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Moving up Student Association President-

Mo’ money, mo’ problems Constant conference

Pie candy Meet the SU employee who

Silver dollars The Syracuse Silver Knights are still trying to make

elect Allie Curtis discusses her transition process. Page 3

realignments prove to be motivated by money. Page 5



also runs her own pie blog. Page 9

a profit in their second year of existence. Page 16

The Big East standings were thrown into flux last weekend after Louisville lost to Connecticut and Rutgers fell to Pittsburgh. As the conference’s standings became murkier, so did the conference’s representatives for its affiliated bowl games. Here are the non-Bowl Championship Series bowls that Syracuse may compete in, with CBS Sports’ projected matchups:

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There’s a very good chance Syracuse ends up in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Orange has a strong appeal in New York, so attendance would likely be high. Plus, it would probably be a matchup against West Virginia, renewing a former Big East rivalry. The picture will be muddled if Pittsburgh beats South Florida this weekend to become bowl eli gible. Pinstripe Bowl officials could be inclined to choose the Panthers over the Mountaineers to bring back the “Backyard Brawl,” an intense rivalry between Pitt and West Virginia. That game could sell out Yankee Stadium.


It’s hard to believe, but Syracuse could fall all the way to the BBVA Compass Bowl if the Pinstripe Bowl chooses Pittsburgh and the Belk chooses Cincinnati. The Panthers have to become bowl eligible first, though. SU could face the Southeastern Conference’s Mississippi or Louisiana-Monroe of the Sun Belt Conference.





The Big East’s second-place team — the loser of the game between Rutgers and Louisville — is almost certainly headed to this game. But the bowl could choose the Orange because it would create a matchup with a future Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, which could drive ticket sales. Syracuse’s explosive offense could also make the Orange a more exciting option than the Scarlet Knights. And unlike Rutgers and Louisville, Syracuse ended its season playing the best football it had all year. *Formerly called the Champs Sports Bowl


Syracuse is an appealing option for the Belk Bowl because it could be billed as a future ACC game. The Orange could also draw decent attendance in North Carolina. The winner of the game between Rutgers and Louisville on Thursday is headed for a BCS bowl appearance, which means the loser of that game, Cincinnati and Syracuse would be the next teams chosen. It might depend on whether or not Belk Bowl officials believe the Bearcats’ fan base would make the trip south. If not, the Orange would likely be headed for North Carolina.

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Oil drilling on campuses may increase Hydrofracking on East Coast makes university oil rigs future possibility By Marwa Eltagouri NEWS EDITOR

In the southern United States, oil drilling is rooted deep into the economy’s culture, and the industry’s presence on college campuses is commonplace. More than a dozen universities in states such as Texas, Ohio, West Virginia and Montana drill into natural resources on their campuses. And with hydrofracking making oil drilling possible in New York state and Pennsylvania, the scene of tanks and oil rigs near campuses — and possibly Syracuse University — could be a reality in upcoming years. Hydrofracking is a relatively new technology used by the oil and gas industry to extract natural gas from shale in areas where oil and gas do not flow as easily from higher permeable rock. Since shale, commonly found on the East Coast and specifically in New York state, has small pore spaces, enhanced extraction methods are needed to release the natural gas. In Pennsylvania, where drilling is being considered on six campuses, a new state law requires that universities with wells receive half the fees and royalties from the property leases, NPR reported on Nov. 20. Another 15 percent of the royalties would subsidize student tuition. Two techniques, horizontal drilling and hydrofracking, are combined to release the shale gas. Horizontal drilling extends a drill hole vertically through the rock and then horizontally along the shale gas bed, reaching a much greater volume of shale in one single drilling platform. Hydrofracking increases the flow of gas to the horizontal well, creating a network of fractures in the shale. Millions of gallons of water mixed


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Coming to a close Dylan Lustig reflects on his past year as Student Association president.

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Curtis to start transition By Casey Fabris Asst. News Editor

After returning from a week of break, current Student Association Vice President Allie Curtis immediately began preparing for her transition into the presidency. Curtis won the hotly contested SA presidential election with 31.1 percent — or 1,221 — of the votes on Nov. 16, right before Fall Break. Since returning to campus, Curtis and

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Back to college asher roth, a rapper best known for his campus anthem “I Love College,” which went platinum after its release, and collaborations with artists Big Sean and B.O.B., performs at the Westcott Theater on Tuesday night. Roth hails from Morrisville, Pa., and performed in Syracuse last spring. Kids These Days, Jesse Marco, Mickey, DJ Jett and local Syracuse rapper Steve Cook opened the show for Roth.

2011 Academic Integrity Policy revisions clarify rules By Michelle Sczpanski Design Editor

In the last year, changes to the Academic Integrity Policy have clarified the standards for the Syracuse University community, but for many, there is still more to be done. The academic integrity policy was updated in 2011 to include

three new revisions, said Margaret Usdansky, director of the Academic Integrity Office. The changes consisted of adding a category for academic negligence, a clearer definition of standard sanctions for undergraduate and graduate students who have committed acts of academic negligence or dishon-

esty, and simplifying the hearing and appeals process for students, she said. While it is still too soon to adequately gauge the effect of the three new revisions, the Academic Integrity Office has received feedback that the changes have simplified the policy for both students and faculty, Usdansky said.

SU, Syracuse awarded for role in Central New York green movement By Jen Bundy Staff Writer

After leading the movement toward green technology and industry in the Central New York and Syracuse communities, Syracuse University and Chancellor Nancy Cantor were given the 2012 U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Award.

The award is given by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize leadership, commitment and innovation within the green industry. Syracuse and Onondaga County have played pivotal roles in green movement in Central New York, according to the USGBC Greenbuild website. Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga

County executive, and Stephanie Miner, mayor of Syracuse, were also recognized with the award along with Cantor. Each woman received the award for her collaborative and individual efforts to promote sustainability, LEED building programs and green policy, according

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“Having presumptive penalties is helpful in terms of setting clear guidelines for everyone,” she said. “There will inevitably be variation depending on the nature of the alleged offense, the decisions made by both the student and the faculty member, but I think having clear,

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“I honestly am very proud of the work that was achieved and I think we set up a good precedent for not only my administration, but administrations to come.” Allie Curtis

Student Association president-elect

current President Dylan Lustig have been working together to ensure a smooth transition. “(Lustig is) handing off everything he has done and he has been working on to me, and introducing me to a lot of people that he has worked very closely with, and having a sit down and talking about

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Woman suffers minor injuries after jumping onto friend’s car By Jessica Iannetta Asst. News Editor

A woman suffered minor injuries after she jumped onto a car that then ran her over on the 500 block of Westcott Street on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. An 18-year-old female from Syracuse was driving a 1999 Chevy Blazer down Westcott Street when an 18-year-old female from Sayreville whom she was planning to meet jumped on the hood of her car, said

Sgt. Gary Bulinski of the Syracuse Police Department. No tickets were issued and the woman was not taken to the hospital, Bulinski said. The driver, Keira Terchowitz, a freshman at Onondaga Community College, said she was talking to her friend on the phone as she drove down Westcott Street. Terchowitz’s friend was excited to see her and jumped on

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presumptive penalties helps people understand what the expectations are.” There has been a general increase in the number of reported violations since 2006 when the Academic Integrity Office was first created. There were 161 reported violations in the 2011-12 year as compared to 127 in 2006-07, according to data from the Academic Integrity Office’s website. Usdansky said it is not yet clear whether this trend is due to the 2011 revisions. Usdansky said she believes the addition of the negligence violation has been well received among students and faculty. “In general, I think students and faculty appreciate the negligence warning,” she said. “It’s not considered a disciplinary action; it’s a warning.” Usdansky said one of the most important things for students to realize about the policy

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future goals, and what’s attainable for the 57th session,” Curtis said. She said she plans to continue initiatives and projects that began during Lustig’s presidency but are not yet complete. For example, Curtis said, the Student Life Committee will work on the free ATM initiative. These incomplete initiatives are often “unavoidable” due to various circumstances, she said. Each session and each semester yields some projects that don’t fully come together, but Curtis said she is thrilled with

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is that while it is in effect for the entire university, it is up to each individual college to administer it. She said any hearings for Academic Integrity violations take place in the college in

which the violation occurred, not the student’s home college. Usdansky said she recommends that students who do face hearings take the time to seek advice from Academic Integrity officers.

Distinguishing between academic dishonesty and academic negligence works as a buffer for students who may not have even realized they were plagiarizing, said Carolyn Da Cunha, a student member of the Academic Integrity Board. “I think it has helped a lot of students who have not intentionally committed plagiarism, and it has kind of safeguarded them from being put in a position where you are given an academic integrity violation that’s going to be on your transcript for the rest of your academic career,” said Da Cunha, a junior sociology and policy studies major. While Da Cunha said the 2011 revisions have been beneficial to students, she said she believes students need to have a greater awareness of the Academic Integrity Policy and the repercussions for violating it. She added that though students need to be proactive in knowing and understanding the policy, some responsibility also falls on professors. “Professors graze over it because they think students know it, but they don’t actually know

it,” Da Cunha said. She said it’s important that a precedent regarding the expectations of the policy is set for students early on. In an effort to make the policy even clearer, Usdansky said the Academic Integrity Office is working on integrating more specific information regarding what students facing violation processes need to know on the office’s website. Jesse Feitel, chair of Student Association’s Academic Affairs Committee and a member of the Academic Integrity Board, said SA is working to make the Academic Integrity Policy become a larger part of students’ transition to campus. It’s an ongoing process, Feitel said, and SA hopes to implement it for the incoming freshman class. He said he urges students who want to know more about the process to read the policy on the Academic Integrity Office’s website. Said Feitel: “It’s not the most exciting handbook or policy readings, but it is important.”

what was accomplished in the 56th session. “I honestly am very proud of the work that was achieved and I think we set up a good precedent for not only my administration, but administrations to come,” she said. Curtis is also focusing on selecting members of her cabinet. She said she has already received applications from current SA general assembly members. Every position is open, Curtis said, and any undergraduate may apply. Because she has worked closely with Lustig as vice president, Curtis said, she feels confident in her ability to take on the role of president. “It’s already working very well with everything he’s putting together to make sure the transition’s running smoothly,

and I’m really happy with the process and I think it’s going to go very well come January,” she said. When he first came into the presidency, Lustig said, he still had a lot to learn. He knew what the job entailed, but he didn’t know the day-to-day details and certain issues. “I knew that I’d be focusing on the organization and I knew that I’d be focusing on the student body as a whole,” he said. “But I didn’t know the technical issues of creating a $91,000 budget.” Right after returning to campus from break, Lustig said, he contacted Curtis to set up times for them to begin the transition. It was difficult, Lustig said, to make the

connections he needed to do his job well. He had to spend a great deal of time training himself for the job. “I promised myself and I promised her that that won’t happen,” he said. Although Lustig will be studying abroad next semester, Curtis said this will not affect her transition because the bulk of the process takes place in the weeks after Thanksgiving break. Said Curtis: “Of course I’m going to miss having Dylan here physically, but I know that I’ll be able to still contact him when I need him and he’s always there for advice.”

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and energy efficient light are all part of the Connective Corridor. This partnership also fosters LEED-certified buildings in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse and smart technology growth, Hartsock said. SU has played a significant role in securing this green future in Syracuse through partnerships like the Connective Corridor in which students and faculty have been involved with research, design and implementation, according to the news release. “It is a great honor receiving this award from USGBC,” Miner said on the Greenbuild website. “We have worked very hard to become a leader in the green economy.” Miner cited the numerous new green tech firms, LEED buildings, sustainable community programs and updating the Syracuse airport to LEED standards as contributing to receiving this award, according to the release. Said Miner: “I am proud to lead a city with this level of commitment to our green future.”

“In general, I think students and faculty appreciate the negligence warning. It’s not considered a disciplinary action; it’s a warning.” Margaret Usdansky

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to a Nov. 15 news release on the Connective Corridor website. Cantor accepted this award as an achievement for the entire Syracuse community. “We can only tackle the profoundly complex challenges we face today, such as achieving sustainability, if we partner across sectors and roll up our sleeves together,” Cantor said in the news release. During her time as chancellor, Cantor has focused on leadership in energy and environmental design building projects, and a campuswide initiative to become carbon neutral by 2040, according to the news release. The Connective Corridor, one of Cantor’s main projects, connects SU to the Syracuse downtown area and has many sustainable elements. There are numerous parts of the Connective Corridor that are sustainable, said Linda Dickerson Hartsock, director of SU’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development. Multi-modal street use, green infrastructure design such as rain gardens and tree trenches, @ caseyfabris

Building Green One of the main reasons Syracuse University and the city of Syracuse won the 2012 U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Award was because of the number of LEED-certified buildings in Syracuse. Commercial and residential buildings, as well as a neighborhood in the city, have been certified LEED platinum, according to the Connective Corridor website. They include: • Syracuse CoE • Hotel Skyler • King+King • Lincoln Supply • From the Ground Up homes • The Near Westside neighborhood



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Greed outweighs all other factors in conference moves As conference realignment continues in college sports, it’s apparent these moves are motivated by money. Student-athletes, fans and other aspects of programs at various universities are being pushed aside in the pursuit of the most lucrative deal. Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh announced they were leaving the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in September 2011, signaling the start of change across the country. On Tuesday, Tulane University and East Carolina University announced plans to join the Big East in 2014. The schools are the ninth and 10th schools the Big East introduced since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their plans to leave. Four other schools — including West Virginia and Rutgers — have left or have plans to leave the unstable conference. There seems to be no easy solution and no end in sight. Schools will always look out for their best financial interests so these moves will continue to happen. And while some realignment brings new faces and new programs to conferences, the greed in college sports in the past

EDITORIAL by the daily orange editorial board year has gotten out of hand. The University of Maryland announced plans last week to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference in pursuit of a better deal in the Big Ten. School officials decided they would rather face a potential $50 million exit fee than stay in a conference they helped establish. The university will likely make $100 million more in its new conference by 2020, Sports Illustrated reported on Nov. 19. When Syracuse announced it would leave the Big East, it was a similar situation, but the price tag was a $7.5 million settlement with the conference. College sports fans, including the students, are left behind with these moves. Old rivalries die out. Traveling to cross-country games becomes more expensive and difficult to coordinate. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution. Every university now feels a need to keep up or risks being left out. It signals a sad time for college sports, one in which money outweighs other history and traditions.


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Sustainable practices during vacation, holiday travel don’t have cause headaches


here are some things in life that just work more smoothly when we’re in our daily home schedule: eating right, studying, sleeping well and living sustainably. Problems emerge when we go outside this routine, including multiple times a year when our campus goes on break. We forget the behaviors that make our world and ourselves healthier and happier. You lose sleep traveling, and then maybe gain some when you get to a nice cozy bed at your parents’ house. You go from eating ramen and dininghall food every day to having a huge Thanksgiving dinner with all your family members. You go from riding your bike or 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

walking to campus every day to taking a 200-ton flying machine to your desired destination. Transportation Security Administration takes away your reusable water bottle because you forgot to empty it, and then when you buy disposable water bottles you can’t find recycling anywhere in the airport. This happens to countless travelers and holiday-takers because it’s hard to plan out trivial, commonplace behaviors when you’re focused on getting work done before break or finally taking the trip you planned weeks or months before. But we have to look at the bigger picture. History is filled with mishaps and mistakes, and an eco-warrior taking

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the routine. So when sustainability suddenly turns into a struggle, the only phrase that really jumps to mind is “hindsight is 20-20.” Why didn’t we just empty our reusable water bottle? Why didn’t we try to plan out a less carbon-intensive way to travel? It’s too late now. We’ll just buy a disposable water bottle and get on the plane. These are not things to be guilty about. A major part of sustainability is improving our behaviors to sustain our planet, and not calling on every person to be perfect 365 days a year. We must learn and grow, and see where we can do things better next time. As we return to our daily routines,

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water Sen. Charles Schumer requests to continue funding for Syracuse’s Inner Harbor

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ollowing the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency’s donation to help build infrastructures in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor, Sen. Charles Schumer has also pushed for federal funding for the project. Schumer sent a personal letter to the Economic Development Administration, urging the administration to provide $2 million in funding for Syracuse’s Inner Harbor development project, according to a Nov. 21 press release from the senator’s office. “I am launching a full court press to secure federal funding that will keep the City of Syracuse’s Inner Harbor redevelopment project on track to bring more jobs, new businesses and residences to this extension of downtown,” Schumer said in the release. The federal funding would be used to construct new sidewalks, lighting, trees and public spaces, as well as new water, sanitary and storm sewers, and gas and electric lines, Schumer said in the release. In the release, Schumer called the project a catalyst for a domino effect in the development of Syracuse. He said the new roads, sewers and infrastructure will improve access to

restaurants and shops, and attract new residents to invest in the area. The project’s funding is expected to be determined within the next few months, Schumer said in a Nov. 21 YNN article. SIDA’s $500,000 donation will add to the city’s efforts to build roads and sidewalks, and install water and sewer lines in the area, said Ben Walsh, a deputy commissioner in Syracuse’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development. The contribution will compliment COR Development Co.’s $350 million project to transform 28 acres of land around the harbor into a commercial and residential attraction, Walsh said.

“The temporary and permanent jobs that the project could create would be helpful, especially if those hires are Syracuse residents.” Khalid Bey

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The city plans to invest $4 million for the construction of roads and other developmental projects in the area near COR Development Co.’s project site. City officials have applied for a grant from the Economic Development Administration that would pay for half the costs, Walsh said. Similarly, Syracuse Common Councilor Khalid Bey said he hopes the project will generate economic growth for the city. “The temporary and permanent jobs that the project could create would be helpful, especially if those hires are Syracuse residents,” Bey said. Still, the project will not be able to proceed until funding for water and sewer lines is secured, Paul Joynt of COR Development Co. said in the article. Said Joynt in the article: “If we don’t have sewers and water to expand the project any further, it would, basically, come to a halt.”

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with sand and chemical additives are injected into the well to create extreme pressure and fracturing. In New York state and Pennsylvania, the process brings oil drilling to places where it hadn’t existed before, causing East Coast residents to become anxious about the “new industry,” said Donald Siegel, an earth sciences professor at SU. Anxiety stems from fears about the quality of drinking water, concerns about the disruption caused by drilling and the broader concern of further burning fossil fuels, which harms air quality.

“The major issue is that we should not be developing more fossil fuels. We are committing suicide. ” Peter Black


The controversial industry has recently become a hot topic in New York state politics because of the clash between economic benefits — direct profit for some landowners and an increase in jobs related to the extraction process — and environmental concerns, said Grant Reeher, a professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Additionally, the high level of uncertainty about hydrofracking among the majority of the public and the mixed views on the industry among scientists create a “recipe for more heated than light” discussion, Reeher said. Colleges across the country are already prospering from oil rigs. The University of Texas at Arlington has earned $10 million from produc-

ing natural gas, and is developing a significant, long-range revenue stream expected to provide vital financial security for the next few decades, said Kristin Sullivan, UT Arlington’s assistant vice president for media relations. There are 22 wells on the school’s site that are in what she calls the “production phase,” meaning gas is flowing from the wells and being transported via pipelines to the markets, so there is minimal on-site activity. To ensure the process is safe for the campus community, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc., a Houstonbased company, is using advanced technology and security cameras, and participating in ongoing street cleaning and maintenance, Sullivan said. It also has a detailed emergency plan. The university receives a 27 percent royalty on natural gas extracted from university property, which it uses to fund undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and faculty and staff recruitment and retention, she said. At Indiana State University, the main location for its recently-established drilling operation will take place several blocks from main campus, on an old industrial property now owned by the university, said Tara Singer, the university’s assistant vice president for communications and marketing. Horizontal drilling will be used, pumps will be submerged and the tanks will be screened behind a fence. “We do not anticipate any disturbance to campus,” she said. Siegel, the earth sciences professor, said that while the operations are “messy and disruptive,” he thinks the operation is fine as long as it is in a more rural or abandoned location. “If it’s away from main campus, that’s fine,” he said. “Reap the profit from that, I have no problem with that.” With hydrofracking slowly seeping into the East Coast’s culture, future oil drilling on campuses in New York state and Pennsylvania isn’t out of the question. Just last week, the State University of New York at Buffalo announced it was closing its newly formed Shale Resources and Society Institute due to controversy surrounding the center’s financial backing. When the institute’s first study drew criticism for being biased in favor of the oil and gas industry, rumors surfaced that the companies were funding the institute. President Satish Tripathi addressed the campus community in a letter, saying the institute lacked sufficient faculty presence and was not consistent enough in disclosing its financial interests. The credibility of the research was therefore questioned because of concerns about its financ-


the hood “like a typical crazy best friend” when she saw the car. After her friend jumped on the car, Terchowitz kept driving because her friend

A drill bores into the ground. Compressed air pumped down the pipe ejects rock cuttings from the hole.

Surface casing is inserted into the drilled hole to isolate the fresh water zone.

Cement poured down CEMENT the casing seals off the well bore from the fresh water, preventing contamination.

Drilling continues to 500 feet above the planned horizontal section.

When the target length is reached, cement is sent through production casing, filling the space between the casing and wall of the hole known as the annulus. A perforating gun is inserted into the casing and shoots small holes into the shale formation. Water is mixed with sand and chemical lubricants and pumped into the well bore under high pressure.

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graphic by ankur patankar | presentation director ing, he said in the letter. Peter Black, a professor emeritus at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, said he believes colleges profiting from an industry that harms the environment send a bad message to university students. “The major issue is that we should not be developing more fossil fuels,” he said. “We are committing suicide. We may not be choosing the method, but the evidence is building up.” @marwaeltagouri

would not get off the car. “Before I knew it, she just fell off my car and I ended up running her over,” she said. “I guess I just ran over her legs a little bit but she’s not really injured. She just has some scrapes on her butt, that’s about it.” @JessicaIannetta



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top: sam maller | asst. photo editor, right: courtesy of ALISUN “SUNNY” HERNANDEZ, social media manager at Project Advance, a program dedicated to getting high school seniors access to college curriculums, enjoys baking pies in addition to her job. She has her own blog, “For Your Pies Only,” the success of which led to her land the position of social media manager. Hernandez dressed up as a pie fairy and gave out free pie to locals on Valentine’s Day in 2011.

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hen blogger Alisun “Sunny” Hernandez puts on her decorated hoodie, she takes on a new role: a pie delivery fairy. “You never know when the pie fairy is going to show up,” Hernandez said. Hernandez prepared about 100 heart-shaped pies for Valentine’s Day in 2011. “It was a baking marathon,” she said, explaining that rolling out the dough for all of them made her arms sore. She delivered the pies to friends all

around Syracuse and campus while wearing her hoodie, which is decorated with the name of her blog, “For Your Pies Only,” and the words “Pie Fairy” on the front. She had fun surprising people and making their days. “People are rarely unhappy when they get free pie,” she said jokingly. When Hernandez isn’t in her Pie Fairy costume, her love for baking and social media come together and inspire her posts on “For Your Pies Only.” She started the blog while she was unemployed in January 2011 to keep thinking creatively and to share

recipes she works on with other pie enthusiasts, she said. The blog has inadvertently opened up a lot of doors for Hernandez. She met her direct supervisor at Project Advance, a partnership between Syracuse University and local high schools, during a food blogger luncheon. Hernandez would not have been invited to the luncheon without the pie blog, she said. Hernandez is now social media manager at Project Advance. She described Project Advance as a


Alisun Hernandez has become something of a pie connoisseur since she started the “For Your Pies Only” blog. Here’s a list of some of the more recent pies she’s introduced to the blogosphere. -CARAMEL APPLE BUTTER PECAN PIE -PENNSYLVANIA PEACH PIE -BLUEBARB CHERRY PIE -ST. PADDY’S PUB PIE - SHEPHERD’S PIE (FOR PI DAY) -SALMON POTATO LEEK PIE -ORANGE CREAMSICLE PIE

Holiday season can awaken unwelcome ghosts of relationships past, present and future


ith Thanksgiving and its marshmallow-decked sweet potatoes now a dim and distant memory, the holiday’s second cousin, Christmas, is a soonto-be-realized dream. But have you ever found yourself surrounded by festive cheer only to be haunted by the ghosts of relationships past, present or future? While you’re pulling crackers around the table, pulling faces at

your dad’s sh*t jokes or “pulling” — the British word for making out — some drunk “babe” under the mistletoe, there’s always a few uninvited poltergeists that pick their moments to get a slice of the pie. It doesn’t just happen to the young pups. There’s a reason why your last remaining granny cries into her Christmas cornflakes. She’s got a transparent version of old grandpa Bob sitting next to her, reminding her


just do it of what Christmas used to be like. OK, so you’re 19 years old and not even bothered to make a pipe dream

about a golden wedding anniversary. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have relationship ghosts. Annual events have a canny ability of reminding us about what we used to have, don’t have or wish we had relationship-wise. It’s just not the crap you want to think about when Santa’s stuck in your chimney trying desperately to deliver the new iPhone 5. I’ll never forget my first boyfriend, Euan Hair, a strapping young man

who was well out of my league. On Christmas Eve, I crept upstairs to use all my prepaid phone credit to fill his ears with romantic drivel. I should have spared my sneaky mom the trip up the stairs to listen through the door. A year later and thoroughly dumped by my “future husband,” the pain was raw. With Cat Stevens’ sentiment that “the first cut is the deepest” proving accurate,


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Back for more Search for falafel leads to shot at redemption for local Greek restaurant The gyro at Munjed’s Middle Eastern Cafe was simple and made of fluffy pita bread, but the tzatziki was flavorful and fresh.

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t all started with a quest; a quest for falafel. My roommate discovered a hidden love for falafel while studying in London and has been lost without it this whole semester. We began our search in October and Munjed’s Middle Eastern Cafe on Westcott Street was our first stop in what has been a semester-long search for delicious falafel in Syracuse. I tried the falafel pita pocket ($5.99) and my roommate got the falafel wrap ($6.49). We considered sharing a side of hummus, but at $4.99 we thought it was too pricey an indulgence. Our expectations were unfortunately not met. Call us falafel snobs, but these chubby patties were small and dry. They crumbled a bit with each bite, each of which emphasized the menu description of “mildly spiced.” They were severely lacking in any real kick or flavoring. But as the weeks rolled by, I was surprised in talking with several other people who said they had great experiences at Munjed’s.

Chalking it up to a bad night and giving in to my Mediterranean cuisine cravings, I gave Munjed’s a shot at redemption. I took my other roommate who had not been as scarred and discouraged as the first one. The small eatery was almost empty, just like the first time I visited. This time around I decided to get a classic gyro, thin strips of a lamb and beef blend in a pita. I got the dinner platter ($12.99) that came with a Greek salad and a side of tzatziki, a tangy garlic flavored yogurt sauce. The gyro was as simple as it got, in appearance, texture and flavor, before I stuffed the warm, fluffy pita with some of my Greek salad. I’m sure they assume that’s what everyone will do, but by leaving the gyro as bare as can be, it makes the bland flavors and slightly overcooked meat easily noticeable. The simple addition of some cucumbers and hummus would have made it more dynamic. That being said, the cool, creamy tzatziki was a flavorful blessing as well as the fresh and colorful Greek salad, a pleasure to see and eat.

It came in a very generous heap, tossed and perfectly dressed. They were particularly generous with the feta cheese and olives that made the taste decadent but still refreshing and light. My roommate and I also shared a side of Spanakopita, one of my favorite Greek foods. I was taken aback to see the thick, flakey pie I usually get replaced with a swirl of phyllo dough resembling a cinnamon roll. I was skeptical with my first bite. It was more doughy than flaky but still had a nice crispness. The spinach and cheese filling was a little overpowered by the dough, but the pungent taste of olive oil, garlic and onion punched through. By my second bite, I was sold on Munjed’s untraditional take on the classic spinach pie. Our friendly and attentive waitress checked in with us often as we ate. Sitting comfortably without any rush, the sandy walls with a camelprint border made it really feel like an authentic experience. We even found ourselves enjoying the chanting rhythm of the background music. The authentic atmosphere provided a nearby escape to the East. Despite some trip

ups with the food I would come back again just for the Greek salad and the Spanakopita, and an eager hunger to see what else on the menu I liked. Fingers crossed that they’ll step up their falafel so that both my roommates can come along. @daniemarieodie


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program in which high school teachers and SU professors collaborate, and high school seniors can take SU courses along with their high school curriculum. Hernandez works on Project Advance’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Sometimes she includes stories with the recipes or writes about her inspiration for them. Her recipes range from traditional to more out there, she said. She tells her friends if they can dream up a flavor, she can try to make it happen. Some include a “Samoa pie,” which emulates the Girl Scout cookie, and a “Saint Patrick’s Day Pub pie.” Kim Brown, Hernandez’s friend and the assistant director of alumni programs in Career Services, had never had anything besides a “normal pie,” Brown said, until Hernandez told her they were making a chicken almond pie one night. Depending on the occasion, Hernandez makes sweet and savory pies in different shapes and sizes. She has used special tins to make mini pies. For Pi day, she made a pie in the shape of the mathematical symbol, Brown said. Brown is an adjunct multimedia professor and avid social media user, and met Hernandez through Twitter. She said Hernandez uses social media well to grow interest and promote herself. “If you’re getting the attention from people from Pillsbury, you know you’re doing something right,” Brown said. Hernandez’s social media skills are translated to the blog. She has a Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram to spread her pie-loving message. She said she uses Instagram as a tease; she posts photos as she’s baking to let people know something new is coming up in the blog. “It generates a little bit of excitement,” she said. Tracy Tillapaugh, a career consultant at Career Services and a friend of Hernandez, thinks the message of her blog is that pie doesn’t have to be boring. “You think a pie has to be a regular nine-


I was emotionally bleeding all over my presents, dreaming of yesteryear. Now that I’m a 20-something, I’d like to think I’m educated enough to never return to such pathetic depths of despair. Unfortunately, everyone’s a fool when it comes to lost love. I imagine every student’s equivalent of Euan Hair will be doing the Christmas rounds for years to come, until he or she finds a presenttense replacement. But sometimes, current relationships can’t save Christmas. If you are stupid enough to date someone from a different country, get ready to date a ghost every Christmas until you actually get married, or the modern living-together-in-financialinsecurity equivalent. There’s also a reason why January is prime divorce season. While not everyone is in a long-distance relationship, busy semesters can make together time a luxury product. But with the calendar cleared and no sex allowed in your parents’ house, you find yourself talking to the love of your life

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inch pie plate, but it doesn’t have to be,” Tillapaugh said. In addition to recipes, Hernandez’s blog also has pie-related comics, videos and links. One post has a link to a debate over whether cake or pie is better. Hernandez plants herself firmly on the pie side. Although she admitted she does like cake, she prefers pies because they are more versatile. “I’ve made dinners where you have pie for dinner and you have pie for dessert,” Hernandez said. “I think you can do so many more things with pie than you can do with cake.” She also enjoys that pies can be appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, since they come in both sweet and savory flavors. Hernandez had a few blogs before “For Your

“I’ve made dinners where you have pie for dinner and you have pie for dessert.”



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Pies Only,” but she said they weren’t specific enough. Her blog is different in that she has some personal anecdotes and also something useful in it, she said. Hernandez said when it comes to both blogging and baking, you have to have fun, both for your readers and for yourself. Baking has always been a part of Hernandez’s life. As a child she helped her mother, grandmother and aunts bake. When it comes to her favorite pie, she said hers was rhubarb custard. “A lot of people like strawberry rhubarb; I’m a little bit of a rhubarb purest,” Hernandez said. It reminds her of her grandmother who made rhubarb upside-down cake with the rhubarb from her garden. Hernandez doesn’t sell her pies, but instead focuses her time on experimenting with recipes. Said Hernandez: “Who knows, maybe a pie shop or selling my pies is somewhere down the road, but as of right now I’m just baking and blogging.”

about the weather forecast. This houseguest, known as the ghost of relationships present, is the awkward moment when you realize you’ve let your relationship slide so fast that you’re not actually sure who you’re dating. You wonder why you’ve bothered to Skype religiously or be exclusive for the entire fall semester when you could have been “doing” the Shaw Hall slag. Finally, just to turn the gravy really sour, your dear grandpa Bill invites the ghost of relationships future to the Christmas dinner table by asking why you still don’t have a boyfriend. Then your little sister, thinking she’s hilarious, buys you a “build your own boyfriend” Play-Doh kit to make you feel even uglier. My advice? Enjoy finals week. You’ll be spending serious time with some unwelcome ghostly guests before you know it. And I’m not talking about your aunty Geraldine who spits when she speaks. Bah, humbug. Iona Holloway is a magazine journalism and psychology dual major. She thinks everyone should just give up and date Casper. Email her at Follow her @ionaholloway.

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aimed to sell about 750 season tickets for this season. Current sales are at about 460, said Nick Michalkow, director of group sales and fan services. The team originally planned to raise $500,000 through shares in the Syracuse Pro Sports Group, LLC. Shares are still available, but Vice President of Sales and Marketing Allen Laventure said he could not comment on the number sold. So the four-man, full-time front office staff has no choice but to get creative, save costs and hope fans show up. “For us it’s not about the 13 home games, it’s about being active and in the community 365 days a year,” Laventure said. On Black Friday, that meant sending the team to ring bells and work the donation kettle at Destiny USA. Other nights it means the team’s jersey color changes for a cause. And in an attempt to reach out to children and families, the Silver Knights carry out a three-part school assembly program known as the Knights’ Code, in which players speak to students about health and wellness, diversity and the dangers of bullying. “It’s being involved in the community where people are saying, ‘Wow, these guys are doing a lot, we see them everywhere,’” Laventure said. “And that’s one of the things that we’ve been fortunate of when I talk to sponsors they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh I was at this run’ or ‘My son came home with a worksheet from you guys.’” The Silver Knights are not bogged down by the same financial troubles that doomed the Salty Dogs, which were also part-owned by Pete Ramin, who is now a Silver Knights co-owner and vice president of operations. The Salty Dogs performed well at the gate, drawing the third-highest attendance in the 16-team USL First Division (USL-1) in 2004 despite splitting home games between P&C Stadium — now Alliance Bank Stadium — and Liverpool High School. But mere entry into the league cost $500,000, with $300,000 going toward a territory fee to the Rochester Raging Rhinos and $200,000 paid directly as a league fee. The high startup costs, in addition to a pricey lease agreement with P&C Stadium, caused the team to bleed money and cease operations in October 2004 after just two seasons. By contrast, in late 2009, USL-1 Senior Director Chris Economides reached out to Tanner about bringing a franchise to Syracuse. There was no territory fee despite the eventual presence of another Rochester club, the Lancers. Instead of the $200,000 league fee that the Syra-


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cuse Pro Sports Group paid for the Salty Dogs, Syracuse Pro Sports, LLC, only paid a $50,000 fee for the Silver Knights franchise. Tanner and Michalkow estimated the Salty Dogs’ operating costs are $1.2 million. And while the Silver Knights’ are about half that, the secondyear franchise must expand its fan base to thrive. “We definitely missed a couple markets last year,” said Michalkow, who is in his first year with the franchise. He and Laventure pointed to the Latino — 8.3 percent of the city’s population — and young adult demographics as areas of weakness for the club. So this year, the Silver Knights are writing game stories for CNY Latino. The Silver Knights also continue to push for Syracuse University students to attend games as Laventure reaches out to students in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “I think that college students, if they came and saw a game, would actually enjoy themselves,” he said. “Getting them off the Hill has been our biggest challenge.” Ultimately the Silver Knights target families as the foundation of their fan base. Laventure worked for the Syracuse Crunch, now the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate, from 1994 to 2000 as an account executive and director of youth hockey programs. Game days for the Crunch in those days mirror what the Silver Knights are attempting to create now: loud music, families and an overall party atmosphere. In 2004, when Tanner was still playing for the financially spiraling Salty Dogs, he attended his first Crunch game. He immediately thought “this would be a perfect place for indoor soccer.” The Silver Knights front office still sees hope in the Crunch model. “Our thought process was, ‘Let’s get people hooked on the event and they’ll come back,’” Laventure said. “And now you look 18 years later and the Crunch is — people who were kids then, well now those kids are now taking their kids. “So essentially they’ve instantaneously doubled their audience and their appeal because they have three generations going to their games instead of just two.” The front office is banking on keeping costs low, filling seats and getting the franchise off the ground and into year three, a milestone the Salty Dogs never reached. “I’ve never heard of one person not enjoying one of our games,” Tanner said. “You know, go to the game and go ‘That sucks, that’s not what I expected.’ Usually they say ‘That’s not what I expected, it was a lot better.’” @MrJacobK


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announced last September that they were leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The league then added eight schools to try to solidify its future, but conference realignment picked up again last week with Rutgers and Maryland moving to the Big Ten. Those moves caused another shift for the Big East, as current members Louisville and Connecticut are considered the frontrunners to replace the Terrapins in the ACC. Future members Boise State and San Diego State have also reportedly been in talks with the Mountain West Conference about rejoining that league. On Tuesday, Aresco said Boise State and San Diego State remain committed to the Big East. The commissioner also said the league is aiming to build a 14-team conference while also considering a 16-team model for football. It’s a league Aresco believes will resonate as it tries to attract interest and negotiate television deals in the future. “What we’re selling is quality,” Aresco said. “If we have a good football conference, people will watch.”

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After stint in pro baseball, AU’s Lumpkins back on court By Phil D’Abbraccio STAFF WRITER

Stephen Lumpkins knew his walk from the mound to the dugout on July 31 would be his last. The southpaw had just thrown a wild pitch, walked three consecutive batters and his 19.64 ERA ranked second-worst on the Arizona League Royals. Now, the senior forward leads the American (2-3) basketball team with 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. After being selected in the 13th round of the June 2011 draft, the 6-foot-8-inch Lumpkins left American after his junior season to pursue a professional baseball career in the Kansas City Royals organization. The left-hander spent two years with the Royals’ Arizona League affiliate, but couldn’t make the necessary adjustments to his pitching motion. Lumpkins planned to return to American to earn his degree in business administration, but had to convince head coach Jeff Jones that he genuinely wanted to be a part of the basketball program. Lumpkins’ abilities to score now fill the void left by the departure of the Eagles’ top two scorers from a year ago. At Junipero Serra (Calif.) High School, Lumpkins made a name for himself in baseball and basketball. Although his baseball talents drew attention from a handful of big-name schools, Lumpkins had his mind set on being a college basketball player. “When I took a visit to American, I really just kind of fell in love with the campus and everything and the basketball program there,” he said. “So I thought it was a good fit for me.” It was at a camp in Kansas where Jones got his first glimpse of Lumpkins, who displayed his rebounding and passing skills well that day, Jones said. When Jones further inquired about Lumpkins and learned of the athlete’s baseball talents, Lumpkins and his father, Larry, made it clear to Jones that baseball would not interfere with his basketball plans. “Essentially, his baseball career would be over after high school,” Jones said. After Lumpkins began his career at American, Larry Lumpkins asked Jones if his son could continue to throw a baseball — nothing more serious than long tossing with his teammates in the offseason — a request that Jones had no issue with and even encouraged.


games. Syracuse shattered preseason expectations and ended up constructing the most accomplished season in school history. “The past couple years, it goes unsaid that we didn’t do too well,” Brode said. “I think basically that would have been the normal thing — for us to finish in last place again — but we just wanted to prove something this year.” That was exactly what they did. “Ultimately we had a desire to be better than last year,” SU defender Chris Makowski said. “None of us liked that feeling. We wanted to prove people wrong.” As the mindset of the team evolved, nightmarishly brutal losses never manifested like they did last year. Instead, painful defeats transformed into exhilarating wins, and the fan base continued to grow as the team piled on win after win.

As the forward’s confidence grew on the basketball court, Jones said, he further developed his scoring skills. He averaged at least 13 points per game and eight rebounds per game in his sophomore and junior years. But during the offseasons, Lumpkins continued to pitch outside of American, which hasn’t had a baseball team since 1986. “While I was still focused on basketball as my main focus, I wanted to just make sure I kept up with baseball a little bit,” Lumpkins said. “I knew it was something that I could potentially do after basketball. I wanted to keep a hand in it a little bit.” Lumpkins pitched well enough to draw attention from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who selected the lefty in the 42nd round of the 2010 draft. But he wasn’t willing to leave school with two years left of eligibility.

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But when the Kansas City Royals offered him a signing bonus of $150,000 the following summer, Lumpkins took the opportunity. “If I wanted to pursue the baseball thing, it was kind of the time I had to do it,” Lumpkins said. In his first season with the Arizona League Royals, he finished with a 2-1 record with a 7.02 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. In his final two outings, he allowed just one earned run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings. In 2012, the Royals began to alter his pitching motion with adjustments that Lumpkins couldn’t implement. With his sky-high ERA, Lumpkins left the Royals having allowed eight runs with 11 walks and three wild pitches in just 3 2/3 innings. With his baseball dreams out of reach, Lumpkins headed back to American to finish his education and

“We realized we had a close-knit, hard-working group that brought everything they had day in, day out,” McIntyre said. “When that came together it translated to results on the pitch.” After a close loss to NCAA tournamentbound Niagara, Syracuse outscored its opponents 15-0 over the next three games, including the lopsided win over Colgate. Shifting into Big East mode with a mission to flip the script entirely, the Orange finished the year 5-3 in conference. In Brode’s three-year stint prior to the 2012 campaign, the team won three total Big East games. Chemistry rose to an all-time high, as Vale emerged to become a prolific goal-scorer and became opponents’ worst nightmare. Ted Cribley, Tony Asante and freshman goalie Alex Bono continued to shine, as the Orange continued to win. After monumental wins over South Florida and Villanova, Syracuse earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1984.

courtesy of american athletics communications STEPHEN LUMPKINS returned to the American basketball team after spending a year playing minor league baseball. The forward leads the team in scoring and rebounding. receive his degree. But if he wanted to play basketball as an Eagle again, he needed to convince Jones. “He and I had a couple of productive talks,” Jones said. “I thought that his heart was in the right place. And he convinced me that he missed it and he really wanted to be a part of the program.” Senior guard Daniel Munoz — a close friend of Lumpkins — said he received texts from the forward about how hard he was exercising at home in preparation for the season. Lumpkins has retaken the role of American’s premier player but now has a stronger mentality.

Although Lumpkins visibly has had more success on the basketball court than he did on the baseball mound, he has no regrets about his decision. “It was something that if I didn’t do it, it was probably something I would’ve regretted for the rest of my life,” he said. “Not a lot of people can say they’ve played professional baseball and Division-I basketball. And it’s worked out great that I’m able to come back to school this year and play basketball.”

SU lost 4-2 to eventual No. 1-seed Notre Dame and anxiously awaited its fate as the selection show continued to get closer. Syracuse players sat inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center on Nov. 12 — their destiny moments away from being revealed. They made it. Just barely. “I think we deserved to be in the tournament, but we kind of squeaked in,” Brode said. “I heard we were one of the bubble teams. We were kind of nervous. We thought it was 50-50 — pretty much a flip of a coin.” Once the Orange qualified for the tournament, the players knew they didn’t want the journey to stop abruptly. They wanted to embark on a run they’d never forget. “Coming into the tournament we were all really excited,” Makowski said. “Even though we were underdogs and no one expected anything from us, we went out and proved we deserved to be there.” The Orange knocked off favored Cornell

1-0, winning the first NCAA tournament game in school history. Then, just three days later, Syracuse came back from a 2-0 hole against No. 14-seed Virginia Commonwealth, capped by a dagger by Louis Clark in the 108th minute. “Louis’ goal was great,” Brode said. “I think that was one of my favorite moments here at Syracuse. When he scored we all just sprinted on the field.” Syracuse’s incredible run came to an end with a gut-wrenching loss to Georgetown in penalty kicks, but McIntyre said his players shouldn’t dwell on the loss. He knows his players are devastated at the moment, but he said when they look back down the road and reflect, they’ll realize this season was truly one for the ages. “It was just continuing to push forward, and for that I’m extremely proud of this group,” McIntyre said. “When they finally take a big breath, I think the guys will take a lot of pride in what they’ve accomplished this year.”


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SU reflects on historic campaign By Trevor Hass STAFF WRITER

Jordan Vale unleashed a shot from well outside the box early in the second half against Colgate back in early September. Syracuse had already scored four goals in the game, including three in the previous five minutes and one less than 45 seconds before. Vale watched as the ball swooped into the top right corner of the net. Syracuse went on to punish Colgate 6-0, the first of many statement wins for the Orange on the season. That was when senior Mark Brode knew this team had something special. He knew this year would be a considerable improvement from his previous three seasons at Syracuse. Little did Brode know, though, that the Orange would go on to finish second in the Red division, host the first postseason game in school history and win two NCAA tournament



Syracuse notched its first-ever NCAA tournament victories this season, upsetting Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth to reach the Sweet 16. Here’s a look at the top three moments of SU’s best season in program history:

3) Syracuse hosts firstever home playoff game NOV. 3, SU SOCCER STADIUM

Louis Clark’s shot from outside the box deflected off goalie Patrick Wall’s hands and into the net to put Syracuse ahead of Notre Dame 2-0 in the Big East tournament. But the Fighting Irish roared back with four goals in the second half for the win.

2) Dancing in November


Pandemonium ensued inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Center on Nov. 3 when Syracuse found out it would play Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

1) Clark’s clutch play powers SU comeback against VCU in second round of NCAA tournament NOV. 18, SPORTS BACKERS STADIUM, RICHMOND, VA.

The game looked like it was destined for penalty kicks, but Louis Clark had other ideas. Clark delivered the game-winner in double overtime, igniting SU to get a 3-2 win and a berth in the Sweet 16.

sam maller | asst. photo editor The Syracuse Silver Knights enter their second season hoping to turn a profit. With an operating budget between $500,000 and $600,000, the Silver Knights need an average attendance of 3,000 fans to profit. So far, the team has sold roughly 460 of 750 available season tickets.

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By Jacob Klinger



he magic number is 3,000. If the Syracuse Silver Knights can get that many paying customers to each of their 13 home games at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the team becomes profitable. The future then becomes more certain and more promising for professional soccer in the city of Syracuse. “If every soccer person just went

to one game, any person that had anything to do with soccer,” Silver Knights President and head coach Tommy Tanner said, “you know, a kid playing soccer or played in the men’s league or played in the coed league, went to one game, we’d sell out all 13 home games.” But with an operating budget between $500,000 and $600,000, getting “more butts in the seats” is an exercise in indirect marketing.

Billboards and TV commercials are out of the question for the Silver Knights. They’re too expensive. If the Silver Knights don’t reach that magic number of 3,000, though, they run the risk of joining their outdoor predecessors, the Syracuse Salty Dogs, and hundreds of other nowdefunct teams in the graveyard of American soccer clubs. The Silver Knights front office


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Big East brings in Tulane for all sports, ECU for football By Ryne Gery SPORTS EDITOR

A week after conference realignment hit the Big East again, the conference responded by adding Tulane for all sports and East Carolina as a football-only member in 2014. The league faced uncertainty after losing Rutgers to the Big Ten on Nov. 20, as rumors swirled about other possible departures. But on Tuesday afternoon, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco touted his conference

as one of “opportunity and potential” while welcoming Tulane as its newest member on a conference call. “We have a strategy for expansion, we have a strategy for our conference,” Aresco said on the conference call. “We are building — we are already well on our way to building a national football conference that will compete at the highest level.” About two hours later, the Big East announced the Pirates would join the league for football along

with the Green Wave. The Conference USA members will give the Big East 13 football members in 2014. Tulane has been in three bowl games in the last 25 years, and none since 1987, while its men’s basketball program hasn’t made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1995. East Carolina has qualified for five bowl games since 2006, going 1-4 in those contests. The Big East has lost five schools since Syracuse and Pittsburgh



The Big East continued to change with the addition of East Carolina and Tulane on Tuesday. Here’s a list of the last 10 teams to join the Big East: TULANE EAST CAROLINA* CENTRAL FLORIDA SOUTHERN METHODIST HOUSTON


Nov. 28, 2012