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Keep it open Police and Acropolis officials

Riot act Ra Ra Riot returns to SU with a concert at Crouse

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Saudi prince, alumnus to accept medal By Jen Bundy STAFF WRITER

Prince Sultan bin Salman, the first Arab astronaut and member of the royal family to enter space, will visit Syracuse University on Friday to receive the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement.

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Award for outstanding achivement to be given to Saudi prince Where: Maxwell School When: Friday, 11:45 a.m. How much: Free

sam maller | asst. photo editor PETER MAVRIKIDIS, owner of Acropolis Pizza House on Marshall Street, gestures toward his restaurant while speaking about the establishment’s upcoming nuisance abatement hearing. The restaurant is increasing security measures to avoid being shut down by the city.

Acropolis changes security to prevent closure By Casey Fabris ASST. NEWS EDITOR

The city of Syracuse threatened to shut down Marshall Street staple Acropolis Pizza House unless the facility takes steps to increase security.


With a little more than one day of voting left, Student Association was within 121 votes of tying last year’s record-setting total. “I’m very confident that we will pass last year’s voter turnout,” said Jenn Bacolores, chair of the Board of Elections and Membership Committee.

Recently, the area has become a hot spot for crime and violence, with three arrests taking place in or near the establishment in the last two years. In response, the city of Syracuse, under a nuisance abatement law, has asked that Acropolis make changes to alleviate these issues.

The nuisance abatement hearing on Dec. 11 will decide Acropolis’ fate. “I hope everything goes OK. I worry because I depend on my business,” Acropolis owner Peter Mavrikidis said. “I’m not a guy that can go get retired; I like to work. The day I work, the next day I die, that’s

As of 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, 3,585 students had voted in the election — representing 25.7 percent of Syracuse University’s student body, she said. At this point last year, SA received 3,360 votes, she said. Last year, a total of 3,706 votes were cast — or 26.1 percent.

running for the presidency and a new approach to public relations — including physical polling locations on campus, Bacolores said.

The high voter turnout can be attributed to multiple factors, such as having four candidates

Juniors: 27 percent



Here’s the breakdown of voting trends by class year: Freshmen: 22 percent Sophomores: 32 percent Seniors: 20 percent

my happiness. If I’m 80 years old, I want to work.” Acropolis has begun taking steps to prevent future problems, such as installing a more sophisticatewd security system and also hiring a security guard who works Friday


Voting for SA president and comptroller will take place on MySlice from Nov. 12-15. Students can log on and click on the “Vote Now” button in the center module. SA will have physical polling stations on Thursday at Schine Atrium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Ernie Davis Dining Center from 4 to 7 p.m.; and Slocum Hall from 7 to 10 p.m., according to SA’s Facebook page.

The presentation will take place at 11:45 a.m. in the foyer of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he received his master of social science degree in 1999 following his time at the University of Denver. The Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement is given to individuals in recognition of their contributions to their community, the world and the university, according to a Nov. 14 SU News release. “Whether setting records as an astronaut or advocating for opportunity for women and people with disabilities, he courageously has blazed new trails in the Arab World,” said Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor in the news release. The accomplishments that contributed to him winning the prestigious award include his title as the first Arab and Muslim in space as a member of the international crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985, according to the release. He also holds the record, at 28, as the youngest person to fly on the Space Shuttle. Bin Salman is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Prince Salman Center for Disabilities Research in Riyadh, according to the release. As the son of the Saudi Minister of Defense, Crown Prince Salman bin AbdulAziz al-Saud, he is next in line to inherit the Saudi throne. Another recognition is his commit-


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Panelists speak about elections By Levi Stein STAFF WRITER

Cheers erupted from the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium on Wednesday night when Angela Robinson, host and executive producer of NPR’s “In Contact,” gave her alma mater a quick shout out before introducing the night’s panel. Morehouse College, a historically African-American institution in downtown Atlanta, hosted Wednesday’s panel called “And the Winner Is….” The event took place at the Bank of America Auditorium on the Morehouse campus, but was broadcast live to Syracuse University students in an interactive simulcast. The purpose was to provide students and faculty from both institutions an opportunity to hear from professors and political analysts about key issues in the recent presidential election, said Hub Brown, associate dean for research, creativity, international initiatives and diversity at SU who helped coordinate SU’s role in the event. Panelists included Grant Reeher, professor of political science at SU; Bryan Monroe, editor of; Cynthia Tucker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and visiting professor of journalism at the University of Georgia; Corey Dade, national correspondent for NPR Digital News; and Hasan Crockett, a professor of political science at Morehouse College. Robinson, the SU alumna, and Michael Martin, host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” moderated the panel. Though the SU broadcast was marred by technical difficulties, the students who persevered through the constant echo and ringing learned about topics including the role of the media in the election, the effect of party conventions, voting laws and the perspectives of African-American


sam maller | asst. photo editor BIBOTI OUIKAHILO, from the Ivory Coast, performs at the “Music Beyond Borders” festival on Wednesday evening in Schine Underground. The event was a part of Syracuse University’s International Education Week. There were 14 performing groups showcasing their cultures.

Cultures unite at ‘Music Beyond Borders’ event By Meredith Newman ASST. NEWS EDITOR

The harsh, deep sound of the tribal African drum bellowed throughout Schine Underground during the “Music Beyond Borders” festival on Wednesday night. The event showcased 14 different acts of rich, cultural talent at the Schine Underground on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Slutzker Center for International Services organized the event, which was a part of Syracuse University’s International Education Week. The engaged audience couldn’t take their eyes off the international performances, which included energetic Indian dancing, calm Chinese instrumental music and soulful American music. All of the perform-


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ers were a part of the SU community or from the surrounding area. “Regardless of your daily routine, regardless of your language this (music) is the one thing that can bring us together,” said Anitha Kubendran, a graduate student in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science who participated in the Indian dance. She gracefully danced across the stage in traditional fuchsia Indian garb to the song “Bharatanatyam.” To Heejung Lim, a junior exchange student, Kubendran’s performance was both powerful and passionate, making it one of her favorite performances of the night. Lim said she thought “Music Beyond Borders” had an important


Creative writing program commemorates 50th anniversary By Natsumi Ajisaka STAFF WRITER

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Syracuse University’s creative writing program, known for its acceptance of just 12 students.

The Syracuse University creative writing program first unofficially started in 1891 in the Delta Upsilon house, where Stephen Crane wrote in his bedroom. Since then, the program has produced New York Times

authors, National Book Award winners, published authors and poets, and has evolved into a highly competitive Master of Fine Arts program. The three-year creative writing program receives about 650 applica-

tions a year and has a global pull, attracting a high volume of candidates from around the world, according to its website. Of these applicants, six are selected for fiction writing and another six for poetry, according to

the website. The application process contains all of the standard elements, but the decision is weighed most heavily on the writing sample, said Sarah


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College Republicans: DeSalvo’s comptroller experience speaks for itself As the chairman of the College Republicans, and a member of a student organization that has recently become more active on campus, it’s rare to work with a student who embodies such professionalism, leadership and transparency. His experience speaks for itself: There are many achievements Stephen DeSalvo is responsible for as the current comptroller of the Student Association. His most recent initiative has resulted in the application process to be moved to OrgSync, a Campus Engagement Network that connects students to organizations, programs and departments on campus in a private, online community. The result has been a budget process that is much more coherent and consolidated for student organizations to use, and provides many of the tools that they need to succeed. Another successful initiative DeSalvo is responsible for has been the creation of, a website that makes the student activity fee allocation more transparent. Where student government in the past may have been opaque, difficult to work with and confusing, DeSalvo has pushed for a more transparent system that makes the application process very easy for the average student. DeSalvo has set up many provisions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR that have influenced and will continue to influence the SU community and make for a more dynamic group of student organizations and clubs on campus. After working with DeSalvo over the past two years, I have become aware of many of the qualities that make him a very effective comptroller. Most importantly, he gives every student organization an equal chance during the application process by exhibiting a fair, judgment-free attitude. He is well versed in the legislation and policies within Student Association, and can be a valuable resource in the application process for your student organization. Something that is undeniable is DeSalvo’s unbridled enthusiasm toward Student Association and making it a more efficient student government. DeSalvo has proven over the course of his term that he is the best choice for comptroller and will continue to lead the student body in a positive direction.

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Satirical publication: If Alampi wins, Kumquat will give Newhouse money As Syracuse University’s unmatched and most unbiased news organization, The Kumquat (Like us on Facebook: The Kumquat. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: SyracuseKumquat. Follow us on Twitter: @SUKumquat. Send us nudes:, would never under normal circumstances come out and endorse a Student Association presidential candidate. But these are not normal circumstances, Syracuse University. This election is the most important our generation has faced. What we have seen through quite a long, and dare we say bitter, campaign process, are four very different candidates with very different views on how this university should be run. What Syracuse University needs is something different. Something more. That’s why The Kumquat news team whole-heartedly endorses PJ Alampi. He’s more than a politician; he’s a friend. Don’t let the fact that he was in First Year Players turn you off. Despite popular belief, they are not a cult, but merely a close-knit student organization. They taught him loyalty, tolerance and a killer box step. And while some candidates claim that lowering sorority and fraternity dues, increasing tuition and decreasing our scholarships will benefit the whole university, Alampi has your best interests in mind. In these tough times, Alampi plans to increase sorority dues, and everyone who can tell him a great sad story

LETTER TO THE EDITOR gets to go to the university for free. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry kids have been running rampant due to our university’s weak and disjointed immigration policies. Soon they’ll be taking our jobs, what’s left of our scholarships and our superior selection of females. When neighboring schools like Onondaga Community College see these feeble policies, they translate to weakness. A weak Syracuse University is dangerous to all of New York, considering Cornell University is four years closer to having a better communications school. We need a leader that will assert SU’s authority in Upstate New York and beyond. Alampi will not stop fighting until a moat is built around this university, and is not afraid to use the rockets housed in Newhouse II to stop the growing threat of rising communications programs. So make the right choice this week: Vote PJ Alampi. The Kumquat is willing to donate $3 billion to Newhouse if Alampi wins. If he doesn’t, it’s going to VPA. Choose wisely. Fondly,

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Twenty-third Bond movie proves we always need non-superhuman, manly hero


his year Mr. Shaken Not Stirred celebrated his 50th anniversary in cinema. For a man who can now sign up for an AARP card, James Bond looks fabulous. Half a century ago, Sean Connery’s swaggering 007 entered pop-culture history forever with “Dr. No.” He was all devil-may-care smiles and dangling cigarettes. Five actors have picked up the high-tech gadgets and femme fatales after Connery, most notably the current 007 Daniel Craig. Despite the many incarnations of Bond, the blue-eyed Bond proved that the world still needs a 007 with last week’s “Skyfall” — the 23rd Bond installment. The reason Bond is here to stay is simple. He’s the kind of guy men want to be and women want to be with. Bond can sip his martini, win a million-dollar poker game and finish his cigarette suavely in no time flat.


the one that got away “Skyfall” is the highest grossing 007 film ever. In North America alone it made $90 million when it premiered last weekend. The film has made $515 million worldwide after only three weeks in the European box office. Clearly, he’s not losing any steam. “Skyfall” opens with Bond finding a dying fellow British intelligence officer, MI6 Agent Ronson. He has been shot, and it’s clear that he will die. The comparison between Ronson and

Bond is staggering. The viewer knows if Bond were shot, he would keep going. He wouldn’t fall into a chair and accept his bloody fate. Bond almost seems immortal. No matter how many punches he takes, 007 will finish his mission. As the “Skyfall” trailer — and eventually the film — shows, when Bond jumps onto a train, he doesn’t worry about falling on to the tracks at 80 mph. Instead, he only needs to fix his cuff links and continue his pursuit of a professional hit man. Unfortunately, 007 is the type of male character that’s slowly disappearing from cinema, making him all the more important. The leading man has slowly become great because he’s no longer a man. He’s a super hero. With the way movies are going, the fact that a hero can fly or has billions in the bank to afford fancy toys is what helps him save

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the world. Yes, Bond has all the money of MI6 behind him, but it’s obvious that he’s the most capable agent out there, even if he were poor. He’s the only one who can make the decisions he makes, shoot the way he shoots and seduce the women how he does. Bond is the best they have and he’s 100 percent human. With two more Daniel Craig Bond films in the works, 007 isn’t going anywhere. Just like expensive magazines and lavish television shows, Bond gives everyone an ideal to aspire to. Whether it’s a little boy who wants to grow up into a world-traveling spy, or a woman who hopes to meet a man in London half as smooth as 007, rest assured, he’ll always be there. Ariana Romero is a junior magazine journalism and political science major. Her column appears every week. She can be reached at akromero@syr. edu or followed on Twitter at @ArianaRomero17.

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Police, Acropolis must jointly work to keep restaurant open Syracuse city officials are going overboard in their attempts to shut down Acropolis, a popular Marshall Street hangout. City officials issued Acropolis a nuisance abatement letter and the owners have a hearing on Dec. 11. At that time, it’s possible that the pizza shop may be closed for any time between a month and a year, which could be detrimental to the financial state of the business. The nuisance letter was issued for three specific problems in and around the Marshall Street establishment during the past 24 months. But the problem is not necessarily directly correlated to Acropolis’ business style. It also is not necessarily Acropolis’ fault that crime is occurring outside the establishment. There may be other restaurants on Marshall Street and the city of Syracuse that should be issued these nuisance letters, but these establishments may not be monitored as closely as Acropolis is because they

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board do not have a bad reputation. Acropolis has already taken steps to solve the problem, including hiring a security guard. There are plans to buy and install cameras, and an identification card reader to prevent underage drinking. Police officers have asked Acropolis to close earlier than 3 a.m. to deter crime. But other establishments on Marshall Street are open until 3 a.m. or later and have not been asked to close earlier. Closing Acropolis could shift crime to other locations, and the overall problem will persist. Officials at the December meeting should remember Acropolis has started to take steps to fix the problems. Instead of working against Acropolis, police officers should work with Acropolis owners and managers to fix the problem.


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Internal complications hurt all governments, especially student versions


n any organization, especially a governing body, the internal structure and leaders in place reflect the results that body produces. Whether those results are economic stability from the government of the United States or a better use of your student fee from the Student Association here at Syracuse University, tangible differences are not only expected, but demanded. But just as what we need and anticipate from the federal government can be compromised by internal complications, the same can arguably be said for SA. Several external results have been produced by the organization in the past year, like Impact Week, but efforts like this have not been the core of the proceedings. From weekly elections to spending meetings debating codes to restrucNews 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

turing committees and redefining positions like the vice president and chief of staff — the focus has mainly been internal. This must change. Though the association needs efficient inner-workings, a renewed sense of accountability is in order to ensure that the student leaders of the next session will work to produce tangible results. This is a concept that the next president should make a defining characteristic of his or her administration, in contrast to the current situation. A lack of accountability and direction toward tangible results by the members of SA is a reason qualified leaders leave the organization and why new members often don’t stay around for long, a point ex-Chief of Staff Taylor Carr stresses. One year ago, Carr was preparing to possibly assume the role of SA presi-

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campus watchdog dent as he campaigned against Dylan Lustig for the position. When Lustig won the election, he asked Carr to be his chief of staff. Carr accepted, he said, on the definition of the role being a trusted adviser to the president. Four months into Lustig’s term, Carr resigned, saying SA had become a “network of friends, not a network of leaders,” and the irresponsibility of the people involved in the organization was prohibiting the completion of initiatives. He said many other student leaders

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left the organization for the same reasons following the turnover from Neal Casey’s administration to Lustig’s. SA has struggled to retain not only quality leaders, but members in general; a situation Board of Elections and Membership Chair Jenn Bacolores has called SA’s “revolving door.” Though having full representation of the entire student body community is fundamental in making SA truly representative of SU, recruiting and taking on only the most hardworking and qualified student leaders still must come first. The focus on restructuring committees and recruiting only to achieve a number should be disbanded this next semester. Accountability should be the main goal, as it often seems the association is forgetting the larger picture which is actually making a difference.

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Voting on MySlice for the 2012 SA election closes Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Whoever is confirmed as president on Friday needs to be aware of this issue and make it a point to focus on creating initiatives with a realistic timeline and supplying services that students can experience within the next year, and not just at the end of the session. Though a cohesive internal body is essential, so is the main goal of a student government: to make the university a better place for all students. I challenge the next president to make his or her session more resultsbased than the last, and to utilize the organization to its fullest potential. I think every one of your constituents, and especially Carr, would agree. Rachael Barillari is a junior political science and Middle Eastern studies major. Her column appears weekly. She can be reached at

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and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., Mavrikidis said. Mavrikidis was also asked to close his store at an earlier hour to prevent crime, but said he can’t because it will hurt business. Forty percent of the restaurant’s sales come between 11 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., he said. “They say, ‘No, it won’t hurt you.’ I know it’s going to hurt me,” Mavrikidis said. The abatement was ordered in response to three crimes resulting in arrests. Though there have been several incidents near the restaurant, only three have resulted in arrests, said Deputy Chief Joe Cecile of the Syracuse Police Department. The three incidents were a marijuana possession, sale of alcoholic beverage to a minor and a weapons charge in which shots were fired and a handgun was recovered, he said. In a nuisance abatement hearing, officers present at the scene of the crimes testify, and business owners and their attorneys explain what they’ve done to alleviate the issues in the last 30 days. A hearing officer is assigned to the case and is present for the hearing’s duration, Cecile said. The hearing officer then looks over the information and gives a recommendation to the chief of police, who makes a decision, he said. To prevent closure, Acropolis must demonstrate that it has taken steps to address the issues cited in the notice. Usually, Cecile said, a notice contains four or five suggestions. Cecile said it was suggested that Acropolis install a new security camera system, post signs regarding loitering and also provide employees with additional training regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages. “The ultimate goal is not to close down, it’s

just to abate the nuisance,” he said. Since SPD and Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety increased patrols in the area of Marshall Street, Cecile said, the departments have seen less crime in the area, which he said is natural. But, he said, having an increased number of officers patrolling is “unsustainable” and the police departments must look for other ways to solve these problems. Ariel Tavakoli, a sophomore undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences, said he feels if Acropolis is required to increase its security, all of the restaurants and stores on

restaurant’s patrons. “If people come into my place to pick up a slice, I don’t know. I can never tell who’s bad and who’s good,” he said. “And I cannot say, ‘You’re bad, you go, you cannot come in.’ Unless you cause trouble, I call the police. That is my only solution. What else can I do?” But since Acropolis became a target, Mavrikidis said he’s no longer comfortable calling the police, as he feels it only ends in being blamed for the problem. “I’m afraid to call the police. If two people walk in and they don’t buy anything and start fighting, I’m responsible,” he said.

“If people come into my place to pick up a slice, I don’t know. I can never tell who’s bad and who’s good. And I cannot say, ‘You’re bad, you go, you cannot come in.’ Unless you cause trouble, I call the police. That is my only solution. What else can I do?”

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Marshall Street should have to do the same. “I think it’s stupid,” he said. “It’s not Acropolis’ fault.” Jack Manilow, a sophomore sport management major, agreed that Acropolis wasn’t solely to blame for the crime in the area. “Acropolis has nothing to do with crime. It’s just a pizza place,” he said. In all of his years at Acropolis, Mavrikidis said he has never seen anything like this. He has seen worse crime than this, but he has never seen such a response from police. Mavrikidis said he doesn’t understand how he has become responsible for the actions of his

The police need to look for the criminals at the source, not at the endpoint, Mavrikidis said. Despite Mavrikidis’ frustrations, he has taken steps to accommodate the suggestions provided in the notice. He doesn’t want to fight the city or the police. He just wants his restaurant, which has been open for 30 years, to stay open. “I will do what they tell me, but I will never have peace in my heart,” he said. “I believe this is not decent. What they’re doing is not decent.” @caseyfabris

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“If you wanted to teach people about the great things about America, a college campus is the last place you’d send them. Even fanatical

Muslim terrorists don’t hate America like liberals do.”

Fordham University College Republicans rescind speaking invitation to Ann Coulter after campus outcry

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“They could use flying carpets.” ‑During a March 2010 speech at the University of Ottawa, Coulter said Muslims could use flying carpets if barred from airplanes, as she suggested.

“I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle

to the retard.”

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ast week, the College Republicans at Fordham University announced that a well-known public figure was coming to speak on campus. But within a day the event was canceled. On Nov. 8, the College Republicans at Fordham invited Republican pundit Ann Coulter to speak at the Rose Hill campus on Nov. 29. After meeting immediate opposition from many in the student body, though, the group rescinded its invitation to the speaker, The Observer reported on Nov. 10. “The College Republicans regret the controversy surrounding our planned lecture featuring Ann Coulter,” said Ted Conrad, the president of the Fordham College Republicans, in an email posted by the Observer. “The size and severity of opposition to this event have caught us by surprise, and caused us to question our decision to welcome her to Rose Hill.” The opposition Conrad mentions in the email came from students who are familiar with Coulter’s notoriety. Sean Egan, a sophomore communications major at Fordham, said Coulter is widely known for using her political platform to spread polemical views. Coulter is outspoken about her opposition to the gay, lesbian,

bisexual and transgender community, and she has condemned Jews, Muslims, Democrats and many others with hateful and degrading speech, he said. One need not look further than Coulter’s Twitter account to understand the controversy surrounding her, Egan said. “I guess Ann Coulter is a conservative personality who bases her media persona on being purposefully controversial to get attention,” Egan said. For example, Coulter tweeted on Oct. 16, “Last Thursday was national ‘coming out’ day. This Monday is national ‘disown your son’ day.” Amalia Vavala, a sophomore art history major, immediately voiced her opposition to the event and set up an online petition to prevent Coulter from coming to campus. “As soon as the news broke that Coulter was coming to Fordham, my friends and I made a make-shift group,” she said. This group contacted clubs and departments and set up a Facebook group to reach students, Vavala said. Social media was crucial in spreading the word about Coulter, and within 24 hours, the petition had more than 2,000 signatures, Vavala said. The president of Fordham, Rev. Joseph McShane, emailed the student body on Nov. 9, The Observer reported on Nov. 9. He said in the email he was disappointed in the “judgment and maturity of the College Republicans,” but would not call the event off.

Student groups have the right to invite speakers who “represent diverse, and sometimes unpopular, points of view,” McShane said in the email. Shortly afterward, the College Republicans announced they had disinvited Coulter from the event. Conrad took the blame for not having researched Coulter before extending the invitation and apologized for the incident, The Observer reported on Nov. 10. The news of the event’s cancellation was largely met with relief and excitement. Stephen Erdman, the executive president of the United Student Government at Fordham, said he was happy the College Republicans “had the ability to judge the future of the event.” Erdman also said the student government is dealing with the aftermath of Coulter’s cancellation. He said promoting “academic discourse on campus” is his priority because he feels it will help foster an atmosphere where varying viewpoints can be shared. Nevertheless, students like Vavala are happy Coulter will not be sharing her inflammatory views at Fordham, which is a private university. “Free speech is always open in public spheres,” Vavala said. “We simply did not want her speaking in a private sphere like Fordham.”


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message for those in the community. “I think it’s a really good idea to have something like this. It’s an important idea for all people, especially Americans, to understand all cultures,” Lim said. Some artists, such as Shuangzhu Men, combined cultures in their performances. Men, originally from China, shook her hips while dancing to “Mi Chica,” a Greek pop song. “This performance shows the passion in my heart,” Men said. Michele Cantos embraced her Ecuadorian


ment and promotion of disability research and support, which is a common passion for both bin Salman and SU, according to the release. He cofounded the Prince Salman Center for Disabilities Research to advocate for the widespread needs of those living with disabilities. Sultan was also instrumental in creating a partnership between SU and the first all-female


Harwell, associate director of the program. The program provides a stipend for each of its students, allowing them to work “without the distractions of having to find a way to make a living,” said Christopher Kennedy, director of the program. The program stresses the importance of developing the students as artists, instead of

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and American roots, peacefully singing “Mi vida sin ti,” while lightly strumming the guitar. “Music is a good way for me to reconcile my Ecuadorian and American culture,” Cantos said. “It allows me to express my identity.” Farshad Mirzazadeh, a graduate finance student, found the performances to be a “stress reliever.” He said he specifically enjoyed the Turkish dancers, finding it both different and amusing. Sozen Ozkan, a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, choreographed a dance from the Burdur region. The group, consisting of five dancers, rejuvenated audience members as they clapped along to the Turkish beats. Representing the United States, brothers

Eric and Anthony McGriff gave David Guetta’s song “Titanium” a classical twist by playing the pop song with a violin and cello. Biboti Ouikahilo, originally from the Ivory Coast, choreographed the event’s largest and final number, a traditional African dance. The drummers strolled through the aisles, creating intricate beats for the six dancers on stage. The powerful performance made everyone in Schine Underground dance, bringing both audience members and artists to the stage. Despite the difference in cultures, everyone was in rhythm. “My goal is to share my culture here,” Ouikahilo said. “In my culture, we express emotion through music; it brings everyone together.”

university in Riyadh, Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University, according to the release. Another important distinction is his leading role in the understanding, appreciation and study of Saudi Arabia’s culture, history and heritage globally, according to the release. Previous recipients of the award, including Vice President Joe Biden, the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and best selling author Kenneth Auletta, according to the release.

“I didn’t even know this was happening,” said Ejona Murataj, a freshman finance major. “I look for these sort of events all the time.” SU should do a better job of advertising the arrival of such an important international figure, especially on such short notice, she said. Said Murataj: “This is an awesome opportunity for the entire campus.”

just poets or fiction writers, Kennedy said. But the program does not focus on publication, Harwell said, since the faculty has seen cases of writers publishing “too early.” “When writers publish too early, they tend to focus on what the publisher wants,” Harwell said. “We want them to be free to experiment, to try out different selves, so to speak.”

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voters. An important point of discussion was the role of demographics in the election. Tucker, the University of Georgia professor, noted an increasing generational clash between the two parties, calling one group the “party of young folks and college-educated,” and the other the “party of white men.” While the panel attempted to remain as bipartisan as possible, many students felt a clear liberal bias resonated through the discussion. “I found the discussion a little redundant because most of the panel consisted of Democrats,” said prospective student Hannah Pasternak from Tenafly, N.J. “The only devil’s advocate was Grant Reeher. Otherwise, the conversation seemed to revert back to Democratic ideologies.” When the panelists’ discussion ended, the panel took questions from the audiences on topics included third party legitimacy, Southern secession and the current generation’s effect in future elections. “I think the technical difficulties have been unfortunate, but the discussion has been enlightening,” said Brendan Welch, a senior television, radio and film major. “I was happy to be able to ask a question about changing political spheres to such an expert panel.”

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After a two-song opener, Ra Ra Riot was joined on stage by members of Wired Strings, who have accompanied artists such as Jay-Z and Kanye West. The Wired Strings played alongside Ra Ra Riot for the rest of show and added an even deeper orchestral sound, which, according to Rezak and Miles, was a decision made specifically due to the choice in venue. “SU Arts Engage and the people at the college did such a wonderful job at setting up and creating a brilliant atmosphere. The fact that we were playing at Setnor made the choice to include the Wired Strings really a no brainer. They add a depth to our sound and its all made clearer by the acoustics in the auditorium,” Miles said. The addition of the Wired Strings was well received by fans. Recent SU graduate Lucia Procaccio had been to five Ra Ra Riot concerts prior to this show, and though as a diehard fan she was disappointed to see the change in cellist, she thought the accompaniment of the Wired Strings was a delightful addition. Matt Yu, a senior English education major, and his girlfriend, Nicole Frey, a math education major, were both ecstatic at the end of the show. “I’ve been a fan for a while, I saw them for the first time when I was in high school, and after that one time, I was hooked,” Yu said. “The show was amazing and the acoustics in Setnor were appropriate for the intimate crowd.” Ra Ra Riot played songs off both of the band’s studio albums, including fan-favorite singles “Boy,” “Dying Is Fine,” and “Can You Tell.” Though expressing the highest energy

Anderson when she finally floats to space. One of these days she is going to get some serious back pain from carrying around “Baywatch’s” best boobs, and she’ll have the silicone drained and replaced with helium. I hypothesize this would cause her to be the first unmanned human to reach outer space without a vessel. But knowing Anderson, she won’t be completely unmanned. Write about Lindsay Lohan if she changes her name to Tony Montana. All she has to do is get a scar on her face and she’ll have more right to the name than Al Pacino ever did. Never publish anything about the Kardashians. Ever. These people have done absolutely nothing of notoriety other than screw up Lamar Odom’s career. No wonder he throws up so many air balls now. He’s married to one. Stay away from the entire state of New Jersey. The girls have the same skin tone as Otto and the guys all think they belong in a bodybuilding contest. Stay away from the entire state: Don’t risk letting the stench stick to you. Leave the Osbournes alone. Seriously, Ozzy sounds like Charlie Brown’s English teacher, and Sharon and Kelly have as much right to be celebrities as Charlie Brown has to be the Jets’ kicker. It’s time to get off the “Crazy Train” and let this family get the therapy it badly needs. Report if Taylor Swift writes a song about a successful relationship. I know I’m being a little hypocritical with this one, but can you blame me? It would be so shocking if the world’s saddest teen artist actually sang something happy that it would have to be reported. If Emma Watson does anything, it’s news. Everyone has his or her celebrity crush, and I’ve had mine since this star wore that pink dress in the third “Harry Potter” movie. Screw the rules. Give me more Emma Watson.

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allen chiu | design editor WES MILES clutches his microphone while playing the keyboard at Wednesday’s concert. The band taught classes in the Setnor School of Music for a weeklong residency. levels during the more popular songs, the fans never left their feet and never stopped cheering. Any lull in the crowd was quickly stipend by Miles’ enthusiasm and urge for fans to yell, scream and participate. Ra Ra Riot closed out a short hour-and20-minute set with a three-song encore, including two songs off their upcoming album, “Beta Love,” due out in January of 2013. Silas Wallerstein, a senior industrial design major, and junior English major Matt Plotnik, said that hearing songs off the upcoming album made them even more excited to see

where the band would go next. Longtime fan Rob Roth, a senior English major, said he already preordered his copy. Miles expressed his love for the fans, students and the university multiple times throughout the show. One lucky fan even got to keep his plaid button-down shirt as Miles stood up on one of the sound monitors and threw it into the sea of enthralled fans. Said Miles: “Teaching was different and rewarding, the show exciting and energetic, and we’ll definitely be back.”

Brett Fortnam is a senior newspaper journalism and political philosophy major who will be unemployed in six months. His column appears every Thursday until there are enough complaints to make him stop. He can be reached at, but he will not respond.

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Quiet riot Syracuse-based band teams up with strings group for hometown show allen chiu | design editor WES MILES, frontman of the indie band Ra Ra Riot, croons in front of an audience of 700 in Setnor Auditorium. Ra Ra Riot performed with the group Wired Strings.



s the house lights dimmed, Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles urged fans to get on their feet and move to the groove with one another. The audience eagerly obliged. After a brief introduction from

Director of the Bandier Program for the Music and Entertainment Industries David Rezak and SU Arts Presenter Carole Brzozowski, Syracuse’s own Ra Ra Riot took the stage in Crouse College’s historic Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium. Seating only an intimate 700 people, Setnor’s baroque atmosphere transformed into an eclectic rock

cathedral for the first time in nearly 30 years. The punching bass tones accompanied the orchestral melodies of the string sections, accentuated by one of the most carefully acoustically crafted venues in Syracuse. “The concert was dependent on many cogs working together,” Rezak said. Miles and other members of Ra

Ra Riot spent this past week in residency at Crouse College. Rezak said Ra Ra Riot participated in teaching nine different classes over the course of three days, spanning from music theory to entrepreneurship. All members had their hands full with a different experience. “We had planned to bring Ra Ra Riot back to ’Cuse for a few years. It

had originally started as just talks of residency, but when their schedule opened up in November, it seemed like a perfect opportunity,” Rezak said. “I remember having a close eye on them while they were studying at Syracuse; it’s great to see their success blossoming and it’s even better to have them back at Syracuse.”


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ollege students have a fascination for celebrities and sex, so news like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez breaking up gets more attention than developments in the Syrian conflict. Honestly, I’m also shocked that Bieber has anything remotely related to a sex life, but I’m not shocked enough to actually read — or give a damn — about it. I don’t care that Gomez is jealous


no lies, just bulls*** of Bieber tweeting pictures of himself with models with cup sizes twice his age. I don’t care that he met Gomez on Sunday night to discuss their prob-

lems and that he still likes her, but is intrigued by other women. And yes, I don’t care that I did more research for this column than I care to admit. Congratulations, Bieber, you finally hit puberty. Hopefully that means your voice will drop and your popularity will vanish, and my neighbors will finally take down that obnoxious poster of you that I can see from across the street. You know who you are.

I want to end the absurdity of celebrity, so I propose a change. Let’s raise the bar of what a celebrity must do to make headlines. No more news of Snooki’s latest bang or Zac Efron’s new girlfriend. It’s time to put in some rules to improve news: Only let Tom Cruise into the news if his head explodes. The man hasn’t made a decent movie since I was in middle school and is one of Hollywood’s biggest jerks. The most

impossible mission he has ever been on was marriage. Just ask Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. American’s infatuation with Megan Fox’s latest hairstyle is mindboggling. And I’m pretty sure that if Angelina Jolie adopted another African baby, the world might actually stop turning. So let’s stop covering these two altogether. The media can cover Pamela


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Country-fried Zac Brown Band to bring lively act to Carrier Dome By Aury H. Naranjo CONTRIBUTING WRITER

As the countdown for the Zac Brown Band concert goes from days to hours, the excitement among Syracuse University country fans has become nearly tangible. “I put on my Country Music finest cowboy Where: Carrier Dome boots, lassoed When: Friday, 7 p.m. my laptop over to me, and ordered my tickets,” said Sean McGovern, a freshman mechanical engi-

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neering major, in an email. “Yee-haw.” Zac Brown Band will make a stop in the Carrier Dome on Friday at 7 p.m. as part of its 2012-13 tour. Country group Blackberry Smoke and solo artist Levi Lowrey will open. Pete Sala, managing director of the Carrier Dome, said 23,000 tickets have already been sold for the concert. Tickets are still on sale at the Carrier Dome box office and range from $30-60. Zac Brown Band is an Atlanta-born, countryfolk band that has produced No. 1 hits such as “Chicken Fried,” “Free” and “As She’s Walk-

ing Away.” The group debuted its fifth album, “Uncaged,” in mid-July, instantly taking the top spot on the Billboard album chart. Kevin Case, a freshman broadcast and digital journalism major, said he finds Zac Brown Band to be one of the best country music acts out there. “Their music is very relaxing and I like the acoustic feel of their music,” Case said. “It’s not synched. It’s people actually playing real instruments.” Case’s expectations extended not only from the band, but from the level of appreciation from the audience as well.

“Other concerts have just been like, ‘Oh, everyone’s going. I’ll just go,’” Case said. “This one’s more of a musical performance than a theater show.” Others are just looking to have the time of their lives at Friday’s concert. “I expect a crazy time with non-stop dancing and Zac Brown rocking out in my face as I’m down on the Carrier Dome turf,” McGovern said in an email. “Where so many greats have come before, now adding one more to the list: Zac Brown Band.”

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James Bond franchise thrives with success of blockbuster ‘Skyfall’ After a four-year hiatus from theaters, James Bond is finally back and bigger than ever. With an estimated $88 million opening, the new Bond film, “Skyfall,” set a franchise record for highest opening weekend and was clearly the top grosser this weekend. With MGM and Sony’s “Skyfall,” DreamWorks’ “Lincoln” and a series of strong holdovers, the weekend box office garnered $163 million. It marked a 29 percent increase from this time last year. There were multiple factors that played into the success of “Skyfall.” First and foremost, it was an original, well-made film, a characteristic that has been lacking in the majority of films released this year. Because of this, the film

generated strong word of mouth, an extremely valuable asset for any film (“Skyfall” had an impressive A rating on CinemaScore). Audiences praised the performances of Daniel Craig as Bond, seasoned actress Judi Dench as M, and Javier Bardem as villain Silva. The signature action sequences that epitomize Bond films were also praised. Another factor that contributed to the success of “Skyfall” was European audiences. Because the film was released in Europe a week before it was released in the United States, the impressive box office figures and strong word of mouth generated from European audiences were able to affect American audiences. Addi-

tionally, the inclusion of Bond in the opening sequence of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony was a major publicity move that advertised the film to hundreds of millions of people and created early buzz for the film. Adele also contributed to the early buzz, as her theme song, “Skyfall,” became an instant hit on iTunes and music sites worldwide in early October. The film grossed an estimated $88 million domestically from 3,505 theaters, which is an average of more than $25,000 per theater — an impressive figure. Overseas, the film earned more than $80 million from 25 foreign territories in its opening weekend, and has already garnered more than $420 million. Even with a

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production budget of roughly $200 million, the film is well on its way to profitability. The other notable new release this weekend was DreamWorks’ “Lincoln,” which earned more than $944,000 from only eleven locations (a more than $85,000-per-theater yield). The film has already generated Oscar buzz from the powerful performance of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, as well as directorial nods for the renowned Steven Spielberg. The film was only in limited release this weekend, so it will be interesting to see how audiences respond on a wider basis when the film upgrades to more than 1,500 theaters next weekend. —Written by Ian Tecklin, contributing writer,

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Latest Bond film showcases talented cast against breathtaking backdrops By Rob Marvin STAFF WRITER

here is nothing quite like a great Bond movie. The exotic locations, fast-paced action sequences, voluptuous Bond girls and the criminal masterminds — all handled with suave charm and deft skill by the debonair MI6 agent. “Skyfall” has everything we have come to expect from the iconic spy franchise, but unlike the last installment, it all unfolds into a complicated and rewarding story. After the chaotic mess that was “Quantum of Solace,” Daniel Craig’s third turn in the tailor-made suit is a riveting experience that ranks among the best Bond films of all time. Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) revitalizes the aging secret agent with an action-packed and emotional story that delves deeper into Bond’s past than ever before. It features masterful performances from veteran actors like Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier BarDirector: Sam Mendes dem, not to mention Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Jane Craig’s transfixing Lynch, Javier Barden performance as Release date: Nov. 9 James Bond himself. Rating:


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The chapter also marks Bond’s 50th anniversary, commemorated with plenty of callbacks to the days of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. This film marks the return of Agent Q, the Aston Martin DB5 and familiar soundtrack trademarks scattered throughout. Bardem ties everything together as the creepily maniacal cyber terrorist Silva. The opening Istanbul chase scene is itself a welcome back to the Bond of old: a car chase, rooftop motorcycle pursuit and fight atop a moving train all within the first ten minutes. It ends as Bond falls tragically from the train into a bay, and as he sinks into the darkness, the screen fades into Adele’s brooding theme song — a moody orchestral ballad evoking elements of the vintage Bond theme. Bond is enjoying pseudo-retirement on a nameless tropical island, content with allowing the world to believe he’s dead until an explosive attack on MI6 shocks him back to life. He returns to track down the cyber terrorist Silva (Bardem), who also has a stolen list of all undercover MI6 agents. In addition to releasing the names of five poor souls a week, he also enjoys toying with M (Dench). The 44-year-old Craig inhabits Bond with the agility and quiet intensity of a much younger man, but his incar-

nation of 007 is more layered than a dashing agent with deadly skill. He woos a foreign beauty (Berenice Marlohe), trades blows with killers and shoots down an army of thugs. Craig exudes a damaged fragility bubbling just below his charming surface. M’s leadership has come under fire from the government, so aside from running a battery of tests to get clearance for active duty, Bond has to contend with a new boss, Gareth Mallory (Fiennes). Armed with new gadgets from Q (Ben Whishaw), an ailing Bond and his alluring partner Eve (Naomie Harris) set off to find the terrorist leader behind it all. Judi Dench speaks for herself. The noble thespian delivers every line with precision and a piercing stare. She’s especially enjoyable when M comes out from behind her desk and dives into the action. Like all Bond films, “Skyfall’s” dazzling locales enhance its excitement and mystique. Bond’s mission leads him through the beaming skyscrapers of Shanghai, the Scottish highlands and the candlelit canals of Macau. But the majority of the film takes place in London with the time-tested game: How much senseless chaos and damage can we rack up in this historic city? Bond’s best moments are when he

is playing off Silva, an unsettling madman with a distorted face and a positively awful haircut. Bardem’s performance is haunting, unsettling and quite simply brilliant. His first scene with a captive Bond is electrifying, as he unfurls his exceedingly clever plan, reveals a serious mommy complex and dips into vaguely homoerotic territory. Bardem dives into the role with madcap enthusiasm, creating a distinctly memorable villain who’s destined for the bad-guy hall of fame. Craig, Bardem and Mendes bring 007 roaring back with a clever, thrilling and touching entry into one of the most popular film franchises in history. As “Star Wars” is set to rise from the dead once more, there’s always the question of whether to keep a classic series going or let it die. “Skyfall” reminds the world why we still need James Bond. rjmarvin@

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in the toughest league in the country. Missouri doesn’t possess anywhere near the same type of dominance that its SEC counterparts Alabama or Louisiana State do, but the Tigers present a test for Syracuse as it looks to reach the postseason for Who: Missouri the first time since 2010. Where: Columbia, Mo. “The biggest key is When: Sat., 7 p.m. focusing on ourselves Channel: ESPNU and doing our job,” said Shafer, the Orange’s


FOOTBA LL defensive coordinator. “If you go beyond that, it’s out of your control.” Syracuse is coming off a monumental 45-26 upset of then-unbeaten Louisville. The Orange played flawlessly. No turnovers. A bulldozing running game opened up wide-open passing lanes. SU’s defense shut down the Cardinals completely. Now Syracuse has to do it again. For an upand-down team, that’s a challenge. For one, there are the wide receivers Shafer lauded. Leading receiver Marcus Lucas is 6 feet 5 inches tall, and T.J. Moe is 6 feet tall. And there’s also Dorial Green-Beckham, who is 6 feet 6 inches tall, and the 6-foot-4-inch L’Damian Washington.

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Syracuse’s tallest defensive back is backup free safety Durell Eskridge, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall. “They have really an extremely talented wide receiver corps,” Shafer said. “Very athletic, long, they’ve got some long, tall guys.” Shafer said Missouri quarterback James Franklin has a strong arm and has the ability to tuck the ball and run to extend plays, something the Syracuse defense has struggled to combat all year. And then there’s the fact that Missouri is sixth

“We can’t do anything where we hurt ourselves. If we hurt ourselves, we’re already back a little bit. We’re going to have to play catch-up if we hurt ourselves.” Jerome Smith SU RUNNING BACK

in the SEC in turnover margin at plus-2. While the Orange has improved in that category, it’s still at minus-3. Running back Jerome Smith said the key to winning Saturday rests in one area. “No mistakes. We can’t hurt ourselves,” Smith said. “We can’t do anything where we hurt ourselves. If we hurt ourselves, we’re already back a little bit. We’re going to have to play catch-up if we hurt ourselves.” Missouri’s also third in the SEC in red-zone defense, allowing opponents to score only 72.5 percent of the time. SU has had trouble in the

red zone all season, including on its first drive in the win over Louisville. So while the Tigers are still adjusting to life in the SEC, they still have some talent. And then on Saturday, they’ll be on their own field in front of what will likely be a raucous crowd as Missouri also tries to lock up a bowl bid. “We’re going out and playing an SEC team at their home,” SU head coach Doug Marrone said on the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “I think it’s a great challenge.” Missouri fell to then-No. 1 Alabama by 32 points on Oct. 13, gave then-No. 8 Florida a run for its money two weeks ago in a 14-7 loss and fought to beat Tennessee 51-48 in four overtimes last week. But Syracuse is also coming off a big win. The Orange thought about that game for about 24 hours after the win and let it go after watching the film to see exactly what it did to beat then-No. 11 Louisville. “We washed off the Louisville game after we watched it on Sunday,” quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “And now we know we’ve got another game ahead of us. And our 100 percent focus is on Missouri.” Marrone had to watch some extra tape on the Tigers since it’s a nonconference team he hasn’t seen much of. But he said Missouri doesn’t know much about Syracuse either. The Tigers saw from last week that when the Orange plays well, it can beat good teams. Syracuse’s trip to Missouri calls for that type of execution if it’s going to earn bowl eligibility. “We’ve just got to prepare like we do every week and hopefully emulate what we did last week,” Nassib said. “Because doing that the same would be great.”

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Nassib has been near-perfect leading the SU offense in the last four games, throwing for 10 touchdowns compared to zero interceptions. Gaines, Missouri’s top cornerback, will look to end that streak as he continues to search for his first pick of the season.





MacPherson will need to help keep Richardson in check on Saturday. The Tigers defensive tackle is tied for the team lead in tackles with 70 and ranks second with 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He’ll be a factor against SU’s running and passing games when they meet.

Smith’s been the key to Syracuse’s offense the last four games, rushing for 100 yards in each contest to open up the passing game for Ryan Nassib and his receivers. He’ll look to continue his steady production against Ebner and an experienced group of linebackers for Missouri.


The Syracuse secondary took away any big-play opportunities in the Louisville passing game last week. Thomas and his teammates will look to do the same against the Tigers, and the 6-foot5-inch Lucas is Missouri’s leading receiver with 39 catches for 406 yards and three touchdowns.



The number of wins Syracuse and Missouri both need to become bowl eligible. The Orange is looking to return to postseason play for the second time in three years after missing out by one win a year ago.


Rutgers 4-0 Louisville 4-1 Cincinnati 3-1 Syracuse 4-2 Temple 2-4 Connecticut 1-4 Pittsburgh 1-4 South Florida 1-4


8-1 9-1 7-2 5-5 3-6 4-6 4-6 3-6

BIG EAST SCHEDULE Saturday, Nov. 17 Rutgers at Cincinnati Temple at Army South Florida at Miami Syracuse at Missouri

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The number of passing yards Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib needs to become the program’s career leader. Marvin Graves, who played at SU from 1990-93, holds the mark at 8,466 yards.


The number of previous meetings between the teams. Syracuse won both games against Missouri, with the last matchup coming during SU’s undefeated 1987 campaign. The Orangemen defeated the Tigers 24-13 in Columbia, Mo., that year.


The winning percentage of the five teams Missouri has lost to this season. All five Southeastern Conference teams are bowl eligible and have combined to go 41-9. Four of the teams are ranked in the top 12 in the country.

BEAT WRITER PREDICTIONS Missouri 30, Syracuse 27

Missouri 27, Syracuse 24

Missouri 34, Syracuse 30


The Tigers edge the Orange on senior night.

Tiger blood.



Ryan Nassib hasn’t thrown an interception in four straight games. During that stretch, Nassib has thrown for 10 touchdowns to lead the Orange to a 3-1 record. Syracuse remains in the hunt for the Big East championship. If SU beats Temple in the regular-season finale and finishes tied with Louisville atop the conference, the Orange would take the title and the league’s bid to a Bowl Championship Series bowl. Rutgers and Cincinnati are also in the mix for the conference championship. Syracuse last played an SEC team on Sept. 28, 2001, when it lost to Auburn 37-34 in triple overtime in the Carrier Dome.




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Without Dajuan, Wagner has no chance.








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Triche is expected to be the steady leader of the team in his fourth year starting. Rivers led Wagner in scoring with 14.6 points per game last season, but he was 5-for-16 from the field in the team’s loss to Delaware State on Wednesday night.

Carter-Williams showed what he’s capable of in the first game of the year, scoring 17 points and dishing out four assists to help SU to the win. Anderson only managed four points and went 0-for-4 from beyond the arc in the team’s first game.




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Fair finished with a double-double in the opener, tying for a team-high 17 points and leading SU with 10 rebounds. Ortiz scored 12 points but needed 14 shots to get there.


Nonconference fun.


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Christmas only took three shots and finished with three points, but he blocked a game-high five shots against SDSU. Williams was the lone bright spot for the Eagles, scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting.


6-9 288, FR. 2 PPG, 2 RPG


6-11 215, JR. 11 PPG, 8 RPG

Coleman endured a tough debut as he finished with only two points and two rebounds in nine minutes of action. Folahan scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded four blocks on Wednesday night.


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Mason had a rough start to his headcoaching career, losing 73-69 to Delaware State. The former Drexel guard spent two seasons as an assistant under former head coach Dan Hurley, who left for Rhode Island after leading Wagner to a school-record 25 wins last season.


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toward women in the media and public policy. “I think sometimes people have the wrong goals,” McPherson said. “They have the goal that they’re going to eliminate violence or they’re going to stop drug use. … But what you can do is have the goal to increase awareness, increasing involvement from people.” McPherson has preached these ideals at hundreds of universities and on television, including twice on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Johnston, who co-owns a synthetic field turf company with McPherson, heard McPherson’s message firsthand at the event in Dallas. “When the event was over, people continued to talk about it,” Johnston said. “‘We’ve got to have him back down. We need to get him in front of an audience of young men and fathers.’ It’s a very enlightening, moving speech that he presents.” McPherson testified twice in front of Congress in addition to working with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on sexual violence in education and the military. “Don has been a tremendous advocate to engage men to work on violence against women,” said Rita Smith, the executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in an email. “His effort to work with athletes and coaches, speaking at events and talking to the media, represents a powerful message that men have an important role in ending violence against women.” Smith recalls when McPherson came to an NCADV event in Washington, D.C., in 2003. During his visit, he spoke with key Congress

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members to ask them to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. “He has been a great partner to NCADV over the years, and his voice is still one of the few male voices calling for change,” Smith said. “We need many, many more men like him to stand up and speak out.” Along with public speaking, McPherson is a college football analyst for Sportsnet New York. He sees being on television as a way to stay involved in football and to stay relevant. “It’s more than just going out and giving talks or going out and doing workshops,” McPherson said. “It’s finding new ways, more efficient ways, to help people to be able to deal with issues in their lives. … But also to use the platform and the power of sports to communicate to young people about what’s really going on, not just in the world of sports, but in the larger society.” McPherson mentioned John Mackey, Dave Bing and Jim Brown as players who came through Syracuse and became social leaders. And McPherson’s work places him in that group too. “I think the thing about Syracuse is that it’s always been a place that was welcoming of people of color and women,” he said. “I’ve been very proud, especially in the last few years as I’ve become more closely connected to the school, about how the university continues to remain in that spirit of understanding Scholarship in Action and understanding that we’re connected.” McPherson said his post-football life has been especially rewarding. Said McPherson: “Even more so, and this may be a surprise … or say equally as being a part of that special team in 1987.”



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Non-SEC teams poised to face off in national championship By David Wilson ASST. COPY EDITOR

For seven years, the Southeastern Conference has had a run of dominance in football. Six years, six national titles. It peaked last season when a pair of SEC teams — Alabama and Louisiana State — faced off in the Bowl Championship Series championship game. But after six years, it appears someone else is going to get a chance. “It’s great for college football,” ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard said. “I think this is what most of the fans have been — outside of the SEC obviously — have wanted to see.” Last Saturday, Texas A&M knocked off the previously unbeaten and top-ranked Crimson Tide. All hell broke loose in the BCS. The only certainty heading down the home stretch of the season, it seemed, was that Alabama would be playing for the national championship once again. Instead, freshman sensation Johnny Manziel shredded the Crimson Tide for 345 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 29-24 victory. What once appeared to be a certainty suddenly was no more. Three teams that were previously fighting for one spot opposite Alabama in the national championship game now had two spots to occupy. And there truly are no guarantees of what those teams will be. Oregon and its high-powered, top-ranked scoring offense boast the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25. The Ducks haven’t


our off-ball movement, our ability to find each other in the passing lanes.” SU is heading to the final four for the second time in program history. No. 4 Syracuse (19-2) will face No. 1-seed North Carolina (22-1) Who: North Carolina at 2 p.m. on Friday Where: Norfolk, Va. in Norfolk, Va. The When: Friday, 2 p.m. winner will compete in the national title game on Sunday against the winner of the matchup between No. 2 Princeton and No. 6 Maryland. Craddock missed the early part of the season due to NCAA eligibility issues. But regardless of the scoring threat Craddock poses, the Orange is looking forward to accepting the challenge. SU will look to become the first Syracuse women’s program to win a national championship. “It’s really exciting to get to our first final four as a team,” SU back Iona Holloway said. The team is coming off a balanced scoring outing in the 5-2 win against Penn State with four different players scoring. Syracuse’s ability to keep the ball


won a game by fewer than 11 points all year and are now the popular pick to win the national championship. Notre Dame appears to be the long shot, ranked No. 3 in all major polls. But still, the Fighting Irish can’t be counted out. It’s tough to envision an unbeaten Irish team being held out of the national championship. But the biggest winner in Alabama’s loss is Kansas State. One of the biggest surprises in the country this year, it was difficult to imagine the Wildcats reaching the national championship before the start of the season. Now they’re No. 1 in the BCS standings and have the inside track to one of the two spots in the championship game. “I’m honored and just pleased that we are (No. 1), but today hasn’t been any different, and yesterday wasn’t any different either,” K-State head coach Bill Snyder said during the Big 12 Conference coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “It’s not anything that we’re paying a lot of attention to, just honored to be here.” Still, KSU is staying humble and keeping the same game-by-game mentality that has helped it to a 10-0 start. “Nothing, or at least hopefully nothing, has changed,” Snyder said. “We like to be as consistent as we possibly can. … I’m just going to encourage our guys to not change the way we approach things and just stay grounded.” Oregon is no stranger to the national spotlight. Just two seasons ago, it played Auburn for the national championship, so life in the

national spotlight hasn’t been as much of a challenge for the Ducks. The most interesting case remains UND. Not much was expected of traditional power Notre Dame coming into the season, but behind one of the top defenses in the country, the Fighting Irish have done nothing but win. They’ve had some close calls, including a double-overtime victory over Pittsburgh, but at least so far, the Irish’s resume is spotless. It may not rack up the style points that OU or Kansas State do, but that’s because Notre Dame plays a different style. “I think if you want style points, look at our defense, look at the schedule that we played, 10 (Football Bowl Subdivision) teams,” Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly said during a conference call Sunday. “I think it’s pretty clear that this football team has been built around its defense, and we’ve lived up to that each and every week. We’ll just keep working on one at a time and let other people figure out where that puts us.” Each team has two regular-season games left, and each has at least one test left against a ranked team. Notre Dame still travels Southern California to face the No. 21 Trojans in what many consider the toughest test any team has left, and a win would be huge. But Kansas State and Oregon each have the advantage of Dec. 1 games. The Wildcats have a marquee matchup against No. 18 Texas, but the Ducks have an even greater advantage with a conference championship game against either

moving throughout the game helped it earn the win. The Orange’s focus has now shifted to executing its strategy against North Carolina. The Tar Heels have played consistently all year, losing only one game, which came against Syracuse. Both teams were held scoreless for 70 minutes, but the Orange edged UNC for a 1-0 victory. “They may think that last time was a fluke, but we know that it wasn’t,” Holloway said. “We held them (scoreless) in regulation and beat them in overtime, and winning against a ranked opponent like that is never a fluke.” Bradley made sure the team is aware Craddock is able to produce goals in a short amount of time. She admits the addition of Craddock adds a new dynamic to an already-powerful team, but she also believes her team has the skills and experience necessary to win. SU will be counting on goaltender Leann Stiver and the back line of Holloway, Laura Hahnefeldt and Anna Crumb to keep the Tar Heels attack in check. Against Penn State in the quarterfinals, Stiver accumulated a seasonhigh 13 saves to help the Orange earn a 5-2 win. “I play a lot better under pressure,” Stiver said. “I think this (last) weekend was a total

defensive effort; I couldn’t have done it without Laura, Iona and Anna.” Stiver says she lives for these moments and that the team has been working toward the postseason all year. “I think when it comes down to the playoffs, we play really well as a defensive unit,” Stiver said. Along with the playoffs come emotions. Midfielder Liz McInerney said she leaves everything on the field so she has no regrets in her last year. The excitement of the moment is starting to sink in for everyone on the team, but hits home for many of the seniors. “It hit me at the Big East (Championship); I cried all the way to the semifinal,” McInerney said. “It’s been hitting me for the last few weeks now.” Bradley said the players must put all their thoughts about the future and past aside, saying if they don’t focus on what’s going on in the moment, it will pass them by. The team realizes the competition and level of intensity is at an all-time high in the final four, so it must make sure it can rise to the occasion. Said Bradley: “There are four teams vying for one thing. It’s going to come down to who executes under pressure, who wants it more and who’s prepared.”

USC or No. 17 UCLA to go along with games against No. 14 Stanford and No. 15 Oregon State. Each coach did echo one similar sentiment: They need to keep their players focused on the game in front of them. Not that that means they won’t let their players enjoy the moment. “You can’t keep it from them and it’s not my intent to keep it from them,” Snyder said. “It’s my intent, which has been from day one, to get our young guys focused on the appropriate thing.”


Oregon-Stanford is the game in the Pac12 Conference this weekend with national championship implications, but there’s no reason to think the top-ranked Ducks are at risk of an upset, even against the No. 14 Cardinal. The toughest test OU will face could ultimately be the winner of this game in the Pac-12 championship. The Trojans gave Oregon its toughest test of the season with an 11-point loss on Nov. 3. Should USC get a second shot, it could knock off the Ducks as sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee just keeps playing better and better. But first it has to get past the Bruins. UCLA has slowed since a hot start to the season, but if defensive end Datone Jones and the Bruins defense can rush some passes and limit Lee and Robert Woods’ effect, then it becomes anyone’s game. @DBWilson2

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sam maller | asst. photo editor LOUIS CLARK and the rest of the Orange head to Ithaca on Thursday for SU’s first NCAA tournament game since 1984. Cornell is a perfect 8-0 at Berman Field this year.

Tournament game at Cornell next test in SU’s record year By Trevor Hass STAFF WRITER

Ted Cribley knew there was a chance Syracuse would qualify for the NCAA tournament, but he said he really didn’t think it was likely. The Syracuse players anxiously waited as 27 teams were selected. “We were looking at each other like, ‘What Who: Cornell the hell is going on?’” Where: Ithaca, N.Y. SU forward Louis When: Today, 7 p.m. Clark said. “We feared the worst.” Then, Syracuse finally popped up on the screen for a matchup against Cornell. The Orange’s berth in the NCAA tournament marks the second appearance in program history and the first since 1984. Syracuse (12-6) will square off against the Ivy League champion Big Red (15-1) in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Berman Field in Ithaca, N.Y. A win would propel SU to a second-round matchup against No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Richmond, Va. Cribley said the room blew up after the team came up on the screen. The players screamed and celebrated. But Clark just sat there in complete shock, glued to his seat and shaking his head. “I wasn’t even looking,” Clark said. “I was just so stunned. Oh my God, I was so happy. It was one of the best moments ever.” Head coach Ian McIntyre is thrilled that his team will have an opportunity to keep playing after all the hard work the players have put in to this point. After what he called a long week, McIntyre said his team was both ecstatic and relieved that it was on the right side of the bubble on Monday night. “I think over the whole season they’ve been magnificent,” McIntyre said. “To give them an opportunity to keep playing is just fantastic. There was that jubilation from the guys. The room exploded and then there was a big sigh of relief.” Despite the immediate buzz and the longterm implications of the season-validating news, Clark knows Syracuse has a tough task ahead against Ivy League powerhouse Cornell. “I think they’re the favorite going into the game,” Clark said. “We’re fine with that. We’re


more than happy for them to think that.” Syracuse is accustomed to being the underdog at this point. The Orange was picked 14th in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll. Wins against Rutgers, South Florida and Villanova helped establish SU as a team to be reckoned with in the Big East. After bursting out to a 2-0 lead over Notre Dame, the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, Cribley said the Orange feels prepared to face Cornell. “They’ll pose different challenges than Notre Dame did,” Cribley said. “But we’ll be able to adapt to that. We’ve played teams like that this year and have come out on top.”

“There was that jubilation from the guys. The room exploded and then there was a big sigh of relief.” Ian McIntyre


Cornell leads the overall series 34-25-7, yet Syracuse has won seven of its last nine meetings against the Big Red. Those stats are out the window come Thursday night, though, as this year’s teams are the strongest both schools have had in decades. Cribley remembers two years ago when McIntyre was recruiting him. The optimistic coach said Cribley could be part of the team that turned around SU soccer for years to come. He told the up-and-coming star he could help lead the team to the NCAA tournament. The midfielder was excited by the possibility, but he believed obtaining a tournament bid during his two years at SU was a long shot. “I figured it might happen years down the line after some rebuilding, but I didn’t expect it in the second year,” Cribley said. “I don’t think any of the boys did. “Even so, we’ve played this year as if we could make it, and I think it’s reflective of our ability and the hard work we’ve put in. It’s been a great year for us.”



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Former Syracuse star McPherson becomes activist after career ends By Josh Hyber

McPherson was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy following aryl Johnston remembers SU’s undefeated 1987 season, in being in the huddle at the which SU went 11-0-1 after tying Carrier Dome on Oct. 17, Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. He has 1987. Syracuse was about to beat since garnered attention by labelPenn State — a defining moment in ing himself a “feminist,” what he the Orangemen’s football history. defines as someone who cares about Johnston looked and respects into the eyes women’s rights. of quarterback “To me it’s Don McPherson very simple,” and saw a true McPherson leader — someone said. “And I who was mature don’t complibeyond his age cate it, because and someone he people try to believed to be the complicate best player in colthings because lege football. t hey don’t Johnston saw want people to that same man really embrace he saw 25 years it or see what ago at a luncheon it really is. If in Dallas in Sepyou put ‘-ist’ at tember for an the end of any organization that Don McPherson word, it just FORMER SU QUARTERTBACK combats fammeans that you ily violence. Since care about the his retirement from pro football in preceding word.” 1994, McPherson has been a “social McPherson professes his message justice entrepreneur,” advocating as positive, proactive and practical. against domestic violence and aiding He talks to men about masculinity, students to make better life choices. how they define what it means to be a man and how they often do that at the daily orange file photo expense of women. DON MCPHERSON was the runHe says that especially with Syraner-up to Tim Brown in the 1987 cuse’s communications and citizenHeisman Trophy voting. He led ship programs, SU students are in the Orange to an 11-0-1 record, a good place to change disrespect



They have the goal that they’re going to eliminate violence or they’re going to stop drug use. … But what you can do is have the goal to increase awareness, increasing involvement from people.

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SU looking to earn bowl bid with win over SEC’s Tigers By Chris Iseman ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

After seeing Missouri’s wide receivers on film, Scott Shafer couldn’t help but think they all look the same. Shafer would watch a play, then have to look again to see which receiver made the catch.

Telling them apart was his first challenge in devising a game plan. A win away from clinching a bowl bid, Syracuse (5-5, 4-2 Big East) is going to Columbia, Mo., on Saturday to play the Tigers (5-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference), who are in their first season


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Orange heads to final four hoping to defeat Tar Heels for 2nd time By Jasmine Watkins STAFF WRITER

North Carolina looks different than it did when Syracuse came away with a victory in their matchup in September. Former Olympian Charlotte Craddock is now lining up at forward for the Tar Heels. The Orange now has to find a

way to stop Craddock — who has scored 17 goals in 22 games — with a trip to the national championship on the line. “She’s a very good player, she’s fast and she can score,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “But we’ve grown tremendously in our confidence and




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State in the season opener, Syracuse plays Wagner on Sunday, looking to move to 2-0 on the year. Page 15

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