Ghio said. “It just shows that we want to get things done.”

about. There was almost no truth.” Critiquing the electoral process, McClure questioned the role of presidential debates, voicing disdain for their tendency to “turn political questions into highly technical questions.” He said it is unlikely that voters will take the initiative to do extensive research on the candidates and issues. Said McClure: “We get the leaders we choose and ultimately, the leaders we deserve.”


said to his supporters. In a press conference, Maffei said he feels good, but reserved. “I don’t want to not respect any of the thousands and thousands of absentee votes that are out there,” he said. “I’m not going to allow myself to feel like it’s over until it’s over.” At the polls on Tuesday, some voters gave

Despite a number of highly contested races, the 2012 elections brought little change to Congress with the Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senate and the Republicans keeping control of the House of Representatives. As of 5:13 a.m., the Democrats had increased their numbers in the Senate from 51 to 52, with three seats still undecided, and the Republicans controlled the House 231 to 186, with 18 races undecid-

clues to the race’s outcome. At the Manlius Town Hall on Brooklea Drive in Fayetteville, Heather Sheridan, 37, of Fayetteville, said even though she is a registered Independent Party voter, she voted the Democratic line. “I think that Republican Party has been taking over,” she said. “And they need to be put in check.” At Immaculate Conception Church on Salt Springs Street in Fayetteville, Michelle Klick, 37, of Fayetteville, said she voted for Maffei of DeWitt because she disagrees with Buerkle’s conservative stance on various issues.

ed, The New York Times reported. In New York, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was projected to win her campaign for re-election, beating Republican candidate Wendy Long, 72 percent to 26.5 percent, with 97 percent of votes reported as of 4:45 a.m. In the Senate, 33 total seats were up for re-election: 21 Democratic seats, 10 Republican seats and two seats held by Independents. The two Independents, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) currently caucus with the Democrats. The Democratic victory in the Senate was large-

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“We made a clean sweep tonight, and that feels good,” he said with a smile. Kaycie Miltenberger, vice president of College Democrats, said her feelings were mutual and that she was not surprised because she refused to make any predictions. She joked that the group is definitely having its meeting Wednesday, even if it just involves hugging and high-fiving. Al Stirpe claimed victory in the 127th State Assembly District race and delivered his acceptance speech earlier in the night. The event also featured many more prominent Democratic figures from the Syracuse community. Among those in attendance were Mayor Stephanie Miner; Common Council President Van Robinson; Stephen Swift, president of the Syracuse City School District’s Board of Education; and Ed Ryan, Democratic election commissioner. But most of all, the night proved to be a validation of many members’ volunteer efforts. Said Miltenberger: “A lot of our Dems have been working really hard on campaigns, both nationally and locally, so I think all of their hard work has really paid off.”

Dan Maffei (D): 48 percent Ann Marie Buerkle (R): 44 percent Ursula Rozum (G): 8 percent

22nd Congressional District Dan Lamb (D): 39 percent Richard Hanna (R): 61 percent

21st Congressional District Bill Owens (D): 49.8 percent Matt Doheny (R): 50.2 percent



When Ohio came up with 58 percent for Obama, the crowd cheered. Despite the lightheartedness of the event, serious issues presented in the election were discussed. Robert McClure, professor of political science, was the final speaker before the crowd turned its attention to CNN’s first projection results. “This election was the most discouraging out of any I’ve ever seen,” he said. “The leaders misrepresented almost everything they talked

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“Ann Marie Buerkle’s views on especially women’s rights and health care, and a number of things, I just think are very right-winged, very conservative and just not in line with my priorities,” Klick, a registered Democrat, said. Back at the Democratic Party’s gathering, Maffei said he believes his former experience in Congress will benefit both him and Central New York. “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of mileage on me now.”

50th Senate District

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ly due to wins in Massachusetts and Indiana. The Republicans picked up one definite seat in Nebraska and were leading in the Nevada Senate race as of 4:45 a.m. with 98 percent of the votes counted. In the House, all 435 seats were up for election. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) was easily re-elected to his House and former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was projected to win her seat as of 4:45 a.m. with 98 percent of votes counted.

53rd Senate District

David Valesky (D): 99 percent

126th Assembly District Gary Finch (R): 99 percent

128th Assembly District Sam Roberts (D): 67 percent John Sharon (R): 33 percent

129th Assembly District

William Magnarelli (D): 99 percent

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Thomas Miller (R): 50.9 percent Gordon Cuffy (D): 49.1 percent

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Sandy Schepp (R): 51.3 percent Gary Morris (D): 48.6 percent

127th Assembly District Al Stirpe (D): 55 percent Don Miller (R): 45 percent

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At the polls By Maggie Cregan CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The diverse group of voters created a sharp contrast to the rather drab voting station at Toomey Abbott Towers, which featured little more than gray floors, a smattering of fliers and several sets of finicky automatic doors. As one of the two voting stations on Syracuse University’s campus, Toomey Abbott Towers accommodated a flood of voters of all ages, backgrounds and political affiliations on Tuesday. Voters filled out their ballots at eight freestanding voting stations, with privacy provided in the form of three-sided cardboard screens emblazoned with stars and stripes. The polls were open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Many of the voters supported President Barack Obama and cast their ballots according to general politics and policy, rather than campaigning or current events. Sonia Tobolski, a Syracuse retiree, said she voted for Obama, despite her pro-life views, because she hopes he will create jobs in the community. But the optimism she felt in 2008, when she “thought Obama was going to be the greatest president,” has waned. She blamed this on Obama’s aggressiveness in the debates and a general increase in partisanship. Dewayne Dixie, another Syracuse native, said Obama needs more time to fix the situation he inherited. “He’ll be long gone when you start really seeing the changes that he’s implementing,” he said. Dixie also said he sees Romney as out of touch, due to things like his infamous 47 percent remark. For Leslie Walters, a sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major, women’s health care and education were major influences in her

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A stream of people coming to vote at the Edward Smith Elementary School Library polling place continued late into Tuesday evening, bringing more than 700 people to the polling station. “I’ve been to others, and this is the biggest turnout that I’ve ever seen,” said Katherine Hayes, who has been an elections inspector for 12 years. Voters expressed a desire to come to the polls for several reasons, including social issues, the economy and simply exercising their democratic right to do so. Norman Richards, 77, of Syracuse, is a retired State University of New York College of


gave to the campaign. “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead this country in a different direction,” Romney said. Election night coverage was viewed in multiple locations around Syracuse University’s campus. The Schine Student Center streamed the polling results while students and faculty watched coverage at Hinds Hall and the Public Relations Student Society of America held an election viewing at the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium. Megan Corbet, president of PRSSA and an Obama supporter, noted that during the streaming, she could see the room overwhelmingly supported the president. “It was pretty solid for Obama,” said Corbet, a senior public relations and marketing dual major.

decision to support Obama. But Romney supporters were present at the polls too. Local construction worker Tim McCormick said he based his decision on the two issues he views as most important: energy and foreign policy. He said he feels “we appear weaker” under the current administration and approves of Romney’s plan to boost the economy by taking advantage of fossil fuels while maintaining a focus on renewable energy. Another Romney supporter, freshman policy studies major Kelsey Chipman, said she was not impressed with Obama’s performance during the last four years. She said he spent too much energy courting the media and not enough building up the middle class. Even third parties found representation. Marcus Rosten, a sophomore natural history and interpretation major at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, voted for Gary Johnson to help third parties, such as libertarians, gain recognition and break into the two-party system. “I feel that my vote really doesn’t matter in New York state because regardless, it’s going to go to Barack Obama,” he said. The hundreds of students and community members who voted at Toomey Abbott Towers, despite their differing viewpoints, all had a common complaint: No celebratory “I voted today” stickers were provided. But still, voters agreed the election was one of importance. McCormick, the local construction worker, said he felt this election “might be the turning point in our history.”

Environmental Science and Forestry professor. He said he voted straight Democrat — the first time he has done so in years. He said he was annoyed with the Green Party because it put up someone to compete against Dan Maffei, subtracting from potential votes in the 24th Congressional District race. In terms of the presidential election, Richards said he has always been a supporter of President Barack Obama. “He did a very good job, given the mess that the Republicans left for him,” he said. Tim Rushmore, 57, self-employed carpenter and Syracuse resident, said he voted in both the national and local elections, though

“At the beginning we sort of got the feel for the room, and there wasn’t much response for Romney, but definitely a lot of support for Obama.” In 2008, Obama’s win sparked a flurry of excitement at Syracuse University, with large celebrations on the Quad and on South Campus. But this year, that fervor was more tempered. Jessica Nunez, a senior psychology and passionate Obama supporter, was surprised at her own lack of excitement when she received news of the win. “I thought I’d be jumping around and screaming, but I’m just more calm and collected,” she said. “When it came down to it I was just more confident in knowing that Obama was going to win.” For Natalie Alvarez, a junior public health major, the president’s dedication to helping future generations of college students was a main reason for her support. One of Obama’s goals is to double campus-based student aid during the next decade to cut tuition growth in half. “He has great support for college students and his


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luke rafferty | design editor Students wait to vote in E.S. Bird Library on Tuesday. The polling place drew crowds all day from students living in nearby dorms, like Watson, Haven and Ernie Davis halls.

I feel that my vote really doesn’t matter in New York state because regardless, it’s going to go to Barack Obama.

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he did not want to disclose which candidates he ended up voting for. When asked if there was a specific issue that brought him out to the polls, Rushmore re-emphasized that he’s an American and it’s his right to vote. Beth Theiss, 52, a self-employed Syracuse resident, said she always votes, and said the economy and health care plan passed under Obama were some of the issues she voted on. “For president, I voted for Romney,” she said. “Because I don’t believe in socialism; I believe in capitalism.” Stef Alessi, 20, a junior communication sciences and disorders major at Syracuse University

and member of College Democrats, registered in Onondaga County instead of filing to vote absentee in her hometown of Hammonton, N.J., because it was easier and registering students to vote on campus is one of the College Democrats’ activities. She said it was the first presidential election she has been able to participate in, and as a member of the Democratic Party, Alessi said she voted Democrat across the board. The candidates appealed to her for social reasons, such as being pro-choice and supporting gay marriage, she said. Said Alessi: “I think it’s really important that I come out because I want to vote in all of them.”

vision for the whole loaner’s payment,” Alvarez said. But not everyone was happy with the outcome of the race. Romney supporters Michele Riola and Olivia Rotenberg, both junior accounting and finance majors, expressed concern for the future with Obama’s re-election. “I’m kind of pissed,” Riola said. “(Obama)’s just going to continue on doing the same thing that he’s done for the last four years and that’s not going to be much change, really.” Rotenberg said she was upset with the outcome, but not surprised. She said she saw the results coming. She said the economy was the biggest cause for fear, and said she was concerned that people might leave the country to find “better tax rates and better corporate governance.” Several people on campus did not find themselves particularly enchanted with either candidate, causing them to make their decision based not on the merits of one candidate, but on the overwhelming faults of the other.

Matt Kalish, a senior aerospace engineering major, said he would have been surprised if Romney won the election. “Both are lying sacks of sh*t, but Romney is more so,” said Kalish, a registered Independent. Although Maddy Jones, a senior photojournalism and international relations major, has a deep interest in politics, she was not enthralled with Obama or Romney. “I not really a fan of Obama, but I hate Mitt more. I care a lot about politics, so Obama was the less of the two evils.” Jones was planning on voting, but her Pennsylvania absentee ballot was lost in the mail. She said she was surprised about how quickly the results came in. “It was such a huge build up and it ended so quietly,” Jones said. “Tomorrow is just another, regular day.” @ dylan_segelbaum @CDeBaise124

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Stretch your mind at Orange Central! Give your mind a workout with members of SU’s “community of experts.” For more details and the full Orange Central schedule, visit! Current Day Internet Security Threats and How Society, Technology, and Adversaries Are Changing the Face of the Internet November 8, 3 p.m., Slocum Auditorium Join John Stewart ’91, G’92, Cisco Systems senior vice president and chief security officer and LCS alum, as he brings the Internet underground to life. Hear how it’s being used today, what can and needs to be done, and warnings for our future. Election 2012: What Happened? What Now? November 9, 10:30 a.m., Maxwell Auditorium With the presidential election taking place just days before Orange Central, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a lively—and timely—discussion with Robert McClure, Maxwell’s Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy Emeritus, about the results and what to expect in the next four years. Idea Jam with Dennis Crowley ’98 November 9, Noon, 500 Hall of Languages Help student entrepreneurs tackle problems they’re facing during this session with Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and the IDEA Connectors—a multidisciplinary team of students dedicated to igniting entrepreneurship in their schools and colleges. Afternoon Chat with Thom Filicia ’93 November 9, 1 p.m., The Warehouse Be there for this interview with 2012 Arents Award recipient Thom Filicia, founder and chief creative officer of the NYC-based interior design firm Thom Filicia Inc. Since launching his enterprise in 1998, Filicia has earned widespread acclaim for his New-American Style, as well as a stable of notable clients. From the Himalayas to Syracuse: Global Pollution and its Impact November 9, 3 p.m., Link Hall Auditorium In addition to presenting his research exploring the impact of pollution on human health and climate change, Cliff Davidson, SU’s Thomas and Colleen Wilmot Professor of Environmental Engineering, will deliver ideas on what we can do to live more sustainably.

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sam maller | asst. photo editor ANN MARIE BUERKLE speaks at the Republican Party headquarters at Carrier Circle.

Buerkle trails Maffei for House seat, fights for 24th District Editor’s note: This story originally ran on Democracywise, an SU-based website with stories from political reporting students.

By Jon Harris


In a race that doesn’t yet want to end, U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle trails Democratic challenger Dan Maffei in a battle for the 24th Congressional District. “It’s just not going to be decided tonight,” Buerkle said to a room full of supporters at 11:20 p.m. in the DoubleTree Hotel at Carrier Circle in East Syracuse, the site of the Republican Party headquarters for the night. “But I know you’ll be here in spirit with us.” As of 3:45 a.m., with 99 percent of the vote counted, Buerkle had 44 percent of the vote while Maffei had 48 percent, according to unofficial results from across the 24th Congressional District. Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum had about 8 percent of the vote. In the 2012 election, the 24th Congressional District replaced the 25th because of constitutionally mandated redistricting. The new district covers all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, and the Western part of Oswego County, including the cities of Fulton and Oswego. Republicans have a slight advantage in voter enrollment in the district, as 35 percent of the district’s 409,462 voters are Republicans compared to 34 percent who are Democrats. About 23 percent of voters are unaffiliated with a party. There are also about 20,000 absentee ballots that have to be counted, Buerkle said. “We just don’t have enough results in yet,” she said, making the comparison to the 2010 race when a victor wasn’t decided until weeks after Election Day. Nationally, control of the U.S. House of Representatives was never really at stake in Tuesday’s election. On Tuesday, all 435 U.S. House seats were up for election, with Republicans holding 240 seats while the Democrats held 190. For the 24th Congressional District seat, the race was a rematch of the 2010 campaign, in which Buerkle edged out Maffei by 648 votes. The 2012 race has been marked with an intense ad exchange between the two campaigns. For example, a Maffei ad accused Buerkle of agreeing to redefine rape to exclude women who had been drugged or minors who had been victims of statutory rape. Maffei stuck by his criticism, while Buerkle said the ad was “wrong, desperate and pathetic.” The race was also the most expensive one in

Central New York history. Heading into Tuesday’s election, Buerkle had raised $1,794,459 and Maffei had raised $1,816,551 in their campaigns, according to financial disclosure reports to the Federal Election Commission filed on Oct. 17. At the Jordan-Elbridge Community Center on Tuesday, Elaine Peters, of Jordan, N.Y., said she cast her vote for Buerkle because of her fiscal policies, focus on less government and her straightforward mentality. “I like the job she’s done so far in office,” Peters said. Charnel Munger, 30, a radiologic technologist at Heritage One Day Surgery in Syracuse, said she didn’t like any of the candidates running for the congressional seat. So she left that part of her ballot blank shortly after 5 p.m. at the Jordan-Elbridge Community Center. “I wasn’t really feeling either one of them,” Munger said. At the GOP gathering at the DoubleTree Hotel on Tuesday night, two projectors were placed in corners of the room so those gathered at the hotel could keep their eyes on the presidential race. Cheese, crackers, beer and drinks were plentiful. Red, white and blue balloons stretched toward the hotel room’s ceilings, while signs for Republican candidates were spread around the podium at the front of the room. The noise from the hundreds packed in the hotel made it so the FOX News anchors playing over the room’s speakers in the background were hardly audible. At about 8:30 p.m., Onondaga County Republican Committee Chairman Tom Dadey asked those in attendance whether Buerkle was going to win tonight. The answer was an overwhelming, “Yes!” At 10:20 p.m., Buerkle said she was unaware of the early polling results. When she was informed that she was trailing, Buerkle said, “The city of Syracuse typically goes Democratic and that’s something we’re hoping to neutralize.” And there was still hope just before 11 p.m., when state Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, was announced as having won re-election for the 50th State Senate District. He told those gathered not to lose hope in the race, as the vote count at that point was from Onondaga County, which leans Democratic. “I think this thing is still extremely close,” DeFrancisco said. After adding that Buerkle was going to pull off her bid for a second straight term, DeFrancisco said, “It ain’t over till the fat person sings.”

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Officials name November ‘Buy Local Month’ in county By Alexandra Hitzler STAFF WRITER

ast week, Onondaga County officials declared November “Buy Local Month.” The monthlong campaign was initiated to encourage residents of Onondaga County to shop locally in the hopes of boosting the local economy and encouraging local sustainability, said Chris Fowler, executive director of SyracuseFirst. SyracuseFirst, an organization dedicated to promoting the advantages that independent, local businesses bring to the community, and CenterState CEO, a business leadership and economic development organization in central New York, are leading the campaign. “Each day, I work with leaders across this community to develop the best possible environment for doing business,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said in a Nov. 1 CenterState CEO press release. “This is a great opportunity for every citizen to take the opportunity to showcase what they can do for our local businesses.” The campaign is an extension of “Shop Syracuse Week,” which was held in past years during the week following Thanksgiving, to encourage local spending during the holidays, Fowler said. “Even the smallest shift of purchases from national retailers to local businesses could have an enormous impact on the community,” he said. A 10 percent shift in local sales could boost the local economy by nearly $130 million a year, according to the release. This campaign comes at a time when holiday shopping is at its peak. Americans will spend about $700 each on holiday shopping between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, according to the release. Studies show shifting some of that holiday shopping revenue to local businesses could generate up to three times as much economic activity in local communities than if that money had been spent exclusively at national chains, according to the release. “Buy Local Month emphasizes the

chance we all have to make a difference in our community through everyday decisions,” Jane Amico, vice president of chamber services for CenterState CEO, said in the release. “Whether it’s as a private consumer or business-to-business, buying local makes a tangible financial statement about your commitment to the growth and economic health of Central New York.” A “Buy Local Bash” will be held at the Regional Market on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. to promote local businesses, Fowler said. Local businesses and restaurants will offer special discounts and deals at the event. More than 200 businesses are participating, he said. “We want to show the county what we, as citizens, can

do to build our community through introducing them to the businesses with the greatest impact on strengthening our economy,” he said. Tina Parker, co-owner of Eureka Crafts, a craft and art studio in Armory Square, said she thinks “Buy Local Month” is a great way to attract residents to local businesses, especially in downtown Syracuse. “There is a great energy in the downtown community and I don’t think everyone realizes what it has to offer,” Parker said. “Hopefully ‘Buy Local Month’ will make this a very busy holiday season for downtown businesses.”

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Presidential election stirs patriotism

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taylor barker | staff photographer (CLOCKWISE) Students ponder the different local, state and presidential candidates as they wait in line to vote Tuesday in E.S. Bird Library, one of the various polling locations on SU’s campus. Jonathan Anthony Foust, a senior computer engineering major, watches the results of the presidential election at the Schine Student Center. The College Republicans were one of the many organizations that viewed the poll projections at Schine. Two Syracuse University students weigh their options of candidates as they vote. Sixty percent of registered voters aged 18-29 voted for President Barack Obama, winner of the presidential election, while former Gov. Mitt Romney received 37 percent.

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‘It moves forward because of you’

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lauren murphy | asst. photo editor (CLOCKWISE) EVELYN KINSTY enthusiastically celebrates the news of President Barack Obama being re-elected as the 57th President of the United States with other supporters at the Democratic Party in Syracuse. Democratic supporters eagerly watch the news of the presidential election. As of 5 a.m. Wednesday, Obama led former Gov. Mitt Romney 303 to 206 in electoral votes. At that time, Florida was not decided. Dan Maffei and wife Abby warmly embrace after the announcement of Maffei’s victory over Republican Ann Marie Buerkle for the House seat for the 24th Congressional District. Maffei served as U.S Representative during 2008-2010, and lost the seat Buerkle in 2010.



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the sweet stuff in the middle

Renaissance man From singing to poetry, Centro bus driver makes every route an adventure


us driver Mickey Mahan starts his day by picking up feathers in the Centro bus garage and putting them in his pocket. Later, he’ll glue them to other objects he finds on the street. He also picks up leaves, newspapers, coffee grounds and postcards and glues them to boards. Very few would expect Mahan to be a standout member of the Syracuse University community. To most students, the bus drivers are only people who drive from point A to point B. Mahan isn’t that bus driver. He’s the one who wears a feather in his cap and sings the names of the bus stops. Before Mahan began working for Centro in 1991, he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from La Salle University. Beginning in the 1985-86 academic year, he began working on his master’s degree in English literature from SU.

After one year, he took three years off to work at a hot dog cart and then returned back to SU to finish his degree. He taught at SU for three years, but realized it didn’t suit him. “At the end of the third year, I discovered that it really wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Mahan said.

stein and went in to use the bathroom. I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, ‘That blue hat could use a little something.’ So I took a feather out of my pocket and stuck it in the brim of the hat. I thought it looked spiffy.” Mahan said he never thought much of it until students asked him why he wore a feather in his hat. He says it keeps him lighthearted and that if he keeps a feather close to him, he will always think to himself, “Sky’s the limit.” Centro bus drivers are required to announce certain stops on their routes. After a couple of days doing this, Mahan, who sings in his free time, thought it was boring. He decided to start singing the names of the bus stops to make his job more exciting. “It took a considerable amount of courage to actually work up the nerve to (start singing),” Mahan said. “Once you sing something, it kind of opens up the space and elevates the space. It makes people feel a little better. It makes me feel a lot better. It’s a way of opening


By Austin Pollack

For the first 15 years, you couldn’t have given me any other job on the planet. I absolutely adored it.

sam maller | asst. photo editor MICKEY MAHAN , a Centro bus driver who has been driving students for 20 years, shows off some writing he does in his spare time. Mahan is known for singing the bus stop names on his route.


That’s when he found a part-time bus driver position with Centro. After one memorable layover at the Goldstein Student Center on South Campus, Mahan keeps the feathers as a trademark to his Centro uniform. “One morning, after I started working up on the Hill, I picked up some feathers and just put them in my pocket with no real idea of what I would do with them,” Mahan said. “I got off at Gold-


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up communication with people on the bus and it takes it to another level.” Mahan also builds relationships with students who ride his bus. As students exit the bus and say thank you to Mahan, he addresses select students by name. Sophomore management and finance dual major Steve Pincus lives on Winding Ridge and, in his first two months as a South Campus resident, has already built a friendship with Mahan. “He knows my name, shakes my hand and cries out, ‘Hey Steve how ya doin,’ every time I have the good fortune to step on his bus,” Pincus said. “Me and Mick go way back.” Junior psychology major Jasmine El Nabli feels Mahan tries to make his job fun for himself and his riders. She particularly enjoys it when he drives her to Main Campus in the morning because he leaves her with a positive attitude to start her day. “He genuinely seems to enjoy his job and incorporates his interests into bus driving,” El Nabli said. “He makes it fun for himself by singing the names of the bus stops and occasionally interacting with students on the bus.” But when he is not driving around campus and singing the names of the bus stops, Mahan is an avid poet and bookworm. Four years ago at the Barnes and Noble on Erie Boulevard, Mahan found love. He proposed to Deb Thorna, who currently works as a clerk at the Petit Branch Library, a branch of the Onondaga County Public Library System. “He slides this little ring box across the table and I thought, ‘Really?’” Thorna said.

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Mahan had an answer for that. “I was going to get down on my knee, but the floor was dirty,” said Mahan. Instead of a traditional wedding, Mahan and Thorna eloped in Las Vegas. Their wedding day attire: matching sailor shirts and khakis. Mahan and Thorna say they are very similar people. They are both artists and singers, but most importantly, they like to have fun and keep tradition. They usually spend Sunday mornings having breakfast and coffee at the same Barnes and Noble where they were engaged. Thorna says she serves as his secretary. “He still needs to be dragged into the 20th century,” she said. “I do all the technical stuff. ‘This is how to use a cellphone, this is how to send an email.’ We contribute different things, but we are similar people in a lot of ways. We both really like to have fun.” Thorna helped coordinate Mahan’s “Poetry Bash,” held at the Petit Branch Library on Oct. 27. More than 30 people attended the event, which was highlighted by Mahan’s entrance on a pogo stick. Even while Mahan is driving north and south on Comstock Avenue, he writes poetry. During layovers at Goldstein Student Center, he stops to write down the lines in a small book he keeps in his pocket. He said he loved his job for the first 15 years and it helped him find his inner self. “For the first 15 years, you couldn’t have given me any other job on the planet,” he said. But he said he senses this chapter in his life may be ready for an end soon. Said Mahan: “I’ve been there 20 years. I’m ready to move on. I feel like I’ve taken it as far as I can go. It’s not that I don’t like the job, but I need a new adventure.”



Sponsored by Al’s Wine & Whiskey I wrote this from a world of pain. I embarked on a journey that can be summed up with one word: whoo. I took a ride on the white girl roller coaster and it left me beaten and broken. I achieved maximum white girl wastedness by mixing all of the malt beverages available at Graby’s Mini Mart: Mike’s Harder Lemonades, Twisted Teas, Hard Arnold Palmer, Bud Light Lime and Scorpion Poison. Or at least it felt like Scorpion Poison when I was done. Mike’s Harder Lemonade is available in three varieties — all of which are remarkably painful — packing 8 percent alcohol by volume. I started off with the classic Harder Lemonade. This tasted like I had poured 160-proof vodka into a glass of Crystal Light. The flavor is light, the malt is bitter and the sugar is pervasive. There’s no escaping how incredibly sweet this is. The Cranberry Lemonade was less sweet thanks to the cranberry, which masked the alcohol slightly better. My “favorite” of the three was the Black Cherry. I’m a fan of this because the black cherry masks the booze the best even though it’s just as sweet. These left me hyper and unable to concentrate on beer pong, but it’s a solid way to get really drunk really fast and get out of extended periods of drinking game play. The Hard Arnold Palmer was much more disappointing than the Mike’s, though. I was excited about this one on the way home, but I was crushed after my first sip. There’s not enough Arnold Palmer flavor to go with the really boozy aftertaste. It’s not pleasant, and I would have preferred to just grab a soft Arnie and pour one to five shots of happiness in. Because I will always suffer for my art, I tried some Twisted Tea Half & Half. I’m not going to lie: I couldn’t finish it all in one night. I’m just one man after all. Oh, it’s bad. The Twisted Tea Half & Half wasn’t much better than the Arnie, but it was more drinkable. The regular Twisted Tea was just as drinkable, only it tasted like iced tea. Bud Light Lime came next. This one is the winner of the evening and that’s probably because there’s beer in this one. Even with the slightly too-sweet lime flavor, I enjoyed this as much as I could in my sugar-crazed state of spontaneous beer pong. That’s when you slam dunk pingpong balls into random people at the party’s Solo cups. Ouch. My head. —Compiled by Dylan Sorensen, staff writer,


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fter a dizzying spin through the construction-obstructed streets of Syracuse, my dining partner and I finally found ourselves in the quiet Tully Street neighborhood. The street was lined with small houses, a school and a gated playground up ahead. Sitting alongside the dark brick building, Recess West’s bright purple exterior caught our eye. Stepping in from the cold, the cafe’s warmth enveloped us and the friendly woman behind the counter greeted us immediately. We were surprised to be the only ones in the shop, but the quiet atmosphere matched the neighborhood. Rubbing my frozen hands together, the hot chocolate selection immediately jumped out at me. Each flavor could also be brewed as a cappuccino, but there’s nothing better to warm you inside and out than chocolate.

I was torn between the Elvis — a mix of chocolate, peanut butter and banana — and the Mexican, with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The woman behind the counter advised me the Elvis was particularly sweet, which I tend to steer clear from. So I decided on a small cup of the Mexican ($2.75). It was thick but creamy and very rich in chocolate f lavor. I was glad it wasn’t brewed too hot because the surprising kick of heat from the cayenne pepper after each sip would have been lost. I also stole a few sips of my dining partner’s Nutella hot chocolate. I personally am not the biggest Nutella fan, but this creamy cup of vanilla and hazelnut flavors was not too sweet and hit all the right notes with me. Once I started to warm up I realized that I was also starving. I have only tried the baked goods at the Westcott-area Recess, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to try the sandwiches. The Spicy Avocado sandwich ($5.75) with fresh chopped avo-

cado, spicy salt and your choice of toppings looked delicious. But I was in the mood for a heartier sandwich, so I decided to order the Hickory Smoked Turkey ($5.75) sandwich with avocado (additional $0.75) and spicy salt. The selection of bread was limited to white and wheat, but the soft, nutty, wheat bread served just fine for me. After one bite I began considering why every sandwich doesn’t come with spicy salt. The seasoning is a f lavorful mix that isn’t too spicy, but provides a peppered f lavor that makes the other good sandwich ingredients great. Though I was happy I went with the turkey sandwich, it was clear that the generous scoop of avocado could have stood on its own. As we ate at the long communal table I was particularly happy to see that, like the other Recess location, board games and toys were stacked up on a shelf, ready to go. I was curious, however, if the pencil double my size propped up in the corner

could actually write. As if reading my mind, Guy Cardone walked up to greet us. The 2012 Syracuse University alumnus was a sculpture major and now works on the managerial crew at 601 Tully helping to make the space a communal space for art, events and after school programs. He also made the giant pencil, which, he informed me, can write. I realized that the bright atmosphere of the shop was not only a pleasant escape from the frigid gray outside, but a reflection of the great things the group at 601 was doing there. Unless you have class at The Warehouse, Recess West is a bit out of the way and a little difficult to find if you don’t have a car. Regardless, I grabbed a f lier for the poetry reading on Thursday, Nov. 8, and a frequent buyer card, with every intention of making the journey back to the charming 601 Tully St. again soon. @daniemarieodie

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Social media age increases dependence on Facebook relationship validation


n a social media-obsessed dating culture, where sexting has been outdated by seminaked Snapchats, being Facebook official — or F.B.O. for those who know their social media sh*t — is still the litmus test for a serious relationship. But why has the sanctity of a relationship become defined by a status update? It’s because we crave social validation in the most public of places, making Facebook a sugar rush. Sure, social media-based relationship certification sounds trite, but I crave it like cake — and I’m gluten intolerant. But it turns out I’ll be lusting after F.B.O. for a while yet, as the newly opened Cafe Kubal ruined my chances of being “virtually” off the market. Thinking Cafe Kubal was named Cafe Kabai, I struck a deal with L. If I had the right spelling, I could enforce a Facebook-official status on our relationship, something L has flat out denied me for more than 18 months, even though L apparently loves me. Alas, my spelling sucks. So in the world of social media — and let’s be honest, that is our world — I am single. All 500 of my friends, 450 of whom I never interact with, will view me as a perpetual singleton, potentially married to a cat. I’m devastated by the prospect. Which made me wonder: How do different people attempt to obtain virtual validation of their relationships? I took to Facebook and Urban Dictionary to find out. Here’s a Facebook vocab list to understand the complexities of social media-defined relationships. 1) Relationshiply anonymous: This is me. You or your partner isn’t into publically declaring a romantic status online, so you go for ultimate anonymity. There are three reasons for this choice: One, someone in the relationship is an introvert, like L; two, you’re trying to keep your options open because you’re a sly dog; or three, you are technologically disabled and don’t know how to edit your profile. Pick your lesser evil. 2) Premature status change: It’s like shooting the load without letting the other person know it’s coming. There is nothing that screams “uneven power balance” than only half of the relationship making it virtually official. This phenomenon may also be referred to as “relationship lag.” 3) Combolationship: This is the social mediabased equivalent of a relationship sl*t. You are unable to make up your mind about whether


just do it you are in a relationship, single and ready to Christian Mingle, or just seeking attention. Someone in a combolationship changes his or her status so often that no one cares anymore. 4) It’s complicated: Way to let everyone know you are about to break up. Some might think that “it’s complicated” means people think you are a raving liberal with an open relationship, but in reality this status is a relationship death knell. 5) Facebook relationship status override: This should be punishable by death. With reckless disregard you stick your penis into someone (or the equivalent female act) who is currently F.B.O. with someone else. Though it’s not an official status, a “Facebook Hickey,” where a boy/girl publically thanks you for last night, may publicize your override. 6) Domestic partnership: Not till you’re older, but reserved for those who are unmarried and living together, like my ancient 25-year-old brother and his fiance. 7) Status breakup: This is the social media equivalent of the “it’s not you, it’s me” text. Except it’s like a group message to your entire inbox. 8) Buffer relationship status: In an attempted retaliation to a F.B.O breakup, you may buffer by being in a relationship with one of your bros/hoes to show you are still loved. This has the potential to look pathetic. 9) Facebook pounce: In response to a status breakup, you may perform a “pounce” by liking the breakup status of someone you’ve had your eye on for a while. You may come across as an a**hole, get punched by his or her ex in a club, or get laid the next weekend. Walk the plank carefully. So there you have it: relationship validation in Facebook-status form. How do you define yourself ? Iona Holloway is a senior magazine and psychology dual major. She would like to perform the Facebook cha-cha, defined as defriending and then refriending an ex, but doesn’t have anyone to do it with. She can be reached at

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Hillsman forced to adjust offense after losing forward Hemingway By David Wilson ASST. COPY EDITOR

Iasia Hemingway was a revelation for Syracuse. After transferring from Georgia Tech, the forward put together two standout seasons and led the Orange to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament semifinals as a senior. But Hemingway graduated, taking away a major part of Syracuse’s offense. “We’re going to have to play a little bit differently now,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We’re not going to run a lot of our offense through that high post. … Iasia made me change the way I play and now Iasia’s leaving; now it’s again making me change the way I play. “It’s making me stay up a little bit later at night.” Hemingway was as good an option at the high post as anyone in the country. Instead, the offense will be keyed around center Kayla Alexander. She will be responsible for making this offense go, and it will be the guards’ responsibility to feed her the ball down low. “We’re still trying to get it into Kayla,” guard Elashier Hall said. “We have some shooters and our guards have been really good in our outside game, so a lot more inside out, not necessarily high post.” As an excellent post-up player, Alexander can work on her defenders and score in the paint. But she also has a plethora of shooters to kick the ball out to the perimeter. Though the team shot worse than 30 percent from beyond the arc during the 2011-12 season, a talented group of freshmen brings that added dimension to the team. “We’ve got a lot of good shooters,” center Shakeya Leary said. “I think it’s going to open up for Kayla to get more touches as well, because everyone’s going to be worried about our outside play. … So it will help our offense tremendously.” But just because Hemingway is no longer a member of the team doesn’t mean SU will completely abandon the high post. Several of the freshmen could fill the void, but Alexander cited Hall and guard Carmen TysonThomas as players who could move to the position. “We have players who can fill that role,” Alexander said. “Maybe they’re not going to be able to replace Iasia, but they’re going to have other qualities that they can bring to the table.” But ideally, Hillsman won’t even have to

worry about his half-court offense that much. SU returns seven players who started at least one game last season. Couple that with five freshmen who Hillsman says could contribute immediately and Syracuse’s depth could be unparalleled during his tenure. With a rotation that could go as deep as 12 players, Syracuse will be able to play a more up-tempo style. The members of the highly touted freshman class are ideal fits in a fast-paced system. McDonald’s All-Americans Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes are perhaps the two most talented and athletic players the Orange has ever had. Last season, when teams were most successful against SU, they were putting two players down in the paint to negate Alexander and Syracuse’s high-low offense. With the new personnel group

“We can play faster, we can play more up-tempo, we can extend our defense a little more and do some different things on defense that I thought that wouldn’t have been our strengths in the past couple years.” Quentin Hillsman


Hillsman has in place, it’s going to be nearly impossible for opponents to employ that strategy. Part of that is because the team can get out and run. Part of that is because the team should be improved on the perimeter. But another part is because Hemingway is gone; the Orange can no longer solely rely on her and Alexander to power the offense. Hillsman’s going to have to adjust, but it may be a change for the better. “We can play faster, we can play more up-tempo, we can extend our defense a little more and do some different things on defense that I thought that wouldn’t have been our strengths in the past couple years,” Hillsman said. “They’re creating some versatility in the way we play.” @DBWilson2w


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Syracuse baseball team sees growth despite facing constant obstacles By Jesse Dougherty CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In mid-October, the Syracuse club baseball team traveled to Penn State for the State College Classic Invitational. It was a 12-team tournament that consisted of club teams from universities with Division-I programs, so their rosters were made up of both cut and developing players. But not Syracuse — their roster has a different complexion. “At one point during the Penn State tournament I had all underclassmen on the field,” said club baseball head coach Adam Olinski. “No one picks Syracuse to play club baseball; these are guys who just came to this school and tried out.” The Syracuse club baseball team has had its fair share of troubles in years past. Its field is a 20-minute drive from campus, the cold weather makes both practice and game conditions uncomfortable, and few players want to commit with those two things in mind.

This season, they had 79 players try out and took 11 of them, and thus far the team’s underclassmen have provided a boost. The team finished the tournament at Penn State with a 2-2 record, but the performance by freshman pitcher Casey Kerr showed the distinct differences between the SU club and its opponents. Against Penn State, Kerr tossed six innings, struck out five and only gave up one run on 80 pitches en route to a 7-2 Syracuse win. The victory set up a game with Pittsburgh later that day, which was ranked third in the College Baseball Association at the time. But Syracuse had one problem. It had no pitchers left. “Coach asked me to warm up,” said Kerr. “I didn’t think much of it at the time.” When Olinski recalled the day, he couldn’t do much but shake his head and smile. “He told me he wanted the ball,” Olinski said. “It was a huge lift for us, he took his rubber arm and started again against Pitt, threw somewhere around 170 pitches on the day.” Syracuse would lose to Pittsburgh 7-3,

but when Kerr exited, he had his team in position to pull off the upset. He is one of 18 underclassmen on the team’s 31-man roster that have transformed the program in the last two seasons. As a group, they have done so with heart, pride and determination — three team traits that President Perry Russom, Vice President Nick Dellefave and Olinski didn’t see in years prior. “This is the year,” Olinski said. “The year that has really turned us around, and it has all come from the top. The captains have had such a good inf luence on these younger guys.” As upperclassmen captains, Russom and Dellefave vividly remember the program’s shortcomings of years past and have used them as groundwork this season. Russom remembers his freshman year, when the club baseball roster consisted of a group of guys who gave minimal commitment to the team. “Sometimes we’d be worried that we wouldn’t be able to field a team,” Russom

said. “It would be the morning of a game and we’d be calling guys to get out of bed just to have 12 players.” Because of the inclement Syracuse weather, the club baseball season is split up between the fall and spring. Syracuse finished the fall season with a 6-7-1 record, and while that may not be eye-popping, it’s a step in the right direction. The team had a winless season in 2010-11, but with dedicated players leading the club this year, it’s working to gain recognition around campus. Olinski said this is the closest team he has been around since joining Syracuse’s club program before the 2008-09 season. The players joke together off the field and support each other on it, living up to the team’s motto of “Let’s go do some baseball things,” started by Dellefave. “Even though I don’t get to play anymore, I get just as excited as they do,” Olinski said. “Baseball’s fun, but it wasn’t fun before. It’s fun now.”

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On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese forces overtook Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. Immediately, thousands of at-risk Vietnamese joined a large number of Americans who needed to be evacuated from the area. In the wake of chaos, Operation Frequent Wind ensued. The U.S. Navy enlisted seven ships to conduct the evacuation process, and among those ships was the USS Midway. The Midway, constructed just after World War II, was called upon for its uncanny size. The ship alone rescued more than 3,000 Saigon refugees in less than 48 hours, which would later be recognized as the largest humanitarian mission in U.S. naval history. On Sunday, the Syracuse men’s basketball team will open its season against San Diego State in the Battle on the Midway in San Diego. The game will take place on the flight deck of the USS Midway, the very ship that saved thousands of lives on that dark, April day. From 1945 to 1955, the USS Midway was the largest ship in the world. In 47 years, from 1945 to 1992, it became the longest commissioned U.S. Navy carrier of the 20th century. When the ship opened as a museum in 2004, it attracted over 1 million visitors, the most of any museum in the world. The Battle on the Midway is the first-ever sporting event the vessel will host. “We’re not a sports venue, obviously. We are a naval aviation museum,” said Scott McGaugh, the marketing director for the USS Midway museum. “But to have a game here where the proceeds benefit military veterans is fitting.”

McGaugh, a native of the San Diego area, has written three books and has appeared on the History Channel to discuss the Midway. He said the ship is better known for humanitarian missions than its role in actual military combat. Beyond the countless missions, the Midway is widely known for its outlandish size. The ship weighs nearly 70,000 tons, has a height equal to a 20-story building, a width of greater than 250 feet and a length of just more than 1,000 feet. The f light deck, where the basketball game will be played, covers an area of 4.02 acres. Jim Nash, the museum’s docent program manager, said the Midway’s size has earned it a nickname in San Diego. “The ship is called a ‘city at sea’ because everything you would find in a city in America you would find on board,” Nash said. “We have our own post office, own little stores, our own barbershop, restaurants, a tailor and cobbler shop, and more.” On a single voyage, 4,500 men served on the Midway, and over the ship’s lifetime more than 225,000 would call it home for extended periods of time. McGaugh said the event is about more than two college basketball teams. And the ship’s historian Karl Zingheim echoed McGaugh’s excitement for the historic event. “It is a unique pleasure to host this game,” Zingheim said. “And I am sure it will be truly memorable for everyone.”

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“The guys were just so impressed how young they were, being their peer age group,” said UNC Associate Athletic Director for Communications Steve Kirschner. “Our guys get to go to school and play basketball and they’re talking to men and women the same age whose job it is to defend the United States.” Kirschner said the biggest thrill for the Tar Heels came when President Barack Obama addressed the team in the locker room before the game. Now Syracuse gets the opportunity to play in the same setting. For the Battle on the Midway to become a reality, a joint effort was required — between SU and San Diego State, the USS Midway, event promoter Syndicus Entertainment, contractor Greg Herreman Productions and other organizations. Early this year, after Syndicus had worked with the Midway to book the ship for the event, the San Diego Sports Commission — which offered to help organize the event — approached San Diego State about the possibility of playing in the game. Being a major local school, the Aztecs seemed the logical choice, especially considering the school’s relationship with the military, SDSU Senior Associate Athletic Director John David Wicker said. “We do a lot of things with the military,” Wicker said. “There’s a huge military presence in the area, and it’s exciting to be able to do something to highlight that.”

With San Diego State on board, it needed to find a worthy opponent. SDSU’s basketball program has been on the rise in recent years, and Wicker saw an opportunity to gain the team early-season exposure nationally. A chance meeting drew Syracuse to the forefront of discussion. At the 2012 Final Four, SU Deputy Athletics Director Renee Baumgartner ran into SDSC Board of Trustees Chairman Pat Kilkenny at a meeting. Kilkenny knew Baumgartner from his days as Oregon’s athletic director when Baumgartner served as an administrator and the Ducks’ head women’s golf coach. Baumgartner said Kilkenny’s group was intrigued at the prospect of Syracuse playing in the game, but not too optimistic. “They were like, ‘(Jim Boeheim) never goes west of the Mississippi,’” Baumgartner said. But Baumgartner was interested enough to run the idea by the Syracuse head coach, who liked it. Syracuse was in and the planning began. In addition to playing the game, Syracuse will spend Thursday morning at a San Diegoarea hospital meeting and serving homeless veterans. The military focus makes the event unique, Baumgartner said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our student-athletes,” Baumgartner said. “The chance to go play on a ship, and right after Veterans Day. It’s more than just a basketball game.” Compared to a standard game on a normal court, the event requires extensive setup. McGaugh estimates that he and his staff spent thousands of hours planning the event with Syndicus and other organizers, leading to a

10-day setup process that started last Tuesday. Greg Herreman Productions, a small San Diego-area business, was contracted to handle infrastructure for the event. The company has been on site since last Tuesday, constructing necessary components such as the stands, f loor, baskets and scaffolding, Wicker said. The total capacity for spectators is 5,400. The Midway crew, made up of about 150

Diego State and Syracuse remain in charge of running the event on game day, Wicker said. Each school was given an allotment of tickets to sell to its donor base, and the schools are working together to sell remaining tickets, Wicker said. As of last Friday, all $150 tickets were sold out, with some $500 seats remaining that were discounted to $250. Despite the challenges, those involved agree the reward is worth the effort.

“I’ve seen few events that have generated more pride and enthusiasm. The stars aligned with the right organizers, teams and schools. It’s a perfect fit.” Scott McGaugh


employees and active volunteers, has been moving materials from the ground to the flight deck over the past week. For McGaugh, it has been no small feat. “Everything has had to be loaded onto the flight deck, 50 feet off the pier,” McGaugh said last Wednesday. “There are hundreds of people on the flight deck right now. It’s basically converting a four-acre asphalt flight deck into a 6,000-seat stadium.” Still, the museum has remained operational during the setup process, welcoming between 1,000 and 3,000 guests per day, McGaugh said. Although non-school-affiliated groups have handled construction and setup, San

With the history of the Midway — the first ship to be commissioned after World War II, active in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm — McGaugh feels the ship is a worthy choice for this once-in-a-lifetime event. McGaugh also said nearly 200,000 sailors served on the Midway, with the average age being 19, making a collegiate sport matchup seem just right. “We are beyond thrilled,” McGaugh said. “I’ve seen few events that have generated more pride and enthusiasm. The stars aligned with the right organizers, teams and schools. It’s a perfect fit.” You are invited to a

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Syracuse has beaten three of the top four seeds already this season, including top-seeded North Carolina, No. 2-seed Princeton and No. 3-seed Connecticut. The Orange could face No. 4 Penn State if both teams win their first-round matchups. The Nittany Lions play Albany. Senior back Iona Holloway said the team can’t look past UMass. “Probably everyone’s looking at the bracket and saying it will be Syracuse-Penn State,”

Holloway said. “But you have to focus on the game that we’ve been given so far, and that’s UMass. So that’s all we’ll be looking at until we beat them.” After the Orange failed to achieve one of its goals this year — winning the Big East tournament — the team’s journey to reach the national championship starts Saturday in University Park against a team it’s already lost to. “I think it’s really great for our team,” Holloway said. “It’s definitely a bit of redemption, and we’re so excited to be going and playing them because we know we can beat them.”

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Syracuse, San Diego State work to make Battle on the Midway once-in-a-lifetime event By Kevin Prise



everal years ago, the USS Midway Museum was approached by the Hall of Champions, a San Diego sports museum, about the prospect of hosting a basketball game on its ship. The Midway passed on the opportunity. The museum was approached again last year in preparation for last year’s Carrier Classic that ultimately took place aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Again, the ship passed up the opportunity. This year, the museum — which opened in 2004 — accepted a chance to host a game. “Before, we were still young,” USS Midway Marketing Director Scott McGaugh said. “We didn’t

think we were ready. This year, especially being a veterans’ benefit, we thought it made sense for the Midway and for the city of San Diego.” No. 9 Syracuse will take on No. 20 San Diego State on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Battle on the Midway, aboard the USS Midway on the San Diego waterfront. The event joins the Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C., and the Navy-Marine Corps Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., as early-season games to be held on U.S. Navy ships. Last season, North Carolina played Michigan State in the Carrier Classic, which was held aboard the USS Carl Vinson. In the days leading up to the game, players from both teams met with military service men and women who served on the ship, which was deploying for active duty later in the month.


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Due to weather forecasts of rain in San Diego on Friday, the Battle on the Midway will now be played on Sunday at 4 p.m., SU Athletics announced in a press release on Tuesday. No. 9 Syracuse had been slated to take on No. 20 San Diego State on the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier. Weather forecasts for Friday showed a chance of rain during the scheduled game time while there is no chance of rain on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel. The event’s organizers and both schools decided to postpone the game. “We remain committed to this once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes and our fans,” Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said. “We are very sorry for the inconvenience this change may have caused our fans. The weather predictions have forced the postponement.” The game will be featured on Fox Sports San Diego and Fox Sports regional networks.


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Syracuse to face Massachusetts in opening round of NCAA tournament By Phil D’Abbraccio STAFF WRITER

No. 5 Syracuse will play No. 16 Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday in University Park, Pa.

The Orange (17-2) hoped to earn one of the top four seeds — which would have made J.S. Coyne Stadium a host site — but instead will play at a neutral site. The Minutewomen (15-8) beat Rider in overtime on Tuesday

in an NCAA play-in game. On Oct. 11, Massachusetts beat Syracuse 2-1 in Amherst and ended the Orange’s 12-game winning streak to start the season. “I’m excited,” SU head coach Ange

Bradley said. “It’s an opportunity to prove what we’ve learned from that game and go back out and have an opportunity to win.” Syracuse is also looking to redeem itself after losing to Connecticut 4-3 in

the Big East tournament championship on Sunday. The Orange blew a two-goal lead to the Huskies after beating them on Oct. 27 for the conference regular-season title.


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