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Pot comes on top Experts discuss whether medical marijuana could be legalized in New York state. Page 3


DeSalvo for comptroller The Daily Orange Editorial Board cites Stephen DeSalvo’s experience as a reason for his re-election. Page 5


Quizzing the candidates With the Student Association election in full swing, Pulp asks the tough questions. Page 11


One goal Syracuse earned an appearance in the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid for the first time since 1984. Page 20

luke rafferty | design editor Members of ROTC hold the flag during Monday’s Veterans Day ceremony honoring the more than 6,000 who have lost their lives in the War on Terror.

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he willingness to help veterans in any way possible is what draws many people to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. “If we have financial trouble, trouble with our teacher, or a problem with pretty

Ceremony highlights university’s historical support for veterans

much anything, they will find a way to get it done and see what they can do to make it better for student veterans and any veterans in general,” said Ryan Roach, a sophomore Navy veteran. On Friday, the IVMF held an open house for people in the Syracuse




eneath the American and Syracuse University flags both proudly flying against a stiff breeze, Ray Axelson, who served in the United States Coast Guard, described the support he felt as a

student veteran at the university. “It was great. I had a great education and I became a chief engineer on route 81 going through the city,” the class of 1950 alumnus said. Monday’s Veterans Day ceremonies began at 5 a.m. with the reading


About 13.5 percent of students vote on Monday By Marwa Eltagouri NEWS EDITOR

The Student Association received about 2,046 votes for the SA elections as of 6 p.m. Monday, said Board of Elections and Membership Chair Jenn Bacolores. Bacolores said this indicated that 13.5



percent of the student body has voted, at 160 more votes than the election this time last year. Only 10 percent of the student body needs to vote in order to validate the election, which means voting will not be extended past 11:59 p.m. Thursday. About 100 votes came in within an hour of the start of voting at midnight last night, Bacolores said.

There are at least 14,400 undergraduate students enrolled at Syracuse University, according to SU’s Office of Institutional Research & Assessment. The large voter turnout could contribute to a combination of different factors, being those of four candidates running this year and the ability of the candidates to publicize the election, Bacolores said.

Board of Elections and Membership members have also placed voting stations around campus to help and encourage students to vote. Station locations include the Life Sciences Complex, the Warehouse and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Bacolores said. @marwaelagouri

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Spicing it up A Department of Public Safety officer shares his love of flavorful food with students on campus.


Perfection Twenty-five years ago, the Syracuse football team rolled over its opponents on its way to an undefeated season.

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Legally high By Natsumi Ajisaka



n Election Night, Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational use of marijuana, indicating that the drug may be finding more acceptance in the U.S. The success of the ballot initiatives

has brought the debate over the nature of marijuana use back to the forefront and renewed interest in a bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York. The bill, already passed in the NY State Assembly, calls for allowing the possession, manufacture, use and administration of marijuana by a “certified patient or designated caregiver for a certified medical use.”

As more states embrace marijuana usage, experts discuss the possibility for New York

A section of the bill also directs the State Department of Health to issue registry identification cards to authorized patients and caregivers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shifted his position on the bill and has not yet given a definite stance, The Wall Street Journal reported on April 9. Although Colorado’s and Washington state’s ballot initiatives legalize

only small amounts of marijuana, they represent a victory for the growing movement to decriminalize the drug. Studies have found that medical marijuana can treat many conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, neuropathic pain, chronic pain and epilepsy, said Julie Netherland, deputy state director for the


Alumni share stories of Superstorm Sandy experiences By Diana Pearl STAFF WRITER

With talk of the upcoming hurricane swirling throughout her Long Island, N.Y., town, Jill Buckvar, a 2012 Syracuse University alumna, was playing a waiting game with the storm. Buckvar spent the day home from work in anticipation of Superstorm Sandy, whose arrival was anticipated later that day.

By that afternoon, her house had already lost power and her grandparents had been relocated to a nearby hotel. The roar of a fire truck approached and Buckvar peered out her window to see a tall tree lying across the front of her neighbor’s lawn. Its trunk had been uprooted, taking with it a wide expanse of grass that had surrounded its base. The fall of this tree was only the

beginning of the destruction. Sitting in the darkness of the storm, all they could do was wait. Fallen trees, flooded towns, weeklong power outages and long lines for gas are only a few of the ailments that have been felt by SU alumni living in the tri-state area. Some of the hardest-hit areas include the New Jersey Shore and Long Island, both of which are home to many SU alumni.

“There wasn’t really widespread panic,” Buckvar said. “It was dark outside and inside, and we didn’t see too much happening.” The next morning, Buckvar emerged from her still powerless house to find even more trees lying horizontally across driveways, sidewalks and streets. Trees that hadn’t completely turned over were lying against wires,


More than half of the Syracuse University student activity fee has been awarded to campus organizations after Student Association general assembly members approved budget appeals on Monday night. Members met in the Hall of Languages to discuss the SA Finance Board’s budget decisions on appeals filed by student organizations dissatisfied with or denied original funding requests. The approval process took less than 30 minutes, much shorter than in previous years, said SA President Dylan Lustig. “Sometimes these meetings are short and sometimes they’re long,” Lustig said. “It all depends on if the comptroller has control of the room and how willing the assembly is to cooperate.” Of the student organizations that did not receive funding because of issues with the original proposals, 24 received the full amount requested after the appeals process. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will receive $46,808 for a campus event, La L.U.C.H.A. will receive $15, 239 for a speaker event and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity will now receive $11, 618 for a banquet, according to record of SA’s Finance Board minutes. But 19 student organizations did not receive funding after going through the appeals process. Three of these groups, the Korean American Student Association, the Student African American Society and the Haitian American Students Association, did not receive funding requested for concerts. After budget approvals, representatives from the Slutzker Center for International Services spoke to SA members about the importance of reaching out to foreign students. “International students across the United States are enrolling in universities at an all-time high,” said Pat Burak, director of the center. But although the number of international students is increasing, SU isn’t making appropriate accommodations and many nonAmerican students have a hard time fitting in, Burak said. “Some international students find themselves friendless,” she said. “They have so many struggles when adapting and


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Members of Sex-Esteem take issue with article in October issue of Jerk Magazine We are writing this letter to address our concern about a Jerk Magazine article which appeared in the magazine’s October issue. As members of the Advocacy Center’s peer sexuality group, Sex-Esteem, which is centered around the promotion of healthy sexuality, we feel as if some of the content of the article could potentially be problematic. Our first concern is for survivors of sexual violence. Knowing that on any college campus there is a high rate of sexual assault, we would be remiss if we did not pay attention to some of the issues presented to us.

First, we would like to start by providing our definition of consent. It is a sober and un-coerced “yes.” We appreciate that the article encourages an enthusiastic “yes,” however; we do not agree that a “no” could ever mean “yes.” “No” always means “no,” and the absence of a “no” is also not consent for any form of sexual activity. By perpetuating the idea that a “no” could sometimes mean “yes,” there is an implication that some of the responsibility in a case of sexual assault lies with the potential victim. Victim blaming is never OK. We are concerned with the message that it is OK to pursue sexual

Fifty years later, graduate remembers alumnus Sam Farr, his untimely death On the day after we arrived, I saw his signs: “You can go far with Sam Farr. Elect Sam Farr Governor of Boys’ State.” And, of course, we did. I really didn’t start to know Farr until around 14 months later when we were both freshmen at Syracuse University. Farr seemed a lot older than the rest of us. While most of us did have at least some facial hairs, they were still pretty much countable. But Farr’s 5 o’clock shadow looked like it had been applied with charcoal, and it seemed to appear much earlier in the day. But the first big difference was that while the rest of us were scanning the freshman directory for dates (a practice many of us continued for four years!), Farr was already married. Farr and Pam had rented an upstairs flat and had turned it completely around. Most people would have used the front room with the fireplace as a living room. Farr and Pam had turned it into a bedroom. Their living room ended up where most folks would have put their bedroom. When Syracuse winters were at their worst, we did spend time in their living room. But most of the time we spent together was in the rocking chairs on their screened front porch. That’s where we listened to that “country boy whose home was somewhere between Painted

Post, Horseheads and Big Flats.” That’s where he told us how he helped deliver calves; and that’s where he introduced us to the writing of H.L. Mencken and George S. Patton. So it really wasn’t much of a surprise that in our senior year the Chief Justice of the Student Court was Farr. And it really wasn’t much of a surprise that the Student ROTC Corps Commander was Farr. It didn’t surprise me at all that Farr was admitted to Duke Law School. Or that he later served as a Captain in Vietnam. When I heard he had returned safely and was practicing law, I smiled. For, although Farr had never told me this, I knew, without question, one day he would be elected Governor of New York state. One day I opened up the SU Alumni Magazine and saw his name. Farr had died at 37. At first I was too stunned to cry. So I just sat there until the tears finally streamed down my cheeks. It is now 50 years since we graduated. Sometimes when I think about Farr, my eyes still start to get a little misty. Maybe it’s because Farr was my first real introduction to our own mortality. Maybe it’s because I believe we all really would have gone far with Sam Farr. Maybe it’s just that I still miss “Old Sam.”

Bob Gerber


advances when someone says “no.” A “no” means “no.” Sometimes policy implies that sexual assault is merely a miscommunication when, in reality, it is an individual making a choice to exert power over a potential victim. One of the safest and easiest ways to prevent sexual assault on this campus is to abide by the rule of consent as nothing but a sober and un-coerced “yes.” Second, we would like to address the heteronormative perspective from which the magazine is written. Rape and acts of sexual violence are not discriminatory. They occur among all

gender identities and sexual orientations, and those cases are just as important as ones involving heterosexual acts. Rape is about exerting power over another and using sex as the means to exert that power. The mission of Sex-Esteem, a peer sexuality group associated with the Advocacy Center, is to provide peer education leadership at Syracuse University, which creates opportunities for people to grow and explore how they, and those around them, function in relationships. We hope we have created such an opportunity with this letter.

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Former SA president: Coleman’s resultsbased plan, more than others’, helps students Each year, Student Association candidates take to the stage to outline their ideas and visions for the coming year within SA and for the university. The stump speeches at club meetings and in E.S. Bird Library share ideas that outline a perfect future full of lofty, unachievable goals that detract from the real issues students face at universities. Throughout my time in SA, I spent many hours as a witness to time-wasting discussions with no clear definition on how we were going to fix the problems at hand and what types of solutions we could deliver. That was my main motivation for running for Student Association president, to provide focus for these discussions and change a system from one that judges its members on projects, to one that measures success on projects completed and results delivered. We were able to prove a results-based strategy works, resulting in bringing membership to 100 percent for the first time in years and delivering solid, well-meaning programs by focusing on what could actually be accomplished in the short term. Our actions set the stage for future successes in the long term. Being results based is a winning strategy, and that is why I am very proud to endorse Kyle Coleman. Knowing Coleman since his freshman year and witnessing his performance in SA and other organizations, I am very confident a vote

for Coleman is a vote for real, actionable reform that will be delivered as promised. Coleman’s focus on safety, inclusion and internal reform represent more than just a solid platform of ideas; they offer reasonable, attainable solutions that will provide immediate relief to issues while ensuring the future sessions of Student Association will be able to build on the previous successes. The best student leaders are ones who leave their organization better than the manner in which they found it. Coleman’s work on the Cuse vs. Cancer 5K is a prime example of this. He turned the program over to a new group that built on its previous success. His dedication to delivering results is second to none and voters can be assured that his promises will not be left to the side while the assembly argues about whether the parliamentary procedure was followed. I’m confident that my time serving as SA president provides me with the ability to choose a candidate who will produce the best outcomes for the students. I encourage you to cast your vote this week for Kyle Coleman to be the 57th president of the Student Association. Go Orange!

Neal Casey


College Democrats: Curtis’ ideals align with group’s ideas on how government should work After much debate, the College Democrats at Syracuse University have decided to endorse Allie Curtis for Student Association president. We felt that two candidates — PJ Alampi and Iggy Nava — demonstrated a distinct lack of engagement on campus by failing to reach out to our organization during election season. However, Allie Curtis and Kyle Coleman were both welcomed into one of our weekly meetings, where each made a strong argument

for why he or she should be elected. A vote of our Executive Board determined that two supported Coleman and one abstained, while four felt that Curtis was the best candidate for us. As an organization, the College Democrats do much of our work off campus in the local Syracuse Community. Last month, we left campus multiple times a week to campaign for President Barack Obama, Congressman-elect Dan Maffei and other local political candidates. In light of her campaign platform emphasizing involvement in the Syracuse community and her prioritization of increasing local internship programs, we felt that Curtis’ priori-

ties lined up best with our own. Some felt that Coleman’s new perspective and platform emphasizing the bringing together of the SU community were assets, but in the end we felt that Curtis’ experience would allow her to more easily affect change. As such, we encourage all students of SU and the State University of New York College of Environment Science and Forestry to log onto MySlice and vote for Allie Curtis as our next SA president. In addition, we would like to single out incumbent representatives Ben Jones and Colin Crowley for re-election from the College of Arts and Sciences, both of whom are mem-

bers of our organization. Another of our members, Taylor Bold, is running an insurgent write-in campaign for assembly representative and, if successful, would provide a fresh perspective for his constituents, also in the College of Arts and Sciences. Regardless of the outcome of the SA election, the College Democrats would like to welcome any interested students to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Hall of Languages, room 114. Signed,

The College Democrats Executive Board


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DO endorses DeSalvo for comptroller EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board In the contested race for Student Association comptroller, The Daily Orange Editorial Board endorses the incumbent Stephen DeSalvo. Having experience in SA, and specifically on the Finance Board, is very important for the comptroller. Although Osarumwense PatOsagie has experience in SA and as a member of a registered student organization, he does not have Finance Board experience. Before running for comptroller last year, DeSalvo worked on the Finance Board. Last week, DeSalvo helped hold one of the shortest budget meetings in recent years, a fact which can be attributed to the way DeSalvo runs the system and the changes he implemented in his first year on the job. The position of the comptroller is not ubiquitous for those who are not heads of registered student organizations that apply for funding from SA. Many uninformed students may be drawn to vote for either candidate, simply because they lack the background knowledge of either candidate. But as the person who controls the $2 million student activity fee, the comptroller cannot be left up to chance. DeSalvo has proven to be reliable and knowledgeable about his position. The SA presidential candidates spoke highly of DeSalvo, and have worked closely with him and know him best. Pat-Osagie is virtually unknown. There is a potential conflict of interest if Pat-Osagie is elected as well. Pat-Osagie is in Alpha Phi Alpha, one of four organizations in the top tier of SA funding, meaning it can request more than $25,000 in funding. With all things considered, The Daily Orange Editorial Board can think of no single, specific reason to vote for Pat-Osagie, and DeSalvo is a strong candidate. News Editor Editorial Editor Sports Editor Presentation Director Photo Editor Copy Chief Art Director Development Editor Social Media Producer Web Developer Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. News Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Feature Editor Asst. Sports Editor

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hate a guilt trip. Those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials, a homeless man asking me for a ride to Anaheim (true story), a friend using passive-aggression to remind me about the $5 I owe him — why do y’all have to make me feel so bad? Can’t I just live my life in a bubble of 1950s euphoria? It makes life difficult to deal with. But all that’s nothing compared to the liberal shame that washes over me when I get into a cab with a bunch of drunk 20-somethings. Really, I’d rather live out my existence as a musk ox than work one shift as a cab driver on a Friday night. Invariably, every time I’m headed out for an evening on the town with my compatriots, I end up striking up a conversation with our cabbie, and the juxtaposition of two worlds in Asst. Sports Editor Asst. Photo Editor Asst. Photo Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor Asst. Copy Editor


world on a string front of me is pretty horrifying. In the backseat, my inebriated friends are yelling at each other, taking pictures on their iPhones or yelling out song requests to our embattled driver. In the meantime, I’m listening to the life story of the man behind the wheel — the names of his children, where he came from originally, how long he’s been in the United States. And it’s not like he just volunteers this info. I ask, because I guess I like to feel terrible about myself before going out to party for the night. A strange

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form of masochism, that’s for sure. Can we be nicer to these guys? Or just be a little more self-aware the next time we take a 30-second cab ride from Chuck’s to Comstock Avenue? They work for a living. They came here to make something of themselves (just like The Godfather Part II) and make a better life for their children. The way we act might be rubbing their noses in it just a tad. The convention now seems to be “your cab driver is essentially a nonemoting robo-chauffeur, so act as you please.” And as a result, I can’t stop thinking about how awful it must be to deal with a full eight hours of drunk people who can’t remember where they live, or lost their wallets and can’t pay, or vomit on the upholstery, or scream to change the radio station, or — well, you get the idea. Look, just give me those five

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minutes sitting in the back seat of a cab. Just be polite and friendly and conscientious for that period of time. The rest of the 168 hours a week, go ahead and behave entitled and spoiled as much as you like. You have my blessing. Just five minutes of courtesy a week. Ten minutes, tops. But I know we’re better than what we’re doing now. I’m sure of it. I just don’t want to sit in silence next to a driver smoldering with fury as he delivers an oblivious backseat full of handbags and vodka-filled Dasani bottles to a dive bar. I can’t do it. Quit being a bunch of Sarah McLachlans. Let me just go out on the weekends in peace. No more guilt tripping. Kevin Slack is a senior television, radio and film major. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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DPS continues to investigate student artwork stolen from ground floor of Bird library By Casey Fabris ASST. NEWS EDITOR

The Department of Public Safety is continuing its search for a piece of student artwork stolen from E.S. Bird Library early in the morning on Nov. 1. The piece was one of six in a series created by freshman Hadley Allen that was put on display on the ground floor of the library near the entranceway. Allen created the series for a dimensional art class, said Erin Murphy, an adjunct professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts who teaches the class. “This was one of three projects and we have an agreement with the library that all of our


of the names of the more than 6,000 military personnel who have lost their lives since the war on terror began. The program continued at 11 a.m. in Hendricks Chapel as multiple Grammy and Country Music Award nominee Michael Peterson doffed his black cowboy hat and invited the crowd to join him in singing the national anthem. More than 100 students, staff, veterans and members of the community filled the central rows of pews in Hendricks Chapel, with the 198th Army Band seated above. Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Sapp, a medaled Iraq veteran, executive director of development and alumni relations at SU, and a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Law, then requested a moment of silence for fallen veterans and their loved ones. “Every American, no matter where they live or what they do, reaps the benefits of their service,” he said. Several speakers followed at the podium — including Anthony Keach, president of the Syracuse branch of Student Veterans of America — praising the university’s long history of support for the armed services. From 1944, when Chancellor William Tolley lobbied Washington for the passage of the first


keeping the power outage going strong. “About every house had a tree on the wires,” Buckvar said. Brian Spector, president of the SU Alumni Association and New Jersey resident, said the



area to celebrate its anniversary and show the progress it has made in the past year. The goal of the institute is to aid veterans and families in finding opportunities for education and employment after returning from service, said Erica Franceschini, a student intern at IVMF. “We implemented a lot of programs to help veterans when starting their own business,” Franceschini said. “We also released a resource to help companies understand what it is like to hire a veteran, and what steps they can take to make it easier and more comfortable for both the veterans and the businesses.” The IVMF has many programs to help

projects for this class are being installed in the library,” Murphy said. The theft took place around 2 or 3 a.m. after Halloween, and may have been part of a fraternity prank, Murphy said. “I don’t know what folks would have done with this,” she said. Murphy has not seen the footage herself, but has been talking with the detective in charge of the investigation. Surveillance footage shows three students entering the building and checking for security. Two of the students hung back and kept watch while the third took the piece and stuffed it under his or her jacket, Murphy said. The students did not swipe their SUIDs to get

GI Bill, to today, when SU is the only university collecting national data on veterans’ education, they said Syracuse’s history of providing for veterans is indisputable. Peterson, who toured Iraq and Afghanistan nine times to perform for soldiers and subsequently became the sole recipient of the American Legion’s 2011 National Education Award, then sang “Wave On, Old Glory, Wave On” to the crowd’s standing ovation. The keynote speaker, Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, extolled SU’s long history of supporting U.S. troops. He cited, among other programs, the work of SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the university’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon program. After the 198th Army Band played the anthems of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, with service members in the audience standing to the anthems of the branches with which they’d served, the crowd filed out onto the Quad. Silent except for the chirping of the few remaining birds and some scattered conversation, everyone awaited the flag ceremony and presentation of a commemorative wreath to end the Veterans Day celebration. SU’s Army and Air Force ROTC members stood at attention as the American flag and then SU’s flag were raised against the breeze. Fittingly, history came together during the flag ceremony, as the stars and stripes were raised on a flagpole donated by the class of

into the building, but rather “piggybacked” on someone else who was entering, she said. Murphy said, according to the detective, the theft could be considered petit larceny. But the ultimate goal, she said, is to have the piece returned. Ironically, Murphy said, the piece that was stolen was a combination lock, and the series was titled “Safe.” “I don’t know if that’s part of the joke,” she said. Both Murphy and Allen are very upset about the situation. “It takes a lot of courage to show your work publicly, especially when you’re a freshman in school, and this is an opportunity for freshmen to show their works — that’s never been

given to a freshman class before,” she said. “That was a big deal.” What’s most upsetting is that this is a missed opportunity for Allen, Murphy said. She could have shown the project at other venues and also used it in her portfolio, as it was a very strong piece, she said. Said Murphy: “The university community should be a trusting environment and I think that it’s really sad when things like this happen, when people can’t respect each other enough to enjoy each other’s work and be able to celebrate it, and not disrespect it and steal things.” @caseyfabris

luke rafferty | design editor PHILIP KOVACH, a member of the 198th Army Band Buglers, plays taps during the Veterans Day Ceremony, which more than 100 SU community members attended. 1914, and the university flag on a flagpole donated by the class of 1940. The graduates of those two classes lived to see many of their classmates serve in some of the worst military conflicts in history, and their university continue its proud legacy of commitment to veterans.

Said Sergeant First Class Jennifer Pluta: “Syracuse University has a long tradition of support and service to our fellow citizens. We understand the importance of global outreach and civic engagement, and don’t hesitate to answer the call to action.”

noise and wind were unbearable. “It was like a horror movie,” he said. “I’ve never heard or seen anything like that in my life.” Once the calamity of the night had passed, residents were forced to deal with the destruction. After using cars as a power source to charge phones and other electronics, many were forced to deal with long gas lines to refuel their cars. SU alumna Jessica Hurwitz, a Long Island

resident, said dealing with the lines was one of the biggest inconveniences of the storm. “Even at 6 a.m., the lines were still crazy,” she said. There was a significant amount of community support, Hurwitz said, but the harshness of the situation really took its toll. “People were helping each other, but they were also frustrated,” Hurwitz said. “There was

no gas, no power, long lines for everything.” Even when dealing with frustration, the SU community reached out to those in need. “I logged on to Facebook, and my news feed was full of people saying, ‘I still have power, if anyone wants to come over, we’re more than welcome to accommodate you,’” Buckvar said. “It turned a bad situation into almost a fun sleepover.”

veterans start their own business, such as Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EVB), Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EVB-F), Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-Wise) and Operation Endure & Grow, said Jaime Alvarez, the director of Media Relations and Communications for IVMF. There is a stigma attached to veterans that they are not fit to work after service because they are either seen as heroes or broken, Alvarez said. “What we are trying to do, through our programs and supports services, is show that they all have a skill set that they have gained through military service that is transferable, post-service, to business and industry,” Alvarez said. The EBV program was designed to help veterans transition into the work force, but those still in

service are able to take advantage of it as well. “As a Syracuse guy, the EBV program is a great opportunity for me to be connected to helping veterans as they transition out,” said National Guard member Sean McQuaid. During the last year, a new program was added to help veterans make the transition out of the service. The program, Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup, helps members getting out of the service transition into a career in entrepreneurship or small-business management, Alvarez said. The IVMF has given opportunities for students to come to SU with help from the Yellow Ribbon Program. The IVMF has helped the SU Veterans’ Resource Center and given it a room in which to work within IVMF, said Sean

Galloway, president of the Student Veterans of America SU Chapter. IVMF does not hesitate to help a veteran with anything he or she may need. Students in the Veterans’ Resource Center are comfortable with seeking help from IVMF, Galloway said, which says a lot about the people and organization. “I can go to them for anything, it’s an opendoor policy and that alone is very helpful,” he said. “I can go down there and ask for help, and if they can’t help they will find someone who can.” IVMF, although not part of the Veterans’ Resource Center, is always looking out for the greater good of all veterans, Galloway said. Said Galloway: “IVMF is separate from the Veterans’ Research Center, but they are here for everybody.”

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he theme of miniature was one that carried throughout Apple’s release of its newest product, the iPad mini. Not only is the iPad mini smaller than the iPad, but there was less hype as well. But the iPad mini release may not have been meant as an innovation, said Bob Kucharavy, professor of practice in public relations. Apple may have created the product to satisfy loyal customers clamoring for an Apple version of Kindle’s Fire and Google’s Nexus 10, he said. “It’s a PR move to satisfy your current customers and give them something, and hope that they’ll hold on until you come out with a new and improved product,” he said. Kucharavy said he’s sure Apple has thor-

oughly analyzed the situation and wouldn’t have released the smaller iPad if it wasn’t profitable. “If you feel that your base is going away, you would give your customer base something, knowing that it might not be exactly the fit, but you in the pipeline are going to be able to come out with something better and get them to trade up,” he said. Jeff Rubin, associate professor of practice in the School of Information Studies, said the only major difference between the iPad and the iPad mini is the smaller screen, which he said seems to have more disadvantages than advantages. “Personally, I think it’s odd for those who have an iPad to go to the mini,” he said. A positive aspect of the iPad mini is that a user can operate it with one hand, Rubin said, but there aren’t many other noticeable benefits. In moving to a smaller version, the tablet loses its retina dis-

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play, one of its best features, without saving much money or decreasing the weight of the device. Rubin got an iPad even though he already had an iPhone because he thought the iPhone screen was too small to work on, so he wanted a bigger device. “For people who have been used to the iPad and the larger screen display than a tablet environment, I feel like I’m downsizing. Why would I want to do that?” Rubin said. The iPad mini might not make much sense for those who already have iPads, but Rubin said it might for those who don’t own a tablet. He said the product has gotten good feedback in online reviews and he has heard the same from friends. “For people who haven’t gotten into the tablet market, for people who are still on their phones and their laptops as their two main devices, the iPad mini is going to be a great

device for them,” he said. Students at Syracuse University, like Stephen Timirchand, weren’t very excited about the iPad mini. “It’s weird. The iPad is just really a bigger iPod touch and now (the iPad mini) is like a medium iPod touch,” said the sophomore biology major. “It seems really redundant. I don’t know why anyone would buy it.” Daisy Gan, a freshman undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences, said she thought the release of an iPad mini seemed unnecessary. She also said she especially doesn’t want one because she already has an iPod touch, which essentially has the same function. “I guess it’s a good idea for some people,” Gan said. “Just they could have come out with something more interesting or different.”

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SU Hillel plans relief drive to help victims of Superstorm Sandy By Meredith Newman ASST. NEWS EDITOR

The Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life at Syracuse University will host a Hurricane Sandy relief drive, aiding those affected by the superstorm. Hillel will accept donation items such as toiletries, canned food, clothing and batteries, said Rachel Mandel, social action vice president for Hillel. She said students and those in the SU community can donate any item that might help victims. In the lobby of the Hillel Center at 102 Walnut Ave., there is a box in which students can place their goods. The drive started Friday and will continue through Dec. 14. “After what happened, we wanted to do something helpful, especially since so many students


New York Office of the Drug Policy Alliance. Recent public debate has switched between viewing marijuana as a federally classified Schedule I prohibited drug and as “compassionate” marijuana, useful in alleviating pain. But Dessa Bergen-Cico, assistant professor of public health, food and nutrition, pointed out that neighboring states have passed similar legislation and predicted that New York would follow suit “within two years.” “There is no good reason to keep marijuana from patients, or to keep it as a Schedule I drug,” Bergen-Cico said. She sees “not much in the way of cons,” noting that medical marijuana has “less side effects than most synthetic drugs.” The speculation over legalization in New York has revealed another narrative of marijuana use, in which students find benefits outside of traditional medicine. Tim McNeish, a sophomore photography major, said he saw his ADD symptoms decrease over the course of two years of smoking marijuana. “I am much better able to focus, maintain composure and not act out,” he said. He also said marijuana helped improve his “enjoyment and involvement with the arts,” stimulating his creativity. “Marijuana can be extraordinarily benefi-



we want to address the issues. Burak said international activities, such as watching events like the World Cup, should take place on campus. She said she plans to get more American students involved in her international student mentor program in order to improve the connection between international and domestic students. “When you put yourself among people who don’t know you and don’t know your language, there’s a lack of engagement,” Burak said. “U.S. students have to reach out, and interna-

and members are from that area,” said Mandel, a sophomore psychology and Judaic studies major. The items will be donated to Island Harvest, an organization that donates food to hungry people in New York, Mandel said. Hannah Miller, president of Hillel, said she encourages students to donate to the drive because of the timing of the holiday season. “People who you would never think needed things now need things. It’s our duty as humans and as Jewish people to give back,” said Miller, a junior advertising major. Miller added that she has received a lot of interest and verbal commitment from people who are interested. One student donated eight jars of peanut butter. As incentive, those who donate will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift card to a store

or restaurant on Marshall Street. Hillel is currently in the process of organizing a trip this Thanksgiving to help those that were affected by Superstorm Sandy, Mandel said. While the details have yet to be set, Mandel said she hopes the Hillel members can help fix damaged homes and pass out food to those in need during their trip. It is not uncommon for Hillel to donate or participate in disaster relief when a disaster or tragedy strikes, Miller said. She added that Hillel donated goods to those affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Said Miller: “When something like this happens, and it affects our family and Jewish community, we do whatever we can to help.”

cial when used properly,” said McNeish. Sean Schupak, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, said he experienced similar benefits. “It brings in color when things are gray and sparks curiosity when we’ve abandoned curiosity,” Schupak said. Ben Domingo, Syracuse University’s Health Services director, declined to take a side, calling legalization a “tough issue,” but voiced concern about laced marijuana. Domingo said he has seen students come into Health Services with “bad” marijuana, laced with substances such as bath salts. “I’ve seen cases of severe paranoia and negative effects on the heart,” Domingo said. “The preferred method, which is smoking, is stronger than smoking a cigarette with more damage to the lungs.” The push to legalize has received momentum from the ballot initiatives in Colorado and Washington state, but it is still unclear whether the New York Senate has taken action. One of the biggest challenges is opposition from the general public, which is “understandably” concerned with the effects of decriminalization, said Bergen-Cico. Bergen-Cico calls marijuana a “low-risk substance” compared to alcohol and other substances, adding that the “greatest consequence is the legal consequences.” “We are among some of the most restrictive in the sentencing and policy towards marijuana,”

Bergen-Cico said. “If you look at countries that have allowed wholesale access, the THC quantities are labeled and there are no adulterants.” Bergen-Cico, who has toured dispensaries in California and observed surrounding activity, said that in Holland, which allows broader access, she has “not really seen this public downfall” associated with marijuana use. But she also called law enforcement a major stakeholder, claiming that for them, decriminalization is a “power issue.” Said Bergen-Cico: “There is a significant personal interest on the part of people who work in criminal justice, the court system, public defenders, the DEA, local police and such, because that is a significant amount of what they spend their time doing.”

tional students must reach out, too. There’s a reluctance on both sides.” Lustig said the meeting tonight was “a step forward in bridging the gap between American students and international students.” He said segregation has been a big issue on campus and students should view learning about a new culture as an opportunity. “Knowledge brings tolerance,” he said. In other business, the SA Library Advisory Board has been working with library officials to obtain new furniture for learning commons (the lower two f loors) of E.S. Bird Library, improve library safety and security, and discuss cleaning library facilities.



General assembly member Iggy Nava arranged a presentation about international students from representatives at the Slutzker Center for International Services for SA members.

Pat Burak from the Slutzker Center said SU is not making the appropriate accommodations for the increasing number of international students.

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the sweet stuff in the middle

Candidates step out from behind podium, dish on personality survey By Erik Van Rheenen



What’s your theme song?

What’s your theme song?

“Made In America” by Toby Keith.

Who would play you in a movie? Rachel McAdams

What’s the first political election you remember watching? I grew up watching the elections because my dad is a political analyst, but the first election I was really into was in 2008.

What’s the coolest class on your schedule? Digital media start-ups.

Who is your favorite fictional character? I’ve always loved Wonder Woman.

What is the one item you never leave the house without? Burt’s Bees Chapstick!

Rakeem Christmas.

I’ve always loved Wonder Woman.


During Student Association election season, students may wonder if their favorite candidate is someone they’d want to chat with over a cup of coffee at Starbucks. With voting for SA president under way, the four candidates filled out Pulp’s questionnaire.

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What’s your theme song?

Who would play you in a movie? Morgan Freeman’s voice

What’s the first political election you remember watching? Argentine presidential elections in 1999

Yoda is a boss. OOYL — Only Once You Live. Iggy Nava

Newhouse Reading Room.

What SU basketball player would you take on, one-on-one?



“bIGGY bIGGY bIGGY can’t you see, I love the way you represent me”

Where’s your favorite study spot?


What’s the coolest class on your schedule? Human Rights in The Americas. Why I am taking my senior capstone as a sophomore, I don’t know.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Yoda is a boss. OOYL — Only Once You Live.

What is the one item you never leave the house without?

“Eye Of The Tiger”

Who would play you in a movie?

PJ ALAMPI What’s your theme song? “Pound the Alarm” - Nicki Minaj. I can’t stop singing it!

Who would play you in a movie?

Clint Eastwood

What’s the first political election you remember watching? Gore-Bush

What’s the coolest class on your schedule? Tax accounting, that’s a fun one.

Who is your favorite fictional character? Peter Griffin 

What is the one item you never leave the house without? An umbrella, I always forget it.

Where’s your favorite study spot? Whitman

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What’s the first political election you remember watching? The first election I remember watching was with George Bush and Al Gore. I recall voting in the mock election and standing in the huge polling booth.

What’s the coolest class on your schedule? I am so excited! I am taking sculpting next semester!

Who is your favorite fictional character? Russell from “Up”! Best movie ever!

What SU basketball player would you take on, one-on-one? DaJuan Coleman — he would probably go easy on me, since I assume we’re related.

I can do mental math pretty well.

What is the one item you never leave the house without? Clothing? I’m always dressed.

When I was younger I could cluck like a chicken.

Kyle Coleman

PJ Alampi

A pen.

Where’s your favorite study spot?

Where’s your favorite study spot? What’s your most embarrassing moment? When I was 4 years old, I was grocery shopping with my dad and I knocked over a large display of bug repellent. The store sent an employee to come clean it up. I didn’t see the face of the employee, just their long ponytail. My dad told me to apologize to the “nice man,” but I screamed “Daddy! That’s not a man! That’s a lady!” repeatedly until the worker turned around and I saw it was a man.

Do you have any hidden talents? I have found that I have an odd talent for competitive wing eating.

It used to be Carnegie, but with the reconstruction, I’m not sure.

What SU basketball player would you take on, one-on-one? I know he left, but Fab Melo. We always spoke Portuguese when we met. Plus the height difference would be interesting.

What’s your most embarrassing moment? Never thought about that.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can dance with a cup balanced on my head.

What’s your most embarrassing moment? I remember one time in the dining hall last year as being up there. I had on some sandals, and tried to jump a few stairs at once. The sandal didn’t come up with my foot, and so I fell face first into the concrete floor in the middle of Ernie. It was really funny, but embarrassing, too.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can do mental math pretty well, I’m not sure if that counts.

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What SU basketball player would you take on, one-on-one? Baye Keita. He’s a foot taller than me. What’s your most embarrassing moment? It was last year while taping down a wire after RA training and as I leaned over and boom — my pants split. It was a very uncomfortable moment. #PJProblems

Do you have any hidden talents? When I was younger I could cluck like a chicken.

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Senior industrial design major Matthew Kast is no stranger to visiting tattoo shops. Boasting six pieces of art scattered about his body, Kast is a needle veteran but has chosen to ink his skin only with traditional-style tattoos. “They aren’t too flashy, but are still powerful works of art and are an homage to old-school body art and their artists,” Kast said. On his right forearm, Kast has four very different works of traditional tattooing. A black rose with an eye for his brother, a shark to represent his coastal roots and even a tattoo of a gypsy woman that holds a secret no one else knows. But above them all, spread across the width of his inner forearm, an unfinished owl soars with significant numbers cast below the wings. Kast decided to get his first tattoo at Halo Tattoo on Marshall Street on his birthday in the fall of his freshman year. Kast’s parents, against tattoos, said that they would pull him out of school if he even got one tattoo. While most would heed their warning, Kast acted in rebellion and had artist Mike Tommyrot tattoo an owl on his arm. The numbers 31 and 61 may seem arbitrary at first, but they mark an interesting tradition

among men in the Kast family. Kast’s father was born in 1961, his grandfather in 1931 and his great grandfather in 1901. The 30-year spread was continued through Matthew, who was born in 1991. Kast chose the owl as the ultimate symbol to represent the wisdom and knowledge passed to him through his father and ultimately his grandfather. “I wanted to make a grand dedication to them because everything I’ve come to learn about the world and how it works is based on them. They taught me everything I ever needed to know, and what better animal to represent wisdom and knowledge than the owl,” Kast said. “Sure my mom was pissed at first, but as soon as I explained the significance of the numbers in relation to my father and his father, she broke down in a fit of happiness and understanding.” Since that day, Kast has gotten five more tattoos including an under-the-lip tattoo that reads “DCF” and a wrist band that always reminds him to “savor it,” but the rest he chooses to have covering the visible part of his right arm. Said Kast: “I don’t mind having my tattoos showing. Why pay hundreds of dollars for custom works of permanent art only to hide them under clothing; I know one day I’ll have a sleeve anyway.”

MATTHEW KAST, a senior industrial design major, has an owl with the numbers 31 and 61 inked on his right arm as a homage to his family. The tattoo marks his sixth piece of art, and he had this one done at Halo Tattoo on Marshall Street. The numbers he chose came from family history, as his father was born in 1961 and his grandfather in 1931.

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS British phenomenon One Direction brings back boy-band appeal

By Ibet Inyang



oy bands: You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. The new wave of boy band has gone in a new direction in the past couple of years. British group One Direction has built up a fan base that rivals even Team Jonas, perhaps because of its similarly boyish charm. But One Direction’s talent and catchy lyrics may have bought the band members more than 15 minutes of fame. In their sophomore album, “Take Me Home,” they show that they have at least a little potential. One Direction has been capturing hearts across the pond since 2010, when the band formed and competed on The X Factor UK. The band finished in third, but soon picked up a sweet deal with Simon Cowell. In 2011, it released its debut album, “Up All Night,” and utter mayhem ensued. Young girls across the globe fell in throw-panties-on-the-stage, passout-at-the-concert love with Harry, Zayn, Naill, Louis and Liam, and hits, like “What Makes You Beautiful,” were in heavy radio rotation. Like it or not, One Direction is fostering the biggest British Invasion since The Beatles. And you have to give its members props: They’re actually pretty talented. The group has toughas-nails Simon Cowell’s stamp of approval, so you know it can’t be too awful. You can really see the group’s vocal ability and musicality in songs like “Little Things.” Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran wrote the midtempo song as a more subdued version of One Direction’s usual hits, and it is sweet enough to make any girl melt. The song has simple guitar backing and an acoustic feel that lets listeners

Sounds like: A better looking British version of Hanson Top track: “Rock Me”

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appreciate each member’s solo. You then are welcome to take joy in the “little things” that make One Direction shine in the song, such as the small inflection of the band members’ accents or the adorable way they talk about loving the dimples in a girl’s back. But their staying power lies in their catchy, up-tempo pop songs. The album’s lead single, “Live While We’re Young,” has already been heating up charts due to its fun vibes and danceable lyrics that disguise not-so-subtle innuendos. Unfortunately, that just about sums up the rest of the album. The band has found

that it wins with those overly energized pop anthems about love and is sticking to it. But it gets a little repetitive. We see a little variation in “C’mon, C’mon” when the band uses a more electronic-sounding track, but is soon dissolved in a cliched pop chorus. Then, in “Rock Me,” the group gets a little inspiration from the legendary Queen song and surprisingly doesn’t miss a beat. Heavy percussion and handclaps drive the track, which even shows off a different vocal pattern and style with an edgy rock vibe. There’s something wrong about “oh” and “nah, nah, nah” being the primary lyrics in a

illustration by amanda shaffer | contributing illustrator band’s chorus, but that’s One Direction’s gimmick. And so far, it’s working. “Take Me Home” will be another hit for the band. Its songs are catchy and fun, and thus the group has captured listeners under its British boy-band spell. It’s a little disappointing that the band members don’t have the tight choreography of ’N Sync or the smooth vocals of Boyz II Men, but they do have that undeniable talent and appeal that you wouldn’t dare admit you’d pay for.

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Legacy of Turkey’s first president transcends modern American politics


n Saturday, Nov. 10, my roommates and I woke up bright and early to scramble to the main road in our neighborhood before 9 a.m. Once we hit the main road however, we simply stopped, waited and watched. The sidewalks were bustling with people while the street was crowded with the typical weaving of taxis, buses and cars. At 9:05 a.m., though, everything stopped. People stepped on the brakes, put their cars in park and emerged into the cool morning air. They stopped their chatter, their fastpaced gait. For a whole minute, everything was completely still and silent as the Turkish people stopped to commemorate the death of their president. It was spectacular to observe. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is everywhere. His signature appears on bumper stickers, cellphone cases and in inky permanence on the arms of Turks so in love that they want a reminder of their first president imprinted on their bodies. I’ve seen his face on bars of soap, key chains and staring down at me from enormous flags. If you think Big Brother is bad, imagine what it feels like to have 10,000 Father Turks watching you almost constantly. The Turks are obsessed with Ataturk, and rightly so. Let me give you the briefest of brief history lessons: Way back in 1299, the Muslim Ottoman Empire replaced the Christian Byzantium —


going, going, gone Constantinople turned to Istanbul. From that year all the way until 1923, the Empire waxed, waned and eventually fizzled out. At its zenith, the empire spanned three continents, but by the early 1900s it had become known as the “sick man of Europe.” Until Ataturk decided to change that, that is. An accomplished military officer in World War I even though the Ottoman Empire fought on the losing Central Powers side, he used his fame to help him lead a War of Independence against the Greeks from 1919 to 1923. The war was won and Ataturk, who was awarded the surname meaning “Father of the Turks,” set up a provisional government and named himself the first president of the Turkish Republic. From that point until his death at 9:05 a.m. on Nov. 10, 1938, he would spend his life creating and shaping the Turkish national identity. I have to admit that since coming to Turkey I’ve caught Ataturk fever. He truly was an amazing man — a brave army officer, a revolutionary statesman, a prolific writer and the

creator of an entire language, for goodness sake. And those brilliant, bright blue eyes make me melt. When I think about it, it stuns me just how new this country that I’m studying is. There’s such a strange duality because Turkey the landmass has so much history, while Turkey the country hardly has any at all. Turkey just officially became Turkey on October 29, 1923. That means there are Turks still alive today who grew up in the Ottoman Empire. That means there are Turks still alive today who met Ataturk in person. I can try to assuage my jealousy of the omnipresence of a Turkish national hero by telling myself that if we had grandmas and grandpas around today who had

shaken George Washington’s hand, maybe we would be throwing his face on more than just a lousy $1 bill. That’s right, I said it: I’m a little jealous. I’m a little jealous because even though I can watch the movie starring Daniel Day Lewis, I can’t buy a lighter with Abraham Lincoln’s noble face plastered across the front. What’s up with that? I’m jealous that Turks have this unifying love of a man that transcends even modern politics, and of the national pride that every Turk I’ve met exudes. Jillian D’Onfro is a senior magazine journalism and information management and technology dual major. Her column appears every Tuesday. She can be reached at


Mustafa Ataturk was the first president of Turkey and his surname literally means “Father of the Turks.” He was granted the name by Turkish parliament in 1934, and the surname is forbidden to any other Turkish citizen. He helped to establish the Republic of Turkey in 1923 when the Treaty of Lausanne was signed, and also fought as a soldier in World War I. He was born on May 19, 1881, and died in November 1938 at age 57. His body is buried in Ankara, Turkey. He’s commemorated with several monuments in Turkey, including the Ataturk International Airport, Ataturk Stadium and Ataturk Bridge. In 1951, the Turkish government outlawed insults to his memory and destruction of objects representing him. In 2007, websites like YouTube, Geocities and other blogging sites were blocked by a Turkish court due to violations of the law. The YouTube ban was lifted after 30 months.

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express his own feelings in addition to educating young players. The backlash and the campaign have roots in what he sees as deeper problems within the game of lacrosse and the country. “I usually call us a pot of assorted fruits and vegetables; that’s what I call America,” Miller said. “It shows how sad it is that I can’t speak up or I can speak up and be convicted about how I’m feeling, but people still question it and think I just want to be seen.” Miller retweeted several negative reactions throughout the week, many of which contained racial slurs. Much of the criticism of Miller’s protest came from people unfamiliar with lacrosse, he said. Before he publicized his complaint, Miller called former SU head coach Roy Simmons to ask him to vouch for his character. He also reached out to Jim Brown to hear his thoughts on the issue, but received no response. The Hounds and Chief Operating Officer Wade Leaphart did not make an official statement on Miller’s protest. But on Saturday, Leaphart did tweet “#ninjaplease Agree or disagree, the malicious tweets aimed at @jovination23 are pathetic. Be constructive; learn, grow, carry on.” Throughout the controversy as well as his career, Miller said he has been torn between deciding to speak out on racial issues and coming off as “an angry black man.” He recalled a conversation he had in the summer of 2008 in which the parent of an opposing player told him to worry about getting through school instead of getting on the field at SU. Miller said he could not tell his parents, fearing

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their reaction. Adults set in an opposing viewpoint are unlikely to be moved by his protest, he said, but he felt he could teach uninformed observers. “This whole experience I thought was a very bold stance, it was a very cutthroat stance, it was more meant to educate the kids and obviously tell Warrior I didn’t appreciate the subtlety of their slogan,” Miller said. Woodson, who plays for the MLL’s Ohio Machine, said he was not personally offended by the slogan, but its clearance through Warrior Sports marketing bothered him. Yet he also saw the issue as an opportunity to discuss lacrosse in terms of race, privilege and the sport’s overall image. “Lacrosse has always been viewed as an exclusive, rich sport for Northeast prep-school white kids and there’s so much talk about how, ‘No, that’s not the case,’ but then at the same time there still are very much issues of race that exist in this sport; whether we want to look at it or not, they’re still there,” Woodson said. US Lacrosse came out in support of Miller on Sunday, applauding his intolerance of racism and expressing that a “culture of inclusion” is “essential to our sport’s responsible development.” “Racially derogatory comments and references impede the advancement of lacrosse and have no place within our sport,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. Ultimately, Miller feels he did make a difference as the slogan was dropped. “It was more just to help people and not separate or segregate them,” Miller said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and to know that there are more people with me than against me.” @MrJacobK

daily orange file photo JOVAN MILLER was embroiled in controversy after threatening to retire in the face of Warrior’s #NinjaPlease campaign. The former All-American said the slogan was racist.

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After throttling Louisville, SU turns focus to SEC’s Missouri By Ryne Gery SPORTS EDITOR

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone reiterated his pride in his team’s performance in its 45-26 win over No. 11 Louisville on Monday. But as he has all season, Marrone turned his focus to the Orange’s next game. SU (5-5, 4-2 Big East) will travel to Columbia, Mo., to

“Now it’s a challenge to keep that going and the schedule doesn’t get easier. Late in the year, going out to play an SEC team in their home field and a very talented team so we got our work cut out for us and we got to get back to work.”

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take on Southeastern Conference opponent Missouri (5-5, 2-5 SEC) on Saturday — a tough nonconference matchup as both teams look to lock up bowl eligibility with two regularseason games remaining. “Now it’s a challenge to keep that going and the schedule doesn’t get easier,” Marrone said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference. “Late in the year, going out to play an SEC team in their home field and a very talented team so we got our work cut out for us and we got to get back to work.” The Tigers have endured a rough transition into the SEC — widely considered the best confer-

ence in the country — suffering all five of their losses in conference play. Four of those five opponents are ranked in the top 12 in the nation and combine for a 35-5 record. And though Missouri is currently in the bottom half of the league in total offense and defense, Marrone is preparing his team for another quality opponent. Marrone said the team plans to avoid a letdown like it did following its upset of West Virginia last season by preparing with the same focus it did heading into the Louisville game. He acknowledged SU’s letdown after that big win and the team’s struggles on the road before stressing the need for his team to execute. “We’re trying to do a lot of the things we did last week, mirror that and become better,” Marrone said during the teleconference. “And get these game plans and go out there and play a very talented and a very good football team.” Nassib continues standout senior season Ryan Nassib capped his career at the Carrier Dome with a memorable victory on Saturday. The SU quarterback led his team to an upset of Louisville, throwing for three touchdowns and 246 yards. He now sits atop the Big East in career completions with 738, and he is only six yards away from passing Marvin Graves to become Syracuse’s all-time leader in career passing yards. Nassib moved past Donovan McNabb for second all-time and goes into the Missouri game with 3,114 yards. The senior has completed 63.4 percent of his passes to go with 21 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. Marrone spoke about Nassib’s contributions to the program and his development the last four years following the win on Saturday. And he shared similar sentiments on Monday. Said Marrone: “I tell him all the time I can appreciate how much work he’s put into becoming a better leader on this football team and it’s really helped us.”




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Tyson-Thomas gives Orange leadership in senior season By Kevin Prise STAFF WRITER

When Syracuse opened its season on Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson, Carmen Tyson-Thomas resumed her role as the team’s sparkplug. Tyson-Thomas, a senior guard who started 29 games last season, began her career as a contributor off Who: Maine Where: Orono, Maine the bench. After When: Tuesday 7 p.m. returning to that role for seven of the team’s final 11 games in 2011-12, Tyson-Thomas found herself in a similar position in Syracuse’s 94-47 win over FDU. She contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the win. Whether she starts or comes off the bench, she said she simply wants to do what’s best for the team. “I feel like we’re becoming more of a unit,” Tyson-Thomas said. “And that’s what we need to do to win games.” Tyson-Thomas will look to continue her strong start to the season when the Orange travels to play Maine on Tuesday at 7 p.m. On a team with three promising freshmen — Cornelia Fondren, Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes — starting for SU on Sunday, veterans like Tyson-Thomas and junior guard Rachel Coffey sat to start the game. Tyson-Thomas will serve as a model for the younger players as she steps into a leadership position this season. “It’s much different,” Tyson-Thomas said. “Stepping out of being under leadership to becoming a senior and being a leader.”



Syracuse begins a seven-game stretch away from home on Tuesday in Maine. The Orange opened its season with a 94-47 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. The team will play five games on the road along with two games on a neutral court in the San Juan Shootout. Here’s a look at SU’s next seven matchups: DATE


Tuesday Maine Friday Cornell Nov. 20 St. Joseph’s Nov. 23 Georgia Tech* Nov. 24 Virginia* Nov. 29 Dartmouth Dec. 2 Temple *San Juan Shootout

Tyson-Thomas finds that being a good leader can stem from the ability to show younger players what she does on a daily basis to improve as a player. By practicing what she preaches regarding intensity and focus, she

“It’s tough because you don’t know as much as everybody else, so you’re still trying to learn and see how everybody does things. But if you try your hardest, it shouldn’t be that hard.” Pachis Roberts SU FORWARD

hopes to foster discipline throughout the team. “I just tell them the same things that I do,” Tyson-Thomas said. “Rebound, go hard, make sure you’re focusing 100 percent in practice. Make sure you’re always on your toes and always listening to the coach.” Still, while the freshmen don’t have as much in-game Division I-level experience as their veteran peers, they don’t necessarily feel like they have to take a complete backseat. Freshman forward Pachis Robert feels her class can make intangible contributions within the team dynamic despite the learning curve. “It’s tough because you don’t know as much as everybody else,” Roberts said. “So you’re still trying to learn and see how everybody does things. But if you try your hardest, it shouldn’t be that hard.” At Maine on Tuesday, the freshmen will have their first challenge of playing in a road environment. The game will feature plenty of first-year players on the court, with the Black Bears having nine freshmen on the 14-player roster. In a 79-76 overtime loss to Wofford last Saturday, Maine started three freshmen, just as Syracuse did against FDU. “Maine actually has a totally different team,” Hillsman said. “It’s a little bit harder to get a read on them right now. But we know they’re going to come out and play very hard, and we’re going to have to execute to win.” Syracuse will be on the road for the next three weeks, as the Orange won’t play another game in the Carrier Dome until Dec. 4.

sam maller | asst. photo editor CARMEN TYSON-THOMAS looks to continue leading from the bench. On a team that starts three freshmen, Tyson-Thomas is one of five seniors. Against Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, she contributed 10 points despite not starting in the victory. Although Hillsman said he isn’t quite sure how his team will handle the stretch, he’s ready for the challenge. “I don’t know,” Hillsman said. “We’re going to see soon. Obviously the road is the road; it kind of puts you in a different routine and in a different mode.” With the road trip comes the chance for the veterans to put their leadership ability to the test, seeing how they keep their teammates on track through potential distractions. As one of five seniors on the roster,

Tyson-Thomas finds it hard to believe she’s now one of the team’s longest-tenured players. Still, she recognizes it is crucial for her to fill that veteran role. “It’s something that you’ve got to look at, and you’re just like, ‘Now you’re in the role,’” TysonThomas said. “I didn’t expect for it to come so soon. I’m enjoying being a senior, but then again I’m not; it’s a bittersweet thing. “But I’m stepping into my role very well, I think.”

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pushed Syracuse into the 48-team field. The Big East will be represented by eight of those 48 teams. Team captain and senior Ted Cribley is just happy that his team is one of them. “We were one of the six or so teams that were close, so going into tonight, you expect the worst,” Cribley said. “Now that we’re in, it’s fantastic.” Syracuse can breathe a little easier now. When the online selection show pitted the Orange against nearby Cornell in the second of three regional brackets, senior Louis Clark just shook his head in disbelief. But for the most part, other players, like fellow senior Mark Brode, rose to their feet in jubilation. “They cheered so loud that we couldn’t hear what they (the selection show) were saying about us,” McIntyre said. “I’ll have to wait to see what they said, but there was no way we could hear with that noise.” But the long-awaited celebration will also be a short-lived one. With only one loss on the

season, Cornell is a tough draw for McIntyre’s team. SU has won seven of the last nine games against the Big Red, but McIntyre called his team’s next opponent “our toughest test yet.” The Big Red won 15 games behind a highoctane attack led by forward Daniel Haber, who leads the nation in points per game (2.69) and

goals per game (1.13). He also ranks third nationally with 43 total points and 18 total goals, and Cornell is ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense. Even before the tournament selection show, Alex Bono said he would cherish such an opportunity. Syracuse’s last tournament appearance in



1984 came well before the freshman goalkeeper and Baldwinsville, N.Y., native was even born. “If you told me before this year that in my first season, we’d win 12 games, make the Big East tournament and now get a shot at the NCAA, I would’ve thought you were crazy,” Bono said. “But there are guys on this team who haven’t gotten to this point during their whole career, so you learn to take advantage when these chances come your way.” Those two words — “something special” — sum up this season best. Syracuse was picked to finish last in the Big East in the league’s preseason poll. Now, the Orange is NCAA-tournament bound. But before his excited players filed out of the Melo Center viewing party, McIntyre made sure they appreciated their second chance at postseason play — and an extension of this year’s improbable turnaround. “There’s no denying (Cornell is) talented,” McIntyre said. “We’ve celebrated already and now it’s time to get to work. We want to make some noise in this tournament.”




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sam maller | asst. photo editor LOUIS CLARK leads the Orange into the NCAA tournament despite falling to Notre Dame 4-2 in the Big East quarterfinals. SU faces Cornell at 7 p.m. Thursday in Ithaca, N.Y. The Big East sent eight teams to the NCAAs.


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fter pushing Notre Dame to the brink of an upset in the Big East tournament on Nov. 3, Ian McIntyre thought his players proved they had “more soccer left in them.” The NCAA tournament selection committee agreed with the Syracuse head coach on Monday night. For the first time since 1984 and the second time in program history, Syracuse earned an appearance in the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid. The Orange (12-6) will travel to

Ithaca, N.Y., for an opening-round game against Cornell (15-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Berman Field. And that means McIntyre and Syracuse will extend the storybook 2012 season by at least one more game. “I told the guys before tonight that tournament bid or no tournament bid, I’d be proud of the end result of this season,” said McIntyre, who coached Hartwick to an NCAA tournament berth in 2005. “But you could tell that as this week wore on, our guys weren’t happy with going out like they did.”

McIntyre said no Syracuse player wanted to end the season with the “sour taste” of a loss to Notre Dame. But Syracuse may have benefitted more from that 4-2 defeat than those players initially thought. Syracuse held a lead over the Fighting Irish — the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament team – for 48 minutes of its Big East tournament game earlier this month. That game, combined with a breakout, 12-win season and another strong year for Big East teams,


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Syracuse to host regional in 2015 NCAA Tournament

Miller protests insensitive slogan


The NCAA announced Monday that Syracuse will host the 2015 NCAA Tournament East Regional. Syracuse was one of 53 cities to express interest in hosting the event, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said in a press release. “We are thrilled for our hosts for the ’14 and ’15 tournaments,” Gavitt said in the release, “as they include a mix of cities that have proven over the course of several decades how to stage this great event, as well as cit-

ies that have come on to the scene in recent years and have embraced the tournament.” The games will be on March 27 and March 29 of 2015 at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse last hosted the East Regional during the 2010 NCAA Tournament, when West Virginia beat John Calipari’s Kentucky 73-66 to advance to the Final Four. The NCAA also announced 25 preliminary-round sites for the 2014 and 2015 tournament on Monday. @chris_iseman

By Jacob Klinger ASST. COPY EDITOR

Former Syracuse midfielder Jovan Miller announced on Twitter last Monday that he would retire from lacrosse if Warrior Sports did not drop its “#NinjaPlease” marketing campaign. Miller said it means “N-word please.” The sportswear company that outfits all eight Major League Lacrosse teams encouraged Twitter users to tweet with the hashtag #ninjaplease for a chance to win a pair of Dojo training shoes. Promotional posters were also released with the #ninjaplease slogan. Miller, who plays for the MLL’s

Charlotte Hounds, first became aware of the slogan when retired midfielder and three-time All-American Kyle Harrison called him about it. An email chain starting on Oct. 25 among current and former black lacrosse players followed, including Harrison, Shamel and Rhamel Bratton, Sam Bradman, Milton Lyles, Brendan Porter and Chazz Woodson. “We had a collective idea on what we were going to say,” Miller said. “It was me who put it out there because I’m probably the most popular of all the black players, so once I said something I knew we would get a lot of feedback.” On Nov. 5, Miller went public. In the week since, Miller witnessed

a groundswell of mixed reactions before Warrior removed any traces of the slogan on Thursday. Miller said Warrior Sports Chief Marketing Officer Dave Dixon spoke with him for five minutes on the phone last Friday and apologized. Miller said he now plans to continue his career. Much of the feedback Miller received was positive, he said, though hateful responses on Twitter and an initial argument with an unnamed teammate who did not understand his position caused him to speak out. Miller said he is basically done publicly protesting the campaign and his decision to go public was meant to


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