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Syracuse University’s Hoople Building is still intact despite plans to demolish it by November and make way for the National Veterans Resource Complex. Page 3
Syracuse football finished the season with a 4-8 record. See the most telling moments of the season, from an upset win at home to Eric Dungey’s injury. Pages 10-11
P • Tree time
Everson Museum’s annual Tree Festival, now in its 31st year, is primarily a fundraiser for the museum. It also brings the community together through creativity. Page 20
Staying protected Some are worried about reproductive rights under Trump By Anna Merod staff writer
ithin the next week, Morgan Dudzinski will go to her appointment at Planned Parenthood to discuss the possibility of receiving an intrauterine device to prevent pregnancy long-term. It’s an option she thinks she needs to explore more urgently now that Republicans have won control of the House and Senate under President-elect Donald Trump. Trump’s campaign was marked by attacks on women’s reproductive rights, stating that he would punish women who have abortions and reverse the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision regarding abortion rights. Trump has also hinted that he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which could lead to IUDS no longer being covered under the act in the insurance plans for some. So immediately after his win, women across the United States began discussing long-term birth control options such as IUDs on social media. They’re looking to outlast the possible damage to reproductive rights that may occur under Trump’s presidency. Since Trump’s win, health administrators at Syracuse University said they haven’t yet seen an influx of interest among students on campus to get IUDs — a small piece of plastic shaped like a “T” that is inserted into the uterus and can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years. IUDs currently aren’t available through SU Health Services, although that see women’s
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MORGAN DUDZINSKI will be receiving an intrauterine device to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Her decision was prompted by Donald Trump’s election as president. frankie prijatel senior staff photographer
Officials provide thoughts on Trump’s family leave plan By Satoshi Sugiyama asst. news editor
While the United States lags behind other countries when it comes to paid parental leave, there’s a chance that the situation will change under President-elect Donald Trump. On the campaign trail, Trump laid out his plans to institute six weeks of paid maternity leave only when companies do not offer leave by making changes to existing unemployment insurance. His campaign said this will not lead to raising taxes and the program would be paid by “offsetting reduc-
tions” in the insurance program. Maternity or paternity leave is offered for employees who will be mothers or fathers, respectively, during the period of a birth or adoption, whereas parental leave can usually be obtained following maternal or parental leave, per The Pew Research Center. At Syracuse University, tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to receive parental leave, but non-tenure track faculty are not. The U.S. is the only country among 41 states that does not have a mandate from national government for paid leave for new parents,
The percentage of private sector workers who have access to paid family leave through their employers
The average number of hours men spent on child care each week in 2011
according to The Pew Research Center. Estonia, meanwhile, offers 87 weeks worth of paid leave. The paid family leave described in the data includes maternity leave, paternity leave and parental leave. Kristi Andersen, a professor emerita of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, said in an email she is glad Trump has raised this issue but added that his policy approach in child-rearing is “a rather old-fashioned and individualistic view.” She pointed out that Trump’s plan does not cover fathers, contrary to the
trend that more fathers are investing their time in child-rearing. Fathers have over the years begun to invest more time on childcare: In 1965, fathers spent 2.5 hours on average per week as opposed to seven hours in 2011, according to The Pew Research Center. After California implemented paid family leave, the odds of men taking parental leave more than doubled, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. “(Trump) still seems to see child care and child rearing as solely the responsibility of the parents,” Andersen said. “(There was) no discussion see parental
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THIRSTY thursday | keoke coffee
Coffee drink perfect for winter weather By Monique Iuster staff writer
It’s the first day of December, and we’re starting to hit that time of the year when it feels almost impossible to finish up the last stretch to winter break — especially with the cold weather outside. Finals are coming up, projects are piling on and the motivation to go to the library is at an all-time low. If you’re looking for a warm drink to calm down these prefinal nerves, you may want to consider a Keoke Coffee. Keoke Coffee is a hot coffee cocktail made with Kahlua, brandy, creme de cacao and coffee. It’s served in a glass mug and topped with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. It’s similar to an Irish coffee, except Irish coffee is made with whiskey instead of brandy. The liquors used in a Keoke Coffee are much sweeter, changing the taste and making it much more like dessert. The origin of this drink may surprise you. While it is a great cold weather treat, it was originally created in the warm sun of Southern California. As the story goes, George Bullington, the owner of Bully’s Steakhouse restaurant in California, was experimenting with drinks late one night. Keoke Coffee came out of this late-night trial and error.
This story is the reasoning behind the name Keoke Coffee: “Keoke” means George in Hawaiian. I made myself one over Thanksgiving break, and upon combining ingredients, I immediately noticed the delicious aroma wafting from the glass. Rich scents of fresh coffee, Kahlua and hints of chocolate drifted to my nose. The drink begins a translucent dark brown color. Within seconds of plopping the whipped cream onto the coffee mixture, it began to melt, sending swirls of white cream throughout the dark liquid. I gave it a stir and brought the entire drink to a lighter opaque brown. This drink is a coffee lover’s dream. A strong coffee flavor is the most overwhelming flavor, followed by hints of chocolate from the creme de cacao, a chocolateflavored liquor. It’s extremely sweet because of the sugary Kahlua but the undertone of brandy left me with a final bitter flavor. I loved this coffee drink and it was incredibly simple to make. I poured about a half a shot of each liquor into each cup, leaving about two-thirds of the cup left for coffee. My one problem was that because the liquor was cold, my drink was initially lukewarm and I needed to microwave it to keep the coffee cocktail steaming hot before adding the whipped cream.
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KEOKE COFFEE is a coffee cocktail made with Kahlua, brandy, creme de cacao and, of course, coffee. This sweet drink is ideal for cold weather. frankie prijatel senior staff photographer
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On display SU students’ artwork is being displayed in the United Kingdom as part of an exchange program. See page 4
Credit conflict More than two-thirds of college accreditors have potential conflict of interest issues. See page 4
Beauty drive SU’s Falk College is holding a makeup drive for transgender students on Thursday. See page 7
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Group calls for inclusive campus By Stacy Fernandez asst. news editor
The Hoople Building, on the corner of South Crouse and Waverly avenues, is still standing entering December. SU originally planned to demolish it by November to make room for the National Veterans Resource Complex. jacob greenfeld asst. photo editor
The Graduate Student Organization passed a resolution calling to make Syracuse University a “sanctuary campus” at its senate meeting meeting on Wednesday. The resolution states that for the university to uphold its commitment to diversity and inclusion members of the campus community who are most at risk to anticipated mass deportation policies should receive protection from the university. The GSO is calling on SU administrators to not comply with deportations or raids by immigration authorities, for the Department of Public Safety to not enforce immigration laws and guaranteed privacy pertaining to the immigration status of students, staff and community members. firstname.lastname@example.org @StacyFernandezB
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Building remains despite plans to demolish By Michael Burke asst. news editor
The timeline for the demolition of the Hoople Building to make room for the National Veterans Resource Complex is unclear, as the building is still standing entering December. Syracuse University officials had said earlier this semester that the build-
ing would be demolished in either October or early November. In his September construction update email to the campus community, Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala said the demolition of Hoople was scheduled for October. Ron Novack, executive director of veteran and military affairs, told The Daily Orange in Octo-
ber that the building would come down by early November, before the snow started coming in. Syracuse was hit with more than 20 inches of snow last week. Multiple university officials referred requests for comment on this story to SU’s Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction, which Sala oversees. Joseph Alfieri, the director
of the CPDC, was not immediately available for comment. The purpose of the planned demolition to Hoople, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues, is to make room for the NVRC. The NVRC will serve as the central hub of veteran life at SU. email@example.com @michaelburke47
Survey results on Bar exam passing rate fitness prompt review improves to upper 80s college of law
By Stacy Fernández asst. news editor
A review of results and future programming will be underway after responses from a wellness survey for Syracuse University faculty and staff were received. The survey gave input into the wellness habits and interests of faculty and staff at SU and what areas need improvement. About 1,600 faculty and staff responded to the survey — representing 31 percent of the faculty and staff population. About 70 percent of those who responded have worked at the university for more than five years, according to an SU News release. Half of respondents expressed interest in financial wellness programs and in a program for mindfulness-based stress reduction. The results found they would be most likely to attend wellness programs in the middle of the day and after 5 p.m.,
according to the release. The survey found there was a large interest and interaction with fitness-related programs. Getting a healthy start to their week was important to 65 percent of respondents, while 33 percent do moderate to vigorous exercise for three to four hours a week. In regard to education, 60 percent of respondents said they preferred taking classes in-person, according to the release. Almost all participants reported having moderate to very high stress levels, listing family issues, personal finances and professional responsibilities as the main sources. SU faculty and staff showed a healthy relationship with smoking, as 80 percent of those who used tobacco quit within the last 3 years and less than 4 percent reported being smokers, according to the release. firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sandhya Iyer staff writer
Almost 90 percent of Syracuse University College of Law students passed the New York state bar exam, a number that has boosted SU’s law school ranking in the state. “I was ecstatic and just really happy for our students. It’s an amazing hurdle for every graduate of our law school,” said Courtney Abbott Hill, the associate director for student life-academic and bar support programs. Abbott Hill said she was cautiously optimistic while waiting for the result, but she was not surprised. She has been in this role for only one full academic year, but she spent this past summer monitoring each of more than 150 students, making sure to stay in touch with them
and helping them prepare for the exam. Abbott Hill also noted the faculty played an important role in this achievement, saying that it was “a testament to the faculty as a whole.” SU students have consistently done well in the bar exam, Abbott Hill said. Last year, the College of Law’s ranking was fifth in the state. The New York bar passing rate did increase slightly this year to 83 percent, but bar passage has been dropping across the rest of the country, which signifies the extent of the students’ achievement. “As you can imagine, passing a bar examination is a major milestone in a new attorney’s career,” Assistant Dean Kim Wolf Price said in an email. “If one hopes to practice law in the traditional sense, it is an absolute necessity.” see bar
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national news Here is a round-up of the biggest news happening in the country right now. U.S. WILDFIRE The number of verified deaths in wildfires of Sevier County, Tennessee, rose to seven after authorities retrieved three bodies at a residence on Wednesday. They are still working on identifying the victims, but so far it is presumed that they were all adults source: cnn
NO CHARGES The police officer who in September fatally shot Keith Scott, a Charlotte, North Carolina, man, will not be charged with the shooting, prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors said the man was armed and that the officer acted lawfully. source: the washington post
POLITICS JOBS, JOBS, JOBS President-elect Donald Trump, along with Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, plans to announce a deal with Carrier, the air-conditioning company, to keep about 1,000 jobs in the state. Trump was critical on the campaign trail of Carrier’s decision to move more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. source: the new york times
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College in United Kingdom exhibits student artwork By Baylee Wright staff writer
Artwork by eight undergraduate and graduate Syracuse University students is on display through Dec. 2 at the Leeds College of Art Vernon Street Gallery in the United Kingdom. Leeds College of Art is a leading independent art school in the UK that is currently celebrating 170 years of art education, according to its website. The exhibition is part of “Fair Exchange,” an exchange program that allows students from both schools to present their work and see students’ work from across the pond. Andrew Havenhand, a professor in the School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at SU, coordinates the program. Havenhand was approached by Leeds to have
SU take part in the exchange, as Leeds was looking for an art school in the United States to begin a partnership with. The first exchange took place two years ago. SU students submitted their work to Leeds, who sent artwork along with some faculty to SU for an exhibition. “We are hoping to develop the program where students can travel with their art, so that they can gain experience at an art school in a different culture and environment,” Havenhand said. Students from varying departments within VPA were chosen to send their best work to Leeds to be shown in the exhibition. Students were narrowed down by faculty to represent the broad cross-section of work throughout the school, across gender, class year and interdisciplinary work, Havenhand said.
As part of the exchange program, artwork from students and alumni from Leeds College of Art will be on display in the Shaffer Art Building in April 2017 on the first floor corridor on “The Wall.” “The program helps to illuminate what American versus British students think about,” Havenhand said. “Hopefully a dialogue will develop between the two institutions about artistic concerns.” Taro Takizawa, a third-year graduate student studying printmaking, said he thinks its great that they are doing the exchange exhibition because they get to see different work on campus. Takizawa’s work is currently on display at Leeds. He only had about a week and a half to get his piece done and shipped to the U.K.
To get his work to Leeds, he had to work with SU Design Works at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse and order specific vinyl to get all of the logistics together for his design. He does everything by hand in a very traditional manner, so it was challenging for him to go through different people to get it all done and shipped out. There are different mediums on exhibit at Leeds, including printmaking, jewelry and metalsmith, painting, ceramics, sculptural work and installation work. The students whose work are on exhibit include Adrienne Belair ’16, Marilyn Koch G’18, Rene Gortat G’19, Lena Blum ’17, Kate Browse ’17, Sunyoung Lee G’18, Kwan Jeong G’18 and Taro Takizawa G’17, according to an SU News release. email@example.com
Study: Majority of accreditors have conflicts of interest By Madeleine Davison staff writer
More than two-thirds of the accreditation commissioners, who decide a college or university’s Title IV federal funding eligibility, are employed by the schools they oversee, a recent report found. The study, published by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, indicated that out of the 332 commissioners and board members serving as “gatekeepers” for federal Title IV funds — including Pell Grants and federal work-study dollars — 67 percent are currently employed by institutions their agencies accredit. Moreover, 20 out of 26 commissioners at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education had ties to colleges under MSCHE’s jurisdiction. The MSCHE accredits Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. SU Chancellor Kent Syverud has been elected to serve as a commissioner for MSCHE, said Richard Pokrass, director for communications and public relations at MSCHE. His three-year
term will begin in 2017. “We see this as a major conflict of interest,” said Preston Cooper, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the study’s author. “People who work at colleges are going to have a say in what is supposed to be this objective process of deciding whether a college is up to standards.” Accreditation agencies evaluate universities to ensure they comply with basic standards of quality and financial stability, according to Cooper’s report. If a college is not accredited by one of 15 national accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. government, they are not eligible to accept any federal funding that might be awarded to their students. Most accreditation agencies do have conflict of interest policies in place to mitigate any potential problems. MSCHE prohibits accreditors from participating in discussion and decisions regarding schools with which they have financial connections, according to the policy statement on its website. “Middle States Commission … has always made fair, impartial, and unassailable accreditation decisions,” Pokrass said. “The Com-
missioners are required each year to complete a Conflict of Interest form and to identify any institutions for which they may have a conflict of interest … When an institution on a Commissioner’s Conflict of Interest list comes before the Commission, that Commissioner is required to recuse himself/herself.”
what is college accreditation?
Accreditation occurs when the education provided by a higher institute of education meets a certain level of quality, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
The problem, as Cooper sees it, is that college administrators may indirectly influence the outcome of their schools’ accreditation processes. “(These administrators) can design the rules so that their institution is advantaged, they can design the rules to disadvantage the competition … (and) they can trade votes with other commissioners to make sure that their institution sees a favorable assessment by the accreditor,” he said.
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parental leave (as in Hillary Clinton’s campaign) of universal pre-school, support for higher wages for childcare providers, or federal support for programs like parent education which have been shown to improve kids’ outcomes.” Jeffrey Hayes, program director of job quality and income security at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, said paternity leave is less common than maternity leave globally. But he added paternal leave is slowly growing as countries such as Canada are exploring ways to encourage men to take more leave, and surveys show millennial men demonstrate more positive attitudes in being involved in childcare. Under the current SU policy, a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member who becomes a parent by childbirth or adopting a child younger than 7 years old is eligible to receive parental leave. The benefits include a decreased workload up to 50 percent in a semester — including exempting one course — or up
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bar exam At the College of Law, there is an extremely structured curriculum that students follow, Abbott Hill said. Students with lower GPAs are given the opportunity to take more bar classes, which allows them to become more familiar with the exam and gives them extra methods of preparation, she said. But she added that there are some improvements that can be made about bar support, saying that more outreach can be
The scale of the crossover between accreditors and institutional representatives is another problem, Cooper said. In particular, Cooper said he was “shocked” at the number of small, two-year colleges with relatively high default rates and low graduation rates that had representatives in their accreditation agencies. He said of the relationship between these low-performing colleges and their accreditation agencies “does smell very, very funny.” He suggested requiring colleges and universities to get a certain percentage of their revenue from private sources as one potential alternative to the accreditation model. Mandating that colleges put up money to defray the cost to the government when students default on their loans could also be another solution, he noted. Systems such as these would incentivize them to make sure their students graduated with solid job prospects, he said. “The best solution would be to move to a college accountability system that’s not based on accreditation,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
to six to eight weeks of exemption from work, according to the SU policies website. If combined with maternity leave, a female full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty can receive full pay. While serving as a provost at West Virginia University, now-SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly extended the parental and medical leave policies to non-tenure track faculty. Wheatly said in a statement to The Daily Orange that there isn’t penalty for taking a leave of absence and encouraged those who seek the benefits to consult with the Office of Human Resources and their department chairs and deans regarding teaching, research and advising responsibilities. She did not say whether she’s planning to expand the benefit to non-tenure track faculty at SU. Wheatly also avoided commenting on Trump’s plan but noted the university will continue to monitor changes. “The University strives to adopt and administer policies that support new parents in their career trajectory while also appreciating what a joyous and life-altering experience it is to welcome a new child into a family,” she said. email@example.com | @SatoshiJournal
done in the summer before the exam. Abbott Hill said her ultimate goal is to bring the passing rate of SU students to 100 percent. “This is a tremendous achievement and I join our faculty and staff in recognizing our graduates’ knowledge, focus and determination in preparing for the Bar,” Dean Craig Boise said in an email. “While members of the graduating class are beginning their legal careers, the College of Law is hard at work evaluating and refining our bar preparation program to ensure the continued success of our graduates.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trump’s cabinet picks reflect hypocrisy
s a political outsider, President-Elect Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of what he sees as rampant corruption in Washington, D.C. But Trump’s first cabinet appointments call into question how serious he is about that mission. Corruption within the United States’ political system is no secret. Eight central New York developers were recently indicted on charges of bribery and bidrigging. Two of the men brought up on charges, Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi Jr., have been accused of bribing a former aide to New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as a lobbyist with ties to the Cuomo administration. The indictment alleges that the men purchased political support for three projects in the area, including a nanotechnology hub in DeWitt. Corruption is a very real issue in Albany, and an issue many believe permeates Washington, D.C., as well. Trump ran on a firm anti-establishment platform that promised to combat corruption on a national scale, but so far, his efforts leave much to be desired. Trump’s cabinet appointees do not inspire confidence that his administration will take the proper measures to diminish corrupt politics in the capital. Trump seems to believe the source of corruption in Washington, D.C. is lobbyists who represent companies and special interest groups. Vice PresidentElect Mike Pence has placed a moratorium on lobbyists working on the transition team, though this has led to many lobbyists simply terminating their clients. A number of Trump’s cabinet picks have caused an uproar of controversy. Most notably, Trump named Steve Bannon, founder and executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, to be his chief strategist. Breitbart, an alt-right news agency, thrives off horrifically offensive headlines including “The solution to online ‘harassment’ is simple: Women should log off,” “Hoist it high
CHILLARY VIBES and proud: The Confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage” and “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy.” Bannon’s appointment is somewhat terrifying because he has given a voice to some of the most discriminatory narratives out there. The alt-right essentially operates under the premise that creating equal rights for people of color, women and the LGBTQ community has marginalized the white man — an incorrect notion that minimizes the reality of discrimination in our country.
Modern presidents have typically chosen cabinet members across a wide ideological spectrum. Christian Grose associate professor, university of southern california
Like Trump, newly minted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is a political outsider and has frequently voiced his Islamophobic views. Flynn, who has ties to Breitbart, has argued that a fear of Muslims is “rational.” It’s clear that Trump is rewarding early loyalty to his campaign with highprofile appointments. Presidents will typically select party members that represent a broad range of the political spectrum. By restricting his cabinet to far-right appointees, Trump is sacrificing diverse viewpoints and leaving his administration vulnerable to groupthink. Christian Grose, an associate professor of political science at the University
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SU should consider paternity leave The nuances of family leave — which professors get it, how much they’re paid, how long they can take off — have consistently been up for debate. But the discussion was recently rekindled with Donald Trump’s proposal of a paid family leave plan under his administration. On the Syracuse University Hill, family leave policies at SU can be made more inclusive with the introduction of paternity leave. SU’s current leave policies consist of maternity leave — which is for tenure-track women professors who are expecting — and parental leave. Maternity leave can be combined with a subsequent parental leave for a full semester off with pay. Paid parental leave, not combined with maternity leave, is restricted to full-time tenured or tenure-track professors who become a primary parent through childbirth or adoption. Given the reputation of universities as institutions of change, SU is poised to be on the forefront of progress and should be by prioritizing tenure-track professors. Often, adjunct professors will have more time outside of the university to take care of their child or have more than one job in the equation. From SU’s standpoint, it would be more efficient to improve current policies before potentially spreading them thin. Putting consideration into offering paternity leave would enable SU to take a healthy risk — one that is beneficial to both the parent and the child. In a larger framework, SU’s inclusion of paternity leave would be groundbreaking in destigmatizing the practice. Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly has particular experience in this area. Before
coming to SU, Wheatly made changes to West Virginia University’s family leave policy as WVU’s provost in 2010. At WVU, she decided to extend family and medical leave to non-tenure track faculty. Now that Wheatly is completing her first semester on campus, she likely has a firm understanding of how the school works. And her track record reflects that she would be strong resource should SU move forward with the consideration of tweaking its rules. Leave policies are inherently a reflection of an institution’s attitude toward its employees. And regardless of what’s advised on a national level, universities have the power to lead by example and tailor leave policies to their own environments — an opportunity SU is not at all exempt from and should embrace.
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CHARGED UP Vanderbilt University students and faculty create battery out of trash
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By Kennedy Rose staff writer
raduate students and a professor at Vanderbilt University have teamed up to build a battery made from scrap metal and other household objects that anybody can make at home. Under the guidance of Professor Cary Pint, Vanderbilt graduate students Andrew Westover and Nitin Muralidharan conceived the idea to build a battery out of junk. Westover said they chose to build a scrap metal battery because millions of tons of metal waste are generated annually and the researchers wanted to use the waste they produced for good. “If we could use junk to make incredibly useful products such as batteries,” Westover said, “we effectively provide an economical route to overcome this challenge.” The researchers want average, everyday people to make these batteries at home from objects you can find at Wal-Mart or a hardware store, Muralidharan said.
“If everybody can do it, it becomes as simple as cooking,” Muralidharan said. The battery made from junk isn’t patented, and the creators have no plans to patent it. Westover called the battery “open source.” “That’s the problem with battery research,” Muralidharan said. “All the major advances are covered by patents and industry standards. We want to make it available to everybody and the general public.” The technology for the battery wasn’t invented by Pint, Muralidharan and Westover. Their inspiration came from the “Baghdad Battery,” a nearly 2,000-year-old technology that used a copper tube and iron rod with water-based electrolytes to make one of the first working batteries, Muralidharan said. Electronics like cellphones use lithiumion batteries for power, which are laden with toxic materials and often end up creating tons of waste annually, Muralidharan said. The junk battery uses non-toxic metals like iron and aluminum to reuse metals from home and reduce scrap metal waste. In comparison to a lithium-ion battery,
the junk battery is much safer, Westover said. Samsung made headlines earlier this year for lithium-ion batteries in Galaxy Note 7s catching fire. Westover said their junk battery cannot catch on fire. “What makes us different is that we’ve reinvented 2,000-year-old technology and added a modern twist to it, making it comparable to standard batteries,” Muralidharan said. The junk battery can be coupled with renewable energy sources such as solar and hydroelectric power to help power homes and keep them off the standard electrical grid, which relies on non-renewable sources like coal, Muralidharan said. “The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, so we need to pair them with batteries to make up for the times when they can’t produce energy,” Westover said. Batteries have three components: an anode (metal), a cathode (a different metal) and an electrolyte (a solution with salts dissolved in it). The battery is made of anodized steel (anode), anodized brass (cathode) and potassium hydroxide dissolved in water
(electrolyte), Westover said. Applying voltage to the solution moves electrons from the anode to the cathode and creates energy. The simple design of the battery allows anybody to create one in a do-it-yourself fashion, Westover said. Westover said it could have a large impact on poorer nations in Latin America and Africa that do not have the resources for large-scale battery manufacturing. The most exciting thing to Westover was the possible impact the battery could have on the future of energy. “It opens up an entire new realm of battery possibilities,” Westover said, “From ocean water batteries, to aluminum can batteries, to the do-it-yourself design where anyone could make their own batteries for their house.” Making a battery only took the researchers a few hours, Westover said. Testing the battery to see if it was safe to use within a home took about three months, Muralidharan said. email@example.com
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Students organize drive for transgender community By Jordan Muller staff writer
Transgender people who don’t have easy access to makeup products will now receive help from the Syracuse University Trans Team. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, students from SU’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics’ Department of Marriage and Family Therapy will hold a makeup drive in Schine Student Center to help members of the transgender community in central New York. Meghan Harris and Nicole Binnie, both graduate students majoring in marriage and family therapy, are organizing the event. The pair is looking for new and unopened makeup products that include mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, foundation, blush, lip gloss and lipstick. Harris and Binnie are members of the Trans Team, an organization within SU’s Couple and Family Therapy Center that helps provide therapy for transgender people and their families. Binnie said she and Harris were inspired to organize the makeup drive after therapy sessions with their transgender clients. “A lot of my female transgender clients said they didn’t have access to makeup or know how to put it on,” Binnie said. Although the Trans Team organizes an annual clothing drive, Harris and Binnie said they recognized a need for makeup products because many of their transgender clients do not buy makeup on their own. Harris and Binnie said they plan to use the donated products to hold makeup workshops for the transgender communities in central New York. During the workshops, Harris said she wants to bring in makeup artists that can
teach transgender women how to apply makeup. Many transgender women, especially in the Syracuse community, feel that they have to fit in to a specific aesthetic, she added. “We want the female trans community to know that they don’t have to look like Laverne Cox or fit into a cookie-cutter image,” Binnie said. Harris said many of her clients lack a safe space to learn how to apply makeup comfortably. Some do not feel comfortable walking into a store and buying makeup, she added. “I hear a lot of discrimination stories,” Harris said. “Trans females have a lot of additional barriers because it’s a little bit more obvious that they are transgender.” As members of the Trans Team, Harris and Binnie work with members of the transgender community to help transgender people through the medical gender transition. In addition to serving the transgender community in Syracuse, Harris said many of her clients travel to SU’s Couple and Therapy Center from as far as Rome and Utica. Support for the transgender community in central New York is lacking, Binnie added. Binnie said many of her clients come to the center to seek help beyond therapy. In addition to counseling, Harris and Binnie said they help their clients receive hormones and surgery to aide in their transition. “It’s unfortunate that for many of our clients, we are the only place they feel comfortable asking for help,” Binnie said. Harris and Binnie said they hope the makeup drive will help raise awareness for the local transgender community. “We’re trying to fill a void for a community that’s often overlooked in central New York,” Binnie said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Professor honored with fellowship By Saniya More staff writer
Dessa Bergen-Cico, an associate professor of public health in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, has been named a Rotary Peace Fellow. Through the fellowship Bergen-Cico will be spending three months at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Each three-month session provides a professional development and certificate program to individuals working in fields related to peace and conflict resolution, according to the center’s website. Bergen-Cico applied to the competitive program with a proposal that detailed her qualifications, what she said she hopes to gain from the experience and her future goals, she said. “My intention for the program is to continue doing work locally with people who have been affected by community violence, learn new skills and strategies and apply them to my current work,” Bergen-Cico said. During her time in Thailand, BergenCico will work weekdays and undergo extensive training to learn about peace negotiation and conflict resolution. Some of the other Rotary Peace Fellows are from areas that have experienced violence, Bergen-Cico said. The fellowship is designed to give them skills and strategies they can then apply to solving conflict in their home countries. Bergen-Cico said on the surface, conflicts may seem different from each other, but at the end of the day share many similarities. email@example.com
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women’s health could change within the next year, said Dr. Karen Nardella, the medical director of Health Services. After all, some women such as Dudzinski have worried the ACA’s mandate requiring insurance companies to offer all forms of no-cost birth control will be struck down under Trump. So they’re acting now. “I knew I had to make sure that I was going to be safe if, God forbid, the worst happens,” said Dudzinski, a senior public relations and communication and rhetorical studies double major at SU. Ben Domingo, director of SU’s Health Services, in a November interview called Trump’s proposed amendment of the ACA a cause for concern and said women’s health and mental health are “under attack.” All students are currently required to have ACA compliant health insurance. Trump also appointed Republican Tom Price as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Tuesday. Price, a congressman from Georgia, told ThinkProgress in 2012 that he thinks the birth control mandate in the ACA is unnecessary. The appointment is particularly significant because the HHS department has the power to take down the birth control mandate without going through Congress. In the text of the law, the ACA does not specifically cite “contraceptives” or “birth control” and says health insurance coverage must include preventive health benefits for women. The HHS then decides what preventive health benefits means, which Price could easily redefine to exclude contraceptives and birth control. Another concern is the possibility that Congress will defund the major women’s health care provider, Planned Parenthood. Republicans have already attempted such efforts when the Senate passed a budget bill repealing the ACA and stripping Planned
Parenthood of its federal dollars in late 2015, but President Barack Obama vetoed it shortly after in January. Since the ACA was enacted, a significant number of women have been able to pay less for their birth control, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 2014, only 3.7 percent of women enrolled in health insurance paid out-of-pocket for birth control — a dip compared to the 22 percent of women who had to pay out-of-pocket in 2012.
I knew I had to make sure that I was going to be safe if, God forbid, the worst happens. Morgan Dudzinski senior public relations and communication and rhetorical studies double major
“I’d rather have an IUD now, and if it turns out, ‘Hey, you don’t need it anymore, you were totally overreacting,’ Oh well — I guess I’m covered for five, 10 years, so not the worst thing to happen,” Dudzinski said. Health administrators haven’t seen an increase on campus among students to get IUDs, possibly because students have only been on campus for two weeks since the election, said Nardella, the medical director of Health Services. If students want to get an IUD, they have to go to another health care provider off-campus for the quick procedure, such as Planned Parenthood on East Genesee Street. However, Nardella said she is hoping SU Health Services can offer the procedure on campus within the next year. During an IUD procedure, Nardella said a patient can expect “some cramping. It can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t last very long — just a few minutes.” Overall, Nardella noted that long-acting
reversible contraceptives, such as the IUD, have become increasingly popular nationwide, and have steadily been seen in more students at SU over the past couple years. The main benefit to having an IUD over the pill is the success rate, Nardella said. The IUD has a 100 percent success rate, while the pill only has a 91 percent success rate, due to user error, she said. The IUD also has less side effects than the pill, because hormonal IUDs only impact the uterus, while the hormones in the pill are more systemic, she added. Neither of the two contraceptives protect against sexually transmitted diseases. The stability of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade federally legalizing abortion may also be at risk under Trump, with one seat on the Supreme Court now up for nomination and three more to likely open up as well. In his first interview as president-elect, Trump told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he would appoint a pro-life Supreme Court justice, adding that abortion “would go back to the states” if the Supreme Court overturned it. Katie Pataki, a junior women’s and gender studies and sociology double major, said she is afraid that Trump could reverse the Roe v. Wade decision. Betty DeFazio, the director of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, said she’s still hopeful that the birth control mandate will remain unscathed in a Republican Congress, but added that it’s still too early to know what will happen. “We don’t fully know yet what exactly will be implemented or changed under a new administration,” DeFazio said. “I think we’re going to have to wait to see what actually is proposed.” Whether birth control becomes more costly, abortions become federally illegal or Planned Parenthood is defunded, DeFazio said the nationwide women’s health care provider is “going to be here no matter what and these doors will stay open.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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REPORT CARD After Syracuse’s 4-8 season, beat writers break down the year with grades.
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Syracuse women’s basketball beat Michigan State, 75-64, on Wednesday night at the Dome. See page 13
Syracuse ice hockey’s Dakota Derrer has developed a propensity for blocking shots. See dailyorange.com
Down low Syracuse men’s basketball has had trouble finding a low-post scoring threat. See Friday’s paper
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3 1. ERIC DUNGEY’S season ended just like it did last year: missing the last few games of the year after taking a hit near the head. jessica sheldon photo editor 2. DINO BABERS runs out of the tunnel before SU’s first game of the year. He missed the postseason for the first time as a head coach. jessica sheldon photo editor 3. LAMAR JACKSON led Louisville to 62 points against SU, allowing him to add a chapter to his potentially Heisman-winning year. chase guttman staff photographer 4. SU fans rushed the field after the Orange beat then-No. 17 Virginia Tech, 31-17. SU beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2012. jessica sheldon photo editor 5. JORDAN FREDERICKS fumbled in the final two minutes of the Orange’s 28-9 loss to Wake Forest in a hurricane. It was returned for a score. ally moreo asst. photo editor 6. DUNGEY tossed a BC defender to the ground after an interception. SU staffer Brad Wittke pushed a player during ensuing shoving. jessica sheldon photo editor
7. AMBA ETTA-TAWO broke Syracuse’s single-game receiving yards record, totaling 270 yards against UConn to go with two scores. tony d. curtis staff photographer
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SU’s defense clamps down in win over Michigan State MSU pulled within nine late in the second half, after Jankoska broke the Orange press on back-to-back full court lob passes. But with the lead SU had built up earlier, the Spartan comeback failed. Peterson iced the game with two straight buckets and two foul shots in the final two minutes. “The offseason prepared me for games like this, where I might only get 10 seconds of rest, then I have to go right back in,” Peterson said. “We wanted to really get after them on defense; that’s what we’re good at, and that’s what we’re known for.”
By Matt Feldman staff writer
Late in the first half of Wednesday night’s game, just seconds after Alexis Peterson snatched a steal and sliced through the open michigan state 64 Michigan State lane syracuse 75 for back-to-back layups, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman called her over to the bench. He relayed freshman Chelayne Bailey in to relieve the exhausted guard, who had played the entirety of the first half without substitution. As Peterson walked back to the SU bench, she grabbed a water bottle from a student manager and took a long sip, breathing heavily as sweat rolled down her face. 10 seconds later, before Peterson even had the chance to sit down, Hillsman turned around and screamed her name. He needed her back in the game. Behind SU’s stifling first-half defense led by Peterson, No. 20 Syracuse (5-3) snapped its losing skid with a 75-64 victory over Michigan State (6-2), Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome. After suffering three losses last week, the Orange flipped the script on MSU, forcing the Spartans into 20 turnovers and 22 points in the first half, enough to build a large enough cushion to carry the Orange to victory in the second half. Wednesday’s win was the Orange’s third win at home this season, and the program’s second victory all-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. With Peterson as the defense’s head-hunter, Syracuse consistently pressured the Spartans’ offense in the first half, extending its press past mid-court and forcing skip pass after skip
The percentage of first-half field goals that Michigan State made against Syracuse. The Orange’s opening-frame defense stifled the Spartans.
JULIA CHANDLER (LEFT) AND BRIANA DAY (RIGHT) swarm Michigan State’s Hana Vesela. SU held MSU to 21 first-half points. sam ogozalek staff writer
pass across the MSU front court. Spartan head coach Suzy Merchant said that over the past two days, the Spartans ran against a practice squad of seven girls on defense in an effort to simulate the Orange zone. “That’s a compliment to us,” Hillsman said regarding MSU’s preparation. “Teams will go seven on five, but it’s really hard to prepare for us.” Eventually, the blistering pace of the SU zone combined with constant pressure rendered the Spartans’ preparation useless. By the three-minute mark in the second quarter, the Orange was ahead, 33-22.
After Peterson forced another turnover from Spartan guard Taryn McCutcheon, gliding to another layup behind the MSU offense, Tori Jankoska threw her hands up and shook her head. “It’s disappointing how we handled (the press) in the first half,” Merchant said. “The second half was a lot better, but it was too late. We just didn’t handle it well.” Peterson accounted for four first-half steals while she spearheaded the Orange defense, all but silencing the Spartan’s offense in the first half. The Orange ended the half on an 11-0 run and up 18 at the break.
With 11.8 seconds left in the game and the Orange up 75-62, Hillsman called Peterson back to the bench, after the senior had played 38 minutes as a crucial part in the Orange’s deadly defense. “This was a bounce-back game, we definitely had to have this game,” Hillsman said. “Our kids really came out with a lot of effort, came out with a lot of intensity, and that was what we were missing (last week). Peterson high-fived her teammates as she grabbed a towel and sat down a few seats over from the coaching staff, wiping down her sweat-covered face and grabbing another water bottle. This time, as the final 10 seconds drained off the clock, she stayed. email@example.com
SU’s offense finds success in MSU win despite lack of 3s By Matthew Gutierrez asst. copy editor
When asked before the season whether Syracuse would depend on the 3-point shot, Quentin Hillsman didn’t waver. “Definitely,” the head coach said, adding that SU has “no other choice.” But Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome during No. 20 Syracuse’s (5-3) 75-64 victory over Michigan State (6-2), the hosts needed only four 3-pointers to score 75 points and defeat a former Top 25 team. In its worst 3-point display of the season, SU eclipsed the 75-point threshold for just the second time in its last five games. Courtesy of its highest points in the paint (48) and fast break (19) tallies since its blowout win over Siena, the Orange got its first win over a Power-5 school this year. Brittney Sykes led off SU’s scoring with a hard dribble, pull-up jumper from outside the right block. Twice in the first half, Briana Day backed down a bigger MSU defender, faked right and finished an up-and-under lay-in with her left hand. Alexis Peterson, the conference’s leading scorer, went only 1-of-5 from deep but weaved through MSU’s man-to-man to get layups inside and finish with a game-high 27 points. Syracuse carved up the Spartans’ twoforward, one-center lineup of Jenna Allen, Nia Hollie and Taya Reimer — 6-foot-3, 6-foot and 6-foot-4, respectively. An SU team usually reliant on 3s pushed the floor to get easy baskets in transition and find space underneath MSU’s bigs. “Making a lot of rim runs, putting pressure on them,” Peterson said. “I think that allowed us to play inside-out.” In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Day jabbed hard right, creating space for a mid-range jumper. She missed, and MSU pulled within single digits in the second half. But Day found comfort with similar face-ups and back downs, running the floor, scoring 12
points and grabbing seven boards. “That Day kid, that was disappointing,” MSU head coach Suzy Merchant said. “I think we’re better defenders in there, but to her credit I thought she did a good job going over us. She got a lot in transition, making our bigs struggle.” With her back to the basket, Julia Chandler looked to score but saw an open Peterson at the top of the key. Peterson, who earlier in the day was named to the Naismith Player of the Year watch list, drove left through an open lane for an easy basket. No Syracuse player hit more than one 3 on the night. Chandler air-balled her first two and missed the next pair before knocking down her lone 3 on the next try. Gabby Cooper’s longrange struggles continued, as the freshman went 1-of-6. Jade Phillips made one while Abby Grant missed all three of her attempts. SU got outrebounded, too. Still, it worked in transition notching 29 points on 29 forced turnovers. Despite going 1-for-8 from deep, Syracuse outscored MSU 20-8 in the second frame. Overall, SU went just 4-for-25 from 3. “We’re not hitting our 3s right now,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “But you know, there’s going to be one of those games where we hit 17 of 25 and it’s going to be a great day in this Dome.” In the closing minutes, Sykes darted up court on a fast break. Cooper’s pass came high. As Sykes’s eyes widened, she reached over her shoulder near the baseline, corralled the ball and took a dribble before laying it up. She finished with 15 points. On the next possession, Sykes gave a hesitation move then hit Peterson in stride for a layup, all but sealing Syracuse’s bounce-back victory. “If you watch our quarter-court defense, it wasn’t great but it was good enough,” Merchant said. “The problem was we gave it back to them too many times. There were probably 12 points were we couldn’t even defend it. “That’s the difference in the game.” firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21
BRIANA DAY scored 12 points for the Orange on Wednesday night. SU scored 48 points in the paint and only made four 3-pointers, sam ogozalek staff writer
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Superlatives and evaluations of Syracuse’s 4-8 season By The Daily Orange Sports Staff
OFFENSIVE MVP Amba Etta-Tawo, wide receiver
He scored five touchdowns against Pittsburgh and was Syracuse’s best player all year. In all, Etta-Tawo hauled in 94 passes for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had the best year by an SU receiver ever and likely put himself in a good spot to be drafted. Etta-Tawo has been one of the most impressive players in the country from start to finish and deserves to be an All-American this season. That’s more than can be said for nearly every other player on the SU roster. — Chris Libonati
DEFENSIVE MVP Zaire Franklin, middle linebacker and Parris Bennett, outside linebacker
The two linebackers were the anchors of Syracuse’s defense all season long. Bennett and Franklin led the team in tackles with 110 and 101, respectively. Bennett is third in the conference in tackles per game and Franklin’s season was highlighted by multiple fourth down game-changing stops, including one in SU’s upset win over Virginia Tech. The duo was the only defensive players to earn AllACC honors from the media with Franklin getting on the third team and Bennett being an honorable mention. — Jon Mettus
OFFENSE’S BIGGEST SURPRISE Amba Etta-Tawo, wide receiver
Even though he was also the offensive MVP, the answer is Etta-Tawo. It has to be. The graduate transfer caught 30 balls in his last two years at Maryland before coming to Syracuse, and nobody really knew what to expect when we got here. But even the most optimistic people couldn’t have predicted him shattering the single-season receiving yards record and tying the single-season touchdown mark. — Tomer Langer
DEFENSE’S BIGGEST SURPRISE Kendall Coleman, defensive end and Daivon Ellison, safety
SU needed to fill a lot of spots this season on its defense. It came into the year with spots open at defensive end and spots opened up in the secondary after Juwan Dowels and Antwan Cordy were injured. Coleman looked solid enough that it’s reasonable to expect him to be good next year. Ellison showed flashes at safety, particularly against the run. That bodes well when the Orange can put Cordy at free safety and Ellison at strong safety. Ellison had 90 tackles this season, more than any player had in the 2015 season for SU. — Chris Libonati
for 55.6 percent.
The most recent thing you’ll remember about Syracuse’s offense this season is backup quarterback Zack Mahoney accounting for a school-record seven touchdowns and leading SU to score 61 points in the highest-scoring game in FBS history. But don’t let that cloud your judgement of the season. SU had its downs at the start with the new system, scoring early and often through the first few weeks of the year but then sputtering out. The offensive line had to deal with injuries, but struggled mightily at times which led to a poor rushing attack from the Orange. That being said, the offense broke several points and passing records. — Jon Mettus
Dino Babers’ squad ended the year exactly where we thought it would be before the season. Changing regimes is never easy and it’s hard to evaluate a coach playing with guys he didn’t recruit and less than a year after he arrived. Babers also can’t be held accountable for the devastating injuries that struck the offense and defense. His Kumbaya meetings rallied the troops enough for the upset win over Virginia Tech, but losing out through the final four games when one win would have taken you to a bowl game has to fall on the coaches. Babers tempered expectations at the beginning of the year and gave fans plenty of catch phrases to hang on to heading into next season. — Jon Mettus
Evaluating the offense
Evaluating the defense
It was a mixed bag year for the Orange’s defense. Things started off really poorly. Lamar Jackson and Louisville hurdled over any resistance in Week 2 on the way to scoring 62 points and two key secondary players —Cordy and Dowels — got hurt and were out for the year. And things got tough against Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and against Pittsburgh as a whole at the end of the year. But even in a major transition year, the defense did have a nice stretch against Virginia Tech and Boston College. — Tomer Langer
Evaluating the special teams
Sterling Hofrichter started off a bit rough, but he got significantly better as the year continued. By the end of the year, he averaged 42.7 yards per punt. Brisly Estime was one of the nation’s best returners this season as well, leading the NCAA in yards per punt return with 17.7. Cole Murphy was the biggest problem Syracuse had this season on special teams, as he only hit 10-of-18 field goals, good
— Chris Libonati
Evaluating the coaching staff
Outlook for next year
Scheduling aside (the Orange has to play at Louisiana State, which won’t be easy), the Orange should improve next year. Babers always talked about how the full turnaround really happens in the middle of Year 2. The Orange is returning players who played a lot on every defensive unit which should help the unit. Losing Etta-Tawo and Estime hurts a lot, but Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips are still around and Devin Butler and Sean Riley showed flashes at receiver this year. But this all really boils down to Eric Dungey and his health. Somehow, Babers didn’t know if the most important player on the team received a second opinion on his injury suffered in the Clemson game within the following two weeks, but this is back-to-back seasons that he’s missed the final few games due to an “upper-body injury.” If Dungey is healthy, this should still be his team, and SU should thrive. But that’s a really big if. — Tomer Langer
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Icing on the chimney
Erie Canal Museum hosts 31st annual Gingerbread Gallery By Divya Murthy staff writer
he Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse has brought a little village to life every year for the past 31 years. A brown castle with a drawbridge stands in a corner and little homes circle the town. A snowman stands guard in a snow-capped garden and a dog peeks out of a kennel in another. What makes this village special is that it is completely edible. The museum is bringing its annual Gingerbread Gallery to Syracuse for the winter season. Gingerbread creations donated by the community will be open for the public to view until Jan. 9. The six-week exhibit will be displayed in a mock Victorian storefront area, said Natalie Stetson, the museum’s executive director. The gingerbread creations are enclosed in glass and placed in painted storefronts. The Victorian style is a deliberate choice and dates back to the first gingerbread gallery in 1985. “Creating a cute little storefront to display the gingerbread houses in was a thematic but also aesthetic choice,” Stetson explained. “It’s a more interesting way to see them, rather than just seeing them sitting on tables.” The Gingerbread gallery is teeming with visitors every year, Stetson said, and between 5,000 and 6,000 guests tour the museum in the six weeks. Historic themes are also a big part of the gallery, some closer to Syracuse University — there are a couple of Carrier Dome-based models. The gingerbread creations are submitted categorically for competition. Professional confectioners enter for a cash prize, and the youth, family and senior categories receive ribbons. Since the gallery houses the gingerbread creations for six weeks, they can’t be eaten. However, the creators have their share of fun in the actual process of building a house, said Jane Verostek, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry librarian and gingerbread house creator. “Every year, we have a huge discussion on whether to do one or two gingerbread houses,” she said. Verostek began donating gingerbread houses after she built them with her two daughters, then 2 and 4 years old. Now, six years later, her daughters still share her enthusiasm as November comes, albeit for different reasons. “When I asked them why they liked it, the younger one said she gets to eat the candy and frosting,” Verostek said. “But the elder one said she really liked to work on the actual design and building.” The Verostek family sticks with the same gingerbread house theme: movies. This year, it is “Finding Dory.” They are considering a SpongeBob SquarePants theme for next year. While the gingerbread gallery is a festive display, the museum draws the exhibit further back into the history of the Erie Canal itself and the museum that stands today. Before the Erie and Oswego canals were
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built, Syracuse was a tiny hamlet of 250 residents, Stetson said. After the construction of the Erie Canal in 1825 and the Weighlock Building in 1849, money f lowed into Syracuse, and with it came the construction of large intricate houses with teeming colors and wood carvings. “The houses that were made out of gingerbread were intricate, beautiful, little miniature houses,” she said. “In actual architecture, these fancy houses started to be called, colloquially, gingerbread houses.” This Syracuse trivia is part of a story Stetson narrates to kindergarteners when
they visit the museum for gingerbread house workshops. Both parents and children enjoy the workshops so much that the museum hosts an adults-only event. The museum puts on a gingerbread house “build and sip,” which is their own take on a “paint and sip” event, Stetson said. “The adults have so much fun making the gingerbread houses with the kids, so we thought, ‘Why not do a special event just for them in the evening with wine?’” she said. This year’s gingerbread “build and sip” event is on Dec. 14. For college students, the attraction might even be twofold — Verostek suggested that
the gingerbread gallery could be a great night for a date and, as the exhibit is a strong Syracuse tradition, could be an antidote to students missing family traditions. “I remember always making gingerbread houses and it’d be nice to go back and have a reminder of my childhood,” said Nicole Mitchell, a junior information management and technology major. “The last time I made one was maybe 10 years ago.” Stetson agreed about the festive appeal. “It’s a fun way to get into the holiday spirit,” she said. “December’s coming — it’s time to be cheery.” email@example.com
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Destigmatizing long johns: clothing tricks to battle cold winter weather
he first snow of the infamous Syracuse winter struck last week. Though most of us narrowly escaped its harrowing grace, we will all soon remember that living on the inside of a snow globe has a number of downsides — namely, frozen nostril hairs. No one will be spared. For those of you who are new to the area, you might be thinking about how strong-willed you are. When over break an old friend or family member asked how you were handling Syracuse, you probably smiled. “It’s really not that bad,” you said. You could even potentially think that this might be the worst of it. Those of us who have been around the 315 for a while and have experienced our fair share of frozen tundra are smirking at you. You will soon be quickly humbled. Those of us who know the emotional and physical bitter cold that is rapidly approaching are wearing long sleeve t-shirts right now. We are not afraid of rolling up our sleeves to feel a brief stroke of sunlight on our quicklypaling skin. That being said, we have also blacked out every winter that came before this, because otherwise we would have transferred by now. For the good of the Orange, we had to block it out. For new and old, the Syracuse winter is a season that needs serious preparation. Allow me, a girl from New Jersey who catches a cold every other week, to tell you how to properly bundle up in order to make it to May.
1. Undergarments. Wear them. Whenever possible, ensure that they are clean. It sounds self-explanatory but laundry gets hard when it’s cold outside because bed is so much warmer.
2. Leggings or long johns. Those who own leggings are lucky because saying you are wearing leggings under the rest of your clothes sounds a lot more normal than saying “long johns.” Honestly, let’s destigmatize the long john. This wild north gets cold and an extra layer is unspeakably helpful.
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revelations seem to be more baffling than believable. Paying tribute to the wonderful world of science, here are some recent sex and health discoveries that seem more fiction than fact, but are actually true.
The Cool: Alcohol consumption can help you live longer Here’s something to make you feel a little better about that post-Thanksgiving beer belly: research led by a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin discovered that moderate drinkers often outlive their non-drinking counterparts.
Seeing as how we’re in college and “moderate” drinking is almost nonexistent, it’s also good to know that even heavy drinkers lived longer than people who abstained from it completely. Another shot, please?
The Interesting: Semen keeps you healthy Five points if a guy has ever told you semen is good for your skin. Five more points if he’s told you it can double as a protein supplement.
Now, one more can be added to that playbook: semen apparently helps you live longer. According to a study recently published by Nature Medicine, spermidine, the chemical that’s present in sperm, was found to prolong the lifespan of mice as it helped lower their blood pressure. Before you start guzzling all the semen you can get, the study did note that you would have to consume a whole lot of it —
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3.Another pair of pants. Trust me. At least three pairs of socks. The first will get wet through your boots, which are probably not as good as they should be for the amount of wet mush you will be trekking through on a daily basis to get to class — whenever you decide to go. The second acts as an insulator between the top sock and the snuggest sock. The third pair is what saves you.
4. Sweater/sweatshirt. Save impressing people for when you move away from here after graduation. We are college students — who are we trying to impress anyway? You know what is impressive? Survival. There is a sense of Darwinism in all of us that values the ability to survive in a potential mate. So toss that crop top and cover up.
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trees To get the trees, Miller needed donors and a team. She began forming the committees that would make the festival come to life. One committee is focused on tree solicitation. Then there are committees for each of the events that take place during the festival. It has been a cohesive effort that will result in what festivalgoers — of which there were roughly 7,000 of last year — will experience once they stroll through the museum. Trees come in all shapes and sizes and are scattered around the museum. Some are more traditional, like “Chalk it Up for Christmas” donated by Whistletop Florist — a smaller tree with red ribbon and black and white ornaments. Or “Who’s Your Santa?” decorated by Columbia Presbyterian Church’s God’s Girlz group, which is loaded with dozens of Santa Claus ornaments. More than 100 christmas trees will be on display this winter season at the Everson Museum of Arts
5. Long puffy jacket. The longer and puffier the better. While the campus looks like a gaggle of literal Canadian geese migrated here for the season, non-name brands will do just fine. A perk of opting to wear a non-name brand is that you will be able to differentiate your jacket when someone steals it and you won’t have to join the herds of people in the “Class of” Facebook groups asking if anyone who was at Harry’s last night took their completely non-unique, unrecognizable black jacket.
6. Beer jacket. An absolute necessity in the Syracuse winter is a bottle to finish to silence the internal and external questioning of why you chose to go here. An added bonus is that it will warm you up too. Patty Terhune is a senior policy studies and television, radio and film dual major. Freshman year she got caught in a complete white-out snowstorm and just sat on the quad and cried. Follow her on Twitter @pattyterhune or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
like ounces of it — to get even the slightest benefit from spermidine. Better luck next time, boys.
The Strange: Teenage blood might be the key to eternal youth Earlier this month, at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in California, a scientist revealed that blood from teenagers helped turn back the clock for older mice. Blood plasma from youngsters was injected into the rodents and almost-rejuvenating results could be seen as it improved their memory, cognition and even physical activity.
Before you pull an Edward Cullen on a classmate, keep in mind that positive results were only visible in older mice, and their younger counterparts actually experienced signs of brain aging. This finding is now being tested to treat people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Disappointing: Male birth control Ask any woman about getting her period and she’d tell you about all of her wonderful monthly experiences: mood swings, muscle aches, acne breakouts and a fluctuation in sex drive, just to name a few.
Yet, these exact symptoms were the reason why a recent study on a hormonal birth control shot for men was terminated, even though it was proven to prevent unwanted pregnancy by 96 percent. Thanks to 20 of the 320 men who dropped out of this experiment, male birth control might still take a little longer to hit the shelves of your local store.
Lydia Chan is a senior magazine major. Her column appears weekly in Pulp. You can reach her at email@example.com.
But then there are the trees that really stand out — like the tree donated by Chuck Hafner’s Farmers Market & Garden Center. It sits in the middle of museum’s sculpture court, elevated by two wooden pallets. The craftsmanship is visible in birds and other ornaments snipped out of sheet music that rest on the tree’s branches. The tree is also decked with small wooden discs with etches of snowflakes, pinecones and other seasonal symbols burned into them. Hafner’s tree also features decorations reminiscent Syracuse landmarks — something that corresponds with the festival’s theme for this year, “City Lights.” Miller said they decided on that theme partially because they were inspired by the revival of Hotel Syracuse, and because they see the Everson as a major player in revitalizing downtown. from page 20
carrie something as dark as “Carrie” wouldn’t work very well for something as upbeat as a musical, but Murphy disagrees. The soundtrack for the show sounds like pop music, despite the intense story being told. “The music isn’t upbeat to the degree of something like ‘Hairspray’ when the whole cast is bopping on stage,” Murphy said. “But rather has a different, more intense energy that really fits the vibe of Carrie.” Laurie Beth Koller, a junior communications and rhetorical studies and youth and family development studies double major, plays the role of mean girl Chris Hargensen. She’s had a passion for music and theater from a young age. “I struggled with reading when I was younger and my 5th grade teacher told my mom, ‘Once she finds something she wants to read, she’ll read.’ And that thing? A script,” she said. Since then, Koller has developed quite the passion for theater. She’s done at least one show a year at Syracuse University, at one point working on four simultaneously. The cast and crew of the musical have rehearsed 4-5 days a week for 2 hours at a time. Murphy said they have put a lot of hard work into the show, and can’t wait to see it come to life. He described the experience of watching the cast perfect the opening musical number, “In,” with his assistant director, CJ Santosuosso. “My assistant director and I were jumping around like lunatics because we finally saw everyone bringing the show to life in such an incredible way,” he said. “It really
Heading downstairs, visitors can find more kid-friendly trees. There’s one made entirely of balloons featuring Olaf the snowman from Disney’s “Frozen.” Another, made by The Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs, protrudes from a pop-up train. Maybe the most artistic take on a tree comes from Chuck Laman, a tour guide at the museum. At first glance, his tree looks like a carefully balanced formation of rocks. But really it’s a tower of spalted hardwood pieces. “The idea was to make something fairly dynamic and static at the same time,” Laman said. Spalted wood features patterns and colors created by fungi, and once he got the wood, Laman dyed it and added mineral oil and wax to preserve its perfect consistency and rich color. He called it “nature’s artwork.” The shape of the tree is intended to resemble an inukshuk, a tower of rocks made by the Inuit people and other native North American peoples in the Arctic. An inukshuk is constructed for a variety of reasons, but often is used a landmark for navigation in snowy conditions. Other contributions have deeper meaning as well. Women Transcending Boundaries, a group founded by a Christian woman and a Muslim woman in Syracuse after 9/11, has donated a wreath that represents the 26 countries that refugees in Onondaga County came from last year. An ornament and each country’s flag line the outside of a wreath, while the center contains a newspaper clip detailing the refugees’ countries of origin. Betty Lamb, president of Women Transcending Boundaries, said they plan to add an American flag bow as a finishing touch. Sure, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising event. A tree can sell for anywhere between $50 and $600, and sometimes even over $1,000. But the festival doubles as a chance for the community to come together through creativity. Groups can spread holiday cheer while spreading their message, and Miller said that is what she truly appreciates about the whole festival. “The Everson Museum is a cultural cornerstone of this community and anything we can do to help it grow and thrive is important,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org | @jtbloss
sparked something within the cast that they have taken ever since.” Despite negative themes typical of Stephen King’s work, the collective takeaway from the cast and crew members is good natured and positive, something that Murphy says needs to be spread around the world. For him, the SU campus isn’t a bad place to start. He said the opportunity to spread this positive message was his main reason for directing the show.
My assistant director and I were jumping around like lunatics because we finally saw everyone bringing the show to life in such an incredible way. It really sparked something within the cast that they have taken ever since. Max Murphy junior advertising major and director of “carrie: the musical”
“It costs absolutely nothing to smile at someone, not talk behind someone’s back, or reach out to someone in trouble,” Murphy said. “The fact that I had the opportunity to work with incredible humans to spread this to all who see it was an opportunity I couldn’t give up.” email@example.com
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Back in time
Erie Canal Museum gears up for its annual holiday season gingerbread house gallery. See page 16
Movie columnist Brian Hamlin gives his take on the new movie, “Allied,” which stars Brad Pitt. See dailyorange.com
Talent show Student musicians showcase talents at CUSEapalooza, a studentrun concert at Westcott Theater. See dailyorange.com
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‘Carrie’ to open on Friday Musical adaption of Stephen King’s novel to play Schine Underground By Jennifer Bourque contributing writer
WHAT Theatre is gearing up to present “Carrie: The Musical,” the cult adaption of Stephen King’s 1974 novel “Carrie,” in Schine Underground Friday and Saturday. “Carrie” focuses on a lonely teenage girl whose life is characterized by her excessively religious mother and relentlessly taunting classmates. After being humiliated on prom night, Carrie wreaks havoc on everyone who has wronged her. WHAT Theatre’s production of the musical is directed by junior advertising major Max Murphy, who lists “Carrie” as his all-time favorite musical. “It’s the campiest musical for the darkest topic,” he said. It may be easy to assume that
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sex and health
1. There will be more than 100 trees on display at the Everson Museum of Art’s annual Festival of Trees event, opening this weekend. 2. BETTY LAMB hangs an ornament on one of the 26 donated wreaths representing refugees in Onondaga County. 3. The fundraiser also features a kid-friendly Christmas tree section, including train ornaments and themed trees.
Everson Museum of Art’s 31st annual Festival of Trees serves as fundraiser, showcase for community expression Text by Joe Bloss asst. copy editor
Pattie Miller is the person in charge in charge of making it all come together.
Photos by Wasim Ahmad contributing photographer
he Everson Museum of Art is known for just that — art. Paintings, sculptures and artifacts line its walls and fill glasses cases throughout the downtown Museum. But this weekend, something else will dominate the discussion at the Everson: Christmas trees. The museum’s 31st annual Festival of Trees will kick off Thursday night with a preview gala and spans more than a week, ending on Dec. 11. The festival, one of the Everson’s biggest fundraising efforts of the year, features more than 100 decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other decorations available for purchase throughout the 10-day period. Other events during the festival include the Teddy Bear Tea, a luncheon and fashion show, and two Santa Saturdays.
My sense is that there are people and families who are hungry to do things that bring them into some kind of holiday experience, that offer them some kind aesthetic experience that they can share with their children. Pattie Miller festival of trees organizer
Part of the museum’s members council, she helped organize the event in 2015. She
Weird sex myths backed by science
loved the experience so much that, when asked to head the festival this year, she accepted the challenge. She joked that the job was a just a way to cope with her husband’s decision to not allow any more trees in their house. But it’s a job she takes seriously. “My sense is that there are people and families who are hungry to do things that bring them into some kind of holiday experience, that offer them some kind aesthetic experience that they can share with their children,” Miller said. The first and most important part of the job was bringing in the trees. They’re mostly donated by a range of people and groups from the community: artists, businesses, guilds and other organizations. “One of those things I think that we’re seeing over and over and over again is how much local businesses, really — in these kinds of events — are truly friends. They’re the ones who you can kind of go to and they deliver,” Miller said. see trees page 18
veryone’s all too familiar with Coach Carr’s famous words from “Mean Girls.” “Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die.” Personally, it’s one of my all-time favorite quotes and something LYDIA that I often CHAN tell my M A KING YOU younger SW EAT cousins to scare them. I’m kidding — but not really. The point is, his words remain some of the most infamous of our generation because they’re just so ridiculous. Yes, you might get pregnant from irresponsible, unprotected sex. However, the dying part is a little — note, very — inaccurate. But still, farfetched sayings and myths often stick with us and are there to give us a good laugh when we need one. Here are a couple I’m sure you have all heard once or twice: “The first time you have sex will be perfect and magical, just like in the movies,” “Eating carbs makes you fat” — the list goes on. Science is quick to debunk most of the sex and health myths that have long been ingrained in us. Sometimes though, scientific
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